Second Wind Publishing, LLC
"We are storytellers. We have fulfilled an integral role for the human race ever since there was a spoken language. Storytelling is time travel and teleportation; it is prophecy; it is philosophy; it is not just the elimination of barriers but the co-mingling of perceptions; storytelling allows us to emotionally, spiritually and intellectually suspend barriers and relearn our humanity."
– Mike Simpson, Publisher
Second Wind Publishing, LLC, is an independent press that produces quality novels by talented authors with readable, distinctive voices. Each author was chosen to be a part of the Second Wind family based on his or her ability to tell a wonderful story.
The developers of Second Wind researched the publishing industry, emerging technologies, and realized what they needed to do differently. Using this knowledge, they started a new publishing company. The Second Wind staff carefully selected over a dozen incredible writers the first year of operation and, although still small, the company adds more outstanding authors and books every month.
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Includes: Yaweta and The Runaway, George Wright; False Positive, JJ Dare; Murder in Winnebago County, Christine Husom; Carpet Ride, Norm Brown; Colored Waters and White Lies, Brad Stratton; The Medicine People and Lacey Took a Holiday, Lazarus Barnhill; Indian Summer, Dellani Oakes; Fate and Destiny, and Images of Betrayal, Claire Collins; Badeaux Knights, and Mortals, Gods, and a Muse, Suzette Vaughn; Sonya Recovered, Janette Rochelle Lewie.Merry Christmas from Second Wind Publishing
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Grief: The Great Yearning
Grief: The Great Yearning by Pat Bertram is not a how-to but a how-done, a compilation of letters, blog posts, and journal entries Pat wrote while struggling to survive her first year of grief. This is an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.
When Ian MacCraig tries to capture the thief who is stealing artifacts from his kirk in Loch Awe, Scotland, the last thing he expects to find on his video is a woman engaging in a passionate romp under the flying buttresses.
Rose Wilson is mortified to learn that Digby, the online friend she met for what she thought was a harmless rendezvous, is a common criminal.
Hope Anderson’s heart is finally starting to thaw.
Even Tommy Love’s is melting around the edges.
They both want Rainbow Lake Lodge. Only one of them can have it.
"Grief stricken, physically ill, despondent, the old man sold all his possessions to take one last hike in the wilderness. The trek, full of danger and excitement, turned out to be the start of a new life--and an unforgettable adventure."
Dedicated to those of the Dilbert generation: overworked, underappreciated and certainly underpaid.
This short story provided for your quick reading entertainment by J. Conrad Guest, author of the detective novel series, "One Hot January" and "January's Thaw", and the romantic baseball novel "Backstop, A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings".
Silence hangs in the air; a valuable diamond ring, taken from the skeletonized hand of a corpse lays untouched on the desk. Bergin Halverson wrestles with the ghosts of his past, his fears that have kept him silent for decades and the truth he knows must eventually be told. He is taken back to 1923 when Clara Lindgren makes a wish that will come true.
Girls are disappearing from Standard High while the local sex trade flourishes. Their absences are barely noticed in the worst school in Arbor City, CA, where turnover and truancy are facts of life. Kendra Desola, the only faculty member likely to care, is on a leave of absence.
Off the Chart
A terrorist’s mad attempt to bring down a commercial airliner results in a crash landing. The first question the survivors must answer is where they are—since the rugged winter landscape is off the charts.
Smith Hagaman’s first novel is an epic tale of hardy souls struggling who survive a horrifying tragedy only to discover the most dangerous part of their story has just begun.
Lacey Took a Holiday
Lacey Took a Holiday is the story of a desperate act of love and the cascade of irrevocable changes it begins. Lacey, the most unlikely heroine, has been betrayed and abused by the men in her life. Andy has lost everyone he ever loved tragically. This 1920's mountaintop romance breaks every rule.
Can tenderhearted Pastor Ian MacCraig keep a pair of prickly sisters from marrying the wrong men? Emily Downey has found the perfect groom. If only she loved the man... Chelsea Downey is wild about her boyfriend. Trouble is, he’s two-timing her and everyone sees it but her.
Their thorny situation gets even stickier when the church ladies come up with a plan.
In the spring of 1739, Gabriella Deza stands poised on the verge of womanhood. A product of her guarded upbringing, she is naive in the ways of love until dashing Manuel Enriques declares his love for her. By accident, Gabriella uncovers the plot of British spy. Manuel embarks on a dangerous mission save the town from being overthrown by the British. Gabriella herself is caught in trap.
Jake can't wait to take a trip down memory lane at their 20th class reunion. Being with his old friends is like guest starring in a favorite episode of "Cheers". The last thing Michelle wants to do is dredge up a lot of old memories and relive a part of her past that wasn't that great in the first place. Will the murky waters of the past destroy their dreams of a future, or will a water lily rise?
Daughter Am I
When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents -- grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born -- she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead.
"A delightful treasure hunting tale of finding oneself in a most unlikely way." --Publisher's Weekly
Isabelle doesn’t want to be found. Michael doesn’t want to be found out. When Damon starts searching for the centuries-old gold he thinks is buried at Tobermory Bay, it won’t matter what walls they are hiding behind. Rocks will fall. Castles will crumble. No secret will be safe. Age-old castles and blue-watered bays; legends galore, buried treasure and more . . . in Tobermory, Scotland.
Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Colorado to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his?
More Deaths Than One
Bob Stark returns to Denver after 18 years in Southeast Asia to discover that the mother he buried before he left is dead again. He attends her new funeral and sees . . . himself. Even worse, two men who appear to be government agents are hunting him for no reason that he can fathom. With the help of a baffling young woman Bob meets in a coffee shop, he uncovers the unimaginable truth.
This thrilling murder mystery begins with a dizzying, out-of-control skid down a mountain in an RV and ends as the intriguing threads of the plot come together in harried struggle for life in the dead of night 1500 miles from where the first murder occurred. Norm Brown joins the ranks of suspense masters in this riveting thrill ride.
When Private Investigator, Tina Munroe agrees to help out an old friend little does she know the danger she's put herself and her loved ones in. Billy Hutchins is being stalked by a killer who has a bead on him and Tina's desire to protect Billy places her squarely in the stalker's sights.
The parting doesn't stop after Cookie's high school reunion ends. For one person, the fun is just beginning.
Dancing at all the Weddings
Vivacious and talented Elaine Richman is faced with choices: A risky life in the New York theatre; an exciting life with college sweetheart, actor/director Jake Applebaum in Hollywood; a secure life in Boston with predictable lawyer David Alter, the match anointed by her domineering mother because ‘he’s the kind you marry.’
An enormous, enigmatic object appears suddenly in a limestone quarry in the flat lands of the midwest. A reporter, a security guard, and government operatives all seek the answer to what the object is, and why it has appeared.
A Spark of Heavenly Fire
In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable disease called the red death, insomniac Kate Cummings struggles to find the courage to live and to love. This is a story of survival in the face of brutality, government cover-up, and public hysteria. It is also a story of love: lost, found and fulfilled.
School of Lies
School is murder if you are not a particularly good student. It's also murder if you are a manipulative, coercive vice-principal whom everyone would like to see dead. The problem is the person whom the police suspect of the crime is our innocent heroine.
Night & Day
Two souls, a Scandanavian man and an American woman, dwell in distant parts of the globe. Each is a mature adult and each feels an abiding sense of being unfulfilled. Fate draws together these two star-crossed lovers who are so alike, and yet as distinct as night and day.
FRACTURED is a cautionary novel of the still urgent problem of nuclear waste disposal and the errors governments and the scientific community can make, and have made, in trying to safely solve deadly situations resulting from our technological advances.
One Hot January
My name is Joe January. I was a private investigator from the South Bronx, circa 1940. Was once described as an indignant Humphrey Bogart. Who am I to argue? The difference between Bogie and me is that I was the real McCoy.In truth, I'm no Joseph Conrad, but I wrote every word on these pages. This is my story; but make no mistake, it's anything but make believe. I know, it reads like science
Merry Go Round - Maple Valley Trilogy, Book 3
Tracy's supposedly perfect life as a pastor's wife and mother of three is turned upside down when her husband leaves her for a man.
Clay Alexander's charmed existence starts spinning out of control when his father threatens to shut down Maple Valley 's woolen mill - unless Clay conforms to his family's expectations.
Many people obsess over their past, but no one more than I. Perchance it’s because, as a man out of time, I left behind so much of it unlived. If that makes little sense, consider that I’m a time traveler.
In his first novel, Bud Fussell has penned an epic: a struggle between two very different brothers; a pioneer man of the early 19th century building a family and an empire; a troubled soul far from home encountering travel and grace. Jake is the Scoundrel, an unforgettable character living out a saga that remains in the reader’s mind and heart long after the book is finished.
This is the much anticipated sequel to False Positive, the riveting tale of former mercenary and soldier who finds everything he believed about his own life to be a lie. In False World, Joe Daniels confronts face-to-face those who robbed him of his career, his life and his wife.
Come Home to me, Child
Things don’t work out as intended for Elaine Randolph when her doctors send her, with her young family, to the sleepy Texas town of Veil to aid her recovery from a serious illness. Much as she tries to rest, Elaine just keeps stumbling onto old, unsolved kidnappings, disappearances and cover ups. Veil, she discovers, has concealed a lot.
500 Miles to Go
Gail had been Alex Krol’s girl since high school. She fell for him before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during the summer months to the delight of the fans who paid to see cars crash—the more spectacular the wreck, the taller they stood on their toes and craned their necks to see the carnage.
When Alex makes his dream to drive in the Indy 500 come true and he witnesses the de
The year is 3032 and mankind has expanded far beyond Earth’s galaxy. Matilda Dulac is a member of the Galactic Mining Guild. With her lover, Marc Slatterly, she works in a small mining ship in deep space. Their well ordered life if suddenly thrown into chaos when one miner arrives with a load of Trimagnite, a highly toxic liquid ore. Enter the Lone Wolf.
It All Started With a Dog
Despite the good intentions of match-making friends, family, and neighbors, Rachel Springer, a tough Washington, D.C. lawyer, has spent a lifetime protecting her heart from the dangerous possibilities of love. When she finds a ragged stray dog on the streets of Georgetown and brings him home with her, she starts a sequence of startling events that lead her down a path she's never explored.
What harm could come from attending a séance? Kellan Brooks finds it silly until she steps into a crack between her world and a place she could never have imagined. The local grapevine pushes her cleaning business down the drain, her boyfriend to running damage control, and a steady stream of troubled souls to the gate that has appeared in her apartment.
The Medicine People
The Medicine People, set in eastern Oklahoma, reopens a bloody, forgotten chapter in the history of a sleepy town when Ben Whitekiller, the only suspect in a triple homicide, returns in the company of an enigmatic young woman. In what seems an open-and-shut case, he is charged with the murders of two police officers and his own wife. On hand for his arrest and charged with his safekeeping is rooki
Donations to Clarity
The plan was simple: hoax bigfoot, then sell tours to bigfoot enthusiasts. The plan wasn’t brilliant, and neither were Harry, Earl, and Patch. The three chemical-abusing friends only wanted to avoid the 9 to 5 rat race, but their antics attract the attention of a real bigfoot. When mistaken for a female bigfoot by the nearsighted creature and captured; it is just the beginning of their problems.
Just Between Friends
Emma's best friend Layne is getting married to Andy, the old friend Emma has always secretly loved. For the sake of dear friends, Emma keeps her love for Andy to herself. But what is she to do when Layne begins a torrid affair and expects Emma's complicity as she cheats on Andy.
Moving is stressful enough, but when Cerri Baker moves with her family to the Black Hills of South Dakota, she begins seeing things-things like murder. Named after a pre-Christian Celtic Goddess, Cerri has spent her life trying to avoid the spirituality and "hocus-pocus" her mother embraces.
Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings
Told in his own words during the seventh game of the World Series, Backstop chronicles his
rookie year, finds romance, and reveals the heartbreak he endured in the aftermath of his adulterous affair. You’ll cheer for Backstop as he plays the most important game of his career, haunted by the ghost of his father, and fights to win back the heart of the woman he loves more than the game.
Eight Seconds Less
War: It brings out the worst in men even as it brings out the best. Read as an unnamed protagonist serves as judge, jury and executioner.
She watched her neighbor as he watched her. Their remote friendship was comfortable until the day she watched the procession of his life walk out the door...
Joe Daniels tried for years to put his military, special op, mercenary past behind him. He married a beautiful woman and settled into a mundane job as a police detective. Then everything came crashing down around him. A terrible accident that nearly claimed his wife's life not only opened the door to his past, but forced him to recognize all of his perceptions of the world around him were wrong
She Had To Know
After the deaths of her adopted parents, Arran discovers her long-lost sister's name and, despite a terrifying premonitory dream, embarks on a quest to find Sheena. After reuniting in Scotland, the sisters search for the reason their birth father and his housekeeper mysteriously died and why Sheena's life is being threatened.
A mother will do anything to protect her child.
This short story provided for your quick reading entertainment by Claire Collins, author of the Romantic Suspense novels, "Images of Betrayal", and "Fate and Destiny".
She gave him her heart and he gave her a home. Their bond was strong...until the day he brought a stranger home and Elvy's heart had to make a choice. Would she choose the man who saved her or the man who made her heart race faster than it ever had...or could she have both?
This is a SHORT STORY.
A Case of Writer's Block
A fictional Character encounters his author in New York's Central Park, as the latter endeavors to overcome a nasty case of writer's block.
Some mysteries are best left dead. Twelve years after a personal tragedy, Doug Sandow returns to the quaint Maine coast town of Bar Harbor on a romantic trip with his wife, Jillian. As Doug reminisces about his past, he struggles with a persistent presence that threatens his marriage and sanity. As danger cinches tighter, Doug and Jillian struggle to hold on to their marriage. And their lives.
What happens when one day you walk through the doors of your life and without any warning you are blindsided, left hurting and wounded? Emotional scars so deep that the idea of moving forward seems impossible. What can take away this pain that makes every breath so difficult? As the vibrance of each day loses its color, you have to find the strength to make it to tomorrow.
Despite what might be idealistic times, not everyone is happy. Alexander Giston, 64 years old in 1966, invented a machine that broke time and allowed him to return to the past and save his wife and son from the train wreck that took their lives. Heeding his advice, they agreed to travel by aeroship instead, and were lost when the aeroship went down.
Rubicon Ranch: Necropieces
Residents of Rubicon Ranch are finding body parts scattered all over the desert. Who was the victim and why did someone want him so very dead? Everyone in this upscale housing development is hiding something.
From sweet childhood remembrances to fanciful solutions of family dramas to romantic relationships that begin--or end--during the holidays, Second Helpings is an anthology of stories and memories, but most especially of recipes. Our end-of-year celebrations are occasions that bring reunions with unforgettable feasts and that one special, treasured dish.
Novel Writing Tips and Techniques
"As someone who constantly evaluates novels for publication, I was astonished at the breadth and clarity of the wonderful advice contained in this handbook. It addresses concerns as grand as plot development and as simple but essential as formatting your submission."
–Mike Simpson, Chief Editor
Rubicon Ranch: Riley's Story
A little girl’s body has been found in the wilderness near the desert community of Rubicon Ranch. Was it an accident? Or . . . murder! But who would want to kill a child? Everyone in this upscale housing development is hiding something.
Change is in the Wind
Change In The Wind is a fresh, challenging collection of seventeen short stories by as many authors, all dealing with the theme of change and renewal. Virtually every major theme in modern literature, including romance, mystery, crime, science fiction, religion and even nature find their way into these marvelous, eclectic stories.
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