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– 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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A Girl on a Bike
by Susan Emmerich
Through riding and writing, she found her voice and retained her spirit. Sometimes serious, other times humorous, Ms. Emmerich invites the reader to ride along on a journey that includes adjusting to an empty nest, aging parents, divorce and again seeking love. This collection of essays encourages everyone to recognize their inner voice and follow where it leads.
by Carol Pearce Bjorlie
After Iris Andersen's first year in Harmony, MN, she and her family cross the threshold of "new" and move closer to "belonging." There's an adoption and a birth, a wedding, and nightmares. The Andersons miss Greenfield Lutheran's Christmas Eve service-again. Iris and Martha Rose are present for a death, and an angel visitation. Laughing Sky shares a secret, and Iris' burning question is answered.
I Don't Think It's That Simple
by Nicole Eva Fraser
Do you think Evan Leighton is a stalker—or a good guy looking for love in all the wrong places? How about Julia Atwater—is she an innocent flirt or a shameless manipulator? The one sure thing is that they both love Julia’s teenage son Hunter—then a surreal accident changes the course of all their futures.
by Velya Jancz-Urban
When Pamina Campbell learns of a murder committed over two hundred years ago in her Connecticut farmhouse in order to avenge an unforgivable crime, she accepts that she has no idea how the universe works, except that it requires acquiescence at every point. Two plot threads twine as one woman calls to another across three centuries.
Cards of Justice
by K.J. Dahlen
Karen Rivers tried to ignore the message, but the sender was adamant. He insisted on telling her he had murdered someone. Congressman Howard Betts, his body left on the steps of the House of Congress. The killer wants Karen to write his story. Her refusal results in the death of Senator Steve Hargrove. How is Karen to respond to a ruthless killer who has a story to tell and will do anything?
Dead on the Trail
by Susan Williamson
Molly and John Lewis were living their dream, working as professional horse trainers on a beautiful farm. When John left to judge a horse show and her help called in sick, Molly had her hands full. That was before she discovered a body in the woods….
Chasing the Woodstock Baby
by Steve Hagood
Legend has it that among the half million people in attendance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, a baby was born. However, nobody has ever come forward to admit to having had, or being, the baby. Until now. Tyson Chase is a retired Detroit cop turned bar owner. When Caroline Wolf asks him to find her baby, the one she had at Woodstock, the chase is on.
Black Dog Magic
by Leigh Somerville
Leigh Somerville delivers the third and last novel in the trilogy that began with It All Started with a Dog. In her debut as a novelist, she created what has been called a "feel good book for not-so-feel good times" and captured the hearts of readers who eagerly awaited the sequel, All Good Things.
by Bill Long
Twist is a police-procedural thriller. Three criminal factions in a narcotic investigation, ultimately brought together by Shawna Quinn, a twenty-three year-old rookie taken from the Sacramento Sheriff's Training Academy. It's 1985, as Quinn is assigned to work undercover in high school. Complicated by Quinn's love, a narcotic detective, stumbles upon a major drug operation.
by David Pereda
While vacationing with her mother in Havana, a ten-year-old American girl is taken by members of a child sex ring intent on selling her into forced prostitution. When the human traffickers avoid capture and escape the island, the father of the girl, surgeon Raymond Peters, decides to take matters into his own hands and initiates a worldwide investigation.
The Curious Flurry of Snow
by Samantha McDermott
He lies, but is charming. He makes a fool of her, but is entertaining. Everyone seems to adore him, and Amanda Snow is afraid she is falling under his spell. Is he a murderer or intended victim? The small town sheriff thinks he is guilty of murder and Amanda is an accomplice. To save themselves, they must find why people are being murdered and by whom. With help in the form of a Kerry Blue Terrier
by Lazarus Barnhill
The charmed life of Ron Jerdin, record breaking long-distance runner, is dashed by a series of disasters. A freak injury threatens his career, shatters his trust in the college coach who recruited him and robs him of chance at international prominence. As his abilities and accomplishments abound, the forces of destiny that robbed him begin to point him toward the greatest road race of all.
Crack in the World
by Maribeth Shanley
About to turn 12, Emily is determined never to be sexually molested by her father again. A member of a large family she feels alone and isolated; yet determined to grow up positive and happy. The family’s move to opens the possibility of a new life for her and those she loves, as well as introducing her to those who will become the major players as she decides to turn her world upside down.
by Sarah Jilek
During a period of enlightenment, Riova is at war. But inside the city of Desrala, life is peaceful. At least on the surface. Jiada, a young and brilliant astronomer, works under the influence of her professor and secret lover, Audric. But when an attractive woman enters, Audric forces Jiada to embark on a quest to rid himself of her or, give him the answer: how to cheat death.
by Marietta Rodgers
One part political thriller, one part rollicking satire and one part insightful examination of today’s culture, Marietta Rodgers’ marvelous first novel, The Bill, engages readers on intellectual and emotional levels. Humorous, gritty and fearless, the novel is as rewarding as it is challenging. The story and its characters stay with you long after you’ve finished reading The Bill.
Borne to Die
by Larry Jukofsky
Though the story is fiction, the author has taken a similar trip to what is related here so powerful. He accurately describes much of the scenery of the African continent, as well as the social conditions frequently encountered by travelers. The story itself is a tense, intriguing tale of revenge and murder in group of touring physicians and their spouses as they journey from from Belgium to Kenya
Weight of the Moon
by Harry Margulies
A self-important couple is about to face the darkest day of their lives, courtesy of a flamboyant, well-upholstered opera luminary. When their best friends’ clandestine adult-film star daughter schemes to come to their rescue, a bizarre, enlightening, and humorous journey unfolds. Will their faith in one another be enough to uncoil their deceitful pasts and free them from the weight of the moon?
Body on the Church Steps
by Paul J Stam
She was young, exceptionally beautiful, and except for her sheer lace panties, completely naked and very dead. She lay at the top of the steps that led up to the front of the church. How in the world did she come to be there? Somebody put her there, but who? What’s more, no one knows who she is. All the pastors say she wasn’t one of the congregation, then who was she? Who killed her and why?
by Andrew Madigan
Mahmoud works at the Ministry of Commerce. He’s smart, single, ambitious and Emirati but—unlike most of his countrymen—he’s not rich. Khawla is married, beautiful, wealthy and unhappy. She’s also an Emirati. Before starting work at the Ministry, she makes a very peculiar and specific request. Mahmoud will have to build something for her in the middle of the office floor.
by Ginger K King
As vivid memories of a tragedy that cost her both parents, come flooding back, Jamie discovers a truth that she kept locked away-something only she knows about the night they both died. could re-living the memories that have shaped her life and relationships be the key to finding real, lasting happiness? What else will it bring to her door?
by John Calvin Hughes
They take a deep dive into the loveably clownish latrine of Southern Culture, all the while spinning toward one brother’s death and the other’s return to roots—the conversion from credentialed academic back to homeboy redneck, meaning, in this case, that the survivor learns to forget the classroom and love the carport. In this shrewd new novel things fly apart deliciously. –Frederick Barthelme
Lure of Fun
by Worn Worx
UNCOMPENSATED ENDORSEMENTS: "...Lures, Life and everything else..." - Arnold of S.F., N.C.~~"...entertaining, knowledgeable and very delightful. For some
reason I enjoyed it." - Melissa M. of H.R., N.C.~~"FUNNY! Worn should write for the papers, a good read every week and he'd be employed. I enjoyed each word." - Anne E.~~"If I'd written this book I wouldn't put my real name on it either." -Warren
by Tony R Lindsay
Lucas Lee survived unimaginable cruelty by making choices that no one should have to face. He did what had to be done and wreaked revenge on his persecutors. He discovered that not every Southern white person was evil and not every Yankee was motivated by noble thoughts of freedom for everyone. His descendants persisted and even prospered in the mist of humiliation.
by Robert Chan
A trusted member of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish community rapes fifteen-year-old Hannah in the back room of a Brooklyn kosher butcher shop. Unwilling to
succumb to her parents’ demand that she blame a homeless black man, she runs away. Alone on unfamiliar New York City streets and armed only with an
indomitable spirit, quirky sense of humor, and unyielding intolerance for hypocrisy and injustice.
Centaur of the Savannahs
by Charles Patton
Centaur of the Savannahs, formerly titled Crousilleau, is based on the true saga of Dr. Jean Formy-Duval and his family who had to flee the terrors of both the French Revolution in 1789 and ten years later the Haitian Slave Revolt with a dramatic escape to coastal NC. The legend of this family has been handed down to their descendants from one generation to the next ever since.
by Abigail Hernandez
Viper is a half-demon teenage girl living on Earth with no childhood memories. Ethan is a human boy with sad gray eyes and a broken life. The two form an unlikely friendship and when a demon, Phyton, kidnaps them both their lives are irreversibly changed. Will they be able to save each other and vanquish the evil opposing them?
by Jay Duret
Nine Digits tells the story of Nee-Nee Marcus, a headstrong 15 year old girl from Philadelphia, who despises her family: her clueless parents, her nasty brothers, her evil sister. She would do anything to be free of them. When she hears about a new reality television program that will award a prize of $100 million, she decides she'll do whatever it takes to win.
I Minus 72
by Don Tompkins
Ted Mason, the new President-elect, has seventy-two days until his inauguration. There’s a lot to do, but it’s all overshadowed by a possible threat on his life. A torn piece of paper with his name, another name, and his inauguration date was found on the dead body of a former Soviet informant.
The Fairy Hunters
by Donovan Galway
Feryl is back and Uriel's Gift has changed everything, but at what cost? Her father was murdered and she was left with her cold-hearted mother. Intelligent and fiercely driven Karen Gabriel began to suspect something was wrong when the people in her company started changing. The closer they were to the "project" the more listless and zombie-like they seemed.
Walking Out of the Canadian Wilderness
by George Wright
Walking Out of the Canadian Wilderness is a story of adventure, love and triumph. Josh & Mary are the lone survivor of a plane crash, lost in the wilds of the “Great White North.” Josh’ survival skills and her growing affection see them through Canadian winters, illness, childbirth and human treachery. Once again George Wright spins a triumphant tale.
A World Without Music
by J Conrad Guest
Returning from the first Gulf War haunted by images of the body of a marine he brought back from the desert, Reagan seeks refuge from his nightmares and broken marriage in a jazz quartet in which he plays bass guitar. With help from Tom Wallach’s ghost, the marine Reagan discovered in the desert, and the daughter Wallach never met, can Reagan find the music that will make his life worth living?
Polite Conversation About the Weather
by D. A. MacQuin
In these connected stories, MacQuin chronicles complex emotional territory as her characters, each touched by their Midwestern roots, pursue what feels like a more significant life beyond the barriers of their backgrounds.
by Chelsea Bolt
Left alone in the world, Isis Underwood abandons her life filled with small town rumors and escapes into the Blue Ridge Mountains, planning to expose the truth of her tragedy. This is the tale of Isis Underwood, a young woman who has lost everything she loves. Having resorted to living hidden in the mountains, she is filled with many emotions and struggles to find her place in society.
In Search of Justice
by K.J. Dahlen
Detective Gage Santana is trying to be fair, to cover all bases, to keep an open mind. Unfortunately the clues of crime he is investigating—involving a brutal murder, a notorious affair and shady business dealings—keep pointing him in increasingly dangerous directions he doesn’t want to go.
by Rich Adams
As Detective Sergeant Jerzey Swift begins her search for the killer, Ray Cleveland, is called in as a consultant to help. When another murder occurs the case is thrown into chaos. Taking place in thewine country on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, the action stretches as far as Philadelphia, Pa. Jerzey’s life becomes at risk from an old adversary.
by Lindsay Luterman
Jane Doe awakens in a world of nothingness after living three lives. Without having memories of any of them, she must relive them with the help of her guide, Thyme. With three wonderfully short lived lives, and three intense, passionate loves, Jane Doe must choose who she wants to be in her afterlife and who she wants to take with her.
Divide by Zero
by Sheila Deeth
It takes a subdivision to raise a child, and a wealth of threads to weave a tapestry, until one breaks.
Troy, the garage mechanic's son, loves Lydia, the rich man's daughter. Amethyst has a remarkable cat and Andrea a curious accent. Old Abigail knows more than anyone else but doesn't speak. And in Paradise Park a middle-aged man keeps watch while autistic Amelia keeps getting lost.
by LeeAnn Elwood McLennan
At seven Olivia Woodson has already learned she is a supernormal. When she witnesses her supernormal mother die fighting a supervillian, fear and guilt drive Olivia cut off all contact with her mother’s family rejecting her destiny as a supernormal. At fourteen, all she wants is to live her life as a teenager with her normal father. However, destiny has funny way of boomeranging.
by Lucy Muir
Miss Catherine Trevor is quite happy with her life at her father’s estate of Rosemont and does not regret choosing to remain unmarried at the advanced age of nine and twenty. But a visit from her brother, his peevish wife and ill-mannered children causes Catherine to reconsider her status when she realizes she will eventually be dependent upon her brother if she does not establish her own househol
Endure and Prevail
by Rachael Stratford
Anna Shelton survived the hands of her high school sweetheart. She built a life by managing a farm, caring for her widowed mother and raising livestock. She even acquired true, loving companions—her beautiful horse Smoky and her faithful sheepdog Casey. Anna had escaped the treachery that marred her past and built a life just right for herself. If only someone hadn't kept trying to kill her.
by Susan Williamson
Madelaine Jones is still reeling from her husband’s death in Afghanistan when her house explodes and a mysterious letter indicates her husband might not have been a war casualty. Her desire to know the truth puts Madelaine and her loved ones in danger as she searches three continents for answers.
Dr. Fixit's Malicious Machine
by Jessica Rising
That's not what eleven-year-old Trevor Tate expects his mom to say when she gets his third suspension noticed in three months. He doesn't expect a robotic tentacle to shoot out of the bathtub and drag her through an otherworldly portal, either.
Now to rescue Mom, Trevor must follow her to Nil-- a world of giant bugs, monstrous machines and disturbing lack of working toilets.
Christmas After Woodstock
by Sara K. Wall
What if you could change the future.
But you couldn’t change it back...
It’s the week before Christmas, 1969, and an unexpected gift arrives for 15-year-old Arthur August Mallory. Because of the ancient book he has the power to make the world over any way he wants—but not the power to overcome the unintended consequences of his actions.
by Lazarus Barnhill
Graduate student Koral Walker has a relaxing spring break in mind—just walking through the beauty of springtime in the Ozarks. Beginning with the mechanical failure of her faithful, old Toyota and the intervention of a compelling stranger—who seems strangely familiar—the next four unpredictable days propel her forever from her serene world into a series of passionate mountaintop dramas.
Gray Green Underground
by Dorothy McMillan
As I read this book, I almost felt like I had become Isabel, the main character, and that I went through everything she went through. It has such a sense of reality about it. It drew me in with one frightening thing after another. I can usually tell you how a novel will end, as well as being able to figure out who the person is, or the persons who are, guilty. Five stars for this one!
HIlls of Pride
by Mary Sheppard
Jamie Montgomery accompanies her father from the New Orleans she loved and understood to the very different world of Winchester, Virginia. As she struggles to understand and to be accepted, this new world she is trying to embrace begins to crumble about her. As we walk with her through these hills of pride, Jamie must learn how to cope with a society that claims she is not worthy of inclusion.
What Goes Around
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Adopted as an infant, Phoebe has had a burning desire for as long as she can remember to know about her birth family. Now twenty-two and having recently graduated from college, she finally follows her heart and hires a private investigator to search for her foots.
Some Dreams are Worth Keeping
by Second Wind
Bipolar is a condition which is affecting thousands of Americans. Susie Johnson’s book takes you inside the world of bipolar, letting you see what life is really like on the other side of the rainbow.
Fly Toward Death
by Second Wind
There were three all-female aviation regiments in the Soviet Union during World War II. This is a story about those female pilots, navigators and ground crews that flew and worked under incredibly adverse conditions. From women who flew the little, unarmed bi-planes and bombed the Germans at night; to the fierce, female fighter pilots who fought the seasoned German Luftwaffe.
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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
by Second Wind
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.
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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
by Second Wind
"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
by Second Wind
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
by Second 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.
Mystery in the Wind
by Second Wind
A Second Wind anthology comprised of outstanding stories written by little known authors of the highest caliber. An engaging series of stories of mystery, mayhem and murder.
Murder in the Wind
by Second Wind
An anthology of crime/mystery short stories contributed by the outstanding authors of Second Wind Publishing. Murder, mayhem and the unexpected are rife in each riveting story.
Love is on the Wind
by Second Wind
Love Is on the Wind is an anthology of romance short stories penned just for this collection by the outstanding authors of Second Wind Publishing.
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