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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Dr. Fixit's Malicious Machine
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.
Young Jiffo: The American Featherweight
Much more than a boxing story, we witness the coming into manhood of Jiffo, an illiterate street brawling slum hoodlum, when Tom Riley, the retired heavyweight champion of Australia, invites him to join his boxing academy. Through the sport, Jiffo learns skill, character, and courage leading him to rise out of the no-hope existence in Sydney in 1900.
Death in a Small Town
John Thomas is a young former FBI agent who fell apart after a car wreck for which he blamed himself, afterward retreating into a bottle. His talent is to see connections between bits of evidence that others overlook. His best friend, the police chief of the small town where both were raised, is murdered execution style.
Olivia's Sweet Adventure
Join Olivia for the adventure of surgery and saving her precious friend, and dog, Mike from the mean Fairkey.
Christmas After Woodstock
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.
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
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
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.
Allegorical novelist Bud Fussell draws together the disparate threads of his three previous works. In doing so he draws the reader both back into a reconsideration of the ancient roots of these compelling stories, and also makes it undeniably clear that the passions, failures, victories and moral realities of historical figures are being lived out today as well. In simple, elegant prose.
Sex and the Senile
Suzie Walker is a septuagenarian who has lived in nine states. She has collected stories along the way and has woven them into a rollicking novel about fictional Marge Avery who has entered the dating scene two decades after divorce. Suzie is mother and grandmother, who may now spend time explaining to friends that yes, our mother/grandmother is a shade off the norm.
Sweet Harmony, the first in the Sweet Harmony Trilogy
Harmony, Minnesota, 1937
Iris Andersen, protagonist, turns thirteen. Her two sisters are Merry Columbine, nine, and Martha Rose, three. Her parents left Richmond, Virginia, Iris’s real home, and moved to Harmony, Minnesota, a farming community. Iris had no say in this life changing event.
The People Under the House
Very few escaped the death camps of Nazi Germany. Of those who survived, nearly all had been successfully hidden by friends. A handful had no such friends and co-conspirators, but managed to stay alive through a rare combination of wits, intuition and luck. Werner Hellman was one of the latter. This is their story, completed by Dene after Werner’s death.
Holy Ever After
Megan, a young fairytale enthusiast, becomes the heroine of her own story when she enters a magical world through her bedroom mirror. By blending the wonder of fiction with the everlasting truths of Scripture, Holy Ever After reveals the timeless message of God’s Good News. Readers of all ages will be inspired to embrace a Christ-centered identity, a God-directed purpose, and the eternal treasures
At Least Next Week I'm on Vacation
At Least Next Week I’m on Vacation is 31 stories of a cock-eyed, but clear-eyed view of every-day life in a crazy world we call normal, wringing every bit of humor out of it as it goes. It gets belly laughs from the mad and the mundane alike-the international sperm industry, the joys of a new toilet, twisted vacations, marriage.
Sam and Eddie must rely on their scouting skills to protect themselves and the younger boys as they try to make their way back to civilization and warn authorities about the planned terrorist attack. They get encouragement along the way from a strange hermit who claims to live in the woods. But the terrorists have an ally, too—an American sleeper agent who knows the bombing is only the first phase
Valerie knows she must keep promises even if it cost her everything. First an unpredictable motorcycle ride with a stranger, then a dangerous biker brawl brings chaos to her normally ordered life. When her job is threatened because of these decisions, Valerie has to make choices about life, love and God. Will Valerie’s vow teach her the true meaning of a miracle, or destroy her happiness forever?
When a CIA agent on assignment to Prague turns up dead, Washington scrambles to find someone who can take his place. Phillip Garner, blackmailed into the job, becomes the double, but he has no idea that he is headed on a rollercoaster ride of espionage and murder.
The Magic Fault
The Shroud of Turin—claimed to be the burial cloth of Christ—is stolen from a chapel in the Cathedral of Turin in the fall of 2004. The Shroud is probably the most famous relic in the Roman Catholic Church, even if perhaps a fake. Are the thieves fanatical enemies of the church or extremist followers? The Shroud becomes a pawn in the millennia-old clash of civilizations: on whose side is God?
Murder Sets Sail
Chris doesn’t know when he charters his sail boat, the AHWANAH, to George Harris for a three-month cruise to Tahiti and other South Pacific islands that George plans to high-jack his boat. George needs the boat to rendezvous with a sailboat out of Hong Kong carrying a hundred kilos of China White.
The Raven Speaks: A Cancer Survivor's
My faith, family, friends and American Indian culture fueled my victory over cancer. In April 2007, my doctors concluded that I had twelve months to live. In January 2013, I decided to write a book. I am writing at this time because I am leaving an old nest I built for dying and lifting new wings I have grown for flying. This is not a book of answers. This is a book to set free your mind and body
Where the Bodies Are
A young woman is found discarded with the trash, brutally beaten and left for dead. More bodies begin to appear, left where they are sure to be found and cause a media frenzy. The killer’s reality blurs between past and present with a compulsion driven by a dark secret locked in a fractured mind. Overcome by a blind rage that leaves him wallowing in remorse with the bodies of victim after victim.
Carolina Wine Country Cooking Volume Two: Bring Wine Country Home
In this second book in the Carolina Wine Country Cooking series, Ginger King brings more than just great recipes home from wine country and asks you to do the same. Ginger says, “Carolina Wine Country offers so much more than the wine,” and she brings us poetry, photography and short stories to show the tapestry of both food and beauty in North Carolina.
The story also covers the POW’s existence in the prison camps. The few that are still alive are now in their 60’s and 70’s and the only release they have is through their dreams, very vivid dreams. They are kept and cared for in a clandestine and remote camp by a commandant, a sympathetic doctor, his wife, and a few guards.
Galen lost her. Somewhere along the journey of their life, which started at such a tender age, he'd lost her. After three years in Europe, fighting a war that wasn't personally his, he came home to fight for what he lost. Madelyn Murphy enjoyed her new life far away from memories of her drunk father, runaway mother, and the love that left her.
They nearly killed her and she wanted it that way. The privileged life of Cheyenne, a child of famous musicians, becomes a self made living hell when her parents die suddenly. All she wants to do is stop the pain and she uses the only pain killer she knows, drugs, and lots of them. Will she walk into the wrong alley and end up joining her parents in the tomb?
A Death of Convenience and Other Short Stories
S. M. Senden offers an eclectic collection of short stories taking the reader on a journey through the haunted terrors of working a graveyard shift, to a customer service center where the bonds of friendship reach as deadly climax, of two women who find what they believe is their perfect man, one brings joy, the other a deadly secret.
Senior Scribbles Unearthed
They started out as series of “tall tales” shared with a co-worker. These vignettes proved so engaging, enjoyable and insightful that their author was encouraged to find a place to publish them. Soon afterward a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina began to beguile its readers with the Senior Scribbles of Chuck Thurston.
Children’s tales aren’t about murder. Bedtime stories rarely involve corporate corruption and ruthless, power-mad billionaires. Fairytales don’t center on environmental terrorism and the end of all life on earth. Grown up novels are never about lost fairies or magic. Or are they?
How did the Winter start and when will it end. A courageous, hardy band of survivors struggles to survive a cataclysm that threatens to wipe out the entire human race. In the process they discover strength they did not know they possessed, along with some awful truths about those they admired and trusted.
Marble Mountain Memoirs
A Diagnosis of stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam 35 years prior launches the author back into the depths of his soul as a young man, the soul of America at war, and the enemy within.
Trial of Love
After her mother’s death, Melanie’s life in America is full of heartache. Still, she has never allowed herself to despair. She was responsible for the care of her beloved father. Then he remarried a woman to wicked to be considered a mother to Melanie or her two sisters. After years of abuse, the stepmother sells Melanie off—to work in a brothel, and about to be sold to the highest bidder.
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.
The Duchess, The Knight and the Leprechaun
A widow in her middle years, Anna Thornberg has recovered from the loss of her long-time husband Robert, a caring and cheerful Irishman who harbored a secret dark side. Anna’s best friend, Reenie, decides that Anna needs a man in her life .
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.
Life has finally calmed down for wife and mother Cerri Baker. That was until the annual Black Hills Motorcycle Classic and a murder atop a sacred Lakota site. Cerri is asked to use her special talents to assist law enforcement. Between her spirit guide and a pack of disagreeable fae, however, there doesn’t seem much hope of solving the crime before the bikers leave town.
The Knowledge Holder
Greg Simon is a regular guy. His uncomplicated life is rudely interrupted when he begins hearing voices and develops an elevated level of consciousness he can’t comprehend. His frustration mounts until he realizes he has inherited a unique ability to help others, and makes it his goal to do so. Greg’s newfound knowledge, would give life a new meaning, and change the world forever.
The Ninety-Ninth Reunion
The Ninety-Ninth Reunion is a sometimes nostalgic, sometimes macabre, venture into the world of class reunions. Two sisters, one a dyslexic psychic from Wisconsin and the other a purveyor of New South corporate etiquette, tackle a class reunion in the small Iowa town of their youth. In doing so they inadvertently open a hidden wellspring of better-forgotten events.
The Irreversible Life of Mann
Ripe with irony, humor and realism, Odell Myer’s novel of young men called away to war simultaneously grips and embraces readers. Drawn into the narrative, readers soar and triumph—and crash and burn with the characters. His story has an astonishing ability to transport his listeners back to that period of time when very young people, through sacrifice and heroism, set the future course of history
A Murder in Her Past
When India reads a newspaper account of a recent murder, it triggers a memory from her childhood. She and a friend TK Jonas witnessed a brutal murder fifteen years ago. Taking her research to a friend, Briar Rivers, Briar urges her to go to his brothers, Cade and Elliot. When they hear her story they find more cases with the same MO. As one clue leads to another they uncover a serial killer.
A book of curious questions asked by an imaginative boy. For example:
What if kids were the parents, and the parents were the kids?
A Light to Keep
A Light to Keep is the inspiring true story of the renovation of the Currituck Lighthouse, a guardian of the North Carolina Atlantic Coast. The book tells the story of different generations that have fallen in love with the historic structure and how they all responded when time and the changes of technology took their toll on the beloved lighthouse and its 1,000,000 bricks.
Wade Capp is a twenty-year-old college student who has sworn never to return to Carvel Ohio or to Arthur, the father he hasn’t seen since his mother’s fatal car accident. When Arthur’s attempted suicide leaves him in a coma, Wade learns that he has the sole legal authority to remove his father’s life support. Wade returns to Ohio with Jeanine, his closest friend and occasional lover.
When it comes to murder, people in small towns have a way of keeping secrets for many years—but not forever. Someone has guarded a secret well for nearly thirty years, until 1939, when the body of a young woman was discovered in an abandoned opera house setting tongues to way and minds to speculate. No one seems to know her identity. Something about the dead woman—something from his childhood.
Right to Trespass
Ellen wakes one morning with nothing more than an inner sense that something just isn’t right. It doesn’t take long before this attractive divorced woman discovers that her beloved brother Bud is missing—and something has been added to her world as well. A handsome, abrasive stranger—Zack—has moved into the farm adjacent to her little paradise where she raises cattle and grows flowers. Her world h
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
In his third novel, Redemption?, Bud Fussell reveals the stark contrast between good and evil in one enormously powerful family. The intrigues, passion and drama are as current as today's headlines--yet as ancient and timeless as recorded history. With his third novel, Fussell has emerged as a writer with keen insight into human nature that he uses to impact his readers as he spins his tales
The Curious Case of the Chinese Chest
The Curious Case of the Chinese Chest by Samantha McDermott is a romantic novel wrapped in a crime mystery sprinkled with sarcastic humor and family secrets. When Cindy, the star of the book's ensemble cast, happens across a burglar in her home, she finds herself suddenly sucked into a treasure hunt for her aunt Daphne's prized possessions. This story can jump from funny to deadly serious in a tur
Jerzey Swift, beautiful detective on the Carteret County Sheriff's Department in North Carolina, finds herself investigating the murders of aged campers in an RV park. The trail of clues, replete with surprises, leads her and her partner into danger as they travel from North Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois.
A Ripple in the Water
Kate Penner, a lovely young widow raising her seven year old daughter, has managed to put her life back together with the help of good friends and a year to recover from her husband's accidental death. Fate isn't through dealing surprises to Kate, however. At a point in her life when she thought maintaining was the best she could do, Kate must decide if she can laugh, trust and love once again.
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.
Mystery in the 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
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
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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