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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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.
Adam Petty's Heartbeat
Lee jives her readers, a comprehensive guided tour of this carefully planned camp for ill and special needs children. nestled in the Carolina Piedmont amid the natural beauty of tall tress and peaceful waters, Victory Junction is a living legacy to the young man who dreamed of providing a place of peace and hope for kids facing touch challenges--a dream fulfilled by those who loved Adam.
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.
What doesn’t cost anything, is wanted by everyone and yet is the most difficult thing to find? Successful British caterer Catherine Stewart has everything but love. Her chocolate soufflé might win prizes, but when it comes to the opposite sex, she attracted to the man rowing upstream with only one oar.
In a world where most people have mutated into powerful mindless killers, Jason Roberts and his dad, William, lead a ragtag handful of humans in a war to salvage their community. When a minor miscalculation or mistake can mean death, will they be able to find and rescue other survivors? Against overwhelming odds, will they find the strength to fight back and save the human race from Extinction?
The Hardest Thing in the World
Sexy, smart-mouthed Melody Sawyer is an underachiever, a home health care nurse with good intentions and a chip on her shoulder. Her troubled daughter Renee recently dropped dead at age 24, but Renee's ghost keeps popping in on the family. And Melody has no clue about her married daughter, Kayla--who since age 16 has been deep in a clandestine affair with pro baseball player Baron Lee Presley.
Welcome to Shakazhan....
Beginning where Lone Wolf left off, we join Wil VanLipsig and Matilda Dulac as they continue their epic sci-fi adventure. John Riley is gone. He disappeared with the help of an ancient transportation device. They hope he's dead, but can't count on it. He's far too dangerous.
Was the murder of the Peace Corps Director’s wife in Senegal just random anti-American violence, as the official investigative team seems to think? Emily suspects it may have been something else. She ignores everyone’s warnings that she’s putting her life in danger to find out. But it turns out they’re right.
In a wacky town of only left-handed people, something is not right...
South Paw explores the ideas of discrimination, bias, and acceptance. Read this book for enjoyment, or use it to stimulate deeper discussions on how we should treat each other.
Charles Tindell inspires and challenges in this fictionalized account of a boy growing up in a time and setting that is at once heartwarming and fearful. The seeds of adulthood are unfailingly planted in a youth through Grandpa's Legacy.
Among the simple but easily attainable pleasures of life, having friends for dinner, corking a North Carolina wine, and reading a passage from VINTAGE TREKS, acts like an appetizer to an appetizer.
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.
Doctors' visits and counseling bring no relief to 15-year-old Lyn. Then she has an exquisite dream--one that brings her immediate and lasting relief. Simply remembering the dream fills her with serenity. Then a stranger, a handsome young man, comes into her life by chance. She begins to believe that the creature who came to her in her dream is actually this same young man.
Carolina Wine Country Cooking
The reemergence of North Carolina’s outstanding wineries was bound to produce a truly outstanding cookbook dedicated to recipes made with the very best wines from the Old North State. Ginger King’s appreciation of Carolinian viniferia and her ability to coax exquisite culinary treasures from it establishes a standard for excellence—as well as providing a wonderful array of delightful dishes.
Old Man Harry
Elizabeth is a girl who wants nothing in the whole world but a kitty to call her own. Then one day at the beach, all her hopes and dreams come true when she finds and takes home the cat she names Old Man Harry. No one, however, is prepared for the big personality of this little cat.
In his second novel, Bud Fussell has moved from historical fiction to modern settings and modern problems--that are eerily reminiscent of the most timeless themes: men of power and hubris forced to face the consequences of their actions and the cunning, resourceful women who must cope with their machinations. A page turning read.
A Retrospect in Death
At the beginning of this visionary tale, the only thing the reader knows about the protagonist is that he has just died. Not even his name is known. By the time the reader is inexorably drawn to the conclusion of A Retrospect in Death, the only thing the reader doesn't know about the narrator is his name.
West Palm Gig
A chance encounter between Hollywood star Valeska Bernhart and Broadway impresario Glick Glickman renews their love of performing and begins an astonishing cascade of joy for everyone at West Palm Acres.
Where Did You Get Your Tiger, Robert?
Robert is moving up to middle school, which is difficult enough. He is also taking along his best friend, Boo the Tiger. Boo is talkative and very smart. He gives Robert good advice just when he needs it. The problem is, only Robert can hear what Boo says. Robert’s mother wonders if he needs counseling. Alton, the biggest bully in middle school, is determined to grab Boo and get rid of him.
See Jane Not Run
This outstanding application of family systems theory for American classroom educators in the 21st century is concise, light-hearted, extremely helpful and empowering.
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.
The Telephone Killer
Who will he kill next? A local television station is the link between a murderer and his victims. When the unknown killer calls the station, misleading clues cannot help his intended targets.
But why is he killing seemingly random people? An insurance salesman, a police officer and a hitchhiker; the police cannot connect the victims to each other much less to the killer.
Celia Whitfield's Boy
Celia Whitfield’s Boy is a riveting, bittersweet, funny and historically accurate account of a talented young man coming of age in a changing, challenging time. Set in the lumber country of eastern North Carolina in the early days of the 20th century, the novel allows us to watch the growth and challenges faced by of young people against a backdrop racism, economic change and politics.
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.
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.
Tony Lindsay's first venture into social commentary and rural humor is a riotous collection of vignettes rooted in the Deep South and skewering preachers, salesmen, marriage, big shots and especially the downhome, hard-drinking, overly affectionate folks who are his heroes.
All Good Things
Ralph the dog is back, bringing with him the entire beautiful cast of characters from Leigh Somerville's inaugural novel It All Started With a Dog. Back is Dupont Circle neighbor Susan, downstairs tenants Belle and Mary, super efficient legal assistant Georgia, George the aesthetic veteran, and a host of other memorable well-drawn individuals.
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.
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
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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