The Man Who Could Not Lose

A sweet, exciting, and somewhat supernatural story of Champneys “Champ” Carter and his devoted and headstrong wife, Dolly, who, in the early teens of the 20th century, discover Carter’s uncanny knack for picking winning racehorses. Carter, a struggling novelist, and Dolly absent a family fortune due to her marriage to Champ, are making what they…

The Last Egyptian: A Romance of the Nile

Romance, intrigue, jewels, gold-laden tombs, ancient curses, Egyptian princesses, a dysfunctional British family, a heroic archaeologist, a conniving thief, a wicked and vengeful heir to a 4,000-year-old line of Egyptian kings all come together on the Nile in 1900s Cairo in a tale only L. Frank Baum – creator of the Oz stories – could…

The Great Nebraska Sea

In the late Cretaceous period, about 80 million years ago, vast stretches of the North American continent were under water, between what is now the central Rocky Mountains and the eastern Appalachians, and extending south from the Canadian provinces to the Gulf of Mexico (as we know it today). We’ve all read about, and maybe…

Duel on Syrtis

Riordan, a ruthless and wealthy hunter, needs one more kill to fill out his bucket list. He’s faced down and brought home the wildest beasts on Earth, Venus, and even Neptune. But what he really craves is the hide of a Martian, and he’ll pay any price, endure any obstacle, to hang that trophy on…

Inside Earth

Valgolia, a planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system, conquered Earth generations ago, but their conquest was incomplete. While Valgolians made possible greater prosperity, universal health, and interstellar trade for all Earthlings, the factional frictions of Earth – race against race, religion against religion, culture against culture – continue to bedevil the Valgolian’s vision of…

Youth

When Red, a young boy living on a vast country estate owned by his father, a world-renowned industrialist, finds and captures two small and strange-looking animals, he hides them away in an old bird cage in the loft of his father’s barn. He has dreams of making big bucks in a circus sideshow featuring the…

Entirely Surrounded

It is 1934. Red-headed Henry Cook, fresh out of Amherst and excited about working on his first book at an infamous writers’ colony, arrives at the Vermont island retreat at the invitation of its owner, Thaddeus Hulbert, a boisterous, bellowing, bloviated curmudgeon, whose reputation as a novelist, columnist, and radio commentator has vaulted him to…

Double or Nothing

First appearing in the May, 1962 magazine Fantastic Stories of Imagination, Double or Nothing, by Jack Sharkey, is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek science fiction short story chronicling a few hilarious, tragic-but-still-funny, days in the lives of wacky inventor Artie Lindstrom and Burt, his long-suffering engineer/fabricator partner and the tale’s narrator. It is summer, in the probably distant…

The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 novel, introduced Fitzgerald fans to 22-year-old Gloria Gilbert, a drop-dead gorgeous, selfish, gumdrop-addicted beauty from Kansas City, and 25-year-old Anthony Patch, a handsome, heir-to-a-fortune, careless, spoiled Harvard graduate and New York bon vivant. The novel opens in 1913, a time of flappers, jazz clubs, silent movies, and,…

The Virginian

Written first as a series of stories in the late 19th century and published later as the quintessential Western novel in the early years of the 20th century, The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister contains elements of breathtaking adventure, courage, grit, conflict, humor, and heartfelt emotions that continue to resonate in…