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“Artists of all stripes dance with doubt—should we? are we? why do we?—and this gentle, inspirational guide is your friend in the studio, to turn to for a moment of reassurance and renewal. Keep it handy, dip in as you need, and scribble in your own doubt-dispelling passages among the sure insights and notable quotations.”
-Allison K Williams, Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book
For everyone who worries if they're good enough to practice and share their art, this gentle volume of short, poetic essays offers assurance that doubt need not inhibit art-making and that we can all learn to live with doubt and still do our best work.
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From Regal House Publishing (August 2022). Journalist Rags Goldner is battle-scarred and heartbroken after covering a devastating pandemic that rages in Baltimore for five years. She leaves the city with her partner in search of a simpler life in small-town Maryland—only to discover nothing in Canary is simple. A teenager is missing and it falls to Rags to fight the forces of apathy, paranoia, and creeping fascism to learn the shocking truth about Effie Rutter’s fate—and the fate of thousands
Advanced Praise for "The Potrero Complex"
“Bernstein sets us in a post-pandemic time just the barest bit beyond our own, on the way to a dystopia that feels too frightening and too familiar. A thoughtful, complex, well-executed novel--not a who-done-it? but a much scarier what-in-the-hell-is-happening?”
Author of Hearing Homer’s Song and The Man Who Knew Infinity
"A scarily prescient novel that deftly explores the fraught connections between individuality, society, public policy, and technology."
Courtney Harler, Harler Literary LLC
From The Wild Rose Press.
Woo-hoo! THE NIGHTHAWKERS is a BOOK FEST AWARD-WINNER! And a finalist for the Stiletto Book Award!
Archaeologist Pauline Marsh is convinced she’s an unlovable freak. Who else in the world shares her ability to locate ancient artifacts without a map, hear their stories, and commune with long-dead artisans? But all that changes when handsome, charismatic Grey Henley persuades her she’s the girl of his dreams. For Pauline, Grey is the family she never knew. And for Grey, Pauline’s treasure-finding skills will make him immensely rich. But the lovers are keeping secrets from one another that push their relationship to the breaking point. Grey is in league with a criminal relative and Pauline is visited by an other-worldly stranger with a message. Sometimes, it takes a broken heart to discover your true destiny—and find eternal love where you least expect it.
Advanced Praise for "The Nighthawkers"
"A swashbuckling adventure with fantasy, love, and, at its heart, a search for peace and truth. Absorbing and fascinating."
Italy Ever After
“From the world building to the detailed character development, this fantasy story was very engaging and kept me wanting more throughout. The book is fast paced and has a good mix of mystery, adventure, romance and mysticism...”
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YA Urban Fantasy. Sapphic Fiction. LGBTQ-friendly. Suitable for 15+.
When sixteen-year-old Ell Gossamer's two mothers mysteriously disappear, the teen human-mermaid hybrid quickly flees home with little more than a mysterious family keepsake, a book called “Dreams of Song Times.” Ell will learn astonishing secrets about her past—but only after endangering her life to save others.
An explosive fantasy about love, loss, and
"I don’t know exactly how I landed a short while ago at the tide’s edge on this island, with its blue rocks, singing sea grasses, and powdered sand. ..."
"Ell is incredibly real and her mermaid song will stay in your heart. Exquisitely portrayed. Rawly human."
-- Theresa L. Ford, Maz, Origin
“A wonderful first-person coming-of-age and coming out narrative on the loneliness and pain of otherness.” --
Linda Ashton Trott, Immortal Desire
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“This book was gripping, from the moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend it, especially to middle schoolers or older.”
– a 13-year-old reader
“This story is not just another teen angst but a story of redemption, forgiveness and self-actualization. It’s mouth-dropping plot element are sure to keep the reader wondering the next move.”
– Daneace Jeffery, Author/High School Educator
“A suspenseful story full of teen obstacles that provide humor, compassion, and despair. This page turning story is relevant and paints a clear picture of how unexpected events can lead to an appreciation for friends and family.”
– Stacey Nunn, Library Media Specialist
Fran Singer is a regular 8th grader, when suddenly, everything changes. A tragic accident with major consequences shoots her out of her ordinary world into one racked with guilt, shame, and complete alienation. Starting over after all that is not easy— but is it possible? Will Fran’s life be better, the second time around?