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Welcome to The Book Store at Two Drops of Ink. To check get more information about the books listed on our virtual shelve, just click on the cover of the book you’re interested in, and it will take you to Amazon or other retailers where you can choose to purchase. Also, below the thumbnails of the books, there is a longer section with each book listed and a synopsis provided (in most cases). Happy reading!
Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters by Christa Avampato
Thirteen-year-old Emerson Page wants to know what happened to her mother, Nora, a world-renowned anthropologist well-known for her research on ancient cultures and languages. Five years ago, Nora was found on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “We’ve never seen anything like it,” said the NYPD. “It’s as if she just fell asleep on the steps of the museum and never woke up.” And with that, the police gave up their search for answers.
But Emerson didn’t. Her journey to discover the answers about her mother’s mysterious death takes her deep below the streets of New York City on a dangerous adventure into a magical world of books. There she learns the stunning truth about her mother and her own destiny to continue her mother’s legacy.
Time is running out. An alarming threat looms large and too close to home. With the very existence of human imagination at stake, can Emerson find the strength to fulfill her mother’s final wish before it’s too late?
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‘The Institute’ by
Fiction. Translated from the Dutch by Susan Ridder. THE INSTITUTE is a beautifully written boarding school novel about a boy who is searching for his identity and a sense of security. It is both hilarious and moving, and paints a frank picture of the 1970s, when ‘everything had to be tried out.’
Otto Iking is an outsider, at home as well as at the boarding school for the blind, but he is also an observer. Otto looks at the world around him with an unpitying sense of humour.
He observes the other children as well as the carers and teachers, who aim to prepare their pupils for the able-bodied world which ‘can be very tough.’
He discovers his feelings for Sonia, a fellow student, and he makes plans for a rescue mission to liberate hostages in the notorious Moluccan hijacking case in Bovensmilde.
But most of all, he wants to escape from the institution for the blind to a school for sighted children. Otto doesn’t want sympathy. He can see a future: working for the radio.
In short, a novel about a boy with remarkable powers of observation.
This is a newly released novel with no reviews as of yet.
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‘The Icing on the Cake’ by
This is the story of how one 24 year old had everything- promising career, boyfriend, graduate school and a brain injury stripped her of everything and reminded her what is important in life. This is the story of more than sixty surgeries and how there’s always room for yet another medical diagnosis.
Top customer reviews on Amazon
What I’m most impressed by is the preciseness of this work. Although Jennifer has encountered such heaviness in her remarkable life, her writing never once reads as gratuitously sentimental or self-indulgent. Each sentence is purposeful, and if a story is told, it is told for good reason that ties in with the greater theme of the piece.
I was also struck by how Mrs. Gonzalez describes issues of identity throughout the piece, but especially as she is participating in a group session at the rehab facility. She almost sees herself from above and for the first time confronts a reality that questioned what she knew about herself, and how our self-perception is both more rigid and more fragile than we think – a realization that can bring you to your knees. It’s a great lesson, especially for those of us in the helping/service professions.
I laughed with her, cried with her, and learned with her. Great work!
‘Watching the Daisies- Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow’ by Brigid Gallagher
- The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
- Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
- Entering a new life of SLOW
‘Smart Branding For Busy Bloggers’ by Jennifer Brown Banks
SMART BRANDING FOR BUSY BLOGGERS is a must read for writers and bloggers of all levels and genres, seeking to “work smarter, not harder” and stand out from the vast online competition. Readers will find an array of strategic tips and tools to increase their visibility and their bottom line.
The book is based on the author’s experience as a “Top Writing Blog” award recipient for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Known for her “work smarter, not harder” philosophy, Jennifer Brown Banks offers savvy tips, advice, and insight that bloggers at any stage of the game can use. This book will help you save time and money on the road to blogging success. Highly recommended! ~Karen Lange, author, blogger, freelance writer & editor~
BIO: JENNIFER BROWN BANKS is a veteran freelance writer, award-winning blogger, poet, and ghost writer residing in Illinois.
She is a contributing author to “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide”– Adams Media, 2016.
Author’s website: Pen and Prosper
MAURICE ‘BIG MO’ DOLAN is prone to headaches and there is one main cause: his family. He believes eldest son Chuck, 7, needs toughening up, his wife Beryl is too lenient, his career-criminal father has no respect for him and he is about to lose his younger brother Clive to the army.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. With Margaret Thatcher’s government backing initiative and suggesting people get ‘on their bikes’ to find work, Mo believes it is the perfect time for him to expand his business… into armed robbery.
As he plans the ultimate raid to drag him out of the poverty trap, he believes his fortunes are bound to get better… but with the Falklands War just around the corner, they are about to become a whole lot worse.
‘Crossing The Whitewash’ by Nick Rippington
‘Evocative and original’ – Writers’ Digest judges: 2016 self-published eBook awards
Eight years later Arnie is desperate to catch up with his former partner-in-crime, but Gary has disappeared. Where is he? And why is he so keen to let the past stay in the past? Arnie eventually tracks him down to Wales where, in a shocking finale, all the secrets are about to come tumbling out…
‘Hippies’ by Gary Gautier
A long-overdue epic novel of the Age of Aquarius
By 1970, the hippie scene was faltering, a victim of both inner contradictions and external forces. The Vietnam war resistance, psychedelic drugs, sexual openness, the freedom of the commune – it seemed that everything about the 1960s could be incredibly liberating or wildly destructive. Against this backdrop, Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman and a coterie of hippies discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. This is the epic tale of hippiedom we’ve been waiting for, intimate in the lives of its characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights, sounds, and ideals of the Age of Aquarius. Hippies is well-suited to readers of historical fiction, literary fiction, and anyone interested in the 1960s or the history of countercultural movements. It is also available in Kindle format.
“What Kerouac did for the Beats with On the Road, Gautier has done for the sixties generation with Hippies … poetic and insightful on the contradictions and conflict which made the decade so exciting and ultimately so tragic.” Michael T. Tusa, Jr. author of Advancing on Chaos
“Engaging atmosphere … and the quality of the prose is often immediate and compelling … Gautier is at his best in the confrontation scenes between the idealistic protagonists and the authorities.” Steve Morris, author of The Yoga Sutras and Strange Thoughts, Random Mutterings
“An intriguing story with well-developed (and unique) characters … not too sweet, not too sad.” Lorilin Meyer, bug bug book reviews
“Great job of incorporating fiction and nonfiction into an easily readable book that hooked you from the beginning … made you feel like you were really living in the ‘60s.” Liz Gardner, Ski Lift Operator, Big Sky Montana
Gary Gautier, with an MA from UT-Austin and a Ph.D. from CU-Boulder, has taught writing and literature at the University of Colorado and Louisiana State University. He has published children’s and scholarly books, novels and poetry, literary criticism and book reviews. Gary has hitchhiked through 40 states and 8 countries, run two marathons, and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant.
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‘If Only I Had A Dad: Finding Freedom From Fatherlessness’ by Rick Amitin
Abandoned by his father as a small child, Rick Amitin survived a heartbreaking relationship with his mom and three stepfathers before he was nine years old. At fifteen, he set out on his own, traveling the world, searching for his dad, and finding it impossible to live happily without one. One misguided decision and painful consequence after another, Rick made his way through the military and answered the calling to preach. He lifted people across the country and around the world while the wound of fatherlessness wreaked havoc on his relationships and pursuits, making him grapple with his lack of identity and sense of worth at every turn, that is, until his grand boy dropped out of heaven and into his arms and catalyzed his journey of healing.
In If Only I Had a Dad, Rick’s raw-polish approach to sharing his story and hard-earned wisdom will help other fatherless men and women to:
- Identify the True Cause of All the Messy Dysfunction
- Discover the Power on the Other Side of the Pain
- Become the Parent They Never Knew They Could Be
If you have been searching for your father, wanting the pain to stop, this book is for you.
Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, and Founder of rickamitin.com. He traveled extensively as an Evangelist, pastored for many years, and built a multi-million dollar insurance business in Los Angeles before embarking on the journey of personal transformation. Rick is an Ordained Minister, a Certified Behavioral Analyst from The Institute for Motivational Living, Licensed Insurance Agent, and a Transformational Life Coach. He is a lifelong student with several certifications, has attended numerous seminars in personal development, and an avid reader and researcher. Rick is a former member of The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Workshop and the Writers Guild of Texas. He has been mentored by some of the leading voices of our time, Ford Taylor, Jack Canfield, Sanford G. Kulkin, and Kevin Knebl.
‘Untangled: A story of resilience, courage, and triumph’ by Alexis Rose
She repressed the memories of her past until a family tragedy forced her to face what her life had been. A history of abuse, torture, and threats to maintain her silence or be killed, could no longer be denied.
This is the story of facing the truth and risking the consequences of breaking the silence. The author learns to accept the effects of the trauma that echo through her daily life as PTSD.
Through years of self-exploration, she learns to live her life fearlessly, with eyes wide open. Ultimately this book is about resilience; hope for victims who have suffered trauma and for the people who support them.
Alexis Rose began her remarkable healing journey in 2009. Sparked by a family tragedy, she began to piece together, for the first time, a personal history of abuse and trauma. Supported by her spirituality and writing, as well as family and friends, she has profoundly grown and changed over the years. While learning to live with the effects of her trauma, and working with the deficits caused by PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), she has co-authored three inspirational books. Her newest book, Untangled, speaks to the courage, resilience, and triumph over her unimaginable hardship. Alexis is an experienced speaker on the topics of living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also an active blogger who writes about PTSD, Mental Health, and Trauma, with a bit of poetry sprinkled in along the way.
‘Finding Destiny’ by Barbara Sinor
Luana, a retired psychotherapist in southern California, discovers a novel about a girl living in England in the 1970s who has been raped. As Luana devours the book, she and the young woman each share their search for the innermost harbor of women’s life choices. Even though they live in separate countries and bridge many decades in time, their individual exploration of metaphysics, spirituality, and women’s rights culminates in a mysterious friendship.
Barbara’s Bio can be found on our ‘Published Contributors‘ page
Fortitude: A Quest Through Fear and Doubt By Gayle R. Lee
Fortitude: A Quest Through Fear and Doubt is a spiritual memoir about four challenging years in the life of the author. She quits her long-term employment and embarks on a journey searching for security, happiness, and her destiny. She finds the outer challenges are mostly due to her inner condition. Feelings of fear and self-doubt thwart her progress. She seeks spiritual practices to repair her inner struggle.
The story begins when I am very dissatisfied at work. I quit, rent out my house and find live-in employment on a horse ranch where I am mistreated by my new employer. I find another job at a horse ranch and move out of state. I get very sick while working here and need to leave in order to recover. A friend picks me up and brings me and some of my possessions back home to Michigan. With no job and no place to live, my journey continues. I live with my brother, then my aunt, I rent a room in a house with other people. Getting along with my housemates was an unsuccessful challenge. I have an epiphany on a big hill while living there. It is a message of encouragement from my son in spirit. My renters move out so I return to my home. I find the struggles I encounter are mostly due to my internal state of fear and self-doubt. I have trouble finding employment and eventually, I am forced to move into a homeless shelter. After a few months, I get my house back again but I don’t have enough money to pay the payments. I resort to renting out part of my house to another family. They are messy and we don’t get along. I end up kicking them out. I find part-time work, then more part-time work. Eventually, I get offered a live-in position after my house goes into foreclosure. It’s a new start and an answer to my dilemma.
Review from Amazon:
December 2, 2017
Fortitude is a 122-page memoir, Author Gayle Lee walks readers through 4 years of her life, her journey and inner struggles. Fortitude A Quest Through Fear & Doubt could not be a better title for this book, for me, the book was an emotional read. I lost my father and brother a few years ago so I was able to relate to part of the book, the journey, and the doubt.
Fortitude was an easy and quick read, I loved a line in the introduction about the desire for success ” Everyone has the desire for success. If we remove the obstacles that keep us from our success, we have a clear path to achieve it. However, fear can erupt and lead to doubt and insecurity”. When I lost my father and brother I started working 24/7 this was my escape from reality, until one day I was so insecure about my business, my success that I almost gave it all up, I also did what Gayle did when she felt she had no other option but to leave.
Gayle’s writing style has brought me back to journaling I have not taken the time to put my words to the paper she is right it’s a healing style. Throughout the book, Gayle’s journal notes are worked in smoothly into the different chapters and pages, really bring the personal experiences to life, the expressions and dreams are very touching and emotions.
Her website: https://gaylerlee.com/
Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira
Jesus returns to earth.
After meeting activist Magdalene who is fighting for a better world, he becomes embroiled in three problematic situations.
He meets an extremist ecological group, which is plotting to destroy a maize plantation it believes to be genetically modified. Then, he observes the rise up against a tourist development that is to be built in a forest reserve. Finally, he witnesses an armed conflict between blacks and gypsies.
Along this journey, he meets a series of characters: the ecologists already mentioned, a priest who forces him to take confession, a corrupt local politician, unscrupulous contractors, a police commander forced to play Pilate, the inhabitants of run-down neighbourhood, a wizard who solves all the problems, and a black boy and a gypsy girl in love (Romy and Julian).
However, although he limits himself to accompanying Magdalene attempting only to pacify those on bad terms, even then Jesus is unable to escape the fury of mankind.
And only the con man – Professor Kacimba – will recognise him.
Using irony and sarcasm, TheSecond Coming of Jesus to Earth broaches recent phenomena of social and political conflict.
Silver Medal Feathered Quill Book Awards 2017
New apple book Award official selection 2016
Bronze Medal Readers Favorite 2017
Silver medal Ebook Global Awards 2017
International Book Award 2017 finalist
Independent Press Award 2017 finalist
Chanticleer Book Awards 2017 finalist
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Latina Book Club Book of the year 2016
Hungry Monster Book Awards 2016
If I Could Tell You How It Feels: My Life Journey With PTSD by Alexis Rose
If I Could Tell You How It Feels is a series of essays and poems about living authentically with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Alexis Rose takes us on a journey into the reality of living with triggers, flashbacks, and the challenges of working through trauma. She writes with intimate vulnerability about the tough subjects of family, friendships, loss, grief, parenting, and therapy.
With a sense of universal hope and honesty, the author collaborated with artist Janet Rosauer to add a dramatic and soulful dimension to many of the chapters.
Whether you are a survivor, someone living with a mental or chronic illness, a professional working within the mental health industry, or you are simply interested in learning more about the intricacies of living and thriving with PTSD, this book will provide new insights and an appreciation of this invisible illness that affects millions of people around the world.
The White Crucifixion, A novel about Marc Chagall, by Michael Dean
The White Crucifixion starts with Chagall’s difficult birth in Vitebsk 1887, in the present-day
Belarus, and tells the surprising story of how the eldest son of a herring schlepper became
enrolled in art school where he quickly gained a reputation. The novel paints a vivid picture
of a Russian town divided by belief and wealth, rumours of pogroms never far away, yet
bustling with talented young artists.
In 1913 Chagall relished the opportunity to move to Paris to take up residence in the artist
colony ‘The Hive’ (La Ruche). The Yiddish-speaking artists (École Juive) living there were
all poor, yet many of its artists were to become famous, among them Amedeo Modigliani,
Chaim Soutine and Osip Zadkine.
In 1914 Chagall and his wife Bella made what was supposed to be a fleeting visit to his
beloved Vitebsk, only to be trapped there by the outbreak of the First World War, the
subsequent Russian revolution and the establishment of the communist regime, which was
increasingly hostile towards artists like Chagall.
Yet Chagall kept on painting, and the novel provides a fascinating account of what inspired
some of his greatest work. He eventually managed to return to France, only to be thwarted by
another world war, which proved disastrous for the people he knew in Vitebsk, the people in
his paintings, including his uncle Neuch, the original ‘fiddler on the roof’.
‘Good news for fans of the brilliant but enigmatic artist, Marc Chagall: this impeccably researched
novel will illuminate the dark corners of his turbulent life.’ – Jane Harris
‘Dean’s shimmering palette of prose brings the world and work of Chagall to vivid,
engrossing life.’ – E.M. Powell
‘Brilliantly and evocatively written’ – Patricia O’Reilly
‘A portrait of a century of upheaval and a life full of courage and colour.’ – Jenny Barden
Michael Dean has a history degree from Worcester
College, Oxford, an MSc in Applied Linguistics from
Edinburgh University and a translator’s qualification (AIL)
His novels are The Crooked Cross (Quaestor, 2000,
2009); Thorn, about Spinoza and Rembrandt (Bluemoose
Books, 2011); Magic City, a Bildungsroman (Odyssey
Press, new edition 2017); and I, Hogarth (DuckworthOverlook,
2012), which set out to unify Hogarth’s life with
He has also written three e-books for Endeavour Press: The
Enemy Within (2013), about Jewish resistance in the
Netherlands in World War II; Hour Zero (2014);
and Before the Darknesss (2015), about Walther
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