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In the tumultuous backdrop of the 1969 Chicago Haymarket riot, Ron, a spirited seventeen-year-old, finds himself ensnared in the complexities of Cook County jail. As he navigates this new world, he forms an unexpected bond with Pete Fischetti, the prodigious son of a renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. Their shared experiences and discussions echo the sentiments of a generation yearning for change.

Upon his release, courtesy of his father’s intervention, Ron’s journey takes a detour through a mental institution. Here, amidst the backdrop of societal expectations, he encounters fellow “hippie-freaks” grappling with their identities. As they resist a program designed to mold them into societal norms, Ron’s heartstrings are tugged by the enigmatic Marge, a love that remains tantalizingly out of reach.

A serendipitous discovery of the graves from the original Haymarket riot offers Ron and Pete a profound connection to the past, bridging generations of revolutionaries. But life outside isn’t any simpler. Amidst love affairs thwarted by institutional powers, a chilling encounter with a Satanist lover, and the haunting specter of friends lost to their inner demons, Ron’s resilience is tested.

With the weight of lost loves and the looming draft, Ron’s spirit remains unbroken. His adventures, from selling underground paraphernalia to confronting the harsh realities of a society in flux, paint a vivid portrait of a young man’s journey in a transformative era. As he grapples with love, loss, and the pull of revolution, readers aged 40 and older will find themselves transported back to a time of societal upheaval, resonating with the challenges and aspirations of their youth. This is but the beginning of Ron’s odyssey, with more tales of revolution to come in subsequent volumes.


In the thrilling second installment of The Elmnas Chronicles, FOX takes readers on an unforgettable journey through a dystopian world filled with danger, dark secrets, and unexpected allies. Mouse, a resourceful and courageous teenage girl, along with her loyal companion Toma, find themselves in the heart of Elmnas, a deadly labyrinth that threatens their very existence.

After the shocking events of the first book, Mouse and Toma forge ahead into the unknown, uncertain of who they can trust in a world where treachery hides in plain sight. As they navigate the perils of Elmnas, they forge unlikely alliances, discovering that the lines between good and evil are not as clear-cut as they seem.

Bound together by a mysterious power that grows stronger with every passing day, Mouse and Toma must rely on each other’s strengths and wits to survive the deadly trials of Elmnas. With enemies lurking around every corner and time running out, they must confront their own demons and face the truth about the world they thought they knew.

FOX is a gripping tale of survival, friendship, and self-discovery, weaving together elements of science fiction, dystopia, and fantasy to create a captivating and immersive reading experience. Fans of The Elmnas Chronicles will not want to miss this heart-pounding sequel that leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.


Mouse is an ordinary girl with a burning secret – she doesn’t know who she is or where she comes from. All she has to cling to is the searing pain of the number 146 branded on her arm with a white-hot iron. Working as a slave in Misty Summit’s Manufacturing Facility, she is alone until a fateful discovery leads her to embark on a quest to Elmnas, a fabled land far away.

With the help of a kind-hearted farm boy and an ancient warrior, Mouse begins her daring journey. But the ruling powers are determined to stop her, and a relentless bounty huntress is on her trail. With danger lurking at every turn, Mouse must fight for her freedom and find a way to the mysterious country. Will she make it to Elmnas, or will her pursuers catch up with her?

Mouse’s journey is filled with danger, mystery and courage. Her bravery and determination will take her to places she never thought possible. Join Mouse and her newfound friends as they battle against the odds to reach Elmnas in this thrilling adventure of self-discovery

The Black Rook

What would you do to avenge the murder of your father?

When a mad monk whispers to Hanzus that someone poisoned his father, he rides at once to the monastery in haste. But as his father succumbs to the slow poison, he learns the assassin fled south to an inn called the Black Rook. With revenge in his heart, Hanzus travels a raging sea in search of his father’s killer, cementing his name as the Baron Without Sorrow. And on the trail of revenge, he discovers secrets about his family he never knew.

Accompanied by Barrett, a drunk who dreams of adventure and a taste of exotic women, and Mavrian Morr, a Bloodkin shunned by humanity he is obligated to track down the killer and avenge his father. But through the process, will he uncover a deeper plot and overcome the madness in the world?

Chicago Rage

Free Love, Drugs, and Riots

A time in US history. A time of turmoil. And a time of unrest. A five-part memoir as seen through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Ron trying to earn enough money to continue his exploration of the emerging Counterculture, just after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

From the exploration of the underground culture of Chicago to the streets of New York, this recollection of the riots and first inter-racial romance tells of the trials we all face, even today. And then Karen entered his life – a young run-a-way with wild thoughts of tearing down Pig City.

From freedom to jail, Ron must re-evaluate his life’s direction and to look at the world in a wider scope.

Take an amazing journey through the memory of a man from another generation as he struggled to find his position in life–as most of the world is doing today.

The Goodman Curse

Family, you can’t live with them, but you can arrest them

Sergeant Greg Goodman is only good at one thing – his job. He couldn’t even die properly. Now, his first case back from medical leave places him firmly in the crosshairs of the biggest investigation of his life – his family. If he’s not careful, his ass won’t be the only thing on the line.

Greg learns the hard way that Blue Blood doesn’t run true. The only person he can trust hates his guts, but her genius with computers is necessary for cracking a case that hits a little too close to home.

If Greg doesn’t learn to play by the new rules, he might find himself no longer welcome home, where the seat of the crime syndicate is run by his father. The problem is, he prefers to play by his own rules.

Written by Johan Thompson

Published by Tumbleweed Books

China Girl

Young women around the world keep disappearing.

Tasked with an impossible-to-solve investigation with only the heel of a shoe and three drops of blood, Detective Roberts must work with a reluctant Interpol officer to get a break.

The streets of a near-future Toronto become the hunting ground for victims of a new, addictive neural tech with killer side-effects. It’s up to Bruce and Mie to untangle a web of intrigue and influence as deep as the justice system itself. There’s nowhere to turn, no way to pin the murders on the crime boss. Lives are on the line – most of them underage.

Can they shut down the TRIAD’s arm before more blood is spilled and the killers become untouchable?

Follow along in this Crime/SciFi novel

This book contains strong language, violence, and mature subject matter – reader discretion is advised.

Written by Douglas Owen

Published by Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications

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The Journal Effect

In the evocative and stirring novel “The Journal Effect” by Kelly Simmerman, readers are invited into a world where the past and present intertwine through the pages of forgotten journals. The story delves deep into the realms of family secrets, personal discovery, and the unyielding power of memory.

At the heart of the narrative is Chelsea, a character whose life is irrevocably changed when she uncovers a series of journals belonging to her late grandmother, Evelyn Petersson. These journals, filled with decades of untold stories and hidden truths, become Chelsea’s guide through a labyrinth of her family’s concealed past. As she turns each page, she is drawn deeper into a complex web of emotions, revelations, and mysteries that have shaped her family’s history.

Set against the backdrop of everyday life, the story masterfully intertwines the ordinary with the extraordinary. Simmerman’s writing is both poignant and captivating, painting a vivid picture of Chelsea’s journey as she navigates the delicate balance between the love and pain embedded in her family’s legacy. The narrative is rich with themes of betrayal, loss, and the enduring impact of the past on the present.

This novel is a compelling read for anyone who appreciates deeply emotional storytelling, complex characters, and the intrigue of a well-kept family secret. Simmerman’s skilful narrative invites readers to reflect on their own family histories and the stories that lie hidden just beneath the surface.

“The Journal Effect” is a testament to the enduring power of memory and the unbreakable bonds of family, making it a must-read for fans of heartfelt, character-driven fiction.

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