The Defender of the Faith
Book Listing , Fiction / September 24, 2019

BEST MARATHI NOVEL AWARD OF 2017 BY GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA, INDIA Almost everyone in the Shirodkar household knows Shyam is a doomed child. The family astrologer, who is never wrong, has predicted that Shyam will encounter three, near-death accidents and will not survive the third. The question is not if but when the event will happen. As he grows up motherless in central India, Shyam is treated like a stepchild. While fearing he will be starved, branded, and sent to an orphanage, Shyam matures within his small, poor family while the political and social upheavals of the century threaten to destroy all of them. As Shyam’s life journey leads him to a missionary college in Nagpur, he embraces Western influences that prompt him to question traditions and wisdom acquired through centuries. While Europe heads toward war, Shyam and his orthodox Hindu father become immersed in a moral struggle that erupts from a volcano of religious fanaticism and age-old traditions. Can the two men ever reach a resolution or will Shyam be left with more questions than answers and a void he will never be able to fill? Defender of the Faith is a powerful story of love, loss, resilience, and hope…

The Little Prince Returns
Fiction / December 26, 2018

Remember Antoine de Exupéry, that wonderful author and not so successful pilot, who crash landed his airplane in the Sahara desert so many years ago, with scarcely enough water to keep himself alive for a week. Remember how a magical, curly-headed little prince suddenly appeared out of nowhere and insisted that he draw him a sheep. Remember Antoine’s enchanting description of the days they spent together before his companion disappeared as abruptly as he had appeared. And remember his anguished appeal to anyone who might meet him again to: “Please comfort me. Send me word that he has come back.” Decades passed. Those who longed for his return could only dream. And then, one day, it fell to the good fortune of a young fisherman lost at sea, afloat on a little ship that he had stolen from its owner, to discover the very same curly-headed prince splashing in the water below him, calling for help. He rushed to help him aboard. This book tells the tale of what happened after that moment, of the blossoming of friendship and understanding between two unlikely companions as, over many cups of tea brewed with the last of their water, they shared their…

Mylee in the Mirror (Greek Mythology Fantasy Series Book 2)
Children's Books , Fantasy , Fiction / December 26, 2018

Freshman year is just starting, and already Mylee fears her family is falling apart. She’s not interested in dating or any of the high-school drama it brings, but that’s just what she gets when Sam, the most popular guy at school, invites her to the Homecoming dance. Mylee needs advice, so she summons Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, her secret confidant. Tyler is worried about Mylee, his best friend and teammate. Already sad about her family woes, he’s livid that Slimeball Sam is trying to ooze his way into her life. And she seems to be falling for Sam’s act! Worse, Ty is worried all this attention from such a popular guy will place Mylee officially out of his league. What does an ancient Greek goddess know about modern teenage romance? Can My and Ty save their friendship and discover what matters most?

Over The Pass, and Other Stories
Fiction / November 19, 2018

From the expansive openness of Texas to the steep peaks of Montana, this collection of stories mines iconic landscapes–the internal mirroring the outer realms. Many previously published in Literary journals and anthologies, some, original here, all explore what it means to be human.They are stories of the heart. A pleasure to read. This short story collection is excellent and makes you think, indeed, that is probably its intention and the author Susan Mary Malone definitely succeeds in putting you front and center as if you were there to see the realities which confront us all. It was a pleasure to it. I found her work to be original, intriguing and by all accounts entertaining. Her short stories entitled, Over the Pass and Two Hundred Miles to Dumas were among my favorites. Her writing style was so honest and absorbing I sensed the sentiments of the author becoming revealed. Having a dozen discrete stories makes this a good book to bring with you while traveling, or having by your bedside table, being able to pick up, finish a story and take a break. Although the next story is upon you so quickly that you just might need to postpone your break…