*NOTE: This is just my ROUGH DRAFT and is UNFINISHED. I thought I might put it out there for readers to comment on and suggest ideas for me. I hope to finish this story... someday when I can overcome my writer's block for this storyline and find some time to sit down and write the rest.*
Growing up in the East End isn't easy, especially when it's 1858 and you're being raised by a single mother. Most people would have just settled for the life they had, but Clayton wanted something more. He wanted to make a difference. He wanted to help people. He wanted to be a doctor. With his mother working around the clock just to put food on the table, saving up the money to go to the University just didn't seem possible, but Clayton was determined to make it happen. He was determined that he would beat the odds and become the doctor he had always dreamed he would be
When Price Frederick is startled by his fathers moans in the night, he finds that he has been seriously wounded. Price Frederick, now tasked with the duties of the throne, must make tough decisions regarding his kingdom while trying to uncover what really happened to his father.
At four o’clock in the afternoon on September 13, 1916, in a muddy train yard in Erwin, Tennessee, roustabouts with Sparks World-Famous Shows marched a five-ton elephant named Mary to the instrument of her demise – a large crane designed to lift freight and rail cars for the Clinchfield Railroad. Just twenty-four hours earlier, Mary had been found guilty of murdering the tour’s new elephant under-keeper, Walter “Red” Eldridge. It’s a story that the citizens of Erwin, and beyond, have heard since they were old enough to sit on a grandparent’s lap. But Mary’s tale is much more than people think they know. She was a performer. A friend. A child. She was smart, and funny, and courageous. She was Big Mary. (Note: This story, as it appears on UPLITERATE, is for promotional purposes only. All text is Copyright © 2016 by Dustin Street. The text that appears here may not be final, and is subject to change upon formal release of the print and e-book editions.)
During Alice's time with an experimental commune, the Shiva Lila, she was forced to leave the Philippines without her daughter. 5 years after their separation, Alice struggles to find information regarding her daughter's whereabouts, as well as, her struggles with drinking, drugs, men, and a rash of suicide attempts. The story closely follows Cecilia, Alice's daughter, through her childhood and discusses the difficulties of growing up in the Philippines martial law era. Poverty, violence, croaked politicians, and rebels set the mood of the Philippines in the 1970s, paradise losing itself to the corruption of one man, President Ferdinand Marcos. Misplaced is the first installment to a trilogy. (Misplaced, Lost, and Found)
Phoenix's life is very much uneventful. Living in her small town with her father and working hard for a stable income, she desperately seeks comfort under the stars, where she and her father spend many nights together. When her father is sent away on a trading trip, however, Phoenix's life is suddenly thrown upside down.
It is a time of new beginnings. Pharaoh Akhenaten has declared that there is only one god to be worshipped throughout Egypt. He has also made a promise to his oldest daughter, Merytaten: One day, she will be his heir and the future pharaoh. But this promise quickly fades as Akhenaten becomes obsessed with producing a male heir. As pressures build up against his new religion, it falls upon Akhenaten's wife, the great Nefertiti, and their children to help their citizens and prevent an insurrection. Merytaten soon finds herself trapped in a world of broken dreams. When she loses the meaning to her life, how can she possibly help others? What can she do to assist her people who are falling into poverty and starving? How can she save those she loves when Death's shadow looms large across the city of Ahkenaten? Discover the struggles and triumphs of one young woman's lifetime...
Deborah, by Rusty Green, is a novel about a female pastor living and ministering in the sometimes volatile city of Montego Bay. Deborah explores the intricacies of balancing public office with personal life, and reveals and comments on themes such as gender, sexual orientation and marriage and the family, three of the top issues plaguing church leaders today. Deborah knows the odds are against her succeeding. But she also knows she is not acting on her own. Had she not received the call of God upon her life, she would have left this controversial office to her male counterparts, who are often vilified for their irresponsible handling of their calling. Some, making national headlines due to misconduct on the pulpit. Deborah knows she can make a difference in her community and with the help and support of her friends and family, she is determined to succeed where others have failed.
Deep in the forests of Southern Appalachia, fifteen year-old Silas Vanover ventures down from his mountain colony to trade. His people are a mysterious group of unknown origins, and while myths and folklore abound, they are labeled pejoratively with one word: Melungeons. Passing off as a member of an Indian tribe, Silas is thrilled at possibly making a life for himself as a trader among the white settlers. However, his optimisms are crushed by his family’s horror stories of lynchings, excommunication, and worse--until he meets Amadahy Kingfisher, a Cherokee girl who notices how out of place he is in town but extends kindness and curiosity toward him. The two make a deal to befriend to one another for their own protection among the hostile European frontiersmen, and their encounter makes Silas hopeful that his people’s haunted memories are scarred legends of the past. He was wrong, and becomes trapped in the mire of pioneer life. He must fight for his home, his identity, and his place among the people of East Tennessee, forming alliances with the white settlers and the remaining Cherokees of the area while trying to stay true to his own people. In the end, he must decide where his heart and loyalties lie during the cusp of what will later be known as The Trail of Tears.
Jane Gresham is sick and tired of the strict and oppressive blue blooded life style she was born into. Bravely breaking free she forms a life of her own making. After running away from church on her wedding day, she encounters a kindly innkeeper, pirates and discovers she possesses a power that has the ability to put her, and everyone she loves in danger.
Five years after her separation from her daughter, Alice struggles to come to terms with her past and bleak future, but hope comes in the form of a phone call from a Rolling Stone journalist looking to write an article about her time with an experimental commune and losing her daughter. Cecilia's life gets flipped upside down when her father, Bayani Caldero, is beaten and arrested before her eyes. Bayani had been Cecilia's teacher, father, savior, and best friend for as long as she could remember, and now life will become more difficult with the weight of her family's livelihood on her shoulders, more pressure than a 9 year old should bare.