Michael Gersony’s book Notes From the Nightstand, a book of three short stories, is now available on Nook and Kindle. Get yours today from either Amazon or Barnes Noble. The Amazon Kindle version is currently available and the Nook version will be available later today. The link to Amazon is below.
In 1685, Jean-Claude Dubois, son of a French spice merchant, escapes from the violence against Protestant Huguenots and sails to Prussia. Jean-Claude falls in love with Marie and they marry and have a daughter, Katy. At thirteen, fluent in French, Katy is sent away to be the companion of spoiled, aristocratic Charlotte to tutor her for a marriage into French nobility. Katy must accompany her to France, where she meets the blacksmith’s apprentice, Gilles. Their love appears doomed when the family takes her to Versailles for the wedding. They remain there for two years, while Charlotte’s lecherous brother Franz pursues Katy to become his mistress and, although terrified of him, Katy is powerless to help herself. Finally Katy and Gilles are reunited when the family returns, but Franz, enraged at Katy’s stubborn refusal, frames Gilles for attempted murder, sending the young couple fleeing for their lives across the French countryside.
Second Edition- Frederica (Freddy) Gold is smart, talented, funny and overweight. She hates her name, her body and the school bully. As if that weren’t enough, her parents are newly divorced and her dad has a young girlfriend. Excited about turning twelve and starting middle school, Freddy meets Dolly, an African-American girl and Eva, a Latina, who are are also fat. They discover a mutual love and talent for music and form a band. In this coming-of-age story, Freddy learns to cope with adversity by using her humor, talent and the support of her friends, her older brother, and a special ‘fat angel’ to earn respect and popularity. ‘Tween years are tough for every kid and whether it’s zits, body image, hair, bullying or personality, this book will touch every kid between nine and fourteen.
Everywoman wanders, seeking a place in the sun, where she can raise her face to the warmth and rejuvenation. Reflections is everywoman’s journey through the many decades of her life that might be the saga of us all, with a few tweaks here and there. Follow her from childhood to early elder years on a trip that ranges from funny and ridiculous, to woeful and introspective. All are welcome to take her hand and tread upon the path she has chosen in this lifetime and enjoy the experience. Dr. Fran Orenstein’s writing is nothing short of brilliant and now, with the debut of her poetry collection, she delivers another thought-provoking reading journey. Orenstein is a masterful, skilled writer. Her ability to harness and weave language into breathtaking poetry not only holds your attention through every word, but challenges your own emotion and imagination. Few authors are able to depict such vivid images with their words, however Orenstein has proven her abilities once again. Her work is for readers of all ages and for those who truly value artful poetry such as written by literature’s esteemed greats. – Rev. Dr. Deborah Simpson, owner of Spirit Cove, LLC., Poet and Author of Beauty Forever Reigns, The Oracles 333: Selected Verse, and Love and Romance.
Huby, the strange boy who sees the future, mysteriously materializes out of nowhere to return in this exciting sequel to The Mystery Under Third Base. It’s Halloween and Alex Cooper, age 11, is wearing a green goblin costume. On mischief night, Alex’s hated math teacher falls down the stairs and suffers a fatal head injury when his mailbox blows up. A green goblin was seen near the teacher’s house that night and by the next day everyone believes that Alex Cooper murdered his teacher, including the police. Join Huby, Alex and his schoolmates as they set out to prove that Alex did not commit the crime. Is there really a nasty green goblin in town and what part do Alex’s sometimes friends, Trash and Mungo, the town lowlifes, have to do with it?
Set in Lithuania in 1897, this historical romance is the tale of a young woman conflicted by the traditions and laws of her religion and a need for her own identity. For most of her fifteen years, Hannah has loved Gershon, the Rabbi’s son. A match is made, but Hannah fears becoming a Rabbi’s wife and having to be a perfect example of womanhood. In her mind, the traditional cutting of her hair and wearing a wig or scarf means losing her identity. Hannah tells Gershon how she feels and he breaks the engagement, shaming her family. Life takes a turn for the worse, when her young brothers’ fight with town boys causes a pogrom, an attack by Russian Cossacks. When the Russian army comes for her brothers to conscript them into the Czar’s army, Hannah’s aunt and uncle offer to smuggle the boys out of Lithuania to America. Hannah begs to go with them, despite the harrowing journey. Along the way, she meets Eli, a young flute player, also running away from Russian conscription. Hannah’s dream of love and life in a safe, free land, may at last be within her grasp if they survive the voyage and get through immigration.
Eleven-year-old Willie, always the smartest kid in town, skips two grades, doesn’t have any friends, and spends his days reading in an abandoned old cellar. Suddenly, Huby appears out of nowhere. Who is this weird new boy who knows things he shouldn’t and might not be what he seems to be? Together they explore Willie’s favorite hideout where mysterious noises and dots of light could mean a ghost. When Willie wins a school contest with a proposal to build a baseball field, the project may fall apart because third base will be over Willie’s cellar hideout and whatever may be down there. With the help of new friends and the town witch, Willie’s resolution of the ghostly problem is The Mystery Under Third Base.