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"Hot Lips takes your expectations and turns them upside down…These stories force readers to dwell on our own lives, the guards we put up for ourselves or the guards we wish to lower to get closer to others…[Baumann's] superpower is writing wonderful stories; read this collection and see what I mean."
—Aura Martin, author of Butterflies Over Flame
Joe Baumann's Hot Lips centers around a group of fraternity members at a small school in upper Missouri who are linked by unusual capabilities, by nickname identities, and by the close-knit Phi Kappa Gamma (PKG). One member can speak to food; another can breathe fire; yet another is followed perpetually by bees. Through self-discovery, each of their quirks only grows more vibrant and illuminating than before.
April & Jackson Jones
April & Jackson Jones, authors of Reverie: I Believe In Me, bring a not-so-unicorn character to the table in this magical and colorful children's book about belonging.
Penny is a platypus who does not quite fit in. One day, she decides to start dressing like other animals to find a group of creatures like her. Putting everything from a makeshift tortoise shell on her back to a unicorn horn on her head, Penny discovers that being herself may be the most powerful tool of all.
Terra Delarosa is found alone in a grocery store one Valentine’s Day night after escaping yet another foster home. Bound for juvenile detention, Terra’s last option is to stay with her estranged grandfather on his farm. Meanwhile, a barn sparrow named Zeezoo tries to form a family of his own, learning how to defend he and those he loves in a predator-prey world. But the world is full of danger for a sparrow...and for a young girl. Can Zeezoo and Terra's grandfather protect Terra when a mysterious figure re-emerges from her past?
Sparrow Days is a story of redemption, belonging, and the true meaning of family. Join Terra and Zeezoo in this heartwarming tale that balances laughter and tears with each flap of a sparrow’s wings.
Eastport, a place of former peace, has rapidly turned its back on natural power wielders known as "elementals." Under the rule of domineering Magistrate Rufus, elementals are subject to fates of imprisonment, death, and forced exposure to a mysterious substance known as eusgare. While the future continues to look grim for elementals, the ocean tides seem to have other plans. Four brothers, united by royal blood and a shared goal of restoring the kingdom, must find a way to work together before it is too late.
The Great Pyramid and Other Stories
Zach Docter's debut short story collection is a perfect blend of stark reality and the zany! Full of ambiguous happenings, twist endings, and deep truths about humanity, this collection will keep you on the edge of your seat and chuckling along the way.
Are the pyramids right-side up or upside-down? What if there was an app to alleviate human rage? What's up with the moody man at the entrance? What does it mean to lose one's mind? Is anything real? These are just a few questions posed in this must-read collection!
Wildflowers in the Dark
Lexis Mae's debut poetry chapbook captures the wonder, struggle, and resilience of the human spirit through a simple and accessible form. Illustrations by Kiriaki Moulinou accentuate and bring imagination to the words on the page.
Follow the young character of Sparrow as she navigates through troubling times. Sparrow's down-to-earth perspective and transformation are contagious. Sharing her most intimate thoughts and words of advice along the way, Sparrow strives to unveil a path of wildflowers and freedom.