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Literary Fiction

Journey is a fictional work about an anonymous teenager living on the fringes of society. Assigned to an alternative school, minimally functional in academics, he spends much of his time spoiling for a fight. Angry, resistant, and mistrustful, he is at first unaware of the fact that he is changing, as he begins a journey of self-examination and gains a more balanced view of himself. This book frequently uses realistic language and depicts his struggles with peers, staff members, and most of all within himself, and ends with many issues still to be resolved; Journey is about a young man’s first steps, and the fact that he realizes that he is only beginning ends the book on a hopeful note. The structure of the book was inspired by one version of the Native American Medicine Wheel. The cover art is by Karah Tull.

Available in: Paperback / Ebook

Pages: 92

Price Paperback: $10.00

          Ebook $0.99

Jim Hartsell Journey

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Boone is doing well in his new home and at his job, things are going well with Nancy, and it's a while before she has to leave for college. Then Jerry, his nemesis from the past, shows up and his Aunt Claire starts making impossible demands on him.
When Tiny knocks on his door, exhausted and reeking of smoke, and needs Boone's help to get a wildfire under control, Boone is worried about how it got started. The discovery of a dead body in the woods brings up memories Boone would rather not deal with, and things get worse when he finds out he knows who the man is. It's starting to feel like all his secrets are going to come out.

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"Matching Scars" continues Boone's story begun in "Pushing Back". 
Boone has a place to stay and enough to eat, but Gamaliel is back in the hospital and Boone’s getting more pressure from Jerry the longer he stays in Gamaliel’s house. Jerry wants him out, Carrie isn’t fighting for him as hard as she should, and the thought that a chance encounter with a rabid raccoon might take Frankie away from him devastates Boone. 
His friend Nancy’s reappearance is a shocker, but he quickly grows to depend on her and also on Tiny, a neighbor a few years older and a hell of a lot bigger than Boone is. 
As Gamaliel’s health worsens and Jerry gets bolder in his attempts to run Boone off, Boone also has to deal with the fact that he’s getting low on moonshine and his partner is lying in a hospital bed, unable to help him with the next batch. 
The secrets lying just under the surface in Nancy’s family and the revelation of just how far Jerry is willing to go to get rid of him show Boone that he’s not the only person bearing scars from the past.
ISBN: 1542365023
Available in Paperback - eBook
Price: Paperback $15.00   Kindle $2.99 
Book Size:                 8.5" x 5.5"
Book Page Count:             365
Jim Hartsell - Matching Scars
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Tormented by an abusive father, Boone spends most of his time second-guessing himself and looking over his shoulder. He’s almost seventeen, old enough to walk out, but that would mean abandoning his mother and younger sister. Then, in a single weekend, everything changes. Boone is left struggling to come to terms with what just tore his family apart and the guilt he still feels about what happened to his brother Frankie. And to top it all, he sees the parts of his father that he hates most in some of his own thoughts and actions. With no one in his small farming community to turn to except maybe the old man who lives up the road, Boone’s options are limited. School is a waste of time, his money is almost gone, and if there’s one thing his daddy taught him, it’s not to trust anybody.

Available in: Paperback / Ebook

Price Paperback: $15.00

         Ebook $2.99

Size: 5.5x8.5

Pages: 326

Pushing Back (Boone) (Volume 1) - Jim Hartsell




Aspiring conductor and amateur sleuth Cressa Carraway returns for a second installment of music and murder in this fast-paced mystery from author Kaye George.

Fresh out of grad school, Cressa lands her dream job as conductor of a fledgling ensemble in Minnesota that aspires to grow into a major orchestra. Leaving her psychic friend Neek, boyfriend Daryl, and DePaul University behind, she quickly starts to wonder what she’s gotten herself into.

Cressa’s new friendship with the first chair violinist of the ensemble, Maddy Streete, gives her an opportunity to sing in a dysfunctional church choir, and also leads to an organist gig in the church across the street. While playing the organ helps supplement her meager conducting salary, it places her in empty churches more often than she’d like, forcing her to deal with homeless vagrants, drug paraphernalia—and corpses.

As she tries to make sense out of everything, Cressa digs deeper into the lives of her fellow musicians and newfound friends to uncover swirling currents of hatred, old wounds, bitter resentments—and unexpected information about the suspicious deaths of her own musician parents so many years ago.

Can Cressa sort out the clues before she becomes the next victim?

Pages: 154

Available in Paperback/Kindle

Paperback: $12.95

Kaye George Requiem in Red



Edward, a twenty-something part-time college student, lives an uneventful life and likes it that way. Then his relationships with Joey, a friend Edward is tutoring in math, and Melissa, a casual acquaintance, both take unexpected turns and complicate his life in ways that he never imagined, and he discovers things about Joey and Melissa (and himself) that completely change him.

Pages: 318

Available: Paperback, Kindle


Kindle: $2.99

Paperback: $ 15.00

Jim Hartsell ~ Rock, Paper, Siccors




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