Our Books

Welcome to our bookstore page.  Here you’ll find a complete listing of all the books we’ve published, including descriptions and links to various retailers.

A Desperate Place for Dying

by Jack Nolte

Audience: Fiction | Mystery

An old flame.  A killer on the loose.  A crazy cult on the rise.

Nearly a year has passed since Garrison Gage became the reluctant guardian of a troubled teenage girl, but neither fatherhood nor the the intervening months has improved his mood. His right knee is still mostly worthless. He still prefers to drink his bourbon alone. And even with a certain blonde bombshell a persistent part of his life, he still can’t be bothered to buy a cell phone. Or any phone, for that matter. Why? Then somebody might call him.

But grumpy as Gage can be, he still finds that life on the Oregon Coast has settled into a comfortable if not happy routine — until the man who murdered his wife shows up in town.

That’s just for starters. A desperate plea from an old flame — his first love, in fact — soon entangles Gage in a high profile case involving a famous and brazenly outspoken lecturer on evolution and atheism, a crazy fundamentalist cult that uses all means necessary to silence its critics, and a brutal local murder of a far more personal nature.

Before the mystery can be unraveled, Gage’s abilities and beliefs will be put to the ultimate test. And the man who claims he doesn’t need anyone will discover he may just lose everything.

Electronic Edition Publication Date:  April 2012
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Author Site:  www.jacknolte.com

The Care and Feeding of Rubber Chickens:  A Novel

by Scott William Carter

Audience: Fiction | Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Trevor can’t catch a break. Just when he finds out that Janna, the girl of his dreams, is finally available, his mom tells him he’s being shipped off to a boarding school because of his awful grades. A desperate call to his dad, who owns a rubber chicken factory in Las Vegas, gets him nowhere. His father is more interested in enlisting Trevor’s aid writing what he sees as the perfect gag gift – a how-to manual about rubber chickens. That’s Trevor’s life for you. Everyone around him is totally and utterly insane.

But there’s still Janna. He’s had a crush on her since sixth grade. Can he get himself to say the words to her that he’s been rehearsing for years? He finally musters the courage to visit her house and find out.

That’s when everything goes crazy.

Electronic Edition Publication Date:  February 2012
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Author Site:  http://www.scottwilliamcarter.com

Drawing a Dark Way

by Scott William Carter

Audience: Fantasy | Adventure

In the world of Rymadoon, he has an amazing power.

Jason Rosewood loves to draw. In fact, he’d rather draw than do anything else. But when his sister is kidnapped by three black demon creatures with glowing white eyes and huge wings, Jason must pursue her into the dangerous world of Rymadoon to save her. It isn’t long before he discovers that in Rymadoon he’s not just a great artist . . . He has the power to bring his drawings to life.

“Carter’s writing is on target.” – Publishers Weekly

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Electronic Edition Publication Date:  March 2011
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Trade Paperback Publication Date:  September 2011
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Author Site:  http://www.scottwilliamcarter.com

Everybody Loves a Hero

by Jack Nolte

Audience: Mystery | General Fiction | Short Stories

What makes a hero? In these ten riveting tales of crime and suspense, Jack Nolte takes the reader on a thrilling journey from the back streets of Chicago to the windy bluffs of the Oregon coast exploring that very question. There’s good guys, bad guys, and everything in between. Some stories are dark and brooding, others light and quirky, and some defy categorization altogether. Nolte’s first collection is sure to please fans of crime fiction as well as those who enjoy well-crafted short stories.

Electronic Edition Publication Date:  December 2010
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Author Site:  http://www.jacknolte.com

President Jock, Vice President Geek

by Scott William Carter

Audience: Young Adult | General Fiction

It was a simple plan. She would help him pass algebra. He would help her win the student election. What could go wrong?

Take one geeky sixteen-year-old girl deathly afraid of speaking to any crowd larger than one, but who desperately needs something on her application other than perfect grades to get her into Stanford. Add in a star basketball player who’s Mr. Popular to everyone else, but who’s hiding more than a few startling secrets. Throw in a crisis of identity, a scheming girlfriend, and troubled family lives. Oh, and make sure everything that can go wrong does. Then count the votes.

The result is PRESIDENT JOCK, VICE PRESIDENT GEEK, the story of two mixed up teenagers struggling to find themselves and the craziest student election ever to hit the halls of Rexton High.

“Carter’s writing is on target.” – Publishers Weekly

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Electronic Edition Publication Date:  January  2011
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Trade Paperback Publication Date:  May 2011
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Author Site:  http://www.scottwilliamcarter.com

The Gray and Guilty Sea

by Jack Nolte

Audience: Mystery | General Fiction

A curmudgeon.  An iconoclast.  A loner.  That’s how people describe Garrison Gage, and that’s when they’re being charitable.

After his wife’s brutal murder in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled private investigator retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon.  He spends the next five years in a convalescent stupor, content to bide his time filling out crossword puzzles and trying to forget that his wife’s death is his fault.  But all that changes when he discovers the body of a young woman washed up on the beach, and his conscience draws him back into his old occupation – forcing him to confront the demons of his own guilt before he can hope to solve the girl’s murder.

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Author Site:  http://www.jacknolte.com

Lincoln and the Dragon - A Short Novel

by Scott William Carter

Audience: Fantasy | Alternate History | General Fiction

The fateful first of January. That’s how Abraham Lincoln described New Year’s Day in 1841, the day he temporarily broke off his engagement with Mary Todd.

Although this fact is well known among historians, what is not known is what else happened that day – when a deranged, dimension-hopping descendant of a Confederate general attempted to assassinate Lincoln long before he became the 16th President of the United States.

When the madman’s plan goes awry, Lincoln finds himself stranded in the land of Howander, a world populated by brave knights, drafty castles, and a princess terribly scarred by a one-eyed dragon who’s promised to return for her on her upcoming birthday. As he finds himself falling for the princess, Lincoln must make a choice: stay and fight the dragon, or heed the call of his dark dreams, which offer him tantalizing glimpses of his native country’s future – a country which may need a hero even more than this one.

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Author Site: http://www.scottwilliamcarter.com

Dog Food and Diamonds

by K.C. Scott

Audience: Romantic Comedy | General Fiction

If someone were to write a novel about the world of big box retailing, it could very well be a grab bag of horrors and tragedies, detailing the dismal pay and long hours that employees suffer in the name of low prices and just-good-enough merchandise all so the bigwigs and the bean counters can stuff their pockets with trumped up stock options.

It could be about that. Thankfully, this book isn’t.

Like all other Martcos, the one in Delburg sells everything from dog food to diamonds. If Carol Kinnington can just get promoted to Assistant Manager, she’ll finally earn enough to make a life for herself and her son. Then Jeff “Garby” — secretly the son of the owner of Martco, on a mission to prove his worth — swoops in to take the job she deserves. Sparks fly in this lively romantic comedy.

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A Web of Black Widows

by Scott William Carter

Audience: Dark Fantasy | Short Stories | General Fiction

In these six provocative tales, Scott William Carter takes the reader on a journey to places where love and loss intersect: a grieving tattoo artist makes a cross-country trip with a pregnant woman on the run from her disturbed husband . . . a mysterious artist finds a woman washed up on the beach and feels compelled to paint her . . . a young man who made a disastrous choice in wife is forced to crash weddings with his ghostly bride so she can remain on Earth . . .

Reading these and three other stories, you will be intrigued, moved, and troubled as Carter’s clear and engaging prose takes you on a guided tour of the darker corners of the human psyche. But as he writes in his introduction, “There’s hope in there, too. There has to be. Otherwise, why write at all?”

“Scott William Carter makes it look easy. But if anyone thinks that writing good, intriguing fiction with a clear, plain voice is easy . . . Well, they should try it sometime.” — Chizine.com

“While it may be small in size, A WEB OF BLACK WIDOWS is as powerful a package as dynamite.” – Gnostalgia

“The title story is a stunner.” – Fright.com

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Author Site:  http://www.scottwilliamcarter.com

The Dinosaur Diaries and Other Tales
Across Space and Time

by Scott William Carter

Audience: Fantasy | Science Fiction | Short Stories

In this impressive collection, rising talent Scott William Carter showcases his considerable storytelling skills. Within these eighteen tales of wonder and magic, readers will experience a gamut of emotions, as Carter plumbs the depths of love and fear and the rest of the umbrella of the human psyche, always with one eye toward spinning yarns that will leave readers well satisfied and more than a little thoughtful. Whether his words lead to the edges of known space, to the fringes of understood time, or the wholesomeness of an American farm, time and again readers will find themselves encountering places and experiences that transcend the mere expected and delight the soul. THE DINOSAUR DIARIES marks a collection not to be missed.One story, “Tommy Top Hat,” is original to this collection. The other seventeen stories originally appeared in magazines like Analog, Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, and Ellery Queen.

“Scott is one of those rare writers who can and does cross genres, and do it well. You never know what kind of story you’ll get from him, but you do know that it’ll be good.” –Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo-award winning author and editor

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Author Site:  http://www.scottwilliamcarter.com