A Girl Called Wolf by Stephen Swartz

The inspiring true story of the poor Inuit orphan girl from Greenland who grows up and saves the world!

A GIRL CALLED WOLF
by Stephen Swartz
(December 2015)

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Ice and snow are all 12 year old Anuka knows outside the hut in Greenland where she was born. When her mama dies, Anuka struggles to survive. The harsh winter forces her to finally journey across the frozen island to the village her mama always feared.

But the people of the village don’t know what to do with this girl. They try to educate and bring her into the modern world, but Anuka won’t make it easy for them. She sees dangers at every turn and every day hears her fate echoing in her mama’s voice.

Her mama gave her that name for a reason. She is A GIRL CALLED WOLF, forever searching for the place where she belongs, a destination always just out of reach, on a path she will always make her own.

Based on the amazing coming-of-age and adult adventures of librarian, boxer, and Canadian soldier Anna Good!

Sax and the Suburb | Murder, Romance, and Music

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Law school grad Miranda Beeling is trying to recover from the recent death of her mother and the betrayal of her fiancé (a bigamist wannabe). She’s retreated back to her childhood home, trying to sort through her clutterholic father’s horde of junk, despite his determined opposition. (Her mother’s ghost, who appears to her in dreams and is inclined to nag, insists she keep trying.)  Miranda’s only social outlet is playing saxophone in the local community band, a motley collection of eccentric musicians. Miranda enjoys the pizza and beer bull sessions after rehearsals, when everyone enjoys dissing their despotic band director.   The enjoyment ends when trombonist David Hu is killed, and bassoonist Louisa Parkinson, Miranda’s best friend, is at first accused of the murder, then attacked herself.   Motivated by concern for her friends and an inescapable feeling that she might be next on the victim list, Miranda is driven to investigate the case.   She is further driven by a crush on the investigating detective, who won’t date a potential victim/suspect, no matter how cute he thinks she is.   Armed with only her legal research skills, a keen sense of humor and a gift for getting into trouble, Miranda may eventually figure it all out, but not before uncovering several secrets she would rather not have known.

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Sax and the Suburb is listed as an Awesome Indie book.

2012 B.R.A.G. MedallionTM Honoree

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

Charm City Chronicles [Book 2]: The Body War | Young love and humor

He’s 18. She’s 16. As her alpha-male, athletic boyfriend’s departure for college looms, shy, underclassman Kate worries that Michael won’t be able to resist the siren call of his promiscuous ex-girlfriend, who is prepared to do anything he desires in order to reclaim his affection. As the pressure mounts to engage in a thrilling physical relationship that she may not be ready for, haunting flashbacks resurface from the frightening assaults she endured in childhood. As her gradual seduction intensifies, Kate is torn between waiting until she is older or giving in to her own impatient desires.
When Michael’s brother tries to rekindle his own previous relationship with Kate, and a new boy from a different school falls hard for her as well, she realizes she’s in for a difficult year.
A uniquely humorous, sensual romance, The Body War will keep you reading this story of timeless, maturing young love.

After Ilium | A young man fresh from college meets a mysterious older woman

After-Ilium-Stephen-SwartzFour years of college has not taught Alex as much as he will learn in a month on the Turkish coast!

Fresh from college, Alex Parris, naïve History major and innocent computer geek, claims his reward from his proud parents: a tour of the Classical world. Most of all, Alex longs to visit the site of ancient Troy (Ilium) and walk the same pathways as the Greek and Trojan warriors did nearly 3000 years ago.

While sailing from Greece to Istanbul on a cruise ship, Alex meets an older woman, Eléna, who he indulgently fantasizes as the mythic Helen to his Paris. She, with her own mysterious background, toys with him and draws him into an affair. Eléna leads Alex through their sacrilegious journey through Istanbul and he is happy to try on the confident, adult role he has long desired. Alex sees Eléna as the perfect woman for him and he can see a future together.

The culmination of Alex’s tour is the visit to the site of ancient Troy, a place that is finally more important to him than sex. There, bored with Alex’s history lesson, Eléna sparks a confrontation with some Turkish men. Seeing his lover accosted, Alex must save her, even as he knows he is no match for them. Fortunately for Alex, there are three off-duty Navy men who join him in the fight. When they escape from the local jail, a new Odyssey begins for Alex, making their way across the Turkish countryside. Alex must return for Eléna. But what is he willing to do, how much will he have to endure to be reunited with his lover?

After Ilium is available on Amazon for Kindle, here. 

Charm City Chronicles [Book 1]: Ednor Scardens | Romance and coming of age…

Growing up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood in Baltimore in the 1960’s was hard enough when everything went right. Kate Fitzgerald wasn’t that lucky.

Struggling to cope with unwanted attention from older boys and men, Kate’s childhood friendship with shy classmate Gabe Kelsey begins to blossom, but quickly becomes tangled when she falls hard for his darkly handsome older brother, Michael.

As the brothers vie for Kate’s affections, she doesn’t know how to choose between them without tearing their family apart. She looks to her girlfriends for advice, but the tragic death of a classmate brings them face-to-face with mortality, shattering their facade of invincibility.

Her dilemma deepens when a predatory priest with a hidden past arrives at Holy Sacrament School. And when she silently witnesses a frightening scene between Gabe and Fr. O’Conner, Kate unknowingly becomes O’Conner’s intended next victim.

What the Heart Sees | Southern romance

What-the-Heart-Sees-Joan-HazelBeth Ranier never paid much attention to romance or to society’s definition of beauty. Her relationship with Montgomery’s most eligible bachelor, Dr. Aaron McAfee, had a tendency to leave her in a state of confusion and disappointment. Then she met his older brother, Daniel.

Daniel McAfee never complains about the way his life turned out. As a young man his is forced into deciding between his own happiness or the needs of his family. Daniel puts his dreams of becoming an artist on hold to take over the family farm. He does not understand his younger brother’s disdain toward him. Still he takes great care to clean up the string of messes Aaron always leaves behind.

Convinced he will never be more than a farmer, Daniel loses the ability to see his life as anything more. But when Aaron brings home his latest girlfriend, Daniel’s artist soul reawakens. In Beth, he sees everything he wants in woman, and once again he must choose between his brother’s happiness or his own.