by Michael J. Vaughn
A painful break-up/break-down chases high-tech marketing wiz Sandy
Lowiltry from her Silicon Valley home. She comes to rest on the Oregon
Coast, where she seeks solace in the opera-themed sanctuary of the
Hotel Bel Canto and the arms of a handsome eccentric who spends his
days combing the beach for sea glass.
Sandy soon learns what the
tourist ladies already know - it's easy to fall for Frosted Glass Man.
Besides great sex and alarmingly intricate campsite cuisine, Frosty
offers do-it-yourself mythologies that would melt even the coldest
heart. But will it be enough to quiet the whisper of ambition, the
voice inside Sandy's head that chides her for settling? Will she really
leave behind Silicon Valley for love in such a strange package?
"A breezy, richly-textured romp through the inner circuitry of a postmodern heroine."
– Christina Waters, PhD, Metro Newspapers (San Jose)
"…a most unlikely tale of discovery and passion. …a shimmering fable, as delicate and whimsical as a handful of glass."
– Debra Bokur, Many Mountains Moving literary journal
by Marty Gallanter
A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS is a spiritual novel inspired by an
ancient Jewish legend that relates how God, throughout all of history,
has placed among us thirty-six righteous people... three dozen human
beings, each of whom "knows the divine will." Should humanity ever seek
to know the will of God, there are always thirty-six among us to help
Suzanne Rosewell is a Wall Street lawyer, the youngest
female partner in the history of her prestigious firm. She's a strong,
driven woman with the will to succeed and a head start on her chosen
path. She knows what she wants and is willing to do whatever is
necessary to achieve her goals... until she meets Elias Garner, the
enigmatic black Jazz musician, who carries an ancient golden trumpet
and represents the even more furtive "Chairman" (whom we learn is "the
head of the most powerful corporation on earth").
Suzanne to set aside her career and take on the task of finding "five
missing righteous people." Through a series of mystical happenings and
strange coincidences, all of which seem to involve Elias, Suzanne
decides to accept the quest, starting an odd journey that takes her
from New York City, to the Black Hills of South Dakota, to a holy
Native American shrine, and back to New York again.
not without opposition. Elizabeth Luckholt, a woman described by Elias
as his "opposite" in the great unnamed corporation, is determined to
Elizabeth sits at the left hand of the Chairman and has a
vested interest in seeing Suzanne's search fail. And Elizabeth has the
power to muster considerable resources in pursuit of this goal. All of
this is set against a deadline for success set by the Chairman himself.
Without 36 names on the list, it appears that the world itself cannot
exist beyond the sunrise.
A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS is an extraordinary read by a fabulously talented author. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
– Bev Haynes, Running River Reader, February 2000.
does a wonderful job taking the basic good vs. evil plot and giving it
the complexity to resonate with today's audience.
– Jan Kozlowski, Inscriptions
by Michael J. Vaughn
Fifty-year-old Bill Harness is on a strange but
seemingly benign journey, rambling across the country in an old Pontiac and anonymously
leaving large checks with promising young opera singers. His fuel, however, is sorrow, and it isn’t
until he arrives on a small island outside of Seattle and befriends Gabriella Compton, a
phenomenally talented soprano, that he is able to address the three great
tragedies of his vocally gifted family.
Michael Vaughn has composed a literary opera that combines love,
tragedy and music into a memorable tale of talent and artistry.
– BookPage, Review by Gregory Harris, December 2000
“Michael J. Vaughn has turned out
a beautiful, lyrical novel. I was caught
up in the narrative within three sentences and was held spellbound by the story
until the end. It is as captivating as a
well-performed La Boheme, as tragic and triumphant as Tosca.”
– Ani Harrison, Tacoma Reporter
“By turns rousing, lyrical and intoxicating, Gabriella’s Voice is the work of a
– Calder Lowe, The Montserrat Review
“Vaughn performs the… task of invoking sounds from the
silence of words on paper. Arias whirl
from the pages… a treat for the ear as well as the mind.”
– Gregory Harris, BookPage
by William Schmalfeldt
With the Vice President's recent death and President DeWitt's health
worsening by the day, the precarious balance of power between the
Democratic President and a Republican-controlled Congress has moved to
the right. Albert Wantner, the politically shrewd Speaker of the House,
will ascend to the Presidency if the ill and elderly President dies
before a new "veep" is appointed. For this reason, Wantner plans to
delay Congressional approval of any candidate, and the President
realizes that he must choose a person so politically pure that the
public will clamor for his confirmation and punish Wantner for any
Enter Roberto Huerta, a disillusioned first-term, Democtratic
congressman from Texas, who recently became American's newest celebrity
by rescuing a woman from an assault by Washington street thugs. After
some soul searching, Huerta accepts the President's offer, and a bitter
- but ultimately successful - bid for Congressional approval takes
place. Soon after Huerta is sworn in, the President drops a bombshell
in a speech to a joint session of Congress, leaving a frightened and
somewhat astonished Huerta struggling to establish a Capra-esque
executive branch that is truly directed ..".by the people...."
by Dr. Lisa Rene Reynolds
For the first time ever, we are able to glimpse behind the cloak of
clergy privilege, to finally hear from the priests themselves on the
pedophilia scandals that have rocked the hierarchy of the Catholic
Church. Renowned family therapist and counselor Lisa R. Reynolds, PhD,
poses the questions we’ve all wanted to ask but were scared to - topics
ranging from isolation and loneliness to masturbation and sexuality.
With an introduction by best-selling author and priest Andrew Greeley,
this book discusses the reality of daily life in the priesthood and
presents an even-handed collection of the personal thoughts and
reflections of practicing priests.
A one-of-a-kind...treasure trove of clerical reflections.
– Father Patrick Bascio, PhD
[A] remarkably candid snapshot of ordinary priests coping with post-scandal suspicions....
– Father Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P.
[A]n important contribution to understanding the priesthood at this troubled time
– Father Andrew Greeley, PhD
by Michael J. Vaughn
Tommy Folgett's life is littered with disappointments: a broken
marriage, alcoholism, and squandered artistic talent. But he did create
one hell of a softball team. Under Tommy's tutelage, this hodge-podge
of characters has lived out ten years of victories and defeats, joys
and squabbles, on Friday nights at the Double River softball complex.
They have, in fact, become a family.
When a broken relationship
sends Tommy back to the bottle, the self-abuse spills over to his
housemate and shortstop, Honus. Tommy's envy of Honus's writing career,
and the campaign of subtle sabotage that follows, threatens to destroy
his one great achievement: the legendary Barons.
by Michael J. Vaughn
Shawn Turk flees his bible-thumping hometown girlfriend only to fall
for a Christian girl named after his new city. But this girl is
different - she writes her own rules, and her beliefs don't preclude
adventurous sex and agnostic boyfriends. So why is Shawn walking across
the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at midnight, holding a copy of The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe? And who was that possessed creature at his door
that evening, trying to pull a foxhole conversion?
by Michael Kelleher
In the late sixties, a serial killer calling himself the Zodiac
terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area, committing brutal, random
attacks, and bragging about them in letters to the San Francisco
In Santa Rosa, fifty miles to the north, investigators
Manny Bruin and Mick Millian were asked to tail potential suspect Byron
Avion, an odd, portly man admittedly obsessed with the Zodiac. He had
other eccentricities as well, not the least of which was his large
collection of cardboard boxes, carefully stacked and tied shut with
white nylon rope.
But peculiar habits do not a criminal make –
that is, not until the bodies of young female hitchhikers began
appearing in ditches, tied up with white nylon rope. That and a dozen
other connections convinced Bruin and Millian that Avion was the
Highway 101 Murderer, a Zodiac-style killer who prowled the Santa Rosa
Despite the connections, a decade-long investigation was
unable to connect Avion to the crimes, or connect Zodiac to the
northern murders. Bruin and Millian eventually became so frustrated
that they dubbed Avion "Suspect Zero," and hoped for something to break
the case open. When that break finally came, it re-wrote the book on
homicide investigations and forever changed the direction of each man’s
by Michael Kelleher
These are terrible times for Lieutenant Chris
Spell, once acclaimed as San Francisco's
premier homicide investigator. At the heart of his beat, the City's chaotic
Mission District, women are being systematically murdered, their bodies
mutilated and dumped on neighborhood doorsteps. Spell is unable to stop the
Understaffed, desperate, and beleaguered by the
press, the Lieutenant quickly assembles a rag-tag task force to take on the
investigation. He recruits the station's forensic psychologist, borrows an old
friend and fellow investigator from a neighboring District, and convinces a
young, inexperienced beat-cop to join his team. But the killings continue.
Cryptic threats are issued to the press and to
Spell's task force. Then, in a stunning act of mayhem, the killer kidnaps the
youngest member of the team, a woman with an uncanny resemblance to the half
dozen victims he's already claimed.
Out of options and out of time, Spell formulates
a plan to get her back and bring the killer down, but the plan might require
the life of a second team member. Worse, Spell's prey has already made a last,
shocking plan of his own - one his pursuers hadn't considered.
In a final confrontation, orchestrated by the serial
killer himself, Spell's world collapses when he learns the killer's motivation
and realizes the answers were within his grasp from the very beginning.
by Fr. Patrick Bascio
Mary Nichols, a beautiful young FBI agent, begins to have flashbacks to
an event from her childhood. The flashbacks intensify after visiting
her uncle's newly purchased home, the site of a murder 25 years ago.
Privately, she begins to investigate. The local priest, Father Leo,
becomes her primary suspect. Her flashbacks continue, each one bringing
her closer to the killer's identity. But, all the while, unknown to
Mary, the prominent psychiatrist from whom she's sought help, has been
seeing many of the community's prominent members as patients, including
Father Leo. Treachery, deceit and the pain of memories suppressed by
sheer will drive this tumultuous murder mystery. Who's the guilty one?
The banks of the famous Charles River holds the answer. But will Mary
find it before he finds her?
by John Ouellet
Edgar Rittenauer, a floundering, unemployed laborer is cajoled by his
younger brother into joining the Michigan Militia, a ragtag group
assembled under the command of Pete Adler, a wealthy, charismatic real
estate developer and all-around extremist.
thoughtful political dialogue, Edgar is instead introduced to the
mindless banter of conspiracy radicals, the tactical buffoonery of
has-been weekend warriors, and the sadistic Sergeant Avery Stone.
Amidst the testosterone madness Edgar meets and falls for First
Sergeant Pam Trombley, a petite, fiery gal with whom he stumbles onto
Operation Trenton ─ a clandestine, multi-state militia endeavor plotted
to awaken America to its post 9/11 threats.
Commander Adler learns of their discovery, Sergeant Stone is sent to
silence the pair. Pam falls victim, but Edgar escapes, desperate to
find the operation’s order before the militia’s dark forces strike.