'Hidden Scars: Tattoos on the Soul'
by Tessa Rey (Idaho); AuthorHouse ($3.99)
Growing up in a small town and barely surviving abuse and teenage drinking, Tessa takes off for the U.S. Air Force to change her life, but poor choices continue to haunt her with betrayals as she searches for that ever-elusive desire to be loved. She starts a family; however, just when life seems to straighten out, drug abuse enters her home, and then physical illnesses start plaguing her. Given less than a year to live after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, she turns to the Lord. She is not prepared for the feelings of love and belonging she has missed all her life. After another divorce, she takes her children and moves back close to her hometown so that she can live in peace and raise her children. Tessa struggles with her relationship with her parents, and then after her younger sister commits suicide, her mother's words change her life forever.
'Cocos Island Treasure'
by Stanley McShane (Treasure Valley); Rose Point Publishing ($13.95)
Where did those rasty, barbaric theft-driven pirates bury their treasures in the 17th and 18th centuries? Perhaps just a little south of the main South Sea shipping lane in a secluded harbor where a short paddle through shark-infested waters to the steamy, fetid jungle island could yield fresh water, food and gold. Turn-of-the-20th century fortune hunters from the schooner, Bessie, hunt where only ghosts inhabit -or are they all merely apparitions? Captain Dan was ready to retire until he gained access to a secret cipher - one that he felt sure was authentic enough to reap him millions. And he was willing to risk one more salty adventure to seek the insanely rich treasures of Cocos Island.
'Wrong Side of the River'
by Clifton Ford Johnson (Curry, Idaho); Misty Peak Publishing ($14.95)
Hot and humid, southeastern Texas is also a land of Spanish moss-lined bayous and secrets. At times the secrets are as dark as the bayous themselves. Many are revealed in this fast-moving and exhilarating memoir of a young boy on an unforgettable journey through nonstop turmoil. At times heartbreaking, his story is an emotional visual portrayal of a child fighting to survive while surrounded by alcoholism. Without slowing, the story continues on a wild ride around the United States as Cliff shares his shocking story in brutal honesty.