Where Have All the Bookstores Gone?

With the advent of digital printing and its sidekicks—independent publishing, self-publishing, and e-books—the number of titles produced annually exploded into a mindboggling six and even seven digits.

Bookstores can’t possibly carry even one of each new hard-copy release in addition to those already overflowing their shelves, and to make matters worse, many independent as well as chain stores that welcomed readers in the past have fallen by the wayside.

Amazon and similar cyber markets now serve a worldwide readership that can order hard-copy and e-books from the comfort of their homes. Missing are the cozy nooks in brick-and-mortar establishments, where readers could spend hours perusing novels and nonfiction, introducing their little ones to the exciting world of books, and sharing soft conversations with fellow readers about favorite authors. The world of books has evolved into a whole new creature.

That evolution brought with it massive changes for writers. In the past, only traditional publishing and a few pricey vanity presses published books. The chances of your book being selected by acquisitions editors in big publishing houses lay somewhere between minuscule and non-existent. Many wonderful writers never saw their work in print if they couldn’t afford the big bucks charged by subsidy houses; and if they could afford it, they would always be followed by the reputation of not having been “good enough” to be accepted by a “real” publisher.

These changes suddenly allowed anybody to publish a book. In the absence of quality or editing requirements, huge numbers of poorly written, unedited volumes hit the marketplace. The few exceptional ones among the trash got lost in the sheer volume and received the same quality rating as the majority—not worth reading. Something had to change for self-publishing to ever be a viable option for serious writers.

Be sure to read the blog post on writer accountability.

Forever Willow Walk

This third book in the Kahill family saga brings the West Virginia family into the new millennium.

The generations-old bad blood between the Kahills and the Foxes – neighbors for well over a century – comes to a head in an explosive confrontation that changes both families forever. Surprises abound as history is peeled back to reveal a truth hidden since the Civil War.

Forever Willow Walk
by S.K. Hamilton 

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Ragamuffins of the Fifth Ward

This wonderful little book that speaks from the heart of a young boy helps us remember those good times.

Once in a great while a publisher is privileged to receive a book that reaches out and touches the heart with joy and allows the spirit to soar into the past unencumbered. Ragamuffins of the Fifth Ward is just such a book. A series of vignettes about growing up in the 1960s, it speaks out with all the innocence and exuberance of a young boy who, along with his friends, finds happiness in simply living. Before the days of computer games and 24/7 multi-channel television programing, youngsters entertained themselves by exercisingtheir ingenuity and imagination. Those days, now long gone, are delightfully captured and relived by Charles Novinskie in this very special trip back to his childhood, and he invites us to come along. It is a trip well worth taking.

Ragamuffins of the Fifth Ward
by  Charles Novinskie

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For the Love of Willow Walk

For the Love of Willow Walk

This sequel to the Kahills of Willow Walk follows the lives of the Kahill family into the next generation, a generation that will forever change the destiny of the family.

Love, crises, heartbreak, tragedy, and hope-emotions andcevents that touch almost every family-reach out to the reader in this compelling continuation of the Kahill saga.

For the Love of Willow Walk
Novel by S.K. Hamilton

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Papillons

A book of poetry in French and English.

This is a collection that can be read over and over. It gently wraps your soul in an uplifting cloud and restores your hope that not all writing has to be harsh or cruel to make a point. If you are looking to have daily positive thoughts then keep this little gem next to your bedside. Makes for the perfect gift.

Papillons
Poetry, by  Clementine de Blanzat

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The Kahills of Willow Walk

The Kahills of Willow Walk proves the enduring quality of family and its hope for the future, even when the unexpected and the unthinkable change the dynamics in ways never dreamed possible.

Beginning at the graveside service for patriarch Jedediah Kahill, this continuation of the Kahill family saga finds them struggling to move on after the old man’s passing. Grandson Dawson Kahill feels inadequate to fill Jedediah’s large shoes, even though his wife, Kat, assures him that he has learned well the many lessons taught by his grandfather. But Kat herself isn’t being completely honest. She hides a secret, an intended surprise for Granddad Jedediah that he never knew and that her husband doesn’t want to know.

Neighbor Cannon Fox also harbors a secret, one that will forever change the lives of the Kahill family. The bad blood between the Kahills and the Foxes has charged through the veins of both families for well over a century and shows no signs of changing until a new employee of the Willow Walk Ski Lodge blows the lid off a truth that stuns the Kahills and nearly destroys Kat.

The story follows young Joey Kahill and Molly Anna O’Malley – born on the same traumatic day – through the preschoolers’ antics they lead their parents on a wild chase to keep up with them. Like his beloved great-grandfather, Joey is strong-willed, opinionated, and full of life. Molly Anna shadows his every move, and the two vow to marry one day, despite the fact that Molly Anna won’t let little Joey kiss her. Smiling at the seriousness of the children’s stated intentions, Kat and Dawson know that few plans of early childhood come to fruition and are certain the youngsters will find their separate ways as the years pass.

The stunning conclusion to volume three in the Kahill family saga takes the story full circle and leaves the door open just a crack should author S. K. Hamilton want one day to write yet another story about this fascinating West Virginia family.

The magnificent old mansion of Willow Walk stood through generations of ownership by the Kahill family of Wheeling, West Virginia. It survived the war between the states. If walls could talk, oh the tales the old homestead could tell—secrets, life, death, births, love, hate, loses, triumphs, madness…

So… if you want to meet the skeletons in WillowWalk’s closet, pull up a chair, open the book, and let The Kahills of Willow Walk wisk you through pages of mystery, suspense, romance, intrigue and secrets. You will learn that Granddad Jedediah runs a tight ship as patriarch of the old homestead. The secrets— well—you’ll just have to read the books.
The Kahills of Willow Walk
Novel, By S.K. Hamilton

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Becky and the Bunnies

Becky and the Bunnies

A children’s book in both English and Spanish; a true story. This delightful story tells how author Marilyn Magee saved the lives of three tiny baby bunnies. They were raised by her friend Becky, who named them Rascal, Jasper, and Sweet Pea. Their story appeals to youngsters from 4-10 years of age and is written in English and Spanish. This is the perfect book for children and adults alike who are learning to speak English.

Becky and the Bunnies
by Marilyn Magee 

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