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Great Tennessee Adventure


Growing up to be a Princess is hard work. Success isn't always what she expects it to be, but the Princess never gives up, no matter how many Dragons stand in her way.

The Princess


Growing up to be a Princess is hard work. Success isn't always what she expects it to be, but the Princess never gives up, no matter how many Dragons stand in her way.

A Heart Never Dies


Jenna has just lost her husband to a drunk driver. Her world has turned upside down, and then she meets Ben. Their connection is instant and baffling. When she finds out that Ben may have her husband's heart, can she stay with the man who lived only because her husband died?

Yesterday's Boys


Yesterday's Boys is an eye-opening account of one hillbilly boy growing up in the coal mining community of Patterson, Virginia in the 1950s and the 1960s. Patterson is located deep in the Appalachian Mountains, 16 miles from the nearest town. This is John Echols' true story of the good times and bad times. Coal was king at that time, and like the song "16 Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford says, all the miners in Patterson owed their soul to the Company Store. Soup beans (pinto beans), fried potatoes, and cornbread were what they ate five, six, or seven times a week. This was the main meal at the Trent house and for most families.

Road to Reconciliation and Beyond:

Unlikely Friends Become Brothers


Though on the cusp of national music stardom in 1960, young singer Mark Prince faced prejudice and racial discrimination in his small Texas hometown. His way of dealing with injustice serves as a template and inspiration for those who desire to live in peace and harmony in our present day.

There's a Little White Fish


Explore the colorful world around you with the Little White Fish in this interactive children's book. See how exciting the world is when living in color. Rhyming and a great interactive teaching tool.

Around the Next Bend


A vivacious, adventurous Katherine Wingert Casidy, always known as Dottie, finds romance in the jungles of Borneo as a Methodist missionary. As dean of a primary school, she teaches English and other subjects to Malayans and Chinese children, and conducts religious activities with headhunters and other members of the community in the tropical city of Sibu, Sarawak.



A young boy's morning has a foggy start when a baby cloud by the name of Clancy tumbles from the sky. Can the children and their teacher find a way to get Clancy back home to his parents?

Carla: A Death in Paris


Paris—a city of love, a city of history, a city of tourists. And a city with many dark forces moving in the shadows. Carla is on assignment in France's romantic city, tracking a terrorist cell. However, one tragic mistake will put her on the run...even from her own.

Clinch Mountain Girls


Author Nancy Withington Bell shares rich authentic stories from 24 women who bravely made a move to a new region. In the mountain hollows of Tennessee, the newly arrived "girls"-young, suburban women from 15 states-supported each other, learning country ways and how to produce their own water, warmth, and food. Fleeing urban consumer culture and the social strife of the 1970s, they learned from the locals, became strong women, and formed a lasting community.

Sunrise on the Porch


The best way to make sure you will have a good day is to plan one every morning. Leo, an old hound dog, does just that by watching the beauty of a sunrise every morning and thanking God for the day ahead of him. With each passing year, he shares his wisdom and faith with his friends, old and new, and brightens everyone's days along the way.

These Haunted Hills


Step into the spooky side of Appalachia with the fourth installment of Jan-Carol Publishing's These Haunted Hills anthology series. Each haunting story will keep you on the edge of your seat and bring with it the chill of fright as you read through contributions from seven highly talented authors. These Haunted Hills Book 4, and the entire These Haunted Hills Series, is sure to keep your Halloween season exciting for many years to come.

Trick-Or-Treat Noodle!


NOODLE is searching for the perfect Halloween costume. Join her in her search as she gives you clues as to which costume she will try on next! Beautifully illustrated with bright colors and an entertaining story to capture a child's attention. Wonderful teaching tool and great for a classroom with the use of colors and words. Don't forget to be on the lookout for Bradley Bee!

Power of Understanding


Emotional intelligence influences our ability to build strong relationships and achieve our goals. We can enhance emotional intelligence by learning to better understand ourselves and others. This book demonstrates how powerful the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is in helping us better understand how personality influences our behavior and the results we produce.

Daffodil Dreams


In this anthology, eight talented authors come together to share stories centered around the strong and inspiring women of Appalachia. With tales that will bring readers to tears, evoke laughter, and invite you to befriend the characters within, Daffodil Dreams showcases the beauty and resilience of the Appalachian region and its people.

Boil the Ocean


How far would you go for a loved one? This question wasn't a hard one for Clavo Cruiz. He was determined to obtain justice for his wife, Maria, within a system he felt had let them both down. Follow Clavo's adventure to his native Mexico, where he hooks up with some unsavory men and winds up MIA.

An Angel Named Johnia


Johnia Berry is a sweet and beautiful young woman who has questions about where her journey leads her...will she get her answers when she gets to Heaven? This beautifully illustrated children's book was inspired and is in loving memory of the author's friend and sorority sister, Johnia Hope Berry, whose life was cut short.

Canyon of Shame


In Canyon of Shame, the second part of The Bungalow Heaven Mystery Series, detective Peter McGinnis from the Pasadena homicide unit has to solve the murder of a forty-year-old woman whose body was discovered in Eaton Canyon. What at first appears like a routine investigation, turns into a career and reputation salvaging operation for the detective, who is not only the main witness in a prominent Black Lives Matter case, but who becomes more and more entwined with the case the more facts he uncovers.

What Ever Happened to

the Smooth-Tongued Cats?


Pete is a nice, gentle cat who loves Lukey. He's always happy when he's with Lukey and his family. But Pete has a whole lot of troubles. Other cats just don't like him, and nobody, especially Lukey, can figure out why. Pete often gets into cat fights, and when he does, he sometimes gets hurt and has to be taken to a veterinarian. So what can be done about Pete and Lukey's cat troubles?

Quietly Serving God


On Christmas Day, 1977, Vincent Joy gifted his parents a recently published Living Bible with the hope to encourage them to dig deeper into the faith that they had raised Joy and his siblings in. In the years that followed, that Living Bible became but a memory until resurfacing in 2021, but this time full of torn notes, each with scripture references, tucked between the pages. The discovery of the Living Bible led Joy to the realization of just how strong his parents' faith was, a fact that overwhelmed him with emotion. Quietly Serving God is the story of Joy's parents and their relationship with the Savior. It is Joy's hope that readers feel a deep love for Jesus, the way he now knows his parents did toward the end of their lives.

Hope Knocking


Hope Knocking tells the story of 2020 from three different perspectives: Amantha, an opinionated retired educator who considers herself to be half hillbilly and half flatlander; Matthew, her soft-spoken mountain husband; and Nancy Mae, Amantha's charismatic elderly mother who has returned to her East Tennessee roots after leaving nearly seventy years ago. The three live in Mavie, a mere speck on a USGS topographical map, on the banks of the Diamond River.

The Dreamer:
John W. McClarty


The Honorable Judge John W. McClarty shares his story of a Black youth's dream to become a lawyer and the obstacles he overcame to successfully accomplish his goal. With family photos and family history, he details his struggles and how he accomplished success.



Fighting to save a primitive planet targeted by the Alliance's enemies, Kairn never expected to find the female who haunted his dreams made flesh and blood.  Daria's life revolved around her work. She had given up on finding romance...let alone love. Earth was now under attack by an evil alien empire—under siege. Daria is trying to do her job as best she can in an upside-down world. Then the cavalry arrives...in the form of giant, gorgeous alien warriors.

These aliens are working toward restoring Earth to the pristine beauty she used to be. In their charismatic leader, Daria finds the most amazing partner. What’s an Earth girl to do but grab on with both hands and hold on tight to enjoy the ride? After all...what could possibly go wrong?

The Goddess of  Promised Land: Genesis


In Goddess of Promised Land: Genesis, anarchist Amanda Foster and her mother, who is still enmeshed in Jim Crow, disagree on what to do with an abandoned mysterious baby of color found in a back pasture of the Promised Land. Amanda flees with the baby to a hidden sanctuary in Virginia so she can live in peace with her child. It's there where new love blossoms, but also more danger.

Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Synchronous Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains


What animal can hold a child's attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?! Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, is such a penguin. Despite her small size, she can be an example to children. Size is an obstacle only if you let it be. Penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet! Come and join Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and her family as they enjoy the amazing synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

Dream Big, Noodle!


This cute and colorful book is about a little lady, named Noodle. Noodle has a BIG imagination. You never know what Noodle will be dreaming next! She dreams with no limitations. Entertaining and encouraging. Children will fall in love with Noodle's energy and her BIG DREAMS!



Neil is a boy with an imaginary friend, Langston. As Neil grows older, he loses contact with his friend. Langston has not been forgotten, but will they ever find one another again?

The Order of the Fallen


Achaiah knew the dangers of falling to earth for the love of his human, Nev. When Nev falls for her guardian angel, Achaiah, she is unaware of the danger that their love puts her in. That’s why fallen angels have one rule: Never fall in love with a human.

Misty, The Lonely Mermaid


Misty has many sea-creature friends, but not one true mermaid friend. Follow her adventures as she learns how to make friends while staying true to herself. We are meant to have friends and as long as we believe in ourselves, the right friend will come along.

The Mitchellgoshes


The Mitchellgoshes is a beautifully illustrated and fun story about a visit with some very magical characters. Follow two little boys from different backgrounds as they meet, form a friendship, and explore new possibilities.

Sweet Sofie Sue and Her Beach Adventures


Sweet Sofie Sue will teach your child to help, love, and value their friends, family, and loved ones through Sofie's adventure at the beach. A powerful little book to teach children how important it is to be kind to others. The author uses two methods—a Bible verse and animals to tell this delightful and fun story!

Those Devils in Baggy Pants


Those Devils in Baggy Pants was originally published in 1951 by Ross S. Carter, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. Carter, one of the three surviving members of his original platoon and Silver Star and Purple Heart awardee, sadly, was never able to see his book in print. Instead, the final chapters were pieced together by his brother, shortly after Carter's passing, with the help of Carter's meticulous notes.

The White Room


The author spins a tale of excitement. Jonah Bosworth was only nineteen years old when he discovered a room full of unbelievably dark secrets, a room most people didn't make it out of alive. Four years later, Jonah tells the tale of the White Room, how he was forced to go in there, and how he managed to live to share the story.

Josie: A Story of Forgiveness


Josie is finally coming out of a deep depression after losing her mom to breast cancer only to find out her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. Her life is already in shambles when she learns her mother had some secrets of her own.


Wes Schum: Amateur Radio's Unsung Hero


On Thanksgiving Day 1961, Wes Schum was unstoppable. His Central Electronics Company had produced the world's most advanced single-sideband transmitter, setting the Amateur Radio World ablaze. Three months later, it was all over. 60 years later, learn why and what could have been.



Carla: The Cherub of Death


Carla has always feared the discovery of her violent world by the general public. She did her best to keep it hidden, even from loved ones. However, after a failed kidnapping by a cartel, one journalist might be close to throwing Carla into the greatest danger of her life.

These Haunted Hills

A Collection of Short Stories

Book 3


Appalachian hauntings are back with the third installment of These Haunted Hills. Each story within these pages is packed with spooky intrigue and page turning excitement. Seven accomplished authors have come together to create another anthology full of mystery and supernatural elements that will have you rereading these stories for season to come.

Her Tuscan Sister


The sudden death of her brother Jim, and the subsequent discovery of a half-sister living in Tuscany, up end Catherine (Cat) Emerson's tranquil life. Since Cat refuses to fly-even in a post-pandemic world- her Tuscan sister Luna Bianchi and Nico, Luna's soon-to-be adopted son, travel to Amelia Island, Florida to join Cat. On the flight, Luna and Nico meet Sam Lawrence who's a dead-ringer for Cat's high school boyfriend. A romance blossoms between Cat and Sam.

I Will Spin Again


MaryElla has just been given the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet. After she is injured on the playground, she loses her special part and must summon all her courage and strength to find her way back to health. On her journey she learns the important life lessons of dedication, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Amanda's Civil War In the Great Smoky Mountains


While women's place in the nineteenth-century society was strictly defined, some women transcended those boundaries. My fictional leading lady, Amanda Armstrong was one of those women. Out of food and supplies, Amanda traveled to Knoxville, looking for a way to support herself until the war was over. Along the way, she encountered an orphaned black boy who attached himself to her and would not let go. When she returned home a few months later, he followed her. After conquering her own deep-seated fears, Amanda profoundly affected the lives of many people, including the women of her neighborhood who were also struggling to survive the war. Together they must survive.

Ricky's Desert Adventure


Ricky, a talking cactus, has a dad who is in trouble and he is determined to save the day, but how does a prickly pear cactus do that? Thankfully the desert is full of new friends everywhere he goes. Ricky shares his adventure on his journey.

Bad Love Medicine


Adolf Hitler’s darkest secret is about to cross paths with the time-traveling Bad Love Gang on their quest to save the life of one of their members from a fate of terminal breast cancer. Back from their mission to save the Republic of Azur from volcanic destruction in Bad Love Beyond, the Bad Love Gang are knighted in a royal ceremony and celebration for the ages at the Queen’s Palace on Planet Azur. Blue Nova One gives Bubble Butt the cure for Hannah Lieb’s breast cancer and a secretive rescue device. The Bad Love Gang returns to Earth to deal with the KGB and plan their time-travel trip back to World War II Europe to find Hannah Lieb. Can they triumph?

Andy and the Beats


Andy and the Beats is a story of hope and encouragement in the face of adversity. The goal is to teach kids the importance of being patient and persistent in their journey to understand how to live with a chronic illness. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story that begins as a day like any other for Andy, until a visit from the virus turns his whole world upside down! Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Andy sets out on an adventure to find a cure with the magical Beats. Will they find the key that fits the cure?

The Summer the Air Changed


Life is right normal for fourteen-year-old Bit Sizemore and her precocious twelve-and-a-half year old best friend, Wisteria Calliope Jones, until Bug Jeter sees Jesus in a rock and changes little Lovington, North Carolina forever. Tourists discover the sleepy mountain town, big-city pretty-boy Palmer Lee Compton threatens the girls' friendship, and the town's pets begin disappearing. That's when Wisteria decides that it's up to her and Bit to solve the mystery of the missing pets, while side-stepping the minefields of hurt feelings and teen crushes.




Scattered Flowers


Scattered Flowers is a collection of short stories centering on Appalachian women and the beauty of the Appalachian home-place. These stories have been carefully crafted by an impressive collection of talented authors. Each tale is sure to tug your heartstrings, bringing laughter, tears, and lasting impressions that will keep you coming back to this anthology again and again.

The Joy of Being You


The Joy of Being You uses the humorous differences in two dogs and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality preferences to help children find joy in who they are.


"In this inspired picture book, Rick Toomey celebrates the differences that make us special through the stories of his last two pets. As you get to know Mia and Beau—two very different dogs—their contrasting yet beautiful personalities will win you over. Their adventures help us see the strengths in not only our unique take on the world, but also that of those around us."

—Micki Bare, Author of The Hubbleville Series



The author writes: This book is a collection of true short stories and personal anecdotes about people I've known, experiences I've had, and places I've been. Life lessons and fun tales from a bygone era, these writings afford the readers an opportunity to escape from the busyness of the hectic world in which we live, along with the opportunity to take the time to reminisce about or become acquainted with a more innocent, easier time. All the while, this book encourages readers to seek deeper faith in the One who made us all. Born and bred on the flatlands of West Texas, I've had a blessed life, and I thank you, the readers, for allowing me to share a little bit of it with you.

Andrew Searches for a Forever Family


Andrew Searches for a Forever Family tells a story about a little boy named Andrew, a special needs orphan, who is on a journey to find a forever family. This story of adoption is written in poetic form from the view of the adoptive family, as well as the child, expressing the joy of these two becoming one family. We see the patience, labor, and love involved in the process and the joyful ending.

Great Granny and Her Yucky Old Cat


Molly's Life as she knows it is about to change...

"The scary old house stands looming, staring at me with its creepy dark windows. I am being forced to stay with my old great granny for an entire week! No computer, cable TV, video games or even my cell phone! My life is over! And then there's that pathetic cat of hers. He's always nearby, grossing me out!"

Molly's thoughts run away with her as she realizes her reality for the next seven days. But Molly's reality begins to change as she learns some very interesting things, such as how to gut a fish, and realizes that appearances can be deceiving.

Molly learns many lessons in her visit with her Great Granny!

The Origin Society "Us": Book 2


In the first book of the series, THEY, Jess and Jace Grisham survived a harrowing adventure to find their father and expose the truth that aliens have been visiting Earth for years. In Us, "They" have arrived and nothing will ever be the same. The battle for the future of the planet is just beginning

Shell Racers


Explore the adventures of these two turtles who chose to race for a mouth-watering head of cabbage instead of deciding to share it. They soon find out that they both lose in the end.


A portion of net sales of this book will be going toward ocean and turtles conservation.

Journey to Your Self—

How to Heal from Trauma:

Written by Someone

Who Did





Journey to Your Self is my story of child molestation, sexual assault, bullying and rape. It is also the story of how I hit rock bottom and from there on out successfully healed my trauma and transformed my life.

What Do Police Officers Do?


What Do Police Officers Do? is a beautifully illustrated children's book detailing acts of kindness, community participation and the many services that police officers perform to protect and serve their communities. A useful teaching tool showing children how police officers help people and protect people in their line of duty.