New York City, 1936. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Big Apple is defiantly striving toward an era infused with art, architecture, and economic progress under the dynamic Mayor La Guardia. But those in City Hall know that tumultuous times can inspire both optimism and deadly danger...
It’s been six months since Lane Sanders was appointed Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia’s new personal aide, and the twenty-three-year-old is sprinting in her Mary Janes to match her boss’s pace. Despite dealing with vitriol from the Tammany Hall political machine and managing endless revitalization efforts, Fio hasn’t slowed down a bit during his years in office. And luckily for Lane, his unpredictable antics are a welcome distraction from the childhood memories that haunt her dreams—and the silver gun she’ll never forget.
When Lane gets attacked and threatened by an assailant tied to one of most notorious gangsters in the city, even the mayor can’t promise her safety. The corrupt city officials seem to be using Lane as a pawn against Fio for disgracing their party in the prior election. But why was the assailant wielding the exact same gun from her nightmares?
Balancing a clandestine love affair and a mounting list of suspects, Lane must figure out how the secrets of her past are connected to the city’s underground crime network—before someone pulls the trigger on the most explosive revenge plot in New York history .
Brass is the latest book in the Fight To Keep Creativity Alive series. Creativity is for all of us. Brass debunks the myth that you’re either creative or you’re not. Why all the weapons, you ask? Creativity has a potent capacity to keep you from feeling like you’re sleepwalking through life. But you have to fight for it. Life is hectic, there are so many demands on us all; how can we fit in one more thing? Well, this book is a set of brass knuckles to help you fight through it. Creativity gives far more than it takes. If we want to work, play and live more fully, we have to fight to keep creativity alive.
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The Christmas Journalist
Jane Smith is a journalist from Chicago who reluctantly agrees to take on a mediocre assignment about the history of Christmas traditions. But a lost letter from a WWI soldier to a mysterious woman named Willow, sends her on an anything-but-average adventure to New York City that will change her life. She meets with historians and ancestors of pivotal people, not to mention a handsome man who is being secretive about his connection to that lost letter. As they begin to share with her the stories behind these well-known traditions, Jane realizes The Christmas Journalist is anything but a mediocre moniker.
The captivating tales from all over the world illuminate the people and the magic behind Christmas including the first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in 1931; the first gifts appearing in stockings in 4th century Turkey; the 1822 poet behind ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; a Jewish man at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln who inspired a trip to the Holy Land where a famous carol was penned... Along the way, The Christmas Journalist herself discovers the generosity and enchantment that is at the root of Christmas, and how beauty and magic are just around the corner. If you’re ready and willing to see it.