word hermit press is a small publisher established to support writing that brings fictional, historical and cultural narratives to life. our current catalog encompasses eight titles:
i am number 13
When Emmaline Cagney’s father dies on her graduation day, she foregoes college and heads to Honduras to volunteer with Nicaraguan refugees. It’s 1986. The Sandinista-Contra war rages in the jungles all around her. But when General James Wilkinson reenters her life during a hurricane, can she trust him? Or should she flee?
Because of his unsolved death, Wilkinson is stuck in an in-between world called Nowhere, a place he’s always used for his evil designs. Will he stick to his mission to help the Contras? Or will he ditch his mission to finally possess Emmaline?
As they fight to keep refugees safe and American involvement with the Contras secret from Congress, Em and Wilkinson careen toward a showdown that outstrips space and time, a place where nothing she knew about herself is true. And Em must confront the one person she never wanted to see again: her craven mother. Will Emmaline outwit the two people who peddled her childhood innocence before she runs out of time?
I Am Number 13 is the third book in the Nowhere Series, a speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you’ll love the latest installment in Andra Watkins’ page-turning series.
Hardcover and paperback from Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor, Aerio, Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo.
all about you: an adopted child’s memoir
At fifteen, Liz Duren learns a long-held secret about her life.
She was adopted.
This discovery leads Liz on a 30-year journey to find the mother who gave her away. Like a master detective, she deciphers decades-old agency documents to decode the truths within. Fraught with dead ends and disappointments, her journey threatens to reveal secrets that have long defined the lives of her loved ones.
Told with heart, humor and bittersweet reflections of a South Carolina girlhood, All About You will resonate with any reader struggling to find her place in the world.
Paperback from Ingram Book Company and Baker & Taylor, Aerio, Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo.
hard to die: an afterlife journey of theodosia burr alston
you’ve heard the raves about the tony award-winning broadway musical, hamilton. but what happened to ‘dear theodosia,’ the fiery daughter aaron burr serenades? hard to die is an engrossing speculative fiction novel that provides a new take on the uncharted fate of theodosia burr alston, daughter of alexander hamilton’s murderer.
theodosia disappeared at sea in 1813 and her destiny remains a mystery. in hard to die, she reappears 150 years later during the early days of the cold war in new york city. stuck in an in-between, timeless place called “nowhere” – where people whose deaths are unresolved find themselves resurrected under the guidance of a “nowhere” steward – theodosia is presented with an assignment: she must help a living soul navigate a life-changing crossroad. if she fails in her assignment, she will be doomed to a fate worse than death – erased from history’s timeline, forgotten forever.
a pioneer of the emerging speculative fiction genre, hard to die combines elements of history, the paranormal, and suspense to breathe fresh air into the story of theodosia burr alston.
hard to die, by andra watkins. available now in paperback and e.book formats (hardback coming soon) from ingram book company, aerio, amazon, kindle, barnes and noble, nook, ibooks/itunes, kobo, baker & taylor, and soon available in audiobook format on audible or itunes
new york times best selling memoir!
can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? andra watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile natchez trace as the pioneers did. she planned to walk fifteen miles a day. for thirty-four days. after striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. and his gas. the sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim. as watkins trudged america’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. in not without my father: one woman’s 444-mile walk of the natchez trace, watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn i wish i had into i’m glad i did.
not without my father: one woman’s 444-mile walk of the natchez trace, by andra watkins. available now in paperback and e.book from ingram book company, aerio, baker & taylor, amazon, kindle, barnes & noble, nook, ibooks/itunes, kobo, and bookstores everywhere. also available in audiobook!
explorer meriwether lewis has been stuck in nowhere since his mysterious death nearly two centuries ago. his last hope for redemption is helping nine-year-old emmaline cagney flee her madame mother in new orleans and find her father in nashville. to get there, merry must cross his own grave along the natchez trace, where he duels the corrupt Judge, an old foe who has his own despicable plans for em.
read the novel that launched the epic 444-mile walk that led to andra watkins’ new york times best selling memoir!
mike’s usual strategy was to gently stir the pot and wait for patterns to emerge, but this case was boiling over from the day willimina showed up at his office. freelance investigator mike ironwood doesn’t hesitate for a moment when a lovely stranger asks him to help her get to the bottom of suspicious happenings on her family cattle ranch. the case is intriguing, and willimina even more so. six days in, the case has turned up two dead bodies, an alphabet soup of secretive federal investigators, and a client who just might be the one. that’s when things get complicated. when a greedy dea agent and his complicated and deadly triggerman kidnap willy, mike enlists help from his brother and sets out to rescue her from a conflicted cartel jefe. the trail leads them deep into mexico, but they come home with dangerous unfinished business. ochoco reach introduces mike ironwood, his special ops brother daniel, and bucket, a catahoula leopard dog who is equally at home herding cattle and pinning bad guys to the floor. together, they are formidable allies who also seem to attract trouble at every turn.
what would happen if women and girls joined their unique abilities to change the world? In a time where access to the written word is reserved to men, andra betscrivener’s ability to read and write must remain a secret, or she could lose her hands, her eyes or her life. at 17 she discovers that she can write events to life. desperate to keep her powers hidden from both the government and a rebel group, she learns her words have the power to kill, threatening her father’s life and her own freedom. andra’s fight empowers others to stop governmental oppression. but in a society ruled by lies, cruelty and inequality, her journey will not be easy or safe.
the natchez trace is a 10,000-year-old road from natchez to nashville. animals long used its natural ridge line as a migratory route, and native americans settled along it to follow their migrating food supply. when the kaintucks west of the appalachians floated their goods to ports in new orleans or natchez they walked home, making the trace was one of the busiest roads in north america. today, the trace has been forgotten under the pavement of a federal parkway. this photo essay reveals the traces of time that one can find along today’s natchez trace.
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