Books that Entertain and Educate


Marina Publishing Group

THE NEIGHBORS SAID, "CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO?"

​150 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ISBN-13: 978-1475149470
Rosetta's family didn’t have much money, but the riches of their zany antics and laughter overflowed into the neighborhood.

Born in 1909, Rosetta was the youngest of a family of ten children. Rosetta's memoir, written when she was 80, takes the reader from her childhood as the baby in a zany family through events like World War II all the way up to 1989. She passed away in 2006 as she neared her 97th birthday, and her love of laughter and dancing continued throughout her long life. One of her fondest childhood memories was when neighbors knocked at their door, saying, “Can we come in and laugh with you?”


​This isn't a book filled with jokes, but with slices of life in a bygone era.

A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY MORGAN ST. JAMES - MANY ARE AWARD-WINNERS

136 Pages  Paperback, Kindle, Audio  ISBN-13:  978-0983779032

The Mafia Funeral was inspired by a true incident. When Susan attends the funeral of a young friend whose father was in the Mob, what happens at the church is like a scene from a funny movie complete with an irate priest and five shocked Jewish pallbearers. Later a gangster from San Francisco mistakes her for the daughter of a Mafia mobster. You'll laugh at the funny stories, try to solve the mysteries and feel your heart warm to others. The collection includes several of Morgan St. James's award-winning short stories--some fiction--some true. This is the perfect book to read when time is limited. 

RAMPAGING RUSSIANS, TREACHEROUS TEAPOTS, TWIN SLEUTHS, OLD MAGICIANS and MURDER!

258 Pages   Paperback, Kindle, Audio   ISBN-13#978-1496155238

Twin sleuths Goldie and Godiva, are at it again-tracking seven stolen teapots from Alaska to LA. Why are the teapots worth killing for? What are the thugs really after? Will they get away with murder? A shipment of Russian tea dispensers called samovars fails to arrive at Goldie's antique shop in Alaska, the ladies from the Russian Orthodox church who ordered one for their retiring priest are driving her crazy and before the wayward antiques are located, his young replacement is murdered. That's just the tip of the iceberg in quiet little Juneau! When the teapots arrive, so do the Dumkovsky brothers--two bumbling Russian thugs demanding them.  Everyone in town who received one of the samovars has been beaten or murdered, and two more customers are likely targets: The twins and their eighty-one year old mother and uncle, former vaudeville magicians, must solve the secret contained in those deadly teapots before more people die. Let the chase begin. 

WHO'S RIPPING OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM, AND HOW?

288 PAGES  Paperback, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and most digital platforms    ISBN-13: 978-1495258725

​ A funny crime caper with a diabolically clever scam. Thirty-something Kimberly was living the good life with a great executive job, a wardrobe to die for, and a hot young boyfriend. tHEN her company went bankrupt and her boy-toy took off with her money and her company goes bankrupt. She accepts a job with the Federal prison system and she and her sidekicks are faced with not only a "whodunit" but a "howdunit" Manufacturing in Federal prisons is BIG business--nearly a Billion Dollars a year and that is true! A plan to embezzle millions was going fine until these down-on-their-luck women were hired and red flags went up.  Get ready for a mind-blowing romp. ***IMAGINE CHARLIE'S ANGELS STARRING IN 9 TO 5 MEETS THE FIRST WIVES CLUB!*** These three amateur sleuths lead the reader on a merry chase filled with twists, turns and backfires and they wind up knee deep in trouble. 


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THREE AUTHORS SCHEME TO KILL THEIR OBNOXIOUS PUBLISHER?

226 Pages, Paperback, Kindle, Audio    ISBN-13#978-1508512738

A lighthearted look at the attempts three authors make to do away with a scoundrel who seemingly has more lives than a cat, and confirms the old adage that the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes do, in fact, go astray. The authors were contracted to write the true story of Maria Mancuso, widow of murdered Mob boss Tony “The Nose,” but when publisher Fat Vinny Vitali refused to accept the manuscript as written, instead, demanding the authors actually solve the murder of “The Nose,” he threatened to hold the project in limbo until they gave in to his demands. After several tense meetings with Fat Vinny and consultation with an attorney, the authors conclude the only way out of their publishing contract is if Fat Vinny dies. The more obnoxious he became in his demands, the more convinced they were they might have to help Vinny's "untimely" demise. The fun begins when the three writers become murder conspirators, in what they believe will be a foolproof effort to save their book and the movie deal.​ 

FIRST BOOK IN THE AWARD-WINNING SILVER SISTERS MYSTERY SERIES
272 Pages   Paperback, Kindle, Audio    ISBN-13#978-1496059185

Filled with twists and turns.
Identical twin sisters Goldie and Godiva take a wild and funny romp through the glitzy world of TV chefs - in search of a killer. When Godiva Olivia DuBois, a.k.a. G.O.D. - an advice columnist from Beverly Hills - takes her niece Chili to a taping of the TV cooking show Flirting with Food she's selected from the audience as a food taster - and winds up in the hospital with food poisoning. Chili's mother, Goldie Silver, an 'aging hippie' living in Alaska, already sensed trouble through a psychic bond with her twin and immediately hopped on a plane to California. Together these two wisecracking amateur sleuths try to solve the 'who's sabotaging the cooking show' mystery - with the help of their 80 year old mother Flossie and their Uncle Sterling - both former Vaudeville magicians  


KIDNAPPED, RAPED AND LEFT FOR DEAD. BUT, SHE SURVIVED

360 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ISBN 13: 978-1492885252

Kidnapped, Raped and Left for Dead. But she survived.

Imagine waking up in a strange bedroom, bound and gagged. That's what happened to beautiful teenage ballerina protege Laurel Murphy after she was kidnapped and sold into a brothel. But Laurel didn't die. As she rebuilds her life and her spirit it is filled with high spots and with tragedy, but through it all she must deal with the need for revenge smashed deep within her soul. Then the unthinkable happens... Inspired by true events  


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FILLED WITH TIPS AND TECHNIQUES YOU CAN USE RIGHT AWAY

236 Pages  Paperback, Kindle, Nook and Other Digital Platforms ISBN-13: 978-1511507943

Writers Tricks of the Trade was inspired by Morgan St. James' popular Writers Tricks of the Trade column. It contains a little about a lot, sort of like the appetizer table at a writing buffet. It is packed with tips, techniques and tricks--every chapter has something you can use immediately-- and it is all written in lively, entertaining prose. For technique, general information, reference and inspiration on those days when writers bloc strikes, it is a valuable addition to any aspiring or published writer's bookshelf.

WHAT SECRET IS THE BEAUTIFUL MAGICIAN "MARA THE MAGNIFICENT" HIDING?

292 Pages, Paperback, Kindle       ISBN-13#9781507864050
A fun-filled Silver Sisters escapade in "Sin City"... Godiva's son Torch buys a condo in Las Vegas, and his grandmother Flossie and great uncle Sterling decide to pay him a visit. When the old vaudeville magicians drag him to the Pageant of Peacocks starring sexy Mara the Magnificent it's love at first sight. The romance blossoms but when Torch returns from a meeting in L.A., Mara seems cold and distant. Goldie, Godiva, Flossie and Sterling take a trip to visit him and the family gets a shock while attending Mara's show, where a stagehand dies during the performance. Police call it accidental, but Mara is convinced its murder. This time Flossie and Sterling take the lead and when they uncover a diabolical plot they come close to doing a disappearing act of their own! Twists, turns, murder and mayhem. Just when you think you've solved it, something else happens.  

242 Pages   Paperback, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and most digital platforms   ​ISBN-13#978-1478275190

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD 3 WEEKS IN ENGLAND AND LOTS OF GORGEOUS YOUNG ENGLISHMEN? Audrey's "wheeler-dealer" millionaire boyfriend has sent her and Audrey's best friend Susan to England, all expenses paid after Susan's husband dies. He had leased a cottage in Surrey, sight unseen and says, "What could be more perfect than having you and Susan check it out for me?" Of course, Audrey is excited beyond belief but doesn't know he has an ulterior motive. The taxi driver pulls up in front of what looks as foreboding as a haunted house. What might have been a disaster for these 42-year-olds, turns into an adventure beyond anything they imagined. They hook up with two handsome young Bobbies at Leeds Castle and after a night of passionate lovemaking, throw caution to the wind, forget about age, boyfriends and Susan stops thinking about her dead husband. For three glorious weeks Sue and Audrey travel around England and Holland on Bob's dime, get into hilarious situations and rack up enough encounters with young men to officially qualify as cougars.  Inspired by true experiences.

A COMICAL LOOK AT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN "OFFICIAL" JEWISH MOTHER AND

HOW TO DEAL WITH ONE. 

30 Pages Kindle, Nook and Other Digital Platforms ONLY 

A Jewish Mother doesn't have to be Jewish, a mother or even a woman! 
Just about everyone has heard oodles of jokes about Jewish Mothers. Comedians love them. One day when I had nothing better to do, I started to wonder, “What really qualifies someone to be a Jewish Mother?” Morgan's mother was Jewish, but she would have been drummed out of the corps in a heartbeat for failing to conform. Outside of encouraging everyone to eat something—-her favorite saying was: you could stand to gain five pounds, honey—-I don’t think she would have made it past the first plateau as far as placing of guilt and practicing Jewish Standard Time are concerned. On the other hand, picture the character Marie on Everyone Likes Raymond. Now there was a bona fide candidate if I ever saw one. Sure she was supposed to be Italian, but so what. This woman was what would be called a Maven Jewish Mother. The best of the best!