Co-Author of “The Living Wills”. Brendan Sullivan is a creativity coach, helping organizational teams, leaders and individuals to realize their potential to be creative, innovative and collaborative. His clients include Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, Harley-Davidson and many others. He is a renowned keynote speaker on the topic of collaborative creativity. He’d be happy to talk to your company, association, school, writer’s conference, organization, etc. (www.creativitycoach.net). This novel is a living, tangible example of the power of collaborative creativity. Don’t tell them, show them. Read More
Novel Chicago Library Bundle
With our Library Bundle you'll get five great novels by five great Chicago authors:
The Living Wills, By Brendan Sullivan and Rick Kaempfer
“The Living Wills” is a story about a split-second decision made 30 years ago and the ripple effects it caused. Can the man who made that decision and the people he affected maneuver their way through a world of baristas and Army veterans, bowling teams and exploding port-a-potties, cartoon pirates and young love, to find the strength to heal before it’s too late?
Brendan Sullivan and Rick Kaempfer created “The Living Wills” as an experiment in pure collaborative creativity. Through improvisation, brainstorming mind mapping and other ideation techniques, they created the three interweaving story lines of “The Living Wills” together, before writing the individual chapters alone. Both men wrote, edited, and improved portions of all three story lines. The result is a truly collaborative novel in every sense of the word.
Cheeseland, Randy Richardson
How do you mend a broken friendship? For Lance Parker and Daniel McAllister, the answer is simple: road trip. A trip to Wisconsin should be just the ticket to come to terms with the trauma that had drawn them apart. The journey of recovery is filled with comical twists as the two teens navigate Cheeseland, a place that blurs the line between adolescence and adulthood. The journey of recovery turns into a journey of discovery, as secrets are revealed. Cheeseland is a novel about loyalty, friendship and the self-destructive nature of secret-keeping and unresolved anger.
Recalled to Life, Dan Burns
Chicago architect Peter O’Hara had a plan, a blueprint, for how he wanted to build his life. He had goals and ambitions and his path was clear. He had a loving wife and son, career success, and his final career goal was close within reach. The opportunity to become a partner in his firm was there for the taking. He almost had it all.
But life and fate do not consider such plans. An unbelievable and unplanned event sets off a domino effect of repercussions that turn Peter’s life upside down, pushing him to his limits and causing him to re-evaluate everything he thought was important.
Truffle Hunt, By Brent Petersen
Food writer Frank Lasher is living the dream. New York City’s finest restaurants are his office and the gorgeous Lisa is his dining partner. When Frank is given the chance to write a series of articles about the discovery of the world’s largest truffle, he jumps at the chance. Who wouldn’t want an all expenses paid trip to Europe in return for researching this most expensive and exotic of foods? What Frank doesn’t know is that instead of a working vacation in France or Italy, he’s going to Croatia, a country just emerging from war. And, when he becomes a suspect in a murder, Frank must help find the killer before he can return home to claim Lisa’s love.
Truffle Hunt is a foodies’ dream novel. Author Brent Petersen even includes recipes of some of these delicious truffle dishes at the end of the book.
Down at the Golden Coin, By Kim Strickland
How would your life change if you met your Messiah at the laundromat?
During the horrible economic downturn, former airline pilot, Annie Mullard, feels she’s sunk to a new low when she’s forced to go to a run-down laundromat, The Golden Coin, after her washing machine breaks, but it’s here she meets a Messiah. Even though twenty-something, blue-haired Violet isn’t anyone’s idea of a Messiah, she can read minds, levitate Tide with Bleach Alternative and send Annie into past lives. It doesn’t take long before Violet has Annie’s quiet morning in the laundromat spinning as out of control as the rest of her life.