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Patricia Ploss


Patricia Ploss is the author of one non-fiction book, The Dandelion Picker, and three fiction books, Emery’s Promise, Letting Go, and Another’s Child. She is also the Associate Publisher of Centaur Books.

Junkbox Diaries Award

Junkbox Diaries made it to the Best Drug Addiction Books of All Time

Joshua Tree Publishing is happy to announce that Junkbox Diaries: a day in the life of a heroin addict made it to BookAuthority’s Best Drug Addiction Books of All Time:
BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition. Thank you for all your support!
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Marcell Smith

The Lie Is Not Your Friend The Lie Lies

As a writer, I have come to believe that the things I write actually write

themselves, using my hands to do so. It seems that I am informed what to

write and how to write it by some source other than my conscious mind. I

attribute the aforementioned to the universal mind which is evidenced by

the universe.

Marcell Smith is the author of METHAMORPH Life In Poetic Meter.


The third annual U.S. Book Show returns to New York City as a four-day hybrid event, May 22–25, 2023, taking place live at NYU’s Kimmel Center and livestreaming for a virtual audience of publishing professionals, librarians and booksellers. Meg Medina, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Newbery Medalist whose middle-grade books dive into Cuban American and Latino culture, will give the morning keynote on Children’s Books Day, May 24, 2023.

Celebrity and A-list authors open each show day with not-to-be-missed keynote addresses. Focused on what’s hot for Fall 2023, the show features themed author panels, authors in conversation and the highly acclaimed Editors’ Picks series.

“AAPI Community in Conversations,” featuring authors, creators and librarians, is a new highlight of opening day, Monday, May 22, 2023. The special livestreaming event centers around Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices, books, cultures and experiences. The program is a collaborative effort from Publishers Weekly, the University of South Carolina’s Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Penguin Random House Library Marketing.

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, a day of live educational programming designed for agents, editors and publishing professionals will be presented by the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA). The much anticipated day will feature panels, networking sessions and bring the industry together for continuing education around issues of mutual interest.

Two targeted, livestream-only tracks include a new program for publishing professionals moderated by Publishers Weekly editors that will take up hot-button issues such as publishing salaries. “Libraries Are Essential,” the well-regarded slate of discussion panels for librarians and curated by Publishers Weeklyeditor Andrew Albanese, will run on Tuesday.

The show dedicates days to various segments of the industry, including comics and graphic novels (Tuesday), adult titles (Wednesday) and children’s books (Wednesday). Editors’ Picks panels, to be held virtually, cap off the event on Thursday with preeminent book editors in conversation with Publishers Weekly reviews editors.

“We are pleased to extend the success of the first two years of the U.S. Book Show into this year’s live and livestreaming event for the entire publishing and bookselling community,” said Cevin Bryerman, CEO and publisher of Publishers Weekly, noting that the return of the virtual exhibit hall and popular Grab-a-Galley Hall will allow all comers to receive galleys of forthcoming Fall books.

Buzz has already started in the book publishing industry among publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents about the event, which is presented by Publishers Weekly and hosted by NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts.

About Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly is the international news platform of the book publishing industry. Founded 150 years ago in 1872 and published weekly since then, the magazine boasts 1.23 million social media followers; publishes 10 e-newsletters, BookLife (a website and semimonthly supplement), Publishers Weekly en Español (in partnership with Lantia), two blogs, podcasts, a mobile edition, digital editions and apps; and features a thriving website that reaches 14 million unique visitors annually. In conjunction with the Sharjah Book Fair, the magazine is also published in an Arabic edition.

Going Home

Millie Parker found herself taking over her father’s veterinary clinic when her dad retired, and he and wife Carolyn moved to Florida. Millie’s life was on track, a profession she loved, established clientele, a great staff to work with, and old friends to reconnect with!

As she settled into her childhood home, pursuing her lifelong dream to follow in her father’s footsteps, Millie expected to be happy!

Instead, she finds herself falling all over again for a high school crush! Now a widower with a young son, Al Alcoba seems further out of reach than in high school!

Running into Al and his son, Millie questions whether her life is really full! Would there be room in Al’s life for another woman, since his wife had died? Would his ten-year-old son ever accept his dad having a new relationship?
Personal loss and the goal of helping others leads Millie down roads she never thought she’d travel.

Patricia Ploss, originally from Midland, Michigan, makes her home in northwest Indiana with her husband Tony. She spends her time writing, walking, and spending time with her family and pets.

Writing has been a passion of hers for many years, but only within the last three, has it become a reality in print.
Patricia and Tony have two grown children. Dawson, 24, lives with them, having survived a car accident that left him with challenges. Her first book, The Dandelion Picker, is a memoir based on his story and new reality.

Rachel, a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Master’s degree, resides in Florida, currently in a fellowship program at The Patterson Foundation.

For more information, 
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Book details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Joshua Tree Publishing (May 1, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956823360
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956823363
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.12 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches

Melissa Young

It found me when I was born into severe poverty. It showed itself when I was receiving last rites in a hospital bed. Then it held me as I stood next to the President of the United States and the First Lady at the Inaugural Ball.

It was faith. My faith in God has never wavered. He has sustained me through an unimaginable illness with an unrelenting determination to stay alive for my precious son, Jack.

I am proof that the human spirit, grounded in God’s love, is more powerful than the ills that can attack our bodies. I’m still alive because for some reason God needs me to be. There must be more for me to do, and maybe this book is that thing. Baring my soul and reliving each moment to share it with you was one of the most gut-wrenching things I’ve ever had to do, but I was determined to not allow my life story to die with me, and now it won’t.

My son Jack is my legacy. I will live on through him and the pages of this memoir, a life lived and written by me.

Herb Stepherson

Herb Stepherson was born in Jonesboro, Georgia. He is the middle child of three boys. He is thirty-one years old and spent his youth like most young boys in central Georgia, riding bikes and playing sports—baseball in particular.

Since 2002, he has been involved in the fight for his life. He has been battling the nightmares of addiction for the past fourteen years. His first drug use was at fifteen, which was alcohol and from there quickly progressed to prescription pain medication and ultimately cocaine and heroin.

Heroin and cocaine took him to the absolute edges of humanity. He ended up homeless, eating food out of dumpsters, and strung out in some of the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago, in the dead of winter. The winter months are brutal in the Midwest. Herb slept in abandon buildings, airport terminals, and under bridges clinging to two basic needs: more heroin and to be numbed from the wreckage that this drug was creating in his life. All the while trying his best to keep hope alive that maybe one day he would finally be able to conquer this demon of addiction and recover.

Today, Herb celebrates life as a young man in recovery! He is an intervention coordinator, a budding young writer, a loving and active father to his five-year-old son, Lucas, and speaks on behalf of numerous agencies in his community hoping to shed some light on the true battles with heroin addiction.

Herb Stepherson, NCFRC
Intervention Coordinator
Recovery Specialist
Featured on: A&E/ TEDX
Chicagoland & beyond
Public Speaker
Author: Junkbox Diaries

Rev. LeRoy Thompson Ph.D. 

LeRoy Thompson is the Senior Pastor of Global Truth Ministries in Springfield, Virginia. He is a gifted Bible teacher with a passion for revealing the truth of the innocence that Jesus provided to us by his death, burial, and resurrection. He and his wife Rita have served as missionaries in Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, and Haiti. LeRoy is a much sought-after national and international conference speaker, award-winning author, radio, and television personality.

At Harvard University, he received a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language, and a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. LeRoy received his Doctor of Divinity from Master’s International School of Divinity and his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary.

For more information on:
Global Truth Ministries
Rev. LeRoy Thompson, Ph.D.

The Legacy

Coming Soon to Joshua Tree Publishing is the latest novel by James Gilbert, The Legacy.

Part mystery and part romance, The Legacy is a commentary on the legal profession as well as a vivid picture of a city that has always been divided between an elite upper class and waves of aspiring immigrants.  While unraveling the puzzle of an oddly worded Last Will, Adam Chauncey and Sally Warren seek to uncover the secrets of the legacy left by an enigmatic Chicago financier. Their search for answers takes them from the elite mansions North of the city to the Latino neighborhoods of the South Side. What they discover is a dysfunctional family troubled by a strange adoption and a second family related to the deceased. As they explore one lead after another, they begin to realize the complicity of the senior partners of their law firm in a cynical cover-up. Whether or not they reveal the existence of a second, more recent will, presents them with a desperate choice.

Joshua Tree Publishing

Based in Chicago, Joshua Tree Publishing specializes in works that uplift the human spirit, inspire people to reach for higher goals, and touch the hearts of readers. We are an innovative, traditional publisher dedicated to making your dreams of being a published author a reality. Not tomorrow. Not next year. But today. 

Joshua Tree Publishing has 37 years of expertise and experience in publishing books. Publishing a book is a process. We guide our authors through that process, asking for their input at every stage.

Our mission is to produce a book that professionally reflects the author’s vision and voice. We encourage you to submit your work to Joshua Tree Publishing where We Believe in Authors.