Welcome to Inkwell Books LLC

The original hybrid publishing concept.

Established in 1997, Inkwell Books LLC and its authors enter into a creative partnership. Each author has a distinctive voice, and we help you to find and develop it. Your manuscript is then ushered through all the steps necessary for publication. The result is a professional quality, marketable publication, which will be promoted and distributed both domestically and abroad.

My Collection of Original Desserts: The Art of Creative Baking


by Nikos Ligidakis

Award-winning chef and author Nikos Ligidakis demonstrates in his books his priceless culinary knowledge. Nikos gained national acclaim for combining the Mediterranean region’s cuisine in all its tantalizing flavors and with the full force of imagination. His cuisines are exotic and familiar, and his charitable work and idiosyncratic cooking style have made him a local legend.

The Extraordinary life of Bill O’Brien


Far more than an “I did this, I saw that” book, Bill O’Brien’s story is an inspirational saga about adventure, excitement, achievement, the importance of character, and how an “ordinary Arizona Irish cowboy” overcame obstacles and challenges to achieve success in unique and creative ways. An entertaining, compelling story written by a master storyteller about one of Arizona’s most intriguing characters, here’s a perfect gift for your family, friends, clients, employees, and business associates.

My Heroes, My Town Conversations With A Child


by Nikos Ligidakis

About the book

“As a child, I had the desire to understand all things. It was my curiosity that led me to level my ears into conversations of the elders who had gathered in my father’s taverna. Time and again, words of wisdom were spoken by the crowd who frequented the taverna. They told stories about brave people, sang songs about life and love, and seemed content with the simplicity of their lifestyle… Amidst the laughter, songs and folktales about heroic deeds and mythical characters, there was my father’s smile and my mother’s luminous face.

The taverna was where my parents worked.



“One of the most incredible WWII stories”

This book is about an American B24 bomber crew shot down in enemy territory while returning from a successful mission. The narrative recounts human tragedy and captures the triumph of the human spirit. These men’s heroic run for freedom bonded them in life and death.

Power And Defiance


By Nikos Ligidakis

Power and Defiance is historical fiction that is based on a true story and actual events. This is a project that has taken over eight years to develop. My intent was to create a narrative that didn’t simply tell a story but was also meant to both challenge and enlighten the reader.

This book is a labor of love. It is about the integrity of individual freedom and the intense struggle for social justice. Such deep matters require not only profound thoughts in the writing, but also equally reflective thoughts in the reading. The reader will find such thoughts throughout the pages of this book and hopefully will be challenged to recognize the heroism of those individuals who are perceived to be ordinary and to simultaneously re-examine the character of those who proclaim themselves to be righteous and just.

All the contents of this book are my liability and fault and have their origination in my own experiences, observations and creative conjecture. Power and Defiance is written in a unique format that unfolds slowly, yet grips the reader’s curiosity and emotions almost immediately. This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is rather a book intended to generate a serious emotional and intellectual response from the reader. It is a serious book about a very serious subject.

The narrative includes the trials of several individuals, a great number of historical facts, my own personal philosophy and political ideologies as well as numerous letters reflecting my own personal thoughts. I consider Power and Defiance to actually be three books synthesized into one. As you turn the pages of the first few chapters, I urge the reader to be patient, especially with the opening chapters. The format of the story may initially be a bit difficult to comprehend because it attempts to deal with tremendously complex issues that are not often discussed these days in our twenty-four hour news cycles and their underlying thought processes. Additionally, the book contains a tremendous amount of information, written in a fused manner, which integrates historical fact with ideology, philosophy and personal observations.

To make your reading easier, under the heading of several chapters you will notice captions such, Thoughts, Memories, Observations, History, Lessons, etc. These extra chapters have been included to enhance the comprehensive picture I am attempting to portray of the political, social and ideological landscape of the times and not to interfere with the trials of the individual characters involved in the unfolding story. The stories of these characters that are scattered throughout the hundreds of pages do not include a caption under the heading of the chapter.

Power and Defiance is written in a first person format. The names of the real characters have been changed while others have been created fictionally. You will meet and hopefully come to empathize and respect the complex individuals in this book who live in complex times, and who are caught in the whirlpool of history with so much to cherish, share and overcome. Consider that, as history continues its unfolding process, these individuals could be you!

Thank you for your interest in this very compelling subject. I look forward to your feedback after digesting my thoughts and my sincere efforts to engage you in a serious dialogue regarding the fatalistic affects of Power and Defiance in both our individual and collective lives.

My Private Collection of Original Pieces of Art


By Nikos Ligidakis

Legendary chef Nikos Ligidakis demonstrates in this book his priceless culinary knowledge. Nikos's passion for the art spills over onto every page of this extraordinary book. Over 400 recipes are in this book. Each recipe brings forth a taste that the culinary artist has brought to life with creative eyes and clever hand.

Nikos presents his creations in a visual, elegant simplicity. “”My concept of dessert making and designing is about quality and simplicity,”” says the chef. As you read this book you may find yourself puzzling over the complexity of many of the desserts. What a dizzying array of ingredients, you may think. One cake alone can be a blending of several different cakes, mousses, syrups, and chocolates. Many take dedication and time to create. “”The best doesn't come easy,”” says Nikos. Deep thought and love of flavors created the recipes. Such concentration is required by the chef who brings each masterpiece to life.

Some recipes may be difficult but none of them are “”work””. Understanding the man behind this book will help you apply a positive perspective in every area of your life. To never be intimidated, start with a simple recipe, and then challenge yourself to something more difficult. Soon you will tackle the impressive cakes. In no time you will be creating your own recipes in a way you might not have thought possible. What better way to grow than with Nikos's book as your primer? It's one of the only times in life you'll get to eat your mistakes and love it!

5024 E. McDowell


By Nikos Ligidakis

This unique story cookbook reveals every recipe created by legendary chef Nikos Ligidakis. It is a collection of over 500 original recipes in a motivational story about the personal failures and accomplishments of a man who used his imagination and courage to make his dream a reality. The recipes in this book are written in an easy to follow form. This inspirational book will encourage readers to create original recipes.

Black Sun: Rise of the Flint Pirates


It is a harsh existence for the Flint Brothers. Hunted from one end of the galaxy to another by their late mother’s enemies, forced into hiring themselves out to different ships and crews in order to survive, the brothers endure the bleakest of livelihoods. Then a mysterious yet alluring stranger comes before them with something they can’t refuse: an offer of hope.

Black Sun: Quest of the Siren


Now with a ship and crew at their disposal, the Flint brothers at last embark on their vital mission: seek and “unlock” the greatest mystery to ever exist, one that has endured since the galaxy was young.

Black Sun: Legacy of the Predecessors


Upon the twilight of the First Age of Terra, the Age of Progression, a series of great and cataclysmic wars would erupt between its human inhabitants and a mysterious race of invaders from the stars. The consequences of such devastating conflicts were far-reaching.

Black Sun: Call of the Moon


Upon the twilight of the First Age of Terra, the Age of Progression, a series of great and cataclysmic wars would erupt between its human inhabitants and a mysterious race of invaders from the stars. The consequences of such devastating conflicts were far-reaching.

Black Sun: Fury of the Phoenix


Upon the twilight of the First Age of Terra, the Age of Progression, a series of great and cataclysmic wars would erupt between its human inhabitance and a mysterious race of invaders from the stars.

The Black Sun 6 Book Boxset


It is a harsh existence for the Flint Brothers. Hunted from one end of the galaxy to another by their late mother’s enemies, forced into hiring themselves out to different ships and crews in order to survive, the brothers endure the bleakest of livelihoods. Then a mysterious yet alluring stranger comes before them with something they can’t refuse: an offer of hope. This boxset contains the first 6 books of the series.

The Mystery of the Wildhorse Island


My name is Taylor and I am ten years old. This is the story of a trip my brother Drew and I took last summer to a place called “Wildhorse Island.” Drew helped me out with this story. He remembers quite well for a little kid. Since he’s only five, he was not able to help me too much with the spelling. The story is real and so is the mystery.

The Mystery of 10,000 Lakes


Nature is everywhere and to discover its mysteries is more than fun, it’s the best. Enjoy reading along with us as we discover the lakes, mysteries and tall tales that are Minnesota.

Joan’s Conquest


In the full-length portrait of Joan Cort; the heroine of his warm and sympathetic novel, Gene Hoopes presents a memorable and unusual fictional creation where characters in distinguished by unremitting honesty and uncompromising loyalty.

End of the Trail


by Gene Hoopes

Gene Hoopes was one of those remarkable, yet humble human beings that you would like to meet and spend time with.

Tales of a Dude Wrangler


by Gene Hoopes

Jim Dawson, Head wrangler of the Lazy R. Dude Ranch, and a man of remarkable character and imagination, is the central figure of these wise and entertaining tales of the Far West.

With his slow grin, his drawling speech, his guitar, and his seemingly inexhaustible supply of stories, Jim was the terror and delight of the dude ranchers. There was never the occasion when Jim lacked a story to tell. Many of these purported to come from his own experience, as when he was asked to join Buffalo Bill’s Wild-West Show; shot a man in a saloon brawl; or when he watched baby rattle snakes dancing to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” He also had a rich supply of Indian and western folklore, drawing on a stock containing such wonders as moving mountains, “Methuselum” crickets, superstitious snakes, and Indian-snatching buzzards.

Those familiar with American folk-heroes and legends will recognize in Jim Dawson the composite appeal of a host of popular characters. Those who love a good yarn for its own sake (and who doesn’t) can open any page at random. Here's a feast!

Jim Dawson Returns


Here again, for devotees of Jim Dawson and his tall tales, is a collection of the wrangler’s whoppers at their best. In stories that will stand any dude’s hair on end, Jim tells how he got rid of an unsatisfactory cook (far be it from Dawson to do anything as simple as firing him),… why his horse is called “Hornet,”… how he was arrested for kidnapping, and many, many more hilarious adventures.

Rafie the Rattlesnake, Come Home!


Rafie is a young rattlesnake with a love for adventure that takes him far from home and into danger. He soon realizes that home is safer and rushes to return to his den before the cold of winter arrives.

Rafie, Coloring Book


Rafie is a young rattlesnake with a love for adventure that takes him far from home and into danger. He soon realizes that home is safer and rushes to return to his den before the cold of winter arrives.

Silver Light and the Red Canyon


One night a herd of wild horses was grazing under a magical full moon when they found a shiny, white baby horse by a tree. He was all alone. So the horse accepted the strange-looking foal into the herd as their own.

The Lost Key Of Being


When a young boy unknowingly recovers one of the Keys of Being from an old jacket, he meets the magical Fae-rens, protectors of Gaeya (Earth). They have come from the past on a quest to return the key to its proper place. But they are not the only ones interested in the Elka, the Key of Healing and Rebirth. The entire world is in danger from the Evil One and his followers, who want to use the key for a more sinister purpose…

The Hidden Portal to Wren


by Nan C. Cataldi

Our Earth is collapsing from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other environmental catastrophes. The balance can only be restored by uniting the four Keys of Being. Teen Nicky Kirkland is approached by the magical, spirit Fae-rens to be the new human Guardian of their realm. Now he must fight against the Evil One and his sorcerers to return the Key of Healing & Rebirth through a mystical portal to the secret world of Wren. It will be the race of his life!

The Golden Legions Of Hope


by Nan C. Cataldi

In the electrifying end to “The Keys of Being Trilogy” the mortal Guardian of Wren, Nicky Kirkland, finds himself in the middle of the battle to save the world. The Earth, as we know it, is collapsing on itself, and humans and animals alike are being impact from the strength of the growing forces of evil. He must join the Golden Legion of Wren to fight against the wicked sorceress who will stop on nothing to take control of everyone and everything. Will they be able to end the threat once and for all?

Pantnude, A Storied Life


by Jack Larsen

A Humorous collection of short stories in the fictional life of Patnude Sheekey, a mortician in the mining town of Globe, Arizona. Working closely with I. M. Best of Best Funeral home, he meets a host of quirky characters, some alive and some dead.


The Facilitator


The Facilitator keeps the reader in suspense as it builds to a climax that is both surprising and ingenious.

Desert of this Beauty


by Lesa Caldarella

In Desert of this Beauty, Lesa Caldarella explores her interior and we are graced with the treasures she finds there. Her poems are bloody and heart-crushing, rich with dark tones and piercing details, but tinged with a humor and playfulness that is refreshing throughout. Some of her themes are as grand as regret and redemption, but Caldarella’s striking sensory images and creativity of form gives everything a fresh perspective. I was alternately surprised and inspired. Many of her lines are still affecting me.

Cleo-Cat-Tra’s ABCs


Names, names, names—A good starting place for children to learn the alphabet by recognizing letters in familiar names. The joy of connecting to their own names becomes meaningful to children. Names hold great attraction for children and, for many, are the first words they learn to recognize by sight. What a fun and easy way to teach young children the ABCs!

Cleo-cat-tra Shapes and Colors


Cleo-cat-tra’s Shapes and Colors offers a wide range of learning opportunities for children ages 2-4. With simple text of brief sentences and large type, children learn to identify and name 13 shapes and colors. In the back of the book, there are fun supplementary activities to further enhance the learning experience.

Cleo-cat-tra’s World of Bugs


Cleo-cat-tra is curious about everything that moves. She gives a cat’s eye view of bugs that she and Mario the mouse find in their wonderful world of bugs. With full-colored illustrations by Thomas Rodriguez, Cleocat approaches nature with joy, playfulness, curiosity, delight, and wonder.

She finds some of nature’s fascinating insects that are usually called bugs.  She does not have to go far to find types of bugs hiding all around her. She looks, listens and crawls around bushes, in open fields, along a country road, through woods and by wild flowers. Filled with excitement, she discovers a dragonfly, a stink bug and many more. She even finds a creature that is not an insect.

Sit down and discover “Cleo-cat-tra’s Wonderful World of Bugs.”

Cleo-ca-tra Book Of Opposites Adventures In The Country


What could be more fun than learning along with Cleo-cat-tra as she enjoys her happy day in Cleo-Cat-tra’s Adventures in the Country – A Book of Opposites. Through her adventures, she shares the meaning of these words in this richly illustrated educational picture book.

Ghost Town on Broadway


by Dan Marrone

This book is a story about 9/11/2001. This is more than a ghost image, it is a ghost town. Everyone in America played their part; before, during, and after. Everything in this book is true but the names have been changed to protect the guilty. It is part memoir, part incantation.

Into The Mouth Of The Wolf


This is an epilogue, an apocalypse, and an alchemical allegory. It is a tying together of things to try and stop the unraveling, the addiction to the denouement which lurks at the center of contemporary culture at the black heart of all entertainment and all stories – including our own.

The Midnight Train – The Revery Series


by Timothy D. Woolsey

Todd, a 16 year old boy, is visited by a Djinn named Amal who shows him glimpses of his previous life as a Djinn and the war that he and his siblings have been a part of long before they became human. Todd discovers that an old enemy, named Dima, has possessed his brother Ryan and is slowly ripping his soul from him. Todd must convince his family and friends to help him place Ryan under hypnosis and fight on what Todd has come to call the Dream Plain.

The Dark Revery Series Book 2: Trepidation


by Timothy Woolsey

Things intensify as Todd continues his plan to save his brother Ryan. His secret about the Djinn becomes harder to disguise under the explanations of hypnosis when the Djinn war against humans begins to take shape.  Todd works hard to manage the situations that come up, but now finds himself battling on two fronts, the physical world and the dream plain.

Born to Heal


By Analea McGarey

Born To Heal takes you from the mystical green jungles to the overwhelming crush of humanity in India’s crowded cities to the stark beauty of Arizona’s high desert where McGarey follows one woman’s haunting quest for spiritual and professional growth.

The Golden Key


Reading, and loving to read, is one of the most rewarding talents  anyone can possess. I have written my books with young readers in mind. They are designed to stimulate the reader’s imagination while using sight words and the “First, Then, Next, Finally” principles of a story. Where did the key come from? Are the beads leading me to a treasure? What could it be? A treasure chest? What will the chest hold?