“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -- Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

It's a memory shared, never forgotten: the last page; the end of a book. It might have taken you a day, or perhaps a month, but you did it--and you'll never forget the feeling. For many of us, it was Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, or To Kill a Mockingbird. For others, it's The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Twilight. While they vary in plots, twists and characters, they share a common theme: they've captured our hearts and our imagination.

Tau Kappa Epsilon believes in the power of reading, and we are pleased to share literary brilliance written by our favorite people in the world, Tekes. 

To have your published work shared, please email our communications department at tkeogc@tke.org. Be sure to include your name, chapter and short description of your work. 

 


Elementals: The Seven Spheres

By Jared Files
Alpha-Gamma, Washington State University
Discovering a sphere was only the beginning. Living with one is something else entirely… In the near future, much of the globe wages war against the virtaiyu: a high-tech alien race – and humanity’s greatest threat.
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Blue Ribbon Story: An Entrepreneur's Success in Education

By Robert L. Kravitz
Theta-Zeta, Rutgers University, Newark
This book is about an entrepreneur who turns an underperforming school into a nationally recognized school. Using business models, he increases test scores, increases morale among staff, children and parents, and lowers his budget.
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On-The-Job Speech Training

By Ray Franklin
Lambda-Alpha, University of South Florida
Public speaking tools to build on your professional success. Effective communication is critical to building a successful career, and this book is a must read for anyone aspiring to improve their speaking skills.
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The Coldest Fear (A Jack Murphy Thriller)

By Richard E. Reed
Nu-Lambda, University of Southern Indiana
From the moment he sees the young woman's body in her hotel bathtub, homicide detective Jack Murphy knows he's looking at a truly demented but brilliantly designed puzzle. The newspaper has the gruesome details. The FBI has a theory. But only Murphy knows how hard he'll have to push--and how much he'll have to risk--to thwart the killer's twisted game.
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The Cruelest Cut (A Jack Murphy Thriller)

By Richard E. Reed
Nu-Lambda, University of Southern Indiana
The first victim is attacked in her home. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victim’s throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that ends with a warning: “There will be more.” For detective Jack Murphy, it’s more than a threat. It’s a personal invitation to play. And no one plays rougher than Jack. Especially when the killer’s pawns are the people he loves…
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The Deepest Wound (A Jack Murphy Thriller)

By Richard E. Reed
Nu-Lambda, University of Southern Indiana
The body parts of a young woman have shown up in the town landfill and homicide detective Jack Murphy is on the case. But when the victim's identity is revealed, the horrific crime takes an even darker and far more personal turn.
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The Highest Stakes (A Jack Murphy Thriller)

By Richard E. Reed
Nu-Lambda, University of Southern Indiana
In Jack Murphy’s experience, the killers who blend in are the hardest to catch. But none are as elusive—or efficient—as Mr. Smith. A man of average height, weight and build, Mr. Smith is as ordinary as his name. Which makes it easy for him to get close to his targets. Mr. Smith is no ordinary killer. But Jack Murphy is no ordinary cop . . .
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Bloody Marsh

By Brandon Whitaker
Xi-Theta, University of West Georgia
Travel back in time to Colonial America! The day was supposed to be about some easy college credit for Mitch Gaines, his girlfriend Desi Hopkins and best friend Robbie Cole. While working at the annual Battle of Bloody Marsh victory celebration held at Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island, GA, they and many others recreate the life experienced in Colonial Georgia. Yet none of them had any idea what the night would bring. A surprise discovery will lead to an adventure of a lifetime!
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Cage Life

By Miles G. Watson, Jr.
Omicron-Upsilon, York College of Pennsylvania
It's the punch you don't see coming that drops you. Any fighter can tell you that. And Mickey Watts isn't just any fighter; he's one of the best in mixed martial arts, a top contender who seems to have it all: looks, brains and rich girlfriend who's crazy about him. The fact his family is mobbed-up to its Irish-Italian eyebrows has never been a problem...until Mick throws one punch too many and finds that some debts can only be paid in blood.
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The Seventh Muse

By William V. Muse, CFC
Epsilon-Upsilon, Northwestern State University
This is a memoir of William V. Muse who grew up in rural Mississippi and Louisiana as the seventh son of a Pentacostal minister. By winning academic scholarships, he was able to earn bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees and advance thru an academic career from assistant professor to president. It is an uplifting story of achievement over great challenges.
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Shafer City Stories-Tales of the NYPD in East Harlem

By Jesse A. Guralnick
Rho-Eta, SUNY-Stony Brook
New York City, East Harlem, 1998. The city was still dirty and dark, a place of horror and wonder all at the same time. Shafer City Stories goes inside the minds and hearts of the cops on patrol in East Harlem’s 25th precinct. These men and women are sometimes brutal, sometimes kind, and always human. These cops are not John Wayne in a uniform; they are real people who feel the streets inside their souls. Shafer City Stories will make you sad, it will make you angry, it will make you reflective, and most of all it will leave you with a story that you will never forget.
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Fraudulent Representation: 1865 (Volume 2)

By Jonathan R. Kerry
Mu-Zeta, Nicholls State University
Fraudulent Representation: 1865 takes America into the minds of the Black Community, correlating behaviors and their mindset directly to the weakening of America's economy. Promoting Conservative Values, Author - Business and Campaign Consultant John Kerry presents an analytical breakdown of controversial issues using in depth research and personal experience while discussing the importance of applying Conservative Principles throughout our community.
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We Are... MD!: A History of Mater Dei Wrestling

By John S. Johnson
Nu-Lambda, University of Southern Indiana
We Are..MD! A History of Mater Dei Wrestling is a comprehensive look at the Mater Dei High School (Evansville, IN) wrestling program that has gained state recognition year after year in this competitive high school sport.
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Chicago Bears History (Images of Sports)

By LeRoy P. Taylor
Mu-Upsilon, Illinois State University
When George S. Halas was asked to rebuild the Staley Company's football club in Decatur, Illinois in 1920, nobody could have imagined that his efforts would forever change Sunday afternoons in America. Halas helped found the National Football League, and with it the Chicago Bears, the most storied franchise in the league's history. From the Galloping Ghost, to the Monsters of the Midway, to that indomitable "46" defense-the "Grabowskis" as their coach named them-Bears teams and players have made such an impact on the city of big shoulders that Chicago will be forever known as a "Bears town."
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Elimination (The Shari Harper Series Book 3)

By Jonathan R. Kerry
Mu-Zeta, Nicholls State University
Agent Harper of the Central Intelligence Agency is caught in the middle of a case file that connects terrorism, the White House, political figure heads, and even her own co-workers. As she prepares to research and expose corruption, things take on a new path as those involved with the case start to become targets of an anonymous assassin who seems to always be a few steps ahead of Agent Harper. No one can be trusted. No one is safe.
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Dead By Noon (The Shari Harper Series Book 2)

By Jonathan R. Kerry
Mu-Zeta, Nicholls State University
Agent Harper of the Central Intelligence Agency is caught in the middle of a case file that connects terrorism, the White House, political figure heads, and even her own co-workers. As she prepares to research and expose corruption, things take on a new path as those involved with the case start to become targets of an anonymous assassin who seems to always be a few steps ahead of Agent Harper. No one can be trusted. No one is safe.
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Anonymous X (The Shari Harper Series Book 1)

By Jonathan R. Kerry
Mu-Zeta, Nicholls State University
Agent Harper of the Central Intelligence Agency is caught in the middle of a case file that connects terrorism, the White House, political figure heads, and even her own co-workers. As she prepares to research and expose corruption, things take on a new path as those involved with the case start to become targets of an anonymous assassin who seems to always be a few steps ahead of Agent Harper. No one can be trusted. No one is safe.
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Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools and Trade Secrets

By Steven R. MacLaughlin
Gamma-Kappa , Indiana University
The rapid onset of increasingly advanced and complex technologies has challenged nonprofits to invest with their sparse resources in attempting, and failing, to keep pace with for-profit companies, with the result that most now cannot compete with new commercial products and commercial applications. Nonprofit Internet Management reveals how current technologies can be utilized in full measure most effectively by nonprofits and addresses how to manage various applications for maximum benefit to internal operations and community service.
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The Business of Brotherhood: Thinking Strategically About Founding and Running Social Fraternities

By Michael A. Smith
Beta-Pi, Georgia Institute of Technology
Most educational material for fraternities addresses day to day operational problems such as how to make a budget or how to set goals and divide up the work or how to plan a recruiting event. However, many chapters face issues deeper than not having a good budgeting process or a checklist for recruiting. They face fundamental, reason-to-exist problems. Those deep problems are the result of failing to address what businesses call strategic issues--questions about the role the organization will play in the lives of its members and in its environment and how it will compete in the long run. This book addresses that educational gap. It is written for volunteers who work with social fraternities and for undergraduates who want to take their chapters to the next level by questioning some long-held common attitudes and practices concerning founding and running social fraternities.
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It's All Real to Me: The True Story of an Imaginary Parent

By Travis Shawn Ridgel
Theta-Nu, Southeastern Louisiana University
Travis had always dreams about having children. Tired of waiting, he imagined two of his own. Join him on his journey as an imaginary parent.
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Bruce & Jeanne's Great Loop Adventure

By Bruce B. Melchert, CFC
Beta-Theta, University of Missouri-Columbia
The story of a husband and wife’s (Bruce and Jeanne Melchert) continous waterway travels on a 40-foot motor yacht, cruising more than 5,000 nautical miles around the eastern part of North America know as America’s Greap Loop.
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Dawn's Revenge

By LD Sledge
Beta-Phi, Louisiana State University
Dawn's Revenge is a thriller set in the New Orleans French Quarter. Jack Chandler, a struggling young lawyer who takes every case that comes in the door, learns that his housekeeper's beautiful teenage daughter has been brutally raped and murdered by a ring of child molesters. The powerful sheriff of Orleans Parish condones the crime and attempts to silence Jack, who seeks to get justice in spite of attempts on his life. In Dawn’s Revenge you will be immersed in the color, sensuality and feel the pulse of the Quarter’s dark mysteries; the most dangerous hurricane to ever hit New Orleans; and a terrifying trek through the marsh and swamps of the French and Indian back country. You will see the intrigues of Louisiana politicians, thrill to a biracial romance and smile at Nookie Naquin, the carefree Cajun. Danger, mystery and voodoo will keep you turning pages until the shocking, unexpected twist at the end. The author lived in the mysterious New Orleans French Quarter for a number of years, where he learned its ways, its secrets and its dark corners unknown to the outsider.
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Nimrod's Peril

By LD Sledge
Beta-Phi, Louisiana State University
Nymphae, the debauched Queen of the Island Kingdom of Eros, has kept her irresistible beauty over hundreds of years by drawing life from men. She thinks the essence of the young Wanderer Nimrod Woodbine's spiritual purity will give her the immortality she craves. He must go to her of his free will. She kidnaps Musette, Nimrod's beautiful human-size mouse traveling companion, knowing Nimrod will try to rescue her. Nymphae's goal is to consume the essence of his very being, leaving him as a living husk in a tortured spiritual eternity as her helpless slave, joining the hundreds of other used-up lovers she keeps in standing coffins in her dungeon. His quest is filled with many dangers, but Nymphae is the most perilous of all.
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Command Influence

By LD Sledge
Beta-Phi, Louisiana State University
Lt. Riggs McCall, a maverick young lawyer who is in bad favor with his command. H doesn't fit in because he does what he thinks is right and refuses to plead a young private guilty who is innocent. He is then a pariah, not aligned with the command, and is passed over for Captain. Another pass over and he will be kicked out of the army. He is then appointed to defend a sergeant accused of molesting his teen age daughter, and though Riggs knows the man is guilty, he rigorously defends him, taking aim against the U. S. Army to protect himself while doing his duty as a lawyer to protect his client. Riggs doesn't know that the accused holds the career of high ranking officers in his hands because of something he knows about them. The command does everything possible to convict, even resorting to murder. Riggs uncovers secrets that reach even to the White House and the highest of military command, and becomes a target. Told in first person by John Madison, the scion of a banking family, groomed for the highest office, who finds himself trapped in the web of intrigue and has to choose to follow his conscience or the ambition of his wealthy father. A story partially based on fact, involving romance in the military, sex, homosexuality, a giant cover-up, and a thrilling court martial trial with a totally surprising ending..
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Riches to Rags, Why Celebrities and Pro-Athletes Go Broke and How They Can Avoid It

By LD Sledge
Beta-Phi, Louisiana State University
The constant stream of news about celebrities and pro-athletes going bankrupt inspired Dr. Pecoraro to help them "survive" their sudden wealth by writing Riches to Rags. While designed for celebrities and pro-athletes, this book will help anyone who wants to know how to prosper financially. It is an easy-to-read-and apply handbook on the basics of money management, written by an expert who shares how he made it happen for himself. Riches to Rags should be on the curriculum of every high school and college. This is the book to read if you want to understand the rock-bottom basics of how to manage your finances so you don't go from "Riches to Rags," but instead will be able to keep your money and make it grow.
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Heirloom, A New Orleans Thriller

By LD Sledge
Beta-Phi, Louisiana State University
This is a gripping tale stretching over the week before and after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, involving murder, blackmail, the mob, romance and voodoo. In researching how to preserve fabric and leather, Colton Wellington, a chemist, accidentally stumbles on a means of embalming a human body so that it will remain indefinitely as it appeared, in perfect condition, at the time of death. He creates a business, named Heirloom, of preserving priceless wedding dresses of Royalty and the wealthy, which business becomes international. Secretly, his lawyer business partner, Tryon Ireland, begins using the process to preserve victims of serial killers, murderers, and then blackmails the “clients”. Wellington has a serious accident and is paralyzed and in a nursing home leaving his grandson, Max, as his only heir. Ireland assumes the role of surrogate father for Max. Ireland encourages Max to join the military, and after six years, Max returns as highly trained officer and begins working in Heirloom. Ireland thinks of him as a nerd and doesn’t realize Max has a high IQ and is very competent. Ireland conspires to get rid of Max so he can take over the company. Caroline Reynolds wants to wear her mother’s wedding gown at her upcoming marriage, and learns it is stored at Heirloom. She meets Max and they are smitten with each other. Max is in danger, but is he competent to cope with unexpected attacks on his life? What happens to Caroline and Colton, who lies helplessly paralyzed and speechless in the nursing home? How does Voodoo play in the dark corners of this story? The world of evil that Ireland has created and that thing that he has become illustrate the depth of depravity into which a man can descend. Get a taste of the mysterious beauty of New Orleans and the exotic French Quarter, the excitement of Mardi Gras, and the inexplicable power of the dark side. Find the hidden symbols and clues sown throughout Heirloom.
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The Good Island

By Hawkeye S. Wilson
Delta-Nu, Northwest Missouri State University
The discovery of the mysterious Good Island befriends Aaron Dailey to Barry and Ulysses. To reach it, they forge a lasting bond that empowers them to complete the quest. The secrets of the island are revealed, changing Aaron's life forever.
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