Waynesville, Indiana, a small suburb of Columbus, Indiana, was the scene of four gruesome murders on May 11, 2013.
The 911 call came in a little after 10:30 p.m. “There’s blood everywhere,” Daniel told the 911 operator. “I just walked in and there’s two, I have two bodies here, and I think they have both been shot.
There’s blood everywhere.” Daniel gave the 911 operator his location. He explained to him, “There might be three, because I can’t find my mom either.” He told the operator that the house looked like it had been ransacked. “There was a fight here.” Daniel said. Katheryn Burton was shot and stabbed four times. Each of the other victims: Aaron Cross, Tommy Smith and Shawn Burton were shot at least twice.
Samuel Sallee has been convicted and sentenced to 4 consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders that changed one young man’s life forever. The next day was Mother’s Day! “That guy killed my whole family,” said Daniel Burton, the son of Katheryn Burton. “I think I’ve earned a front-row seat to watch him die.
I’d lump him together with Hitler, because I can’t think of anyone else who is that evil.“ Daniel Burton: “The Trial was my family’s story. This is mine.”
Product Details: Hardcover: 236 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (October 6, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Claire’s Mom hates gum! She absolutely, positively hates it! When Claire comes home with gum, given to her by her friend, Betty, Mom is not having any of it! She takes it away from Claire….but what happens to it? Hmmm how curious when Claire sees her Mom outside with a huge bubble above her head! What happens next, is simply a mess. Claire soon learns exactly why her Mom Hates Gum!
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Delightful, clever story
By Ernesto Patino on April 17, 2018
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Absolutely loved this book. Who could imagine that chewing gum could lead to so much trouble? Overall, a fun, funny book that will appeal to early readers and their parents.
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Or is it simply just a sweet funny book full of rhymes that has no care
By Mary Joslin on January 14, 2018
What a darling story. Is it a Beware tale about the danger of getting gum stuck in your hair? Or is it simply just a sweet funny book full of rhymes that has no care? Well to answer those questions read it to your little one and not only will they learn a valuable life lesson about gum. They will also have a lot of fun!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Every mom will enjoy reading this story with their kids!
By Lazann on April 17, 2018
I love this funny book! I can completely relate to having gum stuck in your hair as a kid. My mom couldn’t get it out and had to cut my beautiful long hair. I learned a big lesson about going to bed with gum in my mouth.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun and insightful!
By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2018
What a fun and witty tale. Just found Pennys books and this is the second title of hers I brought home to read to my 3-year-old niece and it will not be the last.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this author! Never a disappointment 🙂
By Paul cross on February 15, 2018
I love this author! Very cute story and always a great lesson.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cute and funny!!
By Melanie L on July 1, 2018
Such a cute and funny story!!! My mom used to hate gum because my sister would get it stuck in her hair all the time. Great book!
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Rochelle Lazauskas on March 25, 2018
Teaches a great lesson & very well written story.
Really enjoyed reading this.
Product Details: Paperback: 40 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (December 15, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
About The Author: Author Penny Beevor is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has been an E.C.E. teacher for eighteen years. Penny teaches preschool at St. Ann Catholic School. She has several story ideas just waiting to be published. She especially enjoys writing stories that interest young children and creating her own characters. My Mom Hates Gum! is Penny’s third published book. In her spare time, Penny enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and camping.
Forced to flee from the Inquisition, which is now in the New World, Rosa marries a man she does not know. Trusted Pablo, who has known her and her husband since childhood shares that though Rosa does not know it theirs will be a good match if one likes fire and ice.
Days of travel into the unknown, the ever-present coyote’s and the heat off the desert floor of what would someday be called Arizona, cause Rose to question her papa’s decision though he is the first governor of Nueva España. Yet, when Miguel tells her he was happy to run as she must because it was the only way her father would consent to their marriage, Rose knows Miguel loves her.
Upon reaching the rope bridge she must cross to get to her casa, fear grips Rosa and she cannot do what she must. Miguel becomes her savior when he carries her across. On that high plateau the couple is safe, and Rose learns to never ask and never tell. Life goes on this way until Miguel’s brother and sister-in-law visit and decided to live there as well.
Only after rescuing her dear madre does Rosa realize while apart that she has given her heart to this false god. Yet, it is this God–the true God of Christianity who reaches out to her. Can she give her life to Messiah and if so what will happen next?
Editorial Review: 4-Stars!
“When Rosa is forced to marry Miguel and flee into the wilderness, she has no idea what to expect. Hiding her Jewish faith and waiting while the Inquisition destroys all she holds dear, Rosa hides away from love as well, and from the world around her. Hope becomes a treasure hidden across a bridge where she dare not tread. And below the bridge lie rejection and forced assimilation into Christianity.
In Love’s Legacy the true God of Christianity reaches out, and Rosa responds, slowly learning to cross her bridge and discover God’s love. A sweet romance, set during the Inquisition, the story combines Jewish tradition, Christian hope, and the welcome of Apache friends into an enticing short tale-of well-researched history.” – Sheila Deeth, author The Five-Minute Bible Story Series, and Book Reviewer at Vine Voice
5-Stars! “My heart was touched by Rosa and her discovery of God while Miguel is sweet and strong. This is a powerful read that will touch your soul.” — Amy Coster
From The Author: Writing the Naomi books has been my joy! For Naomi and I penned them together. Although a fictional character, Naomi is as real, kind, loving, and caring as a dear friend would be. She faces problems that only the Lord can help her with. Just like you and me, she must give her heart to Him before that can happen. I love her faith journey and relate to it because I gave my heart to Jesus when I was forty.
With three of the six Naomi Inspirational Christian Romances published, I’ve read the glowing reviews and discovered that many feel as I do. I rejoice in this for, at my core, I write my heart. And my heart belongs to my Savior! When God called me to write, I prayed that what I wrote would be enjoyed by many and gifted to friends who need to hear of Messiah in a culturally sensitive way, and He answered my prayer.
I started writing the Naomi books while working for Chosen People Ministries as a Church Ministries Coordinator. Revisiting the churches with my husband on behalf of our mission to preach and teach in a Messianic context, I often discovered believers were not sharing their faith because they feared rejection. So, when the Lord directed, I left the mission to write full time for Him.
Over the years, God and the Holy Spirit (in Hebrew the Ruach HaKodesh) have called me to write ‘The Crucible of Becoming’ fictions which deal with difficult worldly issues at times using words I would never say, but God called me to this, so I rejoice! And as the head and founder of LAMB Ministries, I have been blessed to publish one of those teachings as a Christian Self-help book and plan to publish six more in the future. Readers of nonfiction will find a few other books that might interest them. Most notably among them for those who want to know how this profoundly dyslectic author became one, is “From ‘Why Johnny Can’t Read’ To “See Paula Write”: (Memoir: Inspiration Journey of Self-discovery.
Genre: Inspirational Christian Romance
Paperback: 46 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (September 27, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
About The Author: Writing great Inspirational Christian Romances is author Paula Rose Michelson’s passion. Her desire to inspire others comes from being a late reader, who discovered books were her best friends! A lover of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families’ sake, she writes about amazing women who have unique faith challenges. When asked about her idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula said, “Naomi and I penned these fictions together.”
A writer of thrillers, nonfiction’s, memoir, Self-help and works to encourage, when not involved in her craft, speaking or helping other writers, Paula pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point, both of them worked for the mission. However, when the Lord called Paula to write full-time, she gladly left to devote herself to this work.
This happy mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven, has friends who often tell her that she weaves such wonderful tails they lose track of the time. Since both family and her ever-increasing reader family matter to Paula, she hopes to impart a blessing to those who read her books.
Some who first knew Paula as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those biblical teachings are found within her books. Paula knows this to be true for her desire to faithfully depict Gods love, compassion, and forgiveness while showing her readers The Jewish Messiah of Israel and the world parallel her wish to see those who feel ‘less than’ restored to wholeness. Therefore, within each of her books, she includes a few of the teachings God gifted her so readers can overcome and feel good about themselves.
About Monica DeSimone: Monica lives in northern
New Jersey with her three dogs; Sam, Reilly and Steeler. Raised by a football
coach in the heart of Texas, football is a passion that is deeply rooted.
Introduced to Nora Roberts by her mother at the age of thirteen, she spawned a
lifetime love affair with books, all things romance and happily ever afters.
Outside of writing, you will find Monica in her backyard enjoying time with her
boys, family, friends, and a really good Dirty Martini.
When Erin, a
young poet, reads these words on a piece of folded paper in the garret of Paul
Johnston (PJ), an elderly Bohemian artist, she does not know she is on the
threshold of a life-changing adventure. She is brought together with PJ by
Rogue, another poet, who has known PJ for a decade. Her presence creates
tension between the two men. And PJ confides in her that he needs the female
perspective in his study of human nature. PJ is a living example of Greenwich
Village’s “revolution of consciousness.”
Coming to the
Village in 1919, he took in the full flavor, substance and style of the
Bohemian philosophy of life. Over the years, through his heightened awareness,
he created his own philosophy. He and Erin embark on a journey through the
human psyche. Erin learns of PJ’s death and rebirth after an operation at the
age of 40, in the skeleton of the man he had been. He is reborn into a second
innocence, but has the mind and memory of a grown man. In his search for new
reasons to live, he forms new identities:
The Artist, the
Professor of Love, and The Old Man, among others. But who is PJ? And who will
Genre: Memoir, Biography
Product Details: Paperback: 242 Pages Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (August 25, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0989403238 ISBN-13: 978-0989403238 Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
About the Author: Mary Clark grew up in Florida and as a teenager moved to New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University-Newark with a B.A. in Psychology. Her intuition, though, directed her away from bureaucratic social service.
Moving to Manhattan, NYC, she began work as a volunteer in the theater and poetry programs at St. Clement’s Church on West 46th Street. For five years, she was the director of the Poetry Festival at St. Clement’s. It was through poet Richard Spiegel, founder of the Poetry Festival, that she met Paul Johnston (PJ), the subject of this book. While at the church, in the West Side area known as Hell’s Kitchen, she intuitively sensed that she belonged in this unique neighborhood. She formed the most important friendships of her life, became an active member of civic groups and worked for several community-based organizations. One of these groups assisted homeless families in Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen. Shortly afterward, she began a monthly community newspaper. This allowed her to continue both her neighborhood involvement and her writing.
After returning to Florida, she completed Children of Light, published online at Scribd.com by Ten Penny Players. Her article, “Living Alive: A New Definition of Intuition,” based on PJ’s concepts, is online at Gatewood Journal, under the pseudonym Erin Yes. Mary’s poetry and prose have appeared in Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Jimson Weed, Lips, The Archer, East River Review, Home Planet News, Clinch Mountain Review, and Freshtones, an anthology of women writers.
Her Wikipedia articles include Paul Johnston (fine press printer and book designer), Egmont Arens, and Emmy Lichtwitz Krasso.
Product Details: Paperback: 32 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (September 12, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
About The Author: Author Mark Alan Long currently resides in Crown Point, Indiana although just like Kid & Sweets he has an adventurous spirit which has taken him on many exciting journeys throughout the decades. He has two married sons and one adorable granddaughter. The Amazing Adventures of Kid & Sweets series has been a labor of love for several years, as the author’s passion for writing evolved later in life after a career as a construction accountant. A similar passion as a hospice volunteer and elderly caregiver fill the author’s days when he is not busy creating new amazing adventures for Kid & Sweets. Written for K-3 children, this series of children’s picture books aims to place particular emphasis on the importance of friendship, diversity and acceptance by creating a passion for seeking adventure through the eyes and minds of our own amazing children.
Product Details: Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (May 22, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
Genre: Children’s Books, Single Parents
About The Author: Canadian Illustrator Lizy J. Campbell is a self-taught artist. She is a mother of two beautiful children and works within the Durham District School Board helping to keep our next generation of kids safe and happy. She has many interests and currently paints pet portraits, real estate homes and more. “I love to create. There is no limit to what I want to do, so I keep reaching for the sky. I am passionate about making a difference and making people smile, one creation at a time.”
sexy dark comic romp through the afterlife with three clans of naughty
certifiably insane antiheroes who battle each other for shits and giggles while
collecting human teenagers as they survive bloody gruesome exterminations of
their family lines. If they have demonstrated an impressive level of badassery
they are granted a second chance at life as sacrificial lambs for the greater
good. They must join one of three clans of immortals living on earth and can be
stolen at random by any other clan until their eighteenth birthday. Plot
twist…To prove their partially mortal brains are capable of grasping
immortality, they will be dropped into an Immortal Testing which is basically a
simulation of their own personal hells. Like rats in a maze made of nightmares
and other ghastly depraved thoughts best left locked behind those mortal happy
place filters, they must come out mentally intact after being in murdered in
thousands of increasingly creative ways.
body and soul had always belonged to her Handler but in the last couple of
months, she’d gone from one prospect to three. She’d never found herself in
this position. Grey had been everything to her for so long. She adored him, but
he’d been spelled to forget any intimacy between them as he slept. This didn’t
make his jealousy any easier to digest because Grey didn’t understand. He
couldn’t. She was cursed. She would always remember every heartbreakingly
beautiful detail of the nights they’d spent professing their love. He was only
ever reacting to half of the story.
forty years by Grey’s side, she was finally ready to find something more. She
yearned for a physical connection that would still be there when they awoke.
This was something she could never have with Grey. Orin was a good friend and
undeniably great in the sack, but he’d been in a long-term relationship and by
long-term, she meant, with the same girl on and off for a thousand years. At
this moment neither of them could promise more than drama free shelter from the
storm of their endless duties. Lexy had only ever been with two other people
willingly, bringing her tally of lovers to a whopping three since becoming
Ankh. It had taken her a long time to get to the point of wanting to experience
anything physical with anyone but her Handler. She felt ready to enjoy the
perks of her afterlife.
known Tiberius would be here, he was the leader of Triad. Their titillating
encounter during the last Summit had left her with an urgency to experience all
that their dark attraction had to offer. She hadn’t been able to shake the
sexually charged visions of Tiberius as he sliced his blade into her skin,
showing her a little something she hadn’t known about pain induced healing
pleasure. Their brief sensually charged encounters since the Summit had left
her yearning for more. She’d accidentally started something with Orin. Being a
thousand years old gave Orin a pretty good grasp on the realities of
attractions left unfulfilled, he was all for her taking a night to see
Tiberius’s chapter through till its end. Orin had made it quite clear that he
had no intention of getting into anything more serious than booty calls and
flirtations with her until she was had closed her book of unknowns.
Genre: Dark Fantasy Horror, Paranormal,
Product Details: Series: Children of Ankh Series (Book 3) Paperback: 406 Pages Publisher: Mythomedia (October 17, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 0995965269 ISBN-13: 978-0995965263
About The Author: Kim Cormack is the always
comedic author of the darkly twisted epic paranormal romance series, “The
Children of Ankh.” She worked for over 16 years as an Early Childhood
educator in preschool, daycare, and as an aid. She has M.S and has lived most
of her life on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She
currently lives in the gorgeous little town of Port Alberni. She’s a single mom
with two awesome kids. She has a son in grade 8 and a daughter in University at
VIU. If you see her back away slowly and toss packages of hot sauce at her
until you escape.
A Personal Note: I began writing this
series shortly after my M.S diagnosis. I had many reasons to fight. I had
incredible children, a wonderful family, and amazing friends but this series
gave me a purpose. Whenever things become dark, I use my imagination to find
the light within myself. No matter what life throws your way, you are stronger
than you believe. My hope is that the character’s strength becomes an inner
voice for the readers that need it. Stand back up and if you can’t stand…
Rise up within yourself. We are all beautiful just as we are. We are all
heroes are born from the embers that linger after the fire of great tragedy…
slept a dreamless sleep free of dragons for she had slain them once again…
sexy dark comic romp through the afterlife with three clans of naughty
certifiably insane antiheroes who battle each other for shits and giggles while
collecting human teenagers as they survive bloody gruesome exterminations of
their family lines. If they have demonstrated an impressive level of badassery
they are granted a second chance at life as sacrificial lambs for the greater
good. They must join one of three clans of immortals living on earth and can be
stolen at random by any other clan until their eighteenth birthday. Plot
twist…To prove their partially mortal brains are capable of grasping
immortality, they will be dropped into an Immortal Testing which is basically a
simulation of their own personal hells. Like rats in a maze made of nightmares
and other ghastly depraved thoughts best left locked behind those mortal happy
place filters, they must come out mentally intact after being murdered in
thousands of increasingly creative ways.
Behind The Series ☥:One
thousand years ago, procreation with mortals became illegal under the immortal
law. Any suspected immortal offspring will be allowed to live until the age of
sixteen. At this time, a Correction will be sent to erase their family line.
The suspected immortal and their immediate family will be executed. If the
partially immortal teen manages to survive their Correction, or they have
impressed the Guardians of the in-between with their bravery, they may be
granted a second chance as a sacrificial lamb for the greater good. They must
join one of three clans of immortals living on earth. Clan Ankh, Clan Trinity
or Clan Triad. They will then have the symbol of that clan branded into their
flesh and with this mark, their souls will no longer be permitted through the
hall of souls when they die. They must wait in the in-between for their clans
to heal their mortal shells. Once they have reached the age of eighteen they
will be sealed to their clan. The next step is to train their partially mortal
brains to survive the stresses of immortality. The next feat will be the
immortal Testing where they will be dropped into a floating crypt the size of
New York City. This Testing is fuelled by your worst nightmares. It is a place
of magic. A personal hell, where anything can happen. Here you must die a
thousand times if need be, in increasingly violent ways until you understand
what it is to be immortal. All three Clans go into the Testing. They must
remain together and search for the Amber room in order to survive. There is a
catch…only the first two clans that find the Amber room will be allowed out.
The third clan will remain trapped in the nightmare forever…
A Blurb From, Sweet
her vision flickered one last time, the man was gone. It was her mother looking
into her eyes. Her mother’s eyes were filled with so much love that it seemed
to release her from her pain and fear as it had when she was a small child. Her
mother cradled her as a baby, rocking her back and forth. She was safe now in
her mother’s arms. She was at peace. Mommy, her heart sang, you’re here to save
warmth of her mother’s love enveloped her tortured soul. She looked into her
mother’s eyes. She touched Kayn’s face and started to sing a song that she had
sung to her every night when she was very small.
sweet sleep till the morning
dream away and close your eyes
love, you’ll be safe until the morning
in my heart, all through the night
bad dreams come to scare you
love will scare them all away
lights flickered, the pain went away, and her mother was holding her, singing
Sleep, sweet sleep.
The Beginning: Would you live your life
differently if you knew the Correction was coming for you?
have allowed you to live until the age of sixteen because they want you to
fight back. Your entire family line will be erased from this world sometime
around your sixteenth birthday. You and your twin sister were never meant to be
born. There will be no place to run and no place to hide because won’t even
know they’re coming.
you have what it takes to survive your Correction?
you have what it takes to leave your humanity behind?
your answer is yes, then hold on tight…
can find the series trailers and the teaser online. If you find me somewhere
out there in the vast world of social media, I would love to hear from you.
the woods lay a bleeding angel in all her glory. Her arms posed gracefully
above her head, and her hair soaked in the mud, blood, and feces in which she
lay. Dying, fading into the other realm, her form was christened by the rain,
as the trees had begun to weep upon her for the brutality she had endured.
facts about this series…
The scheduled execution of all partially immortal offspring and their genetic
Trinity, and Triad) The three clans of immortals living on earth. You must join
one of these three clans if you survive your Correction.
At the age of eighteen, you become sealed to your clan. All of the newest
members of each clan train for this infamous Testing. The Testing is a floating
crypt the size of New York City that contains your worst nightmares. In this
crypt, you must die thousands of times to prove that your partially mortal
brain can withstand the trials of being immortal. Three clans enter and race
for the Amber room. Only the first two to find this room will be set free. the
third will remain lost their worst nightmares forever.
If you survive the Testing you have earned your own healing tomb.
Three Guardians created each clan of immortals. (beings from the in-between)
Homebase’s for each clan, scattered all over the world.
There are green scaly Dragons in this series, but in most cases, the word Dragon
refers to an emotional Dragon. Lexy is the Dragon of Clan Ankh, and she is
capable of operation without emotions. A Dragon is a partially immortal hitman.
(or woman) 😉
Young Brianna’s life changed the day her mother left to save herself from being burned as a witch. Brianna was left alone in the middle ages knowing just enough magic to have her called a witch, but not enough to try to save herself.
Brianna knew she had to flee but to where? She had to follow her instincts and run and run hard. Ending up in a large city she took a job as a kitchen girl and was befriended by Sir Michael a knight in King James’s court.
Brianna could not hide her magic and was accused of witchcraft and ordered to be burned at the stake. Sir Michael, helped her to escape. They just knew somehow, they had to head toward Wales where the Kings men could not follow. Not knowing magic was guiding their way.
Brianna was the granddaughter of a most powerful wizard and his witch wife. They helped to guide Brianna and Sir Michael from afar. The magicians had the power to visit forward and past in time. Brianna’s mother was banished to 700 years in the future to Dover castle during WW II so she could not cause havoc in her abandoned daughter’s life.
Brianna learns magic along the way and the truth about her past. Always staying one step ahead of the Kings men who wish to burn her to death.
Product Details: Print Length: 224 Pages Publisher: Sage Words Publishing (May 30, 2018) Publication Date: May 30, 2018 Language: English
About The Author: Kathleen Heady grew up telling stories – to pass the time, or just to exercise her imagination. She spent her childhood on a farm in southern Illinois, where she was fortunate to have parents who encouraged her to study, read, and learn about the world. Besides rural Illinois, she has lived in Chicago, Costa Rica, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and now North Carolina. Her current new “challenge” is learning to play the ukulele.
Kathleen has spent most of her professional life as a high school teacher, teaching English, Spanish and social studies. She shares her “almost a tree house” home with her husband and two cats, Tang and Sirius Black. She has a daughter, two sons, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, a grandson and a granddaughter who are all really cool people.
Book Details: Paperback: 42 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (August 10, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
About Joanne M. Winnie: Joanne Winnie, a retired Elementary teacher was born in Minnesota, and lives in Oklahoma now. She has spent a lifetime teaching and seeking out ways to help children to improve their reading skills. Out of this quest, came the books written by her. Her first book, Alphabet Safari of East Africa was on learning the alphabet and beginning sounds. The second book, Helen Hyena, The Sound Changer came out of her experience of tutoring third graders. Helen Hyena The Sound Changer is overflowing with sentences made of alliterations. Plus, explains how the digraphs ch, sh, ph, th, and wh are created. My third book, The Long Tradition, comes out of my experience of growing up with the Horse Chestnut Tree in my back yard. It is a science realistic fiction story.
Biography: Joanne Winnie, a retired Elementary teacher was born in Minnesota, and lives in Oklahoma now. She has spent a lifetime teaching and seeking out ways to help children to improve their reading skills. Out of this quest, came the books written by her. Her first book, Alphabet Safari of East Africa was on learning the alphabet and beginning sounds. The second book, Helen Hyena, The Sound Changer came out of her experience of tutoring third graders. Helen Hyena The Sound Changer is overflowing with sentences made of alliterations. Plus, explains how the digraphs ch, sh, ph, th, and wh are created. My third book, The Long Tradition, comes out of my experience of growing up with the Horse Chestnut Tree in my back yard. It is a science realistic fiction story.
Based on a true story! Mia has a quarter to toss in the fountain for a wish. She doesn’t want ice cream or a puppy, but something more. What is Mia’s one wish? A story about an adopted little girl discovering the love and security that all children (and grown-ups!) crave.
Some Things You Keep: Letting go. Holding on. Growing up. by JJ Landis
After her mom’s suicide, JJ Landis wanders through loneliness and pain. She knows grieving is necessary, but all she can do as a twelve-year-old is keep her sadness locked inside. She walks forward facing rejection, fear, addiction, and depression.
Despite her circumstances, she collects pieces of goodness, trinkets of hope, and fragments of redemption along her path. With healing, she is eventually able to recognize these as gifts.
Growth comes from letting go of the past and pain and stepping forward each day. And with growth comes the wisdom to know what to hold close and what to keep.
We’ve all suffered; we’ve all rejoiced. Every one of us has been on a pilgrimage, and we are all still hiking.
JJ Landis writes children’s books to help Christian parents teach kids they have a place and purpose in the world and they are enough just as they are. She’s an advocate for reading aloud to kids and surrounding them with as many picture books as humanly possible.
JJ published her first book, Some Things You Keep, a memoir about growing up after the suicide of her mom, in 2015, but has always been a children’s author at heart.
JJ is a children’s librarian in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and three kids, an occasional foreign exchange student, the calmest dog in the world, and an irrational cat. Get free stuff at www.jjlandis.com.
Janis Boyd was a teacher for 39 years. (We hear you gasping.) Well, actually, it was 39 ½ years. She remembers her first year teaching, and a fellow teacher told her it was her tenth year. She nodded politely, but was thinking, “TEN YEARS! How can anyone do this for TEN YEARS?” But, one year just leads into another and time goes by remarkably quickly. Did she have a higher calling to mold young minds? Not really. Actually, she was only gifted in one area – shorthand. Janis could take shorthand like the wind, and probably won an award or two. Sadly, shortly after her golden days of shorthand, it became extinct. So in college, she somehow drifted into elementary education. Luckily, it worked out well. This book is full of funny, heart-warming and memorable experiences that Janis has had in her many years teaching elementary education. It is, by no means, all of the antidotes she could have put in this book, but they are enough. Enough to make you laugh hysterically and hopefully want to share this book with others. It is her hope, as well, that this book helps, and doesn’t scare other teachers from their “calling”. Best of luck!
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biographies, Memoirs, Women
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One of Her Previous Students and Aspiring Teacher
By Ciera on April 15, 2017
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By Retired Teacher on December 29, 2016
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As a retired teacher, I found this book to be witty and entertaining. Brought back many pleasant memories!
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I laughed out loud multiple times.
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BUY BUY BUY this hilarious book!
By Pen It! Publications on December 5, 2016
If there were more stars I would give them to this book! It is absolutely hilarious! If you are a teacher, know a teacher, or are/were a student! You need to buy this book!
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By Eric Butler on December 6, 2016
Downloaded the Kindle version now hoping to get a signed copy from a witty and gifted author.
Product Details: Paperback: 126 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 11, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
About Janis Boyd: Janis Boyd taught 4th and 5th grades at Scipio Elementary School in Scipio, Indiana for 39 ½ years. She retired in 2013. Her son, Bryan, is a video producer in Indianapolis. After retirement, she took a part-time job in the Treasurer’s office to see if she was capable of doing anything other than teach. She spends much of her time with her friend, Donnie. They like to travel, garden, play cards, and volunteer at a local theatre.
Honor Must Prevail: Siege
Of The Red Clans by Ian Spier
A Paranormal Fantasy epic and alternate history set in
Renaissance times, with an ensemble cast led by a young demigoddess who takes
too much for granted, and her stern bodyguard, are on a quest to contain the
damages of what will be known as the great sundering. Many nations will be irrevocably
altered and scarred. Some even destroyed by year’s end.
Other heroes in other lands, are pitted against the same
enemies. One is a traumatized orphan, bound by fate to take the path he fears
most, to save his daughter.
Another is a disgruntled and cynical captain, a man of his
word, but increasingly resentful of the people he is sworn to protect, who see
only his blood ties to the Baron. Nothing prepares him for the betrayals that
lay in wait for him, and threaten all he holds dear, above all his sister, his
niece and and his cousins. His journey is the most perilous of all, on every
possible front. These four and their allies, are flung headfirst by
happenstance and conspiracy, into a saga of heartbreak, redemption, discovery
and heroism. Those that survive, will be forever changed.
Product Details: Print Length: 544 pages Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Coming of Age, Paranormal Fantasy
About Ian D Spier:
Ian is a long-time illustrator, sculptor and game designer, [The novel, Honor Must
Prevail is his first widely published work]. He has prior copyrights on a 4 act
play and a book of poems. Other distinctions: completed a double minor in Asian
studies and anthropology, and was editor of a wellness newsletter, local to his
In 1964, young Gian-Carlo “Gianni” O’Neill and his best friend Liam Finnerty are off to minor seminary to pursue their dream to become Roman Catholic priests.
Their paths to this end will be long and arduous and fraught with much physical, emotional, and psychological trauma and tragedy.
One will rise to heights never imagined; the other will confront and ultimately overcome demons that have plagued him since adolescence.
Set against real-world historical events, over the next half-century, the story provides an intriguing “What if?” scenario for the troubled past and current– and often scandalous – challenges to one of the world’s most powerful, and arguably, most revered religious institutions.
On a different level, the story depicts a loving and touching portrait of two boys growing to manhood that measures and defines the nature of true and lasting friendship and fraternal love.
Product Details: Paperback: 556 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (October 19, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
Author The Author: H. Alan Poquette is a former language arts and computer education teacher originally from Long Island.
Currently he resides with his wife Jo in Columbia, SC. He feels his over 40-year career as an educator, the majority of which was spent teaching in the Long Island community of Brentwood, has prepared him well for a second career as a storyteller.
He hopes his strong character-driven stories will be well received by his readers. Besides writing, Alan enjoys home cooking, traveling, and half-marathon running with his daughter, Amelia.
LaFayette tries to end her own life. Her failed attempt haunts her, along with
her other past regrets and the inability to forgive herself, for what her
mother calls a selfish act.
Jack Riley comes
into Isabelle’s life and makes her feel alive, but believing she doesn’t
deserve to be happy, she pushes him away. She must find the inner strength to
confront the true source of her pain, or she’ll never be released from the
bondage she’s encased herself in.
Isabelle needs to
give herself permission to heal and break the rules that have been imprisoning
her. It is the only way for her to find ultimate freedom from the past and
piece her heart back together again.
About The Author: Emma Leigh Reed recently moved to Tennessee
after living in New Hampshire all her life. She has fond memories of the Maine
coastline and incorporates the ocean into all her books. She has three grown
children and is enjoying her empty nest. Her life has been touched and changed
by her son’s autism – she views life through a very different lens than before
he was born.
Growing up as an
avid reader, it was only natural for Emma Leigh to turn to creating the stories
for others to enjoy. Emma Leigh continues to learn through her children’s strength
and abilities that pushes her to go outside her comfort zone on a regular
basis. She is the author of romantic suspense, women’s fiction and has
co-authored children’s books.
Books By Emma Leigh Reed: Breaking the Rules, November 2018 A Fine Line, December 2015 A Time To Heal, September 2015 Second Chances, April 2015 Trusting Love, December 2013 Mirrored Deception, September 2012
DELIVERANCE is a powerful weapon God has given His church to defeat Satan and set His people free!
However, no one can live in sin and also walk in the power of God!
When we accept Christ as our Savior, we become sons of God, washed clean by His blood, and when we die we go to heaven. This however, does not mean we are totally free and our problems will come to an end. We are still bound by our past; struggling with hurts, bitterness, lack of forgiveness, depression, illness, addictions, or just plain feeling defeated in life. We remain in bondage because although our spirit is born again, our soul (will, emotions and mind) and physical body need to be renewed and transformed. These are the areas that need deliverance.
This manual is a comprehensive bible-based study about the ministry of deliverance initiated by Jesus Christ. It includes a wide variety of related topics including: can a Christian have a demon, how demons enter, the origin of Satan and demons’ generational curses, soul ties, spiritual warfare, the believer’s authority, ministry to children, the deliverance process and much more.
Genre: Religion, Spirituality, Christian Books, Bibles, Christian Living
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Print Length: 290 Pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546786953
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; 2 edition (May 31, 2017)
Publication Date: May 31, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Language: English
About The Author: Author Dr. James Fent began his career in higher education, spending the last eight years as Academic Vice President of Lake Michigan College. He and his wife Martha (Marty), also owned a small business before God called them into the mission field. It was during this time that God thrust them into the deliverance ministry where they witnessed the amazing power of God: seeing lives changed, illnesses healed, the crippled walk, bondage’s lifted, and attitudes and behaviors changed. Upon their return Dr. Fent completed his studies with the Assembly of God Fellowship and earned his license to minister. He and his wife have been the pastors of three churches. Currently they continue their deliverance ministry, offer workshops and classes on deliverance and spiritual warfare, and teach adult Sunday School. Dr. Fent is also the Chairman of Spiritual Freedom Network which consists of ministries throughout the United States dedicated to setting people free from spiritual bondage. Dr. Fent has written several books and has been invited to speak in both the United States and Mexico, and recently was interim pastor of a church in South Carolina.
In the spring of 1739, Gabriella Deza stands poised on the verge of womanhood.
A product of her guarded upbringing, she is naive in the ways of love until dashing Manuel Enriques declares his love for her.
Quite by accident, Gabriella uncovers a plot hatched by British spy whose job is to capture the town and fort, Castillo de San Marcos. Armed with her information, Manuel embarks on a dangerous mission to entrap the spy and save the town from being overthrown by the British.
Unfortunately, Gabriella herself is caught in the trap and kidnapped. Can Manuel find and save her before it is too late?
Genre: Historical Romance
Paperback: 282 Pages
Publisher: Second Wind Publishing LLC (August 29, 2008)
About The Author: Dellani Oakes is a former A.P. English teacher, photo journalist, substitute teacher and Mary Kay consultant. She can give skin care & makeup advice, correct grammar, take pictures and write an article while controlling a classroom full of rowdy children.
Dellani was making up stories before she could read. Her first really cohesive work began when her older sister started school. Left to entertain herself, she invented an imaginary friend and would regale her mother with tales of Snowy Green and Rainbow School. These stories paved the way for songs and poems in elementary school and short stories in high school and college.
A college theatre major, Dellani took play writing. It became her new love. Scripts being dialog heavy and character driven, this aspect has followed her into her novel writing. She uses verbal exchanges & sparring as a way of revealing both plot and characterization.
Dellani had to set aside her love of writing when she began working as a teacher. Her creative energies were channeled into writing exams to make her students cry–although this wasn’t usually intentional. Unfortunately, between that and motherhood, she didn’t have time to write.
Once her youngest son started school in 2002, she was able to write full time. Her first novel, “Indian Summer”, was published in 2008. Her second novel, “Lone Wolf” made its debut in September 2011. “Lone Wolf” is the first in her science-fiction series. Book two of the Lone Wolf Series – “Shakazhan”, came out in July of 2013. Both have recently been reissued in Kindle Format.
In addition to her historical novel and sci-fi, Dellani has added 7 romantic suspense novels, 4 of which are published by Tirgearr Publishing. The rest, she has independently published. She also shares some of her unpublished work for free on her blog.
Dellani is a Blog Talk Radio host with two shows each month on the Red River Radio Network: Dellani’s Tea Time 4:00 PM Eastern every 2nd Monday & What’s Write for Me at 4:00 PM Eastern every 4th Wednesday. Look for her on Red River Radio Network. (Guests vary)
Little Henry is afraid of the storm outside and the darkness in his room. His father comes in to help calm his fears by telling him a bedtime story.
Henry had no idea that his grandma Dorothy was a collector of teacups and went on many adventures. This is the first of many adventures of Dorothy, who was modeled in loving memory of Author Conor Geary’s grandmother, Dorothy Jean (Greenhoe) Geary March 30, 1925 – August 20, 2016.
The beautiful illustrations by Savannah Horton will truly make this book one of your child’s favorites.
About The Author: Author Conor Geary grew up in the town of Granger, Indiana, where he attended Penn High School and played soccer. He met his wife Samantha while attending Ball State University, where he studied general studies. When he is not writing, Conor works for a non-profit mental health center, where he works to bring awareness to mental health issues, and transform the negative stereotypes often associated with treatment. He published his first book, jumping from a Derailed Brain, in 2012, which will soon be republished by Pen It! Publications, LLC. Conor and his wife Samantha, who is a teacher, now live in Aurora, Indiana with their two beautiful children, Henry and Eleanor, and their dog. When he is not coaching his sons sport teams or volunteering with his church, Conor enjoys playing video games, biking, vacationing and swimming.
The Contagion: Get Sick-Run (Book One) by Chad Stambaugh
When a disease
cannot be defeated, it must be contained. A father learns his daughter has
caught the deadly contagion virus. It’s only a matter of time before the CDC
finds out and erases the family from society forever.
Vincent Gallo and
his family watch in horror as their neighbors are “contained” by the
CDC after their child is discovered to be infected with The Contagion.
Reeling from the
trauma and horror of what happened to their neighbors, Vincent’s oldest
daughter, Alegra, now shows the marks of the virus. Now the Gallo’s must decide
whether they can keep their daughter’s infection hidden from the watchful eyes
of the CDC and a fearful population, or take their chances and run.
Contagion is the
first book of the 3-part Contagion Series. If you like chilling, thrilling,
suspense-filled action, and stories of government conspiracy, you’ll love Contagion.
Sick? Run! by Chad Stambaugh is a book I loved for a number of reasons. It
establishes a powerful premise — a family has to choose between a loved one
and the welfare of society and in the context of an epidemic. The conflict is
well-developed and the emotion hits home to the reader in a powerful way. A
deadly virus is taking lives in a community and the CDC is out to contain the
virus by eliminating victims and families. When Vincent Gallo’s eldest
daughter, Alegra, shows signs of the virus, he knows he must make a difficult
choice. Will he and his family stay put and try to hide the virus from prying
public eyes or will they take their chances at an escape.
The story is
well-written in a voice that is fascinating. From the very first page, the
reader is captivated by the crisp prose, the powerful images and the focused
scenes. But the characters are also compelling. We are thrust into a society
where uncertainty seems to be part of the rhythm of life of the inhabitants.
From the moment the reader meets the Gallos, they are hooked and they want to
find out what will happen to them. Chad Stambaugh weaves realism into the story
and makes readers believe in the characters. The plot looks a little linear,
without complex layers, but it has surprises that readers will enjoy in a work
of this nature and a psychological depth that is ‘contagious.’
something about the narrative voice, something unique that keeps readers
turning the pages. It’s this originality — the unique way with words, the
creativity when it comes to character development, and the compelling elements
of the setting — that gives this book its appeal. The author creates a vivid
setting and readers can see the lawns, feel the streets and get a whiff of the
smell of the pizza, the oddly familiar pasta smells in the air. The beautifully
imagined and well-described locales make readers feel as though they are part
of the story. I can’t wait for the next book in the Contagion: Get Sick? Run!
Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
worse than the plague. A family infected. A government conspiracy to cover
things up. But what are they covering up? And why? And is the contagion for
real? High school senior, Alegra, has the spots that indicate she’s contracted
the contagion. Her friend next door was infected and his family was evacuated
by people in hazmat suits and their home set afire. Alegra is worried that the
same fate will befall her family: her parents and three younger siblings. When
she tells her father, he reveals another side of his life no one knew about: a
man who knows how to run contraband. And that’s what he does with his family:
Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers Digest
suspense novel, Contagion: Get Sick? Run!, delves into the ‘what if’
possibilities of a multitude of ‘what if’ conspiracy theories. What if the
contagion was just a hoax? What if the hunt and remove government incentive was
one to control the general population through fear? And what if it all comes to
light and the truth is uncovered? An ordinary American family, going about
their daily lives like everyone else, finds their world overturned by a few
spots on the eldest daughter’s arm. The spots are the symptom everyone looks
for. But does it really mean anything? The plot thickens as neighbors and close
friends are removed and their homes exterminated. The only solution, really, is
to run. Vincent, the father, knows how to run. He’s done it before. He still
has connections in the world of contraband smuggling. But is that enough to
help him get his family out of the country and away from the government
authorities who want to intern them?
There is good
plot development in Contagion. The tension builds along with the action as the
conflict intensifies. The Contagion family members are believable and each of
their characteristics are well developed. The reader feels a part of the
unfolding drama from beginning to end. Knowing how governments work in the
twenty-first century, it is certainly a believable, if chilling scenario for
the present and even the future when this story actually takes place. This is a
thrilling read from beginning to end. And, yet, it’s not the end, really. There
are sequels coming…
What happens when
a contagious virus hits a town? Things could have been different if the disease
had stopped at the neighbor’s home. But Vincent Gallo and his family are the
witnesses to the horrors of the CDC’s containment of the virus. So when
Vincent’s eldest daughter, Alegra, shows signs of having the virus, they must
choose between being discovered and “contained” or running for it.
But how much time do they have and how far can they go before someone finds
out? Contagion: Get Sick? Run! by Chad Stambaugh is an engaging story with a
serious crisis and memorable, interesting characters.
A book about a
family in the middle of crisis, facing a tragedy that puts not only their lives
in danger, but society as a whole will get the attention of any reader who
enjoys family themes. Readers are transported into the hearts of the
characters, to experience their anxiety and the fear that grips everyone in the
Gallo family. But this is a story of love, of a family’s journey to protect itself
and to stay alive. It evokes powerful sentiments of compassion for the
characters. The author explores relationships in this novel in a brilliant way;
it is gripping, unveiling deeper layers of the humanity of the characters.
The story is
emotionally rich, suspenseful, and character-driven. Chad Stambaugh’s novel is
fast-paced, engrossing, and delightful. While the writing is excellent with
great dialogues and vivid descriptions, it is the treatment of character that
made me a fan of Chad Stambaugh. The author has the gift of keeping readers
engrossed from the beginning to the end of the story. You will ache to find out
the fate of the characters in Contagion: Get Sick? Run!
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Bookbaby
About The Author: Chad Stambaugh is a Fiction and
Non-Fiction author. A Business Owner during the day. Chad is also a Paranormal
Investigator and full-time writer. He’s spent the last decade reading all kinds
of books and writing blogs about the paranormal. His latest novel, Detainment
is the second book in his fiction thriller, suspense series; Contagion.
Chad Stambaugh is
a 4-time Paranormal Award Winner. Non-Fiction Book: Paranormal Investigations,
2013; Non-Fiction Book: The Paranormal Dictionary, 2014; Paranormal Radio Show
of the Year; 2015, Non-Fiction Book: Beyond the Veil, 2015, The IPPA Award:
International Paranormal Acknowledgement Award. (Only the second American to
ever win the Award.) He’s also had one of his short stories; “Everyone
Hates the Grays.” Published in Portable Magic; The Authors First Anthology
Chad started his
writing career in 2012 by chance. He was looking for a way to teach others how
to do Paranormal Investigations. Which led him to writing his first Non-Fiction
novel, Paranormal Investigations. He lives in Fresno, Ca and has three children
and 3 grandchildren. You can read Chad’s blogs at the link below. Enjoy!
About The Author: Author Brad Bott has been writing, in one form or another, for as long as he can remember. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education, which really got him hooked on being a writer. He lives in “the small town,” Indiana with his fiancée Steph and their rabbit, Charlie.
As Maddie enters the hospital doors for the first time, her mom reminds her that it is “Magic Time” and to say her favorite word.
Well, her favorite word is Haider. So, she shouts her name and they go through the doors.
Anytime Maddie is in a bad situation, she tries to make it into a game to take her mind off of her situation.
What adventures will they get into next?
Genre: Children’s Books, Growing Up, Facts of Life, Family Life
Amazon Customer Reviews:
She loved learning about Maddie and Haider in this story and …
ByT Cerbolles on May 6, 2018
5 Stars says my 8-year-old daughter after she read this book in one sitting. She loved learning about Maddie and Haider in this story and really liked the end.
Just Wonderful!! With a child myself with JDM reading …
By Robert on May 7, 2018
Just Wonderful!! With a child myself with JDM reading this together was so special!! Can’t wait for the next one to come out in the series! Would love to see what’s next for Maddie and Haider <3
Fun, easy read. Perfect for all ages.
By Big Mac on May 6, 2018
First, I feel like I need to admit that I don’t like to read. However, I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Such a fun, easy read. I felt like I was part of Maddie’s adventures.
I liked how Maddie could talk to animals and how she …
By Christy Cabe on May 14, 2018
From Karly (age 9):
I thought that this book was creative. I liked how Maddie could talk to animals and how she showed the tricks to her parents to actually prove it to them. I thought it was really fun to read, and I want her to write a second book.
By Albert D Alexander on May 6, 2018
Cute story! Let the adventures begin!
What a great adventure! My 10-year-old daughter
By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2018
What a great adventure! My 10-year-old daughter, loved this book and even finished it during breakfast the next morning! She had many times where she laughed out loud! She cannot wait to read the next book!
A wonderful heartwarming story of a little girl and how she …
By Barbara Hager on May 9, 2018
A wonderful heartwarming story of a little girl and how she faces the challenges of being diagnosed with JM with the love and support of her family and her loveable puppy.
A great read for all ages!
By Lori Young on May 7, 2018
An incredible story filled with joy and magic! An inspiring little girl as the main character. I could feel her emotions through the story and I simply cannot wait for the next adventure!
By April W. on May 9, 2018
We absolutely love this book! This was my daughter’s 1st chapter book! She read it all by herself and can’t wait for another to come out!
Such an awesome book! This will help so many kids that …
By Fredrick Holman on May 12, 2018
Such an awesome book! This will help so many kids that are in the same situation to know they aren’t alone. So well written! Loved it!
Product Details: Paperback: 34 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (April 29, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
About The Author: Author Angela Dean lives in Indiana with her husband Matthew, daughter Maddie and their dog, Haider. She graduated college with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. After graduating from college, she taught for a few years before Maddie was born. After Maddie, she became a stay at home mom, enjoying her time at home raising her little girl. At the age of 3 Maddie was diagnosed with a rare disease called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. Due to the number of appointments and treatments, Angela and Matthew decided to home-school Maddie. Angela is currently homeschooling Maddie and enjoys sharing her love of learning with her daughter. When she’s not homeschooling or writing, Angela enjoys reading, going for hikes and helping Maddie train Haider to do tricks.
detective, Joe Dean, loses his career, his family and his dignity after the
twelfth victim of the serial killer–The Moon–is snatched from under his nose.
years later and Joe is a reformed alcoholic working as a private detective in
Florida. While following a case, he comes across a book called Flirting with
The Moon. Each of the chapters is a precise description of The Moon murders,
sharing details that only the killer could have known. The book is arrogantly
dedicated to Joe Dean.
publisher is in Sydney Australia. Joe contacts them but the only details they
have for the author is a private postal box number in a Far North Queensland
town called Candle Stick Bay.
becomes obsessed with the possibility of finally bringing The Moon to justice.
He flies out to Australia, travelling to the remote tropical North to find a
tiny picturesque town overlooking the Coral Sea.
the guise of a US tourist, Joe sets about meeting the colourful Aussie
townsfolk. He secretly digs for clues and unearths some surprising secrets
about the town and its inhabitants. But as his investigation twists and turns,
a disaster cuts off the town from the rest of the world. Then the murders begin
once more and Joe is forced to confront the demons of his past.
he discover the true identity of the killer? Or is he flirting with The Moon?
is a book, not only for the substance abusers, but for family members, society,
doctors, and counselors to learn, not only what the addict is looking for with
support to help them through with their recovery, but new ways to help the
addicted. You will learn that childhood emotional wounds mold us into what we
become in adulthood.
is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is a book of personal stories
by thirty-four alcoholics and drug users from all walks of life. The first few
years of recovery in substance abuse contain numerous pitfalls which addicts in
recovery must have the right kind of help with. The best-intention of friends,
family, lovers, and co-workers can be healthy supports or obstacles to
long-term sobriety. Addicts sharing their experience, strength, and hope with
others is something that only a recovering addict or alcoholic can do. It is a
book contains the testimonies of individuals who were or are actively in a
recovery program and wanted to share their habit and actions with their
struggles trying to overcome their own addiction. Their main goal is to help
others who are fighting with their recovery and sobriety. These are their own
stories on how their addiction led to the devastation of losing control of
their life, family, friends and the death of other family members from this
disease we call Alcoholism. Their desire is to lift other substances abusers,
especially young people, in learning the reality that it’s not that drinking
and taking drugs may, could or would kill. It will.
the heartfelt honesty from the participants will help doctors and counselors to
use their stories for their own study on what may be missing in the treatment methods.
personal testaments within What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and
Addict is an added tool as to how people are affected, and how they suffer
long-term drinking habits from living in an active alcoholic family. As one
contributor wrote, “I was tired of getting sick, my hands shaking, my
vision deteriorating, my nose bleeding, my bowels moving sporadically, the
violence and running from many situations being paranoid to the point of
staying home all day (I had a job, a husband, family), not sleeping and not
alcoholic or addict is not going to relate to these emotions?
in the darkness
has anyone book described a solution to such a devastating public and personal
health issue, in such a variety of voices and pathways, as does Alberta
Sequeira’s “What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic.”
this era of ever-increasing addiction to all types of substances including
drugs and the ever-ongoing problem of alcohol addiction and abuse, this book
offers hope and enlightenment to the addict and to those who love them and to
the general public. There are few people whose lives have not been touched in
some way by this epidemic. Frustration, chronic fear, worry, helplessness, and
hopelessness characterize those of us who attempt to help or even control the
downward spiral we witness in those we care about who are addicted or affected
by these diseases. Without help, we stand little chance of breaking free from
amazing book, however, offers hope and direction through the stories of those
who have been there in the “trenches” – the addict and those who love
them. This book identifies through the stories of those who have contributed
that there are many “roads up the mountain” of freedom. It’s up to
each of us to choose which path we will take.
you, Alberta, for your courage and for your passion for helping those affected
by this illness and showing us that this illness is not hopeless, and can, in
fact, through recovery be the doorway into a new life.
Review by John R. Daubney, author of “Those Who Walk with Fire: Everyday People Discuss the Passion That Fuels Their Extraordinary Lives
From The Author: I want substance abusers to know these important messages in my book: Choices: The word is powerful. Realize the meaning when you are faced with taking that other drink or buying that drug down the street. Choices, if someone calls you to go to his or her party with alcohol or drugs.
Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. Stop hanging out with those who have no desire at all to recover.
First, you can do this. You can recover. Think it in your mind and want it more than life itself in your heart.
Get rid of the garbage in your life by talking to counselors or doctors. It’s a step to healing.
It takes more for a person to ask for help than the ones too scared to take the step and keep on the same “death” path.
Forgive the person who hurt you. You don’t have to keep them in your life. Give it up to God for Him to heal you. Forgiving moves you toward recovery. Let it go.
I learned writing this book that family can only love and support the addict. They have to do the work to recover. They have to want it.
I had the contributors write their feelings in this book with their struggle with reaching sobriety because I wanted to know what happened to my husband, Richie and my daughter, Lori. What did they need from me that I didn’t supply?
I want families and substance abusers to realize the mistakes I made along the way.
Book Genre: Narrative Non-Fiction
Product Details: Paperback: 360 Pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1492138290 ISBN-13: 978-1492138297 Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Alberta H. Sequeira was born in Pocasset, Massachusetts. Her father, Albert L. Gramm, had been a Brigadier General in the Army and one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division during WWII fighting in the battles of Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge. She spent her childhood in various towns across the different states traveling. She lives in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts with her husband, Al.
They have five children, and lost their daughter, Lori Cahill, in 2006 and her first husband, Richard Lopes, from their alcohol addiction. From these children, they were blessed with ten grandchildren. June of 2016, Al & Alberta were blessed with three “great-grandchildren. Isabel was born first in, Charlie was next followed by Lori’s daughter, Meagan, having a son, Brady, in October.
Ms. Sequeira is a four-time award-winning author, a Motivational Speaker, and an Awareness Coach on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for private and public events after the loss of her husband and daughter from North Dighton, Massachusetts. She is the producer, director, and co-host of the NBTV-95 Cable TV Station out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Ms. Sequeira is a weekly writer for the Cape Cod Today blog at (http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/Journey)
***All Alberta’s paperbacks are offered in Kindle books. She is always excited to receive reviews from readers and getting emails.
Her first memoir A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje is about her relationship with her father and learning too late about his remarkable military life fighting throughout Europe during WWII. After her father’s death, three miracles happen to her that leads her on a trip to Medjugorje in Bosnia. A ten-day pilgrimage to this tiny, remote village allowed her to witness four out of six visionaries having apparitions daily with The Blessed Mother. Their first vision was in 1981 and still continuing today (2016). They are receiving 10 secrets each and when they get them all, they will be revealed to the world. The priest has already been chosen to present them. There are only two visionaries left to get one more secret.
Her second memoir, Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, is about her young life married to her alcoholic husband, Richard Lopes of North Dighton, Massachusetts and their two daughters who lived behind closed doors in silence with confusion and fear. It’s a roller coaster with Richie’s struggle trying to combat his addiction. Join her on a merry-go-round of her own enabling to only bring him deeper into his addiction. In 1985, Richie died at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island at 45 years old from cirrhosis of the liver. It’s a book of reality with families living with an alcoholic.
The sequel Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism is the continuation of their lives after Richie’s death, and the story follows her daughter, Lori Cahill, going down the same path as her father. On November 22, 2006, after three rehabilitation stays, Lori died at 39 years old at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River from the same horrible, worldwide disease. The story follows all the hardships Lori developed from drinking and the pain of her struggle in and out of rehabs. This book contains some of the author’s speaking engagements behind closed doors to alcoholic abusers at halfway homes and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholics and Addicts; In Their Own Words is a Narrative Non-Fiction book of testimonies from thirty-four recovering alcoholics and drug addicts from all walks of life from the United States and Canada telling what they believe does and does not work in their recovery programs. Hopefully, these honest testimonies will help others fighting the same battle and heading down this same destructive path and for family members to learn from them how they are suffering physically and mentally from their substance abuse. They want to reach doctors, counselors, family members and society on what they believe is needed for support for them to desire professional help.
She is working on her first fictional The Rusty Years, which will be a trilogy. Alberta wants readers to know there is a lighter side to her.
In 2013, Alberta and Al met with Stephen Meunier, who at the time had been the Policy Advisor to Senator John Kerry, in his office located in Boston, Massachusetts. They presented ways to try to modify the Patient Privacy Act to help alcoholics, drug addicts, the mentally ill and their families.
Reader Views of Austin, Texas had awarded A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 Semi-Finalist. Allbooks Review of Canada had nominated her memoirs Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round with the “Editor’s Choice Award” and was nominated for the “Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award 2011.” The sequel, Please, God, Not Two was also nominated for the “Editor’s Choice Award 2010” and appeared in the December 20, 2010, issue of Publishers Weekly.
She is a Continuing Education instructor for two three- hour writer’s workshops titled Bring Your Manuscript to Publication, How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space, and Writing Memoirs. All are published as handbooks with Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
Alberta is a co-founder to Authors Without Borders,” (www.awb6.com) with three other authors who offer their services with speaking engagements, readings, panel discussions, book signing, poetry slams and workshops at schools, bookstores, businesses, and libraries.
Alberta has now had the opportunity to give talks to the men and women in jails. It was a great chance to reach out and give them hope with the choices they have to recover.
Texas Police Detective, Barry Marshall hunts for a hardened serial killer with
the ultimate endgame, one intended to strip Marshall of everything he holds
dear—his career, his wife Erin, and his reputation. Unbeknownst to Marshall,
the killer had dated Erin years ago, and seeing Marshall with her pushes him
over the edge. Determined to punish Marshall for stealing his beloved, the
killer plays a deadly cat-and-mouse game of murder. As the body count rises,
Marshall is forced to face his worst nightmare.
fast paced, exciting thriller has twists and turns right until the very last
page. The author, Alan Brenham has used his lifetimes experience as a Texas law
enforcement officer, a criminal prosecutor, and later, criminal defense
attorney to give his readers a real insight into what life is like when your
world revolves around protecting the innocent, and those you love.” Susan
Keefe, Book Reviews by Susan Keefe
fast-paced game of cat and mouse that will have you guessing until the very
end. Detective Marshall is tenacious and commendable as he plays with fire to
find a serial killer that has a personal vendetta against him. If you’re a fan
of suspense and mystery, this should be your next read.” Kristi Elizabeth,
San Francisco Book Review
gripping psychological, edge-of-your-seat thriller that goes beyond murder and
mayhem.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
About The Author: Alan Brenham is the pen
name of Alan Behr. He worked as a Texas law enforcement officer for over twenty
years and as a criminal prosecutor and later criminal defense attorney for over
twenty-five years. Today he lives in Texas with his wife, Lillian, where he’s
working on his sixth novel.
first crime novel, Price of Justice, won several awards including best in
police/crime fiction. It also became a top 100 international bestseller.
second novel, Cornered, was released by Black Opal Books on July 13, 2014.
a sequel to Price of Justice, was released on July 4, 2015.
fourth book, Game Piece, has just been released.
Finally! An easy-to-understand English grammar book with fun grammar lessons for middle grades and up. An excellent education reference for classroom and home school grammar lessons.
The Dragon Grammar Book is the perfect grammar study guide to help readers learn the rules of grammar and improve language art skills with ease and enjoyment. From multi-award-winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book provides a fun and engaging approach to learning English grammar through easy-to-follow lessons, humorous example sentences, and chapter quizzes to conquer all those tricky grammar rules.
Easy-To-Understand Lessons organized to gradually build on the basic grammar rules toward an intermediate level.
Engaging Examples Sentences explain each grammar rule through a humorous and creative writing style.
An Expansive Resource of grammar terminology, confusing words, punctuation rules, types of sentences and proper structure, parts of speech, verb agreement, and more.
Quizzes with Answer Keys reinforce each lesson before proceeding to the next lesson.
Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s international-award-winning The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by kids, teens, young adults, and the whole kingdom.
Oriented toward pragmatic, real-world usage,The Dragon Grammar Book is a great resource for kids, their teachers, and anyone else who’d like to know more about language and how to use it. Most highly recommended.–Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.
Author Diane Mae Robinson has written an excellent book on grammar that children and adults will comprehend.–Barbara Fanson for Readers’ Favorite.
I’ve rarely come across as well presented and entertaining an approach to what can be an intimidating subject. Robinson gets to the heart of the really puzzling aspects of grammar and offers them up in a format designed to make learning grammar more fun.–Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.
Having a useful resource that engages students and includes a wide variety of grammar rules with short, fun examples is difficult to find. Robinson has produced a winner with this easy-to-navigate, all-inclusive, grammar guide for kids.–Literary Titan.
Thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, The Dragon Grammar Book is straightforward and user-friendly: an excellent tutorial or refresher for writers everywhere, and highly recommended especially for public and school library college collections, as well as personal reading lists.–Midwest Book Reviews.
This book is a great educational resource in any classroom, home school, or for parents helping their kids. A fun and easy way to learn the often difficult and, dare I say, tedious rules of English language.–Bonnie Dani, Adalinc.org.
With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers.–Peter Takach, English Teacher and Grammarian.
As a home school mom, I love using this book to teach my kids because it is fun and engaging and helps them actually understand grammar.–Christine Suarez.
Do you think English grammar is fun? No? Join the club. It can be torture. However, there is a book called The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson and it might just change your opinion about grammar books.–Kim Anisi for Readers Favorite.
In this enchanting book, Diane Mae Robinson has addressed the subject of grammar in a way that will help kids (and even adults) enjoy the topic. –Literary Classics International Book Awards.
From The Author:
Book Awards for The Dragon Grammar Book:
2018 Book Excellence Awards, 1st Place Winner, Education & Academics.
2018 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, Gold Winner, Children-Education.
2018 Children’s Literary Classics International Book Awards, Gold Winner, Educational Books.
2018 Lumen Award for Literary Excellence.
Print Length: 142 pages
Genre: Children’s Books and eBooks, Education, Reference, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Study Aids
Age: Middle Grades to Y.A. Language Arts
Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award-winning children’s fantasy author and non-fiction author with fourteen international book awards and one provincial award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series and, her latest release, The Dragon Grammar Book.
The author lives in central Alberta, Canada. She enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, visual arts, visiting Maui often and, of course, writing. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor, children’s book editor, and an international short story competition judge.
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COME FLY WITH ME is the first book of a series, for starting reading children,
up to teens and young adults. Even parents can read it to younger children.
inspirational, highly emotional and entertaining read for all ages
book is a lovely adventure with an amazing heroine. Matica is a strong, brave
girl, who battles with her handicap and how others view her. But this isn’t a
story only about her gaining acceptance or over coming her challenges. Rather,
it’s a tale packed full of exciting moments and tons of emotions. Matica comes across
naturally as does the village and world around her. It’s beautifully set and an
easy landscape to dive into.
way the author revealed each situation is fun to read and it made one anxious
to see what’s next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without
being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things
happen, you don’t always know why and just maybe something goodwill come of it.
book was FINALIST with “BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD”, 2017
FINALIST with “IAN-The Independent Authors Network-BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
Product Details: Print Length: 238 Pages Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors is actually
now the adventures begin.
accepting Matica into their community because of an incredible event, the
people from the village love seeing her with Talon and demand she tell them
about her adventures with the condors.
is now happy to be small because she can do what she has always dreamed of –
fly. She is accepted and loved, and because she is so small can have incredible
adventures with her beloved Talon. In the meantime, her friendship with Amos
continues to grow…
this book, she has scores of adventures and near disasters with Talon.
Product Details Print Length: 422 pages Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
they be safe as they travel? What about
the dangerous animals they could encounter? Will Matica see her condors on her
amazing how you are drawn into the beauty and dangers of the rain forest, as
Matica and her father travel to the city and villages in Peru.
may be awed by the enchanting plants and creature inhabitants, and fearfully
apprehensive of the poisonous insects and treacherous things lurking in the
forest and the waters!
discovery of Matica’s special bond with her Condors puts them all in further
jeopardy, along with her father being bit by a poisonous spider.
with Matica in this third book in the TALON series. Be with her through
adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy
the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie she enjoys with her condors,
Talon, Tamo and Tima.
to spoil the nerve-gripping tale, I recommend reading the series from book one
through five. An inspirational, highly emotional and entertaining read for all
Product Details Paperback: 438 Pages Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
ENCOUNTER is the fifth book in the TALON series.
for children of all ages, for teens, for young adults. Even parents, and they
can read it to younger children.
too aware, that when one has an affliction or is handicapped, that life is
going on and can be wonderful, if they stick to something they love. In this
series, Matica loves her condors and she is doing what she loves. So, can you,
stick to it and do it with all your heart.
this book, The poachers are back and want Talon. So, it is war. Revenge is in the air.
poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything
in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him.
Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and
will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.
is war. The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the
poachers even taking hostages to win the war.
the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have
to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.
the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo
being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved
from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.
by GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD 2017
MEDALIST WINNER with NEW APPLE BOOK AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN INDEPENDENT
PUBLISHING in the Young Adult General Fiction category of our Annual book Award
Product Details Print Length: 382 Pages Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
About The Author: Book Excellence Award Finalist 2017, Sole Award Medalist winner with ‘New Apple’ 2017, Nominee with Global Ebook Award 2017, silver book award with Readers’ Favorite
Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.
Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil drafts person in various private consultancies in Munich.
May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colorful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.
May 1989, they became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji.
September 1992, they moved to Australia.
November 1993 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. By the grace of God, she survived and seeing her husband writing the story about the adoption, she started to write short stories for competition since her English became increasingly better.
She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.
Currently working on the sixth book, TALON, WINDSONG and the seventh TALON, MYSTERY OF LIFE
late 1930s Britain, a young woman yearns for the exciting adventures that seem
to be reserved exclusively for men. “Come visit me in India,” her friend Alexa
writes, and Ursula Graham Bower does, unaware that Assam is where her dreams
will come true.
convention, she goes to live in the jungle-clad hills with reformed
headhunters, the Zemi Nagas, where she finds fulfillment and a sense of purpose
by recording their culture and providing much needed medical care. Her attempts
to reconcile the distrustful Zemi with the British authorities are unsuccessful,
until the 1942 Japanese invasion of Burma becomes the catalyst to heal the
British Army recruits her into “V” Force as a guerilla. Leading a band of Naga
scouts and a platoon of soldiers, she watches the border areas. The Japanese
invade India and, with British lines twenty miles behind her, the danger
increases. Fearing the authorities will make her leave if they contact her, and
that the Nagas will fold if she goes, Ursula signals H.Q. “Going forward to
find the enemy. Send more rifles.” The Nagas remain loyal in the most dangerous
circumstances, even being prepared to die with her. They put their trust in
Ursula and the authorities and the authorities trust them, and they do not fail
each other. The Zemi suspicion of the British Government dissolves.
the war moves into Burma, Ursula receives the Order of the British Empire Medal
for her exploits. Lt. Colonel Betts, a “V” Force officer intrigued by the idea
of a woman guerilla and seeking an unconventional wife, schemes to meet Ursula.
She marries him, having found a man who loves her for living life on her own
Review: Ursula was an amazingly
complex and interesting woman and author Pauline Hayton has definitely done
Ursula’s story justice. “Naga Queen” is a completely riveting read.
Hayton’s writing style is impeccable and, even though this is a fictional
biography, the reader will be hard pressed to figure out what is truth and what
is myth. Hayton has skillfully woven Ursula’s amazing life into a rich tapestry
that was truly a pleasure to read. Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for
A Corporal’s War: The
WWII Adventures Of A Royal Engineer by Pauline Hayton
1939. Norman, twenty years old, married, and father of a young child, struggles
to make ends meet. To improve the family’s finances, he enlists in the army,
figuring that when his six months’ National Service ends, he will be twenty-one
and entitled to earn adult wages, a good plan until foiled by Britain’s
declaration of war against Nazi Germany.
world is turned upside down. His six months of army life stretches to seven
years, where he forges friendships that sustain him throughout the war years.
Norman and his comrades survive the dangers of the German war machine’s
devastating defeat of the British army at Dunkirk. When his company is posted
overseas for four years, the men overcome homesickness in the killing heat of
India, a country Norman grows to love. They build airfields in Assam and battle
monsoon mud and rain during mopping up operations against the Japanese in north
Burma’s steamy jungles.
the atomic bomb brings the war in the Far East to an end, and Norman is able to
return home. After a four-year absence, he worries: how much has the war
changed him? Will his wife recognize him? Will she welcome him home with open
by Alyce Wilson of Wild Violet Hot Heart: A Corporal’s War is a vivid
recounting of World War II, told from the point-of-view of British Corporal
Norman Wickman. Cover to cover, A Corporal’s War is a fascinating read for
anyone who has wondered what a soldier’s experience is truly like in battle.
Some of the stories are dramatic or tragic, while others recount mundane
trials, such as dealing with a bedbug infestation, or suffering through the
muddy monsoon season. Read this entertaining, well-written personal view of
World War II.
review by Daniel Jolley: A Corporal’s War: World War II Adventures of a Royal
Engineer is not only a deeply personal and wonderful account of one young
British soldier’s wartime experience, it is also an illuminating look at an
overlooked theater of the war (India/Burma). Definitely one of the best wartime
accounts I’ve read in a long time. I was totally captivated by Norman’s story,
and his homecoming, after four years of separation from his wife and little
girl, left me with a lump in my throat and a renewed admiration for all brave
unheralded young soldiers then and now.
Draft review by T. Russell Wingate: Pauline Hayton has written an excellent
book. It is realistic and just what the reader wants. A fine performance for a
Reads: A Corporal’s War is a riveting, personal and informative biography.
brat, poverty-stricken single parent, gave away child for adoption, gang rape
survivor, world traveler, spiritual healer, probation officer, immigrant,
massage therapist, cancer survivor, author, care giver to elderly parents,
headstrong wife, educational sponsor for 100 Naga children—you name it, I’ve
done it and I turned out OK. I’m still pedaling and you can too.
Review “Grit, gusto and
spiritual grace animate a vibrant memoir. Still Pedaling’s effectiveness comes
from the author’s brutal honesty about embarrassing episodes and ailments; her
considerable skill in selection, organization and style; and her fully realized
presence as a vivid, imperfect, unsinkable personality. Readers can put the
variety of her experiences and the ways in which she created and maximized her
opportunities in life to their own healing use.” – Phil Jason, Ph.D.,
United States Naval Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic
and freelance writer with 20 books to his credit.
Praise for Still Pedaling
again Pauline Hayton has penned an amazing tale. In fact, she is quickly
becoming one of my favorite authors.
Still Pedaling, Hayton takes the reader on a journey which encompasses the
entirety of her life. It is a brutally open and honest look at her – from
childhood until the almost-present day. And having finished the book, I find
myself wishing that I had lived near her because she is an amazing woman with
an unbreakable spirit and a gargantuan-sized zest for life. I think the two of
us would have been fast friends…
Still Pedaling is an autobiography – yet, it reads as easily as one’s favorite
say that she’s a fighter who has overcome the odds and adversities of her life
is an understatement. She is, without a doubt, a shining beacon of hope to all
– whether they have struggled with the same, or similar, challenges she has
faced or not. And somehow, through it all, Hayton always managed to take time
to help others – to make a difference in their lives. I’m certain that those
whose lives she’s affected would readily agree that she’s an amazing woman…
summary, Still Pedaling is a five-star ‘must read’ book. A true ‘feel good’
reminder that life is what you make of it – no matter what your personal
situation. By Charline Ratcliff, Author, The Curse of Nefertiti
Grit, gusto and spiritual
grace animate a vibrant memoir
not often that one encounters an autobiography written by a non-celebrity that
has the likelihood of reaching a wide audience, but Pauline Hayton has written
such a book, revealing a life lived with immense challenges, plenty of
setbacks, risky decisions and an evolution of goals and values.
Pedaling is Pauline’s sixth book. Its effectiveness comes from the author’s
brutal honesty about embarrassing episodes and ailments; her considerable
skills in selection, organization and style; and her fully realized presence as
a vivid, imperfect, unsinkable personality. Readers can put the variety of her
experiences and the ways in which she created and maximized her opportunities
in life to their own healing use. — Phil Jason, Ph.D., United States Naval
Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic and freelance writer
with 20 books to his credit, including several studies of war literature and a
creative writing text.
sixtieth birthday, her self-centered husband, and the death of a friend have
Brenda wondering what happened to her once adventurous spirit.
to get it back, she hotfoots it to a remote village in India. Family members give
chase to persuade her to come home and life becomes hectic. When Brenda’s ditzy
granddaughters arrive in India, rebels promptly kidnap them. With the police no
help and her dander up, Brenda turns into “Wonder Woman” on a mission,
embarking on a hare-brained scheme to rescue “her girls.” Her showdown with the
maniacal rebel leader has Brenda fearing for her life and the lives of her
granddaughters. Calling him a moron doesn’t help. Against all odds, she outwits
the rebels. Using implements hidden in her bra, Brenda escapes with the girls
under cover of night.
through jungle, dodging rebels and bullets, and fleeing angry bears—no problem
for the wild child in Brenda that was there all along.
the unfriendly bee, chases other bees away from flowers that have the most
pollen. She doesn’t care if she has no friends. She wants to win Queen Bee’s
merit badge for collecting the most pollen for the hive. The other bees are
annoyed and teach Beryl a lesson–that life is much better if you are a
Genre: Children Age Range: 5 –
8 years, Grade Level: 1 – 3
Extreme Delight and Other
Stories by Pauline Hayton
eclectic collection of writings the author has produced over the years. Some
stories tell of real events, others are pure fiction. The anthology includes
stories from her worldwide travels, toastmaster speeches, magazine articles,
Pauline brings her eighty-three-year-old parents from England to America to
care for them, she little realizes the hardships she endures will bring her to
the brink of madness, murder and suicide.
Review: Rating: 5 Stars – A Must Read.In “If You Love Me, Kill
Me”, Hayton takes us on an eye-opening, unforgettable journey of life and
aging. It is a sincere and heartfelt book, a no
holds barred read. Hayton has a serious message and she is not afraid to share
it. Its blunt truths will doubtless shock you; causing you to question
everything you thought you believed in. Use “If You Love Me, Kill Me” as a
helpful reference or validation of what you are feeling due to being in a
similar situation. Either way, it’s a must read. Reviewed by Author Charline
Ratcliff for Rebecca’s Reads.
Genre: General Fiction, Family
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Myanmar: In my Father’s
Footsteps (A Journey of Rebirth and Remembrance) by Pauline Hayton
drained and physically depleted from aggressive cancer treatments, Pauline
Hayton desires to once again feel really alive.
solution is an adventure in Myanmar, formally known as Burma. She takes along
her husband Peter, and a film crew, students from Boston University, to capture
her travels on film to help her grandchildren remember her should she develop
further cancers and die, as expected, from the harsh radiation treatments.
explores remote regions where tourists rarely go and travels the famous Ledo
road, visiting the places where her father participated in The Burma Campaign,
as a Royal Engineer in Britain’s Fourteenth Army. Hayton’s jaunt in Myanmar, in
search of lightness and fun, turns into a journey of self-healing and of
remembrance of Fourteenth Army soldiers who suffered tremendous hardship as
they fought to retake Burma from the Japanese.
Review: “Myanmar: In My
Father’s Footsteps” is a written accounting of Hayton’s experiences as she
trekked through Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) attempting to make the same
journey that her father made during his World War II tour of duty.Having become close to her father
while writing about his WWII adventures in “A Corporal’s War” and
having recently survived cancer, Hayton decided to visit the lands she had
heard so much about. With her husband Peter, and a film crew to capture this
trip on film, Hayton explored remote regions rarely seen by outsiders; traveled
the famous Ledo Road and followed in her father’s footsteps as closely as the
Burmese government would allow. Unfortunately, Hayton wasn’t allowed to
completely follow her initial itinerary but she did see enough to gain a better
perspective of her father’s World War II experiences and there were definitely
some sad and somber moments. On the one hand it was wonderful to see,
photograph, and travel on the still intact roads and bridges built during his
time; on the other hand, it was sobering to travel to cities and monuments
where thousands had laid down their lives for both sides.”Myanmar: In My Father’s Footsteps” is an interesting
and well-written book. I also thought that the photographs Hayton included
throughout the book were a nice touch. “Myanmar: In my Father’s
Footsteps” is written as a personal journal. Knowing that Hayton brought a
film crew with her on this trip, and knowing that she was trying to preserve
her experiences so that her children and grandchildren would know her father
better also seems to point to this conclusion.Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasReads.
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About Pauline Hayton: Pauline Hayton hails from
the north east of England. She worked as a probation officer in her hometown of
Middlesbrough before immigrating to the United States in 1991. She and her
husband currently live in Naples, Florida with four abandoned cats who adopted
them. She figures there must be a sign at the end of her drive that says two
mugs live here.
started writing in 1996, after listening to her father’s war stories and
reading his wartime diaries. She found them so interesting, she felt compelled
to write her first book “A Corporal’s War”.
for this book, she discovered the true WWII story of a remarkable woman, Ursula
Graham Bower and wrote “Naga Queen”. While researching “Naga
Queen” she became friends with Ursula’s daughter through whom Hayton
became involved in bettering the lives of the Naga tribes in northeast India.
This also led to a new book, “Chasing Brenda”, (since renamed
Grandma Rambo), a lighthearted adventure in Nagaland, written after
the author visited Magulong village where she and her husband support a school,
at a time there was rebel activity in the area.
In my Father’s Footsteps. A Journey of Rebirth and Remembrance” is a
travelogue of a trip taken in 2006. After surviving two battles with cancer,
Hayton wanted to celebrate and decided to visit the places where her father
fought the Japanese in Burma during WWII. It was a healing, life-changing
journey for her.
book “If You Love Me, Kill Me”, a funny, sad and intense story, is
based on the author’s painful, personal experiences while caring for her
author published her memoir “Still Pedaling” in 2015, with the hope
that anyone facing hardships and challenges can lessen their pain by
recognizing how a greater power is on hand, bringing help and support.
2016, Hayton published “Extreme Delight” an anthology of short true
and fictional stories and poems, as well as her first children’s book “The
Needing to ace his finals in order to graduate from the University of Illinois, he plans to bust loose from college and, well, live with his mom while working at his family’s business – a collection agency, managed by his father. His girlfriend is off to Africa for two years. His friends have moved away or are getting married (or both).
Jack’s plans are set, until he takes a road-trip to Colorado to attend the wedding of an old friend. There, he meets Hamish, a clever, charismatic, womanizing New Zealander. Through their friendship, Hamish introduces Jack to a different philosophy and a broader perspective. Hamish helps Jack realize that plans and expectations are great, as long as they’re your own.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Unlike some young men, Jack McRose has a plan for his life. With graduation from the University of Illinois in his sights, his family look forward to him coming home to work in the family business.
It is 1989, in all its glory. However, Jack’s lifelong friends are getting married and moving away. His girlfriend Kate joined the Peace Corps and has moved to Nairobi (capital city of Kenya) for her two-year commitment.
Jack decided to get out of his comfort zone and take a road trip from Chicago to Colorado to attend a friend’s wedding. While in Colorado, Jack meets a young man from New Zealand, who challenges neatly packaged view of reality, the world, and his expected place of duty within the family business.
In this well thought out story, the author, Chris Craig, nudges Jack and his readers to explore an alternative life direction. After all, nothing has been set in stone. His new friend Hamish, brings Jack from a ridged, narrow mindset, into broader perspective, that opens Jack’s mind to the possibilities in life.
I like stories like this, because it reminds the reader that the world is full of new experiences and an array of possibilities that can make the journey of life far more interesting than first imagined. If you like strong characters who are willing to break from the norm, you will enjoy this fast-paced, narrative where the taboos in life become the experimental ground. I purchased this book in Kindle and posted this review on October 29, 2018. I purchased this book from Amazon Print. The review posted on 11/08/2018.
Product Details: Paperback: 204 Pages
Genre: Literature, Fiction, Coming of Age
Author Chris Craig lives in central Indiana with his family. Sculptor Boy is his first book.
What World Region are you in? I live in central Indiana, but my family moved frequently while I grew up. I was oftentimes a new kid in school in different areas of the U.S. Being exposed to different regions and people instilled a desire to travel. Different people like different styles of living, but I like staying mobile and being willing to follow opportunities. It is a lifestyle that I recommend to my daughters.
What inspired you to become a writer? Writing and reading are great ways to take my mind off work and responsibilities. Writing is an escape. It’s instant decompression.
Who inspired you to become a writer? I have an older brother that majored in English and was a great creative writer. I always wanted to be like him. When we were both in college, he sent me a funny poem he wrote about a trip we were about to take together over Christmas break. I received it just before finals week. I loved it, so I decided to write one back to him. I became consumed, writing a stupid poem when I should have been studying. It was the first time I’d written anything creatively. In Sculptor Boy, Jack and his older brother are adversaries. I’ve always admired my older brother. We’ve always been best friends.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I’ve written, it has been just for fun. When one of my daughters found out I’ve written some fiction, she asked to read some. I said okay, but that I’d need to clean something up, first. I decided to really try to impress her. That led to a makeover of Sculptor Boy. The “clean up” took 2-years!
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? I wrote the book 4-months ago and haven’t talked about it much. My brother and dad don’t even know about it. Nonetheless, a subtle compliment from someone that has read it is rewarding.
How many published books do you have? Sculptor Boy is the first.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I enjoy literary fiction. I like the art of writing, and appreciate the work of authors like Donna Tartt. Her book The Goldfinch is a favorite. I like the classics. Reading Hemmingway, Steinbeck, and all the books that you had to read in school… I love those books.
Please list the title of your book you want featured and promoted? Sculptor Boy, The Journal of Jack McRose
What do you like to do when you are not writing? Spending time with my family, reading, and watching sports. I exercise quite a bit, not because I love it, but because I love the benefits. Oh yeah, I enjoy having a cocktail!
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I’m the person who should be receiving advice rather than giving it. My only advice is to be concise.
Who is your favorite author and why? Donna Tartt. She is a literary genius. Her words flow perfectly, and her characters are interesting and complex. I believe she’s written three books in thirty years. She must be meticulous, which serves her well with her writing.
For nearly twenty years, Mark L. Redmond had been telling stories about the old West to young readers. Finally, he’s turning his attention to “big kids.” Here’s a collection of some of his best stories, including three that were unpublished until now. Redmond’s stories are not typical tales of shootouts and quick draws. In his unique way, he has created some delightful characters who choose to outsmart their opponents instead of out-shooting them. Redmond is the author of the six-book middle grade series, The Adventures of Arty Anderson (Sword of the Lord Publishers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee). His story “The Spittoon” was a finalist in the 2010 Moonlight Mesa competition; “The Switch” appeared in a storyteller’s edition of Grit magazine; and “The Reward” was published in Elbow Creek. Mark and his wife Susie are workcampers. They live in a motor home and work in camp resort parks from Indiana to Arizona. Together they have six children and nine grandchildren.
Genre: Historical Fiction/Western, Short Stories, Age: Stories For Grownups
The Adventures of Arty Anderson
Age: Middle Grade Fiction Series
Life moves on at an exciting pace for Arty Anderson!
He now faces the opportunity of a lifetime: helping take a herd of over a thousand head of Texas longhorns up the Chisholm Trail! Yes, sirree, it’s an authentic cattle drive from the Circle a Ranch in Texas to Dodge City, Kansas!
Along the trail, Arty and the other cowhands encounter such dangers as angry steers, quicksand, lightning storms, stampedes, rustlers and Indians. Over and over, Arty is reminded to trust in God for help and strength. Through it all, Arty’s faith in the Lord is strengthened as he finds opportunities to witness for Christ.
Genre: Westerns, Christian Books & Bible, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age: Middle Grade Fiction
In previous volumes, Arty Anderson, a teenage cowboy, has survived scrapes with a cougar and a flash flood, but this time he’s up against a classic western villain–cattle rustlers!
Long-time enemy, Jeff Chastain, is back with a gang of outlaws who have escaped from prison. When they learn that a posse is organizing to come after them, Chastain plans a diversion that could spell disaster for the Circle A ranch.
Ride along as Arty, Marshal Bodie and the ranch hands get help from Little Hawk, the Indian boy who lives at the ranch, as they chase down the bad guys and have a showdown before they can reach Mexico.
Genre: Westerns, Christian Books & Bible, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age: Middle Grade Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Arty Anderson can now ride and track like an Indian and defend himself expertly, but when he and his friend Jasper discover a man’s body in Coyote Canyon with a Texas Ranger’s badge pinned to his shirt and a “Wanted” poster in his pocket, all their skills are tested in order to solve the mystery.
Following the example of his favorite fictional detective, Arty carefully gathers the subtle clues and pieces them together, leading him to a risky late-night adventure in town, an unexpected suspect and a final, climactic, face-to-face meeting!
Genre: Westerns, Christian Books & Bible, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age: Middle Grade Fiction
No longer a tenderfoot, thirteen-year-old Arty Anderson has become “Arty the Kid”–a tough Texas cowhand, complete with gun and holster, but he has yet to learn some of the unwritten rules of the Old West.
Arty’s exciting adventures continue as he stalks old Phantom, a bloodthirsty black cougar described as the “biggest, meanest and smartest cat” in that part of the country. The vicious animal has for eight years escaped all attempts to capture him. Will he escape Arty? What other enemy awaits as Arty rides the range?
If you like a challenge, then step into the saddle and join Arty on his hunt for Phantom–but I warn you…stay out of sight!
Genre: Westerns, Christian Books & Bible, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age: Middle Grade Fiction
Saddle up, pardner, and hang on! Arty Anderson is about to take you on a rip-roarin’ ride through the Old West.
Arty’s adventure begins when he and his ma head west to live on a ranch left to them by Arty’s pa. Arty’s first stagecoach ride introduces him to some real “owlhoots,”; who just can’t leave the tenderfoots alone; and being a twelve-year-old, Arty just naturally gets himself into all kinds of trouble with them, beginning with Mr. Chastain.
If you like adventure, excitement and fun, then hurry up and get your ticket. The stagecoach is about to leave for the Circle A. “All aboard!”
Genre: Westerns, Christian Books & Bible, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age: Middle Grade Fiction
Mark L. Redmond taught high school English for 29 years in South Bend, Indiana.
He has been a freelance writer for over 30 years. An avid reader since childhood, Redmond has studied the history of the American West and has focused on showing his middle grade readers what the old West was really like.
He has published over 25 short stories and articles, a six-book middle grade fiction series (The Adventures of Arty Anderson), and a collection of short stories (Five for the Trail).
A member of Western Writers of America and Single Action Shooting Society, Redmond has been studying the West through reading and travel for most of his life (and he’s an old timer, born in 1953!).
Extensive research and travel throughout the western states combine to make his fiction accurate. Redmond currently lives in Indiana with his wife Susie. He and Susie are work-campers, who live in their motor home as they continue to explore the West.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Indiana? I have lived most of my adult life in Indiana, and I’m happy to represent our state as a Hoosier author. Indiana was, after all, the West at one time.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I believe my love of reading had a lot to do with my desire to write. From my elementary school days, my mind has always been full of stories that I had to write.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Because I grew up full of life and mischief, I knew how to shape my characters. Because I grew up believing in God, my faith comes through in the lives of many of my characters. Because I grew up reading, I recognized what a good story looks like.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Probably in the early ’80’s.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Being able to create stories that leave my readers asking for more stories.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Completing a 6-book middle grade fiction series
How many published books do you have? Seven
Please tell us the titles and the genre of each? Arty Goes West, Arty and the Hunt for Phantom, Arty and the Texas Ranger, Arty’s Long Day, Arty and the Cattle Rustlers, Arty’s Tough Trail, and Five for the Trail.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Usually after I’ve written the manuscript
Please list any awards that you have won. I did win Honorable Mention in a Moonlight Mesa short story contest (one of the stories later published in Five for the Trail).
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Arty Goes West
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I can’t say for sure, but the main character was based on my 11-year-old son Ben.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Follow your dream, no matter how long the road to success may be. When I started submitting my first Arty Anderson book, my son was 11 years old. When he handed me the author’s copies that had arrived in the mail, he was 22.
Who is your favorite author and why? Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, is the first author who comes to mind. He was a master at starting a different scene in each of the first three chapters of a book and then weaving them together into an incredible story.
Tragedy, murder, and conspiracy push three Riverfield residents down unfamiliar paths…
…..a psychologist who takes on an unethical mission; the wife of a detective who inserts herself in a murder investigation; and a former cabaret hostess who risks everything in order to discover her lover’s killer.
Mayhem abounds as Union Miller unwittingly becomes the link between the three—whose actions result in unexpected consequences that change the fiber of Riverfield forever.
Riverfield Novel Book Two is finally here and titled Consequences of Falling.
Bradley and Elizabeth survived a whirlwind romance, elopement and great sex, for two people who are as different as day and night and then their daughter Jessica was born.
Tragedy unfolds and life changes direction for Elizabeth. I Quote:
“As the clouds rolled across the sky obscuring the last bit of the evening light, Elizabeth kept watching the lake from her apartment’s deck. She thought of herself as a woman always watching something in motion, which was shifting and changing. She wasn’t in motion or was she? It made her light-headed to think of this. She yearned for her mind to be clear like the water, to be clear of that day in court. And the occasional woodpecker’s remote tapping and the air rending silence that followed it were only sounds registered in her head. They were meaningless, but that day in court was not.
It seemed her thoughts were determined to wander along that shadowy path, where court arguments laid like exposed roots across the forest floor. It was the day that her life totally fell apart, the day she lost her daughter. It had happened last month.”
How could things go so wrong?
It is October 1989 and Elizabeth Trent finds herself running from her past and the only answer might be revenge. A new counseling job in Riverfield, Missouri at the CYA clinic might be a good start. Would returning to the place of her childhood be the answer or would there be old ghosts?
Falling into the routines that a small town has to offer, Elizabeth immerses herself into her clients and secretly hopes she will bump into an old heart throb Union Miller. The mundane has a way of becoming short lived when secrets threaten to break free.
Murder and mayhem begins on Monday May 7, 1990. Can Elizabeth live with the consequences of her actions? Join the investigation as “The morning fog was as thick and wet as breath on a mirror, dimming the heat lightning in the air. Yellow bolts the color of a cat’s eye forked out above the police station. Inside an oppressive mood had settled over the building. Everyone was feeling frustrated. They needed some sort of concrete lead in order to move.”
Romance, tragedy, abduction, murder and conspiracy engage this well-developed cast of characters that include detective John Turner, Mike Ryan, Anne Turner, Kimberly Young, Peter Benton, Randy Bennett, Connelly Dunnerman, and Seiko Dunnerman. The events that unfold will change Riverfield’s small town forever, for now fear grips the community.
I love this fast-paced novel with lots of suspense and mystery. Author Glenn Sartori uses real life stories as inspiration for this novel. He includes an excerpt from his next Riverfield Novel titled ‘Reflections Of Triplets’.
I endorse and invite you to read Consequences of Falling (Riverfield Novel Book Two) by Glenn Sartori. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on November 14, 2016. This series can be enjoyed in any sequence. I suggest you also read book one in the series titled Union Of Friends. Author Glenn Sartori has also published South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska which I have also enjoyed as book one in his South City Mosaic Series and his stand-alone book titled Epiphany.
Sit back in your favorite chair and revisit my early years with me. I have been a lifelong resident of St. Louis and grew up in the South City on a street called Alaska. My grade school adventures will make you smile…and possibly help you recall your own cherished childhood memories.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Whether you are young or old, South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska will capture your heart and mind as endearing, heartfelt boyhood memories from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade are experienced in and around Glenn’s house and loving family home on 5226 Alaska Ave.
Twenty-two life packed chapters that truly begin on April 10, 1940 when Glenn was born. Read the well-placed words of Glenn’s vivid childhood memories that will take you back in time to the sights, sounds, smells and yes, tastes of a simpler, kinder and gentler life.
There are so many examples that I want to share with you, so choosing this one is difficult, but reflective of the mood and character of the stories. I quote: “In the 1940s and 50s, before electronic games and computers, collecting and trading baseball cards was a boyhood passion everywhere, and my grade school was no exception. The chance of getting a Mays, Mantle or Musial was thrilling, and to get the final card that completed your set of any baseball team, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, was a victory. Cards with pictures and stats of baseball players were the only type available, no hockey or football players. I bought mine at my neighborhood grocery store—a nickel for five cards packaged with a sheet of bubblegum. If I think about it, I can still smell the bubblegum aroma that wafted from the open package. Chomping down on the malleable pink sheet of gum filled my mouth with sugary juices. As vivid as the memory of chewing the gum is, I have no recall of blowing bubbles. Maybe I never acquired that skill set.
On many days after school, my friends and I would trade baseball cards, usually on someone’s front porch. It was always fun and a good way to complete a team. Shouts like “I’ll trade you a Duke Snider for an Alvin Dark. Or I’ll trade you a Yogi Berra for a Gil Hodges” were flying around the group. Sometimes we’d trade two for one, and occasionally three for one if someone really needed a particular player. We’d even coordinate trades between three or four kids. I loved those times. (I had a fine collection but not now. After I’d been gone from home for few years, I discovered that my dad had donated, among other things, the baseball cards to the St. Joseph’s Orphan Home for boys. Maybe they enjoyed them, traded them as I had.)”
Look at the 21 photos from those days and let your taste buds recall one or more of the included recipes that will draw you back in time. If you are young, you will learn valuable information about life for one young boy in the 40’s and 50s. If you are older, the memories written in this book will no doubt trigger some pleasant memories of your childhood.
Compare your childhood with Glenn’s, his first cigarette, first kiss and so many more firsts, which you will not want to miss. Like me you will be forced to wait for Glenn’s promised book two and three in his South City Mosaic Series.
I endorse South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska by Glenn Sartori as a childhood memoir worth reading. Read all Author Glenn Sartori’s books found at Amazon. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on March 3, 2016.
The announcement of Union Miller’s death arrived with the Saturday mail. That notice pushed Travis Gibbs to return to Riverfield only to discover that his best friend, Union Miller, had been dead for two years.
It was an open and shut murder case—Union had stalked a woman, had killed her, and then had been killed by her husband. However, women had always pursued Union. Why stalk one? Why kill one?
The search for answers propels Travis on a deceit-filled journey that ends in a conclusion he can’t believe, until violence steps into his life.
In medieval Russia, a battlefield historian is commissioned to transport treasures from invasion-torn south to a haven in the north. Centuries later, four events occur simultaneously.
Grace Sawyer, on her summer sabbatical at the Rosanov Art Institute in Yaroslavl, stumbles upon a black stone from a medieval Russian treasure. Richard Simon, an art historian in New York, is solicited by a friend in the CIA to journey to Yaroslavl on a cryptic quest.
In Kiev, the brother of the president of the Ukraine is assassinated, and a group of men plan to violently end the Epiphany—the historic meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia.
Within a week, these events will mesh in a violent climax that echoes in the halls of the Rosanov Art Institute.
Glenn Sartori is a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from St. Louis University with BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. In 1997 he married Rosanne and enjoy condo living in St. Louis County. They have two sons Michael and Jeffrey, both grown, live in different cities and have a family of their own.
Glenn worked in electronic design and engineering management at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing, and traveled to many countries, his favorite was Japan. He retired in 2002, which is the same year Rosanne retired from teaching in the St. Charles School District.
In late 2002, Glenn started his second career as an author of text books. Along with his college friend, they have co-authored four engineering text books for Pearson Education Publishing Company. Glenn successfully transitioned to writing mystery novels and most recently published the first book of his memoir trilogy.
What makes you proud to be a writer from St. Louis, Missouri? We have an outstanding and supportive writer’s guild here and living in a Midwestern town keeps you grounded. I love my hometown and am proud of its rich history.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always enjoyed writing, but my first engineering text book got me stimulated and really hooked on exploring the possibility of being a published author.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? For my series of mystery novels, I created a fictional town—Riverfield—patterned it after St. Charles, Missouri, the sleepy river town where I worked and socialized for many years
My stable family life and my humorous adventures in grade school played a major role in writing book 1 of my memoir trilogy. My parents encouraged me to do my best, and my education spurred me on.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2002 when asked to co-author an engineering textbook.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Seeing my ideas and characters grow as I read over the initial draft and the rewrites.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Receiving emails and thank you notes from readers who have loved my books and caused them to have ideas of their own. Oh, and seeing my name in print.
How many published books do you have? I have four engineering technology textbooks, two mystery/thriller novels, and book 1 of my memoir trilogy.
Please list the titles of all your books. Besides my textbooks, they are Epiphany, Union of Friends, and South City Mosaic: Life on Alaska.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I come up with a draft title after I’ve outlined the plot and characters in the novel.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I am writing in two genres: mystery/thriller novels because I love to read that type of book, and now that I’ve published my first book in my memoir trilogy I realize that I have interesting and humorous life stories to tell.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? Conversations with my school friends—grade school, high school, and college—made me realize I have stories to tell. I realized that I didn’t need to be famous or come from a dysfunctional family or endure a tragic event to write interesting and humorous narratives.
Positive feedback told me that I have a talent to tell stories with humor and connect with the audience.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Nothing is achieved without perseverance … so keep on writing and rewriting.
Who is your favorite author and why? Stephen King’s book – On Writing. Besides shining as a unique perspective on the writer’s craft, it’s an interesting and humorous story of his life.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska is book one in my South City Mosaic Series
In the eleventh novel in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: It is serious business for Detective Doug Milligan of the Rocky Bluff P.D. when a student from Santa Barbara College named Veronica Randall disappears from her idling Toyota Prius parked in her grandmother’s driveway. Items left behind along with a new clue emerges when the neighbor Mrs. Doris Jarvis tell officers everything she can about the sedan speeding by the house earlier that morning.
The investigation revs up and the list of possible suspects grow as inquiries into college and work acquaintances begin. The ex-boyfriend Bryan Franklin is an interesting lead and so is a possible stalker from Veronica’s high school days.
Meanwhile Detective Milligan and his wife move their family into a new house that seems to suit their needs, except for the reported resident ghost. He and his new partner Felix Zachary are finding themselves dealing with other criminal activities in the community while the whole department keeps an eye out for Veronica.
A multi-faceted story line with personable characters that could be from your own community. Author F.M. Meredith writes with a charming style that brings the reader into the detectives’ investigation. Here is a small quote. “The woman moved quickly up the spiral wrought iron stairs, and the rest followed. The second floor landing had two door on both side, and an open window. A breeze brought in a mixture of scents, the salt from the ocean, the pungent almost medicinal smell of eucalyptus, and the heavy sweet odor of gardenias. The last set of steps led to a small space in front of a closed door.”
Never a dull moment when a crime mystery and poltergeist activity inhabit the same space.
I endorse ‘Violent Departures’, book 11 in F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff PD Series. Each book stands on its own merit, so you can enjoy each book even out of sequence. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on April 23, 2015.
Assimilation will wet the appetite of the fans that have developed a fascination with the plight of the Greenland Viking settlers in the first two novels of the series, The Settlers and Confrontation.
The twists and turns of this continuing tale will engage the reader from the outset as the tall, fair-skinned invaders, knowing it is their key to survival, gradually assimilate with the savage natives of the pre-historical land that will become the Hudson Bay and Great Lakes regions of Canada and the US.
In a scenario ordained by the gods, this assimilation process has a thin chance of success through the forced involvement of two of the Viking settlers with tribes of natives that are habitual enemies of one another. Against overwhelming odds that can have but one successful outcome for the settlers, daily life becomes a balancing act where one word, one gesture, one innocent mistake, can spell disaster in this hostile setting.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Assimilation is the final novel in the Axe of Iron series by J. A. Hunsinger. The author asks that you read or reread the ‘Historical Perspective’ that is located in ‘The Settlers’ which is the first volume in this series. The author’s research into the historical time frame and authentic pre-historical Indian names is irrefutable. The ‘Historical Perspective’ goes into the whole concept of the Norse sagas. Even though each book stands alone, as a reader who has enjoyed the entire series, I encourage you to purchase all three books.
As the author states in his book’s description, the first two books in this series (The Settlers and Confrontation) “dealt with the plight of the Greenland Viking settlers”.
Assimilation begins with a map showing where the settlements are and opens with two Naskapi warriors hidden from view, surveying the river valley below. The saga continues with descriptive writing that puts you the reader on the ground experiencing the mysteries of the Viking period. Smell the earth and lush dense forests, travel the routes carved out of the land by natives and take up residence in the villages and experience the hardships of this pre-historical land that we now call the Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes of Canada and the US.
Eavesdrop on Nipishish and Ingerd as they lay in each other’s arms, engaged in whispered conversation like couples do.
Join warriors in their canoes as they glide in the chill of pre-dawn morning heading toward the Haudenosaunee Village.
Stand at the rail of a Viking ship called Steed of the Sea and feel the motion of the sea as the ship heads towards a distant beach.
After the storm, the Norse society dries out and attends to the damage that Njord and Thor (the gods of weather) have forced upon them. Catch a glimpse of the smoke that curls into the calm skies over the cook fires where fish, meat and stew aroma awaits the barley bread and other leftovers that will nourish the community and reward the daily chores.
Reconnect with the characters that you have come to know like Halfdan, his dog Fang, Tostig, and experience the council meetings where men discuss their destiny, when in reality it is the gods like the “mighty Thor” who have the final say.
Strong women who cook and weave on looms by the light of seal oil lamps, teach their girls to spin fibers of wool into skeins of thread, care for the children and their men with tenderness in a world where both beauty and harshness intertwine. Communities where communication and yes even gossip are the norm, and where the outsider might find rest if assimilation is acquired.
Drumbeats of war are as common as the moon rising over the snow, so too are the tracks of snowshoes where the trappers are as important as the warriors for a civilization that exists within a fine balance between preservation and extinction. Here is a quote: “Nipishish, Kejo, and Lothar returned to their village as quickly as possible after the parley with Nesatin. Word spread faster than normal through the Nitassinan that the Anishinabeg had rejected Sachem’s peace offering regarding the people of Haldansfjord.”
I invite you to read Assimilation and discover for yourself where the legend of the Death Wind came from and what it meant for the earliest American colonies. Enjoy the detailed glossary at the end of this book which will help you understand the authentic names and terms used in this book series.
Let me take this moment to thank Author J. A. Hunsinger for his time, research and engaging storytelling that has made An Axe of Iron series possible. I sincerely hope that he will continue to write as some storytellers have one story to tell, others have infinite stories that need to be told and preserved for generations to come. The Axe of Iron novels are one of those series that time will not forget.
I endorse Assimilation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J. A. Hunsinger. Assimilation is book three in the fictional historical accounting of exploration and settlement of Vinland (North America). I purchased this book from Kindle. This review posted on October 1, 2016.
In Confrontation, two calamitous events occur that pave the way for the hostile beginnings of an assimilation process between the Greenland Norse settlers and the natives of Vinland. The first mixing of cultures occurs when a woman of the Northmen, Thora, and Deskaheh the Haudenosaunee, marry. This union, accepted enthusiastically by the Northmen, opens a window into the native mind.
For all the people of this land the way is rocky and fraught with danger at every turn, but the acceptance and friendship that develops between the Northmen and the Naskapi, another native tribe, over an affair of honor, the eventual acceptance of a young boy of the Northmen by his Haudenosaunee captors, and a scenario that seems ordained by the will of the gods, makes it all begin to fall into place, as it must for the Northmen to survive.
Will this developing relationship allow the Northmen to remain in the homeland of the Naskapi, or are they doomed to failure?
The settlers must deal with that question on a daily basis. Standing in their way are uncounted numbers of indigenous peoples, the pre-historical ancestors of the contemporary Cree (Naskapi), Ojibwa (Anishinabeg), and Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Indians. From the outset, the warriors of these various tribes violently resisted the incursion of the tall, pale-skinned invaders. The overwhelming numbers of the native peoples in Vinland hold the fate of the Northmen in their hands. The success or failure of the settlement at Halfdansfjord hangs in the balance.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: This character driven, action packed historical fiction saga continues from ‘The Settlers: An Axe Of Iron Novel’ where 163 Greenlanders and 152 Icelanders (including men, women and children) set sail with horses, cows, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, equipment ( tents and parts to horse drawn carts) and supplies to explore areas of what they call Vinland (North America).
Confrontation – An Axe Of Iron Novel cover with the Viking battle axe reflecting warriors gives us the first clue regarding the brutal facts of survival and desperate measures taken by men to protect their women, children and settlement with blood sweat and tears. Author J. A. Hunsinger has provided an in-depth ‘Glossary of Norse Terms’ and ‘Native Terms’ to help readers understand the people and culture.
Settling into a new land will prove challenging when the indigenous tribes who have a distaste for any fair skinned men due to those who cheated them in trade, abused them and killed their tribesmen in the past. Apart from expected interaction with the variety of native cultures, life in the new settlement is forced into daily and seasonal routines out of necessity.
Halfdan Ingolfsson and Gudbjartur Einarsson (his second in command) walk the settlement commons overseeing the duties pertaining to survival like the grueling process of filling the Kiln (furnace) with dry birch wood, burning the wood until only charcoal is left and then storing this precious commodity under the shed roof to be used for heat and cooking during the harsh winter months.
Children in the settlement (especially the boys) had to earn their place in their family and settlement by moving from boyhood into manhood by demonstrating skills taught and mirrored to them by their fathers, brothers, cousins and other men around them. Skills like hunting which was the core of survival. Unfortunately dangers exist when dealing with wild animals like a Bull Moose protecting his territory, cow and calf. Death can be mercifully quick and brutal. The burial ceremony, reverence for even the youngest hunter/warrior, tradition and spirituality (Gods Will) play a role for the dead and those who remain.
Seasons marked by the moon predict work, trade, play, marriage and birth. I quote Bjorn “as a pleasant smile curved his lips”. “Yes, it is time I thought of a mate. Another long winter comes and company in my bed would be welcome. Perhaps this is the one (as he recalls the tall blonde woman)”.
Confrontation is inevitable, warriors’ attack, prisoners taken, injuries sustained, spoils of battles and questions about their ability to live in peace brings us to the anticipation of the third book in An Axe Of Iron Series titled “Assimilation”.
J. A. Hunsinger’s series ‘An Axe Of Iron’ has been exhaustively researched and parallel the actually events as close as a historical fiction can. I recommend this series to both men and women and suggest that the series be placed on a high school/college reading list.
This reviewer is looking forward to ‘Assimilation – An Axe Of Iron Novel’ which is the third book in the series.
I endorse Confrontation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J.A. Hunsinger’s book two in the fictional historical accounting of exploration and settlement of Vinland (North America). I was given this book. This review posted on October 20, 2014.
The Settlers: Axe of Iron is a tale of survival, strife, love, and the quest for a new home in the face of hostile opposition. Conditions of manifest destiny propel a large contingent of Norse Greenlanders from relative security into an odyssey of exploration and settlement out over the unknown waters of the North Atlantic, to a North America of one thousand years ago, to a land they called Vinland. The chieftain, Halfdan Ingolfsson and his second-in-command, Gudbjartur Einarsson, spend a winter gathering 315 men, women, and children from the two Norse settlements on the southwestern coast of Greenland.
Early in the spring of A.D. 1008, the company sets sail aboard six large cargo ships. Five days into the voyage, in the strait between Helluland and Markland, present day Hudson Strait, a gale holds the flotilla in its grip for four long and arduous days. Halfdan decides to seek shelter in a protected bay, so they can rest, repair the storm damage, and replenish food stores lost in the storm.
During the following weeks, the settlers reap a harvest of fish and game that is the best in living memory. When hunters discover a sheltered fjord, Halfdan orders a move. Tornit hunters from far to the north venture south to hunt, and the Northmen strike up a friendship with them. The Tornit tell the newcomers much about the local area and describe coastal waters far to the south.
It is this thought-provoking insight into the geography of this new land and the dawning realization that the storm god, Njord, seems to have led his people to this place, that cause Halfdan to revise his thinking and propose a new plan to Gudbjartur and the council of ship’s captains: sail south before choosing where to build their settlement.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: The Viking ship called ‘Steed of the Sea’ sailing in the cold dark waters in the foreground of tall glaciers under a foreboding sky on the cover is just the beginning.
Whether you sat under the history lessons of Columbus discovering America or are more adventurous in your approach to history and have a yearning to know who was here when Columbus arrived and where did they come from, ‘The Settlers’ is a tale that should be on a mandatory reading list in all schools in order to provoke thought and discussion on native North America in the latter half of the tenth century. Scholars can’t agree but this tale offers a new perspective about America’s indigenous people, how they viewed explorers, handled settlers and coexisted on a bountiful body of land with all its beauty and treacherous environment.
It is important to read the ‘Author’s Note’, ‘Historical Perspective’ and the ‘Glossary Of Norse Terms’ provided by the author to educate the reader. In the Author’s Note you will meet Gudbjartur Einarsson who is an Icelander, a Northman or Norseman who is second in command under Halfdan Ingolfsson. Chapter one unfolds six wooden ships carrying 163 Greenlanders and 152 Icelanders (including men, women and children) set sail with horses, cows, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, equipment ( tents and parts to horse drawn carts) and supplies to explore areas of what they call Vinland (North America).
Exhaustive research, realistic characters garbed in functional layers residing in a true to life story line that allows the reader to experience the sea voyage and land exploration with exquisite writing that creates a sense of being present in the story even when this first book in ‘An Axe Of Iron Novel’ series has been closed on a night stand.
Here’s a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“He whistled tunelessly to himself, the notes blown away on the wind. His eyes darted over the sea ahead and aloft at the trim of the sail and rigging. The heart of the ship pulsed through the soles of his feet, vibrated up through the steering oar and the palms of his hands, an inaudible hum that told him all was well in his world.”
“Wind driven rain stung exposed skin like bees protecting their hive.”
“Several kettles of whale blubber boiled over individual fires on the beach to render the valuable oil. The thick, rich oil, skimmed of the connective tissue – the crunchy fried meat and curled pieces of skin were a delicacy-had many uses. It was a valuable food source, preservative, and lamp fuel.”
After the journey across treacherous seas land was a welcome sight with all of its wild game like “Grunting herds of Reindeer” not to mention the predators like wolves and bears. Women and children scour rocky cliffs for seabird eggs to add to their food supply giving the kids some stress relieving egg throwing activity.
Unforeseen and inevitable injuries, herbal treatments, Viking burial ceremony amidst deep held Christian beliefs.
Attraction and a “bed of soft, furry skins nestled in the scrub brush, well protected from the north wind’. Passion, “eyes smoldered with lust” hands explore, tongues probe, “locked bodies swayed in the throes of passion”.
Hunting and cooking for survival, sewing for protective covering, animal pelts and jewelry making for trade commodity. The best and the worst of human nature revealed in a hostile new world.
Now heading into the reading of ‘Confrontation: An Axe Of Iron Novel’ book two of the series gives clarity as to the sequence of history, characters and events that readers should follow in order to understand and digest the fiction history which is laid out in great detail, humanity and historical correlation regarding much debated events.
I endorse The Settlers – An Axe of Iron Novel book one in the fictional historical accounting of exploration and settlement of Vinland (North America). I was given this book. This review posted on October 18, 2014.
J. A. Hunsinger is an Author, Publisher, Amateur Archaeologist and Historian. His Axe of Iron Series Details The Settlement Of A Large Group Of Norsemen On The North American Continent Beginning In 1008 AD.
J. A. Hunsinger lives in Colorado, USA, with his wife Phyllis. He writes and promotes full-time. His three book trilogy Axe of Iron Series can be purchased at Vinland Publishing. His books are also available from Amazon.
Although he has long been a writer, much of his adult life has been associated with commercial aviation, both in and out of the cockpit. As an Engineering Technical Writer for Honeywell Commercial Flight Systems Group, Phoenix, AZ, he authored two comprehensive pilots’ manuals on aircraft computer guidance systems and several supplemental aircraft radar manuals. His manuals have been published and distributed worldwide to airline operators by Honeywell Engineering, Phoenix, AZ. His first published work for the general public, Flight Into Danger, appeared in Flying Magazine, (August 2002). Many of his articles have been featured in other periodicals and websites or are featured on his blog.
After his flying career ended on his 60th birthday, he found himself with time to continue his writing; this first novel was actually begun more than twenty years ago. He attended many writing classes and seminars, but couldn’t sustain a head of steam as a writer. All of that changed abruptly in 2004, when he remarried. Phyllis provided the necessary push and as a result he treated writing as work, which it most certainly is.
Writing is a learned craft. In order to learn to write, you must write. Eventually the classes must be set aside; set a daily work schedule and stick to it. That is not to say you should stop taking classes altogether; learning is a lifetime experience. Sooner or later though, you must take the plunge and go at it on your own.
Have a story to tell, one that you like. Then sit down and get busy. Have your work professionally edited: rewrite, edit, rewrite, until you’ve gotten it as good as it can be.
That’s all there is to being a writer.
Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Grand Junction, Colorado? Writing is the culmination of a lifetime of learning and working at my chosen profession. My first composition for hire was as an air transport engineering technical writer. Now, for the first time I am able to work at my own pace in response to my criteria for the task at hand. I always wanted to write, but my primary mission was to make a living for my family, so I had no time for pie-in-the sky dreams. Now that my career has ended and my life is settled I can write without the worry of making a living. If my books continue to find a market, one day I might perhaps make a success of this. In the meantime I am telling my stories, people are buying and reading my books, and that is what this is all about for me. It never was about the money; rather it is about telling the story.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have been a writer all my life, but I merely dabbled at writing. But I did have a story to tell that gradually possessed me, so I had to tell it. My wife, Phyllis provided the support and advocacy that I needed to actually write a novel.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began to write the story 20-years ago, but the time and desire to write and finish the work did not manifest itself until I retired from flying and remarried. My soul mate entered my life in Feb. 2004. From that point on she gave me the shove that I needed to organize the details of what had been rattling around in my head over most of my adult life.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Yes, definitely! I came from a military family of readers and I was raised before TV ruined the family unit in American society. My Dad wrote many short stories and articles, so his grasp of the English language and his amazing vocabulary impressed me from the beginning. My entire education was in Parochial schools and Parochial College, so I received the best stimulus available to become whatever I wanted.
Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? I have all the titles of my Axe of Iron Series noted, as each covers a certain segment of the series and that title reflects a major scene of that particular book.
Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write? I am an avid reader of both history texts and historical fiction novels. Written history has many holes, gaps if you will, that give an author an endless supply of fodder. It is natural for me to tell stories about subjects in which I have an interest. The Greenland Vikings and the medieval Viking culture in general have always been my focus. My Swedish/German heritage is another reason for my interest in the medieval Germanic tribes.
The Axe of Iron Series are character-driven, historical fiction books. My characters tell the story and the reader sees the events through their eyes. I have had a lifelong interest in the medieval Norse people. That interest became focused on the five hundred year history of the two known Norse Greenland settlements. The mystery surrounding their abandonment and the disappearance of every single person living therein has captured my imagination. My books offer a plausible story of what my reading and research has indicated may have happened to them.
Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? That would have to be when the rough draft is finished and I read the entire manuscript and realize that I have written a good story.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Our mission as authors is to get published. Let’s assume that your manuscript is a first draft. Before you can send out query letters telling the world of the birth of the great American novel, your work needs editing. I do not mean having a friend, an English teacher, your boss, or any other layman read your manuscript, no, I mean that you must engage the services of a professional editor. Thus begins the process of polishing your manuscript until it is the best it can be. This process can involve numerous corrections and rewrites. Done correctly it is a lot of work. I do all editing electronically within MS Word. The time and expense involved varies with the quality of the work. One hundred thousand words will cost in the neighborhood of $2000.00, or more, by the time you get it right.
Believe it or not, writing your book is only the beginning. With a final draft of your manuscript in hand, it is time to query. Famous people query with a proposal before writing the manuscript. I will assume that you are not yet famous. As an author, you cannot deal directly with one of the large publishing houses, so your next challenge is to interest a literary agent in your work. If you find a literary agent, your relationship will be contractual. Do nothing with anyone without a contract. Fully understand your part of the contract before signing, or hire an attorney versed in literary contracts to help you understand. There are numerous listings of literary agents on the Internet. Research each agent for their submission guidelines, select those receptive to your genre, be certain that they are accepting submissions, submit only what they require, and never send an unsolicited manuscript. They will not read it. Your literary agent will handle your contractual relationship with a publisher; they are your agent acting in your behalf.
If you are fortunate enough to become a published author through the literary agent/publisher/reader sequence of progression, congratulations, you have hit the big time. Your publisher will handle all the details of composition/format, cover design, printing/binding, fulfillment/marketing, and warehouse/distribution, leaving you free to crank out books. You will have little or no input regarding any of the production aspects of your book, nor will you retain any rights other than copyright. The publisher will own the ISBN and all future negotiations for anything concerning that work will be through, or with the permission of, the publisher.
Who is your favorite author? Why I am my favorite author, of course! But, I continue to read with pleasure: Cecil Scott Forester, Wilbur Smith, Ayn Rand, W.E.B Griffin, Ken Follett, and too many others to list in this space.
Before the captivating Evian Magi enters the picture and becomes a key member of The Mystery Alliance, Myth Vaga was a critical ally within their intriguing fold. He once lived amongst The Mystery Alliance in London, England. Yet, a serendipitous meeting and an ensuing romantic involvement with a bewitching beauty becomes the instrumental catalyst for his not surprising, but climactic betrayal.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: I enjoyed reading The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga by Taffey Tawanna Champion first, so I found this prequel extremely interesting.
The Mystery Alliance is an elite rescue unit. The individuals in this unit are called Mystics. Their secret alliance rescues hostages that are held in extreme terrorists’ situation where other rescue attempts have failed or were impossible.
It all begins at a manor named “Dwellen” located in London, England. It is here where training in “Mystery Arts” begins and missions are born.
Get to know the “Mystics” who make up this anti-terrorist group and follow up this short prequel with The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga.
I endorse The Mystery Alliance: Prequel to Evian’s Saga by Taffey Tawanna Champion. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this series. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 17, 2018.
An unsuspecting young man meets a mysterious beauty through a bizarre encounter in Paris, France. After speaking with her, he agrees to live among a secret society of persons called Mystics. Here, he learns about their secret alliance and their mastery of a spectacular self-defense technique: The Mystery Arts. Soon, Evian discovers that there is no turning back from the path he has chosen.
Excerpt: “We are members of an elite rescue unit…The Mystery Alliance. All of the members of this rescue unit are called Mystics. Mystics have haunting, surreal beauty: almost as though we were chosen to be Mystics from the womb. We also have unique abilities and skills which set us apart from others. Yet, only prominent, high-ranking government officials have knowledge of our existence. We are the persons these officials contact when no one else can rescue hostages in extreme terrorist situations. And this is our story…”
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga is a short reading experience, originally written as a screen play and converted to an e-book.
Packed with a diverse cast of characters, easy to follow dialog and sixteen chapters with sub-headings which act like separate scenes or skits in a play with different places, times, events and characters.
The main character is Evian Magi who works as a Jack-of-all-trades for the Machiavellia’s Traveling Carnival. Paris, France is full of history, mystery and intriguing people from all over the globe. It is the beauty of a woman that lures Evian into a secret society called The Mystery Alliance where he finds his path is forever sealed.
I quote a passage from chapter seven to give you a glimpse into Evian’s story.
“Delphi and Raven are in the gardens surrounding the chateau, picking flowers. Evian comes outside for a brief respite and notices the two of their bent forms. He is delighted to see that the ladies are engaged in such a pleasant past- time and decides to join their little gathering.
When he approaches them, he says, “There you are, ladies.”
Both women stand up and face their visitor. Delphi replies with, “Hello, Evian. Did you want something?
“Actually, I just came outside to unwind for a while. But, now that I think of it, there are some things that I have been meaning to ask you.”
“All right, then. Wait one moment, please.” “Sure.’
As Delphi returns to her task, Evian turns his attention to Raven. Smiling, he says, “Hello again, Raven.”
Raven glances at him. “Hello, there. You seem very cheerful today. May I ask the reason?”
Evian simply shrugs. “Of course,…it’s just that I think I have found my purpose in this world.”
Raven smiles at hearing this. “You’ve made your decision, then.” “I have. So far, I’ve not yet discovered a reason to leave.”
“Have you already informed Machiavellia’s of your decision yet?”
Evian nods. “Yes, Raven Hawk, I have. They weren’t happy to lose me, but I suspect they’ll get over it; in time.”
“And how are you finding The Mystery Arts?”
Evian’s face positively glows as he thinks about his progress with the innovative martial arts form. “Fantastic! I’m absolutely fascinated by it all.”
“Oh no, tell me we don’t have another adrenaline junkie.
Evian frowns. “What do you mean by another? Who are you talking about?” Raven suddenly clams up and becomes evasive in answering his query.
“That’s a story for another time.”
I endorse The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga as an introduction to the book series by Taffey Tawanna Champion. I reviewed this book from Kindle. The review was completed on September 13, 2016.
Spotlight Interview With Author Taffey Tawanna Champion
Author Taffey Tawanna Champion is a small-town girl born and raised in Greensboro, GA, educated at GTCHS in Greensboro, GA and further educated at Elon College which eventually became Elon University. She excelled in writing as a young child; even earned merits and won awards for writing ability, including a “Passport to Excellence” plaque. Reading and writing also were Taffey’s first loves before drama and music, which of course, came after.
Before, during and after college, Taffey became a world traveler, even electing to live in London, England for one semester whilst studying at Elon University. She traveled several times to Paris, France at this time. Taffey also met and encountered celebrities in London, England which served to make her experiences even more special. Added to her world traveler status, she lived in South Korea for a short interval. This experience, including her fascination with various Kung-Fu techniques and martial arts films aided in her ability to create The Mystery Arts in The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga.
She also worked in Marina, CA as an Americorps VISTA for MCHOME (a division of Interim, Inc.) under the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers. During this time, she became acquainted with the various artists of Breakthrough H’ART (a program synonymous with MCHOME) and also with noted Austrian Artist/Painter, Hans Kindel. It was here, under the tutelage of Hans Kindel and Bill Donnelly that she discovered her talent for Abstract/Impressionist Art. This is where the initial cover of her E-book originated, but there is a new Cover representing this E-Book currently.
“The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” was created initially as a copyrighted action/adventure screenplay, however, Taffey decided to adapt it into an E-book: the first in a series of E-books actually. “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is available for sale at Amazon, Smashwords, and will be distributed via Smashwords to many other retailers, as well. This E-book is also made available for Libraries to obtain.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Greensboro, GA? I suppose that I’m proud to be a writer from Greensboro, GA because I am a southern belle from a small town, and I believe it is this fact that inspires others from rural areas of the USA, to be more determined to follow their dreams. I have even heard from some individuals saying something to this effect, since releasing my E- Book, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga”.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? No one specifically inspired me to become a writer. I have always excelled in English and writing since I was a child. And because I have such an overactive imagination, I have always felt that I should give it my “best shot”, so to speak. However, Mr. Keanu Reeves, the Actor, inspired my passion for Action Adventure writing because I always loved his Action films tremendously while I was growing up. Mr. Reeves also inspired the creation of my protagonist, Evian Magi.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I was a screenplay writer first, beginning in 1999, but my original copyrighted screenplay, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” was not optioned because I created such high-concept material. So, later on, I decided to adapt it into an E-Book. I would say that I began writing with the intention to be published in either 2007 or 2008.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, somewhat, because my family and I have always enjoyed watching Action and Martial Arts films, since I was very little.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I always endeavor to come up with my title before I begin creating literary material, but sometimes the title is conceived after I have already started writing my literary works.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? The genre in which I write is fiction. Its subgenres which I’ve been focusing on are Action Adventure and Fantasy. I do love a great drama, but I am highly fascinated and intrigued by Action Adventure and Fantasy films. I have also been an avid film enthusiast regarding Mr. Keanu Reeves’ films while I was growing up. Therefore, I suppose those are the reasons I prefer fiction writing; and most likely why my E-Book, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is characterized as an Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I do realize that this will sound so cliché, but I experienced vivid dreams about beautifully mystical beings with almost supernatural powers in 1999 first. After I began writing what I remembered about these dreams on paper, I became spellbound and quite determined to write a Feature film screenplay to do justice to such fascinating visions.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experiences with my writing process, I must say, are having become Self-Published; also having quite a few wonderful offers to promote my material, and especially with having been blessed with meeting and working on a Blog Tag Tour project with the absolutely fantastic and noted Author, Schuyler J. Ebersol.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I would have to say that it was when I became Self-Published via the use of the phenomenal Smashwords online E-Book website.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Well, I am but a humble small-town girl from Greensboro, GA, but the only advice I can give, is to make certain you do indeed have a passion and dedication toward becoming a Published Author.
Who is your favorite author and why? I have never really had a favorite Author, because I have been a lover of many books. However, presently, my favorite Author is none other than Schuyler J. Ebersol, because I certainly loved reading “The Hidden World”. The visual imagery in his book is positively astounding; not to mention, his expert writing ability.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Yes, I created my own genre (i.e., Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy) in honor of my Muse, actor Keanu Reeves’ pioneering work in action films; for my protagonist character, “Evian Magi”, is the Mystic Fantasy Hero version of Keanu Reeves. Initially, I had created “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” as the first E-Book to launch my innovative series. I am now releasing “The Mystery Alliance: Prequel to Evian’s Saga” as the second E-Book in this captivating series.
Joy M. Lilley’s first novel ‘Figs, Vines and Roses’ tells a moving tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.
In 1888 eight-year-old Issy Merryweather has a comfortable family life in Cobnut Hall, Derby. Sharing carefree summers with her brother Clarence, beloved dog Molly and cherished grandma Ella, Issy enjoys the freedom of childhood innocence. But as she comes of age a move to Kent changes her life forever.
When Issy meets Terence she is enraptured by him and despite his humble background an inseparable bond is formed in secret. But, it’s a secret which Issy will never escape after a heartbreaking turn in events…
Genre: Love, Romance, Fiction, Family Saga
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Figs, Vines and Roses is a family saga giving insight between the upper and lower class in 1888. Author Joy M. Lilley does a good job describing life in various English towns as the reader gets to know the Merryweather family. I can relate to young Isabella “Issy” and her brother Clarence, since like them, I was sent to a boarding school. Their childhood was very comfortable, innocent and more privileged than most and with it came the best boarding school.
I invite you to join Isabella in her family life with dog Molly, brother Clarence, Grandmother Ella, her inevitable coming of age journey into young adulthood. Issy falls in love with Terence, who is the gardener. This is forbidden love since Terence is from the “wrong side of tracks”. What is the secret that Issy can’t escape?
Isabella love for beautiful gardens brings the reader here: “It did not take long before Isabella began exploring the grounds of the estate and could see the potential of the gardens that had suffered so much neglect for many years; apparently, she had discovered from one of the grounds men that the mid-Victorian landowners had built a brick farmhouse beyond the Castle building and at the same time took the estate in hand. There were remaining signs of this with shrubs and flowers in bloom, and interesting varieties of trees in abundance. Apparently prior to this the estate had lain in ruin since the Seven Years War (1756-63), when captured French seamen were incarcerated there.
Isabella spent much of her time in the garden as it was early spring and there had been yet another long, cold winter to overcome. This had taken its toll on the land, which now was in need of attention. Issy knew what was required to help the gardens come into bloom again. She had an enormous imagination and could foresee how the garden could look once again with the right care and attention. She day-dreamed of restoring the garden to its former natural beauty.”
Will she be able to turn her dreams into reality?
Author Joy M. Lilley did a good job holding my interest in this short read as the author leaves things open for a sequel. I give this book five stars for the story. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on August 26, 2018
Gloria Harris is born in Market Harborough in the United Kingdom, in 1922. She spends the first few years of life living with her parents and grandfather. Her siblings, an older sister and twin brothers, also share the household. The relationship between Gloria and her mother is strained much of the time.
The early days of her life are spent in considerable poverty, so much so that Gloria and her sister are sent away to Northern Ireland to be with their aunt and uncle, who are more affluent than their parents, due to the improving circumstances for the farming community in Ireland. Her aunt and uncle have a smallholding and keep a few animals and poultry that provide them with eggs and milk: the land produces enough fresh vegetables for themselves and for sale at the local market. Gloria and her sister Ann are made to work hard during this time, helping out on the farm and with the household chores. Their aunt and uncle have no children and are not particularly kind to the girls. The sisters have to stay in Ireland much longer than they had been led to believe they would, and it is several years before they come home.
On their return to Market Harborough they discover that their brothers have both been in considerable trouble, one having made a girl pregnant and the other having stolen from his employer. Gloria realises that these circumstances were part of the reason why the girls had to stay away for so long.
At the age of sixteen Gloria is sent to France on a student exchange, where she stays in Nancy with the well-to-do family of Chantelle Valvoire, whom she befriends. Gloria has a penchant for languages and these talents are vastly enhanced during this period, when she speaks almost exclusively in French. She also loses her virginity to a dashing Frenchman and is terrified of pregnancy, but after she returns home, to her great relief, the putative pregnancy comes to an end. As a result of this experience she vows to have nothing more to do with men until she is older. This resolve soon weakens when she meets Geoffrey, a school teacher from London whom she encounters on the journey back from France. Once home, Gloria practices her love of languages in some form or another on most days, regularly enjoying conversing with her sister’s Dutch boyfriend, who helps and encourage her linguistic achievements. He teaches French and German at the school she attended.
The Second World War begins and Gloria does her bit for the war effort by working on the land after leaving school. But she is restless, anxious to play a much more active role in fighting for her country. After hearing an appeal from the Home Office for foreign language experts to work abroad, she finds out all she can about joining the Special Operations Executive (SOE). After some considerable time, she secures an interview to join what became known as ‘Churchill’s secret army: the S.O.E. Her family are horrified at what their youngest daughter is letting herself in for and try their best to dissuade her, unsuccessfully.
After going through the rigid and arduous training to become an S.O.E. officer, she is sent into occupied France, where she is involved in a number of successful missions. Eventually she is captured by the Gestapo and sent to Fresnes prison in Paris, then on to the notorious Dachau Concentration Camp. In both places she is treated appallingly, being starved and tortured, and to avoid the likelihood of her inevitable death, she hatches a plan of escape. After doing so she has many trials and tribulations, after which she finally meets the brave Résistance leader and accomplished navigator, Sabien. He acts as guide for Gloria and some other stragglers through war-torn France and helps them back to England. Her feelings for him gradually turn from hate to love and they marry on the journey home. Sabien is subsequently summoned to the Normandy beaches to do vital Resistance tasks, and they part company until sometime later, when all hell is let loose.
She is young, living with her mother, and has had a strict religious upbringing.
Seb is a handsome, successful surgical registrar and Jenny is incapable of resisting his charms. They fall in love, buy a flat and move into together, much against Jenny’s mother’s wishes.
Then one day Seb confesses to Jenny that he is already married with two young boys.
Can a heartbroken Jenny pick up the pieces of her life?
Top Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars
Reads like a juicy memoir!
“This was an entertaining read that left me pondering the motivations and relationships between characters. Because it began with a few words from the present before diving into the story of the past, it was easy to form a quick dislike for the main male character early on, but his actions throughout just made me dislike him all the more. That being said, there were times when I felt for him, understanding the reasons behind some of his antics. I particularly enjoyed the realistic feel of the story. I actually looked the book back up on Amazon soon after starting it, to see if it was listed under the memoir category, as it felt quite autobiographical. The ending left me contemplating issues of trust. When is it appropriate to forgive and move on? What actions cannot be forgiven; where is the line? Can a second chance work out in the long run, or will it result in another exercise of frustration and heartache – i.e., are we better to forgive previous sins and move on or does a tiger truly never change his stripes? Interesting questions to ponder!”
By Deborah A. Bowman, author
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Delightful Love Story
“Star-crossed lovers from the beginning between cultures, racial differences, and a loveless arranged marriage that holds one man captive. The pendulum swings fore and aft for over a decade to bring them together, tear them apart, and perhaps give them a second chance. Ms Lilley writes beautifully with great feeling and depth of realistic emotions in turmoil. Such is life… A book that reads smoothly and strongly. You will envision relationships of your own, perchance. A novel and a love story you don’t want to miss!”
Author Bio: Hello, My name is Joy Gerken, pen name Joy M. Lilley.
I write/blog and was a trained nurse, all my working life, until I retired in 2015.
My first novel is ‘Figs, Vines and Roses’ a tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.
My second novel is called ‘The Liberty Bodice’. This is a completely different genre to the first novel and follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl working for the Special Operations Executive [S.O.E.] in W.W.2.
You can also find my short story ‘Lost and Found’ published in Liphar short stories Vol 1. [Liphar short stories} by Liphar magazine.
In 2016 my novella ‘Times pendulum swings again’ was published. This tells of a hospital romance that starts well, until the truth about the surgical registrar admitting to his nurse girlfriend that he is married with two sons back home in Nepal.
I am hoping to release my forth publication ‘Strawberry moon’ a crime, mystery set in the Dordogne, France.
What makes you proud to be a writer? I am proud to write as it feeds my eternally active imagination.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I joined a book reading club. This in turn encouraged my reading. Always wanting to write but having little opportunity previously because of an exhausting full-time job. Since retiring I now feel more fulfilled and happy.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Following retirement from a long nursing career, I wrote avidly thus resulting in three published novels.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing process? Having been traditionally published by two publishing houses.
How many published books do you have? Three.
Please list the titles of all your books: Figs, Vines and Roses, The Liberty Bodice and Times Pendulum Swings Again.
Please introduce your main genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I don’t have a preference and the three stories written are all in a different genre.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Being a part of a large family with Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Travelling and being a voice over artist.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Never, ever give up. Listen to wise advice on what works and what doesn’t work in producing the written word.
Who is your favorite author and why? Several, I enjoy everything I have read from Rose Tremain. She writes in the same fashion as I see the world. I admire the works of Patrick Gale. He writes exquisitely from the heart and the books I have read of his have inspired me and of course, the lengthy works of John Steinbeck. I could not put his Grapes of Wrath down.
Additional Questions or Information (Given by Author): I am a retire trained nurse, having worked for almost 50 years in the profession. I love the life I now have with time to read and write. I also spend a considerable amount of my time doing voice over works and have V. O’D a few children’s stories, some of which I have also written.
5 stars! A light and enjoyable adventure that comments on human nature and the beauty of our world….
Very funny, but it was the wider ethos of the tale that really grabbed me. Overall a brighter look at life today that is sure to keep you smiling from page to page. By Readers’ Favorite.
5 stars! This truly is a wonderful story from a very talented writer. Smoothly-written prose, a fascinating, lightly-penned plot and a strong, slightly confused hero to cheer for. By The Wishing Shelf.
Wrong place, right time?
A star being was supposed to travel light-years across the universe to help humanity by working in Washington, D.C.—but she accidentally lands in a small Kansas town in the body of Missy. Join her on this whimsical journey as she discovers the beauty of life and love on Earth.
Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism brings us a witty and wise book filled with memorable characters and insights into what makes us all so very human.
A light, warm-hearted book…highly entertaining and full of wit and charm…intelligent and fun at the same time…a beautiful story from a highly gifted writer…one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. By Artisan Books.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: For those of us who read Ann Crawford’s books, Fresh off the Starship is yet another one of her visionaries, metaphysical, fantastical, unique stories.
Ann uses imagination along with humor to introduce us to a star being traveling light years in order to help humanity.
The landing location was supposed to be Washington DC, but even in light-year travel, mistakes can happen. The star being lands in a small, country town in Kansas. Unlike the Wizard of Oz, this star being accidentally lands in the body of Missy.
With a mission to help humanity, our visitor is given the gift of discovery of life and love on Earth.
This unexpected journey will introduce you to characters who in their own way remind the reader of the goodness in humanity.
Quote from Book: “Braving the snowstorm, Missy heads out to the stable. The horses poke their heads over the stall walls, obviously hoping for some food. She takes down the food sack hanging by the door. After giving them all a treat, she stands by Diamond Girl. She nuzzles her muzzle, pressing her cheek against the horse’s face. “Bashiran, you around?” she calls out. “Are you there? I am completely messing up this project! So much for being incognito.” No answer, although the barn cats rustling in the rafters raise her hopes for a few seconds. She turns back to her friend and throws her arms around her neck, letting Diamond Girl’s glorious mane absorb her tears.”
We all take things in life for granted. Author Ann Crawford is a gifted writer, who has a talent for finding the good in situations and in humanity.
I hope you will enjoy this Romantic Comedy as much as I did. I purchased it from Kindle on January 3, 2019. My review posted on January 4, 2019
Quirky, heart-opening, funny, poignant, up, down, and everywhere in between–that’s life and that’s Life In The Hollywood Lane.
Trish, an LA actor, is bereft with guilt after her best friend commits suicide. Glamorous yet tough-as-nails Hollywood is Trish’s backdrop and a reflection of her life as she stumbles on through an actor’s life of casting calls and premieres, rejection and acceptance. Slowly Trish releases the idea of how her life should be and embraces the messy, flawed, yet stunningly beautiful truth of how it is. Trish’s humorous resilience and acceptance lead to transformation, surrender, and ultimately love. Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism for life and love shine through in this inspiring story that reminds us all that no matter what the question, love is always the answer.
Life In The Hollywood Lane is chockablock with LOL and aha moments. Also, know any folks who’ve been chasing a long-held dream? Do them a favor and gift them this book!
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: “Life In The Hollywood Lane” is a woman’s fictional (chick-lit) where the story-line depicts the journey of a young woman who goes to Hollywood to make it big. As someone who has never even visited Hollywood, I found this story very interesting, heartwarming, funny, and sad as a friendship ends with a tragedy.
Many young girls feel like Trish (main character) as they compare themselves to others and think of themselves as the ugly duckling. Most young girls would give an eye tooth for Trish’s beautiful curly red hair and warm glow of freckles. Not Trish. When Trish left her Wisconsin hometown, she left behind the good, the bad, and even her loss.
Striking out on her own, Trish soon met Cyndi at an audition and the two became the best of friends. Trish saw Cyndi as the beauty she longed to be. Trish didn’t realize that underneath the beauty comes same life experiences, situations and emotions, as both girls chase their own Hollywood dreams.
Author Ann Crawford writes this unique story, while educating her readers on “Life In Hollywood Lane.” As I read, I believed that Ann was writing from some of her own life experience. Ann Crawford is an award-wining documentary filmmaker. She has traveled the globe and I can see these experiences woven ever so slightly into the story.
I love Trish’s story and Ann’s writing style. I believe each reader will come away with something of their own. For example, I never thought about the color orange as a universal color. Let me quote the main character Trish (LA Actress) from the chapter titled “Fifty Shades of Orange.”
“October is always orange. No matter where I am in the world—at least in the Northern Hemisphere—October comes in orange. Wisconsin is a pumpkin orange. Bordeaux, France, is a soft orange. Northern California is a gentle orange. Florida is a bold orange. Russia, China, Japan—they’re all their own oranges. How did I get lucky enough to travel to so many places? Well, without much makeup and with brown or blonde hair color, I can look a whole range of oddball characters, from a crack addict to a hillbilly to a psych-ward patient to a prostitute. So, I actually get a lot of work as unknown, unmemorable characters. I’m the loud, ugly, angry woman in the crowd behind a lynching (ugh!) or a burning at the stake (ugh!). It’s a good thing I can look so unmemorable because I can keep getting roles like this.”
It seems to me that going to Hollywood is much like playing a lottery. You might win big, you might win here and there, or you might lose, but you will learn something from the experience.
If you enjoy stories where girls reach for the stars, overcome life’s situations and excel beyond their imagination, this book is a good fit for you. What were your dreams in your youth, or what are your dreams today? Are you willing to strike out on your own like Trish, to broaden your horizon?
I endorse “Life In Hollywood Lane” by Ann Crawford as a story filled with optimism, inspiration, and coming full circle to end with love. I purchased this book from Kindle on June 4, 2018. This review was completed on June 6, 2018.
Delve into the mystical, magical world of Catriona, an ordinary woman who chose to be extraordinary. She dared to live a radiant life as a healer in sixteenth-century Scotland, a time ravaged by fear. A Wiccan gifted with the ability to awaken the hearts of those still sleeping, she is known as the Spellweaver. “Mesmerizing!” — Amazon review.
Visioning: Creating The Life Of Our Dreams and A World That Works For Us All – by Ann Crawford
“[Visioning] speaks to our hearts, mind, and spirit with a delightful, lyrical, and wise guidance to help us shift from the separated to the divine self that we really are.” ~Barbara Marx Hubbard.
We can create the life of our wildest dreams, a life that serves ourselves and humanity, the life we were born to live. Do you have a great dream but it never gets beyond the dreaming stage? Are you being called to do great work but are frustrated that it’s not happening? Visioning shows you that yes, it’s really true – you are being called to fulfill yourself and better the world at the same time. And you can. By mastering the art of visioning, you can live your dreams.
LEARN: How to use the power of the Law to create what you want; the five steps of affirmative prayer; the six steps of visioning; how to strengthen your commitment to your vision; how to set your intention; how to create sacred covenants. Our soul yearns for expression. It’s time to soar.
Mary’s Message: The Story Of Mary Magdalene and Yeshua ben Yosef – by Ann Crawford
“My name is Mary. I come from Magdala. Well, actually, I come from a lot more than Magdala, but the time I walked on Earth, the time you heard about, I was born in Magdala. I come from a much greater place than that, however, and so do you.” Travel through the ages and hear reflections on love, life, and one of the greatest stories of all time from one of the most amazing women of all time. Mary Magdalene offers us insight into her life with Yeshua (Jesus) and gives her perspective on the events that occurred then and on up to our present day. Mary and Yeshua were very special, as we all are very special. They were very awake beings – very aware of the connection of all life and the divinity within…but these attributes are available to us all. Through the lyrical, poetic, passionate, sometimes funny, always heart-centered unfolding of her story, Mary reminds us how to access these qualities to create a beautiful life for each one of us and all of us…the life she and Yeshua lived.
A fun, clever romantic comedy that delivers as many “aha’s” as it does laughs, goes as deep as it goes high. As a spiritual newcomer or sage master, you’ll find yourself laughing your way to love and enlightenment.
What if life isn’t as random as you might think? What if there’s a reason for …. well …. everything? And just when you think you know what’s going on, you find out that there’s way more to the story. Waaaaaaaay more. These wild and wonderful angels and their even more wild and wonderful humans can help you awaken, see the big picture, and live from your higher consciousness.
ANGELS is based on New Thought, metaphysics, and the law of attraction as well as on the work of such teachers as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Jean Houston, Ernest Holmes, Neale Donald Walsch, Jim Self, and Rhonda Byrne (THE SECRET).
Bluntly put, this is the funniest, most enjoyable, and most delightfully irreverent spiritual novel I’ve ever read. I couldn’t stop laughing…. ~Mark Waldman, neuroscientist.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. Such a quick, fun read — you won’t even realize you’ve been enlightened! ~Diane Bishop, Editor, SCIENCE OF MIND Magazine
Ann Crawford believes in love at first sight, that good always prevails, and that we’re here for those wild wonderful way-out-there visions of ours to come alive.
Ann has lived “oh, all over,” and right now there’s a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window. When she’s not circumnavigating the globe (65 countries and counting, plus all 50 states), communing with sea critters on the ocean floor (in her scuba gear), or climbing every mountain (on the back of her husband’s motorcycle), or flying planes (at least as a student pilot for now), you can find her writing.
Ann is the author of the newly released romcom/chick lit LIFE IN THE HOLLYWOOD LANE, mystical SPELLWEAVER about a woman during the witch hunts in Scotland in 1597, the hilarious ANGELS ON OVERTIME, the deep MARY’S MESSAGE (about Mary Magdalene), and reach-for-the-stars VISIONING. Ann’s life-affirming books weave tales of love and intrigue that take readers on mystical journeys. Her characters live radiant lives touched by magic, an ability Ann believes we all have.
Ann is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her first movie was about a group of vets returning to Viet Nam to perform humanitarian work, give something back to the people, return to their Areas of Operation, and heal their wounds of war. Her second movie involved traveling around the world and interviewing people from all walks of life—heads of state, street kids, academics, artists…. the folks of this world—on how they envisioned creating world peace. The website for this movie won numerous awards. Ann is also an award-winning humanitarian.
Ann would be delighted to speak or do a book reading for your group or book club. Please contact her through her website, http://www.anncrawford.net
What makes you proud to be a writer from (Colorado, USA)? I have lived from one ocean white with foam, to the other ocean white with foam, to the prairie, and now to the mountain…. a little backwards from the song, but it’s certainly been an interesting journey. In between I’ve traveled through 65+ countries and counting, as well as all 50 states. I consider myself a writer of the world, and I’m so proud to be that. I bring all the amazing, beautiful people I’ve met and all the amazing, beautiful places I’ve been into my storytelling.
On top of that, I’m just plain proud to be a writer! I love taking ideas and thoughts and creating full stories that never existed before. My characters take on lives of their own and give me hits of inspiration in the shower, in the car (it can get very crowded in both places, LOL).
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My mom was very sick during my childhood, but she would read to me as often as she felt up to it. Those were extremely special, magical moments to me. I grew up in New York State, and we’d sometimes take trips to New York City to visit, among many other places, the hallowed halls of…Barnes and Noble! We visited the hallowed halls of museums, Radio City Music Hall, and the like, too, of course. Books were a highly revered item in our household, though, and that cloth Barnes and Noble bag was like one that held gold, secrets of life, and magic.
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. I’ve always loved, loved, loved books, and grew up figuring that I would write them one day. I always wanted to share the joy, wisdom, and connection that I felt in books with readers of my books. My mom wanted to be a writer, too, but her sickness didn’t allow for it. She died when I was a teenager. I was the editor of my high school newspaper and started college as an English major…but over my college years, I slipped away from writing and journalism. When I was 23 I took a profound, life-changing grief workshop and…
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? …got the idea for my first book. I found an agent who loved it but wasn’t able to sell it. This was way before the easier, online access we have now. I got involved with film-making for a while (I’m an award-winning filmmaker), and then returned to writing.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? My favorite part of being an author is hearing from readers who let me know how much my books have touched them.
How many published books do you have? Five with another on the way.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I usually write spiritual books, which go into the category of visionary/metaphysical fiction. Life in the Hollywood Lane is my first regular/contemporary fiction book, but it still has a spiritual slant. The next one is like that, too. Spirituality is a huge part of my life and who I am…
What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love so many things! My top six loves are to travel, fly planes (as a student pilot, for now), explore ocean floors (in my scuba gear), meditate, watch movies, and…read.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Hang in there! Let us hear what you have to say! It might not be your first, second, or tenth book that makes a splash, but it’ll happen. Also, writers mostly just want to write, but marketing is a vital part of letting us hear what you have to say. I recommend a book called Your Super Sticky Buzz Book Marketing Plan from mywordpublishing.com (they don’t pay me to say this). Some day you might have a big publisher pick you up or be able to hire a PR company to do your marketing, but this is a great resource in the meantime.
Who is your favorite author and why? Ohhhhh, can I please name two? I like them for pretty much the same reason. My favorite authors are Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan. I love how they challenge what’s been accepted as history and status quo thinking and then put important messages into riveting storylines. I’m also so impressed with the amount of research they (and many other writers) do.
Please add any additional questions and answers that you think readers would like to know. As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, the film that won the award was about Viet Nam vets going back there to do humanitarian work and visit their areas of operation, and in the process hopefully heal their wounds of war.
Pemberton N. Wysquers is a very dignified old English gentleman who own a very old package delivery business that operates on a worldwide scale. Once a year, usually at year end, he leaves the confines of his work environment to travel around in order to visit some of his most special and deserving customers. He selects a town and spends a week mingling with the residents, helping out where he can and bringing both hope and encouragement to those he interacts with. He leaves a permanent imprint on all of those with whom he meets, and he truly leaves his hosts in a much better state than he found them.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: I love this book and invite you to read the most intriguing story about an English gentleman named Pemberton N. Wysquers. While you read I believe you find yourself relating in some way to the characters who have in one way or another come to the end of their emotional life. When all seems lost, in one moment in time, as if by coincidence or magic, they brush shoulders with Mr. Wysquers.
As a young child you were probably taught about Santa Clause. As time moved on, your innocence was shaken by unspoken reality. While young you believed that time is infinite and you are invisible. When time marched on reality dulled your senses, the magic you found in childhood was buried in life experiences. This book will remind you that in a few fleeting moments, magic can stir. If you open your mind to the possibility, Mr. Wysquers might just pay you a visit.
Let me quote what Melody said: “I know this is going to sound strange, but I owe my life to a corned beef sandwich. The really weird thing is, I never liked corned beef. I would have one now and then, but it was never my favorite sandwich. But now? I smile every time I eat one, and that’s usually once a week, normally on Thursday. Why Thursday, you ask. Because that’s the day all the magic happened. Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be a magical day when I woke up. After all, you never see the magic coming.”
Each person in this book has their own story to tell. Here is how Ivan’s story begins: “I don’t have a lot of time to give you this story, I have somewhere to be and I can’t get out of it. I guess you first have to know a little bit about me to understand what I’m going to tell you, and why I’m telling you.
My story begins about twenty years ago, when I was a teenager and hanging out with my friends. We were the usual gang, looking for girls, driving around at night, and sneaking our drinking when our parents weren’t watching or around. The night that changed my life didn’t start out as anything significant, other than it was a Saturday.”
Which one of these stories mirror your own and where would Mr. Wysquers accidently or on purpose walk into your story?
This book is heartwarming and a must have gift item for your friends and family any time of year. I am giving this book as a Christmas gift this year.
I endorse Mr. Wysquers by Larry Auerbach as a story for all time and begins when a Candy-Apply Red Vintage Cadillac comes your way. Other books by Larry Auerbach include A Matter Of Honor, A Matter Of Justice, Common Threads, The Spirit of Redd Mountain and The Troll Bridge. I purchased this book from Amazon print. This review was completed on November 12, 2017.
In 1935 west Texas, two teenagers — Duane McCathern and Tony Picano — decide to go search for a lost treasure of Confederate gold based on an old tale told by a retired Texas Ranger, involving Indians and a mysterious spirit. As their hunt starts, another boy, a long-time rival, finds them in a cave and they must reluctantly include him in their hunt, It doesn’t take them long before they realize they need more help so their new partner brings in someone, an A. B. Conway, that he says has the expertise and the skills they need to get the gold they believe is hidden in that cave. The only problem is that A. B. Conway is Abbie. Tony is at once smitten and Duane is clearly annoyed.
Once they get the hunt underway, Abbie proves her skill at fabricating machinery is beyond their expectations. And that is a good thing as the hunt suddenly takes an unexpected turn as all of them begin to have out of body experiences and they run into other supernatural problems. As they get closer to the gold, the problems mount and Duane and Tony start showing signs of stress. Then things really start getting strange as all four start having visions of the past. A spirit from the past begins influencing their actions, leading Duane in one direction and Tony in another. As both the distant and the recent past begin to reveal themselves, all of them must make decisions that will have long lasting results. Abbie has to choose between Duane and Tony, and Duane must choose between Tony and Abbie. Who, if any, will make it out of the cave and who will make a deal with the Devil.
Genre: Genre: Paranormal (Supernatural), YA, Teen, Tween
Cold Coffee Review: Raised in Vermont I have always been fascinated with covered bridges, railroad bridges and river bridges. The title ‘The Troll Bridge’ by Larry Auerbach caught my attention right away. The prologue hooked me and it was very hard to put this book down for any reason.
Larry Auerbach is a master story teller and if you ever loved exploration as a kid and dreamed of finding something of value while exploring the farm yards, local woods, railroad tracks, old buildings, river banks etc. around your town, this book will draw you into this teen adventure that involves a hidden cave in West Texas.
Well-developed characters like Duane McCathern, Tony Picano find they need some help when the old town’s folklore about a hidden cave may have more merit than just to spook kids. Here is a quote from the book to peak your interest.
“We’re here, we’re a team, and we’re all going to watch each other’s back. We all share the risk, we all share the rewards—equally,” Duane told him. He put out his hand to Ron, who took it and held it in affirm grip. Tony put his hand over theirs, and all three of them put their other hand on the pile of hands. It was done. Tomorrow they would go to school, and come Friday, the adventure would begin for real. Fame and fortune awaited them in that hole. It was a sure thing, they were all certain. What could possibly go wrong?”
Eleven fast paced chapters will take you on an adventure of paranormal (supernatural) intrigue written for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults along with you if you are young at heart, spirit and mind.
I invite you cross over ‘The Troll Bridge’, feels the spray from the raging water below, walk the river banks if you dare as “Trolls” are known to live under bridges where people and things go missing. Join these teens as they use every creative bone in their bodies and life skills to explore a hidden cave in the hopes they will all make it out alive with treasure worth dying for.
I endorse ‘The Troll Bridge’ by Larry Auerbach as an adventure worth taking. Other books by Larry Auerbach include Common Threads, The Spirit Of Redd Mountain, A Matter Of Justice, and A Matter Of Honor. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on 02/20/2017.
Set in 1877, in New Mexico Territory, former Union sniper Jonah Berryman is presently working as a bounty hunter who is known for bringing his man in alive, but Jonah is here on personal business and is hunting someone on his own time. He has some unfinished business with a doctor who saved his life but left his cousin to die. He has been looking for this doctor ever since the War ended, but not knowing what the doctor looked like has been a big problem.
Now he is here in the town of Willow Springs because someone sent him a wire saying the man was here. But as soon as he arrived in town someone started shooting at him. Now he is the middle of another war, and Jonah can’t tell which side is which…or even who is one what side. All he knows for sure is that he is in the middle. As the lead continues to fly his way, Jonah realizes someone has set him up to be the next casualty of their own private war. He has to figure out who it is that is behind all of this, if he has any hope of getting out of town alive. And he still has to find out who put him in the middle of this and why.
This is a story of justice delayed, and how each person’s life can intersect with another, with a varying degree of impact.
Jonah Berryman is a former Union sniper, who is hunting for someone out of his past. He has some unfinished business with the doctor who saved his life and allowed his cousin to die. When he went to find the doctor later, he learned he had never even existed…except for saving his life and his sight.
After the War, Jonah became a bounty hunter, and whenever he rides into a town, anyone who has something to hide gets nervous and lead begins to fly. Willow Springs was no exception. In A MATTER OF HONOR, after receiving wire saying he was in Willow Springs, Jonah rode in looking for the doctor but he found a whole lot more than he was bargaining for. People began dropping like flies from the moment he hit town, and most of the lead that was flying through the air appeared to be coming his way. It didn’t take long for him to discover there were a lot of players in this game, and that there were more than two sides in this war. In the exciting conclusion of this story, Jonah has already figured out that nobody is who they appear to be. Now he has to end someone else’s war if he is going to save his own skin. That’s going to be hard, since he can’t really be sure who is a friend and who isn’t.
There are hidden players in this game, and they all have their own agenda for how this will end. Jonah didn’t realize it at the time, but he was actually lured here because of his reputation. Someone wanted him to be the catalyst to bring A MATTER OF JUSTICE to this town for a lot of people.
Genre: A traditional western, and the conclusion of the story started in “Matter of Honor”.
The town of Pinetar, Alabama was almost ruined and burned out of existence during a protracted siege during the War Between The States. Twelve years later, it is still just barely hanging on, but good times may be coming. A large financial investment is coming to Pinetar, to help newly enfranchised former slaves, and former Rebels build new lives in what is now their war-ravaged home, if they can all learn to work together. The government is also sending a teacher to start a school to help them all learn to read, write, and do their sums. The own desperately needs this financial assistance, as there is no industry and no work for anyone, and the dreaded carpet-baggers are coming to town.
The new Klu Klux Klan has become a force in the south and is threatening the stability of the community by using threats, intimidation and terrorism to drive the new citizens out of the area. A U S Marshal is ordered to take a team to the town and drive the Klan out of the area and protect the financial rebirth of the community, all but wiped out by the devastation of the war only the South wanted and only the North could hope to win.
Pinetar has its own secrets, however. Twenty years ago, a black man was murdered to hide a scandal that would have ruined a very important man. Some people in Pinetar are seeking to rebuild their fortunes, while some are seeking to return to the old lost order. Others are coming to Pinetar for a variety of reasons. One is seeking redemption for a ruined military career, while another is coming to make an un-scheduled withdrawal from the bank. One man is coming to seek revenge for an old injury, and another will clear his conscience. The connection between all of these issues, and the key to the resolution of that twenty-year-old murder mystery is on the way. All of these people will meet in Pinetar and they will discover they all share COMMON THREADS.
Redd Mountain is a famous multi-mountain resort in western Montana, that boasts skiing on one side and hunting on the other, with a wide neutral zone between the two mountains.
Thirty years ago, Warner Barney, a world class big game hunter, came to Redd Mountain on a hunting trip. His narcissistic belief that rules of safety did not apply to him led to the death of several people, as a result of his reckless behavior in the pursuit of his single-minded goal. When Warner barney left the mountain, he left death and chaos for many in his wake.
In the months after he left, two legends began to grow. One is the story of a magnificent elk who is possessed of a singularly reddish color coat. No hunters have been able to take him, although many have seen him, because he always seems to be just out of range or behind a tree. The locals have dubbed him the protector of the forest, as hunters pass on the other animals in their efforts to bring him down, all of them failing.
There is also a legend of a mysterious red-jacketed skier who has been sighted for years, intervening in the activities of other skiers who are in danger of losing their lives, due to their recklessness or the unpredictable whims of nature. No one knows who he is, or where he comes from, or where he goes, but all are very grateful for his unexpected appearance whenever it comes. Every year, both of them are seen by skiers and hunters alike, and their legends grow bigger each year with every drink in the resort lodge.
Now Warner Barney is back, supremely confident in his belief that he is the one to claim the legendary trophy elk that has been a part of this mountain for almost as long. He has not changed at all, he still believes that rules do not apply to him. He wants this elk for his trophy wall, but there are forces standing in his way, including the chief ranger and safety supervisor for the resort, a party of conservationists and wildlife experts who are determined to rescue the elk and take him to a preserve. Also on this expedition is Warner’s old guide from his previous hunt, who has a debt to pay and hopes to find some answers of his own on the mountain. Some of these people have their own reasons for being on this hunt, to resolve old wounds and out an end to old debts.
This party also includes a newspaper journalist who is determined to use this hunt to advance her own career, regardless of the cost to others. After agreeing to follow the rules of the non-lethal hunt, Warner breaks away on his own to follow his own path to claim this magnificent animal. His blind obsession leads Warner to find his destiny, and to discover the truth of the old saying that time heals all wounds, and wounds all heels. Warner Barney, and these two local legends, have a date with destiny to resolve some old wounds, and they will do this on Redd Mountain.
Genre: Supernatural Tale Of Revenge and Resolution
Larry Auerbach is a practicing psychotherapist of twenty-five years, in Pt. St. Lucie, Fla, where he lives with his wife of 32 years. He earned his Master’s in Social Work form Barry University in Miami Shores, FL in 1991 and has maintained a busy practice since. He has traveled out west for numerous pack trips and re-enactment rides and his interests include chess, horseback riding and the American West. He is a member of the Western Writers of America and this is his fifth novel. He is a collector of frontier memorabilia, and maintains an extensive library of the people, places and events of that period.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My English teacher in high school, Mrs. Jackson. And my wife, Chari, encouraged me to write the stories I was telling her.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I was always given books as a child and encouraged to read extensively. I have always enjoyed reading and hearing a well-told story. I have learned to appreciate character development more than mindless actions.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2010 my wife and I were playing word games on our way to a conference and the story line for “Common Threads” came to me as we were talking, and she said I should write it. I finished it in six months and decided it was so much fun to do, I wanted to do another…and another….
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Seeing it in print, knowing I created something that will live on. Something that I created out of my own consciousness and imagination.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing the copyright notice from the Library of Congress on each title.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I work in a different manner than most other writers I know. I start with the reveal at the end and then develop a story to support it. I am much more interested in meaningful character development than I am in routine action. For me, the action has to be a natural flow from the character.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Although I want to write westerns, I seem to have more of a leaning to the supernatural story. I suspect that it has to do with some drive I have to see justice and resolution for those who have been wronged, and to see them have an opportunity to rebuild their lives. I am, after all, a clinical psychotherapist.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Mr. Wysquers is a very charming old English gentleman who is involved with a shipping business up north somewhere. He comes down for a visit to some old friends and interacts with several people who are at the end of their emotional rope, depressed and alone, with no future or hope of having one. He comes into their lives at their lowest point and with a few words of encouragement and a new perspective, he puts them back on the path to a brighter life. But he doesn’t do it for them, he only shows them how they can do it for themselves.
I am a therapist, my goal is to offer people, trapped in a personal myth about themselves that isn’t working, a new way of looking at their options so they can create a new story for their lives to follow. Pemberton does that for the people he meets. His favorite mode of transportation is a candy-apple red vintage Cadillac with a gleaming white leather interior that runs as quiet as a whisper.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write about what you know best, and have fun doing it. If the reader doesn’t care about the characters, hero or the villain, they won’t get involved in your story. Good character development drives the story, mindless action is just visual eye candy.
Who is your favorite author and why? Clive Cussler (I like his characters); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I love his famous character and his methodology; William Johnston (his plots move along), Robin Cook (his use of modern science and medicine as a foundation for his stories).
Heading west for the serene deserts of New Mexico with his three-legged dog, Patch, Abe Freeman hopes to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s lost battle with cancer. He expects his cross-country journey to be healing, not life-threatening. And he definitely doesn’t plan to wind up as the main suspect when a drifter he meets along the way, Easy Jackson, gets murdered.
When Abe’s lost knife turns up at the crime scene and Easy’s key appears in Abe’s backpack, Abe finds himself hunted by the police, biker gangs, and drug dealers, all of whom are determined to get their hands on that key. Caught up in the violence, Abe becomes desperate to prove his innocence. With help from Navajo police officer Emily Etcitty, he just might survive…and his heart just might find another reason to keep on beating.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Key Witness by Sandra Bolton is gaining mixed reviews which shows that readers are talking about this book.
A cross country trip starting in New Jersey with Patch, his three-legged dog, Abe Freeman, an unassuming gentle Jewish man seeks mind and spiritual healing after he successfully assisted in his girlfriend’s death when she was dying with cancer. The trip into the desert of New Mexico goes terribly wrong when he becomes a suspect in the murder of Easy Jackson.
Unsure of his arrest, Abe struggles with these logical questions: Had they linked him to Sharon’s death, where is Patch, and what is the penalty for possession of personal use marijuana in New Mexico?
Strong characters, good dialog and descriptive writing keep readers turning the pages with a plot that involves the incendiary mix of FBI, Navajo Nation Tribal Police, Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia and Kansas City Mafia.
Author Sandra Bolton grew up in northern California’s Sacramento Valley. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she spent 25 years traveling from coast to coast and one country after another during her husband’s Navy career. She received BA’s in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. Perhaps it is her service in the volunteer Peace Corps in Honduras from 1985-87 or her residence in Raton, New Mexico that gives her the inspiration for her descriptive writing, strong characters and complex plot.
I share with you this passage from the book. “Darkness descended on the mountains, carrying with it a sudden influx of cold. Abe shivered and cursed himself for having left his jacket in the Bronco. But the cool air provided clarity to his thoughts as he puzzled over the significance of the key. Abe’s dog ran ahead, sniffing at new intoxicating smells. Without realizing it, he and Patch had walked far from the hunter’s cabin. Deer had recently used the trail, cluttering it with their brown-bead droppings. Now, however, nothing moved in the forest. Even the small gray juncos had given up scratching the ground for seed. They perched in silent groups on pine branches, as if anticipating some unknown danger.”
I endorse Key Witness by Sandra Bolton. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on December 5, 2015.
Even before the plane touches down in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sarah Nelson questions her motives for being there. By the time this feminist adventure novel ends, Sarah’s life is forever altered as the naive and idealistic woman encounters more intrigue, danger, and mystery than she ever bargained for.
The year is 1985, and Ronald Reagan is president. Following a recent divorce from her husband of 28 years, Sarah decides to join the Peace Corps. She leaves behind her Minnesota farm, a teaching career, and two grown children to begin a new life on the northern coast of Honduras, a poverty-stricken, tropical paradise, caught between the U.S. funded Contras and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas.
The Garifunas, a unique Afro-Amerindian culture, are her nearest neighbors. Her closest ally in times of trouble is the ancient female tribal leader and spiritualist, Xiomara, who draws her into a mysterious world of the supernatural.
A Cipher in the Sand offers the readers not only a glimpse into a fascinating third-world culture during a turbulent time in history, but also tells the story of Sarah, who, given a second chance at life and love, discovers a greater understanding of herself and the complex world in which she lives.
The following a submitted customer review of her debut novel, A Cipher in the Sand:
“I bought this book (Cipher) on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The story is fast-paced and the main characters are engaging and easy to relate to. Few words are wasted as images, scenes, and conversations come alive.
The story itself is clever, filled with unexpected turns which weave a detailed story of naive Peace Corps volunteers who are thrown into a world of corruption and deceit. Innocence evolves to maturity as the protagonists make tough choices to put their own lives at risk to make the world a better place.
Not in the straightforward ways they envisioned when they joined the Peace Corps, but in ways which tested their commitments and forced them to challenge their own government’s complicity in schemes which harm the very people that the volunteers are supposed to be helping.
As someone who travelled through Central America shortly before the time frame of this story, I found Bolton’s portrayal of the antagonists’ behaviors and values to be disturbingly realistic as she exposes the political and military double-dealing which went on in that part of the world during the era of the Iran-Contra scandal.
Somebody really did their homework before they wrote this novel! But the story is then told in a very personal, touching, and intimate way.
I literally could not put the book down. I was captivated from the first page, and I will keep an eye peeled for future works from the same writer.”
Sandra (Thomas) Bolton (1941) grew up in northern California’s Sacramento Valley.
Immediately after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Tom Bolton, and left California on a Greyhound Bus bound for Memphis, Tennessee to join her husband. That was her first introduction to racial inequality, and it made an enduring impression on her life.
Sandra spent the next 25 years traveling from one coast or country to another while her husband completed a Navy career. During that time, she raised three children and completed a college education, receiving BA’s in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling.
She has maintained an abiding interest in social causes and environmental issues for as long as she can remember and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 1985-87. Sandra currently resides in Raton, New Mexico where she divides her time between reading, writing, hiking, gardening, photography, and gourmet cooking.
Key Witness is her second novel. Her first, A Cipher in the Sand, was published in 2011. She is currently working on a sequel to Key Witness.
What makes you proud to be a writer from New Mexico? I love this state, the diversity of its people, and the beauty of the landscape. I am thrilled to be able to introduce the rest of the world to the culture and traditions here.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I began taking writing classes and workshops from southwest mystery writer, Steven Havill. Once I started the process, I was hooked.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing, and did you use it to your advantage? The environment played a distinct role. The novel takes place in the southwest, and the New Mexico landscape is highlighted throughout the book, sometimes to add drama, and at other times to invoke a sense of serenity.
When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? I never considered publishing any of my writing until I self-published in 2011.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experience happened when I received an email from Thomas and Mercer stating that they were interested in publishing Key Witness.
Do you come up with titles before or after you write the manuscript? I start with a working title and change it later.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre. I write mystery/suspense because there is so much material that sparks my imagination, and it is challenging to create a mystery. I generally start with a kernel of the truth and elaborate until the story grows.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Key Witness.
What inspired you to write this book? My partner, a classical pianist and now deceased, came to New Mexico from the East Coast. Though all similarities to the main character end there, the awe and since of mystery or discovery he experienced until the day he died remains. It is in partial a tribute to his memory.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I would remind authors to keep writing, even if they think what they are writing is crap, because the first draft usually is. But, stick with it and try to write every day.
What is your favorite author and why? It is hard to come up with one favorite, as there are many. I love Kurt Vonnegut because of his ability to employ humor in his writing and his wonderful way with words.
Charlene the Star makes new friends in this exciting adventure. She wants to win a special award for jumpers. She must learn important things if she wants to reach her goal. Does she succeed? How does Hattie react when she sees the headline in The Gazette? Why is Cherish so afraid? Your child will be fascinated with the amusing adventures of Charlene and her friends. Children will be entertained and learn important life lessons.
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is Deanie’s fifth book. It’s the third in her series of Charlene the Star books. Her other books include her award winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. All of Deanie’s books encourage children to persevere and strive to do their best.
Deanie is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She enjoys music, singing, spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Deanie is also an avid fan of baseball and equestrian events.
Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, as well as children’s book illustrations. Holly has beautifully illustrated all of Deanie’s books.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is the newest release in her children’s adventure books.
Among some of the characters in this enchanting adventure include Charlene The Star (a horse) from Jumping For Joy Farms who is a competitive jumper, Mary Harris who is Charlene’s owner and rider, Hattie the chicken who loves to wear bonnets, and Bentley the bull dog who learns a valuable lesson about bullying.
Charming animals with unique personalities teach children life lessons on having proper manners, the value of friendships, sportsmanship, accepting and owning our mistakes, apologizing and making amends when we have hurt someone, and even when winning there is always room for improvement.
Parents and teachers should know that at the end of the book there are 8 questions and answers that challenge the child to remember what they have read (enhancing reading comprehension) and congratulates them for what they do remember.
Delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.
Other adventures that are available include Charlene The Star, Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Tails Of Sweetbrier.
I endorse Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog along with author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne other books as educational tools with pure reading enjoyment for young impressionable minds. This review was completed on December 26, 2014.
Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper, after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she wants to do something new and exciting in her spare time.
What is her new career?
What happens when she meets her new friends Hattie and Wooliam?
Charlene solves problems for her new friends, while relying on some old friends to help her succeed in her new adventure.
Charlene and her team will delight you with their amusing adventures.
The delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.
Spotlight Interview With Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s book author with five books published at this time: Award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.
All of her books offer positive messages for children. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books. All books are available on Kindle.
Tails of Sweetbrier is an inspirational award-winning autobiography about a little girl whose one desire was to become a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. This book has won the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Contest and was a finalist for the Clipp Awards. Tails of Sweetbrier will show children that anything is possible if you persevere. This book was chosen “Most Inspirational” by the staff of the Pawling Book Cove in 2009. (first edition)Tails of Sweetbrier is now published in a second edition. The most recent award for this book is Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Contest in 2015. Deanie’s other books, Charlie the Horse, and Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, are amusing, fictional tales, which contain important life lessons. All of these books are available on Kindle.
Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been featured on several author websites. She has been interviewed several times by renowned, award winning author, Claire Power Murphy on Claire’s program, “Improve Every Year. Her interview with Claire, “Building character Through Children’s Stories” received top billing. Deanie has just been selected as “Author of the Year” by author/reviewer, Geri Ahearn in 2013.
She has recently received the following blogging award nominations: Liebster Award (2), Shine On Award, Sunshine Award, Dragons Loyalty Award, Very Inspiring Blogging Award, the Super Sweet Award and the The Shauny Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. She’s most grateful to everyone who nominated her.
Deanie is secretary for the Claire Power Murphy Foundation. She enjoys watching equestrian events, and figure skating competitions, music and singing, spending with her family, and their dog, Elliott. She is also an avid Yankee fan.
What makes you proud to be a writer from CT? I’m honored to be a children’s author from CT. I love to write entertaining stories with important life lessons for children. My goal is to be a role model for my readers.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My parents encouraged me to write stories since I was a little girl. They were the first to teach me the importance of a good work ethic.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My first story, Tails of Sweetbrier was published in 2009. It is now an award-winning autobiography.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, I learned at a young age that all things are possible if you persevere.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Usually afterward, but now and then, the idea for the title comes before I start the story.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I prefer writing for children. I feel my writing style fits them. I like to introduce humor in my stories. Sometimes the stories are told from the animals’ point of view. Also, my books highlight good character, which is important, especially for younger readers.
How many published books do you have? I have 5 books published; Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? So far, probably the most rewarding thing was winning the Feathered Quill Book Award for my book, Tails of Sweetbrier and having it nominated as a finalist for the CLiPPA award. I’m so honored that it was chosen.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Fortunately, I’ve had very few negative experiences in my writing career.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I think each of us should pursue our dreams, even when you feel they will never be realized. My personal experiences are proof that anything can happen if you refuse to give up on your dreams.
Who is your favorite author and why? It’s so difficult to choose a favorite author because there are many gifted, accomplished authors who deserve recognition. I would say two people who are friends of mine, Janice Spina and Sarah Mazor, are my favorites. Their stories are always entertaining with important lessons to share. I admire their talent a great deal.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? As I mentioned, my goal is to be a good role model for children. I hope that my books highlight important life lessons that readers will find valuable throughout their lives.
Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.
What was your show horse’s nickname and how did she get it? My show horse’s nickname was Peach. My sister Holly stood behind her one day and noticed that my horse had big round muscles that reminded her of a peach. The name stuck and we thought it was perfect for her.
What did you want more than anything when you were little? I wanted to be a champion horseback rider. My dad helped that dream come true, even though many people thought we wouldn’t succeed.
What made Peach special? Peach was pretty, but that wasn’t the most special thing about her. She loved jumping and she had a beautiful style of jumping. She never got tired of doing it and she knew when she did well.
Covey Jencks grew up in Odessa, Texas. After college, he joined the Army, attended law school, clerked on the Fifth Circuit, and suffered a stint at a D. C. law firm. He quits a life of white privilege to return home to solve the mysterious 1979 murder of Freddie Johnson, a black employee at Covey’s family business. Her life matters to Covey. For cover Covey opens a small firm filled with big characters. Eventually another black woman reenters his life to become Covey’s crime-solving partner. Mexican gangs, Boston mobsters, and racist cops complicate but do not derail the successful investigation.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: If you long for freedom from all the things that hold your down, I suggest you get to know a young Texan lawyer named Covey Jencks, because he cherishes freedom and wide-open ranges.
Author Shelton L. Williams weaves this well written, fast-paced fiction with believable characters to take you back in America’s southern history, with enough suspense to keep you turning the page.
It was March 1979, when Alfreda (Freddie) Mae Johnson (a southern black women) died. It was her death that would eventually take young Covey Jencks from his beloved oil country of West Texas to the seat of political power in Washington D.C.
To understand Covey, we must start with his college days where Led Zeppelin filled the dorm halls, margaritas and weed played with the senses, and girls made Covey’s first night at school “the first day of the rest of my life”. Covey’s love for the month of September, (beginning of the school year) that made the launch of Jencks Law Firm perfect.
Depending on your age, you will relate to this time (1970’s through 1990’s) drenched in racial tensions, Vietnam war, college football pride, mobsters, gangs, bad cops, young love and for Covey, a nagging need to know what brought Freddie to such a violent end.
This is a great read and I am hoping that this is a prequel to the Covey Jencks series, as there are never enough sleuths to satisfy mystery, thriller suspense enthusiasts like myself.
I endorse Covey Jencks by Shelton L. Williams. This book is available in paperback and Kindle. I purchased this book in Kindle. This review was completed on February 24, 2017.
In the August 2006 Texas Monthly article on Charles Whitman (“96 Minutes,” by Pamela Colloff), Shelton Williams is a character in the recounting of the Whitman tragedy. Shelly was there when the shooting started, but it was not his first encounter with the young man who weaken so much havoc on that hot August day in Austin in 1966. While Shelly and Charlie did know each other, they were not friends and they were not adversaries at the University of Texas in the spring and summer of 1966. They were just two guys with troubled families, personal insecurities, and challenged young marriages. Summer of ’66 is not about Charles Whitman and it is not about why the two young men took such different paths. It is memoir about life at UT, about a mystery man, and about a young man and woman who faced a changing and dangerous world in a courageous way. Charles Whitman is simply a character in this true story.
Shelton and Janell Williams survived August 1, 1966, and the summer of ’66. Shelly got a PhD in International Studies, taught at Austin College for thirty-six years and through the organization he founded and of which he is president, The Osgood Center for International Studies, continues to run the Washington Program for Austin College students and students from around the world. Janell graduated from Austin College and worked twenty-five distinguished years for the Social Security Administration. They now live in the Washington, DC area. Each thanks the other for forty-two years of eventful married life, and both look forward to the next “five-year review” of their marriage. It comes up in 2009.
Review: by Amazon Customer. 5.0 out of 5 stars
June 15, 2017. Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A remarkable book. Shelton Williams is a talented author and his personal involvement with the tragedy puts him at center stage to share his tale.
Review: SanIsaac B. Morgan. 4.0 out of 5 stars
December 7, 2006. Format: Paperback
This is a sweet follow up to Dr. Williams first book, Washed in the Blood. It tells the story of his last summer at the University of Texas before going to grad school and his life with his lovely wife, Janell. He was acquainted with Charles Whitman, the sniper in the UT tower who randomly shot at people in the streets of Austin, before being killed by two very brave Austin police officers. It asks the question, “Why do some people facing certain adverse situations become stronger, while others snap?” If you would like a taste of the feel of 1960’s America during its loss of innocence, this is a great place to start.
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Drama & Plays, Regional & Cultural
Washed in the Blood is just remarkable in so many ways, hypnotic, eerie, a spine-tingling murder mystery and also a haunting memoir of what it’s like to grow up in one of strangest and most fascinating places on the face of the earth. I was hooked by the first page, and Shelton Williams’ writing is honest and beautiful. One of those rare books that grabs and won’t let go, even after you have read it.
Review: Williams’ gripping account of the death of his cousin is the stuff of great literature. Except it’s tragically real. By Gary Cartwright, senior editor, Texas Monthly
Review: A page-turning, crackling read about… the ‘Kiss and Kill’ murder of a 17-year-old. By Larry L. King, author, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Review: Hypnotic, eerie, a spine-tingling murder mystery and also a haunting memoir … I was hooked by the first page. by Buzz Bissinger, author, Friday Night Lights
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, True Crime
Shelton L. Williams is proud to be a Texan story-teller. He has a PhD in International Relations, but publishing is his end goal.
Author Shelton L. William has published five books and contributed to two others. He chooses write about crime and society, because he can present complications, brain teasers, and personal stories. His book titles are Covey Jencks (mystery, thriller & suspense), Washed In The Blood (Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature and True Crime) and Summer of ’66 (Literature & Fiction, Drama & Plays and Regional & Cultural).
His favorite author is Walter Moseley because he tells great stories with interesting characters and they may a point about important issues in American society.
Shelton believes that everyone has a story, so write yours.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Bethesda MD? Texas originally, but now Bethesda MD. I am proud to be a Texas writer because many Texans are good story-tellers. I’d like to count myself among them.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My teachers from high school on inspired me, but in fact I have always enjoyed writing.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment was rough and tumble, anti-intellectual, and geographically remote. It gave me an exotic place to locate my stories.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I have PhD in International Relations and to publish is the end-all. I published my first book at 23.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Meeting people from all over the world who related to my stories.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Meeting former students who tell me that my books inspired, informed, or helped them.
How many published books do you have? I have published 5 books and contributed to two others. The last three, however, have been for the general public.
Please list the titles of all your books: Just my general releases: Washed in the Blood, Summer of 66, and Covey Jencks.
Please tell me the genre of each of your books. Two are non-fiction crimes novels and one is a murder mystery.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I had the titles well before.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write about crime and society. I prefer to write this way because I can present complications, brain teasers, and personal stories.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Covey Jencks.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Everyone has a story, so write yours.
Who is your favorite author and why? Walter Moseley because he tells great stories with interesting characters and they may a point about important issues in American society.
Contributors: William Sumner (Author), Anastasia Young (Editor), Cyrus Webb (Foreword), Martha Cleves (Preface)
When you experience traumatic experiences that alters your emotional and psychological foundation, you begin to experience a very personal and fragile meltdown. While all of this is happening, your body diligently works to save your life. You survived the initial shock, now the aftermath, yes that personal and dreadful aftermath. Now what?
PTSD to Freedom – No More War Within, will tell you to pick up your bed and walk because you are the captain of your ship.
Authors Linda Diane Wattley and William Sumner are veterans of the United States Army. They teamed up together to write this extraordinary and unique book because they both have a heart for people suffering with PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was obvious to them that if the male and female perspectives and resources were joined together that it would have a profound impact on the world. What they offer is powerful because the truths automatically empower the readers. No doubt, the truth will set you free!
Keep in mind, PTSD is no respecter of persons; you, me, a child, soldier, parent, friend, spouse, lover, doctor, judge, police officer, neighbor, and even a minster can be suffering with PTSD. The good news is that it does not have to be a life-sentence. “PTSD to Freedom – No More War Within” is about having complete control of your outcome and allowing your greatest self to shine.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: We owe a debt of gratitude to our United States men and women who serve or have served in our armed forces. This book’s contributing authors all served in the United States Army.
I am sure that you are familiar with the term PTSD and perhaps it has wreaked havoc on your life or the life of your family member, friend or acquaintance. Are you familiar with the term PTSG or NLP?
I encourage you to read this book and glean the information that will help you on your journey out of PTSD and give you tools to help others along their journey.
Author Linda Diane Wattley dedicates this book to those of us who face PTSD and fight against the daily war within.
Whether your PTSD comes from a traumatic childhood experience, military service, domestic violence, crime or accident inflicted trauma; Author Linda Diane Wattley writes, speaks and interviews from a heart of knowledge and compassion. Linda reaches out and interviews other PTSD victims from her radio podcast show. She gives daily inspiration on her website titled The Truth Will Set You Free.
I endorse this book PTSD To Freedom (No More War Within) by Linda Diane Wattley as a tool in your mental health toolbox to help you recognize and overcome the icy grip of PTSD. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on May 14, 2018.
Spotlight Interview With Author Linda Diane Wattley
LINDA DIANE WATTLEY is a veteran of the United States Army. She is an advocate for sufferers of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and for those who have suffered from all forms of victimization to include domestic violence and sexual abuse. Her message is all about getting to the best truths that allows victims to be set free. Linda accomplishes this by sharing her gifts and talents that God gave her. One being an author of several books that lead readers to go deep within themselves to find their own inner strength and voice.
Linda was also a contributing columnist, “THE BEST WILL SHOW THEMSELVES” for over twelve years where she shared truths that stirred hearts and minds of readers in spiritual matters.
Today, she has opened a platform for others to share their truths with the world. Her online television show, THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE by TLBTV and the Liberty Beacon Project has proven to be a powerful beacon of light.
Her recent book, “PTSD to Freedom – No More War Within” is written by her and William Sumner. As veterans understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they joined together to create this amazing tool to get those suffering with PTSD a unique opportunity to have complete reign over this daily reality.
Linda is available for speaking engagements, book signings and interviews. She lives to do God’s Will.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Akron Ohio? I am writing from Akron, Ohio. What makes me proud to be a writer is the fact I never gave up even though I learned by trial and error to finally self-publish my own book and it comes out amazing! And, my writing is well received by readers and makes a difference in the lives of others.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I love writing because the experience is awesome taking the unseen and bringing it into the seen. It’s not anything like it.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Definitely! After years of sexual, mental and physical abuse, I found a voice in writing. And, I learned I was not the only one. But I learned, everybody cannot interpret the feelings and twisting thoughts that result after abuse. I can do it so naturally which makes me so grateful for such a priceless gift.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My writing process opened many doors to embrace and be embraced by others.
What has been the most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Publishing my first self-published book and confident that it is a blessing for others.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I have had titles before, doing and after completion depending on how it all comes together in meaning.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I had a difficult time narrowing down a genre because I feel the book is so universal but to say it is a self-help, self-growth, spiritual and psychological general.
What would one positive piece of advice you give to other authors? Know that whatever is within you to express in words, do it knowing others are waiting to read them.
Who is your favorite author and why? Maya Angelou because she was so honest.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Let me quickly recap The Four Seasons series books One and Two before jumping into book three titled Into Winter: The Armed Invasion (The Four Seasons Book 3) by Larry Landgraf.
Book One (Into Autumn by Larry Landgraf) takes one of modern man’s worst fears and makes it a reality when the grid fails leaving people to survive by any and all means possible. Communities like Peaceful Valley spring up, but not without advantages and disadvantages to belong.
Book Two (Into Spring-The Next Generation by Larry Landgraf) finds two young adults from Peaceful Valley striking out on their own to find wives. Arriving in Corpus Christi, they find a society ruled by a ruthless dictator named Sandra Hawkins. Survival takes on a different form than Sean and Robbie had known in Peaceful Valley and escape might be out of their reach.
Book Three (Into Winter: The Armed Invasion by Larry Landgraf) brings us to a point in the story where Robbie and two female allies (Florence Ingalls and Beka Livingston) are trying to escape in a Cessna Skyhawk at the Airport. This is a dangerous proposition. Back in Peaceful Valley, the community is gearing up for a standoff against Sandra Hawkins’s army which they learn may be heading their way. Their only defense might be offense with some old equipment as John states “I know a little about electronics”. Will they be able to save their small community from this tyrant and if they do, what lies ahead?
Author Larry Landgraf weaves a believable tale that takes his characters into survival mode that toys with the reader’s imagination and the ‘what ifs’. Like what if our grid was to fail? What if democracy was no more? Each character plays his and her part well and the story flows quickly from one page to the next. I encourage you to read each book in this epic series in order. Author Larry Landgraf wrote book two and three as stand-alone novels to help those who come late to the series. Now we wait for his promised conclusion titled Into Summer: Dawn Of A New Age.
I endorse Into Winter: The Armed Invasion (The Four Seasons Book 3) by Larry Landgraf. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 16, 2018.
Into Summer: Dawn Of A New Age (The Four Seasons Book 4) – by Larry Landgraf
The twins, Robbie and Ronnie Lindgren, head off on a new adventure. Tired of all the warfare, they want to try to return south Texas to a peaceful state, but change is always difficult, and peace comes at a high price. One will live and one will die in their quest for a new government, economy, and society.
Twenty years after the chaos began, Robbie and Sean leave Peaceful Valley for the first time. They are on a quest to Corpus Christi. The boys have matured and need wives. The grid, government, and economy collapsed two decades ago. Ninety-five percent of the people died. The world has changed drastically. Only the tough have survived. Corpus Christi, however, is strong, but not without a price. The city is a brutal dictatorship ruled by the ruthless Sandra Hawkins and her chief of police, Richard Ingalls. Though they have trained all their lives for this moment, nothing could have prepared Robbie and Sean for what lies ahead. Can the boys find love in this new world?
Tales from the Riverside tells true and unique stories about one man’s struggle with alligators, snakes, killer bees, and hordes of nasty critters on a daily basis in his swamp. Experience the danger without the need for professional medical services. Life in a swamp is not for everyone.
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Ethnic & National
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Tales from the Riverside, is a refreshing group of stories that you will relate to if you are not a born and raised a city dweller. If you are a city dweller, you will enjoy the stories, because Author Larry Landgraf writes with candor and humor as he shares his life on the Guadalupe River in Texas.
The author states it best “I’m a swamp dweller”. The book is divided up by thirty-five personal stories with actual photos which illustrate points of interest. Here are a few of his interesting titles: City Gals and Fishing, Catching Moccasins, You Are What You Eat, War in the Swamp, Our Wild Sex Life, Who’s to Blame…Our Dying Estuary, and The Day My World Blew Up in My Face, Literally to name a few.
I love the author’s statement, “There are dozens of ways to die in a swamp. There are just as many ways to die, if not more, in the city.” He goes on the say, “In my opinion, the most dangerous animal on this planet is man. I’ll take my chances with the alligators, bees, snakes, and all the other creatures that live in my swamp.”
As for Larry, he is more comfortable in the swamp where he and his girlfriend can have a garden and fry fresh catfish, not to mention battling with what will walk, fly, crawl, and slitter out of the swamp. Larry and Ellen (city gal) enjoy their beautiful, peaceful and even dangerous environment. He and his partner respect the power of nature, even when they had to endure the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.
Larry shares intimate personal life stories with words that will draw you into the swamp with him. You will feel compassion for Ellen (city woman), living life in a swamp. He even shares some of his mother’s recipes, which look downright yummy.
I endorse Tales from the Riverside by Larry Landgraf as a great way to see how Larry lives his life and what he chooses to share with us readers. I purchased this book from Kindle and enjoyed it so much, I turned around and purchased a print paperback copy from Amazon to give to my husband as a Father’s Day gift, shhhhh don’t tell him. This review posted on May 3, 2018.
A Tempest In Texas (Print Replica) by Larry Landgraf
A chilling account of how Lars Lindgren and Eileen Branson must face new challenges when all of humanity is forced into desperate survival mode when the grid shuts down, and government and the economy crumble.
True-life characters in gravely realistic scenarios sure to make some people squeamish.
Awards: A Tempest in Texas 2017 finalist ‘screenplay’ New York Screenwriting Festival (action/adventure) A Tempest in Texas 2017 finalist ‘screenplay’ Influx Magazine Festival (action/adventure) A Tempest in Texas 2017 semi-finalist ‘screenplay’ Los Angeles Screenwriting Festival (action/adventure) A Tempest in Texas is currently in the hands of two producers.
Genre: Comedy, Humor & Entertainment, Movies, Screenplays, Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
Larry Landgraf was born and raised on the Guadalupe River Delta on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Update: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, I have created two video slide shows set to music. They are “Who Am I?” and “Life in My Swamp”. They are in the videos in the slideshow to the right. Know me first and you’ll know why I write what I write. Thank you.
A Voice in My Head by Larry Landgraf (1-27-2018)
Each night as I lie and toss in bed,
The words and phrases charge ahead,
It happens almost every night with me,
Usually around the hours of two or three.
There’s a small crevasse between my ears,
Where you’ll find a little desk and chairs,
An alien shows up with his pen in hand,
Why? Well, I guess because he can.
He’s working on things for my books,
Or correcting errors; that’s what he cooks,
Over and over in my head you see,
Then sharing what he’s written for me.
Most nights I’ll ignore him; I need my rest,
I know if I leave him alone, he’ll do his best,
When I awake, if it’s important I’ll remember,
And if it’s really good, I’ll crank up the computer.
Where he came from I do not know,
But now I would never tell him to go,
He’s been working so hard just to help me,
This I know and can easily see.
He first showed up in two-thousand fifteen,
Having him in my head, I wasn’t too keen,
But he showed me he was indeed a friend,
Helping me write my first novel way back then.
You may think I’m crazy because he’s there,
But what you want to believe, I really don’t care,
Because he showed up to help me for a reason,
He pointed out the path–my books of Four Seasons.
Then he must have liked what he was doing,
He’s hung around and kept the words spewing,
Maybe he’ll stay until I get the last volume right,
All four books side by side will be quite a sight.
He’s not much better than me with typos and such,
With a good editor, it doesn’t matter so much,
The story is what absolutely must be grand,
No one wants to read something boring or bland.
Whomever this little guy is, must also have his faults,
As there are nights when he takes me on walks,
Through times I remember having long past,
Looking for a story, or through me, just having a blast.
I don’t know his name and haven’t seen his face,
I just know he’s there, us both sharing the space,
I never hear from him during the day,
I just remember what that night he had to say.
Some nights I’ll get up and we’ll work together,
I don’t know why, but at times this seems better,
But he’s quite shy and I seldom hear a peep,
It’s almost like he’s now fallen asleep.
But I know he’s there as the stories keep coming,
He’s working hard and his notes he’s sharing,
Fixing problems or writing totally new stuff,
That I’ve never seen and can’t ever get enough.
He’s been with me now for over three years,
The stuff we’ve written to share without fear,
As we know it is all good and others will like,
The stuff we’ve churned out both day and night.
He also helps me market so sales will soar,
Showing me that people who read want more,
They want to know their author you see,
Grow my brand; an introvert I can no longer be.
So you may see me wearing my coonskin hat,
Dressed up in leather jacket; moccasins to match,
Up on display for all the world to see,
Being the author my little friend said I must be.
I’m now getting out and am quite the extrovert,
It wasn’t hard to do and I’m enjoying the perks,
It’s fun meeting and sharing myself with you,
Learn about me and my books through and through.
I’ve made it easy for you to know me better,
The best place to start is through Twitter,
I’ve done this to benefit both you and me,
Search for my handle @riverrmann and you’ll see.
So the next time you pick up one of my books,
Know that the story is as good as the cover looks,
Written from the heart and compiled by the brain,
Of not only me, but the little guy who one day came.
After four years of college, Larry spent 20+ years as a commercial fisherman. When that ended, he became a general contractor for another 20+ years. He wrote his first book in 1986 in an attempt to save his commercial fishing career. The book and the career failed. After retiring from the contracting business due to a death-defying accident, he wrote his second book in 2012 “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me”.
Still he didn’t consider himself an author. He awoke one morning in January 2015 with a story in his head. He sat down at the computer and began to write this story. Next thing he knew, he had written 300 pages. After an extensive re-write and editing, “Into Autumn – A Story of Survival” was published in September 2015. This is his third book, but debut novel. “Into Autumn” was re-published in January of 2017.
As he left some things hanging in “Into Autumn” he had to write a sequel. “Into Spring – The Next Generation” came out in January 2017. It made “finalist” in the Independent Author’s Network (IAN1) 2017 Book of the Year contest. Larry then came up with the idea of a Four Seasons series. “Into Winter” hit the shelves in September of 2017. “Into Summer” is next and is planned for 2018. NEWS FLASH . . . “Tales From the Riverside” is out now. Larry finally considers himself an author, but you decide for yourself.
Larry still lives on the Guadalupe River Delta…in the swamp. He writes, tends his fruit orchard and his large garden. He enjoys fishing with Ellen, his significant other, traveling and living in the country where he resides.
Update: Hurricane Harvey hit Larry dead center. You won’t believe what happened. His home is okay, but the story is unbelievable. Read it on his blog: http://intoautumn.com/?p=562 or find it in “Tales from the Riverside”.
You can find much more about Larry at his website, Pinterest or one of the many author websites his books and story are listed. “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me” is his autobiography which will paint you an extensive picture of him. This book was re-published in 2017.
Many people have said “Into Autumn” would make a good movie, so he took it upon himself to write the screenplay. “A Tempest in Texas” is his rendition of that script. It came out in April 2017 and is available on Amazon as well. The gist of “Into Autumn” in an afternoon read. In May of 2017, “A Tempest in Texas” has made the semi-finals in the Los Angeles Cine-Fest screenwriting festival. Shortly thereafter, it made “finalist” in the Influx Magazine Festival. In October it made “finalist” in the New York Screenwriting Festival and as of the end of the month, it is in the hands of two producers in California.
What makes you proud to be a writer from (Texas)? I’m proud to be a writer from Texas because we can write with a southern drawl and get away with it. When I say my main female character flees San Antonio, you know exactly where she is. When I say my protagonist, Lars, is a Davy Crockett type Texas country gentleman, you can visualize what he looks like, talks like, and the way he carries himself. You know he’s going to take care of his lady. Finally, you know that I write stories as big as Texas. My epic sage of Peaceful Valley, the Four Seasons Series, spans four volumes, three of which are now complete. The finale, Into Summer, will sizzle off the presses in 2018.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I wrote two non-fiction books, the first in 1986 to try to save my commercial fishing career. The book and career ended in failure. My second, How to Be a Smart SOB Like Me was inspired by dumb people, most of which I seemed to find up and down the highway. I did not consider myself an author at this point. A death-defying injury and a contracting business I could no longer run, forced me to retire. But I couldn’t do nothing, but I didn’t know what I was going to do. In January 2015, I awoke with a story in my head and began writing. Before I knew it, I had written 300 pages. As I left a few things hanging, there had to be a sequel. Only when the sequel was published did I decide on the Series and finally considered myself an author.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Absolutely! I grew up wild in the country fending for myself much of the time. I have been self-employed all my life and built my own home with my own two hands. There isn’t anything I can’t do that I decide I want to do. “Can’t” has never been a part of my vocabulary. I am strong of body and mind and I feel everyone else should be as well. I know we can’t all be strong, but I like to help nudge people in that direction. Life is tough. It’s supposed to be that way and people need to learn how to take care of themselves. One day you may not have a choice, and then what are you going to do? Wish then that you had listened to me today? Remember, “What you learn today will determine how well you live tomorrow.” by Larry Landgraf.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I knew I’d publish my first book in 1986 and my second in 2012 and wrote those knowing I would publish them. It wasn’t until the sequel, Into Spring, to my first novel, Into Autumn, that I wrote as a bona fide author. I then had a goal in mind, the Four Seasons Series, and wrote from that time forward knowing my path and that I was now and would continue to be an author.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Acceptance and praise of my work. It feels great when others enjoy what you have written. When someone has read Into Autumn and say they can’t wait to read Into Spring, then that they want to read the entire series tells me that I am on the right path in my writing. I have always considered my work to be as unique as I am, and for others to like who I am and what I’m writing, is priceless.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Receiving awards for my work. I wrote the screenplay for the first book in my series, Into Autumn, and titled it A Tempest in Texas. It made finalist in the New York Screenwriting Festival and the Influx Magazine Screenwriting Festival. I never thought to enter Into Autumn into any contests, therefore it didn’t win anything. A Tempest in Texas won in Into Autumn’s stead. I did, however, enter Into Spring into the Independent Author’s Network (IAN1) ‘Book of the Year’ contest. It made ‘finalist’ in the action/adventure genre.
How many published books do you have? I have six published books, but Dangerous Waters published in 1986 is out of print, so I have five to sell including the screenplay.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? ‘Before, during, and after’ for the SOB book. The title was changed many times and when the book was complete, I settled on the current title. ‘Before’ for the rest of the series. The main character is loosely patterned after me. Lars Lindgren and I are advancing into the autumn of our lives. That’s where I came up with the title. Into Spring seemed appropriate for The Next Generation in book two. After Into Spring was finished and I had decided to write the series, Into Winter and Into Summer fell into place. That’s why the seasons aren’t sequential in the series. My best friend, after whom crazy Reggie is patterned after in Into Autumn, came up with the screenplay title. We tossed the name around for weeks while I was writing the script. He told me the title had to have the word ‘tempest’ in it. It was easy after that…A Tempest in Texas it was.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My Four Seasons Series books are listed as action/adventure. How to Be a Smart SOB Like Me is non-fiction, but it is about life, my life mostly. The fiction series is about a major catastrophe in life. The characters are all ordinary people with their good qualities and their faults, all thrust into desperate survival mode. But, as in real life, the books are so much more. There is love, camaraderie, hardship, struggle, tough decisions, a menage a trois or two, murder, mystery, suspense, humor, sarcasm, bullying, domestic violence, hopes and dreams, girly stuff, man stuff, and lesbianism. Pretty much what you might find in real life. I look around and write about what I know. I try to hit on all the major conflicts of modern man (and woman), and maybe even a few not so major struggles.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Into Winter. The Series is best if read in order, though books two and three were written as stand-alone novels.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? As I said earlier, I awoke from a dream very early one morning in January 2015, with a story in my head. I have no idea where it came from, but the story sounded good in my mind, good enough to get me out of bed and on the computer. I wrote for hours, the words spilling out of my head onto the page. I felt possessed, though I don’t believe in that sort of stuff. Before I knew it, I had written another book. I put my heart and soul into the story. I still love it whether or not anyone else does. But apparently though, quite a few people do like it.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t force the story or words. Write from your heart and soul. If you have the story in you, it will flow to the paper with ease.
Who is your favorite author and why? Mark Twain for Tom Sawyer. I was very sick with measles and mumps at the same time when I was young. My oldest sister bought this book for me. I loved the book and now that my sister is no longer with me, I think of her often and how sweet she was to me from that day forward. For poetry, I have to say Edgar Allen Poe. I love all his poetry, but Annabel Lee is my favorite.
Being a teenager has its ups and downs. Being stuck between childhood and adulthood, it’s hard to know where to fit in. It’s an awkward and insecure time of life. There is the desire for independence coupled with a fear of standing out. Free to Be Me: A Book for Teens and Tweens uses relatable cartoon characters to discuss real issues such as stress, peer pressure, bullying, and teen fears. It also offers constructive ways adults can better support teens.
Free to Be Me validates the thoughts and experiences teens face on a day-to-day basis. While individual experiences may differ, the overall issues faced do not. Hopefully, the discussions within the book’s pages prove helpful not just to teens but also to the adults in their worlds.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: This small book is packed with information for teens and tweens.
The ‘Free To Be Me’ book cover along with the illustrations inside the book are hand drawn.
Great Advice For Teens Quote: “Embrace Your Individually”.
What Issues Are Important To You As A Teen?
Are These Issues Gender, Race, Socio-Economic Or Demographically Specific?
What Is Your Biggest Fear Or Concern As A Teen?
What Can Adults Do To Support Teens Better?
What Programs or Systems Could Be Implemented To Support Teens Better?
My thoughts: This book is as much for parents as for teens. The best scenario would be for a teens and parents to read this book together and have open and safe dialog. In addition, I think adults who work with tweens and teens such as school teachers, school counselors, church leaders, scout leaders, civic organization youth leaders, librarians and all care givers should make this book available to youth and provide a safe place for discussion.
I endorse Free To Be Me: A Book For Teens and Tweens by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA. When you purchase this book for your teen please download the author’s first book titled ‘Let The Sun Shine In: A Book Of Positive Affirmations For Kids’. As a grandmother I have purchased both these books and highly recommend them. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review completed on May 24, 2017.
Inspired by Louise Hay’s message, “Your thoughts create your life”, Let the Sun Shine In was created as a tool for children to learn and understand that they have control over their thoughts and words and, ultimately, what happens in their life.
Within the pages of Let the Sun Shine In, kids will learn the difference between negative thoughts and positive affirmations. Child-inspired illustrations and simple text demonstrate how to make the change from negative thoughts and words to positive ones. The happiness, freedom, and confidence that come from this ability are beneficial for children for their entire lives!
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: From a Grandmother’s point of view the book cover and title got my attention right away.
The title “Let The Sun Shine In” is above a child’s drawing of two children standing on a green landscape with flowers and blue clouds with the sun’s yellow rays permeating their world brought a smile to my face.
No greater time has our children, grandchildren and adults needed “Positive Affirmations”. The very fact that LifeRich Publishing (trademark of the Reader’s Digest Association Inc.) picked up this book tells me that they have put their stamp of approval on this book.
Author Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA, dedicates this book, “For the children-may you always cherish the gift of your uniqueness, and know that only you define you.”
Simple, positive life affirmations fill 24 white pages of this book with beautiful, colorful childrens’ drawings (with actual words from the children) will uplift children and adults. The drawing on each page has a border that makes me think they should be sewn into a patch work quilt. My grand-kids will love this book. Every child needs to read and hear these positive affirmations every day.
Tara L. Kay is a licensed clinical pharmacist who has been practicing for over fifteen years in various settings. Additionally, Tara is a certified Reiki master of Dr. Usui’s System of Natural Healing, and she has certification in craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute. Tara also practices EFT/tapping, a hands-on healing technique that balances and realigns energy. Tara incorporates alternative therapies into the scope of her practice as a pharmacist to improve the health and well-being of her clients. Tara strives to educate her clients and to facilitate their physical, spiritual, and emotional health and growth as they move along their own path toward enlightenment.
I endorse ‘Let The Sun Shine In: A Book Of Positive Affirmations For Kids’ by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA. I purchased this book from Kindle and the review was completed on July 31, 2016.
Tara Kay grew up in Southern Connecticut and currently resides in North of Boston, Massachusetts. She has been a practicing pharmacist for over 15 years in various settings. Tara received her Bachelors in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, her PharmD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy/Allied Health, her MBA from Fairfield University and her Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification from the Natural Healing College. Additionally, Tara is a certified Reiki Master of Dr. Usui’s System of Natural Healing and she has certification in Cranio-sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. Tara also practices EFT/Tapping, a hands on healing technique that balances and realigns energy.
Tara incorporates Alternative Therapies into the scope of her practice as a Pharmacist to improve the health and well-being of her clients. Tara strives to educate her clients and to facilitate their physical, spiritual and emotional health and growth as they move along their own path towards enlightenment.
Tara’s practice is inspired by her life-long commitment to health and wellness. She is a dedicated, compassionate and devoted healthcare professional and healer. She takes a unique approach to healing with each client based on their need by using both her knowledge of medications, herbs and supplements and Alternative Therapies.
Tara believes that each individual holds the power to heal themselves and that by honoring the body, mind and spirit many miraculous awakenings can occur.
Tara published her first book entitled, “Let the Sun Shine in, a book of positive affirmations for kids” in June 2016. It was inspired by Louise Hay’s message, “your thoughts create your life, as well as Tara’s own experience with positive affirmations.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Massachusetts? The North Shore is an incredibly beautiful and inspiring place to live. I feel very fortunate to have moved here 6 years ago. It is a summer destination for many avid beach goers and outdoor enthusiasts, of which I am one and it also offers many cultural, educational and social activities.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I believe my writing endeavor was divinely inspired. I have been a pharmacist for over 15 years and I have incorporated a number of alternative methods into my practice along the way. My focus has always been on health and wellness. While I have benefited from the messages and teachings of authors such as Louise Hays, I never thought about writing. After my divorce, I began using positive affirmations on a daily basis to help me through my healing process. Earlier this year, I took an amazing trip to South Africa where I was deeply moved by Nelson Mandela’s story. I returned home, sat down one evening and wrote the first draft of my book.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I’ve always had an awareness level beyond my years. I knew this even as a child but didn’t fully understand it. I grew up in a home with a very controlling father and a mother whose voice was rarely heard. I can’t say my upbringing played a conscious role in my writing but it obviously sparked something within me.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I returned home from an amazing trip to South Africa at the end of January 2016. In February, I left a job of 8.5years, started a new job and moved. During this time of transition, I came home from work one night and wrote the first draft manuscript. By the beginning of March, the illustrations were complete. I secured a publisher at the end of March.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The outpouring of support, encouragement, enthusiasm and excitement. This is my first book. I realize it will be for some and not for others. I’m ok with that. I know in my heart that it will get into the hands of those that need and desire it.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Navigating the world of self-publishing. At first it seemed overwhelming but I had the pleasure of working with a great team at Life Rich Publishing. They guided me step by step and made the process seamless.
How many published books do you have? Two.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Free To Be Me: A Book For Teens & Tweens by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Believe you can and you will.
Who is your favorite author and why? Harper Lee because she never gave up on her dream of being a writer. She persevered at a time when women’s rights are not what they are today. She achieved great honor and success and yet never got caught up in it.
Hawk McCoy is a fifth-grade boy looking for a mystery in his hometown of Izlet Bay, Georgia.
He has his Fingerprints for All Occasions Guide, and his Super Sleuth 100 to work with.
Where will he find his mystery?
He and his best friend, Sandy Sue South walk dogs, garden, wash doors, and they do find mysterious sisters living in their town.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Hawk McCoy is a boy with an imagination. For all us adults who grew up exploring our neighborhood, solving mysteries with our neighborhood side-kicks, it is time to share stories like this with our children, grandchildren and great children in the hopes they too will leave the comfort of their game console and explore the world around them.
I wonder how many fifth graders today are using their imaginations to explore the world around them like Hawk McCoy and his best friend Sandy Sue.
The book is divided up into dated events like: MORNING: 6/4/2013, 9:00AM WASHINGTON, DC- GOVERNMENT OFFICE OF PROTECTION.
Mary T. Kincaid has written four middle grade books and has contributed to at least three anthologies.
I endorse Hawk McCoy: The Penthiads by Mary T Kincaid as the author reminds me of the endearing Aunt who lets you explore her basement, attic, yard, and neighborhood with gadgets made from items found around her home. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was posted on May 3, 2018.
Genre: Children’s eBooks, Mysteries & Detectives, Fantasy & Supernatural, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories, Fantasy & Magic
Mason Garcia struggles to find new interests and make friends away from his surfing and his beloved ocean. In a town with no surfing he finds a spooky park just down the block from his new house. Is it haunted?
Can everyone see the Punwees?
He sees them through his bedroom window. They open a door in a walnut on the tree and stand on the branch of a tree. Spend time in the world of little people. Imagine that there are little people all around your house, yard, and school. Mason is sent to counseling because no one else sees the little people, and his parents think he is having trouble adjusting to the move. Is it always better to talk to someone about what is going on in your life?
Can Mason find someone to play video games with beside the little people who are very competitive?
Everyone serious about something knows what it is like when they meet people who are not as serious as they are.
Practice your reading with this adventure. A good story to read in chapters. This fantasy will expand your vocabulary and introduce you to Mason’s world.
About The Author I’m an Oklahoma girl who spent thirty years living in the deep South. I’m an observer. Everything can be the basis of a good story. Story ideas are everywhere. No need to give you my dates like I’ve passed from this life. I’m here. It’s now.
Let’s read. I write stories for children. The golden age of adventure when they can still use their imagination is between the ages of six and twelve. I love creating worlds for them to explore. Reading is so important. It is the gateway to their future.
I live with two cranky cats in northeast Oklahoma. I’m a widow.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Little Worlds Of Magic helps children understand the struggles of moving and leaving their friends behind.
Main character Mason lives in a loving military family where travel is part of life. His parents are wise to encourage him to make new friends in hopes that his imaginary friends will no longer be needed.
As a grandparent who moved around a lot as a child, this book not only brought back memories but will make a great Christmas gift for my 7-year grand-daughter who reading well above her age.
Author Mary T. Kincaid has a wonderful imagination and her love for children shines through.
This is the second book that I have read by Mary T Kincaid. I give this book five stars. I believe that a child as young as seven (who can read) and perhaps as old as twelve will enjoy this easy to read book. One hundred and fourth six easy to read pages with beautiful black and white illustrations by Doriano Strologo.
I endorse Little Worlds of Magic by Mary T Kincaid. I purchase this book from Amazon print. This review was completed on November 11, 2016.
The story of a mole who hears singing the day he is born drifting into his den.
His family doesn’t make any noises like singing, so where is it coming from?
Will he have the nerve to defy traditions and venture into no mole territory?
Can he have membership in two worlds?
Join him and see.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: As a Grandmother I can highly recommend Mortimer for ages 4 and up.
Mortimer is a mole who is curious about the world him from birth. Even though he tends to break all the rules, his world becomes far more than a hole in the ground. He tests his parent’s patience and his boundaries to learn and try new things. In doing so he makes friends and overcomes fear.
There are 39 pages with eleven short chapters. The chapters are titled, The Beginning, Ignorance, Curiosity, Big Paws, Mission, New Plan, To The surface, Despair, The Invention, Sharing and Dancing. There are eleven cute hand drawn illustrations.
Interesting story with good dialog to keep any young child, boy or girl interested.
A great bedtime read.
I endorse Mortimer: Chapter Book For Early Readers by Mary Kincaid. A new children’s book titled ‘Little Words Of Magic’ is promised to be released this year. I purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on May 13, 2016.
In the spirit of “Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales” is this wonderful second volume of short stories to enjoy!
With stories to enchant readers of all ages, this collection of pirate and mermaid stories will open your eyes to the magic that can be found under the sea.
Let yourself be pulled into the magical worlds found within these stories. From pirates and sea monsters to kind-hearted mermaids and flesh-eating sirens, let these charming ocean tales sweep you away into the realm of fantasy.
With twenty-six stories, including four poems, written by seventeen different authors from around the world, “Teapot Tales: Pirates, Mermaids and Monsters of the Sea” is a wonderful collection of short stories, each story just long enough to enjoy with a cup of tea.
Something to Take on the Trip is loaded with short stories for people who have a limited amount of time to read a bit of something every day.
Aimed at commuters and people on journeys short and long, each story is just the right length for your trip.
Comedy, romance, drama, mystery, science fiction and everything in between, there is something here for you whatever your mood!
This is no ordinary anthology. Aimed at readers 18 – 80 it contains a variety of genres from a variety of authors.
The writers who contributed to this book come from locations across 4 continents, and kindly donated their work in aid of a children’s hospital charity.
Contributing Authors: Kevin J. Anderson, Aditi Bathia, Graham Brand, Donald R. Broyles, Cora Buhlert, Neil Bursnoll, Jamie Campbell, Michael Carmella, T.L. Champion, Helen Cho, Samuel Clements, J. David Core, Cate Dean, Stephen Drivick, Dan Fiorella, Erin Garlock, David Gerrold, Edward M. Grant, Sheila Guthrie, Jamie Horyski, Mary Kincaid, Paul B. Kohler, Paul Levinson, Kevin A. Lyons, Kelly Lytle, Ron McLarty, John L. Monk, Lindy Moone, E. Percy Muove, Debadatta Pati, Dario Solera, H.S. Stone, Joe Tannian, Vincent Trigili, Karen Tucker, Rich Walls, Stella Wilkinson, Richard Wolanski and Frank Zubek.
Bio: I’m an Oklahoma girl who spent thirty years living in the deep South. I’m an observer. Everything can be the basis of a good story. Story ideas are everywhere. No need to give you my dates like I’ve passed from this life. I’m here. It’s now. Let’s read.
I write stories for children. The golden age of adventure when they can still use their imagination is between the ages of six and twelve. I love creating worlds for them to explore. Reading is so important. It is the gateway to their future.
I live with my husband and two cranky cats in northeast Oklahoma.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Oklahoma? An Oklahoma writer sits on the plains and observes things like Will Rogers, the native son, and mentor to all the state’s writers.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always had a talent for writing. I’m in a place where I can use it to tell my stories.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, my environment played a big part in my writing. I spent my childhood reading and spending time with imaginary characters. I still spend time with these characters but now I’m able to share them.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Only a couple of years ago, I realized that children were waiting for my stories, and the other things I have to share. Having grandchildren really made me aware of it.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love to make maps of my story worlds. I draw the relationships of things to the characters, and enjoy laying out the locations of action.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing the ideas become a finished product. That involves critique groups, editors, and the formatting to get it uploaded to a finished product.
How many published books do you have? Four Children’s books and I have contributed to four anthologies.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I struggle with titles. They don’t come to me the way characters do. I have to spend time thinking of a metaphor that will hint at the story and it is just not easy. Editors and reviewers often help me.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write chapter books, middle grade stories for very young readers. I want them to have the same opportunity to develop the desire to explore characters and stories that I had as a girl.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Hawk McCoy: The Penthiads by Mary T Kincaid.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I wondered about a character doing something completely outside his family expectations, like a mole learning about baseball.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t give up.
Who is your favorite author and why? Herman Melville is my favorite. The opening passage to Moby Dick is a piece of American poetry that is not appreciated enough.
Thirteen-year-old, Shino, rebellious and undisciplined, is sent away to the Tendai monks to be trained as a samurai warrior. When leaving his childhood friend Miyoshi behind, he carelessly crushes her young heart.
Years later, weary of senseless battles fought for selfish lords, Shino is thrust into the world of Heian Kyo where he finds Miyoshi once again. Now blossomed into the beautiful and charming Lady Lotus, she is courtier to the emperor’s court and soon to be betrothed to another. Finally accepting that he has always loved her, he risks everything to keep her from the fate to which she is destined but does not want, and the dangers that threaten her life. Does he dare hope for more?
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Even though I am open to all books, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy a story about a samurai warrior. I was wrong, so let me explain why.
It is 968 AD and early spring on Mount Takao, Japan.
Torn away from his grandfather and the tea farming, final acceptance of his direction in life sets in as Shino puts away his childish memories of Miyoshi. Strict samurai training of body and mind becomes his existence while Miyoshi learns the disciplines of her intended role.
Boyhood is replaced by manhood; through the skills perfected in battle, by dreaming the future, and the assignment that brings him back into Miyoshi’s life in an unexpected way. I quote:
“Tonight, after years of denying and repressing the urging of my heart, I now admit I love her. It has always been so. But my heart is weary of fighting for lost causes. I am not of her class and can never hope to have her. She’s a lady of the court of the emperor, and I, a samurai warrior. There is no meeting place for us except here, where I watch over her tent while she sleeps, guarding her as instructed by my daimyo lord.”
Miyoshi, too, has a destiny to fulfill. Can the worlds of the samurai warrior and the court aristocracy ever intertwine?
With Intense knowledge of the time period and culture, Author Cora J. Ramos weaves mystery steeped in ancient Japanese culture that is very educational. Well-developed characters with innocent childhood memories will touch your soul. Suspense is woven around elegant beautiful haiku poetry, love letters, and famous quotes from Confucius, Buddha and Lao Tzu. Carefully worded dialog draws the reader into this historic yet contemporary love story.
‘Dance The Dream Awake’ was Cora J Ramos first book in what she now calls her “dance series”. This book was inspired by a paranormal incident that occurred while she was vacationing on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Although the author considers this a series, each book stands alone with its own story line and ending. Once a teacher, the author now enjoys writing full-time in California with her husband and two feisty Chihuahuas.
Readers now wait for ‘Dance The Edge’ due to be released in late 2016.
I endorse Haiku Dance by Cora J. Ramos. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on July 10, 2016.
Do past lives intrude into a present one to set wrongs right and fulfill desires yet unsatisfied?
Tessa Harper’s relentless nightmares are driving her to fall apart in her present-day life as co-owner of an art gallery in San Francisco. She is experiencing a Mayan sacrifice night after night that defies a modern solution. Desperate to escape her nightly horrors, she travels to Mexico, seeking relief in a house by the ocean on the Yucatan Peninsula. On the way she meets three men. Which one can she trust? Will she have to lose the one she’s fallen in love with to find her answers?
If you’ve read your Saroyan, you might think that the San Joaquin Valley is a gentle, peaceful place, where almost everyone is a good-hearted Armenian, and everyone is happy.
If you’ve ever lived there, you know that California’s Central Valley has a dark side, too, and it gets hot…and very deadly.
Valley Fever is a collection of stories by three women who write about the underbelly of Fresno, the “All-American City,” and its surrounding areas. These award-winning authors combine their talents and their tales to present a collection of mayhem, murder, malice, and hot-blooded passion. Some of the stories are funny, some frightening, but all are wicked.
Cora J. Ramos is a writer of short stories of mystery and suspense that have won awards and been published in the anthology, Valley Fever, Where Murder is Contagious.
Her first novel, Dance the Dream Awake, was published in June 2015, a paranormal romantic suspense set in present day, but with a past life of a Mayan life lived in the Yucatan, around 900 A.D.
Her second novel is a romance set in the Heian, Japan of 980 A.D., when the pillow books (like Tales of Genji) were written by the first women authors. It was published May-2016.
Cora is a trained artist and loves to paint for her own pleasure and helps design her own book covers. She keeps journals of her dreams, poems and inspiration for paintings and stories.
She is past president, past editor of San Joaquin Sisters in Crime
Currently she is member of:
International Sisters-in-Crime (and the San Joaquin and Central Coast Chapters)
Romance Writers of America (and Yosemite Writers chapter)
What makes you proud to be a writer from California? I’m proud to be a writer from Fresno, California because the surroundings were the inspiration for my first short stories which ended up in the anthology: Valley Fever, Where Murder is Contagious.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I had always wanted to write but the incident that got me to put pen to paper to create my first novel was a déjà vu experience. On a trip to the Yucatan, Mexico, as I approached one of the pyramids, I was sure I’d been there before. I was certain there was an opening around the side (if you know Mexico’s pyramids, they don’t have openings in the side that I’m aware of) and that there would be a room in there. I steeled myself to enter the pitch black opening, not knowing what was in the dark, but convinced I would find that room. I followed a corridor that twisted and turned until I arrived at a room that opened to the sky. I heard in my head, “This is the room where they dumped the bodies, after they cut out their hearts in sacrifice, and burned them.” Well, that’s not something I could easily forget so when I had the opportunity a short time after the trip, I wrote from that impression and thus began my novel, DANCE THE DREAM AWAKE.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I was an only child that spent a lot of time alone with only my imagination. Before I began to read, I was taken to the library every week to listen to stories read aloud while observing the colorful murals of fairy tales illustrated on the walls. When I began to read, I ended up voraciously consuming every fairy tale I could get my hands on. Later, when my younger cousins would ask me to tell them a story, I would make them up on the fly. I eventually wanted to write them down but never did—until after that Mexico incident.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Our Sisters-in-Crime chapter (mystery writers) would hold a tongue in cheek contest every year, called the Coveted Dead Bird Contest. It was limited to a ten page story of murder or suspense. We would all compete with each other for the upside down faux dead bird statue. That first story did not win, but got published in a German anthology. I was hooked. The contest produced many stories over the years. Two other writer friends from that group and myself found a publisher and put our stories into an anthology using the themes we wrote to through the years. (Valley Fever, Where Murder is Contagious)
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? It is the flow of creativity that happens when you open up and get in the flow. Especially when you write something and later look at it and say, “Huh, wow, I hadn’t seen that coming.”
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Each publication is a new high. That first short story that sold to a German anthology gave me the confidence to know I was a writer. I could do this writing thing! My first novel was my ‘learning to write’ journey with a teacher, but I was hesitant in letting it go right away. When I finally sent it to a publisher years later, I was confident, and it was accepted without question. I was thrilled. Two years later I re-published it with my present publisher Black Opal Books with a new cover.
How many published books do you have? Two novels and a shared short story anthology.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I came up with the first title, Dance the Dream Awake from the subject matter of a past life dream coming awake in the jungles of Mexico—a romantic suspense. It was the working title from the start and I never found one more appropriate. After it was published, I started on the next story, Dance the Edge (in process at the moment) and wanted to maintain ‘dance’ in the title. I knew I had more to write about one of the main characters, Jack who has an edgy past. As I was writing it with the theme once again of a past life, it became that character’s samurai life. The problem was that the past life became so powerful a story, I had to pull it out and write it as its own romance novel—thus Haiku Dance was born. That name evolved out of the haiku poems shared throughout the love story.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I began writing without thought about genre. With my mystery/suspense background and my love of the gothic romance novels of England, I fit into the Romantic Suspense genre but didn’t really think about that while writing it. And, with fairy tales and magic as an early influence, the paranormal/fantasy elements creeped in. So I don’t fit neatly into the major genres. I write stories of mystery and suspense that include love and sex. Shamans, past lives and magical elements work their way in to add spice.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Haiku Dance
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? As I mentioned above, this book was begun as the sequel to DANCE THE DREAM AWAKE, the past life of Jack Hart, character from my first novel. When I began to do research on samurai for a time before they joined into warrior clans, I found this charming time in Japanese history, called the Heian era. The first women writers wrote books and diaries of the life of the emperor’s court at that time. They were called pillow books, because the ladies of the court would keep these ‘diaries’ under their pillows. I was intrigued and fascinated by the customs, clothing and people of that era. It fit what I wanted to do with my samurai—perfect for Jack’s past life. Only the story became much bigger as I wrote it and had to be pulled out and written as a stand-alone.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write from your heart; what has meaning to you. Learn craft and take criticism humbly to improve all the time, but not from people who know less than you do. Writing is a process where growth never ends. I think of it as a yoga; a daily practice of stretching yourself to greater flexibility and strength. You have to keep improving. On the other hand you can’t get the perfectionist mindset that stops you from publishing until it’s perfect. There is no end point as a writer. When you’re confident you’ve done the best you know how to do, jump.
Who is your favorite author and why? I don’t have a favorite. There are many authors I love for different reasons—some for prose, some for plot, and some for engaging the reader so well—a good story whether or not it is perfectly written. A few authors that that come to mind: Pat Conroy, Michael Connelly, Charlotte & Emily Bronte, Barbara Kingsolver, Pamela Clare, Robert Crais, Michael Crichton, Edgar Allen Poe, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I could go on but I’ll stop there.
James Cooper moved his family to Walker’s Vale, Pennsylvania, in search of the ideal life. What he got was the just opposite. As this small town’s eerie history is revealed and repeated, it’s clear the devil is in the details and he’s waiting for the Cooper’s young daughter. When the FBI come knocking at his door, James quickly realizes that his ideal life may come with a steeper price than he thought. This story of faith, deception, and horror will captivate readers as one man fights for his family’s safety and embarks on a journey toward redemption in this suspenseful supernatural thriller.
John J. Zelenski is an award-winning author who has appeared on television, radio, and has been featured in numerous print articles as well as receiving high-profile reviews from the popular community.
Having been inspired, in part, to write his first novel Walker’s Vale, by his own paranormal experiences as a child, John has developed a keen understanding of the supernatural.
His second novel and prequel to Walker’s Vale – The Journal of Ezekiel Walker – continues with the saga of Walker’s Vale, with a future third installment presently in the works.
Walker’s Vale, the film will be released through Allegentsia Productions with filming scheduled to begin sometime in 2015.
John, along with his wife and two children, love to watch the seasons change in beautiful Northeast Pennsylvania.
What makes you proud to be a writer from the United States? I think the most obvious answer would be the freedom and liberty to express myself in the form of the written word.
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? My high school English teacher was the first person who believed that I had the ability to express myself with words. My debut novel, Walker’s Vale was in part inspired by supernatural experiences I had as a child.
When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? I have written for my own pleasure since high school, but only began to get serious about writing within the last five years.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Yes, being raised in a strict Christian upbringing I was influenced a lot by the church I grew up in. Generally speaking, writers usually write about what they know; so for me the obvious tendencies to reflect the people and events I saw will make their way to the pages in some form.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript(s)? The title came to me before the manuscript was written, mainly through trial and error in the sense of what I thought sounded creepy or mysterious.
Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen? I have always been fascinated by the paranormal or supernatural, most likely for the reasons I mentioned earlier. To combine them with Christian ideals was something that not a lot of people were or are doing right now.
What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? Having someone tell me that my book has caused them to reaffirm their faith in God. I think sometimes writers forget that regardless of what genre their writing in; they have the power to influence the reader in so many ways.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? One has been to see my book on shelves next to best-selling authors. Kind of a surreal moment of sorts.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? It may sound almost clichéd, but just don’t give up. Writing to me is a skill that needs to be developed and honed like any other learning process. With time, each bit of writing gets better and more polished and you will notice a difference in the way it begins to flow.
Who is your favorite author and why? I don’t think that I have one favorite author. I admire the work of many diverse writers but like to think that my main influences are Frank Pieretti and Ted Dekker.
What special projects are you working on now and what books do we have to look forward to in the future? There is a sequel and possibly a trilogy to Walker’s Vale. However, I am currently working on something totally different, although still in the supernatural / paranormal realm.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Walker’s Vale is available on all of the larger online book sellers as well as many other smaller independent sites, so please don’t forget the little guys. The book is also available directly from Tate Publishing as a paperback and exclusively as an e-book. Walker’s Vale the movie is in the works.
The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker – by John J .Zelenski
In the wake of light…evil waits. In the fall of 1945, just after Word War II, Ezekiel Walker has returned home on a furlough from his Civilian Public Service Unit. As Ezekiel tries to adjust back to life at the farm, strange and unexplainable events begin to occur at the homestead, and Ezekiel begins to experience visions and bizarre sightings. When a stranger suddenly arrives with promises to rebuild the small town of Walker’s Vale and befriend the young Ezekiel, a portal to the supernatural is opened and lives will never be the same.
“John paints a true landscape of the Christian experience in this prequel to his first book, Walker’s Vale. Within it he exposes the depravity of our enemy, Satan, who seeks to destroy Christians and the Church. However, we do not need despair, for our salvation is in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. John illustrates this perfectly through the experiences of Ezekiel Walker.” —Pastor Michael Frisbee, Liberty Gospel Ministries and Host of the Paranormal Christian Show
“John is very gifted in describing scenes in the spiritual realm with such visual detail that he makes you feel like you are actually witnessing the events described in the journal. This reads like an action movie as you are drawn directly into Ezekiel’s struggle with demonic forces.” —Les Carlsen, renowned vocalist for Christian Music Hall of Fame inductee and legendary Christian metal band, Bloodgood
Genre: Paranormal Supernatural
Cold Coffee Review: On furlough from his World War ll Civilian Public Service Unit in the fall of 1945, a war weary Ezekiel Walker returns to his family farm in Walker’s Vale, Pennsylvania. Everything about him, the world and his beloved town of Walker’s Vale, which had been founded by his grandfather Noah Walker 90 years ago had changed.
The town was dwindling despite his parents’ devotion to their community and the small church that they shepherd. Soon it became evident to Ezekiel that the changes surrounding this small community of Walker’s Vale weren’t just material orientated or caused by the residual effects of the war. The changes were far more troubling and sinister than anything he had ever encountered.
Unexplained supernatural events were unfolding that were drawing him into a battle unlike a human battle known to man. Ezekiel accounts in his journal “Aware of my own thoughts, I concluded that I was caught somewhere between reality and the fantastic—between light and dark, but not a part of either. I suddenly recalled the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness and remembered how he defeated Satan by quoting the Father’s Word.”
The growing conflict that confronts Ezekiel tests his core beliefs and shapes the depth of his faith after a man named Mr. Simon Tremblestone arrives in town.
I endorse ‘The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker’ by John J. Zelenski as a depictive fictional supernatural account of spiritual warfare. This review was completed on March 3, 2015.
From author, John J. Zelenski, comes the prequel (The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker) to Christian supernatural thriller, Walker’s Vale (soon to be movie).
Introducing the Promo Trailer for book title ‘The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker’. From author, John J. Zelenski, comes the prequel (The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker) to Christian supernatural thriller, Walker’s Vale (soon to be movie).
Nikki Garcia is an unlikely Sam Spade: a former international auditor turned private investigator who lands an assignment in Mexico to find a missing ten-year-old girl, Bibi Lombardi. The child’s estranged parents have been fighting over custody of her and one of them could be responsible for her disappearance. It’s an easy child-snatching case—right?
Nikki thinks so until a marijuana-smoking bag lady provides eye-witness information on the girl’s abduction. Following the lead, Nikki pursues a group of dangerous criminals through designated UNESCO locations, archaeological sites, picturesque colonial towns, and barren deserts. But when Bibi’s mother Sofía receives a ransom request, Nikki is already undercover with a gang of “Coyotes.”
Nikki’s boss and fellow private eye, Floyd Webber, thinks she is on the wrong trail. Floyd is certain someone purposely gave her misleading information on the abduction to prevent her from recovering the child. Or is the kidnapper headed north to the U.S. border where Bibi’s fate could be much worse than her current situation?
Eduardo Duarte, who is enthralled with Nikki, fears the forces of evil will prevail if she continues in the search, so he starts a search of his own to find her. Will he locate her before it’s too late? And what will become of little Bibi?
Named Best Fiction Book of the Year, 2017, by Killer Nashville!
Handsome Colombian men and life-threatening danger were not normally a part of Nikki’s auditing job, but this assignment was anything but normal. Despite her emotional wounds, she accepts the challenge as a way to overcome the loss of her young son in a tragic event.
In the midst of the male-dominated business world in Colombia, she investigates mismanagement allegations and uncovers a sinister plot involving fraud . . . and possibly murder. She also discovers an attractive man who seems to have feelings for her. As her relationship with him grows deeper, so does the level of danger she finds herself in. When the guns come out, Nikki realizes it will be up to her to find a way to survive . . . but is she up to the task?
Originally from Mexico, Kathryn was a painter in oils but quickly changed to accounting and international finance after she discovered the artistic path of painting leads to a starving artist existence.
To cement her ability to earn a living, she became a CPA and a CMA and worked for a multinational corporation where she traveled extensively for two decades.
After jetting to over 90 countries, her travels gave her the opportunity to fulfill another passion – to write fiction. Now she writes fiction inspired by Latin American cultures she experienced firsthand during her career as an international finance executive.
Kathryn is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and is both a Certified Management Accountant (New Jersey) and a Certified Public Accountant (New Mexico – inactive status).
The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance’s honored Kathryn with a Montie Award for Pursuit of Excellence. The Rotary Club of The Woodlands recognized her with a second Paul Harris award for her service to the community. She also serves on the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council and resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband, Bob Hurt.
KATHRYN LANE – The Writer’s Journey: Episode 1
Award winning author Kathryn Lane’s debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin (in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series from Pen-L Publishing) won:
Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Book of the Year 2017 by Killer Nashville.
Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Adult Suspense 2017 by Killer Nashville.
Pinnacle Fiction Achievement Award (Fall 2016) by National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
2nd Runner Up for the RONE Award (Mystery category 2017) by Ind’tale Magazine.
Silver Medal for the Readers Favorite Book Awards (2017 Fiction Thriller).
The second novel in the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series, Coyote Zone, presents you with:
High stakes danger in a kidnapping and human trafficking story.
Other subplots woven into the plot, such as romance, making this an exciting read.
The International Thriller Writers (ITW) Magazine “Big Thrill” provides an advanced review.
Kathryn’s collection of short stories, Backyard Volcano, (from Alamo Bay Press) will give you:
A fusion between fantasy and reality.
Symbolism, punctuated by hints of surrealism.
Stories with unusual twists and turns – events in everyday life in Latin cultures.
Additionally, her short stories have been published by:
The Texas A&M New Border Voices: An Anthology.
Arriba Baseball! From VAO Publishing.
Swirl Literary Journal from Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus.
Alamo Bay Writers Anthology.
The Association of Writing & Writing Programs (AWP) featured Kathryn as a reader on the panel of Arriba Baseball! In Seattle in February 2014.
Kathryn’s activities in poetry include:
Serving on the panel of judges at Carver High School in Houston, Texas, for their finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest.
Being published in numerous anthologies, journals.
Two chapbooks, A Conversation on India and Spirit Rocks.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Texas? A woman from northern Mexico who went from:
starving artist (painter in oils)
to international finance position with Johnson & Johnson (J&J)
As a child, I dreamed of traveling the world. That dream became reality when I worked for J&J and over a period of 20 years, traveled to 92 countries.
During those years, I often associated significant world events to the location I happened to be in, such as the Berlin Wall (Nov 1989) came down while I was doing a job in New Zealand; Nelson Mandela was released from prison (Feb 1990) when I was in Barbados; and the first attack on the World Trade Center (Feb 1993) I was flying from Brazil to NYC; the second attack on the World Trade Center (Sept. 2001) I was working in Argentina, and the Shuttle Columbia (Feb 2003) disintegrated as I was flying from Miami to Dominican Republic – I heard a sonic boom and thought my plane had blown an engine.
There are, of course, many great memories, like the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, Lhasa, Tibet and its Buddhist temples, Xi’an, China and the Terra Cotta Soldiers, Cambodia and the Angkor Wat, the Amazon in Brazil, the Beagle Channel in southern Argentina, the glaciers in both Switzerland and Argentina. The sites in Italy, England, and Spain are too numerous to mention. The list goes on forever.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I started writing 8 years ago. I simply needed to write down fiction bouncing around in my head. Characters started talking in my head and I realized I had to write their stories. Sounds crazy, but this occurs to a lot of writers!
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? In my corporate job, I had travelled on assignment to many countries around the world. When I took an early retirement, it was with the idea of returning to the arts. Yet instead of returning to the canvass, my head filled with ideas for poems and stories. I’d even wake up in the middle of the night with ideas and I’d jot them down. On my novel Waking Up in Medellin, the protagonist – Nikki Garcia – kept hanging around until I completed her story. Her story is a trilogy. I’m currently writing the third adventure.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? 5 years ago, when I married my husband. He inspired and helped me find a publisher for my first novel, Waking Up in Medellin.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Receiving the Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Book of the Year from Killer Nashville Writers Conference.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Actually, knowing someone felt my writing was worthy of publication.
How many published books do you have? Three
Please list the titles of all your books: Waking Up in Medellin, Coyote Zone, Backyard Volcano and Other Mysteries Of The Heart.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Usually while in progress.
Please tell me the genre of each of your books. Waking Up in Medellin is a mystery suspense thriller, Coyote Zone is a mystery suspense thriller, Backyard Volcano and Other Mysteries of the heart is a collection of short stories which fulfills the promise of mysteries of the heart while also surprising you with mysteries of life. Some of the stories are fun and humorous while others are ghost stories, romance gone wrong, or a world where fantasy and reality are fused. The main story, Backyard Volcano, covers the life of a young girl, Patricia, who inspired by her grandmother’s stories on volcanos, becomes a volcanologist and travels to Mexico to study the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Patricia visits her grandmother’s hometown only to uncover her grandmother’s shocking secrets.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My novels are suspense-mystery/thrillers. Timing is an important aspect of a thriller. That’s an issue I work and re-work to get it right. The other aspect is the ample research that goes into a novel – I tend to over research and end up using only slivers of it in my novels – but without it, my books might not have the right feeling.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Coyote Zone
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I learned how pervasive human trafficking is on a global basis. Since we live near Houston, Texas, which unfortunately is one of the biggest trafficking centers in the US, I was motivated to write fiction about this issue. By penning a novel about human trafficking, particularly children who fall victim to this unspeakable crime, I feel I’m bringing out awareness of the topic. Awareness is the first step in combating human trafficking. Let me add that while human trafficking is a dark topic, my novel is not dark. It consists of an investigator who goes undercover to save a kidnapped child. It is a thriller so it contains elements of a thriller!
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? If you want to write, make sure it is for the love of writing. Not many authors make it big and most authors have day jobs to support themselves as writing is one of the most competitive businesses around.
Who is your favorite author and why? Favorite writer – wow, it’s hard to pick one from so many great writers. Frederick Forsyth, Craig Johnson, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez would make my list of top ten favorite authors. Forsyth’s Day of the Jackal remains one of my favorite books, even though it’s the first novel he wrote. Craig Johnson – I like his Longmire series. It’s so American and deals with issues which divide people, yet he does it with such finesse. Ishiguro’s writing is varied and I like the way he deals with life as if he were viewing people and their lives through a prism unique unto himself which he shares as if the first-person narrator is not aware of the reading audience.
Harlee Wagner didn’t expect to fall in the well when drawing water, and she certainly never expected to be rescued only to find her entire family gone. Logan Carruthers, her handsome hero, insists she rest up before she starts searching and then leads her on a trail consisting of hints and guesses. Will she find her family, or will she discover love? There’s something about his gorgeous blue eyes and broad shoulders that makes her heart flutter.
Previously released as The Well
A lot is packed into this short book; the story moves along well and the plot kept me interested. I found it enjoyable and recommend this for a lazy day read to anyone to anyone that enjoys a clean mystery romance. – Birdlady
I must say that Gingers Simpson’s writing is superb. Harlee’s character is funny and her relationship with Logan’s mother comes alive for me. I have read many of Ginger Simpson’s works and I can’t believe how much she has improved her writing. I am willing to bet that if she got a decent agent she could be the next Danielle Steel. – Carol Langstroth
This is a fast-paced mystery romance that will keep you intrigued from beginning until almost the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it. – Miskagirl
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Homesteading in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1894 is getting harder every day, “Hot winds drove a herd of tumbleweeds across endless acres of sod, broken and dried by the late July sun. The devastating drought in Oklahoma continued, leaving everything parched or dying.”
A small cast of well-developed characters bring the story to life as Miss Harlee Wagner accidentally falls into the family well while gathering a bucket of water. Days later and near death, was this stunning man a figment of her imagination, or was he, her long awaited hero?
Fast-pace action, adventure, mystery and romance keeps the reader turning the pages seeking answers to this most unusual mystery. I quote a passage from the book to show Ginger Simpson’s writing style and the questions Harlee has on her mind. “Harlee took in the scenery again, but her mind wandered. Homesteads much like the one Pa had staked claim to, sat back from the trail, gardens withered, heat waves spiraling upward, and an occasional dust devil swirling in the distance. How did those twisting demons develop when the ground had turned stone-like from the absence of moisture? Could humidity cause enough dampness? Although the area hadn’t had rain for some time, some days were filled with ‘heat you could wear’, as Logan said. Today was one of those days. Harlee’s top clung to her like a second skin; perspiration beaded her forehead and dampened her hair. How she wished she had her old straw hat, but that had disappeared along with her family.”
I endorse Lost In His Eyes by Ginger Simpson as a warm, realistic, 1800 period romance published by Books We Love. Thirty plus books have given Ginger Simpson the notoriety that she has earned as a romance author. I invite you to read (just to name a few); Lost In His Eyes, Ages of Love, Arizona Sky, Betrayed, Dancing Fawn, Destiny’s Bride, Discovery, Ellie’s Legacy, First Degree Innocence, Hattie’s Heroes, Sarah’s Heart and Passion, Shortcomings, Time Tantrums and Yellow Moon. I was given this book. This review was completed on October 25, 2015.
Unexplained visions, murder and mayhem…that’s what Michelle’s life has come to, and she desperately wants out of her detective position to be behind her own desk, being the author she’s forced to conceal behind a pseudonym. Even though the fodder for her first book came from past cases, if she can just write her break-through novel under her real name, she’ll leave the force, switch her genre to romance, and pursue the relationship she wants with her hunky partner. His desire is evident, but fraternization on the job is forbidden, and she can’t gamble with the income she needs. Still, maybe those horrible visions seen through the killer’s eyes will go away for good if she’s no longer part of the local police department.
Love comes when we least expect it, whether from dreams or reality, it touches our souls and warms our heart. Join Chase, Faith and Hope as they each journey on their own trek into happiness. Will they truly find what they need or is there still a search remaining for one or more?
The wagon carrying Odessa Clay and her father overturns, killing him. Alone and scared in the middle of the desert, she faces finding her way to Phoenix and her Aunt Susan. Food and water run out, and Odessa is near death when Zach Johnson finds her. Squinting up into his tanned and handsome face, Dessie believes she’s died and gone to heaven.
Would-be-outlaw, Zach Johnson finds an unconscious woman alone in the middle of nowhere. Where did she come from? First glance: she appears young, but the curves beneath the dusty gingham say otherwise. He didn’t plan to become someone’s hero, but how can he leave her stranded? He’s on his way to join a gang of bank robbers and he has no time to spare.
Will the promise of Odessa’s sweet lips lure Zach from the secret mission that has his gut twisted into a knot? His father’s ranch isn’t the only thing at stake—now it’s his heart.
Previously published as Odessa.
I think Ginger Simpson lived in the Wild West in another life. She captures the era so well you can smell and taste it in this story of a young woman lost in the arid desert…
The characters are as realistic as the setting she describes. Both the hero and heroine are loveable, faulted, and feisty. The prose is free and easy, allowing the reader to fall into the story without struggle.
WARNING. EROTIC ROMANCE. GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT. Previously published as Searchers.
Katie Franklin couldn’t lose the weight she gained during her pregnancy, and her husband’s disgust showed in his cutting remarks and lack of interest in her anywhere except in the bedroom. Determined to slim down, Katie seeks the help of a diet doctor, and many pounds later, Rick does a complete turnaround. Too bad. Katie isn’t interested in his attention, as she’s had a taste of what it’s like to be considered young, sexy and desired again…but not by her husband.
The advertisement claimed: “Find your true love; we’ll match you with the person of your dreams.” Their irritating spam clogged her computer inbox. “Free tonight? Let’s chat.” Cassie Fremont thought of hitting the ‘trash’ button, but the promises were alluring. Divorced and so lonely, Cassie signs up for the on-line dating service. What she doesn’t know is the cost of the ticket for her ride on the romantic roller coaster from hell. You aren’t the first woman he’s lied to. When Cassie’s siblings present her with evidence, insisting this proves her new beau is a con-man, her world is shattered. Her happiness wanes. How can she possibly believe that this wonderful man who gave up a thriving business in Texas and moved to California to be with her isn’t all he professes to be? The love she sees shining in Evan’s eyes can’t be false. Surely, her siblings are mistaken. Still, the warnings of her sister’s haunt Cassie’s thoughts: There have been others who have lost everything because of him. Faced with an ultimatum, Cassie must choose between her family and Evan.
Previously published as Embezzled Love
Based on the true story of the author’s sister, this novel builds tension as it goes. It grips the reader and throws them into a whirlwind of emotion from anger to joy and everything in between. It is a powerful book of vulnerability and strength, family loyalty versus true love. A must read for every woman. ~ Mirella Patzer, Historical Author
I found this to be an engaging story and the characters very believable. In this high tech age we need a reminder that not everybody is good and decent and we need to have our guard up in the faceless world of the internet. ~ Carol Langstroth, Mind Fog Reviews
Naïve, country girl, Cynthia Freitas, moves to the big city with high hopes, but her starting salary barely makes rent in a run-down tenement. Newspaper headlines warn of a serial killer in the neighborhood, and the article grabs her attention when she recognizes the victims bear a striking resemblance to her. Alex Carlyle is assigned to assist detectives in one of the toughest cases he’s ever experienced as a cop. Despondent over a recent break-up with his fiancé, he buries himself in his work until he meets the cute new tenant next door who gives him something else to think about except kidnap and murder. The aftermath of their first “jolting” kiss places the burden on Cynthia to solve Alex’s case and keep him from potentially becoming the next victim.
Previously published as Beside Myself
A fun, sometimes tongue-in-cheek tale, cleverly written so that the reader is never confused as to who is who and in which body–sounds complicated just explaining it, but Ginger Simpson was on the ball. Excellent, thoroughly enjoying…was fun to read. Four Cats from Wild Child Publishing
Grace Cummings’ family is killed and she’s taken captive by a war party of young Lakota’s hungry to fight the white men encroaching on their sacred black hill; land granted them in a treaty with the government. The brave responsible for leading the war party and Grace’s captor is shunned by the tribe for drawing attention to their band and leaves the village, giving Grace to Little Elk, the nephew of the chief.
With the help and guidance of another white woman in camp, Green Eyes, wife of the chief, Grace learns important facts about the tribe and accepts her given Lakota name, Dancing Fawn… and the love of Little Elk.
While the warriors are away joining with other tribes to fight the war brought upon them by the young warriors, white soldier attack the camp, killing only women, children, and old men. Dancing Fawn is discovered, identified as a white captive and forced to return with the soldiers to Fort Sully. Tied hands and constant guarding display she’s not going voluntarily. Back in civilization and under the watchful eye of the Colonel’s wife, Fawn must decide where her heart truly lies.
Very good book that touches on a part of history that was left out of the history books at school.
A nice change of pace to drop back into an American Historical where the Indian is the good guy. I enjoyed the book and found the historical facts were in line with what I’ve read in other books, both factual history and historical fiction. Well researched and sensitively written.
In the 1860’s, Cecile Palmer is the envy of the single girls of Spring City and the object of every young man’s fancy-until she experiences love at first sight. She meets and weds Walt Williams in less than a week. The newlyweds journey to her husband’s newly-purchased ranch and a life for which this naive and pampered only child is ill-equipped. A series of events turns her life upside-down. An injured Indian brave stumbles into her doorway while her husband is away. Destiny changes Cecile’s life in a way she could never have imagined. She discovers she’s pregnant, and when her husband doesn’t return with the winter supplies, Lone Eagle offers to take her to winter with his people. She accepts his offer, knowing her chance of surviving the winter on her own is not good. Then a trader comes to the village with evidence Walt may still be alive. Cecile now faces a difficult decision. Self-sacrifice, betrayal and lasting love lay on the rocky road ahead. Author, Ginger Simpson paints her story with a broad brush, dipped in romance and breath-taking suspense, to create the portrait of Cecile Palmer’ s journey to womanhood. Prairie Peace does not disappoint. Reviewer: Donna Bedrick for The Romance Studio Overall rating: 4 hearts. Previously published as Prairie Peace.
Seven stories in one novel; each one with it’s own plot and lead character: a stewardess who discovers her judgment may be a little flawed, an older divorcee who finds something far more interesting than sandals at a shoe clearance, a bride-to-be thinking she has a valid reason to call off her wedding, a pudgy ex-wife with a fear that a medical apparatus will make her look like Jacques Cousteau, a newcomer to Florida expecting fair weather and experiencing her first hurricane, but not alone or scared, a daughter in mourning, pursuing the meaning of three tarnished bars held together by a black ribbon, and a doctor who discovers something totally unrelated to medicine that heals a heart problem.
“Throughout these stories, facets of each person’s character are revealed, layer by layer, often with a punch of the Ginger Simpson sense of humor. Delicious! I can think of no better way to spend an evening or lazy afternoon than wrapped in the comfort of her words.” ~ H. Haven
Tomboy, Ellie Fountain is determined to stop the conniving neighbors from their plot to take her father’s land. She’s an only child, Fountainhead is her legacy. The handsome ranch foreman, Tyler Bishop, is a burr under her saddle and a barrier to her future. Her pa treats him like the son he never had, and Ellie is jealous. She’s out to prove she’s as good as any man at ranching… but her biggest threat may not be the polecats that are killing the cattle and taking potshots at her….it might be her heart.
Carrie Lang’s sheltered life ends with a prison sentence for involvement in a bank robbery. Her arrest comes on the day she’s called in sick and stayed inside, so she can’t explain how an eye-witness describes her in great detail, down to the make and model of her car. A terrible mistake has been made, and her insistence of innocence falls on deaf ears. Even her fellow inmates don’t believe her as it’s a claim they all make. Alone in the world, she has no one to turn to for help, and not a single soul to campaign for her freedom…at least until she makes a valuable friend. In the meantime, a plan for retribution is brewing, and naïve Carrie finds herself smack dab in the middle of an evil scheme concocted by the prison bully. A ten year sentence seems mild when she’s threatened with death for refusing to participate. Can Carrie find a way out of this horrible nightmare, or is she destined to spend her days locked in terror, isolation, and the cold gray interior of prison walls?
Hattie Carson leaves an orphanage that has been her home for years to embark on a trip to California with the Franklin family. How can tending three children be as challenging as ten times that many? A passel of surprises await, including meeting the handsome young man Mr. Franklin hired as an extra hand. It doesn’t take long before Hattie’ll do anything for Billy Monroe, including jumping into a fast-moving river to escape death at the hands of Indians.
Billie Monroe really expected to be overrun by a war party when he advised Hattie to swim for safety. Now she’s gone and it’s his fault. The life he planned with her in California is nothing more than a dream…the same dream Hattie’s having while she reads an old faded journal detailing the wagon train’s trip and the past she’s been convinced doesn’t really exist.
Sarah Collins set her sights for California and a new beginning, but never imagines a war party’s attack on the wagon train she joins. A sole survivor, Sarah must find her way back to civilization, and a man of half-blood happens along at just the right time and becomes her hero…or is the whole scenario only a dream driven by all the romance novels she reads as an editor?
Sarah wakes, her cheeks damp with tears. Like a dust devil in a dying windstorm, all traces of her handsome rescuer vanish with a farewell kiss and the annoying blast of an alarm clock…until he appears at her door as a new neighbor. Will Sarah find a way to win the love she tried so hard to capture in her dream without being declared insane, or will the sexy woman living an apartment away beat Sarah at her own game?
Previously published as Sarah’s Heart and Sarah’s Passion, this edition combines both stories
Our shortcomings don’t define who we are, unless we let them. Cindy Johnson needs to learn that. Born with one leg shorter than the other, she has no self-esteem because of the cruel comments and cold stares she receives from her classmates. When Cory Neil, the football quarterback, asks her to Homecoming, she’s quite sure he’s asked her on a dare and refuses. It takes more than just her mother’s assurances that Cindy’s beautiful before she realizes she may have made a mistake in turning him down.
Why won’t Meagan Murphy’s father allow her to date anyone in uniform? He must have reasons he hasn’t shared, but contrary to Daddy’s rules, Meg meets Ryan Cullen while volunteering at the USO and throws caution to the wind. Ryan only has a short time before his unit ships out, and Meagan intends to make the most of the time they have left together. His parting gift is a ring on her finger and a request that she wait for him to return. Will he make it home to ask permission for her hand…or are all those nightly radio newscasts about mounting casualties warning her to prepare for the worst?
Mariah Cassidy awakens in the twentieth century. Confined in a pristine environment, hooked to tubes and beeping machines, she’s scared, confused and wondering why everyone keeps calling her Mrs. Morgan. Who is the strange man who keeps massaging her forehead and telling her everything is going to be all right?
Taylor Morgan tries to focus on her surroundings through a blinding headache. The patchwork quilt, the water basin, and the archaic room don’t strike a familiar chord. Her mouth gapes when a handsome man waltzes into the room, calls her darling, and expresses his delight that she’s on the road to recovery.
Yellow Moon, a Lakota maiden, accompanies her family to the Sun Dance and becomes promised to a Santee warrior who’ll soon be chief. While accompanying Thunder Eyes’ clan back to his tribe, she and the other women are stolen by the Crow, and while in Plenty Coup’s camp is told she’ll become his second wife rather than be a slave. She finds friendship and help at the hands of his first wife, a Cherokee captive called Pretty Shield.
When Thunder Eye’s comes to rescue his betrothed, she begs him to take her newfound friend along, and the two women eventually become sisters-in-law. When the Crow come to extract their revenge, fate changes their destiny in a big way.
Ginger Simpson has been writing since 2000 and has produced many fine reads. She’s a pantser who writes when her characters speak, and plotting is as foreign to her as speaking another language. She retired from the University of California, Davis after 24 years, and moved to Tennessee to be caretaker to her autistic grandson. Time flies. That was in 2003/2004 and now Spencer is 13. She’s gone from listening to Thomas the Train in the background to being able to enjoy whatever type of music she likes.
She’s currently working on another “Sarah” story but swears this one is her swan song. At 70, she wants to spend whatever time God grants her doing fun things with her husband, and not feeling the stress of being an author. Gone are the days of easily obtainable reviews and low overhead. Competition for everything has grown due to self-publishing, and those who think they are authors but need to go through the editing process for years to learn they truly aren’t. What used to be so easy has become more of a chore.
What makes you proud to be a writer from TN, USA? I’m proud to be an author just based on accomplishments. I never knew I could achieve. Here in TN, people kind of give you a blank stare when you announce your profession. I don’t imagine too many people my age find time to read because it seems most grandparents are too busy raising their grandchildren…at least that is the case in the area where I live. I’ve always been a people person, but in all the years, I’ve lived here, this has been the most difficult place to make new friends. I still haven’t figured out why most folks expect free copies. Don’t they realize how many hours an author toils over each story?
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always been an avid reader. I love authors who sweep me away to another time and place and put me in their character’s shoes. When I was between Cassie Edward’s captivating stories, and had read everything western by Amanda Baker, I decided to try my own hand at writing, and voila…that was the beginning of an exciting new decade for me.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2000, I wrote my debut novel, Prairie Peace, now re-released as Destiny’s Bride. I knew I wasn’t going to look for an agent (didn’t need the added stress), so I researched small publishing and found Wings E Press. I submitted the story, not expecting acceptance, but lo and behold, I got a wonderful letter saying I TOLD a beautiful story, but now needed to learn to SHOW it to the reader. That’s what I mean about self-pubbed, people who believe they can step into the author’s arena without learning the ropes. I learned tons from my first editor, and I have continued learning with each submission. Unless you go through the appropriate channels, you’re clueless to the rules of writing that apply to authors.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I grew up in a house of western lovers. There was always a John Wayne film on TV and when the radio played, it was Johnny Cash singing. We spent many nights watching The Grand Ol’ Opry, and anything western on TV. Loving the genre set in the old west era seems only logical, and I love it.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Strange as it seems…my stories come with titles and characters already named when the hero or hero pops into my head. It’s only been on the re-releases of my books that I have to come up with new titles, and that’s really hard.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I’ve written cross genres just to prove to myself that I can, but I always migrate back to Western Historical Romance. I write sweet romance with a tad of sexuality because I’m that kind of person. I prefer to leave the grinds, thrusts and groans to the reader’s imagination. I wrote only one Erotica, and that was the most difficult book ever. You either have to possess a really active imagination or be pro-active in the bedroom…neither apply to me.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I’m always inspired when a new character shows up with an idea for a story. I’m driven by the need to find out how the journey ends.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The appreciation shown by my peers and a few nominations for best reads. I’ve never won an actual award because I haven’t taken the time to enter any writing contests, but there have been a few times when people have nominated me, and that’s a wonderful feeling. I was so shocked when Love Romances announced one of my books as a 2009 best Western Read.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Finding publishers who believe in me and have faith in my ability to succeed. I’ve been very lucky to have each publisher see the value in my stories and by far the most rewarding experience for any author after getting a nod of acceptance is holding that new book in your hand for the first time.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Be yourself, and don’t ever let anyone steal your voice.
Who is your favorite author and why? Laura Ingalls Wilder has an always will be my favorite. I’ve read every “Little House” story a hundred times, and she was the true inspiration for my writing. I’m always flattered if someone compares me to her.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I’ve been doing this for so many years, I doubt there’s anything most don’t know about me. My life has been an open book.
Sometimes Naughty-Always Loved: Mary and Her Big Cat Brain by Arleen Alleman
A lovely tabby cat named Mary uses her intelligence and instinct—her big cat brain—to sort out what her human parents want her to do, and how to avoid being “naughty.” The story sets up an emotional transition moving from Mary’s anxiety about her own naughty behavior, to the realization that she is greatly loved despite her occasional transgressions.
This book was inspired by the author’s cat, Xena, who greatly enriched the lives of her “parents” for fourteen of her eighteen years. She was much loved even though she too was occasionally naughty. From infancy, children will love hearing about Mary and her message of unconditional love, and later, will want to read the story themselves for enjoyment and as a learning tool. There is no better predictor of success in life than literacy and the desire to learn through reading.
Cold Coffee Review: 5 Stars
As a grandmother I recommend this book as a thoughtful gift that children will enjoy.
My blue gray rescue cat named Wolf is very similar to Mary, so even as an adult I found this book delightful.
Beautiful illustrations depict the life of this adorable tabby cat, from her playful antics to her mischievous ways.
The narrator skillfully gives the reader and/or child following along a realistic glimpse into Mary thoughts and behaviors. Through a perfect life lesson, she comes to the realization that she is loved, even when she doesn’t always get things right.
Like most cats, Mary has a mind all her own and she will decide who, what, when and where her “Mom and Dad” will interact “sometimes”.
This book is a purr-fect gift for a child or for a parent/grandparent to read.
Great bedtime story. Children from age two will enjoy hearing this story and children up to age nine will enjoy this story as they learn to read.
I purchased this book from Kindle for my kindle library so I can share with children around me. This review posted on February 7, 2019.
From The Author: Dear readers, this is my first children’s book after completing the Darcy Farthing series. It was such a pleasure to write Sometimes Naughty-Always Loved that I’m sure it won’t be the last. I hope you find enjoyment and value in this sweet story to be read to children from infancy and then by children as they learn to read.
I am very grateful to Cedric Taylor, a very talented artist, for his wonderfully expressive illustrations. I look forward to hearing how the book is received by your little ones. I hope you’ll consider writing a quick review. Customer reviews are vital for the success of all authors. Happy reading!
Darcy Farthing’s Adventures (Mystery Thriller Suspense) by Arleen Alleman
Currents Deep and Deadly: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book One by Arleen Alleman
In her travel log of murder, romance, and a personal journey of discovery aboard a cruise ship, Darcy Farthing manages to entertain the reader with her descriptions of Caribbean and South American ports, while also detailing the horrific and wondrous events that take place during her four-week adventure. A pragmatic scientist by nature, she says she has given up all belief in a spiritual component to life and knows that coincidences are either man-made or chance occurrences that seem related but have no significance. That is, until a series of unbelievable coincidences challenges her belief.
In telling her story, she lays bare her “non-existent” soul and the deeply hidden emotions she has kept in a fragile prison of cold logic and denial for 20 years. She is a savvy, professional woman who has been fighting her internal demons ever since she made a colossal mistake in her personal life from which she knows she can never recover. But on a hastily planned cruise with Dr. Peter Johnson, her latest romantic interest, Darcy’s non-belief system is shaken when she is confronted with a set of bewildering and frankly unbelievable coincidences that bring together a tangle of strangers, and people and events from her own past. Darcy is already feeling trapped on the gigantic floating village when she accidentally overhears discussions about a murder for hire plot. Then when members of the crew begin to die under suspicious circumstances, she learns the hard way that she cannot trust anyone onboard the ship. She is forced to run for her own life as she tries to identify both the intended victim of the plot and the murderer before even more disaster strikes.
Finally, as the cruise sails through its final week the mystery appears to be solved and Darcy believes that further tragedy has been averted. Onshore in a beautiful Argentine city she experiences the pain of breaking out of her emotional prison when she meets the one person who will either fulfill her life or destroy her completely. While Darcy finds much needed closure to one chapter of her life, the cruise sails on to what promises to be a restful and romantic end. However, just short of their destination Darcy and Mick meet with unimaginable violence and loss when they are finally forced to confront and battle a vicious killer.
Cold Coffee Review: 5 Stars
Darcy Farthing boards the $550-million cruise ship named Sea Nymph with every reason to believe that Captain Espen is in full command of his crew, his passengers and this four-week voyage taken by thousands before her to the scheduled exotic Caribbean and South American ports.
She follows close behind her traveling companion Dr. Peter Johnson through the maze of narrow hallways where every hall and every door look alike. Darcy feels uneasy as she becomes intensely aware that her sense of direction is being challenged within this floating mega city. Her senses are on overload. Every movement, every sound and even the conversation of two men in a room off to her right catch her attention. The men don’t see Darcy as they are deeply entrenched in a serious, secretive conversation that catches Darcy’s attention and leads her to believe that they are up to no good. To make matters worse, later that day she overhears people discussing a “scheme”.
Questions bombard her mind; Is it coincidence? Is it two unrelated things that she wants to see meaning in? Should she go to security and tell them what she heard? But what can she say? The fact remains, she knows she has no proof of what she believes she overheard or the identity of who these people are.
Amidst the beauty, history and customs of the off-ship port excursions and the luxurious accommodations with the relaxing people friendly environment, suspicions intensify as members of the crew begin dying under suspicious circumstances.
Join Darcy Farthing by way of her detailed travel journal as she is on a voyage of self-discovery along with a ship full of complex characters, inter-relational story-lines, historical ports, secrets, mystery, suspense, romance and foreign investigations as the Sea Nymph is far from America’s shore.
Author Arleen Alleman’s Darcy Farthing Series books stand alone. She reports that at book signing events, readers tend to read her books in order of publication. Currents Deep and Deadly: Book One, Currents Of Vengeance: Book Two, Current Assets: Book Three, Alternate Currents: Book Four and A Current Deception: Book Five are all sold in print and eBook format at Amazon.
I endorse Currents Deep and Deadly: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book One by Arleen Alleman. This well researched fictional Cruise Ship adventure will bring you a brief pause as you book your next travel cruise. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on December 12, 2015.
Currents Of Vengeance: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Two by Arleen Alleman
“New author Darcy Farthing and GAO manager Mick Clayton struggle with the aftermath of their traumatic South American cruise.
As Darcy gets to know her new daughter Rachael, Mick battles depression from his near-death in Valparaiso. Reluctantly, he decides to return to the Sea Nymph with Tom Smythe the ship’s fired security chief to conduct a joint GAO/FBI investigation of crime on cruise ships and to bring a murder suspect to justice.
Darcy and Rachael reluctantly go along, but the nightmare begins anew when they encounter a shipboard saboteur, a rapist, and much more. Mick finally succumbs to his emotional stress and Rachael falls victim to a violent predator, as they all meet with violence and madness wrought by vengeance.
Current Assets: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Three by Arleen Alleman
Author Darcy Farthing is writing at her new home in Marco Island, Florida while her boyfriend Mick Clayton conducts a GAO investigation of government property—asset forfeitures—stolen from under the noses of U.S. Marshals and a sheriff’s office.
When close friend, Tom Smythe, is arrested for attempted murder of a deputy sheriff, the couple tries to identify who is behind the property thefts and corruption. When more deputies are attacked, Darcy and Mick are drawn into a bewildering government investigation and an alarming web of murder and conspiracy with a surprising link to Middle East terrorists; as well as a smuggling operation on a luxury yacht.
As they inch closer to identifying a vicious murderer, the violence hits close to home when desperate criminals target Darcy and her deeply troubled daughter, Rachael.
Alternate Currents: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Four by Arleen Alleman
“Author Darcy Farthing is living in Washington, DC, with her fiancé, Mick Clayton. They are enjoying a much-needed respite from trauma and crime fighting while preparing for a wedding and a romantic cruise. Everything changes when an alarming phone call halts their plans. A good friend, Charlie Scott, has mysteriously disappeared—the apparent victim of an abduction.
Against Mick’s wishes, on an impulse and without much thought of consequences, Darcy flies to Seattle to help Charlie’s partner, Don, and their daughter, Penelope, cope with the loss. She is worried about Mick’s negative attitude about the couple and worries that he is prejudiced toward her friends. As a result, she finds herself reevaluating the direction of her personal and professional life.
Soon after her arrival in Seattle, she becomes immersed in the unfamiliar world of domestic partnerships, birth surrogates, and assisted reproductive technology. Don and Charlie, who became unlikely heroes in the first novel in this series, Currents Deep and Deadly, have their lives turned upside down by elusive kidnappers with no apparent motive. At the same time, their well-intentioned decision to pay a surrogate to bear their daughter for them turns into a nightmare, when the biological mother returns after eight years, claiming that Don and Charlie are not Penelope’s fathers as they believed, and she wants her child back. This revelation sets in motion a series of tragic events that threatens to destroy a parent-child bond, and worse.
Before the police and FBI are able to solve Charlie’s kidnapping, an even more devastating case materializes when Penelope also vanishes. The FBI and Seattle police detectives frantically look for clues. In the process, they implicate a local antigay organization and its leader, two local business owners who are being harassed by antigay demonstrators, a flamboyant stalker who is obsessed with Don, and the birth mother herself. There is no hard evidence against any of the suspects, and the leads are curtailed when two of them are murdered. The authorities are no closer to finding Penelope and now worry that she has been abducted by a vicious killer.
In the midst of turmoil surrounding Penelope’s birth status and abduction, true to her nature, Darcy tries to help her friends. When she ventures into the midst of the case by conducting a freelance interview with a local clergyman, she is nearly killed in a vicious attack by an unknown assailant. Mick rushes to her side and soon overcomes his reluctance to get involved with Don and Charlie’s plight. Together they try to gather information to help solve the case. Before the hostility ends, Don also becomes a victim and then a hero, and Mick must fight an unbalanced killer intent on revenge.
A Current Deception: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Five by Arleen Alleman
“Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small-town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants—a dangerous, invasive species—as well as an illness caused by mysterious foodborne bacteria and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a peculiar death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it and why?
Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael’s uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a handsome passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in Brooks’s stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him; then Darcy’s best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks’s fiancé, becomes the latest victim. Clue by clue, with husband Mick’s help, Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world-class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime.”
Currents Of Sin: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Six by Arleen Alleman
In downtown Las Vegas homeless teens are disappearing from the streets, and Darcy fears that runaway teen, Pammie Fleetfoot, has succumbed to human traffickers. After Darcy befriends two young prostitutes, their pimp is brutally murdered, but they refuse her offer of help to leave the streets. She finds that they have fallen under the influence of a dubious, self-styled preacher. When she confronts him, her activities draw the attention of brutal Asian gang members, and an old nemesis with a deadly agenda.
When an attack on Darcy and her friend, Sid, brings life-changing consequences, Darcy doubles her effort to end the violence, stop the human trafficking, and finally determine Pammie’s fate. When clues lead to a strip hotel with links to their past, Darcy and husband, Mick, join forces with local law enforcement to free girls who’ve been forced into prostitution, only to find themselves caught between two vicious criminal factions.
Cold Coffee Review: 5 Stars
If you care about the intense suffering that goes hand in hand with global human trafficking, challenge your understanding of the problem with Author Arleen Alleman’s newest suspense-filled psychological fictional drama, meticulously researched and skillfully written will underscore the danger that awaits teenage runaways in America.
With the tension of time ticking way, lives on the line and bold, unrelenting evil will cause your heart to race and blood boil as innocent young lives are terrorized and devalued on the altar of greed. I share a couple of quotes in order to draw you into the story.
Part One titled ‘Persecutors and Prey’ with 19 chapters reinforces every parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, and law enforcement’s nightmare when a teen goes missing. Following in the footsteps of each of these stand-alone Darcy Farthing series books ‘Currents Of Sin’ outlines a criminal drama when Darcy Farthing is contacted and rushes to Las Vegas when a teen named Pamela goes missing.
Quote: “In yet another world apart from downtown Vegas, a beautiful young woman with dark hair and eyes blinked into blackness then rolled onto one side as far as her tether would allow. She didn’t know what awakened her, only that she’d suddenly jerked to awareness. As her eyes adjusted to the gloom she tried to shake off the remnants of sleep . . . and something else.”
Part Two titled ‘Murder and Misery’ has 27 chapters that begins on day six through day nine will thrust you into the world of drugs, gangs, human traffickers that enslave, sell and ship unsuspecting teens to buyers across the continents. No one is safe when billions of dollars the motivating factor.
Quote: “Tom called early in the morning to tell me about Shimmer’s murder. I plopped down on a barstool after my knees almost gave way. I thought I detected a surge in my blood pressure as he was explaining how he was driving down Fremont and came upon the huge police presence. He parked and walked to the motel where he stood as close as possible to watch the action. Part of me wished I’d been with him. Another part, not so much.”
Part Three titled ‘Rescue and Raids’ includes 33 chapters that start on Day 10 and goes through Day 16 keeps the reader turning the page. Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy?
Quote: “In a dark, decrepit room at the Green Door, five members of the Asian gang were planning their next move. The tattered drapes were drawn tight and despite the efforts of an ancient swamp cooler, the temperature hovered around ninety. The room was small and the men were big. Several sat on chairs they’d brought from other rooms they controlled, and an oversized cooler full of beer sat against the wall.
Curtis leaned back in his rickety wooden chair, wiped perspiration from his forehead, and gulped down a Bud while he listened intently to the boss.
“These assholes are going to be history. They think they can send spies down here to run our bitches? Then grab em off the street just when we’re seasoning them? No fucking way, man! Not gonna happen anymore.”
He looked around the room and his eyes fell on Curtis. “You, the new guy, let’s hear what you think we should do about it.”
Wrapping things up 6 Months later, I quote: “All the current ills of the world can be traced back to our failure to embrace and entrench these basic necessary characteristics, simple and broad as they are. We have gotten in our own way. Thankfully, individuals rise above their base natures to embrace one or more of them, often without realizing the impact of their actions on future generations.”
I invite you to read Currents Of Sin: book six in the Darcy Farthing series by Arleen Alleman and answer these questions for yourself:
Can Darcy’s marriage and Mick’s PTSD withstand this test of time?
Is there a psychic connection between Tom, Darcy, Mick, Rachael, Brooks, Sid, Don and Charlie?
Is it possible that a man in Darcy’s past is responsible for these crimes?
What will be Pamela’s fate be and can others be saved?
The Darcy Farthing series books stand alone and you can read them in any order. I encourage you to also purchase Currents Deep and Deadly: Book One, Currents Of Vengeance: Book Two, Current Assets: Book Three, Alternate Currents: Book Four and A Current Deception: Book Five which are all sold in print and eBook format at Amazon.
I endorse Currents Of Sin by Arleen Alleman. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on July 23, 2016.
Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office, where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a Biology education and has also worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and owner of a home decor shop. Her interests include health and fitness, religious history, travel, and she is an avid reader. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she has lived in Colorado for many years. For more information about the author, visit her website at http://www.arleenalleman.com
Arleen recently published her first children’s book, a delightful lesson in unconditional love told by Mary and Her Big Cat Brain.
The Darcy Farthing Adventures: Six contemporary, suspense-filled mysteries–Download to your Kindle now or buy a book to discover this unique thought-provoking series for yourself.
The series is unique in that it addresses contemporary social issues along with the murder-mystery elements of the stories. Themes addressed in the series include humanism, crime, family issues and adoption, PTSD, alternative lifestyles, government corruption, and cruise ship safety.
Currents of Sin is the sixth and final book in the series. It explores the very real problem of human trafficking for prostitution among homeless teens in Las Vegas, while wrapping up elements of the characters’ lives.
The fifth Darcy Farthing adventure, “A Current Deception”, explores themes of computer hacking, identity theft, and long-held grudges and revenge played out on a cruise ship sailing around Australia. It is murder-mystery with the added plots of a yellow crazy ant infestation as well as food-borne pathogens.
The fourth Darcy Farthing adventure “Alternate Currents” was a finalist in Foreword Reviews Magazine’s 2013 Indie Book of the Year Awards. This is a timely topical story of mystery, child abduction, and murder set in Seattle, WA. Darcy rushes to the aid of a good friend, Don Freeburg, when his partner, Charlie Scott, disappears. She is soon immersed in a murder investigation and the shocking abduction of Penelope, Don and Charlie’s daughter by surrogacy.
The first two novels in the series are based on crime and mystery aboard cruise ships. The third in series “Current Assets” is set in South Florida and involves local corruption, terrorism, and the U.S. Marshals asset forfeiture program. These three novels won “Best Trilogy of 2012” by Books-and-Authors.net
What makes you proud to be a writer from SW Florida? I am a recent transplant to SW Florida, but have included this area in all my books from the beginning because I am drawn to it. We have many authors living in Naples and Marco Island and I am proud to be among them.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My inspiration came from many fiction authors and thousands of books from the time I began reading adult fiction at the age of thirteen. Since then, it was a persistent dream to become a novelist—one that I did not pursue until later in life.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Perhaps the freedom I enjoyed to read anything and pursue any activities I wanted helped give me confidence to finally try fiction writing. I’ve drawn on my history to create a few of the characters and locations in the books. My career as a GAO analyst has helped immensely because I received an education in a wide variety of topics, and my biology degree has given me the ability to research and understand technical information.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began the first novel in 2007 with the intent to try to publish it. I achieved that in 2008 and went on to publish four more books in the series. I’m working on the sixth and final installment of this series now.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? When I began the first book I had written a lot of nonfiction for my employer, GAO, but had very little experience with fiction writing. Improving my writing over time has been very rewarding. A while back, I reedited the first book without changing the story because I wanted to improve the grammar and style.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I think all the book signings I’ve been able to arrange on cruise ships and various Barnes and Noble stores around the U.S., along with accolades from readers are the most rewarding. The first three books in the series were given an award for best trilogy of 2012 and that was very nice as well.
How many published books do you have? Six in the Darcy Farthing Series.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Most of the titles have come during the writing. In fact, because I’ve chosen to use the word Current in each title it has been a challenge to come up with each one. The titles convey something about the theme of the book using one or another definition of the word. Sometimes it is a play on words. My protagonist, Darcy Farthing, has a personal philosophy that includes envisioning life running on currents and colliding with other people’s currents as well as obstacles.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I call my books mystery adventures. They cross genres. I love murder-mysteries so that is what I began writing. However, I’ve interwoven the mysteries with crime fighting, family and social dilemmas, humanist values, science, and world travel.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? The first book in the series came about while I was traveling by cruise ship around South America. I was retired from GAO and was working as a silver jewelry designer. Relaxing onboard, I started thinking about my old dream of writing fiction. Right then I decided to try it. As it turned out, I used the Cape Horn cruise as the backdrop for the first two books.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I don’t like to give advice, but I usually tell people who ask that they should write because it gives them great pleasure, rather than believing it will be a way to make a lot of money. If that happens—great, but competition is stiff for new unknown authors.
Who is your favorite author and why? This is an impossible question for me. I love so many authors. If pressed, I would say Diana Gabaldon is certainly a favorite with her Outlander series. Weaving history, anthropology, and fiction together in an educational way is appealing to me.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? I’ll go with the first in series, Currents Deep and Deadly because I find that most people want to start reading the series from the beginning. In this case, the first book introduces all the main characters to each other and the reader.
Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.
In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.
Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.
Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.
Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.
Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.
Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.
Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise.
Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.
Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Although the author has placed this book in the literary, contemporary fiction genre, I would go a step further and also list ‘Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color’ by M. C. V. Egan in the psychological crime fiction genre.
This book opens in a most unusual place. We the readers are participates in the funeral of renowned sculptor Bruce Jones. This beginning should have a psychological effect on any thinking reader as this is no ordinary funeral with the normal mourners. In fact the church pew normally reserved for the wife and children of the diseased is filled with Bruce Jones’ five legal wives.
Author M. C. V. Egan casts her characters well and introduces each wife to the reader in the same hue, shape and color that had attracted sculptor Bruce Jones to them. To spice things up a bit, Bruce Jones didn’t die of natural causes and it is Bruce’s daughter-in-law Sylvia who is the keeper of secrets.
All families have secrets, but few have the psychological dynamics of the six women who Bruce brought into the family and the eight children that were conceived by his artistic reflections. Not only is Scott (the private investor), Detective Jim Miller, family friends, in-laws drawn into the drama surrounding Bruce Jones death, but an international community that respects this man as a sculptor and art teacher. His legacy and fortune will touch more than a generation.
Once I read this novelette, my mind created scenarios to answer the many unanswered questions left behind. I invite you read ‘Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color’ by M.C.V. Egan. I wish there was a way for me to know, if you the reader come away with the same questions. I can only hope that this book is an introduction to a series where the characters that now live in my head will find their way back to a page where more psychological pieces will craft the completed puzzle with conclusions that will define this Sculptor as the real focus of his art. My mind created a scenario where the story would make a good ‘twilight zone’ episode (if expanded).
Once you have read ‘Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color’ by M.C.V. Egan, I invite you to read ‘Defined by Others’ and ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ as I have enjoyed these books too.
I endorse Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color by M.C.V. Egan. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 11, 2017.
A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.
An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of their mutual acquaintances. In an attempt to run from her reality Anne gets engrossed in a game of “fun” and “flirtation” with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie at her side. Anne however did not read all the files and what to her is fun games turns into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game.
Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation.
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction Thanks sounds better than Chick Lit
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Like so many in our mobile society, Anne had left her upper middle-class town to live, work, travel, get married and have children away from her small-town roots, family and friends. At age forty-seven Anne finds herself back in her hometown, where very little has changed. As bad as the small town rumor mill is, time has added a cyber aspect where it seems everyone ‘knows’ and this increases Anne’s pain, guilt, frustration, devastation and anger that her husband has left her for a ‘man’.
Anne prided herself in knowing just the right word for every situation. What word will come to mind after her high school friend Amanda dies? Amanda’s casket had just been lowered into the ground when Anne finds herself alone in an Attorney’s Office starring at Amanda’s final message on video. Almost in a trance, Anne leaves the office with the inheritance held tightly in her hands as questions swirl around in her head.
Connie whose marriage had also taken a bad turn, is a welcome old friend that makes herself at home in Anne’s childhood home. Connie and Anne reminisce, eat, drink, explore Anne’s mother’s secret room and slowly go through and digest the inheritance that Amanda has left.
Together Annie and Connie tap into what they call “our inner bitch” to deal with the cards that life had dealt them. Intrigued by a “game” that Amanda started and manipulated by the detailed instructions left by Amanda; this game engages them in “harmless” cyber fun that allows Annie and Connie to toy with the emotions and even love interests of mutual acquaintances.
If you could secretly know everything about your friends and neighbors, would you want to know?
If you could secretly manipulate those who had hurt you in the past, would you?
How far would you go?
Would you heed the message on the cover of this book? “If you share a secret it will no longer be a secret. ^^^Keep your secrets safe. ^^^Do not share your secrets. ^^^. It will destroy you. ^^^Secrets give power.”
I always quote a couple passages from the books that reads, so here goes.
P56 “power is great because it makes you the dominatrix. The psychological manipulator, which is the perfect description for what Amanda was.”
P150 “As we sat there judging and discussing our generation we were ridiculously oblivious to our own behavior. Apparently women often do not realize they are addicted until they are in a heap of trouble, and we were no exception.”
P151 “We were addicted to a variety of deceptions: love deception and sexual deception.”
You must read this book to see exactly what was included in the inheritance that Amanda gave Anne, what was involved in perusing Amanda’s game and what if any consequences, real or imagined in life and in cyberspace.
Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan is a well written Women’s Contemporary Fiction with realistic dialog between the characters and a twist of generational similarities and differences.
I endorse Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan which is Women’s Contemporary Fiction with realistic dialog and a twist of generational similarities and differences. I hear rumors that ‘Climbing Up The Family Tree: Defined by Pedigree’ is next in the series. Meanwhile make sure you read The Bridge Of Deaths: A Love Story and A Mystery by M.C.V. Egan. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 27, 2016.
On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. Crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”
Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.
Cold Coffee Review: M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ is unique because the author is driven by childhood memories, family stories and perhaps the spirit of her grandfather who died when an English aircraft (carrying 5) crashed on August 15, 1939. Her exhaustive research, passion for details and networking abilities brings this fiction (based on real events) to life from archives buried during the chaos of World War ll.
Characters like Bill, Maggie and Catalina draw us into their world with conversations and settings that bring the reader to the table, quenches the thirst for love at first sight romance and delves into a quest for knowledge that reaches into the paranormal realm that few of us would dare venture into.
If you like historical fiction (eliminating dry facts) the time frame and mystery behind this historical plane crash and family tragedy will keep you turning the page. The use of skype conversations was creative and the historical documentation such as the use of actual Western Union Telegrams validates the truth behind the fiction.
I personally would have loved to read more about the author’s family and especially her grandfather’s life and see more photos. Understandably this book is mystery based on a tragic historical event and is not a biography. After reading this well thought out, painstakingly researched fictional accounting of a historical event that few of us even know about, I only have one question. Where will M.C.V. Egan take us in a sequel and what nugget of information might be unearthed by the publication of this book?
The blending of facts with mysticism to arrive at the truth is a payoff even for a reader who holds a skeptical view of the paranormal, use of hypnosis and past-life regression.
I endorse M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ for the author’s nearly two decades of research, thirst for the truth and family bonds. This book was given to me. This review was completed in September 2014.
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.
From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico.
When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.
In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years.
In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople.
She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish. Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother.
Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject. She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift. Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths at http://www.thebridgeofdeaths.com
What makes you proud to be a writer from Florida? I am originally from Mexico City and have lived in a number of places but Florida has been home for a quarter of a century now, and I love it. Hemingway loved it so what’s not to be proud about?
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My affair with words began at a very early age. As the 6th of 8 kids sandwiched between all the males in the house I had a serious need to communicate. When I was 12 we moved from Mexico City to the Washington D.C. area and I had a HUGE list of pen pals, I know that it was through the art of letter writing that I discovered my passion for the craft.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Okay? Dare I answer? Years ago I went to a psychic who said; I don’t think you realize it yet, but you are a writer. I went home and looked at my boxes of notebooks and journals; I had imagined myself a published writer before that, but that day it felt plausible, real you know.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? YES and YES! As I said before my very large family made me search for a voice a strong voice and in THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS the strong influence of researching my grandfather’s mysterious death in a 1939 plane crash which is the central storyline.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? If I do it very often changes, sometimes a story ends up guiding you to a title.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? To be honest I write in a variety of genres. I can tell you that I am not capable of good fantasy or Sci Fi as much as I love reading said genres. But I can KILL and I can LOVE, and turn a story into chick lit, romance, murder mystery. Lately I am toying with one act plays.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? It was in 1993 when I first held the British Airways LTD. Files in the UK and the archivist RIP to whom I dedicated the book said to me, “Can of worms you are about to open young lady.” I just knew a can of worms always makes for a good story and good book.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? There are frankly so many I cannot pin-point one. The mere process of writing is so healing and frustrating. It is all a bit like loving a complicated person. I can tell you the worst, editing and re-writing, that is tough!
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The good reviews of course!
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Trust your own personal unique voice. The same story can be told in a million ways, but it can only be told YOUR way by YOU.
Who is your favorite author and why? I have to first say that I have MANY, especially a lot of great Indie authors I have met in the past three years. However I will give you my ALL TIME classic. W. Somerset Maugham, the why is simple, his stories are phenomenal and timeless. However I also have this goose bump thing to share. In 1948 he wrote the book CATALINA which is my middle name and the one I have always gone by. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99662.Catalina) His book starts on an August 15th and the Plane crash my grandfather died in (the one in The Bridge of Deaths) was on an August 15th, once you get around chapter four Catalina visits a priest to confess and he is Father VERGARA, my maiden name! Now Catalina is far from Mr. Somerset Maugham’s best work, it is not Of Human Bondage or the Razor’s Edge. No Painted Veil, but even at his not so good, OMG the guy was amazeballs.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I have three blogs and I welcome writers and artists as long as it is not Erotic Art or Erotica writing. I am a mom and I think that my son is at an age where he still needs to learn more by example than anything and that is my reason to avoid that. But all others are welcome for a spotlight or an interview at 4covert 2overt A Place in the Spotlight and for my other two blogs I like people with a historical angle, any era, and any theme. I am happy to welcome any of your members whose genres fit.
When a great-grandson inherits two aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather’s last request: to tell the story of an incredible life replete with adventure, violence, and tragedy. The great-grandfather’s name is Billy Battles–a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control.
For much of his 100-year-long life Billy is a man missing and largely unknown to his descendants. His great-grandson is about to change that. As he works his way through the aging journals and the other possessions he finds in the battered trunks he uncovers the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather–a man whose deeds and misdeeds propelled him on an extraordinary and perilous journey from the untamed American West to the inscrutable Far East, Latin America and Europe.
As he flips through the pages of the handwritten journals he learns of Billy’s surprising connections to the Spanish-American War, French Indochina, and revolutions in Mexico and other Latin American countries. But most of all he learns that in finding Billy Battles he has also found a long lost and astonishing link to the past.
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Most of my relatives are normal, boring people. They have interesting anecdotes and some cool experiences, but overall there is nothing that will make me sit back and listen to them for hours on end. Billy Battles is nothing like these people.
Apparently taken partially from a real-life person, this tale is told through the great grandson of Billy Battles reading through the personal journals of his life as a young man, exploring the world and discovering himself.
Having studied history, the research involved in this book is striking and very thorough. The language, the details, the people and cultures, are very true to life, and I have to take my hat off to Ronald Yates. Yet the book doesn’t just rest on being factual. Through the journals, I got a very close look at Billy, and the people he met, which humanized several actual historical characters, without taking any undue liberties to make them fit a certain mold.
I read this book in a day and half the night, and I don’t regret the lost sleep.
From Book 2: The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles
Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore.
As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just starting.
The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea.
Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are only beginning.
As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries, and an assortment of vindictive and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? The answers are just ahead.
One Special Book Review: You can’t help but be intrigued and fascinated by the intrepid, larger-than-life protagonist in Ronald Yates’ entertaining and thoughtful second book of his Finding Billy Battles trilogy. This time, you see how Billy’s tumultuous life begins to impact him in middle age as he seeks his next adventures to distract him from past grief and guilt. Yates has an effective way of revealing interesting details of exotic places during historic periods–this time primarily in the Orient of the late 19th and early 20th centuries–while weaving in a fascinating tale of a man in perpetual motion. One can’t help but find interesting parallels at Yates’ deft hand between Billy’s unrest and that of French Indochina and the Philippines during a time of conflict and pushback over European colonization. Ray Elliott, Author of, With the Silent Knowledge, Iwo Blasted Again, and Wild Hands Toward the Sky
Awards: Three Pulitzer Prize nominations by the Chicago Tribune The Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists The Inter-American Press Association Tom Wallace Award for coverage of South America Three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles is the sequel to Finding Billy Battles. I jumped right into this book without reading the first in this trilogy and found it to be a compelling story based on fact and expanded by narrative fiction.
Ted Sayles who is the great-grandson of Billy Battles inherits Billy’s journals and while writing this trilogy he stays very true to the language of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. While this book opens in 1894 with William (Billy) Battles heading for the Orient aboard the SS China it covers his time in the Far East, Latin America, and Europe.
It is aboard the SS China that Billy meets German Baroness Katharina von Schreiber. She is gorgeous and regal, far out of reach of a Kansas scribbler (journalist). Since you have probably read the book’s description I wrestle with what to share with you from this amazing story and journey that Billy Battles is about to embark on. So I have decided to quote this passage to whet your appetite. I quote:
“Katharina’s cabin was a bit larger than mine was, and like mine, its walls were covered with dark mahogany panels. In addition to the two overstuffed chairs and writing table, she also had a small dining table. That is where we settled, she on one side and me on the other.
“I’m sorry, I have nothing to offer you to drink.” Then she paused, stood up, and walked to her wardrobe where she produced a tear-shaped bottle of Glenglassaugh single malt Scotch whiskey and two heavy cut crystal glasses. “Except for this.”
She returned and placed the glasses on the table in front of us. “May I?” she asked, and then uncorking the bottle, she poured two fingers in each glass. “This was my late husband’s favorite.”
I shuddered imperceptibly at that remark but pulled the glass toward me anyway. Images of Katharina pushing Baron von Schreiber over a cliff or poisoning him with arsenic-laced Wiener schnitzel flooded my mind.
I forced those macabre thoughts out of my mind by focusing on the rich amber hue of the whiskey as I uneasily swirled the glass around and around in front of me.
What was I doing? I found myself thinking. Why was I in Katharina Schreiber’s cabin about to drink expensive single malt Scotch whiskey with a woman who had just admitted she had killed, but not murdered, her husband?”
Murder, mystery, intrigue, people, places and events that were intended to divert Billy’s attention from his past soon gets him embroiled in Katharina’s past, with the German government, not to mention Chinese and Malay pirates. Later on he finds himself perhaps the first American to be involved in the Anti-French insurgency in Indochina which will later be called Vietnam and involve America. War will not end there as he is forced into the Spanish-American War while in the Philippines.
Just as life takes many unexpected turns for Billy Battles so will your desire to keep turning the pages of this book to find out what is it about Billy Battles that causes him to try to escape his past, endure his new reality and find measured peace as he heads into the twilight of his life.
I invite you to read The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles as it is a journey worth your time. Be sure to read Finding Billy Battles (book one in this trilogy) while waiting for the author to write the final book in this amazing trilogy.
Author Ronald E. Yates life experience as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America gives him the authority with which he writes. It is important to point out he won “three Pulitzer Prize nominations and several other awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; The Inter-American Press Association Award for coverage of South America; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, California.”
I endorse The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Trilogy Book Two) by Ronald E. Yates. Ronald E. Yates is the author of the Finding Billy Battles (book one in this trilogy) and The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey Through Japan as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a global Economy. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 17, 2016.
As Book Three of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy begins we know where Billy is. He is in Chicago with his wife, the former Baroness Katharina von Schreiber living a sedate and comfortable life after years of adventure and tragedy. That changes with a single telephone call that yanks Billy and Katharina back into a life of havoc and peril.
Persuaded by a powerful old friend to go undercover for the U.S. government the two find themselves in Mexico during the height of the violent 1910-1920 revolution. There they encounter assorted German spies, Mexican revolutionaries, devious political operatives, and other malefactors. Caught in the middle of the 1914 American invasion of Veracruz, they must find a way out while keeping their real identities secret.
Later on, disaster strikes. It is a tragedy Billy is all too familiar with and one that will send him plummeting into a chasm of despair and agony. Then, Billy vanishes leaving family and friends to wonder what happened to him. Where is he? Is he dead or alive? What provoked his disappearance?
In Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy, those questions are answered, and the mystery behind Billy’s disappearance is ultimately revealed.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Saying goodbye to an old friend is always hard and that is how I feel as the “Finding Billy Battles Trilogy” comes to a close with book three titled “The Lost Years of Billy Battles”. The fictional Ted Sayles has done a remarkable job reading and producing this trilogy from more than a dozen journals written by his great grandfather Billy Battles. It is the historical significance woven skillfully within the element of fiction that makes this trilogy a must read for history buffs and fans of action and adventure novels.
After years of travel, relationships with foreign governments, wars of American making and wars forced upon us, not to mention the Chinese and Malay pirates; Billy and Katharina finally enjoy a few peaceful years where Billy is an editor for the Chicago Record-Herald and Katharina a successful author. It is inevitable that this serene period wouldn’t last forever. One phone call to go undercover will find them “caught in the middle of the 1914 American invasion of Veracruz”.
Just when danger subsides, I found myself holding my breath when the unthinkable happens. “Katharina wasn’t the one the five men were after. It was me. But when they couldn’t find me, they decided to take Katharina to use as bait. That was the first revelation. Next was who the men were. The man who had dragged Katharina out of the house was Mason Bledsoe, son of Nate Bledsoe, the man I had killed in 1889 on my family’s homestead in Western Kansas. When I heard the name, my knees buckled and my heart raced for a moment.” It was the ransom note that made Billy’s heart sink.
Of all the dangers Billy and Katharina had been exposed to in their life together, how will this one match up? When Billy is nowhere to be found, what reason will be uncovered? How will Billy Battle close the final chapter in his journal? Will Ted Sayles effort to canonize the legacy of his Great Grandfather Billy Battle live on for future generations?
There is no doubt in my mind that Author Ronald E. Yates’ extensive historical research, skilled character development and impeccable story telling has brought the reader to a successful conclusion in this thought-provoking trilogy. I invite you to read the entire “Finding Billy Battles Trilogy” as it portrays, as much a glimpse into history, as it does into one man’s life.
I endorse The Lost Years Of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 3) by Ronald Yates as a final testimony to the life and times of Billy Battle. I purchased this book in Kindle format. This review was completed on June 26, 2018.
About The Author: Ronald E. Yates is an award-winning author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans around the world who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction.
Ron is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media.
His award-winning book, “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” is the second in his Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels and was published in June 2016. The first book in the trilogy, “Finding Billy Battles,” was published in 2014. His latest book is entitled The Lost Years of Billy Battles. It is book #3 of the trilogy and will be released in May 2018.
Ron has been a presenting author at the Kansas Book Festival and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, among other venues. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard the Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.
Before leaving the world of professional journalism where he toiled 27 years, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America where he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other places.
His work as a war correspondent resulted in several awards, including the Inter-American Press Association’s Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; three Edward Scott Beck Awards for International Reporting, and three Pulitzer nominations.
Ron is a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Army Security Agency.