Many biographies have been written about the personal heroic
exploits of the men and women who served during World War II, both fact and
Author Adrian Stroud, however, has been able to record for
history incredible details about his father’s final days as a Japanese prisoner
of war. The author expertly recounts how his father and other prisoners of war
displayed exceptional sacrifice, love for country, and love for one another.
Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) Leading Aircraftman, Kenneth E. Stroud’s heart wrenching daily account of his final days as a prisoner of war is a tribute to those who sacrificed so much for their country. His book is a tribute to the incredible sacrifices made by prisoners taken by the Japanese Army during the invasion of Singapore. Few men have served their country with greater devotion and dedication, or in a more professional manner.
This book is as much a memoir as a biography, as it rests
largely on a long series of interviews with Mr. Kenneth E. Stroud and the
personal diary he kept during his days in captivity. His detailed account takes
you from his early days as a young twenty-year-old joining the Royal Air Force
to his day-by-day life as Japanese prisoner of war. From boarding a ship in
England in May 1940, steaming toward North Africa, and finally arriving in
Singapore. His captivating account of living the “high-life” in downtown
Singapore to the Japanese air attacks prior to the invasion and finally his
being taken a prisoner of war.
Mr. Kenneth E. Stroud’s account is not only of his personal
pain and suffering, but also of those imprisoned with him. From becoming
Japanese prisoner of war number 2378 to the brutal treatment of prisoners by
guards as they were marched from prison camp to prison camp. The train he and
other prisoners of war captors were riding being ambushed by Japanese soldiers.
How he switched positions with a prisoner for “evening air” while being
transported in a rail boxcar and how that same prisoner was shot between the
eyes during an ambush.
The deplorable living conditions in the Japanese prisoner of
war camps and lack of edible food given to prisoners.
Product Details: Paperback: 122 Pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Second edition (September 28, 2017) Genre: Military Leader Biographies
About The Author: Author Adrian Stroud is a retired
veteran Police Officer.
He served proudly in Law Enforcement in Connecticut for
nearly thirty years, during which time he was decorated several times.
He is a contributing writer to POLICE Magazine and other Law
Enforcement publications. Adrian has a B.S. degree in Communications from
Sacred Heart University, and has been in many Police-related voice over’s,
Public Service Announcements, training videos and newspaper articles.
He lives in Florida with his wife Laura. They have three children; Stephanie, John and Chris.
Author Dr. Linda Barboa holds degrees in speech
pathology and audiology, psychology, and early childhood education. She is an
experienced speech-language pathologist, with a background as a special
education director, director of a center for autism, and university professor.
She has worked as an educator in the United States and Europe and has presented
numerous programs to professionals across the country. Dr. Barboa is the author
of several books about autism, including Stars in Her Eyes: Navigating the Maze
of Childhood Autism, Steps: Forming a Disability Ministry, and Tic Toc Autism
Clock: A Guide to Your 24/7 Parent Plan, It’s No Biggie: Autism in the Early
Childhood Classroom, and Oodles and Skoodles of Friends. Along with Jan Luck,
she is the co-author of the Albert series of books to help children understand
Dr. Barboa, is the recipient of the prestigious
JEFFERSON AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE. She is the founder of an award-winning
program to create autism friendly cities. Jan Luck holds a degree in speech
pathology and audiology. She began her career working for the State of Arkansas
serving clients of all ages with special needs. She dedicated her career to
working as a Speech Therapist for the Mountain Home, Arkansas Public Schools,
where she worked with children on the autism spectrum.
Author Mrs. Luck has developed and
presented continuing education seminars on the topic of autism for teachers,
therapists, and parents. She has been a guest speaker in many university
classes. She is a contributing author to the book Stars in her Eyes; Navigating
the Maze of Childhood Autism, and The Nuts and Bolts of Autism.
Ms. Luck has co-authored a series of books to
help children understand autism, the Albert series. She currently resides in Nixa,
Missouri, where she is the President of the non-profit organization Stars for
As a result of a chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor on vacation
in Mexico City, young attorney Antonio de la Vega learns that his natural
father is a former SS officer who committed heinous crimes against the Jews
during World War II.
Obsessed with the idea of meeting his father, Antonio embarks on a search
that takes him from Mexico to the United States and ultimately to South
America, meeting ageing ex-Nazis, vengeful Jews, and an alluring young woman
who has been assigned to watch his every move.
Meanwhile, Antonio’s semi-recluse mother is suddenly faced with the
possibility that the man she once loved may soon reappear…
When three former cops commit suicide, private investigator Alec Santana
knows it not a coincidence. An ex-cop inexplicably commits suicide in Miami,
and his widow turns to her husband’s best friend, Alec Santana, for assistance.
Soon after, two more ex-cops commit suicide. After talking to one of the
widows, Santana discovers they all had a single event in common: they responded
to a Christmas Eve fire almost fifteen years ago. Threatening letters turn up,
prompting Alec to dig deeper into events from the past. He knows he’s on the
right track but things turn dangerous as someone tries to run him off the road.
The police refuse to help, insisting there’s no connection between the
suicides and recent accidents. Alec hits one dead end after another in his
search for suspects and he nearly gives up, until he uncovers a shocking
Some family history is too dangerous to be revealed.
Sarah Baker’s search for the truth about her adoption uncovered a tangled
web of deadly secrets. A phone call from a blackmailer turned Sarah’s life
upside down. The man claimed to know the circumstances of her illegal adoption
thirty years ago. He also revealed some shocking facts about her real parents.
Rather than have the blackmailer go public with the information and risk
her husband’s career, she agreed to a one-time payoff. Their situation was far
from resolved, and doubts about her heritage put a strain on their once ideal
Sarah still didn’t have verification of the truth. She needed more
details. Were there any brothers or sisters, or other family members nearby?
Had the same blackmailer approached them too?
Hiring a Private Investigator seemed the only option, but it meant
opening a Pandora’s box. Sarah needed confirmation and closure, and was willing
to take the risk. Ex FBI investigator turned P.I. Joe Coopersmith was up to the
task, but working on a thirty-year-old mystery wouldn’t be easy. Joe didn’t
realize it might also turn deadly.
Quote From The Author: “I believe that my purpose as a storyteller is simply to write a good novel that people will remember long after they’ve read the last page.”
About The Author: Ernesto Patino grew up in El Paso where he
graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Bachelor of
Music Degree and taught school for a couple of years before joining the FBI as
a Special Agent. His career spanned 23 years, most of which were spent in South
He now lives in
Southern Arizona with his wife Pamela with whom he shares a passion for ethnic
cuisines, classical music and traveling.
The characters in
his novels are loosely based on people he met during the course of his life as
an FBI agent and later as a private investigator.
In every child’s life, there are “TA-DA!” moments,
like finally tying that shoe lace, or buttoning that button, or perfectly
printing that letter “B.” Most
are unaware that those very special moments occur with the help of elf or fairy
A Special Magic, a tale of self-discovery, invites friends
to the wonderment and fun of what Liam’s elf magic can and cannot do! When the
elf Liam gets his first chance to help a human child, he can’t wait to get
started, but his excitement is soon thwarted when unexpected events occur. Both he and the child, Asher, realize that
something greater than magic is “at play.”
A Special Magic, written for children ages 4-7 is a tale of
self-reliance that invites readers to discover what elf magic can and cannot
A Special Magic will appeal to children, teachers, parents,
(and any reader/listener) who enjoy books inspired by imagination-sparked
fantasy, and MAGIC-“colored” moments.
The beautiful illustrations were prepared by Julie Edwards
About The Author: Cindy Lurie is the author of
several children’s picture books: Caroline and Her Tiny Red House, Sashi and
Sam, Together in My Heart, A Special Magic and Mazy and Molly.
She is also the author of two Christian poetry books: Come
to the Quiet and From the Heart, and one adult poetry book: Buried Feet. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from
Charter Oak State College in New Britain, CT, and a certificate in Pastoral
Ministries/Spirituality from The University of St. Joseph, in West Hartford,
Buried Feet is Cindy’s first full volume poetry book. She found writing in this genre to be
extremely insightful, creative, and freeing.
Cindy’s newest children’s picture books are soon to be
released! In A Special Magic, you share in this wonder as you spend the day
with elves and fairies. Mazy and Molly and the No TV Week is a picture book
limerick that is a silly, fun read.
Cindy is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators, and has been in Early Childhood Education for over twenty-five
Cindy lives with her husband, Steve, and has two grown
children, Ali and Mike, a son-in-law, Mark, and a five-year-old granddaughter,
About The Author: Author Rochelle M. Lazauskas was
born in Indiana, raised in Illinois, and now resides in Indiana, near the
Illinois state line.
As a child she loved to draw, paint, and tell stories.
Something she continues to enjoy today.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and taught
Art classes to children from grades K through 8. Her favorite artist is Claude
Monet and she has used many examples of his work in her teachings.
Story telling is second nature to Rochelle. She believes
that stories help a child’s imagination grow and helps them to strive to be
anything they want to be.
In her books children will go along with Moey on many
adventures and learn that all things are possible, and especially that
friendships are very important.
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
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.
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.
is her hope, as well, that this book helps, and doesn’t scare other teachers
from their “calling”.
Amazon Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 Stars Great book. By Billy Lane on February 7, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
was a student of Ms. Byod in 1998. If she reads this, she will understand the
misspelling of her name. Definitely the most memorable teacher I ever had.”
5.0 out of 5 Stars Loved it. My 21-year-old daughter read it … By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
it. My 21-year-old daughter read it and loved it as well. These stories were
told very tastefully and we’re absolutely hilarious.”
5.0 out of 5 Stars One of Her Previous Students and Aspiring Teacher By Ciera on April 15, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
“This is such a cute book. Janis is a wonderful teacher. She is a definitely one of a kind.”
5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars By Retired Teacher on December 29, 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
a retired teacher, I found this book to be witty and entertaining. Brought back
many pleasant memories!”
5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars By Warren Byford on February 25, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
laughed out loud multiple times.”
5.0 out of 5 Stars BUY BUY BUY this hilarious book! By Pen It! Publications on December 5, 2016 Format: Paperback
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!”
5.0 out of 5 Stars Loving it… By Eric Butler on December 6, 2016 Format: Paperback
“Downloaded the Kindle version now hoping to get a signed copy from a witty and gifted author.”
About Janis Boyd: Janis Boyd taught 4th and 5th grades at Scipio Elementary
School in Scipio, Indiana for 39 ½ years.
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.
spends much of her time with her friend, Donnie. They like to travel, garden,
play cards, and volunteer at a local theatre.
Alice in Nether Land traces the desperate journey
of survival for Alice, a Jewish child in World War II France.
Alice was my friend, but I never knew about her childhood
until she told me about living on garbage soup. Once I learned her story, I
felt compelled to write it. I hope you will feel equally compelled to read it.
Hiding in a forbidden room in the family
bookstore, twins Novela and Reid see their parents whisper an incantation to a
strange book, and disappear.
When their parents don’t return, and their
grandfather has a heart attack, the children must figure out the magic of the
book so they can find their parents, save their grandfather, and protect the
magic book from a thief.
Cover Book Description: Gwen
J’sarajen is a 20 something overweight researcher who longs to be thin. Dieting
and working out just doesn’t cut it and even hypnosis doesn’t seem to work.
Except, maybe it does. Hypnosis triggers dreams that count point to her
are always depicted as sexy, gorgeous and, most importantly thin. They might be
the answer to Gwen’s prayers. The lore sends her to New Orleans in search of a
vampire to turn her into a sexy, gorgeous, thin female fatale.
is a centuries old vampire in need of someone to update him to the 21st
century. He agrees to turn in exchange for help in the computer age. There is a
catch though…. Gwen learns sometimes what you want is not what you end up with.
ancient evil is gathering forces in the city and soon Gwen has to learn to use
her unique metabolism to advantage and Colin must battle an old enemy.
Author Wendy Wilson
Author Wendy Wilson was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She left the flat-lands of Long Island for the mountains of Appalachia in the 80s. Wendy settled on a small farm and raised her children and a variety of goats, sheep and pigs.
Wendy has worked in a library for most of her adult life and now, in retirement, she has turned her love of reading books into a love of writing them.
In December 2018 she won 2nd place in the online magazine ‘Beneath The Rainbow’s Christmas Contest’ with her short story ‘Wishes Can Come True’.
love to do things with their parents. Judy Kiel McKain and her daughters sewed
together. It is her wish that this beautiful book with illustrations by Hannah
Penix will be one you can share with your children. They are small only for a
short time and deserve our love and attention. Have fun!
writing was encouraged by her high school English teacher and she’s been
writing human interest stories, inspirational and personalized poems ever since
and has honed her skill through numerous writer’s conferences and creative
writing classes. She has contributed to The Republic of Columbus, IN and The
stories have also appeared in Memories from the Attic, The Rocking Chair Reader
published by Adams Media Press and My Turn to Care, Thomas Nelson Publishers
and Oak Tara Publishers in Association with Ampelos Press. Dickson’s of
Seymour, IN distributes her inspirational poem JOY throughout the United States
Product Details: Paperback: 34 Pages Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; First edition (April 14, 2018) Genre: Children’s Fiction on Social Situations
Author Judy Kiel McKain is a native Hoosier. She grew up west of Seymour and
graduated from Cortland High School. She married, raised three daughters and
was widowed in 1996. In 2002 she remarried and enjoys a combined family of five
daughters and thirteen grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy watching the
wildlife from their country home near Hoosier National Forest, a daily event.
writing was encouraged by her high school English teacher and she’s been
writing human interest stories, inspirational and personalized poems ever since
and has honed her skill through numerous writer’s conferences and creative
writing classes. She has contributed to The Republic of Columbus, IN and The
stories have also appeared in Memories from the Attic, The Rocking Chair Reader
published by Adams Media Press and My Turn to Care, Thomas Nelson Publishers
and Oak Tara Publishers in Association with Ampelos Press. Dickson’s of
Seymour, IN distributes her inspirational poem JOY throughout the United States
The Triplets’ Secret (A Jennifer Sturgis Mystery) by Glenn Sartori
Retired journalist Jennifer Sturgis never
imagined one cold case would change the course of her life. That case—the
mysterious disappearance of Crystal Scott—has been unsolved for fifty years.
The main persons of interest were the “Triplets,”
three women never charged, but branded guilty by an entire town. Now in their
eighties, the triplets, fascinated by Jennifer’s blustery entrance into their
calm life, allow her an interview—with one bizarre condition.
Jennifer accepts. Soon she is mesmerized by the
old women’s tale. Disturbed by possible connections to her family, she finds
herself facing a vengeful gunman. But no matter the risks, she is determined to
publish their story.
The Triplets’ Secret is a story of obsession,
reinvention, and shocking revelations that compel Jennifer to question
everything—even her own identity.
Book Review by Fran Bradley 5.0 out of 5 Stars Keeps you Guessing June 30, 2019 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Loved this book and it kept me guessing and agreeing with Jennifer and her feelings.
Consequences of Falling (A Riverfield Novel) by Glenn Sartori
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
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.
5 Stars: 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
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 begin 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 reviewed this book from a Kindle format. 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. 5 Stars. Review by Theodocia McLean.
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.
Book Review From Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars ….and Patriarch together for the first time since the Great Schism of 1054 May 4, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Prophetic in bringing the Pope and Patriarch together for the first time since the Great Schism of 1054. A good plot that kept me reading one more chapter before putting it down. Characters come across as real. Having grandparents who came from Russia and Kiev I enjoyed the challenge of the culture.
South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska (South City Mosaic Series Book One) by Glenn Sartori
I grew up in the South City on a street called Alaska. The mosaic of my early years is like a collection of tiles in a multicolored mural. The tiles were pieced together by many hands —my loving and stable family, the tight knit neighborhood, my grade school friends, and the compassionate nuns at St. Cecilia’s School. Come back and visit those years with me. Perhaps my grade school adventures will make you smile…and possibly help you recall your own cherished childhood memories.
5 Stars: 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. 5 Stars. Review by Theodocia McLean.
Union Of Friends (Riverfield Series Book One) by Glenn Sartori
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.
Review by Martha A. Cheves 5.0 out of 5 Stars They were best friends. Yet March 6, 2017 Format: Paperback “Union was murdered two years ago.”
He felt a contraction in his heart and a cold tingling in his face, and couldn’t utter a word. Two years Travis thought. He lost the power of sight for an instant, but he conquered his emotion by a strong effort of willpower, almost a transport of rage. Why had she waited two years before telling him? He felt numb, lost, and as if he had just awakened from a coma and was being downloaded with events he missed. The words two years rolled through his mind – Union has been dead for two years. He heard her say something about coffee, and he followed her into the house, his mind returning to reality.
Union Miller and Travis Gibbs had grown
up together. They were best friends. Yet, he had been dead for two years and
Travis never knew until he received a letter from Union’s mother stating ‘My
Union was murdered. Please come. He didn’t do it.’ So, he went to Riverfield to
find out who killed Union and why.
According to the police Union killed
Patti and Patti’s husband killed Union. But why? This simply wasn’t the Union
Travis had known the better part of his life. And because of this, he was
determined to find out what really happened. With the help of an old schoolmate
Travis started his investigation through which the name Global Friends kept
popping up. Could there be a connection? Could Union have found information
regarding this company that needed to remain hidden?
Union of Friends is one book that kept me in the dark until the end. I never knew where it would lead me next nor which character could really be trusted. Author Glenn Sartori let nothing slip which kept me turning pages as I tried to decide how everyone connected. I’m now looking forward to the next book in this series.
About The Author: 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.
Primed For Revenge: Sydney Jones Novel Series by Carolyn M. Bowen
Practicing law in a large partnership, Sydney Jones was primed
for making partner. Then her life turned upside down after a disagreement with
her boss at Birdman & Birdman.
Leaving the office, she was swiftly kidnapped and taken to
her assailants’ hideaway, beaten, and raped. With no memory of whom she was put
her at a disadvantage with her captors. Through gritted teeth, she promised a
day of repercussions for their actions while mentally visualizing her revenge.
Warned by her assailants to keep her mouth shut or else, she
was delivered to her home. Not recognizing her former living quarters, she was
careful in exploring her options for regaining her memory.
Piecing together the reasons for her kidnapping brought her
into contact with people, some she could trust and others risky. The problem
was the amnesia prevented her from recognizing the difference.
Tapped for crime once nudged her toward caution for
something afoul was going on at Birdman & Birdman. She prepared for a
fight. With a vision of fury she made a chilling decision – never to be a
“Don’t miss out on this captivating, compelling and
thrilling 5 star read!” Highly recommended by Chick Lit Cafe.
“Bowen paints a compelling picture of good, everyday people
becoming victims of financial frauds; the consistent gullibility and lack of
caution on Sydney’s part create an imagery that will resonate with many
readers.” The Praires Book Review
“Bowen’s razor-sharp images and descriptive details draw you into the chilling pulse of the story.” Amazon Reviewer
The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery by Carolyn M. Bowen
Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents.
She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself
with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with
terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets
than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half-brother she
knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting
precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.
“A fast, riveting mystery thriller you’ll not soon forget!”
“A complex plot sprinkled with romance and loaded with
“The action-packed plot of this novel delivers a powerful,
“You’ll be instantly taken on a journey with Kate as love,
lust, and revenge, money and murder show their faces.”
“Bowen’s characters are credible and well-defined, especially Kate, Jake, AJ, and Nap. Bowen’s plot is taut and twisty, and she gives plenty of red herrings for armchair sleuths. The Long Road Home is highly recommended.” 5 Stars – Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Cross-Ties: Historical Fiction Passages by Carolyn M. Bowen
Leah is a rebel. As a mixed-race female intent on escaping
the constraints of 19th-century English society, she bucks her single father’s
control and embarks on a daring journey from England to the Caribbean and then
frontier America. As she navigates the treacherous seas and sidesteps the
constant threat of pirates, Leah forges a strong character and hones fierce
independence. Follow along as she explores scenic countries, immerses herself
in native cultures and tastes local cuisines. Along the way, Leah faces hurtful
prejudices, learns who her true friends really are and ultimately recognizes
and embrace love, even if it’s against the law.
“A great tale of someone overcoming the odds and
stepping out of her comfort zone to grow as a person.” Amazon Reviewer
“Great epic story of love, life, and loss.” Amazon
Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success: The Power to Transform Your Life One Step at a Time by Carolyn M. Bowen
When surfers hit the waters, they use a technique called
cross-stepping, or moving their weight forward and backward to stay standing.
Cross-stepping isn’t just a good idea for surfers, though – you, too, can
metaphorically use the same strategy of zig-zagging motions to achieve success.
In “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success,” career coach Carolyn Bowen
shows you how to zig-zag your way to success one step at a time. She examines
grieving, life planning, owning your power, becoming health conscious, learning
to love again, and more. With “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success,”
you’ll discover how to maintain your balance on the choppy waters of life!
About The Author: Carolyn M. Bowen is a mystery
author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous, imaginative spirit
to inspire and entertain. Bowen uses travel as a muse to explore cultures and
dialogue to bring her stories to life.
Her writing credits include Cross-Ties, a romantic
adventure; The Long Road Home, a contemporary crime fiction mystery;
Cross-Stepping Your Way To Success; and the newly released crime
fiction/mystery, Primed For Revenge, A Sydney Jones Novel Series.
Beyond the end of the Second World War, after the
Japanese surrender, the fighting never ceased in China …
This is the fourth historical novel in the
Warramunga series by Greg Kater. The events take place during 1946 when former
army officer, Jamie Munro, and educated half-aborigine, Jack “Jacko” O’Brien,
who head the Commonwealth Investigation Service in Darwin, are asked by Colonel
John Cook, a senior commanding officer of MI6, to go to China and assist in the
investigation of a drug cartel who are believed responsible for killing one of
his operatives along the Yangtze River.
During the recent war, Jamie and Jacko had worked in
intelligence operations with Colonel Cook during the desert campaign in North
Africa, as the Afrika Corps threatened Egypt, and later in South East Asia in
the aftermath of war.
The pair arrive in Shanghai via Manila in the
aftermath of the Japanese occupation with Harry Williams, chief of the US
intelligence agency, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), in the Philippines.
They had worked with Harry previously in the Philippines on a case involving
child smuggling (The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War). They are met at Shanghai’s
Bund Docks by Johnny and Lee Drake, a half-Chinese MI6 operative who had lived
in Shanghai, posing as a tea merchant, throughout the war. Jamie and Jacko
learn that the current state of affairs in China is very complicated. They not
only have to contend with the drug cartel but also with gangs, warlords and
corrupt personages of influence. They are told the opium produced by the drug
cartel is shipped to the Philippines for treatment and from there to the USA
and Australia. To reach the centre of the opium operations it is necessary to
travel hundreds of miles in a motorised junk up the Yangtze River where
hostile, trigger-happy gangs and groups inhabit the riverbanks.
5 Star Review: Author Greg Kater
takes this historical fiction beyond his ‘Warramunga’ trilogy, to post WWII, as
the fighting continues between the Kuomintang Government, the communists,
warlords and various gangs along the Yangtze River in China.
I found it
interesting that Australian based Author Greg Kater brings his first hand
experiences, education, and knowledge of the region into his story, since his
career retirement from the international resources industry where he visited
China many times. Who better to tell us about the impact of WWII on China and
the infighting between fractions trying to hold on to their influence and power
in the region?
Author Greg Kater has
a unique story telling style that paints a vivid picture while he keeps the
story moving along with strong, relatable characters using great dialog that
draws the reader into the humanity of the situation. Let me share this quote
with you from Chapter Twelve:
“It was raining
heavily again when Henri, Carna and Sarah were saying their farewells to Angelo
and his family at Hernani. ‘It is a good thing if we leave now, n’est-ce pas?’
said Henri to Angelo. ‘I can’t thank you enough for your kindness. It is my
intention to set up a sawmill here when there are fewer bad men around. I will
employ many local people.’ Carna translated Henri’s words and then Angelo’s
response. ‘No, no. It is me to thank you, sir,’ responded Angelo. ‘Again, I am
sorry for being responsible for putting you and Miss Carna in such danger.’
‘Non, non. Think nothing of it,’ protested Henri. Carna explained to Angelo
that they should leave before danger came down the road looking for them. She
said that if anyone asked him or Almado, to say they had never met them. ‘Diri!
No, never met you,’ repeated Angelo, winking. With a last wave, Jacinto, Henri,
Carna and Sarah ran out through the rain into the vehicle and were soon
slipping, sliding, and bumping down the road to Giporlos where they were sure
that Manny Alvarez and his boat, with Monique and Bella aboard, would be
waiting. And waiting they were. Monique was so worried that she had left the
boat and was pacing up and down in the rain. They were supposed to have
returned long before now. She wanted to walk up the road to look for them, but
realised it was much too far. She pictured her father and the others lying
injured beside the crashed jeep with no one to help them. Or worse, they had
been captured by Japanese soldiers who didn’t know the war was over. She had
heard stories that many such units remained in the forests of the Philippines.
Oh Jacko, you are so far away when we need you. She tried to stop thinking
about all the other dreadful things that might have overtaken her father and
friends. Bella was sitting under cover in the boat silently sobbing, while
Manny was plying her with cups of coffee and telling her that Samar was a safe
place now the war had ended. The only sounds were the rain falling, the
chirping of birds in the trees and unidentifiable noises of wildlife, until
everyone was alerted by the distant groans from the north of a labouring motor
Whether you are a history buff or not, Conflict On The Yangtze is an interesting read with historical significance. The author wisely wrote each of his books as stand-alone, so his readers can enjoy each book in the order and pace the reader chooses. I recommend you read Conflict On The Yangtze and then go back and read The Warramunga’s War, The Warramunga’s Aftermath Of War, and Skills Of The Warramunga by Greg Kater. 5 Stars. Review by Theodocia McLean.
Warramunga Trilogy by Greg Kater Is An Extraordinary Historical Fiction Novel Filled With Espionage, War and Mystery.
Book One In Warramunga Trilogy
War is a sweeping narrative of the friendship that forms between a young
Australian army officer, Jamie Munro, and an educated half-caste Warramunga
aboriginal NCO, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, during the Syrian campaign against the
Vichy French in World War II. Jacko rescues a wounded Jamie after which they
are conscripted in Cairo by MI6. Here, Jamie and Jacko learn about the seamy
side of war in counterespionage as they track down German spies. The principal
fictional characters interact with actual historical figures and events
throughout the story.
As the desert war
escalates to the west of Cairo, the MI6 team confuses the enemy with misleading
radio messages using German codes and using local entertainers as undercover
agents. On one of his day leaves, Jacko meets a beautiful young Syrian-French
girl and a strong romantic bond forms between the two during his time in Cairo.
Following the end
of the desert war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in
Southeast Asia. After the end of the Pacific war, they initiate the Darwin
operations of the CIS, the Commonwealth Investigation Service. On the trail of
two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have formed a
dangerous criminal gang with an individual they had known during their time in
Cairo. The tracking skills of the Warramunga are needed to finally catch up
with the murderous gang in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
Review: The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater is an extraordinary
historical fiction novel filled with espionage, war and mystery. In it, readers
follow the lives of two men, Jamie and Jacko, fighting together in the Middle
East and Egypt during World War II. Jacko saves Jamie’s life and they quickly
become close friends. They are allocated different assignments in different
fields of action that they implement and carry out. Jamie, Lieutenant James
Munro, is an officer in the Australian army and Jacko, Sergeant Jack O’ Brien,
is an Australian army officer, as well. Together they make a great team and
their close friendship and communication with real people from history is the
central theme of this fabulous story. Their adventures are paramount and
readers will follow along with them on their journey into war and espionage.
This book is
filled with twists and turns and had me turning the pages quickly to find out
what would happen next. I was fully engaged from the very first chapter all the
way to the satisfying conclusion. This a great book. If you love historical war
fiction with mystery, espionage and some romance, you will love The
Warramunga’s War. The characters are fully developed with complete back stories
and interesting dialogue between them. There is an array of colorful characters
that are essential and fully appreciated. Their interaction and communication
is written well. Author Greg Kater is a fine writer and I have had the pleasure
of reading all three of his books in the Warramunga series. He manages to
create a brilliant storyline and plot full of mystery and excitement that all
comes together magnificently at the end. I’m not going to give away any
spoilers, one must get this book and read it to find out how remarkable it
War will interest and engross all discerning readers. It is engaging,
compelling and exciting, full of intrigue and enigma, I completely enjoyed the
puzzling mysteries that this book held. The narrative is original and creative
making for a fantastic read. The descriptive writing had me on the scene fully
present watching on as the story unfolded. Greg Kater takes a complicated story
and ties it all up neatly with an easy to follow along storyline and plot. He
is an exceptional writer and all his books are excellent. I can’t wait to read
more books penned by him, as I can never get enough. Artisan Book Reviews
highly recommends The Warramunga’s War, book one, in the Warramunga series. Get
yourself a copy and be captivated and fully entertained. Review by Artisan Book
Product Details Paperback: 304 Pages Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II, Military, War
Aftermath of War encapsulates the investigation into the post-war activities of
a major criminal organisation with tentacles to the USA, Australia and South
East Asia. When a fishing boat is discovered in distress in rough seas
northwest of Darwin in late 1945, former army officer, Jamie Munro, and
educated half-caste Warramunga aborigine, Jack “Jacko” O’Brien, who
head the CIS in Darwin, are called on to investigate child smuggling operations
financed by a shadowy ring of wealthy paedophiles.
This book is the
second book of a trilogy. This follows The Warramunga’s War detailing the
meeting of Jamie and Jacko on the battlefield during the Second World War and
their activities working together with MI6 in intelligence during the remainder
of the war.
Product Details Paperback: 310 Pages Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II, Military, War, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, International Mystery, Crime
Early in 1946,
former army officer, Jamie Munro, and his half-Aboriginal friend and colleague,
Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, who head the Commonwealth Investigation Service in
Darwin, are called on to assist in the rescue of Colonel John Cook, a senior
operative of MI6, who has been kidnapped by bandits and taken into the jungles
Jamie and Jacko
had worked in intelligence operations with Colonel Cook during the desert
campaign in North Africa in the Second World War, as the Afrika Corps
half-sister, Sarah, a full-blood Aborigine from Tennant Creek, they arrive in
Kuala Lumpur to find that they not only have to contend with the impenetrable
jungle of the Malay peninsula, but also with a murderous and subversive
organisation of Fascist criminals whose aim is to disrupt the creation of the
Malayan Union by the British Military Authority, set to take place on 1st of
April 1946, foment an uprising and take over control of the country.
All the inherent
bushcraft skills of the Warramunga are needed to rescue Colonel Cook as well as
prevent catastrophic mayhem on the Malayan peninsula.
This is the third
book in the Warramunga trilogy.
Product Details Paperback: 314 Pages Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II, Military, War, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, International Mystery, Crime
Message From The Author: “I recently retired and live from a 55-year international career in the resource industry.
War is my first work of historical fiction. The principal fictional characters
interact with actual historical figures and events which have been rigorously
researched. the subject of the novel is partly inspired by the experiences of
my father, who fought in the Middle East, and partly from my own experiences in
northern Australia where I worked extensively throughout the NT and Kimberley.
Wracked with guilt over the tragic deaths of her
husband and young son, Kate Cavanagh leaves 1939 Britain to start a new life in
Burma, where she falls in love and marries teak plantation manager Jack
Bellamy, a widower with two young children.
The 1942 Japanese invasion destroys their idyllic
life in Burma. With Jack away fighting the enemy, Kate must embark on a
perilous 250-mile journey, on foot, with her children and their Indian ayah.
They brave monsoon-sodden jungle, swamps and mountains along with half-a-million
terrified, civilian refugees fleeing to the safety of India.
Death from disease, exhaustion, and starvation
surrounds them. Corpses litter the trail. Vowing not to lose another child in
her care, Kate needs every ounce of courage and determination she can muster.
Will it be enough to ensure their survival through
some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain?
Editorial Review: “Those
looking for a historical fiction set in a unique part of the globe will greatly
enjoy this story. It nicely weaves real life with fiction, and the details in
the last half are magnificent, helping readers feel like they are there,
battling mud, steep inclines, and rugged pathways while worrying about hunger,
violence and disease. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.” The Book Review Directory.
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 breach.
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.
Product Details: Paperback: 308 Pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 6, 2013) Genre: Military Leader Biographies, Military History, World War II History, Fictional 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: It’s 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.
Determined 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.
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.
Product Details: Print Length: 160 Pages Publication Date: April 26, 2013 Genre: Family Life Fiction, Eldercare, Aging Parents
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.
Product Details: Print Length: 178 Pages Publication Date: August 11, 2011 Genre: Memoir, Southeast Asia Travel Guides, Myanmar Travel Guides, Southeast Asia Travel
sixtieth birthday, her self-centered husband, and the death of a friend have
Brenda wondering what happened to her once adventurous spirit. Determined to
get it back, she hotfoots it to a remote village in India. When family members
give chase to persuade her to come home, life becomes hectic. Arriving in
India, rebels promptly kidnap Brenda’s ditzy granddaughters.
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. Traipsing through jungle, dodging rebels and
bullets, and fleeing angry bears—no problem for the wild child in Brenda that
was there all along.
by Charline Ratcliff for Rebecca’s Reads: “Another good book by Pauline Hayton. A
quick, enjoyable read, great for beach or airplane. An eye-opening interesting
read for those who have never experienced life in a third world country.”
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.
She never, ever wanted to be a writer. It was not
on her bucket list. Nevertheless, she started writing in 1996, after listening
to her father’s war stories and reading his tattered wartime diaries. She found
them so interesting, she felt compelled to write them down for her
grandchildren who had only ever known their grandfather as a doddering old man.
The project turned into her first book, her father’s war memoir, “A
Corporal’s War: the WWII Adventures of a Royal Engineer.”
Researching for this book, she discovered the
true WWII story of a remarkable woman, Ursula Graham Bower and wrote “Naga
Queen” which is based mainly on the letters Ursula wrote home to her
mother when she was living with the Naga tribes doing anthropological work.
When the British Army discovered her, they recruited her into a clandestine
unit to spy on the Japanese. She received a medal for her activities. While
researching “Naga Queen” Hayton 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 when there was rebel activity in the area.
“Myanmar: 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 being
alive 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.
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 elderly parents.
The 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.
In 2016, Hayton published “Extreme
Delight” an anthology of short true and fictional stories and poems, as
well as her first children’s book “The Unfriendly Bee.”
“No Long Goodbyes” published 2019 is
romantic fiction set in the 1942 Japanese invasion of Burma. This is the third
book in a series to bring attention to a neglected part of WWII, the
China/Burma/Indian theater of war, otherwise known as CBI. Hayton had not
planned to write a romance, but the characters had other ideas. Everything that
happened to heroine Kate, happened to refugees fleeing the invading force. More
than half a million people walked out of Burma to India. It is estimated that
between 20,000 to 100,000 died. Nobody has the correct figures. This book is my
salute to those brave souls.
It’s amazing when you are shown that you are on
the right path in your writing. My first sale of “No Long Goodbyes”
came almost by accident. I was introduced to a man whose friend fled on foot
from Burma in 1942. He bought the book to give to this friend for his 93rd
A Bridge Over Troubled Water by Renee’ Drummond-Brown
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Introduction
Stepping out of fear and trusting faith is challenging. Faith of a mustard seed. Faith that one can do all things. Faith of believing on things hoped for and not seen. This faith has given me a vision, mission, purpose and goal to become a catalyst for the plight of African American people and write prose with such conviction that is sure to rouse the soul, touch the broken heart, and ultimately transform one’s mind. There is a call on my life and responsibility, where I have been moved to step out of fear and act on faith to pick up the mantle of the great poets before me and get to gentler terms to bridge the conversation concerning African American people and their complex history relating to slavery, Civil Rights and injustices in the 21st century. Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down and go beyond my call of duty to write the wrongs truthfully.
collection of poems governing theme(s) will address the legal institution of
human enslavement, primarily Afro-Americans, documented injustices which
reflect periods in time relating to the Civil Rights Movement era, the
twenty-first century and focus on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but
the truth. Because I am a black woman, born in the 60’s, down South, during the
Civil Rights Movement era, I connect with the Negro dialect associated with
both Paul Laurence Dunbar and Dr. Maya Angelo’s poetry. Their literary
influence mystified my mind and made me want to investigate more about the
plight of my people and share what I learn with the world.
After taking Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement class while at Geneva College and traveling on the “13th Annual Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights Bus Tour” and also Kenya, Africa, I developed a burning desire to make an impact on the world as it relates to a pattern of familiar discrimination on African Americans. My vision is Renee’s Poems with Wings are Words in Flight becoming a household name globally while depositing historical facts in poetic fashion that are sure to develop and awaken the soul. My mission is to put prose into action metaphorically pointed, with images designed to have colorblind justice, hear the truth touch freedom and taste love in poetic fashion. The purpose is to bridge the gap of philosophies, without biases, that will enlighten and unify the human race through the genre of poetic accounts. My goal is to educate the human race, by bridging their knowledge and furthermore reminding the African American people that we cannot forget to remember our past and we cannot remember to forget our present and we should never forget that we were sold to the highest bidder.
Review by Author Deborah Brooks Langford 5.0 out of 5 Stars A Bridge Over Troubled Water May 23, 2019 Format: Paperback
Renee’ Drummond-Brown collection of poems is always a refreshing read for me.
Often times, poetry is seen as a romantic, lofty form of literature, when in
reality it can be a stunning form of expression that can take your breath away
in a matter of lines. Each book of Renees’ provides a captivating form of
poetry, though I suggest it for people who are actually interested in poetry,
rather than any form of literature in general. Renees’ writings makes for a
fine read because it makes it very clear that she is poetess to whom writing
poetry comes naturally – her dominion over words and her ability to bend them
in whichever way she pleases is something to admire.
believe that her poems are written based on the authors actual
as there are some poems that obviously has her personal touch
it is his own perception about things, as well as the things she was able to
witness in her daily life. Her books could
a material for discussion in classrooms because the topics talked about
the poems are very relatable to the people these days and days past.
originality is so extraordinary, her poetry talks to your soul.
Tried, Tested and True Poets From Across The Globe by Renee’ Drummond-Brown
Poems with Wings Are Words in Flight has opened the door to allow mutually
inspired poets from across the globe to weigh in and collaborate, bringing the
best of the best prolific prose within this book. Thus, it makes them tried,
tested, and true poets changing the world, one poem at a time.
Review by Susan S. 5.0 out of 5 Stars Tried, Tested and True Poets From Across The Globe December 27, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition
words of Renee Drummond-Brown are so intense, it’s almost palpable. In this
book of collaborated poems from various writers around the world, we are shown
the talent that Renee surrounds herself with, is inspired by, as well as her
being one of the writers that inspires others.
have found Renee to be a very deep and passionate writer of historical events,
of love, current issues, etc. Each poem of hers is riveting and moving to the
point one feels like joining her cause or inspired to write a poem of their
I was blessed to be asked to write for this Anthology, to be among the talent in this Book,Tried, Tested and True Poets From Across The Globe Anthology.
Renee reins Queen as her words sear through the pages of time and Space,
forever to be remembered.
give this book 5 stars and recommend it for reading wonderful poetry.
Poems with Wings are Words in Flight are a plethora of poetic thoughts penned
and Nurture Kindreds, while Preparing and Empowering the Nations.
Review by Susan Joyner-Stumpf 5.0 out of 5 Stars The Power Of The Pen by Renee’ Drummond- Brown October 5, 2018 Format: Paperback
was about a little over three years ago I had the fortune to run across a poem
by Renee’ Drummond-Brown in my poetry forum group, POTPOURRI POETS AND ARTISTS.
To be quite sincere and raw about my first impression, I felt it was a “Call To
Arms” to stand up and be counted, make your values and opinions known. In other
words, instead of being told to be “quiet,” I felt the need to shout and that’s
how I shall always think of Renee, the Poetess that has a voice and gives you
the opportunity to voice your own in your own way.
Voice of Steel. Heart of Gold.
is Renee. With her searing words of fortitude and take control and bring
awareness to situations whether they be past injustices or modern day, she
speaks from a great depth of passion and belief that like a Volcano, cannot lay
still beneath the Earth, it must erupt and give credence to whatever moralistic
or fact-be-known tremor is running through her blood at the time that demands
to be spoken out loud. She uses a unique language to set the tone, whether it
be on slavery, women’s rights, anything related to the human condition and then
some ~ her words jump from poetic stance to Poetic Warrior and you want to get
up and dance with her, wave a flag with her, yell a battle cry from the
rooftops all the insanity that has been poured into those of different genre,
color, race, creed.
thank Renee for her “Call” to those distant, dark places in the Universe that
scream for awareness, that are speechless and need a voice. She gives them one
and when you read the power of her Soul, you realize she is asking you for your
voice back from that abyss, to join her in the crusade for all that is wrong or
hurt or impaired and needs our attention.
Voice of Steel. Heart of Gold.
have awoken. I have a mission. I am not alone. Beside this Poetic Warrior I
rise to meet a new Dawn and spread love, hope, awareness to causes, shed light
on the incumbent shadows that haunt our pain and willingness to eradicate that
pain with a little help from the audience that is stirred into action.
makes you feel proud to be a Woman, a human, and most importantly, her FRIEND.
Voice of Steel. Heart of Gold.
her and you will never be the same. You will gravitate towards that light,
never realizing you were only scratching the surface of safe darkness Now it’s
time to share that light with the world through the poetic realm,
all-empowering. Stay humble in that good light. Speak of truth and don’t
squander empathy. Speak for the speechless, listen from the wounds of deafness,
you have a place in this world, you are not alone and the Universe needs you. A
this ~ because I ran across a poem written by Renee’ Drummond-Brown. I’m no
longer the old me. Just a better version of me, chasing down the dream, holding
on to that Voice of Steel with my own Heart of Gold.
Sold: To The Highest Bidder: Renee s Poems with Wings Are Words in Flight by Renee’ Drummond-Brown
Poems with Wings Are Words in Flight is a collection of poetic injustices that
reflect periods in time relating to slavery, Civil Rights Movement and the 21st
Cannot Forget To Remember Our Past, And. . .
Cannot Remember To Forget Our Present, And. . .
Should Never Forget, That We Were Sold: To The Highest Bidder! Renee’ B.
Review by John R. Kolkmeyer 5.0 out of 5 Stars Praise Worthy! November 18, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Worthy! is a most accurate description of this deeply involved and intimately
personal collection of poetry by Pittsburgh author, Reneé Drummond-Brown. Sold:
To The Highest Bidder is complicated on a number of very serious social,
ethical and spiritual levels. Any poetic discussion about slavery, racism,
faith and social responsibility, all at same time, requires an open mind, an
embracing heart and a very engaging soul. Ms. Reneé Drummond-Brown approaches
her serious subjects with these expansive requirements in her poetic mind’s
eye, as she weaves together biblical verses, solemn thoughts and a unique
tenderness about the severe limitations of the lives we live and the times we
work is not only timely but it has everything to do with the “times” that we
always find ourselves in, regardless of how we got here. As she writes in What
time Is It?
“Time creates her own fate And well worth her wait She’s neither early or on time But at the same time; never is she late What time is it? A time to heal
Renee’s Poems With Wings Are Words In Flight: I’ll Write Our Wrongs by Renee Drummond-Brown
Poems with Wings Are Words in Flight is a collection of poetic accounts
designed to have colorblind justice, hear the truth, touch freedom, taste love,
and smell the Rose of Sharon. This book is written with such conviction that it
is sure to cleanse the soul, mend the broken heart, and ultimately transform
Review by Debbie Brooks 5.0 out of 5 Sstars Renee’s Poems With Wings Are Words In Flight: I’ll Write Our Wrongs!June 2, 2017 Format: Paperback
Renee Drummond Brown Poetry is electrifying. This poetry book “RENEE’S
POEMS WITH WINGS ARE WORDS IN FLIGHT” IS OUTSTANDING.
penned words draw you in with such a force of an imagination that you are
hooked. Her Poetry is so unique, I have not found another poet to touch her. I
believe one of my favorite poems by Renee is “ALONE” this poem
touched the very core of my soul. Hats off to you Renee! With a creative mind
with a billions of words and more to come, I can say how wonderful these poems
are. I love how her poetry takes you to different worlds at different times.
Each Poem would make a great movie. Her poems makes my imagination flow.
book is a five-star rating, and I recommend it to everyone.
Product Details: Paperback: 110 Pages Publisher: West Bow Press (July 13, 2015) Genre: Poetry, Inspirational, Religious Poetry
Poems with Wings are Words in Flight will drift you on a memory to make you
‘wanna’ be; no place, but, with B.A.D. poetry”
Review by Easy Rider 5.0 out of 5 Stars “Poetry is poems that cause poetic actions.” May 3, 2017 Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Drummond-Brown speaks truth in a voice unique within a society of followers.
Her poems on the Black experience in America will resonate with all groups of
folks who have experienced oppression of many forms. There is wisdom in these
words for those who wish to hear it, for those who can hear it, for those who
are not blinded by the self-righteous delusion of superiority. Humble thyself
and become immersed in the lyrical qualities of Drummond-Brown’s common speech.
You’ll be certain that you’re at the feet of a rocking chair, listening to the
stories of a great generation, aged to perfection. I would like to hear her
poems in an Audible format, preferably read by the poet.
The Author: Renee’
Drummond-Brown is a renowned author from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a
graduate of Geneva College of Western Pennsylvania and The Center for Urban
Biblical Ministry (CUBM).
is still in pursuit of excellence towards her mark for higher education. She is
an accomplished poetess with experience in creative writing and authored several
books to her credit. Her work has recently been nominated by the Scarlet Leaf
Review’s list for “Best of the Net” nominations, 2018. September, 2018,
Wildfire Publications Magazine awarded Renee’s poem “BLACK CRIMES
MATTER” Poem of the month.
has numerous works published globally which can be seen in cubm.org/news, KWEE
Magazine (Liberian L. Review), Leaves of Ink Magazine, Raven Cage Poetry and
Prose Ezine, Scarlet Leaf Publishing House, SickLit Magazine, The Metro Gazette
Publishing Company, Inc., Tuck, and Whispers Magazine, amongst many others.
Because her work is viewed on a global scale this solidifies her as a force to
be reckoned within the literary world of poetry.
Renee’ is inspired by non-other than Dr. Maya Angelou, because of her, Renee’ posits “Still I write, I write, and I’ll write!”
Princess Avenger: An Epic Fantasy Romance Novel (Queenmakers Saga Book 1) by Bernadette Rowley
AN AVENGING PRINCESS
Alecia is determined to protect her people from her tyrannical father.
Her only worth is to have a son, who will be heir to the kingdom.
A DANGEROUS SHIFTER
Vard is tasked with guarding a princess who refuses to be shielded from
danger. His dark secret could spell the end of the woman he’s sworn to protect.
And yet, when thrown together, neither of them can deny the forbidden
attraction. As their lives spin out of control, will love be enough to pull
them from the vortex and perhaps save the kingdom?
Princess Avenger is the first book in the epic Queenmakers Saga,
combining the sweeping high fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If
you like magic, political intrigue and mythical creatures, wrapped up in a
‘beauty and the beast’ love story, then you’ll adore Princess Avenger.
***This book contains sex scenes and is intended for mature readers. ***
From The Author:
Princess Avenger was the start of my love affair with the world of Thorius.
I was challenged to write a romance and set out on a walk to brainstorm my
story. By the time I returned, Alecia Zialni was born- a princess with a secret
other identity. Of course, there had to be a hero who could match Alecia in
daring and courage. Vard Anton, a very unusual man and captain of the army, hid
more secrets than was safe- especially for Alecia.
It was soon pretty clear that I would need more than one book to finish
their story. The second installment is Princess in Exile and the third has a
working title of The Queen Returns. It already has its cover.
All my fantasy romance stories are designed to be stand-alone but share
many characters. While writing the love story of one couple, a character will
walk through the story who is crying out for their own book. Such is the case
for The Lady’s Choice where Ramon Zorba from Princess Avenger, finds his love.
I hope you enjoy exploring my fantasy world of Thorius.
Product Details: Queenmakers
Saga Book 1 Print
Length: 263 Pages Publication
Date: April 26, 2019 Genre:Gothic
Romances, Romantic Fantasy, Women’s Fantasy Fiction
The Lady’s Choice (Queenmakers Saga 2) by Bernadette Rowley
plan…With her people on the brink of starvation, Lady Benae Branasar devises a
daring rescue. She will marry powerful Prince Jiseve of Brightcastle and use
his fortune to save her estates. But first she must compete against three
princesses equally determined to win his hand.
distraction…When she finds herself drawn to her reluctant escort, the prince’s
squire Ramón Zorba, her plans begin to unravel.
Ramón is dealing
with problems of his own, but as he thaws, Benae glimpses the devastating man
beneath. The more time they spend together, the harder Benae finds it to focus
on her objective. Will she stay true to her people? Or will love and fate
Benae and Ramón
face temptation, danger and tragedy in this passionate fantasy romance.
The Lady’s Choice
is the second book in the epic Queenmakers Saga, blending the sweeping high
fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If you like magic, court
intrigue and mythical creatures, wrapped up in a “marriage of convenience gone
wrong” romance, you’ll love The Lady’s Choice.
contains sex scenes and is intended for mature readers.
From The Author: The Lady’s
Choice is the second book I wrote and was first published by Penguin Australia.
It’s a spin-off of Princess Avenger and the hero is Ramon Zorba, a secondary
character from Princess Avenger. Ramon is a beta hero who comes into his power
in this fantasy romance. I thought it would be fun to write a virgin hero and
it really was.
The heroine is beautiful Benae who decides a marriage of convenience will
provide her the funds to save her impoverished estate. She doesn’t reckon on
falling in love along the way and not with her husband.
I love Benae and have given her gifts I wish I had. She can speak mind to
mind with her horse and can heal with her mind as well. She has a beautiful
relationship with her stallion Flaire, just like the one I had with my horse
This one is the book of my heart and I hope you enjoy it.
Product Details: Queenmakers Saga Book 2 Print Length: 328 Pages Publication Date: May 5, 2019 Genre:Gothic Romances, Romantic Fantasy, Women’s Fantasy Fiction
Princess In Exile (Queenmakers Saga Book 3) by Bernadette Rowley
…a princess of
the people in self-imposed exile. Nothing could prepare Alecia for what she
faces as she leaves all she has known behind and embraces a future with her
shapeshifter, desperate to defend the woman he loves. Vard Anton fights both
external forces and the least controllable of his forms – the bear.
The lovers travel
to a lost city, hoping a sorcerer there may help Vard master his
transformations. They soon discover this mentor has his own devious agenda.
Will Vard and Alecia escape? Can their love survive Alecia’s fear of Vard’s
animal forms? What secret does the princess hold with the power to destroy
The answers to
all this and more are contained in the pages of Princess in Exile, the dark
sequel to Princess Avenger.
Princess in Exile
is the third book in the epic Queenmakers Saga, combining the sweeping high
fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If you like magic, political
intrigue and mythical creatures, wrapped up in a ‘beauty and the beast’ love
story, then you’ll adore Princess in Exile.
contains sex scenes and is intended for mature readers.
Product Details: Queenmakers Saga Book 3 Print Length: 281 Pages Publication Date: May 19, 2019 Genre: Gothic Romances, Romantic Fantasy, Women’s Fantasy Fiction
The Lord and The Mermaid (Queenmakers Saga Book 4) by Bernadette Rowley
…a desperate mermaid, determined to flee her people and create a new
life. Merielle has rejected her family and gambled her future on inducing a
human man to fall in love with her.
…an exiled sea captain, sworn to avenge a devastating loss. Nikolas
blames the monstrous sea nymphs for his brother’s disappearance but when he
finds an injured mermaid on his beach, he agrees to help her.
Despite his hate for the mer people, Nik is increasingly drawn to Meri,
who slowly works her way into his damaged heart. Will Nik break the laws of
land and sea to be with Meri, or will the devastating secret she holds crush
their tumultuous relationship?
The Lord and the Mermaid is the fourth book in the epic Queenmakers Saga,
combining the sweeping high fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If
you like magic, political intrigue and mythical creatures, wrapped up in a dark
and sexy retelling of The Little Mermaid, then you’ll adore The Lord and the
This book contains sex scenes and is intended for mature readers.
Product Details: Queenmakers
Saga Book 4
Print Length: 356 Pages
Publication Date: June 16, 2019 Genre:Gothic
Romances, Romantic Fantasy, Women’s Fantasy Fiction
Caught up in a
vicious civil war, elven princess Gwaethe Arenil is desperate to save her
peace-loving faction and reunite her people. Help presents itself in the form
of Captain Jacques Vorasava, the dashing human Brightcastle commander. But does
Jacques’s aid come with more dangers than Gwaethe can accept, both for her
people and her heart? As the threat from the enemy elven faction forces them to
work together, conflicts between their cultures push them apart. In a land of
polarized opinion and intolerance, can Jacques and Gwaethe forge a new reality
where their love can be accepted?
This story continues themes and characters from The Elf King’s Lady.
Genre: Gothic Romances, Romantic Fantasy, Women’s Fantasy Fiction
Aranati, burdened by an impoverished estate, has turned her hand to smuggling.
She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields that protect her reputation.
Swashbuckling pirate Samael Delacost craves her cargo and her heart. But before
he can be worthy of her love, he must exorcize the ghosts of his past. An
irresistible connection binds them but will that be enough to convince Samael
to turn his back on the sea, or for Esta to take a chance on happiness she
doesn’t think she deserves?
The Lady and the
Pirate continues The Wildecoast Saga, with popular The Lord and the Mermaid
characters Nikolas Cosara and his wife Merielle featured in this latest instalment
from Bernadette Rowley.
5 Star Review: Book three in the Wildecoast Saga is a
stand-alone book that any fantasy romance reader will enjoy whether you have
read The Lord And The Mermaid or The Elf King’s Lady sagas first.
well-written chapters with realistic characters bring the reader into Lady Esta
Aranati’s double life.
Even though the
author places this at the end of the book, I think it will benefit you to know
the meaning of these two terms upfront. Lenweri (the elven people, they have
dark skin, pointed ears and are tall and elegant) and Sis Lenweri (the faction
of dark elves that wishes to take over the kingdom of Thorius).
Chapter one opens
with some suspense aboard the ‘Sea Sprite’ when captain, Lady Esta Aranti’s
first mate wakes her up from deep sleep to inform her they have a visitor on
board. I quote: “Esta drew a deep and heavy sigh, her heart kicking up a notch
as she contemplated who the visitor might be. On a ship miles out to sea at
night, there were few possibilities and none of them good.”
In chapter three
the mood shifts and I quote:
“Esta moved to
the bow and stood with the wind in her face, the black strands of her wig
streaming behind her. It was chill but not wet and she reveled in the dance of
her ship over the waves. Sea Sprite was one of the joys of her life and sailing
one of her great loves. When she was on the ocean, she was free of earthly ties
and a little of its wildness seeped into her, giving her strength for the
trials of estate life. Lately, she had found it almost impossible to return to
the estate without a nagging sense of dread.
“You seem almost
happy tonight, sister,” Katrine said, joining her in the bow. Katrine was
wildness personified, with a lithe body and long black hair that she rarely
tied back. Not for her the wig as she had less need for a full disguise,
shunning public life as she did. She wore leather breeches, flowing black
shirts and a broad black satin mask decorated with stars. Her piercing blue
eyes were now fixed on Esta.
“I am happy,
Katrine,” Esta said. “What makes you think I am ever unhappy?”
I invite you to
join Katrine and Esta as they sail the sea with visions of finding treasure on
I hope the quotes
above whet your appetite for strong female characters, rugged men, pirates,
treasure maps, adventure, sword and sorcery and of course romance. 5 Stars. Review
by Theodocia McLean
sorceress, Katrine Aranati, no longer knows how to deal with the woman she has
become. She runs headlong into a man whose heart’s desire is order and control.
James Tomel, master jeweler, is outwardly a pillar of society but he hides more
than one dangerous secret.
When they are thrown
together on a trip to Brightcastle, fierce creatures from legend pursue them
but even more dangerous are the feelings swirling between them. When their
hearts and bodies come together, one will flee while the other demands an
accounting. Can they find common ground where their love will flourish or will
secrets and betrayal kill all hope of a life together? Find out if love and
chaos can defeat order and control in the fourth exciting instalment of the
The Author:Bernadette Rowley is a lover of epic fantasy who is a
veterinarian by day and an author by night. She is currently published in the
genre of fantasy/paranormal romance with eight books, all set in her fantasy
world of Thorius.
When she was a
young teenager, an aunt gave her a copy of The Sword of Shannara by Terry
Brooks and Bernadette has lived in various fantasy worlds ever since. So, it’s
no surprise that her chosen genre when writing romance is fantasy.
“I can see
these settings so vibrantly in my mind and hope my readers can too.”
has no desire to spoon-feed her readers by laboriously describing her fantasy
settings. She would rather the reader use their own imagination a little.
Along with sword
and sorcery, dashing heroes and stunning heroines, this author includes strong
healing themes in many of her books- an element which is central to her
“When I started
writing this series, I never imagined my day job would force its way into my
stories as it has.”
And of course,
there are animals, especially Bernadette’s beloved horses.
in Brisbane, Australia, with the four heroes in her life- her husband Michael
and three grown sons.
Unleashed by the acquisition of an ancient talisman, Ombra
the evil lord of Dark World threatens to destroy the magical tribe of Legatia
and all magical beings.
Chosen by their tribe to reclaim three ancient talismans,
Theo, Ilan, and Bella travel to Greece, Italy, and the bowels of Ombra’s Dark
The youths’ mission is wrought with danger, but their
courage in the face of pure evil is unwavering. The Water Amulet, the Roman
Eagle Coin, and the Dragon Heart Ring must be recovered. Should they fail in
their quest, they and everyone they know and love will perish.
Review by Fred W. 5.0 out of 5 Stars It’s magic! July 13, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Put on your seat belts and get ready for a fast-paced Magical Fantasy adventure. After a short while you will feel like you are there with the Legatians as they face the challenge to all magical people. Sparks the imagination as it unfolds.
Review by carnac 5.0 out of 5 Stars Great book for summer vacation. May 23, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Awesome book. Right up there with Harry Potter! Great for children too.
Review by Michelina P 5.0 out of 5 stars It’s magical! June 16, 2019 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I loved the book, the magic was great, especially loved the chapter Dark World.
Review by Frank Pisani 5.0 out of 5 stars I found it to be a wonderful and inspiring adventure July 9, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Couldn’t put it down! Most interesting fantasy and a must read. I found it to be a wonderful and inspiring adventure. Hats off to the author!!!
About The Author: As a young child, Maria Pascale Weintraub loved old fairy tales. She read every fairy tale she could find, and dreamt of one day writing her own stories. Maria never forgot her dream, and decades later, wrote Legatia.
Maria Pascale Weintraub is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a BA degree in Psychology and a MA degree in Counseling. She lives with her husband, Fred, in New Jersey.
Hunter – Nate Landry: Major Issues by Mark L. Redmond
Nate Landry was a bounty hunter
and always off looking for an outlaw.
When he returned to his cabin near
Phoenix after a hunt, he was surprised to find that he wasn’t alone. He walked
in to face a pistol in the hands of a woman who knew how to use it.
Anne Thomas was desperate to find
and recover her kidnapped son, Daniel. Her husband, David, had been shot and
killed during the kidnapping and his dying words to her were to find Nate
Landry, the Union Army soldier who had released him from captivity years before.
In a twisted turn of events, Nate
and his trusted companion, Wolf, found that it had been one of their former
Army majors who had kidnapped Daniel Thomas. With Anne along to deliver the
ransom, a dangerous game of cat and mouse—with major issues—ensued.
The Adventures of Arty Anderson
Age: Middle Grade Fiction Series
Arty’s Tough Trail (Adventures Of Arty
Anderson Book Six) by Mark Redmond
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
Arty and The Cattle Rustlers (Adventures
Of Arty Anderson Book Five) by Mark L. Redmond
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
Arty and The Texas Ranger (Adventures Of
Arty Anderson Book Three) by Mark L Redmond
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
Arty and The Hunt For Phantom (Adventures
Of Arty Anderson Book Two) by Mark L. Redmond
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
Arty Goes West (Adventures Of Arty
Anderson Book One) by Mark L. Redmond
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
About The Author: 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.
Professor Angelopoulos is a mature, experienced, and
renowned archaeologist. Whilst working in the sweltering heat of the Kanesh
desert, Turkey, he meets the true love of his life, Sally. Sally, a young Irish
girl, arrives at the archaeological camp after being injured in a motorcycle
Whilst Sally is at the camp, she uncovers one of the most
important archaeological find in history, a simple piece of clay with the
oldest inscription in an Indo-European language upon it. Together, with the
Professor and other camp members they must project this rare item of national
heritage from a millionaire collector, and ensure it arrives safely at the
Archaeological Museum, where it must be displayed for everyone to see.
Review by Eva Pasco 4.0 out of 5 Stars A Lighthearted Romantic Escape August 18, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition-Verified Purchase
It’s been a while since I’ve elected to read a novel in the
genre of romance. To my delight, Roberta Franklin’s ‘The Professor and the
Bird’ offers a welcome escape from reality with the added dimensions of
cultural enrichment, history, intrigue, and danger. This is achieved through
the setting of an archaeological dig in Turkey’s Anatolian Desert.
Sure, the characters are simply drawn, easily categorized,
and lack credibility: Sally – a 27-year-old adventurous Pollyanna; Nikos – a
60-year old, naïve, antiquated professor. The two fall in love right away
despite their age difference and without complications. The dialogue between
them is unconvincing—but, the details of their lovemaking are incredibly hot
without trespassing on porn—one of the hallmarks of an eloquent romance novel.
Sally’s accidental find of a clay fragment dated from BEFORE
2000 BCE becomes the source of cloak-and-dagger and slapstick antics among stupid
thieves. The lighthearted romp provides the page-turning charm of this novel.
The author often interjected Greek and Turkish expressions
to authenticate the setting of her story. I enjoyed escaping with Sally and
Nikos to Istanbul where I visited such wonders as Haig Sophia, Topkapi Palace,
the Great Bazaar, and the Pera Palace Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote ‘Murder
on the Orient Express’.
I’m certainly glad I embarked on this romantic escape which
didn’t cost me plane fare. It’s well worth the trip.
Treasures Of The Deep Blue Sea by Roberta Franklin
Nikos, a distinguished professor of archaeology, and Sally,
his young assistant, are looking forward to enjoying their vacation together in
Crete. They are keenly anticipating swimming together, eating together, and
relaxing together – as well as hardly being able to keep their hands off each
other. But neither of them could expect the surprising twists which their
While scuba diving, Sally discovers ancient carved figures
on the sea bed. Where are they from? Then, after having gone swimming, Sally
disappears completely. Who is responsible? Is it Kostas, the young Cretan man
who has already made his admiration for Sally very plain? The answer turns out
not to be simple and to involve a long-lasting vendetta which brings Sally,
Nikos, and the other central figures in this exciting and vividly-coloured
story to the very brink of disaster.
Review by Marjorian 5.0 out of 5 Stars Roberta Franklin’s Second Novel August 23, 2018 Format: Paperback
“Treasures of the Deep Blue Sea” is up-and-coming
romance writer Roberta Franklin’s second novel. The reader is re-united with
her charming couple- senior Greek archaeologist Nikos and younger Irish tomboy
Sally whom we first met in Roberta’s debut novel “The Professor and the
Bird”. Nikos’s occupation allows Roberta to incorporate interesting
elements of ancient history into her romances which she does with a light
touch, and Sally learns fascinating fragments of history at the same time as
First and foremost, though Roberta writes about love, sex
and romance, and this reader finds it easy to identify with the lovers who
always occupy the foreground in her writing. But there are additional thrills
and spills in this second novel set on the historic island of Crete where
traditional values still hold sway and family honour remains of paramount
concern. Feuds can last for generations, and Nikos and Sally get caught up in
one such. When Sally is kidnapped by one of the warring families Nikos is
beside himself with worry, and finds his urbane and professorial kind of
manliness tested to the limit as he deals with the fierce Cretans who display a
very different form of machismo.
Roberta skillfully weaves together the different strands of
her novel- the deep love between Nikos and Sally, the archaeological
excavations which are at the centre of their daily lives, and the danger, the
thrills and spills of the vendetta. She writes with humour and her descriptive
skills are always evident and allow the reader to luxuriate in the Mediterranean
landscape and the feasting that plays such a big part in the traditional family
life of the whole region. Her secondary characters are always well drawn be
they proud but hidebound Cretan fathers trying to dictate marriage arrangements
to their despairing children, or Turkish archaeologists backing Nikos’s field
This book is another engrossing chapter in the Nikos/Sally
story and we can only hope that we hear more of them in Roberta’s further work.
But I for one feel that whatever and whoever she chooses to write about next we
shall have another highly enjoyable read on our hands.
The Author: Roberta
Franklin, who was born in Germany in 1973 and studied History and English
Literature in Munich, lives in Piraeus (Greece) and London.
has worked in various fields – as a journalist, as Social Hostess on a cruise
ship, as an insurance agent – and during the past ten years she has been
working as a freelance translator and a teacher of foreign languages.
true passion has always been writing, and her favourite genre has always been
Teenage Years: Growing Up In A Small Town In The 80’s (My Life Book 1) by T. J.
is the first book in the (My Life) series.
book is about two best friends growing up in their teenage years in a small
the wild adventures and stories from my childhood.
my parents divorced and we went on the run for 11 years.
book includes my first job, girlfriend, prom, driver’s license, my first car
and many other first we all did in our teenage years. But really this book is
just about LIFE.
will make you laugh and it will make you cry.
enjoy. This book is FREE on (Kindle Unlimited).
10, 2018 by Shirley Revill
rated it was amazing (review of another edition)
my local library there are many books of memoirs on the shelves. The majority
of those books are about the rich and famous.
book however contains the memoirs of a very ordinary man who was anything but
ordinary. No matter what life threw at T.J he was always positive, worked hard
book will make you laugh and make you cry. I couldn’t stop laughing at the
memory of the fishing trip and the alligator.
you for sharing your memories with everyone T.J. A very special book that I
From Reader (Goodreads.com)
you for sharing your memories with everyone T.J.
very special book that I enjoyed reading.
book was sent to me for a fair and honest review and is not biased in any way.
was here, but know I’ve gone.
left my name, to turn you on.
be back before you know it.
don’t rhyme, cause I’m no poet.
Ray Rated It (Goodreads.com)
was amazing (review of another edition)
first thought after reading this book was that this is proof that no matter
what someone has been through, they can overcome and continually strive to move
in a positive direction. The narrator (and author), T.J., describes his
adventures and “misadventures” in a small town in Oklahoma in the
1980’s. Most of these were with his best friend Terry. The friendship and
unbreakable bond he had with Terry is a gift that few people are lucky enough
to experience in life.
anyone remembers the 80’s, they will certainly be able to reminisce as the
author relays his anecdotes from this period in time. These were times where
there were no cell phones, high schools had “smoking areas”,
Jazzercise was the hot new workout trend, and there was no internet.
is a common thread throughout the book based upon the life lessons that are
relayed either directly or indirectly by the author through the stories. They
are worth noting and were some timely reminders to me of what is really
important in life. I want to thank T.J. for this as I needed these reminders in
so many areas.
received a complimentary copy of this book. However, the above review is honest
Rated It (Goodread.com)
liked it (review of another edition)
on the face of it TJ and I have very little in common; I grew up in London, he
grew up in small town America; I grew up in just one house, he lived in many
whilst a child; I grew up as an only child in a stable loving family
environment; he grew up in a single parent environment with his sister; I was
born in the (very) late 50s, he was born in the late 60s; he grew up in a
strict religious environment; me, well I grew up in a mixed religious
environment, so have my own views on religion that verge from Greek Orthodox to
having said all of that, many of the stories in this book were echoes of my own
childhood. As a child we were able to travel around London very cheaply but
also very safely, we had tremendous adventures. I also grew up in a time when
houses were not nose to tail for 50 miles. We had green spaces, fields and
stretches of the Thames where we could, well we could just play without worry.
I used to go out in the morning on my pushbike with my best friend and return
home for tea, checking my Timex to ensure I wouldn’t be late.
may not have been able to ride a motorbike that young (17 in this country) but
i have ridden one ever since, and like you TJ, I have been over the bonnet of a
car that pulled out in front of me. Hospital beckoned!!
adventures made me smile, made me laugh, made me sad, made me nod my head in
agreement and made me wince. In fact, from Page 116 for 4 pages I think, I
almost felt like I was reading my own life story. I too split my head open with
the flat end of an axe (unfortunately I was 53, so should have known better) I
just took too big a back swing and it hit the top of my head with some force.
As TJ says, there is an amazing amount of blood. For various reasons I could
not visit a doctor so cleaned my head with Vodka, and made a bandage out of
cotton wool and sellotape. Needless to say, I still have a scar.
to follow on, yes, I have had kidney stones twice, please tell me I will not
get a third. I do not know what it compares to but it is no fun believe me, and
I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy (well maybe I would in my darkest
all in all, amazingly I could relate to 90% of this book, and to be honest it
felt like I was reading a book written by a close friend. A close friend who
went through an awful lot more and tougher times than I did, but still came out
smiling and regardless of religion (race, colour, creed or nationality) with a
proper sense of right and wrong and the understanding that treating people with
respect and tolerance is the way to make the world better.
TJ, for sharing that with us all, it was a blast. And now bring on the 90s.
26, 2018 by Dianne (Goodreads.com)
was amazing (review of another edition)
Wray is going to tell you a story about his life as a teen and you know what?
It is going to make you laugh, break your heart and have you thinking back to your
own life as a teen!
Teenage Years: Growing Up In A Small Town is the story of what made T.J. Wray
the father and man he is today. It’s the story of friendship, dysfunctional
families and having to grow up far beyond one’s years too fast. It’s also the
story of love and loss and mistakes and triumphs.
your first girlfriend? Your first car? Your very best friend? How about your
first taste of responsibility, your first job? T.J. Wray remembers and he wrote
it all down, the good, the bad, and the ugly and he did a marvelously
entertaining job of it!
completely in his own words, no fancy phrases, just from the heart writing,
this story is sweet, heartwarming and a testament to the strength of the human
spirit to overcome obstacles and pushing forward without whining or blaming the
world for their lot in life.
we read fiction to be entertained, this is our chance to read a true story
filled with heart as one man exposes his very soul in an effort to entertain
and give each of us a chance to look back on the life that we, too, survived
and grew from!
real hidden gem that deserves to be read from an author who puts on no airs!
09, 2018 by IJ (Goodreads.com)
was amazing (review of another edition)
was T.J.’s first book that he as written, and I believe that he ‘hit it out of
takes place mostly in Oklahoma in a small town with folks with big hearts.
had it rough, no other words to describe it, but does he cry and moan about it…
are so many lessons to be learned and remembered by reading this book.
too many characters, mostly just T.J. and his friend, but many tragic things
that happen along the way in this young man’s first 18 years of life. And many
laughs too. I think I almost peed my pants about Kanye East! If you want to
have a great afternoon and evening, shedding some tears and laughing out loud,
certainly crack this book open.
all have memories, some good and some bad, but do we have the guts to tell it
like it is and not try to sugarcoat it, not many of us.
alludes to another book that picks up in the 90’s and I sure hope that he is
working on it, because I truly want to know the ‘rest of the story’.
read this, and take this young man’s advice.
Product Details: Print Length: 139 Pages Publisher: T. J. Wray (November 27, 2018) Genre: Non-Fiction, Biographies, Memoirs
The 90’s: Life on the Road (My Life Book 2) by T. J. Wray
is the second book in the (My Life) series. The first book was about my Teenage
Years. This book is about more grown up and adult experiences. Marriage,
children, and jobs.
breaking my back and going through major back surgery, I had to spend a year
and a half in rehab and physical therapy learning how to walk again.
I needed a new career, and a new adventure. This book will take you down the
road to that adventure.
you were to think back on your life, first starting out as an adult, what would
you remember? Would you have experiences to share? T.J. Wray has taken his life
experiences as an adult with a young daughter to care for and written them down
in a comfortable, easy speaking way.
is a brief but true story of his experiences as a trucker, and anything else he
could do to shoulder his responsibilities and he tells it in such a way that
one knows it comes from his heart. His words aren’t polished or fancy, but his
keen sense of humor and determination come through on every page and in every
word as he bares another slice of his life to us, the good, the bad and
is no bitterness, no sob story, just the hard facts and his simple truths. I cannot
tell you how impressed I am or how T.J. Wray made me feel as if I were sitting
right next to him as his story unfolded!
can’t recommend his books highly enough, for their sincerity and for the fact
that he has a reason for writing them that is so heartwarming. Maybe it’s time
for some reading from the heart, to get to know another human being who has no
airs to put on!
The Author: T.J.
Wray grew up in a small town. He grew up quick and got his first job at only
thirteen years old. He knew people depended on him to do his job every day. So,
for two years he never missed a day. No matter the weather conditions, he
always got the job done. He learned responsibility for his actions at a very
was very active in his church and with his youth group. He learned a lot from
the positive role models in his church, like his youth pastor and his Sunday
school teacher. He didn’t drink or party in high school. He was responsible and
went to work after school. He got his driver’s license at age fourteen and
drove himself everywhere, while the other kids still rode the bus.
though he was a teenager, he was an adult. He said in a small-town people wave
as they passed by and said hello as they passed on the sidewalk. He said in a small-town
people ‘actually shook hands’. In his teenage years, he was an avid fisherman.
He once said he would “rather fish, than breath”. There’s nothing
that compares to hooking a largemouth bass. He was quoted as saying, “If
they don’t ride motorcycles and go fishing in heaven, I don’t want to
he lives in the Big City. He says nobody knows anybody, and they don’t want to.
Everybody is always in a big hurry and would rather run over you then wait for
one minute for you to move. No one ever seems to slow down and enjoy life, in
the big city. He says he really misses life in a small town.
one seemed to know why so many conflicts suddenly erupted and reached a point
of no return, since most people in Britain had only just enjoyed their highest
living standards ever.
stretched into fury in London, setting almost everyone at each other’s throats.
Terrorism added to the chaos. Some expected an explosion of civil war.
Britain’s Secret Service struggled to restore order. It was at that critical
moment when a young and romantic adventurer applied to join them as a
novel is about how he became the most audacious and successful spy in history,
where he came from, and how he helped to turn Britain’s secret intelligence
services into MI5 and MI6 – the most effective secret services in the world. It
is also about what happened to him after he suddenly vanished from the sight of
This is a romantic story of how a nation lost its freedom and its country to the tyranny of two professional revolutionaries, and attempts by Britain’s Secret Service to restore it to the Russian people by a counter-revolution led by their most heroic and audacious secret agent.
Marketing Global Network 5 Star Review: Author John Harte’s Hunt for A Double Spy Novel
is in good company since Author John Le Carre’s long-awaited new spy novel is
coming out in October. For all you spy novel enthusiasts, Hunt for A Double Spy
is a fascinating read.
John Harte (born in London England) drew from his own successful undercover
work as an investigative journalist. He used his accumulative knowledge,
skills, and associations with the “shadowy world of espionage” along with
impeccable research to give us the Hunt for A Double Spy Novel.
in the days of Churchill, as Britain’s Secret Service paid confidential spy,
Sidney Reilly was tasked to find out who was behind the attempts to “subvert
and undermine” British power at home and overseas.
was a master spy. He was intelligent, well educated, courageous and confident
conversationalist with gentlemanly behaviors that enabled him to rub shoulders
with the aristocrats and even correspond personally with Winston Churchill.
story brings the reader to a pivotal point in history that had a far-reaching
effect throughout the world. It is an extremely well written, engaging page
turner. Finding something to share from the story was a task, because there is
so much information. I share this with you, in hopes that you will read it for
quote: from chapter 34 “Commander Boyce’s Story: Reilly had been impressed by
all that he had now seen and heard about the revolutionary organization known
as “The Trust.” He felt that much would depend on their cooperation to raise a
counterrevolution that he intended to lead now that Savinkov was dead. What he
did not know was the names and the status of its leaders, and whether or not it
had already been infiltrated by Dzerzhinsky’s agents. What he did know was that
the SIS had their own doubts about the organization. And it was clear that
Boyce was keen to learn more about it from Reilly’s infiltration in Moscow and
Petrograd. Boyce was generally available to confirm or deny Reilly’s own suspicions.
Boyce led his own team of agents at Reval, and watched the daily activities of
the communists for the SIS.”
will leave it up to you to follow Sidney Reilly’s adventure as one of the
world’s “most heroic and audacious secret agents”. The author originally wrote
this story as a narrative nonfiction book with 359 sources in his end notes. He
finally decided that most people get their knowledge of history from novels and
the cinema, so rewrote it to make it more accessible and engaging for general
readers. Since it is thoroughly researched and 99 percent true, it is
technically a “nonfiction novel,” which is the way that Truman Capote described
his In Cold Blood.
I endorse Hunt For A Double Spy by Author John Harte. He has also written The Churchill Man Of Destiny Series which you can find at Amazon. Review by Book Marketing Global Network.
Product Details: Paperback: 372 Pages May 23, 2019 Book Genre: A Nonfiction Espionage Novel
How Churchill Saved Civilization: The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World by John Harte
Churchill Saved Civilization resolves the lingering mysteries surrounding the
causes of the Second World War, and what transpired during the war to bring its
end result. It proposes answers to such questions as “Why were the Allies
unprepared?”, “Why did France collapse so quickly?”, “Why didn’t the British
government accept Hitler’s peace proposals?” and “Why did the Germans allow
Hitler to obtain life and death control over them?”
the book’s main purpose is to provide an account of Winston Churchill’s actions
and their intended consequences – as well as some of the unintended ones – for
readers who are unlikely to read a military history book of 800 pages. The
author has pared down the details of this at once fascinating and frightening
story to an accessible length of how the world nearly ended in the 1940s. How
Churchill Saved Civilization was written in honor of all those who sacrificed
their lives in the War, and to caution readers that it could very easily happen
again, as key factors like complacency, ignorance, and weakness continue to
play a role in international diplomacy.
Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range
of books for readers interested in history–books about World War II, the Third
Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the
American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome,
medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish
becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed
to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work
might not otherwise find a home.
Product Details: Hardcover: 384 Pages January 3, 2017 (1930-1945) World War Two and The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World. Genre: Historical British Biographies, England History, Historical Germany Biographies
Churchill The Young Warrior: How He Helped Win the First World War by John Harte
is the intriguing chronicle of Winston Churchill’s early years as a young
soldier fighting in several different types of wars—on horseback in the cavalry
at Khartoum, with saber and lance against the Dervishes at age twenty-two, in
the South African war against the Boers, and finally in the First World War
after he resigned as First Lord of the Admiralty, to volunteer to lead a
Scottish brigade in the trenches of the Western Front, as Lieutenant-Colonel.
The book also covers the failure, bloodshed, and disgrace of Gallipoli that was
blamed on him, which could have led to his downfall, as well as the formative
relationships he had with the two important women in his young life — his
mother, Jennie, who was an eighteen-year-old woman when she married an English
aristocrat, and Churchill’s young wife, Clementine. How did the events of his
early life shape his subsequent life and career, making him the leader he would
become? What is the mystery behind how World War I erupted, and what role did
Churchill play to end it?
readers are aware of Churchill’s leadership in World War Two, but are unaware
of his contributions and experiences in World War One. Through engaging
narrative non-fiction, this book paints a startlingly different picture of
Winston Churchill — not the portly, conservative politician who led the UK
during World War II, but rather the capable young man in his 20s and 30s, who
thought of himself as a soldier saving Britain from defeat. Gaining experience
in battle and developing a killer instinct and a mature worldview would serve
him well as the leader of the free world.
Product Details: Paperback: 364 Pages November 13, 2018 (1914-1918) How He Helped Win the First World War NEW SECOND EDITION on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Genre: Historical British Biographies, WWII Biographies, WWI Biographies
Greatest Secret Agent In History, Who Inspired James Bond.
Churchill: The Young Rebel (1910-1940) by John Harte
rebellious youth and ambitious rise to fame in a dysfunctional world.
Britain’s Last Hero (1944-1965) by John Harte
the Empire was lost and a victorious Britain became transformed, ultimately
provoking the “Brexit” vote to leave the EU.
Books by John Harte
Management Crisis and Business Revolution 1st Edition by John Harte
Crisis and Business Revolution describes the enormous gap between business
theories on the one hand, and the realities of the workplace and uncertainties
of the marketplace on the other. In place of reasoned management and
disciplined organization John Harte depicts daily disorder, vagueness, and
confusion; instead of the logical processes of classroom case histories with
rational solutions. He provides tales of an abundance of irrational judgments,
personal foibles, and business follies. Once a top operational manager with
multinational organizations, Harte applies his hands-on knowledge of the
business world to a realistic examination of workplace conditions. He describes
methodically how to handle human limitations in the average business
enterprise, as well as how to develop management strengths.
author observed superior and inferior management firsthand, and therefore
witnessed the painful demise of many companies, some of which, in his opinion,
could have been saved. With thirty years’ experience to draw on, he analyzes
why so many businesses and products fail, while others succeed. He examines the
amazing progress of Japan and other Pacific Asian countries; explains the
decline of German, Canadian, British, and French management practices; and
provides strategies for the marketplace. The business sectors described in this
all-encompassing book include: high-technology, fast-moving packaged consumer
goods like detergents; manufacturing and retailing consumer durables like
furniture and appliances; soft goods; fashion products; service sector
industries; manufacturing, wholesaling, and retail trade; and a whole range of
new service industries. Harte stresses that while management and trade are
timeless, dedication in the West has declined.
challenge is how to manage change by innovating, and replacing senile customs,
systems, and institutions with more progressive ones suited to the new business
environment. This unusually tough
Product Details: Print Length: 477 Pages July 5, 2017 Genre: Marketing, Business Marketing, Business Management
Successful Management In The Digital Age 1st Edition by John Harte
Management in the Digital Age examines key factors for success in today’s
business environment—finding markets, being vigilant for new trends and
changes, exploiting opportunities, and overcoming obstacles. While
acknowledging the benefits of technological advances in some areas, John Harte
shows how artificial intelligence is limited and often imperfect. Becoming thoughtlessly
dependent on it may replace the far more rewarding benefits of human ingenuity,
creativity and innovation.
Harte, organizational complacency is one of the prime causes of business
inertia. It often results from past successes that create an illusion of wisdom
and invulnerability which blinds leaders to warning signs. De-industrialization
is just one example of a movement that led to the present market stagnation.
reminds executives and entrepreneurs of the basic formula for success in any
business—producing a product or service that people want, and providing it at
the right time for the right price, in order to make a suitable profit. He
warns us to resist temptations of the digital era, such as automation that
results in over-production and market saturation, outsourcing that risks losing
customers, and losing control of brands and markets by needless offshoring.
Product Details: Paperback: 308 Pages April 5, 2016 Genre: Marketing, Business Marketing, Business Management
About The Author: John Harte has led a varied and busy life in a number of different careers and countries, as a child prodigy who consumed over two thousand books in his father’s library from the age of eight, including English, French, and Russian classics. He was an artist attending weekly life classes at Kingston-on-Thames Art school at the age of thirteen, during his final year at St. Paul’s School in England. The aim of his art master was to compile a portfolio of his line drawings for a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in Oxford. Those plans were unexpectedly challenged by the imminence of World War 2 and an expected invasion by German troops who had already overrun Europe.
accepted his first job offer to design and paint scenery for the theatre. It
introduced him also to acting, at which he had been successful in school. After
an audition at the Henley Playhouse, he was appointed as their leading man at
the age of fourteen. He was hired by H. M. Tennant, soon after, to understudy
John Gielgud in Love for Love at London’s Haymarket Theatre when he was only
subsequently played some two hundred leading roles all over Britain, several at
the Moss and Stoll theatre circuit with seating capacities of 3,000, and in
provincial weekly repertory companies, with special weeks in and around
London’s smaller try-out theatres.
of his own plays were produced, including a dramatization of a P. G. Wodehouse
comic short story which he called Don’t Lose Your Head, and his dramatization
of D, H. Lawrence’s most controversial novel. He chose to call it Lady
Chatterley, because it was about a woman who wanted to take charge of her mind
and body in a society dominated by men. His was the only “official version”
championed by the feminist Frieda Lawrence, and performed to packed houses for
a run at the Arts Theatre in 1961. It was only prevented from being transferred
to Wyndham’s Theatre, as planned and licensed by the Lord Chamberlain’s office,
by the famous trial against Penguin Books for publishing an unexpurgated
version of the novel. The failure of the prosecution at the Central Criminal
Court, known as the Old Bailey, changed Britain’s more formal and polite
society into the so-called “permissive society.”
theatres closed all over the British Isles with the establishment of
television, Harte switched careers to business management, commencing as a
management trainee in the paper industry in London. He soon became a company
director. He made another successful career in the advertising industry
overseas with J. Walter Thompson (WPI). And, by 1970, his varied skills and
wealth of experience resulted in his appointment, first, as a director of the
leading modern art gallery in Johannesburg, then as adviser to twenty-eight
Presidents of companies acquired by the biggest textile conglomerate in South
Africa. He became Managing Director of one of their upmarket companies in
Durban. He was also Marketing Vice-President of GE when they were the leading
global brand. About a decade or more later, after settling in Canada, he was
elected Director General of the Canadian Institute of Marketing. Having now
retired from a business career, he writes books on subjects he found
challenging to master in his rich and varied career.
Hunt for A Double Spy is a glance back to a moment in postwar Britain when, as an undercover investigative journalist, he discovered a clandestine plot by Sir Oswald Mosley’s Fascist Party to take over Britain, and brought it to the attention of Parliament and the newspapers, which ended Mosley’s political career. He found spies almost everywhere since then – or they found him. Now he prefers to write about them in seclusion in the quiet government city of Ottawa in Canada, close to the border with New York.
A Certain Mercy (Mercy Series Book 1) by William L. Silvaneus
When his business card turns up on the bodies of two dead
homeless men, Stephen Brown, the Director of Social Services at the Salvation
Army in Grand Island, Nebraska, falls under suspicion of the Chief Investigator,
The fact that each card contains a message to the deceased
raises the stakes. Soon more bodies are found. Is it suicide? Murder?
Some questions must be answered before Stephen Brown and
Laqueta Ellison can identify the killer, if there is only one, and, prevent
further deaths. An unidentified boy with a torn anus, an eighteen-year-old
female incest/prostitution victim, a quadriplegic living in the trees despite
being wheelchair bound, a developmentally disabled Native American, and a
Mexican family fleeing La Linea.
Why are Grand Island’s most vulnerable dying violently?
Review by Lisa Kovanda 5.0 out of 5 Stars Do you see me? May 16, 2019 Format: Paperback
“Like any first-time author, I opened this book not knowing
what to expect. My plan was to read a few pages before bedtime. Fast forward a
few hours and I finished the last page. I’ve had to mull it over a few days
before writing this review. First of all, it’s difficult to categorize. It’s
not a classic murder mystery with the reader trying to guess who the murderer
is. It’s not necessarily a literary style, but more of a challenge by the
author to see people. Really see them. What makes them tick. His people are the
downtrodden often overlooked homeless and the people who try to help them,
mainly focusing on the Salvation Army, which most of us have little more than
the Christmas bell ringers to base our knowledge of the organization. The
author delves into their lives with calm candor and no judgment. It simply is
what it is. It’s the kind of book that sticks in your craw. Do I judge the guy
with a dirty backpack and a cardboard sign at a corner? I challenge you to read
this book for yourself. I’m interested in your own opinions. Now I’m waiting
for his sophomore offering.”
Review by Jim Arrowood 5.0 out of 5 Stars Reads More Like Truth Than Fiction May 20, 2019 Format: Paperback This will not show as a conformed purchase from Amazon as I purchased this book directly from the author.
“Set in Grand Island, Nebraska, A Certain Mercy reads like a
murder mystery that two people are trying to solve with not a lot to go on
except homeless people are turning up dead under unusual circumstances. The
victims apparently have little to nothing in common except they are homeless
and have had varying levels of contact with Stephen Brown, the Salvation Army’s
Director of Social Services in Grand Island. This, of course, placed him on the
suspect list. Detective Laqueta Ellison is the chief investigator on the case
and she is very good at her job. Once Stephen shows her, he is not very likely
a suspect, they work together to learn the truth.
Along with being a great and well written story, Silvaneus
provides some of the best character development I have read in years. He
doesn’t spill everything on his characters all at once, but we get to know them
in much the same way we get to know our friends, just a little at a time.
Stephen and Laqueta existed more as living human beings as opposed to just
characters in the story. It was also refreshing that he also developed the
victims to the point that I found myself caring for them and their safety,
right down to the most minor of them. Not all of the characters in the book
were good people or victims, there were also some very nasty and hateful
characters who were palpably repulsive in their thinking and their actions.
I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading this
story, but one thing I did take away from it was a better understanding of the
plight of homeless people. I never understood why anyone would choose to live
on the streets or in their cars and not try to better themselves. The homeless
in this story are not bad people for the most part, but they have all been
victimized in some way before they became murder victims. The people are far
beyond just being down on their luck or lazy and looking for a handout as a few
of the characters in the book suspect. The story also illustrates there are a
lot people in need of help, and there are very few willing to provide help to
those in need. Fortunately for the characters in the book, there was Stephen
and Laqueta who had the compassion to humanize the tragedies and give names to
There is a light side to A Certain Mercy that will make a
reader feel happiness, but there is also a very dark side to the story that is
always disturbing. Many of the descriptions of scenes and events might be
considered to be too disturbing for readers that are sensitive to graphic
violence. While I recommend this as an excellent piece of writing, sensitive
readers may want to consider avoiding it for its graphic content.”
Product Details: Series: Mercy Series (Book 1) Paperback: 340 Pages March 15, 2019 Genre: Native American Literature, Psychological Thrillers, Murder Thrillers
About The Author: We
live in a world where the habit of labeling people helps us hide from their
humanity, their life stories.
William Silvaneus’s whole life, whether writing or working
with trauma victims and the disenfranchised, has been spent trying to smash
labels and free people from the constraints those labels impose whether on an
individual or social level.
His other interests include watercolor painting, creating
ornamental egg decorations, writing poetry, and loving his wife, four children
and thirteen grandchildren.
thirty-four novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension; Part II are works of
stories’ themes deal with various types of psychic and paranormal experiences.
Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively coincidental.
In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
Psychic Dimension, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s 45th published
hardcover/paperback book. Other story collections by this prolific author are
The Psychic Dimension; The FBI Inspector; First Person Stories; Modern
Mythology; Prime-Time Crime Time; UFO: Utterly Fantastic Occurrences; Snake
Eyes and Boxcars; Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II; Time Travel Tales; Suite 16;
One Baker’s Dozen; Two Baker’s Dozen; RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts;
Pieces of Eight; Pieces of Eight, Part II; Pieces of Eight, Part III; Pieces of
Eight, Part IV; Nine New Novellas; Nine New Novellas, Part II; Nine New
Novellas, Part III; and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5 Star
Psychic Dimension (Part Two) is a group of very well written short stories that
deal with fictional psychic and paranormal experiences.
story is independent from each other which makes this the perfect book to carry
with you to read on the go. I find short story the hardest books to review
because the content is broad.
am going to attempt to share a tidbit from each story in order to show you the
unique quality of each complex story lines. With each story comes an internal
struggle where there are decisions to made and consequences. Each one of these
stories could be their own book in their own rights.
thirty-four novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension; Part II are works of
pure fiction. The stories’ themes deal with paranormal and psychic experiences.
me share a synopsis of the novellas in this book. I enjoyed reading them all,
but some of my favorites are: “The Attic Television”, “The Music
Portal”, “The Rip Van Winkle Club”, “Like Clockwork”
and “A Photo’ Finish”. Let the author know your favorite selections
once you are finished reading.
Multiple Choice: Some quizzes are design
to test one’s memory, others are of a competitor nature, while some have a
hidden message. Intro to the short story: “As veteran Agents Salvatore Velardi,
Arthur Orsi and Dan Blachford entered Philadelphia FBI headquarters at 600 Arch
Street, the three black-suited government detectives had been casually
discussing the amusing notion that their distinguished boss Chief Inspector Joe
Giralo was indeed one hundred percent psychic. But as the chatty trio would
soon discover, the astonishing and confounding “Multiple Choice Case” would
become a perplexing development that would virtually confirm their speculative
suspicions about their boss’s seemingly uncanny paranormal abilities.”
The Attic Television: Some antiques bring us
joy, others bring back memories, but could an attic TV bring back history right
before our eyes? Intro to the short story: “John P. Walker was a self-confirmed
recluse. He shied away from having close friends, thinking that they Intro to
the short story: would be more
interested in his prolific Merrill Lynch Cash Management Account than in the
distrustful man’s true companionship. There were hundreds of acquaintances in
his computer e-mail address book, but his dependable friends could be counted
twice on a thumb-less hand. ‘A secret is only a secret when it belongs to me,’ the
slightly paranoid man reckoned. ‘As soon as it is shared with one other person
it’s a secret in jeopardy.’”
The Timeless Sports Car: Sometimes we wish for
frivolous things, other times we wish for extravagate things, and then there
are times when we wish for the impossible. Intro to the short story: “Henry
Johnson was very content with his station in life. The man was a successful
lawyer in his hometown of Hammonton, New Jersey and was looking forward to
early retirement. Johnson had married his high school sweetheart Lois and the
couple had three grown sons, Howard, Harry and Hugh. ‘Howard is now ready to
take over the family law firm,’ Henry Johnson thought as he stepped out onto
the Bellevue Avenue/Horton Street pavement from his Attorney Office, ‘and Harry
is a prominent doctor at Jefferson University Hospital in Philly. And young
Hugh is a prominent real estate developer in Saddle Brook up in North Jersey.
What more could a 59-year-old man wish for?’”
Parallel Developments: Twins typically have a unique
psych super power that the rest of us with siblings didn’t inherit. Frank and
Fred Davies will stretch the limits of parallel developments. Intro to the
short story: “Twin brothers Frank and Fred Davies were 1981 graduates of
Hammonton High School, North Liberty Street, Hammonton, New Jersey 08037. From
their early youth the twins were complete opposites both in demeanor and in
physical prowess. Fred Davies was always an extrovert and a competitive athlete
while his twin facsimile Frank had a shy personality genuinely punctuated with
humility and modesty.
June of 1987 Fred graduated from Philadelphia’s Temple University with a law
degree and Frank evolved out of New Brunswick’s Rutgers University with a
master’s degree in biology research. In the fall of 1991 during a dual ceremony
Frank and Fred ironically married twin sisters Lois and Eleanor Cataldi of
Bridgeton, a large town situated twenty-four miles southwest of Hammonton.”
Window of Opportunity: They say that
opportunity only knocks once, but I dare say it is more often if we live with
an open mind to the possibilities. Intro to the short story: “The May
Installation Meeting assigning new officers for the Hammonton, New Jersey Lions
Club had just adjourned and afterwards, two recently appointed minor
functionaries were discussing their basic roles with an elderly club member in
the upstairs bar of Rocco’s Town House on North Third Street. The
all-too-garrulous District 16-C Governor had already departed the premises and
Liontamer Mitchell Spencer, Tailtwister Michael Giberson and feeble Past
President Julius Stetson were standing at the tavern’s bar casually engaged in
a genial conversation over their after-meeting cocktails.
good to see new blood coming into the club and accepting active roles,”
eighty-two-year-old Julius Stetson praised the local Lions Club’s two new
energized recruits. “I was a charter member of the club way back in 1963,”
Julius informed his respectful listeners before sipping his cold Southern
Comfort on the rocks, “and we had only a dozen members when John F. Kennedy was
the country’s President, mostly businessmen owning stores and properties up on
The Music Portal: Ones occupation doesn’t
always coincide with one’s aptitudes, abilities and creative side. Intro to the
short story: “Up until four months ago I had regarded my very ordinary life as
being a dismal failure. My mediocre occupation ever since I was fresh out of
high school has been that of a dissatisfied shoe salesman at Brock Shoes Outlet
in Berlin, New Jersey. For thirty-one miserable years I would loyally commute
each working day from my French Street home in nearby Hammonton, a flourishing
agricultural community located twelve miles east of Berlin and also
conveniently situated midway between vacation destination Atlantic City and
bustling Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the distances being thirty miles in either
direction from my house to the East Coast gambling Mecca and to Benjamin
Franklin’s City of Brotherly Love.
Soldier of Misfortune: Soldiers endure
physical, emotional and mental fatigue on and off the battle field so the rest
of us can enjoy the freedoms their service provides. Intro to the short story:
“Dr. Angelo DeMarco had recently retired as the head psychiatrist at New
Jersey’s Ancora State Hospital so that he could devote his full time to
expanding his private practice, which was located inside a second-floor office
suite at the southeast corner of 2nd Street and Bellevue Avenue, Hammonton, New
Jersey. The psych’ physician was perusing a letter received from Noreen
Pearson, the wife of a twenty-five-year-old Army Corporal, and the distraught
enlisted soldier had been complaining to his spouse of severe migraine
headaches, of terrible repetitious nightmares, and also the afflicted young
serviceman was often heard uttering “indiscernible gibberish” during his
erratic nightly sleeps.”
The Rip Van Winkle Club: Who ever said marriage
is work, was not joking. Couples can live in denial, disillusionment and even
delusion. It is important that we are careful for what we wish for. Intro to
the short story: “William R. Stuyvesant unhappily lived with his domineering
wife Gertrude in a magnificent Tarrytown, New York manor house situated on a
palisade overlooking the majestic Hudson River. William often confidentially
compared Gertrude (to male associates) to Dame Van Winkle, Rip Van Winkle’s
shrew of a wife who lambasted, browbeat and belittled the poor lethargic farmer
every day from dawn until midnight. That is where the comparison between Gertrude
Stuyvesant and Dame Van Winkle ends. William R. Stuyvesant was filthy rich and
neither he nor Gertrude had to work another day in their lives to maintain
their expensive tastes, selfish hobbies and extravagant lifestyles.”
Fantasy Book Land: Vacation is a time of
renewal and relaxation. Although some turn out better than others. Intro to the
short story: “Frank and Betsy Lanier were glad that the busy and hectic summer
season was over at their well-established sixty-year-old South Jersey family
business going by the all-too-familiar trade name of Fantasy Book Land.
Finally, it was time for the couple to enjoy a well- deserved and relaxing fall
hiatus, a getaway Columbus Day weekend. In South Jersey, the deciduous tree
leaves were resplendently beginning to transform into their autumnal hues and
to the needed-to-be-rejuvenated Laniers, a much-anticipated tour bus trip up to
New Hampshire’s White Mountains represented a most welcome departure from the
continuous daily grind of adult responsibility.
glad we’re again going with Ralph’s Bus Tours up to New England,” Betsy said to
Frank as the husband pulled his black Mercedes into the Cape May Senior
Citizens’ Tour Bus Terminal parking lot. “The change in scenery will be most
appreciated. We’ll be able to forget our identities and duties for the next
four days and be just two ordinary anonymous vacationers seeking asylum from
grueling drudgery and accountability.”
Superstitions: Superstitions can be
used as a tool to guide, avoid pitfalls or just amuse us. Intro to the short
story: “Real estate broker James Brewster was elated, not because he had just
completed reading Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book How to Win Friends and
Influence People for the fifth time, but because in March of 2009 the
wheeler-dealer had shrewdly purchased a three-year-old beachfront three-story
home (with an elevator servicing each suite) on the Boardwalk and 16th Street
in Ocean City, New Jersey for the ridiculously-low sum of 1.5 million dollars,
acquiring the residence as a vacation home but more importantly, owning and
leveraging the dwelling principally as a seasonal investment-return rental
didn’t even need Dale Carnegie’s sound advice to negotiate this handsome
bargain!’ Brewster joyfully reasoned. Being a born-opportunist, the risk-taking
entrepreneur wanted to take full advantage of the in-progress economic
recession and then in three years, capitalize on the presumed 2.25
million-dollar value of the three-year-old beach home should the country’s
money cash-flow scenario improve back to normal.”
& Blue Skies:
A change of scenery may be good for the soul but it can come with its own
peculiarities. Intro to the short story:
“Inspector Ned Carson sat at his office desk on the third floor of
Philadelphia’s Race Street “Round House,” casually watching vehicular traffic
flowing in both directions across the Ben Franklin Bridge connecting
Pennsylvania with New Jersey, the span being a mile-long distance across the
historic Delaware River. Carson’s reverie was instantly broken when his office
partner Detective Timothy Ransom entered the room carrying two fresh cups of
coffee and then respectfully handed one of the steaming Styrofoam containers to
his thirty-year-veteran colleague.
every March right before spring arrives on the calendar, I get the strong urge
to get out of the congested city and use a week of my treasured vacation time
to go either hunting or fishing with you,” Inspector Ned Carson mused and said.
“But I gotta’ confess that our good wives have been quite understanding in
allowing us to participate in some valued male bonding at suburban bars, and
Jenny trusts me when I’m away from town at a distant convention with you for a
week or so.”
The Evil Force: Conventional wisdom
regarding the forces of good and evil might not extend beyond our Galaxy. Intro
to the short story: “I, Colonel Cliff Dawson am accurately recording this
incredible account into my personal electronic journal and not into the
official ship’s log for reasons that will obviously be self-explanatory later
on in this narrative. Captain Jeremy Parker and I have been on a courageous
ten-year space mission exploring outer space and methodically charting our
landmark discoveries for the International World Coalition. Our well-publicized
mission was described in the world’s media as “an awesome enterprise” and quite
basically, I’ve always been attracted to the prospect of being one of the first
‘daring humans’ to find intelligent human-like life thriving elsewhere in the
nearby Milky Way Galaxy.
lengthy expedition started out from Earth in the year 2534 A.D. and it is now,
according to our ship’s reliable instrument panel May 5th of 2542. The Newton
III is now ready to lift off and leave the planet that Captain Parker and I
have labeled EL-741, which is an Earth-Like sphere rotating around a Sun-Like
star that my cohort and I have named Mater Seven.”
Rapid Crystals: Technically from any
age, is only as good as the inventor, installer and the user. Intro to the
short story: “Harry DeLareto sat erect upon his black leather swivel chair
behind his desk in his walnut-paneled Elwood, New Jersey insurance office. The
broker was preoccupied making a ten percent depreciation adjustment to the
‘inflated claim’ submitted by the Nesco Volunteer Fire Department that had
recently and ironically burned to the ground in a raging inferno.
Harry’s desk were random additional claims from Mrs. Rhonda Leonetti of Atsion,
who had just been involved in an automobile accident, Arthur Noto of Hamilton
Township, who had recently collided his motorboat with a Mullica River marina
dock and another one from Jennifer Friel, a Sweetwater resident who had
experienced severe flooding into her house when the normally tranquil Mullica
River had overflowed its banks during a torrential three-day downpour. As
DeLareto was fumbling through the assorted bureaucratic paperwork that was
frustrating his mental health, the gentleman’s very capable secretary Nancy
Davenport suddenly buzzed his desk from the adjoining room.
Mr. And Mrs. David DeLaurentis had to cancel this afternoon’s appointment
because their son Alfred has crashed his motorbike into a barn on a blueberry
farmer’s property over in Hammonton and they’re now at Atlantic Care Hospital
in Pomona. The boy’s all right but that’ll definitely be another injury
insurance claim appearing on your desk within the next few weeks,”
Dream-On: Night dreams inhabit our
subconscious but their effects can bleed through into our daily lives. Intro to
the short story: “Hammonton, New Jersey resident Samuel Charles Dexter was both
depressed and despondent. His recent divorce from his ultra-dominant wife
Sharon left the man’s mind in an emotional state of shambles. Sam’s friends at
the Vineland, New Jersey plastics manufacturing company where Dexter was
employed as an accountant suggested that the numbers guru should seek
professional therapy counseling. One of his fellow co-workers had highly
recommended Dr. Adam Neville, a reputable psychiatrist whose practice was at
the corner of Landis Avenue and Third Street in downtown Vineland. Samuel
Charles Dexter honored his June 7th, 2010 “get acquainted appointment” and was
cheerfully escorted into Dr. Neville’s office by Miss Emily Jensen, the
psychiatrist’s secretary and bookkeeper.
Dexter, you say in your letter of introduction you’ve been having peculiar
dreams lately that seem to be compounding your mercurial emotional
instability,” Dr. Adam Neville diplomatically commenced his narrative.”
Ship of Fool: In some cultures,
photography has always associated with the interruption of and thus mirror into
our soul. Intro to the short story: “Philip Greco was born and raised in
Hammonton, New Jersey but in the 1970s the elderly gentleman absolutely loved
vacationing for a full week every August in sun-kissed Ocean City, Maryland.
Phil Greco had memorized every commercial retail business in the inlet’s
five-block section of the boardwalk starting from South First Street right up
to North Division where the Route 50 Bridge over the bay channeled automobile
traffic into town. Trimper’s Rides, the Red Apple Treats Stand, Dayton’s
Chicken, Marty’s Playland Arcade, Sportland Arcade, Dumser’s Ice Cream, The
Purple Moose Saloon, Thrashers French Fries, the Alaska Hot Dog Stand, Dollie’s
Popcorn, Bull on the Beach Roast Beef Sandwiches, the Atlantic Hotel, the
Glassblowers Shop, Fisher’s Caramel Popcorn, Lombardi’s Tower of Pizza, Dealers
Choice Poker Game Arcade, the Candy Kitchen Shop, the Psychedelic Shop, The Sea
Shell Emporium, The Dutch Bar, Telescope Beach Pictures and the Courtesy Gift
Shop all held dear spots in the visiting South Jersey man’s heart. And during
his annual week-long hiatus Greco loyally patronized all of the mentioned
popular boardwalk establishments.”
Stairway to Heaven: I have often wondered if
the details of heaven is in the eye of the beholder. Intro to the short story:
“I had suddenly died in my home’s master bedroom’s bathroom while I had been
staring into the vanity mirror after finishing shaving. A sudden pain spread
from my left arm to my chest and the last thing I remembered as a human being
was collapsing upon the brown-tiled floor. There is no doubt in my mind that my
body had ceased functioning and that my awareness had slowly exited my form and
then transferred into a strange energy-spirit state. I don’t remember any
spectacular catharsis when my soul had been ejected from its human shell.
I can remember, I was somehow cognizant of hovering over my lifeless corpse and
a moment later my senses were aware of my wife’s delirious screams as she
frightfully bent over to touch my neck feeling for a pulse. ‘So much for her
being a veteran R.N.,’ my still intact consciousness sarcastically thought.
‘She does really love me after all!”
The Better of Two Lives: We all encounter
crossroads in our lives where the choice we make enhance our lives or causes
ripples of regret. Intro to the short story: “People make many crucial
decisions from several years after exiting their mothers’ wombs right up to
entering their cemetery tombs. Men and women usually encounter at least a dozen
crossroad events in their lifetimes where important choices are made, some
good, and perhaps some not so fortuitous as originally planned and hoped for.
Major decisions about marriage, who to marry, career choice, real estate
acquisitions and investments complement a person’s numerous minor preferences
such as which high school sports to play, who to ask to the senior prom, which
college to attend, and what kind of house should be purchased. Such a plethora
of mental challenges affect millions of Americans daily and continue to reap
rewards and consequences throughout their mortal lives.
Henderson was no exception to the law of human choices. The jack-of-all-trades
and master of none had always desired to become a successful businessman, be a
renowned author, and finally, thrive as a loving husband to a devoted wife who
fully believed in emotional reciprocity. Those very noble aspirations
represented Henderson’s wishful goals and lofty ambitions, but quite often,
obtained results seldom match the sincerity of initial intent. Richard
Henderson’s youthful fantasy and excessive idealism rapidly deteriorated into
shattered hopes and crushed dreams.”
Youth Revisited: As we age, we encounter
youth all around us. Stark reminders of distance experiences and a shorter road
before us. Intro to the short story. “One August 2001 Monday morning Frederick
Richard Barker drove his sky-blue Buick LeSabre east on busy Route 30 to the
Blueberry Crossing Shopping Center. The retired Hammonton, New Jersey brick and
stone mason was a seventy-year-old health fanatic who was fighting a valiant battle
against the onslaught of everyone’s eventual common nemesis, old age. Fred
parked his recently washed automobile in a convenient space and then strolled
from the asphalt onto the pavement and ambled into the Health Tree Nutrition
Store to purchase a re-supply of Vitamin E and a new bottle of potent
Multi-Vitamins and Minerals.
Fred politely addressed the preoccupied young girl standing behind the counter
presently attending to the needs of a demanding customer. “Where’s Sharon? She
usually takes good care of me.”
Bertino is in New York attending a health products trade show,” the
conscientious girl answered before ringing-up the fastidious customer’s
acquisitions on the cash register. “She’ll be back in town on Wednesday unless
my boss begins that Pocono Mountains vacation she’s been talking about.”
The Hotel Delaware: Leap Year holds luck for
the few and mystery for the masses. Intro to the short story. “Superstitious people believe and attest that
strange incidents often occur on February 29 of every Leap Year. I had never
placed too much credence in that unscientific claim until Tuesday, February 29,
2004, which unfortunately is a date I will certainly remember forever. Let me
fully explain my accursed dilemma so that all will comprehend the true nature
of my misery. The courtesy of another person’s sympathy and understanding will
be greatly appreciated. I realize that my tale will seem both illogical and
incredible to anyone interpreting it, yet I believe I must share its veracity.
A Leap Year has three hundred and sixty-six
days on the annual calendar, one more twenty-four-hour interval than that which
exists in a normal year. Greenwich, England scientists and concerned
astronomers have adjusted the mechanics of the moon and months to interface
with the Earth’s revolution around the sun because a quarter of a day is lost
each normal year when coordinating those particular solar system relationships.
To accurately adjust for the quarter-day time discrepancy in the Earth’s
elliptical orbit around the sun, February 29 was created on the post medieval
Gregorian Calendar (developed in the 1580s by Pope Gregory), which we still
honor today after the old Julian Calendar (developed in 46 B.C. under the reign
of Julius Caesar) had been discarded.”
The Bad Old Days: Farming takes knowledge,
decision and hard work. Some work the fields, cranberry bogs and then there are
those who provide the world with fresh blueberries. Intro to the short story.
“Last September was very stressful for Hammonton, New Jersey peach and
blueberry farmer Richard Jacobs. An
irrigation pump caught on fire and the first responder to arrive on the scene
was his brother-in-law Charles Garrison. The fireman attempted entering the pit
where the pump was situated but the mechanism exploded. Charles Garrison
suffered massive burns all over his body and died at a local hospital hours
dead man’s family hired an uncompromising high-profile lawyer who immediately
sued Richard Jacobs for three million dollars. The plaintiffs easily won the
legal case on the grounds that the irrigation pump should have been fenced in
so that access to it by the now-deceased Charles Garrison could have been
prevented. Richard Jacobs’ insurance covered only half of the exorbitant
settlement and to make matters worse, the grower could no longer obtain insurance
coverage because of his deteriorating credit and poor financial predicament.
The result of the expensive litigation had caused additional friction to
surface between the bad-luck farmer and his disconsolate wife.”
A Grave Undertaking: Missing person
investigations sends shockwaves through any community that has the misfortune
of mysterious disappearances. Intro to the short story. “The Hammonton Police
Department and the New Jersey State Police were baffled by a wave of a dozen
missing persons disappearing from the somnolent South Jersey agricultural
community, a town noted for being “The Blueberry Capital of the World.”
Chief-of-Police Michael Falcone had summoned Detective Fred Arico and Patrolman
Samuel Galletta to his downstairs office in the newly constructed Hammonton
Town Hall on the corner of Central Avenue and Vine Street. The recent “missing
persons’ phenomenon” had become a popular topic reported and discussed on
Philadelphia and Atlantic City television news broadcasts. Chief Falcone felt
personally embarrassed at his department having to solicit outside professional
help to engage in solving the complex case currently under investigation.”
The Steel Pier: Tourists still flock to
the Atlantic City famous Steel Pier in New Jersey. Intro to the short story.
“Atlantic City, New Jersey’s famous Steel Pier was the Queen of Resorts premier
showplace for entertainment from its original construction in 1898 (as a Quaker
repose) through its heyday during and after World War II, leading up to the fabulous
“Golden Years” of rock and roll music. In fact, the unique extension into the
Atlantic was a favorite destination for vacationers right through the era of
popular variety shows that were prevalent during ‘50s and ‘60s pioneering
television programming. The revered structure that jutted out over a quarter
mile into the ocean had obtained its classic name from the “steel framework”
upon which the Pier had been erected. Over the decades many big-name stars had
performed live shows at the landmark building including the legendary John
Philip Sousa, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Ed Sullivan, Bing Crosby, Jackie
Gleason, Dean Martin, Perry Como and comedian Eddie Cantor.”
Live Free or Die: Although the motto of
New Hampshire, this story is not there but it is perhaps a story about a soul
caught between heaven and hell. Intro to the short story. Frederick Allen Griffith shuffled into Dr.
Augustus Pietropaolo’s office at 1237 Paradise Road, Hammonton, New Jersey
feeling despondent, sluggish and quite lethargic. Mrs. Elysia Fields, the
office receptionist, greeted the new patient and checked his name off her long
list. Fred felt a tad insecure in that he was the only person sitting in the
large waiting room. The fact that there were no magazines, newspapers or
pamphlets on the end tables for him to scrutinize made Griffith feel even more
a little early for your scheduled appointment,” Mrs. Fields stated with a
forced smile. “Dr. Pietropaolo will be available to analyze your issues shortly.
Nobody has problems any more. If I may use the euphemism, everyone who comes
here has issues! Anyway, the Dr.’s presently reviewing the records of another
eccentric client, or should I say ‘unique patient.’ Now Mr. Griffith,” Mrs.
Fields added as she took a glimpse inside Frederick’s confidential folder,
“you’re here to discuss your recent four-day bus trip up to New Hampshire, is
Ignorance Is Bliss: The statement Ignorance
is bliss is far removed from reality. Intro to the short story: “Ever since his
wife Eleanor had died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease in March of 2006, James Jefferson
Gillespie has been extremely despondent and has gone through the motions of
everyday life as a pathetic loner. The twenty-eight-year-old chemist thought
that a change of scenery would certainly diminish his great melancholy, so he
visited his Hammonton, New Jersey Bellevue Avenue travel agent and booked a
two-week autumn vacation to Athens, Greece. James felt that he needed some
fresh stimuli to regenerate his sagging spirit. A stay at the luxurious Grande
Bretagne Hotel, conveniently situated in central Athens, was sure to alleviate
Gillespie’s recent chronic introverted disposition.
been gone for nearly two whole years now,’ James sadly reflected on his tragic
loss, ‘so perhaps it’s time for me to meet and date someone new! I haven’t had
much luck doing that around Hammonton since everyone’ in town knows me or knows
about me at the bowling alley, at the restaurants and at the all-too-false
singles’ bars. Yes, October seems like a terrific month to be touring the
sights of Athens,’ the self-pitying fellow reckoned. ‘Maybe my two-week hiatus
in Greece will miraculously alter my lousy success at romance. And Room 610 at
the Grande Bretagne Hotel seems to be a good luck omen. My three best bowling
game scores added together equal that number!’”
The Cruisers: Ship Cruises tend to a
tantalizing idea until reality sets in. Intro to the short story. “Frederick
and Amy Pearl loved to travel internationally, especially enjoying leisurely
sea cruises throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The residents of
227 Tilton Street, Hammonton, New Jersey preferred taking weeklong ocean and
sea voyages to partaking of exotic winter vacations flying to tropical destinations.
The medical doctor and his nurse wife believed in working hard and playing hard
when not preoccupied with their demanding professions or being busy babysitting
their four energetic pre-teen grandchildren, Dan, Karly, Sierra and Lindsey. On December 28th, 2008 the Pearls’ oldest son
Joseph, a South Jersey insurance and real estate agent, drove the general
practitioner and his devoted wife to Philadelphia International Airport.
checking through Terminal C’s tight airport security without too much
inconvenience, Fred and Amy boarded their American Airlines jet bound for sunny
San Juan, Puerto Rico, where a seven-day cruise on the luxurious and
well-appointed state-of-the-art liner The Winds of Fate had been booked in
early May. Six hours later the delighted sea odyssey tourists were sipping
delicious pina coladas aboard the ship’s top deck and partaking in the standard
gala “bon voyage celebration.”
Ice Ages: Impressionable young
minds are the engines that drive our future. Intro to the short story. “In
early December of 1975 Jeremy Ingram had been an impressionable seventh grader
at the Hammonton Middle School where he was greatly influenced by his
effervescent social studies teacher Mr. Charles Galinas. The New Jersey history
instructor had mentioned to his usually lethargic fifth period students the
amazing story of Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), a German entrepreneur that
had become exceptionally wealthy making lucrative business investments in
Russia during the Crimean War.
had accumulated sufficient expendable wealth to enable the industrious
businessman to retire and then energetically pursue his greatest childhood
ambition: to prove to the world once and for all that Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
had been actual historical events and not mere myths as had been widely
believed throughout the Nineteenth Century civilized world. Soon his scientific
archeological expeditions confirmed to cynics that Level VII-a in Asia Minor
was “the Troy of Priam” (that he had against all odds) discovered.”
Like Clockwork: A skeptical heart along
with a cynical attitude can close the door to the improbable. Intro to the
short story. “My spirit has been petrified ever since I had experienced what my
senses have perceived as a supernatural phenomenon! My consciousness has never
been so paranoid in my entire life as it is right this very minute. After I
regain a degree of confidence, I plan to seek professional counseling to help
my desperate soul grapple with my current unbearable mental predicament. Let me
explain the entire dilemma in detail. I promise to be completely thorough in
rendering my accurate description of certain events that seemingly defy
my very smooth and comfortable United Airlines cross-country flight from
Philadelphia to Los Angeles International Airport, my alert mind could not stop
thinking about the one-year anniversary of my twin brother Richard Sullivan’s
unexpected cardiac arrest death on April 14th, 2008. Richard had been an
extremely successful lawyer back in Hammonton, New Jersey and both his devoted
wife Karen and myself greatly miss his companionship. Besides my wife Susan,
Rich had been my trusted confidante, friend, loyal supporter and expert
financial adviser. My only brother’s keen insight into evolving stock market
trends was uncanny, and his shrewd decisions about often-speculative
investments were accurate at least eighty percent of the times he had shared
his terrific Wall Street recommendations with me.”
Chiropractic Dreaming: With the chaos behind,
relaxation comes in the form of the invigorating therapeutic aqua-bed. Intro to
the short story. “Every calendar year the time period of February to mid-April
is very demanding and stressful for middle-aged Harold DeFelice of 763 Fairview
Avenue, Hammonton, NJ. The very thorough and efficient Certified Public
Accountant had just mailed the last of his clients’ 2008 Federal Income Tax
returns at the Third Street Post Office on Wednesday morning, April 15th and
now it was time to drive his brand new tuscan red Nissan Maxima to has
scheduled appointment at Advanced Chiropractic, 425 White Horse Pike, Atco.
Harold preferred patronizing Advanced Chiropractic over its Hammonton
counterpart because the Atco office had the latest and most modern professional
equipment, so in DeFelice’s sage estimation, the seven-mile west drive on
four-lane Route 30 was indeed well-worth the additional time and effort.
of my five hundred customers really go crazy in the six weeks prior to the
April 15th tax deadline,’ Harold thought as he passed a tractor-trailer while
ascending the Route 30 Ancora Railroad Bridge. ‘They persistently call me about
deduction trivialities and about every complicated minor change in the tax code
as it specifically pertains to them. But now I can relax, get my back and hips
adjusted and be pampered by some excellent electrical stimulation, be massaged
by the very satisfying roller bed experience and of course babied by my
favorite chiropractic indulgence, the invigorating therapeutic aqua-bed.’”
Animal Music: Music is all around us
and influences in unusual ways. Intro to the short story: “Any fiction writer
aptly knows that the absolute ultimate in creativity that the human mind can
produce occurs when the dynamic subconscious engages in dreaming and in
imagining totally surreal situations during dreadful nightmares. But when
ambitious short story and novel authors attempt organizing eccentric tales
(that are analogous to capturing fantastic dreams on paper), the writers’
manuscripts almost always fall pathetically short of the authors’ noble
aspirations. Unfortunately, most dreams and nightmares are not fully
recollected, but if they could be, then there would exist thousands of
additional excellent “soul-inspired” works available for readers’ consumption
in both World and American literature.”
Ten Options: Is the option worth the
outcome? Intro to the short story. “Ever since first grade back in 1949 Ken
Keller had aspired to be a Major League pitcher. His father Karl had instilled
that unrealistic dream in Ken’s head. In 1973 Ken Keller had effectively
passed-on the love of baseball in general and of pitching in particular to his
son Kyle, who in turn in 2009 had effectively conveyed the “family infatuation
with baseball” to his eleven-year-old son Keith. But the sixty-seven-year-old
retired plumber Ken Keller had never told his son Kyle or his grandson Keith
why he and his deceased dad Karl had a certain fondness for alliteration using
the letter K.
1974 Ken Keller inherited his small King Lane Hammonton, New Jersey ranch home
a month after his father Karl had passed away. In 1977 Ken’s second wife
Katherine had also died, leaving the lonely man feeling very disconsolate. But
the melancholy widower always kept his well-fertilized lawn properly maintained
and Ken was especially proud of the many splendid ewe, rhododendron, rose and
hydrangea bushes nestled around his home that were meticulously kept trimmed
and looking healthy all summer long. Just the day before Ken had heard an
envious neighbor bending the mailman’s ear, “Keller’s mulch right down to the
last black bark chip always appears to be in the exact ideal spot where the
little chunk had first been placed. That guy’s too much of a perfectionist to
One man’s masterpiece is another man’s craft. Intro to the short story. “On
Monday morning September 21st, 2009, the last day of summer, George Rodio had
been a bit lucky at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. The Hammonton, New Jersey
pharmacy owner had just gotten three sevens on a fifty-cent slot machine and
had merrily won three thousand dollars cash. After leaving the gambling
establishment’s high-rise parking garage, the perfectly contented slot machine
player drove his dark blue Lexus south on Brigantine Boulevard heading towards
Route 30, the White Horse Pike. The recipient of the ‘found money’ was thinking
about how he was going to merrily dispose of his recent ‘good fortune bonanza.’
a good thing I honored my hunch and drove to Harrah’s to try my luck,’ the
happy fellow thought. ‘I’ll call my dependable manager Bill Dawkins after I get
home and see if all my help came in to work this morning. But first I’ll stop
at that new art gallery in Absecon that features impressive works by aspiring
South Jersey artists,’ George instantly decided. ‘If I see a suitable painting
that captures my fancy, I’ll purchase the Picasso and hang it above the upright
piano in the den and then I’ll move the ancient collage of the nine family
photos’ that’s now over the piano from the den to the upstairs computer room’s
blank wall. I think that Barbara will be both surprised and thrilled with the
new acquisition, if I ever decide to buy it.’”
The Pinelands Theatre: Theaters will be our
time capsules. Intro to the short story. “Originally completed and opened in 1914,
Hammonton, New Jersey’s Pinelands Theatre has had a very long and interesting
history. At first the structure functioned as an entertainment venue presenting
live vaudeville and variety acts to entertain the local public. Twenty years
after its pre-WWI inception, out of sheer economic necessity the landmark
Pinelands Theatre switched from showing silent films to innovative “talking
movies” in 1930, but in later years competition from the much larger and more
elegant Rivoli Theater (at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Third Street)
eventually put the town’s first movie house into extinction, forcing the
out-of-date building to eventually close its doors in December of 1943, exactly
two years after Pearl Harbor.
the Golden Age of Hollywood had passed into posterity, the vacant Second and
Vine edifice, located a block east of Bellevue (the town’s main thoroughfare),
later became a residence in 1951, but then the structure was gutted and
converted into a merchants’ warehouse in 1957, but in the early 1960s
Kennedy-Johnson era, the aged in-need-of-repair skeleton became a convenient
storage facility for a Bellevue Avenue department store. Things were looking
rather bleak for the once-revered Pinelands Theatre building with the approach
of the twenty-first century and its attendant technologies.”
A Second Chance: Youth feel invisible
with lack of wisdom and self-control. Intro to the short story. “Ever since I
became an acne-faced teenager back in the mid-1950s, I have always loved fast
automobiles, especially ones with chrome-plated flat-head engines. When my
family had lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania from 1953-‘59, my tough-guy
friends and I would often hitchhike to the Langhorne Speedway on Route 1 just
above Fairless Hills and pay the dollar grandstand admission we had been
diligently saving-up for just to sit in the bleachers and watch exciting
motorcycle and stock car races. Then my family moved to Hammonton, New Jersey
where my addiction to excessive speed persisted right into my junior and senior
high school years.
when I was old enough to drive my father’s ‘55 green and white Chevy, I did
surrender to temptation and drag race it on at least a dozen occasions, nearly
smashing-up the old jalopy during four separate dangerous racing situations.
Because of obstinate pride during those foolish escapades, I never fully
comprehended that I had been recklessly putting my own life and the well-being
of others in jeopardy.”
Wolverton Mountain: What the junior sleuths
and seasoned pros might have in common. Intro to the short story. “Veteran
Agents Salvatore Velardi, Arthur Orsi and Dan Blachford stepped into FBI Inspector Joe Giralo’s
office, loftily situated on the eighth floor of 600 Arch Street, Philadelphia.
Each of the conscientious trio was wondering exactly what new investigative
matter was of such “urgent and strategic importance,” the precise terminology
that their reputable Boss had dramatically characterized their very next
challenging government assignment. As usual, “the Chief” was sitting behind his
enormous Canadian oak desk and his brown eyes were carefully examining the
front-page articles of the Philadelphia Inquirer appearing “above the fold”.
glad that you three easily distracted-but-ambitious junior sleuths have gotten
here on time for your scheduled noon appointment, and I’m personally delighted
that you’re not now eating pizza or hoagies down at the crowded Reading
Terminal Food Market,” the Boss gruffly greeted his loyal subordinates. “I’m
also happy to note in my latest report to Matt Riley that you three remarkable
gumshoes had easily solved the rather preposterous “Treasure Map Caper” that
had been annoying various local police departments in the Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Delaware tri-state area, which had warranted the indispensable services
and intervention of the local FBI. Now Men,” Inspector Giralo rambled on, “DC
headquarters has acknowledged your crucial participation in swiftly solving
that particular regional dilemma.”
Poetic Justice: “Imitation is the sincerest
form of flattery, isn’t it?” Intro to the short story. “Every December 1st, FBI
Inspector Joe Giralo proudly invites his three loyal agents Salvatore Velardi,
Arthur Orsi and Daniel Blachford over to Orchard Street and into his cozy
downtown Hammonton, New Jersey home to admire his extensive train display and
accompanying elaborate village, all spectacularly exhibited on an enormous
platform that virtually encompassed the man’s entire downstairs “second den.”
“I see that you’ve added several new buildings
to complement your intricate Christmas hometown extravaganza,” Agent Velardi
noted and expressed. “I don’t remember that dress shop and that yogurt and ice
cream parlor on the corner ever being in the village last year. You’ve managed
to re-create a miniature scale model of downtown Hammonton! Quite impressive
“Thanks for the rather exaggerated kudos
Salvatore!” Inspector Giralo genially replied. “Ever since I was a curious
toddler, I’ve been infatuated with model trains. This entire project has taken
me seven years to complete, and all of the stores and buildings along Bellevue
Avenue, Central Avenue, Horton Street along with Second and Third Street I’ve
diligently assembled with my own two hands. The tedious labor was done right
here on the premises, with all the items being assiduously built down in my
A Photo Finish: Family secrets divulged.
Intro to the short story. “At 8 pm sharp a black 2018 Mercedes luxury S 560
sedan entered the secluded U-shaped asphalt driveway enveloping a
well-manicured lawn on East First Road, Hammonton NJ. The recently constructed
three-million-dollar brick and stone mansion belonged to local wealthy business
mogul James Dante Carlino, who that evening was scheduled to meet with the
arriving prestigious South-Jersey Central Bank President, Thomas Monastra. In
response to recent phone exchanges, the visiting financial executive and the
resident real estate guru were slated to discuss an imminent shopping center
development project planned for erection just outside Somers Point, across the
bay from scenic Ocean City, New Jersey.
Mr. Monastra,” James Carlino warmly greeted. “It’s too bad we couldn’t meet at
the Blue Heron Country Club yesterday for a round of golf. But Mother Nature
isn’t always cooperative with desired business consultations.”
well put!” the bank official aptly answered. “Egg Harbor Township isn’t exactly
located in Southern California where it seldom rains in the early summer.
Living on the West Coast does have its climate advantages. I must admit Mr.
Carlino, it’s quite a beautiful estate you’ve imaginatively built here, neatly
tucked into the Jersey pines.”
Psychic Dimension, Part II (34 sci-fi/paranormal novellas, 567 pages) is one of
author Jay Dubya’s 56 published books existing in hardcover, in paperback and
in Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Smashwords ebook formats. The
Psychic Dimension, Part II is the companion book to The Psychic Dimension.
I have had the pleasure
of reading The Psychic Dimension Book One and Book Two by Jay Dubya (John
Wiessner). I highly recommend this book along with all this author’s books.
Author Jay Dubya is a prolific writer with over 59 published works to his
credit. He writes short story collections, trilogies, and novels in all the
genres. The Psychic Dimension (Part One and Part Two) is a great way to get to
know the author’s thought process. Review by Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global
The twenty-six novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension are works of pure fiction. The stories’ themes deal with various types of psychic and paranormal experiences. Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively coincidental. In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
The Psychic Dimension is author Jay Dubya’s 44th published hardcover/paperback book. Other story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, Suite 16, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV, Time Travel Tales and Prime-Time Crime Time.
5 Star Review: The Psychic Dimension (Part One) are a group of very well written short stories that deal with fictional psychic and paranormal experiences.
John Dubya has divided this book into 26 novellas. Let me briefly describe five
Corporate Sabotage: “Three government men were casually discussing the amusing theory that their boss Chief Inspector Joe Giralo was indeed one hundred percent psychic, or perhaps one hundred percent “psycho.” But as the trio would soon discover, the astonishing case of “Corporate Sabotage” virtually confirmed their suspicions about their boss’s seemingly paranormal cerebrum.”
Music Psyche: “It has often been said that music soothes the soul, but Dr. Thaddeus Gilmore, eminent professor of Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, recently found-out through a revolutionary research breakthrough
The Table Drawer: “Where did you get that weird table that’s now up in the computer room? It looks like it was obsolete decades before John Wilkes Booth had entered Fords Theater and evilly assassinated President Lincoln!”
A Day to Forget: “A Day to Forget: Ever since adolescence, Jack Cooper hated anything associated with frivolity and revelry. The shy man didn’t like football games because of boisterous crowds, deplored raucous celebrating, and despised rock and roll along with rap music, and the man vastly abhorred obnoxious, irritating behavior at New Year’s Eve parties. Anything noisy from Fourth of July and Halloween parades to carnival and circus atmospheres greatly disturbed Jack’s super-sensitive psyche and sent his volatile emotions completely out of kilter. The only things that the “mercurial man” really dearly loved were peace and quiet.”
story is independent from each other which makes this the perfect book to carry
with you to read on the go. For the sake of this review, let me focus on two
In the story of Triple Jeopardy, Inspector Joe Giralo and his wife Gina go on a senior citizen’s bus tour. Their first stop is at the Michigan Grand Hotel, where their vacation takes an unexpected turn. Let me quote:
nine-thirty a loud frantic rapping upon Room 132’s door rudely interrupted Joe
Giralo’s peaceful coffee consumption. The FBI man opened the portal and the
occupant was somewhat astonished to perceive the normally debonair suit-and-tie
head hotel manager impatiently standing in the hallway.
Giralo,” the exasperated hotel executive exclaimed all out of breath. “I’m
Giles Martin, the Grand Michigan’s chief operating officer. May I come in?”
of course!” the surprised Inspector replied, closing the door behind the
unexpected visitor’s hasty entrance. “Is everything okay? You do appear to be
more than a trifle alarmed!”
understand that you’re an experienced inspector with the FBI. Our dependable
desk records indicate that much, Inspector Giralo, and I’ve already verified
that formerly confidential information through our local island police
department, which incidentally also drastically needs your immediate
Martin, in all due respect, exactly what is wrong?” the now thoroughly
interested hotel guest asked. “What’s of so much paramount importance and
most serious epidemic of colossal proportion has broken-out among the horse
population here on Mackinac Island,” panic-stricken Giles Martin boisterously
disclosed. “Just about all of our six hundred horses are terribly sick with
colic and influenza symptoms, and our town veterinarians are going crazy
attending to all of the afflicted animals. And besides that,” the agitated and
worried hotel manager impulsively expounded, “the entire transportation system
on the island has been shut-down. This is a colossal nightmare dilemma in
progress Inspector Giralo; an unimaginable worst-case scenario and its basic
origin, or should I say ‘its real cause,’ we certainly find exceptionally
baffling. That’s why I’m here to both request and solicit your skilled expertise.”
Giralo’s experience and instincts are aroused and it looks like their vacation
might be interrupted. To see what happens, pick up this book.
Now let me share a small portion of the short story Contemporary Illuminati.
Genevieve had revealed to my mother on several occasions that I had been her
favorite nephew, and so I always believed that I was in competition for a
massive inheritance with my adversarial cousins David and Stephen Wilson, who
both perceptibly appeared to be artificially cordial towards me at venerable
Aunt Jenny’s Baltimore wake and funeral that had been held in early May of
1992. A full month later, I received a legal letter from Otto Hernandez,
Esquire, informing me that I was to attend a meeting for the purpose of the
“Disposition of Mrs. Genevieve Curtis’s Will”, and the family conference was
scheduled to occur in downtown Baltimore at 11 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, July
1st. Naturally, from previous conversations with my mother, I was quite excited
about the prospect of being the principal heir to Aunt Genevieve’s rather
forward: The lawyer next opened the louvered brown door and removed a
five-foot-high, antique-looking, standing lamp from inside the dark enclosure,
which he then gracefully carried with both hands over to his huge mahogany
desk. “This Sir is what your deceased Aunt Genevieve wishes for you to have,”
the suave-but-encumbered estates’ lawyer quite diplomatically and
almost-apologetically communicated. “Mrs. Curtis declares and directs in her
last will and testament that you should amply admire and appreciate this
marvelous, extraordinary lamp of Egyptian design, especially the unique brass
head of Queen Nerfertiti that’s now conspicuously ornamenting the lamp’s
exquisite canopy.” I momentarily glanced to my left and incidentally observed
that my three cousin companions were alternately snickering and chuckling at my
rather peculiar inheritance, and even Mr. Otto Hernandez seemed quite
out-of-character being amused at my unexpected gift that I had traveled 110
miles from Hammonton, New Jersey to gratefully acquire.
Why did Aunt Genevieve leave John this ornate lamp? Was the gesture a cruel joke or was it something more? If you always wanted your long-lost great aunt to leave you something in her Last Will and Testimony, this story may or may not change your mind.
With each story comes an internal struggle where there are decisions to made and consequences. Each one of these stories could be their own book in their own rights. I hope you find these Novellas as interesting a read as I did. BMGN Review Date: April 29, 2019.
Hawthorne: Hacked, Shakespeare: Sacked & Thurber: Thwacked by Jay Dubya
Hacked, Shakespeare Sacked & Thurber Thwacked is a cleverly-organized book
that effectively satirizes some of the main works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, of
William Shakespeare and of American humorist James Thurber, and the creative
compilation is author Jay Dubya’s 52nd published hardcover/paperback
publication. In the Nathaniel Hawthorne section, Jay Dubya aggressively attacks
the early 19th Century writer’s famous short stories “The Great Stone Face,”
“The Minister’s Black Veil,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” “Feathertop,” “The Three
Golden Apples” and finally, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” In the William
Shakespeare segment, the renowned English bard’s classic plays “The Tempest,”
“Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “The Merchant of Venice” are rather hilariously
clobbered and quite thoroughly corrupted. And finally, in the concluding James
Thurber portion, the U.S. author’s notorious short stories “The Catbird Seat,”
“A Couple of Hamburgers,” “The Night the Bed Fell,” “Tales with a Twist,” “The
Dog That Bit People” and “The Secret Life of Walter Witty” are imaginatively
rewritten and given entirely new adult-style, bawdy spins.
Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me (Deuteronomy), featuring adult language and
content, is a satire/parody of the fifth book of the Old Testament.
describes the establishment of the laws of ancient Israel, the many conflicts
with already existing civilizations Moses and the Israelites had encountered on
their flight from Egypt in quest of the “Promised Land”, and the eventual transfer
of power and authority from Moses to Joshua prior to the aged prophet’s death.
The Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me completes the Biblical trilogy that
includes The Wholly Book of Genesis and The Wholly Book of Exodus.
young Arab terrorist named Mohammed Kareem Jihad had made a great discovery of
ancient papyrus writings inside a secluded limestone cave. The violent lad
brought the scrolls into Jericho where he traded the documents to Professor
Phil Collins (an expert on Genesis) and Dr. Allen Qaeda (an authority on
Exodus) for an old AK-47, two slightly used hand grenades and some cheap
over a full decade after 2002, I had believed that only The Wholly Book of
Genesis and The Wholly Book of Exodus had existed in the treasured computer
e-mail file I had received from Uncle Phil, since a long blank void had
appeared thereafter. But last month out of sheer boredom I ran the file to its
end and remarkably discovered the fifth book of the Old Testament Pentateuch,
The Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me. Apparently, book three titled The Wholly
Book of Numbers along with book #four The Wholly Book of Leviticus had somehow
been accidentally erased in the e-mailed computer file.
that the essential background of The Wholly Book of Genesis, The Wholly Book of
Exodus (along with the tampered-with computer file containing The Wholly Book
of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me) is fully known, only the astute readers can be the best
judges of the merits of Mohammed Kareem Jihad’s remarkable discovery and of
now-deceased Uncle Phil Collins’ exceptional Biblical claims.
Fractured Frazzled Folk
Fables and Fairy Farces by Jay Dubja
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces is adult literature that satirizes
classic children’s folk tales, fables and fairy tales into more mature
presentations featuring adult language, content and humor.
Jay Dubya goes right to work retelling Aesop’s Fables into “A Sap’s Fables.”
Adult renditions of “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” “The
Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Wind and the Sun,” “A Wolf in
Sheep’s Clothing,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Crow and
the Pitcher,” and “The Rabbit and the Turtle” are all cleverly
portrayed. Other famous fables rewritten into adult accounts are “The Fox
and the Crow,” “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg,” “The
Grasshopper and the Ants,” “The Lark and Its Offspring,”
The Miller, His Son and the Jackass, “Belling the Cat”
and finally “The Dog, the Fox and the Stream.”
and Fairy Tales from England, France, Germany and Russia are also imaginatively
assaulted and converted into adult-oriented stories. Jay Dubya thoroughly
corrupts “The Three Little Piglet Brothers,” “The Flashing
Elves,” “The Golden Goose’s Goosing Curse,” “The Notorious
Sleeping Beauty” and “Petite Red Riding Hood.” Other classic
stories that are not saved from degeneration are “Jack’s Magnificent
Beanstalk,” “Hansel and Gretel Dumkoff,” “Little Ebony
Sambo,” “Rapunzel’s Draping Hair” and “Tom Thumb’s
History.” Finally, the author completely corrupts into adult parody
rewrites “Peter W. and the Wolf,” “The Rumpelstiltskin No-Spin
Zone,” “Beauty and the Beastly Beast,” “Cinderella’s
Fella” and the classic folktale “Flaky Snow White and the Seven
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces is Jay Dubya’s twenty-first e-book. This
book is definitely not written for or to be read by children.
Fractured Frazzled Folk
Fables and Fairy Farces, Part II by Jay Dubja
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces, Part II is adult literature satirizing
classic children’s stories and the work is written in the spirit of its
predecessor Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces. The new work
FFFF&FF Part II features adult language, adult content and adult satirical
Jay Dubya goes right to work corrupting familiar children’s stories The Three
Scruffy Gruffy Billy Goats, The Gay Tailor Who Became King, Petey Rabbit,
Thumbilisa Thumbilina, The Emperor’s Invisible Clothes and Goldie Lox and the
Three Ursas. Several British legends are re-invented with hilarious adult
renditions of St. George Slays the Dragon and Arthur Becomes King of England.
Greek myths are imaginatively sabotaged with comical presentations of Daphne’s
Daft Daffiness, Bellerophon’s Marathon Adventure, Baucis and Philemon, Psyche
and Stupid Cupid and Atalantas’s Last Race.
popular children’s stories that are put into adult parodies are Pinocchio’s
Personality Problem, The Wolf and the Seven Lame Lambs, The Sorcerer’s
Un-resourceful Apprentice and Peter Pansy Does Kensington Gardens. Finally
Author Jay Dubya presents very amusing renditions of the classic tales Alice
Visits Wonderland and Aladdin’s Little Lamp. Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and
Fairy Farces, Part II is definitely not written for or to be read by children.
Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part I by Jay Dubya
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered is adult literature featuring adult
language and content. Jay Dubya converts eight of William Shakespeare s most
famous plays into crazy risqu and bawdy satire/parodies.
Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and As You Like It are creatively assaulted along
with The Tempest and All’s Well That Ends Well. Jay Dubya also humorously
broadsides Othello and the classic The Comedy of Errors. Finally, the serious
plays The Merchant of Venice and King Lear are hilariously clobbered and
S, S, S and S represents William Shakespeare as you’ve never before read the
bard’s historic works. Each play has been imaginatively rewritten and converted
from dialogue into adult-oriented narrative/dialogue form. Shakespeare:
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered is the companion book to Shakespeare:
S, S, S and S, Part II.
Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II by Jay Dubya
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II is adult literature
featuring adult language and content. Jay Dubya converts ten of William
Shakespeare’s most famous plays into crazy risqué and bawdy satire/parodies.
Much Ado about Nothing and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
are creatively assaulted along with “Henry IV, Part I” and
Henry IV, Part II. “Twelfth Night” and “The Taming
of the Shrew” are also degenerated and pulverized.
Dubya also humorously broadsides “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and
the serious tragic plays “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” are
hilariously clobbered and thoroughly corrupted. Shakespeare: S, S, S and S,
Part II represents William Shakespeare as you’ve never before read the bard’s
historic work. Each play has been imaginatively rewritten and converted from
dialogue into adult-oriented narrative/dialogue form. Shakespeare: Slammed,
Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II is the companion book to Shakespeare:
S, S, S and S.
Thirteen Sick Tasteless
Classics, Part V by Jay Dubya
Sick Tasteless Classics, Part V is humorous adult literature featuring adult
content and language.
work satirizes and spoofs thirteen classic tales from U.S. and British
literature, along with popular stories from Greek mythology, the Bible and also
well-known fairy tales.
Dubya goes right to work retelling and side-swiping tales from American
literature. Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” Edgar Allan Poe’s
Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, Jack London’s “To Build a
Fire,” O. Henry’s “The Green Door,” Mark Twain’s “Punch,
Brothers, Punch” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic “Dr. Heidegger’s
Experiment” are thoroughly degenerated. British literature is also
corrupted with imaginative adult renditions of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Mark
of the Beast,” D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner and William
Shakespeare’s famous play “All’s Well That Ends Well” all being
wickedly attacked and parodied.
ancient Greek and Biblical stories along with several popular fairy tales are
brutally assaulted with satirical rewrites of “An Excerpt from the Book of
Exodus,” “King Midas,” “The Gay Tailor Who Became
King” and “The Notorious Sleeping Beauty” each being wildly
clobbered and slickly degraded.
Dubya has written other adult fiction besides One Baker’s Dozen and its sister
book Two Baker’s Dozen. Black Leather and Blue Denim, A ’50s Novel and its
sequel The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960 Novel along with Frat’ Brats, A ’60s
Novel are adult-oriented literary works constituting a trilogy. Pieces of
Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight,
Part IV are’ short story/novella collections featuring science fiction and
paranormal plots and themes.
New Novellas is the companion book to Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New
Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV. All ten of Jay Dubya’s
sci-fi/paranormal book collections are written in a spirit that emphasizes
suspense and surprise endings, literary techniques that the author enjoys
Product Details Paperback: 183 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Baker’s Dozen is a collection of twenty-six original short stories having
mostly science fiction, paranormal and mystery themes. Several of the stories
are amusing anecdotal sketches. Most of the tales in the work feature suspense
and surprise endings, writing techniques that the author enjoys utilizing.
Baker’s Dozen contains original works of science fiction, paranormal and
mystery tales. Many of the stories feature suspense and surprise-endings,
writing techniques that the author enjoys utilizing. All of the stories
represented in Two Baker’s Dozen are of the fiction variety with the exception
of “Life on the Bluerberry Farm,” which chronicles author Jay Dubya’s
eighteen-year summer tenure as a field manager on the world’s largest
cultivated blueberry plantation.
Product Details Print Length: 268 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
New Novellas, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s sixth story collection written in
the spirit of Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part
III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV and Nine New Novellas, bringing the writer’s
novella total up to fifty.
Yard Sale Mirror” is a unique tale that mixes suspense with an unusual
revenge plot, “Immoral Immortality” is a sci-fi time travel adventure
with a creative surprise ending and “Here and There” describes
contemporary dramatic conflict between Israeli and Palestinian factions.
The Vassal Vessel tale is an imaginative science fiction thriller
that provides a rational explanation of earth’s miniscule place in the
universe, “Insane Karma” shows a special relationship between ESP and
communication with “other dimension entities” and the story “The
Sole Collector” depicts and explains the outcome of a greedy man’s
diabolical pact with the Devil. Finally, “The Heroic Belt” has an
interesting Greek mythology theme, “Spectrum Man” is a thrilling
breakthrough story that involves an ordinary man’s accidental acquisition of
supernatural powers, and “Excavations” presents the dangers and
adventures experienced by a world-famous anthropologist/archeologist.
New Novellas, Part II is Jay Dubya’s twentieth book. The author’s books are in
five genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi/Paranormal, Children’s Books, Adult
Product Details Print Length:168 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
New Novellas, Part IV is author Jay Dubya’s eighth story collection written in
the spirit of Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part
III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II
and Nine New Novellas, Part III bringing the writer’s novella total up to
Bounty Hunter” is a unique tale that mixes suspense with a well conceived
revenge plot, “Batsto Village” is a sci-fi time travel adventure with
a clever surprise ending and “Dreamland” describes dramatic conflict
in the life of a man whose dreams suddenly become reality.
Galaxies” is a science fiction offering that provides a rational
explanation for man’s petty place in the Universe, “Greek Statutory
Law” describes how an American immigrant becomes wealthy and then is affected
by the power of mythology, and “Specters” depicts a man who develops
the ability to have the ghosts of famous people become his modern day servants.
A Small World is a chilling story that shows how a computer genius
uses miniaturization to get even with past enemies, “The Music Disk”
tells how two friends have lyrical adventure that ends in disaster, and
The Amazon Sorority is an imaginative tale about two astronauts
discovering a civilization dominated by ancient women warriors in the Constellation
Product Details Hardcover: 186 Pages Genre: Novellas, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Short Story
Eyes and Boxcars: The rolls of dice in any Atlantic City or Las Vegas casino
meaning the numbers two and twelve.
this unique collection of fourteen short story/novellas, the first tale The
Second Civil War and the last one The Music Portal are written in the first
person where the narrator describes the action using the pronouns I, me, my,
and mine, which is in stark contrast to the other twelve sci-fi/paranormal tales
sandwiched in between, the dozen other stories being written in the more common
third person expository style of literary presentation.
Eyes and Boxcars is author Jay Dubya s eleventh sci-fi/paranormal story
collection and his twelfth story collection overall. Other works by this
prolific author are Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight,
Part III and Pieces of Eight, Part IV. Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas,
Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV are written
in the Pieces of Eight spirit along with recent works One Baker s Dozen and Two
Baker s Dozen. RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of 38
mostly non-fiction writings.
Product Details Print Length:200 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II: The rolls of dice in any Atlantic City or Las Vegas
casino meaning the numbers two and twelve.
this unique collection of fourteen short story/novellas, the first tale
Like Clockwork and the last one “A Second Chance” are
written in the first person where the narrator describes the action using the
pronouns I, me, my, and mine, which is in stark contrast to the other twelve
sci-fi/paranormal tales sandwiched in between, the dozen other stories being
written in the more common third person expository style of literary
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s twelfth sci-fi/paranormal story
collection and his thirteenth story collection overall. Other works by this
prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight,
Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight, Part IV. Nine New
Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New
Novellas, Part IV are written in the “Pieces of Eight” spirit along
with recent works One Baker’s Dozen and Two Baker’s Dozen.
Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of 38 mostly non-fiction writings.
Product Details Hardcover: 200 Pages Genre: Short Stories, Science Fiction/Paranormal
of Eight, Part IV is a collection of eight short stories/novellas that
complement the eight appearing in Pieces of Eight, the eight in Pieces of
Eight, Part II and the eight novellas represented in Pieces of Eight, Part III.
Freeze Frames and “The Rings of Saturn” are paranormal
tales; whereas, “Expedition Earth” and “Stairway to Heaven”
lean more toward the science fiction side of popular literature. “The
Seven Statues” and “Salientia” mix elements of science fiction
and paranormal experience. “The Price of Bigotry” is a surprise
ending hate-crime murder story, and “The Love Tree” incorporates science
fiction, romantic and paranormal elements in its presentation.
Product Details Print Length:178 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Person Stories is a collection of forty writings, twenty-four being fictional
tales and sixteen being of the non-fiction variety, and the effort is Jay
Dubya’s 49th published book.
of the works included in First Person Stories are writings taken from other
already published Jay Dubya fiction and non-fiction books. The first-person writing
technique is particularly difficult in literary expression, especially when
writing fiction, because the author must continually use the pronouns “I,
me, my and mine” over and over, and there’s always a danger of
communicating a sense of monotony and boredom to the reader. This is why most
fiction is written in the third person, the author utilizing the more
functional pronouns “he, she, you, they and we.”
types of non-fiction writing represented in First Person Stories are
autobiography, humor and the essay point of view structure, which is often used
in newspaper journalism and always found on the publication’s editorial page.
Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of forty-one writings and
essays that reflect author Jay Dubya’s personality and philosophy.
range from biographical sketches to the author’s humorous adventures, and the
manuscript section is dedicated to the writer’s observations about matters that
run the modern-day social spectrum from the Iraq War to inherent problems
associated with American society.
of the articles in this work originally appeared in the Hammonton (New Jersey)
Gazette and in the Hammonton News. In the “Articles” section of the
book, accounts recalling the writer’s personal memories of certain people are
represented in the stories “A Young James Bertino,” “Mr. Charles
B. Sipley” and “Little League Baseball.” Humorous experiences
are recounted in “A Tale of Two Counties,” “Misadventures in
Furnitureland” and “Catty Cat Catching.” The author’s youth is
recollected in the renditions “Growing-up in Hammonton” and
Dogwood Hollow: 1954-’55. And incidents from Jay Dubya’s
thirty-four-year teaching career are described in “School
Assemblies,” “Williamsburg School Trips” and “The High
School Faculty.” In the “Manuscripts” section, such essay
subjects as “Rap Music Is Not Music,” “Why Jimmy Brown Doesn’t
Write” and “Multicultural Education” are skillfully presented.
thoughtful essays are also included with “Freedom Isn’t Free,”
American Education Is Wasteful and “The Trouble with American
Democracy. The creative work “Gerunds, Verbals and Participial
Adjectives” is a zany effort that pokes fun at the complexity and
diversity of the English language and its complicated grammar usage.
is a collection of fifty-two short manuscripts: nineteen of which are articles
and stories along with thirty-three of which are essays that reflect the
author’s personality and philosophy. Articles range from biographical sketches
to some of the author’s humorous adventures, and then the manuscript section is
dedicated to the writer’s observations about matters running the modern social
spectrum from the Iraq War to inherent problems associated with American
is author Jay Dubya’s 56th published hardcover/paperback book. Other story
collections by this prolific author are: The Psychic Dimension, The Psychic
Dimension Part II, The FBI Inspector, First Person Stories, Modern Mythology,
Prime-Time Crime Time, UFO: Utterly Fantastic Occurrences, Snake Eyes and
Boxcars, Snake Eyes and Boxcars Part II, Time Travel Tales, Suite 16, One
Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces
of Eight, Pieces of Eight Part II, Pieces of Eight Part III, Pieces of Eight
Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas Part II, Nine New Novellas Part
III and Nine New Novellas Part IV.
Dubya is author John Wiessner’s pen name, and it is also a corruption of his
initials J.W. John is married to wife Joanne and the couple has three grown
sons. Jay Dubya’s books exist in hardcover, in paperback and in Kindle, Nook
and Smashwords ebook formats. The author is a retired New Jersey public school
English teacher of 34 years experience, and John and Joanne live in Hammonton,
Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized by Jay Dubya
Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized is a unique collection of twenty
classic Mark Twain short stories and anecdotal sketches that have been
creatively rewritten and satirized into adult parody form featuring adult
content and language.
author Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed teaching and reading Mark Twain’s “influential literature” to
his sometimes-enlightened middle and high school academic students. Remarkably,
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) was both born and died the same years that
Halley’s Comet had made its seventy-five-year revolution around the solar
acquired his pen name “Mark Twain” from Mississippi River steamboat
terminology of “twain” being a water depth of two fathoms (twelve
feet), the allowable safe level for a riverboat to navigate over a reef or
shoal, and the depth was measured by a leadsman who threw a heavy lead weight
overboard and then after lifting it out of the river, would mark the twain.
Clemens became a successful riverboat pilot under the direction of a captain
named Horace Bixby, but after the Civil War broke out, the Mississippi River
was closed down to commercial traffic. Being unemployed, Sam Clemens journeyed
out west to try his hand at gold prospecting in Nevada and then at newspaper
journalism in California. The writer gained international recognition with the
publication of his classic humorous short story “The Celebrated Jumping
Frog of Calaveras County,” first published in 1865.
Twain is generally regarded as a humorist but he is also understood by literary
critics as being a serious philosopher and an astute analyzer of the antebellum
and post Civil War American society of his time. Twain’s most famous novels are
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince
and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Other important
Mark Twain works are the books: Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi and
Innocents Abroad, and some short literary sketches from the last mentioned
three books have been used in organizing this outrageous satire/parody.
Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-sixth
Product Details Print Length:214 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Poe: Pelted, Pounded,
Pummeled and Pulverized by Jay Dubya
Pelted, Pounded, Pummeled and Pulverized is a unique collection of eighteen
classic Edgar Allan Poe short stories that have been creatively rewritten and
satirized into adult parody form featuring adult content and language, and the
work is the thirty-fifth book of author Jay Dubya (John Weissner).
Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, during his
thirty-four-year classroom career, he often enjoyed teaching and reading the
influential literature of Edgar Allen Poe to his sometimes-enlightened middle
and high school students.
though Poe (1809-1849) had died at a very young age, he still managed,
remarkably, to write and publish more than nine-hundred pages of imaginative
short stories and awe-inspiring poems. In addition to being a superb writer,
Poe was also an excellent editor and literary critic, and is widely regarded as
one of the most important authors in American literature. The now-esteemed
writer is often referred to as “the father of the American short
story” and as “the inventor of the detective story.” Edgar
married his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm and made a very modest
living as a writer and as a newspaper journalist. Poe had a nasty temper, took
drugs as painkillers, and because of his mercurial disposition was unable to
keep a job for any length of time. In 1847 Virginia died of tuberculosis and
Poe, underfed, pale and gaunt-looking, passed away two years later. Poe’s
detective stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The
Purloined Letter” made him famous in addition to his classic horror tales
The Pit and the Pendulum, “The Masque of the Red Death,”
The Cask of Amontillado, and the popular but eerie epic “The
Tell Tale Heart.”
Product Details Print Length:216 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
O. Henry: Obscenely and
Outrageously Obliterated by Jay Dubya
Henry: Obscenely and Outrageously Obliterated is a collection of eighteen
classic William Sidney Porter “surprise ending” short
stories/novellas that have been imaginatively rewritten and satirized into
adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
extremely humorous book is author’ Jay Dubya’s 34th published work. When the
writer was a New Jersey public school English teacher for thirty-four years, he
often enjoyed teaching and reading O. Henry’s “influential
literature” with his sometimes-enlightened middle and high school
students. Even though O. Henry (1862-1910) had died at a very young age, he
still managed to remarkably write over five hundred short stories and anecdotal
Porter’s fiction often occurs in familiar U.S. environments and settings that
he had known well during his short tenure on this planet, particularly New York
City, Southern Texas, the mountains of Tennessee, Central America and the post
Civil War American South. Most interestingly, many of O. Henry’s terrific short
stories were authored while he was in jail. In 1892 Porter moved to Texas and
soon became a teller at an Austin bank where the institution’s officials
accused him of illegally manipulating funds into his own account. Porter fled
to Central America but upon returning to the states after his wife became very
ill, the on-the-lam short story author was captured and then convicted.
one of O. Henry’s most famous stories “A Retrieved Reformation”
involves safecracker Jimmy Valentine getting out of prison and in a
geographical sense, the writer’s humorous stories “Shoes” and
Shoes and Ships both take place in Coralio, an imaginary seacoast
village in Central America. It is widely believed that the unique writing name
O. Henry had been conceived in honor of a certain security guard
named Orrin Henry, who had been employed at the federal penitentiary where the
literary genius William Sidney Porter had been serving his bank felony
Product Details Print Length:220 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted by Jay Dubya
Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted is a unique collection of eighteen
classic Jack London short stories that have been creatively rewritten and
satirized into adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
author Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed teaching and reading Jack London’s “influential literature”
to his sometimes-enlightened academic students. Jack London (1876-1916) died at
the early age of forty but the author left behind a rich collection of
literature still read and admired today.
was a master at the literary writing technique known as Realism where he
skillfully describes struggles and life-or-death situations pitting man against
man, man against hostile environments and often man against himself. Jack
London was born in San Francisco and helped to support his family at age
fourteen, dropping out of school to do so. Spending plenty of time in city
libraries, London was a voracious reader who studied hard and eventually passed
the entrance examination into the University of California. He stayed as a
student for one semester but then went to work as a sailor and a laborer.
During the Gold Rush of 1897 London spent a year in the Klondike and Yukon
territories where he gathered material and information about interesting
characters that later would appear in his novels and short stories.
fascinated by the Darwinian theory of “survival of the fittest,” many
of Jack London’s works focused on the endurance of strong men driven by
atavistic instincts and primitive emotions. The settings of most Jack London
stories are in California, the Klondike/Yukon regions of Canada and the South
Sea Pacific islands in and around Tahiti. London graphically described the
great San Francisco Earthquake of April 18th, 1906 in his newspaper account
The Story of An Eyewitness, and two other stories in this
collection take place in California. Twelve of the eighteen satirized tales in
this London: Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted work occur in the
Yukon/Klondike territories, and the remaining three stories are set in the
South Pacific islands in and around Tahiti. London: Lashed, Lampooned,
Lacerated and Lambasted is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-seventh published book.
Product Details Print Length:216 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Mythology is a collection of fifteen imaginative stories having mythological
themes and also possessing interesting mythological allusions and characters.
is represented in “Olympus Lives” and in “Olympus Lives, Part
II.” Anachronism is depicted in the stories “Immoral
Immortality,” “The Seven Statues,” “The Heroic Belt,”
Greek Statutory Law and in the very intriguing exploit
and action/adventure situations dominate the tales “The Amazon
Sorority,” “Perseus, II” and also “Twelve Modern
Labors.” The presentations “Excavations” and “Ice
Ages” involve rather amazing archeological discoveries from ancient times.
mystery and suspense can be found in “The Oracle,” in “Marvelous
Modern Mythology” and in the creative rendition “Accidental
Product Details Print Length:298 Pages Genre: Modern Mythology
Mauled Maimed Mangled
Mutilated Mythology by Jay Dubya
Maimed Mangled Mutilated Mythology is adult literature that satirizes
twenty-one classic mythology stories into more mature presentations featuring
adult language, content and humor.
Jay Dubya goes right to work retelling adult renditions of female myths
Pandora, Ceres Goes Against the Grain and Echo’s Cursing Curse. Other famous
adventure myths that are thoroughly pulverized and clobbered are Bellerophon’s
Marathon Adventure, Theseus and the Minotaur, Perseus and Medusa, Osysseus and
the Cyclops and Jason and the Golden Fleecers.
hero and vanity/punishment myths are also imaginatively assaulted and
mercilessly converted into adult versions as in the cases of Prometheus and
Fire, The Three Golden Apples, Oedipus, King Midas and Orpheus.
stories that are not saved from degeneration are the author’s humorous original
tales Olympus Lives and also Colliding Myths, where Jay Dubya combines the
popular stories of Phaethon and the classic Daedalus and Icarus. Love myths are
also hammered with novel presentations of Baucis and Philemon, Psyche and
Stupid Cupid along with Atalanta’s Last Race.
Norse mythology is not spared from total degeneration with a very amusing
retelling of Beowulf and Arabian literature is also assaulted with a creative
presentation of The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad. Mauled Maimed Mangled Mutilated
Mythologyis exclusively adult
satirical literature that is definitely not written for or to be read by
Product Details Print Length:268 Pages Genre: Modern Mythology
Science Fiction, Time Travel and Utterly Fantastic Occurrences by Jay Dubya
Time Travel Tales by Jay
Travel Tales is a collection of twenty-one sci-fi/paranormal novellas having
similar anachronism-style plots and themes, and the work is author Jay Dubya’s
thirty-ninth published book.
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake Eyes
and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random
Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of
Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas
Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III, and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
16 is a collection of sixteen sci-fi/paranormal (and humorous) novellas and the
work is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-eighth published book along with being the
writer’s fourteenth story collection overall.
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random
Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of
Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New
Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
Dubya is author John Wiessner’s pen name and it is also a corruption of his
initials J.W. John is married to wife Joanne and the couple has three grown
sons. The author is a retired New Jersey public school English teacher of 34
years experience and he and Joanne live in Hammonton, NJ USA.
Product Details Hardcover: 216 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
Utterly Fantastic Occurrences is a collection of twenty sci-fi/paranormal
novellas having creative plots and themes, and the work is author Jay Dubya’s
fortieth published book.
story collections produced by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars,
Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM:
Random Articles and Manuscripts, Suite 16, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight,
Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New
Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New
Novellas, Part IV.
Product Details Hardcover: 320 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
is a Jay Dubya acronym that represents a compilation of certain famous works by
authors Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, O. Henry, Mark Twain and William
Shakespeare. Every good story indeed has a plot, or an essential problem (or
problems) that must be solved. The problem can either be a direct physical
threat or an imagined mental/emotional crisis existing within the main
character’s mind, or perhaps the problem is represented by various combinations
of those separate elements. In any case, the main problem must be addressed
and/or especially solved during the story.
particular stories selected by the author have been uniquely corrupted and then
creatively rewritten into adult satirical style where Jay Dubya effectively
uses adult language and situations, thus adroitly modifying the general
integrity of the original works.
Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a funny and irreverent satire/parody on Miguel
Cervantes/ Don Quixote, published in 1605.
Dubya assumes the writing role of Sir Vantes. In the novel Jay Dubya uses over
two dozen parallels between the Coyote and Quixote’ sagas. Ron Coyote is a
wealthy peach and apple farmer. His trusty main foreman is Pancho Sanza. Coyote
is the ideal dreamer out to change the world and Sanza is the practical
hedonistic rascal quite happy with the way the world is dysfunctioning.
Coyote comes under the influence of Calvin Mather, a televangelist who preaches
that America should return to the moral values of its Puritan’ Founding
Fathers. As a joke, Pancho buys Ron Coyote a Pilgrim suit, and soon the Man of
La Mangia believes that he is a contemporary Pilgrim assigned by Heaven to save
America from sin, crime and decadence.
Coyote has a black ’38 Plymouth appropriately named Roachinante, a WWI vintage
biplane Roachinante II, a stubborn mule called Clinton and a pig named Madonna.
Ron Coyote dedicates his great quest to Della Cinnea, an obese school-crossing
guard. As incentive for Pancho to accompany him, Ron Coyote promises Sanza a
new shack with a flush toilet, and Pancho goes along with his employer because
Sanza’s wife threatens him with castration if she doesn’t soon get indoor
plumbing and modern sanitary facilities.
Coyote and Pancho Sanza have many extraordinary adventures with the IRS, rowdy
teenagers, tramps, Arab terrorists, the U.S. Army, cannibals, gays, the Mafia,
motorcycle gangs, Della Cinnea, convicts, Russians and with Calvin Mather. Ron
Coyote, Man of La Mangia is an adult novel that features adult language and
situations. It is philosophical, risque, humorous and satirical.
Coyote is adult entertainment, and it is not a book for the moral majority, for
the politically correct or for children.
Hawthorne: Hazed Hooked
Hammered & Hijacked by Jay Dubya
Hazed Hooked Hammered and Hijacked is a collection of twelve Nathaniel
Hawthorne classic novellas that have been creatively rewritten and satirized
into adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
author Jay Dubya had been a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed reading and discussing Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “influential
literature” with his sometimes enlightened middle and high school academic
many years Nathaniel Hawthorne had attempted to become an established popular
fiction writer. After a decent New England college education, Hawthorne soon
returned to familiar Salem, Massachusetts where the aspiring author lived with
his mother and sisters for twelve years, staying secluded in a lonely room writing
short stories and novel manuscripts.
1837, his first work titled Twice-Told Tales was successfully published.
Hawthorne was chummy with some of the more famous New England literary writers
of his time including Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph
Waldo Emerson. Two of Hawthorne’s better known works are novels The Scarlet
Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. “Young Goodman Brown,”
The Great Stone Face and “Rappaccini’s Daughter” are
three of the author’s best known short stories.
of Hawthorne’s retelling of classic stories from mythology had been published
in his work Tanglewood Tales. Another famous Nathaniel Hawthorne short story
collection is Twice Told Tales, which includes the selections “The
Minister’s Black Veil,” “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” and
The Great Carbuncle.
Hazed, Hooked, Hammered & Hijacked is Jay Dubya’s forty-eighth published
hardcover/paperback book. The author’s works also exist in Kindle, Nook and
Smashwords e-book formats. The pseudonym Jay Dubya is a corruption of John
Wiessner’s initials “J.W.” John is married to wife Joanne and the
couple has three grown sons. John and Joanne currently live in Hammonton, NJ,
Trilogy 1: (Young Adult Fantasy Novels) Enchanta, Pot of Gold, Space Bugs, Earth Invasion
Enchanta (YA Fantasy
Novel Book One In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
is a fantasy adventure novel for children eight to twelve years of age.
and David Morgan are flown away from their New Jersey town by a magnificent
flies them to Enchanta, where they have been taken to help an old wizard, King
Wisher. Wisher had lost his wishing powers when an earthquake struck his
kingdom. A new barbaric civilization, the Beneathians had come from the center
of the earth and had taken over Wisher’s land. Since Wisher’s wife Queen Hope
was captured by the Beneathians, without
Wisher has no confidence in his wishing ability. Barbara and David locate
Wisher’s three magical sons, Changer, Pretender and Inventor. The brother and
sister reunite Wisher with his sons. Then the six conduct a daring raid into
Beneathia and rescue Queen Hope. The three brothers fool the Beneathians in
many amusing situations.
the end, the Beneathians are defeated, Wisher regains his kingdom, and Barbara
and David are magically transported back to New Jersey.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 7 Print Length: 168 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pot Of Gold(YA Fantasy Novel Book Two In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
of Gold is an imaginative fantasy adventure story for children ages eight
and Larry Garrison, twelve-year-old fraternal twins, are touring Limerick
Caverns with their parents on St. Patrick’s Day.
spot an impish elfrechaun in the caverns and chase him into a strange new land.
Four elves have had their gold stolen from their large black kettle, and Janet
and Larry must help Rhymer, Prep, Stretch and Nate retrieve their missing
fortune. Evilla is a wicked witch who terrorizes the elfrechauns.
and Janet must defeat her, and along the way they also have adventures with the
Letter People, Puppet, the Protector, the Two-Facers and Chiron the Centaur
from Greek mythology.
and Janet learn the secrets of the Great Cornucopia, take a wild roller coaster
ride over a rainbow, figure out the mystery of the Rifle Tower and take an
adventurous ride on the strange Merry-Go-Straight. In the end, Evillas changes
her evil ways and falls in love with the Protector.
and Janet are magically transported back to Limerick Caverns where they are
reunited with their parents.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 7 Hardcover: 182 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Space Bugs – Earth Invasion(YA Fantasy Novel Book Three In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Bugs, Earth Invasion completes the young adult fantasy trilogy that was begun
by Pot of Gold and Enchanta. Space Bugs, Earth Invasion is written for children
eight to thirteen years of age.
Space Bugs, David and Barbara Morgan from the Enchanta novel join up with their
cousins Larry and Janet Garrison from the Pot of Gold fantasy story to combat
the evil forces of wicked Queen Termita from planet Insectia.
Insectians are human-size insects that invade Earth with their superior
technology. The four young teens go to Hammonds Grove, New Jersey’s most famous
landmark, Superstitious Rock where they wish for Rhymer the elfrechaun from the
Pot of Gold story and Changer, Pretender and Inventor from Enchanta to assist them.
four magical beings appear and then help the Morgan and Garrison kids go to
battle against Queen Termita’s forces. The Insectians use weapons such as the
Identatron, the Evilsizer and the Micro-Minimizer against the Earth’s armies,
but the children counter with the Trojan Spider, the Medusa Medallions and the
kids even have to battle in a spaceship’ arena Queen Termita’s fiercest
monster, the Insectaclops. Rhymer, Changer, Inventor and Pretender play many
hilarious pranks that frustrate and eventually defeat the Insectian army.
the end, the Insectians sign a Peace Treaty drawn up by the children, and then
they return to their home planet. Rhymer, Changer, Pretender and Inventor go
back to their worlds, and everything on Earth returns to normal.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 07 Hardcover: 218 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Trilogy 2: (Adult Action, Adventure Novels) Black Leather and Blue Denim (’50s Novel), The Great Teen Fruit War (1960 Novel), Frat Brats (A ’60s Novel).
Black Leather and Blue
Denim (A 50s Adult Action Adventure Novel Book One In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Leather and Blue Denim is a ’50s novel about greaser gang conflict in
Levittown, Pennsylvania. J.W. narrates the story.
(age twelve) and his family move into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown
in the spring of ’54.
soon makes friends with Carnie, the neurotic son of a carnival barker, and
Tinker, a mechanically inclined, vindictive kid with destructive tendencies.
The three boys are picked on and harassed by older greasers from Kenwood,
another section of Levittown.
April of ’54, the Fairless Hills Steel Mill opens, and the Caracas, a
Venezuelan ship is carrying the first iron ore from South America up the
Delaware River. Students from area schools are invited to wave linen American
flags on sticks at the vessel.
people in the front row accidentally fall into the Delaware River as the
Caracas is passing by. Two of them are Angie Palermo and Bubbles Messina. The
two girls and their families blame J.W. and Carnie for pushing them over the
bulkhead into the river.
event causes future conflict between the girls and J.W.
The Great Teen Fruit War (A 1960 Adult Action Adventure Novel Book Two In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960′ Novel” is author Jay Dubya’s eighth e-book.
The story takes place in Hammonton, New Jersey, an agricultural community
midway between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. The Blues wear blue denim
button-down waist-length jackets and are the sons of wealthy blueberry growers.
The Reds wear James Dean’ red zip-up jackets and are the sons of peach farmers.
Bellevue Avenue in the center of town is the dividing line that separates
blueberry country to the east and peach territory to the west.
Great Teen Fruit War” is a story for anyone who loves ’50s and ’60s teen
culture. Romance, racial discrimination and conflict between the Reds and the
Blues mix into a “coming of age” story that blends humor with drama,
suspense and surprise into an action-packed adventure. Throw the town’ greasers
The Ramrodders into the conflict and events heat up in a hurry as
the three highly volatile gangs interact.
Goose Restuccio, the son of a Mafia kingpin joins the Reds he challenges Gabe
Gillette, the leader of the rich-kid Blues. Goose’s father’s hit men get
involved in some clever pranks played on the Blues, and the blueberry kids
retaliate with deceptive tricks of their own. Soon strife escalates into
violence. Goose is captured by Blues and then forced to rape a black girl, and
after Crystal Davis becomes pregnant, her black friends ally with the Reds
against a coalition of Blues and Ramrodders. The “Great Teen Fruit
War” is the exciting sequel to “Black Leather and Blue Denim, A ’50s
Novel.” Paperback Print-On-Demand’ copies of “The Great Teen Fruit
War” will be available in mid-February, 2002.
Book Review by Penelope 5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! August 16, 2005 Format: Hardcover This book is excellent.
about teen gangs in 1960 – the Blues (kids from blueberry farmers) and the Reds
(kids from peach farmers) and what they experience in their youth.
Blues’s symbol is a blue denim jacket, the Reds’s symbol a red James-Dean
jacket. Every gang has 24 members and those teens are involved in “The
Great Teen Fruit War”.
starts with pranks and tricks they play on each other – but every time one gang
wants to get even with the other gang and so the pranks not only get more
creative but also more dangerous – until it just has to end in a big fight
(that’s not the ending of the story) 😉
this story is not only about two gangs who fight each other – it is also about
moral, romance, racism, the influence people have over each other and so much
Frat Brats (A 1960 Adult Action Adventure Novel Book Three In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Brats is the third novel of a coming of age trilogy started by Black Leather
and Blue Denim, A ’50s Novel and The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960 Novel.
Frat’ Brats J. W. attends a South Jersey teachers college and prepares for a
professional life in the real economic world.
he and his friends join an off-campus non-sanctioned fraternity Lambda Phi
Sigma, and that’s when the freshman’s life suddenly becomes very interesting
and conflict-oriented. The Lambda Phi’s must respond to dangerous incidents and
harassment perpetuated by two established rival male fraternities, the Delta
Alpha Omegas and the Tau Kappa Epsilons, which have the endorsement and support
of the college deans.
soon escalates into life-threatening hazing. J.W. obtains the assistance of an
old high school friend Goose Restuccio, the son of a New Jersey Mafia kingpin
who aids the Lambdas in their struggles against the school administration and
against the two competing favored fraternities.
Brats combines action adventure with romance and many surprising developments
among very interesting characters in the culturally dynamic and historically
explosive time setting of 1961-’65.
and his fellow Lambdas manage to survive several kidnappings, unique hostage
situations, snakes, manure pits, diving horses, Brahma bulls, bucking broncos,
an exciting boat chase, moving train caboose initiation boardings’, a daring
panty raid, a nudist colony and a fantastic Florida spring break along with a
series of other imaginative ordeals to finally graduate and then help the
Lambda Phi’s fight the Second Battle of Salamis against the formidable rich-kid
Delta Alpha Omegas to bring closure to the ongoing fraternity war.
Brats is definitely adult literature featuring adult language and content and
has been exclusively written for a mature reading audience.
thirty-five novellas presented in Prime-Time Crime Time are works of pure fiction.
The stories’ themes deal with various types of crime and criminal motivation.
Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively
coincidental. In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
Crime Time is author Jay Dubya’s 42nd published hardcover/paperback book. Other
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, Suite 16, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM:
Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II,
Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine
New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part
Eighteen Story Gingerbread House’ book is an eclectic collection of eighteen
unique stories that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Four of the
stories involve magic. They are “The Green Genie,” “The Magic
Seeds,” “Merlin’s Ring” and “The Time Door.”
stories in the work utilize the literary personification’ technique where
animals are given human qualities. These tales are “The Tadpole and the
Caterpillar,” “Percy Helps Sparky,” “The Story of
Bruin,” “The Wise Old Owl,” “From Fang to Claw,”
The Ants and the Bees, “The Shrimp and the Lizard,”
The Ram, the Goat and the Deer and “The Lucky Birds.”
of the tales in the Eighteen Story Gingerbread’ House have animals interacting
with humans. These stories are “Pedro’s Wonderful Donkey,” “Mrs.
Purdy’s Parrot,” and a new Christmastime’ presentation titled
Santa’s Little Buck.
two stories have humans as the principal characters. “Lu Vang” is a
biography on a Laotian-American immigrant becoming a crewleader on a New Jersey’
blueberry farm, and “Kandu’s Great Discovery” shows the daily life
and hazards experienced by a ten-year-old prehistoric Cro-Magnon’ boy.
Product Details Hardcover: 164 Pages Genre: Children’s Literature
FBI Inspector is a collection of 25 short fiction crime novellas involving the
law enforcement services of FBI Inspector Joe Giralo along with his three
government agents, Sal Velardi, Arthur Orsi and Dan Blachford.
Review by Jennifer L.
5.0 out of 5 Stars Challenging and enjoyable!!! September 10, 2018 Format: Hardcover
must read! Challenging cases with a splash of humor that kept you wanting more!
authors entertaining use of his imagination to solve these cases is enjoyable!
Ya’ Wanna’ Be A Teacher tells the whole amazing true story of what really goes
on in the typical American public school. The author was an English teacher for
thirty-four years in amiddle,
junior-high and high school and knows all about the problem student, problem
classes, crazy’ problem parents, student fighting, cheating, the Educational
Aristocracy, nutty field trips, administrivia and bizarre assembly programs.
The teacher in his career had taught over four thousand students, broken up
over two-hundred and fifty fist fights, participated in over seven hundred fire
drills and listened to loud school bells ring over a hundred and fifty thousand
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About The Author: Jay Dubya is author’ John Wiessner’s pen name. John is a retired New Jersey public school English teacher, having diligently taught the subject for thirty-four years. John lives in Hammonton, New Jersey with wife Joanne and the couple has three grown sons.
London: Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted, along with its companion
books Twain: Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized, Poe: Pelted,
Pounded, Pummeled and Pulverized and O. Henry: Obscenely and Outrageously
Obliterated, John has written and published thirty-seven total books. Pieces of
Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight,
Part IV all contain short stories and novellas that feature science fiction and
paranormal plots and themes. Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II,
Nine New Novellas, Part III, Nine New Novellas, Part IV, One Baker’s Dozen, Two
Baker’s Dozen, Snake Eyes and Boxcars and Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II are
short story collections all written in the spirit of the Pieces of Eight
Jay Dubya adult-oriented fiction are the works Black Leather and Blue Denim, A
’50s Novel, and its exciting sequel, The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960′ Novel.
Frat Brats, A ’60s Novel completes the action/adventure trilogy. Jay Dubya also
has produced two irreverent Biblical satires, The Wholly Book of Genesis and
The Wholly Book of Exodus. A third satire Ron Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a
parody on Miguel Cervantes’ classic novel, Don Quixote published in 1605.
Thirteen Sick Tasteless Classics, TSTC, Part II, TSTC, Part III and TSTC, Part
IV are satirical works that each corrupt thirteen classic stories from American
and British literature and from Greek mythology. Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables
and Fairy Farces and FFFF & FF, Part II satirize and corrupt famous
children’s literature stories. Mauled Maimed Mangled Mutilated Mythology is an
adult-oriented satirical/parody work that pokes fun at twenty-one famous
classical myths. Finally, Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and
Slaughtered and Shakespeare: S, S, S and S. Part II lampoon the famous works of
the great playwright.
author has also penned a young adult fantasy trilogy: Pot of Gold, Enchanta and
Space Bugs, Earth Invasion. The Eighteen Story Gingerbread House is a
collection of eighteen new children’s stories. And last but not least, two Jay
Dubya non-fiction works are So Ya’ Wanna’ Be A Teacher and Random Articles and
Dubya’s books are available in hardcover and paperback formats at Amazon.com,
Barnes and Noble.com and Booksamillion.com. Kindle versions are available at
Amazon.com. Jay Dubya’s e-books are available at Amazon Kindle and at Barnes
and Noble Nook.
Dubya (John Wiessner), author of 56 books, gives a biography of his life.
in Hammonton, NJ in 1942, John had attended St. Joseph School up to and
including Grade 5. After his family moved from Hammonton to Levittown, Pa in
1954, John attended St. Mark School in Bristol, Pa. for Grade 6, St. Michael
the Archangel School for Grades 7 and 8 and Immaculate Conception School,
Levittown, Pa. for grade 9. Bishop Egan High School, Levittown Pa was John’s
educational base for Grades 10 and 11, and later in 1960 he graduated from
Edgewood Regional High, Tansboro, NJ. John then next attended Glassboro State
College, where he was an announcer for the school’s baseball games and also
read the news and sports over WGLS, GSC’s radio station.
had been primarily an English teacher in the Hammonton Public School System for
34 years, specializing in the instruction of middle school language arts. Mr.
Wiessner was quite active in the Hammonton Education Association, serving in
the capacities of Vice-President, building representative and finally,
teachers’ head negotiator for 7 years. During his lengthy teaching career, John
had been nominated into “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” three
times. He also was quite active giving professional workshops at schools around
South Jersey on the subjects of creative writing and the use of movie videos to
motivate students to organize their classroom theme compositions.
Wiessner was very active in community service, being a past President of the
Hammonton Lions Club, where he also functioned for many years as the club’s
Tail-Twister, Vice-President and Liontamer. He had been named Hammonton Lion of
the Year in 1979 and in 2009 received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow
Award, the highest honor a Lion can receive from Lions International.
also was a successful businessman, starting with being a Philadelphia Bulletin
newspaper delivery boy for two years in the late 1950s in Levittown,
Pennsylvania. After his family moved back to New Jersey in 1959, John worked at
his grandparents and his parents’ farm markets, Square Deal Farm (now Ron’s
Gardens in Hammonton) and Pete’s Farm Market in Elm, respectively. He later
managed his wife’s parents’ farm market, White Horse Farms (Elm) for three
in a business capacity, for 16 summers starting in 1967 John Wiessner had
co-owned Dealers Choice Amusement Arcade on the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk
and also co-owned the New Horizon Tee-Shirt Store for eight summers (1973-’81)
on the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware boardwalk. In addition, he was a co-owner of
Wheel and Deal Amusement Arcade, Missouri Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
And then, for 18 summers beginning in 1986, John had been the Field Manager in
charge of crew-leaders for Atlantic Blueberry Company (the world’s largest
cultivated blueberry company), both the Weymouth and Mays Landing Divisions.
retiring from teaching in 1999, writing under the pen name Jay Dubya (his
initials), John Wiessner became an author of 56 books in the genre
Action/Adventure Novels, Sci-Fi/Paranormal Story Collections, Adult Satire,
Young Adult Fantasy Novels and Non-Fiction Books. His books exist in hardcover,
in paperback and in popular Kindle and Nook e-book formats.
enjoying his usual Friday night after dinner beer at a local restaurant,
Jacques (Jack) Ludefance’s evening is suddenly shattered when a beautiful young
woman sits down next to him, whispers, “Mister, can you help me?” then falls
her death is ruled ‘natural causes,’ Jack digs in to unravel the reasons she
came to him desperately asking for his help and to investigate her mysterious
death. To complicate matters further, her husband is a prominent, highly
respected local business man.
Jack begins to unravel the pieces to the unsolved puzzle, the more heinous the
crimes of the dead woman’s husband become and Jack finds his own life is in
on the Naval Base begins with a blurry account of a cold-blooded shooting of a
couple, singled out while having dinner at an Officer’s Club. The prime suspect
is apprehended hours later while apparently attempting to flee the state. With
over a dozen eye-witnesses collaborating the incident, little was left in the
puzzle for the military investigators to piece together; especially once it was
determined the two victims were in fact the perpetrator’s wife and the man, she
was having an on-going affair with.
the reader into the supersonic fighter jet world of Naval Aviation, with
aircraft carrier scenes, the novel brings the reader close to the egos and
confidence of those commanders that fly our warplanes. Combined with a steamy
undercurrent of lust, love, sexual fulfillment, jealousy and primordial desires
of the protagonist, the human condition of married life versus the structure and
demands of military careers are juxtaposed against the strength and will of
personal upbringing and ethical behavior of the characters.
the reader, a page-turner of excitement, legal intrigue, psychologically
thrilling moments, steamy sex and military honor – complete with a surprise
that is foreshadowed so brilliantly, even the most seasoned reader will raise
an eyebrow at the end with humble acknowledgement of the literary mastery
Product Details: Paperback: 296 Pages February 14, 2014 Genre: Mysteries
Ozcomert, a beautiful, graduate student at UCLA, has always felt compelled to
learn more about the little-known stories of her father; stories that have been
hidden from her since his death several years before.
modern day Los Angeles, Erin is swept into the ancient customs and traditions
of her father’s village in northeastern Turkey. What she learns there is not at
all what she had expected to find. As she is enfolded into the loving arms of
her Aunt Fatma Ozkoy, Erin discovers a place where tradition prevails in social
ceremonies and family feuds are still kindling hatred and murder, torn by some
never forgotten malice performed by past generations.
to integrate these discoveries, Erin is given the gift of her grandmother’s
journal. Reading the handwritten treasure, her emotions are stripped raw as she
uncovers her heritage and the answers to her questions. Forced to leave the
village before she is ready, Erin returns to Istanbul only to discover more
secrets from her father’s past.
Product Details: Paperback: 300 Pages February 14, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Women Fiction
most of the other boys in his village, Ramzi Ozcomert Junior is a happy boy
until the death of his parents and sister.
the bloody aftermath of the murders changes the direction of his life forever.
Even though he has been taught at an early age to take care of himself, to
control his emotions, always be on guard and never to turn his back to his
enemies, he doesn’t fully understand the meaning of survival until he is
completely on his own.
an unseen bravery and determination exist within him. Inherited from his
parents, it defends him from head to toe against the fatal invasion of
loneliness, need and degradation. With this inheritance, also, come the sins of
the father, which he shoulders without protesting.
About The Author: Author Behcet Kaya was
born in northeastern Turkey. Growing up in a small village with long held
traditions, his rebellious and creative nature emerged at an early age.
home at fourteen, he travelled first to Istanbul and then on to London. His
dream was to complete his high school education and then a college degree in
engineering. While at Hatfield Polytechnic, Kaya made his first visit to the
U.S. as an exchange student with the BUNC. He made the move to the U.S. in 1976
and became a U.S. citizen in 1985.
living in Atlanta, Georgia, he followed his creative yearnings, attending the
Alliance Theater School and studying at the SAG Conservatory of Georgia. Kaya
and his wife moved to Los Angeles, where he continued his studies at the Roby
Theater Company and the Shakespeare, A Noise Within Theater Workshop.
with acting, writing became a natural outlet for his creative yearnings. He has
published four novels, “Voice of Conscience, Murder on the Naval Base,
Road to Siran Erin’s story, Treacherous Estate a crime story, as well as
several short stories. He is currently working on his fifth novel titled
Body in the Woods In May 2017 Behcet Kaya graduated from California
State University Channel Island majoring BA Political Science
Howard’s PBR crew has been killed and he is stranded in Vietnam miles from
make it home he must survive starvation and detection.
Vietnamese is a potential Vietcong to be avoided.
loneliness of nights is overwhelming so he focuses on the hardships of a poor
eastern Colorado family surviving thee real life experiences of the 1950’s and
a childhood of freedom and imagination.
structure of I Must Survive! is built on a parallel narrative that flashes
between the present in Vietnam and the childhood past. The story does a strong job in characterizing
its main character, and the book succeeds the most when the two stories are
paired together to provide insight on both time periods.” Review by Hollywood
Product Details: Paperback: 272 Pages March 25, 2017 Genre: War Fiction (Based on truth)
The Outlaws Of Devil’s Den (The Westward Series Book 3) by Harry Simpson III
Published by Pen It Publications
grew up in the 1940s and 1950s, with no television, and way before the advent
of personal computers and cell phones. I was blessed to live with two loving
parents, both of whom enjoyed reading and also encouraged me to read.
paternal grandfather introduced me to the wonderful world of the west. He had
lived in a world that I could only dream about, but I was hooked, not only to a
lifetime of reading, but with a lean towards the Western genre.
also introduced me to the children’s card game, Authors, so it was not a
surprise that I fell in love with stories by James Fennimore Cooper, Louisa May
Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a host of the other great authors.
my life, I have read many fictional books and grew to appreciate the
storytelling skills of many authors, across many genres. I found my real
interest was the storytellers of Westerns, but especially Louis L’Amour.
list of favorite authors is actually quite long, because a lifetime of reading
has exposed me to so many who intrigue with their imagination and storytelling.
What a wonderful pastime reading has provided me! Reading not only provides
freedom from life’s realities, but also allows me to see the world through an
author’s mind and to appreciate their individual skill of using the English
language. I am concerned that many in the younger generations will never
experience what I have, because their world revolves around their cell phones
and Facebook, etc. What a loss to society it would be if the tradition of
storytellers ever comes to an end. My wish is that my stories are enjoyed by
others and maybe the spark for a future storyteller is ignited.
is a Louis L’Amour quote that probably is what all authors strive to achieve:
think of myself in the oral tradition—as a troubadour, a village taleteller,
the man in the shadows of the campfire. That’s the way I want to be
remembered—as a storyteller. A good storyteller.”
great western author, William W. Johnstone, answered as follows when asked why
Westerns are as popular now as they were a century ago:
Western is one of the few true art forms that is one hundred percent American.
I liken the Western as America’s version of England’s Arthurian legends like
the Knights of the Round Table, or Robin Hood and his Merry Men. The Western
has helped to shape the cultural landscape of America. The Western is honest.
In this great country, which is suffering under the yoke of political
correctness, the Western harks back to an era when justice was sure and swift.
… one size fits all.”
current high-tech world provides us with virtually real-time information, but
without taking the time to verify it accuracy. This lack of verification
results in either partial truths or outright lies. The simple right versus
wrong conflict depicted in a Western is the underflow current of America
exemplified by the rush of men and women to sacrifice for their country during
World War I and World War II. This is the example of patriotism that is the
common thread for our country’s greatness. To me, keeping the Western alive is
a way to remember the world that made America so unique.
Westward: The Journey of Adolf Nagel by Harry Simpson
Nagel interrupted the attempted rape of his sixteen-year-old fiancé by killing
the son of the most influential man in Hocking County, Ohio.
certain death, Adolf and Oskar McGill, his chatty childhood friend, flee
only seventeen, they were unaware that they were embarking on a dangerous trip
full of hazards – including not only nature, but also scalp-minded Indians and
bloodthirsty desperados needing killing
Product Details: Paperback: 256 Pages March 14, 2016 Genre: Westerns
Legend Of Badger Claw (Westward Book 2) by Harry Simpson
the late 1830’s, it was told that a Great White Spirit came to the Arapaho people
and slew their enemy. Whether true, exaggeration or a myth to scare children,
it spread from tribe to tribe, like a plague. Among the Plains Indians of the
Kansas Territory, the Legend of Badger Claw was born.
Product Details: Paperback: 212 Pages September 19, 201 Genre: Westerns
About The Author: Harry Simpson III hasa bachelor’s degree in accounting and spent my carrier in that field, became a Vice President of Finance at age of 38 and retired as a Chief Financial Officer in 2007.
quickly became bored with retirement and spending time golfing and reading
books. I decided to write a fictional
novel based on two true stories. I
blended stories from my childhood growing up in Colorado during the wonderful
1950’s with the experience of a friend isolated in Vietnam.
resulting book ‘I Must Survive’ has been republished and I was successful
presenting it to movie and television promoters and getting it on their list of
possible movie productions.
surprised with the praise for this book, I decided to make writing a second
grandfather Simpson used to sit with my brother and me of his knees and relate
his experiences as a cowboy and ranch manager, training trotters, and using hi
college degree to become the first county extension agent in Colorado.
most young boys would do, I became interested I the old west plus became an
avid reader; which I continue today. One
of my favorite authors is Louis L`amour so it is only natural that I follow
those interests into writing novels of the western genre. Because of my childhood knowledge of Colorado
and Kansas, I am using that area for my books.
believe in researching to make a book fit the real world and have outline a
series of books depicting various generations of the fictional Nagel Family.
hope readers enjoy these books, as much as I did writing them. The first in
this series was just published as Westward: The Journey of Adolf Nagel and the
second The Legend of Badger Claw is currently being edited.
have completed the research for the third, Outlaws of Devil’s Den and am in the
process of writing.
With a dangerous
reputation for taking chances and tempting fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had
one goal in life—to win the coveted Silver Buckle rodeo championship. But when
he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as
the circuit with her famous rodeo rider dad until his fatal accident in the
arena. Now, she wants nothing to do with that world—or the men who risk their
lives for one brief moment of glory. But her attraction to Lynx becomes too
powerful to deny. . . and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist.
Medallion Finalist, Orange Rose Finalist, Colorado Gold 2nd Place, Fool for
Love 2nd Place, and Award of Excellence Winner.
Previously published as “Ride a Wild Heart”
“Connie has a wonderful gift for making her characters come alive for her
readers. A must read!” 4 ½ Rosesromance.com
Highly Recommended. Written by a gifted writer—a worthy addition to anyone’s
book collection.” Under the Cover Reviews.
“Kiss-Ass heroine!” Reader’s Review @ Author’s Den
“Instant action/Sizzling attraction! This book kept the pages turning, and a
box of tissues close at hand.”
“A rare find. A must read!” Word Museum.
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5 Star Review: Lynx sets a warm, romantic tone for book
one in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance Series. This is short, easy, lazy afternoon
read. With strong characters like Lynx, Rachel, Dan and Charlene the Rodeo
small town country environment breeds friendships, excitement, danger,
attraction, reluctance and full-blown passion.
a reviewer I read many genres and this was my first Rodeo romance. To my
surprise this short story and colorful characters kept me turning the pages and
refilling my coffee cup.
fact that Connie’s father is from Texas and she spent summers in the Texas
panhandle as a child is interesting. Her father rode broncs in amateur rodeo
events while in high school. I’d like to imagine that the Texas setting is
probably is some ways kin to the author’s real home environment set in the
“quirky suburbs of Southern California” where she lives with her husband “in a
butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees”.
is a romance with a couple of Texas recipes thrown in for extra spice. This
first book in the Rodeo Romance Series was selected as the H.O.L.T Medallion
Finalist and the Orange Rose Finalist. Only time will tell us where the series
will go and how many hearts will be won or lost.
Lynx (book one) in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance is for the
romantic and young at heart. Review by Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global
Trouble is something hard-edged rancher, Brede Kristensen,
knows all about. A widower with a rambunctious young daughter, a ranch to run
and an ornery cook who has just runoff, Brede doesn’t need another problem. Yet
in the midst of a violent storm, he finds an injured woman. The beautiful woman
can’t recall her name or her past, but Brede vows to protect her from harm.
What he hadn’t bargained for was her laughter and gentleness finding a way into
the lonely corners of his heart.
If you enjoy the Caroline Fyffe Colorado Hearts series
you’re going to fall in love with Brede. Beaten and left for dead, Amberlynn
Maddox has no memory of her past. Accepting Brede’s offer as temporary ranch
cook, the woman, now called Kate, discovers the sexy rancher with his
protective nature and sizzling kisses has claimed her heart.
When a madman discovers Amberlynn’s hiding place, no one is
safe from harm: not Brede, his young daughter—or Amberlynn herself! “Ms Vines
has written a suspenseful romantic tale. Brede and Amberlynn are very strong
and likeable characters. Brede’s daughter, Gretchen, adds a lot to the story.
The ranch hands are very colorful and fun, especially Caldwell, the ornery
cook. His elopement had me laughing out loud! This is a very entertaining
story. Rating: 4 cups for “Brede” Rodeo Romance, Book 2 Maura,
CoffeeTimeRomance and Find Out About New Books “’Brede’ is an emotionally
involving thrilling suspense filled with passion and romance.
The characters a fully developed and will have the reader
caring about the outcome. . .A wonderful heartfelt story that will thrill the
readers. 5 Hearts Anita, The Romance Studio 4 Quills! A must read,
Alive, Steampunk novelist Meredith Misso worked hard at
living the perfect SoCal celeb life. Now that she is a Zombie, it’s all about
the make-up, non-vegan lifestyle, and her soon-to-be ex, who somehow managed to
Velcro himself back into her life. Novella length: “Quirky, Sassy, and Fun!” By
Authors Den Review
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5 Star Review: Meredith Misso, best-selling author of
Steampunk romance novels and an unwilling sponsor of the annual Zombie Walk
Festival in Long Beach realizes the event has gone terribly wrong when she
wakes up in a body bag.
Meredith withdraws to a cabin in the small
mountain town of Forest Falls to complete her novel before Valentine’s Day.
Becoming a zombie and dealing with the entire raised from the dead issues isn’t
easy for her. Pippa, her sister, soon-to-be-ex-husband Viktor, cute teddy bear
hamster along with a small circle of friends consume her days.
Victor, who is intense and undeniably sexy
knocks on her door and infuses himself right back into her life. Meredith
senses that while still driven by his work, he seems more intense than he had
been in the past. Puzzled by his behavior, she searches for a way to tell him
I invite you to come follow Connie Vines’
sassy, fun fantasy series which is packed with adventure and romance in another
realm. Whether you are a zombie groupie or this is your first introduction to
the zombie world like it was for me, you will get caught up in the fun
characters and interesting story of the undead.
Today, Zombie Tomorrow” by Connie Vines is a fun new series, novella in
length, easy to readand
entertaining. Review by Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network.
Tanayia is alone
in the world. Her village destroyed and her people murdered by a group of
revolutionaries who now hold her hostage. A daring escape on the edge of
Cochise’s stronghold saves Tanayia’s life, but she discovers her ordeal is only
Forced to live in
a government run boarding school, Tanayia is stripped of her identity. The
headmistress is bent on destroying Tay, but Jacob Five-Wounds stands in her
way. Jacob urges Tay to run away with him—but diphtheria strikes the school.
Now, Tanayia must make a choice, a choice she knows may cost her both, Jacob
and his love.
well-researched novel is taunt with all the tensions and passions of any tale
in which the characters are trapped. That Sister Enid eventually gets her
comeuppance (and from a native doctor, too) is only just and satisfying, and an
epilogue tells of both the compromises and the triumphs of Tay’s marriage to
Jacob Five-Wounds (once a fellow inmate of the school.” A-! ~ The McQuark
Product Details: Series: Whisper Upon the Water (Book 1) Paperback: 186 Pages January 10, 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction
1880. Tanayia is alone in the world. Her village destroyed and her people
murdered by a group of revolutionaries who now hold her hostage. A daring
escape on the edge of Cochise’s stronghold saves Tanayia life, but she
discovers her ordeal is only now beginning. Apacheria, 1880. Tanayia is alone
in the world. Her village destroyed and her people murdered by a group of
revolutionaries who now hold her hostage. A daring escape on the edge of
Cochise’s stronghold saves Tanayia life, but she discovers her ordeal is only
Book Award Nominee, Whisper upon the Water is a Middle School/YA historical
novel dealing with the forced removal, education, and later placement of Native
Americans on reservations during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Also available:
Student workbook and Teacher Edition in paperback and hardcover, and Spanish
translation. The book has a Lexile level, and meets the No Child Left Behind
requirements. Whisper upon the Water is used in the Gifted and Talented Program
and was featured as a Book of the Month selection the Public Library System in
the northeast and Midwest.
well-researched novel is taunt with all the tensions and passions of any tale
in which the characters are trapped.
That Sister Enid eventually gets her comeuppance, is only just and
satisfying.” By A: The McQuark Review
“The fast pace held my attention throughout novel. Fans of Historical Westerns,
particularly of Native American tales, will enjoy this story!” By Tracy
Farnesworth: Romance Reader’s Connection
“A novel overflowing with action, suspense, and historical facts. Ms. Vines
skillfully constructs her characters, and the plot. Great edition to add to
your book collection.” By Cliff Leach for the Write Lifestyle
Dream Realm Award, Indie-E-book; Frankfurt eBook and National Book Award
nominee. Awards for Whisper Upon The Water.
Ride A Wild Heart/Summer Magic (Double Delights #22) by Connie Vines and Sydell Voeller
Wild Heart: Cowboy
Lynx Maddox has a dangerous reputation for tempting fate. And he wants only two
things: to win the Silver Buckle and Rachel Scott. Rachel wants nothing to do
with the rodeo world. But her attraction to Lynx is too powerful to deny and
his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist.
Magic: When her
fiancé calls off their engagement, veterinarian assistant Lisa Prentice joins
the circus in hopes of escaping the everyday grind. But life under the big top
isn’t quite what she expected. None of the veterinarian’s former assistants
managed to please their short-tempered boss, and Lisa fears that her days are
numbered, too. Michael Figaro, a dashing young trapeze artist, is also caution about
whether Lisa can stay, and because of that, he tries to keep his distance.
Still, Lisa finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to him. Although Michael is
the aerialist, it is Lisa who is flying on an emotional high wire. What
happened to her safety net? Will their love survive?
“Five Flames. A Rare Find!” By Word Museum, Wilma Fran
“Blue Ribbon & 4 1/2 Roses!” By Romance Junkies, Dina Smith
“H.O.L.T. Medallion, Orange Rose, Award of Excellence, Golden Chance. Awards
For “Ride a Wild Heart”
“Highly Recommended. Lynx and Rachel, the paths they take are what makes page
turning reading. A gifted writer. This
novel is a worthy addition to anyone’s book shelf.” By Under the Covers”
Ride a Wild Heart is set amidst the excitement and danger of the
rodeo world. Instant Action, Sizzling
Attraction! The story kept the pages turning and the box of tissues close at
hand.” By AOL “Romance Reviewers
About The Author: Connie Vines lives deep in the quirky
suburbs of Southern California with her husband, grown sons and a playful
poodle. Raised in a career Naval family, her writing reflects her diverse
background, numerous occupations, and her love of animals.
Often giving a nod to
an artistic family member (Band member of Louisiana 5/ Hollywood composer,
Anton Lada; novelist, Clarence “Clancy” Carlisle; Playwright/
songstress, Jackie Marx) in her books, Connie admits her writing is greatly
influenced by the summers she spent with her grandparents in the panhandle of
Her interests are
varied: a kitchen decorated with a ‘gingerbread boy and girl” theme; her
paring of a Pioneer Woman teapot and her Royal Albert teal poke-a-dot china
cups and saucers. Her cinematic tastes, unique: mashed-together cross-genre 2-
and 3-star movies; and her most fav Canadian sleeper-movie,” Powwow
Highway” and the “Moose TV” sitcom.
Connie has published
over one hundred fiction and nonfiction articles, twelve genre novels,
educational student activity books, and has ghost-written two literary novels
and one screenplay. Under a pseudonym, Connie published with Kensington/Zebra
and is currently contracted with BWL Publishing, Inc.
the Water, is available in the Spanish Tanayia–Un Murmullo Sobre el Agua.
Love, Forever –This
sampler collection of romance first chapters by established, award-winning, and
bestselling romance authors (Connie’s chapter is there, too) is available for
download. (FREE on my author central page).
Watch for: Her Cajun
anthology, “Gumbo Ya Ya–for women who like Cajun romance,” The 2nd
novella in her Fun & Sassy Supernatural Series: (set in SoCal), titled:
Bell, Book & Gargoyle.
Coming in 2019: Book
3 of her Rodeo Romance Series and Book 2 of her Native American/First People
Series, published by BWL Publishing, Inc.
Awards: Award of Excellence, H.O.L.T. Medallion, The Orange Rose, Independent E-Book Award, Dream Realm Award. T.A.R.A Fool for Love, and Colorado Gold Award for fiction writing.
The Amazing Adventures of Kid and Sweets: The City by Mark Alan Long
this amazing adventure, Kid & Sweets have their eyes set on experiencing
all the exciting things “The City” has to offer… from A to Z.
two best pals are not disappointed, as they romp from one fun-filled activity
long last, Kid & Sweets finally achieve the total experience and are left
exhausted and thirsty. Finding relief at a spurting fire hydrant, our two
friends are ready to call it a day and head back home… but wait!
is that thunderous voice calling out to them? And, what in the world is that
huge beastly thing lumbering directly towards them?
& Sweets can only fear the worst as they huddle together with their eyes
for Book Three in the series and follow Kid & Sweets to “The Park” where
they encounter an unusual looking quirky duck named Beauregard, in yet another
Product Details: Series: The Amazing Adventures of Kid and Sweets (Book 2) Paperback: 32 Pages April 20, 2019 Genre: Children’s Books, Action, Adventure
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.
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
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.
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/BMGN 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.
We 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. Review by Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network
About The Author: Marilyn Meredith is the author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series and the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series under the name, F. M. Meredith.
She also has written stand-alone books in other genres
including historical family sagas and horror.
Reading and writing have been a part of her since she was a
little girl–a very long time ago.
She loves to hear from readers who have enjoyed her books. She
has made many new and good friends among the readers.
F. M. Meredith Books: Tangled Webs, A Rocky Bluff P.D. Mystery Unresolved A Crushing Death Violent Departures Murder in the Worst Degree Dangerous Impulses No Bells Angel Lost An Axe to Grind No Sanctuary Smell of Death Fringe Benefits Bad Tidings Final Respects
Marilyn Meredith: Deputy Tempe Crabtree Series: Deadly Trail Deadly Omen Unequally Yoked Intervention Wing Beat Calling The Dead Judgment Fire Kindred Spirits Dispel The Mist Invisible Path Bears With Us Raging Water Spirit Shapes River Spirits Seldom Traveled A Cold Death Spirit Wind
Neiko’s Action Adventure Saga Series by A. K. Taylor
Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor
of the 2012 Indie Reader Approved Award.
as “A Great Book for Kids” by fantasy and science fiction reviewer CC
the fate of two worlds were in the hands of one person: you?
childhood secret of a troubled teen warrior is used against her by her enemies.
It turns out what Neiko imagined is real, and she becomes trapped in the same
world she imagined by an otherworldly evil that is worse than the devil.
Getting home is the least of her problems.
Indians and the Crackedskulls are locked in the turmoil of a war that has raged
for centuries, and it is presently in a stalemate. Her enemies, Raven and
Bloodhawk, have come up with a scheme to take her down, but in doing so they
inadvertently open the door to another universe and to an otherworldly evil.
Neiko later finds out that a land she thought she had only imagined is actually
real and the dark being is not a figment of her childhood imagination-he is
terrifyingly real and she faces him for the first time. To make matters worse,
it is now in her world and he has evil plans especially for her.
several standoffs with the malevolent Ramses the Dark Pharaoh in Hawote, she is
trapped in Qari by his strange and powerful magic. Trapped in another universe
in a place that is not exactly the way she imagined it, and she must somehow
find a way to teleport home. That is easier said than done; the odds are
overwhelmingly against her and her scorpion-cobra companion as they must travel
to find the answer and help but at the same time avoid Ramses’ allies, traps,
and tricks. Can she come back home and turn the tables on her enemies?
tweens and teens 12-17 and the young at heart adult!
If you love the hidden worlds and magic of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, travel to other worlds like Warriors of Virtue and The Neverending Story, and a strong female protagonist with a bow like the Hunger Games, and the comic relief of the Big Bang Theory, you will love Neiko’s Five Land Adventure!
of the 2012 Indie Reader Approved Award
as “A Great Book for Kids” by fantasy and science fiction reviewer CC
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5
Star Review: I can’t begin to
imagine A. K. Taylor as a young girl writing fascinating fantasy tales like
Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (Neiko Adventure Saga Book One). Granted as an
adult the author has revised this teen writing project and added the wisdom and
balance of being a grown, educated and married woman.
Take a moment and
think back to your childhood bedroom. Recall your favorite toys, the ones you
played with the most and the ones that caused you some discomfort in the dark.
Now imagine your bedroom transformed into a fantasy land where you were called
upon to battle for the good and defeat evil between reality and imaginary. What
if you found out those imaginary worlds and the people/creatures in it were
real and you became trapped there? Some things you imagined were incorrect.
What would you do?
Neiko’s has one foot
in reality and the other where she is Captain Neiko Kidd, commanding officer of
the Desert Storm Falcons a hidden world that coexists with the known one. These
woodland warriors battle with the Crackedskulls and it has to be done before
I always like to
share a quote from each book that I review, not to spoil, but to engage. Now
imagine yourself back as a teen trying to communicate with your mom and see if
it would go something like this:
“Well, here goes
nothing,” said Neiko as she walked down the hall. She was trying to measure up
what to say to her mother about what happened. She sat down at the table and
waited for her mom to hand her dinner. They prayed, and after they finished,
Neiko began eating.
“I wonder where your
daddy is,” her mom said, trying to break the silence.
“I don’t know, probably
got held up at LP again,” Neiko replied with a mouth full of cabbage.
“Is there something
on your mind? You’re awfully quiet.”
“Yeah, um—did you
hear anything strange—like in my room… like metal hitting the wall or
“I was just wondering
because a couple of strange things happened a few minutes ago.”
playing with Ramses, and when he hit the wall he clanged, and then I tried to
bring him in the toy box; I missed, and he hit the side and said ‘Ow’.”
“Who is Ramses?”
“One of my toys—the
guy with the shiny armor.”
“Amanda,” she groaned
in an aggravated manner, then said gently, “Oh—yeah— well… that’s nice,
“Mom, I ain’t makin’
this up. It really happened.”
“That’s really using
your imagination. Did this happen during a battle?”
“No! This wasn’t
pretend—this was real. Like in real life,” Neiko stammered.
“Oh, well, that’s a
really nice joke—”
“I’m not joking—and I
haven’t even laughed about it. If I was joking, then I would be laughing my
“Has he ever done
this before?” “No.”
“Did he come with any
special real-life sounds or anything?”
“No, he was just a
plain toy. I’ve had him for a long time, and I’ve played with him a million
times, and it’s never happened before—never mind, let’s talk about something
The question begs to
be answered, would your Mom believe you? What if your real or imaginary friends
reveled in the fact that your Mom just didn’t understand.
I encourage teens and
young adults to read ‘Neiko’s Five Land Adventure’ and learn from a peer that
you must have courage and the strength to face the odds and fight for what you
believe. Teens will enjoy this book and perhaps it will encourage them to write
about their toys and action figures that seem to at times, take on a life of
This book was winner
of the ‘2012 Indie Reader Approved Award’ and this book was nominated as
A Great Book for Kids by fantasy and science fiction reviewer CC
Author A. K. Taylor
created the Map of Hawote/Georgia and the Map of Qari and has been writing and
drawing since the age of sixteen. She worked with another artist to create the
23 black and white photos that help bring the story to life IN THE Sixty-five
chapters. There are also letters and an amazing log titled “Neiko’s Log” at the
end of this book which details, people, places and events. This log will help
young readers as this series continues.
For parents: The
author grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned hunting and
fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various
collections. She has her degree from University of Georgia with a biology
degree. I think she is a good role model for teens and young adults.
We endorse Neiko’s
Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor and
encourage teens and young adults to read Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (Book
One), Escape from Ancient Egypt (Book Two), The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide
and her latest book title Bloody Klondike Gold. Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
Product Details: Series: Neiko Adventure Saga (Book 1) Paperback: 404 Pages September 1, 2010 Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy
Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor
of the Bronze Medal Award and Best in YA Historical Fantasy in the 2013
Wisebear Book Awards!
of the UP Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge!
being stuck in the past has a whole new meaning…
your worst enemy sent you on a one-way ticket to the past? Worse, later he
shows up and tries to play match-maker with a dominant historical figure while
all of history and the future are on the line? Survival is just one problem,
but then add your friends into the mix…
an intense battle between the Indians and the Crackedskulls, Neiko and her
comrades enjoy victory while her enemies suffer a crushing defeat. Victory is
short lived for Neiko when Francesco pays her a visit at her home and sends her
away in order to collect on his threat of revenge. She is banished into the
ancient world of ancient Egypt during the reign of Ramesses II the Great on a
trapped in this ancient world, it doesn’t take very long for trouble to find
her. Taken by a rich man, she is reunited with three of her friends that had
been missing, and an eleven-year-old mystery is finally solved, but one of
Neiko’s friends is still unaccounted for. After escaping from the rich man and
journeying to Thebes, Neiko and her comrades have actually jumped from the pan
and into the fire.
go horribly awry when Pharaoh finds out about Neiko and becomes infatuated with
her. Francesco comes to Egypt on orders to bring her back, but he has other
plans. Can Neiko and her friends thwart Francesco, return to the 21st century,
and escape from the past and one of the greatest kings that ever lived?
teens and tweens 12-17 and the young at heart adult!
love the action, adventure, and time travel intrigue of Back to the Future and
Time Machine (except without the time machine) and modern 21st century Native
Americans in ancient Egypt, but the story of the Ten Commandments and the
Prince of Egypt in reverse with a battle of wills and the motives of passion
from Pharaoh, and the comic relief of The Big Bang Theory, you’ll love Escape
from Ancient Egypt!
Coffee/BMGN 5 Star Review: Escape From Ancient Egypt by A. K.
Taylor is book two in the Neiko Adventure series. Although penned as a series,
each book stands alone with action adventure all its own. ‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’ is for those
young adult readers who enjoy time travel to ancient Egypt with a Native
American Indian twist.
The book starts out with a wonderful
map drawing of Egypt Ca 1300 BC drawn by author. The seven photo illustrations
were produced by a separate artist. Her book cover design is by Mallory Rock.
In chapter one, Neiko (main character)
emerges from a portal and makes a log entry concerning Hawote, a “hidden land
that coexisted with the United States, Canada, and Mexico”.
Forty-three chapters reveal realistic
characters, imaginative fantasy with action suspense drama, easy to follow
dialog that will keep the reader engaged anticipating the next carefully placed
photo that brings visual enhancement to the story.
In order to give you the reader a feel
for the author’s writing style, I quote a passage from chapter three and share
a description of the illustration photo in this chapter.
“Neiko’s vision turned from the green
light to the world spinning around her in dizzying speed. Neiko wasn’t moving,
but she felt like she was in freefall—like someone had cut the cable from an
elevator, and she was plummeting with it. Descending in what—space and time?
The evergreen and colorful deciduous vegetation of the Hawote woodlands changed
to a desert with a river with some greenery and palms nearby. The cool autumn
air of Hawote in October transformed into stifling, searing, dry heat.
Pyramids, sphinxes, and strange statues spun around her after her house, porch,
and front yard disappeared within the vortex. It was nighttime in Hawote, but
the sun rose and set as time flew by— from west to east—backwards. Beneath her
bare feet the wood from her front porch turned to nothing then into hot, soft
Neiko’s world stopped spinning, and the
sun was high in the sky. Neiko watched the sun to be sure it didn’t move again.
Wherever she ended up, she guessed the time must be about high noon there
judging by the sun’s position in the sky after a few moments of observation.
The heat was intense, and she discovered she must be somewhere far from home.
“Where?” was the ultimate question.”
There is a photo of an Indian within
this script. “The man chattered in a language she didn’t understand—God knows
what he was saying to her. He thrust at her a fine scarab necklace. Neiko
looked at him puzzled with her right eyebrow raised. The language didn’t sound
like Arabic since she watched a lot of action movies. Neiko put up her hands
and shook her head and signed “map” and “phone” and spoke the words in every
language that she knew of but got nowhere.”
As you can see Neiko is far from home.
You must become a detective yourself and read this book to find out how and why
Neiko travels through time? What mystery involves Neiko and some of her
friends? How does a Native American girl fit into ancient Egypt culture and
what is a girl to do when the Pharaoh takes a romantic interest? What will it
take to get Neiko out of the past and back home?
‘Escape From Ancient Egypt’was the finalist in the ‘Wisebear
Digital Book Awards’, winner of the ‘Bronze Medal Award’, ‘Best in YA
Historical Fantasy in the 2013 Wisebear Book Awards’ and Winner of the ‘UP
Authors Approved Award for the 2013 Fiction Challenge’.
I invite you to read the first book in
this series titled ‘Neiko’s Five Land Adventure’ and ‘Escape From Ancient
Egypt’as both books stand alone
with their own adventure.
endorse Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K.
Taylor. Review by Cold
Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network
Product Details: Paperback: 182 Pages December 2, 2009) Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy
Bloody Klondike Gold: A Randi Braveheart Mystery Short Story by A. K. Taylor
trip to the Klondike can be deadly…
and her friend go to the Mineral Creek mining claim in the Klondike to visit
her father during the mining season. Sabotage, theft, and a death threat turn
wilderness summer fun and normal mining operations into a fight for survival…
Klondike Gold is an introductory short story to the new Randi Braveheart
Mystery Series by award winning Teen/YA author A.K. Taylor! Stay tuned for the
first installment To Catch a Catfish coming in 2017.
of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries will enjoy this new series with a
gutsy, tomboy heroine from the bayous of Lousiana!
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5 Star Review: Short stories are to an avid reader like
chocolate to sweet tooth. Bloody Klondike Gold by A. K. Taylor is a short Story
introduction to the Randi Braveheart action suspense mystery thriller series.
teenage friends, Randi and Brittany drive the long 2, 700-mile trek from San
Francisco to southeast Alaska. Randi’s father, William Wallace Braveheart was
already on location as his reputation for finding gold at any location made him
a valuable asset.
communities are tight knit as the environment, equipment and the mining
processes inherit dangers make mining for Gold a driving force with the claim
crews but also a draw for the darker side of human nature.
summer starts out as an adventurous vacation with Randi dreaming of fishing in
cool streams to a mining community’s worst nightmare.
enjoyed Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries then I invite you to read
‘Bloody Klondike Gold’ to prepare for ‘To Catch A Catfish’ scheduled for
release in 2017. If this short story is any indication of what is to come with
‘To Catch A Catfish’ then prepare yourself for an action packed, suspense
We endorse Bloody
Klondike Gold: A Randi Braveheart Mystery Short Story as the introduction to A.
K. Taylor’s new action suspense mystery thriller series coming soon. Review by Cold Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network
Product Details: Print Length: 29 Pages September 19, 2016 Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy
The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide: How to Thrive in the Book Marketing Wilderness by A. K. Taylor
first survival guide for new authors on a tiny budget.
Author? Confused about social media and where to begin? Need a field guide or
manual? Here it is! Pick up a copy today!
crash landing into self-publishing with nothing but the clothes she had on,
author AK Taylor fought for survival with trying to market her books on a small
budget. After two years of trial and error, reworking, refining, and reaching
out, she has created the first survival guide for book marketing compiled of
great tools and resources that can be used by any author during the rough
the book marketing wilderness with the real wilderness is how Taylor viewed the
publishing world around her. Growing up in the woods and learning survival
skills has given her this unique viewpoint for a different kind of world. When
she started her search for information, a book marketing survival guide didn’t
About The Author: At age 16 A.K. Taylor began writing her
first action packed books fantasy/sci-fi adventure books The Neiko Saga.
Fearless heroines that are also the underdogs take young readers on intense,
original, and imaginative adventures that teach them to never give up and to
fight for what they believe in no matter the odds.
science fiction and fantasy to mysteries and thrillers, young readers will be
taken on fast paced adventures and into rich worlds that will come alive when
they open the book.
A.K. Taylor resides in the GA backwoods where she continues to write, blog, and
enjoy the great outdoors with her husband and Dutch Shepherd.
Visit her http://www.backwoodsauthor.com to follow her on social media, join her newsletter, or join her Facebook reader group A.K.’s Tribe or her Review Team to get free books, participate in giveaways and get the goods before anyone else.
it called this? There is more than one AK Taylor out there, but as far as she
knows she’s the only one from the backwoods, and the backwoods makes up her
life! Owner and CEO of Soaring Eagle Publications LLC
it called this (Back Wood Author)? There is more than one AK Taylor out there,
but as far as she knows she’s the only one from the backwoods, and the
backwoods makes up her life!
When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?
Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.
His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.
If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5 Star Review: Lifelong friends, more like brothers, give us a glimpse into the circumstances of childhood.
Athletes’ especially pro football players have a professional drive that carries them through life. This is a story of two such men, their boyhood dreams and reality as life unfolds. When one become famous, and under scrutiny in the public, the negatives are just as pronounced as the successes, maybe more.
It is Greg’s childhood pal Keith, who narrates this story, because Greg is not in the position to tell us himself. The hardest part is not always the beginning. Sometimes circumstances are not always what they seem. The question is, how does one prove their innocence when the Justice Department concludes that there is fraud, money laundering and insider trading within the Wall Street firm that Greg built from scratch? It is the same firm in which he invested his life and his family’s dreams.
Let’s me back up and invite you to join read this excerpt:
The game went pretty much as expected. Greg proved spectacular and led the team to a two-touchdown victory over Alabama. The victory celebration and the press conference took the time to well past ten o’clock at night. Greg met up with Terry and his parents at the motel. They took a quiet booth in the restaurant. Not the best place, but at least relatively private. A few fans passed through and spotted Greg and asked for autographs. He graciously signed what the folks gave him, and they chatted a little and moved on.
Ned spoke up when they sat alone, “So, what did it feel like to win?”
“I’ll tell you, Dad, it was an interesting experience. From the first minute on the field, I knew we would win. It felt like a vision but so real.”
“You played an exceptionally controlled game. The announcers said you stayed so calm and collected.”
“Yes.” Marie nodded. “They even said you looked like a pro quarterback.”
“You guys are making me blush, but you can keep it up.”
They all laughed. Ned then asked if Greg planned to enter the NFL draft. Greg surprised them all by letting them know he hadn’t made up his mind. He turned and looked at Terry and said, “I have a few considerations, and I think that Terry and I need to talk out some things beforehand.”
The decisions Greg makes will play out in hopes and dreams, happy times, romance and struggles. His professional drive will see him through it all. His friend Keith however, has encountered something paranormal that shakes Greg to his core.
I enjoyed reading this book. After you read this book, I encourage you to read My GRL (John Cannon Trilogy Book One), His Revenge (John Cannon Trilogy Book Two), and Our Justice (John Cannon Trilogy Book Three) by John W. Howell.
I endorse Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell.
Our Justice (John Cannon Trilogy Book Three) by John W. Howell
The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs has figured out a plan to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.
The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?
Cold Coffee/BMGN 5 Star Review: For all you John Cannon followers ‘Our Justice’ (trilogy book three in the series) is finally here.
To refresh your memory, ‘My GRL’ is book one in the series. Like a lot of business men who tolls in an office setting day in and day out John J. Cannon takes a leave of absence from his firm, buys a boat and names her “My GRL”. Life was looking up until he wakes up in the hospital and finds out that he was found unconscious beside the woman who sold him the boat. If you have read this book you know where the story goes, if not, you need to read book one to see how the purchase of this boat brings John into the dangerous world of terrorism, counter-terrorism and politics that will either bring out the best or the worst in him.
Book Two of this thriller trilogy is titled ‘His Revenge’ for a reason, but revenge my not be what John imagines. In fact, he unwittingly becomes an accomplice in a plan to attack the credibility of the US President and topple the worldwide oil industry. How will John get out of this without becoming a traitor to his country and endangering thousands of lives?
‘Our Justice’ is here, and now you must find out if justice is as sweet as revenge. Let me start with a quote from Chapter three to catch you up and whet your appetite.
The two agents explain something about being called off the case. Ned asks them what they’re doing here, and they tell him they’re sorry for the way things turned out. We all shake hands, and they go away.
Ned suggests we go to dinner, and we do. We have a little discussion about the agents, and I think Ned feels it is good riddance. Ned and I finish dinner, and he drops me off at my house again. He wonders if he should come inside to check the house before he leaves. I offer to buy him a beer if he’s so inclined. He smiles, “You know, a nice cold beer might be just the thing to top this day. Also, I’m going to have an officer come over here tonight.”
I don’t say anything about the officer and just nod. We get out of the SUV and start up the driveway. I’m not sure if I see something at the corner of the house or not. “Ned, take a look at the corner of the house to the right.”
He whispers, “Yeah, someone’s there. Get down.”
As I move to the ground, flashes come from the dark corner. Ned grunts like someone just hit him in the stomach, and then falls to the ground and rolls over close to me. “Take my gun and start shooting.” He reaches out, and I can see his gun and also a lot of blood.
I take the gun from his sticky hand and fire toward the corner of the house. A dull moan tells me that I’ve likely hit something other than the building. I get up and hold Ned’s gun out in front of me, as I’ve seen the police do on TV. After a quick move to my left, I run toward the corner of the house, only closer to the bushes in the front. I don’t want to be a big target while I make my approach toward the gunman. When I reach the corner, I make out an arm with a gun in the hand. Though the arm is outstretched on the ground, it could be a trap, so I step on the wrist. When I do, the hand opens, and the gun makes no sound when it slips to the ground. With the muzzle of Ned’s gun at the person’s head, I say a line I’ve heard before, “One move and you are a dead man.”
Upon looking closer, I can say that my line was a little redundant. I haven’t seen too many dead men in my life, but this guy looks dead to me. Still wary, I pick up the guy’s gun and sprint back to Ned. When I get there, Ned is still on the ground. “Ned, can you hear me?”
“Call 911. I need to get to a hospital.” “Should I drive you?”
“No. No offense, but we both need to stay alive.”
I dial 911 and speak to the dispatcher. I tell them where we are and that the chief has been shot. The dispatcher sounds upset and lets me know that EMS and a car are on the way. “Please, stay on the line, Mr. Cannon. I need you to give me some idea of Chief Tranes’ condition.”
I assure the dispatcher that I don’t intend to hang up. I sit on the driveway and look Ned over. He seems to be bleeding a little less, which I take as a good sign. “Ned, the dispatcher wants to know about your condition.”
“Uh, tell her I’ve been better, but it’s not too serious.” He pauses. “And, John, try to make it believable. The dispatcher is my wife, Geneen.”
“Oh my God. I had no idea.”
“Mrs. Tranes? I just spoke to your husband, and he told me to tell you that he’s been better, but it’s not serious.”
“I heard him, Mr. Cannon. Please, don’t let Ned die. He is the love of my life, and although he’s one tough son of a bitch, this is just the kind of nightmare I’ve had for years. Please, promise me you won’t let him die.”
I invite everyone to read on to get the answers that both you and John Cannon need. This action, mystery, suspense thriller rivals that of Jack Bower (lead protagonist of the Fox television series 24) and will leave you waiting for John W. Howell’s next book titled ‘The Circumstances of Childhood’ scheduled to be released mid-year 2017.
I endorse Our Justice (John Cannon Trilogy Book Three) by John W. Howell.
His Revenge (John Cannon Trilogy Book Two) by John W. Howell
America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.
The second John J. Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.
My GRL (John Cannon Trilogy Book One) by John W. Howell
John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL.
He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place.
John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.
About The Author: John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career.
His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood, launched in October of 2017 tells a thriller story of riches to rags, football, Wall Street, brotherly love, redemption, and inspiration with a touch of paranormal to keep you riveted. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.
John currently lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue dogs.
A Little Murder (Angie
Deacon Mysteries Book One) by Cindy Davis
When ER nurse
Angie Deacon buys a day of fishing on NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee for her husband’s
fiftieth birthday, she has no idea they’ll wind up suspects in the boat owner’s
death. Besides his wife Valerie, why would any of the five strangers on board
want gruff, insensitive Nolan Little dead?
None of them knew
her before today. Or did they?
As police storm
the boat, Angie comforts the distraught widow, who quickly becomes the chief
suspect. She was seen having an altercation with him earlier that day.
But then…so did
handsome Jamaican Montez Clarke, who by day is a computer geek. He even went so
far as to pop Nolan in the nose.
Angie to help find the killer. If she refuses, Val swears she’ll ask Montez’s
friend Sonny who is a bit on the shady side.
Will Angie regret
her decision to aid Valerie once she learns the woman’s dark secret?
Why did Sonny
bring two duffel bags aboard? They don’t appear to contain fishing gear. First,
they’re at the bow of the boat, then they are gone…And Sonny won’t talk about
the only cause for alarm as the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, leaving
Angie wondering just exactly how her husband fit into the deadly equation…and
if she is next on the killer’s list.
Smith and Westen Cozy Mystery Series by Cindy Davis
On The Hook (Smith and Westen Mysteries Book
One) by Cindy Davis
Picasso painting, worth a hundred million dollars, disappears en route from
Chicago to New Hampshire. Literally-en route. The painting goes missing while
the truck is moving. The painting is there, then it’s not. It’s gone, but it
can’t be. Kendra Jean Valentine, underwriting agent for the policy, is on the
hook. She scrapes together enough to hire two women to work the case.
Hughes owns a failing pet shop. With creditors phoning daily, she jumps at the
chance to earn a bundle of easy money, even though the offer comes from her old
nemesis KJ Valentine, who stole everything in high school: head cheerleader,
homecoming queen and the star quarterback. KJ pairs her with Westen’s total
opposite: Phoebe Smith, a snake-loving, underwear-hating, tuba player with more
baggage than Logan Airport.
Ten percent of a hundred million is…well, it’s a lot so Smith and Westen join forces on a roller coaster ride to find one of the world’s most valuable paintings.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Transporting hundred million-dollar
valuables by vehicle presents many challenges as Kendra Jean Valentine, agent
for NH Property and Casualty Insurance well knows. Her job requires that she covers
all bases. This job was no different from the others. She chose the trucking
company, interviewed the two truck drivers and handpicked four security guards
to drive in two separate vehicles, one in front and one behind the truck to
assist her in driving from Chicago to Buffalo and then non-stop from Buffalo to
Concord, New Hampshire.
at their destination Kendra is relieved to arrive and more than happy to turn Picasso’s
The Old Guitarist painting over to the curator, Henderson McGee. The painting
was secured and padlocked in a six-foot cube wooden crate. Only Kendra and the
curator in Chicago had the keys. When the crate in opened the painting is not
inside and Kendra is on the hook. Her exact thought “How was it possible for so
many things to go wrong for one person at the same time? She must’ve done
something really awful in a past life.”
strong characters and good dialog, the reader is submerged into a fast-paced
mystery that is led by two untrained, inexperienced and incompatible women
named Smith and Weston. Out of their league these two sleuths find themselves
in many situations. I quote one from page # 103 in my copy.
and Westen started up the walk side-by-side. Westen twisted the antique glass
doorknob and they went in, footsteps thudding on the bare hardwood floor, stained
by at least fifty years of shoes and boots. The place smelled like a combination
of pine cleaner which obviously hadn’t been used in the hallway and vanilla
scented candle. They climbed the steep stairs. Westen tried not to touch the
railing. She hadn’t brought any hand sanitizer.”
written mystery by Author Cindy Davis that will keep you guessing until the
endorse On The Hook (Volume 1) in the Smith and Westen Mysteries. After you
read On The Hook, Just Smashing (Volume 2) and Two Million Reasons (Volume 3)
are waiting for you to solve. I reviewed this book from a Kindle/PDF format and
the review was completed on September 29, 2015.
Just Smashing (Smith and
Westen Mysteries Book Two) by Cindy Davis
England’s most mismatched investigative team is on the trail of an Egyptian
vase worth $1.75 million.
ink is barely dry on snake-lover Phoebe Smith and Susie Homemaker Westen
Hughes’ licenses. Their bank accounts are bursting from their previous
windfall, yet they’re anxious to get back to work. Then the call comes.
the unveiling of a local college’s exhibit, the vase disappeared in front of
six people and the thief, because sure as shortcake has strawberries, the vase
is there one minute, the gone the next.
rather than clues cause more trouble than fifty Dennis the Menaces.
mega-rich Enrique Vargas’ money is rumored to have come from smuggling
artifacts. His paramour-de-month is model-thin Fiona Frost; the only job she
ever had was a prostitute. Then there is Donald Abbott, dealer in ancient
weapons, particularly Egyptian ones. The always-smiling Sophie Oliver has no
visible means of support.
did the theft happen right under the nose of the security guard?
Thornton is head of the exhibit’s security, a job that could grow to include
the whole campus if he plays his cards right. Or can come up with enough money
for the equipment.
and Westen not only dodge threats and physical attacks by the suspects…
need to stay one step ahead of KJ, who’s determined to find the vase and cash
in on the 10% finder’s fee.
Two Million Reasons(Smith and Westen Mysteries Book Three) by Cindy Davis
Gabe Heinz has two million reasons to disappear.
is in the middle of his vanishing act when he does just that—vanish before a
sell-out crowd—along with two million in securities from the bank where he’s
vice president. His daughter is distraught—and a prime suspect—not just by the
FBI, but by her nagging shrew of a mother.
recovery team Smith and Westen are up to their ears in movers determined to
demolish every stick of furniture in their new home.
almost a relief when a recovery job takes them to Los Angeles.
bodyguard Ryan Ames is supposed to meet them at LAX.
a gun-wielding lunkhead with a fondness for roughing up women escorts them to a
mobster who claims they now work for him.
can protect Vicki—but from the cops, or her mother?
they locate the securities—and they’d better, or else—can they keep them from
must’ve had a premonition that her life was about to take a turn for the worse.
One of the books
she’d just finished reading was How to Change your Identity and Hide from
Anyone. That was when she saw her fiancé murder his best friend and associate.
And call in one of his flunkies to remove the body. This wasn’t what she signed
up for when she agreed to marry Stefano Santangelo. Sure, she knew he was
involved in organized crime, but he’d sworn it was numbers running and things
She isn’t about
to leave the four-year relationship without something to show for it.
Paige takes one of
his precious antique coins and $750K from his safe, and runs. She changes her
hair, her walk, the kinds of foods she eats.
Then one day she
meets Christian Charles Beauchamps
He’s driving a
truck to make money to open a landscaping business. He’s handsome and charming,
and eventually convinces her to confide in him.
Chris falls for
her—or so he says.
But when she sees
him whispering to a suspicious bearded guy, she takes off again. Can Paige
finally escape Stefano’s grasp and have a normal life?
In 1979, Ian
Merryweather’s biggest dream is to be sheriff of a small town, but a disabling
wound in Vietnam sidelines him.
While he’s on the
mend, his best friend Chief Clement Baker is murdered, and Ian inherits the
job. His first inclination is to refuse the position. He feels guilty getting
the cherished position this way. But who else will dedicate himself to finding
the killer? Especially when the State Police have taken the chief’s son Barney
into custody, and there’s a killer on the loose.
And what about
the lovely Lucy? Ian’s had a crush on her for years. But she’s about to marry
Eric Bremer. She deserves so much more than the sly womanizer.
When Mt. St.
Helens roars to life, Ian’s happiness and the murder investigation are put on hold
while he’s forced to use every instinct and talent to save his townspeople from
the deluge of searing ash and lava.
The Present: Learning To Live Life
Consciously by Cindy Davis
Many people in my
over-55 community are, to quote one of my neighbors, “Waiting to go.”
called Florida “God’s waiting room.” What! Is that what really happens? I asked
around and found out it was.
thought, I realized I had been too.
This book is
about how my life changed when I learned to “live life consciously.”
Because, at the
age of sixty-two, I learned I didn’t need to lie down and wait for the end to
come. It was my choice to go forward…or not.
So, I went
forward…and joined a dating site.
And met someone
who changed everything.
this isn’t a dating book. It’s how, through interactions with Rick, spiritual
books, and journeys to places like Cassadaga, Florida, I learned about
self-healing, and that I could literally change my thoughts, to be a more
positive and empowering person.
That with those
changes, life took an entirely new path.
How easily things
come to you when you learn to let go.
On our honeymoon,
we visited Mexico’s Yucatan villages.
And learned that
in another life, I just might have been a Mayan.
Book Details: 437 Pages
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
You Have the Power: Self-Edit Your Way
Into Print by Cindy Davis
Way Into Print
shares her years of editing experience.
give you the power to edit and polish your own writing.
Cindy will teach
you many editing strategies
Learn how to
decipher overwriting, how to make dialect more readable. Learn to remove the
overuse of adverbs and pronouns.
Learn how to make
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Cindy is a
20+year professional editor
Cindy is best
known for her murder mysteries and romantic suspense, many of which were set in
her home state of New Hampshire. And have achieved considerable success. Now, a
transplant to Florida, Cindy has found herself changing not only place of
origin but also genre since her latest work is a New Age fiction penned with
her husband Rick
She is an award-winning
freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a
Solving The Mystery Of Online Dating:
Finding Love and Relationships While Avoiding Scammers by Rick and Cindy
Almost everyone will find themselves back in the dating world at some point.
and divorced, whether widowed or ending a long-term relationship—and it doesn’t
matter the age—almost everyone will find themselves back in the dating world at
some point. The idea of returning to the dating scene is frightening enough to
keep some people from trying at all. The reasons are many: what family might
think, the fear of getting hurt, being set in our ways, and the one we’ve heard
most of all from older people—not letting someone see what time has done to
Online dating is
gaining in popularity.
It’s increased three-fold in popularity through the years. Years ago, internet dating sites were called impersonal and a place for losers, but it’s important to remember, the impersonal-ness is gone after that first meeting. Dating sites are merely a place to meet a larger, more diversified number of the opposite sex.
The New York
Daily News stated that in a poll of 19,000 people married between 2005-2012,
one third met on a dating site.
respondents to their poll said online dating led to a serious long-term
and Internet Trolls.
contains an entire chapter on identifying and avoiding the scam artists that
patrol our world.
Learn to write
your profile so it catches attention.
instructions on how to make your profile pop, which photos to use, and how to
weed through the available profiles.
Learn the step-by-step
method of contact.
So, you are safe
at all times, beginning with simple, low-stress coffee dates.
Learn how to
follow through and what to do if you fail.
And how not to
settle for second best.
The authors met
on a dating site.
No, it didn’t
happen overnight—for Rick the journey was years; for Cindy six months. In this
book, they provide both the male and female perspectives to help others
successfully navigate the world of online dating. To avoid the scammers. To
become one of the success stories.
If You Fall Off The Horse…Dating After
Divorce by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Okay, so the
divorce is final.
You’re ready to
get back to life. To the dating world. But you haven’t dated since Reagan was
president and you have no idea how to begin.
This book is a
step-by-step guide on how-to date again.
It begins with
erasing the fear that keeps you from moving forward. Then continues with
chapters on navigating bar scenes, acting quickly on chance meetings, or
establishing a relationship with someone you already know. And finally, there’s
a chapter on online dating.
The authors use
their humorous back and forth style to give their perspectives on the dating
Fresh from the
dating scene, Rick and Cindy’s experiences can often be used as examples of
what NOT to do when looking for a mate, or just a long-term friend.
How I Lost A Thousand Pounds: Eating My Way
To Better Health by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
The diet industry
is one of the biggest in today’s American economy
All that said,
How I Lost a Thousand Pounds Eating My Way to Better Health is not your typical
diet book. It is my personal journey, my many years of battling obesity, and
how, during the trip, I lost well over a thousand pounds—up and down, up and
Let’s face it
folks, dieting has become a national pastime, just like baseball
Sound familiar? Finally,
I found success. I lost over one hundred pounds and, with the knowledge I’ve
developed about eating, it will stay off. Hopefully, my story about all the
different methods I tried over the years will help you move to the downward
side of the hill.
Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and
spend $33 billion on weight lost products.”
The world is in a
perpetual search for quick weight loss programs. But, be realistic. How can
there be any such thing—outside of chopping the fat from your body? How could
you expect the weight to come off overnight? Was it gained with a snap of the
fingers? Or the twitch of a nose?
“It only takes a
weight loss of 5% to bring significant health benefits that may lower blood
pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes developing.”
The goal should
be consistent weight reduction over a period of time. You must be prepared to
develop a whole new outlook on food and what it does to your body.
Mountain Nest announced that “95% of diets fail, and most will regain their
lost weight within 1-5 years.”
Make Money Breeding Small Dogs by Rick and
Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Dogs are family
members. They play with our children, keep us warm on cold winter nights, and
cuddle when we’re feeling blue. They travel with us or greet us when we arrive
home. Everyone is always looking for ways to make a few dollars. Why not make
money with your family pet?
No, this isn’t a
get-rich-quick scheme or a way to populate-the-world with a million puppies.
This is simply a
responsible way for your household pet to be productive. And who doesn’t like
cuddly puppies? Your children will learn how to handle delicate creatures; they
will learn responsibility. Most of all they will learn about unconditional
How To Resume Your Life: After The Death Of
A Spouse by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Losing a loved
one, whether from death or divorce, is both physically and emotionally
debilitating. But as people are so fond of saying, life is short.
It’s time to get
back into the world.
and informative book will inspire you to get off the couch and back into
circulation. Authors Rick and Cindy Palmacci have both been in your position.
They dug out from under the quagmire of emotion and found life…and love.
Although this book is geared toward inspiring you to recover lost hobbies, find
new ones, and just get off your keister, there are also some chapters about
finding a new love. To be read, or skipped over—your choice.
What are you
waiting for? To repeat inspirational speaker and self-help guru Wayne Dyer’s
words, “Excuses be gone!”
Cindy Davis is the
author of 22 mysteries and romantic suspense novels, and several non-fiction
She’s a 20-year veteran
free-lance editor, and a recent transplant to the land of sunshine where she
can be outdoors twelve months of the year rather than the four or five in New
Cindy and her new husband Rick do a lot of hiking and swimming. They like to travel–next on the bucket list is Italy. The last trip to Rome produced a novel Lethal Dose of Revenge (being marketed now) which made it TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
addicted to coffee–particularly chocolate raspberry flavor. And don’t anyone
dare get between her and her life-loves: Ben & Jerry. Other than that,
she’s pretty laid back.
She is an award-winning
freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a
Suppose We (The Flying Crooked Series Book 1) by Geoff Nelder
When a ship
crash-lands on a faraway planet the crew needs local help. Unfortunately, the
natives are a million years ahead of us. Ignored, the crew has to find a way to
Bringing back a
sense of discovery and wonder to science fiction.
found Geoff’s work both inspirational and brilliant. I know that whenever I
pick up one of his works I’m in for a damned good read. For those who’ve never
read any of his works before, welcome to the Geoff Nelder club.” By Mark Iles,
author of The Darkening Stars series.
inhabits science fiction just as other people inhabit their clothes.” By Jon
Courtenay Grimwood: Felaheen, Pashazade and End Of The World Blues.
If you liked Tuf
Voyaging by George R.R. Martin, and Anne MccAffrey’s Dinosaur Planet you’ll
like SUPPOSE WE.
Product Details: Print Length: 165 Pages May 20, 2019 Genre: Space Exploration Science Fiction, First Contact Science Fiction
Incremental: 25 Tales Of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, and Bizarre Fiction by Geoff Nelder
tales from Geoff Nelder have increment as a theme. INCREMENT:
Noun – an
increase or addition, especially one of a series on a fixed scale. Synonyms:
increase, addition, gain, augmentation, step up, supplement, addendum, adjunct,
accretion, boost, enhancement. Verb – cause a discrete increase in.
Mathematically the difference can be negative – decremental.
For example, a
pothole doubles in size every day, a meteorite hits the same house daily at the
same time, or a heavy leather-bound book on the top shelf teeters closer to
toppling at each library visit. A sound is heard all over the Earth, but more
worrying, it gets louder each day. A couple of astronauts’ crash land on an
ocean planet (apparently) and incrementally sink.
A few stories are
more mental than incremental, you’ll see.
Some of the
stories have won awards and have been published before, but most of the wordage
is new and drawn together for a common theme. I do not apologize for the mix of
genres in this collection. I write as the muse takes me and only afterwards am,
I asked, is it hard SF, bizarre, horror? You have a smorgasbord of fantasy,
science fiction and speculative in your hands.
these stories are more mental than incremental – all wonderful.” By Limnisa
Writers’ Retreat, Greece.
‘A feast of
Kafka-esque incremental tales, to be ‘literally’ devoured one after the
other… by Mark Iles author of the Pride of Lions #1 best-selling sci fi book.
Product Details: Paperback: 292 Pages October 10, 2018 Genre: Fantasy Anthologies, Science Fiction Anthologies
When Reece and
Zita become lovers, past and present collide as the spirits of their ancestors
force them to relive one of the greatest battles of the 16th century. Xaghra’s
Revenge follows the fate of a sixteenth century abducted family, and of two
contemporary lovers thrown together by the ancients. Reece and Zita are unaware
that one descends from the pirates, the other from the abducted family. While
ancient Gozo spirits seek revenge, so do the Ottoman Corsairs, who intend to
roll back history, and this time win the siege of Malta.
The history is
real. The places are authentic. The tension and excitement are palpable.
“A gripping tale, full of energy and mystery, keeping you wanting for more
with every line you read. John Bonello, First-Prize Winner of the Malta”
National Book Award “I liked it. There’s a foreground of interesting characters
combined with a skillfully fed-in hint of weirdness.” Jaine Fenn – Hidden
Mokii is a city
that exists only in the minds of its inhabitants. It’s not easy to get past the
bouncer but once Olga is inside she has to fight off intruders eager to take
over the city for the lucrative virtual advertising.
ARIA: Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 1) by Geoff Nelder
– 2012 P&E Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel
is where The Andromeda Strain meets Memento…
an alien suitcase is found in space, a pandemic virus plagues Earth. Ryder Nape
must gather survivors to escape an apocalyptic extinction of the human race.
Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia
Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks,
all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack has caught an
amnesia plague, and it’s infectious. No cure.
passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route gifting everyone
they meet with the disease. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them
change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the
power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. Dystopian
chaos in weeks.
man, Ryder Nape, knew about the case found in space and realizes it’s been
opened, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded
valley, hiding from the released amnesia bug? The survivors find love, hope and
thoughts of revenge in their heroic struggle against the apocalypse.
Left Luggage is a well-written novel with the pace and suspense of a video game
(BioShock immediately comes to mind). The balance between character development
and plot progression is managed smoothly, along with the thematics, which take
the reader through a series of all-too-believable scenarios, chillingly showing
how easy it would be for an advanced group of aliens to undermine the human
race and have us destroy one another, without the need for any additional
weapons or warfare. By Magdelena Ball
Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.” By
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Nelder’s ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question
in science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.”
By Brad Linaweaver
J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”
has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” By Mike
5 Star Review: Let
me answer the first question that came to my mind when the book ‘ARIA: Left
Luggage’ arrived. The word ARIA has its roots in Italian meaning air.
as a genre literally is in a world of its own because human beings are obsessed
with how to destroy or alter all of humanity by a single threat. It is rare
that we find an author who can approach this kind of fiction from a new
perspective, but Geoff Nelder has a truly unique concept.
As the first
chapter begins the reader is introduced to Nelder’s large cast of characters
like Vlad, Jena, Dan, Abdul and Antonio. His quantity of characters almost
overwhelms the reader at first, but each has a role to play in this ordeal. The
variety of solid, believable interpersonal relationships like the between Ryder
Nape and his fiancée Teresa are essential as the world is threatened with
massive memory loss by an alien virus. ARIA begs the intriguing question that
as people lose their memories what is so important to their lives they must
make a note of it to read when they wake up each morning?
The year is 2015
and there is never a dull moment as the reader joins the crew of “the shuttle,
Marimar, in orbit approaching the International Space Station” and follows the
science at the Dryden Space Laboratories at Edwards Air Force Base in
California and the NASA Goddard Labs in Maryland. Travels to London and to the
Anafon Valley in North Wales. Follow the viral repercussions to the Chester Zoo
in UK, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and to Banff National Park
caused this reader to ask how the world would handle such a virus if brought
back to Earth from an exploratory mission, who on earth might be immune, and
what secrets could NASA and WHO be keeping from us? That is what good science
fiction does. It captures the readers’ imagination and takes us to places that
we believe are impossible, but somewhere in the dark corners of our minds we
recognize that there is a slim probability.
Luggage by Geoff Nelder (volume one in the ARIA series) is a science fiction,
action filled fiction that has already won the coveted Preditors & Editors
Readers Poll for best science Fiction novel of 2012. Please consider purchasing
and reading the whole ARIA series (available at Amazon).
Product Details: ARIA Trilogy Book 1 Print Length: 286 Pages July 30, 2012 Genre: Alien Invasion Science Fiction, First Contact
ARIA: Returning Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 2) by Geoff Nelder
They wiped out
most of Humanity in a split second of universal time.
apocalypse. It’s the extinction of mankind.
Strain meets Memento…
Meet the aliens
who came from some deep space universe and brought a pandemic of infectious
amnesia to Earth with their “left luggage.” In this gripping ARIA
sequel, Returning Left Luggage, the alien invaders ignore the remaining human
survivors or enslave them. Will the disparate last survivors form an alliance? The
aliens, however, don’t bargain on encountering the psychotic Dr Antonio
Menzies, and when he discovers how to use their telepathic-controlled gadgets,
odd things happen.
Nape – a survivor who escaped the infection – and his isolation group is in the
South Pacific facing an invasion of amnesiacs. In France, a bunch of uninfected
students discover the truth behind the aliens and their spreading, unkillable
bindweed. The survivors’ passion for survival and dystopian experience drive
them towards revenge, but can they win against such a strange foe? Can they
make a first strike count? The destiny of the human race may be in their hands.
Retrograde Infectious Amnesia
memories, who are we?
“ARIA is a
well-written novel with the pace and suspense of a video game (BioShock
immediately comes to mind). The balance between character development and plot
progression is managed smoothly, along with the thematics, which take the
reader through a series of all-too-believable scenarios, chillingly showing how
easy it would be for an advanced group of aliens to undermine the human race
and have us destroy one another, without the need for any additional weapons or
warfare.” By Magdelena Ball
inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.” By Jon
ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in
science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.” By Brad
Robert J. Sawyer
calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”
“ARIA has an
intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” By Mike Resnick
Product Details: ARIA Trilogy Book 2 Print Length: 282 Pages June 5, 2013 Genre:Medical Fiction, Alien Invasion Science Fiction
ARIA: Abandoned Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 3) by Geoff Nelder
In 2015, a case
found in the struts of the International Space Station is brought to Earth. It
releases a virus giving people amnesia. They lose their memory at the rate of a
year’s worth every week. No one is immune. Infectious amnesia is unheard of.
Industry breaks down as people forget where they work and how to perform their
duties. People die as they forget their medication, and production ceases along
with food, water supply, and energy. A few small groups realise what is
happening in time and find isolated refuges. Ryder Nape takes a group to a
secluded Welsh valley where safety from the virus is possible. Biologists call
the virus ARIA: Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia.
conclusion to the trilogy, Dr. Antonio Menzies arrives on Zadok. The ARIA-3
bomb had reached there two days previously, causing havoc. Surviving Zadokians
consider a mass-migration to Earth to escape the effects of ARIA-3. Antonio’s
madness grows, and he makes disturbing discoveries in their laboratories.
Ryder’s group is now on a Pacific island. His relationship with Jena is
unstable and others have coruscating infatuations in tune with the increasingly
desperate situation. When their island becomes unsustainable, and the
alien-Earth hybrid weed gets out of control, where should they go?
What was the
Zadokians’ real purpose with the ARIA viruses, and how does it all end?
“ARIA mingles the
most optimistic calculations from the Drake Equation with a distopian outcome,
creating a read that is as intriguing as it is fun.” By Magdalena Ball, owner
of Compulsive Reader
“If you like your
scifi offbeat, original, and backed by science, you’re going to love ARIA.” By Kenyon
Charboneaux, editor and writing tutor at Eros & Rust
“ARIA: a smart,
entertaining gem.” By Dr. Ira Nayman, author of the Transdimensional Authority
Product Details: ARIA Trilogy Book 3 Print Length: 256 Pages July 7, 2014 Genre: Science Fiction Adventure
Erica is a
nine-to-five office temp with flaming red hair, emerald eyes, and black
lipstick. The highlights of her day usually include coffee meetings and
intoxicated fumblings. An adventurer at heart, she hires a hot-air balloon ride
for she and her boyfriend, complete with a champagne lunch.
While in the air,
she witnesses an unsavory crime happening on the ground below. The perpetrators
spot the balloon, and begin shooting at it, hitting the pilot and killing him.
Somehow, Erica and Paul manage to land the balloon but their troubles are not
over. They are tracked down and abducted by a gang engaged in human
trafficking, and taken to an island in the Mediterranean. Erica soon adapts to
gangland ways and uses her charms to escape. Along the way, her life shifts
from bored office temp to a feisty Lara Croft now living on adrenaline and
dangerous men. She is chased by a rogue named Dean, who is annoyed by Erica but
falling for her at the same time.
Hot Air is a
contemporary crime novel and a winner of both the Wuacademia Silver Award in
2007 and Prix d’Or (Gold) 2008 for best unpublished novel.
illustrated tales of science fiction by authors Geoff Nelder of Great Britain
and Robert Blevins of the United States. Stories include ‘Last Train Home,’
‘Hole Card,’ ‘Prime Meridian,”The Earth and the Lion,’ and others. Blevins and
Nelder are the founders of Adventure Books of Seattle and serve as editors for
the famous science fiction magazine, Escape Velocity.
Product Details: Print Length: 160 Pages May 23, 2009 Genre:Science Fiction Anthologies, Short Story Collection, Science Fiction Tales
is a humorous thriller set in Northern Britain and Amsterdam. The story opens
with musician Gerry Ricketts having his face pushed into a water-filled gutter
by a large policewoman. He is under arrest. After a quick trial, Ricketts is
sentenced to ten years in Stonelodge Prison for a jewel robbery he did not
commit. Determined to discover who framed him, Ricketts begins plotting his
escape. It won’t be easy. Stonelodge is a Category B prison, old and smelly,
with heavy security. His luck finally turns when he enters into a sexual
relationship with Wendy, the prison librarian. He finally makes his escape,
hiding out in the Northumberland moors, and eventually reaches Amsterdam. But
the plot that landed him in prison is bigger than he knows, and his troubles
are just beginning as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the law and clear
Reality, although set in Europe, was inspired by the 1960’s TV series The
Fugitive. Geoff Nelder’s other books include Exit – Pursued by a Bee, ARIA, and
Exit, Pursued by
a Bee is driven by a Southern-belle heroine-astronaut, involves a paleolithic
mongrel called Kur, Glastonbury Festival chaos, steamy sex in space, a
mean-momma loose-cannon journalist and an out-of-control general who’d fix
anything by nuking it?
Product Details: Print Length: 260 Pages May 15, 2008 Genre: Hard Science Fiction
About The Author: Geoff Nelder is a freelance writer living in Chester, UK.
A former high school teacher of geography and information
technology, he has had non-fiction books published on microclimates in the UK
along with several articles in academic journals such as Weather, Geographical
Magazine and the Times Educational Supplement. Geoff is a part-time journalist
contributing humorous travel accounts to Cycling World.
He has had short stories published and won a commendation
for a story in the Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition. He won first
prize in the Cafe Doom short story competition in 2005. Besides his 2005
released humour novel, Escaping Reality, published by Brambling Books, he won
an award for mystery thriller, Hot Air, to be published by a Dutch Arts Academy
in 2009, and a Science Fiction block buster, Left Luggage is in the hands of an
agent. Double Dragon Publishing published Geoff’s Exit, Pursued by a Bee
science fiction in 2008.
Geoff is an editor for Adventure Books of Seattle, co-editor
of Escape Velocity – a print and ezine magazine of science fact and fiction. He
has been a freelance editor of novels and short stories for several years.
Geoff is the 2009 sort-fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize.
Recipes From Momma’s Kitchen by Helen Salyer Perkins (Helen Perkins Johansen)
Helen Salyer Perkins loves to cook for her family. In this book, she shares recipes from her
collection, recipes given to her by friends, and those she has picked up over
Enjoy these wonderful recipes.
Review by Shelly Beannv 5.0 out of 5 Stars Fantastic cookbook! One every cook fanatic should keep handy! April 30, 2019 Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wow, what a handy book to have around. Filled with recipes
for every occasion! I love how Helen included so many wonderful recipes from
her friends and family. Makes it so special! Plus, I got the hardcover book,
and it’s a beauty! Would make a nice gift, also!
Review by Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars Lots of good recipes! March 28, 2019 Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase I loved it!!
Review by Jenifer L Neidig 5.0 out of 5 Stars Helen’s Love Nourishes the Spirit… and the Tummy February 26, 2019 Format: Hardcover Faith, Family and Friends are the main ingredients with a wonderful sprinkling of Love in all dishes. Helen helps us to return to the simple things in life that will strengthen Family ties and bring glowing happiness to your soul.
Product Details: Hardcover: 444 Pages January 17, 2019 Genre: Comfort Food Cooking, U.S. Regional Cooking, Food & Wine
The Tollivers of Bear Wallow Mountain: The Story of a Grandma’s Love by Helen Salyer Perkins
The purpose of this writing is to pass on my own family
memories as well as memories gathered from other relatives, and to impart to
readers the importance of family.
Our family was a very important part of my life as a child
and continued over the years. In my mind’s eye, I can visualize our Grandma
Tolliver as well as each of my aunts and uncles and most of the cousins.
This writing focuses on my grandparents and their fifteen
Review by Shelly Beannv 5.0 out of 5 Stars Wonderful book! October 26, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Loved reading this well written book on the Tolliver Family of Bear Wallowa Mountain! Takes you back long ago to witness the love of a wonderful family! Especially, enjoy the recipes in this book, too! Look forward to more publications from this talented author!
Review by Randall Holberg 5.0 out of 5 Stars Labor of Love October 28, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I enjoyed reading your beautiful writing. I laughed…I cried…I remembered! As I read, I couldn’t stop myself from writing some of my thoughts and memories in the margins. What a treasure you compiled; a true gift to the family. by Kim
Review by Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars I love reading it again August 8, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I don’t know if it’s appropriate for the Author to write a review but even though I spent many years writing it, I love reading it again!!! I pray it is an inspiration to others!!
Review by Roberta M. Banta 5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars September 19, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I loved getting to read about my dad’s side of the family.
Review by Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars A delightful book! So very interesting and refreshing. October 27, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Just a delightful book! So very interesting and refreshing to read about family lives, their values and family ties from a simpler time. The old family recipes are an added bonus.
Review by Online Shopper 5.0 out of 5 Stars Loved it! September 9, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase My Mother LOVED this book. Re-read it a number of times!
Review by Patty Simpson 5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars August 21, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase A very good documentary of early life in the Tolliver family.
About The Author: Author Helen Salyer Perkins grew up in a very large extended family where most of the women were excellent cooks, Helen was exposed to many excellent dishes and recipes. As a result, when she married and became mother to three growing and always hungry boys, Helen learned to make delicious – at least most of the time – meals for them.
Over the years, she added many and varied recipes and recipe
books to her collection. For two years in the early 2000’s, Helen was host of
Kitchen Korner, a cooking program on WNVI, a local radio station in North
Vernon, Indiana. She would review and pass on various recipes to her listeners
five days a week. Many days, a guest was in the studio who shared their
A couple of the most memorable guests were former Indiana
Governor Edgar Whitcomb and now Vice President of the United States Mike Pence.
Both were just delightful and very interesting guests.
Helen was born and grew up in Ohio but moved to Indiana
nearly 40 years ago. The boys are grown now and have families of their own, but
they contact her frequently to get the recipes for their favorite dishes. The
most requested being “Bread Dressing / Stuffing”. She has spent the
past year sorting and organizing her stash of recipes in a concerted effort to
pass them on for others to enjoy!
His best friend Sam has moved away and the wind is being fierce and angry today.
The wind keeps tapping and blowing and trying to get Wyatt to play, but he is still not happy.
What will help Wyatt remember how much he loves the wind and play with it again?
Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars
Good idea for a book
Such a cute book. I loved the thought behind the book. Also like the local high school doing the illustrations. Looking forward to more books by this author.
Bugs in the Yard by Stacy McKell Allgeier is a sweet and wonderful look at the world of fireflies through the eyes of children. As the children wait patiently for darkness and that first spec of light, they are so very excited. It’s such a shame when the night ends and they must go inside to bed.
Customer Review: Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
Bugs in the Yard is a children’s picture book written by Stacy Allgeier and illustrated by Savannah Horton. As the sun drops over the horizon, the children become excited, eager to see the wondrous sight that will greet them outside. As soon as darkness falls, the fireflies light up around them. The children reach up and gently try to touch each beautiful glowing firefly. Soon it is time for bed and the children are called indoors. They wish the fireflies a good night, before being fare welled in return by the fireflies, all of which are grateful for such a marvelous welcome.
Not only is this tale beautifully written, but the illustrations are a true stand-out, making the text so very clear about the excitement and happiness on the children’s faces. Stacy Allgeier’s well-penned story of nightly greetings and playtime between children and the fireflies nearby is heartwarming, bringing back so many memories of my own childhood back in Australia. No matter how dark it gets outside, the fireflies always bring the darkness to life, injecting much excitement and happiness into their surrounds. Parents and children alike were grateful for the incredible light displays back then – something that future generations can also look forward to thanks to Bugs in the Yard and its magical tale of nature’s sparklers. I loved reading Bugs in the Yard and wholeheartedly recommend it to be read to young children aged 3-7 years of age, so that they may also feel the excitement and the energy in the air when the sun goes down and the fireflies light up the sky.
Product Details: Age Range: 5 – 6 Years
Paperback: 34 Pages
About The Author: Author Stacy Allgeier enjoys all aspects of reading with and writing for children. From the interactive story times with a group of preschool children to the close snuggles reading to her own children, she loves to help children make connections from their own world to the even bigger world around them. Stacy can still her mom and her grandmother’s voices as she reads the same stories to children and hopes to continue that feeling through her own work.
Skylar Haines has
struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to
subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next
adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged
stunt pilot, verging on obsession.
In the sky,
following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost
collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a
mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to
before she was born. One week before her father was murdered.
Though baffled by
her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a
remarkable chance to change her family’s destiny drastically for the better —
or possibly even worse — depending on the choices she makes, before her window
of opportunity closes.
5 Star Review: High Flying is a suspense thriller, action
drama that takes the reader into the life of Skylar Haines.
If you have ever
known someone who struggles with mental illness (or perhaps struggle yourself)
you understand the dangers associated with inadequate coping skills that lead
people to do dangerous acts that affect them and those around them. This book
will stir compassion for the main character, Skylar Haines.
Flying is fiction, the author draws on years of writing experience, strong characters
and detailed research to deliver a very compelling story. Time and space are
elusive and family history has inherited chains.
I love this quote
from the author: “In the beginning, God created man, but things didn’t get
interesting until man created the airplane and a strong-minded woman to fly it.”
book the author uses quotes that are thought provoking and leads into each
creative latitude that author brings her main character, Skylar Haines to a
point of decision. Having read the authors Threads Series, I am looking am
looking forward to where Kaylin McFarren will take us (readers) on down the
highly recommend that you read High Flying but buckle in for a wild ride. After
reading High Flying, pick up Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series (Severed Threads,
Buried Threads Banished Threads and Twisted Threads). Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
The Author: “About seven months ago, my husband came up with the
wonderful idea of tackling a story about flying that involved time travel as
well. It seemed that the perfect opportunity to turn my creative juices loose
had presented itself with the completion of my Threads series. Thus, I went to
work, creating this romping adventure/romance with an unexpected twist or two
that I hope readers will enjoy.”
Threads Series: Psychological Thriller Stories That Touch The Soul by Kaylin McFarren
From the Author: For many years, I’ve had the privilege to experience remarkable things and rare opportunities while traveling the globe. This includes many forms of transportation, ranging from private planes, helicopters, and hot air balloons to kayaks, submarines, and elegant cruise ships. My journeys have allowed me to meet interesting people, discover fascinating cultures, forge lifelong friendships, and introduce dear friends to all parts of the world. Personal experiences, extensive research, and interesting tales shared by business associates have contributed to making this fun character-driven story possible and it’s my hope that readers are thoroughly entertained.
Severed Threads (Threads Series Book One) by Kaylin McFarren
author Kaylin McFarren delivers an action/adventure romance guaranteed to
capture your imagination…
Suspense Novel by Kaylin McFarren: Believing herself responsible for her father
s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed
a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director
to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a
sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating until her
brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain
control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but
also relive the circumstances that lead to her father s death.
Behind The Story: Kaylin has been involved in the business of collecting and
selling Asian antiques for more than a decade. Due to her interest in this
field and her fascination with the undersea world, she was inspired to write a
story about the recovery of a Chinese concubine’s cursed treasure from a sunken
ship, which aids in healing a woman’s damaged soul. Kaylin spent four months
researching scuba diving, trade routes, famous battles, and the natural
disasters that befell Spanish galleons during the 15th-17th centuries. It is
her hope that this action-adventure romance entertains readers and honors
dedicated salvaging and exploration companies that have contributed remarkable
discoveries and cross-sections of history to museums and institutions around
recommend this story for people who enjoy romance and suspense. Kaylin McFarren
will not let you down! I look forward to future stories in this series.” By
Paige Lovitt, Reader Views, Chicago Sun Times
Threads is an exciting and engaging read, simply perfect for fans of romantic
suspense.” By Blue Ink Review
writing and sparkling dialogue that will hold the interest of any reader who
enjoys a good mystery story that’s well told.” By Mark Garber, President,
Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers
book in the Threads series is a fantastic read. This romantic suspense is rife
with treasure hunters, gangsters, lost relics and sizzling sex scenes.” By
RT Review Source
Threads nicely combines an action adventure with a romantic story that will
keep readers involved in the story from the beginning to the conclusion.” By
Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review
Threads is an incredibly fast paced treasure hunting adventure that will keep
you on the edge of you seat from the first page. Throw in a little romance,
drug dealers, ghosts, ship wreaks and a plot for revenge and it leaves you in a
constant state of anticipation, waiting for the next chapter. I absolutely
loved it and give Severed Threads 5 Boundless Stars.” By Boundless Book
psychologically thrilling and adventurous story that includes surprising twists
and turns sure to keep its readers at the edge of their seats. The novel will
delight readers of all ages with interesting characters, clever plotlines, and
an engaging combination of romance, villainy, and the supernatural. Highly
recommended!” By The Columbia Review
sizzling romance is hot and witty, gripping and entertaining. American Authors
Book Vending highly recommends Severed Threads as one of the books of the year.
A book everyone should have in his or her hands.” By Peter Jerry, American
Authors Book Vending Review
Buried Threads (Threads Series Book Two) by Kaylin McFarren
A disturbing prophecy
sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin
McFarren’s heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense
and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!
Rachel Lyons and
Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting
company. But a seemingly simple assignment–to track down a priceless gem that
is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan–takes a
startling, and dangerous, turn.
Faced with a
monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing
millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to
uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.
Chaos ensues as their
adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted
hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members. Time is running out
as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed
before disaster strikes?
has received the following awards: 2014 Reader Views Readers Choice Awards –
1st Place for Romance; 2014 Pacific Book Awards – 1st Place Adventure Category;
2014 Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media’s Great Beginnings Contest – 1st
Place Paranormal Mystery; 2013 Chanticleer Clue Awards – 1st Place
Steamy/Action/Thriller; 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards – Finalist, Best
Cover Design; 2014 eLit Awards – 1st Place Mystery/Suspense/Thriller; 2014 eLit
Awards – 2nd Place for Best Book Trailer; 2014 Global Ebook Awards – Gold Medal
(1st Place) in the New Adult Fiction Category & Bronze Medal (3rd Place) in
the Best Book Trailer Category; 2014 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in the
Fiction – Adventure Category.
5 Star Review: When the mysterious,
beautiful Japanese woman with a sword peering from the black sheen of the front
cover of ‘Buried Threads’ – by Kaylin McFarren arrived, the silent beckoning
I always know
when I am reading a well-researched, well written action-adventure, mystery,
romance novel when the plot enters my night dreams. Although I didn’t read book
one in the series ‘Buried Threads’ stands well on its own. The author knows how
to take a great plot, create believable characters, hold the reader in suspense
and spin the tale with mastery.
Japanese culture (beautiful customs, geishas, ancient rituals), especially the
underbelly of the Japanese society, warlords, and unseen paranormal conflicts
the reader will learn a great deal while experiencing writing in its truest art
A treasure hunt
for lost artifacts that are embedded with precious stones that are not only
priceless, but hold a curse that once stood for a “Prince’s valor, wisdom, and
What would a
fast moving, suspense filled, heart beating adventure be without the dangerous,
unpredictable interpersonal relationships that leads to attraction, trust,
mutually mind-blowing sex and true romance? ‘Buried Threads’ is all that and
greed, life and death, fear and resolution, mission and accomplishment,
struggle and survival, gratitude and faith are all aspects of this story that
can only be summed up as spectacular.
endorse multi-award winning ‘Buried Threads’ – by Kaylin McFarren as the
action-adventure, mystery-suspense romance-thriller that it is. Review by Cold
Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network
Banished Threads (Threads Series Book Three) by Kaylin McFarren
A valuable art
collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping
sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s
action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.
vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons
and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons,
and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless
collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular
gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter. Determined
to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase
scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse
Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s
death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most
With the true
villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes
while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of
her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their
revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond
First place –
2016 Hudson Valley RWA Hook, Line & Sinker Contest
5 Star Review: Banished Threads begins on a dreary night
in late October. Stargazer sliced through the surface of the North Atlantic at
fifteen knots, heading straight for the coast of England. After facing many
perils at sea Chase Cohen is relieved to finally be in London.
Quote from Book:
“With Rachel by his side “they disembarked from the train at Whitchurch and
stepped through the station’s main door, Rachel’s excitement rose at the
prospect of seeing her uncle. He was a younger version of her father, with the
same chiseled good looks. He would have been easy to spot, even in this busy
place. But from her vantage point, he was nowhere to be seen. Believing he had
forgotten about her arrival, Rachel’s
heart sank. She turned to Chase and was about to voice her concern when she
caught sight of a handsome man in the passenger-loading zone: white cable-knit
sweater, tight jeans, in his mid-thirties, shaggy brown hair, rugged jaw, easy
smile, dimples, and unforgettable emerald-green eyes. He was leaning against a
silver Mercedes, flashing his perfect white teeth and holding up a sign
reading, “Welcome to England, Rachel Lyons.”
For a moment, she
could hardly breathe, and she wondered if it was possible to fall over and die
from shock. Or maybe from the idea of coming face-to-face with the last person
on earth she ever expected to see. Although she had spoken to his Irish mother
at a fund-raising event year earlier and was told that Killian was living with
relatives in Northampton, she had convinced herself that the chance of meeting
him was as unlikely as the sky turning green.
Killian Reed. His
shimmering eyes were loving and warm and full of laughter. Rachel gasped and
dropped her purse and over- night bag. She pulled off her high heels and ran to
him. He swept her up and spun her around. When he set her back down, she buried
her face in his chest and hugged him with all her might. She took a deep
breath, inhaling the familiar scent of bay-rum aftershave. He kissed the top of
her head, and she gazed up at him. She didn’t realize she was crying until he
reached out and wiped a tear from her cheek.
“I can’t believe
it’s really you,” she whispered, gratified to see unshed tears in his beautiful
“It’s me, seaweed
brain,” he said. “I’m really here.”
Rachel stood on
her tiptoes and wrapped her arms around his neck. He put his arms around her
waist and held her close. His hand smoothed her hair as he whispered, “I missed
She looked up at
him and smiled, and it suddenly dawned on her that you meet all kinds of people
in your life. Some you never think about again. Some you wonder what happened
to and if they ever think about you. And then there are some you wish you never
had to think about again, yet somehow you do. Killian Reed just happened to be
one of those disconcerting, unforgettable beings. He was part of her past: a
distant, bitter- sweet memory that had lingered for years.
With their last
parting, they had grasped each other’s hands with a rush of melancholy, tender,
and inexpressible feelings, and had gone their separate ways.
But time had
moved on, and there was someone else in her life now—a silent observer
patiently standing by, watching their every move with an annoyed pinch between
She took Killian
by the hand and led him to Chase. More than anything, she hoped they would
become fast friends, but as they shook hands, Rachel found it difficult to
ignore the frowns tugging at the corners of their mouths. They both took a step
back and just stood there, regarding each other silently, the air now seeming
as cold as a razor blade.””
chapters entwine a cast of strong characters in this well written mystery drama
that expose family secrets, lies, stolen gallery art, kidnapping engaging
readers with suspense and romance. Sit back and enjoy book three of this series
where each book can be read in or out of sequence. Author Kaylin McFarren
teases us with new tales taking shape in the recesses of her mind that are
“only a night’s dream away”.
endorse multi-award-winning author Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series which
include Banished Threads, Buried
Threads, Severed Threads and Flaherty’s
Crossing (her stand-alone fiction drama). Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
Twisted Threads (Threads Series Book Four) by Kaylin McFarren
Akira Hamada is
driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her
greatest enemy–Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an
assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the
notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day.
When Mitsui hears that his sister’s murderer
will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with
eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a
series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to
Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to
do with assassins. He’s merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul
Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets
of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!
Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the
killer but doesn’t know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will
lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And
soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.
*2017 NYC Big Book
Award Winner, Thriller Category
5 Star Review: For all of us following the Threads Series
by Kaylin McFarren, Twisted Threads
does not disappoint. When we left off with book three, we were wondering if the
‘Watcher’ would ever deliver justice.
This drama opens with Akira Sato contemplating a “justified killing” and
she is lost in the consequences, forced to move forward. Devon Lyons laments
over his recent demotion and the emotional sting of a forced Caribbean vacation
to please his Uncle. Devon’s
mind and attention soon shifts when Akira calls him “Sexy”. Women have called
him “clever”, “lovable” and “incredibly handsome” but “sexy” has just caught
him off guard. With more than romance in the air the voyage brings mystery,
suspense and a complex drama with threads so twisted you will keep turning the
Here is an
excerpt I think you will like: “Akira took the elevator across from the
theater, dazed from the four glasses of wine and shot of vodka she had
consumed. A few seconds passed, and the doors opened before her. She stepped
out into the empty hallway and couldn’t figure out which direction she was
facing, let alone which way to proceed. She looked down and realized the
carpeting under her feet had red and blue medallions—not the gold and blue
diamonds, she’d become familiar with seeing. After making numerous trips to
various restaurants, she realized she had gotten off on the right floor but on
the wrong end of the ship. The enormous staircase on her right led to the upper
and lower levels, which should have made it easy to find her way back to her
explorations on the ship had proved that not every floor had immediate access
to the passenger levels; many were blocked by restaurants, lounges, and shops.
Akira decided it
was best to start over—to backtrack the way she had come. She pushed the
elevator button and waited for what seemed like an eternity. Then a slight sway
in the ship’s motion caused her stomach to lurch. She needed fresh air to avoid
further humiliation. A glass exit door stood waiting a short distance away. She
slid it open and stepped outside. Oddly, all of the overhead lights above the
walkway were out. It was impossible to see more than ten feet in any given
direction. She gripped the safety railing and gazed up at the sky, drawing
long, deep breaths. A sudden breeze whipped at her hair, tugging tendrils loose
from her pinned-up hairdo. She wrapped her arms around herself, warding off the
chill, and was about to return inside when she heard the sound of a voice.”
Jump right in and
start peeling off the layers of this Twisted Plot, that will be worth the read
and will leave you wanting more.
endorse multi-award-winning author Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series which
include Banished Threads, Buried
Threads, Severed Threads and now Twisted Threads. Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her
estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession of his part in
her mother’s death. While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a
soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to
confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night
takes an expected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for
faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.
Crossing has received the following awards, among many others: 2018 Reader’s
Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Best Drama; 2013 Wise Bear Book Silver Award –
Best in Fiction, Contemporary Romance; 2012 Books & Authors Romance Book of
the Year Award; 2010 Publisher’s Award of Excellence; Finalist – 2008 RWA
Golden Heart®, Romantic Elements; 1st place – 2007 Cleveland Rocks, Mainstream;
1st place – 2007 Gateway to the Best, Single Title; 1st place – 2007 Beacon,
Unpublished Women’s Fiction; 1st place – 2007 Golden Acorn (Charter Oak Romance
Writers), Romantic Elements; 1st place – 2007 Hook, Line & Sinker; 1st
place – 2007 Hot Prospects, Women’s Fiction: 2nd place – 2007 Golden Rose,
Mainstream; 2nd place – 2007 Touch of Magic, Mainstream; 2nd place – 2007 Where
the Magic Begins, Women’s Fiction
Review: “Even though it is a fictional story, it made me
reflect on my own life, and how I shouldn’t wait until it is too late to let
people that I love know how I feel, or to apologize if I need to. By Chicago
Sun Times, Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
book, dealing with difficult issues of love, loss, healing, and faith, and
never slipping into maudlin territory. A great debut novel! By Sacramento Book
It is also a
novel I will promote to writers to review to see how good storytelling and
strong writing can merge with exceptional honesty and create something that
will live in readers hearts for many years, and be reread many times. By Terri
This story will
be with me for many, many years and I am sure that you will find this 5-star
book to be with you for just as many! By Buukluvr
This story will
have your heart so captured and your mind so full of Kate Flaherty that you
will see exactly what a true page turning book should be like. This story will
be with me for many, many years! By Marta’s Meanderings
From The Author: Kaylin sat before her
computer writing Flaherty’s Crossing as a source of personal therapy after
losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him,
at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the
opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many
other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse
situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey
which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this
exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as
a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for all proceeds from the sale
of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation’s colon cancer
research department in her father’s name. She’s now convinced and proudly
shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives
if you just take the time to open your heart.
Product Details: Paperback: 270 Pages February 1, 2010 Genre: Contemporary Women Fiction
About The Author: Kaylin McFarren has
received 48 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious Golden Heart
Award nomination for FLAHERTY’S CROSSING – a book she and her oldest daughter,
New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in
2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular
THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity
into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in
Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon
Arts Commission. When she’s not traveling or spoiling her pups and three
grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and
support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific
Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation – a
non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment at hospitals
Fun Tidbits: Kaylin is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.
She keeps a
glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while
writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when
she’s completely stumped.
pantser and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and
uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her
She loves her
husband of 46 years dearly. However, if Josh Holloway, Hugh Jackman or Ian
Somerhalder came knockin’, well… their marriage just might be put to the
On A Personal Note: Kaylin sat before her
computer writing Flaherty’s Crossing as a source of personal therapy after
losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him,
at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the
opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many
other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse
Rather than a
memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the
resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to
go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good
fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go
directly to the Providence Medical Foundation’s colon cancer research
department in her father’s name. She’s now convinced and proudly shares her
belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you
just take the time to open your heart.
Hairingtons are creatures made up of hair and live in places such as
Creviceville and Dusty Corners. In this first book of the series, Bub gets
himself into a sticky situation because of his love for Grammy’s homemade
friends, Adrian, Sean and Ralph, set out to find the boogieman and make him
stop scaring Adrian’s younger brother. With the help of Ralph’s Dog, Socks, the
boys track and battle the boogieman living behind the park.
Product Details: Print Length: 24 Pages November 18, 2014 Genre: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
short stories for quick, fun reads. Each volume contains stories in various
genres, so there is something for every reader.
1: Metro Dome-(sci-fi) In the future, families live domes to protect themselves
for the scorching sun, but one man longs for the days when families lived in
houses and the worlds seemed endless.
Smiles-(humor) A young lady decides to put the theory to test that smiles are
contagious with some humorous results.
Elizabeth Riley- (mystery) A little girl finally finds her way home after being
lost for 30 years
Onion- (sci-fi/speculative fiction) Samuel is born with a strange affliction
that makes him emits different odors based on his moods and this makes people
shy away from him. But, Samuel‘s mother says God has a plan for everyone, so
does this mean Samuel will find his place in this world?
Handbag- (sci-fi) Sara finds a handbag that seems to make money on cue, but all
good things have a catch. Right?
Product Details: Series Volume One Print Length: 38 Pages February 7, 2014 Genre: Dark Humor, Fiction Anthologies
is fascinated with bones, human bones. He wants to study them and gets his
chance when Mr. Dukes allows him to dig in the vacant lot behind his store.
What Tom unearths makes the neighborhood kids tremble with fear.
ally oxen free!” These four little words can bring anyone out of hiding.
Product Details: Print Length: 24 Pages August 28, 2011 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads, Horror Short Stories, Horror Anthologies
The Living Series: Living
Beyond The Fringe by Sally Ann Haught Marx
is your moment when everything can change….
you living on the outside of God’s Love, wondering why others seem to have the
inside track to Him? Or perhaps you have
walked with God your entire life and yet something is missing. Have you wondered if your life is meant for
more? You, my friend, were never meant
to live on the outer edges of His amazing love.
a 30-year flight attendant, I have seen a million faces. And when I have looked
deeply into eyes like yours, I have seen hearts desiring more and so many lives
seeking to leave:
transforming love will bring your life full circle:
When You Seek Him In His Word
When You Practice Speaking With Him
is then you will begin to recognize the calming voice of the Holy Spirit. He will gently bring you closer than you ever
join me on this journey as I share encouragement through scripture and true
life-giving short stories. Let’s
encounter His incredible Love and acceptance together. It is time!
now to move ‘Beyond the Fringe’ and into YOUR true legacy.
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from
you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26.
is a book for anyone who feels that disconnect from God.
is a series of short relatable stories that will encourage you in ways you may
not have dreamed possible.
are taken on your own journey and at your own pace.
end of each chapter, leaves you in a place of an open-ended conversation with
your Heavenly Father.
author begins the prayer, but you get to finish it every time.
is a significant point in this book and it is different for each person, it is
a particular place where you feel the shifting of your legacy.
And it is good.”
Product Details: Paperback: 360 Pages May 1, 2019 Genre: Christian Personal Growth, Christian Inspirational
About The Author: Author Sally Ann (Haught) Marx grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania in a large, close-knit family. For as long as she can remember, she has had a love of words and a desire to encourage others.
desire to follow God, led her to a Christian University, where she obtained her
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Communication. Eventually settling
into Kentucky with her amazing and supportive husband, they have loved and
rescued several kitties over the years. They have one other rescue. His name is
Benji and he radiates love and joy everywhere he goes. Their family is furry,
and they live gratefully!
Ann has been a flight attendant for close to 30 years. It has allowed her to
travel the world and to see amazing places. Although she is well traveled, it
is the faces and the stories of the people she meets that affect her the most.
She has sensed and witnessed too many people who are living on the fringe of
I go, I see that smiling is still the universal language.
willingness to love others in truth creates a bridge over many wounded hearts.
It has become increasingly apparent that laying deep within every human is a
little child desperately desiring to feel safe and loved.
are each beautiful creations who long to leave our mark in the world. When we
finally learn how to live life in its fullness, we will then leave a legacy
marked with His goodness.
so many of us live our entire lives just outside the fullness He promises. We
do not understand that we actually have a compassionate Father just waiting to
love on us throughout this journey called life. It is my prayer, that our
Father will use my love of words to encourage you to cross over from fringe
living to a fullness of life you may never have dreamed possible.
all, “It was He who came, to bring us life, that we may have it to the
full.” (John 10:10) And It is because of His promises kept that hope
overflowing will be renewed in you!
give up, life is waiting to be really lived, just beyond the fringe! Welcome
What would alien interaction really be like? by Clayton Graham
A tangled web of alien intrigue traps a mother and son in its deadly embrace.
When aliens capture Laura’s son, it’s going to take a lot
more than a mother’s love to get him back. After infiltrating a military
research base, Laura discovers a terrifying secret: their plans to engineer
humans for galactic exploration.
Laura battles to save Jason, several mothers-to-be, and
herself from alien control. But she quickly realizes the aliens have their own
mission for her. Soon she faces a choice, take a chance at an impossible escape
or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity.
Milijun is the first installment of an action-packed
sci-fi alien invasion story. If you like tales of first contact, secret
military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll love
Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.
Buy Milijun to discover the future of evolution.
“Captured my interest from the very beginning, and
never once let go.” Jenna – Indie Book Reviewers
“If you love the genre, read this gem.” Julius
Zon – Self Publishing Review
5 Star Review: Mankind has always had a
fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient
Egyptian carvings all the way to Milijun by Clayton Graham.
This well written novel
explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an
alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in
Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable
when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.
It is earth’s exploration
and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately
results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son
Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s
love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.
It is my intent to share
a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “It
was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the
Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily
to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminum
shacks spread out before her.
She dropped to the
ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was
covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she
had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes
briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that
time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the
choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her
thirst then nibbled at a foul-tasting energy bar as she thought through her
We invite you to the
Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine. Milijun is a
striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an
Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.
We endorse Milijun a
science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. We
purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.
Saving Paludis: A stunning
extraterrestrial mystery by Clayton Graham
Finalist in the
Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards.
An alien revolution centuries in the making will change humanity’s destiny forever.
Police agent Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with Earth authorities, peace escalates to the brink of war in a hurry. It doesn’t help that the local aliens have a dangerous and mystifying agenda of their own. Meanwhile, a desperate human cult has its own plans to exploit the powerful new technology.
To keep his home
world alive, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist and a mysterious
seer. As embattled factions vie for control of the universe, the trio must
trust in each other to keep the new technology from ripping time and space
Saving Paludis is
an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien
political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action, then you’ll love
Clayton Graham’s interstellar adventure!
From the Author: Latest novel ‘Saving Paludis’ is light
years away from debut novel ‘Milijun’, but it occupies the same fascinating
space between Science Fiction and the paranormal. The planet Paludis sits in
the Pisces constellation, on the frontier of human exploration. It is a verdant
planet, a beautiful planet. It has also been scarred by wars of colonization.
control the planet and have done so for hundreds of years. Paludis is the
planet’s Earth name; the indigenous population call their home Musk.
The Muskans are
now restricted to a remote peninsula in the north-east of the main continent.
Humans have taught the aliens their language and some of their ways, but the
Muskans prefer the traditions of their ancestors. Or do they?
So, what can go
wrong? Well, quite a lot actually.
is not just an interstellar war novel. It reflects human nature in all its
extremes: hate, jealousy, control, love and sacrifice. And what about the
aliens – do they share these traits? In some ways yes, in others no. They are,
after all, alien. But retribution is high on their agenda; an overwhelming
desire to regain their planet. Quite how they attempt to do that must remain a
I invite you to
enter deep space, use the Einstein-Rosen bridges, and touch down on Paludis.
Join Stefan and his friends to help save their world. You’ll love it!
5 Star Review: If you think the book cover is intriguing,
wait until you begin reading “Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham. The author has
shared two very interesting maps at the beginning of the book to help readers
get a sense of this fertile planet called “Musk” by its inhabitants, and
“Paludis” by Earth. Paludis is in the Pisces Constellation which is 143 light
years from Earth.
The story begins
in AD 3898 and we find that Earth invaders have taught the colonized population
of Paludis their language and some of their customs. After Paludis scientists
share a powerful new technology with Earth, it doesn’t take long for mysterious
factions to exploit the technology and the planet moves to the brink of war.
The race is on to save Paludis.
characters, and story telling that brings your imagination to the edge of space
and time, Saving Paludis tells of strange cultures and traditions, alien
politics, and cult-like paranormal phenomena. You cannot help but keep turning
the pages of this fast-paced interstellar adventure. From a woman’s point of
view, here is a glimpse into the story.
“Rain was falling
in a steady drizzle as Selma turned into the road that led to her domicile. It
was not yet fully dark and the final vestiges of sunlight creeping through a
solitary hole in the clouds had turned the aluminium domes of the dwellings to
a blood red. The roadway, smooth and black and shiny, snaked like a ribbon
through the glistening streetscape and dark, low clouds threatened to crush the
buildings beneath their ponderous weight.
encountered few individuals as she walked through the streets and, like on the
drive south, very little traffic. It was as if a giant hand had been placed
over the mouth of Kentucky, stifling its usual raucous behaviour. Selma assumed
most people were indoors and she wondered if a storm was approaching.
outside her home, unable to resist a glance back to that part of the road where
she had been abducted by Serpentine. Serpentine! Where was he now? She palmed
the switch, pressed the code buttons in the right sequence and her door slid
open. Entering, Selma turned on the light and the door closed behind her. The
rain suddenly increased in ferocity, and she heard its rattling on the dome of
We invite you to
read “Saving Paludis” as it is a reminder of human nature, whether here on
Earth, or on the planets that we might colonize in the future, or even invade
while aliens struggle to save their own world.
“Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham as a suspenseful, full length, Science
Fiction novel. We purchased this book
from Kindle on June 8, 2018 and this review was completed on June 13, 2018.
Product Details: Paperback: 356 Pages May 21, 2018 Genre:First Contact Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction,Space Operas
A collection of
tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a
doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated
Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in
this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the
author of Milijun and Saving Paludis.
Buy ‘Silently in
the Night’ and discover new worlds today!
5 Star Review: For those of us who enjoyed The Twilight
Zone, Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham is just as thrilling. This book
is a collection of tales where ordinary men and women are confronted with the
I love each story
and will return to read them again. One story titled Watering Down, sticks out
in my mind. It centers on the calicivirus, which can cause upper respiratory
infections and oral disease in cats. Probably because I am a cat lover, or
because I have memories of the Dustin Hoffman 1995 film titled Outbreak,
Watering Down made such an interesting and unexpected tale.
everyone who reads Silently in the Night will come away with one or more
favorites. If you enjoy science fiction and mysteries that make your heart
stands still when aliens, artificial intelligence, death, the unexplained or
unexpected interact with your reality; Silently in the Night should be top of
your reading list.
I am fortunate to
have read Author Clayton Graham’s science fiction debut novel titled Milijun.
When aliens kidnap Laura’s child, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s
love to get him back.
I am looking
forward to his upcoming release of Saving Paludis where “Nobody thought Paludis
would become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter, but in the darkest of
times a glimmer of light can shine, resolute spirits can triumph over brutality
and the strangest of strangers can become friends.”
I endorse and encourage you to read Silently in the Night by Clayton
Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on
February 7, 2018.
About The Author: As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.
He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer
who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an
interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we
are only just starting to understand.
Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural
world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.
Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun,
his first novel, was published in 2016. Second novel, Saving Paludis, was
published in June 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the
future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.
Between the novels, short story anthology ‘Silently in the Night’ was released
as an eBook on Amazon.
Harold Peabody and The Magic Glasses by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O. M. Faye
Harold dreams of
being a hero like his father, a Navy SEAL, but
he is what you might call an
He’s short, he’s
almost legally blind, and he’s the new kid in town!
When the biggest
bully in school smashes Harold’s glasses and he has to get a new pair,
something amazing happens.
can see anyone’s greatest fear.
Do you know what
this means? R-E-V-E-N-G-E.
And it has never
tasted so sweet.
One by one,
Harold is going to make bullies pay. But, in the end, what if Harold becomes
the villain in the story . . . instead of the hero?
Reviewed By Lesley Jones for Readers’
Favorite: “In Harold
Peabody and the Magic Glasses by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O.M. Faye, Harold is
travelling back to his mother’s childhood town in Louisiana after his Navy SEAL
father was killed in Afghanistan. Harold hopes they can begin to rebuild their
lives and he can finally become a hero like his father. But with his ‘coke bottle’
glasses, Harold is just waiting to be bullied again. He doesn’t have to wait
long before the school bully, Jack, and his friends spot him. The gang
terrorizes all the children at the school and soon it’s Harold’s turn. The
bullies break Harold’s only pair of glasses for fun. However, when Harold gets
his new glasses, he realizes they have magic powers, giving him the ability to
exact revenge on the bullies one by one. Harold revels in the suffering and
embarrassment of the bullies. Soon Harold becomes the bully himself. Now he has
a choice to make; does he want to inflict suffering on others or become a hero
just like his late father?
and the Magic Glasses is a powerful story that covers the widespread problem of
bullying in schools. The characters are brought to life and each is created
with unique personalities. I loved Harold as the main character, a caring and
loving boy who is coming to terms with losing his father, and the relationship
he has with his mother is so endearing. Mrs Ezzy was a breath of fresh air and
certainly my favourite character. There are so many discussion points
throughout this story that you can share with your children, not only about
bullying but loss and relationships of all kind. I also thought the moral of the
story shows that bullies are usually victims themselves, and the scene with
Jack and his father is especially poignant. This is a must-read for every child
to learn the importance of compassion, forgiveness and how making the right
choices in life makes you a better person.”
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’
Favorite: “Harold Peabody
& the Magic Glasses is a fantasy/coming of age novel for children and
preteens written by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O.M. Faye, and illustrated by O.M.
Faye. Harold and his mom had come home to the small town in Louisiana where she
had grown up. Their lives in California had been abruptly uprooted when
Harold’s Navy Seal dad had been killed in action. The shock of his passing had
been compounded when they received word that another family needed the
apartment they lived in on the base. Jonestown, Louisiana was a far cry from
Coronado, California where his dad was stationed, but they really had nowhere
else to go. It seemed like at least a thousand kids went to Harold’s school in
Coronado. Here the town’s population was only 874; school and life here would
be very different.
& the Magic Glasses is an engrossing and well-written story about a
seventh-grader who has not even begun to comprehend the loss of his hero father
and whose opportunity to show the school bullies a thing or two presents an
almost irresistible attraction. Of smaller than usual stature, red-headed and
wearing thick glasses, Harold presents an ideal target for school bullies.
Whidden and Faye’s story highlights the difficulty kids face in telling
grownups about being bullied, and I would imagine that those young readers who
have been treated like Harold will be cheering him on when his magic glasses
give him the opportunity to equalize things a bit. But, like him, they’ll also
have the opportunity to consider whether that’s who he is, and they are. Harold
Peabody & the Magic Glasses offers educators and caregivers a grand opening
for discussing bullying and the resources available to kids who are being
victimized, all wrapped up in a marvelous coming of age story that addresses
loss and new beginnings. It’s most highly recommended.”
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’
Favorite: “Harold Peabody
& The Magic Glasses is a short work of paranormal fiction written for
children aged 8 and upwards, penned by author Dawn Kopman Whidden and co-author
and illustrator O. M. Faye. The story focuses on underdog Harold, the title
character, who suffers at the hands of school bullies due to his small stature
and extreme visual impairment. When his glasses are smashed and replaced,
Harold discovers the new lenses allow him to see into the souls of those around
him and discern their deepest fears. He sees the opportunity for revenge before
him. Now, he has a chance to be brave and powerful like his late Navy SEAL
father, but will the power go to his head and put a new, vengeful darkness into
considerate, this is both a fun and moral tale which teaches important lessons
about the nature of power, kindness and cruelty. Co-authors Dawn Kopman Whidden
and O. M. Faye have done an excellent job in raising important issues through
the character of Harold. I was sympathetic to his situation and his grief at
first, but even the magical fix provided to him has its own problems and
complications which need to be addressed. I enjoyed the other characters that
he encountered, and how each of them had issues that can be used as talking
points by teachers or parents, but also the characters were well developed in
the world of fiction for an enjoyable read. Overall, Harold Peabody & The
Magic Glasses is a recommended read for children and their guardians.”
Product Details: Print Length: 88 Pages November 8, 2018 Genre: Children’s Chapter Books, Children’s Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Books
A Child Is Torn (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 1) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His
ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He
is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game,
Super Mario–and he’s covered in blood.
Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of
experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not
really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned
and deceased bodies of both Brad’s mother and father. When questioned, Brad
confesses to the horrific murders. When Brad is transferred to a local mental
health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and
treat the child.
investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She
must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he
covering for someone else?
Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more
to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is
unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he
abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?
As the layers of
truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask
yourself, which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we
are–NATURE or NURTURE?
Faceless (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 2) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
York has a killer on the loose—one who’s leaving their sadistic, telltale marks
on innocent victims.
A pretty teenage
girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later,
a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who
would do such a brutal thing—and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic
monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims
being targeted by someone they know?
It’s up to two of
Fallsburg’s finest; Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, to
find out who’s responsible. When Jean starts digging up clues, she is startled
to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims–and
many of the potential suspects–are classmates of Jean’s fourteen-year-old
daughter Bethany. To make matters worse, Bethany’s behavior has drastically
changed. Jean’s sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger.
How much does Bethany really know about the victims–and the crimes that are
taking place? Does Bethany’s hunky, new heartthrob have anything to do with the
crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish
of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the
lead in this latest investigation while breaking in a new partner. As they dig
deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family
relationships…and quite possibly to her own daughter’s life. Through it all,
Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the
unseen villain before anyone else ends up dead…and faceless.
Stolen (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 3) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, New York.
In a cabin
nestled deep in the woods, two male victims are discovered, both gunshot
victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the
murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal
frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the
identities of the two small children also found at the scene.
One child is
quickly identified, but the other, a young boy, remains a mystery. The only one
with possible answers is the man who lays critically wounded and unconscious in
the hospital, because the unidentified boy either cannot or will not speak.
What happened in
that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on…?
Keeping Hope Alive (Whitley & Keal Book 4) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
A young couple
taking a leisurely walk through the woods are shocked when their quiet,
peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is, without question, a human
Jean Whitley and Marty Keal are called to investigate, two more bodies are
uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims
have just met their demise. Now not only do the detectives have to discover the
identities of all three victims but have to see if the victims are somehow
connected or if it’s just a coincidence all three were dumped so close
While Jean and
Marty search for the answers, Marty’s fiancé, Psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, is
working hard to get her patient Brad Madison released from Armistace Hospital
for Children, where he has been living since the brutal murder of his own
parents, while trying to take care of her own personal business of planning her
wedding. But then the unforeseeable happens. Hope disappears and Brad claims he
knows what happens. Can the disturbed boy be trusted to be telling the truth
and is Hope’s kidnapping in any way linked to the three victims found in the
Marty and Jean’s
search for the killer become much more desperate and horrifyingly personal when
Hope is kidnapped. Will they find her before it’s too late? Or will she become
About The Author: Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York
author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during
the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college.
Twenty years ago,
she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and
tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central
She is retired
and shares her life and love with her husband of nineteen years and an adopted
stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful
STOLEN takes the
GOLD IN READER’S FAVORITE CONTEST
The world is full
of crazy people. Once upon a time, stories like the ones that Grimm Brother’s
wrote were just something that came from their imagination. Classic tales of
stepmothers serving her new husband’s children for dinner… (not for dinner,
but THE DINNER) Crazy old ladies putting lost children in an oven.
craziest and most inexcusable things happen to the most vulnerable, and its
reality not fantasy. I hope that my story never finds its way into a local
newspaper…but who knows. Anything can happen and it does.
Things I Have Learned in
My Walk With God: Devotional and Prayer Journal by Debi Stanton
book is full of personal things I have learned in my walk with God. As I move
closer to Him, things become clearer.
are many pages in this book. Each has a Lesson, Scripture references, and space
for you to journal your thoughts and prayers. You do not have to follow this
book in any particular order. In fact, skip around and journal where you feel
1 may be half-way through the book. Find what speaks to you. I encourage you to
journal every day, even if you just write “Yes”. At the end of your journaling
experience, go back and read your entries and see how much you have grown.
Product Details: Paperback: 196 Pages August 22, 2018 Genre: Devotional
Bella’s Big Day: A
Stanton Pack Adventure (Volume 1) by Debi Stanton
is having a birthday. She is five years old today.
is the baby of the Stanton Pack. She has four brothers and sisters, but mom
manages to make her day very special. Now, if she can just hold on to her toys
long enough to have some fun before her sister, Scarlett, tears the squeaky
thing out, it will be a good day.
for more adventures in the Stanton Pack coming soon.
The Daring Adventures of Donnie the Dachshund by Debi Stanton
The Daring Adventures of Donnie the Dachshund is a
beautiful, bright and boldly illustrated book by Debi Hurt (Stanton).
Illustrations by Zack Reel.
Children absolutely love the illustrations and the story in
this sweet book.
Dachshund lovers delight over this book! Donnie thinks he is
the “Big Dog On The Porch” nipping at the mailman and chasing other
dogs, until his owner brings home a little puppy named Gypsy for him to play
Donnie is not a happy dog until he has to be the Hero and
rescue Gypsy from running into the road. Suddenly Donnie rethinks his “bad
boy” persona and becomes the best dog around….he even impresses the
French Poodle down the street!
Product Details: Age Range: 5 – 6 years Paperback: 34 Pages May 30, 2014 Genre: Children’s Dog Books
Sam walked over to the pile of canvases leaning against the
opposite wall. Flipping past the portrait of the small child with the oval
eyes, to a dark canvas full of eerie blacks and blues, Sam’s eyes widened.
Grotesque faces with mouths agape, loomed in the dark tree limbs encompassed
with shadows of a night sky. Sam felt herself shudder and pressed on to the
Flipping on, she came upon a canvas that was just as eerie,
although the scene was different; a dark house, late at night with only one
window illuminated. Scary, Sam thought. She immediately flipped to the next
canvas. She nearly jumped out of her skin as a red-faced demon glared back at
her. With wide eyes and mouth agape, it seemed to lunge at her. He had horns
that were twisted so the points were prevalent and seemed to draw your
attention to the fact that this creature could gouge you to death.
Quickly moving on, the next painting was a single iridescent
moon in the middle of a solid black canvas. The moon was oozing into the
background. That was enough! Sam shoved the paintings back against the wall and
looked at the portrait of the little girl again. “What the hell happened
to her that she could move from painting the innocence of a child to pure
evil?” she muttered. “What went through my sister’s mind? I just
don’t understand what drove her into this madness.”
Product Details: Paperback: 220 Pages July 30, 2018 Genre: General Fiction
Fellowship First is the only church in Fairhope, so if you
need some “churchin’” that’s where you attend.
The members are known as The Fellowship Flock, a term given
to them by the oldest member of the congregation, Oldham Jacobson. Oldham is
known for turning a phrase!
As with many “churchie” communities, there is a feeling of
camaraderie, spiritual love, and drama….oh yes, there is drama!
Not everyone in Fairhope attends the little church, but you
can bet that everyone at the church knows what is going on with everyone in
town. And, if you didn’t know what was going on before, you are about to be
This story is fiction. While Fairhope, Alabama does exist,
all characters represented here are fictionalized. Any likeness to those living
or dead is purely coincidental.
Product Details: Paperback: 352 Pages April 4, 2016 General Fiction
Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder and Mayhem by Ray Stanton and Debi Stanton
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
Samuel Sallee has been convicted and sentenced to four
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!”
“The Trial was my family’s story.
This is mine.”
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite
“Author team of husband and wife Ray and Debi Stanton have taken great care in working with Daniel Burton, the lone survivor and witness to the Waynesville murders. They have also worked to corroborate as much of what he said as they were able. That all being said, please know up front that what Daniel Burton went through is a life changing ordeal and he was left without a support system to help him deal with what had happened. This is not a book to be read by anyone that might be triggered by his trauma. Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder & Mayhem is Daniel’s story of what happened that night in May. These are his memories, thoughts and reflections on the people who died and the effect that it had on him.
Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder & Mayhem is a non-fiction book as it is a true event that happened in a very small town, if you can even call it that, just outside of Columbus. It is a true crime story in that it talks about the crime that was committed, but mostly this is Daniel’s story. His mother and her long-time boyfriend were murdered, plus two others, and he was the one to find them and call 911. He was left all alone, his father having died years earlier. Authors Ray and Debi Stanton explain how they worked with Daniel and give you a real insight into how this event has affected him and left him to this day. He was left completely alone; no support system, no help, nothing to deal with what had just happened to his family. In some ways Daniel was the fifth victim of that night. This is a good story, but it could easily trigger sensitive readers.”
Ride the Spirit Horse is a collection of Poetry and Short
Stories from Author, Debi Hurt (Stanton). Debi has been writing since she was
very young and this collection spans approximately 10 years of her life. The
writings will inspire you, tickle your funny bone, and perhaps make you weep.
So, sit back and enjoy – Ride The Spirit Horse.
Product Details: Paperback: 144 Pages September 26, 2014 Genre:Poetry and Short Stories
The Mini Guides to Writing: Creative Writing Basics (The Mini Guides To Creative Writing Series Book 1) by Debi Stanton
The Mini Guides to Creative Writing are a series of small
handbooks that will help any writer to hone their craft. This first book,
Creative Writing Basics, offers great information, exercises and ideas for
prompt. The books are small enough to carry with you as you learn.
Product Details: Series: The Mini Guides to Creative Writing Series Book One Paperback: 40 Pages Genre: Writing Skill Reference
Have you ever wished there was a planner/calendar made
especially for authors?
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About The Author: Author Debi Stanton lives
in Scipio, Indiana with her husband, Ray and their four adorable canines: Toby,
Scarlett, Dottie and Bella Graycee.
has a son, Dustin and a daughter, Casey. Debi has several grandchildren, and
four step-children and two step-grandchildren.
has an Associates Degree in Business from IVY Tech State College; an Associates
Degree in Science in Computer Information Systems from IVY Tech State College;
Bachelors of Science in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University; Masters in
Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University; and a Masters in
Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.
is the owner of Pen It! Publications. She is Editor in Chief of Pen It!
Magazine which has over 15 published books. She directs writers groups,
conferences and loves teaching others about writing.
was an energetic man since birth, musically gifted and with a thriving career
and family life. However, this all changed when he suffered a traumatic brain
injury after an off-road vehicle accident in Florida and had to adjust to a new
version of himself.
wasn’t the only one to change; his mother, Marjorie Appleby, recounts the
life-altering experiences of David’s family in her caregiver journaling turned
survival health guide, Raising David, Again.
journal entries during David’s hospitalization and rehabilitation present
advice keys for recovery for brain injury survivors and caregivers to use
during the process of recovery.
left-brain damage not only meant re-learning basic motor skills, but also
changed behavior after injury, as Marjorie and David’s father Dave cared for a
different David. However, Raising David, Again describes God’s purposes for
injury and how their faith in God kept them going in the darkest hours.
DAVID AGAIN has won a GOLD and SILVER medal! This is a National Book Awards
Competition…a silver in Autobiography/Memoir, and a gold in How-To/Self-Help!
DAVID AGAIN has won a 1st Place in Category Autobiography/Biography from the
Christian Book Awards Fall of 2017!
from a mother’s heart, “Raising David Again”, takes one through an
emotional journey of healing, courage, and compassion. It is heartwarming and
funny. A manual for those who are taking care of someone with a traumatic brain
injury. As she states in chapter six, “Brain injury is a family
guide for all who suddenly find themselves in the difficult position of
with tears, humor, understanding and unconditional love, this book helps the
caregiver work through the maze of medical, insurance, emotional and the
by someone who has “been there, done that”, this book offers guidance
in a well written, easy to read and understand format.
David Again should be given to every person who becomes a caregiver.
David Again” defines life examples for all of us to draw strength from
during times of stress driven by a grave injury to a cherished family member.
The book is a guide that has lessons for all of us to use as a tool box to
fight the unbearable economic, emotional and physical stress to a family
brought on by a traumatic injury to a loved one. The advice from the author is
from a real-life experience, from a loving mother, that is real life tested and
offered to all readers as hope just when you think all hope is lost
Review by Kathy Heare Watts (review of another edition) “An emotional journey documented of a mother’s love to help her son after a traumatic brain injury
won a signed copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no
obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others
may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.”
Reviewed by VAN (Amazon Customer) 5.0 out of 5 Stars Excellent Guide July 10, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Excellent guide for all who suddenly find themselves in the difficult position of ‘caregiver’.
Written with tears, humor, understanding and unconditional love, this book helps the caregiver work through the maze of medical, insurance, emotional and the unexpected issues.
Written by someone who has “been there, done that”, this book offers guidance in a well written, easy to read and understand format.
Raising David Again should be given to every person who becomes a caregiver.”
Reviewed by jlm (Amazon Customer) 5.0 out of 5 Stars Emotional and physical stress to a family brought on by a traumatic injury to a loved one. January 2, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
David Again” defines life examples for all of us to draw strength from
during times of stress driven by a grave injury to a cherished family member.
The book is a guide that has lessons for all of us to use as a tool box to
fight the unbearable economic, emotional and physical stress to a family
brought on by a traumatic injury to a loved one. The advice from the author is
from a real-life experience, from a loving mother, that is real life tested and
offered to all readers as hope just when you think all hope is lost.”
Reviewed by Lee Ann Mancini (Amazon Customer) 5.0 out of 5 Stars It is heartwarming and funny. A manual for those who are taking care … December 23, 2017 Format: Paperback
from a mother’s heart, “Raising David Again”, takes one through an
emotional journey of healing, courage, and compassion. It is heartwarming and
funny. A manual for those who are taking care of someone with a traumatic brain
injury. As she states in chapter six, “Brain injury is a family
Reviewed by an Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars Inspirational! September 6, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition
moving and honest look into a life-altering event as a mother/momma bear takes
care of her son (and family) and their journey to a new way of life. A great
model for others to never give up, to use everything at your disposal – along
with generous dashes of humor – to create a new “normal”.
Product Details: Paperback: 216 Pages February 28, 2017 Genre: Special Needs, Biographies, Memoirs, Nursing, Christian Spiritual Growth, Caregiver
The Ancient Whisper: A Whisper Of A Mystery Trilogy Book One by M. A. Appleby
In today’s interconnected world, anyone can find themselves
embroiled in international politics, intrigue, and suspense. Ellen and her
family learn the hard way that things are not always what they seem as they
find themselves in seemingly impossible situations – especially when ties to
the Middle East surface.
Relying on her strong resolve, faith, and enduring love for
her family, Ellen confronts a host of shadowy characters, then leverages family
dynamics to lead them through twists & turns in this new-world-order
story…you will cheer for Ellen and her family as you travel with them!
A family struggles to rebuild their lives after a mysterious
tragedy alters the course of their existence. Ellen Andress awakens from a
drug-induced stupor to discover that she has been kidnapped by people who have
ties to the Middle East. Once Ellen is taken back to where she was taken, she
is unknowingly deceived by men posing as Special FBI agents. They place her and
her family into the Federal Witness Protection Program, confiscating all of
their possessions. With no income and a new identity, Ellen must generate money
quickly. She then enters the perilous world of horse racing, wagering, and
When she can’t reach the FBI agents, she contacts the CIA,
where she learns that something big is going down, but what?
“Compelling story around a strong character you want to
cheer for.” – Karen Hansen, PhD, LMHC (Seattle, WA)
“Exciting mini stories embedded in the main story and
found it hard to find a good place to stop reading.” – Don Paullin (Author
“A wild ride – a very entertaining story that draws the
reader in.” – Annie Peters (The
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite “The Ancient Whisper: A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy, Volume 1 by M.A. Appleby is the story of Ellen Andress, a woman who has her life turned upside down when she is kidnapped and taken somewhere. A mother and a fighter, she becomes suspicious when she finds out that she has been taken away by some men who say they are FBI agents. Given a new identity, she takes things into her own hands to get back her life and make sure that she and her family safely make it out of this conspiracy that they have found themselves in. What is the actual purpose of kidnapping her and her family? What can Ellen do to get safety for herself and her family? Can she even get out of this life that forces more powerful than her have given her?
The Ancient Whisper is a mystery that I loved reading. It
had me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing and guessing until the very
last chapter. This is not your garden variety mystery; it has substance and it
easily connects with the reader. Try as hard as I might, I was unable to find
any loopholes in the story, which was really refreshing. The tension and
mystery were so thick that I could almost taste them. I really enjoyed how the
atmosphere was created and then carried forward. In fifteen chapters that have
been uniquely named, author M.A. Appleby gave the story a lot of substance and
ensured that the reader stayed invested and interested in the story all the way
to the end. The characters are very well-developed and actually add to the story
and keep the reader more interested. I enjoyed the flow of the plot and how the
author mixed horse racing and betting without deviating from the actual story
line. I loved it and really enjoyed it!”
Reviewed by Trudi Fleischman Lopreto “This is a must-read book. It has everything – suspense, action, mystery, family, twists and turns and so much more. I was hooked from the start to the finish. Ellen is the heroine of the story. When she finds herself a prisoner in a foreign land, she never gives up in her fight to get home to her family. When finally, she is allowed to return she finds herself in the federal witness protection program and being forced to live in a broken-down horse farm in Virginia without anything from her past life and waiting for her children to join her; she learns to make the best of her new life. Ellen deals with each twist and turn and deals with each nightmare as it happens. I cannot say enough good things about this book and urge you to read it today. I am anxiously planning on reading book two in the A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy and can’t wait to see what happens next. Thank you, M. A. Appleby, for a great book.”
Reviewed by Linda Marie Marsh “THIS is a book I call a “grabber”. It gets you from the start and simply does not let go till you, whew….are at the end.
Book One in a trilogy I look forward to reading what comes
next! Appleby has written a puzzle within a puzzle within an enigma that has
extraordinary circumstances. Right off the bat, you wonder what direction the book
is taking and get so thoroughly absorbed that when the pieces finally start
fitting together you feel like Sherlock Holmes.
Ellen Andress is on her way home from a vacation in Hawaii
with her husband. There ends all sense of normalcy. For her, her family and the
Reviewed by Joan Kovats “THE ANCIENT WHISPER is a wonderfully written suspense novel written by M.A. Appleby. I didn’t know what to expect upon selecting it, and to my surprise, was taken into a world and culture that was fascinating. I was riveted by the colorful characters, and not having answers to questions easily. The exposition keeps you on the seat of your pants. I couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.”
Product Details: Series: A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy-Book One Paperback: 390 Pages September 6, 2017
Whispered Dreams: A Whisper Of A Mystery Trilogy Book Two by M. A. Appleby
Book Two focuses on Ellen’s son, Jason, who has grown into a
young man and is every bit as headstrong as his Mother.
Together, they expand their racing teams, outsmart the ‘good
ole boys’ down at the race track, and endure confrontation from owners who like
to play by their own rules.
Meanwhile, the CIA uncovers a plot to kill Jason, due to his
heritage, from their nefarious Middle East cousins.
As he learns that the Monarchy of Obagur is threatened, he
feels compelled to become involved. He is caught up in a coup and during the
confusion is presumed missing or dead. Refusing to attend the Memorial Service,
Ellen knows Jason is still alive, but what has happened to him?
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite “Whispered Dreams by M.A. Appleby is the second book in the A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy. Ellen P. Andress is now known as Ellen D. Thompson. After the murder of her husband, Ravi, witness protection relocates Ellen and her family to a small community in Virginia. Years pass, life at Ashwood Farm and Stables has kept Ellen and her family busy with house renovations and harness horse racing. Ellen and Adrian plan to marry, her daughters are maturing and her son, Jason, will soon graduate from high school. After graduation, Jason must face the biggest decision of his life. He must decide whether to follow the destiny and legacy of his father’s family in Saudi Arabia or remain with his family in Virginia. Bizarre and unexplained incidents keep happening. Every decision result in an unbelievable consequence. Ellen is determined to find out why her family is on this strange journey. Unsettled feelings, premonitions, and dreams whisper to her in her quest to discover the truth.
M.A. Appleby’s Whispered Dreams is a story of family,
mystery, and adventure. The story opens with the heroine sharing her memories.
These memories lay the foundation for the continuing story. The narrative is a
bit choppy at first, but as the story unfolds an intriguing rhythm begins to
flow. As the heroine tells her story, you sense her drive and resolve, yet feel
confusion and fear hovering all around her. As the plot thickens, the conflict
intensifies internally and externally. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned,
but you mess with her children, and the battle takes on a whole new level of
rage. With each change of location, the canvas of the story broadens, causing
the main cast of characters to develop and evolve. Furthermore, Appleby plants
mysterious circumstances and bizarre incidents throughout the narrative,
creating an engaging plot. As this segment of the trilogy comes to an end, some
questions are answered, while others remain unsolved. One thing remains
certain; this courageous heroine will never give up until the mystery is
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite “Whispered Dreams by M.A. Appleby is the second book in A Whisper of a Mystery trilogy. Against all odds, Ellen’s living a good life with Adrian and her three children. She can handle anything thrown her way, including the owners at the race track and her son Jason’s decision to go help his uncle in the Middle East defend the monarchy of Obagur from growing threats. When Jason stops responding and everyone stops answering Ellen’s phone calls, Adrian goes to the CIA to uncover the truth and discovers Jason has disappeared. While everyone is quick to write him off as dead, Ellen’s not giving up and believes there’s more going on than meets the eye.
M.A. Appleby splits the story between the first-person
perspective of Ellen and the third person perspective of Jason, balancing out
the feeling of home and mystery through Ellen and an action-packed conspiracy
through Jason. Ellen has a rather cozy life with Adrian and her three kids,
despite dealing with the owners at the race track. The majority of the plot
focuses on Jason as he follows in his father’s footsteps by going to the Middle
East to help his uncle and embrace his royal heritage. When Jason first
arrives, it’s like a dream as he has a sense of wonder about this life he’s
going to lead and forms a connection with his late father. However, as he
trains and learns, he quickly discovers that this isn’t paradise. His ideals
for his life quickly go up against his uncle’s plan for him. His life is
threatened and he begins to feel trapped, which makes him start second guessing
the decisions that brought him here. When a betrayal is unveiled, it sparks a
A side of romance is seen with Ellen and Adrian’s happy
relationship which tends to be bubbly, but isn’t without its seriousness as
they treat each other as partners and confidants. Jason has a mysterious
romance with a woman who seems to show up out of nowhere and who ends up
factoring into the story in a key way. Appleby brings a lot of heart to this
family through Ellen’s perspective as that of a mother watching her children
grow up and follow new paths in their lives. So, it’s a little bittersweet and
adds more depth in an emotional sense when Jason disappears. The family is at
the heart of the story as the love and hope Ellen has for her children is what
keeps her moving forward, no matter what anyone tells her. Whispered Dreams is
a cozy mystery meets international thriller with action, romance, and conspiracy.”
Product Details: Series: A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy Book Two Paperback: 384 Pages October 12, 2017
Journey Of A Thousand Steps: A Whisper Of A Mystery Trilogy Book Three by M. A. Appleby
After several years with no new information about Jason,
Ellen still wants closure and vows to never give up.
A documentary about a super cyclone that devastated islands
west of Fiji catches her attention-oil tankers the size of football fields are
maneuvering to avoid the storm; and this gives Ellen a theory and renewed hope.
Taking matters into her own hands, she devises a plan to seek answers without
the CIA’s help.
After searching, Ellen brings a storm survivor home to be
part of their extended family, indicating he has a brain injury. This is
possibly the beginning of the hardest journey of her life. I dealt with
Traumatic Brain Injury when my son had a accident. Finding peace and closure
has not been easy. In the last chapter of this book, I share our 10 Keys to
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite “Journey of a Thousand Steps is a satisfying conclusion to A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy by M.A. Appleby, a gritty story of a woman in search of answers. Jason has been missing for years, and in addition to the fact that Ellen can’t forgive herself for his sudden disappearance, she has to deal with the thought that he might never come back again. In spite of encouragement from friends and family to let go, she vows to find out the truth; she wants closure. She goes in search of Jason under very trying circumstances — without help from the CIA — and returns with a storm survivor with a brain injury. Can life ever be the same again for her and for her family?
This is a story about family, loss, and dealing with brain injury. M.A. Appleby creates very believable characters and the pacing is just awesome with dialogues that read naturally. The story begins with therapeutic sessions between Ellen and Dr. Laurel and the reader can understand the depth of Ellen’s pain. The sessions unveil facts and offer great plot points and backstory to make the read an enjoyable one. The writing is insightful and there are realistic and pertinent thoughts that readers might want to linger on: “When something unexpected happens to alter the course of your life, how you handle it is what truly matters.
The themes of family, brain injury, and closure are well
handled in this narrative. Talking about the family, the narrator says that it
is like a circle and that the connection never ends; even if it breaks at
times, it always finds a way to mend. Journey of a Thousand Steps features a
gritty tale, emotionally and psychologically rich characters, and a story with
strong plot points and twists that will surprise readers. Appleby is a great
storyteller and her characters are so well executed that readers won’t find it
hard connecting with them emotionally.”
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite “Journey of a Thousand Steps: Book 3 (A Whisper of Mystery Trilogy) by M.A. Appleby continues the story of Ellen’s struggle with forces outside of her control that want to destroy her and her family. Along with her CIA husband, Adrian, and the rest of her family, they have established a new life on Ashwood Station, where they train and race standard-bre