Joy M. Lilley

Figs, Vines and Roses – by Joy M. Lilley

Joy M. Lilley’s first novel ‘Figs, Vines and Roses’ tells a moving tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.

In 1888 eight-year-old Issy Merryweather has a comfortable family life in Cobnut Hall, Derby. Sharing carefree summers with her brother Clarence, beloved dog Molly and cherished grandma Ella, Issy enjoys the freedom of childhood innocence. But as she comes of age a move to Kent changes her life forever.

When Issy meets Terence she is enraptured by him and despite his humble background an inseparable bond is formed in secret. But, it’s a secret which Issy will never escape after a heartbreaking turn in events…

Genre: Love, Romance, Fiction, Family Saga

Amazon Special Customer Review: Exceptionally well written, about a family in the 1800s, exciting, charismatic, immaculate detailed informative story!!

This story is an exciting period story, set in the late 1800s about a well-off family, there is Agnes & Ralph, two rather stoic parents, their son Clarence, and their daughter Isabella (Issy). Most of this is Issy relating the story, which I found heart-warming and one part in particular when she was remembering specific games they played as children, made me smile as I too had played the same games as a child.

It is a kind of coming-of-age tale, exceedingly well written, full of historical information with splendid attention to detail throughout the book.

Colorful characters, and the insight into the differences between well-off children and poor children, how the parents did not want their children mixing with each other. The children sneaking to meet each other to enjoy playing and having fun together. Rich kids tended to be snooty and aloof, so Izzy and her brother preferred to play with the poor kids, who were much more fun, more mischievous too.

The author has written an excellent book, with such finesse and attention to detail, which is very impressive.

In keeping with those times, Agnes and Ralph are very religious, and after the birth of both children, Agnes feels that her duty is done, and sex is off the menu. This, of course, leads to clandestine meetings between Ralph and one of his employees named Rose. Here we get a bit of romance thrown in but it does appear in other parts when the children’s grandmother recounts her youth and her romantic liaisons.

Issy is a very kind, caring and giving person, she likes to help others, it’s just her nature, where her brother Clarence is more inclined to look out for himself, he likes to be number 1.

The story has a lot of twists, turns, and surprises. It grips you from the start, those who love historical things will love this, but those who do not will not be put off the story as it is expertly placed within the story so much so that everything is believable and realistic. You almost feel transported back in time.

Reviewed by Lilian Flesher on 24 April 2015

Verified Purchase: Format: Kindle: 5.0 out of 5 Stars

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The Liberty Bodice – by Joy M. Lilley

Gloria Harris is born in Market Harborough in the United Kingdom, in 1922. She spends the first few years of life living with her parents and grandfather. Her siblings, an older sister and twin brothers, also share the household. The relationship between Gloria and her mother is strained much of the time.

The early days of her life are spent in considerable poverty, so much so that Gloria and her sister are sent away to Northern Ireland to be with their aunt and uncle, who are more affluent than their parents, due to the improving circumstances for the farming community in Ireland. Her aunt and uncle have a smallholding and keep a few animals and poultry that provide them with eggs and milk: the land produces enough fresh vegetables for themselves and for sale at the local market. Gloria and her sister Ann are made to work hard during this time, helping out on the farm and with the household chores. Their aunt and uncle have no children and are not particularly kind to the girls. The sisters have to stay in Ireland much longer than they had been led to believe they would, and it is several years before they come home.

On their return to Market Harborough they discover that their brothers have both been in considerable trouble, one having made a girl pregnant and the other having stolen from his employer. Gloria realises that these circumstances were part of the reason why the girls had to stay away for so long.

At the age of sixteen Gloria is sent to France on a student exchange, where she stays in Nancy with the well-to-do family of Chantelle Valvoire, whom she befriends. Gloria has a penchant for languages and these talents are vastly enhanced during this period, when she speaks almost exclusively in French. She also loses her virginity to a dashing Frenchman and is terrified of pregnancy, but after she returns home, to her great relief, the putative pregnancy comes to an end. As a result of this experience she vows to have nothing more to do with men until she is older. This resolve soon weakens when she meets Geoffrey, a school teacher from London whom she encounters on the journey back from France. Once home, Gloria practices her love of languages in some form or another on most days, regularly enjoying conversing with her sister’s Dutch boyfriend, who helps and encourage her linguistic achievements. He teaches French and German at the school she attended.

The Second World War begins and Gloria does her bit for the war effort by working on the land after leaving school. But she is restless, anxious to play a much more active role in fighting for her country. After hearing an appeal from the Home Office for foreign language experts to work abroad, she finds out all she can about joining the Special Operations Executive (SOE). After some considerable time, she secures an interview to join what became known as ‘Churchill’s secret army: the S.O.E. Her family are horrified at what their youngest daughter is letting herself in for and try their best to dissuade her, unsuccessfully.

After going through the rigid and arduous training to become an S.O.E. officer, she is sent into occupied France, where she is involved in a number of successful missions. Eventually she is captured by the Gestapo and sent to Fresnes prison in Paris, then on to the notorious Dachau Concentration Camp. In both places she is treated appallingly, being starved and tortured, and to avoid the likelihood of her inevitable death, she hatches a plan of escape. After doing so she has many trials and tribulations, after which she finally meets the brave Résistance leader and accomplished navigator, Sabien. He acts as guide for Gloria and some other stragglers through war-torn France and helps them back to England. Her feelings for him gradually turn from hate to love and they marry on the journey home. Sabien is subsequently summoned to the Normandy beaches to do vital Resistance tasks, and they part company until sometime later, when all hell is let loose.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Joy M. Lilley

Author Bio: Hello, My name is Joy Gerken, pen name Joy M. Lilley.

I write/blog [joymlilley.blogspot.ca] and was a trained nurse, all my working life, until I retired in 2015.

My first novel is ‘Figs, Vines and Roses’ a tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.

My second novel is called ‘The Liberty Bodice’. This is a completely different genre to the first novel and follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl working for the Special Operations Executive [S.O.E.] in W.W.2.

You can also find my short story ‘Lost and Found’ published in Liphar short stories Vol 1. [Liphar short stories} by Liphar magazine.

In 2016 my novella ‘Times pendulum swings again’ was published. This tells of a hospital romance that starts well, until the truth about the surgical registrar admitting to his nurse girlfriend that he is married with two sons back home in Nepal.

I am hoping to release my forth publication ‘Strawberry moon’ a crime, mystery set in the Dordogne, France.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer? I am proud to write as it feeds my eternally active imagination.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I joined a book reading club. This in turn encouraged my reading. Always wanting to write but having little opportunity previously because of an exhausting full-time job. Since retiring I now feel more fulfilled and happy.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Following retirement from a long nursing career, I wrote avidly thus resulting in three published novels.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing process? Having been traditionally published by two publishing houses.

How many published books do you have? Three.

Please list the titles of all your books: Figs, Vines and Roses, The Liberty Bodice and Times Pendulum Swings Again.

Please introduce your main genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I don’t have a preference and the three stories written are all in a different genre.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Being a part of a large family with Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Travelling and being a voice over artist.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Never, ever give up. Listen to wise advice on what works and what doesn’t work in producing the written word.

Who is your favorite author and why? Several, I enjoy everything I have read from Rose Tremain. She writes in the same fashion as I see the world. I admire the works of Patrick Gale. He writes exquisitely from the heart and the books I have read of his have inspired me and of course, the lengthy works of John Steinbeck. I could not put his Grapes of Wrath down.

Additional Questions or Information (Given by Author): I am a retire trained nurse, having worked for almost 50 years in the profession. I love the life I now have with time to read and write. I also spend a considerable amount of my time doing voice over works and have V. O’D a few children’s stories, some of which I have also written.

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Amy Sumida

The Twilight Court Series Has Nine Books

Fairy Struck (The Twilight Court Book One) by Amy Sumida

From the Award-Winning author of The Godhunter Series comes an exciting new Urban Fantasy series!

Would you like to hear a real fairy tale?

A story about the war between us and them. A war which led to a truce and a truce which led to the creation of a secret society. There are councils you know nothing about, councils of fairies and of humans who write laws which govern us both. Laws you also know nothing about, yet you are held accountable to them.

If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy will come for you, but don’t worry too much, it’s hard to break laws concerning things you don’t believe in. Fairies tend to break the truce more than humans and that’s where I come in. I’m part of a military force which monitors the Fey.

When they cross the line, we extinguish their light… permanently. I’m Extinguisher Seren Sloane and I can tell you a real fairy’s tale, if you’re brave enough to listen.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Werewolves & Shifters

Cold Coffee Review: This author states “all she’s ever wanted to do, since she was a little girl, was to write novels.” Even though this is the first book that I have read from this author, her enjoyment of the writing process and creative mind shines through in this “Fairy Struck” story.

Chapter one begins with her character, Seren Sloane explaining a few theories surrounding the origin of these mystical creatures like himself, called the “Fey”. If like me, you are unfamiliar with the term “Frey” Seren’s explanation will helps. “No one knows the true origins of the fey, I don’t think even the fey themselves remember, but theories abound. One has them evolving alongside us but where we advanced in groups, banding together to become stronger, the fey morphed out of those outcast predators who were too wild for a pack. Those who don’t believe in evolution, think instead that the fey issue from divine creations, angels fallen from God’s grace. Yet another tale insists they were gods themselves, or demi-gods, led by a mother goddess named Danu.”

I never thought about hunting fairies before, but if you need to then using an expert called an “Extinguisher” is the key. I also didn’t know that “all magic leaves traces of energy and when combined with the powerful aura of a fairy, the resulting glow reaches up and around its host like the Northern Lights.”

Here is a quote that might draw you into the story: “We made camp for the night in a little clearing. A massive purple and silver tent was erected for me to sleep in, despite my protests. A fairy princess doesn’t sleep on a mat alongside her knights. It seemed like a waste of time and effort to me but they actually got it up pretty quickly and mine wasn’t the only tent they pitched. There was a communal tent for the knights. I guess being closely attuned to nature didn’t equate to wanting to sleep in her loving arms.

It was around dusk that a shivering coolness coasted over me and had me running from my tent. I had just changed into a new set of leather pants, which I’d chosen to wear along with short tunics for the journey. Thankfully, no one expected me to parade around in fancy dresses through the forest like some Tolkien elf. The belt I’d been fastening over my tunic, fell away as I rushed to the middle of our camp.

My skin was prickling and there were fluttering sensations at the edge of my consciousness, like something was trying to get my attention. My heart raced as I peered through the thick growth of trees and shrubs crowding around the perimeter of the clearing. Something was approaching, I could feel it coming at me from all directions.”

Well-developed characters, good story telling, adventure, conversation, and a touch of romance kept me interested. If you enjoy fantasy and mythical creatures, you will love “Fairy Struck” which is the first book in this “Twilight Court” series.

Author Amy Sumida offers this book for Free at Amazon Kindle. This book also includes special “pronunciation guide” and sneak peeks at a few of Amy’s other books. She offers three chapters from Pixie Lead (book two in the Twilight Court series), three chapters from book one in the Godhunter series, three chapters from The Last Lullaby series, and two chapters from the Happily Harem After (A collection of RH Fairy Tales). This review was completed on July 7, 2018

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The First Book In This Twilight Court Series Is Free!

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Pixie-Led (The Twilight Court Book Two) by Amy Sumida

Extinguisher Seren Sloane’s life is on a new path. She has become Princess Seren Bloodthorn of the Twilight Court, Ambassador between the warring courts of Seelie and Unseelie, as well as between the Human and Fairy Realms.

Her life is complicated but it becomes even more so when she uncovers a fairy plot to destroy the human race. Soon the chase is on but will her path lead her to the villain or will she find herself pixie-led in a never-ending circle of confusion?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy > Fantasy, Romantic

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Raven-Mocking (The Twilight Court Book Three) by Amy Sumida

Return to the Twilight Court.

Among the Cherokee there is a legend, a myth about witches who steal from the sick and dying. These witches are called raven-mockers, after the sound they make when they scour the night for victims. The legend is true but the Cherokee got one thing wrong about raven-mockers. They’re not witches at all; they’re fairies.

Now Seren must find proof of their crimes, so she can stop the raven-mockers from breaking the truce between fairies and humans. But what she finds is a truth far more shocking than she ever expected.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, Shifters, Fantasy, Romantic

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Here There Be Dragons (The Twilight Court Book Four) by Amy Sumida

Return to the Twilight Court with Princess Seren Firethorn!

“Adventurous and sexy, this book will keep you hungry for more!” ~ BooksYesICan

From the soaring spires of Castle Unseelie to the grandeur of the Court of the Nine Sons, Seren Firethorn seems destined to encounter dragons. But even surrounded by the fierce fairies, it’s her uncle, the Unseelie King, who truly troubles her. Under the sea, manipulated by politics and plots, Seren strives to discover what Uisdean is really after. But each truth only reveals another layer of lies, creating a knot so tangled only dragon claws could sever it.

Artwork by Amy Sumida

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Witches, Wizards, Romance, Fantasy

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Witchbane (The Twilight Court Book Five) by Amy Sumida

Knowing is the heart of love.

The battle for Unseelie has been won, and Lord Raza Tnyn is now King Raza the Second. But Uisdean, the last king of Unseelie, is on the loose in the Human Realm with his resurrected wife, Rue, and an ancient fairy weapon.

The Councils and the Coven are on the case, and Princess Seren is happy to leave the problem in their capable hands. Until someone important to Seren goes missing and witches start turning up dead.

To save an entire race from the schemes of her evil relatives, the Twilight Princess will forsake her crown and return to her extinguisher roots. But defiance comes at a price, and in saving the witches, Seren may end up destroying herself.

Scroll up and return to the Twilight Court today!

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Fantasy

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Elf-Shot (The Twilight Court Book Six) by Amy Sumida

Seren’s heart is in their sights.

Moire Thorn, once a Countess of Unseelie, is now a fugitive of the Fairy Realm. Her niece, Princess Seren Firethorn, has made it her mission to find Moire, and bring her to justice. This mission becomes even more imperative when Moire forms an alliance with the elves, using their magical arrows to attack humans.

As Seren searches for the elusive Thorn in her side, she uncovers shocking truths. Loyalties are questioned, and hearts are challenged. From elf-shot to the arrows of love, it seems that everyone is aiming for Seren. But some wounds make you stronger, and the Twilight Princess is about to discover where her strengths really lie, and how many shots her heart can take.

Reverse Harem readers are sure to be thrilled by this latest installment in the Twilight Court Series! Scroll up and snag your copy now!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic

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Fairy Rings and Dragon Kings (The Twilight Court Book Seven) by Amy Sumida

Never step in a fairy ring.

Those sweet little mushroom rings that seem so harmless are actually patches of Fairy bleeding over into our world. Under Council Law, these rings are pieces of Fairy, and anything that happens within them are outside of Extinguisher jurisdiction. So, when humans start disappearing and a connection is made to fairy-rings, the Human Council’s hands are tied.

The Extinguishers can’t protect humans who willingly enter Fairy… but Ambassador Seren Firethorn can. Seren is called in to investigate, and what begins as a case of missing persons progresses into something that may change her life forever.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, Shifters, Fantasy

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Black-Market Magic (The Twilight Court Book Eight) by Amy Sumida

The Fairy Underground…a place of enchantment and horror.

Once it was secret, but its black-market magic is beginning to find its way to the surface and into human hands. Ambassador Seren must find a way to stop the sale of such volatile merchandise, and to do so she must venture into the most dangerous den of fairies in existence. Seren believes that she’s strong enough to face whatever she may find there, but she’ll need more than magic to unearth the truth hidden there.

Will she be able to navigate the maze of plots and pain, or will she become another victim of the Fairy Underground?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy, Romantic, Paranormal, Urban, New Adult, College

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Etched In Stone (The Twilight Court Book Nine) by Amy Sumida

In the riveting conclusion of the Twilight Court Series, Seren is faced with a ruthless enemy who seems to have discovered a way to steal magic from fairies.

All evidence points to Lana Clach—ex-queen of the Colorado Underground—but the Councils aren’t convinced.

Can Ambassador Seren prove Lana’s guilt before it’s too late?

Or is the future already etched in stone?

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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The Godhunter Series (23 Books)

Godhunter (The Godhunter Book One) by Amy Sumida

Myth and magic collide in this award-winning, action romance where gods manipulate the human race, and one witch stands against them.

When Vervain uncovers the truth about the Gods, she is forced into the role of a vigilante witch; hunting the Gods before they can hunt her. But as the Godhunter falls deeper into the world of Immortals, she finds herself in the middle of war where she may just become humanity’s greatest weapon… in the hands of a sexy, rebel god.

Cover Art by India Jones and Amy Sumida

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Of Gods and Wolves (The Godhunter Book Two) by Amy Sumida

Vervain Lavine finally has a moment to relax. She’s defeated Aphrodite, reclaiming the magic that the goddess stole from humans. Now the Godhunter holds the powers of Love, Sex, War, and Victory inside her but she’s not really sure if that makes her a goddess. She is fairly certain that she’s still mortal, but her new immortal boyfriend, Thor, doesn’t seem to be worried about it.

What he is worried about is Vervain’s bond to a werewolf Prince, and the fact that said Prince is the first-born son of Fenrir, the Wolf God. Then there’s the minor issue of a Harvest goddess whose daughter Vervain liberated, and the angry Aztec god who hasn’t been seen since the last time the Godhunter ruined his plans to launch the next world war.

All good reasons for concern, but why should Vervain waste her time worrying? The best laid schemes of gods and wolves oft go awry.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Oathbreaker (The Godhunter Book Three) by Amy Sumida

From Lion Shifters to Viking Gods, Oathbreaker has it all!

Vervain Lavine needs a little time to figure things out. Things like how to control the multiple beasts and magics inside her. Or how to lead a Pride of werelions who act more like a bunch of frat boys than grown men. She needs to work out her relationship with Trevor, the werewolf Prince bonded to her, and figure out if his grandfather, Loki, is serious in his repentance or is just up to more of his tricks.

Demeter’s still on the run after her attempt on Trevor’s life and it’d be great if Vervain could figure out where she’s hiding before the goddess tries to kill her too. The Godhunter would also like to know why a bunch of vampires keep following her around. What’s all that about?

Then there’s Odin, leader of a faction of gods opposing Vervain in the God War. He needs the Godhunter’s help and he’s willing to pay for it, but can Vervain trust her enemy, a god referred to as the Oathbreaker? Odin has helped her in the past and she owes him, but the way Vervain feels around him is a complication she just doesn’t need… and one more thing for her to figure out.

Yeah, the Godhunter could really use some time to think things through, but it doesn’t look like she’s going to get it.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Marked By Death (The Godhunter Book Four) by Amy Sumida

The cold is spreading.

After the battle in Asgard, Vervain Lavine, the Godhunter, just wants to celebrate the victory with her friends and family. The fact that those friends happen to be gods, and her family is a bunch of werewolves and werelions, only makes the victory that much sweeter. But the wound she took from Anubis’ blade has scarred over, and the cold beginning to spread from it is worrisome. Not to mention the link it’s established between her and the Egyptian God of the Dead, who seems intent on making her pay for having the audacity to attack him.

Then there’s Demeter, still out to get Vervain, and Ares who may be holding a grudge over the loss of his lover and his left hand. Besides the gods who want her dead, there’s the goddess who wants Vervain’s help stopping a drug lord who also happens to be a god.

So it’s a little hard for the Godhunter to celebrate, in fact she can barely sleep, ever since the night that she was marked by Death.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Green Tea and Black Death (The Godhunter Book Five) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter tries to catch a Tiger Goddess by the Toe!

One sip from the Grayel has made Vervain Lavine immortal. She’s finally a true goddess, but that doesn’t mean she can’t die, just that the task of killing the Godhunter has become much harder for those who want her dead.

Vervain’s list of enemies keeps getting longer and the latest name on it is Xi Wangmu, the Chinese Plague and Tiger Goddess. Xi Wangmu has come to Hawaii, and she’s brought Black Death with her.

As the Godhunter races to catch a tiger by her toe, more and more obstacles are thrown in her way. From an unhappy alpha werewolf to the headaches of her human family, it looks like Vervain’s going to need a little help this time.

Being a goddess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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A Taste For Blood (The Godhunter Book Six) by Amy Sumida

Find your taste for blood with the Godhunter.

Vervain Lavine has been through Hell. Two Hells actually, one of which she’s been barred from. Despite all that, things are going pretty well for the Godhunter. At least they were until she turned on the news.

Crops across America are dying, children in Hawaii are missing, and havoc is being wrecked upon her nightclub, Moonshine. It’s obviously God messing with her again but which one is it this time? There’s so many gods who want her dead these days.

Then one wrong word sends her tumbling into an unknown realm. A strange place filled with even stranger beings who seem to hold the answers to her past. With the promise of a new life lingering like the taste of blood on her lips, Vervain must decide what she values more, the life she’s built with the men she loves, or the call of the blood.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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The Tainted Web (The Godhunter Book Seven) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter Saga heads into a new realm!

Married life has proven to be complicated for Vervain Lavine. Maybe it’s the pressure of being the last dragon-sidhe in existence, the hope of an entire race of faeries. Or maybe it’s the fact that her husband lives in the Faerie Realm where he rules the Kingdom of Fire. Or then again, it could be because he married her after abducting her and stealing her memories of her four other lovers.

That’s a tough one.

He did do a lot to make it up to her though, and she’s forgiven Arach but that doesn’t mean that the Godhunter is ready to hang up her fighting leathers in exchange for becoming a dragon mommy.

Before she can decide what to do about the Faerie King, another problem arises in the form of a god who seems to be able to control the Internet. Internet crime takes on a whole new meaning under his influence and it becomes clear that his nefarious deeds must be stopped.

But can the Godhunter find a way to destroy the God of the Internet before she’s caught in his Tainted Web?

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Harvest Of The Gods (The Godhunter Book Eight) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter Series takes a unique turn in this innovative Split Story!

A unique way of reading; you can enjoy this book alone or read it together with A Fey Harvest, jumping between books. If you’d prefer to read one long, continuous story without jumping between books, please check out the combination book of: Harvest of the Gods and A Fey Harvest.

Demeter, the Harvest Goddess, is on the run. The wolves are on her trail, but even with the best tracking abilities in all the realms they can’t seem to locate her. Now the trackers are turning up dead, and the Froekn are turning to the Godhunter for help. Vervain knows this long-overdue reaping is hers, that she must be the one to pick the bitter fruit of vengeance, but when a darker magic comes into play, she grows less certain over what the harvest shall bring… and who will be the harvester.

The first book in the Godhunter series split, Harvest of the Gods can be read alone OR in conjunction with A Fey Harvest. Harvest of the Gods is set entirely in the God and Human Realms but if you wish, you may follow Vervain from Harvest of the Gods to A Fey Harvest by switching books whenever Vervain declares that she’s off to the Faerie Realm and then switching back when she returns. This way, you may experience events as she does. Or you may read the books independently and enjoy each story separately. Just be sure to read Harvest of the Gods first.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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A Fey Harvest (The Godhunter Book Nine) by Amy Sumida

The series splits into two books you can read together or apart. If you’d prefer to read one, continuous story, without jumping between books, please check out the combination book of: Harvest of the Gods and a Fey Harvest.

After five-hundred years, the Faerie Realm is open once more. A shaky truce has been made between the gods and the fey and hope has begun to grow for a peaceful future between all races. Vervain Lavine, Godhunter and now Faerie Queen, desperately wants the truce to work. Her life and loves in both realms depend on it but now faeries have gone missing and an unknown magic seems to be involved. Someone is harvesting the fey and it’s up to Vervain to show them what a bitter and deadly fruit faerie can be.

The second book in the Godhunter series split, A Fey Harvest can be read alone or in conjunction with Harvest of the Gods. A Fey Harvest is set entirely in the Faerie Realm but if you wish, you may follow Vervain from A Fey Harvest to Harvest of the Gods by switching books whenever Vervain declares that she’s off to the God Realm and then switching back when she returns. This way, you may experience events as she does. Or you may read the books independently and enjoy each story separately. Just be sure to read Harvest of the Gods first.

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The series split brings a fresh perspective to reading!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Into The Void (The Godhunter Book Ten) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter defies death itself!

The second series split will leave you reeling with delight!

The Void, the source of all souls, is a place very few gods remember anymore. It’s also the one place Vervain Lavine needs to find if she wants to bring Odin back to life. There’s only one god who can help her, a god who not only remembers the Void but has been there himself. Lucifer Morningstar, Satan, Beelzebub, the Devil, yeah that guy. He also happens to be her boyfriend’s father.

Maybe getting Odin back won’t be so hard after all.

Sure, no problem, if only the Godhunter’s life wasn’t going to Hell in a handbasket. First, she ends up on an archangel watch list, then mermaids start washing up with beached whales, and finally some idiot god tries to start a zombie apocalypse. Vervain barely has time to breathe, how will she ever make it into the Void?

Into the Void is part of a series split. It can be read alone or together with Out of the Darkness. It features a split cover which can be placed beside Out of the Darkness to create a full picture.

This is the last series split in the Godhunter Saga, don’t miss your opportunity to experience it!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Out Of The Darkness (The Godhunter Book Eleven) by Amy Sumida

Winter is coming to Faerie and the Godhunter is left in the cold.

This second series split is the best yet!

Seasons have returned to Faerie and the fey are not happy about it. There hasn’t been anything but summer in the land of the fey for thousands of years, so long that most have forgotten what the seasons are. The nights grow longer and Faerie grows colder as winter approaches. It falls upon Vervain to help the fey through these changes. As if that’s not enough, a murderer is on the loose and everyone seems to think it’s her. Can the Godhunter find her way out of the darkness or will Faerie be lost to her forever?

Out of the Darkness is part of a series split. It can be read alone or together with Into the Void. It features a split cover which can be placed beside Into the Void to create a full picture.

This is the last split in the series, don’t miss your opportunity to experience it!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Perchance To Die (The Godhunter Book Twelve) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter enters the Realm of Dreams.

The excitement continues as Vervain discovers that even her dreams are no longer safe.

Vervain Lavine, Godhunter, Witch, Shapeshifter, Goddess, and Faerie. Life has become a little confusing with so many titles but the one place Vervain could always find sanctuary was in her dreams. Now even that is taken from her when an unknown god starts hunting the Godhunter in her sleep.

Then there’s Odin, or rather Griffin, who has yet to remember his true past or the part Vervain played in it. Add to that the assembling of a mutant army led by a sharp-dressed and sharply coiffured Indian, and you have a recipe for an epic nightmare. If only she could get a moment’s rest, Vervain might be able to deal with it all but even in Faerie she can’t escape. The newly created dark fey are having problems controlling their element. Between the dark fey and her dark dreams, the Godhunter’s unable to find any solace and sleeping has become only another way to die.

The saga continues, taking the Godhunter across the realms and through her dreams. Join the adventure, hurry and grab your copy today!

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Tracing Thunder (The Godhunter Book Thirteen) by Amy Sumida

Olympus is calling!

The thirteenth installment of The Godhunter Series takes us through the Greek pantheon reaching ultimate highs and surprising depths.

Ambrosia, the source of immortality for the Greek gods. Its creation is a secret, held only by Zeus himself, and he’s held that secret over the heads of his fellow gods for years, giving ambrosia only to those who agree to serve him. Now the Godhunter has gotten wind of his monopoly on immortality and although she normally fights for humanity, this time she’s going to make an exception and fight for the gods. But Zeus isn’t the only storm brewing, Vervain is having strange visions, her nine-pointed star is behaving oddly, and something powerful is stirring in the Faerie Realm. Like tracing after thunder, the solution to all her problems seems to be just beyond her reach.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Light As A Feather (The Godhunter Book Fourteen) by Amy Sumida

Magic has no weight. It has no volume or substance. The most powerful of magics can be housed in something as light as a feather… and it is.

One black and one white. The two magic feathers of Tobadzistsini and Nayenezgani, twin Navajo gods. The white feather holds the power to heal all wounds and black can vanquish all enemies. Together they are virtually unstoppable but for the Godhunter the real difficulty will be deciding whether to fight the Navajo gods or join them.

It all comes down to the color of Vervain’s convictions. Although the feathers are black and white, her choices have all blurred to gray and choosing the wrong shade could mean the extermination of an entire race.

Book 14 in the Godhunter saga is full of action and revelations. Grab your copy now and sharpen your claws, the God War continues.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Rain or Monkeyshine (The Godhunter Book Fifteen) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter Series continues with Book 15!

The Godhunter is on lockdown, her lovers gathering around her in preparation for some unknown trouble lurking on the horizon. So, when one of the Dark Horses is abducted by a Hindu monkey god, Vervain is kept out of the rescue mission.

Hiding doesn’t work for the Godhunter though and soon she is drawn into a strange world where monkeys fly, snakes rule underground cities, and birds prey on the weak. Her self-control and strength will be tested as she goes up against one of the largest god armies she’s ever seen. Is this the danger she’s been warned of or is there an even greater battle to be fought… within herself?

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Blood Bound (The Godhunter Book Sixteen) by Amy Sumida

The Award Winning Godhunter Series Continues!

Pregnancy is hard on any woman but for the Godhunter it presents a unique set of problems.

Like literally burning indigestion, magically induced mood swings, and overprotective alpha males. Then one wrong decision sets Vervain down a catastrophic path and singed furniture becomes the least of her concerns.

With bloodthirsty enemies breathing down her neck and a volatile dragon baby growing within her belly, Vervain must find a way to save the future… by venturing into it.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Eye Of Re (The Godhunter Book Seventeen) by Amy Sumida

The Award Winning Godhunter Series Continues!

Vervain Lavine is finally about to become a mother. But she’s also preparing for marriage… to four men… all at once… and the baby’s father isn’t one of them.

As if all that isn’t complicated enough, the memories she brought back from an altered future have found their way into the dreams of her favorite sun god.

All she wants to do is forget the horrible fate that she’s escaped but now it looks like she may have to face it all one more time.

Will the Godhunter be able to put the future in her past or will she be lost forever… within the Eye of Re?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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My Soul To Take (The Godhunter Book Eighteen) by Amy Sumida

The Award-Winning Godhunter Series continues!

With the birth of her twins, the Godhunter has begun a new phase of her life.

Unfortunately, this phase may be her last if she doesn’t figure out how to fix her shattered star. And then Yemanja, a goddess Vervain owes her life to, comes to her for help. Vodou practitioners are being murdered, their souls summoned back to earth and forced into slavery.

Now the Godhunter must save those taken souls while she searches for a way to save herself.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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As The Crow Flies (The Godhunter Book Nineteen) by Amy Sumida

Her star may be broken but her spirit isn’t.

When the man she loves and her twin sons are threatened, the Godhunter is determined to protect them at any cost.

Her enemies seem obvious to her, but as she chases the Battle Crow, Morrigan, Vervain discovers that the crow doesn’t always fly straight. And it’s not the only bird who feeds on carrion.

Grab your copy today and delve back into the Godhunter world!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Cry Werewolf (The Godhunter Book Twenty) by Amy Sumida

The Wolves are being hunted!

Vervain Lavine’s nine-pointed star is whole again.

A victory indeed, except the Godhunter still doesn’t know exactly what it’s capable of. Distracted by pregnancy issues, she just doesn’t have the time to search for answers. But when her Froekn family is attacked, then accused of nefarious deeds themselves, she is thrust down a road which leads her straight to the destiny she’s been chosen for.

Myth and magic turn against the Godhunter, and the only hope she has of saving those she loves lies in learning secrets of her star.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Pride Before A Fall (The Godhunter Book Twenty-One) by Amy Sumida

The Pride is on the hunt!

Vervain is preparing for the arrival of her third child, but not in the usual manner.

Her daughter, Lesya, has been growing in a god-powered incubator, and the time has finally come to remove Lesya and take her home. But life is never smooth for the Godhunter, and as she dreams of holding her child at last, her enemies dream of destroying her. Vengeance draws near, and war threatens the realms.

Will her Pride blind her to the truth, or will they save her from a fall?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Monsoons and Monsters (The Godhunter Book Twenty-Two) by Amy Sumida

As strange rainstorms and power outages spread across America, Vervain’s personal life hits some stormy weather as well.

Magic and love are hopelessly intertwined for the Godhunter, and it begins to take a toll on her heart as well as her relationships.

Can Vervain weather the storm or will she fall prey to the monsters lurking within the mist?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Blessed Death (The Godhunter Book Twenty-Three) by Amy Sumida

Sometimes Death is a blessing.

Death was once something for the Godhunter to fight, but now she knows him intimately. She knows that the Angel of Death can be beautiful, charming, and irresistible.

Sometimes Death is a blessing, and at other times he can be a curse, but Azrael is always loyal and always loved.

Until he resigned, that is. Then the Angelic Host was sent after him. But there is more to their actions than simple retribution.

Someone is manipulating the Host, and if Vervain wants to save her husband, she must first discover the secrets of Heaven, Hell, and the heart of Death himself.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Beyond The Godhunter Series (Two Books)

A Darker Element (Beyond The Godhunter Book One) by Amy Sumida

“Long ago, when magic still roamed freely, without restraint or purpose, it delighted in the elements. It flowed through them, saturated them, and then became aware of itself. Faerie was born but within her and the elements was a seed of loneliness. This seed grew and multiplied into the darker emotions. When Faerie decided to create the fey to relieve her loneliness, she separated those darker emotions from the elements so that the fey were born pure.”

That’s the story most fey tell about their creation but our creation, that of the dark fey, goes further. You see, we were those dark emotions which were so carelessly cut away from the other elements. Faerie didn’t even realize that the Darkness was an element until we threatened her very existence. Then she saw what we needed; physical form like that which had been given to every other element. So we were finally created. Twenty-one dark-sidhe, each with the power of a dark emotion.

My name is Liatris and my emotion is Shame. It’s all I’ve ever known and even with the freedom of the flesh, I can’t seem to live beyond it. I don’t expect a lot from this life but I have desires just like everyone else. Happiness, safety, love. Simple things but I know they’ll never be mine. How can Shame coexist with happiness? How can a thing of Darkness ever feel safe? And how can I ever have love when the only man I want is our king?

A Darker Element will take you into another side of the Godhunter’s world. Experience it all fresh from the perspective of a faerie whose life has just begun. Go beyond the Godhunter with this first book in the spin off series and delve deeper into the realm of Faerie. Grab your copy today!

The author recommends that you read this book between books 14 and 15 in the Godhunter Series

Cover art by India Jones

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Witches, Wizards, Vampires

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Out Of The Blue (Beyond The Godhunter Book Two) by Amy Sumida

From the author of the Godhunter Series comes a Series highlighting your favorite Godhunter characters! The second book tells the tale of Huitzilopochtli aka Blue and his romance with Eztli, the Vampire Queen.

Eztli once believed her life was blessed. Her name in the Aztec language meant blood and blood was exactly what her god needed. It seemed destined that Huitzilopochtli should choose her to become his lover and together, they were very happy. Until the day he turned her into a monster.

Her name became a curse and her life, a nightmare. Still, she survived. She grew stronger, shedding the shackles of her old life along with her old name. Her name is Tilly now and out of the blue, Tilly has been given an opportunity for revenge. After 500 years, Huitzilopochtli is finally within her grasp. But the closer she gets to destroying him, the more she wonders if it’s his destruction that she truly wants.

The author recommends that this book be read between books 17 and 18 in the Godhunter Series.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Witches, Wizards, Vampires

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The Spellsinger Series (Four Books)

The Last Lullaby (The Spellsinger Book One) by Amy Sumida

Beneath your world lies another, a world of magic, monsters, and immortals.

I am the rarest of these; a spellsinger, able to weave music into magic. With the right words, and for the right price, I can do anything.

Now a fairy duke has come to hire me, promising me a fortune in exchange for one man’s life. But this man is a king, one of the most powerful Shining Ones in existence.

I could kill him with a song or things could go horribly wrong. Hopefully, this job isn’t my last lullaby.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction

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A Symphony Of Sirens (The Spellsinger Book Two) by Amy Sumida

To sing with your heart you must first learn to listen.

Sirens are some of the most dangerous denizens of the Beneath. So, when they start going missing, it’s assumed that a supremely powerful being is behind the disappearances. But who and why?

As Elaria struggles to find answers to the siren situation, even more questions arise. Questions like: what kind of magic did the witch relic leave within her? And: what should she do about the three men who have become so important to her?

One is her past, one: her present, and the third wants nothing more than to be her future. Can she find the solution in time to save her family? Or will love turn her symphony sour?

Playlists for all of the books in the Spellsinger Series can be found on Spotify by searching for Amy Sumida or the book’s title. Listen for free and sing along with the Spellsinger.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction

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A Harmony Of Hearts (The Spellsinger Book Three) by Amy Sumida

Harmony can be hard to find.

As the spell inside Elaria begins to burn out, taking her with it, she becomes desperate to find the third lover the spell needs to fuel itself. But love isn’t the only thing eluding her. Someone is setting monsters loose on Earth, and even her spellsinging seems to be failing her. Can she stop the attacks before the spell stops her heart?

Playlists for every book in the Spellsinger Series can be found on Spotify under Amy Sumida, or by searching for the book title.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction

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Primeval Prelude (The Spellsinger Book Four) by Amy Sumida

In pursuit of an enemy, Elaria and her friends enter Primeval—the ancient forest that covers most of Tír na nÓg.

But priorities soon shift as a much larger danger arises.

Primeval is dying and growing all at once; threatening to consume the Jewel Kingdoms.

Can the Spellsinger save the forest or is this only a prelude of the destruction to come?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction

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Happily Harem After Series (collected short stories, all fairy tales
that have been redone. Book 2 is currently in the works)

Happily Harem After (Five Classic Fairy Tales With A Reverse Harem Twist) by Amy Sumida

To live happily harem after, you have to fight for your fairy tale.

Five classic fairy tales take on a reverse harem* twist in the first installment of Happily Harem After. Experience Alice in Wonderland, The Four Clever Brothers, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and Cinderella in ways you never have before.

Discover a Wild Wonderland along with Alice as she returns home to reclaim her throne with the help of the last Cheshire knight and the loyal Card Kings.

In The Four Clever Brothers, Princess Adelysia is rescued by four, magically talented brothers who discover that she is far more than your average princess.

Beauty and the Beasts follows the brave Sylvaine on her quest to free three cursed princes, who must not only find a woman to love them but must learn to share her as well.

Pan’s Promise is the story of Pandora, her lost warriors, a vengeful sea captain, and the magical island they can never leave.

Then, The Little Glass Slipper shows us how life can be transformed by bravery, love, and the right pair of shoes.

*Reverse Harem is a romance genre featuring love between one woman and several men.

Genre: Mythology, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Mythology & Folk Tales

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Cold Coffee Spotlight Interview With Amy Sumida

Amy Sumida is the Internationally Acclaimed author of the Award-Winning Godhunter Series, the fantasy paranormal Twilight Court Series, the Beyond the Godhunter Series, the music-oriented paranormal Spellsinger Series, and several short stories. Her books have been translated into several languages, have made it to the top sellers list on Amazon numerous times, and the first book in her Spellsinger Series won a publishing contract with Kindle Press.

She was born and raised in Hawaii and brings her unique island perspective to all of her books. She doesn’t believe in using pen names, saving the fiction for her stories. She’s known for her kick-ass heroines who always have a witty comeback handy, and her strong, supporting male characters who manage to be sensitive and alpha all at once.

All she’s ever wanted to do, since she was a little girl, was to write novels. To be able to do so for a living is a blessing which she wakes up thankful for every day. Beyond her books, she enjoys collecting toys, to keep herself young, and cats, to keep herself loved.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from (Salem, Oregon)? Well, I just moved to Oregon in April, so I don’t know if I’m allowed to be proud of it yet. I’m from Hawaii originally, and I think that gave me a unique perspective on writing paranormal fiction. There are a lot of superstitions in Hawaii, including fairy-like creatures and powerful gods who interact with humans but all with a tropical twist. Our melting pot community made me very interested in other cultures and their myths. So, Hawaii definitely shaped my writing style and that’s something I can be proud of.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always been a story teller. I remember getting into trouble in first grade because I convinced the other children that there was a monster in the field beside our playground. You may call that lying, but I call it writing. I started submitting novels to Harlequin by age 12 and when I was in High School, I wrote a book that my English teacher ended up passing around to her friends. It was only half done, so I had teachers I didn’t know come up to me in the hall to beg me to finish the story because they had to know what happened. That was the first time I thought that maybe I could succeed at this.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? As mentioned in the last answer; in High School.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing process?

When I started receiving emails from women thanking me for writing books that made them feel empowered and helped them overcome tragedy. I’ve been contacted by rape victims, manic depressive people, and even a father who used my Godhunter Series as a way to bond with his Autistic son. To have someone connect with me through my words and not only be entertained by them but changed positively by them is the most humbling and rewarding experience.

Additional Questions or Information (Given by Author):

I love strong women, so all of my characters are ladies with backbone. They don’t usually begin as physically strong, but they are definitely fighters. They are women I’d like to be, experiencing things I’d like to experience (for the most part), and that’s makes me love writing so much. I can create a world I want to live in and be someone—anyone—I wish to be.

I’m a hybrid author; Amazon’s Kindle Press published the first book in my Spellsinger Series: The Last Lullaby, but the rest of my books are independently published. I love the freedom of publishing independently, but Amazon really helped to get my name out there.

Author Amy Sumida Has Five Series and Some Stand-Alone Books

The Twilight Court Series: Series about a human psychic who polices the Fey on Earth, just concluded with book 9.

The Godhunter Series: Amy’s first series, about a witch who hunts gods, is 23 books in and still going strong.

Beyond the Godhunter: A spin-off from the Godhunter Series has only 2 books so far.

Happily Harem After Series: Series of collected short stories, all fairy tales that have been redone. Book 2 is currently in the works.

The Spellsinger Series: Starts with The Last Lullaby (the book published by Kindle) and I’m about to release Book 4. It’s about a woman who is half witch and half siren, with the ability to create magic through music lyrics. Each book comes with a playlist you can listen to on Spotify.

Amazon Author’s Page
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Sign Up For Amy’s Newsletter (get a free short story)
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You Tube Video Links

Fairy-Struck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB0UodGxO8c&t=2s

Godhunter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=algoqGcsDiw&t=3s

The Last Lullaby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_S92c4cMQs

Happily Harem After: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAwr8BHw5H4&t=1s

An Unseelie Understanding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEXlbN1E9Ko

Spotify Playlist for The Last Lullaby
https://open.spotify.com/user/ashstarte/playlist/53JpzskA89bFtkSApbTvWu?si=7dOtDQY_T8qn4EFNbLEwJw

Book Awards: I was awarded Best Paranormal Romance of 2014 by BookHippo.

Get Amy’s App for Kindle
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Professional Website
http://www.amysumida.com/

Professional Blog: And follow her blog on Tumblr for a deeper glimpse into her daily life, her interest, photos of places and characters in the books, and general information about gods and witches.: http://vervainlavine.tumblr.com/

Vervain’s App For Her Tumblr Blog
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Join The God Squad on Facebook
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Amy’s Imaginary Worlds (a Facebook group where you can discuss all of her books)
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Twitter Link
https://twitter.com/Ashstarte

Tweet With Vervain: @VervainLavine
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Google+ Link
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Godhunter Store on Cafe Press (with all kinds of items featuring quotes and art from The Godhunter Series)
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Russell F. Moran

On a hot summer day, Homeland Security Secretary, Rick Bellamy, and his wife Ellen, a famous TV talk show host, walked along the ocean front trying to escape the heat. Suddenly the temperature dropped from the high 90s to below freezing in a matter of minutes. It began to snow—on July 16.

The temperatures across the country and the world plummeted, creating winter in summer.

Bellamy and the rest of the government struggled to cope with the suddenly new climate, but to cope, they first had to find out what happened.

Scientists from academia blamed the weather on a sudden acceleration of climate change, but they were unable to explain a 60-degree temperature drop in a matter of minutes.

Two astronauts in an American space station realized that the sudden weather calamity coincided with a test of the 20 satellites that the space station controlled.

Attention focused on a huge American corporation that owned the space station and the satellites. Could there be a connection between the satellite tests and the radical drop in temperature?

As the deaths piled up and the world economy tilted toward disaster because of gigantic summer blizzards, Rick Bellamy and his team struggled to find answers before it was too late. Was it a sudden shift in climate change or did it have something to do with the satellites? The biggest question remained—was the catastrophe an accident, or was somebody controlling the weather?

Cold Coffee Review: Author Russell Moran has given us another thought provoking action-adventure, science-fiction, fantasy-thriller and there is no better time to read A Climate of Doubt.

What will you do while vacationing with your spouse at your favorite summer resort and the outside temperature suddenly drops from 98 degrees down to 35 degrees within five minutes?

“Wolf Blitzer here for CNN, Well, the heat wave broke today, in a way nobody could have predicted. The current temperature in Central Park is 27 degrees. Across the nation, thermometers dropped over 60 degrees in less than an hour. The numbers are similar, not only across the country but across the world.

Get to know this long list of well-developed characters which include Rick Bellamy (Secretary if Homeland Security), Bartholomew Martin (46th President of the United States), along with VIPs from FBI, CIA, Meteorologists, Engineer, News Reporters, Astronauts and everyday world citizens thrown into chaos as this abrupt change in climate causes natural disasters and dire circumstances that the World Climate activists and Climate Change Deniers never could have predicted or even imagined.

When the climate suddenly free falls, fingers of speculation are quickly pointed at possible changes in our atmosphere (with all its many layers) —rogue governments like Iran and North Korea and a group who call themselves “Reformers”. With so many possibilities and so much fear; pressure is applied on the Rosetta Corporation because they own the American space station named Stargazer. What, if anything, could go wrong so far up in space?

You will keep turning the page as consequences to this sudden climate change are documented and you will need to know if this disaster is man-made or beyond human control. In any case, you will not want this fiction to become your reality.

I encourage you to read A Climate Of Doubt and all Author Russ Moran’s fourteen thrilling novels as we wait for his next science fiction mayhem to be released on an un-expecting global community. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was written on July 1, 2018.

Awarded 5 Stars

Amazon Headline: Where do you stand on Climate Control?

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy,

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Mike Bateman is a visionary businessman, the creator and CEO of the fabulously successful chain of stores, Robot Depot, a company dedicated to selling robots and Artificial Intelligence machines for a variety of uses.

The company is a darling of Wall Street and is the most popular destination for consumers and businesses looking for labor saving devices.

But the company caught the eye of ISIS, the terrorist Islamic State. They discover a great way to deliver bombs – using the products of Robot Depot to kill people.

Robot Depot changed from being a popular company to an object of fear because of the tampered products it sells. The terrorists use the company for “terror spectaculars,” including the destruction of a skyscraper, a drone attack on Yankee Stadium, and the bombing of a children’s sailing regatta.

Mike Bateman and the FBI are in a race to stop his products from becoming weapons, a race to stop the wanton killings. His wife and partner, Jenny, discovers the true meaning of terror one horrible summer day.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crisp writing, thought-provoking topics and colorful characters. Well-done Mr. Moran.

Cold Coffee Review: Robot Depot brings technology to a whole new level. If you are up on current world news you should have heard the media talking about how terrorists are experimenting with drones to terrorize people with biological chemical among just a few uses. You might also be wonder if a robot will replace your job in the near future. Author Russell F. Moran has taken robots one step further.

If you have read any of Russell F. Moran’s books, you don’t need me to tell you what a great story teller he is, and Robot Depot will not disappoint you.

Mike Bateman is founder and CEO of a wildly successful chain of 30 stores, in the US, called Robot Depot. As a 38-year-old war veteran, he has tapped into technology that will bring him greater success than Google, Microsoft, Uber, Roomba and others ever imagined. If you can imagine the chore, Mike has a robot to fit your needs.

Well-developed characters (some of whom you have come to know in Moran’s other books) take on the story line that the author weaves so well in a society that is fast adapting to and becoming reliant on robots.

If you worry about how secure your WiFi in your home is, imagine a world where you never know if you are speaking to a robot or a human. What could possibly go wrong?

I invite you to read this futuristic story where the bad guys seem to stay ahead of the good guys and it falls on inventor Mike Bateman to stop the terror. Heart pounding, page turning drama that will cause you pause when you enter into the electronics’ department for your next techno fix.

I endorse Robot Depot by Russell F. Moran. The author dedicates this book to the inventors of the world. I reviewed this book from a Kindle and the reviewed was completed on November 14, 2017.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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What if a 37-year-old adult travels back 20 years in time and finds himself in high school, followed by his 36-year-old wife? They’re now teenagers, 17 and 16.

Adults in teenage bodies, they struggle to convince the people from their past that they are real, not apparitions. With the benefit of hindsight, they know the history of the past 20 years, and it isn’t pretty.

Rick and Ellen are married, and now have to adjust to married life as teenagers in 2001. Rick is a senior FBI official and Ellen is a famous architect.

But everybody sees them as kids. Nobody believes that they’re married, and nobody believes their stories—until Rick and Ellen predict 9/11.

How do they find their way back to the year they came from? How do they warn the authorities of the cataclysm that will occur in the future?

The answer is to find the time portal—the wormhole—that brought them to 2001. But the site has changed. It’s no longer the place where they crossed the wormhole. Will they live out the balance of their lives beginning as teenagers?

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Science, Time Travel, Historical, Thriller

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Matt Blake Legal Thrillers by Russell F. Moran

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Matt Blake is a Chicago trial lawyer and highly decorated Marine combat veteran. After losing his beloved fiancée in a tragic car accident, he finds that he has more battles to fight: alcohol and drugs. He gradually realizes that his life is spiraling downward, and that he needs help with the battle. He seeks the help of Dr. Benjamin Weinberg. a psychiatrist who’s also a family friend and consultant to his law firm.

Matt, with Dr. Weinberg’s help, tames the monsters that sought to devour him. After rehab, he turns his attention to one of the most serious personal injury cases his firm has handled. It involved a sideswipe car accident in which his client’s husband, a famous political journalist, was killed. The case looked almost routine from a liability point of view. Numerous eyewitnesses gave sworn statements that they saw the defendant motorist talking on his cellphone just before his car slammed into the plaintiff’s husband. The eyewitness evidence pointed toward negligence. At first it looked like an open-and-shut personal injury case.

But evidence began to mount quickly that the ‘accident” may have been intentional—that it may have been murder. But Matt and his team struggle with a big question: Why would James Spellman have been murdered?

Matt finally meets the firm’s client, Diana Spellman, James Spellman’s widow. She’s a strikingly beautiful university professor and well-known writer. Matt, having licked his alcohol and drug problem, as well as the loss of his fiancée, finds himself swept off his feet by the lovely Diana Spellman. He shares his past difficulties with her, and she shares hers with him. Besides having lost lovers in similar type car accidents, Diana and Matt discover that their lives have a lot in common.

But Diana has a problem—she’s a murder target. As James Spellman’s informal editor, she knew every story that her husband was working on before his death, stories that contained secrets—secrets that threaten the highest levels of government, secrets that someone or some group does not want out in the open, secrets for which they’re willing to murder in order to keep quiet.

Matt’s attraction to Diana is mirrored by her attraction to him. They fall in love. But their love is soon complicated by attempted assassination attempts on both Diana and Matt.

What began as a routine personal injury case suddenly evolved into a vast terrorist conspiracy—and Diana was at the center of it all.

Sideswiped is a crime drama, a legal thriller, a tale of terrorism, and finally a compelling love story of two people who dedicated their lives to each other. It’s a story of enduring love, kept alive in the face of crippling fear. The book will grab you by the gut, as well as by the heart.

Cold Coffee Review: Sideswiped will send a chill up your spine the next time you drive on the freeway!

Russell F. Moran’s well-developed characters and distinct voice brings reality to the situation from sentence one and draws the reader into the story line with immediate empathy.

Main Character Matt Blake (x-Marine) is an Attorney, Blake & Randolph. Matt’s life changed (quote) “I’d never thought of the Chicago River as a romantic spot, especially during the day. It’s a beautiful waterway that meanders through some of the greatest architectural treasures in the country. It’s just not romantic. Until my lunch with Maggie Pierce.”

Get to know the professional and personal side of Matt Blake (quote) “It was Jimmy Escobedo, an old friend from college. Jimmy was nuts, in a good way. He was the funniest person I ever knew, and just seeing him made me laugh. He walked over to me, more like ran, and gave me a bear hug as I downed my next Scotch, almost spilling it. Jimmy was a character, the kind of guy who was a typical class clown. He was also bright as hell and had his choice of job offers after Northwestern. He looked good, except he was a lot skinnier than I remembered.”

With flawless writing skills the author creates the stage that brings the reader into the life of Matt Blake and into the ins and outs of personal injury litigation. Do you think that all personal injury lawyers are ambulance chasers?

I invite you to come see for yourself how personal injury law plays out in the courtroom. Follow multiple cases and the drama that will take your mind to places where it has never gone. Sideswiped is a face paced, realistic, suspenseful thriller and romantically touching. Your mind will envision every aspect like you are watching it unfold in a dark movie theater and your impressions of somethings will change forever.

Sideswiped is book one in Matt Blake Legal Thrillers (The Reformers-book two is coming soon). Also available The Gray Ship, The Thanksgiving Gang, A Time of Fear, and The Skies of Time (all four books in the Time Magnet series). The Shadows of Terror, The Scent of Revenge (books one and two in the Patterns Series).

I endorse Sideswiped: A Matt Blake Novel by Russell F. Moran. The author dedicates this book to the State and Government law enforcement community who dedicate their lives to keep us safe. I reviewed this book from a Kindle and the reviewed was completed on October 2, 2015.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Legal, Spies & Politics, Terrorism

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The Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book 2

The forces of radical Islam are on the run.

Their leadership has been decimated, their ranks thinned, their power disappearing by the week.

Their recruiting efforts have been cut off, the radical websites shut down, and the attraction of jihad is losing its appeal among the young.

With targeted assassinations, military strikes, as well as the loss of oil fields and gold mines, radical Islam is fast losing power.

But who is responsible?

It isn’t the United States Government. It’s a new force the world has never seen before.

Lawyer Matt Blake and his wife Diana find themselves in the middle of the most gigantic plot the world has ever seen, a conspiracy that’s only begun to grow.

Cold Coffee Review: The Reformers might make you stand up and applaud or on second thought it might cause you to rethink history and even take our political climate seriously.

The Reformers follows Sideswiped in The Matt Blake Legal Thriller series but stands on its own with story-line and conclusions.

Matt Blake (ex-Marine) and Attorney at Blake & Randolph who is no stranger to pro bono clients first impression of his new client is “just met a lying scumbag. Not only is he a lying scumbag, but he’s a mass murderer, a lowlife piece of garbage.”

After an interview “He didn’t deny that the evidence exists. He didn’t try to shuck and jive away from it. He simply insists that he did not detonate the bomb, nor did he know anything about it. But here’s the weird part. Weird? Hell, it’s almost spooky. When I asked him why someone or some group would try to frame him, he clammed up. He actually told me that he wouldn’t talk about it. He simply told me not to go there. It’s obvious that he doesn’t want to address the question of why somebody would want to frame him.”

“But what about the 12-foot gorilla in the room in the room?” Diana (Matt’s wife) said, “The gorilla that wears a big bandanna that says ‘evidence’? So, the guy is a straight-shooting truth teller. Great. What about his prints, his DNA, and not to mention the video showing him next to the bomb?”

From here things go uphill, downhill and sideways and it seems the whole world goes to “H” in a hand basket. Never a dull moment in this thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and questioning who is in charge, how does radical Islam, the moderates and the United States Government play into the pro bono case.

Another quote from the book. “What I’m about to tell you hasn’t been made public yet. I got this information from my inside people. Bartholomew and his NFL group have set up political organizations in all 50 states, including large paid operations in the big electoral states like California and Florida. For some reason, the press hasn’t caught on to this yet, or maybe they don’t think it’s important. These political organizations are not Democrat or Republican. It’s a third-party operation, called The Freedom from Terror Party.”

I dare you to read this thriller and not question what might be on the horizon. Author Russell F. Moran writes with a style and concepts a few steps ahead of our time.

I endorse The Reformers (The Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book 2) by Russell F. Moran because the fictional drama might not be fiction at all. Purchase and read all Russell’s books from Amazon. I reviewed this book from a Kindle and review was completed on January 16, 2016.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Legal, Spies & Politics, Terrorism

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Matt Blake Series Book 3

“What the hell just happened?” I asked Barbara Hightower, my assistant.

We were watching a TV first, a live broadcast by the President of the United States from a nuclear submarine deep under the waters of the South Atlantic. The President, Matt Blake, also happens to be my husband. Matt, dressed in naval officer’s fatigues, faced the camera holding a microphone. He looked great, but then he always does. Matt’s so natural in front of a camera, it’s as if the technology was invented for him. But the screen suddenly went blank.

“Beats me, ma’am,” Barbara said. “If we can’t maintain communications with a nuclear submarine, what the hell can we communicate with?”

President Matt Blake was addressing the nation from the USS Louisiana, a nuclear submarine submerged in the South Atlantic. His message is suddenly cut off. Nearby ships reported hearing an explosion. Aircraft reported floating debris five minutes later in the vicinity of the sub’s last known position.

The nation went into mourning for the loss of the popular president

First Lady Dee Blake has doubts, which she shares with naval high command and the new president. Her husband, a lawyer, always told her to distrust the evidence. She did more than distrust the evidence—she uncovered a massive conspiracy to hijack the submarine and kidnap the president. She thinks the explosion and the debris were a ruse to make people think the sub was destroyed, and her husband with it.

Could the sub have been hijacked and the president kidnapped?

But who would commit such an act? What is its purpose?

Was it Russia, China, Iran, or a shadowy group of freelance terrorists? One thing was certain: the plot had to include mutineers.

The new president, Roland Benton, agrees with Dee Blake’s suspicions, and sees himself as only an interim president. He appoints Dee as his Chief of Staff, with explicit instructions to find the missing submarine—and President Blake.

Dee finds the workings of a secretive group right in the United States, a group everyone had thought was destroyed.

Her life, and the life of the nation, suddenly take a horrifying turn.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Legal, Spies & Politics, Terrorism

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The Time Magnet Series by Russell F. Moran

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Description – From Kirkus Reviews

In this stellar time-travel novel, a modern-American nuclear-powered cruiser sails through a time portal and goes back 152 years to the days just before the beginning of the Civil War.

The USS California, under the command of Capt. Ashley Patterson, an African-American woman, is headed toward Charleston, S.C., to participate in a ceremony commemorating the first battle of the Civil War: the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. But before her ship reaches its destination, the massive cruiser—and its 630 crew members—travel through some sort of temporal wormhole and end up near the Charleston Harbor in 1861, just hours before the Confederate assault is about to begin.

After eventually wrapping her head around the fact that her entire crew has traveled back in time, Patterson realizes that she has some difficult decisions to make: Does she let history repeat itself and focus on trying to find a way back home, or does she use the military superiority of the California—“outfitted with enough fire power to unleash Biblical hell on an enemy”—to help end the war quickly and thus save the approximately 620,000 soldiers who would otherwise die in the next four years?

Powered by a cast of well-developed characters—Lincoln and Lee are among the prominently featured historical figures—consistently brisk pacing and a pulse-pounding (albeit slightly predictable) conclusion, the humanist themes of this novel are momentous and just as timely today as they were back in the 1860s.

This provocative, intensely powerful novel is a must-read for sci-fi fans and Civil War aficionados, though mainstream fiction readers will find it heart-rending and inspiring as well. A rare read that’s not only wildly entertaining, but also profoundly moving. From Kirkus Reviews

A Kirkus Best Indie Book of 2013

Genre – Science fiction/time travel/alternative history

Cold Coffee Review: On the morning of April 10, 2013 the nuclear guided missile cruiser USS California left Norfork, Virginia heading toward Charleston, South Carolina. Once there the ship would anchor at Fort Sumter for a ceremony commemorating where the first battle of the Civil War took place on April 12, 1861. After the ceremony Captain Ashley Patterson would deploy her ship to the Persian Gulf, but as it turns out, time can be unpredictable.

Author Russell F. Moran like so many authors before him wrestles with science fiction and time travel to the extent of what would happen if we could go back into history and change just one event. He thanks his friends Bill Holland, Nick Wartella and his wife for their fresh perspective, input and editorial analyses. He also gives appreciation for invaluable technical input from his friend Lloyd (Hoss) Miller, Rear Admiral, Retired, United States Navy. Admiral Miller was the first commanding officer of the USS California, the ship that plays the pivotal role in the story. Admiral Miller makes a cameo appearance in the book as the strong leader, likeable person and gentleman that he is in real life.

The author is quick to point out that this is a work of fiction and with all fiction imagination plays a pivoting role. At the very start the reader is introduced by name to 55 major characters who bring the story of ‘The Gray Ship’ from the blue-green swells of the Atlantic Ocean through a port-hole (worm hole) that will not only change history, but tens of thousands of lives. His characters are realistic as with Captain Ashley Patterson while in her astute position wrestles with her own inner demons.

Who right now or in our future might want to go back in time to abolish war or the worse acts of humankind? When faced with the dilemma of being forced back through time into a dark period of American history, Captain Ashley Patterson and her crew had to risk mutiny or at the very least commit treason. If and when they could make it back to their own time, how would they be judged by friends, family, the military and the world? Who would believe their story?

One of my favorite quotes from the book reads, “Dr. Weinberg,” said Admiral Miller, “Do you believe these stories?” “It isn’t my job to believe stories or not to believe them, Admiral,” said Weinberg. “It’s my job to assess whether the witness believes his own story. But I will say this. I don’t know much about this time travel stuff, but ever since I worked on that book with Jack Thurber, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed an obsessive-compulsive disorder. I never step on a crack…it may be a wormhole.”

Reading ‘The Gray Ship’ has left me wanting to read this author’s other three books; A Time Of Fear, The Skies Of Time, and The Thanksgiving Gang.

I endorse The Gray Ship by Russell F. Moran as a science fiction, time travel story that will cause the thoughtful reader to ask what he or she might change if the opportunity presented itself? I reviewed this book in Kindle and the review which was completed on February 21, 2015.

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Jack Thurber has traveled through time – again. This was his fourth journey through time, earning him a nickname The Time Magnet. But this time he’s traveled into the future.

He discovers that he and his wife Ashley were killed in a terrorist nuclear attack on Ashley’s ship on Thanksgiving Day, 2015, in what became known as the Thanksgiving Attacks.

Jack’s got to find a way back to the past, the past when he and Ashley were still alive. To do that he forms a group of people to help him. They call themselves The Thanksgiving Gang.

Dare he change history?

Dare he not?

Rip-roaring, gut-wrenching suspense wrapped in a story of friendship and courage.

Book Genre – Science fiction/time travel

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In a month, five American cities will be devastated by suitcase nuclear bombs. The time travelers take on their old name, The Thanksgiving Gang.

  • They know what will happen, because they travelled to the future.
  • They know what the result will be. They’ve seen the devastation.
  • They know the details. Five American Cities targeted by nuclear suitcase bombs.
  • BUT they don’t know where the bombs are – and they don’t know how to find them.

The clock is ticking and millions will soon lose their lives – unless they find the bombs.

“A riveting, pulse-pounding nail-biter in the spirit of The Gray Ship and The Thanksgiving Gang. A Time of Fear will grip you and not let go, even after you finish the book.”

Book Genre – Science fiction/time travel

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The Skies of Time is a book about time travel, love, and commitment.

Newly promoted Admiral Ashley Patterson is on a public relations flight with her husband, author and Naval Reserve Lieutenant. The idea was dreamed up by the Pentagon to celebrate Ashley’s promotion as the youngest Navy admiral in American History. As happened before, they encounter a wormhole or time portal. Ashley calls Jack her “time magnet,” because he seems to have a talent for finding wormholes.

They’ve time travelled before, but this time it’s different – they encountered a time portal, or wormhole – in the sky.

They have a duty – to warn the authorities of the coming war.

They also have a duty to themselves. They want to return to their home, their home in 2016. But Franklin Roosevelt has different plans for them.

Their plane, an F-18, had a cockpit data recorder, a Black Box, which would give them the coordinates to find the wormhole and return home.

But, to their horror, they realize that 1940 technology cannot read the data on the Black Box. They’re stranded – 76 years in the past.

Will they have to restart their lives from 1940 and never return home?

Or will they find a way to read the secrets of the box?

All they know is that they have an unfailing love for each other.

A nail biter of a tale in the spirit of the other books in The Time Magnet Series, The Gray Ship, The Thanksgiving Gang, and A Time of Fear.

Book Genre – Science fiction/time travel/ alternative history

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Admiral Ashley Patterson and her husband Jack have done it again. They’ve traveled through time, 200 years into the future—aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier, Ashley’s flagship.

They discover a new world, a strange new world—a post-nuclear war world—one that is both a beacon of hope, and a cry of despair.

They meet a group of people who call themselves The Keepers of Time, an organization dedicated to preserving history and culture.

But the world around them has harkened back to a primitive and savage past, one that includes human sacrifice.

Ashley knows they have to have to get back to the present to warn the government of the unspeakable horrors that await.

But finding the way back to the present is their greatest challenge, an almost insurmountable one.

“A wild time travel yarn that starts fast and doesn’t slow down until the end.”

Cold Coffee Review: Book five in the Time Magnet series is finally here with another great saga. The adventure begins on June 1, 2017, the day after Memorial Day. Carrier Strike Group 2311 departs the New York Harbor at 8:45 a.m. to begin a long deployment. Things are as they should be until “everything turned dark”.

Whether you have read book one through four in this series first or you are considering this book as your introduction to the series, let me say that each book has its own plot with a conclusion. I suggest you read The Gray Ship, The Thanksgiving Gang, A Time of Fear, and The Skies of Time at some point very soon. However, please feel free to jump in and read The Keepers of Time because you won’t be disappointed.

The author’s superb writing skills will quickly draw you into the story. Forty-two fast paced chapters will keep turning the pages of this novel until the end. Well-developed cast of realistic characters that you will relate to one will keep you engaged. One of my favorite things about Moran’s books is his entire cast of characters detailed in the back of the book. I admit to reading about the cast first in order to firmly get everyone in my mind. As a follower of his, I know each character is important to the plot and I don’t want to miss anything or overlook anyone.

Throughout history authors have taken us back in time and forward into the future. Those that take us into the future like Author Russell F. Moran are rare individuals who meticulously look at world history and real time world events to weave a story of unimaginable happenings. History shows that many of these fictional authors are correct in their assessments of the future. So we must pay due vigilance to these authors so that their fiction does not become the world’s reality in the future.

I invite you to read The Keepers of Time: Book Five In The Time Magnet Series by Russell F. Moran and spend 15 days in an alternate universe. Meet the Keepers of Time and don’t forget to mark your calendar on April 12, 2018 as the day the world ended. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Time flies when you’re scared out of your mind.”

I endorse The Keepers of Time: Book Five In The Time Magnet Series by Russell F. Moran as a science fiction, time travel story that will cause the thoughtful reader to look at the importance of current world events in a different perspective. I reviewed this book from a Kindle and this review which was completed on March 30, 2016.

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Patterns Series by Russell F. Moran

The Time Magnet Series (4 Book Box Set) Kindle Edition by Russell F. Moran

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The Shadows of Terror – A novel that explodes off the front page of your newspaper. Terrorism now has a new face, a face that’s obscured in the shadows. The radical forces of destruction have learned to make themselves invisible to the West and preventing a terrorist attack has become almost impossible.

A new war has begun, World War III. Rick Bellamy, an FBI agent who specializes in counterterrorism, is engaged in his own war, a war with no end. Bellamy’s wife, Ellen, a prominent architect, discovers that she’s in the middle of the greatest terror plot to date. To defeat the enemy, Bellamy first has to uncover the clues, to shine a light on the shadows. He has to find patterns – before it’s too late.

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The world is at war – World War III. FBI Agent Rick Bellamy and his wife, Ellen, find themselves in the middle of a sinister terror plot. Someone is attacking young prominent women, inflicting a horrible disease. Nobody knows its origin, nobody knows how to stop it, nobody knows how to cure it.

Rick Bellamy and a team of scientists want to go on offense. But how?

Will the lives of the women be changed forever?

When will the attacks stop?

Cold Coffee Review: Although Science Fiction, The Scent of Revenge might be at America’s doorstep!

The main character Rick Bellamy is a FBI agent, head of counter-terrorism unit. The love of his life is 38-year-old Ellen Bellamy, Architect by day, lover and writer by night. Ellen’s beauty is more than skin deep as she radiates warmth and cares deeply about everyone who crosses her path.

With an impressive cast of characters that include William Reynolds who is President of the United States with his First Lady Amanda Reynolds standing by his side, he has just addresses the American People announcing that that World War III has begun.

A serious disease with symptoms of severe dementia, mimicking Alzheimer’s disease is attacking America’s Women. With research still seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s, the race is on and the questions commence. Why these particular women, why and how, and is the male population at risk?

Will President Reynolds be forced to suspend the right of habeas corpus? Do you know what this even means?

Heart pounding, can’t put down thriller that will force you to look at terrorism in different light. Life in America will never be the same.

Author Russell F. Moran is an exceptional story teller. As with all science fiction we hope it is not possible at least not within our lifetime. Moran’s futuristic thrillers (each book part of a series but stands alone) must be examined by each reader intelligently as they will lurk in the shadows of your mind well after the book is closed.

The Scent of Revenge “is dedicated to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and especially to their families who suffer along with them.”

I endorse The Scent of Revenge (book two in The Patterns Series) by Russell F. Moran The Shadows of Terror is book one. Also available The Gray Ship, The Thanksgiving Gang, A Time of Fear, and The Skies of Time (all four books in the Time Magnet Series). Another great read is Sideswiped which book one in Matt Blake Legal Thrillers with The Reformers coming soon. I reviewed this book from a Kindle and the review was completed on October 3, 2015.

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From Kirkus Review: The goddess of justice is blind—and deaf and very often dumb—according to this savvy critique of the American legal system.

Moran, a lawyer, journalist and founding editor of The New York Jury Verdict Reporter, knows firsthand the problems that plague American jurisprudence, and isn’t afraid to point fingers. Topping his rogue’s gallery are “incompetent idiots” on the bench, including justices of the peace who don’t even need a high-school diploma to throw people in jail and trial judges who fall asleep during testimony. (And no, that won’t get your conviction overturned, Moran notes, unless you can prove the judge slept through something important.)

Then there are the personal injury lawyers who cast about for deep pockets to sue no matter how dubious the liability, the attorneys who rake in millions from class-action suits that net their “clients” a few dollars each, the jurors—like Moran’s uncle—who base verdicts on off-the-wall theories instead of the evidence, the legislators who craft stupid laws and Supreme Court justices who uphold them based on tortured readings of the Interstate Commerce Clause. (Not always in contempt of court, Moran does allow that, often enough, judges are underpaid and conscientious, lawyers careful and upright, and malpractice suits well-founded.) The author sets his indictment against a lucid outline of basic legal concepts and court procedures and nuanced discussions of everything from the propriety of electing judges to the mortgage-foreclosure robo-signing scandals.

Moran writes in an entertaining, wised-up style, his punchy prose laced with black humor and an inexhaustible supply of anecdotes. His free-wheeling arguments shade from law into politics and beyond, as he enters a sweeping condemnation of a litigious society bound up in red tape because of liability fears, takes swipes at the New Deal regulatory state and even throws soup at snooty French waiters. It’s a bit over-stuffed, but Moran’s street-cred, irreverent wit and gift for translating legal arcana into laymen’s terms make for a persuasive brief.

A lively, brash, illuminating insider’s look at the law, by a compelling expert witness.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics, Social Sciences, Government, United States, Legal System, Judicial Branch, Law

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To start or run a business without a business plan is like taking a ship to sea without plotting a course: either one can end in disaster. The APT Principle: The Business Plan That You Carry in Your Head plots your course for a safe and successful voyage. It is a diagnostic toolbox that enables you to conceive, write, and most important, to stick to a business plan. Too many business owners put off writing a plan because they think the process is too complicated. Even those who have written a plan often file it, never to be seen again. This is the phenomenon of business plan avoidance and it leads to the sorry spectacle of an organization that lurches from one crisis to another.

The APT Principle tackles this problem – lack of a plan or ignoring a plan – and inserts into the process the most important missing element: a paperless set of guidelines that you always carry with you – in your head. It is a set of tools that breathes life into your business plan.

Conversational in tone and laced with humor, The APT Principle is written by a businessman and lawyer, who has started and sold successful businesses. APT stands for Attitudes, Practices, and Technology. According to Moran, everything – EVERYTHING – that happens to a business, both good and bad, is a function of one of these three things.

Genre: Business, Money, Management, Leadership, Nonfiction

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Russell F. Moran

Russell F. Moran, or Russ, as he prefers to be called, is the author of 14 novels, with two more to be published over the summer of 2018.

The Gray Ship, Book One of The Time Magnet series, is a story of time travel, alternate history, romance, and a nuclear warship that finds itself in the Civil War.

The Thanksgiving Gang is the sequel, A Time of Fear is Book Three, The Skies of Time is Book Four, and The Keepers of Time is book five.

The Shadows of Terror is Book One of The Patterns series, followed by The Scent of Revenge.

A Reunion in Time is a time travel novel, but not in the Time Magnet series.

The President is Missing, a suspense thriller, was published in May, 2017

Robot Depot, a novel about our automated present and future, was published in October, 2017

A Climate of Doubt, a novel about climate change and terrorism, was published in May, 2018

The Maltese Incident a time travel novel about a cruise ship, was published in June, 2018

Leonardo Murphy, about a 12-year-old boy with a staggeringly high IQ comes out in July, 2018

The Violent Sea, sequel to The Maltese Incident, will be published in September 2018

Moran also published five nonfiction books: Justice in America: How it Works—How it Fails; The APT Principle: The Business Plan That You Carry in Your Head; Boating Basics: The Boattalk Book of Boating Tips; If You’re Injured: A Consumer Guide to Personal Injury Law; How to Create More Time. He’s a lawyer and a veteran of the United States Navy. He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, Lynda, a Golden Retriever named Maggie, and a Shih-Tzu named Sammy.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Long Island, New York? A lot of published authors live on Long Island, and I’ve gotten the chance to meet many of them. Also, Long Island is a rich source for story ideas, many of which have found their way into my books.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? A teacher in high school, my wife, and countless writers that I’ve read.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? 2010 saw my first book, Justice in America, although I spent 25 years as a legal journalist and article writer. I’ve never looked back and have been writing books since then.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes. I have a background in law, the military, and business, and I’ve used these backgrounds in my writing.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? After the manuscript, or sometimes part of the way through, and sometimes after I’ve finished my final manuscript after as many as 25 drafts.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write in two major genres, Science Fiction/Time Travel, and Mystery/Thrillers, including Legal Thrillers. I love these genres because I let the story take me to amazing places.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Praise from readers. Once, at a book signing, a woman bought my first novel, The Gray Ship. She read the first four chapters while having lunch. She came back to the table and bought the next two books. Since than she has bought four more of my books. What a thrill. I had a fan who loves my work.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The Gray Ship a Kirkus Indie Best books of 2013. It also hit number one on Amazon. Because it was my first novel, it took me over a year to write. I discovered the joy of writing fiction, a joy that’s with me every time I sit down at the keyboard.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Read the books – On Writing by Stephen King, and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Then, dispel the notion that there is any such thing as writer’s block. It doesn’t exist unless you convince yourself that it does. When you get stuck, keep on writing. You can (and will) go through many drafts of re-writing.

Who is your favorite author and why? Nelson De Mille. A great story teller with a conversational voice, who knows how to keep the reader glued to his exiting books

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Reading, and sometimes, believe it or not, re-reading some of my earlier books. I also enjoy opera, and I love the fact that you can see it on a movie screen in simulcast.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Don’t give up. Let your current manuscript sit for a while, a week or two, and then get back to it with fresh excitement. Put this note on your wall, or maybe on a posty note on your computer: Writers Block does not Exist.

Gold Prize for 2014 eLit awards for Literary Fiction; Gold Medal – Global eBook awards for fantasy and alternate history; Kirkus Star for a Best Indie Book of 2013; Indie Reader Discovery Award

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The Lost Years Of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 3) by Ronald E. Yates

Where in the world is Billy Battles?

As Book Three of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy begins we know where Billy is. He is in Chicago with his wife, the former Baroness Katharina von Schreiber living a sedate and comfortable life after years of adventure and tragedy. That changes with a single telephone call that yanks Billy and Katharina back into a life of havoc and peril.

Persuaded by a powerful old friend to go undercover for the U.S. government the two find themselves in Mexico during the height of the violent 1910-1920 revolution. There they encounter assorted German spies, Mexican revolutionaries, devious political operatives, and other malefactors. Caught in the middle of the 1914 American invasion of Veracruz, they must find a way out while keeping their real identities secret.

Later on, disaster strikes. It is a tragedy Billy is all too familiar with and one that will send him plummeting into a chasm of despair and agony. Then, Billy vanishes leaving family and friends to wonder what happened to him. Where is he? Is he dead or alive? What provoked his disappearance?

In Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy, those questions are answered, and the mystery behind Billy’s disappearance is ultimately revealed.

Cold Coffee Review: Saying goodbye to an old friend is always hard and that is how I feel as the “Finding Billy Battles Trilogy” comes to a close with book three titled “The Lost Years of Billy Battles”. The fictional Ted Sayles has done a remarkable job reading and producing this trilogy from more than a dozen journals written by his great grandfather Billy Battles. It is the historical significance woven skillfully within the element of fiction that makes this trilogy a must read for history buffs and fans of action and adventure novels.

After years of travel, relationships with foreign governments, wars of American making and wars forced upon us, not to mention the Chinese and Malay pirates; Billy and Katharina finally enjoy a few peaceful years where Billy is an editor for the Chicago Record-Herald and Katharina a successful author. It is inevitable that this serene period wouldn’t last forever. One phone call to go undercover will find them “caught in the middle of the 1914 American invasion of Veracruz”.

Just when danger subsides, I found myself holding my breath when the unthinkable happens. “Katharina wasn’t the one the five men were after. It was me. But when they couldn’t find me, they decided to take Katharina to use as bait. That was the first revelation. Next was who the men were. The man who had dragged Katharina out of the house was Mason Bledsoe, son of Nate Bledsoe, the man I had killed in 1889 on my family’s homestead in Western Kansas. When I heard the name, my knees buckled and my heart raced for a moment.” It was the ransom note that made Billy’s heart sink.

Of all the dangers Billy and Katharina had been exposed to in their life together, how will this one match up? When Billy is nowhere to be found, what reason will be uncovered? How will Billy Battle close the final chapter in his journal? Will Ted Sayles effort to canonize the legacy of his Great Grandfather Billy Battle live on for future generations?

There is no doubt in my mind that Author Ronald E. Yates’ extensive historical research, skilled character development and impeccable story telling has brought the reader to a successful conclusion in this thought provoking trilogy. I invite you to read the entire “Finding Billy Battles Trilogy” as it portrays, as much a glimpse into history, as it does into one man’s life.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Lost Years Of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 3) by Ronald Yates as a final testimony to the life and times of Billy Battle. I purchased this book in Kindle format. This review was completed on June 26, 2018.

Genre: Historical Fiction, French, Action & Adventure

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The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 2) by Ronald E. Yates

Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore.

As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just starting.

The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea.

Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are only beginning.

As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries, and an assortment of vindictive and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? The answers are just ahead.

One Special Book Review: You can’t help but be intrigued and fascinated by the intrepid, larger-than-life protagonist in Ronald Yates’ entertaining and thoughtful second book of his Finding Billy Battles trilogy. This time, you see how Billy’s tumultuous life begins to impact him in middle age as he seeks his next adventures to distract him from past grief and guilt. Yates has an effective way of revealing interesting details of exotic places during historic periods–this time primarily in the Orient of the late 19th and early 20th centuries–while weaving in a fascinating tale of a man in perpetual motion. One can’t help but find interesting parallels at Yates’ deft hand between Billy’s unrest and that of French Indochina and the Philippines during a time of conflict and pushback over European colonization. Ray Elliott, Author of, With the Silent Knowledge, Iwo Blasted Again, and Wild Hands Toward the Sky

Awards:
Three Pulitzer Prize nominations by the Chicago Tribune
The Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists
The Inter-American Press Association Tom Wallace Award for coverage of South America
Three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting.

Genre: historical fiction, action and adventure

Cold Coffee Review: The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles is the sequel to Finding Billy Battles. I jumped right into this book without reading the first in this trilogy and found it to be a compelling story based on fact and expanded by narrative fiction.

Ted Sayles who is the great-grandson of Billy Battles inherits Billy’s journals and while writing this trilogy he stays very true to the language of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. While this book opens in 1894 with William (Billy) Battles heading for the Orient aboard the SS China it covers his time in the Far East, Latin America, and Europe.

It is aboard the SS China that Billy meets German Baroness Katharina von Schreiber. She is gorgeous and regal, far out of reach of a Kansas scribbler (journalist). Since you have probably read the book’s description I wrestle with what to share with you from this amazing story and journey that Billy Battles is about to embark on. So I have decided to quote this passage to whet your appetite. I quote:

“Katharina’s cabin was a bit larger than mine was, and like mine, its walls were covered with dark mahogany panels. In addition to the two overstuffed chairs and writing table, she also had a small dining table. That is where we settled, she on one side and me on the other.

“I’m sorry, I have nothing to offer you to drink.” Then she paused, stood up, and walked to her wardrobe where she produced a tear-shaped bottle of Glenglassaugh single malt Scotch whiskey and two heavy cut crystal glasses. “Except for this.”

She returned and placed the glasses on the table in front of us. “May I?” she asked, and then uncorking the bottle, she poured two fingers in each glass. “This was my late husband’s favorite.”

I shuddered imperceptibly at that remark but pulled the glass toward me anyway. Images of Katharina pushing Baron von Schreiber over a cliff or poisoning him with arsenic-laced Wiener schnitzel flooded my mind.

I forced those macabre thoughts out of my mind by focusing on the rich amber hue of the whiskey as I uneasily swirled the glass around and around in front of me.

What was I doing? I found myself thinking. Why was I in Katharina Schreiber’s cabin about to drink expensive single malt Scotch whiskey with a woman who had just admitted she had killed, but not murdered, her husband?”

Murder, mystery, intrigue, people, places and events that were intended to divert Billy’s attention from his past soon gets him embroiled in Katharina’s past, with the German government, not to mention Chinese and Malay pirates. Later on he finds himself perhaps the first American to be involved in the Anti-French insurgency in Indochina which will later be called Vietnam and involve America. War will not end there as he is forced into the Spanish-American War while in the Philippines.

Just as life takes many unexpected turns for Billy Battles so will your desire to keep turning the pages of this book to find out what is it about Billy Battles that causes him to try to escape his past, endure his new reality and find measured peace as he heads into the twilight of his life.

I invite you to read The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles as it is a journey worth your time. Be sure to read Finding Billy Battles (book one in this trilogy) while waiting for the author to write the final book in this amazing trilogy.

Author Ronald E. Yates life experience as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America gives him the authority with which he writes. It is important to point out he won “three Pulitzer Prize nominations and several other awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; The Inter-American Press Association Award for coverage of South America; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting. He is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, California.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Trilogy Book Two) by Ronald E. Yates. Ronald E. Yates is the author of the Finding Billy Battles (book one in this trilogy) and The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey Through Japan as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a global Economy. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 17, 2016.

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Finding Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 1) by Ronald E. Yates

When a great-grandson inherits two aging trunks and a stack of meticulously detailed journals penned by his great-grandfather, he sets out to fulfill his great-grandfather’s last request: to tell the story of an incredible life replete with adventure, violence, and tragedy. The great-grandfather’s name is Billy Battles–a man often trapped and overwhelmed by circumstances beyond his control.

For much of his 100-year-long life Billy is a man missing and largely unknown to his descendants. His great-grandson is about to change that. As he works his way through the aging journals and the other possessions he finds in the battered trunks he uncovers the truth about his mysterious great-grandfather–a man whose deeds and misdeeds propelled him on an extraordinary and perilous journey from the untamed American West to the inscrutable Far East, Latin America and Europe.

As he flips through the pages of the handwritten journals he learns of Billy’s surprising connections to the Spanish-American War, French Indochina, and revolutions in Mexico and other Latin American countries. But most of all he learns that in finding Billy Battles he has also found a long lost and astonishing link to the past.

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Most of my relatives are normal, boring people. They have interesting anecdotes and some cool experiences, but overall there is nothing that will make me sit back and listen to them for hours on end. Billy Battles is nothing like these people.

Apparently taken partially from a real-life person, this tale is told through the great grandson of Billy Battles reading through the personal journals of his life as a young man, exploring the world and discovering himself.

Having studied history, the research involved in this book is striking and very thorough. The language, the details, the people and cultures, are very true to life, and I have to take my hat off to Ronald Yates. Yet the book doesn’t just rest on being factual. Through the journals, I got a very close look at Billy, and the people he met, which humanized several actual historical characters, without taking any undue liberties to make them fit a certain mold.

I read this book in a day and half the night, and I don’t regret the lost sleep.

Reviewed by Dan Clarke

Genre: historical fiction, action and adventure

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The Kikkoman Chronicles by Ronald E. Yates

Combining ancient craftsmanship with modern technology and marketing innovations, Japan’s Kikkoman Corporation has quietly become a $2 billion market leader. This book tells the fascinating story of how

Kikkoman changed the course of international marketing, shrewdly adapting to 20th-century realities while never turning its back on centuries of tradition.

Genre: Business, Marketing,

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ronald E. Yates

Ronald E. Yates is an award-winning author of historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans around the world who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction.

Ron is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media.

His award-winning book, “The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles,” is the second in his Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels and was published in June 2016. The first book in the trilogy, “Finding Billy Battles,” was published in 2014. His latest book is entitled The Lost Years of Billy Battles. It is book #3 of the trilogy and will be released in May 2018.

Ron has been a presenting author at the Kansas Book Festival and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, among other venues. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard the Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.

Before leaving the world of professional journalism where he toiled 27 years, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America where he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other places.

His work as a war correspondent resulted in several awards, including the Inter-American Press Association’s Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; three Edward Scott Beck Awards for International Reporting, and three Pulitzer nominations.

Ron is a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Army Security Agency.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Kansas? I grew up in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas. I set the first book of my Finding Billy Battles trilogy in Kansas—a state steeped in old west history, where the “buffalo roam and the sky is not cloudy all day.”

What or who inspired you to become a writer? When I was in the fifth or sixth grade I had a teacher (Mrs. Gooch) who encouraged me to write. She insisted I had the gift of the storyteller. My mother also bought me books and took me often to the library–a place that I found magical and magnetic. She often read to me and I could “see” the story unfolding before me. When I could read myself, I began to devour everything I could get my hands on. Reading took me places I could not, as a boy, otherwise go. As I used to tell my journalism students at the University of Illinois, if you want to write well, read well.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I certainly used my upbringing on a Kansas farm to my advantage in Book 1 of my trilogy. I used to listen to my relatives talk—they used some wonderful Kansas vernacular that I have incorporated in my books. I also have used the Kansas terrain and environment in Book 1.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Of course, as a journalist, I wrote thousands of stories from all over the world and reached an audience of millions. I wrote magazine stories, editorials, opinion pieces and news stories. So, I guess that means I was published some 30 years ago. I did a corporate profile of the Japanese company, Kikkoman in 1998. That book (The Kikkoman Chronicles) was published by McGraw-Hill. I also wrote three journalism textbooks in the late 1990s and early 2000s. My trilogy of novels (Finding Billy Battles) had been bubbling up inside me since the late 1990s. When I left the University of Illinois and moved to southern California I suddenly had time to devote to putting the trilogy together.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Writing, whether fiction or non-fiction is storytelling. I love telling stories. The difference with fiction is that I am not limited only by facts. I can take the story and my characters anywhere I want to and in so doing, I can take readers with me on those journeys. However, the books in this series rely heavily on real events and are, therefore, meticulously researched.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I have enjoyed meeting readers at book festivals and fairs and talking to them about writing, a subject I taught at the University of Illinois. Reaching a broad array of readers, connecting with other published authors, and listening to people comment and critique my work has been very rewarding also. As a writer you should never stop listening or learning.

How many published books do you have? Currently, I have eight published books, three of which are journalism textbooks, two are fiction and one is non-fiction. I also have published a book of my translated newspaper and magazine columns in Japan.

Please list the titles of all your books:
Finding Billy Battles: An Account of Peril, Transgression and Redemption
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 2)
The Lost Years Of Billy Battles (Finding Billy Battles Trilogy Book 1)
The Kikkoman Chronicles
The Reporter’s Handbook
International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents
Business & Financial Reporting in a Global Economy
Aboard the Tokyo Express (a collection of columns translated into Japanese)

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? In almost every case, the titles simmer and stew while I am writing the book. Then, when I am almost finished, I usually “see” the title.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? The books of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy belong to a couple of genres. The most dominant one is probably historical fiction, but both contain action and adventure. I love recreating the past for my readers—either through descriptive scenes or via language. The trilogy begins in the 19th century when our language, the vernacular, and expressions used were quite different from the English we use today. Being true to the language of the time is just as important in creating an authentic setting of a book or story as the architecture, technology or modes of transportation. Taking your readers on a journey to the past with your characters is one of the great joys of storytelling.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? Because my second book is part of a trilogy, I would have to say I got the idea for this story a long time ago when I was interviewing a 98-year-old Spanish-American War veteran on the veranda of the Wadsworth Old Soldiers home in Leavenworth, Kansas. I was a summer intern from the University of Kansas working for the Kansas City Star and I was given the assignment to talk to this man. He regaled me with some of the most amazing stories I had ever heard about his time in the Philippines as part of the 20th Kansas Volunteer infantry. I never forgot that interview and, if you read Book 1 of the trilogy, you can see how I used that experience to get my trilogy started.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Try to write as much as you can from your own experiences. They are real and uncontrived and if you incorporate those experiences in your fiction, your work will have a truthful ring to it. Beyond that, KEEP AT IT! Don’t let anybody (editors, agents, etc.) discourage you. At the same time, be willing to accept constructive criticism from those who have experience as authors, editors, agents, etc. Notice I said CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Some people criticize just to be criticizing–or to be malicious. You must believe in yourself, your work, your vision, and your story. If you don’t, who will?

Who is your favorite author and why? It is really difficult to point to just one favorite author. As a journalist, I really liked Hemingway. I also really enjoyed Evelyn Waugh. So those two are at the top, as is John Steinbeck, Mark Twain.

Additional Q and A’s provided by Ron Yates:

What do you think makes a good story? A good story needs a strong plot and even stronger characters. Otherwise, it falls flat. The writer needs to be above all, a good storyteller. If you build a good story, THEY WILL COME, to paraphrase “Field of Dreams.” Make readers care about your protagonist. Make readers empathize, cry, and laugh with them. At the same time, keep them off balance. Don’t be predictable and don’t be afraid to do terrible things to your favorite characters. Have you ever known anybody who has sailed through life without some turmoil, some pain, some suffering? I haven’t.

If your book became a movie, who would be your first choice to play the lead roles? Clint Eastwood as the elderly Billy Battles; Clive Owen as the middle-aged Billy Battles and Ashton Kutcher as the young Billy Battles. I would pick Saffron Burrows for Billy’s first love, Mallie McNab and Famke Janssen for the widow Katharina Schreiber who Billy meets on the boat to the Far East. (Why these choices? These folks are all tall, like me. Billy is 6’3″ and Mallie is about 5’10,” as is the statuesque widow Schreiber).

Do any of your characters have qualities/characteristics that are similar to yourself? I think Billy Battles and I are a lot alike. I mean, aren’t most novels a bit autobiographical? He is a restless sort. He enjoys traveling, going to new places and experiencing new things. Like Billy, I couldn’t wait to get away from Kansas (though I love the place dearly). And, like Billy, I am a happy wanderer. How else could I have survived and thrived as a foreign correspondent for 25 years? We are both journalists. At the same time, he is a dependable guy who is loyal to his friends and to those he chooses to keep close to him. Above all, Billy respects two traits in people: Honesty and Kindness. We are alike in that way.

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula? I write from the seat of my pants. I don’t outline my books and I don’t write down plot scenarios. I just start writing and see where the story and my characters lead me. It’s a lot like life itself. We may have a goal in mind, but the route to it is often strewn with obstacles, surprises, and sometimes tragedy. I usually write 3,000 or 4,000 words a day and I edit as I go. In other words, I may write a few paragraphs and then rewrite them within a few minutes of creating them. I don’t really write what I would call a “First Draft.” When I finish writing a book it is finished. I may go back and make a few tweaks with the plot here and there or alter a little dialogue or some action by a character, but there is no second or third draft.

I know some authors who will write a first draft and put it away for weeks or months and then go back and look at it with fresh eyes. Alternatively, they may send it out to professional “beta readers” or “critiquers.” Those strategies may work for some people. They don’t work for me. I guess it’s my journalistic training: see it, report it, organize it, write it and then move on to the next story.

If your publisher offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? Back to Vietnam, Cambodia and The Philippines–three countries I worked in as correspondent in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and three countries where Billy Battles is going to wind up living during the 1890s. While I know a lot about those places, having lived and worked in them, I would love to dig deeper into their colonial periods and learn more about life during that era.

Is being a writer a curse or a gift? It is a wonderful gift if you allow the process to come to you and don’t force it. However, don’t let anybody tell you it is not damned hard work. It is. The joy of writing for me is telling a good story. I don’t care about imparting a “message.” Nor do I care about creating any hidden “meanings” that some literature professor will hold forth about in a writing class when I am no longer around to rebut him/her. I just want to tell a good story. That, to me, is the ultimate goal of writing.

The curse is that writing can take over your life, isolate you from family and friends, and turn you into a kind of sophistic recluse if you are not careful. Writers need to take breaks from working. If they don’t I believe they run the risk of becoming stale, self-absorbed, and misanthropic.

What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? When I was a working journalist for the Chicago Tribune and then a Dean and Professor of journalism at the University of Illinois, I could never find large enough blocks of time to write consistently. Writing requires HUGE amounts of time and long periods of seclusion–things most of us don’t have. Therefore, time to write was always my greatest challenge. Now that I am no longer administering a college, teaching or working full-time as a journalist I am blessed to have a lot more time to write than I ever thought I would have.

When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started the first book in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy in 2010, but I wasn’t consistent in working on it. I really buckled down in the spring of 2013 and probably wrote 60% of it in about five months. I started Book #2 in the trilogy in December 2014 and finished in May 2016.

What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? I think Billy Battles and I would be good friends. We are both journalists and we both like going to new places and experiencing new challenges. In addition, we both enjoy a good cold beer after a long hard day.

How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I am still learning how to use the vast universe of social media to market my book. In addition to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, of course, my book is on Goodreads, Smashwords, Google Books, Createspace, NetGalley, Independent Book Publishers Association, as well as the Historical Novel Society, my blog, my author page on Facebook and http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/

What has been the toughest criticism of your book so far? Most of the critical comments have been minor. A few people found the 19th Century Kansas vernacular my characters use in Book #1 an annoyance. Book #2 has very little of that because Billy Battles is now in Asia and Europe. A handful of people said they didn’t like the fact that the book is part of a trilogy because now they have to wait for Book #2. I like THAT kind of criticism.

What has been the best compliment? There have been several, but I will list just four here. You can find these and other reviews on the book’s Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KHDVZI/-/e/B00KQAYMA8/

“This is easily the best work of fiction I have read in some time.”

“There is something about this book that is almost impossible to explain, but it takes it from being a *good* book to a GREAT one.”

“Move over Elmore Leonard and Pete Dexter–there’s a new deputy sheriff in town.”

“Ever have a book that takes over your days and nights – that’s what Finding Billy Battles did for me.”

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? That’s tricky. I call my work “Faction,” because it is both fact and fiction. Some of the events in the book–especially those dealing with real people, did happen. Was my character directly involved in them? No. However, members of my family were native Kansans and some of the experiences I write about did happen. Of course, I have woven some of my own experiences into the story line also.

What was the scariest moment of your life? There have been several. One was during the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. The last day was chaos incarnate. Russian made 122mm rockets were slamming into buildings, 130mm mortars were hitting Tan Son Nhut airport, and the U.S. Embassy was surrounded by frantic South Vietnamese desperate to get out of the country because they had worked for the American military or some U.S. agency. The city was in full panic mode. Several of us made our way to the sprawling Defense Attaché Office building at Tan Son Nhut and we were finally evacuated by a U.S. Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter. It was a relief until the door gunner told me later aboard the U.S.S. Okinawa that the pilot apparently had to drop a flare to misdirect a SAM-7 (surface to air missile).

Another was during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre when several Chinese students and I were pinned down near the square for 30 minutes or so by Chinese soldiers shooting in our direction. Several students near me were wounded and we were helping them get to a doctor’s house nearby so he could treat them. I was convinced I was going to wind up dead in the square. Then suddenly the shooting stopped and I was able to get my Red and White bicycle that I had chained to a lamppost and peddle like crazy for the Jinhua Hotel where I was staying and from where I was filing my stories to the Tribune.

Yet another memorable moment was during the revolution in El Salvador when two German correspondents and I were stopped in our car near the town of Suchitoto by Communist guerillas. They put cloth bags put over our heads and forced us to kneel alongside the road. We were sure we were going to be executed. However, suddenly the “jefe” (leader) showed up and set us free. “Don’t kill journalists–unless they are armed,” he yelled at his troops. I was greatly relieved that I had left the Model 1911 Colt.45 pistol I had purchased a few days earlier back in the hotel in San Salvador. I believe it is still there.

Ahhh yes, the life of a foreign correspondent…never a dull moment. Nevertheless, I still believe I had the best job in the world and I wouldn’t trade my career for anything.

What books have most influenced your life? Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh; The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck; The Quiet American, Graham Greene; The Jewel in the Crown, Paul Scott; Kim, Rudyard Kipling; Huckleberry Finn, Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain); A Passage to India, E.M. Forster; Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser; The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer.

What do you do to unwind and relax? What else? I read. I find reading a good book helps me escape from my own writing, which I need to do on occasion.

What is your favorite line from a book? I have a couple and they are both from Evelyn Waugh: “Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole.” It is a line from Waugh’s book Scoop written by nature writer William Boot for the London Daily Beast just before he is mistaken for a famous foreign correspondent and sent off to the fictional African country of Ishmaelia to cover a war.

AND from Waugh’s book, Vile Bodies comes this great line: “I know very few young people, but it seems to me that they are all possessed with an almost fatal hunger for permanence.”

If it were mandatory for everyone to read three books, what books would you suggest? Huckleberry Finn; Grapes of Wrath; Sister Carrie. Not only are these classics, they are wonderful stories about the human spirit, its resiliency and strength, and its deficiencies and weaknesses.

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Karen Vaughan

Natalie Fisher committed suicide after an author stole her work and published it as her own.

Two years later, her best friend Terri is found dead in her hotel room.

Are the two deaths connected?

Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons are on the case to trap a ruthless author trying to get away with murder!

Cold Coffee Review: Whether you have been following the Laura & Gerry Mystery series, or you are jumping into book seven in the series like myself, you will enjoy the read.

Sit back in your favorite beach chair, relax with lemonade in hand, and follow Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons as they try to unravel the mystery of why Terri Carter is the second author to die. Best not to drink wine and eat dark chocolate while reading this very active, short, easy to read, suspenseful mystery. Keep reading and you will learn why….

Chapter one opens in November 2015 with Natalie Fisher frantically searching for her flash drive which holds her finished manuscript. If data has ever gone missing on your PC, you can relate to her dilemma. For an author who has just invested their life into a manuscript, traumatic is an understatement. This is the beginning of more than one mystery that will keep you turning the page. Question remains, is theft of a manuscript worth committing suicide over?

With a full cast of well-developed characters that could live in a home town near you, each with their part to play in this believable story line that could end up on the TV show ID Discovery. Laura’s eccentric neighbor Myrna might hold an important key in the case. Human emotions run deep surrounding envy, thief, suicide, sabotage, revenge and possible plausible deniability.

I invite you to join Detective Gibbons at the Convention Centre for the Writers’ Symposium. He is there to talk to the authors and follow through on some alibis. This will be a challenge as the authors are still in shock over “Such a brilliant candle in the literary world snuffed way too soon!”

I, Theodocia Mclean, endorse Dead To Writes (Laura & Gerry Mystery Book 7) by Karen Vaughan. I invite you the pick up the whole Laura & Gerry Mystery series for you reading enjoyment. I purchased this book in Kindle. This review was completed on June 23, 2018.

Genre: Mystery Thriller, Suspense

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Things are really starting to heat up in the Fitz family.

Gerry’s cousin and best buddy is left for dead after a beating.

When the thugs responsible find out he didn’t die, the game is on to keep Pete safe until he has to testify.

After finding a body on a mountain trail in cottage country Laura helps a local police officer solve the crime while waiting for the birth of her first baby.

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After Graduating from the Crime scene investigator course, Laura and Gerry escape for some quality time in Jamaica.

As usual, things are not going according to Hoyle for Cookie the corpse magnet as another murder takes place.

The victim was obnoxious and not widely admired by his fellow vacationers but what did Donovan Mitchell do to deserve death?

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Laura and Gerry are at it again:

They’re trying to stay ahead of a swinging killer with a deadly aim.

Laura also does battle with a bitchy tenant and a lecherous school janitor.

When a body falls out of the sky and lands in a dumpster the case adds up to murder.

Genre: Mystery Thriller, Suspense

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The honeymoon of Laura and Gerry Fitz is off to a fast-paced yet deadly start when they arrive in Florida.

There is a maniac behind the wheel who needs to win at all costs.

When he wins, life is great but when he loses he is Driven To Kill!

The first victim off the starting line is Laura’s ex-husband Lou, and she is taking it personally.

Mix in a creepy cop and some unexpected surprises and you have a race for your life.

Who will win and who will wipe out?…

Genre: Mystery Thriller, Suspense

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Watch her try and hold onto her 84-year-old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……Murder!!

Laura, Gerry and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting themselves knocked off in the process!…

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Laura Hamilton, wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment.

It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead.

As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood.

Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.

Genre: Mystery Thriller, Suspense

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Stand-up comic Dave Feener has a great rapport with his audience, so when his body is found maliciously stabbed a short distance away from The Laff Attak where he’s just performed, there seems to be no real motive for the brutal murder.

A serial killer who does not think local comics are funny has just begun his rampage.

Constables Mike Borneo and Lissa Cassway along with detective Vince Vetters are racing to find the killer before he claims another victim.

Was Feener just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Left with his wedding ring and his wallet, Feener’s body isn’t even cold when the killer strikes again-this time stabbing Phil Vetters, a comic known for his redneck shtick and the brother of detective Vince Vetters.

Just as Vince vows revenge, the killer makes a fateful mistake when he stabs another comic and does not ensure his victim is dead before he leaves the crime scene.

The killer is a sicko, but not an idiot. He’s right under everyone’s noses and the anticipation of a righteous kill is all just part of the fun.

Only time will tell if the killer will have the last laugh.

Genre: Mystery Thriller, Suspense,

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On a cold November night, a man is dead and his sister is looking for answers.

Jeff Gibbons is on the scene to get the answers Rhonnie needs.

Get ready for a wild ride and some romance.

Genre: Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedurals

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Nigel Holmes is a British Police Officer sent to Toronto after a witness was brutally murdered on his watch.

Kristen Sherlock is a Detective who was framed for drug possession and is being harassed by a dirty cop bent on ruining her.

Nigel is politically incorrect and swears like a trucker.

Kristen is a by-the-book Police Officer.

Can they work together without driving each other nuts before her stalker hurts Kristen?

Nigel, Kristen and her former partner, Craig, work to bring the stalker down.

Genre: Humor, Satire, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Karen Vaughan

Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ who has plenty of catitude!

Karen started her literary journey in 2005 when she was home on sick leave and was tired of staring at the four walls or twiddling her thumbs. An idea for what would become “Dead On Arrival” popped in to her head and the feisty 30 something character Laura wouldn’t leave her alone til her story was written. Laura took a break from pestering the poor author so she could write a free-standing novel “Dead Comic Standing, Soon Laura was on the campaign to get Karen back to what would become the Laura and Gerry series. It now has 7 books, the latest being “Dead To Writes”.

Karen is the proud mom of one, step-mom of 4 grown kids, and 2 grandchildren. While not writing her fingers to the bone she hosts “Writer’s Round Table’ and an online radio show the second Tuesday of each month. She is also a partner with Viv Drewa in “Owl & Puzzycat Promotions” promoting independent authors. Karen is also a stand-up comedian who does her routine for local talent nights. She also loves reading, crafts and drawing.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from (Peterborough, Ontario)? I live in Peterborough and I love my city and there is quite the community of local writers here. My “NaNoWriMo” group started a critique group that meets during the month of November and September -May.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My mom has always supported anything artistic and loves the poetry I wrote when I was younger. She was a constructive critiquer of my stories and encouraged my hobby. Unfortunately, she passed on before my first book was finished.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Not really but I do write about everyday people –middle class. I have featured some 1% ers as characters in my books but not as main characters.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I have always written stories or poetry since childhood mainly to entertain myself. It was just and still is a hobby and I wanted to publish a book as a bucket list item.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? I think meeting so many like-minded people who are supportive of each other. It’s never a competition with my online writing friends. I have learned a lot about writing and publishing and have gotten to know what to avoid and what things to pursue.

How many published books do you have? Ten

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I mostly write mysteries as I was always reading them. Most of them are comedic. I have also dabbled in romantic suspense but none of those are published yet.

What do you like to do when you are not writing? I am a voracious reader but I also love to draw and do needle point.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Do not let anyone discourage you from following your passion. Also, reviews are nice but it’s ultimately what you think of your work that’s most important

Who is your favorite author and why? I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich because her characters are relatable. Stephanie is quirky and a real person with issues and phobias.

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Clayton Graham

When interstellar war threatens, three strangers must band together to save their world …

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 apart.

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!

Buy Saving Paludis to protect the universe today!

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.

Human invaders 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.

‘Saving Paludis’ 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 secret!

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!

Cold Coffee 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.

With believable 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.

Strangely, she’d 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.

She stopped 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 the house.”

I 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.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse “Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham as a suspenseful, full length, Science Fiction novel. I purchased this book from Kindle on June 8, 2018 and this review was completed on June 13, 2018.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Colonization, First Contact

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A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:

Mystery, murder 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.

From the 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!

Cold Coffee 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 unexpected.

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.

I suspect, 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, Theodocia McLean, 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.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, First Contact, Alien Invasion

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It is Australia in 2179.

On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.

Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.

What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.

All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …

Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.

How It Came to Be: Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So, I decided to oblige them.

The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).

The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?

Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It’s a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course, we are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.

In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.

Writing Milijun was a labour of love. It was not easy, but neither was it hard. Science Fiction is a love of mine, has been since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. We didn’t have much, but we had enough.

Milijun my debut novel, and for me the realization of a dream.

Cold Coffee Book 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 next move.”

I 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.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorses Milijun a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Clayton Graham

 

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.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia? As an aerospace engineer I have worked in the UK, USA and Australia and been lucky enough to visit France, Germany, and Indonesia through the auspices of work. We finally settled in Melbourne, Australia [I was thirty-nine years old] and eventually retired on the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is where my family is, and where we relax among the beaches and wineries. It is pleasant, not too crowded outside the holiday seasons, and well looked after by its residents.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have written since my early twenties, on and off, and always loved science fiction. The works of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham enthralled me. They were an escape from the backstreets of Stockport, UK, where I grew up.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I’m from a ‘working class’ family in the UK. Cobbled streets, fish and chips, bread and dripping, after World War 2. Reading was no doubt an escape into different worlds. Not sure if it was an advantage but I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Hard to say exactly, but probably around ten years ago when retirement was approaching.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? That’s an easy one. Just self-publishing my first novel ‘Milijun’. I am now in the process of repeating that experience with additional works.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Considering how difficult it is for a self-publishing author to get reviews – just getting decent reviews and positive comments from readers. I hope it continues.

How many published books do you have? Three, as ‘Saving Paludis’ has just been released.

Please list the titles of all your books: ‘Milijun’, ‘Silently in the Night’ and ‘Saving Paludis’.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Around half way through. I usually have three or four alternatives before I finally decide – I like to get feedback from readers, too.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My genre is primarily Science Fiction, though not the really hard Star Wars type. I love writing about different worlds and how people would live and interact within them. It’s an escape, but it’s also an infinite universe, so anything is possible.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? ‘Milijun’ started as a short story. That short story is published in Silently In The Night. From there several short stories ensued, some science fiction, some mystery, some paranormal and even a bit of romance. I find that the characters in the book control the story, where it goes, what happens, how it ends.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write what you want, when you want. It doesn’t matter if you never use it. Always keep it.

Who is your favorite author and why? Dean Koontz. A master at making the paranormal believable.

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Ann Crawford

Life In The Hollywood Lane – by Ann Crawford

Quirky, heart-opening, funny, poignant, up, down, and everywhere in between–that’s life and that’s Life In The Hollywood Lane.

Trish, an LA actor, is bereft with guilt after her best friend commits suicide. Glamorous yet tough-as-nails Hollywood is Trish’s backdrop and a reflection of her life as she stumbles on through an actor’s life of casting calls and premieres, rejection and acceptance. Slowly Trish releases the idea of how her life should be and embraces the messy, flawed, yet stunningly beautiful truth of how it is. Trish’s humorous resilience and acceptance lead to transformation, surrender, and ultimately love. Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism for life and love shine through in this inspiring story that reminds us all that no matter what the question, love is always the answer.

Life In The Hollywood Lane is chockablock with LOL and aha moments. Also, know any folks who’ve been chasing a long-held dream? Do them a favor and gift them this book!

Cold Coffee Review: “Life In The Hollywood Lane” is a woman’s fictional (chick-lit) where the story-line depicts the journey of a young woman who goes to Hollywood to make it big. As someone who has never even visited Hollywood, I found this story very interesting, heartwarming, funny, and sad as a friendship ends with a tragedy.

Many young girls feel like Trish (main character) as they compare themselves to others and think of themselves as the ugly duckling. Most young girls would give an eye tooth for Trish’s beautiful curly red hair and warm glow of freckles. Not Trish. When Trish left her Wisconsin hometown, she left behind the good, the bad, and even her loss.

Striking out on her own, Trish soon met Cyndi at an audition and the two became the best of friends. Trish saw Cyndi as the beauty she longed to be. Trish didn’t realize that underneath the beauty comes same life experiences, situations and emotions, as both girls chase their own Hollywood dreams.

Author Ann Crawford writes this unique story, while educating her readers on “Life In Hollywood Lane.” As I read, I believed that Ann was writing from some of her own life experience. Ann Crawford is an award-wining documentary filmmaker. She has traveled the globe and I can see these experiences woven ever so slightly into the story.

I love Trish’s story and Ann’s writing style. I believe each reader will come away with something of their own. For example, I never thought about the color orange as a universal color. Let me quote the main character Trish (LA Actress) from the chapter titled “Fifty Shades of Orange.”

“October is always orange. No matter where I am in the world—at least in the Northern Hemisphere—October comes in orange. Wisconsin is a pumpkin orange. Bordeaux, France, is a soft orange. Northern California is a gentle orange. Florida is a bold orange. Russia, China, Japan—they’re all their own oranges. How did I get lucky enough to travel to so many places? Well, without much makeup and with brown or blonde hair color, I can look a whole range of oddball characters, from a crack addict to a hillbilly to a psych-ward patient to a prostitute. So, I actually get a lot of work as unknown, unmemorable characters. I’m the loud, ugly, angry woman in the crowd behind a lynching (ugh!) or a burning at the stake (ugh!). It’s a good thing I can look so unmemorable because I can keep getting roles like this.”

It seems to me that going to Hollywood is much like playing a lottery. You might win big, you might win here and there, or you might lose, but you will learn something from the experience.

If you enjoy stories where girls reach for the stars, overcome life’s situations and excel beyond their imagination, this book is a good fit for you. What were your dreams in your youth, or what are your dreams today? Are you willing to strike out on your own like Trish, to broaden your horizon?

I, Theodocia McLean endorse “Life In Hollywood Lane” by Ann Crawford as a story filled with optimism, inspiration, and coming full circle to end with love. I purchased this book from Kindle on June 4, 2018.  This review was completed on June 6, 2018.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Humor, Satire, Friendship

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Spellweaver – by Ann Crawford

 

Delve into the mystical, magical world of Catriona, an ordinary woman who chose to be extraordinary. She dared to live a radiant life as a healer in sixteenth-century Scotland, a time ravaged by fear. A Wiccan gifted with the ability to awaken the hearts of those still sleeping, she is known as the Spellweaver. “Mesmerizing!” — Amazon review.

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Occult, Metaphysical, Visionary

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Visioning: Creating The Life Of Our Dreams and A World That Works For Us All – by Ann Crawford

“[Visioning] speaks to our hearts, mind, and spirit with a delightful, lyrical, and wise guidance to help us shift from the separated to the divine self that we really are.” ~Barbara Marx Hubbard.

We can create the life of our wildest dreams, a life that serves ourselves and humanity, the life we were born to live. Do you have a great dream but it never gets beyond the dreaming stage? Are you being called to do great work but are frustrated that it’s not happening? Visioning shows you that yes, it’s really true – you are being called to fulfill yourself and better the world at the same time. And you can. By mastering the art of visioning, you can live your dreams.

LEARN: How to use the power of the Law to create what you want; the five steps of affirmative prayer; the six steps of visioning; how to strengthen your commitment to your vision; how to set your intention; how to create sacred covenants. Our soul yearns for expression. It’s time to soar.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Success

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Mary’s Message: The Story Of Mary Magdalene and Yeshua ben Yosef – by Ann Crawford

“My name is Mary. I come from Magdala. Well, actually, I come from a lot more than Magdala, but the time I walked on Earth, the time you heard about, I was born in Magdala. I come from a much greater place than that, however, and so do you.” Travel through the ages and hear reflections on love, life, and one of the greatest stories of all time from one of the most amazing women of all time. Mary Magdalene offers us insight into her life with Yeshua (Jesus) and gives her perspective on the events that occurred then and on up to our present day. Mary and Yeshua were very special, as we all are very special. They were very awake beings – very aware of the connection of all life and the divinity within…but these attributes are available to us all. Through the lyrical, poetic, passionate, sometimes funny, always heart-centered unfolding of her story, Mary reminds us how to access these qualities to create a beautiful life for each one of us and all of us…the life she and Yeshua lived.

Genre: Fiction, Metaphysical, Visionary

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Angels On Overtime – by Ann Crawford

A fun, clever romantic comedy that delivers as many “aha’s” as it does laughs, goes as deep as it goes high. As a spiritual newcomer or sage master, you’ll find yourself laughing your way to love and enlightenment.

What if life isn’t as random as you might think? What if there’s a reason for …. well …. everything? And just when you think you know what’s going on, you find out that there’s way more to the story. Waaaaaaaay more. These wild and wonderful angels and their even more wild and wonderful humans can help you awaken, see the big picture, and live from your higher consciousness.

ANGELS is based on New Thought, metaphysics, and the law of attraction as well as on the work of such teachers as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Jean Houston, Ernest Holmes, Neale Donald Walsch, Jim Self, and Rhonda Byrne (THE SECRET).

“Bluntly put, this is the funniest, most enjoyable, and most delightfully irreverent spiritual novel I’ve ever read. I couldn’t stop laughing….” ~Mark Waldman, neuroscientist.

“I LOVE THIS BOOK. Such a quick, fun read — you won’t even realize you’ve been enlightened!” ~Diane Bishop, Editor, SCIENCE OF MIND Magazine

Genre:  Fiction, Metaphysical, Visionary

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ann Crawford

Ann Crawford believes in love at first sight, that good always prevails, and that we’re here for those wild wonderful way-out-there visions of ours to come alive.

Ann has lived “oh, all over,” and right now there’s a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window. When she’s not circumnavigating the globe (65 countries and counting, plus all 50 states), communing with sea critters on the ocean floor (in her scuba gear), or climbing every mountain (on the back of her husband’s motorcycle), or flying planes (at least as a student pilot for now), you can find her writing.

Ann is the author of the newly released romcom/chick lit LIFE IN THE HOLLYWOOD LANE, mystical SPELLWEAVER about a woman during the witch hunts in Scotland in 1597, the hilarious ANGELS ON OVERTIME, the deep MARY’S MESSAGE (about Mary Magdalene), and reach-for-the-stars VISIONING. Ann’s life-affirming books weave tales of love and intrigue that take readers on mystical journeys. Her characters live radiant lives touched by magic, an ability Ann believes we all have.

Ann is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her first movie was about a group of vets returning to Viet Nam to perform humanitarian work, give something back to the people, return to their Areas of Operation, and heal their wounds of war. Her second movie involved traveling around the world and interviewing people from all walks of life—heads of state, street kids, academics, artists…. the folks of this world—on how they envisioned creating world peace. The website for this movie won numerous awards. Ann is also an award-winning humanitarian.

Ann would be delighted to speak or do a book reading for your group or book club. Please contact her through her website, http://www.anncrawford.net

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from (Colorado, USA)? I have lived from one ocean white with foam, to the other ocean white with foam, to the prairie, and now to the mountain…. a little backwards from the song, but it’s certainly been an interesting journey. In between I’ve traveled through 65+ countries and counting, as well as all 50 states. I consider myself a writer of the world, and I’m so proud to be that. I bring all the amazing, beautiful people I’ve met and all the amazing, beautiful places I’ve been into my storytelling.

On top of that, I’m just plain proud to be a writer! I love taking ideas and thoughts and creating full stories that never existed before. My characters take on lives of their own and give me hits of inspiration in the shower, in the car (it can get very crowded in both places, LOL).

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My mom was very sick during my childhood, but she would read to me as often as she felt up to it. Those were extremely special, magical moments to me. I grew up in New York State, and we’d sometimes take trips to New York City to visit, among many other places, the hallowed halls of…Barnes and Noble! We visited the hallowed halls of museums, Radio City Music Hall, and the like, too, of course. Books were a highly revered item in our household, though, and that cloth Barnes and Noble bag was like one that held gold, secrets of life, and magic.

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. I’ve always loved, loved, loved books, and grew up figuring that I would write them one day. I always wanted to share the joy, wisdom, and connection that I felt in books with readers of my books. My mom wanted to be a writer, too, but her sickness didn’t allow for it. She died when I was a teenager. I was the editor of my high school newspaper and started college as an English major…but over my college years, I slipped away from writing and journalism. When I was 23 I took a profound, life-changing grief workshop and…

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? …got the idea for my first book. I found an agent who loved it but wasn’t able to sell it. This was way before the easier, online access we have now. I got involved with film-making for a while (I’m an award-winning filmmaker), and then returned to writing.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? My favorite part of being an author is hearing from readers who let me know how much my books have touched them.

How many published books do you have? Five with another on the way.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I usually write spiritual books, which go into the category of visionary/metaphysical fiction. Life in the Hollywood Lane is my first regular/contemporary fiction book, but it still has a spiritual slant. The next one is like that, too. Spirituality is a huge part of my life and who I am…

What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love so many things! My top six loves are to travel, fly planes (as a student pilot, for now), explore ocean floors (in my scuba gear), meditate, watch movies, and…read.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Hang in there! Let us hear what you have to say! It might not be your first, second, or tenth book that makes a splash, but it’ll happen. Also, writers mostly just want to write, but marketing is a vital part of letting us hear what you have to say. I recommend a book called Your Super Sticky Buzz Book Marketing Plan from mywordpublishing.com (they don’t pay me to say this). Some day you might have a big publisher pick you up or be able to hire a PR company to do your marketing, but this is a great resource in the meantime.

Who is your favorite author and why? Ohhhhh, can I please name two? I like them for pretty much the same reason. My favorite authors are Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan. I love how they challenge what’s been accepted as history and status quo thinking and then put important messages into riveting storylines. I’m also so impressed with the amount of research they (and many other writers) do.

Please add any additional questions and answers that you think readers would like to know. As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, the film that won the award was about Viet Nam vets going back there to do humanitarian work and visit their areas of operation, and in the process hopefully heal their wounds of war.

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Janice (J. E.) Spina

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.

A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.

Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

Cold Coffee Review: Mariah’s Revenge is the thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the consequences of living life with a maniac.

Jump right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree across New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she is determined to move forward.

Sage has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”. When a body of an old woman, a dog and then another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.

Author Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this suspenseful, action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.

Mariah showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”

This is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace whatever life has next in store.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina as an adventure that is not over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in store for Mariah. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 1, 2018.

Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Cold Coffee Review: Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp? Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended? Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.

“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”

Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.

There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?

Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Hunting Mariah by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction series. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 5, 2015.

Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal.

This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year.

The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.

Genre: Short Stories

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Broose is a sad moose who has no friends until he meets a young boy.

Read what happens when Broose meets a boy with the same name as he.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Clarence Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages. Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world?

Clarence Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lives in a saltwater fish tank in our home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank.

He was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells.

We shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for classrooms.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Colby is one of a litter of four kittens.

The kittens get into all kinds of trouble.

Being the biggest and strongest, Colby’s mother expects him to watch over the smaller kittens and keep them safe.

Read and find out what Colby does to meet his mother’s expectations.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is Book One of a series of mysteries and adventures.

Davey and Derek Donato are twins who love to play detective.

In their first case they must solve the perplexing case of the missing cell phone.

There are twists and turns and surprises for all.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical.

They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday.

The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi.

The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum.

There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.

Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One-night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Angels, Death & Grief

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Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth.

He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him.

His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks.

One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help.

Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish.

One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind.

Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear.

He likes to learn about everything but what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has a couple of surprising adventures and learns an important lesson.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color.

He is very lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs.

Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamb lives.

Won A Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late.

One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him.

Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd.

Does Louey find his way to his family and friends?

Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy?

Take Louey home with you and find out.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book.

She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball.

I hope you will enjoy reading about Lucy. She is no longer with us and can never be replaced.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat.

One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble.

Will Ricky get home safely?

Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

Genre: Children’s Literature

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When a little boy, Sebastian, goes to the zoo he meets Marvin the monkey.

Sebastian loves monkeys and likes to watch them climb the trees.

Something amazing happens when Sebastian’s toy phone suddenly plays music.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book.

In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

Genre: Children’s Literature

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Cold Coffee Press Interview With Janice (J. E.) Spina

Author Bio: Janice (J. E.) Spina is a retired administrative secretary from a school system. She is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey The Lazy Elephant, Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry The Crabby Crayfish, Lamby The Lonely Lamb, Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab and Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, and a middle-grade series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-5 all written under Janice Spina.

Lamby The Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards, Jerry, Colby and Broose have all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, and the Davey & Derek Series has won four Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, two Reader’s Favorites Awards and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb cover contest. Hunting Mariah is her first published novel followed by How Far Is Heaven, An Angel Among Us (A short Story Collection) and Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah), all written under J.E. Spina. Janice’s husband, John, is her illustrator and cover creator.

She is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors. Janice is currently working on another children’s book and book 1 of a Middle-Grade series for girls that she hopes to publish this year. She also plans to write more books in this MG girls’ series, book 6 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and begin a YA fantasy series over the next two years.

Janice loves to hear from readers and welcome reviews wherever her books are sold. Her motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks! Her goal is to encourage children of all ages to read. Reading is good for your health. Happy reading!

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Londonderry, NH? Wherever I lived I would be proud to be a writer because this is something I love to do and I feel as if I am living my dream each day. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I was inspired by the positive things my mother said to me when I was just nine years old. I wrote her poems for her birthday and Mother’s Day. She was very proud and happy to receive them.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing at age nine – poetry and then children’s stories in my twenties and thirties. I always wanted to be published but did not reach my goal until the ripe young age of 65.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I was always a shy and timid child and learned to amuse myself through writing. I think this influenced me to write more and express myself through my writing. Writing has helped me get out of my shell and feel more confident doing what I love to do.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love writing children’s books but also enjoy writing novels in many genres – mysteries, psychological thrillers, romance, spiritual and historical. I have eclectic taste in genres, reading and writing.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? Becoming an author, my dream since a young child, has been the most rewarding experience with the writing process. The most rewarding part of writing and publishing is seeing my books in print and hearing that readers are enjoying them. That is why I write.

What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love to crochet, take long walks with my husband, go to the movies and out to dinner, and spend time with my grandchildren. I love to travel and enjoy sharing my trips on my blog in my travel posts.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Believe in yourself and follow your heart in doing what you love to do. Work hard at your craft and learn everything you can to improve and cultivate your art.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have so many favorite authors but one that I read extensively is Jeffrey Archer. He has the innate ability to create a fascinating tale involving so many creative, well defined and unforgettable characters. I also read some excellent indie authors – Richard C. Hale, Sally Cronin, Debby Gies, and many others.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I want to thank everyone who has ever supported me and continues to support me in all my endeavors. For their friendship and assistance, I am truly grateful. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to do every day of the rest of my life, thanks to God.

Books by J. E. (Janice) Spina

  • Hunting Mariah (Book 1 – mystery/suspense/serial crime)
  • Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah)
  • How Far is Heaven
  • (paranormal/romance/mystery)
  • An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection – multi-genres)

Books by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Pre-School to Grade Three:

  • Louey the Lazy Elephant
  • Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon
  • Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Lamby the Lonely Lamby (Received Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards)
  • Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear
  • Broose the Moose on the Loose (Won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey Colby the Courageous Cat Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe
  • Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab

Middle-Grade/Preteen/YA Books:

  • Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1,
  • The Case of the Missing Cell Phone
  • (Won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award & HM Reader’s Favorite)
  • Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat (Won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award & Reader’s Favorite Silver Medal)
  • The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4)
  • The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5) (Won Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Amazon Author’s Page
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Linda Watkins

“Does first love, true love, ever really die?” Andi Martin asks herself that question as she sits on the porch of the Sloane Cottage, her mind flooded with memories of the summer of ’65 and a boy, once loved, but never forgotten.

Jake Chambers is also on a collision course with the past as he returns to Cutter Island for the first time in more than a decade. And, as the ferry approaches the wharf, he finds his mind filled with thoughts of a summer long forgotten and a girl destined to haunt him forever.

From award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes a story of love, loss, survival, and, most of all, hope…Summer Girl, A Novel.

“…take a deep breath; because Summer Girl isn’t formula writing about a summer fling, but a deeper story of coming of age, sexual abuse in families, and methods of survival that enter the picture of a blossoming interpersonal relationship, making Summer Girl an unexpectedly complex read.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“A heartfelt story of a boy and a girl….it captivated my heart from beginning to end.” Patricia Bell for Readers Favorite

“…a tale of love arisen and somehow – despite vicious betrayal and extended adversity – preserved and growing, creating its own special hope.” J. Scott Payne, author of Brought to Battle and The Green Hell

“Watkins is an outstanding author of literary fiction who writes about real life, real love, real pain, and reconciliation Summer Girl does just that. Watkins ‘characters are drawn from the heart. Summer Girl is a coming of life story told from a mature viewpoint. The story is about a young woman who has suffered abuse at an early age and finds love… and loss. The book is emotional, tender and will touch the hearts of every reader. Highly recommended as a superb summer read” Judith Lucci, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Cold Coffee Book Review: Author Linda Watkins is another great Maine author who takes her readers on a journey that I found mesmerizing. With skilled precision, Linda lays out a summer chance encounter that leaves two young teens changed forever. I dare say that Andi and Jake’s story will grip your heart and might even bring back some summer memories of your own.

This well woven love story illuminates the magic of summer and the tragedy of abuse. Jake’s story took me back to my own lost summers. Andi’s story gripped my heart, as ghosts emerged from the shadows in my mind.

Ride the ferry boat over to Cutter Island, Maine with Jake as he returns in the summer of 1985. You know the feeling, the roller coaster ride of emotions as you return to a place in your childhood or youth. Time has a way of standing still, bringing back the sweet aromas, sights, sounds, and memories that are buried deep in your soul.

Join Jake and Andi on their adventure as the author takes us back to 1965. Listen to Jake as he explains, “Thus, we passed the balmy days of July. When I wasn’t working, I was with her. We took in an occasional movie, played golf, attended a local dance, or partied with other kids on the beach. But the time I relished most was when we were alone at Preacher’s Cove. Preacher’s was a small strip of sand down behind the Cutter Island Cemetery. Not too many people knew about it or went there because it was rocky and not a good place to sunbathe or swim. But for Andi and me it was heaven on earth.”

Feel the mounting emotion, as the summer of 1965 is drawing to an end. Jake and Andi’s teen romantic is threatened by the realization that their time is growing short and they are one ferry boat ride away from being separated forever. Unlike Romeo and Juliet, Jake and Andi choose to live and let life run its course.

Once you begin reading, you will want to follow their lives to the end of this book. See for yourself if young love can survive the test of time. What mysteries can The Sloane Cottage reveal after all these years?

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Summer Girl by Linda Watkins as a summer likely to happen in the allure of young hearts and minds when time stands still for just a few weeks. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on May 29, 2018.

Genre: Coming of Age, Literature & Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance

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From award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes a story of two women, from different walks of life, and the one dog who loved them both….

A feature writer for the Boston Globe, Sarah Palmer had it all – a beautiful apartment, a great job, and a family she adored. A thousand miles away, Mindy Sue Watson didn’t have it so good. Trapped in a marriage to an abusive alcoholic, her only pleasure was in tossing a ball to a skinny dog she’d adopted from the local shelter.

Sarah & Zoey is the tale of these two women and the one remarkable dog who saved them both. It is a story of the power of unconditional love.

“Three disparate lives – two human, one canine – whirl through a circle of circumstance that is poignant, involving, and especially moving to dog lovers who want a novella about crisis, escape, and recovery. Sarah and Zoey can be read in short segments, so it’s perfect for busy fiction readers who want high drama packed into succinct chapters. The mechanics whereby loss and endangered lives heal are nicely portrayed in a winning story that emphasizes hope and offers an involving tale dog lovers will relish.” D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“Every character is beautifully drawn, the contrasting lives and settings are vivid and so very different, the pace is fast, and the end utterly unpredictable. Sarah & Zoey is a powerful, heart-tugging story that must be read at one sitting; it’s too enthralling to put down. I loved this five-star novella, and I’ll be looking for more by Linda Watkins” Sarah Stuart for Readers Favorite

“A heart-warming novella with a feel-good factor that readers of this genre will enjoy immensely.” Jane Finch for Readers Favorite

“I loved this book! Even though the opening scenes were full of portent and dread (reading along, knowing something terrible was going to happen but no way to stop it) we learn of a woman who loses her husband and son to a freak accident; and another woman, a battered wife who is almost killed by her abusive spouse but is saved by her loyal dog, and then find that the dog is dragged almost to death by that husband… Where do you go from there? This awesome weaving of two injured women tied together by a remarkable dog is a story you won’t soon forget. I only wish it were longer, and I’m begging for a sequel!” Sherrill S. Cannon, Award-winning Author of “The Golden Rule.”

Genre: Short Stories, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction

Amazon Customer Reviews
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First full-length novel in highly acclaimed, award-winning, Mateguas Island Series.

What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That’s what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different….

“Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color…Any who like horror stories and Gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read.” Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“In Watkins’s slow-building haunted house novel, the new home that’s supposed to save a disintegrating family turns out to hold horrors from the past…The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen’s fates.” Publishers’ Weekly

“…a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended.” Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite

  • FIRST PLACE (Contemporary Gothic), 2014 PARANORMAL AWARDS, CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW
  • OUTSTANDING HORROR/SUSPENSE NOVEL, 2015 IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • 2014 GOLD MEDAL in SUPERNATURAL FICTION, READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION
  • 2014 HONORABLE MENTION in GENERAL FICTION, HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, L.A.

Genre: Fiction, Gothic, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Occult

Amazon Customer Reviews
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Second full-length novel in highly acclaimed, award-winning, Mateguas Island Series.

A young woman, searching for answers ….

A man, trying desperately to remember what he has forgotten ….

What secrets lie buried?

What mysteries are waiting, patiently, beneath this island’s pristine exterior?

Come back … back to the mythos, passion, and magic ….

From multiple award-winning author, Linda Watkins, comes the eagerly-awaited sequel to her highly acclaimed novel, Mateguas Island!

  • 2016 FINALIST IN HORROR/SUSPENSE ~ INDEPENDENT AUTHOR NETWORK BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS
  • 2015 FIRST PLACE AWARD WINNER IN CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC FICTION ~ CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW’S PARANORMAL AWARDS
  • 2014 FINALIST IN HORROR ~ READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION

“Fans of Watkins’s Mateguas Island will welcome this solid sequel…Watkins smoothly integrates the paranormal with a complex family drama.” Publishers Weekly

“This is a quick-paced story portraying a wide range of human emotions, deadly supernatural forces and ancient Native American beliefs that may help the characters survive the ordeal in store. It explores the depths of love and loss, dedication and defiance, innocence and desire – all in spite of the threat of losing everything. This is supernatural fiction at its best with a hint of coming-of-age enlightenment to appeal to younger readers as well as readers of all ages.” Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite

“The real power in Return To Mateguas Island lies not so much in its inclusion of supernatural rituals as in its exploration of simmering emotions that lay just under the surface…Thus, its power and strength are most evident in its explorations of interpersonal relationships…the supernatural force described serves as a catalyst for events; not the end-all of these explorations. And it’s the centrifuge of a whirlwind of emotional forces that swirl around all involved in the backdrop that is Mateguas Island and its mystical heritage … the compelling draw of the island and its mysteries create suitable devices for a novel that excels in emotional interconnections with a dash of supernatural suspense added in for good measure.” D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“The use of lore and characters from Native American tribes is rendered beautifully, with the honor and respect so often overlooked in contemporary books …Though it’s the second in a trilogy, this tale has a satisfying beginning, middle, and end—a journey readers won’t soon forget and one they will want to continue until all their questions are answered” Julie York for InD’Tale Magazine, February 2016.

“Return to Mateguas Island by Linda Watkins was a gripping read … Excellent story-line, excellent characters in an all-round thrilling read. Linda’s attention to detail is second to none and the book is very professionally written. Loved it!” Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

“Linda Watkins’ contemporary dark fantasy, Return to Mateguas Island: A Tale of Supernatural Suspense, is well-written and fast-paced. While this is the second book in Watkins’ Mateguas Trilogy, the author gives enough background to enable it to stand on its own, but the first book, Mateguas Island, is as marvelous, dark and brooding as this one is, and I’d recommend starting from there …The Indian folklore that serves as the basis for this trilogy is so compelling, and Terri’s interactions with Charlie, the elder Indian at the museum were powerful and intriguing … Return to Mateguas Island: A Tale of Supernatural Suspense is absorbing dark fantasy, and it’s most highly recommended.” Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Genre: Short Stories, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction

Amazon Customer Reviews
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Third full-length novel in highly acclaimed, award-winning, Mateguas Island Series.

The body of a young girl, found floating in the icy waters of Scarborough Marsh…

Six men, over a span of thirty-five years, disappear without a trace…

A harbinger of evil, so ancient it defies memory, surfaces on the rocky shores of Mateguas…

Journey, with Karen and her family, back to the mythos, passion, and magic, and join her as she seeks to finally lay to rest the … Ghosts Of Mateguas.

  • 2017 FINALIST IN “THRILLERS,” Book Excellence Awards
  • 2017 FINALIST IN HORROR/SUSPENSE – IAN Book of the Year Awards

“Ghosts of Mateguas joins others in the Mateguas Island saga in providing the third novel in a series that excels in blending supernatural forces with a family’s relationships and the lure of an island which has changed all their lives … Ghosts of Mateguas offers a compelling saga of grief, guilt, and perseverance that deftly combines suspense with supernatural intrigue. Prior fans of the series, especially, will find the further interactions between the characters to be engrossing and satisfying, staying true to prior events while adding deeper insights and tension and intrigue to the mix and adding a dose of revelations and truths that draw together prior events in a satisfying new story just as well-crafted as its predecessors.” Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“…a vivid and poetic read that beautifully channels modern supernatural melodrama … Watkins plays to some deeply apparent strengths in this series, and Ghosts of Mateguas is another home-run of a title. Anyone looking for something different along the lines of Shirley Jackson or Stephen King, your prayers have been answered. Ghosts of Mateguas stands as a spellbinding exemplar of modern Gothic Americana.” Self-Publishing Review

“Linda Watkins’ supernatural suspense novel, Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel, is dark, fast-paced and intense …I had a grand time reading Ghosts of Mateguas and hope the author decides to write a fourth book in this terrifying and suspenseful series. It’s most highly recommended.” Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

“Those who love stories with some touch of mystery will not be disappointed with this one … Watkins writes with moving simplicity, a kind of prose that tantalizes and is difficult to put down, because it rings with an eloquence that is akin to the spell of the ghosts sauntering along the rocky shores of Mateguas. It can be difficult to believe a story told about humans and ghosts, but when that story is told by Watkins, it becomes as convincing as it is real … The story is fast paced; the suspense is so skillfully built into the story to have the reader turning the pages, and the characters are solid enough that any reader will care about what happens to them. One would say that Ghosts of Mateguas comes with a spell that makes the book impossible to put down. Beautifully written by a writer of a rare caliber.” Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

“I found Ghosts of Mateguas to be a quick-paced psychological thriller/horror story. The various stories that made up the tapestry of the whole were equally engaging and kept me turning the pages. If you enjoy books similar to Stephen King and Dean Koontz, be sure to check out the Mateguas Island books!” J. Aislynn d’Merricksson for Readers Favorite (5-Star Review)

Genre: Short Stories, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction

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Secrets is the prequel to the highly acclaimed, award-winning, Mateguas Island Series.

Karen and Bill Andersen are living the “American Dream”. Beautiful and successful they seem to have everything until a foolish indiscretion on Bill’s part results in the loss of his job. Thus, begins the unraveling of their charmed existence. As their financial condition deteriorates, so does their relationship and Bill, keeping his misdeed a secret from Karen, becomes more and more consumed by guilt. Karen intuiting that he’s hiding something from her, becomes angry and bitter as the discord in the family escalates. In danger of losing their home and with her marriage crumbling around her, Karen must make a choice and, by doing so, has her own little secret – a secret that could eventually destroy them all.

Genre: Short Stories, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction

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Highly acclaimed, award-winning, Mateguas Island Series (Novels of Terror & Suspense)

  • Book I – MATEGUAS ISLAND, A NOVEL OF TERROR AND SUSPENSE
  • Book II – RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND, A TALE OF SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE
  • Book III – GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS, A MATEGUAS ISLAND NOVEL

From Book 1: What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That’s what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different….

“Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color…Any who like horror stories and Gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read.” ~ Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“In Watkins’s slow-building haunted house novel, the new home that’s supposed to save a disintegrating family turns out to hold horrors from the past…The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen’s fates.” Publishers’ Weekly

“…a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended.” Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

  • FIRST PLACE (Contemporary Gothic), 2014 PARANORMAL AWARDS, CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW
  • OUTSTANDING HORROR/SUSPENSE NOVEL, 2015 IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • 2014 GOLD MEDAL in SUPERNATURAL FICTION, READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION
  • 2014 HONORABLE MENTION in GENERAL FICTION, HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL, L.A.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Linda Watkins

Linda Watkins is the author of the multi-award-winning Mateguas Island Series.

She currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, was a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine.

In 2006, she packed her belongings and, along with her four rescue dogs, took the plunge and moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine. It was there that she wrote Mateguas Island, which has garnered the following awards:

  • 2014 Gold Medal, Supernatural Fiction, Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition
  • 2014 First Place Award, Contemporary Gothic, Chanticleer Book Review, Paranormal Awards
  • 2015 Outstanding Novel in Horror/Suspense, IAN Book of the Year Awards

The second novel in the series, Return To Mateguas Island, was awarded:

  • First Place in Contemporary Gothic Fiction in the 2015 Chanticleer Book Review’s Paranormal Awards
  • Was Named 2015 Finalist in Horror by Readers Favorite International Book Award Competition
  • 2016 Finalist in Horror by the IAN Book of the Year Awards.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Sedona, AZ? While my home is in Sedona now, I actually started writing seriously when I lived in Maine (Chebeague Island). I finished my first novel, Mateguas Island, there. I then moved to Muskegon, Michigan where I stayed for three short years. While in Michigan, I completed the sequel to Mateguas Island (Return to Mateguas Island) and the third novel in the series, Ghosts of Mateguas. Not happy with the weather in Muskegon (too much snow), I again set out to find a new home. I moved to Sedona in October of 2016. Sedona, with its abundant sunshine and beautiful red rocks, has been good for my writing and, since moving here, I have written Summer Girl and completed two unpublished works, Storm Island: A Kate Pomeroy Mystery, and The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning. These two works I expect to publish later in the year.

I’m proud to be a writer from each one of these states because they all inspired me, in one way or another, to put pen to paper and, thus, express my creativity.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always been writing. As a child, my sister and I wrote plays based on the popular TV shows of the period. As an adult, I continued writing – mostly whimsical pieces, songs, and poems – and, at work (Stanford University), business plans and promotion papers for the Professoriate. When I decided to try my hand at a novel, it was my sister who was the first to encourage me. She is also a writer.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes. Most of my books take place on islands much like the one I lived on for seven years. In the Mateguas books, this location brings a sense of isolation to the narrative, thus enhancing the suspense. In Summer Girl, I strove to express the wonders of island life and the strong sense of community that exists in these remote locations. In Storm Island, another Gothic novel, my heroine must deal with the limitations of island life, i.e., poor communication via Internet or phone. In addition, like with Mateguas, the sense of isolation is heightened.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? The positive feedback (reviews, awards) I’ve received for my novels. I love getting a good review and it gives me a thrill when people from all over the world enjoy my work.

How many published books do you have? I have four novels, one novella, and one novelette published. I have two other works completed (a novel and a novella). I expect to publish these later this year.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Three of my published novels and my novelette are American Gothic (The Mateguas Island Series and Secrets). My other novel is Literary Fiction (Summer Girl) and my novella is Women’s Fiction. The two unpublished manuscripts are, once again, American Gothic.

I like writing Gothic fiction because it’s really over the top. The genre stretches the boundaries of reality, has an aura of mystery, and, also, can include a smattering of romance. It’s a fun genre to write. On the other hand, a novel like Summer Girl was difficult to write because it deals with serious subject matter – child abuse. I cried a lot when as I wrote it, but, in the end, I believe it’s my best work to date.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t give up! Keep writing no matter what.

Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite author is Stephen King, mainly because he draws his characters so beautifully, especially little kids and teenage boys. But he didn’t write my favorite book, which is The Magus by John Fowles (original edition). No matter how many times I read The Magus, I always come away with some new insight on life. Another book that I love is The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni. Ms. Geni paints a picture with every scene, sometimes beautiful and, sometimes, dark and terrible. These novels inspire me and, I hope, make me a better writer.

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Sarah & Zoey
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Summer Girl
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Taffey Tawanna Champion

Before the captivating Evian Magi enters the picture and becomes a key member of The Mystery Alliance, Myth Vaga was a critical ally within their intriguing fold. He once lived amongst The Mystery Alliance in London, England. Yet, a serendipitous meeting and an ensuing romantic involvement with a bewitching beauty becomes the instrumental catalyst for his not surprising, but climactic betrayal.

Cold Coffee Review: I enjoyed reading The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga by Taffey Tawanna Champion first, so I found this prequel extremely interesting.

The Mystery Alliance is an elite rescue unit. The individuals in this unit are called Mystics. Their secret alliance rescues hostages that are held in extreme terrorists’ situation where other rescue attempts have failed or were impossible.

It all begins at a manor named “Dwellen” located in London, England. It is here where training in “Mystery Arts” begins and missions are born.

Get to know the “Mystics” who make up this anti-terrorist group and follow up this short prequel with The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Mystery Alliance: Prequel to Evian’s Saga by Taffey Tawanna Champion. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this series. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 17, 2018.

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An unsuspecting young man meets a mysterious beauty through a bizarre encounter in Paris, France. After speaking with her, he agrees to live among a secret society of persons called Mystics. Here, he learns about their secret alliance and their mastery of a spectacular self-defense technique: The Mystery Arts. Soon, Evian discovers that there is no turning back from the path he has chosen.

Excerpt: “We are members of an elite rescue unit…The Mystery Alliance. All of the members of this rescue unit are called Mystics. Mystics have haunting, surreal beauty: almost as though we were chosen to be Mystics from the womb. We also have unique abilities and skills which set us apart from others. Yet, only prominent, high-ranking government officials have knowledge of our existence. We are the persons these officials contact when no one else can rescue hostages in extreme terrorist situations. And this is our story…”

Cold Coffee Review: The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga is a short reading experience, originally written as a screen play and converted to an e-book.

Packed with a diverse cast of characters, easy to follow dialog and sixteen chapters with sub-headings which act like separate scenes or skits in a play with different places, times, events and characters.

The main character is Evian Magi who works as a Jack-of-all-trades for the Machiavellia’s Traveling Carnival. Paris, France is full of history, mystery and intriguing people from all over the globe. It is the beauty of a woman that lures Evian into a secret society called The Mystery Alliance where he finds his path is forever sealed.

I quote a passage from chapter seven to give you a glimpse into Evian’s story.

“Delphi and Raven are in the gardens surrounding the chateau, picking flowers. Evian comes outside for a brief respite and notices the two of their bent forms. He is delighted to see that the ladies are engaged in such a pleasant past- time and decides to join their little gathering.

When he approaches them, he says, “There you are, ladies.”

Both women stand up and face their visitor. Delphi replies with, “Hello, Evian. Did you want something?

“Actually, I just came outside to unwind for a while. But, now that I think of it, there are some things that I have been meaning to ask you.”

“All right, then. Wait one moment, please.” “Sure.’

As Delphi returns to her task, Evian turns his attention to Raven. Smiling, he says, “Hello again, Raven.”

Raven glances at him. “Hello, there. You seem very cheerful today. May I ask the reason?”

Evian simply shrugs. “Of course,…it’s just that I think I have found my purpose in this world.”

Raven smiles at hearing this. “You’ve made your decision, then.” “I have. So far, I’ve not yet discovered a reason to leave.”

“Have you already informed Machiavellia’s of your decision yet?”

Evian nods. “Yes, Raven Hawk, I have. They weren’t happy to lose me, but I suspect they’ll get over it; in time.”

“And how are you finding The Mystery Arts?”

Evian’s face positively glows as he thinks about his progress with the innovative martial arts form. “Fantastic! I’m absolutely fascinated by it all.”

“Oh no, tell me we don’t have another adrenaline junkie.

Evian frowns. “What do you mean by another? Who are you talking about?” Raven suddenly clams up and becomes evasive in answering his query.

“That’s a story for another time.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga as an introduction to the book series by Taffey Tawanna Champion. I reviewed this book from Kindle. The review was completed on September 13, 2016.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Taffey Tawanna Champion

Author Taffey Tawanna Champion is a small-town girl born and raised in Greensboro, GA, educated at GTCHS in Greensboro, GA and further educated at Elon College which eventually became Elon University. She excelled in writing as a young child; even earned merits and won awards for writing ability, including a “Passport to Excellence” plaque. Reading and writing also were Taffey’s first loves before drama and music, which of course, came after.

Before, during and after college, Taffey became a world traveler, even electing to live in London, England for one semester whilst studying at Elon University. She traveled several times to Paris, France at this time. Taffey also met and encountered celebrities in London, England which served to make her experiences even more special. Added to her world traveler status, she lived in South Korea for a short interval. This experience, including her fascination with various Kung-Fu techniques and martial arts films aided in her ability to create The Mystery Arts in The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga.

She also worked in Marina, CA as an Americorps VISTA for MCHOME (a division of Interim, Inc.) under the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers. During this time, she became acquainted with the various artists of Breakthrough H’ART (a program synonymous with MCHOME) and also with noted Austrian Artist/Painter, Hans Kindel. It was here, under the tutelage of Hans Kindel and Bill Donnelly that she discovered her talent for Abstract/Impressionist Art. This is where the initial cover of her E-book originated, but there is a new Cover representing this E-Book currently.

“The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” was created initially as a copyrighted action/adventure screenplay, however, Taffey decided to adapt it into an E-book: the first in a series of E-books actually. “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is available for sale at Amazon, Smashwords, and will be distributed via Smashwords to many other retailers, as well. This E-book is also made available for Libraries to obtain.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Greensboro, GA? I suppose that I’m proud to be a writer from Greensboro, GA because I am a southern belle from a small town, and I believe it is this fact that inspires others from rural areas of the USA, to be more determined to follow their dreams. I have even heard from some individuals saying something to this effect, since releasing my E- Book, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga”.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? No one specifically inspired me to become a writer. I have always excelled in English and writing since I was a child. And because I have such an overactive imagination, I have always felt that I should give it my “best shot”, so to speak. However, Mr. Keanu Reeves, the Actor, inspired my passion for Action Adventure writing because I always loved his Action films tremendously while I was growing up. Mr. Reeves also inspired the creation of my protagonist, Evian Magi.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I was a screenplay writer first, beginning in 1999, but my original copyrighted screenplay, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” was not optioned because I created such high-concept material. So, later on, I decided to adapt it into an E-Book. I would say that I began writing with the intention to be published in either 2007 or 2008.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, somewhat, because my family and I have always enjoyed watching Action and Martial Arts films, since I was very little.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I always endeavor to come up with my title before I begin creating literary material, but sometimes the title is conceived after I have already started writing my literary works.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? The genre in which I write is fiction. Its subgenres which I’ve been focusing on are Action Adventure and Fantasy. I do love a great drama, but I am highly fascinated and intrigued by Action Adventure and Fantasy films. I have also been an avid film enthusiast regarding Mr. Keanu Reeves’ films while I was growing up. Therefore, I suppose those are the reasons I prefer fiction writing; and most likely why my E-Book, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is characterized as an Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I do realize that this will sound so cliché, but I experienced vivid dreams about beautifully mystical beings with almost supernatural powers in 1999 first. After I began writing what I remembered about these dreams on paper, I became spellbound and quite determined to write a Feature film screenplay to do justice to such fascinating visions.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experiences with my writing process, I must say, are having become Self-Published; also having quite a few wonderful offers to promote my material, and especially with having been blessed with meeting and working on a Blog Tag Tour project with the absolutely fantastic and noted Author, Schuyler J. Ebersol.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I would have to say that it was when I became Self-Published via the use of the phenomenal Smashwords online E-Book website.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Well, I am but a humble small-town girl from Greensboro, GA, but the only advice I can give, is to make certain you do indeed have a passion and dedication toward becoming a Published Author.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have never really had a favorite Author, because I have been a lover of many books. However, presently, my favorite Author is none other than Schuyler J. Ebersol, because I certainly loved reading “The Hidden World”. The visual imagery in his book is positively astounding; not to mention, his expert writing ability.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Yes, I created my own genre (i.e., Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy) in honor of my Muse, actor Keanu Reeves’ pioneering work in action films; for my protagonist character, “Evian Magi”, is the Mystic Fantasy Hero version of Keanu Reeves. Initially, I had created “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” as the first E-Book to launch my innovative series. I am now releasing “The Mystery Alliance: Prequel to Evian’s Saga” as the second E-Book in this captivating series.

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Tory Allyn

At Granite’s Mill, deep in the backwoods of Virginia, a body is discovered with unusual physical characteristics. By morning, the media erupts over a headline in a local newspaper, ‘The Son of Virginia’s Governor is Missing’.

FBI Special Agent Jack Stanwick is handed the case. Realizing he’ll have to go outside the brethren, Jack marshals the help of an old friend, Raymond Davenport, who hung a sign on a renovated brownstone in Washington, DC, with the verbiage: Davenport Detective Agency.

To assist him, he hired three former police officers from various precincts, who like himself, blew the whistle on dirty cops only to deal with the fervent hostility from the brotherhood.

With the investigation under way, the detectives stumble upon a group of men known as M.A.G.O.C., who’re muddled in a governmental conspiracy involving a top-ranking official at the White House. With their many resources, they dig further and unearth Prescott Chemicals. Years earlier, the owner and his lead chemist had stolen an elixir from the Mayapo natives of the Amazon rainforest and have transformed it into a formula to be used in a congressional scheme.

When the detectives accidently come into contact with the new formulation, something undesirable happens to one of them, altering his life forever.

Cold Coffee Review: Dead bodies are just a fact of life for law enforcement and the FBI, but the body found in the woods in Rockfort, Virginia would make the hair on the back of the neck stand up for the seasoned professional.

With mounting terrorism against soft targets all over the US and agencies stretched to their limits, FBI Special Agent Jack Stanwick is put in charge of the Rockfort case because a total of three bodies have been found and the Governor of Virginia has reported his son missing.

The mystery surrounding these deaths are unique because all three victims were injected with a chemical in the carotid artery. “Their chemistry screens, blood cultures, toxicity tests and complete blood counts were anarchic and their chromosomes had been displaced. There were also disorganized levels of hormones. However, my most crucial finding was the pineal gland”. It is in the coroner’s hand to determine exactly what they were injected with and why.

Jack enlists the help of his friend who owns the Davenport Detective Agency and the investigation leads to Prescott Chemicals and a low-level militia group called M.A.G.O.C. which stands for Men Against Government Overtaking Control. The question remains, is the general public at risk?

Well-developed characters, good dialog, unusual mystery, humor and a little romance keeps the reader focused. ‘Alter Ego’ is Author Tory Allyn’s debut novel. According to the author ‘Alter Boys’ will be out August 15, 2016, ‘Altered State’ will come out December 15, 2016 and ‘Alter Bound’ will end the series on April 15, 2017.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Alter Ego (The Davenport Decrees Book 1) by Tory Allyn. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on May 21, 2016.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Tory Allyn

Tory Allyn currently resides in Upstate New York. Although born in Syracuse, he was raised in the quaint town of Baldwinsville with his brother and two sisters, who drove him into becoming the zany person he is today.

As a child, he made up many a tale. Some funny; others dark and brooding, but all started him on the path to writing.

Today, his nephew, lovingly referred to as ‘The Monster Child’, is his partner in crime.

Most days, you will see them playing ball at a nearby park, going for a dip in the backyard pool or snowboarding down a popular mountainside.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer? Not everyone can sit down and write a 60,000-word manuscript, so I feel proud about my accomplishment.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I took a writing class in high school and really enjoyed it because up to that point, I just made up stories to tell but now I have the training to commit it to paper.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Of course. Some of my characters were based on different personalities I met during childhood.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When my father passed away, it really put life in perspective. I prioritized my goals. The ones at the top of my list were relegated toward the bottom. I have had my idea for the book since the mid 1990’s, and it was now time I dragged the story out of my mind and typed it onto the computer.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? From the first page to the last, everything felt natural. Writing for several characters with their different genders, backgrounds and personalities could be daunting to most…but it all came easily to me.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? When I finally felt that it was edited to satisfaction, I sent it out to several publishing companies. Within three months, I had four publishers offer me a contract.

How many published books do you have? One, but I have written all four in my Davenport Detective Decrees series.

Please list the titles of all your books: ALTER EGO was released on April 15, 2016. ALTER BOYS will be out August 15, 2016. ALTERED STATE will come out December 15, 2016 and ALTER BOUND will end the series on April 15, 2017.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I wrote all four books in succession then named them afterward. I knew ALTER EGO was first so I wanted the next three to have a form of ‘alter’ in them.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My novel(s) are mysteries with a bit of humor, romance and fantasy peppered throughout.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? ALTER EGO is the only one published.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? ALTER EGO is different than any mystery I have ever read. When I went back to proof the galley (last step before it goes to print), it mind-boggled me that I actually wrote those words.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Stay humbled. I recently had a local piece written about me. When friends, family or acquaintances read it, they made such a big deal and it can go to your head. I always say, “I didn’t discover a cure for a chronic illness, I just wrote some words down on paper.” Always be humble!

Who is your favorite author and why? I enjoy a variety of authors, but if I had to pick one, it would be John Grisham. His tenacity is great. People think that The Firm was his first novel. Actually, A Time to Kill, was the first novel he wrote. He shopped it around to 26 publishers then shelved it. It came out after The Firm and The Pelican Brief.

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Sandra Bolton

Heading west for the serene deserts of New Mexico with his three-legged dog, Patch, Abe Freeman hopes to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s lost battle with cancer. He expects his cross-country journey to be healing, not life-threatening. And he definitely doesn’t plan to wind up as the main suspect when a drifter he meets along the way, Easy Jackson, gets murdered.

When Abe’s lost knife turns up at the crime scene and Easy’s key appears in Abe’s backpack, Abe finds himself hunted by the police, biker gangs, and drug dealers, all of whom are determined to get their hands on that key. Caught up in the violence, Abe becomes desperate to prove his innocence. With help from Navajo police officer Emily Etcitty, he just might survive…and his heart just might find another reason to keep on beating.

Cold Coffee Review: Key Witness by Sandra Bolton is gaining mixed reviews which shows that readers are talking about this book.

A cross country trip starting in New Jersey with Patch, his three-legged dog, Abe Freeman, an unassuming gentle Jewish man seeks mind and spiritual healing after he successfully assisted in his girlfriend’s death when she was dying with cancer. The trip into the desert of New Mexico goes terribly wrong when he becomes a suspect in the murder of Easy Jackson.

Unsure of his arrest, Abe struggles with these logical questions: Had they linked him to Sharon’s death, where is Patch, and what is the penalty for possession of personal use marijuana in New Mexico?

Strong characters, good dialog and descriptive writing keep readers turning the pages with a plot that involves the incendiary mix of FBI, Navajo Nation Tribal Police, Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia and Kansas City Mafia.

Author Sandra Bolton grew up in northern California’s Sacramento Valley. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she spent 25 years traveling from coast to coast and one country after another during her husband’s Navy career. She received BA’s in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. Perhaps it is her service in the volunteer Peace Corps in Honduras from 1985-87 or her residence in Raton, New Mexico that gives her the inspiration for her descriptive writing, strong characters and complex plot.

I share with you this passage from the book. “Darkness descended on the mountains, carrying with it a sudden influx of cold. Abe shivered and cursed himself for having left his jacket in the Bronco. But the cool air provided clarity to his thoughts as he puzzled over the significance of the key. Abe’s dog ran ahead, sniffing at new intoxicating smells. Without realizing it, he and Patch had walked far from the hunter’s cabin. Deer had recently used the trail, cluttering it with their brown-bead droppings. Now, however, nothing moved in the forest. Even the small gray juncos had given up scratching the ground for seed. They perched in silent groups on pine branches, as if anticipating some unknown danger.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Key Witness by Sandra Bolton. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on December 5, 2015.

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Even before the plane touches down in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sarah Nelson questions her motives for being there. By the time this feminist adventure novel ends, Sarah’s life is forever altered as the naive and idealistic woman encounters more intrigue, danger, and mystery than she ever bargained for.

The year is 1985, and Ronald Reagan is president. Following a recent divorce from her husband of 28 years, Sarah decides to join the Peace Corps. She leaves behind her Minnesota farm, a teaching career, and two grown children to begin a new life on the northern coast of Honduras, a poverty-stricken, tropical paradise, caught between the U.S. funded Contras and the Nicaraguan Sandinistas.

The Garifunas, a unique Afro-Amerindian culture, are her nearest neighbors. Her closest ally in times of trouble is the ancient female tribal leader and spiritualist, Xiomara, who draws her into a mysterious world of the supernatural.

A Cipher in the Sand offers the readers not only a glimpse into a fascinating third-world culture during a turbulent time in history, but also tells the story of Sarah, who, given a second chance at life and love, discovers a greater understanding of herself and the complex world in which she lives.

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The following a submitted customer review of her debut novel, A Cipher in the Sand:

“I bought this book (Cipher) on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story is fast-paced and the main characters are engaging and easy to relate to. Few words are wasted as images, scenes, and conversations come alive.

The story itself is clever, filled with unexpected turns which weave a detailed story of naive Peace Corps volunteers who are thrown into a world of corruption and deceit. Innocence evolves to maturity as the protagonists make tough choices to put their own lives at risk to make the world a better place.

Not in the straightforward ways they envisioned when they joined the Peace Corps, but in ways which tested their commitments and forced them to challenge their own government’s complicity in schemes which harm the very people that the volunteers are supposed to be helping.

As someone who travelled through Central America shortly before the time frame of this story, I found Bolton’s portrayal of the antagonists’ behaviors and values to be disturbingly realistic as she exposes the political and military double-dealing which went on in that part of the world during the era of the Iran-Contra scandal.

Somebody really did their homework before they wrote this novel! But the story is then told in a very personal, touching, and intimate way.

I literally could not put the book down. I was captivated from the first page, and I will keep an eye peeled for future works from the same writer.”

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Sandra Bolton

Sandra (Thomas) Bolton (1941) grew up in northern California’s Sacramento Valley.

Immediately after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Tom Bolton, and left California on a Greyhound Bus bound for Memphis, Tennessee to join her husband. That was her first introduction to racial inequality, and it made an enduring impression on her life.

Sandra spent the next 25 years traveling from one coast or country to another while her husband completed a Navy career. During that time, she raised three children and completed a college education, receiving BA’s in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling.

She has maintained an abiding interest in social causes and environmental issues for as long as she can remember and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 1985-87. Sandra currently resides in Raton, New Mexico where she divides her time between reading, writing, hiking, gardening, photography, and gourmet cooking.

Key Witness is her second novel. Her first, A Cipher in the Sand, was published in 2011. She is currently working on a sequel to Key Witness.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from New Mexico? I love this state, the diversity of its people, and the beauty of the landscape. I am thrilled to be able to introduce the rest of the world to the culture and traditions here.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I began taking writing classes and workshops from southwest mystery writer, Steven Havill. Once I started the process, I was hooked.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing, and did you use it to your advantage? The environment played a distinct role. The novel takes place in the southwest, and the New Mexico landscape is highlighted throughout the book, sometimes to add drama, and at other times to invoke a sense of serenity.

When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? I never considered publishing any of my writing until I self-published in 2011.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experience happened when I received an email from Thomas and Mercer stating that they were interested in publishing Key Witness.

Do you come up with titles before or after you write the manuscript? I start with a working title and change it later.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre. I write mystery/suspense because there is so much material that sparks my imagination, and it is challenging to create a mystery. I generally start with a kernel of the truth and elaborate until the story grows.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Key Witness.

What inspired you to write this book? My partner, a classical pianist and now deceased, came to New Mexico from the East Coast. Though all similarities to the main character end there, the awe and since of mystery or discovery he experienced until the day he died remains. It is in partial a tribute to his memory.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I would remind authors to keep writing, even if they think what they are writing is crap, because the first draft usually is. But, stick with it and try to write every day.

What is your favorite author and why? It is hard to come up with one favorite, as there are many. I love Kurt Vonnegut because of his ability to employ humor in his writing and his wonderful way with words.

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Pat Kelley

Step by step how-to for each phase of the hiring process. Includes blueprints for hiring sales, management, entry level labor, clerical and technical staff. Complete sample interviews, suggested forms, tips based on research and the author’s experience are included. Legal issues are addressed, along with guidelines for avoiding legal problems.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Business,

Cold Coffee Review: Hiring Right by Pat Kelley is a common sense, practical step-by-step, need-to-know business guide for finding and keeping good employees.

Whether you are just starting out and need to hire a few employees or business is picking up and you need to hire more this book should be your first reference guide. Pat Kelley lays out her step-by-step, need-to- know guide with facts, numbers, examples and all the forms necessary to help you find and keep good employees. Following her advice and the right incentives you will be able to lower your turnover rate and increase your profits.

Book Part One is made up of five chapters. In Chapter One, Pat lays out mistakes one, two and three and teaches employer how to “Profile” the job that you are offering, “Research” and “Complete A Personality Profile” on each perspective employee.

Chapter Two goes on to teach the employer how to “recruit”, “screen” and “test” applicants. This detailed chapter defines the advantages of promoting from within, considering employee referrals and details how to use all local, community, and technological researches to find, screen and test applicants.

Chapter Three details steps the employer can use to prepare for and conduct an interview.

Chapter Four presents the “Employment Law In Hiring” and alerts the employer to danger zones.

Chapter Five Part One shows the employer what comes after the interview, such as checking references, how to make the job offer with the proper compensation. Chapter Five Part Two goes on to explain the necessary training and work environment to ensure the employee fits in and stays.

Book Part Two is made up of five “Business Blueprints”. These blueprints include essential “Job Profile”, “Patterned Interview”, “Candidate Offer Letter”, “Orientation Checklist” forms for Office Clerical Positions, Level Labor Positions, Technical Worker Positions, Sales Worker Positions and Management Worker Positions.

The book wraps up with miscellaneous resource materials.

Theodocia McLean endorses “Hiring Right: A Business Blueprint for Lower Turnover and Higher Profits (A Business Blueprint Book)” by MS, SPHR, Pat Kelley for an instructional guide to help new employers coming into the job market and existing employers that are struggling with a high rate of turnover. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on March 28, 2015.

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Love, relationships, change, trauma, community and searching for God’s will are all a part of this novel, set in the mountains of the Arkansas/Oklahoma state border during the tumultuous post-Vietnam War years. Minor language, all audiences.

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The last thing forty-three-year-old Susan Watson thought she’d be doing at her age is starting over. But after she’s set up and fired from her job, she takes her savings and returns to her hometown to do just that.

In the process of creating a new life for herself, she encounters harassment, battery, threats and sabotage. While she’s just trying to survive, a crisis occurs at the hometown newspaper she loves and she sets aside her own goals to save the newspaper.

And she rediscovers the love of her life. Or is he simply using her to get his story told?

Homecoming is a complex, fast-moving story involving politics, a community separated by disparate needs, a struggling small-town newspaper and a woman who learns the hard way that she can go home again. Just don’t expect things to be the same.

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After more than thirty years in Human Resources, first as a specialist, then manager, and finally director, Millie Morrison is tired. During the last three years especially, a divorce, financial problems, estrangement from her children and constant problems at work have left her burned out and depressed. She badly needs a change but is afraid a new situation won’t be any better than the current one. Can she maintain her professionalism in the face of all the stress? As Millie works to resolve the problems that bedevil her and her company, a heat wave and a mad man bring everything to an unexpected head. Come along and see how Millie deals with all the HR issues and personal issues taking away her peace of mind. Payback is the first book in the Human Resources series written by a professional with more than forty-three years’ experience. The next book in the series is Rich Mountain, coming soon!

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Author Pat Kelley, MS, SPHR, relates detailed actual cases from her forty-three years in Human Resources Management. In practical, down to earth prose, she describes situations, problems and solutions involving employee turnover, hiring, supervision, employee involvement and bad behavior. Included with each case are Discussion Questions and Lessons Learned. Ideal for use as a supplemental text in HR classes or seminars.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Pat Kelley

Pat Kelley, MS, SPHR, is the author of Hiring Right: A Business Blueprint for Lower Turnover and Higher Profits, Second Edition, published in December 2014.

For more than 43 years, she worked as a specialist, manager and Director of Human Resources in banking, manufacturing, food processing and communications.

Certified as a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources, Ms. Kelley is recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Society of Human Resource Managers.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas? Having lived in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas the longest, I consider myself a home here. The people make this place special. They care about their families, friends, conservative values, their God, their church, and their communities. My kind of people.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I imagined myself a writer when I was 12 years old. Of course, I had no idea what that meant until I read a few thousand books. I’m most inspired to write non-fiction because of my passion for teaching people about Human Resources management and leadership. I’m inspired to write fiction because I’m constantly asking myself “what if…” when I drive down the road. My novels are about real people in real situations.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I wrote my first draft of Hiring Right in the mid-1980s when I was unemployed and bored waiting for the telephone to ring. Writing a book was a way to keep my mind active and to stay involved in my profession.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I grew up in a dysfunctional family, and am in the process of writing a memoir. Hiring Right is a product of my 43 years’ working in HR. And my latest novel, Rich Mountain, combines my love of HR with the realities of living with a veteran suffering PTSD.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? The title Hiring Right came to me before I wrote the book. The subtitle, A Business Blueprint … was developed as part of a marketing campaign when the first edition was published in 2004.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write non-fiction because I have information to share and am passionate about teaching others what I’ve learned about the hiring process, and the impact it can make on a company’s success. In fiction, I write contemporary women’s fiction because that’s what tickles my fancy.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? When I was writing the first draft of Hiring Right I realized one day that readers of this book would really be helped by the information. That was my “aha” moment, and still drives me.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My first validation was winning a runner-up prize at a major writing contest. I thought, “Oh, my God, I’m really a writer!”

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Having someone call to tell me how much they’ve benefited from Hiring Right. That’s validation of the first degree!

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep writing, keep studying the publishing industry, and never stop promoting!

Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite non-fiction authors are people like Lee Iacocca who tell it like it is. My favorite fiction authors are all those who write fabulous characters caught up in impossible situations.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I consider myself to be a teacher as much as a writer. As long as someone is learning from something I’ve written, I’m content.

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Ronald Fox

Confessions of a Transylvanian is a one-of-a-kind, backstage look at the greatest cult movie phenomenon of all time—the live Rocky Horror Picture Show—told by those who lived it.

Confessions is a moving snapshot of life in a Rocky Horror cast that captures the grit, language and teenage angst of a group of fishnet-clad performers as they explore a world where the only rule was: Don’t dream it. Be it.

So, get ready to take that jump to the left and that step to the right…and do the time warp again.

Genre: Nonfiction coming-of-age tale

Cold Coffee Review: Unique story, a memoir of men, women and yes, teenagers who worked and lived backstage as well as those who sat in the audience and participated in the live Rocky Horror Picture Show, performing their roles as a shadow cast in front of the big screen as the movie played.

Many of us remember this “cult movie phenomenon” but for those of you who either don’t remember, or are too young, let me quote the description of the Ultravision Theatre:

“A few words about the Ultravision Theatre before we proceed. Remember, this was in the early 1980s; in the days before the mega-plexes and maxi-houses. The Ultravision was an old-school auditorium movie house, the kind the I-Max theaters are now trying, unsuccessfully, to mimic. The screens at the Ultravision were simply enormous, stretching well over a hundred feet across and over thirty feet high, surrounded on all sides by a set of lush, red curtains that encircled the entire room.

The sound system was something else, too. These speakers didn’t simply squeak out the score of the film on some tinny little low-rent system; these babies blasted you right out of your f****** seat. If you saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the Ultravision (which I did, five times), you knew what a true movie-going experience was supposed to be like: The sound hit you in the chest like a sledgehammer and the screen pinned your eyes open wide, filling your entire periphery, making it feel, at times, as if Indiana Jones was kicking you’re a**.

Another distinctive feature of the Ultravision was that it was its own building. It wasn’t connected to a mall or attached to some corporate complex. This entire structure—this huge, sprawling edifice—was built to be nothing more than a place to show movies. That was it. End of story.

Imagine you’re standing in a gigantic round room, fifty feet high and 300 feet across. Just a colossal seating area, okay? As you strolled past the door, you’d find yourself in a gently curving aisle on the outer perimeter of the theater. The seats themselves stretched across the entire width of the circle with no center aisle, so the rows are forty, fifty, sixty seats across. And there are dozens of rows.

The seats were big and comfy; old fashioned movie-house seats with plush cushions that actually rocked back and forth”.

Now let’s go back in time and focus on the stories of those who worked behind the scenes and even the audience members who were drawn into the drama of the live performance aspect. The language in this book fairly depicts the times, times where sex, drugs and self-expression were part of this cult movement. I quote.

“Clearly, joining the Rocky cast involved on-the-job training. We were going to learn how to swim, but the teaching method this cast employed was to throw you in the deep end of the pool, lob an anvil at you and wish you good luck.

In defense of our friends and colleagues in New York: Doing Rocky can get to be a drag after a while.

I know it sounds like Rocky blasphemy (if there is such a thing), but the truth is that performing the same show, week after week without any variation at all, can be draining and demoralizing. This is true of live theater, rock music and dolphin acts. Doing each and every piece of Rocky choreography, by rote, each and every night leads inevitably to boredom and stagnation. You think Keith Richards likes playing “Satisfaction” at every single concert while he’s on tour? No. He f****** hates it. But he does it because that’s what the people want. And, you know, for all the money and stuff.

Fortunately, the people who perform the Rocky show on a regular basis know that atrophy can set in after constant and mindless repetition. And their solution to this malady is: Mix things up every once in a while.”

If you have ever felt left out, ostracized especially in your youth, this story will strike accord in your heart. When all is said and done, this is a coming of age memoir as a young man finds he can be part of something spectacular and cultivate lifetime friendships.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Confessions of a Transylvanian: a story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror by Kevin Theis and Ronald Fox. The characters are real, the stories are true and times have changed as this generation has moved on with their lives. As dramatic as this story is, it is a part of a generation’s history which this book chronicles. The authors invite you to visit “RockyConfessions.com/extras for pictures of the original Wild and Untamed Things along with a few more stories and other goodies from the Ultravision years”. This review was completed on December 3, 2015.

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“Wake up, awake,” the voice called. “Reach for what has been laid before you by the Fates. Keep moving forward. Do not waste this time. Your life, good and noble squire, depends on it.

Tomorrow your journey begins, and thus begins the rest of your life. Your impact upon your world shall be no small matter. Exhaust yourself to gain safe passage and pray to God. Go now, in haste, and make thee ready.”

It is the Middle Ages. Rand wakes to find himself thrust into a time of violence and upheaval that grips Medieval England.

It becomes for him a journey of discovery, of growth, of love, and of learning. He must adapt to a lifestyle entirely foreign to him, and a culture he has only read about. He must adapt or die. Sword in hand, he charges into the most fantastic adventure of his life.

Genre: Historical reference guide, Fictional medieval time period with true historical references

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ronald Fox

Actor/Author/Stuntman/Facilitator/Consultant Ronald Fox is a seasoned veteran of Film, Television, Theatre, and Live Show & Radio with a body of work that spans almost 3 decades.

In Theatre he studied the Bard’s work under Stephen Jenn, RSC – Old Vic Theatre.

In Film & TV, his global experience has afforded him the opportunity to work with world-class crew, directors, coordinators and talent.

As an Author, Mr. Fox’s wildly imaginative mind supports a prolific production of ongoing projects, spurred on by a tremendously supportive family and public.

In Public Speaking he is dynamic facilitator often sought for his ability to engage diverse audiences, deliver key insights, and create memorable takeaway moments.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Florida? The great thing about being a writer is you can do it anywhere. I live in Central Florida and find a lot to be inspired about. The beauty of Central Florida is an hour in any direction takes you to pristine beaches, conservation areas, towns that have stood the test of time for two centuries and flowing natural springs. Plus, a mere two hours away is the country’s oldest continuously inhabited city, Saint Augustine, a place rich with history. I like to tell stories that resonate. When we connect as writers and bring others into a world we’ve created, and we envelope them in that world, that’s magic.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Like most authors, I’ve written ever since I discovered pen and paper. I have always crafted stories, mostly short. Reading Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth compelled me to write Oaken Rings.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I spent a lot of time exploring my world as a kid. I grew up in a suburban area right on the edge of wilderness. A short bike ride would take me to a copse of forested land, and one of my favorite areas to visit had a creek that ran through it. This environment brought out the adventurer in me, a sensation I have successfully carried over to my storytelling.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Oaken Rings was probably the first time I decided I had a story to tell, a story worth sharing with others.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? As much as I thought “giving wings to our baby” would be the most rewarding part of the book writing process, more so has been the constant and growing fan base. At the RHPS 40th anniversary convention in New York we were constantly beset by people wanting to meet us, get the book, take photos with us, and simply talk to us. It is uplifting to say the least

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? One of the most rewarding experiences is having the opportunity to speak about my research. When you work on a project that uses facts as your foundation, you are more likely to connect with your audience, who will be more eager to connect with you. For the book release party of Confessions of a Transylvanian, we had nearly one thousand people show up for two book readings, autograph sessions, and an after party. It was rewarding beyond expression to meet people from the Rocky community who were enthusiastic to be a part of the affair. In the weeks that passed we were comfortably blanketed by countless emails and posts from fans that enjoyed the story, and in some instances felt we were telling the story of everyone.

Just as thrilling as our fan base is to Jack and me, getting an endorsement for Confessions from Susan Sarandon (who played Janet in the film), followed by Barry Bostwick (who played Brad) thrilled our growing fan base as much as it delighted us.

How many published books do you have? I currently have two published books. The most recent is a collaborative endeavor titled Confessions of a Transylvanian. My first book is Oaken Rings.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? For Confessions of a Transylvanian we worked on the book and had it nearly finished when the title came to us. With Oaken Rings I knew the title and the end of the book before I even started telling the story.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Confessions of a Transylvanian is a nonfiction coming-of-age tale. This particular story had to be told in the first-person narrative (even though it was written by two people) because, in this case, truth was more amazing than fiction.

I don’t stick with one genre; I do however tend to write stories that use real locations as a teeterboard for launching my characters.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? My co-author and longtime friend, Jack, and I both tossed around the idea of documenting some of the experiences we had had as a cast, and group of inseparable friends. When we lost one of our own this motivated us to quickly assemble the various stories and build a storyline by which to tell the world what it was like to be part of a shadow cast (even before the term existed). We sought to write a love letter to our cast, The Wild and Untamed Things, but also an open love letter to anyone who had ever been part of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in any form.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Writing is like film production. When you get an idea that won’t leave you alone, start to jot down the details so you can keep track of who’s who. Use a notebook or index cards to keep your locations and characters organized. The more work (pre-production) you do before you start the first draft of your story, the better prepared you’ll be as you embark on your word crafting journey.

Who is your favorite author and why? Ken Follett. His ability to walk you through a scene with tremendous detail allows the reader to see, feel, smell, and experience what is written.

Amazon Author’s Page
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Shelton Williams

Covey Jencks grew up in Odessa, Texas. After college, he joined the Army, attended law school, clerked on the Fifth Circuit, and suffered a stint at a D. C. law firm. He quits a life of white privilege to return home to solve the mysterious 1979 murder of Freddie Johnson, a black employee at Covey’s family business. Her life matters to Covey. For cover Covey opens a small firm filled with big characters. Eventually another black woman reenters his life to become Covey’s crime-solving partner. Mexican gangs, Boston mobsters, and racist cops complicate but do not derail the successful investigation.

Cold Coffee Review: If you long for freedom from all the things that hold your down, I suggest you get to know a young Texan lawyer named Covey Jencks, because he cherishes freedom and wide-open ranges.

Author Shelton L. Williams weaves this well written, fast-paced fiction with believable characters to take you back in America’s southern history, with enough suspense to keep you turning the page.

It was March 1979, when Alfreda (Freddie) Mae Johnson (a southern black women) died. It was her death that would eventually take young Covey Jencks from his beloved oil country of West Texas to the seat of political power in Washington D.C.

To understand Covey, we must start with his college days where Led Zeppelin filled the dorm halls, margaritas and weed played with the senses, and girls made Covey’s first night at school “the first day of the rest of my life”. Covey’s love for the month of September, (beginning of the school year) that made the launch of Jencks Law Firm perfect.

Depending on your age, you will relate to this time (1970’s through 1990’s) drenched in racial tensions, Vietnam war, college football pride, mobsters, gangs, bad cops, young love and for Covey, a nagging need to know what brought Freddie to such a violent end.

This is a great read and I am hoping that this is a prequel to the Covey Jencks series, as there are never enough sleuths to satisfy mystery, thriller suspense enthusiasts like myself.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Covey Jencks by Shelton L. Williams. This book is available in paperback and Kindle. I purchased this book in Kindle. This review was completed on February 24, 2017.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Private Investigators

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In the August 2006 Texas Monthly article on Charles Whitman (“96 Minutes,” by Pamela Colloff), Shelton Williams is a character in the recounting of the Whitman tragedy. Shelly was there when the shooting started, but it was not his first encounter with the young man who weaken so much havoc on that hot August day in Austin in 1966. While Shelly and Charlie did know each other, they were not friends and they were not adversaries at the University of Texas in the spring and summer of 1966. They were just two guys with troubled families, personal insecurities, and challenged young marriages. Summer of ’66 is not about Charles Whitman and it is not about why the two young men took such different paths. It is memoir about life at UT, about a mystery man, and about a young man and woman who faced a changing and dangerous world in a courageous way. Charles Whitman is simply a character in this true story.

Shelton and Janell Williams survived August 1, 1966, and the summer of ’66. Shelly got a PhD in International Studies, taught at Austin College for thirty-six years and through the organization he founded and of which he is president, The Osgood Center for International Studies, continues to run the Washington Program for Austin College students and students from around the world. Janell graduated from Austin College and worked twenty-five distinguished years for the Social Security Administration. They now live in the Washington, DC area. Each thanks the other for forty-two years of eventful married life, and both look forward to the next “five-year review” of their marriage. It comes up in 2009.

Review: by Amazon Customer. 5.0 out of 5 stars

June 15, 2017. Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

A remarkable book. Shelton Williams is a talented author and his personal involvement with the tragedy puts him at center stage to share his tale.

Review: SanIsaac B. Morgan. 4.0 out of 5 stars

December 7, 2006. Format: Paperback

This is a sweet follow up to Dr. Williams first book, Washed in the Blood. It tells the story of his last summer at the University of Texas before going to grad school and his life with his lovely wife, Janell. He was acquainted with Charles Whitman, the sniper in the UT tower who randomly shot at people in the streets of Austin, before being killed by two very brave Austin police officers. It asks the question, “Why do some people facing certain adverse situations become stronger, while others snap?” If you would like a taste of the feel of 1960’s America during its loss of innocence, this is a great place to start.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Drama & Plays, Regional & Cultural

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Washed in the Blood is just remarkable in so many ways, hypnotic, eerie, a spine-tingling murder mystery and also a haunting memoir of what it’s like to grow up in one of strangest and most fascinating places on the face of the earth.  I was hooked by the first page, and Shelton Williams’ writing is honest and beautiful.  One of those rare books that grabs and won’t let go, even after you have read it.

Review: Williams’ gripping account of the death of his cousin is the stuff of great literature. Except it’s tragically real. By Gary Cartwright, senior editor, Texas Monthly

Review: A page-turning, crackling read about… the ‘Kiss and Kill’ murder of a 17-year-old. By Larry L. King, author, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Review: Hypnotic, eerie, a spine-tingling murder mystery and also a haunting memoir … I was hooked by the first page. by Buzz Bissinger, author, Friday Night Lights

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, True Crime

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Shelton L. Williams

Shelton L. Williams is proud to be a Texan story-teller. He has a PhD in International Relations, but publishing is his end goal.

Author Shelton L. William has published five books and contributed to two others. He chooses write about crime and society, because he can present complications, brain teasers, and personal stories. His book titles are Covey Jencks (mystery, thriller & suspense), Washed In The Blood (Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature and True Crime) and Summer of ’66 (Literature & Fiction, Drama & Plays and Regional & Cultural).

His favorite author is Walter Moseley because he tells great stories with interesting characters and they may a point about important issues in American society.

Shelton believes that everyone has a story, so write yours.

What makes you proud to be a writer from Bethesda MD? Texas originally, but now Bethesda MD. I am proud to be a Texas writer because many Texans are good story-tellers. I’d like to count myself among them.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My teachers from high school on inspired me, but in fact I have always enjoyed writing.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment was rough and tumble, anti-intellectual, and geographically remote. It gave me an exotic place to locate my stories.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I have PhD in International Relations and to publish is the end-all. I published my first book at 23.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Meeting people from all over the world who related to my stories.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Meeting former students who tell me that my books inspired, informed, or helped them.

How many published books do you have? I have published 5 books and contributed to two others. The last three, however, have been for the general public.

Please list the titles of all your books: Just my general releases: Washed in the Blood, Summer of 66, and Covey Jencks.

Please tell me the genre of each of your books. Two are non-fiction crimes novels and one is a murder mystery.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I had the titles well before.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write about crime and society. I prefer to write this way because I can present complications, brain teasers, and personal stories.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Covey Jencks.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Everyone has a story, so write yours.

Who is your favorite author and why? Walter Moseley because he tells great stories with interesting characters and they may a point about important issues in American society.

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Tara L. Kay

Being a teenager has its ups and downs. Being stuck between childhood and adulthood, it’s hard to know where to fit in. It’s an awkward and insecure time of life. There is the desire for independence coupled with a fear of standing out. Free to Be Me: A Book for Teens and Tweens uses relatable cartoon characters to discuss real issues such as stress, peer pressure, bullying, and teen fears. It also offers constructive ways adults can better support teens.

Free to Be Me validates the thoughts and experiences teens face on a day-to-day basis. While individual experiences may differ, the overall issues faced do not. Hopefully, the discussions within the book’s pages prove helpful not just to teens but also to the adults in their worlds.

Cold Coffee Review: This small book is packed with information for teens and tweens.

The ‘Free To Be Me’ book cover along with the illustrations inside the book are hand drawn.

Great Advice For Teens Quote: “Embrace Your Individually”.

Subjects Covered:

What Issues Are Important To You As A Teen?

Stress

Bullying

Peer Pressure

Are These Issues Gender, Race, Socio-Economic Or Demographically Specific?

What Is Your Biggest Fear Or Concern As A Teen?

What Can Adults Do To Support Teens Better?

What Programs or Systems Could Be Implemented To Support Teens Better?

My thoughts: This book is as much for parents as for teens. The best scenario would be for a teens and parents to read this book together and have open and safe dialog. In addition, I think adults who work with tweens and teens such as school teachers, school counselors, church leaders, scout leaders, civic organization youth leaders, librarians and all care givers should make this book available to youth and provide a safe place for discussion.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Free To Be Me: A Book For Teens and Tweens by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA. When you purchase this book for your teen please download the author’s first book titled ‘Let The Sun Shine In: A Book Of Positive Affirmations For Kids’. As a grandmother I have purchased both these books and highly recommend them. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review completed on May 24, 2017.

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Inspired by Louise Hay’s message, “Your thoughts create your life”, Let the Sun Shine In was created as a tool for children to learn and understand that they have control over their thoughts and words and, ultimately, what happens in their life.

Within the pages of Let the Sun Shine In, kids will learn the difference between negative thoughts and positive affirmations. Child-inspired illustrations and simple text demonstrate how to make the change from negative thoughts and words to positive ones. The happiness, freedom, and confidence that come from this ability are beneficial for children for their entire lives!

Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction

Cold Coffe Review: From a Grandmother’s point of view the book cover and title got my attention right away.

The title “Let The Sun Shine In” is above a child’s drawing of two children standing on a green landscape with flowers and blue clouds with the sun’s yellow rays permeating their world brought a smile to my face.

No greater time has our children, grandchildren and adults needed “Positive Affirmations”. The very fact that LifeRich Publishing (trademark of the Reader’s Digest Association Inc.) picked up this book tells me that they have put their stamp of approval on this book.

Author Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA, dedicates this book, “For the children-may you always cherish the gift of your uniqueness, and know that only you define you.”

Simple, positive life affirmations fill 24 white pages of this book with beautiful, colorful childrens’ drawings (with actual words from the children) will uplift children and adults. The drawing on each page has a border that makes me think they should be sewn into a patch work quilt. My grand-kids will love this book. Every child needs to read and hear these positive affirmations every day.

Tara L. Kay is a licensed clinical pharmacist who has been practicing for over fifteen years in various settings. Additionally, Tara is a certified Reiki master of Dr. Usui’s System of Natural Healing, and she has certification in craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute. Tara also practices EFT/tapping, a hands-on healing technique that balances and realigns energy. Tara incorporates alternative therapies into the scope of her practice as a pharmacist to improve the health and well-being of her clients. Tara strives to educate her clients and to facilitate their physical, spiritual, and emotional health and growth as they move along their own path toward enlightenment.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse ‘Let The Sun Shine In: A Book Of Positive Affirmations For Kids’ by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA. I purchased this book from Kindle and the review was completed on July 31, 2016.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA

Tara Kay grew up in Southern Connecticut and currently resides in North of Boston, Massachusetts. She has been a practicing pharmacist for over 15 years in various settings. Tara received her Bachelors in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, her PharmD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy/Allied Health, her MBA from Fairfield University and her Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification from the Natural Healing College. Additionally, Tara is a certified Reiki Master of Dr. Usui’s System of Natural Healing and she has certification in Cranio-sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. Tara also practices EFT/Tapping, a hands on healing technique that balances and realigns energy.

Tara incorporates Alternative Therapies into the scope of her practice as a Pharmacist to improve the health and well-being of her clients. Tara strives to educate her clients and to facilitate their physical, spiritual and emotional health and growth as they move along their own path towards enlightenment.

Tara’s practice is inspired by her life-long commitment to health and wellness. She is a dedicated, compassionate and devoted healthcare professional and healer. She takes a unique approach to healing with each client based on their need by using both her knowledge of medications, herbs and supplements and Alternative Therapies.

Tara believes that each individual holds the power to heal themselves and that by honoring the body, mind and spirit many miraculous awakenings can occur.

Tara published her first book entitled, “Let the Sun Shine in, a book of positive affirmations for kids” in June 2016. It was inspired by Louise Hay’s message, “your thoughts create your life, as well as Tara’s own experience with positive affirmations.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Massachusetts? The North Shore is an incredibly beautiful and inspiring place to live. I feel very fortunate to have moved here 6 years ago. It is a summer destination for many avid beach goers and outdoor enthusiasts, of which I am one and it also offers many cultural, educational and social activities.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I believe my writing endeavor was divinely inspired. I have been a pharmacist for over 15 years and I have incorporated a number of alternative methods into my practice along the way. My focus has always been on health and wellness. While I have benefited from the messages and teachings of authors such as Louise Hays, I never thought about writing. After my divorce, I began using positive affirmations on a daily basis to help me through my healing process. Earlier this year, I took an amazing trip to South Africa where I was deeply moved by Nelson Mandela’s story. I returned home, sat down one evening and wrote the first draft of my book.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I’ve always had an awareness level beyond my years. I knew this even as a child but didn’t fully understand it. I grew up in a home with a very controlling father and a mother whose voice was rarely heard. I can’t say my upbringing played a conscious role in my writing but it obviously sparked something within me.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I returned home from an amazing trip to South Africa at the end of January 2016. In February, I left a job of 8.5years, started a new job and moved. During this time of transition, I came home from work one night and wrote the first draft manuscript. By the beginning of March, the illustrations were complete. I secured a publisher at the end of March.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The outpouring of support, encouragement, enthusiasm and excitement. This is my first book. I realize it will be for some and not for others. I’m ok with that. I know in my heart that it will get into the hands of those that need and desire it.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Navigating the world of self-publishing. At first it seemed overwhelming but I had the pleasure of working with a great team at Life Rich Publishing. They guided me step by step and made the process seamless.

How many published books do you have? Two.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Free To Be Me: A Book For Teens & Tweens by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Believe you can and you will.

Who is your favorite author and why? Harper Lee because she never gave up on her dream of being a writer. She persevered at a time when women’s rights are not what they are today. She achieved great honor and success and yet never got caught up in it.

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Roxanne Bland

Kurt, vampire Master of Seattle, Garrett Larkin, mage of Balthus Coven and Parker Berenson, alpha of the city’s werewolf pack, are in a world of trouble. Already divided by love and jealousy, the three discover their auras are inextricably bound, the result of a spellcasting gone terribly wrong. Each one’s aura has been invaded by the auras of the others, and the consequences are both frightening and deadly. Worse yet, Shen’zae Melera, interstellar assassin and Parker’s love, has returned to Earth with dire news: she didn’t return alone. She’d been followed by her nemesis, Mag Beloc, and his fleet of warships. Even if Beloc recaptures her, Melera knows that Earth will suit his purposes, and that his presence may well become permanent. Drawn together by choice and fate while doing what they had to do, can Kurt, Garrett, and Parker now find a way to undo the magick that binds them, and with Melera, stop an alien invasion before it begins?

Cold Coffee Review: Invasion by Roxane Bland begins as Kurt (vampire Master of Seattle) “fears the very powers that he almost died twice for are weakening.” Meanwhile Parker Berenson (alpha of Seattle’s werewolf pack) contemplates his love for “Melera (interstellar assassin) who, as the story opens, has left him for her home galaxy.” Garrett Larkin (powerful witch and mage of the Balthus Coven) discovers that there might not be a counter spell as she, Kurt and Garrett auras have been bound by a spell gone bad.

Author Roxanne Bland is a great urban dark fantasy story teller that pushes the limits in the US city of Seattle Washington, which is now the tale of two cities. One city is for the humans and the other city plays out in the darkness under the moon. For me the ‘Invasion’ follows ‘The Underground’ extremely well. With vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and space aliens, this adult adventure is fast paced, graphic, and puts “Earth in Mag Beloc’s—Melera’s alien nemesis cross hairs.”

I always quote a passage to reveal the Author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “Inside Melera’s huge cavern base, Parker lay on her bed half asleep, luxuriating in his vacation from the world. These last eight days or so with Melera had been like heaven. No phones, no clients, no pack, just the two of them.

He smiled as he listened to her play her whatchamacallit and sing along with it. At first, it sounded more like noise—screeches, howls and growls—than music. But the more he listened, the easier it was to make out themes and motifs, and at times, he could even follow its syncopated rhythms. He’d gotten to the point where he actually kind of liked the piece.

His smile faltered. Melera wasn’t playing her instrument for his benefit, he knew. It was the code she was trying to break, that would alert her battle fleet for delivery to the Vst.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Invasion by Roxanne Bland as this adult dark urban fantasy is an easy read after I got to know some of the characters in ‘The Underground’. Each book stands alone and will hold your attention if you love all the things that could go bump in the night on the ground and overhead. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was written on November 6, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Alien Invasion, Military, Space Fleet

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Roxanne Bland does bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, J.R. Ward, and Laurell K. Hamilton one better with The Underground–rocketing into the upper ranks of urban dark fantasy and paranormal romance by adding a touch of science fiction to the fantastic, horrific, erotic mix. Set in an alternate Seattle, Washington, Bland’s heart-pounding, deliciously sexy adventure imagines a city where communities of “exotics”–shapeshifters, witches, elves, and vampires–live among the murderous human population and are ruled over by the cruel, insatiable vampire, Kurt.

The powerful alpha male of the city’s werewolf pack, Parker Berenson, is one of the Master’s enslaved servants, and he would like nothing better than to hasten the downfall of the vampire overlord who stole his love, the beautiful mage Garrett Larkin. But in a night city already on the razor’s edge–in the midst of a spate of inexplicable bloody murders–the alpha wolf’s passionate encounter with a stunning interstellar assassin could upset the very delicate balance and ignite a war that neither exotics nor humans can survive.

Warning: Profanity, Violence, Graphic Adult Content

Cold Coffee Review: The Underground (Second Edition) by Roxanne Bland is a blend of genres which include science fiction, dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance with an adult theme which includes profanity, violence and graphic erotic content.

It is not lions and tigers and bears, but rather werewolves, vampires, witches, and shapeshifters called “Exotics” that rule the night. You will either love it or hate it depending on your ability to meld into the author’s fantasy world and find something strangely different about her cast of characters.

Set in an alternate Seattle Washington where the night hours are more than bewitching, they are truly murderous. The book opens with Parker Berenson, alpha of Seattle’s werewolf fighting to stay in human form. Like many good stories, a love has been lost and someone or something must pay. Parker has anger issues and Garrett (Powerful Witch) is his former girlfriend and perhaps the only one who can truly see “the big picture”.

I always quote a passage to reveal the Author’s writing style without spoiling the story. With ninety-one chapters in this book, I chose an excerpt from Chapter 10.

“At nine a.m. on February second, a cinquet of five witches arrived to fetch Garrett for the first of her many ritual baths. They discovered her sitting naked in a half lotus on the floor, deep in a meditative trance.

Garrett had been awake for hours. She’d had too much on her mind the night before and hadn’t slept well. At five, she’d gotten out of bed and showered. After that, she’d meditated on the silk prayer rug next to the bed, hoping she could replace at least some of her lost sleep. The last thing she needed was to be incapacitated by fatigue when she channeled Goddess.

The cinquet waited in respectful silence until Garrett came out of her trance. Her gaze settled on Paul. “Good morning, Garrett,” he spoke for the other four witches.

Rising from the prayer rug, Garrett stepped over to Paul and kissed him on both cheeks, and then did the same to the others. Pinkie pre- sented her with a pair of soft indoor moccasins. Georgia held up a white, silk-lined satin robe and helped her put it on.

Paul smiled. “Ready, my Lady?” “I’m ready.”

The elder turned and with Garrett walking behind, led the group out of the bedroom to the purification room. The room’s most prominent feature was a square, white, marble Jacuzzi large enough for two people. One side was set into a wall covered with a slab of marble that rose half- way to the ceiling. Neck-sized indentations had been scooped out along the tub’s upper edge. From there, the tub sloped to its bottom, providing back support.

The rest of the wall to which the tub was attached, as well as the room’s other three walls, was covered in dense, dark blue carpet. The floor was laid with waterproofed linoleum in the same color. A series of wall sconces provided a dim light.

I love being in here. The room always evoked in Garrett a sense of inviolate safety, a comfort she never felt outside the Temple’s walls. This must be the way a baby feels in its mother’s womb.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Underground (Second Edition) by Roxanne Bland as an adult dark urban fantasy that will either grab and hold your attention or turn you off depending on your appetite for violent, graphic and erotic content. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was written on June 9, 2017.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Science Fiction

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In the world-building tradition of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Moreva of Astoreth is a blend of science fiction, romance, and adventure in a unique, richly imagined imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of the priestess, scientist, and healer Moreva Tehi, the spoiled, headstrong granddaughter of a powerful deity who is banished for a year to a volatile far corner of the planet for neglecting to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Cold Coffee Press Interview With Author Roxanne Bland

Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated.

Interview Questions:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Baltimore? I can’t say that I’m proud to be a writer from anywhere (though I will say that while my living in Baltimore is happenstance, Washington, D.C. is my home). Writing is simply what I do, and it’s what I do best.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I suppose you could say it was the books I read as a child. They wrote down their stories; maybe I could write down my stories, too. But those little stories never saw the light of day. I threw them out. Then, I won a writing contest when I was around ten. You’d think that would have been my clue, but it sailed right over my head. I wrote off and on over the next several decades, but it wasn’t until the 2000s that it dawned on me that “hey, I’m pretty good at this, and it’s fun!”

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Not really. Back in those days, I wrote to pass the time (when I had any!), or as a school exercise. My focus was on becoming a career musician. Incredibly time consuming. I did have one high school teacher who suggested that I become a writer, but of course, at that time, it was out of the question.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Sometime in the early 2000s. I wrote a little piece while recovering from illness, and a dear friend browbeat me into making it into a novel. When I realized that I actually might have something, I started shopping it around. No takers. Then I was lucky enough to find an editor who saw promise in my scribblings and agreed to work with me to polish it up. No, that’s not true. We didn’t just polish it up, we made it into an entirely new book.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love watching the words spill out over the page (or pixels on a screen, as the case may be). My thoughts, my characters, my story—coming to life. Some writers say that writing “the end” is their reward. To me, writing those two little words is kind of a letdown. Of course, that’s when you start writing another book.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Founding my publishing house, Blackrose Press. My idea is to publish works by people of color. I’ll be ready to take on submissions from other writers sometime in 2018. We’ll start off as an ebook publisher, and then, if the sales warrant, graduate to POD. I’m starting small; only two books per year. Hopefully, when Blackrose Press matures, I’ll be able to publish more.

Please tell us the genre of each of your books. The Underground books are paranormal urban fantasy/science fiction with romantic elements. The Moreva of Astoreth is a science fiction/romance.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Usually while I’m writing the book. I have working titles so I can find it in my files, but the working title never becomes the final title. For example, the working title for The Underground was The Alien Within.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write paranormal urban fantasy and science fiction. I don’t know that I prefer to write in those genres. It’s more like those are the channels in which my imagination runs.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? The Underground: Second Edition

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? It was the reviews that I received for The Underground. The readers obviously saw merit in the book, but it had issues. So, after kicking it around in my head for a couple of years, I decided to rewrite it. I felt I owed to it my readers to produce a better book, but more than that, I owed it to myself as a writer

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep writing and don’t give up.

Who is your favorite author and why? Edgar Allan Poe. I love the lyrical flow of his words, especially his poems (and I’m not into poetry). I know his style of writing is out of date, but I’d love to be able to write like him.

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Nikki Broadwell

A Paranormal Romance.

Coyote yearns to be human but when his wish is granted he discovers that the shaman left out one tiny detail–as soon as he falls asleep he will always return to animal form.

Meeting the human female Sara further complicates Coyote’s life as he is drawn to her in a way he can’t explain. Ignoring Raven’s warnings that he should stick with his own kind, Coyote-man finds himself heading to Sara’s house at odd times, her essence impossible to ignore.

When a cruel trick of fate separates them, Coyote seeks council from a Navajo man who promises to help. Will this man trick him like the other shaman or can he be trusted?

Walking the spirit trail brings answers but not to the questions he asked. What will happen if Sara learns the truth?

Will she turn away from this strange-looking man with the yellow eyes who seems like he comes from a different planet?

Cold Coffee Review: “There was once a coyote who wanted to become a man, but before he could be granted his wish the shaman asked him for three things.”

Just Another Desert Sunset is a provocative paranormal romance that begs the reader to recognize the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans traditions and beliefs.

This face paced well written story takes place in Arizona where Author Nikki Broadwell uses the beauty of both sky and land with desert creatures that crawl, area birds fly and furry animals that hunt. Nikki weaves spell binding rituals with humans that are going about their lives unaware of the clash of cultures that exists as a fine line ready to tear the very fabric of time and space.

Well-developed characters live in a modern world that collide with a spiritual world were a coyote leaves his familiar pack in search of a way to become a human man. His deepest desire is to see, hear, feel and make love to Sarah who overwhelms his senses with her fragrances and beauty which brings confusion and longing in his spirit. Shape-shifting is not new to literature, but it is new to coyote when his warm, four footed fury body shifts into a Native American man named Istaga with yellow eyes, long braids and smooth, hairless skin.

I quote a passage where romance bridges instinct. “Coyote woke with a start, staring down at the woman curled up next to him. She looked serene and peaceful, a slight smile curling up the corners of her mouth. He wanted to stay as he was, wanted her to know him as animal as well as man, but it was too soon—too early for her to find out the truth. If she woke now he couldn’t imagine how she would react seeing a wild beast lying next to her. He thought of the night before and how he had longed to turn into his coyote form but had managed to control the urge. How he wished his visions would come to pass—that they could change together from human to animal while they mated. When he moved away she moaned in her sleep, reaching for him, but he was already loping into the underbrush, searching for their breakfast.

When Sara woke, Istaga was gone, nothing left to indicate he’d ever been there. She had a moment of panic, wondering if she’d dreamed the entire scenario, but then she felt the sand in her hair, the sore muscles in her shoulders and hips and smiled to herself. There had been no exchange of the usual endearments between them but somehow the episode felt profound and deeper than any sex she’d ever experienced. Except for the first time with Istaga, she thought to herself, chuckling. Hopefully he had only gone to relieve himself and would be back soon. The thought of him disappearing from her life again was too painful to bear.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Just Another Desert Sunset by Nikki Broadwell as a delightful paranormal romance that intertwines human and animal nature in its purest form. Nikki currently has 10 books within 4 series, two Kindle Gift sets and a new book coming out early in 2016. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on November 23, 2015.

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Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby are not what they seem. All three can shift into coyotes. When the Predator Masters arrive and hunt coyotes for sport Istaga turns into a snarling replica of himself, insisting they travel far into the mountains to warn other coyotes and keep out of danger. But before that can happen Sara’s former husband, Raleigh, steals their baby girl and discovers exactly what she is.

When Istaga shifts into a coyote and nearly kills Raleigh, someone manages to get the entire surreal scene on his camera phone. From that moment on Sara and Istaga are thrown into turmoil, their lives and that of their shape-shifting baby placed in grave danger. With hunters and cops searching for them they head for the hills.

What will it take to free themselves from Raleigh?

Can their love survive?

A Paranormal Romance

Cold Coffee Review: Excellent storytelling will draw you into this must-read series. If you love animals and want to protect their environment, this tantalizing paranormal sci-fi romance will take you across the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans and exposes the dark side of human nature.

Coyote Sunrise is book two (Just Another Desert Sunset-Book One) in the series where the reader is drawn into the life of Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby (Kaliska) who shift from the human world into the treacherous world of coyotes. Although a series, each book stands alone as Author Nikki Broadwell masterfully writes a complete saga from beginning to end with expert knowledge of the Tucson Arizona Desert, Coyotes, American Indian Traditions and the mission of the Predator Masters Hunting Group who hunt to kill predators, especially Coyotes with the blessing of the United States Government.

Descriptive writing brings the reader not only into the story but into the desert environment with the glory of sunrises and sunsets, the birds of the air and the creatures of the land with raw dangers that are inherit in the life cycle of coyotes. Istaga along with his wife Sara is determined to “keep these hunters from laying waste to all predators”. I am careful not to spoil the story for the reader, but I always quote a passage so you can experience the authors writing style.

Once she was away from town she shifted, knowing it would take less time on four legs. The moon was up, spreading silver light across the pale desert landscape and seeming to light her way. Her belly was empty and she was anxious to see her pup and her mate, but other than that her mind was on the pungent scents riding the cool night air and the other animals roaming and trying to stay out of sight. In the distance she heard sirens, a sound that never failed to make her heart beat faster.

Her anxiety began to taper once she reached the river and swam across. There was no light from the fire when she worked her way up the steep cliff face toward their cave. Her coyote mind pictured raw meat instead of cooked, her mouth filling with saliva. But as she approached the cave she stopped to listen. There were no sounds coming from within. Before she processed the thought, she was standing on two legs, alarm filling her body with adrenaline. Ducking her head under the overhanging lip of the cave she entered dark space. There was no one there.”

So check your DNA and keep turning the pages as the dialog and storyline is keenly in Nikki’s realm of imagination and sphere of time. I encourage to read Coyote Sunrise as I now wait for the next story in this series to take shape in Nikki’s mind.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story by Nikki Broadwell as a tale of courage and survival. Coyote Sunrise is Nikki’s eleventh novel and follows Just Another Desert Sunset that shares a place and time where Nikki and her husband call home. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 6, 2016.

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Wolfmoon Trilogy
The Moonstone: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 1
Saille, The Willow: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 2
The Wolf Moon: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 3
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Is magic gone from the world? Was it ever here? Read The Moonstone and you might just believe in magic again! Fans of strong women like those found in ‘The Mists of Avalon’ series will find themselves right at home.

Finna’s mother is dead. So why is this woman standing on her stoop claiming to be just that?

Catriona arrives bearing a gift—a luminous moonstone that holds the secrets to Finna’s heritage. What heritage?

Catriona insists that the two of them must journey to the castle of the Celtic moon goddess, Arianrhod. Moon goddess?

The story Catriona weaves is preposterous. A parallel reality, known as the ‘Otherworld’, exists next to this one. According to her, this place has no electricity, cars or any other modern conveniences. “The moonstone will show the way,”

Catriona intones cryptically. Newly pregnant Finna is naturally skeptical. Where has this woman been for the past eighteen years? And why would her father lie about her mother’s death?

All her instincts tell her to stay put during this critical time. But Catriona is uncannily persuasive, convincing her despite Finna’s misgivings.

What a trip through this alternate reality really means, and the secrets Catriona reveals about their family and the baby Finna carries, have Finna questioning everything she has ever known. With her life and that of her unborn child in jeopardy, Finna must find a way to survive.

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Maeve has been having strange dreams but when she goes to the psychic to find out some answers she leaves with more questions. As she walks out of the store a crow stares down at her from on top of a telephone pole and she could swear his gaze seems malevolent. When a shipment of paintings arrives from Scotland Maeve feels drawn to them in a way she can’t ignore.

Why do the dark landscapes seem so familiar? And why is there a glowing moonstone hovering in the background of each one?

More dreams plague her sleep and when she finds herself running down a path that only exists in a painting, she realizes that her safe, predictable life has taken a very different turn.

Between consulting the psychic and falling in love, Maeve will find out a secret that will turn her life upside down and send her careening into a future she could never have imagined.

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It is close to the winter solstice when Maeve Lewin’s simple trip to Scotland to re-unite with her mother throws her headlong into a dangerous world. A prophecy written centuries before seems to describe her as ‘the one’, and despite Maeve’s insistence that this couldn’t possibly be true her mother and grandmother both agree that it is.

What Maeve doesn’t know is that her boyfriend, Harold, is part of her destiny, mentioned in the ancient text as ‘the one of noble birth who will stand by her side.” But Harold’s only plan is to join Maeve in Scotland for the New Year before the two of them fly home to the States.

The night of the winter solstice brings Maeve face to face with a terrifying reality, but it’s Harold’s arrival that forces her to come to terms with the truth. He seems to have lived in this parallel world before and his part in future events has been sealed as surely as hers.

With dark forces hunting her relentlessly and confronted with a fate she didn’t choose, Maeve must come to terms with her future and somehow find the strength to fulfill the perilous task set before her.

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Gypsy Series
Gypsy’s Quest: Gypsy Series Book 1
Gypsy’s Return: Gypsy Series Book 2
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The last thing Gertrude remembers is landing at the Edinburgh airport, but this medieval world where she finds herself bears no resemblance to Scotland. Here there is neither indoor plumbing, nor any electronics, cars, busses or trains.

When she discovers that she’s pregnant her fear mounts. There are no hospitals, no doctors, and no stores in which to buy diapers or baby food. And why can’t she remember the father?

But things are worse than she imagines—her past is catching up. And when her baby is kidnapped, the horrible memories begin to resurface.

Little does she know that searching for her baby will pull her into a larger quest to save the world. But before she can do either, she must save herself. Does she have the strength to overcome the obstacles in her way before it’s too late to save anyone?

Aided by a man from her distant past and a magical boat, she hunts for her child in worlds that should only exist in myth.

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A time traveling romance.

The flutter of a butterfly’s wings may cause a hurricane across the world, but can the turn of a page cause chaos across time?

Gertrude is about to find out just how mighty the pen is when she publishes The Hanged Man, a fictional account of her time in the future that is meant to prevent the suffering she witnessed. But the love and loss she experienced are brought crashing back when the god Loki informs her that good intentions aside, her book has sent ripples into the future with disastrous consequences.

An evil sorcerer and witch have joined powers with malevolent corporations, creating a society based on massive wealth disparity and the worst manipulations of science. If this weren’t enough for Gertrude to deal with, she is given reason to believe that her son is still alive in this terrible new world.

Frantic to find out the truth Gertrude searches out an ancient druid who brings her face to face with the law of unintended consequences. Is there anything she can do to rectify the future before it’s too late?

With the help from some old friends, Gertrude sails into the unknown, fearful but determined to make things right and reclaim her son.

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It is June of 2011 and Gertrude has been working tirelessly to finish The Tower as part of the bargain she made with Loki. The god has made no attempt to fulfill his end of the agreement, and Gertrude is out of patience as she waits to be reunited with her son.

When Ella uses Gypsy to travel back to Gertrude’s timeline and make trouble, Gertrude is able to steal the ship to return to 2457Fell. What she finds is a world in chaos with reoccurring shifts in time that thwart every attempt she makes to find her son and Kafir.

As Gertrude struggles through a world gone mad what she doesn’t realize is that Ella is now pregnant, carrying a child who will bring about the end of Far Isle and every living thing in it. Gertrude’s powers are tested in new ways and her son’s abilities astonish all who encounter him.

Will their combined power, aided by Gunnar, MacCuill, and the gods and goddesses be enough to combat this new evil?

Or is it too late to save the world from ultimate darkness?

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Kindle Gift Set
Gypsy Trilogy Gift Set: Gypsy’s Quest, Gypsy’s Return,
Gypsy’s Secret by Nikki Broadwell

In ‘Gypsy’s Quest’ Gertrude finds herself in a land called Far Isle that seems steeped in the past. When she discovers she’s pregnant with no memory of how this came to be she tries to find her way home, but there are no trains, no planes or ships to carry her back to Milltown, Massachusetts. Her fear mounts when she runs into an evil sorceress who tries to kill her and her baby before he’s even born. But it is when her baby is kidnapped that things really heat up. With the aid of a man from her distant past Gertrude searches for her seven-month-old son in Norse worlds she’s only read about in books. And along the way she learns a thing or two about what it means to love.

Book 2, ‘Gypsy’s Return’ finds Gertrude trying to remedy what she’s experienced in the future of Far Isle by writing a book in her own time–she has decided that this is the only way she can retrieve her child from Loki, the Norse god who holds him hostage. But things turn ugly when she returns in order to hold Loki to his promise. Her son’s father is not who he appears to be and when she discovers his alignment with a very powerful sorceress called Ella, Gertrude realizes her own powerlessness. Loki demands that another book be written to bring this future into some sort of balance.

In Book 3, ‘Gypsy’s Secret’, Gertrude is once again placed in a precarious position trying to right the wrongs she’s caused by her previous books. Far Isle is in chaos with shifts in time that frustrate all her attempts to find her son and the man she loves. And thwarting her at every turn is Ella, the witch and sorceress who was once married to the same man Gertrude holds dear. Ella wants to erase all memory of Gertrude and Gertrude’s son in her frenzied race to control Far Isle. And this time Ella has a son of her own who is more powerful than anyone could have predicted.

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McCloud Paranormal Mystery Series
Murder In Plain Sight: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery-Book 1
Saffron and Seaweed: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery (Book 2)

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Summer McCloud has been managing without her mother for five years now. But what she knows about Lila McCloud could fill a teacup.

When a woman is murdered the same day she buys a book from Tarot and Tea, the occult shop Summer inherited when her mother disappeared, Summer’s life begins to unravel. She is the number one suspect in the murder investigation. But Summer is an amateur sleuth and has visions about murders–she can solve this one, can’t she?

The only person on the force who believes in her innocence is a homicide detective that Summer once dated. But now Jerry seems to be working at cross purposes. When ghosts from the past begin to rear their ugly heads Summer begins to lose her confidence. Is her mother alive or dead?

A journal belonging to the dead woman reveals more than Summer wants to know, leading her down several twisting paths that put her life in jeopardy. She must solve this case or lose everything, including her life.

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Book 2 takes Summer and Jerry away from Ames on holiday. Little do they know what awaits them there!

Summer and Jerry’s romantic weekend takes a dark turn when they discover the body of a young woman in the surf.

When the local police deny the crime and the newspaper prints nothing, Jerry and Summer realize they are on their own. But they have no idea how deep they will have to dig to find out the truth. The murder is only a thread in a web of lies that extends to the furthest reaches of political office.

Are Summer’s visions to be the only clues? Jerry doesn’t think so, his focus on good old-fashioned detective work, but when he doubts her psychic abilities the trust between them begins to crumble.

As the days pass, Jerry and Summer come to understand that not only their relationship, but their very lives are in jeopardy.

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Stand Alone Book

Airy Fitzhugh is anxious when she spots an island off the coast that her mother is unable to see–she’s lived in her powerful mother’s shadow her entire life. But when she consults the goddess of prophecy and discovers she has a destiny, her mood lifts. According to Corra she’s linked to someone on that island and their future involves building a bridge between two worlds.

It’s another matter altogether when her parents insist that she attend college in Milltown, Massachusetts, far from the mystical Otherworld where she’s lived all her sixteen years. It is only when she meets a boy from the future that Airy’s world begins to expand. Fehin makes her aware that her ability to talk to trees is a gift. She is special after all. But many dark and tangled paths must be taken before the two of them can discover what fate has in store.

How can they trust in destiny when everything is working against them?

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Nikki Broadwell

Nikki Broadwell grew up an ‘army brat’, living in several states as well as Germany during her formative years. But it was her time in Virginia on a 400- acre farm that set the imaginative stage for “The Moonstone”, the first book of a fantasy trilogy entitled “Wolfmoon”.

She received a B.A. in English and Art from Sonoma State University and later studied Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Over the years Nikki has had several art related businesses, including greeting cards and painting on silk–scarves and wall-hangings–that were displayed in high end galleries.

After living in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years, Nikki, her husband and a dog and a cat have relocated to Tucson, Arizona (close to the Catalina Mountains) where the light shines, illuminating everything.

Nikki spends a lot of walking and contemplating the beauty around her. She has two grown children and seven grandchildren. Now she writes full time and has 11 books published, 2 Kindle Gift Sets and more to come in 2016.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Tucson, Arizona (close to the Catalina Mountains)? I love it and find it endlessly stimulating as well as a way to find out things I never would have known about, as well as exploring issues and dealing with my own emotions that seem to come out through the writing. .

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I spent a lot of time alone when I was a child, and that and my interest in the natural world inspired a fantasy life that came out later in the form of writing. I also love to read and read everything I could when I was a kid, another inspiration.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I finished my first fantasy, The Moonstone, which ended up being three books, I decided to publish.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment was everything to why I became a writer—without the freedom to roam by myself as a child I doubt it would have happened. As a result I have a rich fantasy life that comes out in every book.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Sometimes before and sometimes after.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write fantasy/romance as well as murder mystery/romance…the fantasy is really fun, allowing me to make up places and species and worlds. The mysteries have a paranormal element, which makes them fun to write and the romantic aspects are just what always seems to happen! My characters seem to fall in love with alarming regularity!

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? “Just Another Desert Sunset” was inspired by living in the Sonoran Desert. I love coyotes and the idea of how a coyote would view the world as a human being made me laugh—also the idea of a coyote falling in love with a human woman I figured could be pretty hilarious.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Sometimes I start laughing out loud as my fingers type. It’s as though the story is unfolding like a book that I’m reading instead of something I’m making up. The writing seems to come through me rather than me working at it.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Deciding to self-publish has been the most rewarding—it is simple and wonderful.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? My only negative experience is in marketing and working like crazy to publicize my books and feeling as though it’s doing nothing.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t give up!

Who is your favorite author and why? I don’t really have a favorite author. I’ve liked many authors along the way—to name a few: Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Atwood, Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Elizabeth George, Leif Enger, Poe, and many, many more…

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Author Nikki Broadwell’s Published Books

Gypsy Series
Gypsy’s Quest: Gypsy Series Book 1
Gypsy’s Return: Gypsy Series Book 2
Gypsy’s Secret: Gypsy Series Book 3
Gypsy Trilogy Gift Set: Gypsy’s Quest, Gypsy’s Return, Gypsy’s Secret

Wolfmoon Trilogy
The Moonstone: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 1
Saille, The Willow: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 2
The Wolf Moon: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 3
The Wolfmoon Trilogy Gift Set: The Moonstone, Saille, the Willow, The Wolf Moon

McCloud Paranormal Mystery Series
Murder In Plain Sight: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery-Book 1
Saffron and Seaweed: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery (Book 2)

Desert Series
Just Another Desert Sunset
Coyote Sunrise (Desert Series Book 2)

Stand Alone Books
Bridge Of Mist and Fog

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Desert Series
Just Another Desert Sunset
Coyote Sunrise (Desert Series Book 2)

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Ruthie L Manier

Skylar Cummings never dreamed time travel was possible until she finds herself in a room with a gorgeous but calloused cowboy from the Wild Wild West. Researching paranormal activity in Tombstone, Arizona, Sky assumed she was witnessing a ghost, but she’d stumbled through a portal to the past.

Jesse Clarke is a nineteenth century cowboy who’s renounced love after a devastating heartbreak. Women only desire his money, so he’s better-off without them … until a mysterious woman materializes in his room.

After a string of disastrous events, Skylar creates dangerous enemies and discovers herself detained. Jesse is summoned to escort her out of town before a lynch mob develops, but an unquestionable chemistry is growing between them. Will Jesse help her attempt to return to the twenty-first century, or can he convince the feisty woman to build a new future with him?

“If you like adventure, time travel, and western romance, Tombstone Ghost Cowboy is an entertaining and enjoyable romance that will leave you wishing you could time travel to find a cowboy of your own!”

Cold Coffee Review: I love the author’s passion and dedication to Tombstone, Arizona as she fell in love the Old West, Bird Cage Theater, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and Lookout Lodge just to name a few.

While on vacation to Tombstone, Arizona the author’s creative mind started to put together this ‘Tombstone Ghost Cowboy’, time travel story, romance, and westerns all in one book.

There are twenty-five well written chapters with characters that will grow on you. Chapter one starts out with main character Skylar Cummings on The Bird Cage Theater Tour. With an excited tease in her mind she chants under her breath, “Ghosts, ghosts, come out, come out, where ever you are.”

If you love a relaxing, enjoyable, fun, fast paced read, I invite you to join Skylar Cummings at Tombstone and she want her chant conjures up. Is Skylar ready for the adventure that awaits her?

To whet your appetite let me quote from Chapter Four where Skylar find herself pursued by Jesse Clarke (nineteenth century cowboy) which brings adventure and even danger into the mix:

“I’m consumed by this man when what I need to be doing is concocting a plan of escape. Wait a minute … how can this ghost cowboy’s heart beat out of control? Isn’t he dead … like centuries ago?

Before I can ponder on that any longer, we hear the distinct sound of shots being fired and horse hoofs pounding toward us. We turn back to peer over our shoulders. At least three riders, perhaps more, are riding fast as though there was a fire lit to the horses’ tails. It’s difficult to tell for sure with the dust storm their kicking up, but one thing’s for certain: they don’t look friendly.

“Damn! Hold on tight!” Jesse flicks the reins hard, and I feel his muscle-bound thighs kneeing Star into action to get him to run faster. I’m freaked out, trembling in fact, and nausea is showing its ugly face. I try to look behind me to see if they’re closing in.

“Keep your head down!” Jesse hisses through gritted teeth.

I curl up, trying to make myself as small as I can. My mind is whirling, thinking of all the horrible scenarios of how this horse chase could end.

I could be shot, or perhaps taken prisoner, beaten or, worse, raped. Deadwood pops into my head, and my sickness gets worse just thinking about it.

I turn my mind away from this line of thinking and push in thoughts of how I could help if we were to get captured. I wish I had my small purse gun, but it’s not even in this century. I’d ask Jesse to give me his pistol to fire at the bandits, but I gather without asking that it’s not an option. Perhaps he could slip me his knife, and I could tuck it in my dress. The hoofs are getting closer, and they keep firing their guns. Tears fill my eyes when I realize there’s nothing I can do to help.

I search Jesse’s face for any sign that he thinks we can survive, and all I spot is steal-headed determination. It scares the living hell out of me. Jesse would never give up nor give in. He’s a stubborn-minded cowboy from the 1880’s. Just like Tombstone is the “Town Too Tough to Die,” Jesse is a cowboy too tough to die. At least I hope that’s the case. Well, I guess he’s actually already dead.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Tombstone Ghost Cowboy (A time travel series) by Ruthie L Manier. This is a delightful romance that leaves you wanting more. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 26, 2017

Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Westerns

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Will this man ‘Dark Eyes’ free Carra’s mind and break the Lover’s Curse?

He comes to her in her dreams, a force of nature like none other. The gravitational pull is unbearable, drawing her towards him like a moth to a flame. His dark eyes are fathomless, haunting her day and night. Who is this mysterious stranger, with the hungry eyes that call to her? Has he come to make her one with his soul, his Eternalmate, or as a predator she his prey, is he here to finish the kill?

Carra has had it rough for the last seven years struggling with amnesia. She often gets the hair standing up on the back of her neck sensation as though someone or something hunts her. The problem is she doesn’t know if this is a good thing or if she should be running. She fears the worst. If only she could remember…

Once she gives into her desire, which she assumes is inevitable, will there be any going back? Could this dream man have the tools to free her mind and end the Lover’s Curse, or will he be her ultimate demise?

From the Author: Lover’s Curse was my first published novel. It took me over three years to write it not counting the editing, cover and set up. I consider the book as my baby. The love Maximus and Carrabella felt for each other grew stronger with every word I wrote, and consequently I’ve had several people tell me they wish they had the same.

Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Paranormal, Witches & Wizards

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A witch on the run…

After Issy’s car broke down and she was forced to walk for miles to reach the nearest town, she practically fell into the Shitkick Bar out of the sweltering, Washington heat. Moisture glistened her delicate skin, her cheeks flushed a pale pink. She heaved huge gulps of air from the A/C above her head as though starving for the coolness it would bring. She leaned against the door as it creaked shut behind her, long, slim, parted legs barely held her small frame up. Her eyelashes fluttered down upon her skin As she brushed her damp hair out of her lovely face. Issy had no idea a room full of people witnessed her every move as she clung to to the door singing out the word, “Hallelujah.”

A Va’atacos on vacation…

Marcus realized the beauty was in trouble from first glance. A woman on the run and in crucial need of blood. Her hunger filled the crowded room, weakness abundant throughout her slowed motions. Not good. If he sensed the woman’s thirst, so did everyone else in the room. Marcus gathered she didn’t possess much time before she collapsed to the floor, her mind slipping into the darkness. Without warning an overwhelming need came over him to help and protect this woman. From that moment on he vowed to defend her, no matter the cost.

About the Author: Hi I’m Ruthie, and I’m happy you took the time to read my short bio. I live and work in Skagit Valley Washington. I’m married to a man I adore and we were blessed with four children, who in return blessed us with four grandchildren, with one on the way. We are lucky enough to have enjoyed are golden retriever Moses, for the last fifteen years and love him as though he were blood. My favorite things to do when I finally find free time are; dressing up like the characters from my favorite books, Pirates, vampires, witches, damsels in distress, and acting out the parts. (Just kidding) Spending time with family and friends are at the top of the list. Camping or any kind of outside activity would be next. But most of all I enjoy writing or reading a book that is so delicious it sets my mind free to wander to new places and believe in things that are completely unbelievable…

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Angels, Witches & Wizards, Vampires

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James the youngest of the Mantango clan needs his four brothers’ assistance and as always they’re armed and ready to defend their kin.

James fell hard for Mariah appearing before him so close he could kiss her full, sassy, lips smelling of cotton candy. Her stance is proud with the luscious body of a goddess. She’s covered from head to toe in a sheer body glove sprinkled with gold dust, darker gold in the more private areas making it hard for him to cast his eyes off her. He craved her from first sight, beautiful and feisty the perfect combination for a Va’atacos male.

Learning of her terrible past life, he has a burning desire to rescue Mariah and her daughter and won’t stop until the deed is done. He lost her once and now that she’s returned he swore he’d cross hell to fight the devil himself, before releasing her again.

Mariah didn’t reincarnate from the heavenly realm to find James in lust with the woman whose corpse she transferred into. Nor to discover that James rescued her child, Peach, only to be brutally attacked by the family responsible for her mortal death. Can she set her feelings aside long enough to reclaim a relationship with her daughter, bring the McCurry clan to justice, and rekindle the spark; she fears James might have lost for her?

From the Author: Lover’s Refuge was a fun book for me to write. Using Northern State Psychiatric Hospital was the idea of two of my co-workers. It was the perfect place for James the youngest of the Mantango brothers to go and heal, while him and his brothers set a plan to get their vengeance. It’s a historical land mark here in Sedro Woolley, Washington off of Fruit dale and Highway 20. If you ever get out this way you should go and tour the grounds and walk through the many paths, barns, and graveyard as the patients and the workers there did. It’s said to be haunted and every time I’ve went out there alone I swear someone is watching me.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Werewolves & Shifters

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ruthie L. Manier

Ruthie is an author of romance, paranormal, western, historical, time travel, and contemporary.

She lives in Washington State.

Loves dogs.

Her favorite past time is spending quality time with loved ones, camping, reading, writing and running.

But what really makes her heart glow is to sign her books for enthusiastic readers at farmer’s markets, street fairs, book stores and holiday craft sales.

Interview Questions:

What makes you proud to be a writer from the state of Washington? First of all, I was born in Yakima and raised in Union Gap, Washington before moving to the other side of the mountains to Mount Vernon, Washington. I believe it’s the most beautiful state in the country and I feel it’s a privilege to live here. Also, with all the street markets and farmer market’s in the state there’s lots of opportunities for artistic people like me to show their work.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Early in life writing was my best way of communication especially when I was afraid to tell my feelings, which was often. But then twenty-five years later one of my sons started having some serious issues. I worried about him night and day. He loved to write too. He kept starting wonderful stories but never finished them so I started writing again to prove to him that anybody can write a book and publish it hoping it would be enough to help him through. Well, once I started writing Lover’s Curse I remembered how much I loved playing with words and so I kept on writing! He on the other hand went to painting and he does it like a pro!!

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, my environment and upbringing played a major role in my writing and yes, I used it to my advantage. My early years were tough with my parent’s separation and then my father being shot and then paralyzed from under his arms down. I lived with my mom until I was six who went a little wild for a while and it was confusing for my eldest sister Debi and I. I wrote most of my stories about Debi to her dismay. Then we were moved to my grandparents’ house where my father also lived. It was difficult leaving all our other siblings who had come along after mom and dad divorced. I wrote about them too. I ran away back to my mom when I was sixteen. Then I was married at eighteen and had my eldest child at barely nineteen. By the time, I was twenty-six I had three more. I forgot about my love for writing until the children were raised.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? It was about six or seven years ago around two thousand and ten.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? To actually finish the book and get it published and then to hear readers tell me how much they loved the story.

How many published books do you have? At this point the count is four.

Please list the titles of all your books: The Hemocil Society (series) book one – Lover’s Curse, book two – Lover’s Salvation, Book three – Lover’s Refuge. The next series is Tombstone Ghost Cowboy.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write fiction romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, western romance and contemporary. I love a good romance and I love fiction because I can dream up whatever comes to mind and make it seem real and believable.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Advice would be to stay true to yourself and your writing. To take suggestion from others like a grain of salt. Sell yourself as an author and always help others to succeed along the journey. Oops, I guess that’s more than one. Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript?

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Tombstone Ghost Cowboy by Ruthie L Manier

Who is your favorite author and why? Hmm, there are so many I don’t imagine I could ever choose just one.

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Suzanne McMillen-Fallon

True Story

“There’s one thing I know – God exists.”

At age nineteen, MaryAnne McMillen severed two vital nerves at the base of her skull when she suffered a near fatal fall. This was followed by an out-of-body experience, life after death, in which she heard the words, “It’s not your time.”

When the two nerves fused together, MaryAnne was left in unrelenting, excruciating pain. Being the mother of a young son and married to a philandering brute of a husband when the accident occurred, the family disallowed the use of any medicine because it was against their religion. After fourteen years of agony, doctors were finally able to perform a unique surgery known as extraspinal rhizotomy.

This story weaves together the idea of family and faith, while also creating a sense of longing in the reader’s own life for something bigger than themselves. Mommy’s Writings is the extraordinary memoir of the love between a mother and her young son, and a great-grandmother whose intense devotion to the two of them kept their little family together. It is a story of faith in God, of forgiveness and acceptance, and of gratitude.

When defining who she is, Suzanne McMillen-Fallon writes, “Mother of Chad C. McMillen and author.” In her younger years, she was an artist. After the 1983 surgery, she is a published writer of poetry and prose, and co-authored the book Shadows of Yesterday with her late second husband, Gene Fallon. Her next book, Parallax Crossroads: Finding My Way continues the Mommy Writings Series. The author’s son Chad C. McMillen is shown at nearly five years of age. As an adult, he is a PMI Project Management professional.

Cold Coffee Review: It takes a special type of person to share their deepest and sometimes darkest life experiences in a memoir. It also takes a special type of reader to set aside their own life experiences to read, have empathy and sympathy for the trials and tribulations of others.

This must have been a hard book for author Suzanne McMillen-Fallon too write. I imagine writing it caused her to relive the years written about; like it did for me, when I wrote my memoir. I find a certain component of therapy in reading non-fiction. Non-fiction memoirs allows some readers commonality.

I am moved by Suzanne’s strength and courage, while speaking about her near-death experience that happened on February 14, 1969. Controversy in the medical and religious communities, over this topic, makes this book and Suzanne’s interview, in ‘The Documentary: One A Guide to Enlightenment,’ by Dr. G. J. Link, MD, PhD. on November 21, 2016 (found on You Tube), both, insightful and intriguing.

As a mother of a son two years older than her beloved son Chad, I relate to and admire her maternal instincts to love, cherish every moment, protect and raise Chad under the most difficult circumstances. The influence of her in-laws and their extended family had massive sway over her life, to the point of studying under their religion. It is evident that this religion doesn’t agree with much in the medical community.

Through physical, mental and emotional pain, Suzanne holds onto her deep faith in God, as he reveals himself to her. She uses poetry and scripture to help explain her thought process to the reader. I am convinced that it is her faith and deep connection to her son Chad, that kept her alive thus far.

‘Mommy, Would You Like a Sandwich?’ is the first book in her ‘Mommy’s Writings’ series. This book is two books in one, as she takes us from 1969 through the pre-teen years of her son, Chad. Suzanne (formally known as MaryAnne McMillen) has endured more than most and still has a positive attitude and grateful heart.

As we wait for the next installment in this series, let me quote the author, “I’m joyful in having watched Chad grow into a man of integrity and, most importantly, having understood why we’re blessed. God is love, and my priorities are the same: God’s first, then my family, Chad, friends, and then, of course, the writing.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse “Mommy, Would You Like a Sandwich? (Mommy Writings Series Book I, Mommy’s Writings)” by Suzanne McMillen-Fallon, as a deeply honest account of her near-death experience and the years that followed. I purchased this book from Amazon print. This review was completed on October 23, 2017.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Suzanne McMillen-Fallon

Message From Author Suzanne McMillen-Fallon: “Let me share this specific Mommy’s Writings’ query, of so long ago, for Book 1. I wrote: “They’re so many words to write about a true story that inspires the love of God, but I use Mommy’s words to best express Mary’s thread.

In 1983, while sitting at my bedroom desk in Warren, Ohio, I understood that I’d write this story. I heard words then as if someone had clearly spoken them, and I paused for the longest time. After all, I did just have a unique head surgery. Fourteen years of unbearable nerve spasms which often left me unconscious, especially in the days approaching the surgery. I did not question then that I heard the words. I questioned, how can this be?

My son Chad is my life. But who’s Chad’s Mommy? I glanced about the room and then through an enormous bay window, whose light is comforting, as I gazed into the distance. I closed my eyes to feel the light’s warmth which so often helps to sift out the harshness in an all too real world that demands perfection. With thoughts then ended I returned my attention to a desk and to a typewriter that stares back at me, but I didn’t know if I could even type. I had been swallowed whole then spit out in pieces that are to somehow fit together once again into a world that doesn’t recant in missed time. Others told me that I had typed, and my resume implied that indeed I was quite proficient in this skill. Still, I felt lost in the resume words that claimed who I am as I surely didn’t recognize Mary. In these moments I realized then that I did not remember me; so alone in my home, MaryAnne McMillen cried. I have a very, very long road ahead if I’m to salvage fragmented pieces which left me humbled by God.

Just like Mary’s name is part of who I am, so are these words then clearly heard by me. ‘You will write this story.’”

What does this mean? Well, for me, since 1983 I continue reading theologian Bible research; more recently, an interest in quantum physics brain research on consciousness. Enough said, because everyone’s time is valued and respected.

I just had business cards made, seeing myself: for book-signings and readings and still writing and research; in spite of a poor medical prognosis. As I continue recouping from a 2015 major surgery, with complications slowly going away (I advocate the shingles’ vaccine for anyone whose had chicken pokes and is of the age sixty and over); to another, future, major operation for me, having been informed by physicians. But more importantly, is in knowing now God’s plan is fulfilled for my life, with Book 1’s 2015 Literary Marketplace entrance, and yet to be, if the Lord will (In the Bible: Hebrews 4:13-15 (AV); Rom. 8:28; James 4:13-15; 1 Cor. 13:12-13).

Author Suzanne McMillen-Fallon has a background in the performing arts in theatrical production; with both film and television experience. I am a published poet (sixteen anthologies). Collaborator of plot development, and Co-author for Shadows Of Yesterday; a fictional story based on proven facts about the first human clone.

Joint seminar speaker for Valencia Community College, Orlando, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, (Jeff Atwood, dean at both); extra for Universal Studios Florida, through Stevie Lynn Productions, Orlando. Associate Director and instructor, Television Workshop, Inc. and Center for Communication Arts, Cleveland, Ohio and Center for Communication Arts in Orlando, Florida)

Mommy Writings Series Book 1 is entitled Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, Would You Like a Sandwich? A True Story.

I’m qualified as a reader and speaker at book sellers and on radio and TV talk shows, and will go anywhere I can to sell and promote Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, Would You Like a Sandwich?”

Resume: Suzanne McMillen-Fallon was previous business owner and CEO of the Center for Communication Arts, Inc. in Orlando; having been associate director of Television Workshop, Inc. with Gene Fallon in Cleveland, Ohio. Past business experience includes apartment house ownership and management and a family-owned business affiliation in the oil and gas industry.

Ms. McMillen-Fallon has a background in the performing arts in theatrical production at the famed Youngstown, Ohio Playhouse; developing an amazing role-playing ability than used as a teaching technique in Florida, where becoming the instructor’s protégé, she acted out parts audiences easily related to:

1992 – 1996 – (DBA) doing business as Center for Communication Arts, Inc. in Florida State: joint seminar speaker with Gene Fallon for Dale Carnegie Productions in their Central Florida Division; with Ken Roberts, as principal.

DBA-CCA, Inc: Team instructor with Gene Fallon at Valencia Community College in Orlando, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach; with Jeff Atwood, dean at both.

DBA-CCA, Inc: Contracted public seminars for the Fallons at Orlando Universal Studios through Stevie Lynn Productions.

What had made the Center for Communication Arts teaching style so valuable was that anyone who could read from a workbook could also be taught effective communication techniques. Thousands were taught from top executives to mothers and even grandmothers.

CCA, Inc. was licensed for teaching, speaking and writing purposes.

CCA, Inc. closed March 23, 2008

Her Current Read: For, one chooses to believe, or not, Albert Einstein’s thinking on the quantum theory and its weirdness, which bothered him during his lifetime. In the enigmatic implications, which physicists call “the measurement problem,” and is cited in the publication, “Quantum Enigma, Second Edition,” by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner. In simple words, human perspective – in quantum mechanics – encounters consciousness. (This book is absolutely the best read, if one seeks proven knowledge. Thank you, Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner, for the Second Edition, which reveals, and enables humankind to understand more clearly physics encounters consciousness.)

Interview Questions:

What makes you proud to be a writer from (Toledo, OH)? This is the second time living in the State of Ohio, in a different locale – my beloved son Chad McMillen is here – having previously relocated from Mukilteo, WA in 2010; with my formative years lived in Warren, OH. Perhaps, it’s the challenge whenever being asked, “What are you writing, when you’re working?” It brings a smile to my countenance. Because their question’s truth is surreal. As I grasp the reality of the words, as any writer probably relates to. Writing is what one does. Anyone may write. But it’s the writer who continually scribbles down thoughts simply because it’s a part of them. Sometimes, writers are given inspired writing, creativity flowing through them, like an artist’s canvas, to manifest something bigger than themselves. It’s those moments of true inspiration, which has me a writer; an individual, accessing a divine stream of consciousness. Prayerfully then, in a cognitive ability to then share it with everyone.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Becoming a writer, a sense of it, manifested in a poem entitled, “Watching Chad Grow.” In 1990, while residing in Warren, Ohio; when son Chad was in Howland Middle School – Class of ’97 – where I attended an open house for parents.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, I believe so. As I lived a peaceful life, while living on an Ohio farm with my beloved grandparents’ Pansy M. Holmes and Clyde L. Holmes and with Uncle Ralph B. Hodge, whose presence is just as loving and introspective as gramma Pansy and grampa Clyde; who gave me Smokey, a black stallion Shetland pony to pass the time together. As well as our family’s good-sized Holy Bible – the Word of God – with its beautiful color prints, being clearly in view for reading; or just glancing at the amazing pictures, when one is little and cannot read. But always present is our family’s reverence to God.

The farm home is small, and I still recall our address: 2634 Ridge Road, Southeast, in Warren, and our phone number is Express 45012. Funny how things stay with you. The place you once knew as home, the only house on the old road that borders Warren’s outskirts, until passing years bring neighbors. It’s a quiet country home, and stepbrother Richard C. Limber shared it with me – until age thirteen.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Some months later, following a rare and unique head surgery known as an intraspinal rhizotomy. In autumn 1983, when clearly hearing the words “You will write this story.” Although, it would be decades later, in 2001, when the Mommy Writings Series Book 1, entitled “Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich? would flow through me, and into written words; copyright JAN 04 2007. Literary Marketplace entrance: JUNE 18 2015. Publisher: dba Strategic Book Group, LLC.

Back then, “in 1983, while sitting at my bedroom desk in Warren, Ohio, I understood that I’d write this story. I heard words then as if someone had clearly spoken them, and I paused for the longest time. After all, I did just have a unique head surgery. Fourteen years of unbearable nerve spasms which often left me unconscious, especially in the days approaching the surgery. I did not question then that I heard the words. I questioned, how can this be?

My son Chad is my life. But who’s Chad’s Mommy? I glanced about the room and then through an enormous bay window, whose light is comforting, as I gazed into the distance. I closed my eyes to feel the light’s warmth, which so often helps to sift out the harshness in an all too real world that demands perfection. With thoughts then ended I returned my attention to a desk and to a typewriter that stares back at me, but I didn’t know if I could even type. I had been swallowed whole, then spit out in pieces that are to somehow fit together once again into a world that doesn’t recant in missed time. Others told me that I had typed, and my resume implied that indeed I was quite proficient in this skill. Still, I felt lost in the resume words that claimed who I am, as I surely didn’t recognize Mary. In these moments, I realized then that I did not remember me; so alone in my home, MaryAnne McMillen cried. I have a very, very long road ahead if I’m to salvage fragmented pieces, which left me humbled by God.

Just like Mary’s name is part of who I am, so are these words then clearly heard by me. ‘You will write this story.’”

So decades later, residing in Washington State, with retired second husband, Gene D. Fallon, our focus is on writing; Fallon being twenty-four years my senior, I worked part time for Hallmark Retail, Inc. (Andrews’s Hallmark, and then Amy’s Hallmark), and attended to Fallon’s failing health. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; with our commuting for his care at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance building, shortly after moving to Mukilteo, Washington in 1996.

It’s in Fallon’s latter days, when his strength was little and he slept mostly, that the novel “Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich?” flowed through me. It was inspired. As I could see his resting form, a body slowly weakening from a fatal disease, but never removing away from him his loving nature. The injections I gave him finally were of no earthly use, and Gene David Fallon died on 12-1-2003; but not before his reading of my creative work, Mommy Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich?

It’s in my marriage to Fallon, during those years, when the dear Lord had me learning the writing process. “Would I have accomplished this work without my patient husband’s support for his Suz? Let’s just say, with his love and respect that his Suz finds strength in two hearts now released as one.”

Yes, I knew I’d someday write this story. In spite of the head injury, and the permanent brain impairment, I live with. Yet, it’s like author Darrell Laurant shared with me in his October 15, 2015 e-mail, “…there are also the wild cards of prayer and personal determination.” And it’s true, this I know.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? It’s understanding the power of the word “I am” (the Holy Bible: Exodus 3:13-15, AV) to be most rewarding for me. As a writer, planting the seeds of curiosity, courage, consistency – the family of God – and creativity. In retrospection, I learned Walt Disney combined what might be called the four “C’s” that give him the power to do the things he did. Think about it.

In my perspective of what is, I continue theologian Bible research (AV), by means of Peake’s Commentary on the Bible, edited by Matthew Black and H. H. Rowley, since 1983. “I’m not religious. I do not proselytize. I believe in God.” With a present read on Physics Encounters Consciousness, entitled “Quantum Enigma,” Second Edition, by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner.

In defining who I am then in the literary industry, I am Suzanne McMillen-Fallon, “Mother of Chad C. McMillen and author.” In my younger years, I was an artist. After the 1983 surgery, I became a published writer of poetry and prose, and co-authored the book “Shadows of Yesterday” with late second husband, Gene Fallon.

Since the 2015 Literary Marketplace entrance of the Mommy Writings Series Book I entitled, “Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich?” I continue to write, and to be part of the literary world. I’m joyful. Still, more importantly, I am more than this, as is everyone. Because humanity’s instilled with infinite possibility – attributes – of its creator. No matter, one’s faith; in being something bigger than themselves (Matt. 17:20). In principle, I am everything, and I am no-thing.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? As written in the Conclusion, p. 453, in Mommy Writings Series Book I, it is: “Psalm 143:8 (AV). With this novel, I’ve fulfilled what I perceive as a heavenly Father’s purposed plan for my life. It gives my soul rest (Ps. 139:13–14). Laus Deo. Amen (2 Cor. 1:20). Selah.

While there are words to write, it materializes only through inspiration, as are all things belonging unto a universal source (Acts 17:26). For me, the gift of writing continues in a heavenly Father’s time and in his way, as I’m forever humbled in a divine creator’s gracious consciousness whose compassion is infinite (Heb. 13:8). The invisible things one doesn’t see are the evidence of the things that are made by a universal creator, known as God, whose creation is forever unfolding in one’s journey of perpetuity (Rom. 1:20). There’s one home, which is eternal (Eph. 1:4–5). Our God-given blessing is omnipresent and omnipotent for his creation, of whom we are his own (Rom. 8:29–30).

I know so very little, but for what I’ve written, and it’s as follows:

“There’s one thing I know—God exists. If you have an open mind, you never know where God is going to lead you.”

How many published books do you have? One book; as well as, published in eleven poetry anthologies.

Please list the titles of all your books:

  • Mommy Writings Series Book I entitled: Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich? Literary Marketplace entrance: June 18, 2015. A True Story.
  • Shadows of Yesterday (co-author) Fiction. (copyright 2012).
  • Mommy Writings Series Book II entitled: Parallax Crossroads: Finding My Way (copyright 2012).

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? With Mommy Writings Series Book 1, it’s before. Being entitled, “Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich?”

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Nonfiction. Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, would you like a sandwich? is inspired. A True Story. This story flowed through me, and then I read it.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? Believe it or not, in knowing God exists.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write for something bigger than ego. Write, because it’s a part of you – a reflection of what is – divine consciousness – being expressed through its creation – joyfully at work. Bringing another facet of life too light for everyone.

Who is your favorite author and why? Hmm. It is J.K. Rowling. “For, in joyful hearts, open-mindedness, one sees: beyond earth’s realm and the heaven’s stars lies the gift of imagination – possibility – the mind’s gateway. In desire and passion’s flight, keeping hope alive and promises fulfilled. Its rainbow treasure is but a thought away.” Qtd. by a.smf

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Remember The Taqueria

When vigilantes gun down her uncle during an illegal border crossing, an idealistic young Mexican woman decides to make a dramatic political statement by leading a strike force to recapture the Alamo. Then international spies, Hollywood celebrities, the American President, the whole Mexican army, and a teenage kid with a tank become involved… and everything spins out of control

Cold Coffee Review: In this very funny and interesting read, a dreamy young Mexican woman name Claudia Madero joins a group who tries to cross the US/Mexican border illegally and is shot at by American vigilantes.

Her aging uncle is mortally wounded in the incident, and – after being returned to her hometown – she partners with a local priest and a successful merchant in an attempt to make a dramatic statement about the negative consequences of US border policies.

Why not recapture the Alamo, she decides, draw the attention of the press, and force an honest debate about the issue.

Of course, there are bungling players on all sides of this comedy, and Claudia and her “Army” end up liberating, not the real Alamo, but a Taqueria designed as a replica of the historic shrine. It doesn’t seem to matter though. The US President decides that he too wants to make a statement and so he sends the US Marines to confront her.

No matter what your political view, we feel that it is important that everyone be informed about both sides of this complex and difficult issue. This is not the time to ignore current events and become a bystander.

If you like Saturday Night Live, you will love this book. I could see some chapters as a skit with the actor Alic Baldwin cast as Donald Trump.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Battle For The Alamo Taqueria as a powerful but humorous presentation of an important side of the immigration issue and perhaps a warning about apocalyptic consequences. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 27, 2018.

Genre: Humor, Satire

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The Witch Within Her (sequel to Taken By Witches).

Sexy, Stunning, Relentless Horror

A possessed child is caught in a war between witches!

Spanning centuries of horror and witchcraft, the powerful sequel to Taken By Witches tells how Babcia Czarownica, the greatest of all witches, does battle with far more seductive members of her craft. She must confront a lustful priest, a predatory lover, a vengeful undead beauty, and the unspeakable evil hiding at the top of Rapunzel’s Tower… all to save her beloved grandson and his family from utter annihilation. And she must accomplish all this while sharing the body of an eight-year-old girl.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror

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As two escaped convicts and the worst sandstorm in recorded memory descend on the little town of La Sentencia, Arizona, Esteban Dorantes encounters a mysterious and beautiful woman. She advises him that (like his great, great grandfather before him) he must set off on a quest in search of the fabled seven cities of gold… to save La Sentencia. She adds that she too has a quest… to find the man who murdered her.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Supernatural, Ghosts, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban

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Magical Madness

A fireball launches itself from the Arizona desert leaving behind three camels, a magical jukebox, and a five-year-old girl who only speaks Italian.

Soon, the nearby town of La Sentencia is reeling from a series of disasters. The copper mine, which supports the town, shuts down leaving most of the population unemployed. Massive sandstorms batter the place. And then the Devlin Lucero shows up. He seduces a pretty substitute teacher and then uses her to spread greed, anger, and vengeance everywhere.

In the face of all these trials, Esteban Dorantes decides to retrace the steps of his great, great grandfather, who once led a quest to find the Seven Cities of Gold. Aided by the camels, the wisdom of the little girl, and the spirit of the magical jukebox, he hopes to locate a great treasure and bring it back to save La Sentencia.

Esteban is accompanied by Ceci Moreno, his old high school sweetheart, the only person in town who doesn’t think he’s a madman. But Ceci is still in love Gabriel Romo, another dreamer who somehow feels he can bargain with the devil to save the mine and the town.

Wacky, scary and spectacular, Esteban’s Quest blends science fiction, Aztec lore, classic horror, and offbeat humor into an unforgettable tale of love, destiny, magic, and redemption.

Cold Coffee Review: Step aside Indiana Jones. There’s a new adventurer in town. Esteban Dorantes may be a little more reluctant, but he has an even greater sense of destiny than even Dr. Jones. Dorantes is goaded by the desperate needs of his impoverished hometown and visions of his great, great grandfather… an African slave who once led Spanish Conquistadors on the first quest for the Seven Cities of Gold.

The story opens in the Arabian Desert where a wall of wind a mile high and a hundred miles wide, roars though an oasis carrying off a husband and wife team of archeologists but leaving behind their five-year-old daughter.

We move to La Sentencia, a small town in Arizona, which is devastated by its own windstorms and other disasters including the immanent closing of a copper mine… the only business in that part of the state.

What’s the link between these two desolate desert locations… the little Italian girl who suddenly shows up on the winds of a sandstorm to advise the residents in Arizona? And then there’s an ancient artifact that may have been left by space travelers. Does it hold the key to the building of great earthly civilizations… and the salvation of La Sentencia?

Esteban Dorantes must have some sense of all this as he decides, at the little girl’s bidding, to takes up his great grand-fathers quest for The Golden Cities and save his home town in the process.

The novel’s fifty-six chapters of action-packed adventure may surpass some of the greatest quests ever told, with its Aztec lore, science fiction spacecraft, magical jukebox, a destiny that spans generations, horror, humor, three camels, talking coyotes, a very sexy substitute high school teacher, the devil himself, and, of course, a love story.

I invite everyone to read Esteban’s Quest and experience this compelling tale for themselves.

I, Theodocia Mclean, endorse Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira. And we encourage you to purchase other books by the team including: The Carlos Mann Trilogy (Alicia’s Ghost, Alicia’s Sin, Alicia Bewitched) and Avenging Adelita (romance), in addition to the stand-alone novels by Nick Iuppa include Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games (fictional horror drama featuring ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project) and Taken by Witches (a modern horror story based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales). I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on July 26, 2016.

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When he was a child, Niko Madonie was terrified of his over-protective grandmother. Somehow, he knew she was a witch possessed of overwhelming supernatural powers and determined to save him from the real and imagined dangers of the modern world.

Now a successful writer in Hollywood, Niko is helping create an animated version of Hansel and Gretel while he struggles to protect his beautiful young wife from sexy, New Age witches who hope to sacrifice her to please the ancient crone.

This is an epic horror romance set against a background of legends, with complex villains, a magical young couple, and a storyline straight from the darkest pages of the Brothers Grimm.

Cold Coffee Review: If you have ever thought that reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales to your children or grandchildren might frighten them, then you’d better keep the lights on while reading Taken by Witches to yourself.

Author Nick Iuppa asks questions you might not ask aloud. “Do witches exist; where does their power come from, and to what ends will they use it?”

Masterfully written, this multifaceted story begins in the small Polish village of Zakopane high in the Carpathian Mountains. A warlock skillfully tells the story to a shopkeeper and his young daughter after he returns a collection of gruesome masks that the shopkeeper once sent to America so they wouldn’t fall into the hands of the Nazis. The masks are all images of the same woman, a witch named Babcia (pronounced Bob-cha) the Polish name for grandmother.

The warlock’s story begins with a young boy named Niko Madonie who realizes that his grandmother has supernatural powers that terrify him up until the day she dies. As an adult, Niko marries and becomes a successful writer in Hollywood. But even there he is haunted by memories of Babcia and he finds he must struggle to protect his wife from new age witches who decide to sacrifice the beautiful young woman to please the ancient crone.

Imagine Babcia’s evil smell: (the stench of blood sausage mixed with the spicy sweetness of gingerbread) and realize that ancient history doesn’t always stay in the past. Centuries after Niko’s grandmother lost her first baby to medieval witch hunters, she bears a new family to a new husband in a new land, America. But even in this future place and time, she remembers the vow she made when the infant was murdered: “Atrocities to her loved ones will never happen again,” no matter what the consequences.

Author Nick Iuppa has impressive credentials as the former Creative Director of Paramount Pictures’ Digital Entertainment, Head of Apple Computer’s Learning Technologies Group, and Writer for the Wonderful World of Disney.

I Theodocia Mclean, endorse Taken by Witches by Nick Iuppa as a modern horror story based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which first brought the essence of ancient witchcraft into America’s bedtime stories. Nick’s other novels include Alicia’s Ghost, Alicia’s Sin, Alicia Bewitched, Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games, and Avenging Adelita. I purchased this book from Kindle. This reviewed was completed on November 12, 2015.

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“Nick Iuppa loops a brilliant mix of technology, romance, military lore, and vampires into a terrifying, sexy spree in the Swiss Alps. The details are 3D. If you’re looking for a heart-pounder, this is it.” S.B. Stinnet

The castle of 15th century duchess Elizabeth Laskaar looks down on the little Swiss village of Murdenwald and the secretive military complex nearby. There, the UN hopes to end world conflict with a vast military simulation that will dramatize the apocalypse that will follow the next major war. To head the project, they hire notorious Hollywood producer Donald Vito, master of explosive action adventures, who still mourns the murder of his teenage love in the 1950s.

Vito and the simulation team use new technology to build hundreds of virtual soldiers and terrorists you can touch, speak to, and reason with. But they also begin to feel the influence of Elizabeth Laskaar. She’s often called Bloody Bess – the first real vampire – because she maintained her youthful beauty by slaughtering her maidservants and bathing in their blood.

Recklessly inspired by their surroundings, the team creates a virtual vampire that soon takes on the characteristics of Elizabeth’s magnificent, long-dead husband. Soon, he and Bess stalk the compound, seducing everyone working on the project, until vampire blood surges beyond the humans to the virtual characters with unthinkable consequences. In the end, perhaps, only the power of Vito’s long-lost love can save humanity.

Cold Coffee Review: Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games is a magnificent fictional horror drama featuring ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project. The Doomsday Games, as the project is called, involves a team of international scientists, engineers, and military personnel who gather in the ancient town of Murdenwald, Switzerland, to do no less then put an end to war.

Nick Iuppa developed a cast of authentic and unique characters like Elizabeth Laskaar (Duchess of Hungry) known as “Bloody Bess” to her victims in 1580 in the small village of Nyirbator Hungary. She prowled the streets of Murdenwald seeking out young women to murder so that she could bathe in their blood. Her husband Ferenc, some say, is still the director of the town’s ancient library. A most beautiful man with midnight blue eyes, he waits for naïve young women to come to his tower and aid him in his evil work. Then there’s Donny Vito, the world’s greatest film producer, called upon by the U. S. President to breathe life into the Doomsday Games. Elli Capadonico is the girl Donny loved in his youth; she fell victim to Arnie Cudgel, an obsessive young man with both romantic and sadistic intentions. The cast also includes scientists, mathematicians, military personnel, writers, artists, technicians, Chu Yun Trang (the director of a rogue nation seeking to build nuclear weapons), and a myriad of simulated characters who populate the virtual Armageddon.

Nick’s highly descriptive writing takes the reader from the Middles Ages to a 1950s high school romance, to mysteries surrounding the ‘knowledge’ held in the ancient Murdenwald Library, to the International Simulation Center itself where the final challenge becomes solving “the God Problem.” Nick weaves these stories together so skillfully that the separate lines merge to become plot twists in an amazing and unexpected ending.

The author, Nick Iuppa, is the son of a prominent Rochester, New York doctor. Nick attended the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate work at Stanford. Nick’s first job was at MGM Studios in Hollywood where he worked on TV specials with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). He also had the privilege of writing for the Wonderful World of Disney, working as an instructional designer for Eastman Kodak, leading Bank of America’s in-house TV production group, managing the Learning Technologies Group within Apple Computer, and finally returning to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood where he designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style simulations for the military.

Nick’s extensive travels to Europe have inspired some of his characters and settings. His work history, technical knowledge, and experience have given him the tools and concepts for his novels.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games by Nick Iuppa for the creative genius of the Doomsday Game. This review was completed on October 2, 2014.

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A tender romance with a ticking time bomb at its heart.

There’s a bomb on this train. It will explode before you reach your final destination…because you murdered my wife.

University professor Tom McKeever has just lost his wife Adelita to cancer. But the more he thinks about it, the more he realizes she didn’t have to die.

The faculty and administration of the university where he teaches in Mexico played a major role in causing her death.

Now, Tom relives powerful memories of his life with Adelita as he and the rest of the faculty take a train ride into the mountains. He plans to gain revenge by blowing up the train, killing all those who have wronged him and everyone else on board… including himself.

Cold Coffee Review: Nick Iuppa, Author of ‘Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games, has teamed up with John P. Mendoza to bring us another fast-paced, action suspense thriller that will keep readers turning pages and biting their nails.

There’s a large cast of unique characters, many of whom are confined to business class cars on the Copper Canyon Railway as it speeds through the Grand Canyon of Mexico, unaware of the impending man-made disaster that’s about to shatter the serene environment.

Somewhere in the process of grieving for his lost wife, Adelita, his “warrior woman” love, Professor

Tom McKeever walks a thin line between reality and golden memories that keep pulling him back into his-her beauty, delicious aroma, and open arms. The gut wrenching knowledge that there was an experimental cancer treatment that might have saved Adelita’s life, had it not been for the decisions of one man, is more than Tom can bear. The need for revenge seethes like red-hot embers but conflicts with thoughts dredged up from a Catholic School upbringing: “Vengeance is mine, saith the lord!”

Time is running out, but somehow the collateral damage begins to seem more and more defensible, a justifiable murder suicide. Is it? Find out; come ride the rails into Copper Canyon when time is definitely not on your side.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa & John P. Mendoza as these two authors give the reader what they have come to expect; great descriptive writing, with dialog and startling transitions from present to past and back again placing the reader in the mind of this widower. This review was completed on December 15, 2014.

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Carlos Mann Trilogy

“It’s Wonderful, I Love It! I love the characters. And Alicia, OMG, she’s so real I think I know her.” B. Escamilla, Palo Alto, CA

“Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a new twist to the story. I couldn’t put it down. Great read!” C. Gallagher, Chicago, IL

Love, Obsession, Murder, Death, Mannequins, Rattlesnakes. Drug Lords, Chinatown, Ghosts, and The World’s Most Haunted Heroine!

The astoundingly beautiful Alicia has ended her modeling career in Mexico City, married the love of her life, helped pay his way through college, settled into a comfortable life in Los Altos, California, and now she’s dead… Murdered.

Her husband, Professor Carlos Mann, has wrapped himself in an obsessive-compulsive disorder to hide from that fact. But when Amy Joy, one of Carlos’s students, is sold into slavery by a Chinese mob that traffics in Asian girls, Alicia returns with a vengeance.

Can Alicia save her man, foil the human traffickers, and destroy her murderer? Overwhelming supernatural forces stand against her. But, hell, that just makes her stronger!

Told in the voices of Carlos and Alicia Mann, Alicia’s Ghost is a funny, imaginative and thrilling ride through the human and spirit worlds of Mexico and the American Southwest.

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Carlos Mann Trilogy

“One damn inventive thrill-ride of a story!” Suzanna B. Stinnett, author of Starship Interlude

Revenge, Murder, Adultery, Obsession, Ghosts, Gypsies, Tigers, Witches, Freud, Mystery, Drug Lords, Chinatown, Mexico, Vienna….and The Spanish Inquisition!

To avenge her parents’ death, sadistic sex trafficker Tiger Joy sends deadly assassins after Carlos and his beautiful ghost wife Alicia. The pair escapes to Cancun where they battle witches and drug lords to help their friend Señor Popcorn win the love of his life. But the Afterlife Judges aren’t happy with Alicia’s temper, and they send her off to anger management therapy with the ghost of Sigmund Freud.

In old Vienna, the spirit of a seductive crown prince tempts Alicia, and then she’s captured by gypsies who put her on display in the Ghost Chamber of their traveling carnival. Alicia commits an unforgivable sin, and it finally gives Tiger Joy the perfect chance for revenge.

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The Third Carlos Mann Adventure

Logic Professor Carlos Mann sets out to murder Tiger Joy in her prison cell.

Unfortunately, the gorgeous queen of human traffickers captures him and ships him off to the Yucatan, where the evil witch, La Bruja, uses all her powers to try to weaken and destroy him.

Meanwhile, Alicia calls on friends both living and dead to help save her husband, and in the process, she learns many terrible secrets that were born in the days of the great Mayan Empire … secrets that could save or even destroy Carlos and Alicia.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Nick Iuppa

Bio Quote: “I grew up in Rochester New York; my dad was a prominent doctor there. I attended the University of Notre Dame and grew up to marry the prettiest girl in Rochester… by far. (We’re still married.)

I always wanted to work in the movies. My graduate program at Stanford got me an internship at MGM and I worked on TV specials with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). I became good friends with both of them. Later I wrote for the Wonderful World of Disney and dozens of scripts about Mickey Mouse and his friends for Walt Disney Interactive. I left Hollywood for a while and worked for Eastman Kodak as an Instructional Designer, Bank of America as manager of their TV studios, Hewlett Packard as manager of their creative group, and Apple computer as Manager Of Learning Technologies. When my boss at Apple went to Hollywood, she took me with her. We were back in Hollywood again… but still were able to live in the San Francisco area.

I commuted every week from SF to LA, and we used the accumulated miles to visit Europe. That’s why some of my books have realistic European settings. At Paramount Pictures I designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style training simulations for US Army and the State Department. Through all of this I wrote novels, but I could never get them published even though my friend Dr. Seuss worked with his publishers on my behalf. I found a tech publisher and sold lots of books about the interactive technology, but that wasn’t really what I wanted to be doing. I also had success with a humorous book on management styles called Management By Guilt. Because of the popularity of these kinds of books I was able to get it published by a major publisher, Fawcett Books. It became of Fortune Magazine Book Club Selection.

When I left Paramount I did freelance simulation design for several companies including Leap Frog, The Alaska Fire Service, the Navy and the US Marines. I also continued writing novels. My first sci-fi novel was about a high-tech simulation like the ones I worked on for the Army, but this simulation had futuristic technology and was invaded by vampires. I first called it Virtual Vampires but published it as Bloody Bess and the Doomsday Games.

I also wrote other horror novels inspired by Stephen King’s deep, creepy characters. Now, I work with a writing partner, John Pesqueira. And even though I do most of the writing, his participation in story development makes things work better. John has a lot of great ideas, and we love developing characters and letting them tell us where the story is supposed to go.

These days, my favorite character is Claudia Madero the driving force in our satirical novel about a group of Mexicans retaking the Alamo. It’s called THE BATTLE FOR THE ALAMO TAQUERIA. Can’t get enough of her.

I have expanded on many of the details of my biography and told stories of my adventures in Hollywood in the blog posts that I write at www.nickiuppawrites.com.”

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from San Francisco, Silicon Valley? San Francisco gives me a built-in atmosphere for my stories. Everyone loves the place. So, it’s easy for me to write about exotic locations all within driving distance. It has also given me entre to Hollywood, Stanford University, the High Sierras, and the surrounding desert. It rounds out my experience growing up in Upstate New York and going to college in the Midwest.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My father was a well-known doctor and a world war two hero. But I could tell that he really wanted to become a writer. He talked all his life about the books he wanted to write. But he died relatively young and never got a chance to do it.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I was in grade school I wrote a book that the nuns told me they wanted to get published but never did. When I developed a fast friendship with Dr. Seuss, I tried to get several of my children’s books published. But it wasn’t until I retired that I decided to write full time and make a concerted effort to get published. I had written and had published many technical books, but I really didn’t like doing non-fiction. Writing fiction is what I really enjoy.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing, and did you use it to your advantage? I still set parts of my books in Upstate New York. I feel that I know the area very well and can write to the time and place and create that period. Some of my books have biographical elements, especially TAKEN BY WITCHES and THE WITCH WITHIN HER.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I came up with the title Management by Guilt, in the 70s and then wrote the book. It was my biggest success, picked up by Fawcett Books and released in paperback. I’d like to say I never do it with fiction, but in fact all 3 of the books in our Alicia Trilogy started as titles before we even knew what they were about.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? THE ALAMO TAQUERIA is political satire, which uses humor and parody to make a statement about a political situation. I’ve always loved writing humor and my writing partner, John, has a great sense of it. We always try to include humor in our novels, but The Alamo includes more: exaggerated characters and some extreme situations that are parodies of current events.

But Comedy is not my main focus; it’s Horror. I was afraid of the horror genre all my life, never went to horror movies, had nightmares all the time, which is why I may be good at writing these kinds of books. I’ve written several blog posts about this topic and they are up on my blog site. Originally, I wrote a biographical novel and showed it to famous screenwriter Bill Idelson. The only chapter he liked was the one in which I told how my grandmother always reminded me of a witch and how I was scared to death of her. In the novel I wrote under his direction I explore my relationship with my grandmother under the assumption that she was one of the most powerful witches who ever lived. The book is called TAKEN BY WITCHES.

How many published books do you have? I’ve published 9 novels, 6 technical books, and one humorous management-training book.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? My current writing partner, John Pesqueira, a TV Writer/Director, told me about a movie idea he had. He’s of Mexican descent and feels strongly about the difficult political situation at the border. In his movie concept, a group of Mexicans decide to retake the Alamo as a political statement. We wanted to make it a comedy since the two of us always have a lot of fun throwing ideas back and forth and building on them. Also, we know that in many ways satire is one of the most powerful forms of political commentary. We developed the characters and the storyline and eventually wrote a movie treatment that we sent to several producers. When none of them picked it up, we rewrote the treatment as a novel.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love rewriting. Getting the first draft of a chapter down is painful, but once it’s there I can polish endlessly, that may be why people tell me that my writing is so easy to read, because I polish it maybe twenty times before I think it’s ready for someone else to look at.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Running into people who have read our books and love them is really wonderful. Finding new reviews on Goodreads or Amazon is a real thrill too. I’m not crazy about public appearances or book tours, I did that extensively for Management by Guilt and I found it difficult.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? A good, original story is everything. And they can probably build one from their own experience or personal dreams or nightmares. But almost as importantly, get a good editor and proofreader. I read dozens of books from friends and would-be authors and some of the writing is so bad that it’s a real struggle to get through it. If would-be writers can get the grammar and the spelling right, then I can at least start to concentrate on their story.

Who is your favorite author and why? Stephen King, because of the depth of understanding he provides for his characters. Also, his book On Writing is a manual on how to write that I follow religiously.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? There are mountains of background details in my blog. I try to write my posts as though they are short stories about my experiences in Hollywood and as a writer. Also, I almost died of a lung disease when I was 25. That was the subject of my first bio novel, which I later rewrite as a horror story, to greater success. However, I really don’t like to talk or write about that period of my life and promised at the start of my blog that I wouldn’t deal with it.

Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.

  1. Do I ever fall in love with my female characters? Every damn time!
  2. How hard is it to kill off characters you love? It’s murder in every sense of the word.
  3. How erotic your novels? We decided to make The Alamo very straightforward and even though there are several love stories going and some very attractive couples we didn’t write any really explicit scenes. On the other hand, the Alicia Books are very sexy. Bloody Bess has several explicit scenes, and some very romantic ones. Some of our as yet unpublished novels are much more erotic.
  4. Do you write romance novels? I read them for background, but there is generally too much action and adventure and horror for my novels to be considered true romance.

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The Duke Series by Sandra Masters

A True Regency Romance That Will Leave You Wanting More

Reclusive, cold as ice, the politically powerful Raven, Duke of Ravensmere, denies love after the tragic deaths of his duchess and baby. He is bound by his vow never to allow love to enter his heart again. Samantha Winston permits him to seek refuge in her carriage in a time of need, and what started as a kiss in the name of safety, becomes something more pleasurable and not so safe after all. In spite of every caution, his interest escalates into unexpected desire.

Samantha, a young widow with a secret, irreverent and high-spirited, has constructed impenetrable walls against all men. When she and Raven meet again, strong wills clash. Political intrigues and a dreaded nemesis place his life at risk, and Samantha finds herself in a dire predicament. All the while, passion soars.

Cold Coffee Review: One Night With A Duke is the fifth book The Duke series. Author Sandra Masters sums up book five her series which takes place in London 1816 by this statement: “Can Samantha’s barriers fall with more kisses? Can Raven be released from his deathbed vow?”

Chapter one opens with action “The decision to walk to the gala had been a colossal mistake. The Tenth Duke of Ravensmere ducked into the shadows. Seven against one not good odds.”

Those who follow this series already know the well-developed characters and great story telling. Whether you start with book one or book five you will travel back into a period of time where romance was divine and acts played out in the bedroom were expressions of one’s heart and soul. Let me draw you into the story with a delicious romance from chapter thirty-three:

“Raven growled as she screamed his name over and over again and considered it a benediction. Then and there, he knew there would never be any other woman for him. Her every reaction became an aphrodisiac. He prepared to ascend into sublime bliss, plunged his manhood into her again and again, and before he could exercise any control, released his seed.

“Each thrust seemed to reward them with multiple orgasms. His voice roared in strong satisfaction, desperate to breathe in gulps of air. She was velvet. He was iron. The look of passion on her sweet face pleasured him. This experience didn’t disappoint. Not what he expected, and perhaps too much more. Raven felt her muscle tighten around him and contract, tighten, and then bind him yet again. She coiled around his shaft. Paradise attained. He didn’t want the moment to end. What man would?

“After a few long moments, he rolled off her and brought her close to him, their bodies naked and moist from their lovemaking. “I hope I wasn’t too heavy. Admittedly, I dealt with a few unexpected issues.” He kissed her forehead and fondled her silken hair. Raven gazed at her face when she leaned back in repose, skin kissed by the moonlight, her lips rose-colored and lust-swollen. Her hair now pooled into strands of red curls wound in laziness and reminded him of a burning forest fire as it crested. The flames of the fireplace’s glowing embers cast a color spell of reds, orange and yellow on her tresses, radiating and beckoning his fingers to romp through. He knew the touch of it would feel like silken threads. Fascinated, he stared as her finger teased away ward tendril away.”

I invite you to enjoy this book along with the entire Duke Series by romance author Sandra Masters. I am enjoying the entire series. I, Theodocia McLean, endorse ‘One Night With A Duke’ as a refreshing Regency Romance set in the 1800s. At the end of this book, Author Sandra Masters will whet your appetite for book six titled The Blue-Eyed, Black-Hearted Duke. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 23, 2017

Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency Romance

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After three years in England, Thorn Wick, the duke’s bastard son, perfectly flawed, still fights for acceptance in his father’s world as a renowned Argamak Turk horse trainer. Just when he starts to believe in fairy tales, another obstacle looms to thwart his plans: on a dangerous mission to Barbados, Thorn is stunned when secrets are revealed about his mother. Will he exact revenge for the foul deed?

Alicia Montgomery, ward of the duke, is in love with Thorn. Strong willed and adventurous, she determines she can convince him to admit his feelings. But the reality of loving Thorn too much almost destroys her.

Can Alicia quell Thorn’s demons and prove love can pave the way to their happiness?

Cold Coffee Review: The fourth book the Duke Series is set in Porticio of Beckamhouse, London, England, 1820. The book opens with a romantic interlude between Thorn Wick and Alicia Montgomery.

Travel back into a period of time when men and women behaved elegantly and letters were more than mere words, they were the expression of one’s heart and soul. Let me draw you into the story with this quote:

“Chester announced that the visitor the Marquess of Montgate, had arrived, and he’d shown the gentleman into the room. She smiled a warm greeting to him.

“Dear, dear Alicia, I’ll be the envy of every man at the ball tonight. You look ravishing in that goddess-like gown. How will I keep all the men away from you?” He bent low and kissed her extended hand.

“I will assist by exhibiting the manner of a shrew if necessary. Now, Percival, give me a proper hug. I promise not to bore you about horses, but I will keep you engaged in conversation about my schoolmistress duties. I confess I’m worn out. I wonder how our tenants are able to cope with so many children without servants.”

Percival smiled. “We aristocrats do have some advantages.”

“That may be, but I look forward to our time tonight. Thorn gave you a letter for me?”

“Yes, he did when last we met.” He grinned. “He also gave me instructions that I was to protect you from any man who would try to woo you to a balcony or some such thing. Especially I’m to keep Claven, that scoundrel, a good distance from you. Please don’t encourage the rascal. I’m too young to die in a duel.” He walked toward her. “Thorn’s much in love with you, my dear.”

“And I am with him.”

“Alas, it’s my sad fate to relinquish you. Here is his letter.” He withdrew it from his breast pocket. “Now if you will direct me to the duke and duchess, I’ll extend my greetings while you read the contents.”

“Percival, you’re a good friend of his. I thank you. I’ll be with you shortly. Just follow the conversations, and they’ll lead you to the grand drawing room. Gordon is with them. I’ll join you in a few minutes.”

He turned to leave.

“Percival,” she called out. “Thank you for this wondrous gift. I shan’t forget you.”

“It’s my pleasure, Alicia. Thorn is my dearest friend. I know how much he loves you, and I’m happy to help him attain his goals.” He winked and left.

She ran into the library where she could read his letter in private. She carefully opened it and her heart lifted at its prose.

You must read the book to find out what this letter said and how Alicia responds.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard by Sandra Masters. One Night with a Duke, is promised for release in 2017. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on November 6, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency Romance

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At the age of seventeen, Thorn Wick made a promise to his dying mother that sends him sailing from Barbados to England to meet the man who sired him, the aristocratic Duke of Althorn, who never knew of his son’s existence.

Alicia Montgomery, ward of the Duke, develops a deep affection for the Anglo Indian who protects her from advances by other men. She wants him to acknowledge his feelings for her, but he insists on ignoring the chemistry between them.

Despite the intrigue, revelations, and revenge, will their passion and love for each other conquer all?

Cold Coffee Review: The third book (mini novella prequel to book four) in the Duke Series is here and Author Sandra Masters delivers another true regency romance with Thorn, Son Of A Duke.

The book opens with Thorn Wick aboard his Majesty’s Ship en route to England, 1817. “Thorn Wick leaned over the railing of the ship. A queasy sensation roiled in his stomach as he watched the swelling of the seas. He closed his eyes and hoped he’d wake up and find himself in his sunlit room in Barbados on firm ground listening to island chants.”

Enjoy regal characters and superb story telling that will keep you invested in the plot. Let me share with you a passage from the book as tension builds at ‘London Wharfside’.

“Thorn stood by the railing and scanned an old road that gave access to wharves and docks on the north bank of the River Thames. The panorama before him amazed. Busy docks men and porters hustled large cases and bales from the ships to the waiting warehousemen. Men shouted while clerks with inventory lists directed longshoremen to the appropriate buildings.

“Sir Tomas, what is that large building to the right of us? Never have I seen such a large structure.”

“That’s the East India House owned and operated by the company. I would venture to say the wealth that passes within its portals is unsurpassed in the world. They are a powerful force with which to reckon. Fortunately, your forefathers had the good sense not to invest in India and chose Barbados.”

Thorn’s eyes widened at the activity; excitement overtook him. He didn’t know where to look first.

“Do you see that black coach with the Lion crest waiting?”

“Yes. Is that my father’s?” he asked with a bit of trepidation.

As they spoke, a tall aristocratic gentleman departed the coach, his beaver top hat and greatcoat an admission of his wealth. The coach driver was armed and one footman was on the back board. The other footman walked behind the man. A gold dome-topped cane glistened in the sunlight.

“Is that my father, Sir Tomas?”

“Yes, it is. He’s come to greet you personally.” Tomas grasped Thorn’s shoulder in convivial support. “Just be yourself, Thorn. Everything will be fine.”

The gangplank was lowered, and the passengers prepared to depart. Thorn and Tomas waited for the others to precede them.

“Courage, little lion,” Tomas joked.

“I will need more than that,” Thorn replied, unable to keep his eyes off the aristocratic gentleman who waited patiently on the dock.

I now understand what my mother saw in him.

Thorn took a deep breath. “I’m ready, Sir Tomas. Let us greet the great lion.” He smiled with an inquisitive stare at the man who gave him life and wondered what future awaited him.

I invite you to follow this father and son reunion and see what lays in store for this son of a duke. Read the entire Duke Series by Sandra Masters at Amazon. Each book stands alone for your regency romance enjoyment. I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Thorn, Son Of A Duke (The Duke Series Book 3) by Sandra Masters. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on March 10, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency Romance

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Orphaned and abandoned by family, Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love. Beautiful and innocent, she attracts the attention of a renowned rake, the Duke of Althorn. When her security is threatened, she offers him a proposal for an arranged marriage in exchange for his guarantee of safety for her and her ward. After her first taste of desire in his arms, she finds the sexual attraction irresistible. Finding herself in a family way, she leaves his home, unsure of his love.

The Duke is at first enraged by the brazen behavior, yet he sees Cassandra as a captivating caregiver for his mother and impossible to resist. He agrees. The arrangement becomes inconvenient because love and sex enter the equation.

Will she believe her husband truly loves her and return to his waiting arms?

Will the Duke admit his love and use his rakish skills to woo Cassandra back to his bed?

Cold Coffee Review: Follow-up regency romance Once Upon A Duke with My Divinely Decadent Duke (Duke Series Book Two).

Back in London in 1822 arranged marriages of even royalty doesn’t mean the woman (seen as a possession) is secure in life or love, in fact the beautiful Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love.

At the ballroom “Cassandra turned to her brother. “Brent Montgomery, Earl of Stratton. May I introduce you to his Grace, Duke of Althorn.”

Later “The Duke stared at the sun-dappled ocean from his balcony residence as the evening hour approached. The ever-present restlessness was his companion. He took deep breaths, prepared to harness his energy and put it to work for him. His beloved dog Clayo lay at his side. He knelt to pet her head. She was one of his prized possessions; there could never be a doubt of the indisputable fact. The animal gave him a lick on his hand. His gentle creature with the name of a temptress Egyptian Queen was dedicated in her affection for him.”

“The Duke decided to walk the beach again. This time he took Clayo, and his attire was indeed informal. He’d left his jacket at the villa but was still dressed in his waistcoat appropriate to his rank. Crop in his right hand, he strode quickly. Although he would be loathed to admit it, he wanted to see if his Enchantress of the Sea would be out and about. He invited her the night before to walk along the beach, but she didn’t present herself. In his heart, he didn’t think she would tonight, but nonetheless, it didn’t hurt to ask. Clayo plodded alongside him and wagged her tail. He kept at their “stick into the ocean” game, and she promptly retrieved. They played most of the time until either he became bored or Clayo tired.

His heart leaped when he saw Cassandra. This time the outfit was a dark azure skirt with the same white balloon sleeve blouse, a light blue jacket, and a fetching azure hat with her blonde hair tucked under it. The children were with her. Alicia, wearing a white ruffled dress with many petticoats, ran barefoot and giggled. A huge white bow accented her blonde braid so the wind wouldn’t whip hair in her face. Blue eyes that matched the sky, soft creamy white skin, and a delicate frame gave the girl an impish look. It then occurred to him how much Alicia resembled Cassandra. Could it be a coincidence? Or was there more to it? Was there a secret somewhere?

More than a romance story, it is an adventure told with remarkable storytelling, easy going to face paced reading, true to time period dialog and settings along with extensive research by Author Sandra Masters engages the reader in the search for true love between Lady Cassandra Montgomery and Duke Gordon Althorn.

Relax into a deep, hot bubble bath with a glass of red wine (or drink of your choice) and relax with romance as it should be. Author Sandra Masters states it best: “Every woman should have a divinely decadent Duke in her life.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse My Divinely Decadent Duke by Sandra Masters as book two in this Regency Romance. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 6, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency Romance

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Serena, an artist and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to be his mistress, but she wants commitment, love, and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake.

Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared is shattered when he learns she has been forced into an engagement with another. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life.

Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena?

If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him?

Cold Coffee Review: Bring regency romance into your life with Once Upon A Duke. Each book in the Duke Series stands alone for your reading pleasure.

Warm, realistic characters in book one bring the reader back to London 1817. Lady Serena Worthington Durand is a strong independent woman ahead of her time, but she faces demons from the past. I quote: “If Lady Serena could be granted one wish, she would ride off into the morning mist and vanish. That, of course wasn’t possible, but here in her favorite lakeside retreat, she could relax in safety.”

Legendary Duke of Sutton, Geoffrey Austen has a chance encounter with Lady Serena and I quote: “Allow me to introduce myself, Lord Geoffrey Austen, at your service.” He swept off his hat and bowed. “I am Henry Worthington’s hunting guest for the week.”

More than a romance story, it is an adventure that will make your heart pound, your emotions run wild and your spirit soar.

The combination of remarkable storytelling, easy going to face paced reading, true to time period dialog and settings along with extensive research by Author Sandra Masters engages the reader in the life and times of Lady Serena Worthington Durand.

I invite you to light a fire, pour a glass of red wine (Sandra Masters would join you in the wine, but hers would be a white fruity glass) and relax with romance as it should be. Author Sandra Masters states it best: “Every woman should have a divinely decadent Duke in her life.” I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Once Upon a Duke by Sandra Masters as a true Regency Romance that will leave you wanting more. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on October 7, 2015.

Genre: Romance, Historical, Regency Romance

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Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview With Author Sandra Masters

From a humble beginning in Newark, New Jersey, a short stay at a convent in Morristown, NJ at the age of fourteen, retiring from a fantastic career for a play broadcasting company in Carlsbad, California, to the rural foothills of the Sierras of Yosemite National Park, Sandra traded in the Board Rooms for the Ballrooms of the Regency period and never looked back.

Sandra wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. Romance is at best a gift and her passion is the Regency period. Admittedly, she would prefer to be the sister of a duke or an earl…perhaps even a princess? Or the other endless possibilities of a widow. Hmmm.

As a lonely only child, she used to read fairy tales and now she writes them. She admits freely she’s an unapologetic story-teller.

Her debut novel was Once Upon a Duke, which received wide acceptance. She followed with Book Two, My Divinely Decadent Duke, a marriage-of-convenience story turned inconvenient when love and sensuality entered the equation.

Her third book, THORN, SON OF A DUKE, the prequel to her fourth book, THE DUKE’S MAGNIFICENT BASTARD is a 15,000-word teaser. She delineates Thorn’s younger days as a half-breed subject to the malice of rock throwing native boys. At the age of seventeen, his mother extracts a death-bed promise for him to sail the ocean to visit his father, the Duke of Althorn, who never knew of his existence. On the island of Barbados, it wasn’t the best of lives, but it was the only one he knew. Now, he was to face British aristocracy as the bastard son of a powerful, wealthy duke.

Book Four she lovingly calls “My Bastard” is a multi-cultural romance story of a young couple defeating all odds to have their love accepted. The gossamer thread of sensuality is woven through the tapestried story of their spicy, steamy romance. At times, the obstacles are daunting.

With Book Five in this series, ONE NIGHT WITH A DUKE, she accomplished her life-long dream of publishing this story into a reality. What did it take? Cutting the too-long epic by 57,000 words was a prodigious task. She worked like a dervish, so her Raven and Samantha could see the light of a publishing day. She gave them cameo appearances in each of her books so she wouldn’t forget that they begged to earn a place in the series. Seven years later, they made their long-awaited debut.

Now, she’s delighted to say that ONE NIGHT WITH A DUKE, has an official release date of June 21, 2017.

For a new author, it’s been a whirlwind two years and it was nothing she expected, but everything she dreamed.

Book Six is a work-in-process and her writing takes a different path into a dark, brooding fantasy where supernatural powers assist in prolonging the adventures of The Blue-Eyed Black-Hearted Duke. What man could resist redemption from the beautiful ward of his, Miss Jaclyn? Possible release end of 2017.

Two months ago, Sandra broke her right dominant arm, so she is tested every day to manipulate fingers that used to fly across typewriter keys. Some days are good and others are not, but her grit and determination keep her going.

P.S. Sandra love bears of all sizes and shapes. However, she prefers to view the real-life ones from afar.

Interview Questions?

What makes you proud to be a writer from California? California where I retired, but I’ve been a business world traveler, and do like the small-town coziness where most of the people where I live know I’m a spicy romance writer. I’m just a little fish in a big comfy pond. I make it evident about the heat level (spicy/sensual/hot) so a reader will not be offended.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I started writing at thirteen and when I entered high school, I knew what I wanted to be. My high school English teacher encouraged me and of course, I fell in love with Frank Yarby’s Foxes of Harrow and that was representative of my preferred genre.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I did enter a convent in New Jersey, a result of my Catholic elementary school. I lasted three weeks. I was an only child and most likely a drama queen. From a child who had only two books and the Encyclopedia Britannia at my disposal, I now have over 863 books of all genres, but mostly Romance. I enjoy creating realistic characters, showing introspection, goals, motivation, and the hunger for something more than they have. Romance gives me the opportunity to write HAPPILY EVER AFTER endings.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I decided that before I left the planet, I wanted at least one book (of the many I’d written) published. Five years ago, I joined Romance Writers of America and the local chapter Yosemite Romance Writers. Attended webinars, seminars, presentations, conferences, networked with other authors and aspiring writers, and in 2015 I published my first book ONCE UPON A DUKE with The Wild Rose Press.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Letters from fans, e mails from other author friends, and the fact that I’ve showed my grandchildren that if you want to do something, try and try again and work hard and it will happen. For me it took decades, but worth the wait. Nothing I expected but everything I dreamed. Also, my husband who used to read mysteries wanted to help, so I convinced him to read romance. Now he’s my plotster and I do work at this 8 hours a day 6 days a week. I stop at 5:00 p.m. and we enjoy a cocktail and discuss my characters. It has enriched our marriage!!!!!

How many published books do you have? Five Books, The Duke Series with The Wild Rose Press.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write spicy, sensual, hot Regency era novels. This encompasses 1800-1820 give or take a year. This was the Georgian era in England, and it was a time of elegant madness and maybe even self-illuminating. It was the time of the romp where pleasures were pursued, sometimes granted and sometimes denied, but there was passion and sensuality in the air. It gave way to the Victorian Era in stark difference to the Regency. I’ve written mostly about the aristocracy because I like to, but also because I think in another life I was the sister of a Duke, or a wealthy widow with privileges. This is not to say that this era did not have important issues in the nation to be dealt with, such as, woman’s rights, poverty, the industrial revolution which galvanized the masses. Farm workers rushed to the city to make money and encountered disease and pestilence. Every human being has a story, I just prefer the happier, privileged ones that have problems, conflict, and eventually a happily ever after.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Two rules:
Rule Number 1: Never give up
Rule Number 2: Don’t forget Rule Number One.

Who is your favorite author and why? Judith McNaught, Mary Balogh, come to mind. Judith broke all the rules and touched your heart. Mary writes with her heart and is consistent. I know I’ve left a lot of amazing authors out, but it’s only because my arm is hurting now. I broke it four weeks ago and I’m learning to type again.

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Theodocia McLean

Approach Your Non-Profit Board Of Directors With Confidence by Theodocia (T) Mclean is a must have workbook for all new Non-Profit Executive Directors or Non-Profit Board Members. Learn how to accomplish the resource needed to find and keep productive Board Members. Remember that time is the first most important resource you have. Finding the right Board Members who process the same drive and vision is the second challenge. Please don’t waste anymore valuable time; Theodocia (T) will help you approach this whole process with confidence.

Genre: Business, Investing & Finance

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Approach Non-Profit Grant Writing with Confidence by Theodocia (T) Mclean is a must have workbook for all new Non-Profit Executive Directors or Non-Profit Board Members. Learn how to accomplish the resource needed to find the funders and learn how to organize and write your grant proposal. Remember that time is the first most important resource you have. Please don’t waste anymore valuable time, Theodocia will help you approach this whole process with confidence and she is available to help you one-on one. After you read and begin work in this workbook, she is just an email away and she looks forward to helping you as you strive to help others with the mission of your non-profit.

Genre: Business, Investing & Finance

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Approach your Non-Profit With Confidence is a must have workbook for all new Non-Profit Executive Directors and Board Members. Learn why you need a Board Of Directors, How To Select Your Board Of Directors, What Are Your Board’s Responsibilities, How Do You Further Organize, Develop And Evaluate Your Board, Approach Your Development Team With Knowledge, Research Database, Proposal Preparation And Forms And Information Handouts. Time is your most valuable resource. Please don’t waste anymore valuable time. This Workbook 0f 139 pages will help you approach the whole process with confidence. Theodocia McLean has proven that she has a heart for nonprofits as well as other authors. Theodocia worked ten years in the Nonprofit Sector as a Grant Researcher/ Grant Writer before becoming a published author.

Genre: Business, Investing & Finance

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Theodocia McLean’s book, ‘Footprints In My Life Journey’ is a 30-Day Bi-Polar Workbook designed to be used as a tool to accomplish daily tracking with as little or as much journaling as one desires. She gives enough examples and choices to check off each day, so that little journaling is necessary. Her desire is that the workbook will be used as a tool to track daily moods, goals, successes, regressions and track medicines and their side effects. She gives permission after the purchase of the workbook, for the user to save the bonus day at the end to copy and continue to use in a notebook. She hopes that the results of this daily tracking workbook will be shared on a regular basis with one’s mental health providers.

Genre: Other, Health, Dieting & Fitness

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The Household Property Inventory Workbook is one purchase you will wish you had made years ago. Not just for property owners, this book is for anyone with names, dates, and documents to remember. If you have valuable jewelry, art, computers, sports and exercise equipment-this is the book to keep track of serial numbers, sales receipts and other information. If it’s in your home…put it in this book! The Workbook begins with all the primary household family members’ vital statistics: dates and places of birth, websites, e-mails, and cell numbers. If something happens to you and you’re in the hospital and the neighbor needs to feed your three cats and two dogs, do you panic? No, you tell him where the Inventory Workbook is and he is all set to take care of your furry friends. Heaven forbid your home is lost to fire, flood, or other natural disaster. However, this is when the Workbook really shines. Your home and its contents are your biggest investments and you’ve spent a fortune insuring for earthquakes, tornados and theft, etc. It’s the worst time in your life and the insurance company policy adjuster wants proof of your loss. You follow the Workbook and record the serial numbers of all your valuables; you photographed everything, and list all sales receipts, and owners’ manuals. You’re covered! Just sit back and wait for the insurance company to cut you a check! This is just a small sampling of all the useful information recorded in the Workbook. I highly recommend that you pick one up for your home. The Inventory Workbook makes a great wedding or housewarming gift. If you have an adult child heading out on their own make sure he or she has a copy of the workbook. Reviewed by W.R. Potter for Reader’s Choice Literary Reviews

Genre: Other, Self-Help

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My Theodocia – by Stormy describes the first twenty-three years of life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty. Theodocia is twice adopted and known as Theo, as her full name is not revealed to her until she is sixteen. Stormy draws you in with her exceptional descriptive skill. You feel like you are one of her friends playing with her in the playhouse, riding bikes and taking turns on the swing. The warm memories bring fond thoughts of your own childhood.

Then the scene changes and hits hard, leaving the reader sad, disturbed and even angry. Where are the parents, teachers, the church, and other adults? None come to Theo’s aid. There are many traumas-some by others and some by cruel fate. All leave a lasting scar.

This is more than a retelling of abuse and neglect. This is an inspirational story of unimaginable perseverance. Theodocia, she shows a colossal level of courage and determination to survive and to flourish. She marries the love of her life and soon has a son. Marriage and motherhood bring a measure of stability and love to her life that she had not known.

She begins to worry about the loss of sizeable chunks of time in her day. In the last few pages, the family is packed and moving again and we are left to wonder if the time lapses and interrupted concentration are the first symptoms of future problems caused by the many traumas.

In closing, Stormy tells about a diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder and a later diagnosis of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder). The tone is set for the upcoming Stormy Journey; a sequel featuring the network of personalities that live inside her.

The strength needed to write her story, reliving each painful moment, is extraordinary. Hard to put down and impossible to forget, I highly recommend that you read My Theodocia. Reviewed by WR Potter For Reader’s Choice Literary Reviews

Reader Appreciation:

I thank this author for writing an amazing book about the life of a child whose journey …

by Linda Diane Wattley on March 25, 2016

Reviewed From Kindle Edition

I thank this author for writing an amazing book about the life of a child whose journey was a continued nightmare.

Theodocia McLean’s soul was revealed through the pages of this book.

This is not a rush through read, this is a take your time and relate write.

For sure, the power of love and the Will of God is what made the difference in her life.

Mental disorders can go without being diagnosed for so many years of people’s lives.

Theodocia wrote this book to bless others who have questioned their mental state
and wondered if they could live normal lives after being traumatized for so many years.

For sure, she let’s you know yes you can!

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A book you will not forget.

Review by Gloria Antypowich on December 12, 2016

I have never met Theodocia McLean, but I am familiar with her work at Cold Coffee Press. I have always admired her intelligence, and the great job she does of managing the site.

I was saddened for her when I read “My Theodocia.” It was shocking to imagine what it would have been like for her to be given away by her alcoholic father, to a man and a woman who wanted a child, because they were unable to have their own. Daddy Willie and Bessie were given legal custody of Theodocia before she was eight months old. They had good intentions, and Daddy Willie loved his little girl. When his wife died, he refused to give the child up, even though many encouraged him too. He was a fisherman, so he was gone most of the day and Theodocia was looked after by a steady stream of babysitters.

Years of neglect took a toll on her, and she did not develop and mature as quickly as she should have. Finally, the local pastor and his wife convinced Daddy Willie to give them custody of the pretty brown-eyed girl. Then Ewen and Annabelle made plans to take her off the island, and Annabelle lost touch with everything else that was familiar. When she was 6 years old they legally adopted her.

Theodocia’s life was full of neglect and abuse. At one point, she had to go to a private school. The rules were abnormally restrictive; punishment was abusive and cruel. It is no wonder that eventually she was diagnosed with mental illness. No child should have had to live with what she did.

The bright spot (and turning point) in her life was when she met and married Marshal, and they had a son, William. These events brought stability, security, and love into her life that she had never known.

Theodocia began to experience time lapses that she couldn’t account for. William was never in danger because of them, but when she went to a neurologist, she was diagnosed as a borderline Epileptic. Later on, she was also diagnosed as being Bi-Polar and later still, she was diagnosed as having DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder). I can only applaud Theodocia’s strength, determination and endurance to become the accomplished person she is today.

My Theodocia made me feel humble; I realized that I have had such a fortunate and privileged life. This book is painful, but also offers hope, because, despite all her disadvantages, Theodocia did have happy days and enjoyable times.

I recommend this book. You will want to cry; I know I did. But you will smile at times too and you will never forget McLean’s story.

Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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Companion Book Of Poems To The Book ‘My Theodocia’

Genre: Poetry

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People are experiencing encounters with these fallen angels who have both de-evolved and evolved with an insatiable lust. Theodocia McLean’s book, ‘The Nephilim Phenomenon’, is a unique approach to the “Nephilim” (offspring of fallen angels and human copulation). This might possibly be Theologians best kept secret. This is a fictional account of the “Nephilim” Phenomenon briefly described in the Bible. Her premise is that fallen angels survived the great flood that wiped out the earthbound Nephilim. This fictional accounting is set in the backdrop of a convention of people who are experiencing encounters with these fallen angels who have both de-evolved and evolved with an insatiable lust and the question remains, is this half-breed among us today?

Genre: Paranormal (Supernatural)

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Theodocia Mclean (Owner)

Theodocia McLean was born on Beals Island, in Downeast Maine, in 1954.

Adopted twice, she wasn’t told her beautiful name until her sixteenth birthday.

Her love for writing began when her fifth grade teacher captured her imagination with creative writing assignments while she was living away from home in a harsh, punitive private school environment.

A song that she sings everyday is the only link that she has to Clara, her one special friend, who made daily life bearable for a short time in that dreadful place. She longs for the day when someone, even a stranger, will show her the proof that she desperately needs on whether her friend really died that terrible day.

My Theodocia by Stormy describes the first twenty-three years of her life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty. Writing is therapy and telling her story takes her experience out of the shadows into the light. She hopes that her readers will muster up the courage to tell their story and thus begin their own healing journey.

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Viv Drewa

Before retiring France Hunter decides to go to the place where she found her first new species of owl: The Amazon. Her group follows a well know angler, John Sinclair, and his team, along with a reporter who wants to do a story on Hunter.

Once arriving at the site, Sinclair leaves to go further up the river. He has a show to record and is hoping to catch an even larger fish this time. He hates having to leave France; he’s fallen in love with her but he has a show to tape and hopes to finish quickly to get back to her.

Hunter, and the group with her, run into a gruesome nightmare with the satellite phone destroyed and one man fighting for life. Sinclair is not due to pick them up for another week.

Will they survive?

Cold Coffee Review: If you love wild life, especially Owls you will enjoy reading The Angler and The Owl by Viv Drewa.

This fast paced, short story, action adventure will keep you on your toes as you travel with Ornithologist France Hunter and her team on her second trip down the Amazon River to look for rare, even new species of Owls.

Here is teaser from the book:

“Francine Hunter, who had been called France since her younger sister couldn’t say Francine, was sitting on a boulder, sipping a bottle of water. She’s enjoying the sun and eager to get to the place where she found her first new species of owl: the blue-ringed owl. She looked through the opening of this enormous canopy enjoying the lovely foliage and wishing she was already deep inside.

She fell in love with not only the rain forest, but the Amazon River. France also loves the chorus of the animals and birds that she heard here years ago, and still enjoys now. The Amazon reminded her of the stories she heard as a young girl, about foreign travelers and their adventures. And exotic birds and animals.”

As you can imagine, there is danger and possibly a little romance.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Angler and The Owl by Viv Drewa. I also enjoyed Viv’s murder mystery titled ‘Midnight Owl’ (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One). Two other titles published by this author are ‘The Owl Of The Sipan Lord’ and ‘From The Pages Of Grandfather’s Life’. All her books can be found here on Amazon. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 5, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Adventure

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When the dismembered body of a young woman is found, Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case.

After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found, but there’s a twist in the case: The Murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one. Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case, he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not.

Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found that night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives. Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails and they have to regroup to think of something else.

Two witnesses are dead and they don’t want a third to die.

This book is for 18+ due to the violence.

Cold Coffee Review: If you enjoy reading murder mysteries and have the stomach for graphic scenes and detailed forensic evidence, Midnight Owl will be a great read. If you like continuing sagas where the first book keeps you waiting for the author to write and release the next book in the series so you can find out if your suspicions are right or wrong, this Joe Leverette (Mystery Book One) should be in your hands as Call Of The Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book Two) is promised for release in 2016.

Well written adult material, realistic characters, easy to follow dialog and a plot that reinforces monsters do exist.

I always quote a passage to show the authors style, but I am very careful not to spoil the story. Quote from Book:

“Heather North had felt as if someone were following her for a while now, weeks to be exact. The sensation was driving her crazy.

She lived in a relatively safe area with a short walk from her parking spot to her apartment, but the feeling was much stronger tonight and it made the walk look a lot farther.

Behind the large SUV to the left of her car, a figure waited. He watched Heather get her purse and sweater out of her car and lock the door. He watched her look around nervously, checking her surroundings before heading to her apartment.

The one thing that Heather really didn’t like was that there was no fence between the parking lot and the small wooded area next to it. Her insecurity tonight made it feel even more ominous. A great horned owl gave off three quick hoots making Heather jump and almost drop what she was carrying.

Before she had a chance to step away from her car, a strong arm wrapped around her waist and a damp cloth was clamped tightly over her mouth. She dropped her purse, keys and sweater and everything went dark.”

What happens next will cause your blood to run cold, but you will not stop turning the pages, because the sleuth in you will want answers.

I suspect Author Viv Drewa’s studies in medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan played a silent role in her active criminal investigation mind set. No doubt her ability to hold her reader’s attention through suspense is attributive to her writing experience since 1963.

Dreams and Owls have played roles in folklore throughout history. How do dreams and Owl hoots play into this mystery?

Will the author who is known as ‘Owl Lady’ give us any hoots in book two of this series?

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa as a mystery suspense thriller. I purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on March 22, 2016.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Paranormal, Supernatural, Psychics

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Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died.

Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed to never return that was until a blue eyed spirit and a small owl began to haunt her dreams.

Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Intrigue, Spine-Chilling Paranormal.

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The true story of a young man forced to leave his family to escape the Russian czar in 1913 Poland or be drafted into the Russian army and fight against his own people.

Genre: Biography, Memoir

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Viv Drewa

Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.

She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the ‘Polish American Journal’ as ‘From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life’ and recently had it published again on Amazon.

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald’, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter ‘Thumb Prints’.

She teaches sewing to physically and mentally disabled adults, a cause close to her heart.

Viv also writes two blogs to help promote her fellow authors.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Michigan? I’m proud that I can share my stories with everyone. Putting all the effort into each of my books and seeing that they’re appreciated really makes me feel good.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? No one person in particular. I just always loved reading stories.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I think my parents had a lot to do with it by reading to me from a very early age. Then I was taken to the library for a type of story time where a woman would read to us.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2013. I had two mini strokes in 2012 and my doctor told me to start playing seek-and-find games. Since I’ve always wanted to be a writer I asked him if that would be ok; he said yes. My first book was published 12/2013

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Two things: meeting a lot of wonderful authors and learning a lot from the research I had to do for each book.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I think being able to put ‘author’ as a job description. This is something I’ve wanted for a very long time.

How many published books do you have? Three books and one short story.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Mostly when I’m developing my characters and story line. I haven’t changed any of them as of yet.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I’ll talk about Midnight Owl. I saw a saying on Facebook that said: When you can’t sleep at night it means you’re awake in someone else’s dream. Of course, my muse decided to take it in another direction but she did good!

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Read a lot! Your genre, or many genres. See what you’re really interested in and it will be a fantastic journey!

Who is your favorite author and why? If you asked me 40 years ago I’d say Stephen King, and he still is one of my favorite. To be honest I have so many traditional and indie authors that I love to read.

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Siafa B. Neal

Siafa B. Neal Is Grand-Master / Founder / Inventor / Instructor / Author / Artist / Designer – Advance 3-D Model Matrix Vector Logistics Chess.

Siafa B. Neal offers Advance 3-D Chess books which contain diagrams, photos, key information about the game board and actual games to enjoy. Inside each book is the opportunity to purchase custom made Chess Boards (with chess pieces) that go specificity with the games. You also receive instructions for booking 3-D Grand Master Siafa B. Neal for private lessons, speaking engagements and game events. If you are a chess enthusiast, this unique one-of-a-kind book series with actual games is for you.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from San Bernardino, California? My sense of pride from being a writer from San Bernardino, California stems from the notion that I am easily able to convey to my readers the practical aspects of Advance 3-D Matrix Chess through the pictorial display of photos in my chess book and E­ Books.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My cousin, Robert H. Brown, who is currently a British citizen residing in England and who also holds a doctoral degree in English was influential in my decision to try a writing career beside my Engineering interests. Writing is a magnificent tool that enables me to promote ideas of Advance Chess to help enlighten others about the new styles and art forms of playing Advance 3-D Chess as opposed to the draconian ways of conventional chess and to .offer some important moral compass for those readers who have an open mind to newer opportunities to explore and to exhaust the tapestry of psychological warfare under the philosophical guidance to exhaust the possibilities to newer, informative approaches to life in general. My rather unique chess books allow readers to Live for Greatness; the Greatness which comes from their minds and their hearts. It espouses the philosophy that, “You are what you think, you think therefore you are “. The books dare readers to explore and to rediscover their innate and yet dormant passion for excellence in their quintessential cognition quest along a journey that provides fun and entertainment in the process.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My writing began upon conceiving the concepts of Advance Matrix Chess. There was a need to add excitement and pizzazz to the games of classical conventional chess, to raise the bar of the games to higher levels of sophistication, to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of a human full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capacity, potentiality and endurance and to provide chess fender different, dynamic perspectives to their intelligence tests for Logistics and Strategic Diagnostic and Prognostic Analysis. In order to achieve these objectives, I discover newer ways of playing chess using 3-Dimensional models (Model III is just one of these models to name a few) to enhance the potential dynamics and kinetics of the game. Thus, writing provides a practical tool, amongst many, to reach out to the masses, who share similar interests, who are eager to explore and to exhaust newer awareness of concepts of playing chess at Advance Distributive Logistics Levels.

Did your environment or upbringing play a pivotal role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? As children, my three junior brothers and I, were fortunate to attend the college preparation American International School that require high scholastic achievements as a prerequisite for admittance. The acquisition of my academic skills continue to play a crucial role in my writing style today , as I continue to utilize these fundamentally acquired knowledge skills to my advantage which is tantamount to my progressive writing achievements.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? The sequence of occurrence is random and or both. If I write the title of my choice before I write the manuscript it may be a random selection choice amongst a list of other perspective titles that represents the dynamic, kaleidoscopic qualities of the manuscript. If I choose a title after I write the manuscript, the choice may be the one that best depicts the ideas and concepts of discussion.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Basically, the genre of my work focuses on Non-fiction, How-to-Play, Board games and Advance Logistics Chess. My preference for this genre portrays my interest and strength in the field of Cognitive Logistics awareness which Advance Matrix Chess demonstrates. Moreover, I am able to utilize and to test some of my photographic skills, despite some of the complications that arises from photographing the images of other perspective models besides Model ill; there are other geodesic and geocentric models which may have possible applications for other forms of interstellar habitat modules that may be utilize for non-geodesic and non-geocentric habitats like the space structures for the Lunar colony of the moon and the Martian colony.

In addition, the reading public has little exposure to chess writers -and especially even more so to Advance 3-D Matrix Chess writers, who are able to uncover the concepts of Advance Chess, to create dynamic game possibilities, to design the game Boards of different types of 3-D geodesic models and to publish the games in print or digital version.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are now: seeking to promote? After designing the models, to name a few, which includes Model ill and randomly engaging with a few games on each separate model, the thought of translating the games into several books did spark my interest to publish my findings in order to reach out to the growing numbers of inquisitive chess enthusiasts world-wide and to raise the levels of awareness about the sophistication possibilities and probabilities of the game into incrementally kaleidoscopic dynamics and kinetics postulates.

What has been your most rewarding experiences with your writing process? My writing process provides to me a sense of satisfaction and purpose in life. Although, I have yet to reap the financial rewards for my efforts, I still think that translating my work into published books is therapeutic for an energetic writer as myself , especially even more so that I still have declining youthful years ahead of me. At least, I would be able to leave behind my published accomplishments in the history books of chess which most readers may be able to recall my name with references to my books. I am looking forward to my old age whereby I may be able to test my knowledge base retention skills regarding the games of Advance 3-D Chess with reference to the models in question. My legacy would be that I may be remembered as the Father of Modem Day Advance 3-D Matrix Vector Chess. My motto with regard to age-related memory retention is, “If you don’t use it, you lose it”.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I have yet to reap the financial rewards for my books. My publishing company is not presenting to me the Quarterly financial reports which they claim they would do in the contract. My most rewarding ·experiences are knowing that my works are published , acquiring a sense of satisfaction in my efforts to present my findings to the public knowing that my work depicts my best available writing skills at the time of publication, providing me the opportunity to test my photographic skills with my digital camera before publishing the final copy and taking pride in knowing that my efforts may be recorded in the History Book of Chess as being the Founder and Father of the Modem Day Advance 3-D Matrix Vector Logistics Distributive Chess.

What one piece of advice would you give to other authors? The publishing business has a competitive market which many authors both well-known, because the readership love their style or genre of writing and unknown because the author may be new to the industry. It is important that your work in your genre stands out from the crowd of published authors, one may have to ask oneself the following questions concerning success in the publishing industry:

1. What makes my work unique?

2. Why would a reader want to read my novel?

3. Am I allowing my published work speak for itself without being so pretentious?

4. What would compel a reader to purchase my book?

5. Do I emulate a passion for writing my book?

6. Am I consistent with my daily rigorous routine efforts to process and apply my writing skills to my unpublished work?

7. Do I have what it takes, the love, the compassion, the zeal, the time, the resources and effort to become a successful writer with the awareness that the book publishing industry has a competitive market which implies that the financial rewards may not necessarily be immediate or forth coming spontaneously?

8. Am I constantly actively writing my next book despite the fact of accomplishing the current book?

9. Do I apply the right networking skills and exposure for my books?

10. How do I relax while writing the manuscripts for my current book or my next near future books?

11. Do I have the right organizational skills to write my next book in an orderly sequence and format?

12. How do I augment my reading, writing and speaking skills to meet the growing demands of the book publishing market?

Who are your favorite authors and why? These authors are Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens. The reason why they are my favorite authors is due to the poetic style of Robert Louis Stevenson and the sophisticated style writing of Charles Dickens. My exposure to their works was at an early stage during my Elementary schooling years and later during my High School education.

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Hire Chess Grand Master Siafa B. Neal To Advance Your Chess Skills

  • Private Lesson: Advance 3-D Chess Grand Master- $15.00per hour.

Lecture and Game Play Time Slots Available

  • 8 Hours or Less Time Slot – $120.00
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In addition to the fees above please include $2,000.00 for travel and accommodations inside the US.

Due to high demand all appointments must be scheduled 30 days in advance. All payments are made in advance through Pay Pal.

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Advance Chess: Relative Retroactive Retrospection Of The Double Set Game: Analysis of (D4.2.51) Book 2, Vol. 6 by Siafa B Neal

This book, Book 2 Vol. 6, which is the last current book in the Double Set Game series, focuses on the Double Set Game (D4.2.51) using Model III, the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model. This game board model allows as many chess players to engage with several chess set games on a single game board. The Double Set Game (uses two unique chess sets) on a single game board and may allow for a maximum of four (4) chess players to play. For instance, it is possible for me to challenge four chess players on this game board quadro-taneously, intermittently and spontaneously.

I have found the experience of playing Double Set Games on the game board, Model III, a very rewarding experience. Experiencing the Double set games provides me a better insight into the complexities and intricacies of the games’ tapestry. The fact of the matter is that I easily get bored using the Single set chess set on Model III and find the Double Set games to be particularly challenging. The reason for this is because the Equations (descriptive narratives of the chess pieces movement) for the Double Set Games are, in most cases much more longer than the Single Set Games. In order to win a Double Set Game a player has to CHECKMATE his opponents’ Kings twice. In the event of a tie (draw), a tie breaker would involve a final game using a Single set chess game.

About The Author: Siafa B. Neal offers Advance 3-D Chess books which contain diagrams, photos, key information about the game board and actual games to enjoy. Inside each book is the opportunity to purchase custom made Chess Boards (with chess pieces) that go specificity with the games. You also receive instructions for booking 3-D Grand Master Siafa B. Neal for private lessons, speaking engagements and game events. If you are a chess enthusiast, this unique one-of-a-kind book series with actual games is for you. Siafa B. Neal Is Grand-Master / Founder / Inventor / Instructor / Author / Artist / Designer – Advance 3-D Model Matrix Vector Logistics Chess.

Message From Grand Master: The inclusion of computers in game board Tournaments raises many compelling issues concerning the dynamics of human intelligence verses robotic (artificial) intelligence capability. Computer software engineers are designing software that surpasses the game play intelligence of Game Board Masters most notably recently for example, with regards to Chinese-checkers ubiquitously known as Goa which originates from the name the Chinese recognize as Qua-Chia.

Scientists are now demonstrating that computers are now capable of conforming to parametric finite set of game rules thus surpassing human intuitive initiatives game play dominance. Game scientists realize that a human player’s weakness of fatigue and focus diminishes with time within the duration span of several games. On the contrary, computers are not apt to human related susceptibilities with regards to game plan focus and memory retention however, computers have to remain super cool to retain longevity and to perform tremendous statistical data computational analysis.

Today Chess games software are now ubiquitously recognizable in international markets and are sold at affordable prices. Chess game board software are so compelling in their complexities that is ruffles most Chess Grand-Masters leaving them even more dumbfounded upon the games’ completion. The best hope for an aspiring chess players in regards to chess games software is to tie the game; meaning the game ends with a draw leaving no winners.

The Advance Chess game board, Model III, the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model as described in this book, Book 2 Volume 6 will prove to be challenging for most software engineers since the already existing platforms for conventional chess games may require the revision of current strategic computational data analysis thus adding value the already the deep thought processing diagnostic analysis for Advance Matrix Vector Logistics Chess of which I am the Founder, Inventor, Instructor and Author.

Best regards,
Siafa B. Neal
Grand-Master / Founder / Inventor / Instructor / Author / Artist / Photographer / Strategist / Diagnostic Analyst – Advance 3-D Model Matrix Vector Logistics Chess

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Advance Chess: Quiet Reflections Of The Double Set Game (D4.2.31) – Book 2, Vol. 5 – by Siafa B. Neal

Advance Chess- Quiet Reflections of the Double Set Game (D4.2.31) – Book 2, Vol. 5 – by Siafa B. Neal is book seven in his line of professional chess instruction books.

Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa who uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game.

The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book offers.

If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and is ready to learn and to experience the complexities and the challenges of intense psychological warfare, this book is ideal for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and the Grand-Masters of conventional chess.

I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and the quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities of testing the plasticity boundary limit ranges of your full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. By doing so, a reader gains a different perspective about their intelligence levels of Logistics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis.

The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity and a Universal language.

My Advance 3-D Model chess books allow readers to tap into the seemingly endless potentialities of Advance 3-D Model chess with the hope that the sport of chess gains recognition as an Olympic Sport whereby both humans and robots interact and compete. The possibility exists where Advance 3-D Chess may be a recreational activity for the Martian inhabitants as man reaches further into space to explore and to inhabit other planets.

Message From Grand Master: The inclusion of computers in game board Tournaments raises many compelling issues concerning the dynamics of human intelligence verses robotic (artificial) intelligence capability. Computer software engineers are designing software that surpasses the game play intelligence of Game Board Masters most notably recently for example, with regards to Chinese-checkers ubiquitously known as Goa which originates from the name the Chinese recognize as Qua-Chia.

Scientists are now demonstrating that computers are now capable of conforming to parametric finite set of game rules thus surpassing human intuitive initiatives game play dominance. Game scientists realize that a human player’s weakness of fatigue and focus diminishes with time within the duration span of several games. On the contrary, computers are not apt to human related susceptibilities with regards to game plan focus and memory retention however, computers have to remain super cool to retain longevity and to perform tremendous statistical data computational analysis.

Today Chess games software are now ubiquitously recognizable in international markets and are sold at affordable prices. Chess game board software are so compelling in their complexities that is ruffles most Chess Grand-Masters leaving them even more dumbfounded upon the games’ completion. The best hope for an aspiring chess players in regards to chess games software is to tie the game; meaning the game ends with a draw leaving no winners.

The Advance Chess game board, Model III, the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model as described in this book, Book 2 Volume 5 will prove to be challenging for most software engineers since the already existing platforms for conventional chess games may require the revision of current strategic computational data analysis thus adding value the already the deep thought processing diagnostic analysis for Advance Matrix Vector Logistics Chess of which I am the Founder, Inventor, Instructor and Author.

Best regards,
Siafa B. Neal
Grand-Master / Founder / Inventor / Instructor / Author / Artist / Photographer / Strategist / Diagnostic Analyst – Advance 3-D Model Matrix Vector Logistics Chess.

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Quiet Reflections of the Double Set Game (D4.2.31) – Book 2 Vol. 5 – by Siafa B. Neal as the ultimate battle plan in war games. Reviewed on March 19, 2017.

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Advance Chess: Extrapolative Insights Of The Double Set Game: Matrix Logistics Poly-Plextics Informatics (Book 2) (Volume 4)

Chess may possibly be a learning tool to understand why a person respond to certain situations with peculiar behavioral characteristics when an opportunity is available or arises.

Typically anthropological societies have their settings in two types of archaeological communities; the farming communities and the hunting communities. The inferential context to the subject matter concerning chess which is open for discussion is that there are two types of chess players at each end of the kaleidoscopic spectrum.

The first type of chess players are those who employ tactical strategic planning (farming/gathering/harvesting) delays in the instant gratification of checkmating an opponent’s King(s).

The second type of chess players are those chess enthusiasts who position his/her pieces for an instant win (hunting type) resulting in a quick checkmate defeat of an opponent’s King(s).

The effects of the two types of playing techniques raises the awareness of the strategic notion of chess players who either play with a compassion ( the idea that winning the game(s) is not the only means to an end but rather viewed in the context of enhancing the involvement of the qualitative richness of the strategies. On the contrary the other strategic notion of play involves chess players who play with a passion (the predominance of the idea that winning is the only means to an end while disregarding the other aspects of the strategic domination of the game through qualitative and quantitative data spectral diagnostic and prognostic analysis).

The usage of the quality of playing strategies without precedence to winning or losing a match is a much more effective suggestive topic which is open for discussion. Such a topic may provide a descriptive narrative of the underlying causes of human behavioral characteristics pertaining to the possible application and implementation of a chess player’s logic strategic potentialities and capabilities with regards to and in accordance with the understanding of the set of Rules of Engagement or Detante.

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Advance Chess Book Collection by Author and Grand Master Siafa B. Neal. Reviewed on February 8, 2016.

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Advance Chess- Compilations Pertaining to Random Access to Problematic Probabilities or (R.A.P.P.) The Synthesis Postulations of the Hybridization Polymerization of Matrix Poly-Plexitics Informatics – Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 3 – by Siafa B. Neal

Advance Chess- Compilations Pertaining to Random Access to Problematic Probabilities or (R.A.P.P.) The Synthesis Postulations of the Hybridization Polymerization of Matrix Poly-Plexitics Informatics – Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 3 – by Siafa B. Neal is book five in his line of professional chess instruction books.

Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game.

The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book.

If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess.

I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of their full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis.

The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity.

Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be realized in the Olympic Sports arena where both humans and robots are competing participants. His dreams reach far into the future with Advance 3-D Chess serving as a recreational activity both here on earth and with colonists as man reaches further into space and inhabits other planets.

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Advance Chess Book Collection by Author and Grand Master Siafa B. Neal. Reviewed on August 30, 2015.

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Advance Chess Inferential View Analysis: The Double Set Game Robotic Intelligence Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 2 – by Siafa B. Neal

Advance Chess Inferential View Analysis: The Double Set Game Robotic Intelligence – Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 2 – by Siafa B. Neal is book four in his line of professional chess instruction books.

Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game.

The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book. If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare, this book is for you.

As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess. I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of their full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis.

The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity. Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be realized in the Olympic Sports arena where both humans and robots are competing participants. His dreams reach far into the future with Advance 3-D Chess serving as a recreational activity both here on earth and with colonists as man reaches further into space and inhabits other planets.

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Advance Chess Book Collection by Author and Grand Master Siafa B. Neal. Reviewed on June 17, 2015.

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Advance Chess Inferential Analysis Of Distributive Cognitive Logistics:
Hybridization Of Poly – Plextics Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 1 by Siafa B. Neal

Advance Chess Inferential Analysis Of Distributive Cognitive Logistics: Hybridization of Poly – Plextics Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 1 by Siafa B. Neal is book three in his line of professional chess instruction books.

Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game.

The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book.

If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess.

I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of your full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics and Strategics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis.

The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity.

Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be realized in the Olympic Sports arena where both humans and robots are competing participants. His dreams reach far into the future with Advance 3-D Chess serving as a recreational activity both here on earth and with colonists as man reaches further into space and inhabits other planets.

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Advance Chess Book Collection by Author and Grand Master Siafa B. Neal. Reviewed on May 17, 2015.

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Renaissance To The Dawn Of A New Age, Single Set Games, Book One Vol. 2
A Qualitative Validation For The Art Of Psychological Warfare (Volume 2) by Siafa B. Neal

Message from Author/Inventor Siafa B. Neal

“The need to add pizzazz to the already complex game of chess has been and still is my fascination. The rudimentary levels of the game of conventional chess was taught to me by my Dad, the Late David Franklin Neal, Sr. In the past there was a fascination to add adventure and intellectual dynamics to the classical conventional game of chess. The result of this inspiration allows me to derive the establishment and discovery of a new form of chess, namely Advance 3-Dimensional Chess, 3-D Chess. The cornerstone of Advance 3-D Chess allows players to use the 2-dimensional concepts of basic chess and exponentially, extrapolate or translate these concepts into holistic 3-D dynamics perspectives. Thus the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model, Model III, materialize into reality.

Although this book focuses on the Single Set games, the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model, Model III, which initializes as the Long. S.G. 14 Model, resembles a space-aged form of chess that entertains inter and the intra-psychological combative warfare of several combination arrangements of the chess piece initial position set-up. A game may consist of a Single Set, a Double Set, a Triple Set or a Quadruple Set. The participants of the S.G. 14 Model games, namely Model III, may play the game using a simultaneous mode (a chess game that uses two distinct and separate chess sets), a triple mode (a chess game that uses three distinct and separate chess sets), and a Quadruple mode (a chess game that uses four distinct and separate chess sets), whereby all of the chess pieces may engage at the same instant or at intermittent or sporadic intervals. These mode of Play allows a player to challenge between 2 – 4 individual players at the same instant or all at once.

A possible game scenario may allow just two chess players to engage in psychological warfare game plays having a maximum of four possible separate and distinct games which the two players play all at once at the same instant. In this situation, the victor is the winner of three (3) out of a possible four (4) games win. This implies that the winner has to [CHECKMATE] his or her opponent’s King on three (3) separate occasions out of four (4) possible chess events in order to win the four (4) games match. To reiterate, for the sake of simplicity, this book discusses the Single Set game initial set-up arrangement.”

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Advance Chess Book Collection by Author and Grand Master Siafa B. Neal. Reviewed on January 1, 2015.

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Advance 3 – D Matrix Chess: The Long. S.G.14 – Single Set Games, Book One Vol.1:
The Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model, Model III: An In-Depth Informatics Single Set Games, Book 1 Volume 1

‘Advance Chess – The Long. S.G.14 – Single Set Games, Book One Vol.1’ is the first book in this unique, one-of-a-kind 3-D Chess books with diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book one are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through 3 entire games of this in depth 3-D Matrix Chess.

The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest 3-D Matrix Chess and enjoy playing the 3 games played out in this book. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance 3-D Matrix Chess book.

If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare of Matrix Chess, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance 3-D Chess and to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess.

I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of their full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics and Strategics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis.

The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity. Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance 3-D Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be realized in the Olympic Sports arena where both humans and robots are competing participants. His dreams reach far into the future with Advance 3-D Chess serving as a recreational activity both here on earth and with colonists as man reaches further into space and inhabits other planets.

Theodocia McLean (Cold Coffee Press) endorses Advance Chess Book Collection by Author and Grand Master Siafa B. Neal. Reviewed on November 17, 2015.

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