set against a sports backdrop, 500 Miles To Go is about the importance of, and the
risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams. When our dreams cause angst to our
loved ones, they often become nightmares.
Gail fell for
Alex Król before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during the summer
months to the delight of fans who paid to see cars crash—the more spectacular the
wreck the taller they stood on their toes and craned their necks to see the carnage.
When Alex makes his dream to drive in the Indy 500 come true and he witnesses the
deaths of two drivers in his first start, he must ask himself if his quest to win
the world’s greatest race is worth not only the physical risk, but also losing the
woman he loves.
Review: “A sweet love story gives way to the love affair with speed… First loser becomes disillusioned winner, hindsight waxes philosophical, and a lonely man reminds us, ‘One doesn’t find love… Love is a choice.’” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of Divide by Zero
Excerpt: “I looked at the phone, silent on the
nightstand, and for the first time since she walked out of my life, I thought
about calling Gail. Never had I longed so much to hear her voice. ‘Alex Król,’
she’d say into the phone, the way she used to when we were young. I imagined
her telling me how glad she was that I’d called, that she’d listened to the
race on the radio, had watched it later that night on tape delay, and had
celebrated with me. She’d go on to say that she’d followed my entire career,
was proud of all that I’d accomplished, maybe even adding that she’d been
foolish to worry about my getting hurt. I’d tell her it was okay, that I
understood. Then I’d ask her to join me for dinner when I got back to town, and
she’d sigh in that way she had, and tell me that she’d love to…”
paused, and Alicia waited patiently for him to continue:
much in life never plays out the way we envision it. My marriage was proof of
re-imagined the phone call: Gail’s father would answer. He’d congratulate me on
winning the 500 – assuming he was aware of it. He’d ask how I was doing, and
I’d tell him, ‘Great, I’m doing great.’ Then I’d ask about Gail. He’d tell me
that she’d met a young man a year or so after we’d broken up, married him, and
that she was now mother to two healthy toddlers, a boy and a girl. Then it
would be my turn to congratulate him, for becoming a granddaddy. Maybe, to save
face, I’d nonchalantly ask him to say ‘hello’ to Gail for me, give her my best,
hoping he wouldn’t, not wanting her to know that I’d asked about her. More than
likely, I’d leave it at ‘Congratulations’ and simply say ‘Goodbye.’
Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings
by J. Conrad Guest
the catcher’s position for any team in any city in America with a major league ball
club. You cheer him when he delivers, and boo him when he doesn’t. Told in his own
words during the seventh game of the World Series in what could be his last game
after fourteen years in the major leagues, Backstop chronicles his rookie season,
takes the reader to Chicago where he finds romance, and reveals his heartbreak in
the aftermath of an adulterous affair.
Cheer for Backstop
on and off the field as he plays the most important game of his career—haunted by
the ghost of his father who passed away before Backstop achieved stardom—and fights
to win back the heart of the woman he loves more than the game.
was nominated a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities
at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for
their spring 2011 course, “Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime”.
Reviews: “Superbly crafted with a deft, tender touch,
Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings is a compelling tale of following
the true passions of the heart. A truly heartwarming read.” Reviewer: Apex Reviews
a read where slow development contrasts with fastballs, slow plans with hurried
mistakes, and slow reading with quickened excitement and delight. The dialog
has a sweet old-fashioned feel, pleasant humor, and serious depth, and the
whole is a seriously enjoyable tale.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of Divide by
“This is where
J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to
our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything
we have.” Reviewer: Rachael Perry-Author of How to Fly
What power, to hold in one’s own hands the ability to affect the
present by altering the past… In the twenty-second century the world population
has dwindled to fewer than a billion, with total extinction expected within a
An erotic science
fiction tale of love and love lost, Chaotic
Theory centers around three profiles of a solitary individual, Antanas
Rupkus, a young Lithuanian.
In one he
is a musician endeavoring to keep alive the work of American jazz musicians of
the twentieth century. Stoic and aimless, Antanas is incapable of anything but
physical intimacy the result of having witnessed, as a boy, his parents killed
by Estonian immigrants in search of fresh water. In another profile, he is a
sculptor, filled with hope and the belief that love can overcome all obstacles,
until he loses the object of both his inspiration and desire.
third, Antanas is a writer whose essays define the mid to late twentieth
century as the point in history that set man on the path to extinction. But
alas, his wisdom comes too late. If only Antanas had lived two hundred years
earlier; but perhaps he can, if what Kazys Galdikas tells him is true…
non-traditional romance, Cagney Nowak is writing a novel around the 1905 shooting
death of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s father by his mother a week before Ty was called
up by the Detroit Tigers. Although she was acquitted by an all-male jury on the
grounds that the incident was accidental, the townspeople of Royston, Georgia, always
thought otherwise. When Cagney begins to relive the night of the shooting in his
dreams, more than a century later and in the guise of Amanda Cobb, he is led to
discover his father’s deepest secret.
More than a
mystery romance, The Cobb Legacy is the story of a man’s efforts to connect with
his dying father, a World War II veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Cagney must also fight to come to terms with his obsession over the Cobb legacy
as well as his own adulterous affair and impending divorce, while doubting that
love with an old friend can be his.
Reviews: “… an eye-opening tale of drama, scandal, and
intrigue highlighting the living, breathing history of a fatally-flawed, intrepid
folk hero. Five stars.” Reviewer: Apex Reviews
together with gentle touches of fate, and there’s a satisfying completeness to the
tale which goes beyond past and present into eternity.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author
of Divide by Zero
Excerpt:“I used to think Romeo and Juliet was the
greatest love story ever written. But now that I’m middle-aged, I know better.
Oh, Romeo certainly thinks he loves his Juliet. Driven by hormones, he
unquestionably lusts for her. But if he loves her, it’s a shallow love. You
want proof?” Cagney didn’t wait for Dr. Victor to say yay or nay.
after meeting her for the first time, he realizes he forgot to ask her for her
name. Can true love be founded upon such shallow acquaintance? I don’t think
so. And at the end, when he thinks she’s dead, he finds no comfort in living
out the remainder of his life within the paradigm of his love, at least keeping
alive the memory of what they had briefly shared, even if it was no more than
illusion, or more accurately, hormonal.
us watching events unfold from the darkness know she merely lies in slumber.
But does he seek the reason for her life-like appearance? No. Instead he
accuses Death of amorousness, convinced that the ‘lean abhorred monster’
endeavors to keep Juliet in her present state, her cheeks flushed, so that she
might cater to his own dissolute desires. But does Romeo hold her in his arms
one last time and feel the warmth of her blood still coursing through her
veins? Does he pinch her to see if she might awaken? Hold a mirror to her nose
to see if her breath fogs it? Once, twice, three times a ‘no.’”
heard the leather creak as he shifted his weight in his chair.
repeated. “His alleged love is so superficial and selfish that he seeks to
escape the pain of loss by taking his own life. That’s not love, but obsessive
infatuation. Had they wed—Juliet bearing many children, bonding, growing
together, the masks of the star-struck teens they once were long ago cast away,
basking in the comforting campfire of a love born of a lifetime together, not
devoured by the raging forest fire of youth that consumes everything and leaves
behind nothing—and she died of natural causes, would Romeo have been so moved
to take his own life, or would he have grieved properly, for her loss and not
just his own?”
January’s Paradigm (January Trilogy Book
One) by J. Conrad Guest
fantasy romance, Robert Porter is enjoying the fruits of success: a best-selling
novel featuring a hard-nosed detective circa 1947 named Joe January and a lucrative
contract for the sequel. But his world comes crashing down around him when he witnesses
his wife’s infidelity.
As Porter sinks
into a morass of grief over her abandonment, only one person can help him regain
his self-esteem and dignity. One man alone can help Porter set things right …
and that person’s name is Joe January. But he doesn’t even exist… or does he?
Conrad Guest’s attention to details of plot is meticulous as he keeps his novel
pulsing with energy and tension skillfully woven with an entertaining combination
of romance, betrayal, mystery and thrill. With storytelling mastery on full display,
powered by engaging narrative and emotional intensity of individual story line,
January’s Paradigm is a novel that delights its readers with a captivating premise
with serious literary work of thoughtfulness, complexity and depth.
for a fantasy with diversity may find themselves bewitched. This 5-star read is
definitely worth reading for its originality. Highly recommended.” Reviewer: Enas
Paradigm, J. Conrad Guest has taken the heartbreak of sexual betrayal and turned
it into a romance-fantasy… Readers will not be able to put it down.” Reviewer: Current
Entertainment Monthly, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Excerpt:Once more at peace with myself, I rounded
a corner and collided with a small gargoyle.
grotesque. Standing at no more than five-foot, three inches tall, it was
dwarfed by my six-foot, three-inch frame. It was obese, too; its girth greater
than its height. Its personal appearance was obscenity personified: a bulbous
nose, red from too much drink, supported glasses so thick the magnifying
principle worked both ways. The watery blue eyes, disproportionately huge,
glared back at me with cold, savage indifference.
recognized the beast of my recent nightmares.
same moment, dawning recognition replaced the indifference that had previously
resided on those hideous features. A smile broke from behind gray lips; its
teeth, black from the rot of ten thousand Baby Ruth bars, jutted at a multitude
of crazy angles, like those of some weirdly mutated rodent. It grunted once;
the sharp exhalation accompanied by halitosis so foul I was forced to take a
was gone, leaving me staring after it in disbelief.
Product Details: Series: Joe January Trilogy Book One Print Length: 310 Pages Genre: Paranormal Erotica, Fantasy Romance
One Hot January
(January Trilogy Book Two) by J. Conrad Guest
alternate history in which the United States fails to enter World War II in
time to help the Allies defeat the Tripartite before Germany becomes too strong
to defeat. A future in which Germany perfects genetic engineering and is
eradicating whole nations in an effort to secure the empire Hitler vowed would
last a thousand years; a future in which Hitler lies in a secret cryogenic
chamber, awaiting treatment for a cancer for which a cure has finally been
discovered. Imagine a future in which a faction of genetically engineered
people, opposed to Hitler’s tyranny, choose to travel back in time to amend
future history by influencing Winston Churchill to withhold from U.S.
Intelligence the vital decrypt specifying the date and time of the raid on
Pearl Harbor. Imagine a fast-talking private investigator from the Bronx named
Joe January who uncovers a seemingly impossible plot by grudgingly agreeing to
help a pretty young woman locate her missing father—a Professor of Archaeology
from Columbia College who must prevent the secret of Hitler’s location from
falling into the wrong hands…
By the end
of One Hot January, January is transported into the future where in the sequel,
January’s Thaw, he must survive by his century-old sagacity in our modern
Reviews: “Joe January is a private investigator
operating in the South Bronx in the 1940s. He writes in first person, has a wry
sense of humor and keen observation skills, and, somehow, he’s looking back on
history from a future we haven’t yet seen. Could Joe January still be alive and
reviewing his past in 2082?
so pitch-perfect I imagine watching a black-and-white movie, hearing words in
my head. The combination of Bogie, WWII and time-travel is truly beguiling,
and, while this novel’s clearly complete in itself, I’ll certainly look forward
to reading the sequel when it comes out.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of Divide by Zero
“He may be
Bogart-cool and clever, sharp-tongued and fedoraed—but underneath the veneer
Joe January reveals himself both in his vulnerability and the most ageless
adventure of all: a journey of the heart.” Reviewer: Rachael Perry-Author of How to Fly
Excerpt:Later that night Lance saw Melissa home,
via cab. The decorated war hero and gentleman nonpareil no doubt sealed their
business venture with a handshake, not a kiss. The kiss, he would anticipate,
would come later.
mildly disappointed to find that the mole on Ginger’s breast had no twin
elsewhere; but the consolation her many other gifts provided helped to ease my
disappointment. Still, I found Ginger to be a taker and not a giver, and so
what pleasure I gained was the result of my own giving, which she was only too
eager to take.
Lindy, who drove home alone, was robbed of any chance to give, and therefore
gained neither pleasure let alone solace from the image of where and with whom
I had lain.
Over the decades since that night, I’ve tormented myself over the fact
that Lindy had suffered her disappointment alone, perhaps the previously
unrecollected melody, I Don’t
Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You, echoing
unsympathetically through her fading consciousness, her pillow taking the tears
she could not help but give.
Tomorrow is forever. I should’ve held on for one more night.
Ah, so many regrets. What’s one more?
Product Details: Series: Joe January Trilogy Book 2 Print Length: 249 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Alternate Reality, Romance, Time Travel Fiction
January’s Thaw (January Trilogy Book Three)
by J. Conrad Guest
obsess over their past, but no one more than I. Perchance it’s because, as a man
out of time, I left behind so much of it unlived.
If that makes
little sense, consider that I’m a time traveler. Although the backdrop for my story
is time travel and alternate realities, the underlying theme is a more human one—of
love lost, another love found only to be lost, and of a decision, the result of
a single regret brought about by the realization that my self-professed courage
to never risk my heart to love was instead cowardice, to rectify a wrong in a life
filled with myriad regrets. You may judge me, as it is man’s nature to judge others,
or discount my story as the ravings of a lunatic mind or simply the fiction of an
overactive imagination—but before you do, I ask that you read on to the end, and
then ask yourself if you would have acted any differently.
Review: “In January’s Thaw,
J. Conrad Guest gives us an unforgettable adventure seen through the cracked lens
of our broken present and an all-too-possible, what-if past. Full of intrigue, romance
and scathing social commentary, it is both an ambitious novel and an exciting, page-turning
imaginative quest for that which is beautiful and true.” Reviewer: Rachael Perry-Author
of How to Fly
Product Details: Series: Joe January Trilogy Book Three Paperback: 264 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Alternate Reality, Romance, Time Travel Fiction
A Retrospect In Death,
a mainstream novel with elements of the supernatural, the afterlife, life,
living, and romance, is a story about discovery. You think you know yourself?
Perhaps you only think you do. Maybe those with whom you’ve shared a room,
whether briefly or long term, know you better.
other side of the Great Divide, the narrator, who remains nameless throughout
the narrative, encounters his higher self—the part of him that is immortal and
connected to the creator—and learns (much to his chagrin) that he must return
to the lifecycle. But first he must be “debriefed” by his higher self, and so
they set about discussing the man’s previous life—in reverse chronological
order: knowing the end but retracing the journey, searching for the breadcrumbs
left along the way.
closest to us know us better than we know ourselves; or do they, as we often
insist, know jack? Consider that only in death can you really know, and understand,
who and why you are—or were. And then ask yourself: At that point, is it too
late? Does it even matter?
Review: “Introspective, like
a personal remembrance of life, this book is more than diary or autobiography,
but less than truth perhaps because it’s viewed entirely through the eyes of
the (dead) protagonist. Slowly working towards the unseen facts of his
character’s past, J. Conrad Guest’s A Retrospective In Death is a languid,
oddly compelling tale, evoking an era with a wealth of intricate detail,
creating a memorable yet achingly ordinary man, and searching for meaning and
purpose in it all.
“Song titles, movies, well-known names and places, events in sports,
evocative phrases from the past and much, much more build up into a powerful
retrospect of an era, all told in a voice that changes convincingly with
changing enthusiasm, self-deprecating humor, and psychoanalytical hints from
the higher self. It’s a pleasing, though very long tale, and the ending is
beautifully worth the languorous journey.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of
Divide by Zero
Romance with a twist: Can a Gulf War veteran suffering PTSD finally
leave behind his past to find the music that will make his life worth living?
returns from the first Gulf War haunted by horrific images of Tom Wallach, a
dead marine he brought back from the desert. Seeking refuge from his nightmares
and broken marriage in a jazz quartet in which he plays bass guitar, fifteen
years elapse and he has a one-night fling with Rosary, a beautiful young woman
he meets at one of his gigs. When his ex-wife comes back into his life, Rosary’s
obsession turns into a fatal attraction.
from Wallach’s ghost, the daughter Wallach never met, and a friend who is much
more than he appears to be, Reagan discovers he must let go of his tortured
past if he is to embrace the future.
Unsettling Beauty of a Perfect Chord… “Discussions of life, love, faith and the
universe fuel J. Conrad Guest’s intriguing dialog-based novel A World Without
Music. Music itself ‘stands half way between thought and phenomenon,’ a
fascinating concept that leaves the reader pondering all. But the
conversation’s powerful and real, and the tale moves on; locations change,
topics flow and grow, and the reader soon feels like a traveler delighting in
overhearing strangers who might become friends.
novel’s path through music, movies, sci-fi, baseball, politics, faith and
romance are endlessly intriguing and deeply involving, even as mystery deepens
and danger looms. Allusions to jazz and song lyrics are as natural as the
flight of a softball into the air, smoothly delighting the reader whether
they’re caught or simply catch the eye. And Reagan, born to lust, love or jazz,
has choices to make, and scary consequences to navigate.
music of the common man proves as vital to our world’s symphony as that of
heroes and villains throughout all time. A World Without Music reads like a
masterpiece of music, culture and life and is highly recommended.” Reviewer: Sheila
Deeth-Author of Divide by Zero
Excerpt: Reagan followed Wallach to the living
room, where they sat, facing each other, in two high-backed chairs.
“How do I
know I’m not the one dreaming?” Reagan whispered.
do I know?”
shrugged. “Pinch yourself if you don’t believe me.”
refrained from doing just that; at some level he knew this was real: across
from him sat the ghost of Tom Wallach.
permanent,” Wallach said.
you do. Aren’t you glad now that you didn’t pull the trigger on your Glock? You
were so convinced that you’d lost Sarah forever, but it was just a bump in the
road. She needed time to realize what you meant to her. Had you pulled that
Reagan said, looking away in shame.
don’t, Reagan. You have no idea what that would’ve done to Sarah.”
sighed. “Suicides rarely understand the ruin they leave behind. They’re lost in
their own pain.”
nodded and said, “Not pulling the trigger was an act of courage. Your work here
is not done.”
know this how? Are you omnipotent?”
knowing? No. Let’s just say I have night vision.”
“You can see
future is made up of myriad possibilities, all predicated on the choices we
make, or fail to make, each and every day.”
thought about that for a moment, before asking, “So is there an alternate
reality, one in which you came home from Kuwait?”
only one reality; but I am attuned to all possibilities, including the one of
which you spoke.”
you bear it?” Reagan said. “Knowing what might’ve been?”
me much comfort.”
life played out as it should have. My widow and daughter would not be the
people they are today had I come home from Kuwait.”
you know they wouldn’t be better off?”
first time since he’d begun haunting Reagan’s dreams, Wallach looked uncertain,
as if he didn’t know how much he could, or should, share with the living.
set something into motion.” And then, as if he couldn’t – or wasn’t allowed –
to say more, Wallach changed direction.
“Welcome. If you’re reading these words, you have my thanks for finding me. A critic calls my work, “Gritty, entertaining… real. Romance for the non-romantic.”
What’s that? My characters face everyday obstacles: love (finding it), loss of
love (ouch!), regret (who doesn’t have a few of those?), infidelity (from love
to hate to compromise), death (the Grim Reaper recently visited me in a dream
to tell me he was coming for me. “Great,” my dream self said. “You bring the
whiskey and I’ll provide the cigars”), redemption (that transformation from the
anti-hero the reader wants to like into the hero for whom they want to root),
and more. I write about relationships between men and woman, and fathers and
sons. Yet each character, although flawed and in some cases broken, is in their
own way extraordinary. I write mainstream, non-traditional romance (Fabio will
never grace the cover of one of my novels), and soft science fiction. I hope
you’ll find here something that appeals to your literary appetite.
named Joseph Conrad for my dad’s favorite novelist.
As a boy
my dream was to become a Major League Baseball player, but my parents had other
ideas. They urged me to play it safe, to learn a trade, get a job with an
automotive company, and retire in forty years with a gold watch. To me that was
a prison sentence. I didn’t want to reach my current age wondering, What if?
creative and wanted to leave my mark on the world. How to go about achieving
that dream perplexed me for many years, until I sat down to write my first
novel. January’s Paradigm was born from a bloodied and bruised heart. What
started as therapy for me turned into a passion. My dad often criticized me for
not finishing what I started, and I was determined to finish a novel. When Dad
read my second draft, after two years of labor, he was pleased.
geared up for submitting my child to agents and publishers I struggled for a
name. A nom de plume was out of the question. I wanted to use “Conrad” but
didn’t wish to be compared to the man who today is considered one of the
greatest writers of the twentieth century. I finally settled on J. Conrad Guest
and have never regretted it.
My novels are available in brick and mortar bookstores and at Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.”
Hunter’s Venom: Detective
Dice Modise Series Book 1 by Peter J. Earle
English safari client dies in an African hunting tragedy. Or is it an accident?
His daughter flies to the wild Okavango Delta of Botswana to find out, as CID
detective Sergeant Dice Modise of the Botswana Police investigates. It is not
the only case in his busy schedule: A girl is raped by three men who believe
they now have the cure for their AIDS affliction because a powerful witchdoctor
with a grudge has told them so. Lovers in a locked hut are burned to a crisp.
Then there is another death that may not be a tragic accident, and when the
English girl is kidnapped, it is a desperate race against time by Modise and
his game-guide friend, Nick Cahill, to find her alive.
Medicinal Purposes Only:
Detective Dice Modise Series Book 2 by Peter J. Earle
power of African medicine is enhanced by the use of human body parts; an evil
practice to be stamped out in the modern world. Detective Sergeant Dice Modise
of the Botswana CID investigates the disappearance of a surveyor, only to find
blood and bones. The only witness has fled in fear of his life with the Devil
on his heels. Then a homeless man is nowhere to be found… The two cases seem
to be linked, and as Modise closes in, so does the killer.
Children Apart:Detective Dice Modise Series Book 3 by Peter J. Earle
Lefhoko, a white American ex-pat living in the town of Maun in Botswana’s
Okavango Delta, gets a job relieving the regular receptionist at an orphanage.
She witnesses the altercation between the owner and a visiting Afro-pop singer
from Gaborone who is looking for the son her mother gave up on her behalf a
dozen years before. The singer asks her old school friend, Sergeant Dice Modise
of the Botswana CID, to look into the matter. Mary disappears, supposedly
having returned to the USA. The singer is stabbed to death in her home in
Gaborone after a music practice. Apparently, a robbery, it raises Modise’s
interest as the killing is too professional.
a Congo Mercenary, then a farmer in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, widower
Jake Malan now lives alone in Johannesburg. Over seventy, he has cancer, and
expects to not live long. He considers that planting anything in his garden may
be a race against cabbages. When a Nigerian house-jacker frightens his friend
and neighbour into a heart attack, Jake decides to use his limited time span to
get revenge. In Reading, England, an old ex-Congo nurse passes on, leaving a
letter for her doctor son and his two young adult daughters, explaining that
her son is the result of a brief liaison with a South African soldier in the
Congo conflict of the 1960s. She can only provide his name, Jake Malan, and the
name of his friend, Sergeant Dan McNeil, and their approximate ages. The elder
daughter, Megan, is keen to try to find Malan and sets off to South Africa.
Little does she realise the dangerous road her decision will set her on in the
crime-ridden South Africa of 2012.
its independence. A group of skydivers is lured to Mozambique as mercenaries,
but, what for them is a lark becomes a nightmare as a handful of men
desperately try to stop the detonation that will ignite southern Africa.
Product Details: Paperback: 343 Pages Genre: War Fiction
Stafford is caught in a speed trap late at night by two crooked traffic
officers. Their attempted extortion causes him to shoot them down. On arrival
at his farm, he discovers that his wife has left him for another man. Fleeing
to Rhodesia to escape his shattered life, Stafford is caught up in the bush war
and a bitter struggle for freedom and survival. After surviving three
encounters – the last of which leaves him at death’s door – his friend at home,
a policeman, is finding clues to the cop killer…
Product Details: Paperback: 323 Pages Genre: War Fiction, Murder Thrillers
Peter J. Earle was born in Gloucestershire, UK, grew up on a farm in the Transvaal, South Africa, and scraped through matric at Pretoria Boy’s High School. He wrote his first adventure story at age nine, in which the two villains were brothers named Edward and Ted…
wrote while waiting in queues, he wrote lying on a torpedo during ‘action
stations’ when in the South African Navy, he scribbled while supervising his
work team as a fencing foreman. While still at school, in defiance of the
new-death-penalty-for sabotage law of the Apartheid government, he tried to
blow up the Afrikaans-medium school nearby. He was a Rhodesian customs officer
on the Zambian border and spent three weeks in a Zambian prison.
has been a farm manager, an agricultural field technician, a concrete foreman,
a construction surveyor and owned his own construction company. Owning a
second-hand shop, he got an auctioneer’s license. He married and was blessed
with a daughter. After 66 parachute jumps, he had to sell his ‘rag’ to pay the
hospital bills at the birth of his son. He self-published his first two novels,
‘Purgatory Road’ and ‘The Barros Pawns’in 2008/2009. In 2012, he added
‘Hunter’s Venom’, the first in the Botswana CID detective Dice Modise series.
The second in the series is ‘Medicinal Purposes Only’ and the third, ‘Children
Apart’ will appear later in 2016. All are available in the Amazon’s Kindle
Shop. He lives in a cottage in the village of Haarlem, South Africa.
The Cat Without A Tail follows the trials of Sam, a young Manx cat with a soft,
white puff of a tail.
he discovers that he is indeed different from everyone around him, he learns
and helps to teach the importance and beauty of diversity and self-worth.
Cold Coffee 5 Star
The Cat Without A Tail by Gloria Lintermans touched my heart. As a mother and
grand-mother I think all parents and grand-parents should take the message in
this book to heart and share this delightful, well written story with children
of all ages.
the cat, is a Manx kitten, which means he has a soft, white, cotton puff for a
tail. It isn’t long before he becomes self-conscious that his tail is different
from the tails of the cats coming into his yard.
that he is not welcome to curl up under the tree with his new friends, Sam
retreats into isolation.
day Sam finds out how smart, special and talented he really is and his despair
turns to self-acceptance and the ability to join in on the activities around
illustrations by Kristina Tosicare are remarkable. The truth within the story
needs to be shared with all children. Any and all attempts to boost the
self-esteem of children around us, is our adult responsibility.
Gloria Lintermans gives some much-needed advice for parents and grand-parents
at the end of this book. I encourage you to pick this book up in print or
e-book and share it with the children around you. It is a story for all times.
purchased Sam: The Cat Without A Tail so I can share its message with my
grand-children. I hope Author Gloria Lintermans writes more books to help
children and educate the adults around them. My review posted on April 18,
Product Details: Age Range: 3 – 7 years Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2 Hardcover: 36 Pages Genre: Children’s Books
The Secrets to Stepfamily
Success: Revolutionary Tools to Create a Blended Family of Support and Success
by Gloria Lintermans
“[Secrets for Stepfamily Success] is the most thorough work on stepfamilies I have seen… a handbook of great value for both professionals and stepfamily members in navigating the complex territory of stepfamily life.” -Joan Sarin, M.S., Founder, Stepfamily Solutions (www.StepmomSOS.com)
book is a valuable resource that I will recommend to everyone I meet who is
either divorced and starting a new relationship or who is already part of a
stepfamily.” -Natalie Franklin, Administrator, Life in a Blender.
is probably the most comprehensive book I’ve read in a very long time…. easy
to read and to understand. I can definitely see this as a great tool for
professionals working with stepfamilies as well and individuals and couples
contemplating forming one.” -Claudette L. Chenevert, Stepfamily Life
Coach, Coaching Steps LLC
secrets to Stepfamily Success offers tools that can significantly lower the
alarming rate of step and blended family divorce, helping families evolve into
highly nurturing, reliable refuges of warmth, safety, encouragement, strength,
caring, and joy.
and blended families have a unique dynamic with which couples must cope, along
with all the other normal challenges of life and marriage. See how these
families differ in up to sixty structural and dynamic ways from typical intact
biological families-including consisting of two co-parenting homes and
ex-spouses-and learn how to successfully recognize and manage these challenges.
For most couples, trying to build a successful remarriage can mysteriously
bring out their deepest personal fears, longings, shames, and hopes.
key to not only survival, but also living this journey well, begins with
discovering opportunities to heal and to succeed; it is not about blame or badness.
With the right preparation and resources, a multi-home step or blended family
can be a stable and solid foundation for co-parents and children.
The Healing Power of
Love: Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to New Love by Gloria Lintermans and
Healing Power of Love: Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to New Love is a
collection of twelve beautifully and honestly told, uplifting and inspirational
stories of new, loving relationships following the loss of a spouse or partner.
Authors Lintermans and Stolzman recognize the life-affirming, vitally
important, next step following mourning the loss of a spouse or partner. The
often disquieting yet exhilaratingly overlap of grieving and finding new love
can only unfold through a commitment to healthy grieving and the willingness to
The Healing Power of
Grief: The Journey Through Loss to Life and Laughter by Gloria Lintermans and Marilyn
insight and compassion, the authors lead readers through their grief and into a
healed future of purpose and joy. For the bereaved, their family and friends
who don’t know where to turn, these are the pages to turn to.” ― Eleanore
Osborne, Daytona Beach News-Journal
comforting, yet practical manual on grieving that combines the empathy of
real-life storytelling with the candid advice of a renowned bereavement
Healing Power of Grief is Gloria Linterman’s exploration of the first two years
following the death of her precious husband Rick, Her real-life stories of
mourning and healing offer up a book full of empathy, compassion, and community
for any reader who might be going through a similar journey. It also features
psychotherapist and bereavement counselor Dr. Marilyn Stolzman’s “five
stage” sequence for healing:
within the book is a 100+ page workbook, The Power of Thought, which guides
readers through the time sequences of grief and healing. In The Healing Power
of Grief, Gloria’s honest story combines with Dr. Stolzman’s practical vision
to help readers find their way from loss and make life more bearable at last.
Product Details: Paperback: 378 Pages Genre: Sociology of Death, Grief, Bereavement, Love, Loss
Retro Chic: A Guide to
Fabulous Vintage and Designer Resale Shopping in North America by Diana Eden,
Gloria Lintermans and Diana Eden
only comprehensive guide to shopping for vintage and designer resale, including
* specific stores in all the major U.S. & Canadian cities * favorite haunts
of celebs and stylists * Internet thrift shopping * vintange expos across the
continent Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge on mint-condition
Givenchy, this is your roadmap to the timeless cool of vintage HCing.
About The Author: Gloria Lintermans is an author and freelance
writer. A former syndicated fashion columnist, her popular column,
Looking Great, appeared in English and Spanish language newspapers
across the U.S. from Hawaii to New York, and worldwide from Saudi Arabia to
is the author of THE SECRETS TO STEPFAMILY SUCCESS: Revolutionary Tools to
Create a Blended Family of Support and Respect, THE HEALING POWER OF GRIEF: The
Journey Through Loss to Love and Laughter, THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE:
Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to New Love, THE CHEAP CHIC: A Guide to LA’s
Resale Boutiques, the “ultimate guide to recycled fashion”,
forerunner of RETRO CHIC: A Guide to Fabulous Vintage and Designer Resale
Shopping in North America & Online
and The Newly Divorced Book of Protocol . A fashion editor and freelance
writer, she has authored numerous articles on fashion and beauty, along with a
wide range of timely topics for national and local magazines.
has appeared on national and local radio and television talk shows across the
county and enjoys a reputation as an articulate, warm, and knowledgeable guest.
She has hosted her own “Looking Great with Gloria Lintermans” cable
television and radio shows and is a popular lecturer and commentator.
is a member of The Authors Guild, Inc., and S.A.G.- A.F.T.R.A. (Screen Actors
Guild American Federation of Television & Radio Artists).
She believes that there is a great need for children to understand that it is our differences that make each of us special and this world a peaceful world in which to live.
The Sitcom Murders 1: Sexy Sixties Sitcom by Nicholas Victor (aka Nick Iuppa)
What if the heroine of an immensely popular television sitcom suddenly learned that her show was being turned into a horror series by a deranged screenwriter? What if she was able to drive over to the writer’s home and confront him? What if she then learned that he was able to give her the power to defend herself and even begin to love the murder and mayhem of HORROR? And then, after she had eliminated three homicidal maniacs, he explained that he had more work for her… more sitcom murders.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: This first installment of The Sitcom Murders is a dark comedy about a sexy sixties TV character who suddenly realizes that her TV show has become a horror story and she just might be the first victim.
Lacy Livingood, the TV heroine, is home alone when a madman suddenly begins breaking down her kitchen door. Terrified by his hideous stocking mask and threats of rape and murder, Lacy beats him off with a frying pan, then rushes to her car and drives across LA to find the show’s writer. She’s not sure what to expect, but aging screenwriter Billy Edelman explains it all.
“Ya know, for a girl half the world thinks is brilliant, you’re a little slow on the uptick,” Billy answered. “You and Johnny and Ronnie are characters, in a sitcom, a very popular one fifty years ago. Look at this.” And with that Edelman clicked a link and entered eBay. He typed in “Lacy Livingood” and pages and pages of Lacy Livingood memorabilia confronted him: autographed photos, scripts from the show, clothes she had worn.
“But our show’s not on anymore,” Lacy whispered.
“People’re always lookin’ for somethin’ fresh,” Billy answered. “If not new characters, at least old characters in new stories. And that’s what I’ve given them.”
“So now I’m the main character in a horror story,” Lacy said at last. “Okay. But if I have to be in this show of yours, at least teach me how to defend myself. You can do that much for me can’t you?”
And Billy could; in fact, he could help Lacy learn to enjoy murder as much as his villains… but with dire consequences.
Author Nicholas Victor (aka Nick Iuppa) has given us something never seen before, a TV sitcom character who actively conspires with her show’s living writer to defeat the bad guys. There is a fine line between reality and fiction, TV characters and real people, self-preservation and blood lust. And sexy Lacy finds herself right at the crossroads of everything and loving it.
If you enjoy dark humor, pick up a copy of The Sitcom Murders I – SEXY SIXTIES SUBURBIA. I’m sure you will enjoy the read and find yourself looking forward to the next installment. (A preview of The Sitcom Murders II: SEVENTIES NEWSROOM is available as part of the first book).
I think you’ll find yourself as curious as I am about where the author will go with this new series…and just who Lacy Livingood will murder next.
I purchased this book from Kindle and my review posted on April 17, 2019
Product Details: Paperback: 92 Pages Genre: Dark Humor, Horror
Alien Mission (The
Peacemaker Book 1) by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
CTHULHU MEETS THE DA VINCI CODE When young teen,
Victor Encinas desecrates a religious shrine in order to join his brother’s
gang, he finds himself drawn into a world of alien spaceships, insectile high
priests, and an interplanetary religion that seeks to take over the earth. Somehow,
he finds that the most popular girl in school is in love with him and he’s been
appointed The Peacemaker. The first book in The Peacemaker Series introduces us
to the desert metropolis of Tumac City where a historic Spanish mission has
been watched and studied by alien priests for centuries. The benevolent high
priest of the unearthly religion is nearing the end of his life. And a revolt
on his planet may soon bring about the return to ancient barbaric ways and the
ascent of his depraved son. That shape-shifting monster has been exiled to
Earth and kept in check by a series of human Peacemakers chosen by the high
priest himself, and Victor is next in line for the role.
Coffee 5 Star Review: This is not your typical
If you are new to Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira’s books, you are
in for a surprisingly powerful paranormal adventure. Those of us who have been
following these authors, find this first book in The Peacemaker series, a
Imagine a terrifying supernatural experience that gives you
incredible powers! This is exactly what happens to a teenager named Victor
Encinas, who is so desperate to join his brother’s gang that he desecrates a
religious shrine as part of his initiation. And then:
“Suddenly a beam of intense white light shoots down at Victor and
blinds him for a moment. He falls to his knees and feels himself jerked up
feet-first into the sky above the church. The building, the truck, and the
whole parking lot seem to jump back violently until he finds himself suspended
hundreds of feet over them. Victor twists up to look into the light that has
captured him, but its brilliance overwhelms him. “GOD ALMIGHTY!” he calls.”
Does God have anything to do with it? Victor is freed from the
beam of light but soon learns that he has just been chosen to become a human
peacemaker and stand against an exiled alien high priest who is plotting an
interplanetary religious take-over of the earth.
As US government, Native American, and Religious authorities work
(sometimes at cross purposes) to understand the strange puzzle pieces coming
together near the mission, a series of grisly serial killings begin. And then,
as if young Victor doesn’t have enough on his mind, he finds the most popular
girl in school falling in love with him, becoming a great help and support,
but, in the process, also a target of the killer.
If you enjoyed reading The DA VINCI CODE, you will not want to
miss “Alien Mission,” the first installment of The Peacemaker series. Take
special note of the extensive list of characters at the beginning of this book,
as the authors will build on this list going forward. This story is beyond your
wildest imagination, and it is only the beginning.
I look forward to what comes next in The Peacemaker series. I
purchased this book in Kindle and this review posted on December 13, 2018.
Product Details: Series: The Peacemaker (Book 1)Paperback: 365 Pages Genre: Coming of Age Fiction, Paranormal Horror
Alicia’s Ghost: The
Alicia Trilogy Book 1 by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
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…
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.
Alicia’s Sin: The Alicia Trilogy Book 2 by Nick Iuppa, John P. Mendoza
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.
Alicia Bewitched: The
Alicia Trilogy Book 3 by Nick Iuppa, John P. Mendoza
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.
the complete story of Alicia’s Ghost is available as a series of individual
books or in a single volume. The ghost of the world’s most haunting and
vengeful heroine must battle drug lords, human traffickers, Maya witches,
legendary monsters, and the Spanish Inquisition to stay with the man she loves.
Avenging Adelita by Nick
Iuppa and John P. Mendoza
romance with a ticking time bomb at its heart.
bomb on this train. It will explode before you reach your final
destination…because you murdered my wife.
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.
and administration of the university where he teaches in Mexico played a major
role in causing her death.
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 5
Star 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.
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
the process of grieving for his lost wife, Adelita, his “warrior woman” love,
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!”
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.
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
“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.”
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 5 Star 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Esteban Meets Alicia by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
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.
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.
5 Star 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
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
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
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
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
I invite everyone to read Esteban’s Quest and
experience this compelling tale for themselves.
I endorse Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John
Pesqueira. I 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.
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.
5 Star 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
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
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 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,
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.
The Battle For The Alamo
Taqueria by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
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
5 Star 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
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 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.
Nick Iuppa began his career as an
apprentice writer with famed Bugs Bunny/Road Runner animator Chuck Jones and
children’s author Dr. Seuss. He later became a staff writer for the Wonderful
World of Disney. As VP Creative Director for Paramount Pictures, Nick did experimental
work in interactive television and story-based simulations. He is the author of
seven novels, Management by Guilt (Fawcett Books 1984—a Fortune Book Club
selection) and eight technical books on interactive media. He lives in Northern
California with his wife, Ginny.
studies at the University of Arizona, Columbia, and Stanford prepared him for
an impressive career in media design and development. His passion for the
visual arts and popular culture continue to inform his creative efforts and
still inspire his writing and photography. John grew up in the Sonoran Desert
and his love of the history, legends, and people of the American Southwest and
Mexico remain a major focus of his work. John lives with his wife in Northern
Novels by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira: Alien Mission (The Peacemaker Book 1) by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueir Alicia’s Ghost: The Alicia Trilogy Book 1 by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira Alicia’s Sin by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza Alicia Bewitched by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza Esteban Meets Alicia by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira The Battle For The Alamo Taqueria by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira Esteban Meets Alicia by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira
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A married woman, Caylie Lyon, finds herself in the middle of
a bank robbery and gets taken hostage by the five robbers. Her ordeal starts
off as a scary event, but ends up with her forming a close relationship with
one of the robbers named Cole.
When the five criminals are caught in the act of another
robbery, Caylie is freed only to return to a different life than the one she
left. Eventually, Caylie reunites with Cole when he is released from prison.
His plan is to go after the company he used to work for. They’re the reason he
turned to robbery. They destroyed his construction business and murdered his
only brother. When the owners of the company find out Cole’s plan, Caylie seems
to find herself in danger.
Product Details: Paperback: 394 Pages Stand Alone (not part of a series) Genre: Romantic Suspense
Emotionally and mentally, Camille Thurston has had it. She
needs a much-needed rest from her job and her life in Boston. She decides
she’ll find it at her brother Zachary’s home in Connecticut. Little does she
know that this is just the beginning of more emotional and mental exhaustion.
A woman is reported missing and Cammy’s brother Zach and his
partner, Russ Nolan, are on the case. Cammy, who has worked for a private
investigator for the last three years, decides she can’t sit by idly. She
becomes involved not only with the case, but with the family of the missing
Product Details: Print Length: 280 Pages Stand Alone (not part of a series) Genre: Murder Mystery
About The Author: Linda
Burson, a native of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, has been writing ever since she
was a teenager. She started out writing memoirs and continued writing by
attempting several nonfiction pieces.
After attending college for a couple of years, she left to
pursue other interests and to travel California, the state in which she resided
at the time. Besides traveling, a lot of her free time was spent reading
mysteries, romance and women’s contemporary novels. During this time, Linda met
and married Anthony Burson, now her husband of over 30 years. They left
California when Anthony joined the U.S. Army, which gave them the opportunity
to travel the United States, Europe, and even live in Germany where they gave
birth to their first daughter, Amanda. Once they returned to the U.S., they
relocated to Connecticut and had their second daughter, Kayla.
As an adult, Linda attempted additional writing projects in
more difficult subject matters. She tried to write her grandfather’s life
story—his life in Italy and his move to Buenos Aires and entrance into America
through Ellis Island. She found his escapades as a young coal miner in West
Virginia and his later years as a train hopping hobo to be fascinating.
Unfortunately, life got in the way and Linda never completed his story. One day
she hopes to make another attempt at completing it.
After several other attempts at writing nonfiction and
assisting her youngest daughter, Kayla, with a children’s story, she gave up
writing to focus on raising her two daughters, being a wife, running her own
custom computerized embroidery business and taking care of her dog, a Lhasa Apso
named Nathan. After a serious bout of breast cancer, Linda eventually closed
down her business after almost 15 years. She decided it was time to attempt
writing again. This time, however, with nothing to distract her, she decided on
tackling fiction, a contemporary romance with a dark edge.
In January of 2013, she sat down with her laptop and started
writing notes about how her novel would progress. After that, the writing began
and it never stopped. Before she was aware of it, her idea of a single book
turned into a trilogy, which turned into a much longer series.
When asked about inspiration, Linda has this to say: “Nobody
really inspired me to write, but I do remember my mother and father always
saying ‘anything you put your mind to you can accomplish. Don’t ever let anyone
tell you, you can’t do something.’” Having the support and encouragement of my
husband Anthony and my two daughters, Amanda and Kayla, is also very important.
Having my youngest daughter Kayla, who is a writer and editor as well, to offer
advice and knowledge has helped me to stay focused and continue to write.
“Afghanistan is a war-torn country that’s known for car bombs and suicide attacks. What is amazing about it is the fact that it has almost no factories, industries, and chemical plants—yet explosions are as common as catching a cold!
I found myself
caught in the middle of the biggest vehicle explosion to ever hit Afghanistan.
While dealing with injuries and destruction, my mind kept spinning out of
control from horror to horror. Most of it revolved around my dysfunctional
I did my best to
replay my personal ordeals and the reactions of the people around me as
accurately as possible. However, as I feared for my life, my complete history
of existence kept bouncing back and forth in and out of my head.
Afghanistan is comparable to anything that the average person can relate to or
may have experienced. I tried to give a fair account of life as a foreign
worker surrounded by unknown terrorists.
After being in
Afghanistan as a contractor, I realized that only the fools, the desperate, and
the greedy dare to return. Unfortunately, I fall into one or more of those
categories. None of the events I experienced was a laughing matter, and I
didn’t try to minimize any of my quests to survive.
The ventures of
my life bounced like a yo-yo without a knot as I tried to come to grips with
being at death’s door. Once the characters are established, you will find that
most of my past is comically meshed together with abnormal circumstances. My
stories take you through my highs and lows, while perhaps giving you some of
the best laughter you will ever get from a book.
started out in the tropical country of Thailand, where I was living a carefree
life with no worries or drama. By happenstance, I came across another retiree
named Dylan. He took advantage of my drunken state while easily coercing me to
dive into my life history. It was a life that I buried deep below the
surface—away from my kids, family, friends, coworkers, and mainly myself.
forced to fight for my life, I had an avalanche of past events come gushing out
from every possible angle. Dylan helped open a door that took him and me on a
whirlwind tour that neither of us had ever expected or imagined.
There are so many
twists and turns that feed into other stories or episodes. These features take
place in different areas: Thailand, Afghanistan, Detroit, Louisiana, Oklahoma,
Mississippi, Memphis, Houston, and back to Thailand.
confused males, I had many good and bad relationships with the opposite sex.
However, I saw no real value in talking about my normal or balanced
connections. Instead, I shared my many failures, embarrassments, and
heartbreaks with the readers because it’s just good entertainment and also a
major part of my development. No doubt that you will find them quite unusual
and amusing as well.
Each brief story
is sure to affect you differently than the previous one. Dealing with what I
viewed as imminent death helped me bring closure to where I was once open and
This book touches
on the sad, shocking, and schizophrenic behaviors that surrounded me until
later in my adulthood. I tried to ratchet down those experiences with my sense
of humor and my creative outtakes.
You will meet
both male and female bullies throughout the book. You will get to follow my
difficult and awkward approach to meet my dad. And finally, you will witness my
hidden drive just to be loved and accepted.
I hope that readers like you will desire to go back to these pages more than once. You may find yourself identifying with many of the events or characters. Hopefully, some of the stories will stick with you like nothing you have ever read or heard before.”
Sleep Walking Out Of Afghanistan: Walking
It All Back by Harold Phifer
Harold Phifer was
living a life that he was hiding from everyone–including himself. Then he met
a retiree in Thailand who cracked that secret open. Finally listened to, and
guided by the stranger’s on-target, thoughtful questions, Phifer spoke for the
first time of his near-death experience while flashing back to his
Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking It All Back does not shy away from
the stark details of childhood bullying, family tension, schizophrenia, and
feeling like an outsider. At the same time, Phifer expertly keeps the reader
turning the pages by finding the knee-slapping comedy within the darkness.
Anyone who enjoys a good thrill ride, sharp wit, and fast-paced self-reflection
will appreciate Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan.
About The Author: Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. All of his first 25 years were solidly spent inside his home state. After graduating from Mississippi State University and Jackson State University, he went on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 23 years as an Air Traffic Controller. He left the FAA and began work as an International Contractor, where he has done numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Charities: Author Harold Phifer donates his books to the following organizations:
Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Seller – War Fiction (Australia)
Seller – Biographical (Canada)
Seller – Letter Correspondence (United Kingdom)
Welcome to my
ninth book of poetry, and my first chapbook. Being a chapbook, all the poems
are themed to fit the title, No More Hallelujahs, remembering past glory and
losing it to the present times. Some of it is deep and heart wrenching, but
hopefully also enlightening, and a reminder that we all have something to be
thankful for, something to lose if we cease to keep it close to us. Memories
are powerful gifts to each of us. I want to thank everyone who has supported me
and helped me along the way, especially my husband Karl and my son Damon.
Please enjoy the journey! Namaste!
Product Details: Paperback: 37 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Just Breathe is
my seventh book of poetry, which includes two Haiku & Senryu books. This is
my first book of all micro-poems. I love the challenge of telling a complete
story in as few words as possible like a breath of fresh air. It allows the
imagination to fill in the details and paint its own picture.
philosophical wisdom and depth of these poems reveals Ann Christine Tabaka’s
brilliance as a poet. Her concise and terse expression is quite impressive in
such immortal phrases and lines, full of profound thoughts: “music is
beauty/ to the soul”, “the delicious feeling / of no place to
be”, “beneath the surface / lies the truth”, “the moon
calls my name/ it knows me well”. The poems included in JUST BREATHE by
Ann Christine Tabaka, one of the greatest contemporary poets, have an
irresistible appeal. –Santosh Kumar, Editor, Cyberwit.net
Product Details: Paperback: 116 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Reaching for Dawn
is my sixth book of poems, which includes two books of Haiku & Senryu style
poems. As my life has changed with age, my style has changed, and hopefully
grown, since I first started writing rhymes and musings in the 1960’s. I now
see the universe on a deeper level than I did in my youth.
Once again, I
hope that you enjoy the journey as you travel with me into the inner depths of
my observations, my mind, and my feelings. Maybe you will find a little of your
own thoughts and feeling in my words as you read along.
Product Details: Paperback: 116 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Everlasting: A Lifetime Of Poems by Ann
Welcome to my
third book of rhymes, poems, and musings. My first book was Overcast Mind, My
life in Poems, and my second book was It Is Still Morning, A continuation of My
Life in Poems. As my life changes and evolves, so does my reason for writing.
What once started out as a means of survival has now grown into a passion.
I write because
something deep inside me calls out to me to do so. I have added some of my
original sketches and illustrations again in this book. A few of them are new
ones I drew this year. Once again, I invite you to join along with me in a
journey of fantasy, of truth, and of life events. Like real life, sometimes my
poems are happy, silly, contemplative, questioning, sad, or even desperate.
Product Details: Paperback: 130 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
It Is Still Morning: A Continuation Of My Life In Poems by Ann Christine Tabaka
This is the
second book of poems, rhymes, and musings by Ann Christine Tabaka. She has been
writing poems and rhymes since she was fourteen. She was an artist, a
scientist, and a personal trainer. Her poems are published in numerous national
and international journals, reviews, and anthologies.
Product Details: Paperback: 158 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Overcast Mind: My Life In Poems by Ann
Musings, and Ponderings by Ann Christine Tabaka. She has been writing poems and
rhymes since she was fourteen. She was an artist, a scientist, and a personal
trainer. She has been writing poems and rhymes since she was fourteen. She was
an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. Her poems are published in
numerous national and international journals, reviews, and anthologies.
Product Details: Paperback: 136 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
About The Author: Ann
Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been
internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications.
born and lives in Delaware. She has been writing poems and rhymes since her
Junior High years. She always kept a journal of her writing, but only started
to publish in 2017, when encouraged by many friends.
She was an Art
Major in college, and a retired scientist and personal trainer.
memoir, 6 poetry books, and 2 Haiku books, her poems are published in numerous
national, and international Poetry Journals, Reviews, and Anthologies.
Dandelion in a
Vase of Roses, The Contemporary Poets Group Anthology;
Anthology; These Fragile Lilacs journal; Contemporary Women’s Poetry Anthology,
Our Poetry Achieve; Down the Rabbit Hole, Creative Talents Unleased; I Have a
Name Anthology, Creative Talents Unleased; Peeking Cat Anthology (UK);
Destigmatized, Madness Muse Press; Bards Against Hunger Anthology;
Journal; Foxglove Journal; Duane’s PoeTree; Black Poppy Review; Outlaw Poetry
(France); Inventives Magazine; Between Hangovers; Metaphor Magazine; Society of
Classical Poets; Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine (UK); Poet Community; Scarlet Leaf
Review; Spillwords; Halcyon Days Magazine; The Blue Nib Magazine; Taj Mahal
Review (India); PPP Ezine; Ariel Chart; The Ginger Collect; Basil O’Flaherty
Review; Longshot Island; The Paragon Journal; Free Lit Magazine; Hidden
Constellations; Nature Writing; The Literary Hatchet, PearTree Press; Raven
Cage Ezine; Now Then/Word Life (UK); Degenerate Literature; Dual Coast
Magazine; Pengician (Africa); Carcinogenic Poetry; RavenPerch; Indian
Periodical; MetaWorker; Two Drops of Ink; GloMag; Event Horizon; Anapest
Journal; ColdNoon; Mused – BellaOnline Literary Review; Boned; The Remembered
Arts; Winamop; Tuck Magazine; Leaves of Ink; Poetic Diversity; Mad Swirl;
Scryptic Magazine; Dissident Voice; Communicators League; Escapism Literary
Magazine; Our Poetry Achieve; Academy of the Heart and Mind; Eos – The Creative
Context; Apricity Magazine; GFT Press – Ground Fresh Thursday; Peacock Journal;
Piker Press; Minute Magazine; Ann Arbor Review; PQ Magazine; Down in the Dirt
(Scars Publication); Academy of the Heart and Mind; With Painted Words,
Advaitam Speaks Literary Journal (New Delhi),The Stray Branch; Piker Press;
Triggerfish Critical Review; Foliate Oak Review.
Failed Haiku, Sonic Boom, 50 Haiku, The Cicada’s Cry, Brass Bell Haiku,
The Zen Space,
Ink Sweat & Tears Haiku, Zoomoozophone Review Haiku, Bear Creek Haiku,
Hoyt, arrogant, athletic, brilliant, manipulative and ruthless, is a master
burglar. He specializes in stealing high-end silver, breaking into homes that
seem impenetrable. He’s never been caught in the act, although he has spent
some time in prison on a related charge, time he used to hone his craft and
make valuable connections. (Hoyt is based on two real-life master burglars: the
so-called Dinnertime Bandit, who only stole when his victims were home, and The
Silver Thief, who was only interested in high-end silver). Hoyt follows the
money. In the winter, he works down south, primarily in southern Florida and
Georgia, around the Atlanta area. Summers, he moves back up north, where he
plies his trade in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
day, Charlie Floyd, brilliant, stubborn, an experienced investigator, who has
recently retired from his job with the attorney general’s department for the
state of Connecticut, receives a phone call from Manny Perez, a Cuban-American
Miami police detective. Perez, who’s worked with Floyd previously, wants to
enlist the former investigator in his efforts to put an end to Francis Hoyt’s
criminal career. Floyd accepts the offer and they team up to bring Hoyt to
Story Man, told in alternating chapters, representing Hoyt’s, Floyd’s and
Perez’s points-of-view, develops into a cat-and-mouse contest between the two
lawmen and this master burglar. As Floyd and Perez get closer to their prey,
Hoyt finds out they’re after him and rather than backing down, he taunts them,
daring them to bring him in. As the story develops, the stakes get higher and
higher, and Hoyt, who is always concerned about proving he’s the best at what
he does, even resorts to murder. Eventually, the story climaxes in a
confrontation between the three men.
Swann’s Last Song: Henry Swann Mystery Book One by Charles Salzberg
tracer Henry Swann cares little about anything but money, so when a beautiful
Upper East Side woman shows up in his office and hires him to find her missing
husband, he smiles and takes the cash. But when this seemingly simple
missing-person case turns into homicide, Swann finds himself trapped in a
complex web of connections and multiple identities that takes him out of New
York City and across two continents.
for SWANN’S LAST SONG … “Swann’s got the smarts and hard-boiled cynicism of Sam
Spade, but he’s also got a wicked sense of humor that keeps things cool even
when the action gets hot.” —Brian Kilmeade, author of New York Times bestseller
The Games Do Count
a hell of a writer. He delivers thrills, insight and plenty of laughs. Swann is
a very cool take on the classic P.I.” —Andrew Klavan, author of True Crime and
Don’t Say a Word
veritable travelogue of suspense, SWANN’S LAST SONG grabs hold of the reader
and doesn’t let go. Salzberg’s anti-hero is a soulful investigator and one of
the most paradoxically endearing characters I’ve come across. I hope this isn’t
Swann’s last song.” —Joy Behar (co-host of The View)
defies expectations left and right in this subtly subversive, genre-twisting
page turner. SWANN’S LAST SONG is where literature meets entertainment” —Mark
Goldblatt, author of Africa Speaks
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 1 Paperback: 288 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann Dives In: Henry
Swann Mystery Book Two by Charles Salzberg
Dives In is a mystery that goes deep and rarely lets the reader catch a breath.
Swann’s last case nearly killed him, emotionally and physically. Now he’s sworn
off his old profession and taken on a steady gig. But climbing stairs to hook
poor people up to cable is hard on his knees… and not the kind of connections
he’s good at making. So when an opportunity arises to bring order to chaos for
a price –his secret pleasure in life –Swann is pulled back in.
case starts simply, with a call to find a burglary suspect who’s gone on the
lam. But Swann is soon on the trail of a wealthy lawyer’s rebellious daughter,
who’s disappeared along with her disreputable boyfriend.
the beau leads him into the dangerous midst of cutthroat academics, sexy
librarians, and killer book collectors, with a priceless first edition of
Tender is the Night the surprising prize along the way.
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 2 Hardcover: 292 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann’s Lake of Despair:Henry Swann Mystery Book Three by Charles Salzberg
rare photos‚ a scandalous diary‚ and a beautiful woman all go missing at once‚
the stage is set for three challenging cases for Henry Swann.
begins with an offer to partner up with his slovenly‚ unreliable frenemy‚
Goldblatt. The disbarred lawyer-turned- “facilitator” would provide the leads
and muscle‚ while Swann would do all the fancy footwork. A lost diary by a
free-loving Jazz Age flapper is worth enough to someone that Swann takes a beat
down on an abandoned boardwalk.
photos of Marilyn Monroe propel him deep into the past of an alcoholic
shutterbug‚ his wife; and he’s hired to search for a lonely writer’s runaway
girlfriend. The cases converge and collide in a finale that lifts the curtain
on crucial‚ deadly facts of life for everyone—including Swann himself.
for Swann’s Lake of Despair: “Smart, satisfying, even profound, this is exactly
what every mystery reader is looking for: A terrific story, full of wit and
originality, and a master class in voice. Charles Salzberg is a true talent,
and his Henry Swann is a classic — complex, hilarious, and completely
charming.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark award winner for The Other
Woman, Agatha winner for The Wrong Girl
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 3 Paperback: 300 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann’s Way Out:Henry Swann Mystery Book Four by Charles Salzberg
friendly poker game leads Henry Swann out to Hollywood where he tries to find
the man, Rusty Jacobs, responsible for embezzling $1,000,000 from his client,
and then bring back the dough. Swann finds Jacobs, but the mercurial wannabe
film producer is involved in a “surefire” movie project aimed at the growing
Christian market. And the money? Well, it seems to have vanished into thin air.
the same time, thanks to his irrepressible partner, Goldblatt, Swann finds
himself knee-deep in the New York City art world, as he tries to get justice
for another client who’s possibly been defrauded on the purchase of a valuable
painting that may or may not be a fake.
if this isn’t enough to keep him busy, in the midst of these two troubling
cases, Swann finds that the teenage son whom he hasn’t seen in a dozen years
has run away from his grandparent’s Minnesota home and, chasing after a girl,
has possibly become involved with a cult. And so, a guilt-ridden Swann has to
take time out from his paying cases to find his son.
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 4 Paperback: 276 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann’s Down: Henry Swann Mystery Book Five by Charles Salzberg
Henry Swann is asked by his quirky partner, Goldblatt, to find a missing
psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife out of a small fortune, he just can’t say
no. Although he doesn’t actually expect to get paid, he figures it might give
him a chance to finally learn more about his partner’s mysterious past. His
search takes him into the controversial, arcane world of psychics,
fortunetellers, and charlatans, while raising questions in his own mind about
whether or not there is an after-life.
working his partner’s case, he’s approached by a former employer, attorney Paul
Rudder, to track down a missing witness who might be able to provide an alibi
for his client, Nicky Diamond, a notorious mob hitman who’s scheduled to go on
trial in a week for murder he claims he didn’t commit. Swann’s search for the
missing witness, who happens to be the defendant’s girlfriend, takes him from
Brooklyn to a small beach town across the bay from Mobile, Alabama. But what
does she really know and will she even come back with him to testify for her
for SWANN’S DOWN:
Manhattan to Coney Island to the steamy shores of Alabama, Charles Salzberg
delivers a top-flight mystery with his latest Henry Swann outing. Highly
recommended.” –Tom Straw, New York Times bestselling author as Richard
double-crosses, missing persons–Charles Salzberg’s latest Henry Swann book has
it all. Swann’s Down is a gritty, no-frills PI novel that brings to mind greats
like Reed Farrel Coleman’s Moe Prager and Michael Harvey’s Michael Kelly.
Whether this is your first Swann adventure or the latest, you won’t want to
miss the brass-knuckle punch that is Swann’s Down. Trust me.” –Alex
Segura, author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends
Down gives readers two intriguing mysteries for the price of one, as skip
tracer Henry Swann pursues a woman who might alibi a murderer and a psychic who
swindled the ex-wife of Swann’s partner. Swann’s wry wit, quotes from authors
and philosophers, genius for questioning suspects, and dark past make him a
character readers will follow anywhere as he seeks his quarry. This is another
thrilling addition to this excellent series.” –Rich Zahradnik, Shamus
Award-winning author of Lights Out Summer
Swann dives in where others fear to tread in Swann’s Down. Fast. Funny. And
smart. This time out, Swann crosses paths with a psycho hitman, a phony psychic
and Swann’s mysterious partner, a disbarred lawyer. Who could ask for more? I
hope we’ll see a lot more of Swann in the future and that this isn’t Swann’s
swan song.” –Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author of White Heat and
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 5 Paperback: 264 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Final Book In The Henry Swann Mystery Series by Charles Salzberg Coming Later in 2019
Devil In the Hole (stand-alone)by Charles Salzberg
the ballroom of a sparsely furnished Connecticut mansion, police find a
shocking sight: four bodies lined up next to each other, three teenagers and a
middle-aged woman, each lying on a blanket, each shot once in the head. In an
upstairs bedroom: an elderly woman and the family dog, both of them shot as
well. The only person missing is the husband, father, son, and prime suspect,
John Hartman, who’s got a three-week jump on the police.
the eyes of almost two dozen characters, including the neighbor who reports the
crime, Hartman’s mistress, a dogged state investigator, the family minister,
and some of the characters Hartman meets on his escape route, we piece together
not only what happened and how these shocking murders affect the community, but
how John Hartman evades capture, where he’s headed, and maybe even why he
committed this gruesome crime in the first place.
on the notorious John List murders and already compared to works by Norman
Mailer and Russell Banks, DEVIL IN THE HOLE is gripping, literate, and
for DEVIL IN THE HOLE …
IN THE HOLE is powerful stuff. Drawing on real events, Salzberg has crafted a
mesmerizing tale in many voices. He masterfully drip-feeds the compelling
story, funneling moments from disparate, scattered lives to define the
personality of a madman. The overall effect is like slowly opening a
beautifully wrapped box of poisoned chocolates.” — Tim McLoughlin, editor
masterfully weaves together dozens of voices, including the killer’s, in an
effort to find out why a man would murder his entire family and then disappear.
DEVIL IN THE HOLE is a haunting meditation on the thin, wavering line between
sense and senselessness.” — Kaylie Jones, author Lies My Mother Never Told
Me: A Memoir, and Speak Now
devil isn’t in the details, but in a tony Connecticut town. Charles Salzberg’s
DEVIL IN THE HOLE is a fine piece of crime writing and a hell of a fun
read.” — Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of
this smartly constructed crime novel, Salzberg uses multiple viewpoints to
portray an unlikely killer who methodically slaughters his family … an
intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to
ponder. — Publishers Weekly
does an ingenious job of weaving together the various voices — each distinct in
its own right — and giving us the story as told by the people who experienced
it. It paints a psychological picture of a murderer, while also telling the
story of those left in the aftermath and how they were affected as well.
Brilliant and captivating storytelling.” — Erica Ruth Neubauer, Crimespree
has taken a true crime tale and made it into a compelling work of fiction that
attempts to imagine the mind of a killer, not only through his own mind, but
through the minds of many others. This is a novel which few readers will want
to put down, turning pages mostly, I think, to find out how in the world the
author pulls it off. ‘How,’ I kept asking myself, ‘how can he finish this
story?’ The buildup becomes more and more absorbing because Charles Salzberg
has a lot to say about human nature that is thought-provokingly wise and
penetrating.” — Duff Brenna, South Carolina Review
am typically not a fan of books written in this manner but Salzberg masterfully
uses this technique to create a novel that is different in an extremely good
way. The author effortlessly blends the different perspectives, viewpoints, and
impressions of each character into a brilliant tapestry that envelops the
reader, while peaking interest and the desire for more information about the
crime. DEVIL IN THE HOLE is one of the best books that I have read this year
and I most highly recommend it.” — Robin Thomas, New Mystery Review
About The Author: Charles Salzberg is a
novelist, a journalist, and an acclaimed writing instructor.
new novel, Devil in the Hole, a gripping work of literary crime fiction based
on the notorious John List murders, is on shelves now.
is the author of the Henry Swann detective series: Swann Dives In; Swann’s Last
Song, which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel; and the
upcoming Swann’s Lake of Despair.
non-fiction books include: On A Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place:
Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century; From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral
History of the NBA; and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales;
Catch Them Being Good; and The Mad Fisherman.
has been a Visiting Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications at Syracuse University, and has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence
College, Hunter College, the Writer’s Voice, and the New York Writers Workshop,
where he is a Founding Member. He is a consulting editor at the webzine
Ducts.org and co-host, with Jonathan Kravetz, of the reading series, Trumpet
Fiction, at KGB in New York City.
freelance work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, New York Magazine,
GQ, Elle, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times Arts and Leisure
section, The New York Times Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.
When The Sun Blinked: Book
1-Search For The Truth by David Harvey
routine flight from New York to Cape Town becomes anything but when it is
caught in a suspected massive solar event and crashes, leaving a handful of
survivors are left dealing with the aftermath of the crash. As they struggle to
come to terms with what has happened and the devastating consequences of the
event, they have to find the answers to what will alter their lives forever.
journey towards understanding is both more and worse than any of them could
When The Sun Blinked: Book
2-The Soldiers by David Harvey
the awful truth unfolds, each day brings new challenges, hopes, threats and the
dangers that wait in careless mistakes. These are brutal reminders of their
circumstances, leading to their first death since the crash.
discovery of a second crash brings renewed hope of a better-quality survival,
but the arrival of a handful of former soldiers, themselves survivors of the
same event, bring more challenges, threats and deaths.
When The Sun Blinked:
Book 3-The Lions by David Harvey
the new world the Survivors inhabit, they have barely ten square kilometres of
space to live in. They are restricted by the huge wetland at the one end and
nothing after the aircraft wreck they’d discovered.
around them in the forest are predators and wild life, while the sea contains
great white sharks. With declining stocks of meal packs, they must focus on
survival and how to find food and not falling prey to the omnipresent pride of
capture as much of life as they can while constantly remaining vigilant, always
mindful that careless mistakes will cost lives.
Retribution Book 1: Seeds
Of Revenge by David Harvey
Bay and Camps Bay, two suburbs along the beautiful Atlantic seaboard next to
Cape Town, South Africa, become the setting of 3 childhood friends, now adults
who, relocating from America thanks a dual American and South African heritage,
establish their long-cherished dream business in Hout Bay, a short distance
away from Camps Bay.
ready cash from early investments in Bitcoin they pay for their business, their
cars, houses and lifestyle up front, in full, using their profits. This in turn
unwittingly attracts the attention of a family kicked out of Columbia by
authorities cleaning up the drug trade. They re-establish themselves in Camps
Bay, taking aim at the growing heroin trade in the Western Cape.
Columbians believe the Hout Bay business is a front for drugs and therefore
competition and an initial low-scale approach to establish their version of the
truth escalates when abalone poaching is thrown into the mix.
into something totally at odds with their world, the Hout Bay dream is threatened
by the Camps Bay drug and abalone world.
the Colombians have their own dream – a world of drugs, violence and now
abalone poaching. They don’t care who gets hurt or what it involves to grow
their empire. After all, they’ve been doing it for a long time and no-one is
going to stop them.
Quevedo aches for revenge, but can’t wait. The Cape Town winter rains are
starting, when heads will be down and buried under umbrellas. That will be the
time he’ll be looking to strike.
Alfieri is also wanting revenge, but he understands the value of waiting. In
the meantime he keeps digging away to unearth the Hout Bay secrets despite
being warned off.
money is missing and Guido Alfieri sends two psychopathic killers with their
reputation for unspeakable brutality from Bogota to Cape Town to find it,
prompting an unlikely alliance.
fresh abalone suppliers, Cesar Quevedo meets Melissa Samuels, a key player in
the game and surprises himself when he succumbs to her charms. But who exactly
is she? Abalone poaching is not the game where you want to be following your
the Camps Bay drug and abalone poaching empire spend their time plotting and scheming,
the Hout Bay team show that actions speak louder than words and carry out an
ambush with military precision against Dimitri Alfieri.
learns a painful, expensive lesson that leaves him in hospital with a huge
question mark. How would anyone know where he would be at a specific time and
what he would be carrying in the boot of his car?
it originate from Hout Bay? Could it really be the mysterious Chinese triad
with their cryptic messages who seem to know all about them? Or is there an
unknown new player trying to muscle in on their world?
an elaborate but deadly game of chess, where the stakes are high and the longer
the game goes on, the more dangerous it becomes.
who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.”
About The Author: Dave Harvey was
born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1951.
He spent his early years in Linbro Park, a suburb of Johannesburg,
on a small holding of peach trees, asparagus and rhubarb, exploring the long
disused next-door cemetery, avoiding snakes and his grandpa’s beady eyes. (and
they were eyes that missed nothing).
From there the family relocated to a farm in Chingola, Northern
Rhodesia (later Zambia). Given the farm was carved out of virgin forest, it was
back to avoiding snakes and other denizens of the thick bush – but all good
From Zambia the family relocated to Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) and
from there Dave attended university in South Africa.
Somehow it seemed that all of his school years were spent at
isolated boarding schools, buried deep in the bush in both Northern Rhodesia
and Rhodesia, which may account for a lot of his admitted quirks.
After the bush war, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, he emigrated
back to South Africa where he now lives in Cape Town.
The Story Of Jess and Aver:
Giving Love A Chance by K. A. Neeson
many people break up with their boyfriend, not talk for three months, then wake
up one day and marry them right off the bat before they officially get back
together again? Yes, that’s right. Married. Hell, I know it sounds crazy, but
the conventional way (getting back together to work things out first) doesn’t
usually work; we’ve seen that fail too many times. As nonsensical as it sounds,
it could actually work…
a short time, frame, I experienced love, loss, reconciliation, and heartbreak.
This is the story of my revelation, how I almost single-handedly destroyed the
best thing that had ever befallen me, and the incidents and events that followed.
My name is Aver, and this is my story.
into the underworld wasn’t easy. But what was found was worth it. A collection
of poems. Ravens to mystics, psychics and demons. Witches and wizards, empathic
souls. Nothing is off limits in this brave collection of poetry.
to my journey through pain and laughter, healing, helping and kindness. I hope
this book helps you see we are all the same. One little pill is all that
separates you from me. A Prose Collection.
Product Details: Paperback: 141 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
works are from my social media posts, my author website, conversations with
friends, and all the funny things that make a person’s life unique and worth
living. I hope you will enjoy reading this collection of stories as much as I
have delighted in writing them for my readers. Thank you for being a part of my
times, Eilish mentioned to me she would wait for me in her garden with tea. I
asked her how she would find me. She said, “Oh, I will know you. I will be on
the Irish side of heaven.” I laughed and said, “Where Guinness runs out of the
taps.” She laughed her wonderful laugh of hers she exclaimed “We will talk
about how the rest of your life turned out, and all about the kids. It will be
wonderful I will meet you on The Irish Side of Heaven.”
Product Details: Paperback: 88 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
is a collection of poems about Life, Love, and Mysteries from beyond. Ideas
that make you ponder with wonder, untold forever for you to behold. Is there a
Heaven, what can they see? These are the questions, important to me.
Rising Phoenix: A Mother
Without Her Children by K. A. Neeson
tale of a mother who has PTSD and struggles to raise her children and survive
under duress and insurmountable odds. Evelyn finds the strength she never knew
she had. A remarkable story of courage and love, a mother who goes to the wall
and back again for her children. Survives domestic violence, and finds solace
and fortitude in her new way of life. Astonishing Evelyn actually survives.
Product Details: Print Length: 147 Pages Genre: General Fiction
Guilty Pleasures: An
Irish Woman’s Treasures by K. A. Neeson
Irish girl leaves a trail of magic. Every Irish Woman has two sides sweet,
lovable and a raging warrior inside. Upset the angel and the demon comes alive.
The Irish girl and the Irish women have magic they dwell deep inside.
Product Details: Paperback: 108 Pages Genre: General Fiction
About The Author: Author K. A. Neeson is a
writer with a quirky sense of humor. She enjoys writing about characters who
have real-life problems. Her children and her friends provide the inspiration
for many of her characters. K. A. Neeson resides in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy: (The Mind of Stefan Dürr, The Cosmic Ape, The Interdimensional Nexus) by Alan Joshua
saga of Beau Walker. More than a scientist, more than the offspring of a
Mohawk–African American interracial marriage–and far more than human, Walker
unknowingly holds the key to human evolution…and its obliteration.
is a disgraced researcher, snatched by the government and coerced to join a
U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of a
Russian disaster related to covert U.S. mind and biowarfare.
with a terrifying descent into a Russian crater where physical laws don’t
apply, he’s thrown into a world of advanced biotechnology, biowarfare,
paranormal research, and military intrigue.
stakes are unimaginable: Find and control the cause of the events or face human
Cold Coffee Review: From the very first paragraph, I was hooked on this prize-winning, sci-fi, paranormal adventure. If you are not afraid of the unknown and are willing to become part of this suspenseful page-turner, I strongly recommend this book.
Joshua begins The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy in the basement of a Russian brain
research institute. If you’ve ever wondered if humans are being used in mind
control experiments hidden in the underbelly of governments as scientific
research, this realistic, fictional account will make the hair stand up on the
back of your neck and pulse pound. Full of astonishing detail, it reads like a
handbook for psychic development: “Stefan Dürr’s wiry frame hovered in a
transparent, liquid-filled, vertical sensory deprivation tank. Naked, with the
exception of a soft weight belt, straps battened down a round, silver helmet
covering his head and shoulders. When he exhaled, a plastic umbilical line at
the top released a stream of bubbles that crept through the viscous solution
toward the surface.”
a time where understanding and controlling horrific catastrophes, far beyond
the threat of climate change around the world, researchers conclude that the
evolution of human consciousness might be our only salvation. For those of you
who have seen or read Chayefsky’s Altered States, this is similar but Altered
States on speed, reaching far beyond.
is great storytelling and is striking in its visualizations. It is filled with
dialog that will hold your interest as well as believable characters, like
disgraced research professor Dr. Beau Walker. For example, in Philadelphia,
Walker resigns himself to a weekend of scoring his students’ booklets on basic
psychology. But the weekend is not what he imagined. As he naps, the Russian
city of Podol’sk is inexplicably vaporized in deadly silence. Unaware of his
paranormal bond with the event, Walker “clawed at the sweat-saturated shirt,
now tinged pink with oozing blood, rolling his head back and forth on a damp
pillow.” What is this puzzling link with event 5,000 miles away?
nightmares continue when he is snatched by the government and coerced to join a
U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of the
disasters. Their descent into a Russian crater will have you on the edge of
trilogy is for any sci-fi, paranormal, or action-adventure fan. Certainly,
worthy of a movie, it is full of surprises and twists and turns. I urge you to
step into a story where science, the paranormal and human consciousness meet
with unexpected and devastating results. Be prepared for the “after sense” as I
call it, the lingering thoughts after you close the book. I recommend that you
buy this combined version of the trilogy.
SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is not limited only to sci-fi fans. It is for thinking
people seeking stories of some complexity that can be intriguing and mentally
stimulating. If you love science fiction and are tired of the lack of
imagination found in many books and movies today, this psychological thriller
should be your next read.
purchased this book from Kindle and the review posted on March 31, 2019
The Mind of Stefan Dürr: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Volume 1) by Alan Joshua
mind research experiment studying human consciousness goes horrifyingly wrong.
are killed when a Russian suburb is mysteriously destroyed, leaving a mile-deep
crater in its place. At the same time, a U.S. space shuttle vaporizes in orbit,
and a Canadian mountaintop is ripped away.
thing lies behind it all: The mind of Stefan Dürr. Existence is dreary hell for
Dr. Beau Walker. An embittered loner, he sleepwalks through life until the
government virtually kidnaps him, hurling him into an incredibly menacing
adventure beyond his wildest imaginings. Coerced into joining a U.S./Russian
scientific team, Beau searches for the cause of the disasters.
with a treacherous, life-threatening exploration of the anomalous crater, where
scientific laws don’t seem to apply, he’s thrown into a world of unimaginable
advanced biotechnology, biowarfare, genetics, paranormal research, and military
stakes are inconceivably high: Find and control the cause…or face worldwide
Thrilling Read” New Consciousness Review “Having the right amount of adventure
and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also
look great on a big screen.”
Book Review: “The book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with
it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to
Review: “highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers
who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge
action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense
Book Review: “Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make
this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.”
The Cosmic Ape: The SHIVA
Syndrome Trilogy (Book 2) by Alan Joshua
Walker and the research team are not aware that the dangers at the SHIVA
complex are more complicated, more deadly than those left behind in Russia.
They are astonished when they witness how SHIVA intensifies the destructive
power of mind on matter in a demonstration. However, they have no idea of the
vast distance the mind effects can cover. Adina Gerardo, the main SHIVA subject
who demonstrates its effects, is the mother of Emidio and Ana.
are gifted with amazing and lethal paranormal abilities. Beau soon learns that
mysteries surrounding Gerardo and her traumatic past intertwine with his
unrelenting investigation of Stefan Dürr. Adina is far more menacing than the
gentle soul she appears to be. Before long, Beau is ensnared in a treacherous,
unpredictable, web of military deceit and intrigues… leading to treachery
that forces him to face a terrifying threat.
Thrilling Read” New Consciousness Review “Having the right amount of adventure
and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also
look great on a big screen.”
Book Review: “The book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with
it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to
Review: “Highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers
who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge
action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense
Book Review: “Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make
this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.”
The Interdimensional Nexus: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Book 3) by Alan Joshua
the genetically enhanced super soldier’s murderous attack on Beau Walker, the
research team’s fear rises to a critical level.
postmortem verifies his physical and DNA alterations. But a life-threatening
surprise is buried deep within his brain. Walker and the team must escape from
the SHIVA complex with the biowarfare evidence. If they are to end the project,
someone must enter the deadly Caduceus laboratory—safeguarded by nuclear
self-destruct devices—to steal samples.
Gerardo unexplainably disappears during their escape attempt. Using their
powerful and deadly paranormal gifts, only her children, Emidio and Ana, can
lead the team to her and protect them from their military hunters. The
youngsters guide the team towards a prophesied encounter with the unknown and
the boy’s certain death.
a terrifying journey with a mysterious shaman, Beau crosses the threshold
between physical reality and those lying beyond his senses, finally
understanding the minds of Stefan Dürr and Adina Gerardo. Adina opens a portal
to an interdimensional nexus, leaving the team and their pursuers awed and
overcome with wondrous sights and an astonishing, otherworldly confrontation.
The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (3 Book Series) Kindle Gift Set by Alan Joshua
Book 1: The saga of Beau Walker. More than a scientist, more than the offspring
of a Mohawk–African American interracial marriage–and far more than human,
Walker unknowingly holds the key to human evolution…and its obliteration.
Walker, is a disgraced researcher, snatched by the government and coerced to
join a U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause
of a Russian disaster related to covert U.S. mind and biowarfare. Beginning
with a terrifying descent into a Russian crater where physical laws don’t
apply, he’s thrown into a world of advanced biotechnology, biowarfare,
paranormal research, and military intrigue.
stakes are unimaginable: Find and control the cause of the events or face human
“Must Read Sci-Fi Thriller!
An exciting, fast paced and fascinating novel. Paranormal, science fiction, and
the next stage in human evolution.”
Review “Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make this
multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.”
About The Author: A native Philadelphian,
Alan Joshua (pen name) is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in Forensic
Psychology and Parapsychology.
has published many nonfiction journal articles.
Shiva syndrome, his debut fiction novel, is a science fiction/paranormal
mystery and thriller.
curious about the unknowns of human experience, he is fascinated with
creativity and paranormal abilities. This led to his involvement with
Psychology and research into Parapsychology while attending Temple and Saybrook
He has explored paranormal abilities, including alleged reincarnation, using hypnosis and in-depth interviewing of a wide range of “psychic” practitioners. Among his prized possessions are a shriveled, mummified banana (a product of one healer’s bio psychokinesis) and a small Austrian teaspoon curled by a German “psychic” healer while six people sat around him to observe. https://alanjoshua.com/biopsychokinesis
believes that what looks “paranormal” is a bias given by those in “ordinary”
consciousness. Further, he claims that the so-called paranormal is an extension
of human consciousness common to all humans and has had evolutionary value in
the past and the potential to shape humanity’s future.
Shiva Syndrome incorporates his knowledge of Parapsychology and experiences with
healers, intuitives, “psychic” sensitives, etc.
he is a science fiction fan and has been influenced by such writers as Asimov,
Bradbury, Crichton, Heinlein, Serling, and the extraordinary genius of Phillip
an avid Star Trek fan, he is fond of contradicting Gene Roddenberry, believing
that human consciousness and its potentials are “the final frontier.”
you have questions for the author, he would be glad to answer them–time
permitting. He would like to hear from you if you’ve had any paranormal
experiences. Please contact him through his website listed below.
Apollo’s Raven (Curse of
Clansmen and Kings Book 1) by Linnea Tanner
Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty
to her people.
APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love,
mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.
In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for
power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood
Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin,
learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is
Blood Wolf. Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse,
but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy, Marcellus,
and loyalty to her people. She must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to
alter the dark prophecy that threatens the fates of everyone in her kingdom.
Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse. Will she be able to embrace
her forbidden love for Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and
King Amren and save her kingdom?
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review:
Interesting story. Travel back to a time in 24 AD
where strong Celtic women find themselves influencing Clansmen, Kings and
Queens. This ancient time is set in Rome and on the Southeast Coast of
Britannia where fantasy, mythology, medieval practices, politics, religion,
Celtic culture, the Roman Empire, and forbidden romance bring about this
fictional tale tailored by well researched history, archaeological evidence
supported with a cast of fictional and non-fictional characters artfully woven
in by skilled writer Linnea Tanner.
story begins with Princess Catrin, her horse and her raven spirit guide
observing ships, possible war ships in the distance. Advice from her father
“know your enemies better than your friends” along with her spirit guide and
ancient powers will help Catrin through the perils that await.
invite you into this epic tale where “Alone in Mor’s candlelit bedchamber,
Catrin shifted restlessly under her blankets. Not having to share the bed with
her sister, because Mor was gone most of the night with Belinus, she thought
slumber would come easy. Yet an ominous fire lingered inside her and foreboding
thoughts crackled through her mind about what her father had said at the familymeeting during the festivities. When he announced that Mor must be prepared
to wed Cunobelin’s son after he renegotiated a matrimonial agreement, she wilted
like a flower denied water. The burden of keeping Mor’s secret about Belinus
weighed heavily on Catrin’s conscience. If Cunobelin found out, it could
unravel the tenuous negotiations for peace between the powerful tribal
More troubling, her father instructed her on ways she could beguile Marcellus
into revealing Roman’s schemes for their kingdom. Her stomach tossed with
conflicting emotions about the striking Roman. How could she carry out her
father’s directive when this young man made her heart race every time he gazed
Raven is a fast-paced, intriguing story with characters, situations and
mystical threads sparked my interest and kept me turning the page of this
award-winning book. I pre-ordered Dagger’s Destiny (Curse of Clansmen and
Kings-Book 2) so I will not miss a thing as the story continues. I purchased
Apollo’s Raven from Kindle and this review was completed on August 20, 2018.
Medal Winner 2017 Global E-Book Award Fantasy/Historical
New Apple Summer E-Book Award Historical Fiction Chosen Selection
Titan Gold Book Award
2017 New Apple Book Awards CROSS GENRE – OFFICIAL SELECTION
Dagger’s Destiny (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 2) by Linnea Tanner
A Celtic warrior princess accused of treason for
aiding her enemy lover must win back her father’s love and trust.
In the rich and vibrant tale, Author Linnea Tanner
continues the story of Catrin and Marcellus that began with the
awarding-winning novel APOLLO’S RAVEN in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings
Series. Book 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY sweeps you into an epic tale of forbidden
love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and
War looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal
rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle
their political differences. King Amren accuses his daughter, Catrin, of
treason for aiding the Roman enemy and her lover, Marcellus. The ultimate
punishment is death unless she can redeem herself. She must prove loyalty to
her father by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom–even to the
death. Forged into a warrior, she must overcome tribulations and make the right
decisions on her quest to break the curse that foretells her banished
half-brother and the Roman Empire will destroy their kingdom.
Yet, when Catrin again reunites with Marcellus, she
is torn between her love for him and duty to King Amren. She must ultimately
face her greatest challenger who could destroy her life, freedom, and humanity.
Will Catrin finally break the ancient prophecy that
looms over her kingdom? Will she abandon her forbidden love for Marcellus to
win back her father’s trust and love? Can King Amren balance his brutality to
maintain power with the love he feels for Catrin?
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review:
you to continue this epic tale as Dagger’s Destiny takes up where Apollo’s
Raven left off. It is July AD in Southeast Britannia and main character
Princess Catrin kneels by her father’s bloody and bruised body reassured that
the King is still alive.
moving drama with the characters, you came to love or hate in Apollo’s Raven
finds Princess Catrin torn between loyalty to Marcellus and her father. “How
could Catrin continue living if her heart was split between Marcellus and her
father? Losing Vala was the fatal wound in her already bleeding heart. She
trembled, recounting her father’s words. Would you bet your own life on the
gamble that Marcellus will release Vala?
love for Marcellus and his failure to release Vala had condemned her as a
traitor in her father’s eyes. She looked around the stark receiving chamber and
stared at the skulls looking down on her in judgment. She remembered the dark
tale that her father had told her when she was a child.
mermaid, who had saved a sailor from a shipwreck, swam to shore, cradling his
head above the water. Though she desperately wanted to stay with the sailor,
she realized she was a sea creature and would die on land. Heartbroken, she
stabbed herself in the breast with a knife and turned the water red with her
blood. Grief-stricken, she floated on the waves until her body dissolved into
its foam. As the sun’s rays radiated on the cold foam, delicate fairies
sparkled over its surface.”
test of loyalty that no daughter, father or romantic suitor would want to
engage in. Find out what happens as this story continues from book one and
prepares the reader for book 3 in this Celtic Tale. Like me, you will keep you
turning the page as author Linnea Tanner skillfully weaves fantasy, romance,
mythology, history, and the clash of Celtic culture and the Roman Empire into
the Curse Of The Clansmen and Kings series.
purchased Dagger’s Destiny Apollo’s Raven and Dagger’s Destiny from Kindle and
like you, I wait for promised “Amulet’s Rapture (Book 3) by Linnea Tanner. This
review was completed on October 1, 2018.
Fiction, Fantasy, Ancient Rome and Britannia, Celtic Mythology
Tanner weaves Celtic tales of love, magic, adventure, betrayal and intrigue
into historical fiction set in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she
has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology which held
women in higher esteem. Of particular interest are the enigmatic Celts who were
reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids.
Depending on the time of
day and season of the year, you will find her exploring and researching ancient
and medieval history, mythology and archaeology to support her writing. As the
author of the APOLLO’S RAVEN series, she has extensively researched and
traveled to sites described within each book.
A native of Colorado, Linnea
attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in chemistry. She lives in Windsor with her husband and has two
children and six grandchildren.
The Lady and The Pirate
(The Wildecoast Saga Book 3) by Bernadette Rowley
Lady Esta Aranati, burdened by an impoverished estate, has turned her hand to smuggling. She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields that protect her reputation. Swashbuckling pirate Samael Delacost craves her cargo and her heart. But before he can be worthy of her love, he must exorcize the ghosts of his past. An irresistible connection binds them but will that be enough to convince Samael to turn his back on the sea, or for Esta to take a chance on happiness she doesn’t think she deserves?
The Lady and the Pirate continues The Wildecoast Saga, with popular The Lord and the Mermaid characters Nikolas Cosara and his wife Merielle featured in this latest installment from Bernadette Rowley.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Book three in the Wildecoast Saga is a stand-alone book that any fantasy romance reader will enjoy whether you have read The Lord And The Mermaid or The Elf King’s Lady sagas first.
Twenty five well-written chapters with realistic characters bring the reader into Lady Esta Aranati’s double life.
Even though the author places this at the end of the book, I think it will benefit you to know the meaning of these two terms upfront. Lenweri (the elven people, they have dark skin, pointed ears and are tall and elegant) and Sis Lenweri (the faction of dark elves that wishes to take over the kingdom of Thorius).
Chapter one opens with some suspense aboard the ‘Sea Sprite’ when captain, Lady Esta Aranti’s first mate wakes her up from deep sleep to inform her they have a visitor on board. I quote: “Esta drew a deep and heavy sigh, her heart kicking up a notch as she contemplated who the visitor might be. On a ship miles out to sea at night, there were few possibilities and none of them good.”
In chapter three the mood shifts and I quote:
“Esta moved to the bow and stood with the wind in her face, the black strands of her wig streaming behind her. It was chill but not wet and she reveled in the dance of her ship over the waves. Sea Sprite was one of the joys of her life and sailing one of her great loves. When she was on the ocean, she was free of earthly ties and a little of its wildness seeped into her, giving her strength for the trials of estate life. Lately, she had found it almost impossible to return to the estate without a nagging sense of dread.
“You seem almost happy tonight, sister,” Katrine said, joining her in the bow. Katrine was wildness personified, with a lithe body and long black hair that she rarely tied back. Not for her the wig as she had less need for a full disguise, shunning public life as she did. She wore leather breeches, flowing black shirts and a broad black satin mask decorated with stars. Her piercing blue eyes were now fixed on Esta.
“I am happy, Katrine,” Esta said. “What makes you think I am ever unhappy?”
I invite you to join Katrine and Esta as they sail the sea with visions of finding treasure on their minds.
I hope the quotes above whet your appetite for strong female characters, rugged men, pirates, treasure maps, adventure, sword and sorcery and of course romance.
I endorse The Lady And The Pirate (The Wildecoast Saga Book 3) by Bernadette Rowley. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on May 3, 2017
Princess Avenger: Brightcastle Saga Book 1
by Bernadette Rowley
Princess Alecia Zialni is no ordinary noblewoman but a crusader for Brightcastle’s miserable subjects, disguising herself to exact revenge and minister to the poor. So it is irksome in the extreme when the dark and dangerous Captain Vard Anton rescues her from a mercenary she has attacked. Alecia manages to slip from his grasp only to discover he has been appointed her protector.
How is she to maintain her secret life with Vard watching her every move? More importantly, how can she safeguard her heart from this mesmerising man?
Vard knows he cannot remain Alecia’s protector and fulfill his mission to kill her father, Prince Zialni. Neither can he defend her when his control of his transformations is so tenuous.
Will the attraction that sizzles between the courageous princess and the daring captain be enough to overcome Vard’s obligation to his heritage and Alecia’s duty to the Kingdom?
Princess In Exile: Brightcastle Saga Book 2
by Bernadette Rowley
Princess Alecia flees her arranged marriage with the help of the dangerous Vard Anton, shapeshifter and former army captain. Blinded by love, they believe they can have a life together but every encounter with the mercenaries sent to find them, pushes Vard towards his least controllable form- the gigantic brown bear.
Desperate to find a mentor who will help him control his transformations, Vard and Alecia travel to a forgotten city where a powerful sorcerer resides. But this wizard is in league with the dark elves and the lovers soon discover he has his own dangerous agenda.
Will Vard and Alecia escape the clutches of the sorcerer who would use Alecia’s position to advance the dark elven cause? Can their love survive despite Alecia’s fear of Vard’s animal transformations? What secret does the princess hold that has the power to destroy the trust Vard has in her?
The answers to all this and more are contained in the pages of Princess in Exile, the dark sequel to Princess Avenger.
The Lady’s Choice: Will Love Conquer Duty
(A Spin Off From Princess Avenger) by Bernadette Rowley
Lady Benae Branasar will sacrifice her ‘happily ever after’ for an arranged marriage with a powerful prince. But can she turn her back on her feelings for the prince’s squire, Ramón Zorba?
Ramón is obsessed with the prince’s daughter and tries hard to ignore fiery Benae. As they are drawn inexorably together, Benae and Ramón must choose between keeping personal vows and being true to each other.
World of Thorius Boxed Set: Princess Avenger
and The Lady’s Choice by Bernadette Rowley
Princess Avenger: Passionate Princess Alecia sets out to avenge the slaying of her first love. Captain Vard Anton is dealing with his own dark secrets. When he is appointed Alecia’s protector, both find it hard to ignore the chemistry between them. Can Alecia resist the enigmatic Vard while trying to exact revenge? Will their fatal attraction ultimately lead to tragedy or can love unite Alecia and Vard forever?
The Lady’s Choice: Lady Benae Branasar will sacrifice her ‘happily ever after’ for an arranged marriage with a powerful prince. But can she turn her back on her feelings for the prince’s squire, Ramón Zorba? Ramón is obsessed with the prince’s daughter and tries hard to ignore fiery Benae. As they are drawn inexorably together, Benae and Ramón must choose between keeping personal vows and being true to each other.
Princess Avenger (Large Print Edition) by Bernadette Rowley
Passionate and headstrong, Alecia is no ordinary princess. Angered by the cold – blooded murder of her first love, she sets out to avenge his death.
Army Captain Vard Anton, the epitome of masculine strength and grace, is dealing with some dark secrets of his own. When he is appointed Alecia’s body – guard, both find it hard to ignore the chemistry between them.
With assassination attempts and the threat of an arranged marriage looming over her, Alecia realises her time is running out. But Alecia’s biggest battle is the one within as she tries to suppress the raging desire she feels for the powerfully attractive Vard. Can Alecia resist Vard while trying to exact revenge and avoiding the lecherous attentions of her husband – to – be? Will the power of love and desire be enough to unite Alecia and Vard forever?
Though separated by class and palace intrigues, Alecia and Vard are entwined by desire in this wonderful fantasy romance.
About The Author: Bernadette Rowley is a lover of epic fantasy who is a veterinarian by day and an author by night. She is currently published in the genre of fantasy/paranormal romance and has six books published, all set in her fantasy world of Thorius.
When she was a young teenager, an aunt gave her a copy of The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks and Bernadette has lived in various fantasy worlds ever since. So it’s no surprise that her chosen genre when writing romance is fantasy.
“I can see these settings so vibrantly in my mind and hope my readers can too.”
But Bernadette has no desire to spoon-feed her readers by laboriously describing her fantasy settings. She would rather the reader use their own imagination a little.
Along with sword and sorcery, dashing heroes and stunning heroines, this author includes strong healing themes in many of her books- an element which is central to her everyday job.
“When I started writing this series, I never imagined my day job would force its way into my stories as it has.”
And of course there are animals, especially Bernadette’s beloved horses, as well.
Bernadette lives in Brisbane, Australia, with the four heroes in her life- her husband Michael and three grown sons.
A dynamic, suspenseful thriller with a serious splash of
Distressing visions of his revolutionary creation falling
into the wrong hands compel inventor Trey Radisson to destroy his prototype
before it can be replicated. But his priceless knowledge is now being sought by
the Chromes—a malicious paramilitary force and the free world’s greatest
When Trey resists the high-tech radicals and learns some of
their secrets, his journey becomes a high-speed, roadblock-riddled chase. A
brush with the extremists in Colorado leads to a mix-up that makes Trey the
most wanted man in the nation.
He is joined by Sonya McCall, a gun-toting biker fleeing
from her own rocky past—and the only witness of what really went down in
Colorado. Now the zany duo must evade all who scour the country for them. They
find hazard, hilarity, and horror at every turn as they search and pray for a
way to reset their troubled lives.
Too Fool For Cool: An
Airman Artless Book by Ben Schneider
Airman Artless: a Dude of Hazard. The purpose of Airman
Artless cartoons is humor and to address safety hazards and other Air
Force-related concerns. These cartoons are not meant to disparage the Air Force
in any way.
Product Details Print Length: 76 Pages Genre: Humor & Entertainment Short Reads, Comic Strips, Cartoons
About Ben Schneider
The Author: Ben Schneider was born
in Oklahoma. In 2003, he earned a B.A. in Graphic Design at Oklahoma
University, married his fiancée, and joined the Air Force. Ben and his wife,
Suzy, have been stationed in Italy, Okinawa, and Alaska. Aside from writing
fiction, Ben’s other interests include drawing cartoons–primarily his Airman
Artless comic strips. Chrome Mountain is his debut novel.
About The Artist: Ben
Schneider was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1977. He graduated from Newcastle High School in
1996 and earned his Associates in General Studies at Hillsdale FWB College in
1999. While at Hillsdale he created
Holidabblers, only then, he called it “Holiday Heroes” until another artist
bought the copyrights to that title years later. During the late 90s Ben drew his cartoons in
colored pencil. In fall of 1999 he
transferred to the University of Oklahoma and later had cartoons published in
“The Oklahoma Daily” (as shown at the bottom of the “Holidabblers” tab). Since then Ben revolutionized his work,
making it mostly computer-based by using Photoshop and Freehand.
Ben earned his Bachelors of Art in Graphic Design in May of
2003. He joined the US Air Force the
following month and received his first assignment in Aviano, Italy. Ben’s experiences in the Air Force inspired
him to invent Airman Artless. In July of
2005 he had his first Airman Artless cartoon published. He has been published repeatedly in the
“Vigileer,” “Air Scoop,” “Kaiserslautern American,” “Samurai Gate,” and
“Crimson Sky.” One sample of each can be
found on the “Published Work” tab. The
“Crimson Sky” sample also includes a story about Ben on page 18. Ben welcomes any ideas for future Airman
Artless cartoons. Feel free to send an
idea, question, comment or offer anytime to either of the following:
Hawthorne: Hacked, Shakespeare: Sacked & Thurber: Thwacked by Jay Dubya
Hacked, Shakespeare Sacked & Thurber Thwacked is a cleverly-organized book
that effectively satirizes some of the main works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, of
William Shakespeare and of American humorist James Thurber, and the creative
compilation is author Jay Dubya’s 52nd published hardcover/paperback
publication. In the Nathaniel Hawthorne section, Jay Dubya aggressively attacks
the early 19th Century writer’s famous short stories “The Great Stone Face,”
“The Minister’s Black Veil,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” “Feathertop,” “The Three
Golden Apples” and finally, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” In the William
Shakespeare segment, the renowned English bard’s classic plays “The Tempest,”
“Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “The Merchant of Venice” are rather hilariously
clobbered and quite thoroughly corrupted. And finally, in the concluding James
Thurber portion, the U.S. author’s notorious short stories “The Catbird Seat,”
“A Couple of Hamburgers,” “The Night the Bed Fell,” “Tales with a Twist,” “The
Dog That Bit People” and “The Secret Life of Walter Witty” are imaginatively
rewritten and given entirely new adult-style, bawdy spins.
Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me (Deuteronomy), featuring adult language and
content, is a satire/parody of the fifth book of the Old Testament.
describes the establishment of the laws of ancient Israel, the many conflicts
with already existing civilizations Moses and the Israelites had encountered on
their flight from Egypt in quest of the “Promised Land”, and the eventual transfer
of power and authority from Moses to Joshua prior to the aged prophet’s death.
The Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me completes the Biblical trilogy that
includes The Wholly Book of Genesis and The Wholly Book of Exodus.
young Arab terrorist named Mohammed Kareem Jihad had made a great discovery of
ancient papyrus writings inside a secluded limestone cave. The violent lad
brought the scrolls into Jericho where he traded the documents to Professor
Phil Collins (an expert on Genesis) and Dr. Allen Qaeda (an authority on
Exodus) for an old AK-47, two slightly used hand grenades and some cheap
over a full decade after 2002, I had believed that only The Wholly Book of
Genesis and The Wholly Book of Exodus had existed in the treasured computer
e-mail file I had received from Uncle Phil, since a long blank void had
appeared thereafter. But last month out of sheer boredom I ran the file to its
end and remarkably discovered the fifth book of the Old Testament Pentateuch,
The Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me. Apparently, book three titled The Wholly
Book of Numbers along with book #four The Wholly Book of Leviticus had somehow
been accidentally erased in the e-mailed computer file.
that the essential background of The Wholly Book of Genesis, The Wholly Book of
Exodus (along with the tampered-with computer file containing The Wholly Book
of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me) is fully known, only the astute readers can be the best
judges of the merits of Mohammed Kareem Jihad’s remarkable discovery and of
now-deceased Uncle Phil Collins’ exceptional Biblical claims.
Fractured Frazzled Folk
Fables and Fairy Farces by Jay Dubja
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces is adult literature that satirizes
classic children’s folk tales, fables and fairy tales into more mature
presentations featuring adult language, content and humor.
Jay Dubya goes right to work retelling Aesop’s Fables into “A Sap’s Fables.”
Adult renditions of “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” “The
Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Wind and the Sun,” “A Wolf in
Sheep’s Clothing,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Crow and
the Pitcher,” and “The Rabbit and the Turtle” are all cleverly
portrayed. Other famous fables rewritten into adult accounts are “The Fox
and the Crow,” “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg,” “The
Grasshopper and the Ants,” “The Lark and Its Offspring,”
The Miller, His Son and the Jackass, “Belling the Cat”
and finally “The Dog, the Fox and the Stream.”
and Fairy Tales from England, France, Germany and Russia are also imaginatively
assaulted and converted into adult-oriented stories. Jay Dubya thoroughly
corrupts “The Three Little Piglet Brothers,” “The Flashing
Elves,” “The Golden Goose’s Goosing Curse,” “The Notorious
Sleeping Beauty” and “Petite Red Riding Hood.” Other classic
stories that are not saved from degeneration are “Jack’s Magnificent
Beanstalk,” “Hansel and Gretel Dumkoff,” “Little Ebony
Sambo,” “Rapunzel’s Draping Hair” and “Tom Thumb’s
History.” Finally, the author completely corrupts into adult parody
rewrites “Peter W. and the Wolf,” “The Rumpelstiltskin No-Spin
Zone,” “Beauty and the Beastly Beast,” “Cinderella’s
Fella” and the classic folktale “Flaky Snow White and the Seven
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces is Jay Dubya’s twenty-first e-book. This
book is definitely not written for or to be read by children.
Fractured Frazzled Folk
Fables and Fairy Farces, Part II by Jay Dubja
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces, Part II is adult literature satirizing
classic children’s stories and the work is written in the spirit of its
predecessor Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces. The new work
FFFF&FF Part II features adult language, adult content and adult satirical
Jay Dubya goes right to work corrupting familiar children’s stories The Three
Scruffy Gruffy Billy Goats, The Gay Tailor Who Became King, Petey Rabbit,
Thumbilisa Thumbilina, The Emperor’s Invisible Clothes and Goldie Lox and the
Three Ursas. Several British legends are re-invented with hilarious adult
renditions of St. George Slays the Dragon and Arthur Becomes King of England.
Greek myths are imaginatively sabotaged with comical presentations of Daphne’s
Daft Daffiness, Bellerophon’s Marathon Adventure, Baucis and Philemon, Psyche
and Stupid Cupid and Atalantas’s Last Race.
popular children’s stories that are put into adult parodies are Pinocchio’s
Personality Problem, The Wolf and the Seven Lame Lambs, The Sorcerer’s
Un-resourceful Apprentice and Peter Pansy Does Kensington Gardens. Finally
Author Jay Dubya presents very amusing renditions of the classic tales Alice
Visits Wonderland and Aladdin’s Little Lamp. Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and
Fairy Farces, Part II is definitely not written for or to be read by children.
Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part I by Jay Dubya
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered is adult literature featuring adult
language and content. Jay Dubya converts eight of William Shakespeare s most
famous plays into crazy risqu and bawdy satire/parodies.
Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and As You Like It are creatively assaulted along
with The Tempest and All’s Well That Ends Well. Jay Dubya also humorously
broadsides Othello and the classic The Comedy of Errors. Finally, the serious
plays The Merchant of Venice and King Lear are hilariously clobbered and
S, S, S and S represents William Shakespeare as you’ve never before read the
bard’s historic works. Each play has been imaginatively rewritten and converted
from dialogue into adult-oriented narrative/dialogue form. Shakespeare:
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered is the companion book to Shakespeare:
S, S, S and S, Part II.
Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II by Jay Dubya
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II is adult literature
featuring adult language and content. Jay Dubya converts ten of William
Shakespeare’s most famous plays into crazy risqué and bawdy satire/parodies.
Much Ado about Nothing and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
are creatively assaulted along with “Henry IV, Part I” and
Henry IV, Part II. “Twelfth Night” and “The Taming
of the Shrew” are also degenerated and pulverized.
Dubya also humorously broadsides “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and
the serious tragic plays “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” are
hilariously clobbered and thoroughly corrupted. Shakespeare: S, S, S and S,
Part II represents William Shakespeare as you’ve never before read the bard’s
historic work. Each play has been imaginatively rewritten and converted from
dialogue into adult-oriented narrative/dialogue form. Shakespeare: Slammed,
Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II is the companion book to Shakespeare:
S, S, S and S.
Thirteen Sick Tasteless
Classics, Part V by Jay Dubya
Sick Tasteless Classics, Part V is humorous adult literature featuring adult
content and language.
work satirizes and spoofs thirteen classic tales from U.S. and British
literature, along with popular stories from Greek mythology, the Bible and also
well-known fairy tales.
Dubya goes right to work retelling and side-swiping tales from American
literature. Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” Edgar Allan Poe’s
Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, Jack London’s “To Build a
Fire,” O. Henry’s “The Green Door,” Mark Twain’s “Punch,
Brothers, Punch” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic “Dr. Heidegger’s
Experiment” are thoroughly degenerated. British literature is also
corrupted with imaginative adult renditions of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Mark
of the Beast,” D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner and William
Shakespeare’s famous play “All’s Well That Ends Well” all being
wickedly attacked and parodied.
ancient Greek and Biblical stories along with several popular fairy tales are
brutally assaulted with satirical rewrites of “An Excerpt from the Book of
Exodus,” “King Midas,” “The Gay Tailor Who Became
King” and “The Notorious Sleeping Beauty” each being wildly
clobbered and slickly degraded.
Dubya has written other adult fiction besides One Baker’s Dozen and its sister
book Two Baker’s Dozen. Black Leather and Blue Denim, A ’50s Novel and its
sequel The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960 Novel along with Frat’ Brats, A ’60s
Novel are adult-oriented literary works constituting a trilogy. Pieces of
Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight,
Part IV are’ short story/novella collections featuring science fiction and
paranormal plots and themes.
New Novellas is the companion book to Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New
Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV. All ten of Jay Dubya’s
sci-fi/paranormal book collections are written in a spirit that emphasizes
suspense and surprise endings, literary techniques that the author enjoys
Product Details Paperback: 183 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Baker’s Dozen is a collection of twenty-six original short stories having
mostly science fiction, paranormal and mystery themes. Several of the stories
are amusing anecdotal sketches. Most of the tales in the work feature suspense
and surprise endings, writing techniques that the author enjoys utilizing.
Baker’s Dozen contains original works of science fiction, paranormal and
mystery tales. Many of the stories feature suspense and surprise-endings,
writing techniques that the author enjoys utilizing. All of the stories
represented in Two Baker’s Dozen are of the fiction variety with the exception
of “Life on the Bluerberry Farm,” which chronicles author Jay Dubya’s
eighteen-year summer tenure as a field manager on the world’s largest
cultivated blueberry plantation.
Product Details Print Length: 268 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
New Novellas, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s sixth story collection written in
the spirit of Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part
III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV and Nine New Novellas, bringing the writer’s
novella total up to fifty.
Yard Sale Mirror” is a unique tale that mixes suspense with an unusual
revenge plot, “Immoral Immortality” is a sci-fi time travel adventure
with a creative surprise ending and “Here and There” describes
contemporary dramatic conflict between Israeli and Palestinian factions.
The Vassal Vessel tale is an imaginative science fiction thriller
that provides a rational explanation of earth’s miniscule place in the
universe, “Insane Karma” shows a special relationship between ESP and
communication with “other dimension entities” and the story “The
Sole Collector” depicts and explains the outcome of a greedy man’s
diabolical pact with the Devil. Finally, “The Heroic Belt” has an
interesting Greek mythology theme, “Spectrum Man” is a thrilling
breakthrough story that involves an ordinary man’s accidental acquisition of
supernatural powers, and “Excavations” presents the dangers and
adventures experienced by a world-famous anthropologist/archeologist.
New Novellas, Part II is Jay Dubya’s twentieth book. The author’s books are in
five genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi/Paranormal, Children’s Books, Adult
Product Details Print Length:168 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
New Novellas, Part IV is author Jay Dubya’s eighth story collection written in
the spirit of Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part
III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II
and Nine New Novellas, Part III bringing the writer’s novella total up to
Bounty Hunter” is a unique tale that mixes suspense with a well conceived
revenge plot, “Batsto Village” is a sci-fi time travel adventure with
a clever surprise ending and “Dreamland” describes dramatic conflict
in the life of a man whose dreams suddenly become reality.
Galaxies” is a science fiction offering that provides a rational
explanation for man’s petty place in the Universe, “Greek Statutory
Law” describes how an American immigrant becomes wealthy and then is affected
by the power of mythology, and “Specters” depicts a man who develops
the ability to have the ghosts of famous people become his modern day servants.
A Small World is a chilling story that shows how a computer genius
uses miniaturization to get even with past enemies, “The Music Disk”
tells how two friends have lyrical adventure that ends in disaster, and
The Amazon Sorority is an imaginative tale about two astronauts
discovering a civilization dominated by ancient women warriors in the Constellation
Product Details Hardcover: 186 Pages Genre: Novellas, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Short Story
Eyes and Boxcars: The rolls of dice in any Atlantic City or Las Vegas casino
meaning the numbers two and twelve.
this unique collection of fourteen short story/novellas, the first tale The
Second Civil War and the last one The Music Portal are written in the first
person where the narrator describes the action using the pronouns I, me, my,
and mine, which is in stark contrast to the other twelve sci-fi/paranormal tales
sandwiched in between, the dozen other stories being written in the more common
third person expository style of literary presentation.
Eyes and Boxcars is author Jay Dubya s eleventh sci-fi/paranormal story
collection and his twelfth story collection overall. Other works by this
prolific author are Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight,
Part III and Pieces of Eight, Part IV. Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas,
Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV are written
in the Pieces of Eight spirit along with recent works One Baker s Dozen and Two
Baker s Dozen. RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of 38
mostly non-fiction writings.
Product Details Print Length:200 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II: The rolls of dice in any Atlantic City or Las Vegas
casino meaning the numbers two and twelve.
this unique collection of fourteen short story/novellas, the first tale
Like Clockwork and the last one “A Second Chance” are
written in the first person where the narrator describes the action using the
pronouns I, me, my, and mine, which is in stark contrast to the other twelve
sci-fi/paranormal tales sandwiched in between, the dozen other stories being
written in the more common third person expository style of literary
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s twelfth sci-fi/paranormal story
collection and his thirteenth story collection overall. Other works by this
prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight,
Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight, Part IV. Nine New
Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New
Novellas, Part IV are written in the “Pieces of Eight” spirit along
with recent works One Baker’s Dozen and Two Baker’s Dozen.
Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of 38 mostly non-fiction writings.
Product Details Hardcover: 200 Pages Genre: Short Stories, Science Fiction/Paranormal
of Eight, Part IV is a collection of eight short stories/novellas that
complement the eight appearing in Pieces of Eight, the eight in Pieces of
Eight, Part II and the eight novellas represented in Pieces of Eight, Part III.
Freeze Frames and “The Rings of Saturn” are paranormal
tales; whereas, “Expedition Earth” and “Stairway to Heaven”
lean more toward the science fiction side of popular literature. “The
Seven Statues” and “Salientia” mix elements of science fiction
and paranormal experience. “The Price of Bigotry” is a surprise
ending hate-crime murder story, and “The Love Tree” incorporates science
fiction, romantic and paranormal elements in its presentation.
Product Details Print Length:178 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Person Stories is a collection of forty writings, twenty-four being fictional
tales and sixteen being of the non-fiction variety, and the effort is Jay
Dubya’s 49th published book.
of the works included in First Person Stories are writings taken from other
already published Jay Dubya fiction and non-fiction books. The first-person writing
technique is particularly difficult in literary expression, especially when
writing fiction, because the author must continually use the pronouns “I,
me, my and mine” over and over, and there’s always a danger of
communicating a sense of monotony and boredom to the reader. This is why most
fiction is written in the third person, the author utilizing the more
functional pronouns “he, she, you, they and we.”
types of non-fiction writing represented in First Person Stories are
autobiography, humor and the essay point of view structure, which is often used
in newspaper journalism and always found on the publication’s editorial page.
Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of forty-one writings and
essays that reflect author Jay Dubya’s personality and philosophy.
range from biographical sketches to the author’s humorous adventures, and the
manuscript section is dedicated to the writer’s observations about matters that
run the modern-day social spectrum from the Iraq War to inherent problems
associated with American society.
of the articles in this work originally appeared in the Hammonton (New Jersey)
Gazette and in the Hammonton News. In the “Articles” section of the
book, accounts recalling the writer’s personal memories of certain people are
represented in the stories “A Young James Bertino,” “Mr. Charles
B. Sipley” and “Little League Baseball.” Humorous experiences
are recounted in “A Tale of Two Counties,” “Misadventures in
Furnitureland” and “Catty Cat Catching.” The author’s youth is
recollected in the renditions “Growing-up in Hammonton” and
Dogwood Hollow: 1954-’55. And incidents from Jay Dubya’s
thirty-four-year teaching career are described in “School
Assemblies,” “Williamsburg School Trips” and “The High
School Faculty.” In the “Manuscripts” section, such essay
subjects as “Rap Music Is Not Music,” “Why Jimmy Brown Doesn’t
Write” and “Multicultural Education” are skillfully presented.
thoughtful essays are also included with “Freedom Isn’t Free,”
American Education Is Wasteful and “The Trouble with American
Democracy. The creative work “Gerunds, Verbals and Participial
Adjectives” is a zany effort that pokes fun at the complexity and
diversity of the English language and its complicated grammar usage.
is a collection of fifty-two short manuscripts: nineteen of which are articles
and stories along with thirty-three of which are essays that reflect the
author’s personality and philosophy. Articles range from biographical sketches
to some of the author’s humorous adventures, and then the manuscript section is
dedicated to the writer’s observations about matters running the modern social
spectrum from the Iraq War to inherent problems associated with American
is author Jay Dubya’s 56th published hardcover/paperback book. Other story
collections by this prolific author are: The Psychic Dimension, The Psychic
Dimension Part II, The FBI Inspector, First Person Stories, Modern Mythology,
Prime-Time Crime Time, UFO: Utterly Fantastic Occurrences, Snake Eyes and
Boxcars, Snake Eyes and Boxcars Part II, Time Travel Tales, Suite 16, One
Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces
of Eight, Pieces of Eight Part II, Pieces of Eight Part III, Pieces of Eight
Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas Part II, Nine New Novellas Part
III and Nine New Novellas Part IV.
Dubya is author John Wiessner’s pen name, and it is also a corruption of his
initials J.W. John is married to wife Joanne and the couple has three grown
sons. Jay Dubya’s books exist in hardcover, in paperback and in Kindle, Nook
and Smashwords ebook formats. The author is a retired New Jersey public school
English teacher of 34 years experience, and John and Joanne live in Hammonton,
Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized by Jay Dubya
Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized is a unique collection of twenty
classic Mark Twain short stories and anecdotal sketches that have been
creatively rewritten and satirized into adult parody form featuring adult
content and language.
author Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed teaching and reading Mark Twain’s “influential literature” to
his sometimes-enlightened middle and high school academic students. Remarkably,
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) was both born and died the same years that
Halley’s Comet had made its seventy-five-year revolution around the solar
acquired his pen name “Mark Twain” from Mississippi River steamboat
terminology of “twain” being a water depth of two fathoms (twelve
feet), the allowable safe level for a riverboat to navigate over a reef or
shoal, and the depth was measured by a leadsman who threw a heavy lead weight
overboard and then after lifting it out of the river, would mark the twain.
Clemens became a successful riverboat pilot under the direction of a captain
named Horace Bixby, but after the Civil War broke out, the Mississippi River
was closed down to commercial traffic. Being unemployed, Sam Clemens journeyed
out west to try his hand at gold prospecting in Nevada and then at newspaper
journalism in California. The writer gained international recognition with the
publication of his classic humorous short story “The Celebrated Jumping
Frog of Calaveras County,” first published in 1865.
Twain is generally regarded as a humorist but he is also understood by literary
critics as being a serious philosopher and an astute analyzer of the antebellum
and post Civil War American society of his time. Twain’s most famous novels are
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince
and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Other important
Mark Twain works are the books: Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi and
Innocents Abroad, and some short literary sketches from the last mentioned
three books have been used in organizing this outrageous satire/parody.
Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-sixth
Product Details Print Length:214 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Poe: Pelted, Pounded,
Pummeled and Pulverized by Jay Dubya
Pelted, Pounded, Pummeled and Pulverized is a unique collection of eighteen
classic Edgar Allan Poe short stories that have been creatively rewritten and
satirized into adult parody form featuring adult content and language, and the
work is the thirty-fifth book of author Jay Dubya (John Weissner).
Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, during his
thirty-four-year classroom career, he often enjoyed teaching and reading the
influential literature of Edgar Allen Poe to his sometimes-enlightened middle
and high school students.
though Poe (1809-1849) had died at a very young age, he still managed,
remarkably, to write and publish more than nine-hundred pages of imaginative
short stories and awe-inspiring poems. In addition to being a superb writer,
Poe was also an excellent editor and literary critic, and is widely regarded as
one of the most important authors in American literature. The now-esteemed
writer is often referred to as “the father of the American short
story” and as “the inventor of the detective story.” Edgar
married his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm and made a very modest
living as a writer and as a newspaper journalist. Poe had a nasty temper, took
drugs as painkillers, and because of his mercurial disposition was unable to
keep a job for any length of time. In 1847 Virginia died of tuberculosis and
Poe, underfed, pale and gaunt-looking, passed away two years later. Poe’s
detective stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The
Purloined Letter” made him famous in addition to his classic horror tales
The Pit and the Pendulum, “The Masque of the Red Death,”
The Cask of Amontillado, and the popular but eerie epic “The
Tell Tale Heart.”
Product Details Print Length:216 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
O. Henry: Obscenely and
Outrageously Obliterated by Jay Dubya
Henry: Obscenely and Outrageously Obliterated is a collection of eighteen
classic William Sidney Porter “surprise ending” short
stories/novellas that have been imaginatively rewritten and satirized into
adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
extremely humorous book is author’ Jay Dubya’s 34th published work. When the
writer was a New Jersey public school English teacher for thirty-four years, he
often enjoyed teaching and reading O. Henry’s “influential
literature” with his sometimes-enlightened middle and high school
students. Even though O. Henry (1862-1910) had died at a very young age, he
still managed to remarkably write over five hundred short stories and anecdotal
Porter’s fiction often occurs in familiar U.S. environments and settings that
he had known well during his short tenure on this planet, particularly New York
City, Southern Texas, the mountains of Tennessee, Central America and the post
Civil War American South. Most interestingly, many of O. Henry’s terrific short
stories were authored while he was in jail. In 1892 Porter moved to Texas and
soon became a teller at an Austin bank where the institution’s officials
accused him of illegally manipulating funds into his own account. Porter fled
to Central America but upon returning to the states after his wife became very
ill, the on-the-lam short story author was captured and then convicted.
one of O. Henry’s most famous stories “A Retrieved Reformation”
involves safecracker Jimmy Valentine getting out of prison and in a
geographical sense, the writer’s humorous stories “Shoes” and
Shoes and Ships both take place in Coralio, an imaginary seacoast
village in Central America. It is widely believed that the unique writing name
O. Henry had been conceived in honor of a certain security guard
named Orrin Henry, who had been employed at the federal penitentiary where the
literary genius William Sidney Porter had been serving his bank felony
Product Details Print Length:220 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted by Jay Dubya
Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted is a unique collection of eighteen
classic Jack London short stories that have been creatively rewritten and
satirized into adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
author Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed teaching and reading Jack London’s “influential literature”
to his sometimes-enlightened academic students. Jack London (1876-1916) died at
the early age of forty but the author left behind a rich collection of
literature still read and admired today.
was a master at the literary writing technique known as Realism where he
skillfully describes struggles and life-or-death situations pitting man against
man, man against hostile environments and often man against himself. Jack
London was born in San Francisco and helped to support his family at age
fourteen, dropping out of school to do so. Spending plenty of time in city
libraries, London was a voracious reader who studied hard and eventually passed
the entrance examination into the University of California. He stayed as a
student for one semester but then went to work as a sailor and a laborer.
During the Gold Rush of 1897 London spent a year in the Klondike and Yukon
territories where he gathered material and information about interesting
characters that later would appear in his novels and short stories.
fascinated by the Darwinian theory of “survival of the fittest,” many
of Jack London’s works focused on the endurance of strong men driven by
atavistic instincts and primitive emotions. The settings of most Jack London
stories are in California, the Klondike/Yukon regions of Canada and the South
Sea Pacific islands in and around Tahiti. London graphically described the
great San Francisco Earthquake of April 18th, 1906 in his newspaper account
The Story of An Eyewitness, and two other stories in this
collection take place in California. Twelve of the eighteen satirized tales in
this London: Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted work occur in the
Yukon/Klondike territories, and the remaining three stories are set in the
South Pacific islands in and around Tahiti. London: Lashed, Lampooned,
Lacerated and Lambasted is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-seventh published book.
Product Details Print Length:216 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Mythology is a collection of fifteen imaginative stories having mythological
themes and also possessing interesting mythological allusions and characters.
is represented in “Olympus Lives” and in “Olympus Lives, Part
II.” Anachronism is depicted in the stories “Immoral
Immortality,” “The Seven Statues,” “The Heroic Belt,”
Greek Statutory Law and in the very intriguing exploit
and action/adventure situations dominate the tales “The Amazon
Sorority,” “Perseus, II” and also “Twelve Modern
Labors.” The presentations “Excavations” and “Ice
Ages” involve rather amazing archeological discoveries from ancient times.
mystery and suspense can be found in “The Oracle,” in “Marvelous
Modern Mythology” and in the creative rendition “Accidental
Product Details Print Length:298 Pages Genre: Modern Mythology
Mauled Maimed Mangled
Mutilated Mythology by Jay Dubya
Maimed Mangled Mutilated Mythology is adult literature that satirizes
twenty-one classic mythology stories into more mature presentations featuring
adult language, content and humor.
Jay Dubya goes right to work retelling adult renditions of female myths
Pandora, Ceres Goes Against the Grain and Echo’s Cursing Curse. Other famous
adventure myths that are thoroughly pulverized and clobbered are Bellerophon’s
Marathon Adventure, Theseus and the Minotaur, Perseus and Medusa, Osysseus and
the Cyclops and Jason and the Golden Fleecers.
hero and vanity/punishment myths are also imaginatively assaulted and
mercilessly converted into adult versions as in the cases of Prometheus and
Fire, The Three Golden Apples, Oedipus, King Midas and Orpheus.
stories that are not saved from degeneration are the author’s humorous original
tales Olympus Lives and also Colliding Myths, where Jay Dubya combines the
popular stories of Phaethon and the classic Daedalus and Icarus. Love myths are
also hammered with novel presentations of Baucis and Philemon, Psyche and
Stupid Cupid along with Atalanta’s Last Race.
Norse mythology is not spared from total degeneration with a very amusing
retelling of Beowulf and Arabian literature is also assaulted with a creative
presentation of The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad. Mauled Maimed Mangled Mutilated
Mythologyis exclusively adult
satirical literature that is definitely not written for or to be read by
Product Details Print Length:268 Pages Genre: Modern Mythology
Science Fiction, Time Travel and Utterly Fantastic Occurrences by Jay Dubya
Time Travel Tales by Jay
Travel Tales is a collection of twenty-one sci-fi/paranormal novellas having
similar anachronism-style plots and themes, and the work is author Jay Dubya’s
thirty-ninth published book.
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake Eyes
and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random
Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of
Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas
Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III, and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
16 is a collection of sixteen sci-fi/paranormal (and humorous) novellas and the
work is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-eighth published book along with being the
writer’s fourteenth story collection overall.
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random
Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of
Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New
Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
Dubya is author John Wiessner’s pen name and it is also a corruption of his
initials J.W. John is married to wife Joanne and the couple has three grown
sons. The author is a retired New Jersey public school English teacher of 34
years experience and he and Joanne live in Hammonton, NJ USA.
Product Details Hardcover: 216 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
Utterly Fantastic Occurrences is a collection of twenty sci-fi/paranormal
novellas having creative plots and themes, and the work is author Jay Dubya’s
fortieth published book.
story collections produced by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars,
Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM:
Random Articles and Manuscripts, Suite 16, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight,
Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New
Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New
Novellas, Part IV.
Product Details Hardcover: 320 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
is a Jay Dubya acronym that represents a compilation of certain famous works by
authors Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, O. Henry, Mark Twain and William
Shakespeare. Every good story indeed has a plot, or an essential problem (or
problems) that must be solved. The problem can either be a direct physical
threat or an imagined mental/emotional crisis existing within the main
character’s mind, or perhaps the problem is represented by various combinations
of those separate elements. In any case, the main problem must be addressed
and/or especially solved during the story.
particular stories selected by the author have been uniquely corrupted and then
creatively rewritten into adult satirical style where Jay Dubya effectively
uses adult language and situations, thus adroitly modifying the general
integrity of the original works.
Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a funny and irreverent satire/parody on Miguel
Cervantes/ Don Quixote, published in 1605.
Dubya assumes the writing role of Sir Vantes. In the novel Jay Dubya uses over
two dozen parallels between the Coyote and Quixote’ sagas. Ron Coyote is a
wealthy peach and apple farmer. His trusty main foreman is Pancho Sanza. Coyote
is the ideal dreamer out to change the world and Sanza is the practical
hedonistic rascal quite happy with the way the world is dysfunctioning.
Coyote comes under the influence of Calvin Mather, a televangelist who preaches
that America should return to the moral values of its Puritan’ Founding
Fathers. As a joke, Pancho buys Ron Coyote a Pilgrim suit, and soon the Man of
La Mangia believes that he is a contemporary Pilgrim assigned by Heaven to save
America from sin, crime and decadence.
Coyote has a black ’38 Plymouth appropriately named Roachinante, a WWI vintage
biplane Roachinante II, a stubborn mule called Clinton and a pig named Madonna.
Ron Coyote dedicates his great quest to Della Cinnea, an obese school-crossing
guard. As incentive for Pancho to accompany him, Ron Coyote promises Sanza a
new shack with a flush toilet, and Pancho goes along with his employer because
Sanza’s wife threatens him with castration if she doesn’t soon get indoor
plumbing and modern sanitary facilities.
Coyote and Pancho Sanza have many extraordinary adventures with the IRS, rowdy
teenagers, tramps, Arab terrorists, the U.S. Army, cannibals, gays, the Mafia,
motorcycle gangs, Della Cinnea, convicts, Russians and with Calvin Mather. Ron
Coyote, Man of La Mangia is an adult novel that features adult language and
situations. It is philosophical, risque, humorous and satirical.
Coyote is adult entertainment, and it is not a book for the moral majority, for
the politically correct or for children.
Hawthorne: Hazed Hooked
Hammered & Hijacked by Jay Dubya
Hazed Hooked Hammered and Hijacked is a collection of twelve Nathaniel
Hawthorne classic novellas that have been creatively rewritten and satirized
into adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
author Jay Dubya had been a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed reading and discussing Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “influential
literature” with his sometimes enlightened middle and high school academic
many years Nathaniel Hawthorne had attempted to become an established popular
fiction writer. After a decent New England college education, Hawthorne soon
returned to familiar Salem, Massachusetts where the aspiring author lived with
his mother and sisters for twelve years, staying secluded in a lonely room writing
short stories and novel manuscripts.
1837, his first work titled Twice-Told Tales was successfully published.
Hawthorne was chummy with some of the more famous New England literary writers
of his time including Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph
Waldo Emerson. Two of Hawthorne’s better known works are novels The Scarlet
Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. “Young Goodman Brown,”
The Great Stone Face and “Rappaccini’s Daughter” are
three of the author’s best known short stories.
of Hawthorne’s retelling of classic stories from mythology had been published
in his work Tanglewood Tales. Another famous Nathaniel Hawthorne short story
collection is Twice Told Tales, which includes the selections “The
Minister’s Black Veil,” “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” and
The Great Carbuncle.
Hazed, Hooked, Hammered & Hijacked is Jay Dubya’s forty-eighth published
hardcover/paperback book. The author’s works also exist in Kindle, Nook and
Smashwords e-book formats. The pseudonym Jay Dubya is a corruption of John
Wiessner’s initials “J.W.” John is married to wife Joanne and the
couple has three grown sons. John and Joanne currently live in Hammonton, NJ,
Trilogy 1: (Young Adult Fantasy Novels) Enchanta, Pot of Gold, Space Bugs, Earth Invasion
Enchanta (YA Fantasy
Novel Book One In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
is a fantasy adventure novel for children eight to twelve years of age.
and David Morgan are flown away from their New Jersey town by a magnificent
flies them to Enchanta, where they have been taken to help an old wizard, King
Wisher. Wisher had lost his wishing powers when an earthquake struck his
kingdom. A new barbaric civilization, the Beneathians had come from the center
of the earth and had taken over Wisher’s land. Since Wisher’s wife Queen Hope
was captured by the Beneathians, without
Wisher has no confidence in his wishing ability. Barbara and David locate
Wisher’s three magical sons, Changer, Pretender and Inventor. The brother and
sister reunite Wisher with his sons. Then the six conduct a daring raid into
Beneathia and rescue Queen Hope. The three brothers fool the Beneathians in
many amusing situations.
the end, the Beneathians are defeated, Wisher regains his kingdom, and Barbara
and David are magically transported back to New Jersey.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 7 Print Length: 168 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pot Of Gold(YA Fantasy Novel Book Two In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
of Gold is an imaginative fantasy adventure story for children ages eight
and Larry Garrison, twelve-year-old fraternal twins, are touring Limerick
Caverns with their parents on St. Patrick’s Day.
spot an impish elfrechaun in the caverns and chase him into a strange new land.
Four elves have had their gold stolen from their large black kettle, and Janet
and Larry must help Rhymer, Prep, Stretch and Nate retrieve their missing
fortune. Evilla is a wicked witch who terrorizes the elfrechauns.
and Janet must defeat her, and along the way they also have adventures with the
Letter People, Puppet, the Protector, the Two-Facers and Chiron the Centaur
from Greek mythology.
and Janet learn the secrets of the Great Cornucopia, take a wild roller coaster
ride over a rainbow, figure out the mystery of the Rifle Tower and take an
adventurous ride on the strange Merry-Go-Straight. In the end, Evillas changes
her evil ways and falls in love with the Protector.
and Janet are magically transported back to Limerick Caverns where they are
reunited with their parents.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 7 Hardcover: 182 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Space Bugs – Earth Invasion (YA Fantasy Novel Book Three In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Bugs, Earth Invasion completes the young adult fantasy trilogy that was begun
by Pot of Gold and Enchanta. Space Bugs, Earth Invasion is written for children
eight to thirteen years of age.
Space Bugs, David and Barbara Morgan from the Enchanta novel join up with their
cousins Larry and Janet Garrison from the Pot of Gold fantasy story to combat
the evil forces of wicked Queen Termita from planet Insectia.
Insectians are human-size insects that invade Earth with their superior
technology. The four young teens go to Hammonds Grove, New Jersey’s most famous
landmark, Superstitious Rock where they wish for Rhymer the elfrechaun from the
Pot of Gold story and Changer, Pretender and Inventor from Enchanta to assist them.
four magical beings appear and then help the Morgan and Garrison kids go to
battle against Queen Termita’s forces. The Insectians use weapons such as the
Identatron, the Evilsizer and the Micro-Minimizer against the Earth’s armies,
but the children counter with the Trojan Spider, the Medusa Medallions and the
kids even have to battle in a spaceship’ arena Queen Termita’s fiercest
monster, the Insectaclops. Rhymer, Changer, Inventor and Pretender play many
hilarious pranks that frustrate and eventually defeat the Insectian army.
the end, the Insectians sign a Peace Treaty drawn up by the children, and then
they return to their home planet. Rhymer, Changer, Pretender and Inventor go
back to their worlds, and everything on Earth returns to normal.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 07 Hardcover: 218 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Trilogy 2: (Adult Action, Adventure Novels) Black Leather and Blue Denim (’50s Novel), The Great Teen Fruit War (1960 Novel), Frat Brats (A ’60s Novel).
Black Leather and Blue
Denim (A 50s Adult Action Adventure Novel Book One In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Leather and Blue Denim is a ’50s novel about greaser gang conflict in
Levittown, Pennsylvania. J.W. narrates the story.
(age twelve) and his family move into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown
in the spring of ’54.
soon makes friends with Carnie, the neurotic son of a carnival barker, and
Tinker, a mechanically inclined, vindictive kid with destructive tendencies.
The three boys are picked on and harassed by older greasers from Kenwood,
another section of Levittown.
April of ’54, the Fairless Hills Steel Mill opens, and the Caracas, a
Venezuelan ship is carrying the first iron ore from South America up the
Delaware River. Students from area schools are invited to wave linen American
flags on sticks at the vessel.
people in the front row accidentally fall into the Delaware River as the
Caracas is passing by. Two of them are Angie Palermo and Bubbles Messina. The
two girls and their families blame J.W. and Carnie for pushing them over the
bulkhead into the river.
event causes future conflict between the girls and J.W.
The Great Teen Fruit War
(A 1960 Adult Action Adventure Novel Book Two In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960′ Novel” is author Jay Dubya’s eighth e-book.
The story takes place in Hammonton, New Jersey, an agricultural community
midway between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. The Blues wear blue denim
button-down waist-length jackets and are the sons of wealthy blueberry growers.
The Reds wear James Dean’ red zip-up jackets and are the sons of peach farmers.
Bellevue Avenue in the center of town is the dividing line that separates
blueberry country to the east and peach territory to the west.
Great Teen Fruit War” is a story for anyone who loves ’50s and ’60s teen
culture. Romance, racial discrimination and conflict between the Reds and the
Blues mix into a “coming of age” story that blends humor with drama,
suspense and surprise into an action-packed adventure. Throw the town’ greasers
The Ramrodders into the conflict and events heat up in a hurry as
the three highly volatile gangs interact.
Goose Restuccio, the son of a Mafia kingpin joins the Reds he challenges Gabe
Gillette, the leader of the rich-kid Blues. Goose’s father’s hit men get
involved in some clever pranks played on the Blues, and the blueberry kids
retaliate with deceptive tricks of their own. Soon strife escalates into
violence. Goose is captured by Blues and then forced to rape a black girl, and
after Crystal Davis becomes pregnant, her black friends ally with the Reds
against a coalition of Blues and Ramrodders. The “Great Teen Fruit
War” is the exciting sequel to “Black Leather and Blue Denim, A ’50s
Novel.” Paperback Print-On-Demand’ copies of “The Great Teen Fruit
War” will be available in mid-February, 2002.
Book Review by Penelope 5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! August 16, 2005 Format: Hardcover This book is excellent.
about teen gangs in 1960 – the Blues (kids from blueberry farmers) and the Reds
(kids from peach farmers) and what they experience in their youth.
Blues’s symbol is a blue denim jacket, the Reds’s symbol a red James-Dean
jacket. Every gang has 24 members and those teens are involved in “The
Great Teen Fruit War”.
starts with pranks and tricks they play on each other – but every time one gang
wants to get even with the other gang and so the pranks not only get more
creative but also more dangerous – until it just has to end in a big fight
(that’s not the ending of the story) 😉
this story is not only about two gangs who fight each other – it is also about
moral, romance, racism, the influence people have over each other and so much
Frat Brats (A 1960 Adult Action Adventure Novel Book Three In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Brats is the third novel of a coming of age trilogy started by Black Leather
and Blue Denim, A ’50s Novel and The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960 Novel.
Frat’ Brats J. W. attends a South Jersey teachers college and prepares for a
professional life in the real economic world.
he and his friends join an off-campus non-sanctioned fraternity Lambda Phi
Sigma, and that’s when the freshman’s life suddenly becomes very interesting
and conflict-oriented. The Lambda Phi’s must respond to dangerous incidents and
harassment perpetuated by two established rival male fraternities, the Delta
Alpha Omegas and the Tau Kappa Epsilons, which have the endorsement and support
of the college deans.
soon escalates into life-threatening hazing. J.W. obtains the assistance of an
old high school friend Goose Restuccio, the son of a New Jersey Mafia kingpin
who aids the Lambdas in their struggles against the school administration and
against the two competing favored fraternities.
Brats combines action adventure with romance and many surprising developments
among very interesting characters in the culturally dynamic and historically
explosive time setting of 1961-’65.
and his fellow Lambdas manage to survive several kidnappings, unique hostage
situations, snakes, manure pits, diving horses, Brahma bulls, bucking broncos,
an exciting boat chase, moving train caboose initiation boardings’, a daring
panty raid, a nudist colony and a fantastic Florida spring break along with a
series of other imaginative ordeals to finally graduate and then help the
Lambda Phi’s fight the Second Battle of Salamis against the formidable rich-kid
Delta Alpha Omegas to bring closure to the ongoing fraternity war.
Brats is definitely adult literature featuring adult language and content and
has been exclusively written for a mature reading audience.
thirty-five novellas presented in Prime-Time Crime Time are works of pure fiction.
The stories’ themes deal with various types of crime and criminal motivation.
Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively
coincidental. In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
Crime Time is author Jay Dubya’s 42nd published hardcover/paperback book. Other
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, Suite 16, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM:
Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II,
Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine
New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part
Eighteen Story Gingerbread House’ book is an eclectic collection of eighteen
unique stories that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Four of the
stories involve magic. They are “The Green Genie,” “The Magic
Seeds,” “Merlin’s Ring” and “The Time Door.”
stories in the work utilize the literary personification’ technique where
animals are given human qualities. These tales are “The Tadpole and the
Caterpillar,” “Percy Helps Sparky,” “The Story of
Bruin,” “The Wise Old Owl,” “From Fang to Claw,”
The Ants and the Bees, “The Shrimp and the Lizard,”
The Ram, the Goat and the Deer and “The Lucky Birds.”
of the tales in the Eighteen Story Gingerbread’ House have animals interacting
with humans. These stories are “Pedro’s Wonderful Donkey,” “Mrs.
Purdy’s Parrot,” and a new Christmastime’ presentation titled
Santa’s Little Buck.
two stories have humans as the principal characters. “Lu Vang” is a
biography on a Laotian-American immigrant becoming a crewleader on a New Jersey’
blueberry farm, and “Kandu’s Great Discovery” shows the daily life
and hazards experienced by a ten-year-old prehistoric Cro-Magnon’ boy.
Product Details Hardcover: 164 Pages Genre: Children’s Literature
FBI Inspector is a collection of 25 short fiction crime novellas involving the
law enforcement services of FBI Inspector Joe Giralo along with his three
government agents, Sal Velardi, Arthur Orsi and Dan Blachford.
Review by Jennifer L.
5.0 out of 5 Stars Challenging and enjoyable!!! September 10, 2018 Format: Hardcover
must read! Challenging cases with a splash of humor that kept you wanting more!
authors entertaining use of his imagination to solve these cases is enjoyable!
Ya’ Wanna’ Be A Teacher tells the whole amazing true story of what really goes
on in the typical American public school. The author was an English teacher for
thirty-four years in amiddle,
junior-high and high school and knows all about the problem student, problem
classes, crazy’ problem parents, student fighting, cheating, the Educational
Aristocracy, nutty field trips, administrivia and bizarre assembly programs.
The teacher in his career had taught over four thousand students, broken up
over two-hundred and fifty fist fights, participated in over seven hundred fire
drills and listened to loud school bells ring over a hundred and fifty thousand
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thirty-six novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension, Part II are works of pure
stories’ themes deal with various types of psychic and paranormal experiences.
Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively
coincidental. In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
Psychic Dimension, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s 45th published
hardcover/paperback book. Other story collections by this prolific author are
The Psychic Dimension; The FBI Inspector; First Person Stories; Modern
Mythology; Prime-Time Crime Time; UFO: Utterly Fantastic Occurrences; Snake
Eyes and Boxcars; Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II; Time Travel Tales; Suite 16;
One Baker’s Dozen; Two Baker’s Dozen; RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts;
Pieces of Eight; Pieces of Eight, Part II; Pieces of Eight, Part III; Pieces of
Eight, Part IV; Nine New Novellas; Nine New Novellas, Part II; Nine New
Novellas, Part III; and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
About The Author: Jay Dubya is author’ John Wiessner’s pen name. John is a retired New Jersey public school English teacher, having diligently taught the subject for thirty-four years. John lives in Hammonton, New Jersey with wife Joanne and the couple has three grown sons.
London: Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted, along with its companion
books Twain: Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized, Poe: Pelted,
Pounded, Pummeled and Pulverized and O. Henry: Obscenely and Outrageously
Obliterated, John has written and published thirty-seven total books. Pieces of
Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight,
Part IV all contain short stories and novellas that feature science fiction and
paranormal plots and themes. Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II,
Nine New Novellas, Part III, Nine New Novellas, Part IV, One Baker’s Dozen, Two
Baker’s Dozen, Snake Eyes and Boxcars and Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II are
short story collections all written in the spirit of the Pieces of Eight
Jay Dubya adult-oriented fiction are the works Black Leather and Blue Denim, A
’50s Novel, and its exciting sequel, The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960′ Novel.
Frat Brats, A ’60s Novel completes the action/adventure trilogy. Jay Dubya also
has produced two irreverent Biblical satires, The Wholly Book of Genesis and
The Wholly Book of Exodus. A third satire Ron Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a
parody on Miguel Cervantes’ classic novel, Don Quixote published in 1605.
Thirteen Sick Tasteless Classics, TSTC, Part II, TSTC, Part III and TSTC, Part
IV are satirical works that each corrupt thirteen classic stories from American
and British literature and from Greek mythology. Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables
and Fairy Farces and FFFF & FF, Part II satirize and corrupt famous
children’s literature stories. Mauled Maimed Mangled Mutilated Mythology is an
adult-oriented satirical/parody work that pokes fun at twenty-one famous
classical myths. Finally, Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and
Slaughtered and Shakespeare: S, S, S and S. Part II lampoon the famous works of
the great playwright.
author has also penned a young adult fantasy trilogy: Pot of Gold, Enchanta and
Space Bugs, Earth Invasion. The Eighteen Story Gingerbread House is a
collection of eighteen new children’s stories. And last but not least, two Jay
Dubya non-fiction works are So Ya’ Wanna’ Be A Teacher and Random Articles and
Dubya’s books are available in hardcover and paperback formats at Amazon.com,
Barnes and Noble.com and Booksamillion.com. Kindle versions are available at
Amazon.com. Jay Dubya’s e-books are available at Amazon Kindle and at Barnes
and Noble Nook.
Dubya (John Wiessner), author of 56 books, gives a biography of his life.
in Hammonton, NJ in 1942, John had attended St. Joseph School up to and
including Grade 5. After his family moved from Hammonton to Levittown, Pa in
1954, John attended St. Mark School in Bristol, Pa. for Grade 6, St. Michael
the Archangel School for Grades 7 and 8 and Immaculate Conception School,
Levittown, Pa. for grade 9. Bishop Egan High School, Levittown Pa was John’s
educational base for Grades 10 and 11, and later in 1960 he graduated from
Edgewood Regional High, Tansboro, NJ. John then next attended Glassboro State
College, where he was an announcer for the school’s baseball games and also
read the news and sports over WGLS, GSC’s radio station.
had been primarily an English teacher in the Hammonton Public School System for
34 years, specializing in the instruction of middle school language arts. Mr.
Wiessner was quite active in the Hammonton Education Association, serving in
the capacities of Vice-President, building representative and finally,
teachers’ head negotiator for 7 years. During his lengthy teaching career, John
had been nominated into “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” three
times. He also was quite active giving professional workshops at schools around
South Jersey on the subjects of creative writing and the use of movie videos to
motivate students to organize their classroom theme compositions.
Wiessner was very active in community service, being a past President of the
Hammonton Lions Club, where he also functioned for many years as the club’s
Tail-Twister, Vice-President and Liontamer. He had been named Hammonton Lion of
the Year in 1979 and in 2009 received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow
Award, the highest honor a Lion can receive from Lions International.
also was a successful businessman, starting with being a Philadelphia Bulletin
newspaper delivery boy for two years in the late 1950s in Levittown,
Pennsylvania. After his family moved back to New Jersey in 1959, John worked at
his grandparents and his parents’ farm markets, Square Deal Farm (now Ron’s
Gardens in Hammonton) and Pete’s Farm Market in Elm, respectively. He later
managed his wife’s parents’ farm market, White Horse Farms (Elm) for three
in a business capacity, for 16 summers starting in 1967 John Wiessner had
co-owned Dealers Choice Amusement Arcade on the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk
and also co-owned the New Horizon Tee-Shirt Store for eight summers (1973-’81)
on the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware boardwalk. In addition, he was a co-owner of
Wheel and Deal Amusement Arcade, Missouri Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
And then, for 18 summers beginning in 1986, John had been the Field Manager in
charge of crew-leaders for Atlantic Blueberry Company (the world’s largest
cultivated blueberry company), both the Weymouth and Mays Landing Divisions.
retiring from teaching in 1999, writing under the pen name Jay Dubya (his
initials), John Wiessner became an author of 56 books in the genre
Action/Adventure Novels, Sci-Fi/Paranormal Story Collections, Adult Satire,
Young Adult Fantasy Novels and Non-Fiction Books. His books exist in hardcover,
in paperback and in popular Kindle and Nook e-book formats.
Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back against Alzheimer’s for Her Mother. . . and Perhaps Herself by Constance Vincent PhD
poignant mother-daughter memoir, Not Going Gently fuses story and science
together into a unique book. Constance L. Vincent, PhD, shares her mother’s
personal experience living with Alzheimer’s, intertwined with her own
professional research into the disease.
Karma In Action: Finding Meaning, Making Choices by Constance Vincent
Western world has a mistaken notion of karma’s true nature. Karma is generally
thought of as a religious term, signifying reward or judgment for a person’s
deeds. But this isn’t the case.
author Constance L. Vincent, PhD, explains, karma is a tool we can all use to
create positive change in our lives—because life reflects our thoughts and
examples from personal experiences, Vincent clearly explains the twelve laws of
karma and the different ways karma manifests in our lives. You’ll learn how
karma can help you overcome obstacles, anticipate the future, and link unlikely
but serendipitous events together for your own benefit. You’ll discover how
individual responsibility relates to karmic outcomes. Life doesn’t happen to
you—you make life happen.
addition, you’ll learn about Vincent; her husband, Ed; and how their use of
karma underlies their marriage. From the recurring motif of glass that
paralleled events in Vincent’s early life to how Ed used the law of
responsibility to overcome lung cancer, you’ll find practical, relatable
examples of karma as a tool for action.
how to use your karma. Your life will never be the same.
Reviews: Told through a fascinating series of life-experience anecdotes by psychologist Constance L Vincent Ph. D., Karma In Action (Finding Meaning, Making Choices) is an expertly researched and masterfully explained book detailing the twelve laws of Karma. The concept of Karma – the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences – comes to us from Buddhist teachings, but the overriding principle is paraphrased in many of today’s religions (e.g. Christianity’s golden rule).
Dr. Vincent’s words: “Karma is not only about unraveling the past to find
clues that explain the present or future. No one has to wait until old age to
become enlightened.” And it is on this basis that she takes us through
many of the life lessons she has learned over time and relayed them back to one
of the corresponding twelve laws. There is something to be learned by every
reader in Dr. Vincent’s teachings – whether religious or agnostic – as she
cleverly links together the spiritual aspects of karma with a solid basis in
psychological theory, thereby helping us to fully understand the cause and
effect of one’s decision making.
cynic may conclude that it would take an extremely brave – or foolhardy –
reviewer to rate a book on karma anything less than five stars, though I would
be the exception to that rule. I fall squarely on the agnostic side of the
ledger when it comes to matters of spirituality, and have been called far worse
than foolhardy. That being said, I found Dr. Vincent’s Karma In Action a
fascinating read and well worthy of a five star rating. Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers’ Favorite
Constance Vincent has done a spectacular job applying the twelve laws of karma
to a wide range of personal experiences and fascinating stories. Her book is
short, well-written and profound. In my teaching as a university professor l’ve
often brought up the subject of karma without knowing much about it. At the
outset, Professor Vincent defines karma very clearly and differentiates it from
matters of luck and coincidence. She then presents the twelve laws of karma
rooted in philosophical thought, current scientific research, and universal
Vincent’s approach is truly unique. Instead of staying on an abstract academic
level, she continually provides pearls of wisdom from monks, farmers, poets,
artists and gurus. Her book is loaded with brilliant quotations and passages.
Her reference to pertinent books and authors is a treasure. I read Karma in
Action on a sunny afternoon. I couldn’t put it down. Treat yourself. This book
is a winner! Reviewed by Michael Rustigan
Product Details: Print Length: 113 Pages Genre: Religion, Spirituality, New Age, New Thought, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Motivational
About The Author: Developmental
psychologist Constance L. Vincent, PhD, earned her doctorate from the
University of California, Irvine, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University.
She taught developmental psychology as an associate professor at Chapman
University and at Santa Clara University.
is the author of Not Going Gently, a medical memoir chronicling her mother’s
fight with Alzheimer’s. The memoir was one of the few indie books honored by
Kirkus Reviews and has been translated into Spanish. Vincent is also the editor
of the English edition of Dr. Tom Wu’s Different Approach in Natural Healing.
and her husband, Ed, live in Menlo Park, California, where she volunteers for
the Alzheimer’s Speaker Bureau and is a member of Peninsula Volunteers, a
seniors’ support group. She and her husband enjoy travel, the opera, and their
blended family of four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Their son died in
You just launched a satellite into space without a rocket.
You took a $1,000 gift from your father and turned it into
$1,600,000 in two years after you read a book on stock trading.
You invented a computer algorithm that writes novels.
You’ve just entered Harvard University on a full scholarship
after completing high school in two years.
Not bad for a 12-year-old kid.
Leonardo Murphy, age 12, changed his name from William to
Leonardo to honor his hero, Leonardo da Vinci. Young Leonardo, with the second
highest IQ ever recorded, just launched a satellite into orbit using a helium
balloon and a small jet engine he bought on eBay.
Among his many projects, he read books on stock trading. At
age 10, he took a $1,000 gift from his father and turned it into $1,600,000 in
Realizing that he could easily become an insufferable
obnoxious brat, he heeded the words of his beloved great-grandfather, Ezekiel
Murphy, who was also a genius. “Don’t be an a…hole,” grandpa Ezekiel told him.
Leonardo always recalled those words—and tried to obey them.
At the urging of his father, a high-level FBI Agent,
Leonardo is hired as a consultant to the FBI. Using his software design skills,
Leonardo wrote an algorithm that tracked down the world’s most dangerous gang,
MS-13, enabling the FBI and local law enforcement to end the gang’s activities.
Leonardo is fascinated by Artificial Intelligence. While a
freshman at Harvard University, at age 12, he designed a computer program
called Jane Austen, that could write 10 novels a month.
At age 20, Leonardo received a PhD in physics from Harvard.
Shortly after that, he entered the Navy to follow in his parents’ footsteps as
a naval officer.
After he left the Navy, Leonardo, now 25 years old, met a
beautiful young woman named Janice Reynolds, and fell madly in love. They
married a year later. By that time, Leonardo had become a fabulously wealthy
multi-billionaire from his stock trading and patent royalties. Janice loves to
teach at a nearby private college. When the college hits financial problems and
is about to close, Leonardo buys the school.
Janice loved to say, “My husband used to be a cute little
nerd. Now he’s a tall, handsome, rich nerd.” Janice and Leonardo, who she calls
“Lee,” collaborate on various secret projects with the CIA and FBI.
But their activities with law enforcement and intelligence
put a target on their backs. They narrowly escape four assassination attempts,
including one on their honeymoon cruise. It was then that Leonardo discovers
that his sweet, pretty wife knows how to use a gun.
Leonardo and Janice, despite the dangers, love to help law
enforcement. They admit to themselves that they enjoy being spies, or spooks.
They even bought a Golden Retriever and named her “Spook,” Whenever he’s hired
as a consultant, Leonardo insists that Janice be included. “We’re a package
deal, a twofer,” he would say to any official who objected to Janice working on
top secret matters.
After one of their adventures, Leonardo looks forward to
getting back to a normal life. But then he realizes that they don’t lead a
normal life, so why bother.
Leonardo Murphy is a breathtakingly fast coming-of-age
thriller about one of the most fascinating characters you will ever meet in
literature. Instantly you are shoulder to shoulder with the world’s most
Grab your copy of this thriller now.
Cold Coffee 5 Star
Review: Move over Doogie Howser. Twelve-year-old Leonardo Murphy’s IQ is
295, which makes him the second highest ever recorded. With an inquisitive
mind, discipline of body and mind, life is about to carve out an extraordinary
journey for this young man.
It is Leonardo’s grandfather’s final words to him, that creates
a solid base for future thoughts, actions and outcomes.
With an early stock investment that leaves him financially
set, after he read two books on stock trading. Leonardo uses sound judgement
and doesn’t squander his money, knowledge or time. It is not long before the
United States Government takes an interest in some of Leonardo’s math,
language, computer and research skills, particularly his new algorithm design.
The government is quick to use Leonardo’s skills in many
ways, directing his future education even while he is enrolled in Harvard at
age twelve. Following this young man life is really cool. One quote I like:
“When you’re 12 years old you can flirt with an adult woman and get away with
it because grownups think it’s cute”.
Is it possible that young Leonardo Murphy’s life is in so
much danger, because he is working with the United States Government, he might
have to go into the Witness Protection Program?
As Leonardo grows to maturity and gets a PhD from Harvard at
age 20, he decides to follow his parents’ footsteps and becomes a naval
officer, where he receives a Silver Star for gallantry. After the Navy, he
meets and marries a beautiful young woman. They embark on a series of
adventures, all created by the amazing brain of Leonardo Murphy.
Those of you following the Harry and Meg Time Travel series
and the Patterns Series might know what Bill Carlini is talking about. “Buster, don’t you remember those weird
terrorist attacks a few years ago,” Bill Carlini said. “What did we call it?
Oh, yeah, The Scent of Revenge. A group of jihadis went around spraying a
substance into people’s faces giving them symptoms just like Alzheimer’s.” Buster
was sitting in Director Carlini’s office, telling him about Leonardo’s strange
behavior. “I’m going to call that psychiatrist from New York, the guy who’s
also a detective with the NYPD. Weinberg. Yeah, Dr. Benjamin Weinberg. He
helped crack that Scent of Revenge case.”
This book is an exciting read. Leonardo is a unique
character who brings an unusual prospective to the adult situations he
encounters. The dangers are real for Leonardo and for the United States. The
question has to cross the readers mind, can someone so young, so brilliant, so
sought after, find balance and a chance for a normal life. Is there a chance
for Leonardo to find true companionship? After all he has a solid understanding
of family values afforded him through the grounding and upbringing that his two
great parents gave him from the start.
Youth and a High IQ has its advantages.I am looking forward to even more encounters with Leonardo Murphy
as the book series continues. I purchased this book from Kindle on March 17,
Genre: Coming Of Age Fiction, Action Thriller Fiction
Time Travel-Science Fiction Thriller Series: (The Harry and Meg Series)
The Violent Sea: A Novel of Time Travel (Book Two of the Harry and Meg Series) by Russell Moran
Harry Fenton has done it again. He’s traveled through time. He finds himself,
with a serious head injury from a fall, at Pearl Harbor Base Hospital on May
16, 1942, three weeks before the Battle of Midway.
His wife and
aide, Lieutenant Meg Fenton, is frantic, and waits for him—in 2018.
Admiral Harry is
the commanding officer of Carrier Strike Group 14 in 2018, but the people in
1942 think he’s a busted up, hallucinating sailor who imagines himself an
admiral. Admiral Raymond Spruance is commanding officer of Carrier Task Force
16. After hearing about Harry’s wild claims, Spruance orders him brought to his
flagship, the USS Enterprise. After Harry tells him about time travel, Spruance
is convinced the man is insane. But after speaking to him at length, Spruance
is amazed at Harry’s knowledge of naval tactics and strategy. He calls Harry’s
bluff and orders him to stay aboard the Enterprise for her upcoming engagement
at the Battle of Midway. By the end of the battle, Spruance thinks of Harry
Fenton as a friend, and even calls him “admiral.”
Now Harry needs
to figure out how to travel back to 2018, to his carrier command, but most
importantly, to the love of his life, Lieutenant Meg.
Excerpt “Here, drink this,” the nurse said. “You’re not taking in enough
liquids.” Good idea, I thought. I was thirsty as hell. I downed the glass of
water in two gulps. But where am I? I wondered. Well, in a hospital obviously,
but why? “Excuse me,” I said, speaking loudly because the nurse was about to
leave the room.
The act of
raising my voice caused a lightning bolt of pain to zing through my head. My
eyes went blurry and I felt nauseous. She turned around and walked back to my
bed. She held up a mirror. Holy shit, I looked like I collided head-on with a
train. My forehead was swollen and my face was discolored, a pretty mix of
purple, red, yellow, and could that be green? “Where am I? I know it’s a
hospital, but where?” “You’re at the base hospital at Pearl Harbor.” Pearl
I thought. “Please explain what happened to me.” “You were in Building 19, God
knows why, and you apparently tripped and slammed your head against an engine
block. Pretty stupid of them to put an engine block in the middle of the floor
if you ask me. The place has no electricity and the windows are boarded up.
From what the shore patrol guy said, it seems that you walked off a step to a
lower level and fell forward, resulting in what you just saw in the mirror.”
“You’ve been here exactly one week. I’m glad to see that you’re talking. This
is the first sign of consciousness you’ve shown. You had one nasty concussion.”
“Do you mind if
I ask you a few questions?” “Of course. Could I please have some more water?”
“You can have as much water as you want. So, let me ask you a couple of
questions. Who are you, and what’s your name?” Oh, my God. My head started
throbbing again. I could not believe I couldn’t answer her simple question—and
it was a good question. Who am I? “I’m sorry. I don’t recall a name. But things
are starting to come back to me.” “Well, sailor, you’re doing great, my friend.
We’ll just keep talking, and your memory will come back to you.” “Nancy, please
hand me that newspaper.” “Sure thing. Let’s see how your reading skills are
The date on the
first page read May 16, 1942. Shit, I must be hallucinating. “Hey, sailor, you
look pale. Do you want to rest a bit?” I dozed off. When I woke up, Nurse Nancy
was there “So, sailor, do you recall being in the Navy?” “Yes, I’m in the
Navy.” My memory was starting to come back “Are you stationed on a ship?” “Yes,
definitely yes. The USS Gerald R. Ford, an aircraft carrier. It’s my flagship.”
“Your flagship?” “Yes, I’m Rear Admiral Harry Fenton, the Commanding Officer of
Carrier Strike Group 14.” “Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you, Admiral. My name
is Florence Nightingale. Now get some more sleep, sailor.”
Coffee 5 Star Review: Imagine you could actually time travel. Now imagine waking
up from a serious concussion in a strange hospital in 1942. When the fog in
your head starts to clear, you realize if you tell the hospital staff that you
are from the year 2018, they will most certainly commit you to an insane
asylum. This is the precarious situation that Rear Admiral Harry Fenton finds
himself in. Meanwhile in 2018, Harry’s wife and chief of staff, Lieutenant Meg
Fenton and others close to the admiral, are frantic when Harry goes for a run
and doesn’t return.
released from the hospital, Admiral Harry goes to sea with Admiral Raymond
Spruance and engages in the Battle of Midway. He makes a time travel believer
out of Spruance, who is amazed at Harry’s command of naval tactics. When he
returns to Pearl Harbor, Meg awaits him.
well-written, well-balanced military suspense, time travel thriller, Author
Russell Moran skillfully takes the readers from one time period to the next,
keeping the reader engaged with his true-to-life characters, balancing personal
life, with their sworn duty to protect American interests. It’s also a sweet
romance between Harry and is wife, Meg.
revisits the time portal and returns to the present. It is Friday, November 2,
2018 when the US Carrier Strike Group 14 rendezvoused with Japanese and South
Korean ships in Tokyo Bay.
The country is
faced with a crisis when Iran suddenly becomes a nuclear power. Admiral Harry,
happy to be back in command of his strike group, comes up with the idea of a
naval and air blockade.
Blake, besides being a gutsy leader, is a gifted diplomat. Secretary of Defense
Jamison told him about my idea of a blockade and he realized it made sense, but
only with the full cooperation of our allies. No way would he want the United
States to go it alone with a risky operation like a blockade.”
with a nuclear power like Iran, powerful countries like Russia and China
suddenly take notice. The burning question remains, who can we trust? The
strategic objective of the blockade is simple; turn back any ship or plane
leaving Iran and prevent any from arriving. “But the tactical operations could
get dicey as hell,” Admiral Harry says.
I have enjoyed
reading many of Russell Moran’s fourteen novels. As a lawyer and veteran in the
United States Navy, Russell brings authenticity to his stories. The Violent Sea lives up to my
expectations of his story telling and riveting plots. Each of his books are
stand-alone, but if you are not familiar with his characters, I invite you to
familiarize yourself with the list of character’s (with their titles) at the
end of the book. The Violent Sea (book two of the Harry and Meg Series), is the
sequel to The Maltese Incident,
published June, 2018. Russell promises his readers a new title “Leonardo Murphy” to be
published by the end of this year. I purchased this book through Kindle and
this review posted November 6, 2018.
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Time Travel
Incident: Harry and Meg Series Book One by Russell Moran
corporate cruise ship, The Maltese, sets sail from Manhattan for the beautiful
Azores on a charity fundraising cruise. The ship encounters a strange event in
the ocean, and, after two minutes of turbulence, finds itself in a different
time. The ship is surrounded by gigantic sharks. They’ve traveled back in time
two million years.
captain, Harry Fenton, a highly decorated naval war hero, falls in love with a
beautiful passenger, Meg Johnson, a vice president of the Malta Investments,
the company that owns the ship. After a whirlwind romance, they marry—in the
ship’s ballroom. Captain Fenton convinces the passengers and crew that they
must move ashore to a tropical island because the ship is running out of fuel
ancient forest inhabited by dinosaurs awaits them.
Harry organizes a group to go ashore and inspect the island. Meg wants to go
with them. Harry, fearing for her safety, tries to convince her to stay on the
ship. Meg demonstrates that she is proficient with a gun by taking apart a
rifle and reassembling it—in 15 seconds. Harry marvels that he’s never seen
such an expert gun handler— or accurate shooter. So, AR-15 in hand, Meg joins
the inspection party. Attacking dinosaurs are no match for Meg Fenton’s
the 1,000 souls ever make it back to the time they came from, or will they
remain stranded in the distant past?
scientist aboard theorizes that, to return to their present time, they need to
go back to the time portal, or wormhole, that brought them to the past. But the
ship doesn’t have enough fuel for the journey.
that their lives have hit the reset button, the crew and passengers construct a
community in the forest—Malta Town. Under Harry and Meg’s leadership, they
create a court system, a legislature, and all the elements of a small budding
democracy. Meg figures out a way to harness hydroelectric power from a nearby
waterfall. Everybody thinks of Harry and Meg as the heart and soul of Malta
Town. They begin their new lives—among the dinosaurs.
Maltese Incident is a tale of time travel, love, courage, and horror.
Violent Sea, Book Two of the Harry and Meg Series, is the sequel to The Maltese
Incident. Like The Maltese Incident, The Violent Sea is the further adventures
of Harry and Meg Fenton, now two career naval officers. It is also a novel of
time travel and alternate history. The Violent Sea will be published in the
Summer of 2018.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: As a reader who has enjoyed several of this
author’s books; I am delighted that Author Russell Moran has written a new
action adventure, romance, science fiction, alternative history series.
reading The Maltese Incident my mind
thought of all those ships, planes and people who have disappeared over the
years in the Bermuda Triangle. Remember, that mystery has not yet been solved
or any remains found.
Russell Moran uses his imagination and storytelling to put his readers on board
the Maltese Corporate Cruise Ship, gliding its way from the Manhattan to the
Azores. I dare say more rich people take cruises like this one, than simple
retired folk like myself. It doesn’t take long into the story for me to
appreciate not being on the Maltese
in reality. With a bump and flash of light the Maltese passengers find
themselves in alternate reality. The 1,000 souls on board must use their
combined skills and what materials they have to survive with prehistoric
creatures in the sea and on the land that they find and inhabit.
when you think nothing could be worse, other ships go missing. While the
experts work on trying to figure out what has happened, Captain Harry Fenton
and his wife Meg, the crew and passengers of the Maltese struggle to survive in
an ancient time, avoid being eaten by prehistoric creatures, keep structure and
civility among themselves while seeking a way to return through whatever
portal, wormhole or time wrap they came through.
military, scientists, academia, intelligence agencies and people around the
world are still coming to grips with what is happening in the ocean, Wolf
Blitzer reports from CNN. “The Celebrity Line cruise ship, Ocean Magic, disappeared last night. This incident didn’t happen in
the Azores as did the other two events, but 50 miles off the coast of New
Jersey. Just as with the previous two incidents, the ship simply disappeared.”
abound and questions emerge about whether our own technology could be used
against us. I invite you to read The
Maltese Incident for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
will find his detailed list of characters helpful. I personally enjoy Author
Russell Moran’s fictional story telling and I am looking forward to his next
book in this series titled “The Violent
Sea”. I purchase this book from
Kindle. This review was completed on July 28, 2018.
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History
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.
temperatures across the country and the world plummeted, creating winter in
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.
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
astronauts in an American space station realized that the sudden weather
calamity coincided with a test of the 20 satellites that the space station
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?
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?
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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.
company is a darling of Wall Street and is the most popular destination for
consumers and businesses looking for labor saving devices.
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
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.
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.
highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crisp writing,
thought-provoking topics and colorful characters. Well-done Mr. Moran.
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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
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.
A Reunion In Time: A Rick Bellamy Book by Russell F. Moran
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.
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.
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.
everybody sees them as kids. Nobody believes that they’re married, and nobody
believes their stories—until Rick and Ellen predict 9/11.
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?
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
Sideswiped: A Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book One by Russell F. Moran
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
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
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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
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.
The Reformers: Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book Two by Russell F. Moran
Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book 2
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
With targeted assassinations, military strikes,
as well as the loss of oil fields and gold mines, radical Islam is fast losing
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.
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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.
Reformers follows Sideswiped in The Matt Blake Legal Thriller series but stands
on its own with story-line and conclusions.
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.”
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.”
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?”
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.
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.”
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
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.
The President Is Missing: Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book Three by Russell Moran
Blake Series Book 3
the hell just happened?” I asked Barbara Hightower, my assistant.
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.
me, ma’am,” Barbara said. “If we can’t maintain communications with a nuclear
submarine, what the hell can we communicate with?”
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.
nation went into mourning for the loss of the popular president
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
the sub have been hijacked and the president kidnapped?
who would commit such an act? What is its purpose?
it Russia, China, Iran, or a shadowy group of freelance terrorists? One thing
was certain: the plot had to include mutineers.
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.
finds the workings of a secretive group right in the United States, a group
everyone had thought was destroyed.
life, and the life of the nation, suddenly take a horrifying turn.
The Gray Ship: Book One In The Time Magnet Series by Russell F. Moran
– From Kirkus Reviews
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.
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
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?
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
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
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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
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.
Genre: Science fiction/time travel/alternative history
The Skies of Time: Book Four In The Time Magnet Series by Russell F. Moran
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
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
All they know is that they have an unfailing love
for each other.
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.
Genre: Science fiction/time travel/ alternative history
The Keepers of Time: Book Five In The Time Magnet Series by Russell F. Moran
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
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.”
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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.
The Shadows of Terror: Patterns Series Book One by Russell F. Moran
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
A new war has begun, World War III. Rick Bellamy, an FBI agent who specializes in counter-terrorism, 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.
The Scent of Revenge: Patterns Series Book Two by Russell F. Moran
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?
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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
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.
Justice In America: How It Works – How It Fails by Russell Moran
Kirkus Review: The goddess of justice is blind—and deaf and very often
dumb—according to this savvy critique of the American legal system.
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.)
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
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
lively, brash, illuminating insider’s look at the law, by a compelling expert
Nonfiction, Politics, Social Sciences, Government, United States, Legal System,
Judicial Branch, Law
Your Business Plan – That You Carry In Your Head: The APT Principle by Russell F. Moran
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.
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.
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.
About The Author: Russ Moran is the author of 15 novels. 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 as a tool of terrorism, was published in May 2018.
The Maltese Incident, a novel of time
travel, book 1 of the Harry and Meg series, was published in June 2018.
The Violent Sea, a novel of time
travel, book 2 of the Harry and Meg Series, was published in October 2018.
Murphy, about a 12-year-old boy with a staggeringly high IQ was published in
Moran also published six 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; The Novel – A Writer’s Guide. He’s a lawyer and a veteran of the
United States Navy. He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, Lynda.
finding his wife in bed with another man, Mike meets the mysterious Father
Coady, who promptly shoots him in the head (accidentally). When Mike wakes up
in the hospital, he’s introduced to Jesus’s little-known brother, James, who is
a poor stand-in for the Divine.
Amber, a work-obsessed businesswoman, also encounters the mysterious Father
Coady and begins to fall in love with him, to the chagrin of her ever-urbane
seems to pull these four people together through their hilarious struggles to
find meaning in a chaotic world.
Lund just woke up from a convoluted nightmare to discover his waking life is
even more complicated. For one thing, the young American pharmaceutical
executive has no memory of how he wound up in a remote Indian hospital. No one
knows him, except for fellow patient Afaq, who seems to be insane. On the plus
side, his nurse, Pretti Dey, can only be described as gorgeous.
an anonymous phone call warns Sid to get out of the country, he discovers the
police are after him. Without any idea of how he became a fugitive, Sid has no
choice but to go along with Afaq’s nutty plan to secure him a passport and
plane tickets—a plan that leads Sid and Afaq on a comically crazed trip to
Mumbai, with Pretti in tow.
not sure what he did or even if he did it. He’s only certain of three things.
He doesn’t want to get arrested, he wants to spend more time with Pretti, and
Afaq is the craziest man he’s ever met.
lighthearted comedy about one man’s search to find himself—or at least regain
his memory—Afaq: I’m Trapped in India is Timothy Reinhardt’s madcap debut
Cold Coffee 5 Star Book
it is: Only readers with a sense of humor should read this theatrical comedy.
yourself to get wrapped up in character Sid Lund’s nightmare when the rickshaw
taxi ride through the crazy crowded streets of India starts an adventure this
American businessman was not prepared for.
sound of sirens echoing against the side of the building woke Sid from his deep
slumber. As Sid gingerly raised his head from his pillow, he heard the loud
buzz of vibration from his cell phone rattling against the thin, cheap metal
bedside table. He looked about the room. Timeworn furniture, chipped paint
peeling from the walls and a broken chair decorated his hospital room. A
strange smell hung in the air, which seemed to be a mixture of mildew and body
odor. Several large insects buzzed in the sunlight as they circled above a pile
of debris in the corner.”
the mystery to unravel what “Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey” and “If you run at
the monkey” means. Try not to let Afaq (Ah-f-u-c-k) drive you completely insane
or nurse Pretti give you a sponge bath.
Timothy Reinhardt sets the stage in such a way that the reader experiences the
cultural differences between U.S. and India with humor that parallels the best
the pages for how this reviewer’s strawberry eating male cat named Wolf living
in North Carolina, America can possibly discover a link in his feline lineage
I always quote a passage in my reviews to show
you the author’s writing style, so I quote from page 149 in my copy of Afaq:
I’m Trapped In India.
“As though he were a moth moving from the dark to
a bright bulb, Sid started toward the liquor store. He was driven by the desire
to forget the troubles he just discovered. The alcohol could wash away the
sting of this recovered memory. Then Sid realized he had no money. He ran his
hand through his pant pockets, but there were no rupees there. He plopped down
to sit on the warm black pavement near a small bush.
From his secluded position in the corner of the
parking lot, Sid listened to the constant barrage of sounds emanating from the
city. It was a chorus of car horns, revving engines, and the clang of vibrating
metal as all types of vehicles navigated large potholes. Everyone headed
somewhere. Everyone had a purpose. Everyone had something to do except Sid.
Like a dry leaf on a stream, Sid was at the mercy of a current outside of his
endorse Afaq: I’m Trapped In India by Timothy Reinhardt as an hysterical comedy
that should be played out on the silver screen. We reviewed this book from a
Kindle/PDF format and the review was completed on September 13, 2015.
About The Author: A veteran of the
pharmaceutical industry, Tim Reinhardt has traveled the world extensively and
studied many diverse cultures.
travels, coupled with an eventful childhood, shape his thought-provoking
perspective on life. He enjoys writing comedies placed in dramatic settings
most of all because he likes the contrast between genres.
knows life can be challenging and thinks stories like these make the tough
times a little bit easier to handle. Tim is the writer of the Academy-Award
qualifying film Crackers, as well as the author of Afaq: Im Trapped in India.
is currently working on a film adaptation for Jesuss Brother James. When hes
not busy writing, Tim enjoys making films, playing tennis, and learning about
currently resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina, with his wife April,
daughter Annasofia, son Jacob, and rescue dog Faith. Jesuss Brother James is
Tims second novel.
Mad Mischief is a throng of short stories born in dark
corners and on misty roads. They bring to life the obscure and breathe life
into those things that hide away, in the crawlspace, beneath the house. At the
witching hour, they whisper to us and tug at our toes when we stand too close
to the edge. Short stories are our paramours in literature, our senseless
lovers that we flirt and dance with in shameless moments. They make all things
possible, turning the world inside out, as they drive us beyond boredom and
logic. Like concubines, they require no commitment and they take us to those
shady and derelict places that we are too afraid to go to on our own. They
delight and mystify us with their madness, holding us in their fleeting embrace
just long enough to keep us wanting more.
Product Details Paperback: 334 Pages Genre: Short Stories
People are feral creatures who sometimes leave human
footprints. Our magic lies in the
wildness that remains between our domestication and our instinct. The world
changes daily around us and the only way for us to keep up with it is to make
sure we remain RELEVANT.
Relevance means having more than a few options. We need to know how to reinvent ourselves
each time its required and it’s about keeping ourselves current with constant
learning so that we can remain financially and psychologically independent in a
demanding and competitive world.
RELEVANT contains the blueprint for disabling fear, beating our doubts
and finding what our greatest desires and passions are so that we can pursue
them. It provides us with the approval that we need to go out into the world
and be strong. All of us deserve to live
a full and wholesome life of our own making and RELEVANT guides us to our own
Being relevant takes time, practice, energy, observation,
thought and action. It is the ultimate
journey towards self-mastery. Everybody
Turmoil bubbles up through the cracks of the Underwood as
long forgotten travesties stir, seeking redemption.
The newly awakened power of an Innocent has sent tremors
through Goblin Park and dark places beyond, nudging awake creatures and beasts
that would be best left asleep. Guilt awakens in those who misused their magic
and circumstance forces them back onto a path they were trying to forget. They
must dig up what they had buried and help the Innocent navigate a treacherous
world of trickery and menace to find their absolution.
The Innocent must overcome her own limitations and be old
beyond her years to save her own life and the legends that make Goblin Park and
the Underwood worth saving. The Gypsy Winds blow, pulling those together again
who must guide and teach the Innocent everything she must know to succeed.
She must pilot her way through places like the Muddle,
Watergate Wasteland and the Castle of Mirrors where things are never as they
seem. In leaps and bounds she must make new unlikely friends at places like
Mildew Manor and the Valley of Clay, for within the confines of those wicked
places, where she faces death, she will find the answers that she needs to undo
what the generation before could not fix.
Product Details Print Length: 334 Pages Genre: Children’s Folk Tales, Myth Collections, Magical Realism, Fairy Tale Fantasy
“I’ve studied and researched various subjects and
disciplines including creative writing, project management, corporate and
private investigations, communications, cyber investigations, advertising,
security, marketing, NLP, Life and Executive coaching as well as others.
I have a passion for new ideas, growth, development and
transformation and I actively participate in mentoring and coaching to ensure
that those around me have functional support when and if they need it. In return, I learn from them every day and I
find myself abundantly supported by others.
I work as an IT Project Manager and run two other businesses
of my own. I run a consumables company
called Bad Badger with my partner. The core function of this business, which
started with honey production to help sustain the environment, is to grow the brand
and create jobs and learning opportunities.
My other business is a digital design studio called Ripley
Archer. This business provides writing
services for businesses and individuals as well as personal and company brand
development and implementation.
My biggest goal was realised when I published my first book
in 2016. Since then I’ve published
another two books; Mad Mischief and The Book of Menace. There is no end in sight. Books choose you, you don’t choose them.”
Behind The Door: A Sizzling, Psychological Suspense (Hidden Motives Book 1) by A. Gavazzoni
When Lara dies at
the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl,
hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior
to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental.
To help his
defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long
relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While
evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive
psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to
research strange sexual behavior for her next book.
Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working
with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women.
From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing
houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of
mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Behind The Door is book one in Author A.
Gavazzoni’s ‘Hidden Motives’ series. This book is a “sizzling psychological
suspense” thriller with both erotic romance structured in an adult theme with
writing, strong characters and interesting life situations kept me engaged
throughout the thirty chapters. Interesting plot that continually keeps the
reader on his or her toes as the story switches between ‘Present Day-Simone’
and ‘Mark’s Journal’.
attractive, intelligent and dedicated psychiatrist, author and professor with a
large client list of both men and women suffering with sexual behavioral issues
such as paraphilia and hipoxiphilia. Maybe you, as with me, before I read this
book don’t really know what paraphilia and hipoxiphilia is. Both of these
represent sexual behavior that involves fantasy and controlled strangulation
with consenting partners.
Life steps up a
beat for Simone when Carl, a Manhattan defense attorney hires her in a murder
trial. If reading ‘Mark’s Journal’ isn’t enough stimulation for Simone, her
“clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the
police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women”.
I would like to
share a quote with you from chapter three ‘Present Day-Simone’ to whet your
appetite for the read.
adrenalin. The woman warned right at the start that she had a pathology. Her
addiction could have been the result of any number of causes. Normally, some kind of disorder brings it on.
The addict seeks intense thrills, sometimes danger. The worst part is that such
people have little sense of real danger. They don’t wish for death but they
don’t fear it either.
Maybe Carl was
right. Lara hadn’t been murdered; her death had been an accident. Accidents
happen to people with that kind of problem. What could have been Lara’s
pathology? Then there was Mark, a man apparently with his feet on the ground
who was drawn to the flame. Many men like him are attracted to psychopaths. But
he was rash. And maybe Lara wasn’t psychopathic. It was hard to diagnose with
so few pages. But a shrink’s mind can’t read something without diagnosing it.
Maybe the whole tale was made up.”
If you have an
adventurous mind, I recommend this stimulating read. The story is told well
enough that it might end up on the silver screen on day. If you enjoy this
book, I encourage you to purchase the next book in the sequel titled ‘Lara’s
I endorse ‘Behind
The Door’ by A. Gavazzoni as the genre I might have missed. Maybe murder, maybe
a mutual sexual consent that took an unexpected turn? I will leave you with the
task of answering this question and follow the trail of a serial killer at the
same time. I purchased this book on May 10, 2017 and the review was completed
on May 12, 2017.
Lara’s Journal: A Sizzling, Psychological Suspense (Hidden Motives Book 2) by A. Gavazzoni
Simone Bennet is
on a long vacation, trying to heal from the trauma she suffered at the hands of
a serial-killer kidnapper. After looking death in the face, she tries to
develop a new outlook on life—live in the moment!
charming lawyer, is back, asking once more for Simone’s help, this time in
analyzing Lara’s journals, which were discovered by her siblings after her
death. In her own words, Lara divulges all her secrets, and reveals a dramatic
world of betrayal, passion, and the most unusual sexual behaviors, exposing the
beautiful architect’s troubled life.
As Simone tries
to deal with the contents of Lara’s haunting diaries, one of her patients gets
himself into a bit of legal trouble, forcing Simone to return early from her
vacation. Although she’s happy to be back on her home turf, she finds herself
surrounded by a whole new set of problems.
A killer is out
there, and this time, he seems to be after the people Simone cares about most.
Suddenly, people around her are dying, a stalker/admirer keeps showing up at
all the wrong times, and Simone’s dear friend Edward has a new
girlfriend—forcing Simone to analyze her feelings for him and her attraction to
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Lara’s Journal by A. Gavazzoni is a
continuing story begun in book one titled Behind The Door. Those of us
following this series know it is a sizzling psychological, erotic romance,
suspense thriller that will keep you turning the page.
In book two,
Simone is still struggling with Post Traumatic Stress disorder while continuing
to treat her patients that suffer from sexual behavior disorders. While in book
one, the reader was privy to Mark’s journal, in book two we swing back and
forth from Simone’s life and clinal practice to looking over her shoulder to
read about Laura’s life through her writings as Laura opens with this: “They
say everyone has a story to tell, and I suppose that’s probably true, but some
people’s stories are more bizarre than others. I would like to tell you mine.
If I had tochoose a genre for my
life story, I’d have to pick erotica…maybe a little romance…with a healthy dose
of horror thrown in for good measure… It’s definitely not a fairy tale, although
I did have a fairy godmother, of sorts…but more on that later.”
between her own life, her patients and Laura’s Journal that seem to have a hold
on her, Simone would put the diary down only to ask questions, sleep, dream.
Get work done and return to the journal throughout the day until exhaustion
forced her sleep. When reading Simone would lose track of time like readers
with a great suspense thriller. Her psychology driven thought process caused
her to question: “Madness, how old was that girl? How could she ever lead a
normal sex life when all she had learned was wrong, depraved, and twisted?
Lara’s words from one of Mark’s diaries: “I was forged!” That was the word—the
girl had been through hell and damnation, and all her values were corrupted.
She hadn’t had any moral standards. Then again, her entire life had been based
on what Arthur had told her was correct, so how could she?”
For a stimulating
read and insight into sexual dysfunction, I invite you to purchase both Behind
The Door and Lara’s Journal before moving on to the third book in this series
titled The Brilliant Game.
I purchased this
book from Kindle on July 30, 2018 and this review posted on July 29, 2018.
Game (Hidden Motives Book 3) by A. Gavazzoni
Psychiatrist Simone Bennet feels like a pawn on a chessboard—as if some
invisible, master chess player is toying with her life and the lives of the
people she loves and cares for.
A series of horrific events—several murders and Simone being tortured at
the hands of a serial killer—culminate in the kidnapping of her daughter and
have turned Simone’s life upside down.
Struggling to stay afloat in the middle of a sea of chaos, Simone
continues to receive her psychiatric patients and do more work for the New York
attorney, Carl, while local police, the FBI, and Edward—Simone’s boyfriend,
best friend, and business partner—are working hard to locate her child.
Simone is analyzing another set of Lara’s journals, and she becomes
dragged into a vortex of sex addiction, suffering, and Lara’s struggle for some
kind of balance in her life, while Simone battles an inner fight against her
mixed feelings for the enigmatic lawyer.
Filled with twists and turns, this final book in the Hidden Motives
trilogy reveals a deranged, steamy, and disturbingly brilliant game of sex,
murder, and mystery and chronicles a woman’s conflict between love and reason.
Fasten your seat belts before you embark on this roller coaster and
prepare for the most unpredictable end.
About The Author: A. Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author and
has been a lawyer for twenty seven years. She won for her first book Behind The
Door: The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice; Book Excellence Award 2017;
Bronze Medal on Inpedependente Publisher Books Award 2018; Honorable mention at
Paris Book Festival 2017; Honorable Mention at Reader’s Favorite Award 2017 and
was a finalist to the Independent author.
Adriana is a
lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but
she is also a voracious reader.
She speaks four
languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing
law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She
loves to dance (Tango) and workout.
She loves to
travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She
paints and loves to cook.
She has two
poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces
who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in
the process of writing her next novel.
were forbidden to love each other because he was promised to another but their
hearts couldn’t resist. When discovered, she was made an example of.
king’s wizard cast a spell transforming Dawnrae into a beast no man, woman, or
child had ever seen. She was the first, her children would be born these
beasts. The love of her life killed before her eyes, she is without love.
Really seeing her for the first time, the wizard casts a new spell. If she
finds true love, the spell will be broken. But there is a war between man and
Will she survive? Will she have a second chance at love?
Peterson Estate Series: Birth Of A Witch by A. R. Grosjean
discovers she is the Great Witch, a very powerful witch who’s birth was
foretold. But she must learn how to use her powers first. This is a story about
a woman who faces evil to save her family, friends, and the entire world. But
she must save her home first. This is the beginning of her long story–the
beginning of a series of Emily Peterson’s stories.
of Mother of the Dragons, Peterson Estate series (Birth of the Witch, A New
Beginning, and more coming soon), Spawn of the Curse, and coming soon Cursed
Blood: Bloodline Curse. I also wrote Stolen Identity under my full name Amber
she was young, she was bullied and teased. It was so bad that she even tried to
end her life, when she was 10 years old. It didn’t work, but at the age of 11, she
discovered writing and it changed her life forever. It helped her escape from
the pain. Suffering from depression and anxiety, she needed an outlet.
I met her husband, he taught her to be a better person. Even though she still
suffered from depression and anxiety, she didn’t need writing to escape. Now she
simply writes to bring a little brightness in someone else’s life.
took 20 years to publish her first book. She never gave up even though people
told her, she wouldn’t succeed. She adopted the phrase, “dreams really do come
true”, because it is very true. If you have a dream, don’t give up on it.
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.
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
Ranked #1: Amazon Best Seller
The First Book In This Twilight Court Series Is Free!
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
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.
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
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.
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Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Fantasy
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.
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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
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
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Cover art by India Jones, you can find her on Twitter @_IndiaJones
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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/
A Little Murder (Angie
Deacon Mysteries Book One) by Cindy Davis
When ER nurse
Angie Deacon buys a day of fishing on NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee for her husband’s
fiftieth birthday, she has no idea they’ll wind up suspects in the boat owner’s
death. Besides his wife Valerie, why would any of the five strangers on board
want gruff, insensitive Nolan Little dead?
None of them knew
her before today. Or did they?
As police storm
the boat, Angie comforts the distraught widow, who quickly becomes the chief
suspect. She was seen having an altercation with him earlier that day.
But then…so did
handsome Jamaican Montez Clarke, who by day is a computer geek. He even went so
far as to pop Nolan in the nose.
Angie to help find the killer. If she refuses, Val swears she’ll ask Montez’s
friend Sonny who is a bit on the shady side.
Will Angie regret
her decision to aid Valerie once she learns the woman’s dark secret?
Why did Sonny
bring two duffel bags aboard? They don’t appear to contain fishing gear. First,
they’re at the bow of the boat, then they are gone…And Sonny won’t talk about
the only cause for alarm as the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, leaving
Angie wondering just exactly how her husband fit into the deadly equation…and
if she is next on the killer’s list.
Smith and Westen Cozy Mystery Series by Cindy Davis
On The Hook (Smith and Westen Mysteries Book
One) by Cindy Davis
Picasso painting, worth a hundred million dollars, disappears en route from
Chicago to New Hampshire. Literally-en route. The painting goes missing while
the truck is moving. The painting is there, then it’s not. It’s gone, but it
can’t be. Kendra Jean Valentine, underwriting agent for the policy, is on the
hook. She scrapes together enough to hire two women to work the case.
Hughes owns a failing pet shop. With creditors phoning daily, she jumps at the
chance to earn a bundle of easy money, even though the offer comes from her old
nemesis KJ Valentine, who stole everything in high school: head cheerleader,
homecoming queen and the star quarterback. KJ pairs her with Westen’s total
opposite: Phoebe Smith, a snake-loving, underwear-hating, tuba player with more
baggage than Logan Airport.
Ten percent of a hundred million is…well, it’s a lot so Smith and Westen join forces on a roller coaster ride to find one of the world’s most valuable paintings.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Transporting hundred million-dollar
valuables by vehicle presents many challenges as Kendra Jean Valentine, agent
for NH Property and Casualty Insurance well knows. Her job requires that she covers
all bases. This job was no different from the others. She chose the trucking
company, interviewed the two truck drivers and handpicked four security guards
to drive in two separate vehicles, one in front and one behind the truck to
assist her in driving from Chicago to Buffalo and then non-stop from Buffalo to
Concord, New Hampshire.
at their destination Kendra is relieved to arrive and more than happy to turn Picasso’s
The Old Guitarist painting over to the curator, Henderson McGee. The painting
was secured and padlocked in a six-foot cube wooden crate. Only Kendra and the
curator in Chicago had the keys. When the crate in opened the painting is not
inside and Kendra is on the hook. Her exact thought “How was it possible for so
many things to go wrong for one person at the same time? She must’ve done
something really awful in a past life.”
strong characters and good dialog, the reader is submerged into a fast-paced
mystery that is led by two untrained, inexperienced and incompatible women
named Smith and Weston. Out of their league these two sleuths find themselves
in many situations. I quote one from page # 103 in my copy.
and Westen started up the walk side-by-side. Westen twisted the antique glass
doorknob and they went in, footsteps thudding on the bare hardwood floor, stained
by at least fifty years of shoes and boots. The place smelled like a combination
of pine cleaner which obviously hadn’t been used in the hallway and vanilla
scented candle. They climbed the steep stairs. Westen tried not to touch the
railing. She hadn’t brought any hand sanitizer.”
written mystery by Author Cindy Davis that will keep you guessing until the
endorse On The Hook (Volume 1) in the Smith and Westen Mysteries. After you
read On The Hook, Just Smashing (Volume 2) and Two Million Reasons (Volume 3)
are waiting for you to solve. I reviewed this book from a Kindle/PDF format and
the review was completed on September 29, 2015.
Just Smashing (Smith and
Westen Mysteries Book Two) by Cindy Davis
England’s most mismatched investigative team is on the trail of an Egyptian
vase worth $1.75 million.
ink is barely dry on snake-lover Phoebe Smith and Susie Homemaker Westen
Hughes’ licenses. Their bank accounts are bursting from their previous
windfall, yet they’re anxious to get back to work. Then the call comes.
the unveiling of a local college’s exhibit, the vase disappeared in front of
six people and the thief, because sure as shortcake has strawberries, the vase
is there one minute, the gone the next.
rather than clues cause more trouble than fifty Dennis the Menaces.
mega-rich Enrique Vargas’ money is rumored to have come from smuggling
artifacts. His paramour-de-month is model-thin Fiona Frost; the only job she
ever had was a prostitute. Then there is Donald Abbott, dealer in ancient
weapons, particularly Egyptian ones. The always-smiling Sophie Oliver has no
visible means of support.
did the theft happen right under the nose of the security guard?
Thornton is head of the exhibit’s security, a job that could grow to include
the whole campus if he plays his cards right. Or can come up with enough money
for the equipment.
and Westen not only dodge threats and physical attacks by the suspects…
need to stay one step ahead of KJ, who’s determined to find the vase and cash
in on the 10% finder’s fee.
Two Million Reasons(Smith and Westen Mysteries Book Three) by Cindy Davis
Gabe Heinz has two million reasons to disappear.
is in the middle of his vanishing act when he does just that—vanish before a
sell-out crowd—along with two million in securities from the bank where he’s
vice president. His daughter is distraught—and a prime suspect—not just by the
FBI, but by her nagging shrew of a mother.
recovery team Smith and Westen are up to their ears in movers determined to
demolish every stick of furniture in their new home.
almost a relief when a recovery job takes them to Los Angeles.
bodyguard Ryan Ames is supposed to meet them at LAX.
a gun-wielding lunkhead with a fondness for roughing up women escorts them to a
mobster who claims they now work for him.
can protect Vicki—but from the cops, or her mother?
they locate the securities—and they’d better, or else—can they keep them from
must’ve had a premonition that her life was about to take a turn for the worse.
One of the books
she’d just finished reading was How to Change your Identity and Hide from
Anyone. That was when she saw her fiancé murder his best friend and associate.
And call in one of his flunkies to remove the body. This wasn’t what she signed
up for when she agreed to marry Stefano Santangelo. Sure, she knew he was
involved in organized crime, but he’d sworn it was numbers running and things
She isn’t about
to leave the four-year relationship without something to show for it.
Paige takes one of
his precious antique coins and $750K from his safe, and runs. She changes her
hair, her walk, the kinds of foods she eats.
Then one day she
meets Christian Charles Beauchamps
He’s driving a
truck to make money to open a landscaping business. He’s handsome and charming,
and eventually convinces her to confide in him.
Chris falls for
her—or so he says.
But when she sees
him whispering to a suspicious bearded guy, she takes off again. Can Paige
finally escape Stefano’s grasp and have a normal life?
In 1979, Ian
Merryweather’s biggest dream is to be sheriff of a small town, but a disabling
wound in Vietnam sidelines him.
While he’s on the
mend, his best friend Chief Clement Baker is murdered, and Ian inherits the
job. His first inclination is to refuse the position. He feels guilty getting
the cherished position this way. But who else will dedicate himself to finding
the killer? Especially when the State Police have taken the chief’s son Barney
into custody, and there’s a killer on the loose.
And what about
the lovely Lucy? Ian’s had a crush on her for years. But she’s about to marry
Eric Bremer. She deserves so much more than the sly womanizer.
When Mt. St.
Helens roars to life, Ian’s happiness and the murder investigation are put on hold
while he’s forced to use every instinct and talent to save his townspeople from
the deluge of searing ash and lava.
The Present: Learning To Live Life
Consciously by Cindy Davis
Many people in my
over-55 community are, to quote one of my neighbors, “Waiting to go.”
called Florida “God’s waiting room.” What! Is that what really happens? I asked
around and found out it was.
thought, I realized I had been too.
This book is
about how my life changed when I learned to “live life consciously.”
Because, at the
age of sixty-two, I learned I didn’t need to lie down and wait for the end to
come. It was my choice to go forward…or not.
So, I went
forward…and joined a dating site.
And met someone
who changed everything.
this isn’t a dating book. It’s how, through interactions with Rick, spiritual
books, and journeys to places like Cassadaga, Florida, I learned about
self-healing, and that I could literally change my thoughts, to be a more
positive and empowering person.
That with those
changes, life took an entirely new path.
How easily things
come to you when you learn to let go.
On our honeymoon,
we visited Mexico’s Yucatan villages.
And learned that
in another life, I just might have been a Mayan.
Book Details: 437 Pages
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
You Have the Power: Self-Edit Your Way
Into Print by Cindy Davis
Way Into Print
shares her years of editing experience.
give you the power to edit and polish your own writing.
Cindy will teach
you many editing strategies
Learn how to
decipher overwriting, how to make dialect more readable. Learn to remove the
overuse of adverbs and pronouns.
Learn how to make
your opening sentence stand out.
Cindy is a
20+year professional editor
Cindy is best
known for her murder mysteries and romantic suspense, many of which were set in
her home state of New Hampshire. And have achieved considerable success. Now, a
transplant to Florida, Cindy has found herself changing not only place of
origin but also genre since her latest work is a New Age fiction penned with
her husband Rick
She is an award-winning
freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a
Solving The Mystery Of Online Dating:
Finding Love and Relationships While Avoiding Scammers by Rick and Cindy
Almost everyone will find themselves back in the dating world at some point.
and divorced, whether widowed or ending a long-term relationship—and it doesn’t
matter the age—almost everyone will find themselves back in the dating world at
some point. The idea of returning to the dating scene is frightening enough to
keep some people from trying at all. The reasons are many: what family might
think, the fear of getting hurt, being set in our ways, and the one we’ve heard
most of all from older people—not letting someone see what time has done to
Online dating is
gaining in popularity.
It’s increased three-fold in popularity through the years. Years ago, internet dating sites were called impersonal and a place for losers, but it’s important to remember, the impersonal-ness is gone after that first meeting. Dating sites are merely a place to meet a larger, more diversified number of the opposite sex.
The New York
Daily News stated that in a poll of 19,000 people married between 2005-2012,
one third met on a dating site.
respondents to their poll said online dating led to a serious long-term
and Internet Trolls.
contains an entire chapter on identifying and avoiding the scam artists that
patrol our world.
Learn to write
your profile so it catches attention.
instructions on how to make your profile pop, which photos to use, and how to
weed through the available profiles.
Learn the step-by-step
method of contact.
So, you are safe
at all times, beginning with simple, low-stress coffee dates.
Learn how to
follow through and what to do if you fail.
And how not to
settle for second best.
The authors met
on a dating site.
No, it didn’t
happen overnight—for Rick the journey was years; for Cindy six months. In this
book, they provide both the male and female perspectives to help others
successfully navigate the world of online dating. To avoid the scammers. To
become one of the success stories.
If You Fall Off The Horse…Dating After
Divorce by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Okay, so the
divorce is final.
You’re ready to
get back to life. To the dating world. But you haven’t dated since Reagan was
president and you have no idea how to begin.
This book is a
step-by-step guide on how-to date again.
It begins with
erasing the fear that keeps you from moving forward. Then continues with
chapters on navigating bar scenes, acting quickly on chance meetings, or
establishing a relationship with someone you already know. And finally, there’s
a chapter on online dating.
The authors use
their humorous back and forth style to give their perspectives on the dating
Fresh from the
dating scene, Rick and Cindy’s experiences can often be used as examples of
what NOT to do when looking for a mate, or just a long-term friend.
How I Lost A Thousand Pounds: Eating My Way
To Better Health by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
The diet industry
is one of the biggest in today’s American economy
All that said,
How I Lost a Thousand Pounds Eating My Way to Better Health is not your typical
diet book. It is my personal journey, my many years of battling obesity, and
how, during the trip, I lost well over a thousand pounds—up and down, up and
Let’s face it
folks, dieting has become a national pastime, just like baseball
Sound familiar? Finally,
I found success. I lost over one hundred pounds and, with the knowledge I’ve
developed about eating, it will stay off. Hopefully, my story about all the
different methods I tried over the years will help you move to the downward
side of the hill.
Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and
spend $33 billion on weight lost products.”
The world is in a
perpetual search for quick weight loss programs. But, be realistic. How can
there be any such thing—outside of chopping the fat from your body? How could
you expect the weight to come off overnight? Was it gained with a snap of the
fingers? Or the twitch of a nose?
“It only takes a
weight loss of 5% to bring significant health benefits that may lower blood
pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes developing.”
The goal should
be consistent weight reduction over a period of time. You must be prepared to
develop a whole new outlook on food and what it does to your body.
Mountain Nest announced that “95% of diets fail, and most will regain their
lost weight within 1-5 years.”
Make Money Breeding Small Dogs by Rick and
Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Dogs are family
members. They play with our children, keep us warm on cold winter nights, and
cuddle when we’re feeling blue. They travel with us or greet us when we arrive
home. Everyone is always looking for ways to make a few dollars. Why not make
money with your family pet?
No, this isn’t a
get-rich-quick scheme or a way to populate-the-world with a million puppies.
This is simply a
responsible way for your household pet to be productive. And who doesn’t like
cuddly puppies? Your children will learn how to handle delicate creatures; they
will learn responsibility. Most of all they will learn about unconditional
How To Resume Your Life: After The Death Of
A Spouse by Rick and Cindy Palmacci (Davis)
Losing a loved
one, whether from death or divorce, is both physically and emotionally
debilitating. But as people are so fond of saying, life is short.
It’s time to get
back into the world.
and informative book will inspire you to get off the couch and back into
circulation. Authors Rick and Cindy Palmacci have both been in your position.
They dug out from under the quagmire of emotion and found life…and love.
Although this book is geared toward inspiring you to recover lost hobbies, find
new ones, and just get off your keister, there are also some chapters about
finding a new love. To be read, or skipped over—your choice.
What are you
waiting for? To repeat inspirational speaker and self-help guru Wayne Dyer’s
words, “Excuses be gone!”
Cindy Davis is the
author of 22 mysteries and romantic suspense novels, and several non-fiction
She’s a 20-year veteran
free-lance editor, and a recent transplant to the land of sunshine where she
can be outdoors twelve months of the year rather than the four or five in New
Cindy and her new husband Rick do a lot of hiking and swimming. They like to travel–next on the bucket list is Italy. The last trip to Rome produced a novel Lethal Dose of Revenge (being marketed now) which made it TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
addicted to coffee–particularly chocolate raspberry flavor. And don’t anyone
dare get between her and her life-loves: Ben & Jerry. Other than that,
she’s pretty laid back.
She is an award-winning
freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a
Anxiety Workbook: Healing
Each Day by Theodocia McLean
Day Workbook: From The Author Of Mental Health Workbook: A Must Have
time you recover from an anxiety (panic attack), you are a survivor. You Won!
is a part of life, but serious, uncontrolled anxiety will rob you of quality of
a DID Survivor, my internal network struggles daily to stay on what we call our
this workbook, I will share with you what works best for me. Keep in mind that
everyone is unique and must find their own ‘Center Point’ and how to arrive
first idea that you must internalize, you are not alone. Thousands, even
billions of people around the world suffer from mild to acute anxiety. Knowing
that you are not alone, should be a mild comfort and perhaps there are groups
in your area where you can join, find local resources, and help others along
you for reading and accepting this workbook as a tool for healing each day. I
recommend that you buy a new workbook every year to continue the progress that
you are making. I give you lots of room to write in this journal/workbook.
suggest you also purchase my Mental Health Workbook: A Must Have Communication
Tool. This second workbook will help you track your health and share with your
workbook would make a perfect gift for those who suffer from Anxiety and Panic
Approach Your Non-Profit
With Assurance by Theodocia McLean
Must Have Workbook (Funding Source Included.
All New Non-Profit Executive Directors And Board Members.
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 And Some
Actual Funding Sources. Time Is Your Most Valuable Resource: Don’t Waste Time.
Theodocia McLean Has Proven That She Has A Heart For Nonprofits. Theodocia
Worked Ten Years In The Nonprofit Sector As A Grant Researcher/ Grant Writer
Before Becoming A Published Author.
Cat Diary For Cat Lovers
(In The Event Of Accident Or My Death) by Theodocia McLean
could never imagine (not would I want to) my life without a cat. Even as a
child, I had a cat and some years a cat and a dog for pets.
idea for this Cat Diary stems back twenty-five plus years. Circumstances beyond
my control was forcing me not only to move to another state, but I couldn’t
have a cat where I was going.
pressing task was to find a new home for my beloved male cat named Greybow. I
bought a notebook and begun writing everything I knew about Greybow’s likes,
dislikes, medical history (as he had lost one leg due to an accident), and
everything that made him special. Next, I put an ad in the local newspaper. A
day passed before a local college student called and asked if she could visit
Greybow. She came over to the house and immediately wanted Greybow. She moved
here to attend college and she was homesick for her family and lonely. She had
an apartment that allowed cats and so she decided she needed a furry friend.
Before we moved ahead with the exchange, I asked her to take the notebook home
and study it before she made the final decision. She called in a couple of day
and asked if she could adopt my Greybow. She said she had read his diary and
was convinced he would be the perfect companion for her. I say my goodbye and
watched her drive away with my precious Greybow. Before she left, I gave her my
new address and asked her to write, so I would know that Greybow was settling
in well. A couple of months later, I received a long letter stating how
wonderful Greybow had settled in. She said she was no longer lonely as he was
her shadow and stayed close while she studied long hours. In my heart I knew
that the diary had played a huge role in guaranteeing the successful transition
for both her and Greybow.
many years later, I created this workbook to help you and your precious furry
friend(s) find a new home. You might find your situation mirrors mine so long
ago. Perhaps illness has driven you to this decision or a family member has
died and his or her cat needs a new home.
would never wish on you the agony of needing to place your furry family member
in a new home, but if it needs to be, I hope this workbook brings you comfort
and the new owner much needed information to make the transition seamless.
is now 2018 and my shadow is named Wolf. He was a shelter cat, adopted before
six month and returned to the shelter. When I found him in 2011, he was in a
large room of cats, curled up all lone on a corner piece of carpet. I picked
him up, turned him over, and held him close to my chest like a baby. He looked
up at me with the lonely eyes and started purring. My heart melted and I knew
he was the furry one. Someone had already named him Wolf due to his gray color
and pointed ears. He was and is adorable. He is now age seven and the king of
workbook would not be complete unless I stated that Wolf has endorsed it. Wolf
is my loving shadow and I have talked through every word of this notebook with
him and he gives his full approval.
and I realize that if you are using this workbook, it is because you love your
furry friend and want to provide for him or her even when you can’t be around.
We wish you and your furry member of the family the very best in health, love,
cuddles and the transitions that life brings.
Writing Exercises For New Authors by Theodocia McLean
You Have Decided To Write A Book.
your first book will send you on a roller coaster of emotions. Maybe you have
dreamed for years of retiring from your job, creating time and the perfect
space to write your novel. The words might pour out of your mind faster than
you can type or you might face dry spells where the words won’t come. Writing
your book will become a labor of love, intense work, laughter and tears, but
seeing your book in print will be one of the most thrilling experiences of your
and friends might ask you the very same question that you find yourself asking
as you stare at the blank white page in front of you. Why am I writing this
book? Is my first intention to become famous and get rich or do I have a story,
an idea or some information that I want to share with others?
my experience, my first book was fiction because I had a story in my head that
wouldn’t leave me alone. A story that I needed to tell if for no other reason
than getting it out of my head and the satisfaction of reading it in print.
From there I branched out into a memoir in hopes of sharing a part of my life
journey. My workbooks were written out of a need to share important information
with others. I created a format that allows my reader to write their own
contribution in the workbook and make it their own.
think the best authors have written out of the sheer pleasure of writing the
novel, biography, short story, poetry etc. Passion for the characters, story or
information that you want to convey will be the spring board that will keep you
satisfaction of selling my books is surprisingly not about money at all. I have
discovered that selling a book is a humbling experience. If just one person
takes time out their busy life to purchase and read one of my books or
contribute to one of my workbooks that they hold in their hands and write in,
how much more truly lasting satisfaction could I possibly obtain?
A Workbook? Words are like clouds, they form, the create amazing things, they
create chaos and then they disappear.
You don’t have to be perfect at journaling for this workbook to help you
as an author. You do have to be willing to put the work in to reap the rewards.
your move along into this workbook, you will write about what you know and what
you imagine. I created this in workbook format because writing is in your blood
and this workbook will guide you.
day you get up out bed and experience life. Maybe you go someone, talk to
people you know, meet someone new, are perhaps you are forced into a new
environment or situation.
you are writing a reference book, your book will most likely be about
characters, environment, locations, and time periods. Whether fiction or
nonfiction, your book will need to draw your reader out of their space and time
and into your creation of space and time. The more you understand how your day
to day experience transforms into the life of your book, the better writer you
wish you the very best in writing, publishing and more importantly, promotion
and sales. You are welcome to contact me for help.
Theodocia McLean was born on Beals Island, in
Downeast Maine, in 1954.
Sold to the mailman, 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 every day 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.
This book 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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Footprints In My Life
Journey: 30 Day Bi-Polar Workbook by Theodocia McLean
Workbook Intended To Aide Communication Between Patient, Doctor and Therapist
Pages for $12.95
Version September 2018
am writing this to you out of a heart of sympathy and understanding. If you
have mental illness, especially Bi-Polar, you need to know that you are not
alone. I have wrestled with the debilitating illness of Bi-Polar and DID
(Dissociative Identity Disorder) and I consider myself a survivor. Yes, like
you, I will have mental illness for the rest of my life. I consider myself a
survivor, because I have been properly diagnosed (therefore am not going
insane, as I once thought). I am on the proper medications for my disorder and
I have the ‘Will Power’ to live.
first step for me was getting through the denial. I will say, that this took
way too long, but it is a journey that each of us must take individually. The
second step for me was getting and continuing treatment and therapy in order to
get a record of history, the right diagnosis and the right treatment. My
illness might be more complicated than your diagnosis due to DID (Dissociative
Identity Disorder). There is no medication for DID, but therapy has greatly
helped. Medication is so different for everyone and finding the right
combination can take years. Just when you think you have the magic formula;
your body adjusts to it and it can be a starting over process or just an
adjustment in the dose. The third step for me was determining that I didn’t
want to continue with long recurring bouts in a Psychiatric Hospital. To be
honest, this step took years. The fourth step for me was what I named, ‘My
Step is taken at a different pace for each individual. I don’t believe there is
a magic time table. For me, I had to determine the quality of life that I
wanted while surviving with mental illness. As a writer and someone who had a
journal most of my life, it became apparent that I needed to apply those skills
to my life long recovery process. I know that everyone is not comfortable with
writing, expressing thoughts on paper or tracking anything on a consistent basis.
However, it is my experience as time goes on, this process not only helps
myself, but my doctor, therapist, family and friends.
workbook is a labor of love. Please give this workbook as a gift to those who
begin with a poem: I wrote this poem in April 2002, when it finally dawned on
me that all of us with mental illness have to fight for our mental health. We
have to fight the depression, the darkness, suicidal thoughts and the shadows
of the past. We have to fight the anxiety of the present and the fears of the
future. I find that I have to go to a place deep inside me. A place, I call,
‘My Room of Will’.
Greyboy Mountain Express
(Trumble Kids Adventures) by Theodocia McLean
the Trumble kids (brothers, sisters and cousins) work the family business,
which takes them all over the world.
Trumble kids, together with the Trumble adults (moms, dads, grandparents, aunts
and uncles), work each summer assembling and managing one of their
world-renowned fairground enterprises.
School gives the Trumble kids the added advantage of traveling the world,
learning world history, world geography, world religions, and meeting people,
they would never encounter under normal circumstances.
summer the Trumble kids encounter one or more adventures that bring all the
siblings and cousins together in strong bond that will never be broken. This
summer is no different. Join the Trumble Kids Adventure on a private steam
locomotive called Greyboy Mountain Express. This summer will bring the kids
more adventure than they could ever imagine.
aboard Grey Mountain Express. All kids welcome.
Inventory Workbook by Theodocia McLean
Must Have Record Keeping System.
Household Property Inventory Workbook by Theodocia McLean is one purchase you
will wish you had made several years ago. Lucky for you, it is never too late
to document household and personal belongings.
workbook is geared for home owners or those who rent. Document and track
everything from furnishings to valuables. This workbook begins with all the
primary household family members’ vital statistics, dates, places, of birth,
right down to the details needed for family members if you are in the hospital
or you need someone to care for your furry members of the family. It ends with
your end of life instructions.
forbid your home and all its contents are lost to fire, flood or other natural
disaster. However, this is when this workbook becomes valuable. Your home and
all its contents are your biggest investments and you have spent a personal
fortune insuring for earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and theft. It is the worst
time of your life when the insurance adjuster wants proof of your loss. You
took the time to document your belongings in this workbook, you followed the
format, your recorded serial numbers, included receipts and photo copied
everything. You even stored copies on external hard drives or in the cloud.
You’re covered! Just sit back and wait for the insurance company to cut you a
highly recommend you purchase this workbook annually for your home and store
each past year(s) in your safety deposit box. This workbook makes a great
wedding or housewarming gift. Buy copies for yourself, your family and friends.
Mental Health Workbook: A
Must Have Communication Tool by Theodocia McLean
Workbook Intended To Aide Communication Between Patient, Doctor and Therapist.
McLean’s book, Mental Health Workbook: A Must Have Communication Tool is a
30-Day Workbook intended to aide communication between patient, doctor and
therapist. This workbook is a tool to accomplish daily tracking with as little
or as much writing as the patient/participate desires. She has included a bonus
day (31) to cover the longest calendar month. The bonus day (31) can be copied
and placed in a separate notebook going forward to cover the year. Theodocia
gives enough examples and choices to check off each day, so little writing is
necessary. She provides extra space for those who like to write/journal a lot.
Her desire is that this workbook will be used as a tool to track daily moods,
goals, successes, regressions and track medication and their side effects.
Theodocia writes out of heart of love for those who are dealing with mental
illness themselves or know someone who is. She hopes the results of this daily
tracking journal workbook will be shared with one’s mental health provider and
or care giver.
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: Is This
Half-Breed Living Among Us Today? is a unique approach to the “Nephilim”
(offspring of fallen angels and human copulation).
This might possibly be Theologians best kept
This is a fictional account of the “Nephilim”
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?
Product Details: Revised Short Story September 2018 107 Pages at $8.95 Genre: Fiction, Nephilim, Fallen Angels, Theologians, Half-Breed, Short Story
Heart Songs: Memoir With Selected Poetry by Theodocia McLean
This book contains Theodocia’s Memoir with
selected poems at the end.
In her life, the poetry came first. Writing
poetry gave her a voice and now she shares her poems and memoir with you.
Writing is a vehicle that has helped her express some of the emotions stuffed
way down deep throughout the years. Writing is one of the greatest tools that
she has discovered in her life skills toolbox, which helps her continue on her
This book describes the first twenty-three years
of her life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty.
Theodocia McLean was born on Beals Island, in
Downeast Maine, in 1954. Sold to the mailman, 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 every day 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
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.
Product Details Revised Version September 2018 271 Pages for $12.95 Genre: Memoir, Biography, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Mental Health, Healing, Heart Songs
About The Author: Theodocia McLean was born on Beals Island, in
Downeast Maine, in 1954. Sold to the mailman, adopted twice, she wasn’t told
her beautiful name until her sixteenth birthday.
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 every day 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.
book DID: True Story Of Survival 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.
Theodocia McLean is a multi-genre author. She is owner of Book Marketing Global Network and all the Cold Coffee Online Properties. You can find all her books on Amazon and/or Amazon Affiliates. She welcomes honest reviews.
hopes that her readers will muster up the courage to tell their story and thus
begin their own healing journey. She is willing to help other authors along
their publishing and promotion journey.
Books by Theodocia McLean: Approach Your Non-Profit With Assurance Anxiety Workbook: Healing Each Day Beyond The Diamond Pod Cat Diary For Cat Lovers (In The Event Of Accident Or My Death) Characters Unleashed: Writing Exercises For New Authors DID: True Story Of Survival Footprints In My Life Journey Greyboy Mountain Express (Trumble Kids Adventures) Household Property Inventory Workbook Lost In Missouri: Trumble Kids Adventure Mental Health Workbook: A Communication Tool My Theodocia: As Told By Stormy Nephilim Living Among Us The Nephilim Theodocia’s Heart Songs
My Life For Her: Enhanced Edition by Robert J Saniscalchi
My Life, For Her is a story about a Vietnam veteran who becomes a cop, and a cop who becomes a hero as he struggles to save his family. The reader is taken on an action-packed journey from hometown America to the jungles of Colombia, as Rob and his comrade Tex struggle against the forces of darkness. This book is not only an adventurous thriller, it is also a story about love, undying faith, and humanity. Suspense, action, and drama are carefully crafted together in this book for a memorable tale.
2019 Book Reviews: Reviewed by Grady Harp
4.0 out of 5 Stars
‘Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.’ General George S. Patton
February 11, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition: Verified Purchase
New Jersey born author Robert Saniscalchi returns to his 2010 debut novel with editorial enhancement by Autumn Conley and portions of the book embellished for the progress of the story. He subsequently published BULLETS AND BANDAGES (inspired by his older brother who was a field medic Vietnam 68-69) and FREEDOM’S LIGHT (addressing the wars in Afghanistan). Now MY LIFE FOR HER is placed before readers as a more polished novel that reflects the impact of the Vietnam War and the interaction of a veteran as a policeman fighting the drug cartels. Robert lives in both Pennsylvania and Florida.
Robert opens this story of Vietnam War veteran medic who has returned home to Pikeville and has become a police officer. The mood Robert establishes is sensitive and reflective: ‘Rob Marrino had sensed something odd yet familiar, that same old feeling that his life had circled back to the same time and place he had been before. The day was bright, the air fresh and invigorating. He had hoped that was a sign of a new beginning. Now, he had to wonder about that. It was Rob’s day off after his first week back to work in three months. A chain of events started in May; one he was struggling to forget. Thankfully, he was doing much better now, with the help of his doctor, his loving family, and the medication….
Now he sat admiring the mirror finish on this freshly waxed and detailed Mustang. Over the years, he had enjoyed working on the car, keeping it clean and tuned up. The car was a gift he bought for himself after making it through the bullets and bandages of the hell in Vietnam. The 1969 Mach 1, metallic red with flat black trim, was Rob’s pride and joy, so he stored it safely in the garage and drove his old but reliable Chevy pickup most of the time. On summer weekends, whenever they had the chance, Rob and Beth Anne, his better half, dropped the kids off at Grandma’s house, then cruised on down to the shore…’ The setting is well-established Americana, and then the story takes flight.
Many aspects of the story seem tied to fact – Pikeville is in New Jersey, Rob is a veteran medic like Robert’s brother – and that is one reason the theme feels true. But the quiet opening soon changes – Rob is involved in the arrest of drug runners from a Colombian cartel that subsequently kidnapping Beth Anne to Colombia and Rob and his fellow veteran friend Tex travel to the jungles of Colombia to rescue her. There is considerable violence – torture, murder, explosions, etc. that at times mirror the bad memories of the Vietnam experience.
Not having read the original book, which apparently cried for a rewrite, this reader found the story intense and involving and a fine speedy read. Will we ever reach a period when previous wars do not permanently impact both veterans and their families as in PTSD et al? Likely not until wars go away. We go on. Grady Harp, February 19
Reviewed by V.E.
4.0 out of 5 Stars
February 12, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition: Verified Purchase
My Life for Her by Robert J. Saniscalchi is a heartwarming story about a Vietnam veteran. Rob Marino is a veteran turned small town cop in this book that starts off slowly, but builds in excitement and tension as the story moves forward.
Rob could never possibly envision how his life evolves as the unexpected happens, and his chance involvement with the Colombian cartel takes a dangerous turn, as Rob’s wife is kidnapped in retaliation.
This is a well-rounded story that pulls you in pretty much right from the start, and what may appear to be a bland story in the beginning builds into a solid plot with plenty of action and intrigue. Overall, an interesting book with good characters, a fast pace and a story that keeps you interested until the end. A must read not only for its compelling story but for the focus on Vietnam veterans and the bond they share. Solid recommendation.
From The Author: How far would you go for love?
Could you venture into the darkness, not knowing?
Find out for yourself in this Rob Marrino, and Tex Larson thriller.
Product Details: Print Length: 197 Pages
Genre: War & Military Action Fiction, Military Thrillers, Thriller, Suspense, Action, Fiction
Once again into the fray we must go to stand firm in the goodness of the light-Freedom’s Light- against those that hide in the dark shadows of evil.
From the streets of NYC, to the remote badlands of Iraq, the world finds itself against an enemy as evil and ruthless as ever before.
Follow Rob and Tex as you are pulled into an action-packed story of love, loss, faith, and enduring friendship
Editorial Reviews: Author Robert Saniscalchi has penned down a masterful fictitious narrative based on the bitter past of U.S. by reconstructing the tragic event of 9/11.
Featuring a snappy relationship of three brothers (Paul, Roy & Rob) engaged in hearty leisure time of a hunting expedition, author skillfully highlights and brings out the character of 28-year-old Rob, a U.S. army veteran and a team member of ‘Special Operations Delta Force’ where during a casual chitchat Rob updates his brother about his livelihood and hardship at the military and a silent war being waged against terrorism.
Poignant, yet brilliantly told ‘Freedom’s Light’ unfolds itself delivering a wild ride of thrilling quest and dangerous assignment tasked to Rob against the evil of terrorism. Vividly detailed settings entwined with intricately developed evocative prose is explicit and author manages to evoke the emotional attachment for those who have suffered brutally at the hands of terrorism and its ugliness around the world.
Action oriented, tense and dramatic, author Robert Saniscalchi’s fictional thriller is a captivating modern-day parable that is relate-able and entertaining. Those looking for a powerful reality-based page turner are sure to be intrigued by ‘Freedom’s Light’.
Reviewed by Enas Reviews: midwestbookreview.com, December 16, 2016
Author Robert J Saniscalchi brings us fictional tale, Freedom’s Light, in a very real, honest exploration of good and evil as related to the harrowing events of 9/11–and the aftermath left in its wake.
Saniscalchi’s story introduces us to his protagonist, Rob, embarking on a family hunting expedition within the quiet wilderness of New York State. The peaceful outing filled with brotherly bonding and banter is short-lived, however, as the characters are soon thrown into the horror of the 9/11 attacks and a subsequent military operation. This is all unfortunately foreshadowed by Rob’s warnings, who understands the fragility of freedom and how it must be protected (or the light will be extinguished). A soldier and patriot, Rob becomes deeply entrenched within an elite team called Light Force. The object of the military operation: To identify the source (a terrorist base in Afghanistan) of another possible attack on US soil, and stop it in its tracks.
The characters are portrayed in a realistic and relatable manner, and the action is well depicted as the reader is soon caught up in the emotion and intensity. Although I don’t usually follow war books, shows, and movies, I particularly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who does enjoy the genre. Saniscalchi clearly demonstrates a thorough knowledge of his subject matter, and his story does not disappoint. Everyone I know was in some way impacted by the events of 9/11, and I can still recall the exact moments in which I came to learn about what had happened. This is a story of bravery and pays tribute to the men and women who selflessly fought to protect the United States from terrorism–and continue to do so today.
Reviewed by Rachael Hannah.
This an amazing book, it caught my attention from the very first page. It’s about 9 11 and the terrorist that attacked the twin towers and the army that went to battle against them. While I was reading this book a song popped into my head and it is where were you when the world stopped turning by Allen Jackson. That song describes parts of this book. It is well written and I loved the main character. I never knew exactly what happens that day but mow I have more knowledge of what happened. I will recommend this book to my friends and family.
Reviewed by Brittany Dalton Author’s Den10/2/2018
Product Details: Paperback: 290 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Printed Edition (January 2, 2017)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
Genre: War & Military Action Fiction, Military Thrillers, Thriller, Suspense, Action, Fiction
Bullets and Bandages was inspired from the stories of the author’s brother who was a US Army Field Medic with an elite Rescue and Recon Platoon, Vietnam 68-69. Through those stories, the author found the inspiration and was given the unique insight into the Bullets and Bandages of war. Parts of this book are also about the author’s own experiences, and that special time in our history.
The trails and victories of Rob and his comrades pull you into a world of survival through willpower, tenacity, and wit. This story is not only an adventurous thriller, but is also a story of love, humanity, and overcoming. CHAPTER 1- EXCERPT- BULLETS AND BANDAGES Some memories exist because they are etched into one’s mind with fire and anguish of true experience, not by choice. From my tour of duty in Vietnam, I am filled with the experiences that cannot be wiped away. I can recall the events, the names and the faces as if they had been in front of me only a short time ago. To this day, I thank the Lord in my prayers for helping me survive.
Sometimes, I dream of the tranquil rice fields or of the hot steamy jungles—– very quiet and peaceful. Occasionally, the dreams are of the men that I could not save, and of the ghastly shadows of my enemies. These images are a contradictory and discordant collage of the real horror of war. I have no misgivings about what was done; I was a soldier doing my duty for my country, in a war far away from my home. It was a war where our forces could not fully engage the enemy. The Army could not move on a strategic offensive and take the ground war into Hanoi or Cambodia. I had to learn a new type of warfare or would not have survived.
After some time, I began to know the enemy and anticipate his movements. My unit traveled the jungles in platoons of heavy infantry in search of Charlie. Our nerves were constantly on edge. It was a guerrilla war, and I learned to adapt. With a little time, my platoon began to work together. We learned to think like the enemy and use our instincts to fight together as a team. When the enemy would stand and fight, we fought back until they ran.
Unfortunately, I knew before long those same troops would try to sneak up on us again. Copyright Robert Saniscalchi 2007.
Genre: War & Military Action Fiction, Military Thrillers, Thriller, Suspense, Action, Fiction
About The Author: Robert J Saniscalchi is the Author of Bullets and Bandages, now in 2nd Edition from Amazon/Kindle/Create-Space.
His first book has received endorsements from the Vietnam Veterans of America and The Military Writer’s Society of America.
Robert also is the Author of the 2nd Edition of- My Life For Her, also from Amazon/Kindle Create-Space. Full reviews on his work can be found on Amazon.com.
Robert’s third work, his new story -Freedom’s Light- is complete, and with a 5-star review on Amazon Kindle.
Robert is a member of various writing and reading communities. Robert is a retired Electrician, Author/ Writer and reader of the known/unknown. Robert became interested in writing after he attended English and writing classes at college. He is married and he has a home in Berks County Pa and Winter Springs Fl.
Robert loves the great outdoors, reading, writing and working on his cars.
Cold Coffee Review: Let me quickly recap The Four Seasons series books One and Two before jumping into book three titled Into Winter: The Armed Invasion (The Four Seasons Book 3) by Larry Landgraf.
Book One (Into Autumn by Larry Landgraf) takes one of modern man’s worst fears and makes it a reality when the grid fails leaving people to survive by any and all means possible. Communities like Peaceful Valley spring up, but not without advantages and disadvantages to belong.
Book Two (Into Spring-The Next Generation by Larry Landgraf) finds two young adults from Peaceful Valley striking out on their own to find wives. Arriving in Corpus Christi, they find a society ruled by a ruthless dictator named Sandra Hawkins. Survival takes on a different form than Sean and Robbie had known in Peaceful Valley and escape might be out of their reach.
Book Three (Into Winter: The Armed Invasion by Larry Landgraf) brings us to a point in the story where Robbie and two female allies (Florence Ingalls and Beka Livingston) are trying to escape in a Cessna Skyhawk at the Airport. This is a dangerous proposition. Back in Peaceful Valley, the community is gearing up for a standoff against Sandra Hawkins’s army which they learn may be heading their way. Their only defense might be offense with some old equipment as John states “I know a little about electronics”. Will they be able to save their small community from this tyrant and if they do, what lies ahead?
Author Larry Landgraf weaves a believable tale that takes his characters into survival mode that toys with the reader’s imagination and the ‘what ifs’. Like what if our grid was to fail? What if democracy was no more? Each character plays his and her part well and the story flows quickly from one page to the next. I encourage you to read each book in this epic series in order. Author Larry Landgraf wrote book two and three as stand-alone novels to help those who come late to the series. Now we wait for his promised conclusion titled Into Summer: Dawn Of A New Age.
I endorse Into Winter: The Armed Invasion (The Four Seasons Book 3) by Larry Landgraf. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 16, 2018.
Into Summer: Dawn Of A New Age (The Four Seasons Book 4) – by Larry Landgraf
The twins, Robbie and Ronnie Lindgren, head off on a new adventure. Tired of all the warfare, they want to try to return south Texas to a peaceful state, but change is always difficult, and peace comes at a high price. One will live and one will die in their quest for a new government, economy, and society.
Twenty years after the chaos began, Robbie and Sean leave Peaceful Valley for the first time. They are on a quest to Corpus Christi. The boys have matured and need wives. The grid, government, and economy collapsed two decades ago. Ninety-five percent of the people died. The world has changed drastically. Only the tough have survived. Corpus Christi, however, is strong, but not without a price. The city is a brutal dictatorship ruled by the ruthless Sandra Hawkins and her chief of police, Richard Ingalls. Though they have trained all their lives for this moment, nothing could have prepared Robbie and Sean for what lies ahead. Can the boys find love in this new world?
Tales from the Riverside tells true and unique stories about one man’s struggle with alligators, snakes, killer bees, and hordes of nasty critters on a daily basis in his swamp. Experience the danger without the need for professional medical services. Life in a swamp is not for everyone.
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Ethnic & National
Cold Coffee Review: Tales from the Riverside, is a refreshing group of stories that you will relate to if you are not a born and raised a city dweller. If you are a city dweller, you will enjoy the stories, because Author Larry Landgraf writes with candor and humor as he shares his life on the Guadalupe River in Texas.
The author states it best “I’m a swamp dweller”. The book is divided up by thirty-five personal stories with actual photos which illustrate points of interest. Here are a few of his interesting titles: City Gals and Fishing, Catching Moccasins, You Are What You Eat, War in the Swamp, Our Wild Sex Life, Who’s to Blame…Our Dying Estuary, and The Day My World Blew Up in My Face, Literally to name a few.
I love the author’s statement, “There are dozens of ways to die in a swamp. There are just as many ways to die, if not more, in the city.” He goes on the say, “In my opinion, the most dangerous animal on this planet is man. I’ll take my chances with the alligators, bees, snakes, and all the other creatures that live in my swamp.”
As for Larry, he is more comfortable in the swamp where he and his girlfriend can have a garden and fry fresh catfish, not to mention battling with what will walk, fly, crawl, and slitter out of the swamp. Larry and Ellen (city gal) enjoy their beautiful, peaceful and even dangerous environment. He and his partner respect the power of nature, even when they had to endure the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.
Larry shares intimate personal life stories with words that will draw you into the swamp with him. You will feel compassion for Ellen (city woman), living life in a swamp. He even shares some of his mother’s recipes, which look downright yummy.
I, Theodocia Mclean, endorse Tales from the Riverside by Larry Landgraf as a great way to see how Larry lives his life and what he chooses to share with us readers. I purchased this book from Kindle and enjoyed it so much, I turned around and purchased a print paperback copy from Amazon to give to my husband as a Father’s Day gift, shhhhh don’t tell him. This review posted on May 3, 2018.
A Tempest In Texas (Print Replica) by Larry Landgraf
A chilling account of how Lars Lindgren and Eileen Branson must face new challenges when all of humanity is forced into desperate survival mode when the grid shuts down, and government and the economy crumble.
True-life characters in gravely realistic scenarios sure to make some people squeamish.
Awards: A Tempest in Texas 2017 finalist ‘screenplay’ New York Screenwriting Festival (action/adventure) A Tempest in Texas 2017 finalist ‘screenplay’ Influx Magazine Festival (action/adventure) A Tempest in Texas 2017 semi-finalist ‘screenplay’ Los Angeles Screenwriting Festival (action/adventure) A Tempest in Texas is currently in the hands of two producers.
Genre: Comedy, Humor & Entertainment, Movies, Screenplays, Arts & Photography, Performing Arts
Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview With Larry Landgraf
Larry Landgraf was born and raised on the Guadalupe River Delta on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Update: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, I have created two video slide shows set to music. They are “Who Am I?” and “Life in My Swamp”. They are in the videos in the slideshow to the right. Know me first and you’ll know why I write what I write. Thank you.
A Voice in My Head by Larry Landgraf (1-27-2018)
Each night as I lie and toss in bed,
The words and phrases charge ahead,
It happens almost every night with me,
Usually around the hours of two or three.
There’s a small crevasse between my ears,
Where you’ll find a little desk and chairs,
An alien shows up with his pen in hand,
Why? Well, I guess because he can.
He’s working on things for my books,
Or correcting errors; that’s what he cooks,
Over and over in my head you see,
Then sharing what he’s written for me.
Most nights I’ll ignore him; I need my rest,
I know if I leave him alone, he’ll do his best,
When I awake, if it’s important I’ll remember,
And if it’s really good, I’ll crank up the computer.
Where he came from I do not know,
But now I would never tell him to go,
He’s been working so hard just to help me,
This I know and can easily see.
He first showed up in two-thousand fifteen,
Having him in my head, I wasn’t too keen,
But he showed me he was indeed a friend,
Helping me write my first novel way back then.
You may think I’m crazy because he’s there,
But what you want to believe, I really don’t care,
Because he showed up to help me for a reason,
He pointed out the path–my books of Four Seasons.
Then he must have liked what he was doing,
He’s hung around and kept the words spewing,
Maybe he’ll stay until I get the last volume right,
All four books side by side will be quite a sight.
He’s not much better than me with typos and such,
With a good editor, it doesn’t matter so much,
The story is what absolutely must be grand,
No one wants to read something boring or bland.
Whomever this little guy is, must also have his faults,
As there are nights when he takes me on walks,
Through times I remember having long past,
Looking for a story, or through me, just having a blast.
I don’t know his name and haven’t seen his face,
I just know he’s there, us both sharing the space,
I never hear from him during the day,
I just remember what that night he had to say.
Some nights I’ll get up and we’ll work together,
I don’t know why, but at times this seems better,
But he’s quite shy and I seldom hear a peep,
It’s almost like he’s now fallen asleep.
But I know he’s there as the stories keep coming,
He’s working hard and his notes he’s sharing,
Fixing problems or writing totally new stuff,
That I’ve never seen and can’t ever get enough.
He’s been with me now for over three years,
The stuff we’ve written to share without fear,
As we know it is all good and others will like,
The stuff we’ve churned out both day and night.
He also helps me market so sales will soar,
Showing me that people who read want more,
They want to know their author you see,
Grow my brand; an introvert I can no longer be.
So you may see me wearing my coonskin hat,
Dressed up in leather jacket; moccasins to match,
Up on display for all the world to see,
Being the author my little friend said I must be.
I’m now getting out and am quite the extrovert,
It wasn’t hard to do and I’m enjoying the perks,
It’s fun meeting and sharing myself with you,
Learn about me and my books through and through.
I’ve made it easy for you to know me better,
The best place to start is through Twitter,
I’ve done this to benefit both you and me,
Search for my handle @riverrmann and you’ll see.
So the next time you pick up one of my books,
Know that the story is as good as the cover looks,
Written from the heart and compiled by the brain,
Of not only me, but the little guy who one day came.
After four years of college, Larry spent 20+ years as a commercial fisherman. When that ended, he became a general contractor for another 20+ years. He wrote his first book in 1986 in an attempt to save his commercial fishing career. The book and the career failed. After retiring from the contracting business due to a death-defying accident, he wrote his second book in 2012 “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me”.
Still he didn’t consider himself an author. He awoke one morning in January 2015 with a story in his head. He sat down at the computer and began to write this story. Next thing he knew, he had written 300 pages. After an extensive re-write and editing, “Into Autumn – A Story of Survival” was published in September 2015. This is his third book, but debut novel. “Into Autumn” was re-published in January of 2017.
As he left some things hanging in “Into Autumn” he had to write a sequel. “Into Spring – The Next Generation” came out in January 2017. It made “finalist” in the Independent Author’s Network (IAN1) 2017 Book of the Year contest. Larry then came up with the idea of a Four Seasons series. “Into Winter” hit the shelves in September of 2017. “Into Summer” is next and is planned for 2018. NEWS FLASH . . . “Tales From the Riverside” is out now. Larry finally considers himself an author, but you decide for yourself.
Larry still lives on the Guadalupe River Delta…in the swamp. He writes, tends his fruit orchard and his large garden. He enjoys fishing with Ellen, his significant other, traveling and living in the country where he resides.
Update: Hurricane Harvey hit Larry dead center. You won’t believe what happened. His home is okay, but the story is unbelievable. Read it on his blog: http://intoautumn.com/?p=562 or find it in “Tales from the Riverside”.
You can find much more about Larry at his website, Pinterest or one of the many author websites his books and story are listed. “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me” is his autobiography which will paint you an extensive picture of him. This book was re-published in 2017.
Many people have said “Into Autumn” would make a good movie, so he took it upon himself to write the screenplay. “A Tempest in Texas” is his rendition of that script. It came out in April 2017 and is available on Amazon as well. The gist of “Into Autumn” in an afternoon read. In May of 2017, “A Tempest in Texas” has made the semi-finals in the Los Angeles Cine-Fest screenwriting festival. Shortly thereafter, it made “finalist” in the Influx Magazine Festival. In October it made “finalist” in the New York Screenwriting Festival and as of the end of the month, it is in the hands of two producers in California.
What makes you proud to be a writer from (Texas)? I’m proud to be a writer from Texas because we can write with a southern drawl and get away with it. When I say my main female character flees San Antonio, you know exactly where she is. When I say my protagonist, Lars, is a Davy Crockett type Texas country gentleman, you can visualize what he looks like, talks like, and the way he carries himself. You know he’s going to take care of his lady. Finally, you know that I write stories as big as Texas. My epic sage of Peaceful Valley, the Four Seasons Series, spans four volumes, three of which are now complete. The finale, Into Summer, will sizzle off the presses in 2018.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I wrote two non-fiction books, the first in 1986 to try to save my commercial fishing career. The book and career ended in failure. My second, How to Be a Smart SOB Like Me was inspired by dumb people, most of which I seemed to find up and down the highway. I did not consider myself an author at this point. A death-defying injury and a contracting business I could no longer run, forced me to retire. But I couldn’t do nothing, but I didn’t know what I was going to do. In January 2015, I awoke with a story in my head and began writing. Before I knew it, I had written 300 pages. As I left a few things hanging, there had to be a sequel. Only when the sequel was published did I decide on the Series and finally considered myself an author.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Absolutely! I grew up wild in the country fending for myself much of the time. I have been self-employed all my life and built my own home with my own two hands. There isn’t anything I can’t do that I decide I want to do. “Can’t” has never been a part of my vocabulary. I am strong of body and mind and I feel everyone else should be as well. I know we can’t all be strong, but I like to help nudge people in that direction. Life is tough. It’s supposed to be that way and people need to learn how to take care of themselves. One day you may not have a choice, and then what are you going to do? Wish then that you had listened to me today? Remember, “What you learn today will determine how well you live tomorrow.” by Larry Landgraf.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I knew I’d publish my first book in 1986 and my second in 2012 and wrote those knowing I would publish them. It wasn’t until the sequel, Into Spring, to my first novel, Into Autumn, that I wrote as a bona fide author. I then had a goal in mind, the Four Seasons Series, and wrote from that time forward knowing my path and that I was now and would continue to be an author.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Acceptance and praise of my work. It feels great when others enjoy what you have written. When someone has read Into Autumn and say they can’t wait to read Into Spring, then that they want to read the entire series tells me that I am on the right path in my writing. I have always considered my work to be as unique as I am, and for others to like who I am and what I’m writing, is priceless.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Receiving awards for my work. I wrote the screenplay for the first book in my series, Into Autumn, and titled it A Tempest in Texas. It made finalist in the New York Screenwriting Festival and the Influx Magazine Screenwriting Festival. I never thought to enter Into Autumn into any contests, therefore it didn’t win anything. A Tempest in Texas won in Into Autumn’s stead. I did, however, enter Into Spring into the Independent Author’s Network (IAN1) ‘Book of the Year’ contest. It made ‘finalist’ in the action/adventure genre.
How many published books do you have? I have six published books, but Dangerous Waters published in 1986 is out of print, so I have five to sell including the screenplay.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? ‘Before, during, and after’ for the SOB book. The title was changed many times and when the book was complete, I settled on the current title. ‘Before’ for the rest of the series. The main character is loosely patterned after me. Lars Lindgren and I are advancing into the autumn of our lives. That’s where I came up with the title. Into Spring seemed appropriate for The Next Generation in book two. After Into Spring was finished and I had decided to write the series, Into Winter and Into Summer fell into place. That’s why the seasons aren’t sequential in the series. My best friend, after whom crazy Reggie is patterned after in Into Autumn, came up with the screenplay title. We tossed the name around for weeks while I was writing the script. He told me the title had to have the word ‘tempest’ in it. It was easy after that…A Tempest in Texas it was.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My Four Seasons Series books are listed as action/adventure. How to Be a Smart SOB Like Me is non-fiction, but it is about life, my life mostly. The fiction series is about a major catastrophe in life. The characters are all ordinary people with their good qualities and their faults, all thrust into desperate survival mode. But, as in real life, the books are so much more. There is love, camaraderie, hardship, struggle, tough decisions, a menage a trois or two, murder, mystery, suspense, humor, sarcasm, bullying, domestic violence, hopes and dreams, girly stuff, man stuff, and lesbianism. Pretty much what you might find in real life. I look around and write about what I know. I try to hit on all the major conflicts of modern man (and woman), and maybe even a few not so major struggles.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Into Winter. The Series is best if read in order, though books two and three were written as stand-alone novels.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? As I said earlier, I awoke from a dream very early one morning in January 2015, with a story in my head. I have no idea where it came from, but the story sounded good in my mind, good enough to get me out of bed and on the computer. I wrote for hours, the words spilling out of my head onto the page. I felt possessed, though I don’t believe in that sort of stuff. Before I knew it, I had written another book. I put my heart and soul into the story. I still love it whether or not anyone else does. But apparently though, quite a few people do like it.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t force the story or words. Write from your heart and soul. If you have the story in you, it will flow to the paper with ease.
Who is your favorite author and why? Mark Twain for Tom Sawyer. I was very sick with measles and mumps at the same time when I was young. My oldest sister bought this book for me. I loved the book and now that my sister is no longer with me, I think of her often and how sweet she was to me from that day forward. For poetry, I have to say Edgar Allen Poe. I love all his poetry, but Annabel Lee is my favorite.
Hawk McCoy is a fifth-grade boy looking for a mystery in his hometown of Izlet Bay, Georgia.
He has his Fingerprints for All Occasions Guide, and his Super Sleuth 100 to work with.
Where will he find his mystery?
He and his best friend, Sandy Sue South walk dogs, garden, wash doors, and they do find mysterious sisters living in their town.
Cold Coffee Review: Hawk McCoy is a boy with an imagination. For all us adults who grew up exploring our neighborhood, solving mysteries with our neighborhood side-kicks, it is time to share stories like this with our children, grandchildren and great children in the hopes they too will leave the comfort of their game console and explore the world around them.
I wonder how many fifth graders today are using their imaginations to explore the world around them like Hawk McCoy and his best friend Sandy Sue.
The book is divided up into dated events like: MORNING: 6/4/2013, 9:00AM WASHINGTON, DC- GOVERNMENT OFFICE OF PROTECTION.
Mary T. Kincaid has written four middle grade books and has contributed to at least three anthologies.
I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Hawk McCoy: The Penthiads by Mary T Kincaid as the author reminds me of the endearing Aunt who lets you explore her basement, attic, yard, and neighborhood with gadgets made from items found around her home. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was posted on May 3, 2018.
Genre: Children’s eBooks, Mysteries & Detectives, Fantasy & Supernatural, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories, Fantasy & Magic
Mason Garcia struggles to find new interests and make friends away from his surfing and his beloved ocean. In a town with no surfing he finds a spooky park just down the block from his new house. Is it haunted?
Can everyone see the Punwees?
He sees them through his bedroom window. They open a door in a walnut on the tree and stand on the branch of a tree. Spend time in the world of little people. Imagine that there are little people all around your house, yard, and school. Mason is sent to counseling because no one else sees the little people, and his parents think he is having trouble adjusting to the move. Is it always better to talk to someone about what is going on in your life?
Can Mason find someone to play video games with beside the little people who are very competitive?
Everyone serious about something knows what it is like when they meet people who are not as serious as they are.
Practice your reading with this adventure. A good story to read in chapters. This fantasy will expand your vocabulary and introduce you to Mason’s world.
About The Author I’m an Oklahoma girl who spent thirty years living in the deep South. I’m an observer. Everything can be the basis of a good story. Story ideas are everywhere. No need to give you my dates like I’ve passed from this life. I’m here. It’s now.
Let’s read. I write stories for children. The golden age of adventure when they can still use their imagination is between the ages of six and twelve. I love creating worlds for them to explore. Reading is so important. It is the gateway to their future.
I live with two cranky cats in northeast Oklahoma. I’m a widow.
Cold Coffee Review: Little Worlds Of Magic helps children understand the struggles of moving and leaving their friends behind.
Main character Mason lives in a loving military family where travel is part of life. His parents are wise to encourage him to make new friends in hopes that his imaginary friends will no longer be needed.
As a grandparent who moved around a lot as a child, this book not only brought back memories but will make a great Christmas gift for my 7-year grand-daughter who reading well above her age.
Author Mary T. Kincaid has a wonderful imagination and her love for children shines through.
This is the second book that I have read by Mary T Kincaid. I give this book five stars. I believe that a child as young as seven (who can read) and perhaps as old as twelve will enjoy this easy to read book. One hundred and fourth six easy to read pages with beautiful black and white illustrations by Doriano Strologo.
I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Little Worlds of Magic by Mary T Kincaid. I purchase this book from Amazon print. This review was completed on November 11, 2016.
The story of a mole who hears singing the day he is born drifting into his den.
His family doesn’t make any noises like singing, so where is it coming from?
Will he have the nerve to defy traditions and venture into no mole territory?
Can he have membership in two worlds?
Join him and see.
Cold Coffee Review: As a Grandmother I can highly recommend Mortimer for ages 4 and up.
Mortimer is a mole who is curious about the world him from birth. Even though he tends to break all the rules, his world becomes far more than a hole in the ground. He tests his parent’s patience and his boundaries to learn and try new things. In doing so he makes friends and overcomes fear.
There are 39 pages with eleven short chapters. The chapters are titled, The Beginning, Ignorance, Curiosity, Big Paws, Mission, New Plan, To The surface, Despair, The Invention, Sharing and Dancing. There are eleven cute hand drawn illustrations.
Interesting story with good dialog to keep any young child, boy or girl interested.
A great bedtime read.
I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Mortimer: Chapter Book For Early Readers by Mary Kincaid. A new children’s book titled ‘Little Words Of Magic’ is promised to be released this year. I purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on May 13, 2016.
In the spirit of “Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales” is this wonderful second volume of short stories to enjoy!
With stories to enchant readers of all ages, this collection of pirate and mermaid stories will open your eyes to the magic that can be found under the sea.
Let yourself be pulled into the magical worlds found within these stories. From pirates and sea monsters to kind-hearted mermaids and flesh-eating sirens, let these charming ocean tales sweep you away into the realm of fantasy.
With twenty-six stories, including four poems, written by seventeen different authors from around the world, “Teapot Tales: Pirates, Mermaids and Monsters of the Sea” is a wonderful collection of short stories, each story just long enough to enjoy with a cup of tea.
Something to Take on the Trip is loaded with short stories for people who have a limited amount of time to read a bit of something every day.
Aimed at commuters and people on journeys short and long, each story is just the right length for your trip.
Comedy, romance, drama, mystery, science fiction and everything in between, there is something here for you whatever your mood!
This is no ordinary anthology. Aimed at readers 18 – 80 it contains a variety of genres from a variety of authors.
The writers who contributed to this book come from locations across 4 continents, and kindly donated their work in aid of a children’s hospital charity.
Contributing Authors: Kevin J. Anderson, Aditi Bathia, Graham Brand, Donald R. Broyles, Cora Buhlert, Neil Bursnoll, Jamie Campbell, Michael Carmella, T.L. Champion, Helen Cho, Samuel Clements, J. David Core, Cate Dean, Stephen Drivick, Dan Fiorella, Erin Garlock, David Gerrold, Edward M. Grant, Sheila Guthrie, Jamie Horyski, Mary Kincaid, Paul B. Kohler, Paul Levinson, Kevin A. Lyons, Kelly Lytle, Ron McLarty, John L. Monk, Lindy Moone, E. Percy Muove, Debadatta Pati, Dario Solera, H.S. Stone, Joe Tannian, Vincent Trigili, Karen Tucker, Rich Walls, Stella Wilkinson, Richard Wolanski and Frank Zubek.
Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview With Author Mary T. Kincaid
Bio: I’m an Oklahoma girl who spent thirty years living in the deep South. I’m an observer. Everything can be the basis of a good story. Story ideas are everywhere. No need to give you my dates like I’ve passed from this life. I’m here. It’s now. Let’s read.
I write stories for children. The golden age of adventure when they can still use their imagination is between the ages of six and twelve. I love creating worlds for them to explore. Reading is so important. It is the gateway to their future.
I live with my husband and two cranky cats in northeast Oklahoma.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Oklahoma? An Oklahoma writer sits on the plains and observes things like Will Rogers, the native son, and mentor to all the state’s writers.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always had a talent for writing. I’m in a place where I can use it to tell my stories.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, my environment played a big part in my writing. I spent my childhood reading and spending time with imaginary characters. I still spend time with these characters but now I’m able to share them.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Only a couple of years ago, I realized that children were waiting for my stories, and the other things I have to share. Having grandchildren really made me aware of it.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love to make maps of my story worlds. I draw the relationships of things to the characters, and enjoy laying out the locations of action.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing the ideas become a finished product. That involves critique groups, editors, and the formatting to get it uploaded to a finished product.
How many published books do you have? Four Children’s books and I have contributed to four anthologies.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I struggle with titles. They don’t come to me the way characters do. I have to spend time thinking of a metaphor that will hint at the story and it is just not easy. Editors and reviewers often help me.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write chapter books, middle grade stories for very young readers. I want them to have the same opportunity to develop the desire to explore characters and stories that I had as a girl.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Hawk McCoy: The Penthiads by Mary T Kincaid.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I wondered about a character doing something completely outside his family expectations, like a mole learning about baseball.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t give up.
Who is your favorite author and why? Herman Melville is my favorite. The opening passage to Moby Dick is a piece of American poetry that is not appreciated enough.
Incredible Story Telling: Historical Western Fiction With A Focus On Canada
Cattle Business: A Western Adventure by Dave McGowan
Western adventure from Dave McGowan!
The evening of
the next day Constable Edward Theason dismounted in a clearing not far from the
Yellowhead Trail. He made a circuit every month, but he only came this far
north and west every three months. It made the circuit another two weeks
longer, thereby cutting in to his regular time off, but he enjoyed the trip.
There were never any problems to deal with and he got to enjoy several nice,
quiet campsites with protection from the weather and plenty of good water.
Except for mid-winter when he often found those same sites isolated, lonely and
He worked his
ankles and stretched his legs. He put his hands on his hips and bent his back
forward then back as far as he could.
“No law breakers,
no Corporals or Sergeants, what could be better?” he said.
Coffee 5 Star Review: Settle
in for a Western Adventure that is far different from the Cattle Business of
the twenty-first century. Constable Edward Theason’s leisurely horseback
frontier security check comes to an abrupt end. His tracking skills creates an
The thieves might have gone quietly off
into the night, but if caught, the price would be much higher than thieves pay
today. Cattleman Sullivan Wheeler said. “Well, I reckon you’ve had enough time,
Mr. Policeman. I wait much longer I won’t have any cows left.”
He decided to spend the day ensuring
that everything around the buildings was properly stored and the horses in the
barn pasture would have water and feed while he was gone. The area they were in
was large enough for perhaps three times their number, so feed should not be a
problem. Water, however, could be. If there was a heavy rain the resultant
run-off could block the small channel through that pasture with debris, so he
went out and made sure it was completely clear.
Having assured himself the place would
manage without his attention he then concentrated on putting together the
supplies he would need. He suspected it would take him some time to find the
thieves which would require him to have two, or better yet three weeks of food
for both man and horse. The horses could make do with the fresh grass in the
country, but they would lose a lot of weight if he rode long days without
supplying them with oats. Once he unloaded the pack horse at the two shacks, he
maintained out in the hills he could switch horses each day, but even that
would wear them down given enough time.
The air is clean, the
elements can be merciless, the
terrain beautiful, but not without its inherit danger. The adventure that unfolds is one of
necessity, not leisure. This story reminded me that the west and ranchers of
all types, in the United States and Canada owe a debt of gratitude to those who
came before them. Those of us who aren’t forced to protect our land and
livestock from wild animals and human predators, should respect the way of life
still eked out by our farmers and ranchers.
Very enjoyable read. I purchase this
book from Kindle on February 10, 2019.
The Making Of Jake McTavish: A Western Adventure by D. M. McGowan
In the west of the 1890s, Jake’s wife is
raped and murdered, an image from which he attempts to escape and hide. When
two thieves try to take what little he has left, Jake realizes he must face the
past and solve his wife’s murder to truly escape the images in his head. But to
find the killer, he discovers even more surprises …
Jake McTavish left his home in central
Canada when he was in his Winnipeg, feeding cattle south of Fort Garry, and
shooting wolves on the prairies, he starts his own cattle operation in the
foothills of the western mountains. Then he meets his life-long partner, Anna.
Jake and Anna were married three years
when it all came crashing down. He came home to find his beautiful wife raped
and murdered. In an attempt to escape the vision of his butchered wife and all
that he lost, Jake runs deep into the mountains, where he spends three years
trapping and panning gold.
When two outlaws attempt to rob him and
leave him for dead, Jake finally comes out of the stupor he has lived in and
begins to fight back. First, he deals with the two thugs. Next, he returns to
his homestead to find his wife’s killer. Solving a murder after several years
is no easy task, especially when it includes surprises he didn’t want to find.
After a variety of work experiences, D.
M. McGowan has now returned to work as a commercial driver and lives near Mile
“0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway. His books bring Canadian
history to life. This is his fourth published book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/davidmmcgowan
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: The Making
of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan is an 1800’s western pioneering era saga that
combines exceptional story telling with an historical tale told by Peace
Country pioneer John Brown.
Well-developed characters and true to life settings with
descriptive writing put the reader into the story. The main character Jake
McTavish stands alone in his empty cabin with his thoughts that he voiced to
his blue tick hound, “Maybe I’ll just have t’shoot somebody. That way the
government will have t’ feed us ‘til they punch my ticket and bury me.”
Life had been especially hard since the murder of his
wife. For the fourth year he must continue his Peace River trek in British
Columbia (1898) to take the furs that he had collected by canoe down to Ft. St
John. This is an important ritual as Jake trades bails of skins for cash to pay
for supplies and to repair equipment heading into the new season. Times were
hard enough without the ambush that knocked him out cold and took most of
everything that he had in his camp.
Just 11 years ago “in the spring of 1887 Jake became a
wealthy saddle tramp. He only had fourteen Canadian dollars, two U.S. dollars
and eighty-six cents, but he was rich in other goods. He had four horses, a
fine, double rigged saddle, a short barrelled Colt pistol, a Colt Navy .36 and
a Winchester rifle. He also had a serviceable pack saddle, bed roll, enough
food to last a month and the pack covered with two tarps.”
By 1889 Jake had spent two years with the Cambridge
Cattle Company and had accumulated some money. With a deep yearning for
something more and the passing of the Canadian Homestead Act, Jake chose three
hundred and twenty isolated acres in the foothills north of the Rocky
Mountains. In the fall of 1891 with 15 yearlings to sell he met Anna Porenski.
When she married him he no longer felt driven, because he had it all. Anna was
raised on a farm, so ranch life came easy to her and she enjoyed gardening. The
only thing missing are children for fate has refused to grant Jake and wife
Anna a baby. To end such dreams Anna is murdered and the responding Mounted
Policeman comes close to accusing Jake.”
Travel with Jake McTavish on a journey to find Anna’s
killer or killers.
The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M.
McGowan for the author’s incredible story telling of Jake McTavish. I invite
you to also read: The Great Liquor War, Homesteader: Finding Sharon and
Partners. D. M. McGowan tells us that Cattle Business is coming soon. This
review was completed on December 20, 2015.
The Great Liquor War: A Western Adventure by D. M. McGowan
year is 1885. Hank James has been in Canada several months panning gold from a
stream near Roswell, British Columbia. When he hears a prizefight will be held
in town, he attends along with everyone for miles around. With a little help
from the fight referee, he wins big betting on the fight. Having realized that
the life of a miner isn’t nearly as romantic or rewarding as he expected, and
with advice from the policeman who helped him win money on the fight, Hank goes
to Farwell to haul freight with pack horses for contractors building the
railroad’s security, a detachment of North West Mounted Police, have maintained
across the West that no liquor be allowed one mile on either side of the rail
bed. Provincial authorities disagree. Hank James believes in honoring and
repaying his debts, but that doesn’t mean he should be involved in a war
between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted.
and his partners have trouble enough running their freight business, they don’t
need to be caught between competing policemen. They are already stuck between
Canada’s transcontinental railroad people and the contractors doing the actual
construction. While the police are fighting one another, who is looking for
criminals, particularly those stealing Hank’s horses? Despite a variety of
jobs, D.M. McGowan now works as a commercial driver and lives near Mile
“0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway.
His stories bring
Canadian history to life. “I believe in seeing morality and societal
responsibility rewarded. Too much of today’s fiction seems to lead into the
dark instead of the light.”
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan is a
western pioneering era saga that combines great story telling, true-to-life
cowboy experience with US and Canadian history combined with legends from the
character Hank James was born in Canada and migrated south into the US with his
family after the Civil War. Hank’s father headed towards Oregon in search of a
farmstead while protecting his family from raids by outlaws and Indians. They
made it as far as Kansas to find that the land was too dry to farm so pushed on
to Oregon to find the land was too wet. With Mother Nature as their biggest
obstacle and many mouths to feed young Hank James set out on his own. He
settled down with his own gold mine claim near Rossland, British Columbia in
afraid of hard work, but he wanted more out of life than to eke out a living on
his claim. With tenacity Hank took advantage of the Transcanada Railroad, found
some partners and started his own freight business. Life should be good, but
where there is industry, technology, commerce and economy, there are criminals.
In all my reviews
I quote a passage so readers can get a feel for the authors writing style. I
quote from page 37.
“It didn’t take a
detective to know that the horse thief had played a little joke on the
Provincial Police. Constable Art Hubbard was over six feet tall and probably
ten pounds lighter than the one eighty mentioned in the description. Not only
was he a long way from round, he was also clean shaven.
I gave Constable
Hubbard my story, ending with the recovery of the bay gelding and the
description I had from Miller. “An’ the fella called himself Art Hubbard,” I
expression didn’t change. He worked his chew around into one cheek and sent a
stream of tobacco juice into the waste basket. “Feller with a sense o’ humor,”
he noted, and then added. “It’ll be one ‘o Bulldog Kelley’s outfit. They work
out o’ some of the illegal saloons t’ be found back in the bush. We catch one
or two of ‘em every now an’ then, but we can’t get Kelley, an’ he’s the head o’
the snake. I can think of one or two that might fit your description, but not a
one that had a full beard. An’ this fella’s probably shaved by now.”
I wrote out my
story, signed it, and returned to work.”
Between the horse
thieves, authority over liquor sales and a war between the BC Provincial Police
and the North West Mounted Hank is he in over his head? Only time will tell if
he makes the right choices and will he win the heart and loyalty of Sharon
Saddle up your
horse, holster your gun and join a rugged western cast of characters that will
take you back to the reality and the legends of the Wild West.
The Great Liquor
War by D. M. McGowan shares nuggets of history told within a great story of
human experience in the Wild West. This review was completed on August 11,
Thomas Brash is trying to escape but knows he never will.
Pursuing him is the memory of the family he lost to cholera. Perhaps he
believes that traveling alone in a wild, dangerous land will end all his
memories; there is no doubt he wishes to be alone. Whatever his intentions the
appearance of Frank Clement and the circumstances of that meeting upset those
plans. Brash views Clement as an uneducated child who requires fatherly
protection and guidance. Clement views Brash as a tenderfoot and cannot
understand how anyone who knows so little could live so long. These two loners
are joined by others and they all become partners. Having achieved relative
sanctuary and surrounded by civilization their wilderness past comes back to
Homesteader: Finding Sharon: A Western Adventure by D. M. McGowan
Staking a claim to a homestead in the rugged, untamed Canadian
frontier of the 1880’s was hard enough. But when someone tries to run roughshod
over the “nesters,” a man has to take a stand. There is more than bad
weather for Hank James to contend with as he rides in search of the land of his
dreams and the woman of his heart. Portis Martin, manager of a large cattle
company, has no use for the small homesteaders that have begun to pepper the
area…and he isn’t afraid of using every dirty trick he knows to run them out.
And Portis had been doing a pretty good job of it-until Hank James and his partner
arrive on the stage. The dreams of early homesteaders were not always strong
enough to see them through adversity, but with Hank James on their side, the
people might just find a way of uniting for the common good and building a
dream that can endure.
McGowan has been a cowboy, forest fire fighter, heavy equipment operator,
farmhand, gardener, road musician and businessman.
He now writes,
and works as a commercial driver, in Northern British Columbia.”
The forgoing is
the bio from the back of my three novels and one might conclude from this
information that I was a poor employee … either lazy or didn’t know what I
was doing … and was kicked off a lot of jobs.
You would be
partially correct, at least in surmising that I don’t know what I am doing. As
for my being a poor employee, you would have to ask my bosses … although I
think I’ve managed to trick the one I have now.
Of course, when I
had my own business my boss thought I was marvelous.
managed over the years to find employment regardless of my location or the
problems that might exist with the economy. I enjoyed much of that experience
at the time and am glad that I attained it.
I’ve also visited
a good portion of North America and lived in several areas of Canada where I
met some great people and enjoyed some wonderful country.
Speaking of great
people, Karen and I are parents to four great people who have supplied eight
grandchildren who show that improvements can be possible in each generation.
What makes you proud to be a
writer from Canada? I have received from
readers and requests for another story.
I also take pride in revealing some of the past of this great
country. Some strong people with great vision built this country but we seldom
hear of them. They are the pioneers who came to a flat land of great distances,
to a world of high mountain peaks, to winter’s cold or summer’s heat that was
far beyond their comprehension and yet built something wondrous out of that, a
world that we who live in it often don’t properly appreciate.
Those of us who look for it can gather information on
politicians or major business leaders of the past but it’s difficult to find
out about those who actually built Canada, the miners, loggers, cattlemen and
farmers. People much like those who are continuing to make it work.
What or who inspired you to
become a writer? Driven by a love of
history I had gathered stories that interested me. In an attempt to feed and
house myself and my family I enjoyed a variety of experiences through the years
and turned some of those into stories as well. While we were traveling Western
Canada playing music my wife and partner, Karen suggested that I should write
some of those stories down. I did as suggested and found that what I enjoyed
most was historical fiction.
When did you begin writing with
the intention of becoming published? I began writing in 1990 but did not consider publishing until
much later, perhaps 1995. My first was “The Great Liquor War” published in
Did your environment or
upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your
advantage? Yes, to both questions. As mentioned above I’ve had a variety of
experiences and have used knowledge gained there in some of my stories. For example,
a common practice in the mountains is to build a cache of goods and supplies
for later use either at a permanent or long-term camp site or for use on an oft
travelled trail. These caches are usually ten feet or more off the ground to
save these supplies from the ravages of wildlife (primarily bears, wolves and
coyotes). They may be no more than a floor or platform but are sometimes a log
cabin high in the trees. I’ve never read mention of such in historical fiction
or westerns and have included them in two of my stories.
Do you come up with your title
before or after you write the manuscript? I generally make up some kind of a title so I can save it and
find it in my computer. However, in many cases I’m aware this title will have
to be changed when I’m finished. The stories usually take on a life of their
own and become something I had not intended when I wrote the first paragraph.
“The Great Liquor War” was “Liquor Laws” in the beginning. “Jake’s Justice”
(unpublished) started off with that title and turned out to be close to my
Please introduce your genre and
why you prefer to write in that genre? Historical fiction or a “Western” with a focus on Canada. I
enjoy reading good stories from the west but have found very few sited in
Canada. Two or perhaps three writers have done excellent work with fiction on
the Canadian West and that work is as entertaining as any in the world. Except
for those few, however much of it is very hard to read, misleading and
inaccurate. There are billions of western novels out there but very few from
“the North West Territories” or “the Colony of British Columbia.”
What has been your most
rewarding experience with your writing process? The reviews I have received from many sites, the reviews from
fans and the awards from Reader’s Favorite.
What one positive piece of
advice would you give to other authors? Write! If you have a problem which you wish to call “writers
block” put that story aside and sit down and write. Start a new story, outline
the person you want as a life partner or explain the one you have, write about
your favorite pet or restaurant but write something. When you’re done or
perhaps tomorrow go back and work on that story that’s giving you trouble.
Who is your favorite author? Anyone who is entertaining. Louis LaMour, Michael Connelly, Lee
Sometimes Naughty-Always Loved: Mary and Her Big Cat Brain by Arleen Alleman
A lovely tabby cat named Mary uses her intelligence and instinct—her big cat brain—to sort out what her human parents want her to do, and how to avoid being “naughty.” The story sets up an emotional transition moving from Mary’s anxiety about her own naughty behavior, to the realization that she is greatly loved despite her occasional transgressions.
This book was inspired by the author’s cat, Xena, who greatly enriched the lives of her “parents” for fourteen of her eighteen years. She was much loved even though she too was occasionally naughty. From infancy, children will love hearing about Mary and her message of unconditional love, and later, will want to read the story themselves for enjoyment and as a learning tool. There is no better predictor of success in life than literacy and the desire to learn through reading.
Cold Coffee Review: 5 Stars
As a grandmother I recommend this book as a thoughtful gift that children will enjoy.
My blue gray rescue cat named Wolf is very similar to Mary, so even as an adult I found this book delightful.
Beautiful illustrations depict the life of this adorable tabby cat, from her playful antics to her mischievous ways.
The narrator skillfully gives the reader and/or child following along a realistic glimpse into Mary thoughts and behaviors. Through a perfect life lesson, she comes to the realization that she is loved, even when she doesn’t always get things right.
Like most cats, Mary has a mind all her own and she will decide who, what, when and where her “Mom and Dad” will interact “sometimes”.
This book is a purr-fect gift for a child or for a parent/grandparent to read.
Great bedtime story. Children from age two will enjoy hearing this story and children up to age nine will enjoy this story as they learn to read.
I purchased this book from Kindle for my kindle library so I can share with children around me. This review posted on February 7, 2019.
From The Author: Dear readers, this is my first children’s book after completing the Darcy Farthing series. It was such a pleasure to write Sometimes Naughty-Always Loved that I’m sure it won’t be the last. I hope you find enjoyment and value in this sweet story to be read to children from infancy and then by children as they learn to read.
I am very grateful to Cedric Taylor, a very talented artist, for his wonderfully expressive illustrations. I look forward to hearing how the book is received by your little ones. I hope you’ll consider writing a quick review. Customer reviews are vital for the success of all authors. Happy reading!
Darcy Farthing’s Adventures (Mystery Thriller Suspense) by Arleen Alleman
Currents Deep and Deadly: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book One by Arleen Alleman
In her travel log of murder, romance, and a personal journey of discovery aboard a cruise ship, Darcy Farthing manages to entertain the reader with her descriptions of Caribbean and South American ports, while also detailing the horrific and wondrous events that take place during her four-week adventure. A pragmatic scientist by nature, she says she has given up all belief in a spiritual component to life and knows that coincidences are either man-made or chance occurrences that seem related but have no significance. That is, until a series of unbelievable coincidences challenges her belief.
In telling her story, she lays bare her “non-existent” soul and the deeply hidden emotions she has kept in a fragile prison of cold logic and denial for 20 years. She is a savvy, professional woman who has been fighting her internal demons ever since she made a colossal mistake in her personal life from which she knows she can never recover. But on a hastily planned cruise with Dr. Peter Johnson, her latest romantic interest, Darcy’s non-belief system is shaken when she is confronted with a set of bewildering and frankly unbelievable coincidences that bring together a tangle of strangers, and people and events from her own past. Darcy is already feeling trapped on the gigantic floating village when she accidentally overhears discussions about a murder for hire plot. Then when members of the crew begin to die under suspicious circumstances, she learns the hard way that she cannot trust anyone onboard the ship. She is forced to run for her own life as she tries to identify both the intended victim of the plot and the murderer before even more disaster strikes.
Finally, as the cruise sails through its final week the mystery appears to be solved and Darcy believes that further tragedy has been averted. Onshore in a beautiful Argentine city she experiences the pain of breaking out of her emotional prison when she meets the one person who will either fulfill her life or destroy her completely. While Darcy finds much needed closure to one chapter of her life, the cruise sails on to what promises to be a restful and romantic end. However, just short of their destination Darcy and Mick meet with unimaginable violence and loss when they are finally forced to confront and battle a vicious killer.
Cold Coffee Review: 5 Stars
Darcy Farthing boards the $550-million cruise ship named Sea Nymph with every reason to believe that Captain Espen is in full command of his crew, his passengers and this four-week voyage taken by thousands before her to the scheduled exotic Caribbean and South American ports.
She follows close behind her traveling companion Dr. Peter Johnson through the maze of narrow hallways where every hall and every door look alike. Darcy feels uneasy as she becomes intensely aware that her sense of direction is being challenged within this floating mega city. Her senses are on overload. Every movement, every sound and even the conversation of two men in a room off to her right catch her attention. The men don’t see Darcy as they are deeply entrenched in a serious, secretive conversation that catches Darcy’s attention and leads her to believe that they are up to no good. To make matters worse, later that day she overhears people discussing a “scheme”.
Questions bombard her mind; Is it coincidence? Is it two unrelated things that she wants to see meaning in? Should she go to security and tell them what she heard? But what can she say? The fact remains, she knows she has no proof of what she believes she overheard or the identity of who these people are.
Amidst the beauty, history and customs of the off-ship port excursions and the luxurious accommodations with the relaxing people friendly environment, suspicions intensify as members of the crew begin dying under suspicious circumstances.
Join Darcy Farthing by way of her detailed travel journal as she is on a voyage of self-discovery along with a ship full of complex characters, inter-relational story-lines, historical ports, secrets, mystery, suspense, romance and foreign investigations as the Sea Nymph is far from America’s shore.
Author Arleen Alleman’s Darcy Farthing Series books stand alone. She reports that at book signing events, readers tend to read her books in order of publication. Currents Deep and Deadly: Book One, Currents Of Vengeance: Book Two, Current Assets: Book Three, Alternate Currents: Book Four and A Current Deception: Book Five are all sold in print and eBook format at Amazon.
I endorse Currents Deep and Deadly: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book One by Arleen Alleman. This well researched fictional Cruise Ship adventure will bring you a brief pause as you book your next travel cruise. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on December 12, 2015.
Currents Of Vengeance: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Two by Arleen Alleman
“New author Darcy Farthing and GAO manager Mick Clayton struggle with the aftermath of their traumatic South American cruise.
As Darcy gets to know her new daughter Rachael, Mick battles depression from his near-death in Valparaiso. Reluctantly, he decides to return to the Sea Nymph with Tom Smythe the ship’s fired security chief to conduct a joint GAO/FBI investigation of crime on cruise ships and to bring a murder suspect to justice.
Darcy and Rachael reluctantly go along, but the nightmare begins anew when they encounter a shipboard saboteur, a rapist, and much more. Mick finally succumbs to his emotional stress and Rachael falls victim to a violent predator, as they all meet with violence and madness wrought by vengeance.
Current Assets: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Three by Arleen Alleman
Author Darcy Farthing is writing at her new home in Marco Island, Florida while her boyfriend Mick Clayton conducts a GAO investigation of government property—asset forfeitures—stolen from under the noses of U.S. Marshals and a sheriff’s office.
When close friend, Tom Smythe, is arrested for attempted murder of a deputy sheriff, the couple tries to identify who is behind the property thefts and corruption. When more deputies are attacked, Darcy and Mick are drawn into a bewildering government investigation and an alarming web of murder and conspiracy with a surprising link to Middle East terrorists; as well as a smuggling operation on a luxury yacht.
As they inch closer to identifying a vicious murderer, the violence hits close to home when desperate criminals target Darcy and her deeply troubled daughter, Rachael.
Alternate Currents: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Four by Arleen Alleman
“Author Darcy Farthing is living in Washington, DC, with her fiancé, Mick Clayton. They are enjoying a much-needed respite from trauma and crime fighting while preparing for a wedding and a romantic cruise. Everything changes when an alarming phone call halts their plans. A good friend, Charlie Scott, has mysteriously disappeared—the apparent victim of an abduction.
Against Mick’s wishes, on an impulse and without much thought of consequences, Darcy flies to Seattle to help Charlie’s partner, Don, and their daughter, Penelope, cope with the loss. She is worried about Mick’s negative attitude about the couple and worries that he is prejudiced toward her friends. As a result, she finds herself reevaluating the direction of her personal and professional life.
Soon after her arrival in Seattle, she becomes immersed in the unfamiliar world of domestic partnerships, birth surrogates, and assisted reproductive technology. Don and Charlie, who became unlikely heroes in the first novel in this series, Currents Deep and Deadly, have their lives turned upside down by elusive kidnappers with no apparent motive. At the same time, their well-intentioned decision to pay a surrogate to bear their daughter for them turns into a nightmare, when the biological mother returns after eight years, claiming that Don and Charlie are not Penelope’s fathers as they believed, and she wants her child back. This revelation sets in motion a series of tragic events that threatens to destroy a parent-child bond, and worse.
Before the police and FBI are able to solve Charlie’s kidnapping, an even more devastating case materializes when Penelope also vanishes. The FBI and Seattle police detectives frantically look for clues. In the process, they implicate a local antigay organization and its leader, two local business owners who are being harassed by antigay demonstrators, a flamboyant stalker who is obsessed with Don, and the birth mother herself. There is no hard evidence against any of the suspects, and the leads are curtailed when two of them are murdered. The authorities are no closer to finding Penelope and now worry that she has been abducted by a vicious killer.
In the midst of turmoil surrounding Penelope’s birth status and abduction, true to her nature, Darcy tries to help her friends. When she ventures into the midst of the case by conducting a freelance interview with a local clergyman, she is nearly killed in a vicious attack by an unknown assailant. Mick rushes to her side and soon overcomes his reluctance to get involved with Don and Charlie’s plight. Together they try to gather information to help solve the case. Before the hostility ends, Don also becomes a victim and then a hero, and Mick must fight an unbalanced killer intent on revenge.
A Current Deception: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Five by Arleen Alleman
“Freelance reporter Darcy Farthing boards a luxury cruise ship for a trip to beautiful Australian seaports with family and friends, where a baffling murder mystery challenges her investigative skills. The crimes begin when a small-town Kansas woman traveling with a class reunion tour group is plagued by an attack of yellow crazy ants—a dangerous, invasive species—as well as an illness caused by mysterious foodborne bacteria and the odd cancellation of an onshore tour. The bizarre but relatively minor incidents escalate when the ants injure more passengers and crew members. Soon, a peculiar death on the streets of Adelaide and attempted murders on board the ship threaten to cause panic. It is obvious that a crew member or passenger is targeting individuals, but who is it and why?
Meanwhile, Darcy is distracted by daughter Rachael’s uncharacteristic behavior and intense friendship with a handsome passenger. Reluctant to make waves, Darcy tries to suppress her concerns. She turns her full attention to the crimes when evidence is found in Brooks’s stateroom and the security chief names him as the sole suspect. Brooks is clearly innocent, but the chief is inexplicably reluctant to conduct a more thorough investigation to clear him; then Darcy’s best friend, Sid, who is also Brooks’s fiancé, becomes the latest victim. Clue by clue, with husband Mick’s help, Darcy uses her skills to reveal a homicidal master of disguise and world-class computer hacker intent on exacting revenge related to a twenty-year-old crime.”
Currents Of Sin: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Six by Arleen Alleman
In downtown Las Vegas homeless teens are disappearing from the streets, and Darcy fears that runaway teen, Pammie Fleetfoot, has succumbed to human traffickers. After Darcy befriends two young prostitutes, their pimp is brutally murdered, but they refuse her offer of help to leave the streets. She finds that they have fallen under the influence of a dubious, self-styled preacher. When she confronts him, her activities draw the attention of brutal Asian gang members, and an old nemesis with a deadly agenda.
When an attack on Darcy and her friend, Sid, brings life-changing consequences, Darcy doubles her effort to end the violence, stop the human trafficking, and finally determine Pammie’s fate. When clues lead to a strip hotel with links to their past, Darcy and husband, Mick, join forces with local law enforcement to free girls who’ve been forced into prostitution, only to find themselves caught between two vicious criminal factions.
Cold Coffee Review: 5 Stars
If you care about the intense suffering that goes hand in hand with global human trafficking, challenge your understanding of the problem with Author Arleen Alleman’s newest suspense-filled psychological fictional drama, meticulously researched and skillfully written will underscore the danger that awaits teenage runaways in America.
With the tension of time ticking way, lives on the line and bold, unrelenting evil will cause your heart to race and blood boil as innocent young lives are terrorized and devalued on the altar of greed. I share a couple of quotes in order to draw you into the story.
Part One titled ‘Persecutors and Prey’ with 19 chapters reinforces every parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, and law enforcement’s nightmare when a teen goes missing. Following in the footsteps of each of these stand-alone Darcy Farthing series books ‘Currents Of Sin’ outlines a criminal drama when Darcy Farthing is contacted and rushes to Las Vegas when a teen named Pamela goes missing.
Quote: “In yet another world apart from downtown Vegas, a beautiful young woman with dark hair and eyes blinked into blackness then rolled onto one side as far as her tether would allow. She didn’t know what awakened her, only that she’d suddenly jerked to awareness. As her eyes adjusted to the gloom she tried to shake off the remnants of sleep . . . and something else.”
Part Two titled ‘Murder and Misery’ has 27 chapters that begins on day six through day nine will thrust you into the world of drugs, gangs, human traffickers that enslave, sell and ship unsuspecting teens to buyers across the continents. No one is safe when billions of dollars the motivating factor.
Quote: “Tom called early in the morning to tell me about Shimmer’s murder. I plopped down on a barstool after my knees almost gave way. I thought I detected a surge in my blood pressure as he was explaining how he was driving down Fremont and came upon the huge police presence. He parked and walked to the motel where he stood as close as possible to watch the action. Part of me wished I’d been with him. Another part, not so much.”
Part Three titled ‘Rescue and Raids’ includes 33 chapters that start on Day 10 and goes through Day 16 keeps the reader turning the page. Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy?
Quote: “In a dark, decrepit room at the Green Door, five members of the Asian gang were planning their next move. The tattered drapes were drawn tight and despite the efforts of an ancient swamp cooler, the temperature hovered around ninety. The room was small and the men were big. Several sat on chairs they’d brought from other rooms they controlled, and an oversized cooler full of beer sat against the wall.
Curtis leaned back in his rickety wooden chair, wiped perspiration from his forehead, and gulped down a Bud while he listened intently to the boss.
“These assholes are going to be history. They think they can send spies down here to run our bitches? Then grab em off the street just when we’re seasoning them? No fucking way, man! Not gonna happen anymore.”
He looked around the room and his eyes fell on Curtis. “You, the new guy, let’s hear what you think we should do about it.”
Wrapping things up 6 Months later, I quote: “All the current ills of the world can be traced back to our failure to embrace and entrench these basic necessary characteristics, simple and broad as they are. We have gotten in our own way. Thankfully, individuals rise above their base natures to embrace one or more of them, often without realizing the impact of their actions on future generations.”
I invite you to read Currents Of Sin: book six in the Darcy Farthing series by Arleen Alleman and answer these questions for yourself:
Can Darcy’s marriage and Mick’s PTSD withstand this test of time?
Is there a psychic connection between Tom, Darcy, Mick, Rachael, Brooks, Sid, Don and Charlie?
Is it possible that a man in Darcy’s past is responsible for these crimes?
What will be Pamela’s fate be and can others be saved?
The Darcy Farthing series books stand alone and you can read them in any order. I encourage you to also purchase Currents Deep and Deadly: Book One, Currents Of Vengeance: Book Two, Current Assets: Book Three, Alternate Currents: Book Four and A Current Deception: Book Five which are all sold in print and eBook format at Amazon.
I endorse Currents Of Sin by Arleen Alleman. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on July 23, 2016.
Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office, where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a Biology education and has also worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and owner of a home decor shop. Her interests include health and fitness, religious history, travel, and she is an avid reader. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she has lived in Colorado for many years. For more information about the author, visit her website at http://www.arleenalleman.com
Arleen recently published her first children’s book, a delightful lesson in unconditional love told by Mary and Her Big Cat Brain.
The Darcy Farthing Adventures: Six contemporary, suspense-filled mysteries–Download to your Kindle now or buy a book to discover this unique thought-provoking series for yourself.
The series is unique in that it addresses contemporary social issues along with the murder-mystery elements of the stories. Themes addressed in the series include humanism, crime, family issues and adoption, PTSD, alternative lifestyles, government corruption, and cruise ship safety.
Currents of Sin is the sixth and final book in the series. It explores the very real problem of human trafficking for prostitution among homeless teens in Las Vegas, while wrapping up elements of the characters’ lives.
The fifth Darcy Farthing adventure, “A Current Deception”, explores themes of computer hacking, identity theft, and long-held grudges and revenge played out on a cruise ship sailing around Australia. It is murder-mystery with the added plots of a yellow crazy ant infestation as well as food-borne pathogens.
The fourth Darcy Farthing adventure “Alternate Cur