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
Hawthorne: Hacked, Shakespeare: Sacked & Thurber: Thwacked by Jay Dubya
Hawthorne 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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
Product Details Hardcover: 200 Pages Genre: Short Stories, Science Fiction/Paranormal
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
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 sentence.
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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Product Details Hardcover: 186 Pages Genre: Novellas, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Short Story
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
The 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. Morganti 5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and enjoyable!!! September 10, 2018 Format: Hardcover A must read! Challenging cases with a splash of humor that kept you wanting more! The authors entertaining use of his imagination to solve these cases is enjoyable!
So 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 times.
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novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension, Part II are works of pure fiction.
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.
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.
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
Other 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
The 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
Jay 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.
Jay Dubya (John
Wiessner), author of 52 books, gives a biography of his life.
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.
John 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.
John 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.
John 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 summers.
Also, 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.
After retiring from teaching in 1999, writing under the pen name Jay Dubya (his initials), John Wiessner became an author of 52 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.
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?
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review:
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.
5 Star Review:
Robot Depot brings technology to a whole new level. If you are up on current
world news you should have heard the media talking about how terrorists are
experimenting with drones to terrorize people with biological chemical among
just a few uses. You might also be wonder if a robot will replace your job in
the near future. Author Russell F. Moran has taken robots one step further.
If you have read any of Russell F. Moran’s books,
you don’t need me to tell you what a great story teller he is, and Robot Depot
will not disappoint you.
Mike Bateman is founder and CEO of a wildly
successful chain of 30 stores, in the US, called Robot Depot. As a 38-year-old
war veteran, he has tapped into technology that will bring him greater success
than Google, Microsoft, Uber, Roomba and others ever imagined. If you can
imagine the chore, Mike has a robot to fit your needs.
Well-developed characters (some of whom you have come
to know in Moran’s other books) take on the story line that the author weaves
so well in a society that is fast adapting to and becoming reliant on robots.
If you worry about how secure your WiFi in your
home is, imagine a world where you never know if you are speaking to a robot or
a human. What could possibly go wrong?
I invite you to read this futuristic story where
the bad guys seem to stay ahead of the good guys and it falls on inventor Mike
Bateman to stop the terror. Heart pounding, page turning drama that will cause
you pause when you enter into the electronics’ department for your next techno
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
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review:
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
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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
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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
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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.
Hurry and grab your copy of this unique book!
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.
Carry on the fight with Vervain and grab your copy of Tracing Thunder!
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.
Product Details: 262 Pages Print For 12.95 and E-Book 2.99 Genre: Memoir, Biography, Adoption, DID: Dissociative Disorder, Multiple Personalities, Non-Fiction
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 Currents” was a finalist in Foreword Reviews Magazine’s 2013 Indie Book of the Year Awards. This is a timely topical story of mystery, child abduction, and murder set in Seattle, WA. Darcy rushes to the aid of a good friend, Don Freeburg, when his partner, Charlie Scott, disappears. She is soon immersed in a murder investigation and the shocking abduction of Penelope, Don and Charlie’s daughter by surrogacy.
The first two novels in the series are based on crime and mystery aboard cruise ships. The third in series “Current Assets” is set in South Florida and involves local corruption, terrorism, and the U.S. Marshals asset forfeiture program. These three novels won “Best Trilogy of 2012” by Books-and-Authors.net
What makes you proud to be a writer from SW Florida? I am a recent transplant to SW Florida, but have included this area in all my books from the beginning because I am drawn to it. We have many authors living in Naples and Marco Island and I am proud to be among them.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My inspiration came from many fiction authors and thousands of books from the time I began reading adult fiction at the age of thirteen. Since then, it was a persistent dream to become a novelist—one that I did not pursue until later in life.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Perhaps the freedom I enjoyed to read anything and pursue any activities I wanted helped give me confidence to finally try fiction writing. I’ve drawn on my history to create a few of the characters and locations in the books. My career as a GAO analyst has helped immensely because I received an education in a wide variety of topics, and my biology degree has given me the ability to research and understand technical information.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began the first novel in 2007 with the intent to try to publish it. I achieved that in 2008 and went on to publish four more books in the series. I’m working on the sixth and final installment of this series now.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? When I began the first book I had written a lot of nonfiction for my employer, GAO, but had very little experience with fiction writing. Improving my writing over time has been very rewarding. A while back, I reedited the first book without changing the story because I wanted to improve the grammar and style.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I think all the book signings I’ve been able to arrange on cruise ships and various Barnes and Noble stores around the U.S., along with accolades from readers are the most rewarding. The first three books in the series were given an award for best trilogy of 2012 and that was very nice as well.
How many published books do you have? Six in the Darcy Farthing Series.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Most of the titles have come during the writing. In fact, because I’ve chosen to use the word Current in each title it has been a challenge to come up with each one. The titles convey something about the theme of the book using one or another definition of the word. Sometimes it is a play on words. My protagonist, Darcy Farthing, has a personal philosophy that includes envisioning life running on currents and colliding with other people’s currents as well as obstacles.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I call my books mystery adventures. They cross genres. I love murder-mysteries so that is what I began writing. However, I’ve interwoven the mysteries with crime fighting, family and social dilemmas, humanist values, science, and world travel.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? The first book in the series came about while I was traveling by cruise ship around South America. I was retired from GAO and was working as a silver jewelry designer. Relaxing onboard, I started thinking about my old dream of writing fiction. Right then I decided to try it. As it turned out, I used the Cape Horn cruise as the backdrop for the first two books.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I don’t like to give advice, but I usually tell people who ask that they should write because it gives them great pleasure, rather than believing it will be a way to make a lot of money. If that happens—great, but competition is stiff for new unknown authors.
Who is your favorite author and why? This is an impossible question for me. I love so many authors. If pressed, I would say Diana Gabaldon is certainly a favorite with her Outlander series. Weaving history, anthropology, and fiction together in an educational way is appealing to me.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? I’ll go with the first in series, Currents Deep and Deadly because I find that most people want to start reading the series from the beginning. In this case, the first book introduces all the main characters to each other and the reader.
His best friend Sam has moved away and the wind is being fierce and angry today.
The wind keeps tapping and blowing and trying to get Wyatt to play, but he is still not happy.
What will help Wyatt remember how much he loves the wind and play with it again?
Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars
Good idea for a book
Such a cute book. I loved the thought behind the book. Also like the local high school doing the illustrations. Looking forward to more books by this author.
Bugs in the Yard by Stacy McKell Allgeier is a sweet and wonderful look at the world of fireflies through the eyes of children. As the children wait patiently for darkness and that first spec of light, they are so very excited. It’s such a shame when the night ends and they must go inside to bed.
Customer Review: Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
Bugs in the Yard is a children’s picture book written by Stacy Allgeier and illustrated by Savannah Horton. As the sun drops over the horizon, the children become excited, eager to see the wondrous sight that will greet them outside. As soon as darkness falls, the fireflies light up around them. The children reach up and gently try to touch each beautiful glowing firefly. Soon it is time for bed and the children are called indoors. They wish the fireflies a good night, before being fare welled in return by the fireflies, all of which are grateful for such a marvelous welcome.
Not only is this tale beautifully written, but the illustrations are a true stand-out, making the text so very clear about the excitement and happiness on the children’s faces. Stacy Allgeier’s well-penned story of nightly greetings and playtime between children and the fireflies nearby is heartwarming, bringing back so many memories of my own childhood back in Australia. No matter how dark it gets outside, the fireflies always bring the darkness to life, injecting much excitement and happiness into their surrounds. Parents and children alike were grateful for the incredible light displays back then – something that future generations can also look forward to thanks to Bugs in the Yard and its magical tale of nature’s sparklers. I loved reading Bugs in the Yard and wholeheartedly recommend it to be read to young children aged 3-7 years of age, so that they may also feel the excitement and the energy in the air when the sun goes down and the fireflies light up the sky.
Product Details: Age Range: 5 – 6 Years
Paperback: 34 Pages
About The Author: Author Stacy Allgeier enjoys all aspects of reading with and writing for children. From the interactive story times with a group of preschool children to the close snuggles reading to her own children, she loves to help children make connections from their own world to the even bigger world around them. Stacy can still her mom and her grandmother’s voices as she reads the same stories to children and hopes to continue that feeling through her own work.
Holly: School Dance (Book One) by Janice (J. E.) Spina
is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first
introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.
girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of
Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.
cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend,
Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey
& Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.
Holly: Unfortunate Events (Book Two) by Janice (J. E.) Spina
and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything
together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly
must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and
unfortunate events come to pass.
is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity
and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and
helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult
girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to
support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case Of The Magical Ivory Elephant by Janice (J. E.) Spina
& Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior
detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine
that has been taken from the local museum.
are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic
and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.
Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone
their magical gifts.
Fiction Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Books by Janice (J. E.) Spina
Hunting Mariah (Book One) by Janice (J. E.) Spina
insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he
perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.
Cold Coffee Review: Mariah has lost her
memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape
this deadly killer’s grasp? Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be
apprehended? Jump right into this intense crime, mystery,
in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the
thought process of a serial killer.
senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky
texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just
the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a
compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”
Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous
process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J.
Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are
looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.
are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped
Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to
sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it
that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few
with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the
consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be
at large and want to finish what he started.
endorse Hunting Mariah by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction
series. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January
Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) by Janice (J. E.) Spina
book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This
suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows.
There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters
will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.
new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to
forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once
endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack
that puts his life in jeopardy.
must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How
much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?
Cold Coffee Review: Mariah’s Revenge is the
thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book
titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah
on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the
consequences of living life with a maniac.
right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree
across New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents
and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she
is determined to move forward.
has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he
is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching
Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”. When a body of an old woman, a dog and then
another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are
dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.
Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this
suspenseful, action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things
into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting
love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.
showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah
pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of
broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the
other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to
look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light
sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”
is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work
through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace
whatever life has next in store.
endorse Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina as an adventure that is not
over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in
store for Mariah. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed
on June 1, 2018.
Paranormal Romance, Angels, Death, Grief by Janice (J. E.) Spina
How Far Is Heaven by Janice (J. E.) Spina
and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed
perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return.
Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to
how and why Parker disappeared.
Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is
now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla
makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.
tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now
Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She
fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her
husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?
the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to
try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During
this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the
ethereal beauty of Priscilla.
Clarence Henry The Hermit Crab by Janice (J. E.) Spina
Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one
claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages.
Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world?
Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lives in a saltwater fish tank in our
home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank.
was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of
him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells.
shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I
hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for
Author Bio: Janice (J. E.) Spina is
a retired administrative secretary from a school system. She is an award-winning
author with eleven children’s books, Louey The Lazy Elephant, Ricky The
Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry The Crabby Crayfish, Lamby The Lonely Lamb, Jesse
The Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Sebastian Meets
Marvin the Monkey, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe,
Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab and Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, and a
middle-grade series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-5 all written
under Janice Spina.
The Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards, Jerry, Colby
and Broose have all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, and the Davey &
Derek Series has won four Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, two Reader’s
Favorites Awards and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb cover contest. Hunting
Mariah is her first published novel followed by How Far Is Heaven, An Angel
Among Us (A short Story Collection) and Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting
Mariah), all written under J.E. Spina. Janice’s husband, John, is her
illustrator and cover creator.
is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of
fellow authors. Janice is currently working on another children’s book and book
1 of a Middle-Grade series for girls that she hopes to publish this year. She
also plans to write more books in this MG girls’ series, book 6 of the Davey &
Derek Junior Detectives Series and begin a YA fantasy series over the next two
loves to hear from readers and welcome reviews wherever her books are sold. Her
motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks! Her goal is to
encourage children of all ages to read. Reading is good for your health. Happy
What makes you proud to
be a writer from Londonderry, NH? Wherever I lived I would be proud to be a writer
because this is something I love to do and I feel as if I am living my dream
each day. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I was inspired by the
positive things my mother said to me when I was just nine years old. I wrote
her poems for her birthday and Mother’s Day. She was very proud and happy to
When did you begin
writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing at age
nine – poetry and then children’s stories in my twenties and thirties. I always
wanted to be published but did not reach my goal until the ripe young age of
Did your environment or
upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your
I was always a shy and timid child and learned to amuse myself through writing.
I think this influenced me to write more and express myself through my writing.
Writing has helped me get out of my shell and feel more confident doing what I
love to do.
Please introduce your
genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love writing
children’s books but also enjoy writing novels in many genres – mysteries,
psychological thrillers, romance, spiritual and historical. I have eclectic
taste in genres, reading and writing.
What has been your most
rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? Becoming an author, my
dream since a young child, has been the most rewarding experience with the
writing process. The most rewarding part of writing and publishing is seeing my
books in print and hearing that readers are enjoying them. That is why I write.
What do you like to do
when you are not writing? I love to crochet, take long walks with my husband, go to the
movies and out to dinner, and spend time with my grandchildren. I love to
travel and enjoy sharing my trips on my blog in my travel posts.
What one positive piece
of advice would you give to other authors? Believe in yourself and follow your heart
in doing what you love to do. Work hard at your craft and learn everything you
can to improve and cultivate your art.
Who is your favorite
author and why?
I have so many favorite authors but one that I read extensively is Jeffrey
Archer. He has the innate ability to create a fascinating tale involving so
many creative, well defined and unforgettable characters. I also read some
excellent indie authors – Richard C. Hale, Sally Cronin, Debby Gies, and many
Is there anything else
that you would like to share with us? I want to thank everyone who has ever supported
me and continues to support me in all my endeavors. For their friendship and
assistance, I am truly grateful. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to
do every day of the rest of my life, thanks to God.
The Old Man and The
Watch: Searching For The Long Road Home by Jo Jewell
small, seemingly insignificant act can change lives forever…..for
a chosen few, a pocket watch holds mysterious power over new beginnings. The
watch-belonging to Morgan’s brother and was given to Morgan after his beloved
brother’s tragic death in a farming accident when they were children…..plays
an integral part in the life of the one who holds it.
Perry survived a car accident, but her childhood sweetheart did not. She has
lived her life as a mere existence, for she carries the weight guilt and shame
from that fateful night……that is, until she is bequeathed the pocket watch.
She is a loner hiding from the world in her one-bedroom, third-floor apartment
until the day a missed phone call changes her life forever.
returns the stranger’s call. Their initial conversation is tense, but the loner
and the old man who placed the original call, Morgan, develop an intimate
friendship founded on the stories Morgan shares with Kerri about his early
life. Once their relationship moves from infrequent phone calls to in-person
meetings at Morgan’s lavish estate, Kerri learns something that once again
changes her life.
is next in line to receive the pocket watch……and what secrets will it
Product Details Paperback: 294 Pages Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; Second edition (October 8, 2018) Language: English Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches Genre: Fiction, Family Life, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Review From Deb Rust-February 2019
Deb Rust to Author Jo Jewell Tom thoroughly enjoyed your books that I gave him for Christmas. He finished them long before New Years Day. He started in and then was enraptured by the trilogy. So much so that I’d told him I was not buying anymore books for a year (I was ignored 😔). Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!! He has already put his order in for The Glory Plains: The Raising of a Thousand Voices Thanks! Jo
Review from Pen It!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read January 24, 2019
thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story is fascinating. There is love
and hate…good and evil…and twists and turns. Can’t wait to read the other
books in this series.
Review from Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story with wonderful characters! January 15, 2019 Verified Purchase
am an editor and was given the third book in this series to edit. Upon
completion I immediately purchased this book. This is a new author but she has
the ability to create characters that are so relatable that you are pulled into
their story. What a story it is! It was hard to put this book down because as I
said you were pulled into it from the start. I found myself catching my breath
often as the story unfolded. I was intrigued with the connections between the
characters and their commitment to each other and to helping others. I would
definitely recommend this series. I have not been disappointed in the three I
have read so far.
Review from Teresa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written January 20, 2019
book was the chosen book for one of the book clubs I am part of. However, it is
one I had wanted to read before it had been chosen. It was a good opportunity
for me to set the time to read it. It certainly also made being ill much more
greatly enjoyed how detailed and interwoven the plot was. The characters came alive
for me and constantly had me in a state of “what’s next.” I also enjoyed the
extremely light touch of the paranormal. It certainly does not fall into the
paranormal for me, but when you have a watch that chooses when to tick and a
ghost making light entrance due to the power of love that does have to be
hated Aman. The foreshadowing is very well done. It is a book I will have to
keep in mind to introduce to other groups.
Review from Paula Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping, yet Tender Must Read! December 31, 2018
was an amazing read! Few new authors I have read show the depth of these
characters, yet are able to keep me wondering where the story will take me.
That literary newcomer Jo Jewell did this so well that I was compelled to
finish the read in one day is amazing.
in the almost 300 books I’ve read and reviewed have I felt the range of
emotions for so many people… Yes! People Not Characters.
you’re looking for a unique book which shows how one phone call can changes the
lives many, this Is The Book for you.
Paula Rose Michelson writes Inspirational Christian Romances and other books.
Her Children’s Christian faith fictions are penned under the name Paula Rose.
Review from Kathi Linz
5.0 out of 5 stars It All Ties Together January 8, 2019
book starts strong with one character, but then she disappears for a good chunk
of the book. Never fear, the story ties together in a strong and excellent
I call myself a mountain woman. In truth, I was born on the dreary flat-lands of Indiana on May 20, 1955. World population was 2.780 billion, Eisenhower was President, unemployment was 5.5%, Cher was nine years old on that day, and you could mail a letter for .03 cents. Luckily, the dinosaurs were gone, and fire had been invented by then.
moved to Tennessee to the foot of The Great Smoky Mountains in 1998, after the
death of my son. For some reason, as I crossed the state line, my heart leapt
for joy, there was a settling of my soul, and I silently whispered, I’m finally
home. Some ancestral link, some pre-historic pull, had led me back to where I
was meant to be. I have been writing since the age of six. I won my first
regional poetry contest in second grade. Though it was a school assignment, and
I had no choice but to share, for the past fifty-two years I have written for
myself and only a chosen few in the past few years.
to me is as life sustaining as breathing, as a beating heart. I have written
for newspapers, had my own local column, shared stories of my life for my
friends to make them laugh, sigh, cry, or more importantly, to think. I wrote
puppet shows for our mentally handicapped facility, inspirational short stories
for church services, and a series of articles that led to a testimony before
the Maryland State Senate and the creation of the bill: Maryland Task Force for
Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children. As long as it meant I could write, I
wrote. I can’t tell you where this passion came from, I can’t tell you one
incident that caused me to start writing and not stop. I have no memory of
seemed to have always had a pen and paper close at hand. It was a wonderful day
when I got my first word processor, and then I advanced with technology to the
computer. My inspiration comes from this busy, messy, disorganized chaos we
call Life. I ask a lot of what-ifs. I look into cars next to me at a stop
light, and build their life stories. I see an argument between two people, and
I watch their gestures, their body language and I ask, what if?
find inspiration in the quiet of a morning, in the blaze of a sunset, in
sitting in a busy café, or with my back against a tree, just watching and
listening. There is always a story being whispered in the wind. Last summer, I
received a call on my cell phone from an unfamiliar number. I have always
feared that someone might be calling for help, (my mind works differently), and
so I returned the call to explain they dialed my number by mistake. An older
gentleman on the other end was somewhat suspicious at first, but three hours
later, we hung up as friends. A very close friendship was born from that wrong
number. After hanging up, I asked, “What if?” The Old Man and The Watch was
conceived. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as the characters
enjoyed telling their story.
A King Under Siege: Book One Of The Plantagenet
Legacy by Mercedes Rochelle
Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, he was only fourteen when the Peasants’ Revolt terrorized London. But he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor, facing Wat Tyler and the rebels when all seemed lost. Alas, his triumph was short-lived, and for the next ten years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and increasingly hostile nobles. Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, purged the royal household with the help of the Merciless Parliament. They murdered his closest allies, leaving the King alone and defenseless. He would never forget his humiliation at the hands of his subjects. Richard’s inability to protect his adherents would haunt him for the rest of his life, and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his.
Godwine Kingmaker: Part One Of The Last
Great Saxon Earls – by Mercedes Rochelle
Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask. He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an Earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four Earls, a Queen and a future King. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine’s best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn. Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the Normans gained prominence at court. Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came back even stronger, only to discover that his second son Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.
The Sons Of Godwine: Part Two Of The Last
Great Saxon Earls – by Mercedes Rochelle
Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King’s most trusted advisor, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor’s death, Harold Godwineson mounted the throne—the first king of England not of royal blood. Yet Harold was only a man, and his rise in fortune was not blameless. Like any person aspiring to power, he made choices he wasn’t particularly proud of. Unfortunately, those closest to him sometimes paid the price of his fame.
This is a story of Godwine’s family as told from the viewpoint of Harold and his younger brothers. Queen Editha, known for her Vita Ædwardi Regis, originally commissioned a work to memorialize the deeds of her family, but after the Conquest historians tell us she abandoned this project and concentrated on her husband, the less dangerous subject. In THE SONS OF GODWINE and FATAL RIVALRY, I am telling the story as it might have survived had she collected and passed on the memoirs of her tragic brothers.
This book is part two of The Last Great Saxon Earls series. Book one, GODWINE KINGMAKER, depicted the rise and fall of the first Earl of Wessex who came to power under Canute and rose to preeminence at the beginning of Edward the Confessor’s reign. Unfortunately, Godwine’s misguided efforts to champion his eldest son Swegn recoiled on the whole family, contributing to their outlawry and Queen Editha’s disgrace. Their exile only lasted one year and they returned victorious to London, though it was obvious that Harold’s career was just beginning as his father’s journey was coming to an end.
Harold’s siblings were all overshadowed by their famous brother; in their memoirs we see remarks tinged sometimes with admiration, sometimes with skepticism, and in Tostig’s case, with jealousy. We see a Harold who is ambitious, self-assured, sometimes egocentric, imperfect, yet heroic. His own story is all about Harold, but his brothers see things a little differently. Throughout, their observations are purely subjective, and witnessing events through their eyes gives us an insider’s perspective.
Harold was his mother’s favorite, confident enough to rise above petty sibling rivalry but Tostig, next in line, was not so lucky. Harold would have been surprised by Tostig’s vindictiveness, if he had ever given his brother a second thought. And that was the problem. Tostig’s love/hate relationship with Harold would eventually destroy everything they worked for, leaving the country open to foreign conquest. This subplot comes to a crisis in book three of the series, FATAL RIVALRY.
Fatal Rivalry: Part Three of The Last
Great Saxon Earls – by Mercedes Rochelle
In 1066, the rivalry between two brothers brought England to its knees. When Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey on September 28, 1066, no one was there to resist him. King Harold Godwineson was in the north, fighting his brother Tostig and a fierce Viking invasion. How could this have happened? Why would Tostig turn traitor to wreak revenge on his brother?
The Sons of Godwine were not always enemies. It took a massive Northumbrian uprising to tear them apart, making Tostig an exile and Harold his sworn enemy. And when 1066 came to an end, all the Godwinesons were dead except one: Wulfnoth, hostage in Normandy. For two generations, Godwine and his sons were a mighty force, but their power faded away as the Anglo-Saxon era came to a close.
Customer Book Review: A Great End To A Fascinating Trilogy
Review by Helen Son: March 4, 2017
“This is the final novel in Mercedes Rochelle’s Last Great Saxon Earls trilogy, completing the story begun in Godwine Kingmaker and The Sons of Godwine and describing the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
As the novel opens in 1064, Edward the Confessor is still on the throne of England, but the question of his successor is on everybody’s minds. Harold, Earl of Wessex and brother of Edward’s wife Editha, has recently returned from Normandy, where he was made to swear an oath to support the claim of Duke William – not an oath Harold will keep, because he believes there is a better candidate for the throne: himself. History tells us that Harold will become king in 1066, only to be defeated by William at Hastings just a few months later. Fatal Rivalry explores one theory as to why things went so disastrously wrong.
In The Sons of Godwine, we saw how Harold and his younger brother Tostig had been rivals since they were children; in this book the rivalry intensifies. Believing that his brother has betrayed him, Tostig searches for new alliances overseas, finally joining forces with the Norwegian king, Harald Hardrada, and setting in motion a chain of events which contribute to Harold’s downfall.
Fatal Rivalry is an interesting read and probably my favourite of the three books in this trilogy. Like the previous novel, this one is presented as the memoirs of the Godwineson brothers, with each one given a chance to narrate his own parts of the story. We hear from Leofwine, Gyrth and Wulfnoth, but understandably, it’s Harold and Tostig who get most of the attention. I’ve never read about Tostig in this much depth before and I did have some sympathy for him. Because the novel covers a relatively short period of time, it allows the author to go into a lot of detail in exploring the relationship between Harold and Tostig, the motivation behind their actions and how their rivalry could have been the reason why Harold was fighting a battle in the north of the country when William invaded from the south.
I think the Norman Conquest is fascinating to read about and, like many periods of history, there is so much left open to interpretation and debate. I will continue to look for more fiction set in this period and will also be interested to see what Mercedes Rochelle writes about next.”
Shakespeare’s Witches tell Banquo, “Thou Shalt ‘Get Kings Though Thou Be None”. Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? What Kings? As Shakespeare’s audience apparently knew, Banquo was the ancestor of the royal Stewart line. But the road to kingship had a most inauspicious beginning, and we follow Fleance into exile and death, bestowing the Witches’ prophecy on his illegitimate son Walter. Born in Wales and raised in disgrace, Walter’s efforts to understand Banquo’s murder and honor his lineage take him on a long and treacherous journey through England and France before facing his destiny in Scotland.
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, Scottish, Military
Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. A move to New York to do research and two careers ensued, but writing fiction remains her primary vocation. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they had built themselves.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Sergeantsville NJ? Our county has just celebrated its 300th anniversary, which is pretty good for the US. There is a great sense of history here, as many families can trace their ancestry all the way back to the early settlers. Although I am a relative newcomer, I am pleased to be surrounded by old stone houses and historic sites.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I remember reading my first historical novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame when I was in college. It was quite a revelation to me and set me on my course. I didn’t know stories could be told like that!
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? After I became a reenactor, I saw how everyday life could be incorporated into a story. I all started to make sense to me.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Even as a kid I used books for escapism.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? It seems like my title comes first, although my first book started its life with a title I later discarded!
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I absolutely love historical fiction. To be honest, I can’t seem to devise an original plot to save my life, but history is so full of interesting stories I only need to stumble across an event to find my inspiration. Once I have settled on an event or person, I fill in the blanks with my imagination. The farther back in history, the more filling-in is required. And there is a piece of me that feels a responsibility to bring history to life in the most painless way possible for the reading public.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I discovered that I was a better researcher than a writer. I absolutely loved diving into the basements of university libraries and blowing dust off the books that had been sitting untouched for years. These days, with the internet, I don’t do that anymore and I miss those days (even though my choices were more limited).
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? My first five-star book review was a tremendous vindication.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? It is so important to develop a “thick skin”. Not everyone is going to love your work. Not everyone is going to appreciate how hard you try. It took me ten years in the Real Estate business to learn how to deal with rejection! Just like Real Estate, the rejection is not at all personal. You just have to pick yourself up and keep going.
Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite author is and has always been Alexandre Dumas. I had such a personal relationship with “The Three Musketeers” I learned French to read it in the original language. I found his characters to be so alive, so three-dimensional that they have stuck with me all these years.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I think art (and literature) must enhance real life, not just mimic it. I want to be enriched by a book, not merely entertained. I hope to learn something from every book I read, and I hope to teach something in every book I write. But the teaching needs to be hidden inside the story.
Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.
Q: What were Macbeth’s Witches Up To? A: The Witches were predicting the eventual rise of the Stewart dynasty in Scotland, of which Banquo was the ancestor. James I was the reigning king when Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, so the play may have been a nod to his ancestry.
The Warramunga’s War is a sweeping narrative of the friendship that forms between a young Australian army officer, Jamie Munro, and an educated half-caste Warramunga aboriginal NCO, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, during the Syrian campaign against the Vichy French in World War II. Jacko rescues a wounded Jamie after which they are conscripted in Cairo by MI6. Here, Jamie and Jacko learn about the seamy side of war in counterespionage as they track down German spies. The principal fictional characters interact with actual historical figures and events throughout the story.
As the desert war escalates to the west of Cairo, the MI6 team confuses the enemy with misleading radio messages using German codes and using local entertainers as undercover agents. On one of his day leaves, Jacko meets a beautiful young Syrian-French girl and a strong romantic bond forms between the two during his time in Cairo.
Following the end of the desert war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in Southeast Asia. After the end of the Pacific war, they initiate the Darwin operations of the CIS, the Commonwealth Investigation Service. On the trail of two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have formed a dangerous criminal gang with an individual they had known during their time in Cairo. The tracking skills of the Warramunga are needed to finally catch up with the murderous gang in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
Review: The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater is an extraordinary historical fiction novel filled with espionage, war and mystery. In it, readers follow the lives of two men, Jamie and Jacko, fighting together in the Middle East and Egypt during World War II. Jacko saves Jamie’s life and they quickly become close friends. They are allocated different assignments in different fields of action that they implement and carry out. Jamie, Lieutenant James Munro, is an officer in the Australian army and Jacko, Sergeant Jack O’ Brien, is an Australian army officer, as well. Together they make a great team and their close friendship and communication with real people from history is the central theme of this fabulous story. Their adventures are paramount and readers will follow along with them on their journey into war and espionage.
This book is filled with twists and turns and had me turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen next. I was fully engaged from the very first chapter all the
way to the satisfying conclusion. This a great book. If you love historical war fiction with mystery, espionage and some romance, you will love The Warramunga’s War. The characters are fully developed with complete back stories and interesting dialogue between them. There is an array of colorful characters that are essential and fully appreciated. Their interaction and communication is written well. Author Greg Kater is a fine writer and I have had the pleasure of reading all three of his books in the Warramunga series. He manages to create a brilliant storyline and plot full of mystery and excitement that all comes together magnificently at the end. I’m not going to give away any spoilers, one must get this book and read it to find out how remarkable it truly is.
The Warramunga’s War will interest and engross all discerning readers. It is engaging, compelling and exciting, full of intrigue and enigma, I completely enjoyed the puzzling mysteries that this book held. The narrative is original and creative making for a fantastic read. The descriptive writing had me on the scene fully present watching on as the story unfolded. Greg Kater takes a complicated story and ties it all up neatly with an easy to follow along storyline and plot. He is an exceptional writer and all his books are excellent. I can’t wait to read more books penned by him, as I can never get enough. Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends The Warramunga’s War, book one, in the Warramunga series. Get yourself a copy and be captivated and fully entertained. Review by Artisan Book Reviews
Paperback: 304 Pages
Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II, Military, War
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The Warramunga’s Aftermath Of War by Greg Kater
Book Two In Warramunga Trilogy
The Warramunga’s Aftermath of War encapsulates the investigation into the post-war activities of a major criminal organisation with tentacles to the USA, Australia and South East Asia. When a fishing boat is discovered in distress in rough seas northwest of Darwin in late 1945, former army officer, Jamie Munro, and educated half-caste Warramunga aborigine, Jack “Jacko” O’Brien, who head the CIS in Darwin, are called on to investigate child smuggling operations financed by a shadowy ring of wealthy paedophiles.
This book is the second book of a trilogy. This follows The Warramunga’s War detailing the meeting of Jamie and Jacko on the battlefield during the Second World War and their activities working together with MI6 in intelligence during the remainder of the war.
Paperback: 310 Pages
Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II, Military, War, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, International Mystery, Crime
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Skills Of The Warramunga by Greg Kater
Book Three In Warramunga Trilogy
Early in 1946, former army officer, Jamie Munro, and his half-Aboriginal friend and colleague, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, who head the Commonwealth Investigation Service in Darwin, are called on to assist in the rescue of Colonel John Cook, a senior operative of MI6, who has been kidnapped by bandits and taken into the jungles of Malaya.
Jamie and Jacko had worked in intelligence operations with Colonel Cook during the desert campaign in North Africa in the Second World War, as the Afrika Corps threatened Egypt.
With Jacko’s half-sister, Sarah, a full-blood Aborigine from Tennant Creek, they arrive in Kuala Lumpur to find that they not only have to contend with the impenetrable jungle of the Malay peninsula, but also with a murderous and subversive organisation of Fascist criminals whose aim is to disrupt the creation of the Malayan Union by the British Military Authority, set to take place on 1st of April 1946, foment an uprising and take over control of the country.
All the inherent bushcraft skills of the Warramunga are needed to rescue Colonel Cook as well as prevent catastrophic mayhem on the Malayan peninsula.
This is the third book in the Warramunga trilogy.
Paperback: 314 Pages
Genre: Fiction, Historical, World War II, Military, War, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, International Mystery, Crime
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TALON, COME FLY WITH ME is the first book of a series, for starting reading children, up to teens and young adults. Even parents can read it to younger children.
An inspirational, highly emotional and entertaining read for all ages
This book is a lovely adventure with an amazing heroine. Matica is a strong, brave girl, who battles with her handicap and how others view her. But this isn’t a story only about her gaining acceptance or over coming her challenges. Rather, it’s a tale packed full of exciting moments and tons of emotions. Matica comes across naturally as does the village and world around her. It’s beautifully set and an easy landscape to dive into.
The way the author revealed each situation is fun to read and it made one anxious to see what’s next. Acceptance was eloquently woven into the story without being blatant. And the other thing I learned was that when certain things happen, you don’t always know why and just maybe something goodwill come of it.
This book was FINALIST with “BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD”, 2017
Also, FINALIST with “IAN-The Independent Authors Network-BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017
Print Length: 238 Pages
Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
What Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors is actually happening.
And now the adventures begin.
Finally accepting Matica into their community because of an incredible event, the people from the village love seeing her with Talon and demand she tell them about her adventures with the condors.
Matica is now happy to be small because she can do what she has always dreamed of – fly. She is accepted and loved, and because she is so small can have incredible adventures with her beloved Talon. In the meantime, her friendship with Amos continues to grow…
In this book, she has scores of adventures and near disasters with Talon.
Product Details Print Length: 422 Pages
Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
Will they be safe as they travel? What about the dangerous animals they could encounter? Will Matica see her condors on her trip?
It’s amazing how you are drawn into the beauty and dangers of the rain forest, as Matica and her father travel to the city and villages in Peru.
You may be awed by the enchanting plants and creature inhabitants, and fearfully apprehensive of the poisonous insects and treacherous things lurking in the forest and the waters!
The discovery of Matica’s special bond with her Condors puts them all in further jeopardy, along with her father being bit by a poisonous spider.
Journey with Matica in this third book in the TALON series. Be with her through adventures, laughter and tears. Enjoy the feeling of friendship, love and camaraderie she enjoys with her condors, Talon, Tamo and Tima.
Not to spoil the nerve-gripping tale, I recommend reading the series from book one through five. An inspirational, highly emotional and entertaining read for all ages.
Product Details Paperback: 438 Pages
Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
TALON, ENCOUNTER is the fifth book in the TALON series.
It’s for children of all ages, for teens, for young adults. Even parents, and they can read it to younger children.
It’s too aware, that when one has an affliction or is handicapped, that life is going on and can be wonderful, if they stick to something they love. In this series, Matica loves her condors and she is doing what she loves. So, can you, stick to it and do it with all your heart.
In this book, The poachers are back and want Talon. So, it is war. Revenge is in the air.
The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon! They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. Determined to get him at all costs the poachers run up against the might and will of Tamo, Tima and Talon.
It is war. The poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.
With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica do the impossible knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.
Between the poachers shooting at the condors, the crows playing their part, and Tamo being shot and injured, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.
Action-packed from beginning to end, Talon Encounter will keep you on the edge of your seat.
NOMINEE by GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD 2017
SOLE MEDALIST WINNER with NEW APPLE BOOK AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING in the Young Adult General Fiction category of our Annual book Award 2017
Product Details Print Length: 382 Pages
Genre: Children’s, Action, Adventure, Survival Stories, YA, Teen, Family
About The Author: Book Excellence Award Finalist 2017, Sole Award Medalist winner with ‘New Apple’ 2017, Nominee with Global Ebook Award 2017, silver book award with Readers’ Favorite
Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.
Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil drafts person in various private consultancies in Munich.
May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colorful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.
May 1989, they became adoptive parents of twin girls from Fiji.
September 1992, they moved to Australia.
November 1993 Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. By the grace of God, she survived and seeing her husband writing the story about the adoption, she started to write short stories for competition since her English became increasingly better.
She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.
Currently working on the sixth book, TALON, WINDSONG and the seventh TALON, MYSTERY OF LIFE
In late 1930s Britain, a young woman yearns for the exciting adventures that seem to be reserved exclusively for men. “Come visit me in India,” her friend Alexa writes, and Ursula Graham Bower does, unaware that Assam is where her dreams will come true.
Flouting convention, she goes to live in the jungle-clad hills with reformed headhunters, the Zemi Nagas, where she finds fulfillment and a sense of purpose by recording their culture and providing much needed medical care. Her attempts to reconcile the distrustful Zemi with the British authorities are unsuccessful, until the 1942 Japanese invasion of Burma becomes the catalyst to heal the breach.
The British Army recruits her into “V” Force as a guerilla. Leading a band of Naga scouts and a platoon of soldiers, she watches the border areas. The Japanese invade India and, with British lines twenty miles behind her, the danger increases. Fearing the authorities will make her leave if they contact her, and that the Nagas will fold if she goes, Ursula signals H.Q. “Going forward to find the enemy. Send more rifles.” The Nagas remain loyal in the most dangerous circumstances, even being prepared to die with her. They put their trust in Ursula and the authorities and the authorities trust them, and they do not fail each other. The Zemi suspicion of the British Government dissolves.
As the war moves into Burma, Ursula receives the Order of the British Empire Medal for her exploits. Lt. Colonel Betts, a “V” Force officer intrigued by the idea of a woman guerilla and seeking an unconventional wife, schemes to meet Ursula. She marries him, having found a man who loves her for living life on her own terms.
Review: Ursula was an amazingly complex and interesting woman and author Pauline Hayton has definitely done Ursula’s story justice. “Naga Queen” is a completely riveting read. Hayton’s writing style is impeccable and, even though this is a fictional biography, the reader will be hard pressed to figure out what is truth and what is myth. Hayton has skillfully woven Ursula’s amazing life into a rich tapestry that was truly a pleasure to read. Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasReads
A Corporal’s War: The WWII Adventures Of A Royal Engineer by Pauline Hayton
It’s 1939. Norman, twenty years old, married, and father of a young child, struggles to make ends meet. To improve the family’s finances, he enlists in the army, figuring that when his six months’ National Service ends, he will be twenty-one and entitled to earn adult wages, a good plan until foiled by Britain’s declaration of war against Nazi Germany.
Norman’s world is turned upside down. His six months of army life stretches to seven years, where he forges friendships that sustain him throughout the war years. Norman and his comrades survive the dangers of the German war machine’s devastating defeat of the British army at Dunkirk. When his company is posted overseas for four years, the men overcome homesickness in the killing heat of India, a country Norman grows to love. They build airfields in Assam and battle monsoon mud and rain during mopping up operations against the Japanese in north Burma’s steamy jungles.
Finally, the atomic bomb brings the war in the Far East to an end, and Norman is able to return home. After a four-year absence, he worries: how much has the war changed him? Will his wife recognize him? Will she welcome him home with open arms?
Review by Alyce Wilson of Wild Violet Hot Heart: A Corporal’s War is a vivid recounting of World War II, told from the point-of-view of British Corporal Norman Wickman. Cover to cover, A Corporal’s War is a fascinating read for anyone who has wondered what a soldier’s experience is truly like in battle. Some of the stories are dramatic or tragic, while others recount mundane trials, such as dealing with a bedbug infestation, or suffering through the muddy monsoon season. Read this entertaining, well-written personal view of World War II.
Rambles review by Daniel Jolley: A Corporal’s War: World War II Adventures of a Royal Engineer is not only a deeply personal and wonderful account of one young British soldier’s wartime experience, it is also an illuminating look at an overlooked theater of the war (India/Burma). Definitely one of the best wartime accounts I’ve read in a long time. I was totally captivated by Norman’s story, and his homecoming, after four years of separation from his wife and little girl, left me with a lump in my throat and a renewed admiration for all brave unheralded young soldiers then and now.
2nd Draft review by T. Russell Wingate: Pauline Hayton has written an excellent book. It is realistic and just what the reader wants. A fine performance for a first book.
Rebecca’s Reads: A Corporal’s War is a riveting, personal and informative biography.
Precocious brat, poverty-stricken single parent, gave away child for adoption, gang rape survivor, world traveler, spiritual healer, probation officer, immigrant, massage therapist, cancer survivor, author, care giver to elderly parents, headstrong wife, educational sponsor for 100 Naga children—you name it, I’ve done it and I turned out OK. I’m still pedaling and you can too.
Review: “Grit, gusto and spiritual grace animate a vibrant memoir. Still Pedaling’s effectiveness comes from the author’s brutal honesty about embarrassing episodes and ailments; her considerable skill in selection, organization and style; and her fully realized presence as a vivid, imperfect, unsinkable personality. Readers can put the variety of her experiences and the ways in which she created and maximized her opportunities in life to their own healing use.” – Phil Jason, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic and freelance writer with 20 books to his credit.
Praise for Still Pedaling
Once again Pauline Hayton has penned an amazing tale. In fact, she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
In Still Pedaling, Hayton takes the reader on a journey which encompasses the entirety of her life. It is a brutally open and honest look at her – from childhood until the almost-present day. And having finished the book, I find myself wishing that I had lived near her because she is an amazing woman with an unbreakable spirit and a gargantuan-sized zest for life. I think the two of us would have been fast friends…
Yes, Still Pedaling is an autobiography – yet, it reads as easily as one’s favorite fictional novel.
To say that she’s a fighter who has overcome the odds and adversities of her life is an understatement. She is, without a doubt, a shining beacon of hope to all – whether they have struggled with the same, or similar, challenges she has faced or not. And somehow, through it all, Hayton always managed to take time to help others – to make a difference in their lives. I’m certain that those whose lives she’s affected would readily agree that she’s an amazing woman…
In summary, Still Pedaling is a five-star ‘must read’ book. A true ‘feel good’ reminder that life is what you make of it – no matter what your personal situation. By Charline Ratcliff, Author, The Curse of Nefertiti
Grit, gusto and spiritual grace animate a vibrant memoir
It’s not often that one encounters an autobiography written by a non-celebrity that has the likelihood of reaching a wide audience, but Pauline Hayton has written such a book, revealing a life lived with immense challenges, plenty of setbacks, risky decisions and an evolution of goals and values.
Still Pedaling is Pauline’s sixth book. Its effectiveness comes from the author’s brutal honesty about embarrassing episodes and ailments; her considerable skills in selection, organization and style; and her fully realized presence as a vivid, imperfect, unsinkable personality. Readers can put the variety of her experiences and the ways in which she created and maximized her opportunities in life to their own healing use. — Phil Jason, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic and freelance writer with 20 books to his credit, including several studies of war literature and a creative writing text.
Her sixtieth birthday, her self-centered husband, and the death of a friend have Brenda wondering what happened to her once adventurous spirit.
Determined to get it back, she hotfoots it to a remote village in India. Family members give chase to persuade her to come home and life becomes hectic. When Brenda’s ditzy granddaughters arrive in India, rebels promptly kidnap them. With the police no help and her dander up, Brenda turns into “Wonder Woman” on a mission, embarking on a hare-brained scheme to rescue “her girls.” Her showdown with the maniacal rebel leader has Brenda fearing for her life and the lives of her granddaughters. Calling him a moron doesn’t help. Against all odds, she outwits the rebels. Using implements hidden in her bra, Brenda escapes with the girls under cover of night.
Traipsing through jungle, dodging rebels and bullets, and fleeing angry bears—no problem for the wild child in Brenda that was there all along.
Beryl, the unfriendly bee, chases other bees away from flowers that have the most pollen. She doesn’t care if she has no friends. She wants to win Queen Bee’s merit badge for collecting the most pollen for the hive. The other bees are annoyed and teach Beryl a lesson–that life is much better if you are a friendly bee.
Genre: Children Age Range: 5 – 8 years, Grade Level: 1 – 3
Extreme Delight and Other Stories by Pauline Hayton
An eclectic collection of writings the author has produced over the years. Some stories tell of real events, others are pure fiction. The anthology includes stories from her worldwide travels, toastmaster speeches, magazine articles, and poems.
When Pauline brings her eighty-three-year-old parents from England to America to care for them, she little realizes the hardships she endures will bring her to the brink of madness, murder and suicide.
Review: Rating: 5 Stars – A Must Read. In “If You Love Me, Kill Me”, Hayton takes us on an eye-opening, unforgettable journey of life and aging. It is a sincere and heartfelt book, a no holds barred read. Hayton has a serious message and she is not afraid to share it. Its blunt truths will doubtless shock you; causing you to question everything you thought you believed in. Use “If You Love Me, Kill Me” as a helpful reference or validation of what you are feeling due to being in a similar situation. Either way, it’s a must read. Reviewed by Author Charline Ratcliff for Rebecca’s Reads.
Myanmar: In my Father’s Footsteps (A Journey of Rebirth and Remembrance) by Pauline Hayton
Emotionally drained and physically depleted from aggressive cancer treatments, Pauline Hayton desires to once again feel really alive.
Her solution is an adventure in Myanmar, formally known as Burma. She takes along her husband Peter, and a film crew, students from Boston University, to capture her travels on film to help her grandchildren remember her should she develop further cancers and die, as expected, from the harsh radiation treatments.
She explores remote regions where tourists rarely go and travels the famous Ledo road, visiting the places where her father participated in The Burma Campaign, as a Royal Engineer in Britain’s Fourteenth Army. Hayton’s jaunt in Myanmar, in search of lightness and fun, turns into a journey of self-healing and of remembrance of Fourteenth Army soldiers who suffered tremendous hardship as they fought to retake Burma from the Japanese.
Review: “Myanmar: In My Father’s Footsteps” is a written accounting of Hayton’s experiences as she trekked through Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) attempting to make the same journey that her father made during his World War II tour of duty. Having become close to her father while writing about his WWII adventures in “A Corporal’s War” and having recently survived cancer, Hayton decided to visit the lands she had heard so much about. With her husband Peter, and a film crew to capture this trip on film, Hayton explored remote regions rarely seen by outsiders; traveled the famous Ledo Road and followed in her father’s footsteps as closely as the Burmese government would allow. Unfortunately, Hayton wasn’t allowed to completely follow her initial itinerary but she did see enough to gain a better perspective of her father’s World War II experiences and there were definitely some sad and somber moments. On the one hand it was wonderful to see, photograph, and travel on the still intact roads and bridges built during his time; on the other hand, it was sobering to travel to cities and monuments where thousands had laid down their lives for both sides. “Myanmar: In My Father’s Footsteps” is an interesting and well-written book. I also thought that the photographs Hayton included throughout the book were a nice touch. “Myanmar: In my Father’s Footsteps” is written as a personal journal. Knowing that Hayton brought a film crew with her on this trip, and knowing that she was trying to preserve her experiences so that her children and grandchildren would know her father better also seems to point to this conclusion. Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasReads.
About Pauline Hayton: Pauline Hayton hails from the north east of England. She worked as a probation officer in her hometown of Middlesbrough before immigrating to the United States in 1991. She and her husband currently live in Naples, Florida with four abandoned cats who adopted them. She figures there must be a sign at the end of her drive that says two mugs live here.
She started writing in 1996, after listening to her father’s war stories and reading his wartime diaries. She found them so interesting, she felt compelled to write her first book “A Corporal’s War”.
Researching for this book, she discovered the true WWII story of a remarkable woman, Ursula Graham Bower and wrote “Naga Queen”. While researching “Naga Queen” she became friends with Ursula’s daughter through whom Hayton became involved in bettering the lives of the Naga tribes in northeast India. This also led to a new book, “Chasing Brenda”, (since renamed “Grandma Rambo”), a lighthearted adventure in Nagaland, written after the author visited Magulong village where she and her husband support a school, at a time there was rebel activity in the area.
Myanmar: In my Father’s Footsteps. A Journey of Rebirth and Remembrance is a travelogue of a trip taken in 2006. After surviving two battles with cancer, Hayton wanted to celebrate and decided to visit the places where her father fought the Japanese in Burma during WWII. It was a healing, life-changing journey for her.
Her book “If You Love Me, Kill Me”, a funny, sad and intense story, is based on the author’s painful, personal experiences while caring for her elderly parents.
The author published her memoir “Still Pedaling” in 2015, with the hope that anyone facing hardships and challenges can lessen their pain by recognizing how a greater power is on hand, bringing help and support.
In 2016, Hayton published “Extreme Delight” an anthology of short true and fictional stories and poems, as well as her first children’s book “The Unfriendly Bee.”
Before the captivating Evian Magi enters the picture and becomes a key member of The Mystery Alliance, Myth Vaga was a critical ally within their intriguing fold. He once lived amongst The Mystery Alliance in London, England. Yet, a serendipitous meeting and an ensuing romantic involvement with a bewitching beauty becomes the instrumental catalyst for his not surprising, but climactic betrayal.
Cold Coffee Review: I enjoyed reading The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga by Taffey Tawanna Champion first, so I found this prequel extremely interesting.
The Mystery Alliance is an elite rescue unit. The individuals in this unit are called Mystics. Their secret alliance rescues hostages that are held in extreme terrorists’ situation where other rescue attempts have failed or were impossible.
It all begins at a manor named “Dwellen” located in London, England. It is here where training in “Mystery Arts” begins and missions are born.
Get to know the “Mystics” who make up this anti-terrorist group and follow up this short prequel with The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga.
I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Mystery Alliance: Prequel to Evian’s Saga by Taffey Tawanna Champion. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this series. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 17, 2018.
An unsuspecting young man meets a mysterious beauty through a bizarre encounter in Paris, France. After speaking with her, he agrees to live among a secret society of persons called Mystics. Here, he learns about their secret alliance and their mastery of a spectacular self-defense technique: The Mystery Arts. Soon, Evian discovers that there is no turning back from the path he has chosen.
Excerpt: “We are members of an elite rescue unit…The Mystery Alliance. All of the members of this rescue unit are called Mystics. Mystics have haunting, surreal beauty: almost as though we were chosen to be Mystics from the womb. We also have unique abilities and skills which set us apart from others. Yet, only prominent, high-ranking government officials have knowledge of our existence. We are the persons these officials contact when no one else can rescue hostages in extreme terrorist situations. And this is our story…”
Cold Coffee Review: The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga is a short reading experience, originally written as a screen play and converted to an e-book.
Packed with a diverse cast of characters, easy to follow dialog and sixteen chapters with sub-headings which act like separate scenes or skits in a play with different places, times, events and characters.
The main character is Evian Magi who works as a Jack-of-all-trades for the Machiavellia’s Traveling Carnival. Paris, France is full of history, mystery and intriguing people from all over the globe. It is the beauty of a woman that lures Evian into a secret society called The Mystery Alliance where he finds his path is forever sealed.
I quote a passage from chapter seven to give you a glimpse into Evian’s story.
“Delphi and Raven are in the gardens surrounding the chateau, picking flowers. Evian comes outside for a brief respite and notices the two of their bent forms. He is delighted to see that the ladies are engaged in such a pleasant past- time and decides to join their little gathering.
When he approaches them, he says, “There you are, ladies.”
Both women stand up and face their visitor. Delphi replies with, “Hello, Evian. Did you want something?
“Actually, I just came outside to unwind for a while. But, now that I think of it, there are some things that I have been meaning to ask you.”
“All right, then. Wait one moment, please.” “Sure.’
As Delphi returns to her task, Evian turns his attention to Raven. Smiling, he says, “Hello again, Raven.”
Raven glances at him. “Hello, there. You seem very cheerful today. May I ask the reason?”
Evian simply shrugs. “Of course,…it’s just that I think I have found my purpose in this world.”
Raven smiles at hearing this. “You’ve made your decision, then.” “I have. So far, I’ve not yet discovered a reason to leave.”
“Have you already informed Machiavellia’s of your decision yet?”
Evian nods. “Yes, Raven Hawk, I have. They weren’t happy to lose me, but I suspect they’ll get over it; in time.”
“And how are you finding The Mystery Arts?”
Evian’s face positively glows as he thinks about his progress with the innovative martial arts form. “Fantastic! I’m absolutely fascinated by it all.”
“Oh no, tell me we don’t have another adrenaline junkie.
Evian frowns. “What do you mean by another? Who are you talking about?” Raven suddenly clams up and becomes evasive in answering his query.
“That’s a story for another time.”
I, Theodocia McLean, endorse The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga as an introduction to the book series by Taffey Tawanna Champion. I reviewed this book from Kindle. The review was completed on September 13, 2016.
Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Taffey Tawanna Champion
Author Taffey Tawanna Champion is a small-town girl born and raised in Greensboro, GA, educated at GTCHS in Greensboro, GA and further educated at Elon College which eventually became Elon University. She excelled in writing as a young child; even earned merits and won awards for writing ability, including a “Passport to Excellence” plaque. Reading and writing also were Taffey’s first loves before drama and music, which of course, came after.
Before, during and after college, Taffey became a world traveler, even electing to live in London, England for one semester whilst studying at Elon University. She traveled several times to Paris, France at this time. Taffey also met and encountered celebrities in London, England which served to make her experiences even more special. Added to her world traveler status, she lived in South Korea for a short interval. This experience, including her fascination with various Kung-Fu techniques and martial arts films aided in her ability to create The Mystery Arts in The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga.
She also worked in Marina, CA as an Americorps VISTA for MCHOME (a division of Interim, Inc.) under the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers. During this time, she became acquainted with the various artists of Breakthrough H’ART (a program synonymous with MCHOME) and also with noted Austrian Artist/Painter, Hans Kindel. It was here, under the tutelage of Hans Kindel and Bill Donnelly that she discovered her talent for Abstract/Impressionist Art. This is where the initial cover of her E-book originated, but there is a new Cover representing this E-Book currently.
“The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” was created initially as a copyrighted action/adventure screenplay, however, Taffey decided to adapt it into an E-book: the first in a series of E-books actually. “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is available for sale at Amazon, Smashwords, and will be distributed via Smashwords to many other retailers, as well. This E-book is also made available for Libraries to obtain.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Greensboro, GA? I suppose that I’m proud to be a writer from Greensboro, GA because I am a southern belle from a small town, and I believe it is this fact that inspires others from rural areas of the USA, to be more determined to follow their dreams. I have even heard from some individuals saying something to this effect, since releasing my E- Book, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga”.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? No one specifically inspired me to become a writer. I have always excelled in English and writing since I was a child. And because I have such an overactive imagination, I have always felt that I should give it my “best shot”, so to speak. However, Mr. Keanu Reeves, the Actor, inspired my passion for Action Adventure writing because I always loved his Action films tremendously while I was growing up. Mr. Reeves also inspired the creation of my protagonist, Evian Magi.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I was a screenplay writer first, beginning in 1999, but my original copyrighted screenplay, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” was not optioned because I created such high-concept material. So, later on, I decided to adapt it into an E-Book. I would say that I began writing with the intention to be published in either 2007 or 2008.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, somewhat, because my family and I have always enjoyed watching Action and Martial Arts films, since I was very little.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I always endeavor to come up with my title before I begin creating literary material, but sometimes the title is conceived after I have already started writing my literary works.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? The genre in which I write is fiction. Its subgenres which I’ve been focusing on are Action Adventure and Fantasy. I do love a great drama, but I am highly fascinated and intrigued by Action Adventure and Fantasy films. I have also been an avid film enthusiast regarding Mr. Keanu Reeves’ films while I was growing up. Therefore, I suppose those are the reasons I prefer fiction writing; and most likely why my E-Book, “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” is characterized as an Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I do realize that this will sound so cliché, but I experienced vivid dreams about beautifully mystical beings with almost supernatural powers in 1999 first. After I began writing what I remembered about these dreams on paper, I became spellbound and quite determined to write a Feature film screenplay to do justice to such fascinating visions.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experiences with my writing process, I must say, are having become Self-Published; also having quite a few wonderful offers to promote my material, and especially with having been blessed with meeting and working on a Blog Tag Tour project with the absolutely fantastic and noted Author, Schuyler J. Ebersol.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I would have to say that it was when I became Self-Published via the use of the phenomenal Smashwords online E-Book website.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Well, I am but a humble small-town girl from Greensboro, GA, but the only advice I can give, is to make certain you do indeed have a passion and dedication toward becoming a Published Author.
Who is your favorite author and why? I have never really had a favorite Author, because I have been a lover of many books. However, presently, my favorite Author is none other than Schuyler J. Ebersol, because I certainly loved reading “The Hidden World”. The visual imagery in his book is positively astounding; not to mention, his expert writing ability.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Yes, I created my own genre (i.e., Action Adventure/Futuristic Fantasy) in honor of my Muse, actor Keanu Reeves’ pioneering work in action films; for my protagonist character, “Evian Magi”, is the Mystic Fantasy Hero version of Keanu Reeves. Initially, I had created “The Mystery Alliance: Evian’s Saga” as the first E-Book to launch my innovative series. I am now releasing “The Mystery Alliance: Prequel to Evian’s Saga” as the second E-Book in this captivating series.
5 stars! A light and enjoyable adventure that comments on human nature and the beauty of our world…
Very funny, but it was the wider ethos of the tale that really grabbed me. Overall a brighter look at life today that is sure to keep you smiling from page to page. By Readers’ Favorite.
5 stars! This truly is a wonderful story from a very talented writer. Smoothly-written prose, a fascinating, lightly-penned plot and a strong, slightly confused hero to cheer for. By The Wishing Shelf.
Wrong place, right time?
A star being was supposed to travel light-years across the universe to help humanity by working in Washington, D.C.—but she accidentally lands in a small Kansas town in the body of Missy. Join her on this whimsical journey as she discovers the beauty of life and love on Earth.
Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism brings us a witty and wise book filled with memorable characters and insights into what makes us all so very human.
A light, warm-hearted book…highly entertaining and full of wit and charm…intelligent and fun at the same time…a beautiful story from a highly gifted writer…one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. By Artisan Books.
Cold Coffee Review: For those of us who read Ann Crawford’s books, Fresh off the Starship is yet another one of her visionaries, metaphysical, fantastical, unique stories.
Ann uses imagination along with humor to introduce us to a star being traveling light years in order to help humanity.
The landing location was supposed to be Washington DC, but even in light-year travel, mistakes can happen. The star being lands in a small, country town in Kansas. Unlike the Wizard of Oz, this star being accidentally lands in the body of Missy.
With a mission to help humanity, our visitor is given the gift of discovery of life and love on Earth.
This unexpected journey will introduce you to characters who in their own way remind the reader of the goodness in humanity.
Quote from Book: “Braving the snowstorm, Missy heads out to the stable. The horses poke their heads over the stall walls, obviously hoping for some food. She takes down the food sack hanging by the door. After giving them all a treat, she stands by Diamond Girl. She nuzzles her muzzle, pressing her cheek against the horse’s face. “Bashiran, you around?” she calls out. “Are you there? I am completely messing up this project! So much for being incognito.” No answer, although the barn cats rustling in the rafters raise her hopes for a few seconds. She turns back to her friend and throws her arms around her neck, letting Diamond Girl’s glorious mane absorb her tears.”
We all take things in life for granted. Author Ann Crawford is a gifted writer, who has a talent for finding the good in situations and in humanity.
I hope you will enjoy this Romantic Comedy as much as I did. I purchased it from Kindle on January 3, 2019. My review posted on January 4, 2019
*************************** Life In The Hollywood Lane – by Ann Crawford
Quirky, heart-opening, funny, poignant, up, down, and everywhere in between–that’s life and that’s Life In The Hollywood Lane.
Trish, an LA actor, is bereft with guilt after her best friend commits suicide. Glamorous yet tough-as-nails Hollywood is Trish’s backdrop and a reflection of her life as she stumbles on through an actor’s life of casting calls and premieres, rejection and acceptance. Slowly Trish releases the idea of how her life should be and embraces the messy, flawed, yet stunningly beautiful truth of how it is. Trish’s humorous resilience and acceptance lead to transformation, surrender, and ultimately love. Author Ann Crawford’s trademark optimism for life and love shine through in this inspiring story that reminds us all that no matter what the question, love is always the answer.
Life In The Hollywood Lane is chockablock with LOL and aha moments. Also, know any folks who’ve been chasing a long-held dream? Do them a favor and gift them this book!
Cold Coffee Review: “Life In The Hollywood Lane” is a woman’s fictional (chick-lit) where the story-line depicts the journey of a young woman who goes to Hollywood to make it big. As someone who has never even visited Hollywood, I found this story very interesting, heartwarming, funny, and sad as a friendship ends with a tragedy.
Many young girls feel like Trish (main character) as they compare themselves to others and think of themselves as the ugly duckling. Most young girls would give an eye tooth for Trish’s beautiful curly red hair and warm glow of freckles. Not Trish. When Trish left her Wisconsin hometown, she left behind the good, the bad, and even her loss.
Striking out on her own, Trish soon met Cyndi at an audition and the two became the best of friends. Trish saw Cyndi as the beauty she longed to be. Trish didn’t realize that underneath the beauty comes same life experiences, situations and emotions, as both girls chase their own Hollywood dreams.
Author Ann Crawford writes this unique story, while educating her readers on “Life In Hollywood Lane.” As I read, I believed that Ann was writing from some of her own life experience. Ann Crawford is an award-wining documentary filmmaker. She has traveled the globe and I can see these experiences woven ever so slightly into the story.
I love Trish’s story and Ann’s writing style. I believe each reader will come away with something of their own. For example, I never thought about the color orange as a universal color. Let me quote the main character Trish (LA Actress) from the chapter titled “Fifty Shades of Orange.”
“October is always orange. No matter where I am in the world—at least in the Northern Hemisphere—October comes in orange. Wisconsin is a pumpkin orange. Bordeaux, France, is a soft orange. Northern California is a gentle orange. Florida is a bold orange. Russia, China, Japan—they’re all their own oranges. How did I get lucky enough to travel to so many places? Well, without much makeup and with brown or blonde hair color, I can look a whole range of oddball characters, from a crack addict to a hillbilly to a psych-ward patient to a prostitute. So, I actually get a lot of work as unknown, unmemorable characters. I’m the loud, ugly, angry woman in the crowd behind a lynching (ugh!) or a burning at the stake (ugh!). It’s a good thing I can look so unmemorable because I can keep getting roles like this.”
It seems to me that going to Hollywood is much like playing a lottery. You might win big, you might win here and there, or you might lose, but you will learn something from the experience.
If you enjoy stories where girls reach for the stars, overcome life’s situations and excel beyond their imagination, this book is a good fit for you. What were your dreams in your youth, or what are your dreams today? Are you willing to strike out on your own like Trish, to broaden your horizon?
I endorse “Life In Hollywood Lane” by Ann Crawford as a story filled with optimism, inspiration, and coming full circle to end with love. I purchased this book from Kindle on June 4, 2018. This review was completed on June 6, 2018.
Delve into the mystical, magical world of Catriona, an ordinary woman who chose to be extraordinary. She dared to live a radiant life as a healer in sixteenth-century Scotland, a time ravaged by fear. A Wiccan gifted with the ability to awaken the hearts of those still sleeping, she is known as the Spellweaver. “Mesmerizing!” — Amazon review.
Visioning: Creating The Life Of Our Dreams and A World That Works For Us All – by Ann Crawford
“[Visioning] speaks to our hearts, mind, and spirit with a delightful, lyrical, and wise guidance to help us shift from the separated to the divine self that we really are.” ~Barbara Marx Hubbard.
We can create the life of our wildest dreams, a life that serves ourselves and humanity, the life we were born to live. Do you have a great dream but it never gets beyond the dreaming stage? Are you being called to do great work but are frustrated that it’s not happening? Visioning shows you that yes, it’s really true – you are being called to fulfill yourself and better the world at the same time. And you can. By mastering the art of visioning, you can live your dreams.
LEARN: How to use the power of the Law to create what you want; the five steps of affirmative prayer; the six steps of visioning; how to strengthen your commitment to your vision; how to set your intention; how to create sacred covenants. Our soul yearns for expression. It’s time to soar.
Mary’s Message: The Story Of Mary Magdalene and Yeshua ben Yosef – by Ann Crawford
“My name is Mary. I come from Magdala. Well, actually, I come from a lot more than Magdala, but the time I walked on Earth, the time you heard about, I was born in Magdala. I come from a much greater place than that, however, and so do you.” Travel through the ages and hear reflections on love, life, and one of the greatest stories of all time from one of the most amazing women of all time. Mary Magdalene offers us insight into her life with Yeshua (Jesus) and gives her perspective on the events that occurred then and on up to our present day. Mary and Yeshua were very special, as we all are very special. They were very awake beings – very aware of the connection of all life and the divinity within…but these attributes are available to us all. Through the lyrical, poetic, passionate, sometimes funny, always heart-centered unfolding of her story, Mary reminds us how to access these qualities to create a beautiful life for each one of us and all of us…the life she and Yeshua lived.
A fun, clever romantic comedy that delivers as many “aha’s” as it does laughs, goes as deep as it goes high. As a spiritual newcomer or sage master, you’ll find yourself laughing your way to love and enlightenment.
What if life isn’t as random as you might think? What if there’s a reason for …. well …. everything? And just when you think you know what’s going on, you find out that there’s way more to the story. Waaaaaaaay more. These wild and wonderful angels and their even more wild and wonderful humans can help you awaken, see the big picture, and live from your higher consciousness.
ANGELS is based on New Thought, metaphysics, and the law of attraction as well as on the work of such teachers as Michael Bernard Beckwith, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Jean Houston, Ernest Holmes, Neale Donald Walsch, Jim Self, and Rhonda Byrne (THE SECRET).
“Bluntly put, this is the funniest, most enjoyable, and most delightfully irreverent spiritual novel I’ve ever read. I couldn’t stop laughing….” ~Mark Waldman, neuroscientist.
“I LOVE THIS BOOK. Such a quick, fun read — you won’t even realize you’ve been enlightened!” ~Diane Bishop, Editor, SCIENCE OF MIND Magazine
Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ann Crawford
Ann Crawford believes in love at first sight, that good always prevails, and that we’re here for those wild wonderful way-out-there visions of ours to come alive.
Ann has lived “oh, all over,” and right now there’s a view of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains out the window. When she’s not circumnavigating the globe (65 countries and counting, plus all 50 states), communing with sea critters on the ocean floor (in her scuba gear), or climbing every mountain (on the back of her husband’s motorcycle), or flying planes (at least as a student pilot for now), you can find her writing.
Ann is the author of the newly released romcom/chick lit LIFE IN THE HOLLYWOOD LANE, mystical SPELLWEAVER about a woman during the witch hunts in Scotland in 1597, the hilarious ANGELS ON OVERTIME, the deep MARY’S MESSAGE (about Mary Magdalene), and reach-for-the-stars VISIONING. Ann’s life-affirming books weave tales of love and intrigue that take readers on mystical journeys. Her characters live radiant lives touched by magic, an ability Ann believes we all have.
Ann is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her first movie was about a group of vets returning to Viet Nam to perform humanitarian work, give something back to the people, return to their Areas of Operation, and heal their wounds of war. Her second movie involved traveling around the world and interviewing people from all walks of life—heads of state, street kids, academics, artists…. the folks of this world—on how they envisioned creating world peace. The website for this movie won numerous awards. Ann is also an award-winning humanitarian.
Ann would be delighted to speak or do a book reading for your group or book club. Please contact her through her website, http://www.anncrawford.net
What makes you proud to be a writer from (Colorado, USA)? I have lived from one ocean white with foam, to the other ocean white with foam, to the prairie, and now to the mountain…. a little backwards from the song, but it’s certainly been an interesting journey. In between I’ve traveled through 65+ countries and counting, as well as all 50 states. I consider myself a writer of the world, and I’m so proud to be that. I bring all the amazing, beautiful people I’ve met and all the amazing, beautiful places I’ve been into my storytelling.
On top of that, I’m just plain proud to be a writer! I love taking ideas and thoughts and creating full stories that never existed before. My characters take on lives of their own and give me hits of inspiration in the shower, in the car (it can get very crowded in both places, LOL).
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My mom was very sick during my childhood, but she would read to me as often as she felt up to it. Those were extremely special, magical moments to me. I grew up in New York State, and we’d sometimes take trips to New York City to visit, among many other places, the hallowed halls of…Barnes and Noble! We visited the hallowed halls of museums, Radio City Music Hall, and the like, too, of course. Books were a highly revered item in our household, though, and that cloth Barnes and Noble bag was like one that held gold, secrets of life, and magic.
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. I’ve always loved, loved, loved books, and grew up figuring that I would write them one day. I always wanted to share the joy, wisdom, and connection that I felt in books with readers of my books. My mom wanted to be a writer, too, but her sickness didn’t allow for it. She died when I was a teenager. I was the editor of my high school newspaper and started college as an English major…but over my college years, I slipped away from writing and journalism. When I was 23 I took a profound, life-changing grief workshop and…
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? …got the idea for my first book. I found an agent who loved it but wasn’t able to sell it. This was way before the easier, online access we have now. I got involved with film-making for a while (I’m an award-winning filmmaker), and then returned to writing.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? My favorite part of being an author is hearing from readers who let me know how much my books have touched them.
How many published books do you have? Five with another on the way.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I usually write spiritual books, which go into the category of visionary/metaphysical fiction. Life in the Hollywood Lane is my first regular/contemporary fiction book, but it still has a spiritual slant. The next one is like that, too. Spirituality is a huge part of my life and who I am…
What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love so many things! My top six loves are to travel, fly planes (as a student pilot, for now), explore ocean floors (in my scuba gear), meditate, watch movies, and…read.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Hang in there! Let us hear what you have to say! It might not be your first, second, or tenth book that makes a splash, but it’ll happen. Also, writers mostly just want to write, but marketing is a vital part of letting us hear what you have to say. I recommend a book called Your Super Sticky Buzz Book Marketing Plan from mywordpublishing.com (they don’t pay me to say this). Some day you might have a big publisher pick you up or be able to hire a PR company to do your marketing, but this is a great resource in the meantime.
Who is your favorite author and why? Ohhhhh, can I please name two? I like them for pretty much the same reason. My favorite authors are Dan Brown and Kathleen McGowan. I love how they challenge what’s been accepted as history and status quo thinking and then put important messages into riveting storylines. I’m also so impressed with the amount of research they (and many other writers) do.
Please add any additional questions and answers that you think readers would like to know. As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, the film that won the award was about Viet Nam vets going back there to do humanitarian work and visit their areas of operation, and in the process hopefully heal their wounds of war.
Exploring God’s Word Together: A Child’s Bible Study and Activity Book
Have you longed to engage your children in the Bible?
Here is your help to do so! Share 6 Bible stories paraphrased for young ears and hearts.
This book was written with a double blessing in mind! First blessing: It was created so that you could work with your child ages 2-8 to help them learn more about Jesus.
The adorable illustrations and wonderful stories will only enhance your time together. To further understand the stories, the author includes songs, color sheets, and activities. Second blessing: While your child does an independent activity, you can study the same story from the adult book, Exploring God’s Word Together Bible Study for Adults and Little Ones, book two of the set.
The adult book gives more instructions on how to teach with this book and a deeper lesson of the same story for adults. Book 1 of 2. Be sure to purchase the Adult Bible Study that goes along with this children’s version: Exploring God’s Word Together: Bible Study for Adults and Little Ones.
This is an adorable Bible Storybook! I love that it explains the meaning of words children might not recognize. It is perfect for young children—and parents who want to get started teaching their little ones, but have no clue where to start.!
This book makes teaching your child about Jesus so very natural—and it’s written in such a way that your toddler can understand. It even has suggested activities and questions to ask your child to make sure they’re getting it. It is so important to teach our children to follow after and obey our Lord and Savior!
If we fail to teach them, the influence of the world could draw them away and they could be lost for an eternity. You can share your faith with your child…and this book is a great place to start! Blessings! Patty Patterson, Children’s Christian Author, Homeschool Mom, and Grand.
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Exploring God’s Word Together: Bible Study for Adults and Little Ones by Elizabeth Gaudet Hilby
Moms, Dads, Grandparents, do you long to have time to study God’s word as you care for your little ones?
Exploring God’s Word Together Bible Study for Adults and Little Ones serves two purposes.
1-It is the Adult version of a two-book Bible devotion. It contains 6 Bible stories that match the 6 stories to share with your child in Book 1. After you read your child their Bible story, you can dive deeper into the Word with this interactive study of your own!
2-It also has a guide to teach the activities that are included in the Child’s devotional. Nothing is better than spending time with your child, teaching them about God. Now you have a tool to do that plus have your own study time as you learn the word together. This book can be used as an adult Bible study on its own or with the accompanying book: Exploring God’s Word Together: A Child’s Bible Study and Activity Guide. Alone it is an Adult Bible study. As a set, an adult and child will learn about Jesus together.
Genre: Adult, Bible Study
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‘An alien revolution centuries in the making will change mankind’s future forever …’
Police agent Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with Earth authorities, peace escalates to the brink of war in a hurry. It doesn’t help that the local aliens have a dangerous and mystifying agenda of their own. Meanwhile, a desperate human cult has its own plans to exploit the powerful new technology…
To keep his home world alive, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist and a mysterious seer. As embattled factions vie for control of the universe, the trio must trust in each other to keep the new technology from ripping time and space apart.
Saving Paludis is an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action, then you’ll love Clayton Graham’s interstellar adventure!
Buy Saving Paludis to protect the universe today!
From the Author: Latest novel ‘Saving Paludis’ is light years away from debut novel ‘Milijun’, but it occupies the same fascinating space between Science Fiction and the paranormal. The planet Paludis sits in the Pisces constellation, on the frontier of human exploration. It is a verdant planet, a beautiful planet. It has also been scarred by wars of colonization.
Human invaders control the planet and have done so for hundreds of years. Paludis is the planet’s Earth name; the indigenous population call their home Musk.
The Muskans are now restricted to a remote peninsula in the north-east of the main continent. Humans have taught the aliens their language and some of their ways, but the Muskans prefer the traditions of their ancestors. Or do they?
So what can go wrong? Well, quite a lot actually.
‘Saving Paludis’ is not just an interstellar war novel. It reflects human nature in all its extremes: hate, jealousy, control, love and sacrifice. And what about the aliens – do they share these traits? In some ways yes, in others no. They are, after all, alien. But retribution is high on their agenda; an overwhelming desire to regain their planet. Quite how they attempt to do that must remain a secret!
I invite you to enter deep space, use the Einstein-Rosen bridges, and touch down on Paludis. Join Stefan and his friends to help save their world. You’ll love it!
Cold Coffee Review: If you think the book cover is intriguing, wait until you begin reading “Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham. The author has shared two very interesting maps at the beginning of the book to help readers get a sense of this fertile planet called “Musk” by its inhabitants, and “Paludis” by Earth. Paludis is in the Pisces Constellation which is 143 light years from Earth.
The story begins in AD 3898 and we find that Earth invaders have taught the colonized population of Paludis their language and some of their customs. After Paludis scientists share a powerful new technology with Earth, it doesn’t take long for mysterious factions to exploit the technology and the planet moves to the brink of war. The race is on to save Paludis.
With believable characters, and story telling that brings your imagination to the edge of space and time, Saving Paludis tells of strange cultures and traditions, alien politics, and cult-like paranormal phenomena. You cannot help but keep turning the pages of this fast-paced interstellar adventure. From a woman’s point of view, here is a glimpse into the story.
“Rain was falling in a steady drizzle as Selma turned into the road that led to her domicile. It was not yet fully dark and the final vestiges of sunlight creeping through a solitary hole in the clouds had turned the aluminium domes of the dwellings to a blood red. The roadway, smooth and black and shiny, snaked like a ribbon through the glistening streetscape and dark, low clouds threatened to crush the buildings beneath their ponderous weight.
Strangely, she’d encountered few individuals as she walked through the streets and, like on the drive south, very little traffic. It was as if a giant hand had been placed over the mouth of Kentucky, stifling its usual raucous behaviour. Selma assumed most people were indoors and she wondered if a storm was approaching.
She stopped outside her home, unable to resist a glance back to that part of the road where she had been abducted by Serpentine. Serpentine! Where was he now? She palmed the switch, pressed the code buttons in the right sequence and her door slid open. Entering, Selma turned on the light and the door closed behind her. The rain suddenly increased in ferocity, and she heard its rattling on the dome of the house.”
I invite you to read “Saving Paludis” as it is a reminder of human nature, whether here on Earth, or on the planets that we might colonize in the future, or even invade while aliens struggle to save their own world.
I endorse “Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham as a suspenseful, full length, Science Fiction novel. I purchased this book from Kindle on June 8, 2018 and this review was completed on June 13, 2018.
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Colonization, First Contact
A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
Mystery, murder and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
From the light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the author of Milijun and Saving Paludis.
Buy ‘Silently in the Night’ and discover new worlds today!
Cold Coffee Review: For those of us who enjoyed The Twilight Zone, Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham is just as thrilling. This book is a collection of tales where ordinary men and women are confronted with the unexpected.
I love each story and will return to read them again. One story titled Watering Down, sticks out in my mind. It centers on the calicivirus, which can cause upper respiratory infections and oral disease in cats. Probably because I am a cat lover, or because I have memories of the Dustin Hoffman 1995 film titled Outbreak, Watering Down made such an interesting and unexpected tale.
I suspect, everyone who reads Silently in the Night will come away with one or more favorites. If you enjoy science fiction and mysteries that make your heart stands still when aliens, artificial intelligence, death, the unexplained or unexpected interact with your reality; Silently in the Night should be top of your reading list.
I am fortunate to have read Author Clayton Graham’s science fiction debut novel titled Milijun. When aliens kidnap Laura’s child, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him back.
I am looking forward to his upcoming release of Saving Paludis where “Nobody thought Paludis would become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter, but in the darkest of times a glimmer of light can shine, resolute spirits can triumph over brutality and the strangest of strangers can become friends.”
I endorse and encourage you to read Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 7, 2018.
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, First Contact, Alien Invasion
‘A tangled web of alien intrigue traps a mother and son in its deadly embrace …’
On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.
Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.
What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.
All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …
Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.
How It Came to Be: Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So, I decided to oblige them.
The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).
The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?
Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It’s a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course, we are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.
In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.
Writing Milijun was a labour of love. It was not easy, but neither was it hard. Science Fiction is a love of mine, has been since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. We didn’t have much, but we had enough.
Milijun my debut novel, and for me the realization of a dream.
Cold Coffee Book Review: Mankind has always had a fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient Egyptian carvings all the way to Milijun by Clayton Graham.
This well written novel explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.
It is earth’s exploration and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.
It is my intent to share a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “It was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminum shacks spread out before her.
She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul-tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move.”
I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.
Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.
I endorses Milijun a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.
Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Clayton Graham
As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.
He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.
Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.
Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun, his first novel, was published in 2016. Second novel, Saving Paludis, was published in June 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme. Between the novels, short story anthology ‘Silently in the Night’ was released as an eBook on Amazon.
What makes you proud to be a writer from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia? As an aerospace engineer I have worked in the UK, USA and Australia and been lucky enough to visit France, Germany, and Indonesia through the auspices of work. We finally settled in Melbourne, Australia [I was thirty-nine years old] and eventually retired on the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is where my family is, and where we relax among the beaches and wineries. It is pleasant, not too crowded outside the holiday seasons, and well looked after by its residents.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have written since my early twenties, on and off, and always loved science fiction. The works of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham enthralled me. They were an escape from the backstreets of Stockport, UK, where I grew up.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I’m from a ‘working class’ family in the UK. Cobbled streets, fish and chips, bread and dripping, after World War 2. Reading was no doubt an escape into different worlds. Not sure if it was an advantage but I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Hard to say exactly, but probably around ten years ago when retirement was approaching.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? That’s an easy one. Just self-publishing my first novel ‘Milijun’. I am now in the process of repeating that experience with additional works.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Considering how difficult it is for a self-publishing author to get reviews – just getting decent reviews and positive comments from readers. I hope it continues.
How many published books do you have? Three, as ‘Saving Paludis’ has just been released.
Please list the titles of all your books: ‘Milijun’, ‘Silently in the Night’ and ‘Saving Paludis’.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Around half way through. I usually have three or four alternatives before I finally decide – I like to get feedback from readers, too.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My genre is primarily Science Fiction, though not the really hard Star Wars type. I love writing about different worlds and how people would live and interact within them. It’s an escape, but it’s also an infinite universe, so anything is possible.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? ‘Milijun’ started as a short story. That short story is published in Silently In The Night. From there several short stories ensued, some science fiction, some mystery, some paranormal and even a bit of romance. I find that the characters in the book control the story, where it goes, what happens, how it ends.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write what you want, when you want. It doesn’t matter if you never use it. Always keep it.
Who is your favorite author and why? Dean Koontz. A master at making the paranormal believable.
Carissa Langford is a businesswoman who dreams of having it all: a successful career and a beautiful family.
The death of her father, though, sets in motion consequences that she never could have foreseen, especially when her nasty stepmother with dark allies is left jilted by the will.
Ignorant of the storm building around her, Carissa meets Trevor Montgomery, handsome known womanizer. They charm each other, and despite his reputation, Carissa finds Trevor to be the man of her dreams.
However, Trevor has a hidden past wrought with heartbreak, and someone is out to get him. Cold, calculating Colton Jamison wants nothing more than to turn Trevor’s life into a living hell, and it doesn’t matter who he hurts along the way.
Carissa’s quiet life is now filled with dark obsession, revenge, and murder. As she is dragged further into the abyss with Trevor, she watches her life shatter.
Will she be able to survive the terror of one man’s revenge and protect the people she loves from the coming storm?
Marie Catherine DAubigne was a successful business woman, she had made a life for herself from practically nothing with the help of a wonderful man who was taken from her way to soon, creating a terrible void in her life.
One bad decision is all it took to change her life forever and now Marie must deal with the consequences of this decision.
Marie almost loses her life trying to protect her family from this crazed killer, who is intent on causing her death if he cannot have her for himself. Realizing Marie has found love, he is hell bent on destroying it and anything that will make her happy.
Marie is terrified of this man as she watches him slide further and further into madness, knowing it is her life he is trying to not only ruin but put an end to.
Marie not only has to fight to stay alive but protect and save the love she has come to find after thinking it was gone forever.
About The Author: K. Bradley lives in Southern Maryland. She enjoys being with her family and friends. Her first love has always been writing and now that she is retired it gives her the opportunity to do just that. She hopes you will enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoys writing them.
Message From Author: As far back as I can remember I have wanted to put “pen to paper” and create stories. Being the fourth child in a family of five not only is it an interesting placement in itself but add to that the age difference between myself and my siblings. The three were twelve to fifteen years older. Having a sister four years younger, sometimes it was like we had an extra set of parents. Add to that the time frame of growing up in the sixties I have accumulated a wealth of information.
Life sometimes dictates other avenues for people for many different reasons and I was one of them. After traveling to many places in this country and abroad with my ex-spouse who was in the military, I have encountered many interesting people all of my life. I have stored and taken note on many things. As with a lot of military families I needed to work to help raise my children.
I worked full time as well as taking courses when I could. This created my first career that would last for 12 years, then when my ex left the military, I changed careers and that also lasted many years. Both careers allowed me to meet and become associated with many interesting and diverse people and places.
Now at this point in my life with my children being grown I am in a position to pursue my passion, as well as spend time with my grandchildren. I write because I choose to, not for fame, glory or for notoriety but because I can.
Whoever takes the time to read my books I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
Finally! An easy-to-understand English grammar book with fun grammar lessons for middle grades and up. An excellent education reference for classroom and home school grammar lessons.
The Dragon Grammar Book is the perfect grammar study guide to help readers learn the rules of grammar and improve language art skills with ease and enjoyment. From multi-award-winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book provides a fun and engaging approach to learning English grammar through easy-to-follow lessons, humorous example sentences, and chapter quizzes to conquer all those tricky grammar rules.
Easy-To-Understand Lessons organized to gradually build on the basic grammar rules toward an intermediate level.
Engaging Examples Sentences explain each grammar rule through a humorous and creative writing style.
An Expansive Resource of grammar terminology, confusing words, punctuation rules, types of sentences and proper structure, parts of speech, verb agreement, and more.
Quizzes with Answer Keys reinforce each lesson before proceeding to the next lesson.
Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s international-award-winning The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by kids, teens, young adults, and the whole kingdom.
Oriented toward pragmatic, real-world usage,The Dragon Grammar Book is a great resource for kids, their teachers, and anyone else who’d like to know more about language and how to use it. Most highly recommended.–Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.
Author Diane Mae Robinson has written an excellent book on grammar that children and adults will comprehend.–Barbara Fanson for Readers’ Favorite.
I’ve rarely come across as well presented and entertaining an approach to what can be an intimidating subject. Robinson gets to the heart of the really puzzling aspects of grammar and offers them up in a format designed to make learning grammar more fun.–Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.
Having a useful resource that engages students and includes a wide variety of grammar rules with short, fun examples is difficult to find. Robinson has produced a winner with this easy-to-navigate, all-inclusive, grammar guide for kids.–Literary Titan.
Thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, The Dragon Grammar Book is straightforward and user-friendly: an excellent tutorial or refresher for writers everywhere, and highly recommended especially for public and school library college collections, as well as personal reading lists.–Midwest Book Reviews.
This book is a great educational resource in any classroom, home school, or for parents helping their kids. A fun and easy way to learn the often difficult and, dare I say, tedious rules of English language.–Bonnie Dani, Adalinc.org.
With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers.–Peter Takach, English Teacher and Grammarian.
As a home school mom, I love using this book to teach my kids because it is fun and engaging and helps them actually understand grammar.–Christine Suarez.
Do you think English grammar is fun? No? Join the club. It can be torture. However, there is a book called The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson and it might just change your opinion about grammar books.–Kim Anisi for Readers Favorite.
In this enchanting book, Diane Mae Robinson has addressed the subject of grammar in a way that will help kids (and even adults) enjoy the topic. –Literary Classics International Book Awards.
From The Author:
Book Awards for The Dragon Grammar Book:
2018 Book Excellence Awards, 1st Place Winner, Education & Academics.
2018 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, Gold Winner, Children-Education.
2018 Children’s Literary Classics International Book Awards, Gold Winner, Educational Books.
2018 Lumen Award for Literary Excellence.
Print Length: 142 pages
Genre: Children’s Books and eBooks, Education, Reference, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Study Aids
Age: Middle Grades to Y.A. Language Arts
Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award-winning children’s fantasy author and non-fiction author with fourteen international book awards and one provincial award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series and, her latest release, The Dragon Grammar Book.
The author lives in central Alberta, Canada. She enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, visual arts, visiting Maui often and, of course, writing. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor, children’s book editor, and an international short story competition judge.
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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.
Cold Coffee Review: This is not your typical Alien Invasion.
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 masterful beginning.
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.
Now 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.
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… Murdered.
Her husband, Professor Carlos Mann, has wrapped himself in an obsessive-compulsive disorder to hide from that fact. But when Amy Joy, one of Carlos’s students, is sold into slavery by a Chinese mob that traffics in Asian girls, Alicia returns with a vengeance.
Can Alicia save her man, foil the human traffickers, and destroy her murderer? Overwhelming supernatural forces stand against her. But, hell, that just makes her stronger!
Told in the voices of Carlos and Alicia Mann, Alicia’s Ghost is a funny, imaginative and thrilling ride through the human and spirit worlds of Mexico and the American Southwest.
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.
Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza
A tender romance with a ticking time bomb at its heart.
There’s a bomb on this train. It will explode before you reach your final destination…because you murdered my wife.
University professor Tom McKeever has just lost his wife Adelita to cancer. But the more he thinks about it, the more he realizes she didn’t have to die.
The faculty and administration of the university where he teaches in Mexico played a major role in causing her death.
Now, Tom relives powerful memories of his life with Adelita as he and the rest of the faculty take a train ride into the mountains. He plans to gain revenge by blowing up the train, killing all those who have wronged him and everyone else on board… including himself.
Cold Coffee Review: Nick Iuppa, Author of ‘Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games, has teamed up with John P. Mendoza to bring us another fast-paced, action suspense thriller that will keep readers turning pages and biting their nails.
There’s a large cast of unique characters, many of whom are confined to business class cars on the Copper Canyon Railway as it speeds through the Grand Canyon of Mexico, unaware of the impending man-made disaster that’s about to shatter the serene environment.
Somewhere in the process of grieving for his lost wife, Adelita, his “warrior woman” love, Professor
Tom McKeever walks a thin line between reality and golden memories that keep pulling him back into his-her beauty, delicious aroma, and open arms. The gut-wrenching knowledge that there was an experimental cancer treatment that might have saved Adelita’s life, had it not been for the decisions of one man, is more than Tom can bear. The need for revenge seethes like red-hot embers but conflicts with thoughts dredged up from a Catholic School upbringing: “Vengeance is mine, saith the lord!”
Time is running out, but somehow the collateral damage begins to seem more and more defensible, a justifiable murder suicide. Is it? Find out; come ride the rails into Copper Canyon when time is definitely not on your side.
I endorse Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa & John P. Mendoza as these two authors give the reader what they have come to expect; great descriptive writing, with dialog and startling transitions from present to past and back again placing the reader in the mind of this widower. This review was completed on December 15, 2014.
Nick Iuppa loops a brilliant mix of technology, romance, military lore, and vampires into a terrifying, sexy spree in the Swiss Alps. The details are 3D. If you’re looking for a heart-pounder, this is it. S.B. Stinnet
The castle of 15th century duchess Elizabeth Laskaar looks down on the little Swiss village of Murdenwald and the secretive military complex nearby. There, the UN hopes to end world conflict with a vast military simulation that will dramatize the apocalypse that will follow the next major war. To head the project, they hire notorious Hollywood producer Donald Vito, master of explosive action adventures, who still mourns the murder of his teenage love in the 1950s.
Vito and the simulation team use new technology to build hundreds of virtual soldiers and terrorists you can touch, speak to, and reason with. But they also begin to feel the influence of Elizabeth Laskaar. She’s often called Bloody Bess – the first real vampire – because she maintained her youthful beauty by slaughtering her maidservants and bathing in their blood.
Recklessly inspired by their surroundings, the team creates a virtual vampire that soon takes on the characteristics of Elizabeth’s magnificent, long-dead husband. Soon, he and Bess stalk the compound, seducing everyone working on the project, until vampire blood surges beyond the humans to the virtual characters with unthinkable consequences. In the end, perhaps, only the power of Vito’s long-lost love can save humanity.
Cold Coffee Review: Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games is a magnificent fictional horror drama featuring ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project. The Doomsday Games, as the project is called, involves a team of international scientists, engineers, and military personnel who gather in the ancient town of Murdenwald, Switzerland, to do no less then put an end to war.
Nick Iuppa developed a cast of authentic and unique characters like Elizabeth Laskaar (Duchess of Hungry) known as “Bloody Bess” to her victims in 1580 in the small village of Nyirbator Hungary. She prowled the streets of Murdenwald seeking out young women to murder so that she could bathe in their blood. Her husband Ferenc, some say, is still the director of the town’s ancient library. A most beautiful man with midnight blue eyes, he waits for naïve young women to come to his tower and aid him in his evil work. Then there’s Donny Vito, the world’s greatest film producer, called upon by the U. S. President to breathe life into the Doomsday Games. Elli Capadonico is the girl Donny loved in his youth; she fell victim to Arnie Cudgel, an obsessive young man with both romantic and sadistic intentions. The cast also includes scientists, mathematicians, military personnel, writers, artists, technicians, Chu Yun Trang (the director of a rogue nation seeking to build nuclear weapons), and a myriad of simulated characters who populate the virtual Armageddon.
Nick’s highly descriptive writing takes the reader from the Middles Ages to a 1950s high school romance, to mysteries surrounding the ‘knowledge’ held in the ancient Murdenwald Library, to the International Simulation Center itself where the final challenge becomes solving “the God Problem.” Nick weaves these stories together so skillfully that the separate lines merge to become plot twists in an amazing and unexpected ending.
The author, Nick Iuppa, is the son of a prominent Rochester, New York doctor. Nick attended the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate work at Stanford. Nick’s first job was at MGM Studios in Hollywood where he worked on TV specials with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). He also had the privilege of writing for the Wonderful World of Disney, working as an instructional designer for Eastman Kodak, leading Bank of America’s in-house TV production group, managing the Learning Technologies Group within Apple Computer, and finally returning to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood where he designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style simulations for the military.
Nick’s extensive travels to Europe have inspired some of his characters and settings. His work history, technical knowledge, and experience have given him the tools and concepts for his novels.
I 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.
Cold Coffee Review: Step aside Indiana Jones. There’s a new adventurer in town. Esteban Dorantes may be a little more reluctant, but he has an even greater sense of destiny than even Dr. Jones. Dorantes is goaded by the desperate needs of his impoverished hometown and visions of his great, great grandfather… an African slave who once led Spanish Conquistadors on the first quest for the Seven Cities of Gold.
The story opens in the Arabian Desert where a wall of wind a mile high and a hundred miles wide, roars though an oasis carrying off a husband and wife team of archeologists but leaving behind their five-year-old daughter.
We move to La Sentencia, a small town in Arizona, which is devastated by its own windstorms and other disasters including the immanent closing of a copper mine… the only business in that part of the state.
What’s the link between these two desolate desert locations… the little Italian girl who suddenly shows up on the winds of a sandstorm to advise the residents in Arizona? And then there’s an ancient artifact that may have been left by space travelers. Does it hold the key to the building of great earthly civilizations… and the salvation of La Sentencia?
Esteban Dorantes must have some sense of all this as he decides, at the little girl’s bidding, to takes up his great grand-fathers quest for The Golden Cities and save his home town in the process.
The novel’s fifty-six chapters of action-packed adventure may surpass some of the greatest quests ever told, with its Aztec lore, science fiction spacecraft, magical jukebox, a destiny that spans generations, horror, humor, three camels, talking coyotes, a very sexy substitute high school teacher, the devil himself, and, of course, a love story.
I invite everyone to read Esteban’s Quest and experience this compelling tale for themselves.
I 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 story-line straight from the darkest pages of the Brothers Grimm.
Cold Coffee Review: If you have ever thought that reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales to your children or grandchildren might frighten them, then you’d better keep the lights on while reading Taken by Witches to yourself.
Author Nick Iuppa asks questions you might not ask aloud. “Do witches exist; where does their power come from, and to what ends will they use it?”
Masterfully written, this multifaceted story begins in the small Polish village of Zakopane high in the Carpathian Mountains. A warlock skillfully tells the story to a shopkeeper and his young daughter after he returns a collection of gruesome masks that the shopkeeper once sent to America so they wouldn’t fall into the hands of the Nazis. The masks are all images of the same woman, a witch named Babcia (pronounced Bob-cha) the Polish name for grandmother.
The warlock’s story begins with a young boy named Niko Madonie who realizes that his grandmother has supernatural powers that terrify him up until the day she dies. As an adult, Niko marries and becomes a successful writer in Hollywood. But even there he is haunted by memories of Babcia and he finds he must struggle to protect his wife from new age witches who decide to sacrifice the beautiful young woman to please the ancient crone.
Imagine Babcia’s evil smell: (the stench of blood sausage mixed with the spicy sweetness of gingerbread) and realize that ancient history doesn’t always stay in the past. Centuries after Niko’s grandmother lost her first baby to medieval witch hunters, she bears a new family to a new husband in a new land, America. But even in this future place and time, she remembers the vow she made when the infant was murdered: “Atrocities to her loved ones will never happen again,” no matter what the consequences.
Author Nick Iuppa has impressive credentials as the former Creative Director of Paramount Pictures’ Digital Entertainment, Head of Apple Computer’s Learning Technologies Group, and Writer for the Wonderful World of Disney.
I endorse Taken by Witches by Nick Iuppa as a modern horror story based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which first brought the essence of ancient witchcraft into America’s bedtime stories. Nick’s other novels include Alicia’s Ghost, Alicia’s Sin, Alicia Bewitched, Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games, and Avenging Adelita. I purchased this book from Kindle. This reviewed was completed on November 12, 2015.
The Witch Within Her (sequel to Taken By Witches).
Sexy, Stunning, Relentless Horror
A possessed child is caught in a war between witches!
Spanning centuries of horror and witchcraft, the powerful sequel to Taken By Witches tells how Babcia Czarownica, the greatest of all witches, does battle with far more seductive members of her craft. She must confront a lustful priest, a predatory lover, a vengeful undead beauty, and the unspeakable evil hiding at the top of Rapunzel’s Tower… all to save her beloved grandson and his family from utter annihilation. And she must accomplish all this while sharing the body of an eight-year-old girl.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror
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
Cold Coffee Review: In this very funny and interesting read, a dreamy young Mexican woman name Claudia Madero joins a group who tries to cross the US/Mexican border illegally and is shot at by American vigilantes.
Her aging uncle is mortally wounded in the incident, and – after being returned to her hometown – she partners with a local priest and a successful merchant in an attempt to make a dramatic statement about the negative consequences of US border policies.
Why not recapture the Alamo, she decides, draw the attention of the press, and force an honest debate about the issue?
Of course, there are bungling players on all sides of this comedy, and Claudia and her “Army” end up liberating, not the real Alamo, but a Taqueria designed as a replica of the historic shrine. It doesn’t seem to matter though. The US President decides that he too wants to make a statement and so he sends the US Marines to confront her.
No matter what your political view, we feel that it is important that everyone be informed about both sides of this complex and difficult issue. This is not the time to ignore current events and become a bystander.
If you like Saturday Night Live, you will love this book. I could see some chapters as a skit with the actor Alic Baldwin cast as Donald Trump.
I 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.
John Pesqueira 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