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
Suppose We (The Flying Crooked Series Book 1) by Geoff Nelder
When a ship
crash-lands on a faraway planet the crew needs local help. Unfortunately, the
natives are a million years ahead of us. Ignored, the crew has to find a way to
Bringing back a
sense of discovery and wonder to science fiction.
found Geoff’s work both inspirational and brilliant. I know that whenever I
pick up one of his works I’m in for a damned good read. For those who’ve never
read any of his works before, welcome to the Geoff Nelder club.” By Mark Iles,
author of The Darkening Stars series.
inhabits science fiction just as other people inhabit their clothes.” By Jon
Courtenay Grimwood: Felaheen, Pashazade and End Of The World Blues.
If you liked Tuf
Voyaging by George R.R. Martin, and Anne MccAffrey’s Dinosaur Planet you’ll
like SUPPOSE WE.
Product Details: Print Length: 165 Pages May 20, 2019 Genre: Space Exploration Science Fiction, First Contact Science Fiction
Incremental: 25 Tales Of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, and Bizarre Fiction by Geoff Nelder
tales from Geoff Nelder have increment as a theme. INCREMENT:
Noun – an
increase or addition, especially one of a series on a fixed scale. Synonyms:
increase, addition, gain, augmentation, step up, supplement, addendum, adjunct,
accretion, boost, enhancement. Verb – cause a discrete increase in.
Mathematically the difference can be negative – decremental.
For example, a
pothole doubles in size every day, a meteorite hits the same house daily at the
same time, or a heavy leather-bound book on the top shelf teeters closer to
toppling at each library visit. A sound is heard all over the Earth, but more
worrying, it gets louder each day. A couple of astronauts’ crash land on an
ocean planet (apparently) and incrementally sink.
A few stories are
more mental than incremental, you’ll see.
Some of the
stories have won awards and have been published before, but most of the wordage
is new and drawn together for a common theme. I do not apologize for the mix of
genres in this collection. I write as the muse takes me and only afterwards am,
I asked, is it hard SF, bizarre, horror? You have a smorgasbord of fantasy,
science fiction and speculative in your hands.
these stories are more mental than incremental – all wonderful.” By Limnisa
Writers’ Retreat, Greece.
‘A feast of
Kafka-esque incremental tales, to be ‘literally’ devoured one after the
other… by Mark Iles author of the Pride of Lions #1 best-selling sci fi book.
Product Details: Paperback: 292 Pages October 10, 2018 Genre: Fantasy Anthologies, Science Fiction Anthologies
When Reece and
Zita become lovers, past and present collide as the spirits of their ancestors
force them to relive one of the greatest battles of the 16th century. Xaghra’s
Revenge follows the fate of a sixteenth century abducted family, and of two
contemporary lovers thrown together by the ancients. Reece and Zita are unaware
that one descends from the pirates, the other from the abducted family. While
ancient Gozo spirits seek revenge, so do the Ottoman Corsairs, who intend to
roll back history, and this time win the siege of Malta.
The history is
real. The places are authentic. The tension and excitement are palpable.
“A gripping tale, full of energy and mystery, keeping you wanting for more
with every line you read. John Bonello, First-Prize Winner of the Malta”
National Book Award “I liked it. There’s a foreground of interesting characters
combined with a skillfully fed-in hint of weirdness.” Jaine Fenn – Hidden
Mokii is a city
that exists only in the minds of its inhabitants. It’s not easy to get past the
bouncer but once Olga is inside she has to fight off intruders eager to take
over the city for the lucrative virtual advertising.
ARIA: Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 1) by Geoff Nelder
– 2012 P&E Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel
is where The Andromeda Strain meets Memento…
an alien suitcase is found in space, a pandemic virus plagues Earth. Ryder Nape
must gather survivors to escape an apocalyptic extinction of the human race.
Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia
Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks,
all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack has caught an
amnesia plague, and it’s infectious. No cure.
passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route gifting everyone
they meet with the disease. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them
change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the
power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. Dystopian
chaos in weeks.
man, Ryder Nape, knew about the case found in space and realizes it’s been
opened, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded
valley, hiding from the released amnesia bug? The survivors find love, hope and
thoughts of revenge in their heroic struggle against the apocalypse.
Left Luggage is a well-written novel with the pace and suspense of a video game
(BioShock immediately comes to mind). The balance between character development
and plot progression is managed smoothly, along with the thematics, which take
the reader through a series of all-too-believable scenarios, chillingly showing
how easy it would be for an advanced group of aliens to undermine the human
race and have us destroy one another, without the need for any additional
weapons or warfare. By Magdelena Ball
Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.” By
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Nelder’s ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question
in science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.”
By Brad Linaweaver
J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”
has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” By Mike
5 Star Review: Let
me answer the first question that came to my mind when the book ‘ARIA: Left
Luggage’ arrived. The word ARIA has its roots in Italian meaning air.
as a genre literally is in a world of its own because human beings are obsessed
with how to destroy or alter all of humanity by a single threat. It is rare
that we find an author who can approach this kind of fiction from a new
perspective, but Geoff Nelder has a truly unique concept.
As the first
chapter begins the reader is introduced to Nelder’s large cast of characters
like Vlad, Jena, Dan, Abdul and Antonio. His quantity of characters almost
overwhelms the reader at first, but each has a role to play in this ordeal. The
variety of solid, believable interpersonal relationships like the between Ryder
Nape and his fiancée Teresa are essential as the world is threatened with
massive memory loss by an alien virus. ARIA begs the intriguing question that
as people lose their memories what is so important to their lives they must
make a note of it to read when they wake up each morning?
The year is 2015
and there is never a dull moment as the reader joins the crew of “the shuttle,
Marimar, in orbit approaching the International Space Station” and follows the
science at the Dryden Space Laboratories at Edwards Air Force Base in
California and the NASA Goddard Labs in Maryland. Travels to London and to the
Anafon Valley in North Wales. Follow the viral repercussions to the Chester Zoo
in UK, Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and to Banff National Park
caused this reader to ask how the world would handle such a virus if brought
back to Earth from an exploratory mission, who on earth might be immune, and
what secrets could NASA and WHO be keeping from us? That is what good science
fiction does. It captures the readers’ imagination and takes us to places that
we believe are impossible, but somewhere in the dark corners of our minds we
recognize that there is a slim probability.
Luggage by Geoff Nelder (volume one in the ARIA series) is a science fiction,
action filled fiction that has already won the coveted Preditors & Editors
Readers Poll for best science Fiction novel of 2012. Please consider purchasing
and reading the whole ARIA series (available at Amazon).
Product Details: ARIA Trilogy Book 1 Print Length: 286 Pages July 30, 2012 Genre: Alien Invasion Science Fiction, First Contact
ARIA: Returning Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 2) by Geoff Nelder
They wiped out
most of Humanity in a split second of universal time.
apocalypse. It’s the extinction of mankind.
Strain meets Memento…
Meet the aliens
who came from some deep space universe and brought a pandemic of infectious
amnesia to Earth with their “left luggage.” In this gripping ARIA
sequel, Returning Left Luggage, the alien invaders ignore the remaining human
survivors or enslave them. Will the disparate last survivors form an alliance? The
aliens, however, don’t bargain on encountering the psychotic Dr Antonio
Menzies, and when he discovers how to use their telepathic-controlled gadgets,
odd things happen.
Nape – a survivor who escaped the infection – and his isolation group is in the
South Pacific facing an invasion of amnesiacs. In France, a bunch of uninfected
students discover the truth behind the aliens and their spreading, unkillable
bindweed. The survivors’ passion for survival and dystopian experience drive
them towards revenge, but can they win against such a strange foe? Can they
make a first strike count? The destiny of the human race may be in their hands.
Retrograde Infectious Amnesia
memories, who are we?
“ARIA is a
well-written novel with the pace and suspense of a video game (BioShock
immediately comes to mind). The balance between character development and plot
progression is managed smoothly, along with the thematics, which take the
reader through a series of all-too-believable scenarios, chillingly showing how
easy it would be for an advanced group of aliens to undermine the human race
and have us destroy one another, without the need for any additional weapons or
warfare.” By Magdelena Ball
inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.” By Jon
ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in
science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.” By Brad
Robert J. Sawyer
calls ARIA a “fascinating project.”
“ARIA has an
intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” By Mike Resnick
Product Details: ARIA Trilogy Book 2 Print Length: 282 Pages June 5, 2013 Genre:Medical Fiction, Alien Invasion Science Fiction
ARIA: Abandoned Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 3) by Geoff Nelder
In 2015, a case
found in the struts of the International Space Station is brought to Earth. It
releases a virus giving people amnesia. They lose their memory at the rate of a
year’s worth every week. No one is immune. Infectious amnesia is unheard of.
Industry breaks down as people forget where they work and how to perform their
duties. People die as they forget their medication, and production ceases along
with food, water supply, and energy. A few small groups realise what is
happening in time and find isolated refuges. Ryder Nape takes a group to a
secluded Welsh valley where safety from the virus is possible. Biologists call
the virus ARIA: Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia.
conclusion to the trilogy, Dr. Antonio Menzies arrives on Zadok. The ARIA-3
bomb had reached there two days previously, causing havoc. Surviving Zadokians
consider a mass-migration to Earth to escape the effects of ARIA-3. Antonio’s
madness grows, and he makes disturbing discoveries in their laboratories.
Ryder’s group is now on a Pacific island. His relationship with Jena is
unstable and others have coruscating infatuations in tune with the increasingly
desperate situation. When their island becomes unsustainable, and the
alien-Earth hybrid weed gets out of control, where should they go?
What was the
Zadokians’ real purpose with the ARIA viruses, and how does it all end?
“ARIA mingles the
most optimistic calculations from the Drake Equation with a distopian outcome,
creating a read that is as intriguing as it is fun.” By Magdalena Ball, owner
of Compulsive Reader
“If you like your
scifi offbeat, original, and backed by science, you’re going to love ARIA.” By Kenyon
Charboneaux, editor and writing tutor at Eros & Rust
“ARIA: a smart,
entertaining gem.” By Dr. Ira Nayman, author of the Transdimensional Authority
Product Details: ARIA Trilogy Book 3 Print Length: 256 Pages July 7, 2014 Genre: Science Fiction Adventure
Erica is a
nine-to-five office temp with flaming red hair, emerald eyes, and black
lipstick. The highlights of her day usually include coffee meetings and
intoxicated fumblings. An adventurer at heart, she hires a hot-air balloon ride
for she and her boyfriend, complete with a champagne lunch.
While in the air,
she witnesses an unsavory crime happening on the ground below. The perpetrators
spot the balloon, and begin shooting at it, hitting the pilot and killing him.
Somehow, Erica and Paul manage to land the balloon but their troubles are not
over. They are tracked down and abducted by a gang engaged in human
trafficking, and taken to an island in the Mediterranean. Erica soon adapts to
gangland ways and uses her charms to escape. Along the way, her life shifts
from bored office temp to a feisty Lara Croft now living on adrenaline and
dangerous men. She is chased by a rogue named Dean, who is annoyed by Erica but
falling for her at the same time.
Hot Air is a
contemporary crime novel and a winner of both the Wuacademia Silver Award in
2007 and Prix d’Or (Gold) 2008 for best unpublished novel.
illustrated tales of science fiction by authors Geoff Nelder of Great Britain
and Robert Blevins of the United States. Stories include ‘Last Train Home,’
‘Hole Card,’ ‘Prime Meridian,”The Earth and the Lion,’ and others. Blevins and
Nelder are the founders of Adventure Books of Seattle and serve as editors for
the famous science fiction magazine, Escape Velocity.
Product Details: Print Length: 160 Pages May 23, 2009 Genre:Science Fiction Anthologies, Short Story Collection, Science Fiction Tales
is a humorous thriller set in Northern Britain and Amsterdam. The story opens
with musician Gerry Ricketts having his face pushed into a water-filled gutter
by a large policewoman. He is under arrest. After a quick trial, Ricketts is
sentenced to ten years in Stonelodge Prison for a jewel robbery he did not
commit. Determined to discover who framed him, Ricketts begins plotting his
escape. It won’t be easy. Stonelodge is a Category B prison, old and smelly,
with heavy security. His luck finally turns when he enters into a sexual
relationship with Wendy, the prison librarian. He finally makes his escape,
hiding out in the Northumberland moors, and eventually reaches Amsterdam. But
the plot that landed him in prison is bigger than he knows, and his troubles
are just beginning as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the law and clear
Reality, although set in Europe, was inspired by the 1960’s TV series The
Fugitive. Geoff Nelder’s other books include Exit – Pursued by a Bee, ARIA, and
Exit, Pursued by
a Bee is driven by a Southern-belle heroine-astronaut, involves a paleolithic
mongrel called Kur, Glastonbury Festival chaos, steamy sex in space, a
mean-momma loose-cannon journalist and an out-of-control general who’d fix
anything by nuking it?
Product Details: Print Length: 260 Pages May 15, 2008 Genre: Hard Science Fiction
About The Author: Geoff Nelder is a freelance writer living in Chester, UK.
A former high school teacher of geography and information
technology, he has had non-fiction books published on microclimates in the UK
along with several articles in academic journals such as Weather, Geographical
Magazine and the Times Educational Supplement. Geoff is a part-time journalist
contributing humorous travel accounts to Cycling World.
He has had short stories published and won a commendation
for a story in the Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition. He won first
prize in the Cafe Doom short story competition in 2005. Besides his 2005
released humour novel, Escaping Reality, published by Brambling Books, he won
an award for mystery thriller, Hot Air, to be published by a Dutch Arts Academy
in 2009, and a Science Fiction block buster, Left Luggage is in the hands of an
agent. Double Dragon Publishing published Geoff’s Exit, Pursued by a Bee
science fiction in 2008.
Geoff is an editor for Adventure Books of Seattle, co-editor
of Escape Velocity – a print and ezine magazine of science fact and fiction. He
has been a freelance editor of novels and short stories for several years.
Geoff is the 2009 sort-fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize.
Recipes From Momma’s Kitchen by Helen Salyer Perkins (Helen Perkins Johansen)
Helen Salyer Perkins loves to cook for her family. In this book, she shares recipes from her
collection, recipes given to her by friends, and those she has picked up over
Enjoy these wonderful recipes.
Review by Shelly Beannv 5.0 out of 5 Stars Fantastic cookbook! One every cook fanatic should keep handy! April 30, 2019 Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wow, what a handy book to have around. Filled with recipes
for every occasion! I love how Helen included so many wonderful recipes from
her friends and family. Makes it so special! Plus, I got the hardcover book,
and it’s a beauty! Would make a nice gift, also!
Review by Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars Lots of good recipes! March 28, 2019 Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase I loved it!!
Review by Jenifer L Neidig 5.0 out of 5 Stars Helen’s Love Nourishes the Spirit… and the Tummy February 26, 2019 Format: Hardcover Faith, Family and Friends are the main ingredients with a wonderful sprinkling of Love in all dishes. Helen helps us to return to the simple things in life that will strengthen Family ties and bring glowing happiness to your soul.
Product Details: Hardcover: 444 Pages January 17, 2019 Genre: Comfort Food Cooking, U.S. Regional Cooking, Food & Wine
The Tollivers of Bear Wallow Mountain: The Story of a Grandma’s Love by Helen Salyer Perkins
The purpose of this writing is to pass on my own family
memories as well as memories gathered from other relatives, and to impart to
readers the importance of family.
Our family was a very important part of my life as a child
and continued over the years. In my mind’s eye, I can visualize our Grandma
Tolliver as well as each of my aunts and uncles and most of the cousins.
This writing focuses on my grandparents and their fifteen
Review by Shelly Beannv 5.0 out of 5 Stars Wonderful book! October 26, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Loved reading this well written book on the Tolliver Family of Bear Wallowa Mountain! Takes you back long ago to witness the love of a wonderful family! Especially, enjoy the recipes in this book, too! Look forward to more publications from this talented author!
Review by Randall Holberg 5.0 out of 5 Stars Labor of Love October 28, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I enjoyed reading your beautiful writing. I laughed…I cried…I remembered! As I read, I couldn’t stop myself from writing some of my thoughts and memories in the margins. What a treasure you compiled; a true gift to the family. by Kim
Review by Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars I love reading it again August 8, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I don’t know if it’s appropriate for the Author to write a review but even though I spent many years writing it, I love reading it again!!! I pray it is an inspiration to others!!
Review by Roberta M. Banta 5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars September 19, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I loved getting to read about my dad’s side of the family.
Review by Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars A delightful book! So very interesting and refreshing. October 27, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase Just a delightful book! So very interesting and refreshing to read about family lives, their values and family ties from a simpler time. The old family recipes are an added bonus.
Review by Online Shopper 5.0 out of 5 Stars Loved it! September 9, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase My Mother LOVED this book. Re-read it a number of times!
Review by Patty Simpson 5.0 out of 5 Stars Five Stars August 21, 2017 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase A very good documentary of early life in the Tolliver family.
About The Author: Author Helen Salyer Perkins grew up in a very large extended family where most of the women were excellent cooks, Helen was exposed to many excellent dishes and recipes. As a result, when she married and became mother to three growing and always hungry boys, Helen learned to make delicious – at least most of the time – meals for them.
Over the years, she added many and varied recipes and recipe
books to her collection. For two years in the early 2000’s, Helen was host of
Kitchen Korner, a cooking program on WNVI, a local radio station in North
Vernon, Indiana. She would review and pass on various recipes to her listeners
five days a week. Many days, a guest was in the studio who shared their
A couple of the most memorable guests were former Indiana
Governor Edgar Whitcomb and now Vice President of the United States Mike Pence.
Both were just delightful and very interesting guests.
Helen was born and grew up in Ohio but moved to Indiana
nearly 40 years ago. The boys are grown now and have families of their own, but
they contact her frequently to get the recipes for their favorite dishes. The
most requested being “Bread Dressing / Stuffing”. She has spent the
past year sorting and organizing her stash of recipes in a concerted effort to
pass them on for others to enjoy!
His best friend Sam has moved away and the wind is being fierce and angry today.
The wind keeps tapping and blowing and trying to get Wyatt to play, but he is still not happy.
What will help Wyatt remember how much he loves the wind and play with it again?
Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars
Good idea for a book
Such a cute book. I loved the thought behind the book. Also like the local high school doing the illustrations. Looking forward to more books by this author.
Bugs in the Yard by Stacy McKell Allgeier is a sweet and wonderful look at the world of fireflies through the eyes of children. As the children wait patiently for darkness and that first spec of light, they are so very excited. It’s such a shame when the night ends and they must go inside to bed.
Customer Review: Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
Bugs in the Yard is a children’s picture book written by Stacy Allgeier and illustrated by Savannah Horton. As the sun drops over the horizon, the children become excited, eager to see the wondrous sight that will greet them outside. As soon as darkness falls, the fireflies light up around them. The children reach up and gently try to touch each beautiful glowing firefly. Soon it is time for bed and the children are called indoors. They wish the fireflies a good night, before being fare welled in return by the fireflies, all of which are grateful for such a marvelous welcome.
Not only is this tale beautifully written, but the illustrations are a true stand-out, making the text so very clear about the excitement and happiness on the children’s faces. Stacy Allgeier’s well-penned story of nightly greetings and playtime between children and the fireflies nearby is heartwarming, bringing back so many memories of my own childhood back in Australia. No matter how dark it gets outside, the fireflies always bring the darkness to life, injecting much excitement and happiness into their surrounds. Parents and children alike were grateful for the incredible light displays back then – something that future generations can also look forward to thanks to Bugs in the Yard and its magical tale of nature’s sparklers. I loved reading Bugs in the Yard and wholeheartedly recommend it to be read to young children aged 3-7 years of age, so that they may also feel the excitement and the energy in the air when the sun goes down and the fireflies light up the sky.
Product Details: Age Range: 5 – 6 Years
Paperback: 34 Pages
About The Author: Author Stacy Allgeier enjoys all aspects of reading with and writing for children. From the interactive story times with a group of preschool children to the close snuggles reading to her own children, she loves to help children make connections from their own world to the even bigger world around them. Stacy can still her mom and her grandmother’s voices as she reads the same stories to children and hopes to continue that feeling through her own work.
Skylar Haines has
struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to
subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next
adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged
stunt pilot, verging on obsession.
In the sky,
following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost
collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a
mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to
before she was born. One week before her father was murdered.
Though baffled by
her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a
remarkable chance to change her family’s destiny drastically for the better —
or possibly even worse — depending on the choices she makes, before her window
of opportunity closes.
5 Star Review: High Flying is a suspense thriller, action
drama that takes the reader into the life of Skylar Haines.
If you have ever
known someone who struggles with mental illness (or perhaps struggle yourself)
you understand the dangers associated with inadequate coping skills that lead
people to do dangerous acts that affect them and those around them. This book
will stir compassion for the main character, Skylar Haines.
Flying is fiction, the author draws on years of writing experience, strong characters
and detailed research to deliver a very compelling story. Time and space are
elusive and family history has inherited chains.
I love this quote
from the author: “In the beginning, God created man, but things didn’t get
interesting until man created the airplane and a strong-minded woman to fly it.”
book the author uses quotes that are thought provoking and leads into each
creative latitude that author brings her main character, Skylar Haines to a
point of decision. Having read the authors Threads Series, I am looking am
looking forward to where Kaylin McFarren will take us (readers) on down the
highly recommend that you read High Flying but buckle in for a wild ride. After
reading High Flying, pick up Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series (Severed Threads,
Buried Threads Banished Threads and Twisted Threads). Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
The Author: “About seven months ago, my husband came up with the
wonderful idea of tackling a story about flying that involved time travel as
well. It seemed that the perfect opportunity to turn my creative juices loose
had presented itself with the completion of my Threads series. Thus, I went to
work, creating this romping adventure/romance with an unexpected twist or two
that I hope readers will enjoy.”
Threads Series: Psychological Thriller Stories That Touch The Soul by Kaylin McFarren
From the Author: For many years, I’ve had the privilege to experience remarkable things and rare opportunities while traveling the globe. This includes many forms of transportation, ranging from private planes, helicopters, and hot air balloons to kayaks, submarines, and elegant cruise ships. My journeys have allowed me to meet interesting people, discover fascinating cultures, forge lifelong friendships, and introduce dear friends to all parts of the world. Personal experiences, extensive research, and interesting tales shared by business associates have contributed to making this fun character-driven story possible and it’s my hope that readers are thoroughly entertained.
Severed Threads (Threads Series Book One) by Kaylin McFarren
author Kaylin McFarren delivers an action/adventure romance guaranteed to
capture your imagination…
Suspense Novel by Kaylin McFarren: Believing herself responsible for her father
s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed
a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director
to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a
sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating until her
brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain
control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but
also relive the circumstances that lead to her father s death.
Behind The Story: Kaylin has been involved in the business of collecting and
selling Asian antiques for more than a decade. Due to her interest in this
field and her fascination with the undersea world, she was inspired to write a
story about the recovery of a Chinese concubine’s cursed treasure from a sunken
ship, which aids in healing a woman’s damaged soul. Kaylin spent four months
researching scuba diving, trade routes, famous battles, and the natural
disasters that befell Spanish galleons during the 15th-17th centuries. It is
her hope that this action-adventure romance entertains readers and honors
dedicated salvaging and exploration companies that have contributed remarkable
discoveries and cross-sections of history to museums and institutions around
recommend this story for people who enjoy romance and suspense. Kaylin McFarren
will not let you down! I look forward to future stories in this series.” By
Paige Lovitt, Reader Views, Chicago Sun Times
Threads is an exciting and engaging read, simply perfect for fans of romantic
suspense.” By Blue Ink Review
writing and sparkling dialogue that will hold the interest of any reader who
enjoys a good mystery story that’s well told.” By Mark Garber, President,
Portland Tribune & Community Newspapers
book in the Threads series is a fantastic read. This romantic suspense is rife
with treasure hunters, gangsters, lost relics and sizzling sex scenes.” By
RT Review Source
Threads nicely combines an action adventure with a romantic story that will
keep readers involved in the story from the beginning to the conclusion.” By
Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review
Threads is an incredibly fast paced treasure hunting adventure that will keep
you on the edge of you seat from the first page. Throw in a little romance,
drug dealers, ghosts, ship wreaks and a plot for revenge and it leaves you in a
constant state of anticipation, waiting for the next chapter. I absolutely
loved it and give Severed Threads 5 Boundless Stars.” By Boundless Book
psychologically thrilling and adventurous story that includes surprising twists
and turns sure to keep its readers at the edge of their seats. The novel will
delight readers of all ages with interesting characters, clever plotlines, and
an engaging combination of romance, villainy, and the supernatural. Highly
recommended!” By The Columbia Review
sizzling romance is hot and witty, gripping and entertaining. American Authors
Book Vending highly recommends Severed Threads as one of the books of the year.
A book everyone should have in his or her hands.” By Peter Jerry, American
Authors Book Vending Review
Buried Threads (Threads Series Book Two) by Kaylin McFarren
A disturbing prophecy
sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin
McFarren’s heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense
and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!
Rachel Lyons and
Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting
company. But a seemingly simple assignment–to track down a priceless gem that
is believed to be buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan–takes a
startling, and dangerous, turn.
Faced with a
monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing
millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to
uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.
Chaos ensues as their
adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted
hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members. Time is running out
as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed
before disaster strikes?
has received the following awards: 2014 Reader Views Readers Choice Awards –
1st Place for Romance; 2014 Pacific Book Awards – 1st Place Adventure Category;
2014 Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media’s Great Beginnings Contest – 1st
Place Paranormal Mystery; 2013 Chanticleer Clue Awards – 1st Place
Steamy/Action/Thriller; 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards – Finalist, Best
Cover Design; 2014 eLit Awards – 1st Place Mystery/Suspense/Thriller; 2014 eLit
Awards – 2nd Place for Best Book Trailer; 2014 Global Ebook Awards – Gold Medal
(1st Place) in the New Adult Fiction Category & Bronze Medal (3rd Place) in
the Best Book Trailer Category; 2014 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in the
Fiction – Adventure Category.
5 Star Review: When the mysterious,
beautiful Japanese woman with a sword peering from the black sheen of the front
cover of ‘Buried Threads’ – by Kaylin McFarren arrived, the silent beckoning
I always know
when I am reading a well-researched, well written action-adventure, mystery,
romance novel when the plot enters my night dreams. Although I didn’t read book
one in the series ‘Buried Threads’ stands well on its own. The author knows how
to take a great plot, create believable characters, hold the reader in suspense
and spin the tale with mastery.
Japanese culture (beautiful customs, geishas, ancient rituals), especially the
underbelly of the Japanese society, warlords, and unseen paranormal conflicts
the reader will learn a great deal while experiencing writing in its truest art
A treasure hunt
for lost artifacts that are embedded with precious stones that are not only
priceless, but hold a curse that once stood for a “Prince’s valor, wisdom, and
What would a
fast moving, suspense filled, heart beating adventure be without the dangerous,
unpredictable interpersonal relationships that leads to attraction, trust,
mutually mind-blowing sex and true romance? ‘Buried Threads’ is all that and
greed, life and death, fear and resolution, mission and accomplishment,
struggle and survival, gratitude and faith are all aspects of this story that
can only be summed up as spectacular.
endorse multi-award winning ‘Buried Threads’ – by Kaylin McFarren as the
action-adventure, mystery-suspense romance-thriller that it is. Review by Cold
Coffee/Book Marketing Global Network
Banished Threads (Threads Series Book Three) by Kaylin McFarren
A valuable art
collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping
sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s
action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.
vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons
and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons,
and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless
collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular
gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter. Determined
to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase
scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse
Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s
death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most
With the true
villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes
while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of
her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their
revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond
First place –
2016 Hudson Valley RWA Hook, Line & Sinker Contest
5 Star Review: Banished Threads begins on a dreary night
in late October. Stargazer sliced through the surface of the North Atlantic at
fifteen knots, heading straight for the coast of England. After facing many
perils at sea Chase Cohen is relieved to finally be in London.
Quote from Book:
“With Rachel by his side “they disembarked from the train at Whitchurch and
stepped through the station’s main door, Rachel’s excitement rose at the
prospect of seeing her uncle. He was a younger version of her father, with the
same chiseled good looks. He would have been easy to spot, even in this busy
place. But from her vantage point, he was nowhere to be seen. Believing he had
forgotten about her arrival, Rachel’s
heart sank. She turned to Chase and was about to voice her concern when she
caught sight of a handsome man in the passenger-loading zone: white cable-knit
sweater, tight jeans, in his mid-thirties, shaggy brown hair, rugged jaw, easy
smile, dimples, and unforgettable emerald-green eyes. He was leaning against a
silver Mercedes, flashing his perfect white teeth and holding up a sign
reading, “Welcome to England, Rachel Lyons.”
For a moment, she
could hardly breathe, and she wondered if it was possible to fall over and die
from shock. Or maybe from the idea of coming face-to-face with the last person
on earth she ever expected to see. Although she had spoken to his Irish mother
at a fund-raising event year earlier and was told that Killian was living with
relatives in Northampton, she had convinced herself that the chance of meeting
him was as unlikely as the sky turning green.
Killian Reed. His
shimmering eyes were loving and warm and full of laughter. Rachel gasped and
dropped her purse and over- night bag. She pulled off her high heels and ran to
him. He swept her up and spun her around. When he set her back down, she buried
her face in his chest and hugged him with all her might. She took a deep
breath, inhaling the familiar scent of bay-rum aftershave. He kissed the top of
her head, and she gazed up at him. She didn’t realize she was crying until he
reached out and wiped a tear from her cheek.
“I can’t believe
it’s really you,” she whispered, gratified to see unshed tears in his beautiful
“It’s me, seaweed
brain,” he said. “I’m really here.”
Rachel stood on
her tiptoes and wrapped her arms around his neck. He put his arms around her
waist and held her close. His hand smoothed her hair as he whispered, “I missed
She looked up at
him and smiled, and it suddenly dawned on her that you meet all kinds of people
in your life. Some you never think about again. Some you wonder what happened
to and if they ever think about you. And then there are some you wish you never
had to think about again, yet somehow you do. Killian Reed just happened to be
one of those disconcerting, unforgettable beings. He was part of her past: a
distant, bitter- sweet memory that had lingered for years.
With their last
parting, they had grasped each other’s hands with a rush of melancholy, tender,
and inexpressible feelings, and had gone their separate ways.
But time had
moved on, and there was someone else in her life now—a silent observer
patiently standing by, watching their every move with an annoyed pinch between
She took Killian
by the hand and led him to Chase. More than anything, she hoped they would
become fast friends, but as they shook hands, Rachel found it difficult to
ignore the frowns tugging at the corners of their mouths. They both took a step
back and just stood there, regarding each other silently, the air now seeming
as cold as a razor blade.””
chapters entwine a cast of strong characters in this well written mystery drama
that expose family secrets, lies, stolen gallery art, kidnapping engaging
readers with suspense and romance. Sit back and enjoy book three of this series
where each book can be read in or out of sequence. Author Kaylin McFarren
teases us with new tales taking shape in the recesses of her mind that are
“only a night’s dream away”.
endorse multi-award-winning author Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series which
include Banished Threads, Buried
Threads, Severed Threads and Flaherty’s
Crossing (her stand-alone fiction drama). Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
Twisted Threads (Threads Series Book Four) by Kaylin McFarren
Akira Hamada is
driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her
greatest enemy–Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an
assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the
notorious crime syndicate and hates herself more each day.
When Mitsui hears that his sister’s murderer
will be on the cruise ship Starfish, he immediately tasks Akira with
eliminating the man once and for all. This is what Akira has trained for, but a
series of strange events on the ship tests her resolve and shows her a way to
Devon Lyons, on the other hand, has nothing to
do with assassins. He’s merely accompanying his aunt and uncle, Sara and Paul
Lyons, on a free cruise. Little does he know that the two are the true targets
of the charming Japanese tourist he has just met!
Akira knows that either Sara or Paul is the
killer but doesn’t know which one. She hopes seducing the handsome Devon will
lead to better intel, but she is surprised to find herself trusting him. And
soon, the pair finds themselves fighting for their lives on the high seas.
*2017 NYC Big Book
Award Winner, Thriller Category
5 Star Review: For all of us following the Threads Series
by Kaylin McFarren, Twisted Threads
does not disappoint. When we left off with book three, we were wondering if the
‘Watcher’ would ever deliver justice.
This drama opens with Akira Sato contemplating a “justified killing” and
she is lost in the consequences, forced to move forward. Devon Lyons laments
over his recent demotion and the emotional sting of a forced Caribbean vacation
to please his Uncle. Devon’s
mind and attention soon shifts when Akira calls him “Sexy”. Women have called
him “clever”, “lovable” and “incredibly handsome” but “sexy” has just caught
him off guard. With more than romance in the air the voyage brings mystery,
suspense and a complex drama with threads so twisted you will keep turning the
Here is an
excerpt I think you will like: “Akira took the elevator across from the
theater, dazed from the four glasses of wine and shot of vodka she had
consumed. A few seconds passed, and the doors opened before her. She stepped
out into the empty hallway and couldn’t figure out which direction she was
facing, let alone which way to proceed. She looked down and realized the
carpeting under her feet had red and blue medallions—not the gold and blue
diamonds, she’d become familiar with seeing. After making numerous trips to
various restaurants, she realized she had gotten off on the right floor but on
the wrong end of the ship. The enormous staircase on her right led to the upper
and lower levels, which should have made it easy to find her way back to her
explorations on the ship had proved that not every floor had immediate access
to the passenger levels; many were blocked by restaurants, lounges, and shops.
Akira decided it
was best to start over—to backtrack the way she had come. She pushed the
elevator button and waited for what seemed like an eternity. Then a slight sway
in the ship’s motion caused her stomach to lurch. She needed fresh air to avoid
further humiliation. A glass exit door stood waiting a short distance away. She
slid it open and stepped outside. Oddly, all of the overhead lights above the
walkway were out. It was impossible to see more than ten feet in any given
direction. She gripped the safety railing and gazed up at the sky, drawing
long, deep breaths. A sudden breeze whipped at her hair, tugging tendrils loose
from her pinned-up hairdo. She wrapped her arms around herself, warding off the
chill, and was about to return inside when she heard the sound of a voice.”
Jump right in and
start peeling off the layers of this Twisted Plot, that will be worth the read
and will leave you wanting more.
endorse multi-award-winning author Kaylin McFarren’s Threads Series which
include Banished Threads, Buried
Threads, Severed Threads and now Twisted Threads. Review by Cold Coffee/Book
Marketing Global Network
emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her
estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession of his part in
her mother’s death. While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a
soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to
confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night
takes an expected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for
faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.
Crossing has received the following awards, among many others: 2018 Reader’s
Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Best Drama; 2013 Wise Bear Book Silver Award –
Best in Fiction, Contemporary Romance; 2012 Books & Authors Romance Book of
the Year Award; 2010 Publisher’s Award of Excellence; Finalist – 2008 RWA
Golden Heart®, Romantic Elements; 1st place – 2007 Cleveland Rocks, Mainstream;
1st place – 2007 Gateway to the Best, Single Title; 1st place – 2007 Beacon,
Unpublished Women’s Fiction; 1st place – 2007 Golden Acorn (Charter Oak Romance
Writers), Romantic Elements; 1st place – 2007 Hook, Line & Sinker; 1st
place – 2007 Hot Prospects, Women’s Fiction: 2nd place – 2007 Golden Rose,
Mainstream; 2nd place – 2007 Touch of Magic, Mainstream; 2nd place – 2007 Where
the Magic Begins, Women’s Fiction
Review: “Even though it is a fictional story, it made me
reflect on my own life, and how I shouldn’t wait until it is too late to let
people that I love know how I feel, or to apologize if I need to. By Chicago
Sun Times, Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
book, dealing with difficult issues of love, loss, healing, and faith, and
never slipping into maudlin territory. A great debut novel! By Sacramento Book
It is also a
novel I will promote to writers to review to see how good storytelling and
strong writing can merge with exceptional honesty and create something that
will live in readers hearts for many years, and be reread many times. By Terri
This story will
be with me for many, many years and I am sure that you will find this 5-star
book to be with you for just as many! By Buukluvr
This story will
have your heart so captured and your mind so full of Kate Flaherty that you
will see exactly what a true page turning book should be like. This story will
be with me for many, many years! By Marta’s Meanderings
From The Author: Kaylin sat before her
computer writing Flaherty’s Crossing as a source of personal therapy after
losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him,
at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the
opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many
other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse
situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey
which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this
exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as
a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for all proceeds from the sale
of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation’s colon cancer
research department in her father’s name. She’s now convinced and proudly
shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives
if you just take the time to open your heart.
Product Details: Paperback: 270 Pages February 1, 2010 Genre: Contemporary Women Fiction
About The Author: Kaylin McFarren has
received 48 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious Golden Heart
Award nomination for FLAHERTY’S CROSSING – a book she and her oldest daughter,
New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in
2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular
THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity
into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in
Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon
Arts Commission. When she’s not traveling or spoiling her pups and three
grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and
support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific
Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation – a
non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment at hospitals
Fun Tidbits: Kaylin is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.
She keeps a
glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while
writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when
she’s completely stumped.
pantser and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and
uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her
She loves her
husband of 46 years dearly. However, if Josh Holloway, Hugh Jackman or Ian
Somerhalder came knockin’, well… their marriage just might be put to the
On A Personal Note: Kaylin sat before her
computer writing Flaherty’s Crossing as a source of personal therapy after
losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him,
at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the
opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many
other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse
Rather than a
memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the
resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to
go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good
fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go
directly to the Providence Medical Foundation’s colon cancer research
department in her father’s name. She’s now convinced and proudly shares her
belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you
just take the time to open your heart.
Hairingtons are creatures made up of hair and live in places such as
Creviceville and Dusty Corners. In this first book of the series, Bub gets
himself into a sticky situation because of his love for Grammy’s homemade
friends, Adrian, Sean and Ralph, set out to find the boogieman and make him
stop scaring Adrian’s younger brother. With the help of Ralph’s Dog, Socks, the
boys track and battle the boogieman living behind the park.
Product Details: Print Length: 24 Pages November 18, 2014 Genre: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
short stories for quick, fun reads. Each volume contains stories in various
genres, so there is something for every reader.
1: Metro Dome-(sci-fi) In the future, families live domes to protect themselves
for the scorching sun, but one man longs for the days when families lived in
houses and the worlds seemed endless.
Smiles-(humor) A young lady decides to put the theory to test that smiles are
contagious with some humorous results.
Elizabeth Riley- (mystery) A little girl finally finds her way home after being
lost for 30 years
Onion- (sci-fi/speculative fiction) Samuel is born with a strange affliction
that makes him emits different odors based on his moods and this makes people
shy away from him. But, Samuel‘s mother says God has a plan for everyone, so
does this mean Samuel will find his place in this world?
Handbag- (sci-fi) Sara finds a handbag that seems to make money on cue, but all
good things have a catch. Right?
Product Details: Series Volume One Print Length: 38 Pages February 7, 2014 Genre: Dark Humor, Fiction Anthologies
is fascinated with bones, human bones. He wants to study them and gets his
chance when Mr. Dukes allows him to dig in the vacant lot behind his store.
What Tom unearths makes the neighborhood kids tremble with fear.
ally oxen free!” These four little words can bring anyone out of hiding.
Product Details: Print Length: 24 Pages August 28, 2011 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads, Horror Short Stories, Horror Anthologies
The Living Series: Living
Beyond The Fringe by Sally Ann Haught Marx
is your moment when everything can change….
you living on the outside of God’s Love, wondering why others seem to have the
inside track to Him? Or perhaps you have
walked with God your entire life and yet something is missing. Have you wondered if your life is meant for
more? You, my friend, were never meant
to live on the outer edges of His amazing love.
a 30-year flight attendant, I have seen a million faces. And when I have looked
deeply into eyes like yours, I have seen hearts desiring more and so many lives
seeking to leave:
transforming love will bring your life full circle:
When You Seek Him In His Word
When You Practice Speaking With Him
is then you will begin to recognize the calming voice of the Holy Spirit. He will gently bring you closer than you ever
join me on this journey as I share encouragement through scripture and true
life-giving short stories. Let’s
encounter His incredible Love and acceptance together. It is time!
now to move ‘Beyond the Fringe’ and into YOUR true legacy.
will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove from
you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26.
is a book for anyone who feels that disconnect from God.
is a series of short relatable stories that will encourage you in ways you may
not have dreamed possible.
are taken on your own journey and at your own pace.
end of each chapter, leaves you in a place of an open-ended conversation with
your Heavenly Father.
author begins the prayer, but you get to finish it every time.
is a significant point in this book and it is different for each person, it is
a particular place where you feel the shifting of your legacy.
And it is good.”
Product Details: Paperback: 360 Pages May 1, 2019 Genre: Christian Personal Growth, Christian Inspirational
About The Author: Author Sally Ann (Haught) Marx grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania in a large, close-knit family. For as long as she can remember, she has had a love of words and a desire to encourage others.
desire to follow God, led her to a Christian University, where she obtained her
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Communication. Eventually settling
into Kentucky with her amazing and supportive husband, they have loved and
rescued several kitties over the years. They have one other rescue. His name is
Benji and he radiates love and joy everywhere he goes. Their family is furry,
and they live gratefully!
Ann has been a flight attendant for close to 30 years. It has allowed her to
travel the world and to see amazing places. Although she is well traveled, it
is the faces and the stories of the people she meets that affect her the most.
She has sensed and witnessed too many people who are living on the fringe of
I go, I see that smiling is still the universal language.
willingness to love others in truth creates a bridge over many wounded hearts.
It has become increasingly apparent that laying deep within every human is a
little child desperately desiring to feel safe and loved.
are each beautiful creations who long to leave our mark in the world. When we
finally learn how to live life in its fullness, we will then leave a legacy
marked with His goodness.
so many of us live our entire lives just outside the fullness He promises. We
do not understand that we actually have a compassionate Father just waiting to
love on us throughout this journey called life. It is my prayer, that our
Father will use my love of words to encourage you to cross over from fringe
living to a fullness of life you may never have dreamed possible.
all, “It was He who came, to bring us life, that we may have it to the
full.” (John 10:10) And It is because of His promises kept that hope
overflowing will be renewed in you!
give up, life is waiting to be really lived, just beyond the fringe! Welcome
What would alien interaction really be like? by Clayton Graham
A tangled web of alien intrigue traps a mother and son in its deadly embrace.
When aliens capture Laura’s son, it’s going to take a lot
more than a mother’s love to get him back. After infiltrating a military
research base, Laura discovers a terrifying secret: their plans to engineer
humans for galactic exploration.
Laura battles to save Jason, several mothers-to-be, and
herself from alien control. But she quickly realizes the aliens have their own
mission for her. Soon she faces a choice, take a chance at an impossible escape
or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity.
Milijun is the first installment of an action-packed
sci-fi alien invasion story. If you like tales of first contact, secret
military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll love
Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.
Buy Milijun to discover the future of evolution.
“Captured my interest from the very beginning, and
never once let go.” Jenna – Indie Book Reviewers
“If you love the genre, read this gem.” Julius
Zon – Self Publishing Review
5 Star Review: Mankind has always had a
fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient
Egyptian carvings all the way to Milijun by Clayton Graham.
This well written novel
explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an
alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in
Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable
when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.
It is earth’s exploration
and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately
results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son
Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s
love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.
It is my intent to share
a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “It
was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the
Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily
to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminum
shacks spread out before her.
She dropped to the
ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was
covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she
had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes
briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that
time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the
choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her
thirst then nibbled at a foul-tasting energy bar as she thought through her
We invite you to the
Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine. Milijun is a
striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an
Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.
We endorse Milijun a
science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. We
purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.
Saving Paludis: A stunning
extraterrestrial mystery by Clayton Graham
Finalist in the
Readers’ Favorite 2018 International Book Awards.
An alien revolution centuries in the making will change humanity’s destiny forever.
Police agent Stefan Lattanzis never expected his planet to become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter. But when scientists from Paludis share a technological breakthrough with Earth authorities, peace escalates to the brink of war in a hurry. It doesn’t help that the local aliens have a dangerous and mystifying agenda of their own. Meanwhile, a desperate human cult has its own plans to exploit the powerful new technology.
To keep his home
world alive, Stefan must team with two strangers, a botanist and a mysterious
seer. As embattled factions vie for control of the universe, the trio must
trust in each other to keep the new technology from ripping time and space
Saving Paludis is
an electrifying sci-fi thrill-ride. If you like futuristic technology, alien
political intrigue, and high-octane, paranormal action, then you’ll love
Clayton Graham’s interstellar adventure!
From the Author: Latest novel ‘Saving Paludis’ is light
years away from debut novel ‘Milijun’, but it occupies the same fascinating
space between Science Fiction and the paranormal. The planet Paludis sits in
the Pisces constellation, on the frontier of human exploration. It is a verdant
planet, a beautiful planet. It has also been scarred by wars of colonization.
control the planet and have done so for hundreds of years. Paludis is the
planet’s Earth name; the indigenous population call their home Musk.
The Muskans are
now restricted to a remote peninsula in the north-east of the main continent.
Humans have taught the aliens their language and some of their ways, but the
Muskans prefer the traditions of their ancestors. Or do they?
So, what can go
wrong? Well, quite a lot actually.
is not just an interstellar war novel. It reflects human nature in all its
extremes: hate, jealousy, control, love and sacrifice. And what about the
aliens – do they share these traits? In some ways yes, in others no. They are,
after all, alien. But retribution is high on their agenda; an overwhelming
desire to regain their planet. Quite how they attempt to do that must remain a
I invite you to
enter deep space, use the Einstein-Rosen bridges, and touch down on Paludis.
Join Stefan and his friends to help save their world. You’ll love it!
5 Star Review: If you think the book cover is intriguing,
wait until you begin reading “Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham. The author has
shared two very interesting maps at the beginning of the book to help readers
get a sense of this fertile planet called “Musk” by its inhabitants, and
“Paludis” by Earth. Paludis is in the Pisces Constellation which is 143 light
years from Earth.
The story begins
in AD 3898 and we find that Earth invaders have taught the colonized population
of Paludis their language and some of their customs. After Paludis scientists
share a powerful new technology with Earth, it doesn’t take long for mysterious
factions to exploit the technology and the planet moves to the brink of war.
The race is on to save Paludis.
characters, and story telling that brings your imagination to the edge of space
and time, Saving Paludis tells of strange cultures and traditions, alien
politics, and cult-like paranormal phenomena. You cannot help but keep turning
the pages of this fast-paced interstellar adventure. From a woman’s point of
view, here is a glimpse into the story.
“Rain was falling
in a steady drizzle as Selma turned into the road that led to her domicile. It
was not yet fully dark and the final vestiges of sunlight creeping through a
solitary hole in the clouds had turned the aluminium domes of the dwellings to
a blood red. The roadway, smooth and black and shiny, snaked like a ribbon
through the glistening streetscape and dark, low clouds threatened to crush the
buildings beneath their ponderous weight.
encountered few individuals as she walked through the streets and, like on the
drive south, very little traffic. It was as if a giant hand had been placed
over the mouth of Kentucky, stifling its usual raucous behaviour. Selma assumed
most people were indoors and she wondered if a storm was approaching.
outside her home, unable to resist a glance back to that part of the road where
she had been abducted by Serpentine. Serpentine! Where was he now? She palmed
the switch, pressed the code buttons in the right sequence and her door slid
open. Entering, Selma turned on the light and the door closed behind her. The
rain suddenly increased in ferocity, and she heard its rattling on the dome of
We invite you to
read “Saving Paludis” as it is a reminder of human nature, whether here on
Earth, or on the planets that we might colonize in the future, or even invade
while aliens struggle to save their own world.
“Saving Paludis” by Clayton Graham as a suspenseful, full length, Science
Fiction novel. We purchased this book
from Kindle on June 8, 2018 and this review was completed on June 13, 2018.
Product Details: Paperback: 356 Pages May 21, 2018 Genre:First Contact Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction,Space Operas
A collection of
tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:
and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.
Sympathize with a
doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated
Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.
light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in
this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the
author of Milijun and Saving Paludis.
Buy ‘Silently in
the Night’ and discover new worlds today!
5 Star Review: For those of us who enjoyed The Twilight
Zone, Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham is just as thrilling. This book
is a collection of tales where ordinary men and women are confronted with the
I love each story
and will return to read them again. One story titled Watering Down, sticks out
in my mind. It centers on the calicivirus, which can cause upper respiratory
infections and oral disease in cats. Probably because I am a cat lover, or
because I have memories of the Dustin Hoffman 1995 film titled Outbreak,
Watering Down made such an interesting and unexpected tale.
everyone who reads Silently in the Night will come away with one or more
favorites. If you enjoy science fiction and mysteries that make your heart
stands still when aliens, artificial intelligence, death, the unexplained or
unexpected interact with your reality; Silently in the Night should be top of
your reading list.
I am fortunate to
have read Author Clayton Graham’s science fiction debut novel titled Milijun.
When aliens kidnap Laura’s child, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s
love to get him back.
I am looking
forward to his upcoming release of Saving Paludis where “Nobody thought Paludis
would become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter, but in the darkest of
times a glimmer of light can shine, resolute spirits can triumph over brutality
and the strangest of strangers can become friends.”
I endorse and encourage you to read Silently in the Night by Clayton
Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on
February 7, 2018.
About The Author: As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.
He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer
who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an
interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we
are only just starting to understand.
Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural
world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.
Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun,
his first novel, was published in 2016. Second novel, Saving Paludis, was
published in June 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the
future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.
Between the novels, short story anthology ‘Silently in the Night’ was released
as an eBook on Amazon.
Harold Peabody and The Magic Glasses by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O. M. Faye
Harold dreams of
being a hero like his father, a Navy SEAL, but
he is what you might call an
He’s short, he’s
almost legally blind, and he’s the new kid in town!
When the biggest
bully in school smashes Harold’s glasses and he has to get a new pair,
something amazing happens.
can see anyone’s greatest fear.
Do you know what
this means? R-E-V-E-N-G-E.
And it has never
tasted so sweet.
One by one,
Harold is going to make bullies pay. But, in the end, what if Harold becomes
the villain in the story . . . instead of the hero?
Reviewed By Lesley Jones for Readers’
Favorite: “In Harold
Peabody and the Magic Glasses by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O.M. Faye, Harold is
travelling back to his mother’s childhood town in Louisiana after his Navy SEAL
father was killed in Afghanistan. Harold hopes they can begin to rebuild their
lives and he can finally become a hero like his father. But with his ‘coke bottle’
glasses, Harold is just waiting to be bullied again. He doesn’t have to wait
long before the school bully, Jack, and his friends spot him. The gang
terrorizes all the children at the school and soon it’s Harold’s turn. The
bullies break Harold’s only pair of glasses for fun. However, when Harold gets
his new glasses, he realizes they have magic powers, giving him the ability to
exact revenge on the bullies one by one. Harold revels in the suffering and
embarrassment of the bullies. Soon Harold becomes the bully himself. Now he has
a choice to make; does he want to inflict suffering on others or become a hero
just like his late father?
and the Magic Glasses is a powerful story that covers the widespread problem of
bullying in schools. The characters are brought to life and each is created
with unique personalities. I loved Harold as the main character, a caring and
loving boy who is coming to terms with losing his father, and the relationship
he has with his mother is so endearing. Mrs Ezzy was a breath of fresh air and
certainly my favourite character. There are so many discussion points
throughout this story that you can share with your children, not only about
bullying but loss and relationships of all kind. I also thought the moral of the
story shows that bullies are usually victims themselves, and the scene with
Jack and his father is especially poignant. This is a must-read for every child
to learn the importance of compassion, forgiveness and how making the right
choices in life makes you a better person.”
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’
Favorite: “Harold Peabody
& the Magic Glasses is a fantasy/coming of age novel for children and
preteens written by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O.M. Faye, and illustrated by O.M.
Faye. Harold and his mom had come home to the small town in Louisiana where she
had grown up. Their lives in California had been abruptly uprooted when
Harold’s Navy Seal dad had been killed in action. The shock of his passing had
been compounded when they received word that another family needed the
apartment they lived in on the base. Jonestown, Louisiana was a far cry from
Coronado, California where his dad was stationed, but they really had nowhere
else to go. It seemed like at least a thousand kids went to Harold’s school in
Coronado. Here the town’s population was only 874; school and life here would
be very different.
& the Magic Glasses is an engrossing and well-written story about a
seventh-grader who has not even begun to comprehend the loss of his hero father
and whose opportunity to show the school bullies a thing or two presents an
almost irresistible attraction. Of smaller than usual stature, red-headed and
wearing thick glasses, Harold presents an ideal target for school bullies.
Whidden and Faye’s story highlights the difficulty kids face in telling
grownups about being bullied, and I would imagine that those young readers who
have been treated like Harold will be cheering him on when his magic glasses
give him the opportunity to equalize things a bit. But, like him, they’ll also
have the opportunity to consider whether that’s who he is, and they are. Harold
Peabody & the Magic Glasses offers educators and caregivers a grand opening
for discussing bullying and the resources available to kids who are being
victimized, all wrapped up in a marvelous coming of age story that addresses
loss and new beginnings. It’s most highly recommended.”
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’
Favorite: “Harold Peabody
& The Magic Glasses is a short work of paranormal fiction written for
children aged 8 and upwards, penned by author Dawn Kopman Whidden and co-author
and illustrator O. M. Faye. The story focuses on underdog Harold, the title
character, who suffers at the hands of school bullies due to his small stature
and extreme visual impairment. When his glasses are smashed and replaced,
Harold discovers the new lenses allow him to see into the souls of those around
him and discern their deepest fears. He sees the opportunity for revenge before
him. Now, he has a chance to be brave and powerful like his late Navy SEAL
father, but will the power go to his head and put a new, vengeful darkness into
considerate, this is both a fun and moral tale which teaches important lessons
about the nature of power, kindness and cruelty. Co-authors Dawn Kopman Whidden
and O. M. Faye have done an excellent job in raising important issues through
the character of Harold. I was sympathetic to his situation and his grief at
first, but even the magical fix provided to him has its own problems and
complications which need to be addressed. I enjoyed the other characters that
he encountered, and how each of them had issues that can be used as talking
points by teachers or parents, but also the characters were well developed in
the world of fiction for an enjoyable read. Overall, Harold Peabody & The
Magic Glasses is a recommended read for children and their guardians.”
Product Details: Print Length: 88 Pages November 8, 2018 Genre: Children’s Chapter Books, Children’s Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Books
A Child Is Torn (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 1) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His
ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He
is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game,
Super Mario–and he’s covered in blood.
Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene. With his many years of
experience, he thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until he discovers Brad’s not
really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned
and deceased bodies of both Brad’s mother and father. When questioned, Brad
confesses to the horrific murders. When Brad is transferred to a local mental
health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin is brought in to evaluate and
treat the child.
investigation shows no evidence of any kind of mistreatment in his past. She
must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he
covering for someone else?
Whitely rounds out the investigative team; and she suspects there is much more
to the case than what meets the eye. The happily married mother of two is
unwavering in her determination to uncover the real truth about Brad. Was he
abused? Or is he the product of an evil seed born to kill?
As the layers of
truth about Brad are systematically peeled away, you will be compelled to ask
yourself, which is the more dominate factor in contributing to who we
are–NATURE or NURTURE?
Faceless (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 2) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
York has a killer on the loose—one who’s leaving their sadistic, telltale marks
on innocent victims.
A pretty teenage
girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later,
a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who
would do such a brutal thing—and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic
monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims
being targeted by someone they know?
It’s up to two of
Fallsburg’s finest; Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, to
find out who’s responsible. When Jean starts digging up clues, she is startled
to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims–and
many of the potential suspects–are classmates of Jean’s fourteen-year-old
daughter Bethany. To make matters worse, Bethany’s behavior has drastically
changed. Jean’s sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger.
How much does Bethany really know about the victims–and the crimes that are
taking place? Does Bethany’s hunky, new heartthrob have anything to do with the
crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish
of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the
lead in this latest investigation while breaking in a new partner. As they dig
deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family
relationships…and quite possibly to her own daughter’s life. Through it all,
Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the
unseen villain before anyone else ends up dead…and faceless.
Stolen (Whitley & Keal Mystery Book 3) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, New York.
In a cabin
nestled deep in the woods, two male victims are discovered, both gunshot
victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive. But it is not the
murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal
frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the
identities of the two small children also found at the scene.
One child is
quickly identified, but the other, a young boy, remains a mystery. The only one
with possible answers is the man who lays critically wounded and unconscious in
the hospital, because the unidentified boy either cannot or will not speak.
What happened in
that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on…?
Keeping Hope Alive (Whitley & Keal Book 4) by Dawn Kopman Whidden
A young couple
taking a leisurely walk through the woods are shocked when their quiet,
peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is, without question, a human
Jean Whitley and Marty Keal are called to investigate, two more bodies are
uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims
have just met their demise. Now not only do the detectives have to discover the
identities of all three victims but have to see if the victims are somehow
connected or if it’s just a coincidence all three were dumped so close
While Jean and
Marty search for the answers, Marty’s fiancé, Psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, is
working hard to get her patient Brad Madison released from Armistace Hospital
for Children, where he has been living since the brutal murder of his own
parents, while trying to take care of her own personal business of planning her
wedding. But then the unforeseeable happens. Hope disappears and Brad claims he
knows what happens. Can the disturbed boy be trusted to be telling the truth
and is Hope’s kidnapping in any way linked to the three victims found in the
Marty and Jean’s
search for the killer become much more desperate and horrifyingly personal when
Hope is kidnapped. Will they find her before it’s too late? Or will she become
About The Author: Dawn Kopman Whidden is a native New York
author who grew up in the close-knit community of Little Neck Douglaston during
the baby boomer era. She graduated from Queensboro Community college.
Twenty years ago,
she traded in her days of living in the bustling city for a more serene and
tranquil life on a small farm in the town of Bell, located in North Central
She is retired
and shares her life and love with her husband of nineteen years and an adopted
stray dog she named Casey. She has also been blessed with two beautiful
STOLEN takes the
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The world is full
of crazy people. Once upon a time, stories like the ones that Grimm Brother’s
wrote were just something that came from their imagination. Classic tales of
stepmothers serving her new husband’s children for dinner… (not for dinner,
but THE DINNER) Crazy old ladies putting lost children in an oven.
craziest and most inexcusable things happen to the most vulnerable, and its
reality not fantasy. I hope that my story never finds its way into a local
newspaper…but who knows. Anything can happen and it does.
Things I Have Learned in
My Walk With God: Devotional and Prayer Journal by Debi Stanton
book is full of personal things I have learned in my walk with God. As I move
closer to Him, things become clearer.
are many pages in this book. Each has a Lesson, Scripture references, and space
for you to journal your thoughts and prayers. You do not have to follow this
book in any particular order. In fact, skip around and journal where you feel
1 may be half-way through the book. Find what speaks to you. I encourage you to
journal every day, even if you just write “Yes”. At the end of your journaling
experience, go back and read your entries and see how much you have grown.
Product Details: Paperback: 196 Pages August 22, 2018 Genre: Devotional
Bella’s Big Day: A
Stanton Pack Adventure (Volume 1) by Debi Stanton
is having a birthday. She is five years old today.
is the baby of the Stanton Pack. She has four brothers and sisters, but mom
manages to make her day very special. Now, if she can just hold on to her toys
long enough to have some fun before her sister, Scarlett, tears the squeaky
thing out, it will be a good day.
for more adventures in the Stanton Pack coming soon.
The Daring Adventures of Donnie the Dachshund by Debi Stanton
The Daring Adventures of Donnie the Dachshund is a
beautiful, bright and boldly illustrated book by Debi Hurt (Stanton).
Illustrations by Zack Reel.
Children absolutely love the illustrations and the story in
this sweet book.
Dachshund lovers delight over this book! Donnie thinks he is
the “Big Dog On The Porch” nipping at the mailman and chasing other
dogs, until his owner brings home a little puppy named Gypsy for him to play
Donnie is not a happy dog until he has to be the Hero and
rescue Gypsy from running into the road. Suddenly Donnie rethinks his “bad
boy” persona and becomes the best dog around….he even impresses the
French Poodle down the street!
Product Details: Age Range: 5 – 6 years Paperback: 34 Pages May 30, 2014 Genre: Children’s Dog Books
Sam walked over to the pile of canvases leaning against the
opposite wall. Flipping past the portrait of the small child with the oval
eyes, to a dark canvas full of eerie blacks and blues, Sam’s eyes widened.
Grotesque faces with mouths agape, loomed in the dark tree limbs encompassed
with shadows of a night sky. Sam felt herself shudder and pressed on to the
Flipping on, she came upon a canvas that was just as eerie,
although the scene was different; a dark house, late at night with only one
window illuminated. Scary, Sam thought. She immediately flipped to the next
canvas. She nearly jumped out of her skin as a red-faced demon glared back at
her. With wide eyes and mouth agape, it seemed to lunge at her. He had horns
that were twisted so the points were prevalent and seemed to draw your
attention to the fact that this creature could gouge you to death.
Quickly moving on, the next painting was a single iridescent
moon in the middle of a solid black canvas. The moon was oozing into the
background. That was enough! Sam shoved the paintings back against the wall and
looked at the portrait of the little girl again. “What the hell happened
to her that she could move from painting the innocence of a child to pure
evil?” she muttered. “What went through my sister’s mind? I just
don’t understand what drove her into this madness.”
Product Details: Paperback: 220 Pages July 30, 2018 Genre: General Fiction
Fellowship First is the only church in Fairhope, so if you
need some “churchin’” that’s where you attend.
The members are known as The Fellowship Flock, a term given
to them by the oldest member of the congregation, Oldham Jacobson. Oldham is
known for turning a phrase!
As with many “churchie” communities, there is a feeling of
camaraderie, spiritual love, and drama….oh yes, there is drama!
Not everyone in Fairhope attends the little church, but you
can bet that everyone at the church knows what is going on with everyone in
town. And, if you didn’t know what was going on before, you are about to be
This story is fiction. While Fairhope, Alabama does exist,
all characters represented here are fictionalized. Any likeness to those living
or dead is purely coincidental.
Product Details: Paperback: 352 Pages April 4, 2016 General Fiction
Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder and Mayhem by Ray Stanton and Debi Stanton
Murders on May 11, 2013.
The 911 call came in a little after 10:30 p.m. “There’s
blood everywhere,” Daniel told the 911 operator. “I just walked in
and there’s two, I have two bodies here, and I think they have both been shot.
There’s blood everywhere.”
Daniel gave the 911 operator his location. He explained to
him, “There might be three, because I can’t find my mom either.” He
told the operator that the house looked like it had been ransacked. “There
was a fight here.” Daniel said.
Katheryn Burton was shot and stabbed four times. Each of the
other victims: Aaron Cross, Tommy Smith and Shawn Burton were shot at least
Samuel Sallee has been convicted and sentenced to four
consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders that changed one young man’s
life forever. The next day was Mother’s Day!
“That guy killed my whole family,” said Daniel
Burton, the son of Katheryn Burton. “I think I’ve earned a front-row seat
to watch him die. I’d lump him together with Hitler, because I can’t think of
anyone else who is that evil!”
“The Trial was my family’s story.
This is mine.”
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite
“Author team of husband and wife Ray and Debi Stanton have taken great care in working with Daniel Burton, the lone survivor and witness to the Waynesville murders. They have also worked to corroborate as much of what he said as they were able. That all being said, please know up front that what Daniel Burton went through is a life changing ordeal and he was left without a support system to help him deal with what had happened. This is not a book to be read by anyone that might be triggered by his trauma. Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder & Mayhem is Daniel’s story of what happened that night in May. These are his memories, thoughts and reflections on the people who died and the effect that it had on him.
Waynesville, Indiana: Mother’s Day, Murder & Mayhem is a non-fiction book as it is a true event that happened in a very small town, if you can even call it that, just outside of Columbus. It is a true crime story in that it talks about the crime that was committed, but mostly this is Daniel’s story. His mother and her long-time boyfriend were murdered, plus two others, and he was the one to find them and call 911. He was left all alone, his father having died years earlier. Authors Ray and Debi Stanton explain how they worked with Daniel and give you a real insight into how this event has affected him and left him to this day. He was left completely alone; no support system, no help, nothing to deal with what had just happened to his family. In some ways Daniel was the fifth victim of that night. This is a good story, but it could easily trigger sensitive readers.”
Ride the Spirit Horse is a collection of Poetry and Short
Stories from Author, Debi Hurt (Stanton). Debi has been writing since she was
very young and this collection spans approximately 10 years of her life. The
writings will inspire you, tickle your funny bone, and perhaps make you weep.
So, sit back and enjoy – Ride The Spirit Horse.
Product Details: Paperback: 144 Pages September 26, 2014 Genre:Poetry and Short Stories
The Mini Guides to Writing: Creative Writing Basics (The Mini Guides To Creative Writing Series Book 1) by Debi Stanton
The Mini Guides to Creative Writing are a series of small
handbooks that will help any writer to hone their craft. This first book,
Creative Writing Basics, offers great information, exercises and ideas for
prompt. The books are small enough to carry with you as you learn.
Product Details: Series: The Mini Guides to Creative Writing Series Book One Paperback: 40 Pages Genre: Writing Skill Reference
Have you ever wished there was a planner/calendar made
especially for authors?
Well, this planner is the answer. Within these pages is: An
Open Daily Calendar that can start on any day, Passwords Log, Book Purchases
Tracker, Book Sales Log, Events Schedule, Goal Setting Pages, Book Ideas
Section, Address Book, Birthday Tracker, and room for Notes.
This planner will be a must-have for all authors. It is
available in a soft matte cover.
About The Author: Author Debi Stanton lives
in Scipio, Indiana with her husband, Ray and their four adorable canines: Toby,
Scarlett, Dottie and Bella Graycee.
has a son, Dustin and a daughter, Casey. Debi has several grandchildren, and
four step-children and two step-grandchildren.
has an Associates Degree in Business from IVY Tech State College; an Associates
Degree in Science in Computer Information Systems from IVY Tech State College;
Bachelors of Science in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University; Masters in
Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University; and a Masters in
Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.
is the owner of Pen It! Publications. She is Editor in Chief of Pen It!
Magazine which has over 15 published books. She directs writers groups,
conferences and loves teaching others about writing.
was an energetic man since birth, musically gifted and with a thriving career
and family life. However, this all changed when he suffered a traumatic brain
injury after an off-road vehicle accident in Florida and had to adjust to a new
version of himself.
wasn’t the only one to change; his mother, Marjorie Appleby, recounts the
life-altering experiences of David’s family in her caregiver journaling turned
survival health guide, Raising David, Again.
journal entries during David’s hospitalization and rehabilitation present
advice keys for recovery for brain injury survivors and caregivers to use
during the process of recovery.
left-brain damage not only meant re-learning basic motor skills, but also
changed behavior after injury, as Marjorie and David’s father Dave cared for a
different David. However, Raising David, Again describes God’s purposes for
injury and how their faith in God kept them going in the darkest hours.
DAVID AGAIN has won a GOLD and SILVER medal! This is a National Book Awards
Competition…a silver in Autobiography/Memoir, and a gold in How-To/Self-Help!
DAVID AGAIN has won a 1st Place in Category Autobiography/Biography from the
Christian Book Awards Fall of 2017!
from a mother’s heart, “Raising David Again”, takes one through an
emotional journey of healing, courage, and compassion. It is heartwarming and
funny. A manual for those who are taking care of someone with a traumatic brain
injury. As she states in chapter six, “Brain injury is a family
guide for all who suddenly find themselves in the difficult position of
with tears, humor, understanding and unconditional love, this book helps the
caregiver work through the maze of medical, insurance, emotional and the
by someone who has “been there, done that”, this book offers guidance
in a well written, easy to read and understand format.
David Again should be given to every person who becomes a caregiver.
David Again” defines life examples for all of us to draw strength from
during times of stress driven by a grave injury to a cherished family member.
The book is a guide that has lessons for all of us to use as a tool box to
fight the unbearable economic, emotional and physical stress to a family
brought on by a traumatic injury to a loved one. The advice from the author is
from a real-life experience, from a loving mother, that is real life tested and
offered to all readers as hope just when you think all hope is lost
Review by Kathy Heare Watts (review of another edition) “An emotional journey documented of a mother’s love to help her son after a traumatic brain injury
won a signed copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no
obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others
may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.”
Reviewed by VAN (Amazon Customer) 5.0 out of 5 Stars Excellent Guide July 10, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Excellent guide for all who suddenly find themselves in the difficult position of ‘caregiver’.
Written with tears, humor, understanding and unconditional love, this book helps the caregiver work through the maze of medical, insurance, emotional and the unexpected issues.
Written by someone who has “been there, done that”, this book offers guidance in a well written, easy to read and understand format.
Raising David Again should be given to every person who becomes a caregiver.”
Reviewed by jlm (Amazon Customer) 5.0 out of 5 Stars Emotional and physical stress to a family brought on by a traumatic injury to a loved one. January 2, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
David Again” defines life examples for all of us to draw strength from
during times of stress driven by a grave injury to a cherished family member.
The book is a guide that has lessons for all of us to use as a tool box to
fight the unbearable economic, emotional and physical stress to a family
brought on by a traumatic injury to a loved one. The advice from the author is
from a real-life experience, from a loving mother, that is real life tested and
offered to all readers as hope just when you think all hope is lost.”
Reviewed by Lee Ann Mancini (Amazon Customer) 5.0 out of 5 Stars It is heartwarming and funny. A manual for those who are taking care … December 23, 2017 Format: Paperback
from a mother’s heart, “Raising David Again”, takes one through an
emotional journey of healing, courage, and compassion. It is heartwarming and
funny. A manual for those who are taking care of someone with a traumatic brain
injury. As she states in chapter six, “Brain injury is a family
Reviewed by an Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 Stars Inspirational! September 6, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition
moving and honest look into a life-altering event as a mother/momma bear takes
care of her son (and family) and their journey to a new way of life. A great
model for others to never give up, to use everything at your disposal – along
with generous dashes of humor – to create a new “normal”.
Product Details: Paperback: 216 Pages February 28, 2017 Genre: Special Needs, Biographies, Memoirs, Nursing, Christian Spiritual Growth, Caregiver
The Ancient Whisper: A Whisper Of A Mystery Trilogy Book One by M. A. Appleby
In today’s interconnected world, anyone can find themselves
embroiled in international politics, intrigue, and suspense. Ellen and her
family learn the hard way that things are not always what they seem as they
find themselves in seemingly impossible situations – especially when ties to
the Middle East surface.
Relying on her strong resolve, faith, and enduring love for
her family, Ellen confronts a host of shadowy characters, then leverages family
dynamics to lead them through twists & turns in this new-world-order
story…you will cheer for Ellen and her family as you travel with them!
A family struggles to rebuild their lives after a mysterious
tragedy alters the course of their existence. Ellen Andress awakens from a
drug-induced stupor to discover that she has been kidnapped by people who have
ties to the Middle East. Once Ellen is taken back to where she was taken, she
is unknowingly deceived by men posing as Special FBI agents. They place her and
her family into the Federal Witness Protection Program, confiscating all of
their possessions. With no income and a new identity, Ellen must generate money
quickly. She then enters the perilous world of horse racing, wagering, and
When she can’t reach the FBI agents, she contacts the CIA,
where she learns that something big is going down, but what?
“Compelling story around a strong character you want to
cheer for.” – Karen Hansen, PhD, LMHC (Seattle, WA)
“Exciting mini stories embedded in the main story and
found it hard to find a good place to stop reading.” – Don Paullin (Author
“A wild ride – a very entertaining story that draws the
reader in.” – Annie Peters (The
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite “The Ancient Whisper: A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy, Volume 1 by M.A. Appleby is the story of Ellen Andress, a woman who has her life turned upside down when she is kidnapped and taken somewhere. A mother and a fighter, she becomes suspicious when she finds out that she has been taken away by some men who say they are FBI agents. Given a new identity, she takes things into her own hands to get back her life and make sure that she and her family safely make it out of this conspiracy that they have found themselves in. What is the actual purpose of kidnapping her and her family? What can Ellen do to get safety for herself and her family? Can she even get out of this life that forces more powerful than her have given her?
The Ancient Whisper is a mystery that I loved reading. It
had me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing and guessing until the very
last chapter. This is not your garden variety mystery; it has substance and it
easily connects with the reader. Try as hard as I might, I was unable to find
any loopholes in the story, which was really refreshing. The tension and
mystery were so thick that I could almost taste them. I really enjoyed how the
atmosphere was created and then carried forward. In fifteen chapters that have
been uniquely named, author M.A. Appleby gave the story a lot of substance and
ensured that the reader stayed invested and interested in the story all the way
to the end. The characters are very well-developed and actually add to the story
and keep the reader more interested. I enjoyed the flow of the plot and how the
author mixed horse racing and betting without deviating from the actual story
line. I loved it and really enjoyed it!”
Reviewed by Trudi Fleischman Lopreto “This is a must-read book. It has everything – suspense, action, mystery, family, twists and turns and so much more. I was hooked from the start to the finish. Ellen is the heroine of the story. When she finds herself a prisoner in a foreign land, she never gives up in her fight to get home to her family. When finally, she is allowed to return she finds herself in the federal witness protection program and being forced to live in a broken-down horse farm in Virginia without anything from her past life and waiting for her children to join her; she learns to make the best of her new life. Ellen deals with each twist and turn and deals with each nightmare as it happens. I cannot say enough good things about this book and urge you to read it today. I am anxiously planning on reading book two in the A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy and can’t wait to see what happens next. Thank you, M. A. Appleby, for a great book.”
Reviewed by Linda Marie Marsh “THIS is a book I call a “grabber”. It gets you from the start and simply does not let go till you, whew….are at the end.
Book One in a trilogy I look forward to reading what comes
next! Appleby has written a puzzle within a puzzle within an enigma that has
extraordinary circumstances. Right off the bat, you wonder what direction the book
is taking and get so thoroughly absorbed that when the pieces finally start
fitting together you feel like Sherlock Holmes.
Ellen Andress is on her way home from a vacation in Hawaii
with her husband. There ends all sense of normalcy. For her, her family and the
Reviewed by Joan Kovats “THE ANCIENT WHISPER is a wonderfully written suspense novel written by M.A. Appleby. I didn’t know what to expect upon selecting it, and to my surprise, was taken into a world and culture that was fascinating. I was riveted by the colorful characters, and not having answers to questions easily. The exposition keeps you on the seat of your pants. I couldn’t put it down! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.”
Product Details: Series: A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy-Book One Paperback: 390 Pages September 6, 2017
Whispered Dreams: A Whisper Of A Mystery Trilogy Book Two by M. A. Appleby
Book Two focuses on Ellen’s son, Jason, who has grown into a
young man and is every bit as headstrong as his Mother.
Together, they expand their racing teams, outsmart the ‘good
ole boys’ down at the race track, and endure confrontation from owners who like
to play by their own rules.
Meanwhile, the CIA uncovers a plot to kill Jason, due to his
heritage, from their nefarious Middle East cousins.
As he learns that the Monarchy of Obagur is threatened, he
feels compelled to become involved. He is caught up in a coup and during the
confusion is presumed missing or dead. Refusing to attend the Memorial Service,
Ellen knows Jason is still alive, but what has happened to him?
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite “Whispered Dreams by M.A. Appleby is the second book in the A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy. Ellen P. Andress is now known as Ellen D. Thompson. After the murder of her husband, Ravi, witness protection relocates Ellen and her family to a small community in Virginia. Years pass, life at Ashwood Farm and Stables has kept Ellen and her family busy with house renovations and harness horse racing. Ellen and Adrian plan to marry, her daughters are maturing and her son, Jason, will soon graduate from high school. After graduation, Jason must face the biggest decision of his life. He must decide whether to follow the destiny and legacy of his father’s family in Saudi Arabia or remain with his family in Virginia. Bizarre and unexplained incidents keep happening. Every decision result in an unbelievable consequence. Ellen is determined to find out why her family is on this strange journey. Unsettled feelings, premonitions, and dreams whisper to her in her quest to discover the truth.
M.A. Appleby’s Whispered Dreams is a story of family,
mystery, and adventure. The story opens with the heroine sharing her memories.
These memories lay the foundation for the continuing story. The narrative is a
bit choppy at first, but as the story unfolds an intriguing rhythm begins to
flow. As the heroine tells her story, you sense her drive and resolve, yet feel
confusion and fear hovering all around her. As the plot thickens, the conflict
intensifies internally and externally. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned,
but you mess with her children, and the battle takes on a whole new level of
rage. With each change of location, the canvas of the story broadens, causing
the main cast of characters to develop and evolve. Furthermore, Appleby plants
mysterious circumstances and bizarre incidents throughout the narrative,
creating an engaging plot. As this segment of the trilogy comes to an end, some
questions are answered, while others remain unsolved. One thing remains
certain; this courageous heroine will never give up until the mystery is
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite “Whispered Dreams by M.A. Appleby is the second book in A Whisper of a Mystery trilogy. Against all odds, Ellen’s living a good life with Adrian and her three children. She can handle anything thrown her way, including the owners at the race track and her son Jason’s decision to go help his uncle in the Middle East defend the monarchy of Obagur from growing threats. When Jason stops responding and everyone stops answering Ellen’s phone calls, Adrian goes to the CIA to uncover the truth and discovers Jason has disappeared. While everyone is quick to write him off as dead, Ellen’s not giving up and believes there’s more going on than meets the eye.
M.A. Appleby splits the story between the first-person
perspective of Ellen and the third person perspective of Jason, balancing out
the feeling of home and mystery through Ellen and an action-packed conspiracy
through Jason. Ellen has a rather cozy life with Adrian and her three kids,
despite dealing with the owners at the race track. The majority of the plot
focuses on Jason as he follows in his father’s footsteps by going to the Middle
East to help his uncle and embrace his royal heritage. When Jason first
arrives, it’s like a dream as he has a sense of wonder about this life he’s
going to lead and forms a connection with his late father. However, as he
trains and learns, he quickly discovers that this isn’t paradise. His ideals
for his life quickly go up against his uncle’s plan for him. His life is
threatened and he begins to feel trapped, which makes him start second guessing
the decisions that brought him here. When a betrayal is unveiled, it sparks a
A side of romance is seen with Ellen and Adrian’s happy
relationship which tends to be bubbly, but isn’t without its seriousness as
they treat each other as partners and confidants. Jason has a mysterious
romance with a woman who seems to show up out of nowhere and who ends up
factoring into the story in a key way. Appleby brings a lot of heart to this
family through Ellen’s perspective as that of a mother watching her children
grow up and follow new paths in their lives. So, it’s a little bittersweet and
adds more depth in an emotional sense when Jason disappears. The family is at
the heart of the story as the love and hope Ellen has for her children is what
keeps her moving forward, no matter what anyone tells her. Whispered Dreams is
a cozy mystery meets international thriller with action, romance, and conspiracy.”
Product Details: Series: A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy Book Two Paperback: 384 Pages October 12, 2017
Journey Of A Thousand Steps: A Whisper Of A Mystery Trilogy Book Three by M. A. Appleby
After several years with no new information about Jason,
Ellen still wants closure and vows to never give up.
A documentary about a super cyclone that devastated islands
west of Fiji catches her attention-oil tankers the size of football fields are
maneuvering to avoid the storm; and this gives Ellen a theory and renewed hope.
Taking matters into her own hands, she devises a plan to seek answers without
the CIA’s help.
After searching, Ellen brings a storm survivor home to be
part of their extended family, indicating he has a brain injury. This is
possibly the beginning of the hardest journey of her life. I dealt with
Traumatic Brain Injury when my son had a accident. Finding peace and closure
has not been easy. In the last chapter of this book, I share our 10 Keys to
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite “Journey of a Thousand Steps is a satisfying conclusion to A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy by M.A. Appleby, a gritty story of a woman in search of answers. Jason has been missing for years, and in addition to the fact that Ellen can’t forgive herself for his sudden disappearance, she has to deal with the thought that he might never come back again. In spite of encouragement from friends and family to let go, she vows to find out the truth; she wants closure. She goes in search of Jason under very trying circumstances — without help from the CIA — and returns with a storm survivor with a brain injury. Can life ever be the same again for her and for her family?
This is a story about family, loss, and dealing with brain injury. M.A. Appleby creates very believable characters and the pacing is just awesome with dialogues that read naturally. The story begins with therapeutic sessions between Ellen and Dr. Laurel and the reader can understand the depth of Ellen’s pain. The sessions unveil facts and offer great plot points and backstory to make the read an enjoyable one. The writing is insightful and there are realistic and pertinent thoughts that readers might want to linger on: “When something unexpected happens to alter the course of your life, how you handle it is what truly matters.
The themes of family, brain injury, and closure are well
handled in this narrative. Talking about the family, the narrator says that it
is like a circle and that the connection never ends; even if it breaks at
times, it always finds a way to mend. Journey of a Thousand Steps features a
gritty tale, emotionally and psychologically rich characters, and a story with
strong plot points and twists that will surprise readers. Appleby is a great
storyteller and her characters are so well executed that readers won’t find it
hard connecting with them emotionally.”
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite “Journey of a Thousand Steps: Book 3 (A Whisper of Mystery Trilogy) by M.A. Appleby continues the story of Ellen’s struggle with forces outside of her control that want to destroy her and her family. Along with her CIA husband, Adrian, and the rest of her family, they have established a new life on Ashwood Station, where they train and race standard-bred trotters and pacers. Ellen is trying, with the help of her psychiatrist Dr Laurel, to put the past behind her, but there is one thing she cannot forget. Her son, Jason, who was heir to the Saudi Royal crown disappeared four years previously. Whilst everyone assures Ellen it is time to let go and move on, Ellen cannot. In her heart of hearts, she knows Jason is still alive and she will not rest until she finds him. A coincidental documentary of a super typhoon in the far away South Pacific will set Ellen off on a journey of mystery, intrigue and no small amount of danger in her never-ending search for her lost son.
This is the third and final book in the series and although
it can be read as a stand-alone, I would strongly recommend readers to consider
reading the full series from the beginning to get an easier grasp of the
characters and their backstories. Journey of a Thousand Steps: Book 3 (A
Whisper of Mystery Trilogy) is a good, solid, mystery adventure, with an
insight into the well-to-do world of Ellen and her family. I found the horse
racing side of the story to be most fascinating, as an avid follower of the
pacing/trotting world, from the other side of the world. The story is told from
Ellen’s first-person perspective and, as such, gives us a personal and touching
insight into the mind of a distraught mother who refuses to listen to reason,
simply because she knows her son is not dead. M.A. Appleby has given us a well
written, well researched and very readable mystery, one that I enjoyed and can
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite “Journey of a Thousand Steps: Book Three (A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy) by M.A. Appleby is a captivating story of loss, of the quest to reconcile with the inevitable, and the journey towards healing. Inspired by a real-life tragedy in the author’s family, this novel comes with a bonus — powerful and life-changing steps to deal with brain injury. Years have passed by without Ellen getting any news about her son, Jason, and everyone in the family is of the opinion that she should move on and embrace life without her son. Perhaps accepting that the events leading to his disappearance were unpreventable could help her heal. But she refuses to let go without knowing what actually happened to her son. Follow her story as she takes things into her own hands and faces a devastating storm, only to bring home a survivor with a brain injury.
As the final book in a trilogy, it is a satisfying
conclusion, a story that is beautifully told with clear points of view and a
compelling first-person narrative voice. The story begins with the protagonist
in the midst of the crisis and doing sessions with Dr. Laurel. The backstory is
awesome and readers will enjoy M.A. Appleby’s ability to weave commentary into
the narrative, featuring streams of consciousness and skillfully integrating
natural sounding dialogues into the story. Ellen is the protagonist and a very
compelling one, a real and believable character. There is a stubbornness in her
that can only be the result of a mother’s love. The humanity infused into the
narrative is strong. The suspense in Journey of a Thousand Steps: Book Three (A
Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy) is nail-biting and the author succeeds in keeping
readers engaged throughout the story. I couldn’t put it down. I loved the
prose, the strong plot, and the steady pacing.”
About M. A. Appleby: “I
am a National Award-Winning Author of a gold and silver medal (President’s Book
Awards) and a 1st Place Winner in category Autobiography/Biography from the
Christian Author Awards, Fall-2017 for RAISING DAVID AGAIN!
My first books, A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy, was inspired
by our true life-changing event that evolved into a compelling story of a
family who struggles with what happens in the ‘blink of an eye’. I equate the
time we spent after my son suffered a traumatic brain injury to being in a dream-like
state, much like a slow-motion movie. As time went on, we thought we would all
wake up from the nightmare and our lives would go back to ‘normal’ but that
didn’t happen. The concept for A Whisper of a Mystery Trilogy has actually
drifted around in my head for nearly 35 years. It only flowed out after the
idea came to incorporate my son’s journey of recovery into the story.
The original purpose of the journal I started the day of my
son’s accident, was to impart information to survivors and caregivers as a way
to help them on their journey. That journal became the impetus to write The
Ancient Whisper, Whispered Dreams, and The Journey of a Thousand Steps.
When the trilogy was completed, I wrote RAISING DAVID AGAIN. This is David’s story and how our family copes with this condition. Included are other amazing stories of survival after brain injury, the 10 Keys to Recovery, and the resources section called: Brain Injury Tool Kit.
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About The Author: Kimberly Hoffman lives in
her hometown of Columbus, Indiana. She is an honors graduate of Columbus North
High School and attended Indiana University-Purdue University of Columbus,
obtaining an associates’ degree in computer science. She works at Cummins, Inc.
as a champion in Global Off-Highway Aftermarket.
loves to dance, but did not start until her mid-40s. She has taken classes in
ballet, Jewish folk, and lyrical dance, and competed in lyrical dance for three
years, often being the oldest dancer at the competitions. She has led children
and adult dance groups at church and danced and choreographed for a theater
She is married, has two daughters, four step-children, one grandchild, and three grand-kitties. She taught a year of enrichment classes for kindergarten students and then home-schooled her two daughters for seven years. For 20 years, she ran her own medical transcription business. She is the owner of Queen Bee Stitchery, creating her own unique hand embroidered designs. She is available for speaking engagements and school/library programs.
Travel-Science Fiction Thriller Series: (The Harry and Meg Series)
A Sea Of Fear:A Novel of Time Travel (Book Three of the Harry and Meg Series) by Russell Moran
Admiral Harry Fenton, who President Blake calls the greatest fighting admiral
in American history. Along with your Navy Commander wife, Meg, you lead your
carrier strike group against the worst enemy the country has faced since World
War II, a small nation that is intent on destroying the world’s shipping
The seas of the
world have become scenes of plunder, pillage, and mass murder. The president
has convinced you to come out of retirement and put an end to the looming
crisis. He promotes you to Fleet Admiral, the highest-ranking officer since
Admiral Chester Nimitz. You and Meg were having a pleasant retirement, running
a world-class resort that you bought in Rhode Island. But when the president
pleads you to “Give ‘em Hell, Harry,” you know that you can’t ignore his call
to duty. As people who have time traveled in the past, you come up with an idea
to travel three years into the future.
Blake’s blessing, you and Meg lead a group of officers into the future. What you
find is horrifying, an America taken over by a totalitarian dictator. You
return to the past and report your findings. President Blake, hearing your
terrifying story, convinces you that you have an even bigger call to duty, the
greatest challenge of your life. You take on the challenge for one reason—Meg
will be at your side.
As in the first
two books of the Harry and Meg Series, The Maltese Incident and The Violent
Sea, A Sea of Fear is a sweet romance between two of literature’s most exciting
and likable characters, Harry and Meg Fenton. A Sea of Fear is a story of war,
politics, time travel, and love.
5 Star Review: Just
in time for summer reading and cruise ship vacations, A Sea of Fear by Russell
Moran is here.
A Sea of Fear begins with this exceptional
literary series’ two leading characters, Harry (Admiral) and Meg (Commander)
Fenton both retired from their high-ranking positions in the US Navy, enjoying
their very own, successful luxury resort on Narragansett Bay in Portsmouth,
When news breaks that the
Majestic (Celebrity Cruise Line Ship) has been attacked by a gunboat while in
the Caribbean. President Blake requests both Harry and Meg come to the White
House. Sensing the situation, Harry and Meg drop what they are doing and put
their President and Country first.
With the understanding of time
travel well established, Meg is asked to lead a group of US Officers into the
future. America’s future is not what any government official, political or
military would ever envision. With knowledge comes responsibility and maybe a
chance to rewrite history.
Harry and Meg are true
professionals, but they keep their personal married life and true love kindled
with endearing communications and romantic encounters, when time and work
pressure permit. Most of the time, they have a working relationship and with
the Cruise Line Industry in grave danger, I share this quote.
“I walked into Meg’s office,
next to mine. God, how can this woman be so neat when she has at least five
balls juggling int the air at any one time? I couldn’t imagine a better chief
“I guess you’ve heard the news
by now,” I said.
“Yes, a news flash just popped
up on my screen,” Meg said. “I assume you’re talking about the attack on the
Splendor of the Seas. I just got this photo from the Office of Naval
Intelligence. Some brave guy snapped a shot of the attacking ship just before
it hit. Come and have a look, honey. As you can see it’s a close-up of the
bridge of the attacking ship. It’s empty. ONI thinks this was a remote-controlled
collision, probably directed by radio signals from a drone. Harry, I think this
may be the official end of the cruise line business.”
“That sounds dramatic, but it’s
also accurate. Each ship attack resulted in more and more booking cancellations.
From the briefing memo I read this morning, I believe the sinking of the
Splendor will bring the number of cancelled cruises to 100 percent. That little
shit country has pulled off something nobody could have imagined. Come on, hon,
a car awaits us for a trip to the base airport.”
“Where are we going?”
In this fast moving, action
drama you will have a front row seat to critical situations that involve the
security of the US, maritime treats of war, critical time travel and political
decisions that will affect more than just the future of Harry and Meg Fenton.
Author Russell F Moran keeps
the reader engaged in this third book of hisHarry and Meg Series. Each
book stands alone, but you haven’t read The Maltese Incident (book one) and The
Violent Sea (book two), pick up and enjoy all three as we wait to see if there
is yet another installment on the horizon. I expect to see a made for TV Harry
and Meg series one day. BMGN Review Date: May 5, 2019.
Product Details: Series: The Harry and Meg Series (Book 3) Paperback: 332 Pages April 2019 Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Time Travel
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.
Chapter 1 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
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.”
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.
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.”
When dealing 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.
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. BMGN/Cold Coffee Review Date: November 6, 2018.
Product Details: Series: The Harry and Meg Series (Book 2) Paperback: 297 Pages October 2018 Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Time Travel
The Maltese Incident: Harry and Meg Series Book One by Russell Moran
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
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 and supplies.
An ancient forest
inhabited by dinosaurs awaits them.
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 firepower.
Will the 1,000
souls ever make it back to the time they came from, or will they remain
stranded in the distant past?
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.
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.
Incident is a tale of time travel, love, courage, and horror.
The 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
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.
While 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
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.
Just 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.
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.”
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.
You 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”. BMGN/Cold
Coffee Review Date: November
Product Details: Series: The Harry and Meg Series (Book 1) Print Length: 175 Pages June 2018 Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Time Travel
The Matt Blake Legal
Thrillers Series by Russell F. Moran
Sideswiped: A Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book One by Russell F. Moran
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.
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
evidence began to mount quickly that the ‘accident” may have been
intentional—that it may have been murder. But Matt and his team struggle with a
big question: Why would James Spellman have been murdered?
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.
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.
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.
began as a routine personal injury case suddenly evolved into a vast terrorist
conspiracy—and Diana was at the center of it all.
is a crime drama, a legal thriller, a tale of terrorism, and finally a
compelling love story of two people who dedicated their lives to each other.
It’s a story of enduring love, kept alive in the face of crippling fear. The
book will grab you by the gut, as well as by the heart.
5 Star Review: Sideswiped will send a chill up your spine
the next time you drive on the freeway!
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
Character Matt Blake (x-Marine) is an Attorney, Blake & Randolph. Matt’s
life changed (quote) “I’d never thought of the Chicago River as a romantic
spot, especially during the day. It’s a beautiful waterway that meanders
through some of the greatest architectural treasures in the country. It’s just
not romantic. Until my lunch with Maggie Pierce.”
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.”
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
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.
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).
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. BMGN/Cold Coffee Review Date: October 2, 2018.
Product Details: Series: The Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series (Book 1) Paperback: 266 Pages December 12, 2015 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Legal, Spies & Politics, Terrorism
The Reformers: Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book Two by Russell F. Moran
The forces of
radical Islam are on the run.
leadership has been decimated, their ranks thinned, their power disappearing by
recruiting efforts have been cut off, the radical websites shut down, and the
attraction of jihad is losing its appeal among the young.
targeted assassinations, military strikes, as well as the loss of oil fields
and gold mines, radical Islam is fast losing power.
who is responsible?
isn’t the United States Government. It’s a new force the world has never seen
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.
5 Star Review: The
Reformers might make you stand up and applaud or on second thought it might
cause you to rethink history and even take our political climate seriously.
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
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. BMGN/Cold
Coffee Review Date: January
Product Details: Series: The Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series (Book 2) Paperback: 476 Pages March 14, 2016 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Legal, Spies & Politics, Terrorism
The President Is Missing: Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series Book Three by Russell Moran
“What the hell
just happened?” I asked Barbara Hightower, my assistant.
We were watching
a TV first, a live broadcast by the President of the United States from a
nuclear submarine deep under the waters of the South Atlantic. The President,
Matt Blake, also happens to be my husband. Matt, dressed in naval officer’s
fatigues, faced the camera holding a microphone. He looked great, but then he
always does. Matt’s so natural in front of a camera, it’s as if the technology
was invented for him. But the screen suddenly went blank.
ma’am,” Barbara said. “If we can’t maintain communications with a nuclear
submarine, what the hell can we communicate with?”
President Matt Blake
was addressing the nation from the USS Louisiana, a nuclear submarine submerged
in the South Atlantic. His message is suddenly cut off. Nearby ships reported
hearing an explosion. Aircraft reported floating debris five minutes later in
the vicinity of the sub’s last known position.
The nation went
into mourning for the loss of the popular president
First Lady Dee
Blake has doubts, which she shares with naval high command and the new
president. Her husband, a lawyer, always told her to distrust the evidence. She
did more than distrust the evidence—she uncovered a massive conspiracy to
hijack the submarine and kidnap the president. She thinks the explosion and the
debris were a ruse to make people think the sub was destroyed, and her husband
Could the sub
have been hijacked and the president kidnapped?
But who would
commit such an act? What is its purpose?
Was it Russia,
China, Iran, or a shadowy group of freelance terrorists? One thing was certain:
the plot had to include mutineers.
The new president,
Roland Benton, agrees with Dee Blake’s suspicions, and sees himself as only an
interim president. He appoints Dee as his Chief of Staff, with explicit
instructions to find the missing submarine—and President Blake.
Dee finds the
workings of a secretive group right in the United States, a group everyone had
thought was destroyed.
Her life, and the
life of the nation, suddenly take a horrifying turn.
Product Details: Series: The Matt Blake Legal Thriller Series (Book 3) Paperback: 138 Pages May 30, 2017 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Legal, Spies & Politics, Terrorism
The Gray Ship: The Time Magnet Series Book One by Russell F. Moran
In this stellar time-travel novel, a
modern-American nuclear-powered cruiser sails through a time portal and goes
back 152 years to the days just before the beginning of the Civil War.
The USS California, under the command of Capt. Ashley Patterson, an
African-American woman, is headed toward Charleston, S.C., to participate in a
ceremony commemorating the first battle of the Civil War: the bombardment of
Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. But before her ship reaches its destination, the
massive cruiser—and its 630 crew members—travel through some sort of temporal
wormhole and end up near the Charleston Harbor in 1861, just hours before the
Confederate assault is about to begin.
After eventually wrapping her head around
the fact that her entire crew has traveled back in time, Patterson realizes
that she has some difficult decisions to make: Does she let history repeat
itself and focus on trying to find a way back home, or does she use the
military superiority of the California—“outfitted
with enough fire power to unleash Biblical hell on an enemy”—to help end the
war quickly and thus save the approximately 620,000 soldiers who would
otherwise die in the next four years?
Powered by a cast of well-developed
characters—Lincoln and Lee are among the prominently featured historical
figures—consistently brisk pacing and a pulse-pounding (albeit slightly
predictable) conclusion, the humanist themes of this novel are momentous and
just as timely today as they were back in the 1860s.
This provocative, intensely powerful novel
is a must-read for sci-fi fans and Civil War aficionados, though mainstream
fiction readers will find it heart-rending and inspiring as well. A rare read
that’s not only wildly entertaining, but also profoundly moving. Description Written
by Kirkus Reviews: A Kirkus Best Indie Book of 2013.
5 Star Review: On the morning of April 10, 2013 the
nuclear guided missile cruiser USS California left Norfork, Virginia heading
toward Charleston, South Carolina. Once there the ship would anchor at Fort
Sumter for a ceremony commemorating where the first battle of the Civil War
took place on April 12, 1861. After the ceremony Captain Ashley Patterson would
deploy her ship to the Persian Gulf, but as it turns out, time can be unpredictable.
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.
author is quick to point out that this is a work of fiction and with all
fiction imagination plays a pivoting role. At the very start the reader is
introduced by name to 55 major characters who bring the story of ‘The Gray
Ship’ from the blue-green swells of the Atlantic Ocean through a port-hole
(worm hole) that will not only change history, but tens of thousands of lives.
His characters are realistic as with Captain Ashley Patterson while in her
astute position wrestles with her own inner demons.
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?
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.”
‘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.
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? BMGN/Cold Coffee Review Date: February 21, 2015.
Product Details: Time Magnet Series (Book One) Paperback: 428 Pages August 29, 2013 Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Alternative History
The Skies of Time: The Time Magnet Series Book Four 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.
time travelled before, but this time it’s different – they encountered a time
portal, or wormhole – in the sky.
have a duty – to warn the authorities of the coming war.
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.
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.
to their horror, they realize that 1940 technology cannot read the data on the
Black Box. They’re stranded 76 years in the past.
they have to restart their lives from 1940 and never return home?
will they find a way to read the secrets of the box?
they know is that they have an unfailing love for each other.
A nail biter of a tale in the spirit of the other books in
The Time Magnet Series, The Gray Ship,
The Thanksgiving Gang, and A Time of Fear.
Product Details: Time Magnet Series (Book Four) Paperback: 260 Pages March 3, 2015 Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Alternative History
The Keepers of Time: The Time Magnet Series Book Five by Russell F. Moran
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,
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.
meet a group of people who call themselves The Keepers of Time, an organization
dedicated to preserving history and culture.
the world around them has harkened back to a primitive and savage past, one
that includes human sacrifice.
knows they have to have to get back to the present to warn the government of
the unspeakable horrors that await.
finding the way back to the present is their greatest challenge, an almost
wild time travel yarn that starts fast and doesn’t slow down until the end.”
5 Star Review: Book five in the Time Magnet series is
finally here with another great saga. The adventure begins on June 1, 2017, the
day after Memorial Day. Carrier Strike Group 2311 departs the New York Harbor
at 8:45 a.m. to begin a long deployment. Things are as they should be until
“everything turned dark”.
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
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
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. We must pay due
vigilance to these authors so that their fiction does not become the world’s
reality in the future.
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.”
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. BMGN/Cold Coffee Review Date: March 30, 2016.
Product Details: Time Magnet Series (Book Five) Paperback: 242 Pages January 30, 2017 Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Alternative History
The Shadows of Terror: Patterns Series Book One by Russell F. Moran
Shadows of Terror – A novel that explodes off the front page of your newspaper.
Terrorism now has a new face, a face that’s obscured in the shadows. The radical
forces of destruction have learned to make themselves invisible to the West and
preventing a terrorist attack has become almost impossible.
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.
Product Details: Series: The Patterns Series (Book 1) Paperback: 224 Pages July 6, 2015 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
The Scent of Revenge: Patterns Series Book Two by Russell F. Moran
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.
Bellamy and a team of scientists want to go on offense. But how?
the lives of the women be changed forever?
will the attacks stop?
5 Star Review: Although Science Fiction, The Scent of
Revenge might be at America’s doorstep!
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.
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
serious disease with symptoms of severe dementia, mimicking Alzheimer’s disease
is attacking America’s Women. With research still seeking a cure for
Alzheimer’s, the race is on and the questions commence. Why these particular
women, why and how, and is the male population at risk?
President Reynolds be forced to suspend the right of habeas corpus? Do you know
what this even means?
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.
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.
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
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. BMGN/Cold
Coffee Review Date: October 3,
Product Details: Series: The Patterns Series (Book 3) Paperback: 236 Pages July 22, 2015 Genre: Mystery, Thriller Suspense
Leonardo Murphy (Coming of Age Thriller) by Russell F. Moran
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.
entered Harvard University on a full scholarship after completing high school
in two years.
Not bad for a
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 two years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 amazing genius.
Grab your copy of
this thriller now.
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
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
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
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. BMGN/Cold Coffee Review Date: March 17, 2019.
Product Details: A Coming-of-Age Thriller Print Length: 278 Pages March 11, 2019 Genre: Coming Of Age Fiction, Action Thriller Fiction
A Climate Of Doubt (Action Fantasy Thriller) by Russell Moran
On a hot summer
day, Homeland Security Secretary, Rick Bellamy, and his wife Ellen, a famous TV
talk show host, walked along the ocean front trying to escape the heat.
Suddenly the temperature dropped from the high 90s to below freezing in a
matter of minutes. It began to snow—on July 16.
The temperatures across
the country and the world plummeted, creating winter in summer.
Bellamy and the
rest of the government struggled to cope with the suddenly new climate, but to
cope, they first had to find out what happened.
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
Two astronauts in
an American space station realized that the sudden weather calamity coincided
with a test of the 20 satellites that the space station controlled.
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
As the deaths
piled up and the world economy tilted toward disaster because of gigantic summer
blizzards, Rick Bellamy and his team struggled to find answers before it was
too late. Was it a sudden shift in climate change or did it have something to
do with the satellites? The biggest question remained—was the catastrophe an
accident, or was somebody controlling the weather?
5 Star Review: Author Russell Moran has given us another thought-provoking
action-adventure, science-fiction, fantasy-thriller and there is no better time
to read A Climate of Doubt.
What will you do
while vacationing with your spouse at your favorite summer resort and the
outside temperature suddenly drops from 98 degrees down to 35 degrees within
here for CNN, Well, the heat wave broke today, in a way nobody could have
predicted. The current temperature in Central Park is 27 degrees. Across the
nation, thermometers dropped over 60 degrees in less than an hour. The numbers
are similar, not only across the country but across the world.
Get to know this
long list of well-developed characters which include Rick Bellamy (Secretary if
Homeland Security), Bartholomew Martin (46th President of the United
States), along with VIPs from FBI, CIA, Meteorologists, Engineer, News
Reporters, Astronauts and everyday world citizens thrown into chaos as this
abrupt change in climate causes natural disasters and dire circumstances that
the World Climate activists and Climate Change Deniers never could have
predicted or even imagined.
When the climate
suddenly free falls, fingers of speculation are quickly pointed at possible
changes in our atmosphere (with all its many layers) —rogue governments like
Iran and North Korea and a group who call themselves “Reformers”. With so many
possibilities and so much fear; pressure is applied on the Rosetta Corporation
because they own the American space station named Stargazer. What, if anything,
could go wrong so far up in space?
You will keep
turning the page as consequences to this sudden climate change are documented
and you will need to know if this disaster is man-made or beyond human control.
In any case, you will not want this fiction to become your reality.
I encourage you to
read A Climate Of Doubt and all
Author Russ Moran’s fourteen thrilling novels as we wait for his next science
fiction mayhem to be released on an un-expecting global community. BMGN/Cold
Coffee Review Date: July 1,
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Paperback: 248 Pages May 18, 2018 Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Robot Depot (Mystery, Thriller Suspense) by Russell F. Moran
Mike Bateman is a
visionary businessman, the creator and CEO of the fabulously successful chain
of stores, Robot Depot, a company dedicated to selling robots and Artificial
Intelligence machines for a variety of uses.
The company is a
darling of Wall Street and is the most popular destination for consumers and
businesses looking for labor saving devices.
But the company
caught the eye of ISIS, the terrorist Islamic State. They discover a great way
to deliver bombs – using the products of Robot Depot to kill people.
changed from being a popular company to an object of fear because of the
tampered products it sells. The terrorists use the company for “terror
spectaculars,” including the destruction of a skyscraper, a drone attack on
Yankee Stadium, and the bombing of a children’s sailing regatta.
Mike Bateman and
the FBI are in a race to stop his products from becoming weapons, a race to stop
the wanton killings. His wife and partner, Jenny, discovers the true meaning of
terror one horrible summer day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
invite you to read this futuristic story where the bad guys seem to stay ahead
of the good guys and it falls on inventor Mike Bateman to stop the terror.
Heart pounding, page turning drama that will cause you pause when you enter
into the electronics’ department for your next techno fix.
I endorse Robot
Depot by Russell F. Moran. The author dedicates this book to the inventors of
the world. BMGN/Cold Coffee Review Date: November 14, 2018.
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Paperback: 218 Pages October 11, 2017 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
A Reunion In Time: A Rick Bellamy Time Travel Book by Russell F. Moran
What if a
37-year-old adult travels back 20 years in time and finds himself in high
school, followed by his 36-year-old wife? They’re now teenagers, 17 and 16.
Adults in teenage
bodies, they struggle to convince the people from their past that they are
real, not apparitions. With the benefit of hindsight, they know the history of
the past 20 years, and it isn’t pretty.
Rick and Ellen
are married, and now have to adjust to married life as teenagers in 2001. Rick
is a senior FBI official and Ellen is a famous architect.
sees them as kids. Nobody believes that they’re married, and nobody believes
their stories—until Rick and Ellen predict 9/11.
How do they find
their way back to the year they came from? How do they warn the authorities of the
cataclysm that will occur in the future?
The answer is to
find the time portal—the wormhole—that brought them to 2001. But the site has
changed. It’s no longer the place where they crossed the wormhole. Will they
live out the balance of their lives beginning as teenagers?
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Paperback: 258 Pages April 1, 2017 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Science, Time Travel, Historical Thriller
Justice In America: How It Works – How It Fails by Russell Moran
From Kirkus Review: The goddess
of justice is blind—and deaf and very often dumb—according to this savvy
critique of the American legal system.
Moran, a lawyer, journalist and
founding editor of The New York Jury Verdict Reporter, knows firsthand the
problems that plague American jurisprudence, and isn’t afraid to point fingers.
Topping his rogue’s gallery are “incompetent idiots” on the bench, including
justices of the peace who don’t even need a high-school diploma to throw people
in jail and trial judges who fall asleep during testimony. (And no, that won’t
get your conviction overturned, Moran notes, unless you can prove the judge
slept through something important.)
Then there are the personal
injury lawyers who cast about for deep pockets to sue no matter how dubious the
liability, the attorneys who rake in millions from class-action suits that net
their “clients” a few dollars each, the jurors—like Moran’s uncle—who base
verdicts on off-the-wall theories instead of the evidence, the legislators who
craft stupid laws and Supreme Court justices who uphold them based on tortured
readings of the Interstate Commerce Clause. (Not always in contempt of court,
Moran does allow that, often enough, judges are underpaid and conscientious,
lawyers careful and upright, and malpractice suits well-founded.) The author
sets his indictment against a lucid outline of basic legal concepts and court
procedures and nuanced discussions of everything from the propriety of electing
judges to the mortgage-foreclosure robo-signing scandals.
Moran writes in an entertaining,
wised-up style, his punchy prose laced with black humor and an inexhaustible
supply of anecdotes. His free-wheeling arguments shade from law into politics
and beyond, as he enters a sweeping condemnation of a litigious society bound
up in red tape because of liability fears, takes swipes at the New Deal
regulatory state and even throws soup at snooty French waiters. It’s a bit
over-stuffed, but Moran’s street-cred, irreverent wit and gift for translating
legal arcana into laymen’s terms make for a persuasive brief.
A lively, brash, illuminating
insider’s look at the law, by a compelling expert witness.
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Paperback: 276 Pages July 16, 2011 Genre: Nonfiction, Politics, Social Sciences, Government, United States, Legal System, Judicial Branch, Law
Your Business Plan – That You Carry in Your Head: The APT Principle by Russell F. Moran
To start or run a business
without a business plan is like taking a ship to sea without plotting a course:
either one can end in disaster. The APT Principle: The Business Plan That You
Carry in Your Head plots your course for a safe and successful voyage. It is a
diagnostic toolbox that enables you to conceive, write, and most important, to
stick to a business plan. Too many business owners put off writing a plan
because they think the process is too complicated. Even those who have written
a plan often file it, never to be seen again. This is the phenomenon of
business plan avoidance and it leads to the sorry spectacle of an organization
that lurches from one crisis to another.
The APT Principle tackles this
problem – lack of a plan or ignoring a plan – and inserts into the process the
most important missing element: a paperless set of guidelines that you always
carry with you – in your head. It is a set of tools that breathes life into
your business plan.
Conversational in tone and laced
with humor, The APT Principle is written by a businessman and lawyer, who has
started and sold successful businesses. APT stands for Attitudes, Practices,
and Technology. According to Moran, everything – EVERYTHING – that happens to a
business, both good and bad, is a function of one of these three things.
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Paperback: 260 Pages June 6, 2012 Genre: Business, Money, Management, Leadership, Nonfiction
the Author: Russell F. Moran is the author of 17 novels. His book
series include The Harry and Meg Series, The Matt Blake Legal Thrillers Series, The Time
Magnet Series, The Patterns Series, and many stand-alone books.
The Harry and Meg Series:
Incident was published in June 2018.
Violent Sea was published in October of 2018.
of Fear was published in April 2019.
The Matt Blake Legal Thrillers Series:
was published December 12, 2015.
Reformers was published March 14, 2016.
President Is Missing was published May 30, 2017.
The Time Magnet Series:
Gray Ship was published August 29, 2013.
Thanksgiving Gang was published August 19, 2014.
A Time of Fear was published September 22, 2014.
The Skies of Time was published March 3, 2015.
The Keepers of Time was published January 30, 2017.
The Patterns Series:
Shadows of Terror was published July 6, 2015.
Scent of Revenge was published July 22, 2015.
Leonardo Murphy was published March 11, 2019.
A Climate of Doubt was published May 18, 2018.
Robot Depot was published October 11, 2017.
A Reunion in Time was published April 1, 2017.
Justice in America (nonfiction) was published (July 16, 2011.
Your Business Plan (nonfiction) was published June
Russell F. Moran also published four
more nonfiction books: 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.
Russ is a lawyer and a veteran of
the United States Navy. He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife,
The twenty-six novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension are works of pure fiction. The stories’ themes deal with various types of psychic and paranormal experiences. Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively coincidental. In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
The Psychic Dimension is author Jay Dubya’s 44th published hardcover/paperback book. Other story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, Suite 16, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV, Time Travel Tales and Prime-Time Crime Time.
5 Star Review: The Psychic Dimension (Part One) are a group of very well written short stories that deal with fictional psychic and paranormal experiences.
John Dubya has divided this book into 26 novellas. Let me briefly describe five
Corporate Sabotage: “Three government men were casually discussing the amusing theory that their boss Chief Inspector Joe Giralo was indeed one hundred percent psychic, or perhaps one hundred percent “psycho.” But as the trio would soon discover, the astonishing case of “Corporate Sabotage” virtually confirmed their suspicions about their boss’s seemingly paranormal cerebrum.”
Music Psyche: “It has often been said that music soothes the soul, but Dr. Thaddeus Gilmore, eminent professor of Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, recently found-out through a revolutionary research breakthrough
The Table Drawer: “Where did you get that weird table that’s now up in the computer room? It looks like it was obsolete decades before John Wilkes Booth had entered Fords Theater and evilly assassinated President Lincoln!”
A Day to Forget: “A Day to Forget: Ever since adolescence, Jack Cooper hated anything associated with frivolity and revelry. The shy man didn’t like football games because of boisterous crowds, deplored raucous celebrating, and despised rock and roll along with rap music, and the man vastly abhorred obnoxious, irritating behavior at New Year’s Eve parties. Anything noisy from Fourth of July and Halloween parades to carnival and circus atmospheres greatly disturbed Jack’s super-sensitive psyche and sent his volatile emotions completely out of kilter. The only things that the “mercurial man” really dearly loved were peace and quiet.”
story is independent from each other which makes this the perfect book to carry
with you to read on the go. For the sake of this review, let me focus on two
In the story of Triple Jeopardy, Inspector Joe Giralo and his wife Gina go on a senior citizen’s bus tour. Their first stop is at the Michigan Grand Hotel, where their vacation takes an unexpected turn. Let me quote:
nine-thirty a loud frantic rapping upon Room 132’s door rudely interrupted Joe
Giralo’s peaceful coffee consumption. The FBI man opened the portal and the
occupant was somewhat astonished to perceive the normally debonair suit-and-tie
head hotel manager impatiently standing in the hallway.
Giralo,” the exasperated hotel executive exclaimed all out of breath. “I’m
Giles Martin, the Grand Michigan’s chief operating officer. May I come in?”
of course!” the surprised Inspector replied, closing the door behind the
unexpected visitor’s hasty entrance. “Is everything okay? You do appear to be
more than a trifle alarmed!”
understand that you’re an experienced inspector with the FBI. Our dependable
desk records indicate that much, Inspector Giralo, and I’ve already verified
that formerly confidential information through our local island police
department, which incidentally also drastically needs your immediate
Martin, in all due respect, exactly what is wrong?” the now thoroughly
interested hotel guest asked. “What’s of so much paramount importance and
most serious epidemic of colossal proportion has broken-out among the horse
population here on Mackinac Island,” panic-stricken Giles Martin boisterously
disclosed. “Just about all of our six hundred horses are terribly sick with
colic and influenza symptoms, and our town veterinarians are going crazy
attending to all of the afflicted animals. And besides that,” the agitated and
worried hotel manager impulsively expounded, “the entire transportation system
on the island has been shut-down. This is a colossal nightmare dilemma in
progress Inspector Giralo; an unimaginable worst-case scenario and its basic
origin, or should I say ‘its real cause,’ we certainly find exceptionally
baffling. That’s why I’m here to both request and solicit your skilled expertise.”
Giralo’s experience and instincts are aroused and it looks like their vacation
might be interrupted. To see what happens, pick up this book.
Now let me share a small portion of the short story Contemporary Illuminati.
Genevieve had revealed to my mother on several occasions that I had been her
favorite nephew, and so I always believed that I was in competition for a
massive inheritance with my adversarial cousins David and Stephen Wilson, who
both perceptibly appeared to be artificially cordial towards me at venerable
Aunt Jenny’s Baltimore wake and funeral that had been held in early May of
1992. A full month later, I received a legal letter from Otto Hernandez,
Esquire, informing me that I was to attend a meeting for the purpose of the
“Disposition of Mrs. Genevieve Curtis’s Will”, and the family conference was
scheduled to occur in downtown Baltimore at 11 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, July
1st. Naturally, from previous conversations with my mother, I was quite excited
about the prospect of being the principal heir to Aunt Genevieve’s rather
forward: The lawyer next opened the louvered brown door and removed a
five-foot-high, antique-looking, standing lamp from inside the dark enclosure,
which he then gracefully carried with both hands over to his huge mahogany
desk. “This Sir is what your deceased Aunt Genevieve wishes for you to have,”
the suave-but-encumbered estates’ lawyer quite diplomatically and
almost-apologetically communicated. “Mrs. Curtis declares and directs in her
last will and testament that you should amply admire and appreciate this
marvelous, extraordinary lamp of Egyptian design, especially the unique brass
head of Queen Nerfertiti that’s now conspicuously ornamenting the lamp’s
exquisite canopy.” I momentarily glanced to my left and incidentally observed
that my three cousin companions were alternately snickering and chuckling at my
rather peculiar inheritance, and even Mr. Otto Hernandez seemed quite
out-of-character being amused at my unexpected gift that I had traveled 110
miles from Hammonton, New Jersey to gratefully acquire.
Why did Aunt Genevieve leave John this ornate lamp? Was the gesture a cruel joke or was it something more? If you always wanted your long-lost great aunt to leave you something in her Last Will and Testimony, this story may or may not change your mind.
With each story comes an internal struggle where there are decisions to made and consequences. Each one of these stories could be their own book in their own rights. I hope you find these Novellas as interesting a read as I did. BMGN Review Date: April 29, 2019.
thirty-six novellas presented in The Psychic Dimension; Part II are works of
stories’ themes deal with various types of psychic and paranormal experiences.
Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively coincidental.
In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
Psychic Dimension, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s 45th published
hardcover/paperback book. Other story collections by this prolific author are
The Psychic Dimension; The FBI Inspector; First Person Stories; Modern
Mythology; Prime-Time Crime Time; UFO: Utterly Fantastic Occurrences; Snake
Eyes and Boxcars; Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II; Time Travel Tales; Suite 16;
One Baker’s Dozen; Two Baker’s Dozen; RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts;
Pieces of Eight; Pieces of Eight, Part II; Pieces of Eight, Part III; Pieces of
Eight, Part IV; Nine New Novellas; Nine New Novellas, Part II; Nine New
Novellas, Part III; and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
Hawthorne: Hacked, Shakespeare: Sacked & Thurber: Thwacked by Jay Dubya
Hacked, Shakespeare Sacked & Thurber Thwacked is a cleverly-organized book
that effectively satirizes some of the main works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, of
William Shakespeare and of American humorist James Thurber, and the creative
compilation is author Jay Dubya’s 52nd published hardcover/paperback
publication. In the Nathaniel Hawthorne section, Jay Dubya aggressively attacks
the early 19th Century writer’s famous short stories “The Great Stone Face,”
“The Minister’s Black Veil,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” “Feathertop,” “The Three
Golden Apples” and finally, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.” In the William
Shakespeare segment, the renowned English bard’s classic plays “The Tempest,”
“Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “The Merchant of Venice” are rather hilariously
clobbered and quite thoroughly corrupted. And finally, in the concluding James
Thurber portion, the U.S. author’s notorious short stories “The Catbird Seat,”
“A Couple of Hamburgers,” “The Night the Bed Fell,” “Tales with a Twist,” “The
Dog That Bit People” and “The Secret Life of Walter Witty” are imaginatively
rewritten and given entirely new adult-style, bawdy spins.
Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me (Deuteronomy), featuring adult language and
content, is a satire/parody of the fifth book of the Old Testament.
describes the establishment of the laws of ancient Israel, the many conflicts
with already existing civilizations Moses and the Israelites had encountered on
their flight from Egypt in quest of the “Promised Land”, and the eventual transfer
of power and authority from Moses to Joshua prior to the aged prophet’s death.
The Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me completes the Biblical trilogy that
includes The Wholly Book of Genesis and The Wholly Book of Exodus.
young Arab terrorist named Mohammed Kareem Jihad had made a great discovery of
ancient papyrus writings inside a secluded limestone cave. The violent lad
brought the scrolls into Jericho where he traded the documents to Professor
Phil Collins (an expert on Genesis) and Dr. Allen Qaeda (an authority on
Exodus) for an old AK-47, two slightly used hand grenades and some cheap
over a full decade after 2002, I had believed that only The Wholly Book of
Genesis and The Wholly Book of Exodus had existed in the treasured computer
e-mail file I had received from Uncle Phil, since a long blank void had
appeared thereafter. But last month out of sheer boredom I ran the file to its
end and remarkably discovered the fifth book of the Old Testament Pentateuch,
The Wholly Book of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me. Apparently, book three titled The Wholly
Book of Numbers along with book #four The Wholly Book of Leviticus had somehow
been accidentally erased in the e-mailed computer file.
that the essential background of The Wholly Book of Genesis, The Wholly Book of
Exodus (along with the tampered-with computer file containing The Wholly Book
of Doo-Doo-Rot-on-Me) is fully known, only the astute readers can be the best
judges of the merits of Mohammed Kareem Jihad’s remarkable discovery and of
now-deceased Uncle Phil Collins’ exceptional Biblical claims.
Fractured Frazzled Folk
Fables and Fairy Farces by Jay Dubja
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces is adult literature that satirizes
classic children’s folk tales, fables and fairy tales into more mature
presentations featuring adult language, content and humor.
Jay Dubya goes right to work retelling Aesop’s Fables into “A Sap’s Fables.”
Adult renditions of “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” “The
Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Wind and the Sun,” “A Wolf in
Sheep’s Clothing,” “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Crow and
the Pitcher,” and “The Rabbit and the Turtle” are all cleverly
portrayed. Other famous fables rewritten into adult accounts are “The Fox
and the Crow,” “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg,” “The
Grasshopper and the Ants,” “The Lark and Its Offspring,”
The Miller, His Son and the Jackass, “Belling the Cat”
and finally “The Dog, the Fox and the Stream.”
and Fairy Tales from England, France, Germany and Russia are also imaginatively
assaulted and converted into adult-oriented stories. Jay Dubya thoroughly
corrupts “The Three Little Piglet Brothers,” “The Flashing
Elves,” “The Golden Goose’s Goosing Curse,” “The Notorious
Sleeping Beauty” and “Petite Red Riding Hood.” Other classic
stories that are not saved from degeneration are “Jack’s Magnificent
Beanstalk,” “Hansel and Gretel Dumkoff,” “Little Ebony
Sambo,” “Rapunzel’s Draping Hair” and “Tom Thumb’s
History.” Finally, the author completely corrupts into adult parody
rewrites “Peter W. and the Wolf,” “The Rumpelstiltskin No-Spin
Zone,” “Beauty and the Beastly Beast,” “Cinderella’s
Fella” and the classic folktale “Flaky Snow White and the Seven
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces is Jay Dubya’s twenty-first e-book. This
book is definitely not written for or to be read by children.
Fractured Frazzled Folk
Fables and Fairy Farces, Part II by Jay Dubja
Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces, Part II is adult literature satirizing
classic children’s stories and the work is written in the spirit of its
predecessor Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and Fairy Farces. The new work
FFFF&FF Part II features adult language, adult content and adult satirical
Jay Dubya goes right to work corrupting familiar children’s stories The Three
Scruffy Gruffy Billy Goats, The Gay Tailor Who Became King, Petey Rabbit,
Thumbilisa Thumbilina, The Emperor’s Invisible Clothes and Goldie Lox and the
Three Ursas. Several British legends are re-invented with hilarious adult
renditions of St. George Slays the Dragon and Arthur Becomes King of England.
Greek myths are imaginatively sabotaged with comical presentations of Daphne’s
Daft Daffiness, Bellerophon’s Marathon Adventure, Baucis and Philemon, Psyche
and Stupid Cupid and Atalantas’s Last Race.
popular children’s stories that are put into adult parodies are Pinocchio’s
Personality Problem, The Wolf and the Seven Lame Lambs, The Sorcerer’s
Un-resourceful Apprentice and Peter Pansy Does Kensington Gardens. Finally
Author Jay Dubya presents very amusing renditions of the classic tales Alice
Visits Wonderland and Aladdin’s Little Lamp. Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables and
Fairy Farces, Part II is definitely not written for or to be read by children.
Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part I by Jay Dubya
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered is adult literature featuring adult
language and content. Jay Dubya converts eight of William Shakespeare s most
famous plays into crazy risqu and bawdy satire/parodies.
Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and As You Like It are creatively assaulted along
with The Tempest and All’s Well That Ends Well. Jay Dubya also humorously
broadsides Othello and the classic The Comedy of Errors. Finally, the serious
plays The Merchant of Venice and King Lear are hilariously clobbered and
S, S, S and S represents William Shakespeare as you’ve never before read the
bard’s historic works. Each play has been imaginatively rewritten and converted
from dialogue into adult-oriented narrative/dialogue form. Shakespeare:
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered is the companion book to Shakespeare:
S, S, S and S, Part II.
Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II by Jay Dubya
Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II is adult literature
featuring adult language and content. Jay Dubya converts ten of William
Shakespeare’s most famous plays into crazy risqué and bawdy satire/parodies.
Much Ado about Nothing and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
are creatively assaulted along with “Henry IV, Part I” and
Henry IV, Part II. “Twelfth Night” and “The Taming
of the Shrew” are also degenerated and pulverized.
Dubya also humorously broadsides “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and
the serious tragic plays “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” are
hilariously clobbered and thoroughly corrupted. Shakespeare: S, S, S and S,
Part II represents William Shakespeare as you’ve never before read the bard’s
historic work. Each play has been imaginatively rewritten and converted from
dialogue into adult-oriented narrative/dialogue form. Shakespeare: Slammed,
Smeared, Savaged and Slaughtered, Part II is the companion book to Shakespeare:
S, S, S and S.
Thirteen Sick Tasteless
Classics, Part V by Jay Dubya
Sick Tasteless Classics, Part V is humorous adult literature featuring adult
content and language.
work satirizes and spoofs thirteen classic tales from U.S. and British
literature, along with popular stories from Greek mythology, the Bible and also
well-known fairy tales.
Dubya goes right to work retelling and side-swiping tales from American
literature. Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” Edgar Allan Poe’s
Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, Jack London’s “To Build a
Fire,” O. Henry’s “The Green Door,” Mark Twain’s “Punch,
Brothers, Punch” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic “Dr. Heidegger’s
Experiment” are thoroughly degenerated. British literature is also
corrupted with imaginative adult renditions of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Mark
of the Beast,” D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner and William
Shakespeare’s famous play “All’s Well That Ends Well” all being
wickedly attacked and parodied.
ancient Greek and Biblical stories along with several popular fairy tales are
brutally assaulted with satirical rewrites of “An Excerpt from the Book of
Exodus,” “King Midas,” “The Gay Tailor Who Became
King” and “The Notorious Sleeping Beauty” each being wildly
clobbered and slickly degraded.
Dubya has written other adult fiction besides One Baker’s Dozen and its sister
book Two Baker’s Dozen. Black Leather and Blue Denim, A ’50s Novel and its
sequel The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960 Novel along with Frat’ Brats, A ’60s
Novel are adult-oriented literary works constituting a trilogy. Pieces of
Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight,
Part IV are’ short story/novella collections featuring science fiction and
paranormal plots and themes.
New Novellas is the companion book to Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New
Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV. All ten of Jay Dubya’s
sci-fi/paranormal book collections are written in a spirit that emphasizes
suspense and surprise endings, literary techniques that the author enjoys
Product Details Paperback: 183 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Baker’s Dozen is a collection of twenty-six original short stories having
mostly science fiction, paranormal and mystery themes. Several of the stories
are amusing anecdotal sketches. Most of the tales in the work feature suspense
and surprise endings, writing techniques that the author enjoys utilizing.
Baker’s Dozen contains original works of science fiction, paranormal and
mystery tales. Many of the stories feature suspense and surprise-endings,
writing techniques that the author enjoys utilizing. All of the stories
represented in Two Baker’s Dozen are of the fiction variety with the exception
of “Life on the Bluerberry Farm,” which chronicles author Jay Dubya’s
eighteen-year summer tenure as a field manager on the world’s largest
cultivated blueberry plantation.
Product Details Print Length: 268 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
New Novellas, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s sixth story collection written in
the spirit of Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part
III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV and Nine New Novellas, bringing the writer’s
novella total up to fifty.
Yard Sale Mirror” is a unique tale that mixes suspense with an unusual
revenge plot, “Immoral Immortality” is a sci-fi time travel adventure
with a creative surprise ending and “Here and There” describes
contemporary dramatic conflict between Israeli and Palestinian factions.
The Vassal Vessel tale is an imaginative science fiction thriller
that provides a rational explanation of earth’s miniscule place in the
universe, “Insane Karma” shows a special relationship between ESP and
communication with “other dimension entities” and the story “The
Sole Collector” depicts and explains the outcome of a greedy man’s
diabolical pact with the Devil. Finally, “The Heroic Belt” has an
interesting Greek mythology theme, “Spectrum Man” is a thrilling
breakthrough story that involves an ordinary man’s accidental acquisition of
supernatural powers, and “Excavations” presents the dangers and
adventures experienced by a world-famous anthropologist/archeologist.
New Novellas, Part II is Jay Dubya’s twentieth book. The author’s books are in
five genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi/Paranormal, Children’s Books, Adult
Product Details Print Length:168 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
New Novellas, Part IV is author Jay Dubya’s eighth story collection written in
the spirit of Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part
III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II
and Nine New Novellas, Part III bringing the writer’s novella total up to
Bounty Hunter” is a unique tale that mixes suspense with a well conceived
revenge plot, “Batsto Village” is a sci-fi time travel adventure with
a clever surprise ending and “Dreamland” describes dramatic conflict
in the life of a man whose dreams suddenly become reality.
Galaxies” is a science fiction offering that provides a rational
explanation for man’s petty place in the Universe, “Greek Statutory
Law” describes how an American immigrant becomes wealthy and then is affected
by the power of mythology, and “Specters” depicts a man who develops
the ability to have the ghosts of famous people become his modern day servants.
A Small World is a chilling story that shows how a computer genius
uses miniaturization to get even with past enemies, “The Music Disk”
tells how two friends have lyrical adventure that ends in disaster, and
The Amazon Sorority is an imaginative tale about two astronauts
discovering a civilization dominated by ancient women warriors in the Constellation
Product Details Hardcover: 186 Pages Genre: Novellas, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Short Story
Eyes and Boxcars: The rolls of dice in any Atlantic City or Las Vegas casino
meaning the numbers two and twelve.
this unique collection of fourteen short story/novellas, the first tale The
Second Civil War and the last one The Music Portal are written in the first
person where the narrator describes the action using the pronouns I, me, my,
and mine, which is in stark contrast to the other twelve sci-fi/paranormal tales
sandwiched in between, the dozen other stories being written in the more common
third person expository style of literary presentation.
Eyes and Boxcars is author Jay Dubya s eleventh sci-fi/paranormal story
collection and his twelfth story collection overall. Other works by this
prolific author are Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight,
Part III and Pieces of Eight, Part IV. Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas,
Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV are written
in the Pieces of Eight spirit along with recent works One Baker s Dozen and Two
Baker s Dozen. RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of 38
mostly non-fiction writings.
Product Details Print Length:200 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II: The rolls of dice in any Atlantic City or Las Vegas
casino meaning the numbers two and twelve.
this unique collection of fourteen short story/novellas, the first tale
Like Clockwork and the last one “A Second Chance” are
written in the first person where the narrator describes the action using the
pronouns I, me, my, and mine, which is in stark contrast to the other twelve
sci-fi/paranormal tales sandwiched in between, the dozen other stories being
written in the more common third person expository style of literary
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II is author Jay Dubya’s twelfth sci-fi/paranormal story
collection and his thirteenth story collection overall. Other works by this
prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight,
Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight, Part IV. Nine New
Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New
Novellas, Part IV are written in the “Pieces of Eight” spirit along
with recent works One Baker’s Dozen and Two Baker’s Dozen.
Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of 38 mostly non-fiction writings.
Product Details Hardcover: 200 Pages Genre: Short Stories, Science Fiction/Paranormal
of Eight, Part IV is a collection of eight short stories/novellas that
complement the eight appearing in Pieces of Eight, the eight in Pieces of
Eight, Part II and the eight novellas represented in Pieces of Eight, Part III.
Freeze Frames and “The Rings of Saturn” are paranormal
tales; whereas, “Expedition Earth” and “Stairway to Heaven”
lean more toward the science fiction side of popular literature. “The
Seven Statues” and “Salientia” mix elements of science fiction
and paranormal experience. “The Price of Bigotry” is a surprise
ending hate-crime murder story, and “The Love Tree” incorporates science
fiction, romantic and paranormal elements in its presentation.
Product Details Print Length:178 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Science Fiction
Person Stories is a collection of forty writings, twenty-four being fictional
tales and sixteen being of the non-fiction variety, and the effort is Jay
Dubya’s 49th published book.
of the works included in First Person Stories are writings taken from other
already published Jay Dubya fiction and non-fiction books. The first-person writing
technique is particularly difficult in literary expression, especially when
writing fiction, because the author must continually use the pronouns “I,
me, my and mine” over and over, and there’s always a danger of
communicating a sense of monotony and boredom to the reader. This is why most
fiction is written in the third person, the author utilizing the more
functional pronouns “he, she, you, they and we.”
types of non-fiction writing represented in First Person Stories are
autobiography, humor and the essay point of view structure, which is often used
in newspaper journalism and always found on the publication’s editorial page.
Random Articles and Manuscripts is a collection of forty-one writings and
essays that reflect author Jay Dubya’s personality and philosophy.
range from biographical sketches to the author’s humorous adventures, and the
manuscript section is dedicated to the writer’s observations about matters that
run the modern-day social spectrum from the Iraq War to inherent problems
associated with American society.
of the articles in this work originally appeared in the Hammonton (New Jersey)
Gazette and in the Hammonton News. In the “Articles” section of the
book, accounts recalling the writer’s personal memories of certain people are
represented in the stories “A Young James Bertino,” “Mr. Charles
B. Sipley” and “Little League Baseball.” Humorous experiences
are recounted in “A Tale of Two Counties,” “Misadventures in
Furnitureland” and “Catty Cat Catching.” The author’s youth is
recollected in the renditions “Growing-up in Hammonton” and
Dogwood Hollow: 1954-’55. And incidents from Jay Dubya’s
thirty-four-year teaching career are described in “School
Assemblies,” “Williamsburg School Trips” and “The High
School Faculty.” In the “Manuscripts” section, such essay
subjects as “Rap Music Is Not Music,” “Why Jimmy Brown Doesn’t
Write” and “Multicultural Education” are skillfully presented.
thoughtful essays are also included with “Freedom Isn’t Free,”
American Education Is Wasteful and “The Trouble with American
Democracy. The creative work “Gerunds, Verbals and Participial
Adjectives” is a zany effort that pokes fun at the complexity and
diversity of the English language and its complicated grammar usage.
is a collection of fifty-two short manuscripts: nineteen of which are articles
and stories along with thirty-three of which are essays that reflect the
author’s personality and philosophy. Articles range from biographical sketches
to some of the author’s humorous adventures, and then the manuscript section is
dedicated to the writer’s observations about matters running the modern social
spectrum from the Iraq War to inherent problems associated with American
is author Jay Dubya’s 56th published hardcover/paperback book. Other story
collections by this prolific author are: The Psychic Dimension, The Psychic
Dimension Part II, The FBI Inspector, First Person Stories, Modern Mythology,
Prime-Time Crime Time, UFO: Utterly Fantastic Occurrences, Snake Eyes and
Boxcars, Snake Eyes and Boxcars Part II, Time Travel Tales, Suite 16, One
Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces
of Eight, Pieces of Eight Part II, Pieces of Eight Part III, Pieces of Eight
Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas Part II, Nine New Novellas Part
III and Nine New Novellas Part IV.
Dubya is author John Wiessner’s pen name, and it is also a corruption of his
initials J.W. John is married to wife Joanne and the couple has three grown
sons. Jay Dubya’s books exist in hardcover, in paperback and in Kindle, Nook
and Smashwords ebook formats. The author is a retired New Jersey public school
English teacher of 34 years experience, and John and Joanne live in Hammonton,
Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized by Jay Dubya
Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized is a unique collection of twenty
classic Mark Twain short stories and anecdotal sketches that have been
creatively rewritten and satirized into adult parody form featuring adult
content and language.
author Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed teaching and reading Mark Twain’s “influential literature” to
his sometimes-enlightened middle and high school academic students. Remarkably,
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) was both born and died the same years that
Halley’s Comet had made its seventy-five-year revolution around the solar
acquired his pen name “Mark Twain” from Mississippi River steamboat
terminology of “twain” being a water depth of two fathoms (twelve
feet), the allowable safe level for a riverboat to navigate over a reef or
shoal, and the depth was measured by a leadsman who threw a heavy lead weight
overboard and then after lifting it out of the river, would mark the twain.
Clemens became a successful riverboat pilot under the direction of a captain
named Horace Bixby, but after the Civil War broke out, the Mississippi River
was closed down to commercial traffic. Being unemployed, Sam Clemens journeyed
out west to try his hand at gold prospecting in Nevada and then at newspaper
journalism in California. The writer gained international recognition with the
publication of his classic humorous short story “The Celebrated Jumping
Frog of Calaveras County,” first published in 1865.
Twain is generally regarded as a humorist but he is also understood by literary
critics as being a serious philosopher and an astute analyzer of the antebellum
and post Civil War American society of his time. Twain’s most famous novels are
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince
and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Other important
Mark Twain works are the books: Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi and
Innocents Abroad, and some short literary sketches from the last mentioned
three books have been used in organizing this outrageous satire/parody.
Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-sixth
Product Details Print Length:214 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Poe: Pelted, Pounded,
Pummeled and Pulverized by Jay Dubya
Pelted, Pounded, Pummeled and Pulverized is a unique collection of eighteen
classic Edgar Allan Poe short stories that have been creatively rewritten and
satirized into adult parody form featuring adult content and language, and the
work is the thirty-fifth book of author Jay Dubya (John Weissner).
Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, during his
thirty-four-year classroom career, he often enjoyed teaching and reading the
influential literature of Edgar Allen Poe to his sometimes-enlightened middle
and high school students.
though Poe (1809-1849) had died at a very young age, he still managed,
remarkably, to write and publish more than nine-hundred pages of imaginative
short stories and awe-inspiring poems. In addition to being a superb writer,
Poe was also an excellent editor and literary critic, and is widely regarded as
one of the most important authors in American literature. The now-esteemed
writer is often referred to as “the father of the American short
story” and as “the inventor of the detective story.” Edgar
married his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm and made a very modest
living as a writer and as a newspaper journalist. Poe had a nasty temper, took
drugs as painkillers, and because of his mercurial disposition was unable to
keep a job for any length of time. In 1847 Virginia died of tuberculosis and
Poe, underfed, pale and gaunt-looking, passed away two years later. Poe’s
detective stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The
Purloined Letter” made him famous in addition to his classic horror tales
The Pit and the Pendulum, “The Masque of the Red Death,”
The Cask of Amontillado, and the popular but eerie epic “The
Tell Tale Heart.”
Product Details Print Length:216 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
O. Henry: Obscenely and
Outrageously Obliterated by Jay Dubya
Henry: Obscenely and Outrageously Obliterated is a collection of eighteen
classic William Sidney Porter “surprise ending” short
stories/novellas that have been imaginatively rewritten and satirized into
adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
extremely humorous book is author’ Jay Dubya’s 34th published work. When the
writer was a New Jersey public school English teacher for thirty-four years, he
often enjoyed teaching and reading O. Henry’s “influential
literature” with his sometimes-enlightened middle and high school
students. Even though O. Henry (1862-1910) had died at a very young age, he
still managed to remarkably write over five hundred short stories and anecdotal
Porter’s fiction often occurs in familiar U.S. environments and settings that
he had known well during his short tenure on this planet, particularly New York
City, Southern Texas, the mountains of Tennessee, Central America and the post
Civil War American South. Most interestingly, many of O. Henry’s terrific short
stories were authored while he was in jail. In 1892 Porter moved to Texas and
soon became a teller at an Austin bank where the institution’s officials
accused him of illegally manipulating funds into his own account. Porter fled
to Central America but upon returning to the states after his wife became very
ill, the on-the-lam short story author was captured and then convicted.
one of O. Henry’s most famous stories “A Retrieved Reformation”
involves safecracker Jimmy Valentine getting out of prison and in a
geographical sense, the writer’s humorous stories “Shoes” and
Shoes and Ships both take place in Coralio, an imaginary seacoast
village in Central America. It is widely believed that the unique writing name
O. Henry had been conceived in honor of a certain security guard
named Orrin Henry, who had been employed at the federal penitentiary where the
literary genius William Sidney Porter had been serving his bank felony
Product Details Print Length:220 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted by Jay Dubya
Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted is a unique collection of eighteen
classic Jack London short stories that have been creatively rewritten and
satirized into adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
author Jay Dubya was a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed teaching and reading Jack London’s “influential literature”
to his sometimes-enlightened academic students. Jack London (1876-1916) died at
the early age of forty but the author left behind a rich collection of
literature still read and admired today.
was a master at the literary writing technique known as Realism where he
skillfully describes struggles and life-or-death situations pitting man against
man, man against hostile environments and often man against himself. Jack
London was born in San Francisco and helped to support his family at age
fourteen, dropping out of school to do so. Spending plenty of time in city
libraries, London was a voracious reader who studied hard and eventually passed
the entrance examination into the University of California. He stayed as a
student for one semester but then went to work as a sailor and a laborer.
During the Gold Rush of 1897 London spent a year in the Klondike and Yukon
territories where he gathered material and information about interesting
characters that later would appear in his novels and short stories.
fascinated by the Darwinian theory of “survival of the fittest,” many
of Jack London’s works focused on the endurance of strong men driven by
atavistic instincts and primitive emotions. The settings of most Jack London
stories are in California, the Klondike/Yukon regions of Canada and the South
Sea Pacific islands in and around Tahiti. London graphically described the
great San Francisco Earthquake of April 18th, 1906 in his newspaper account
The Story of An Eyewitness, and two other stories in this
collection take place in California. Twelve of the eighteen satirized tales in
this London: Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted work occur in the
Yukon/Klondike territories, and the remaining three stories are set in the
South Pacific islands in and around Tahiti. London: Lashed, Lampooned,
Lacerated and Lambasted is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-seventh published book.
Product Details Print Length:216 Pages Genre: Short Stories/Parodies, Adult
Mythology is a collection of fifteen imaginative stories having mythological
themes and also possessing interesting mythological allusions and characters.
is represented in “Olympus Lives” and in “Olympus Lives, Part
II.” Anachronism is depicted in the stories “Immoral
Immortality,” “The Seven Statues,” “The Heroic Belt,”
Greek Statutory Law and in the very intriguing exploit
and action/adventure situations dominate the tales “The Amazon
Sorority,” “Perseus, II” and also “Twelve Modern
Labors.” The presentations “Excavations” and “Ice
Ages” involve rather amazing archeological discoveries from ancient times.
mystery and suspense can be found in “The Oracle,” in “Marvelous
Modern Mythology” and in the creative rendition “Accidental
Product Details Print Length:298 Pages Genre: Modern Mythology
Mauled Maimed Mangled
Mutilated Mythology by Jay Dubya
Maimed Mangled Mutilated Mythology is adult literature that satirizes
twenty-one classic mythology stories into more mature presentations featuring
adult language, content and humor.
Jay Dubya goes right to work retelling adult renditions of female myths
Pandora, Ceres Goes Against the Grain and Echo’s Cursing Curse. Other famous
adventure myths that are thoroughly pulverized and clobbered are Bellerophon’s
Marathon Adventure, Theseus and the Minotaur, Perseus and Medusa, Osysseus and
the Cyclops and Jason and the Golden Fleecers.
hero and vanity/punishment myths are also imaginatively assaulted and
mercilessly converted into adult versions as in the cases of Prometheus and
Fire, The Three Golden Apples, Oedipus, King Midas and Orpheus.
stories that are not saved from degeneration are the author’s humorous original
tales Olympus Lives and also Colliding Myths, where Jay Dubya combines the
popular stories of Phaethon and the classic Daedalus and Icarus. Love myths are
also hammered with novel presentations of Baucis and Philemon, Psyche and
Stupid Cupid along with Atalanta’s Last Race.
Norse mythology is not spared from total degeneration with a very amusing
retelling of Beowulf and Arabian literature is also assaulted with a creative
presentation of The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad. Mauled Maimed Mangled Mutilated
Mythologyis exclusively adult
satirical literature that is definitely not written for or to be read by
Product Details Print Length:268 Pages Genre: Modern Mythology
Science Fiction, Time Travel and Utterly Fantastic Occurrences by Jay Dubya
Time Travel Tales by Jay
Travel Tales is a collection of twenty-one sci-fi/paranormal novellas having
similar anachronism-style plots and themes, and the work is author Jay Dubya’s
thirty-ninth published book.
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake Eyes
and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random
Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of
Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas
Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III, and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
16 is a collection of sixteen sci-fi/paranormal (and humorous) novellas and the
work is author Jay Dubya’s thirty-eighth published book along with being the
writer’s fourteenth story collection overall.
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM: Random
Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of
Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine New
Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part IV.
Dubya is author John Wiessner’s pen name and it is also a corruption of his
initials J.W. John is married to wife Joanne and the couple has three grown
sons. The author is a retired New Jersey public school English teacher of 34
years experience and he and Joanne live in Hammonton, NJ USA.
Product Details Hardcover: 216 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
Utterly Fantastic Occurrences is a collection of twenty sci-fi/paranormal
novellas having creative plots and themes, and the work is author Jay Dubya’s
fortieth published book.
story collections produced by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars,
Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM:
Random Articles and Manuscripts, Suite 16, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight,
Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New
Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New
Novellas, Part IV.
Product Details Hardcover: 320 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
is a Jay Dubya acronym that represents a compilation of certain famous works by
authors Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, O. Henry, Mark Twain and William
Shakespeare. Every good story indeed has a plot, or an essential problem (or
problems) that must be solved. The problem can either be a direct physical
threat or an imagined mental/emotional crisis existing within the main
character’s mind, or perhaps the problem is represented by various combinations
of those separate elements. In any case, the main problem must be addressed
and/or especially solved during the story.
particular stories selected by the author have been uniquely corrupted and then
creatively rewritten into adult satirical style where Jay Dubya effectively
uses adult language and situations, thus adroitly modifying the general
integrity of the original works.
Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a funny and irreverent satire/parody on Miguel
Cervantes/ Don Quixote, published in 1605.
Dubya assumes the writing role of Sir Vantes. In the novel Jay Dubya uses over
two dozen parallels between the Coyote and Quixote’ sagas. Ron Coyote is a
wealthy peach and apple farmer. His trusty main foreman is Pancho Sanza. Coyote
is the ideal dreamer out to change the world and Sanza is the practical
hedonistic rascal quite happy with the way the world is dysfunctioning.
Coyote comes under the influence of Calvin Mather, a televangelist who preaches
that America should return to the moral values of its Puritan’ Founding
Fathers. As a joke, Pancho buys Ron Coyote a Pilgrim suit, and soon the Man of
La Mangia believes that he is a contemporary Pilgrim assigned by Heaven to save
America from sin, crime and decadence.
Coyote has a black ’38 Plymouth appropriately named Roachinante, a WWI vintage
biplane Roachinante II, a stubborn mule called Clinton and a pig named Madonna.
Ron Coyote dedicates his great quest to Della Cinnea, an obese school-crossing
guard. As incentive for Pancho to accompany him, Ron Coyote promises Sanza a
new shack with a flush toilet, and Pancho goes along with his employer because
Sanza’s wife threatens him with castration if she doesn’t soon get indoor
plumbing and modern sanitary facilities.
Coyote and Pancho Sanza have many extraordinary adventures with the IRS, rowdy
teenagers, tramps, Arab terrorists, the U.S. Army, cannibals, gays, the Mafia,
motorcycle gangs, Della Cinnea, convicts, Russians and with Calvin Mather. Ron
Coyote, Man of La Mangia is an adult novel that features adult language and
situations. It is philosophical, risque, humorous and satirical.
Coyote is adult entertainment, and it is not a book for the moral majority, for
the politically correct or for children.
Hawthorne: Hazed Hooked
Hammered & Hijacked by Jay Dubya
Hazed Hooked Hammered and Hijacked is a collection of twelve Nathaniel
Hawthorne classic novellas that have been creatively rewritten and satirized
into adult parody form featuring adult content and language.
author Jay Dubya had been a New Jersey public school English teacher, he often
enjoyed reading and discussing Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “influential
literature” with his sometimes enlightened middle and high school academic
many years Nathaniel Hawthorne had attempted to become an established popular
fiction writer. After a decent New England college education, Hawthorne soon
returned to familiar Salem, Massachusetts where the aspiring author lived with
his mother and sisters for twelve years, staying secluded in a lonely room writing
short stories and novel manuscripts.
1837, his first work titled Twice-Told Tales was successfully published.
Hawthorne was chummy with some of the more famous New England literary writers
of his time including Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph
Waldo Emerson. Two of Hawthorne’s better known works are novels The Scarlet
Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. “Young Goodman Brown,”
The Great Stone Face and “Rappaccini’s Daughter” are
three of the author’s best known short stories.
of Hawthorne’s retelling of classic stories from mythology had been published
in his work Tanglewood Tales. Another famous Nathaniel Hawthorne short story
collection is Twice Told Tales, which includes the selections “The
Minister’s Black Veil,” “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” and
The Great Carbuncle.
Hazed, Hooked, Hammered & Hijacked is Jay Dubya’s forty-eighth published
hardcover/paperback book. The author’s works also exist in Kindle, Nook and
Smashwords e-book formats. The pseudonym Jay Dubya is a corruption of John
Wiessner’s initials “J.W.” John is married to wife Joanne and the
couple has three grown sons. John and Joanne currently live in Hammonton, NJ,
Trilogy 1: (Young Adult Fantasy Novels) Enchanta, Pot of Gold, Space Bugs, Earth Invasion
Enchanta (YA Fantasy
Novel Book One In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
is a fantasy adventure novel for children eight to twelve years of age.
and David Morgan are flown away from their New Jersey town by a magnificent
flies them to Enchanta, where they have been taken to help an old wizard, King
Wisher. Wisher had lost his wishing powers when an earthquake struck his
kingdom. A new barbaric civilization, the Beneathians had come from the center
of the earth and had taken over Wisher’s land. Since Wisher’s wife Queen Hope
was captured by the Beneathians, without
Wisher has no confidence in his wishing ability. Barbara and David locate
Wisher’s three magical sons, Changer, Pretender and Inventor. The brother and
sister reunite Wisher with his sons. Then the six conduct a daring raid into
Beneathia and rescue Queen Hope. The three brothers fool the Beneathians in
many amusing situations.
the end, the Beneathians are defeated, Wisher regains his kingdom, and Barbara
and David are magically transported back to New Jersey.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 7 Print Length: 168 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pot Of Gold(YA Fantasy Novel Book Two In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
of Gold is an imaginative fantasy adventure story for children ages eight
and Larry Garrison, twelve-year-old fraternal twins, are touring Limerick
Caverns with their parents on St. Patrick’s Day.
spot an impish elfrechaun in the caverns and chase him into a strange new land.
Four elves have had their gold stolen from their large black kettle, and Janet
and Larry must help Rhymer, Prep, Stretch and Nate retrieve their missing
fortune. Evilla is a wicked witch who terrorizes the elfrechauns.
and Janet must defeat her, and along the way they also have adventures with the
Letter People, Puppet, the Protector, the Two-Facers and Chiron the Centaur
from Greek mythology.
and Janet learn the secrets of the Great Cornucopia, take a wild roller coaster
ride over a rainbow, figure out the mystery of the Rifle Tower and take an
adventurous ride on the strange Merry-Go-Straight. In the end, Evillas changes
her evil ways and falls in love with the Protector.
and Janet are magically transported back to Limerick Caverns where they are
reunited with their parents.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 7 Hardcover: 182 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Space Bugs – Earth Invasion (YA Fantasy Novel Book Three In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Bugs, Earth Invasion completes the young adult fantasy trilogy that was begun
by Pot of Gold and Enchanta. Space Bugs, Earth Invasion is written for children
eight to thirteen years of age.
Space Bugs, David and Barbara Morgan from the Enchanta novel join up with their
cousins Larry and Janet Garrison from the Pot of Gold fantasy story to combat
the evil forces of wicked Queen Termita from planet Insectia.
Insectians are human-size insects that invade Earth with their superior
technology. The four young teens go to Hammonds Grove, New Jersey’s most famous
landmark, Superstitious Rock where they wish for Rhymer the elfrechaun from the
Pot of Gold story and Changer, Pretender and Inventor from Enchanta to assist them.
four magical beings appear and then help the Morgan and Garrison kids go to
battle against Queen Termita’s forces. The Insectians use weapons such as the
Identatron, the Evilsizer and the Micro-Minimizer against the Earth’s armies,
but the children counter with the Trojan Spider, the Medusa Medallions and the
kids even have to battle in a spaceship’ arena Queen Termita’s fiercest
monster, the Insectaclops. Rhymer, Changer, Inventor and Pretender play many
hilarious pranks that frustrate and eventually defeat the Insectian army.
the end, the Insectians sign a Peace Treaty drawn up by the children, and then
they return to their home planet. Rhymer, Changer, Pretender and Inventor go
back to their worlds, and everything on Earth returns to normal.
Product Details Age Range: 9 – 12 Years Grade Level: 4 – 07 Hardcover: 218 Pages Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Trilogy 2: (Adult Action, Adventure Novels) Black Leather and Blue Denim (’50s Novel), The Great Teen Fruit War (1960 Novel), Frat Brats (A ’60s Novel).
Black Leather and Blue
Denim (A 50s Adult Action Adventure Novel Book One In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Leather and Blue Denim is a ’50s novel about greaser gang conflict in
Levittown, Pennsylvania. J.W. narrates the story.
(age twelve) and his family move into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown
in the spring of ’54.
soon makes friends with Carnie, the neurotic son of a carnival barker, and
Tinker, a mechanically inclined, vindictive kid with destructive tendencies.
The three boys are picked on and harassed by older greasers from Kenwood,
another section of Levittown.
April of ’54, the Fairless Hills Steel Mill opens, and the Caracas, a
Venezuelan ship is carrying the first iron ore from South America up the
Delaware River. Students from area schools are invited to wave linen American
flags on sticks at the vessel.
people in the front row accidentally fall into the Delaware River as the
Caracas is passing by. Two of them are Angie Palermo and Bubbles Messina. The
two girls and their families blame J.W. and Carnie for pushing them over the
bulkhead into the river.
event causes future conflict between the girls and J.W.
The Great Teen Fruit War
(A 1960 Adult Action Adventure Novel Book Two In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960′ Novel” is author Jay Dubya’s eighth e-book.
The story takes place in Hammonton, New Jersey, an agricultural community
midway between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. The Blues wear blue denim
button-down waist-length jackets and are the sons of wealthy blueberry growers.
The Reds wear James Dean’ red zip-up jackets and are the sons of peach farmers.
Bellevue Avenue in the center of town is the dividing line that separates
blueberry country to the east and peach territory to the west.
Great Teen Fruit War” is a story for anyone who loves ’50s and ’60s teen
culture. Romance, racial discrimination and conflict between the Reds and the
Blues mix into a “coming of age” story that blends humor with drama,
suspense and surprise into an action-packed adventure. Throw the town’ greasers
The Ramrodders into the conflict and events heat up in a hurry as
the three highly volatile gangs interact.
Goose Restuccio, the son of a Mafia kingpin joins the Reds he challenges Gabe
Gillette, the leader of the rich-kid Blues. Goose’s father’s hit men get
involved in some clever pranks played on the Blues, and the blueberry kids
retaliate with deceptive tricks of their own. Soon strife escalates into
violence. Goose is captured by Blues and then forced to rape a black girl, and
after Crystal Davis becomes pregnant, her black friends ally with the Reds
against a coalition of Blues and Ramrodders. The “Great Teen Fruit
War” is the exciting sequel to “Black Leather and Blue Denim, A ’50s
Novel.” Paperback Print-On-Demand’ copies of “The Great Teen Fruit
War” will be available in mid-February, 2002.
Book Review by Penelope 5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! August 16, 2005 Format: Hardcover This book is excellent.
about teen gangs in 1960 – the Blues (kids from blueberry farmers) and the Reds
(kids from peach farmers) and what they experience in their youth.
Blues’s symbol is a blue denim jacket, the Reds’s symbol a red James-Dean
jacket. Every gang has 24 members and those teens are involved in “The
Great Teen Fruit War”.
starts with pranks and tricks they play on each other – but every time one gang
wants to get even with the other gang and so the pranks not only get more
creative but also more dangerous – until it just has to end in a big fight
(that’s not the ending of the story) 😉
this story is not only about two gangs who fight each other – it is also about
moral, romance, racism, the influence people have over each other and so much
Frat Brats (A 1960 Adult Action Adventure Novel Book Three In Trilogy) by Jay Dubya
Brats is the third novel of a coming of age trilogy started by Black Leather
and Blue Denim, A ’50s Novel and The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960 Novel.
Frat’ Brats J. W. attends a South Jersey teachers college and prepares for a
professional life in the real economic world.
he and his friends join an off-campus non-sanctioned fraternity Lambda Phi
Sigma, and that’s when the freshman’s life suddenly becomes very interesting
and conflict-oriented. The Lambda Phi’s must respond to dangerous incidents and
harassment perpetuated by two established rival male fraternities, the Delta
Alpha Omegas and the Tau Kappa Epsilons, which have the endorsement and support
of the college deans.
soon escalates into life-threatening hazing. J.W. obtains the assistance of an
old high school friend Goose Restuccio, the son of a New Jersey Mafia kingpin
who aids the Lambdas in their struggles against the school administration and
against the two competing favored fraternities.
Brats combines action adventure with romance and many surprising developments
among very interesting characters in the culturally dynamic and historically
explosive time setting of 1961-’65.
and his fellow Lambdas manage to survive several kidnappings, unique hostage
situations, snakes, manure pits, diving horses, Brahma bulls, bucking broncos,
an exciting boat chase, moving train caboose initiation boardings’, a daring
panty raid, a nudist colony and a fantastic Florida spring break along with a
series of other imaginative ordeals to finally graduate and then help the
Lambda Phi’s fight the Second Battle of Salamis against the formidable rich-kid
Delta Alpha Omegas to bring closure to the ongoing fraternity war.
Brats is definitely adult literature featuring adult language and content and
has been exclusively written for a mature reading audience.
thirty-five novellas presented in Prime-Time Crime Time are works of pure fiction.
The stories’ themes deal with various types of crime and criminal motivation.
Any character resemblance to anyone living on Planet Earth is positively
coincidental. In addition, any fictional setting scenario is also coincidental.
Crime Time is author Jay Dubya’s 42nd published hardcover/paperback book. Other
story collections by this prolific author are Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Snake
Eyes and Boxcars, Part II, Suite 16, One Baker’s Dozen, Two Baker’s Dozen, RAM:
Random Articles and Manuscripts, Pieces of Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II,
Pieces of Eight, Part III, Pieces of Eight, Part IV, Nine New Novellas, Nine
New Novellas, Part II, Nine New Novellas, Part III and Nine New Novellas, Part
Eighteen Story Gingerbread House’ book is an eclectic collection of eighteen
unique stories that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Four of the
stories involve magic. They are “The Green Genie,” “The Magic
Seeds,” “Merlin’s Ring” and “The Time Door.”
stories in the work utilize the literary personification’ technique where
animals are given human qualities. These tales are “The Tadpole and the
Caterpillar,” “Percy Helps Sparky,” “The Story of
Bruin,” “The Wise Old Owl,” “From Fang to Claw,”
The Ants and the Bees, “The Shrimp and the Lizard,”
The Ram, the Goat and the Deer and “The Lucky Birds.”
of the tales in the Eighteen Story Gingerbread’ House have animals interacting
with humans. These stories are “Pedro’s Wonderful Donkey,” “Mrs.
Purdy’s Parrot,” and a new Christmastime’ presentation titled
Santa’s Little Buck.
two stories have humans as the principal characters. “Lu Vang” is a
biography on a Laotian-American immigrant becoming a crewleader on a New Jersey’
blueberry farm, and “Kandu’s Great Discovery” shows the daily life
and hazards experienced by a ten-year-old prehistoric Cro-Magnon’ boy.
Product Details Hardcover: 164 Pages Genre: Children’s Literature
FBI Inspector is a collection of 25 short fiction crime novellas involving the
law enforcement services of FBI Inspector Joe Giralo along with his three
government agents, Sal Velardi, Arthur Orsi and Dan Blachford.
Review by Jennifer L.
5.0 out of 5 Stars Challenging and enjoyable!!! September 10, 2018 Format: Hardcover
must read! Challenging cases with a splash of humor that kept you wanting more!
authors entertaining use of his imagination to solve these cases is enjoyable!
Ya’ Wanna’ Be A Teacher tells the whole amazing true story of what really goes
on in the typical American public school. The author was an English teacher for
thirty-four years in amiddle,
junior-high and high school and knows all about the problem student, problem
classes, crazy’ problem parents, student fighting, cheating, the Educational
Aristocracy, nutty field trips, administrivia and bizarre assembly programs.
The teacher in his career had taught over four thousand students, broken up
over two-hundred and fifty fist fights, participated in over seven hundred fire
drills and listened to loud school bells ring over a hundred and fifty thousand
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About The Author: Jay Dubya is author’ John Wiessner’s pen name. John is a retired New Jersey public school English teacher, having diligently taught the subject for thirty-four years. John lives in Hammonton, New Jersey with wife Joanne and the couple has three grown sons.
London: Lashed, Lacerated, Lampooned and Lambasted, along with its companion
books Twain: Tattered, Trounced, Tortured and Traumatized, Poe: Pelted,
Pounded, Pummeled and Pulverized and O. Henry: Obscenely and Outrageously
Obliterated, John has written and published thirty-seven total books. Pieces of
Eight, Pieces of Eight, Part II, Pieces of Eight, Part III and Pieces of Eight,
Part IV all contain short stories and novellas that feature science fiction and
paranormal plots and themes. Nine New Novellas, Nine New Novellas, Part II,
Nine New Novellas, Part III, Nine New Novellas, Part IV, One Baker’s Dozen, Two
Baker’s Dozen, Snake Eyes and Boxcars and Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II are
short story collections all written in the spirit of the Pieces of Eight
Jay Dubya adult-oriented fiction are the works Black Leather and Blue Denim, A
’50s Novel, and its exciting sequel, The Great Teen Fruit War, A 1960′ Novel.
Frat Brats, A ’60s Novel completes the action/adventure trilogy. Jay Dubya also
has produced two irreverent Biblical satires, The Wholly Book of Genesis and
The Wholly Book of Exodus. A third satire Ron Coyote, Man of La Mangia is a
parody on Miguel Cervantes’ classic novel, Don Quixote published in 1605.
Thirteen Sick Tasteless Classics, TSTC, Part II, TSTC, Part III and TSTC, Part
IV are satirical works that each corrupt thirteen classic stories from American
and British literature and from Greek mythology. Fractured Frazzled Folk Fables
and Fairy Farces and FFFF & FF, Part II satirize and corrupt famous
children’s literature stories. Mauled Maimed Mangled Mutilated Mythology is an
adult-oriented satirical/parody work that pokes fun at twenty-one famous
classical myths. Finally, Shakespeare: Slammed, Smeared, Savaged and
Slaughtered and Shakespeare: S, S, S and S. Part II lampoon the famous works of
the great playwright.
author has also penned a young adult fantasy trilogy: Pot of Gold, Enchanta and
Space Bugs, Earth Invasion. The Eighteen Story Gingerbread House is a
collection of eighteen new children’s stories. And last but not least, two Jay
Dubya non-fiction works are So Ya’ Wanna’ Be A Teacher and Random Articles and
Dubya’s books are available in hardcover and paperback formats at Amazon.com,
Barnes and Noble.com and Booksamillion.com. Kindle versions are available at
Amazon.com. Jay Dubya’s e-books are available at Amazon Kindle and at Barnes
and Noble Nook.
Dubya (John Wiessner), author of 56 books, gives a biography of his life.
in Hammonton, NJ in 1942, John had attended St. Joseph School up to and
including Grade 5. After his family moved from Hammonton to Levittown, Pa in
1954, John attended St. Mark School in Bristol, Pa. for Grade 6, St. Michael
the Archangel School for Grades 7 and 8 and Immaculate Conception School,
Levittown, Pa. for grade 9. Bishop Egan High School, Levittown Pa was John’s
educational base for Grades 10 and 11, and later in 1960 he graduated from
Edgewood Regional High, Tansboro, NJ. John then next attended Glassboro State
College, where he was an announcer for the school’s baseball games and also
read the news and sports over WGLS, GSC’s radio station.
had been primarily an English teacher in the Hammonton Public School System for
34 years, specializing in the instruction of middle school language arts. Mr.
Wiessner was quite active in the Hammonton Education Association, serving in
the capacities of Vice-President, building representative and finally,
teachers’ head negotiator for 7 years. During his lengthy teaching career, John
had been nominated into “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” three
times. He also was quite active giving professional workshops at schools around
South Jersey on the subjects of creative writing and the use of movie videos to
motivate students to organize their classroom theme compositions.
Wiessner was very active in community service, being a past President of the
Hammonton Lions Club, where he also functioned for many years as the club’s
Tail-Twister, Vice-President and Liontamer. He had been named Hammonton Lion of
the Year in 1979 and in 2009 received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow
Award, the highest honor a Lion can receive from Lions International.
also was a successful businessman, starting with being a Philadelphia Bulletin
newspaper delivery boy for two years in the late 1950s in Levittown,
Pennsylvania. After his family moved back to New Jersey in 1959, John worked at
his grandparents and his parents’ farm markets, Square Deal Farm (now Ron’s
Gardens in Hammonton) and Pete’s Farm Market in Elm, respectively. He later
managed his wife’s parents’ farm market, White Horse Farms (Elm) for three
in a business capacity, for 16 summers starting in 1967 John Wiessner had
co-owned Dealers Choice Amusement Arcade on the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk
and also co-owned the New Horizon Tee-Shirt Store for eight summers (1973-’81)
on the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware boardwalk. In addition, he was a co-owner of
Wheel and Deal Amusement Arcade, Missouri Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
And then, for 18 summers beginning in 1986, John had been the Field Manager in
charge of crew-leaders for Atlantic Blueberry Company (the world’s largest
cultivated blueberry company), both the Weymouth and Mays Landing Divisions.
retiring from teaching in 1999, writing under the pen name Jay Dubya (his
initials), John Wiessner became an author of 56 books in the genre
Action/Adventure Novels, Sci-Fi/Paranormal Story Collections, Adult Satire,
Young Adult Fantasy Novels and Non-Fiction Books. His books exist in hardcover,
in paperback and in popular Kindle and Nook e-book formats.
Books (Five) Written Under The Name Amber M. Kestner
Jana & Angel: A Girl For Her Series
Volume 1 by Amber M. Kestner
Seeing her as
more than just a friend would drive my heart wild, she is special to me in
every way. Let’s call her Jana, and she has no idea what she makes me feel
inside. I have known her a little over two years, but feels like forever even
when we talk every day. It’s not like we haven’t planned to see each other
again, it has been in my mind to finally be in love with a woman, and she’s the
closest to my heart for years.
Jana and I have
the same thoughts and beliefs of a happy couple. She’s never been with another
woman, so this is my chance to show her the love I feel but take it slowly and
thoughtful as possible. I believe Jana can be happy with the right person as
though it might be scary at first but what woman isn’t when they go for someone
new? This is my story of how my happiness to Jana Johnson was worth it. My name
is Angel Knight, and I’ll be guiding you to beginning to the end.
Product Details: Series: A Girl For Her (Book 1) Paperback: 24 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Jana & Angel: A Girl For Her Series
Volume 2 by Amber M. Kestner
Angel and Jana’s
relationship has been going perfectly since they have met. The bookstore cafe
has a name now called Windsong with a spiritual feel to it.
Now that time has
flown by for a year without making love and keeping promises to each other they
are ready to move out of Rose County, Michigan head off to Cherokee County,
Kansas which is where Jana grew up with her parent’s.
Angel and Jana
are now ready to take on a whole new path with adopting a child or two, settle
for making love, engagement and much more but the question that has us all
wondering, what is going on with Scarlett too?
I am not going to
give a way too much of the story since we are giving this a whole new look.
actually come out as lesbian with her lover Angel or will it take too much on
Jana to handle?
Let’s get this
ball rolling, shall we?
Product Details: Series: A Girl For Her (Book 2) Print Length: 49 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Jana & Angel: A Girl For Her Series Volume
3 by Amber M. Kestner
Angel Knight is
now Annabel Thomas, she has to make the right choice that could cost her
everything including with Jana. Angel wasn’t going to lose her fiancée in this
battle with Scarlett, she will not be Mrs. Annabel Thomas for the rest of her
life. Angel loves her fiancé and kids this time no one will stop her love for
destiny in Kansas.
Jana is raising
her kids on her very own but one thing she misses is her true love Angel Nicole
Knight, they were going to plan a wedding and everything until Scarlett took
Angel. Jana has plans to rescue Angel but it will take time away from the kids.
Can Angel survive Scarlett’s wrath and go back to her love? Would Jana move if
she can’t get her love back?
Product Details: Series: A Girl For Her (Book 3) Paperback: 34 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Seeing her as
more than just a friend would drive her heart wild, she is special to me in
every way. Her name is Jana, and she has no idea what she makes me feel inside.
I have known her a little over two years, but it feels like forever even when
we talk every day.
It’s not like we
haven’t planned to see each other again, it has been in my mind to finally be
in love with a woman, and she has been the one closest to my heart for years.
Jana and I have the same thoughts and beliefs of a happy couple. She’s never
been with another woman, so this is my chance to show her the love I feel but
take it slowly and thoughtful as possible.
I believe Jana
can be happy with the right person as though it might be scary at first but
what woman isn’t when they go for someone new? This is my story of how my
happiness to Jana Johnson is worth it. My name is Angel Knight, and I will be
taking you on an unforgettable journey of true love. I hope you will join me as
we walk along the path to discover what brought Angel and Jana together.
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Print Length: 121 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Poetry is my
reason for writing. My reason for my books. My reason to keep going. Poetry
& Books combine. My world of Art. This is my book dedicated to Poetry that
I have written since I was 12 or 13 and now with new poetry to add from my
Allpoetry.com page this is my new journey to write Poem’s to go passed on to
others to enjoy. You’re choice of Erotic (Lesbian Mostly), Heartbreak, Depression,
Love, and much more. I am not the best Poet just like I am not the best Writer
but I never will give up. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I love writing
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Print Length: 43 Pages Genre: Poetry
Dating Miss. Lillian (Winning Her Heart
Book 1) by Annora Rose
excellent at teaching English she loves her job with students even though she
wishes to have a few kids and a husband would be fantastic for her especially
the kid part, but no man has been on a date with her in ten years, so she lives
alone in her apartment across town.
Isabel has always
done well with her English until she noticed how beautiful her teacher is which
made a significant drop in her grades, neither of her parents are home still
working not to care. Isabel does have a girlfriend on one part the girl is
abusive and very dark in ways that would scare most people. Isabel deals with
it though cause she cannot tell her teacher that she has a crush on her.
Product Details: Print Length: 80 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Annabel’s Fate (Fate Of Her Path Book 1) by Annora Rose
Jana has always
had issue’s with men especially the way they treated her like she was meat
until she met Angel one evening and chemistry went through the chart. They had
met in Michigan when Jana went on a date with some guy name Gunther, well he
didn’t like her fun adventure’s ways and that was when Angel came to her
rescue. Angel’s mother had abandoned her as soon as she kissed her longtime
girlfriend Scarlett Thomas unfortunately several years down the road her
grandmother had passed away not to long after so she had to start life in
Michigan that was when she met the most beautiful woman named Jana after her
horrible date with some guy treating her like she was just a doctor.
Jana is still a
straight woman with struggling with the fact that she could never make love to
her girlfriend Angel it had been a challenge as far as they have gotten is
kissing and holding hands. Angel has helped her come a long way since they hooked
up randomly but with the conflicts of men from her past popping in and out of
her life has made it challenging for sure. Angel still had issue’s with
Scarlett coming around and trying to claim her from Jana though the battle has
constantly been going since high school and she has made sure that Jana isn’t a
part of her life. Angel had come close to being raped by Scarlett one night but
that was when Jana decided to move so they could be together and help work at
the bookstore/cafe called Windsong. Windsong had been a hit for years with the
additional coffee’s, latte’s, mocha’s and many new books that come in each
year. Angel had started the bookstore/cafe from scratch have made it amazing
since then until they saved up enough money to move to Kansas which had made
dreams a reality. Could Jana and Angel be together again? Or will Scarlett keep
Product Details: Series: Fate Of Her Path (Book 1) Paperback: 150 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Shadow’s Of Despair (Fate Of Her Path Book 2) by Annora Rose
is in the prediction of past and future with no telling what could happen. Her
mother Andrea had raised Scarlett on her own with no help what so ever. Andrea
did know her daughter was lesbian just never told her because she wanted
Scarlett to on her own. Scarlett made a best friend name Angel Knight while
they were ninth graders.
fate has a new prevail that could leave Angel dying in the arms of Scarlett.
Could Scarlett fall in love with the true Annabel or will it come crashing down
with Angel in the fast lane of life? What is the fate of Scarlett in her
predictions? Will love become too much of a factor? Can Scarlett save her
future along with Angel’s? Fate is in the hands of this world with this lesbian
Product Details: Series: Fate Of Her Path (Book 2) Paperback: 69 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Dreams Of A Angel (Gothic Princess and Angel Book 1) by Annora Rose
Tessa is a
wonderful princess though her parents have always despised her gothic looks.
From black make up to dresses with worn black boots in her style. Tessa is known
as Gothic Princess in her kingdom though she has always wondered if dreams came
true on having a sweet Angel take her heart away. Laila is in training to be a
wonderful Angel for her wonderous kingdom to be praised by her heart warmth
father. Laila is having furious dreams of a angered Princess named Tessa though
she can’t figure out why she would be furious, Laila will be one sent down to
cure this hateful Princess down on Earth. We are taking a new ride into a
lesbian romance involving an Angel and a Gothic Princess…Two different
personalities and rocky roads ahead, are you ready?
Product Details: Series: Gothic Princess and Angel (Book 1) Paperback: 33 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Beauty and The Outcast (Fighting For Love Series Book 1) by Annora Rose
is nineteen years old and she wants nothing more than to be with her favorite
girl crush Madison Somers whose eighteen years old also a cheerleader for
Bayshore High. Both are seniors and a life changing altercation could end it
What will become
of these two?
Product Details: Print Length: 83 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Have you ever had
a reason to fall in love and hope they would cling on for life?
Than this story
might take you for a leap. Terri loves her best friend Brooke though they never
exactly told one another. Terri did the most horrible mistake of her life
marrying Monica whose heart is as worthless as a penny. Terri did everything
she could to keep her marriage with Monica but when Monica slept around it made
Terri realize their marriage wasn’t worth it.
Can Terri get
away from Monica to be with her true love?
Gale is a whole
new leap for love, she’s obnoxious, a full-time nurse and hateful but despite
everything she is in for a trail of love that can save her from being
disrespectful, a one of a kind woman changes all that.
Brianna is a
rebel at age sixteen, her best friend Amelia is a complete nerd compare to
Brianna being popular. Though their love is bounded by nothing to hold on too.
Brianna and Amelia want what their mothers have a committed relationship that
leads to a successful marriage but their love isn’t clinging so well.
Can a rebellious
Brianna change to be with Amelia once and for all?
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Print Length: 160 Pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
Story Of Two
Young Women, Destined To Be With Each Other…Seeing her as more than just a
friend would drive my heart wild, she is special to me in every way. Jana has
no idea what she makes me feel inside. I have known her a little over two
years, but feels like forever even when we talk every day. It’s not like we
haven’t planned to see each other again, it has been in my mind to finally be
in love with a woman, and she’s the closest to my heart for years.
Jana and I have
the same thoughts and beliefs of a happy couple. She’s never been with another
woman, so this is my chance to show her the love I feel but take it slowly and
thoughtful as possible. I believe Jana can be happy with the right person as
though it might be scary at first but what woman isn’t when they go for someone
new? A love story of Jana & Angel!
Product Details: Stand Alone Book Paperback: 168 pages Genre: LGBT Fiction
About The Author: Amber M. Kestner is 30 years old. She is a full-time mother, loves to read, loves the color pink and loves the fictional character Betty Boop.
Coffee gets her day going. She loves to go to the library and to bookstores. She is grateful to have a wonderful boyfriend who is helping her raise her daughter and gives her daughter a father.
Amber is disabled
with heart valve disease. She has endured three surgeries, the last one when
her daughter was in the ninth grade. She struggles with depression, anxiety,
Amber is not ashamed to say that she is lesbian and chooses to write LGBT Fiction. Her series titled “A Girl For Her” among many of her titles. She writes under the name Amber M. Kestner and Annora Rose.
(Volume 1) by Joyce Keller Walsh
detective Sebastian Calderón moves from Arizona to Cape Cod to become Chief of
Police, he is bored and unchallenged. But his routine is soon shaken when an
opera diva’s “pet” anaconda attacks her and he encounters multiple murders in a
realm of transgenic research and mysticism, with links to his ancient Toltec
Tezcatlipoca: The Smoking
Mirror (Feathered Serpents Volume 2) by Joyce Keller Walsh
Chief Sebastian Calderón has left Cape Cod for Mexico to track the fugitive
bioengineers of an illegal Quetzalcoatl. His only source of information is the
mysterious Tezca, a woman he doesn’t trust.
his investigation, he is ambushed, rendered unconscious, and awakens to find
himself trapped in a stone chamber. No one knows where he is, neither his
daughter in Paris, nor his Deputy back home—who is pursuing a lead that will
take him to a fateful outcome.
is no way out of the tomb and Calderón suspects it was Tezca who put him there
Author The Author: Joyce Keller Walsh’s
educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University
(in English) and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University (in Psychology). Her
last position, for eight years before retirement, was as the Managing Editor of
an international journal of cancer epidemiology (“Cancer Causes and
Control”) at the Harvard School of Public Health, where I worked in
several research and managerial positions.
addition to published books and produced plays, she also wrote and edited a
variety of nonfiction, health-related works, including the book, Morbidity and
Mortality in the United States, published by the American Public Health
Association. She contributed numerous articles to other books, magazines, and
a playwright, Joyce has had numerous productions of both full-length and short
works in Boston and New York. I’m the
recipient of a Massachusetts Grant in Playwriting, a Massachusetts Artists
Foundation Award, and an ARTA (American Regional Theatre Award.)
the past seven years, as a member of Authors Without Borders, she has been a
host/producer/director (on a revolving basis with the other AWB members) of a
cable t. v. show out of New Bedford, MA — “Authors Without Borders
Presents” — interviewing regional authors, publishers, and others
associated with publishing.
Pittsley County Chronicles (a contemporary mystery trilogy). The Pittsley
County Chronicles Trilogy and Screenplay, Juckets, is currently under option by
Command Performance Productions (New York)
the Banjo Moon (mainstream novel)
(nonfiction murder investigation)
Serpents (mystery on Cape Cod)
Serpents II. Tezcatlipoca, the Smoking Mirror (set in Mexico and Cape Cod)
The Miracle of Green: A Nova Garrett Novel (Book 1 In Series) by A. E. Hanaway
“The Miracle of Green” tells a story of a woman trying to forget her past, by running from the dangers that haunt her dreams, and threatens the lives of her sons.
Mandy wakes every night screaming, with fear of the past. If it wasn’t for her sons, life would not be worth living. Her mother’s death, brings her sister home, but she keeps her distance from Mandy. Connie does not understand why she feels threatened by Mandy and her sons.
Her brother provides the protection that she needs to feel safe. As much as Mandy tries not to dwell on the memory that robs her of sleep and sanity, she is terrified of what will happen when they find her.
But danger seems to follow Mandy, and she has to be rescued again. This time by a stranger, a handsome, wide shouldered, deep blue-eyed hunk of a man. A man that seems to call to her cat, and she wants the man and what his hides inside. Could love blossom with this stranger, but how her sons would cope with this man, or is she fated to live her life alone.
There is adventure, love, mystery that throws her into turmoil. And what of all the secrets that she holds? Could Jason’s love be strong enough to save her from her dreams, and can he love her sons?
Customer Book Review: The Miracle of Green by A. E. Hanaway is a story about life, love, mystery, and escaping the past. It follows the journey of a young mother trying to protect herself and her sons from a secret that could destroy their lives. Through sleepless nights, nightmares, hardship, and bad luck, she is determined to find a safe place to raise her boys and start a new life.
Mandy Brown is a young widow and mother of two boys. A secret haunts Mandy and, despite the protection of her brother, Mandy feels that once the truth is known, she will lose her sons forever and she fears for her own safety. Making the decision to leave town following the death of her mother, Mandy heads off to her sister’s house with her boys but due to wrong turns and car trouble, she ends up in a small town…a town hiding its own secrets. There she meets a handsome and mysterious stranger, Jason Carmon. Unbeknownst to her, she will cross paths with Jason again and it will change her life forever.
But just as Mandy begins to feel somewhat comfortable in her new surroundings, her past catches up to her and her new family demonstrates just how much they care for her and her boys as they stand alongside Mandy’s brother to protect them.
There’s an unexpected twist to this story, and it’s this turn of events that brings the mystery and intrigue into play and explains why Mandy is haunted by restless nights. And why the green eyes are a telltale sign of who Mandy and her boys really are and why they attract the attention of others.
Throughout the story, the author describes in great detail the characters and the raw emotions they feel. She paints a picture that is easily imagined, bringing life into the pages of the book. And she has you cheering for Mandy, her boys, and Jason, hoping they get the happy ending they deserve.
Product Details: Series: The Nova Garrett Series (Book 1) Paperback: 316 Pages Genre: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction
Mountain Moon: A Nova
Garrett Novel (Book 2 In Series) by A. E. Hanaway
MEADOW: There is an old saying that comes from the Cherokee Indians, a proud
and spiritual people: In the mountains there is a magical meadow. Perfectly
circular. Filled with a variety of flowers, which share only one trait.
Cinnabar. So, named by the old ones; they are abundant and extremely rare. They
draw you in with a haunting fragrance that floats on the wind. Then it seeps
into your mind, and wraps tightly around your heart to capture your soul.
A beautiful name for a mystical flower. Cinnabar. The Redbud trees surround the
meadow, protecting it as a knight protects the castle of his sire. The
beautifully blooming, ancient guardians intertwined with the majestic and proud
cedar. Together they form an almost impenetrable barrier as they kept a vigil
over the rare flowers of the meadow.
year, on the seventh hour of the fourth day, if you happen to be in the meadow
and truly believe with all your heart, the Mountain Moon will shine down on
you. If so, you will surely see your true love. If legend is true, then I will
search for that meadow someday.
name is Novangelia Leeann Garrett, they call me… Nova, or at work it is simply,
Runt. I live in the small tourist town of Tellico Plains, Tennessee. The town
is set at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. In the early morning during
the spring, summer, and fall, a smoke-colored haze rolls slowly down the slope.
It reminds me of an avalanche of snow that silently descends, and then consumes
everything in its path, hiding it from the outside world.
beautiful, yet small and picturesque town, which I have come to love, I now
call my home. In fact, it is the only home I have ever known. Whenever I gaze
at the mountains, there is a longing that takes hold of my heart. It feels more
like home, safe and secure. The feeling is stronger than the town itself. There
is a feeling of danger there, and the need to escape from the pain that waits
last two years have not been easy for me. I fight the turmoil that reels inside
me every day while I try to retrieve the memories of my past. I do this to try
to bring order to my life, clear my mind, and put love back into my soul.
would think that being gifted in so many ways would make my plight a little
easier, but it has become so much more difficult. My story continues!
Product Details: Series: The Nova Garrett Series (Book 2) Paperback: 350 Pages Genre: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction
IS FOREVER collects four decades of William P. Robertson’s best horror stories,
many of which appeared in magazines worldwide.
author specializes in understated Gothic terror in the tradition of Edgar Allan
Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. The Gothic rock of the Doors also fuels his imagination
along with folktales told to him by his Swedish grandmother.
stories filled with sensory details are another of his strengths. Robertson
delves into dark humor, too, and lends a fresh perspective to Bigfoot, the
werewolf, and the troll. Bill’s best work chills rather than sickens.
Sometimes what is left unsaid is the most terrifying of all. . .
About The Author: William P. Robertson was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1950. After graduating with honors from Mansfield University in 1972, he began writing horror as a release from Sunlight Deprivation Syndrome that plagues him each winter.
He soon created his own brand of Gothic terror that has been published in magazines worldwide.
In his spare time, Bill enjoys fishing for trout, following the Pittsburgh Pirates, and taking spooky photos of the desolate region where he lives.
According to Robertson, “It was my Swedish grandmother Bernadine who first got me interested in ghosts and trolls. She was a great storyteller!” To learn more about the author’s work, visit http://www.thehorrorhaven.com
“Afghanistan is a war-torn country that’s known for car bombs and suicide attacks. What is amazing about it is the fact that it has almost no factories, industries, and chemical plants—yet explosions are as common as catching a cold!
I found myself
caught in the middle of the biggest vehicle explosion to ever hit Afghanistan.
While dealing with injuries and destruction, my mind kept spinning out of
control from horror to horror. Most of it revolved around my dysfunctional
I did my best to
replay my personal ordeals and the reactions of the people around me as
accurately as possible. However, as I feared for my life, my complete history
of existence kept bouncing back and forth in and out of my head.
Afghanistan is comparable to anything that the average person can relate to or
may have experienced. I tried to give a fair account of life as a foreign
worker surrounded by unknown terrorists.
After being in
Afghanistan as a contractor, I realized that only the fools, the desperate, and
the greedy dare to return. Unfortunately, I fall into one or more of those
categories. None of the events I experienced was a laughing matter, and I
didn’t try to minimize any of my quests to survive.
The ventures of
my life bounced like a yo-yo without a knot as I tried to come to grips with
being at death’s door. Once the characters are established, you will find that
most of my past is comically meshed together with abnormal circumstances. My
stories take you through my highs and lows, while perhaps giving you some of
the best laughter you will ever get from a book.
started out in the tropical country of Thailand, where I was living a carefree
life with no worries or drama. By happenstance, I came across another retiree
named Dylan. He took advantage of my drunken state while easily coercing me to
dive into my life history. It was a life that I buried deep below the
surface—away from my kids, family, friends, coworkers, and mainly myself.
forced to fight for my life, I had an avalanche of past events come gushing out
from every possible angle. Dylan helped open a door that took him and me on a
whirlwind tour that neither of us had ever expected or imagined.
There are so many
twists and turns that feed into other stories or episodes. These features take
place in different areas: Thailand, Afghanistan, Detroit, Louisiana, Oklahoma,
Mississippi, Memphis, Houston, and back to Thailand.
confused males, I had many good and bad relationships with the opposite sex.
However, I saw no real value in talking about my normal or balanced
connections. Instead, I shared my many failures, embarrassments, and
heartbreaks with the readers because it’s just good entertainment and also a
major part of my development. No doubt that you will find them quite unusual
and amusing as well.
Each brief story
is sure to affect you differently than the previous one. Dealing with what I
viewed as imminent death helped me bring closure to where I was once open and
This book touches
on the sad, shocking, and schizophrenic behaviors that surrounded me until
later in my adulthood. I tried to ratchet down those experiences with my sense
of humor and my creative outtakes.
You will meet
both male and female bullies throughout the book. You will get to follow my
difficult and awkward approach to meet my dad. And finally, you will witness my
hidden drive just to be loved and accepted.
I hope that readers like you will desire to go back to these pages more than once. You may find yourself identifying with many of the events or characters. Hopefully, some of the stories will stick with you like nothing you have ever read or heard before.”
Sleep Walking Out Of Afghanistan: Walking
It All Back by Harold Phifer
Harold Phifer was
living a life that he was hiding from everyone–including himself. Then he met
a retiree in Thailand who cracked that secret open. Finally listened to, and
guided by the stranger’s on-target, thoughtful questions, Phifer spoke for the
first time of his near-death experience while flashing back to his
Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking It All Back does not shy away from
the stark details of childhood bullying, family tension, schizophrenia, and
feeling like an outsider. At the same time, Phifer expertly keeps the reader
turning the pages by finding the knee-slapping comedy within the darkness.
Anyone who enjoys a good thrill ride, sharp wit, and fast-paced self-reflection
will appreciate Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan.
About The Author: Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. All of his first 25 years were solidly spent inside his home state. After graduating from Mississippi State University and Jackson State University, he went on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 23 years as an Air Traffic Controller. He left the FAA and began work as an International Contractor, where he has done numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Charities: Author Harold Phifer donates his books to the following organizations:
Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Seller – War Fiction (Australia)
Seller – Biographical (Canada)
Seller – Letter Correspondence (United Kingdom)
“Who do you pray to and why?” But I have never really prayed. I have always conversed with God. I am not a religious person or a saint. I am a sinner, and I do believe in God as an entity an organization, for the CIA has always been a faith-based organization of theologians.
“Enigma is about the experiences of a diagnosed Schizophrenia individual who converses with God thru Michael an Archangel. While being the son of intelligence operatives he’s not sure, who is Michael. Could Michael be just another Clandestine Operative for the CIA?
For as he thought God is the CIA and Washington DC is the church of God. “I have been experiencing the effects of stigmata lately, so I started to write this novel the best way I know how, by sharing both truth and fiction. For the truth, you’ll have to find it on your own, but the fiction part is what I see in visions, memories, and dreams. It holds a hidden meaning for only the wise to decipher.” Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Reviewed by Divine Zape
for Readers’ Favorite: Enigma by George Mattheson is a novel about the psychology of
a schizophrenic character who never liked to study as a child and who never read
any books. He confesses that he has never been able to watch the television for
more than two hours. But he believes to have a kind of communication with
Michael, an Archangel. This is a man who believes the CIA is God and
Washington, DC, the Church of God. But can this son of intelligence operatives
figure out who Michael actually is? What is the hidden import in his
reminiscences and wild assumptions?
Mattheson has written a psychologically strong novel that allows readers to
explore the mind of a schizophrenic individual, understand how reality can be
distorted, and what happens when someone lives in their own world. The novel
has a deep sense of pathos and from the moment the protagonist — who happens
to be the narrator — mentions about being transferred from one psychologist to
another, the reader gets a strong idea they won’t be reading anything like in
is a unique narrative, breezy and as engaging as it is fast-paced. The
quirkiness in the narrative is arresting and the first-person voice is so
beautifully done that it pulls the reader into the worldview of the protagonist
powerfully, irresistibly. From the beginning of the story I wondered if the
author could tell an interesting story, but as I read from one engaging page to
the next, I understood the story is filled with dread truths and lessons that
aren’t obvious. Enigma is a deceptively simple story but it has strong
political and religious undertones, uncovering a subconscious that contemporary
politicians wouldn’t want readers to awaken. It is utterly gripping, written in
gorgeous prose and a strong narrative voice.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie
Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite: Enigma by George Mattheson is George’s true story
of his battle with schizophrenia and his conversations with God. George doesn’t
pray; he talks to God through the Archangel Michael. Born to Intelligence
Operatives, by the time he is 27, George has been diagnosed with both
schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder and he doesn’t always know who Michael is.
Could he be a CIA operative? After all, the CIA is God and the Church of God is
Washington DC – isn’t it? Despite everything, George had a goal in life and he
went after it. He got his Master’s Degree and he even went to work for the CIA
as an Intelligence Operative. He even lived for a time in Trinidad and Tobago,
proving to one and all that life is to be lived, no matter what gets thrown at
Enigma by George Mattheson is an odd story, part truth and part fiction, although the fiction is what George sees in his dreams and his visions, in his memories. It is written almost as a fictional novel in a first-person narrative and is in the format of a diary. It is strange but it is also quite compelling reading, very interesting once you get into it. Each event is written like a short story so they are separated and that, in my opinion, does make this more readable. I enjoyed the style that the book was written in; it was easy to follow and made perfect sense. George is nothing if not honest and has coped with what life has thrown at him incredibly well – there’s a lot that could be learned from this book. Overall, it is a good book, very well written and down to earth.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran
for Readers’ Favorite: George Mattheson’s Enigma: Born as the Hand of God is a
unique memoir that will leave its readers grappling between truth and fiction.
As the son of the only licensed sea captain in Trinidad, with a mother of East
Indian descent, Mattheson leads an extraordinary life. At the age of six, he
began talking to Archangel Michael and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder when he was twenty-seven years old. Amazingly, he has
provided intelligence to the CIA since he was seventeen years old, although he
has never worked for the agency in a professional capacity. Enigmatic, vivid
and original, Enigma is an extraordinary life story as we get a glimpse of a
complex but a beautiful mind.
Born as the Hand of God by George Mattheson is an intriguing memoir of a
diagnosed Schizophrenic who claims he talks to God through Archangel Michael.
Born in Georgetown, Guyana, George Mattheson grew up in Trinidad, Tobago and
the United States of America and finally settled in Converse, Texas. This is an
extraordinary story that blurs the line between reality and visual and auditory
hallucination. The story starts as he undergoes hypnosis supervised by a
therapist, and as such this thought-inducing memoir unravels. His early
childhood is certainly unique but it is quite an effort to separate truth and
visions. And as we follow Mattheson in his life journey, we get a glimpse of an
extraordinary man, even if we cannot decipher the hidden meaning behind the
Hannah (Brides Of The
Oregon Trail Book 1) by Cynthia Woolf
times call for desperate measures, so when Hannah Granger’s little sister takes
off for Oregon with a group of mail-order brides to meet her new husband,
Hannah has no choice but to follow. She expects her sister to find trouble, and
she does. But what Hannah doesn’t expect is to fall for the hired gun traveling
with the wagon train as they make their way along the treacherous Oregon Trail.
bounty hunter is tall, dark and dangerous, everything she’s avoided her entire
life. But when she begins to suspect criminals are riding just four wagons
back, she’ll do just about anything to convince him to listen…and to protect
her fragile younger sister from the truth about what this trip is costing them
both. The only thing bounty hunter Joe Stanton wants is to avoid trouble. He’s
tagging along on this trip to the Oregon Territory to put a little extra cash
in his pocket and take a break from the hunt. The only woman he ever loved
broke his heart and his last bounty cost an innocent man his life. Joe’s had
enough blood, death and betrayal to last a lifetime.
why, then, does he make Hannah’s secrets his own? Why does he lie to protect
her? And why does the stubborn woman’s dogged attempts to help him track down
criminals drive him insane with worry?Maybe because he’s falling for the
red-headed beauty. Maybe because if he doesn’t keep her close, they’ll both end
Review: 4.0 out of 5 Stars “She Could Easily Lose Her Heart ❤️ to Such a Man” February 3, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Time for another Mail-Order-Bride story! Starting in Independence, Missouri, 1852 a wagon train with 55 wagons and 103 mail-order-brides heads out for a long and arduous journey to Oregon City in the Washington Territory. Hannah Granger was not to be a bride, but was going on the trip with her sister, Lydia. Joe Stanton is a bounty hunter who gets hired to help protect the train. Joe and Hannah have instant chemistry. He is flirty which Hannah finds “scandalous” but funny. “I figure we’re headed to a new, young land and old etiquette doesn’t matter.” Reviewer by Susan
Product Details: Series: Brides of the Oregon Trail (Book 1) Paperback: 242 Pages Genre: Victorian Historical Romance, Western Romances
Lydia (Brides Of The
Oregon Trail Book 2) by Cynthia Woolf
Granger thought she left a life of struggle and poverty behind. As a mail-order
bride on her way to Oregon City, a secure future is assured. But when the wagon
train arrives in Oregon City, she discovers her fiancé is dead and her dream of
a safe future is shattered.
after her dream is stolen from her, a gift arrives. Her wealthy fiancé left her
everything he had. Life for Lydia should be easy, but the truth is much darker
and more terrifying than she could imagine, for her fiancé’s death was no
accident, and the man who took his life wants everything, all the dead man’s
Max Caldwell lost his wife to a brutal killer, a man who will stop at nothing
to take what he wants from the world. He killed in Chicago. He killed in
Oregon. It’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Max seeks not only
justice, but vengeance for his wife’s death and has no qualms about asking the
innocent Lydia to help him hunt for her fiancé’s murderer. Because Lydia, and
her inheritance, are the bait Max will use to lure evil into the light. Too
late he realizes Lydia, with her soft heart, beautiful smile, and collection of
rescued animals is not only powerful enough to take down a killer, but she just
might melt the ice around his heart.
Review: 5.0 out of 5 Stars Brides on the Oregon Trail April 25, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
this book by Cynthia as with all of her books she rocks her books out of the
park. This book is about Lydia going on the wagon train with her sister and
brother-in-law. Lydia was supposed to marry Mr. Mosley and she found out that
he had suddenly died. I think she was surprised that he had left her everything
including her house which was perfect for all her animals that she rescued.
Long story short is that this is a great read and fast paced you can never go
wrong with Cynthia’s books. Love this set of books.” Reviewed by Chris Linhart
Product Details: Series: Brides of the Oregon Trail (Book 2) Paperback: 216 Pages Genre: Victorian Historical Romance, Western Romances
About The Author: Cynthia Woolf is the
award winning and best-selling author of more than thirty-three historical
western romance books and two short stories with more books on the way.
loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart,
was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a
ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede
that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a
bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch
credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her great critique partners
for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
Rigel Affair: Award-Winning Chilling WW2 Thriller Novel with Rip-Roaring
by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He
jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of
her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.
Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend
persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees
her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.
the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS
Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy
isn’t– sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel
embarks for the Pacific war zones.
letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or
was it only a dream?
Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown
★★★★★ “I love how the author explains in
detail all of the main characters’ beginnings, interweaving the different
stories to skilfully tie them together at the finish… I loved this book!
5-Stars!!” Anthony E. for Readers’ Favorite
★★★★★ “The Rigel Affair is very highly
recommended for its blossoming adventure, relationships, and characters who
grow, change, and confront their worlds.” Diane Donovan for Midwest Book
★★★★★ “Based on a true story, this World
War II adventure is the American answer to All The Light We Cannot See.
Impeccably written and researched, The Rigel Affair is a big tent book that
will appeal to readers from all walks of life. Highly recommended!” Best
★★★★★ “Hedrick is handing readers a
perfect blend of Historical Fiction and Romance! 5-Stars” – Literary Titan
Product Details: Paperback: 334 Pages Genre: WW2 Thriller Novel with Romantic Suspense, 20th Century Historical Romance, Action, Adventure Romance
Different, and a Little Weird is an entertaining and engaging social story
about misconceptions that happen every day in school and on the playground. It
teaches different strategies for dealing with frustrations, and the importance
of communication. This story also encourages everyone to embrace their own
creative story is about a boy who overhears someone calling him weird. He gets
angry, and wants to scream and yell and hit, but then remembers something
important. He remembers strategies his teacher taught him that help him calm
down. Once he’s calm Tommy apologizes to him and clarifies the misunderstanding
of the meaning of the word weird.
be different, unique, and a little weird, is not as bad as I originally feared.
So be these things each and every day, because we’re all unique in our own
From The Author: This book is a great social
story about misconceptions that happen every day in school and on the
playground. It teaches different
strategies for dealing with frustrations, and the importance of communication. Kids
won’t even know they are learning, how awesome!
This book would be an excellent addition to any teacher’s classroom read
From The Inside Flap: This book is for Donald,
Trey, Lincoln and Jackson. For all the children who’ve ever felt different and
weird. Each of you make this world a
better place. You may be Unique, Different and a little weird, but each child
is special and loved.
Product Details: Paperback: 40 Pages Genre: Children’s Special Needs, Children’s Family Life Books
too often children with ADHD feel as if the focus is always on correcting or
highlighting the negative behaviors associated with having ADHD. As an educator
and a mom with a child who has ADHD, I wanted to bring acceptance to certain
attributes of having ADHD. “My Special Mind” is a book all children
can relate too.
can be fun, exciting, and adventurous. An ADHD mind is a special mind.
Special Mind” is a great reminder of how special everyone’s mind truly is.
My son and I embarked on this special project, where he takes the reader on a
journey inside the mind of ADHD.
up, an 8-year old’s mind is definitely an interesting place to be!
mind is always with me, thinking, and creating fun things to do and see. That’s
what’s so special about me”.
From The Author: Trey is diagnosed with
severe ADHD, ODD, Epilepsy, and sensory sensitivities. With all of this comes challenges. I would always hear grumbles from him about
how “he just can’t do this or that”. I wanted to find a way to
inspire and empower him to prove to him that anything is possible if you put
your mind to it, and work hard for it.
We sat down together and I had him make 2 lists.
list for all of his successes, and another list for all of his struggles.
took those 2 lists and created this beautiful story. “My Special
Mind” started out as a project just between us, a special way for us to
bond. After reading the finished story,
I soon realized that this book was truly something special and felt compelled
to share it with the world. Trey’s
perspective on daily life and his thought process is felt by so many children
and adults alike. That’s what makes this
moving to Texas, Martin befriended an 8-year-old boy named Kevin. The two boys
quickly became inseparable. One morning while walking to the bus stop, they
came across a truly unique object. Imaginations ran wild with Martin, who was
convinced it was a once in a lifetime alien discovery. Fossilized alien poop!
Kevin had a different theory. As a way to help bring his friend back down to
earth, Kevin drew a picture of what the discovery would look like fully grown.
Before he could give it to Martin, it was confiscated by their teacher. Kevin
was forced to look on, as Martin befriended the new girl in class. Emotions ran
high! Did Martin betray his best friend, or was he just being nice to the new
kid in school? You decide!
From The Author: Martin and the Tree Seed
was inspired by a student of mine. The
student was a reluctant reader. I racked
my brain, searched, and tried different books for him to read in the classroom. Nothing I tried seemed to hold his
attention. So, one day I decided to
write him a story. Martin and the Tree
Seed started out as a short story, which he actually read. So, I kept writing, and he kept reading. Before long my first chapter book was
born. It was such an exciting and
Children’s Special Needs, Children’s Emotions
About The Author: L. J. Day was born and
raised in Houston, Texas. She is a Special Education Teacher, and an advocate
for special education and special needs children. Laura, an award-winning
author, gains her inspiration for her writing from her 3 children and students.
She discovered her passion for writing when she embarked on a special project
with her oldest son as a way to show him, he could accomplish anything he put
his mind to. My Special Mind was that special project, which was released in
A True story of the life and death of my Brother and Mother
and life with and without them.
brother Steve was killed in Vietnam. She
has since learned so much from others that were in Vietnam when her brother was
killed concerning the circumstances surrounding his death.
It is very easy to become bitter when you are faced with a heartache and writing this book helped to ease her broken heart and melt the coldness she had felt for so long. She found herself continually asking the question, “Why my brother?” She has learned over the years, it wasn’t just her brother that day of 8/26/1970, there were many others who lost brothers, husbands and Fathers. Karen found comfort in knowing Steve was not alone. He was among other heroes that day.
The 100th Meridian Murders (CJ Hand Novel Volume 5) by C. G. Haberman
After proving his reputation as the top sharpshooter in the world, Ivan Talcott settles in China. Here, he plans to achieve his goal of becoming a multimillionaire by the age of forty. Suddenly, and without warning, he’s told to leave China, and never return. Undaunted, he will aim for his goal in the USA.
While on a hunting trip Nebraska, the sharpshooter agrees to proposal that will fulfill his goal. The hunt becomes his final challenge before he begins a new life. The result of his grisly kills uncovers dark secrets long hidden in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
CJ Hand returns to Lincoln, Nebraska after surviving a brutal attack that left him a battered man. His wife, Dee, encourages him to complete a doctoral degree and form the Great Plains Consulting firm. This new challenge, they hope, will lead him away from a turbulent path to a stable life.
His company gets the boost it needs when he signs a contract for work along the 100th meridian. The study leads him to the deadly path he left years before. The discoveries, while using drones, leads his field and office crew into a threatening, dark world. The people he admires, and to whom he owes his success, return to help. They again face the evil they once thought erased.
The peaceful, rural prairie holds secrets that turns violent. The deadly hunt begins, spilling blood across the western United States.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: For those of us following criminal investigator CJ Hand, this is what we have been waiting for, and you won’t be disappointed with ‘The 100th Meridian Murders: Volume Five by C. G. Haberman.
Realistic characters, descriptive writing that transport you to the Mid-West, USA, and a well-constructed mystery will keep you engaged all the way to the end of the 60th chapter.
Let me begin by telling you that character Ivan Talcott has studied people well for years and blends into each crowd with ease. He is a business man by degree with a life goal of “building an empire of wealth without government interference”. His professional skills as the top sharpshooter in the world help him secure funds to offshore accounts and keep him on track to become a millionaire by age forty. Called back to the US from China, he accepts a proposal.
Investigator CJ Hand who now suffers from PTSD after recovering from being beaten nearly to death and left to die three years ago returns to Lincoln, Nebraska. His wife Dee stands by his side and encourages him to completes his doctoral degree. He is challenged by his entrepreneurial spirit to form his own consulting firm. One of his first consulting contracts leads him into familiar territory that he thought he had left behind when a man in Keya Paha County finds a human skeleton.
An environment activist group that stumbles into the 100th meridian study wants to know who or what group sponsored the study?
Like any good mystery, it is the readers job to relate to one or more of the characters. Join CJ Hand as crime comes in a secretive fury like the tornadoes that thunder across the Great Plains of the US.
I endorse ‘The 100th Meridian Murders’ by C. G. Haberman. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on August 7, 2017.
I encourage you to read: Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1), Mill Creek Malice: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 2), Dead Man’s Run: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 3), Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) and The 100th Meridian Murders: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 5) by C. G. Haberman
Lake of Lies: CJ Hand Novel Volume 4 by C G Haberman
Two teenage boys on a deer hunt in northwest Iowa watch as a trophy buck flees before either can release an arrow. Something in the crumbling cellar frightened the animal. Curious to know what disturbed the deer they open the shelter door and hell erupts. The sudden failure of an outstanding student, his fiancée’s new job opportunities, and a personnel action weigh on CJ Hand. His daughter calls with news of his former wife. A disturbing past leads him back to Lincoln, Nebraska to confront demons. At semester’s end on an icy and snowy morning, his life would change once again. Dr. Trisha Baker becomes the hunter with the intent to destroy a predator. The revenge is for her friends and herself, and to erase the painful memory of losing her fiancé.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: ‘Lake Of Lies’ is just one of four, hard to put down, CJ Hand Mystery Novels written by C. G.Haberman.
Main character CJ Hand uses his love for, comfort of and the serenity of the back roads from Iowa to South Dakota to capture its breathtaking beauty through his camera photo lens which illustrates lessons that he shares with his ecology and botany students.
Intuitive moments and detailed memories have become part of his life since working for the Department of Justice. While forcing himself to move forward, CJ’s past is never far behind. The news hits him hard when the parole board releases Tom Vaughn and he knows someone must warn Tom’s wife Donette to stay alert.
A call from his daughter Meaghan stirs some of the personal demons that haunt him. A trip down memory lane brings him back to the lake where he and his wife Marnie had spent countless, glorious hours together. He sits and stares out across the lake to the shoreline where the shadows still hold remnants of ice and watches as several boys cast their fishing lines into the cold water with hopes of catching a catfish. The ring of his cell phone brings him back to the present.
His life with his fiancée Dee, his many influential friends and co-workers find their world mostly centered on the Mill Creek State University and the surrounding communities. CJ reluctantly confides in psychologist Dr. Adriane Peterson. Like all psychologists she asks a lot of questions, like “You said there were other students, especially female nontraditional students with sudden grade drops, correct?” He nodded. “The question is: why the focus on Tammy Day?”
Two boys brave the frigid temperature at the southern edge of an abandoned farmstead in hopes to “get the biggest damn buck you ever did see.” Hiding in silence they hold their bows taught with arrows when the approaching deer notice something and their heightened awareness and instincts cause them to bolt. Understandably upset the boys strike out on a new hunt for the source of the hunting debacle and what they discover makes them gag.
It is more than Dr. Trisha Baker who works at Mill Creek State University in the Psychology Center can stand. She sets out to seek revenge for her fiancé, friends and most importantly to “destroy a predator”.
I endorse ‘Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel’ by C. G. Haberman. Each book in this crime, fiction, mystery series stand alone. I also have the privilege of reading and reviewing ‘Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1)’. Dead Man’s Run and Mill Creek Malice are a couple more novels in the CJ Hand series.
I encourage you to read these four CJ Hand Novels sold in both print and e-book. Enjoy the written mastery of author C. G Haberman. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 25, 2015.
Dead Man’s Run: CJ Hand Novel Volume 3 by C. G. Haberman
For CJ Hand, the corral bathed in the morning sunlight is a false sign of the day to come. Minutes after starting his run up Deadman Road, a dense fog shrouds the canyon. In the heavy, gray mist a hushed purr from the road bend behind him forces CJ to take cover in the stand of ponderosa pine and cottonwoods. He waits for the danger to pass. An hour later he stares at a dead man, blood covering the understory of brown pine needles and yellowing cottonwood leaves. The second death lay in front of CJ. The mountain lion is the focus of the first death, but the local County Sheriff realizes something other a mountain lion lurks in Dead Man’s Canyon. CJ Hand and Tom Thies join the county sheriff, investigating the deaths. A Black Hills mining geologist who traveled to the Nebraska Pine Ridge is the key. The first dead man might be the answer. What they find hints at far-reaching impacts for the area and the United States.
Mill Creek Malice: C. G. Haberman Volume 2 by C. G. Haberman
The animal stench triggers Dawn’s gag reflex. The constant grinding of stone on stone irritably attacks her frayed nerves, and abruptly stops. Odd scratching sounds echo in her half-conscious state. She pulls herself into a sitting position and stares at a cage door. She gasps at the thing peering into her eyes.
A year before CJ Hand arrives as the new instructor at Loess Hills Community College the former professor inexplicably disappears. With the case going cold local law enforcement officers seek help. Investigators run into problems with the strange case involving native plants, and seek CJ’s expertise.
CJ is thrust into a world of pharmaceutical collusion when he finds the rare plant in question, but he also discovers an old ammunition box. When he opens it a nightmare begins. A geocache note inside written in a riddle, places him in the grip of matching wits with a killer. Key to the investigation, and the game, are–a small reptilian creature and the rare plant.
The new General Education Dean adds to CJ’s mental and physical anguish, suggesting the violation of his teaching contract. The summer class begins in two weeks and CJ has a choice to make: stop his part in the investigation or resign from his contract.
Deadly Circles: CJ Hand Novel Volume 1 by C. G. Haberman
The pall of death hangs over two distinctly different valleys separated by eighteen-hundred miles. One a modest, unknown channel drained by a small cool-water stream and the other a magnificent gorge carved by a roaring river that separates two states. Unknown to a man, tormented by loss and intensifying anger, both valleys hold his fate. A bloody mist suddenly fills a truck cab. It is not the shot but the seconds after that begins change for criminal investigator CJ Hand. Beset with his recent loss and pent-up anger he takes leave from a tangled bureaucratic mess. Trying to find self-worth he agrees to help friends by probing the accidental drowning of a friend’s son. The image of an uncomplicated investigation is quickly shattered. CJ encounters a maze of deadly circles surrounding the death. He begins unwinding hidden tentacles of political power and personal greed gripping Elm Creek valley. Affecting his personal life are two intellectual and intuitive women who help him come to grips with what he has been running from, or toward, for a decade. DEADLY CIRCLES is a fast-paced novel exposing the ugly underbelly of insidious criminal activity.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel is a fast moving fiction crime mystery that enchants the reader with breath taking descriptive beauty with possible environmental struggles within the Great Plains of the USA.
The main character, CJ Hand was born in Hand County, South Dakota. As a criminal investigator CJ Hand takes the reader on a vivid pictorial trip down the winding rural roads of Nebraska into the small towns where life and love among other things thrive with a cast of over 40 characters. The dialog flows very smooth and this reviewer can visualize this book series becoming an excellent made for TV series.
Enjoy the descriptive beauty of the landscapes and relate with the rural folks going about their daily lives. Just keep in mind that nothing is perfect and even here there festers a quiet under tone of mystery, personal and political greed, crime and an unexplained death.
Haberman weaves a tale that keeps the reader turning the pages with descriptive artistry like in this quote: “A breeze whispered through the pine and cedar trees as he entered the small acreage. Colored lichens dotted gravestones and the stately old trees. He moved from grave to grave reading the inscriptions. Several large round, prairie-hay bales rested in the warm autumnal sunshine in the east half of the cemetery, devoid of headstones. CJ squatted down, grasped a handful of loose hay, examined the dried vegetation, and rolled it between his palms. The earthy, redolent grass brought a melancholy rush. The death of a friend’s son brought him here and a tragic farm accident united him with the woman he loved. He stood in the earthly solitude, stillness within him. A wind gust interrupted the moment. An important task lay ahead.”
I endorse Deadly Circles: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 1) and you can follow this book up with Mill Creek Malice (Volume 2) as the series continues to unfold under the mastery of author C. G. Haberman. This review was completed on December 5, 2014.
The Naturalists: A Historic Novel (The Hayman Saga Volume 1) by C. G. Haberman
Where is Nebraska? The measure lies in locating Chicago and Denver, then calculating the midpoint between the two. There exists land called the Rainwater Basin. To find the remains of the best basins requires a calling, the calling to understand the startling dependency of life. In the heart of the United States the last of the Hayman lineage, Chance Hayman, experiences the nibbling erosion and decimation of this North American keystone. The Naturalist begins in the 1820s with a minister full of desire to serve his God. Reverend Abner Hayman is not the normal German Reformed minister. His ministerial sincerity and verve excites his Pennsylvania congregation. As with many successful men he will gain fame and follow a path fraught with temptation, deception, and loss. His path across the rapidly expanding nation leads him to Illinois. There he loses a son to a calling of his own. John Hayman does not scorn the country know as the Great American Desert. Abner Hayman’s son finds a land that fills his spiritual yearning, a land of grass and marshes that is unyielding, but teems with life and promise. It is this young man, the naturalist, who finds love of life, land, and women who is the taproot for the future Hayman families who fight to save the rainwater basins from extinction.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime, History
The Naturalists A Historic Novel (The Hayman Saga Volume 2) by C. G. Haberman
Gripped by a spiritual call, John Hayman found the land of his dreams. The land tested him, but he learned to live with it and survived to foster a land ethic. In the second volume of The Naturalists, the new era of John’s three sons unfolds and they are as diverse as the land. The youngest, Henry, focuses on what his father dreamed about: a peaceful land covered with grass and marshes. As more people settle the area, Henry faces changing land use that gives little thought to the effects. His life is not without personal heartaches and devastating emotional discoveries. Over the first half of the 20th century, he and his youngest son, Jacob, follow the path recorded in journals that have become the focus for future Hayman naturalists. A deep family unrest threatens to forever change the Haymans and the land on which they thrive. Out of this turmoil, Jacob emerges to face the trying task of altering the path that threatens the Rainwater Basin and his family. Will Jacob’s son inherit a tranquil path to the 21st Century?
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime, History
About The Author: C. G. Haberman was born and raised in south-central Nebraska. For ten years he taught the biological sciences in two Nebraska high schools. He left education to take a position with the Nebraska environmental agency and over the next ten years moved through the ranks. His positions took him throughout Nebraska while working on surface and groundwater quality issues, wetlands, and a uranium mining proposal.
After Nebraska, C. G. worked in Washington and South Dakota, expanding his environmental work into the areas of enforcement, air quality and hazardous and solid waste. Before retiring he returned to teach for ten more years as a community college instructor and as an adjunct at a liberal arts college in Hastings, Nebraska. Using his education and experience, he involved students by presenting real-life issues through Problem-Based Learning and hands-on field experiences.
set against a sports backdrop, 500 Miles To Go is about the importance of, and the
risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams. When our dreams cause angst to our
loved ones, they often become nightmares.
Gail fell for
Alex Król before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during the summer
months to the delight of fans who paid to see cars crash—the more spectacular the
wreck the taller they stood on their toes and craned their necks to see the carnage.
When Alex makes his dream to drive in the Indy 500 come true and he witnesses the
deaths of two drivers in his first start, he must ask himself if his quest to win
the world’s greatest race is worth not only the physical risk, but also losing the
woman he loves.
Review: “A sweet love story gives way to the love affair with speed… First loser becomes disillusioned winner, hindsight waxes philosophical, and a lonely man reminds us, ‘One doesn’t find love… Love is a choice.’” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of Divide by Zero
Excerpt: “I looked at the phone, silent on the
nightstand, and for the first time since she walked out of my life, I thought
about calling Gail. Never had I longed so much to hear her voice. ‘Alex Król,’
she’d say into the phone, the way she used to when we were young. I imagined
her telling me how glad she was that I’d called, that she’d listened to the
race on the radio, had watched it later that night on tape delay, and had
celebrated with me. She’d go on to say that she’d followed my entire career,
was proud of all that I’d accomplished, maybe even adding that she’d been
foolish to worry about my getting hurt. I’d tell her it was okay, that I
understood. Then I’d ask her to join me for dinner when I got back to town, and
she’d sigh in that way she had, and tell me that she’d love to…”
paused, and Alicia waited patiently for him to continue:
much in life never plays out the way we envision it. My marriage was proof of
re-imagined the phone call: Gail’s father would answer. He’d congratulate me on
winning the 500 – assuming he was aware of it. He’d ask how I was doing, and
I’d tell him, ‘Great, I’m doing great.’ Then I’d ask about Gail. He’d tell me
that she’d met a young man a year or so after we’d broken up, married him, and
that she was now mother to two healthy toddlers, a boy and a girl. Then it
would be my turn to congratulate him, for becoming a granddaddy. Maybe, to save
face, I’d nonchalantly ask him to say ‘hello’ to Gail for me, give her my best,
hoping he wouldn’t, not wanting her to know that I’d asked about her. More than
likely, I’d leave it at ‘Congratulations’ and simply say ‘Goodbye.’
Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings
by J. Conrad Guest
the catcher’s position for any team in any city in America with a major league ball
club. You cheer him when he delivers, and boo him when he doesn’t. Told in his own
words during the seventh game of the World Series in what could be his last game
after fourteen years in the major leagues, Backstop chronicles his rookie season,
takes the reader to Chicago where he finds romance, and reveals his heartbreak in
the aftermath of an adulterous affair.
Cheer for Backstop
on and off the field as he plays the most important game of his career—haunted by
the ghost of his father who passed away before Backstop achieved stardom—and fights
to win back the heart of the woman he loves more than the game.
was nominated a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities
at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for
their spring 2011 course, “Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime”.
Reviews: “Superbly crafted with a deft, tender touch,
Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings is a compelling tale of following
the true passions of the heart. A truly heartwarming read.” Reviewer: Apex Reviews
a read where slow development contrasts with fastballs, slow plans with hurried
mistakes, and slow reading with quickened excitement and delight. The dialog
has a sweet old-fashioned feel, pleasant humor, and serious depth, and the
whole is a seriously enjoyable tale.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of Divide by
“This is where
J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to
our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything
we have.” Reviewer: Rachael Perry-Author of How to Fly
What power, to hold in one’s own hands the ability to affect the
present by altering the past… In the twenty-second century the world population
has dwindled to fewer than a billion, with total extinction expected within a
An erotic science
fiction tale of love and love lost, Chaotic
Theory centers around three profiles of a solitary individual, Antanas
Rupkus, a young Lithuanian.
In one he
is a musician endeavoring to keep alive the work of American jazz musicians of
the twentieth century. Stoic and aimless, Antanas is incapable of anything but
physical intimacy the result of having witnessed, as a boy, his parents killed
by Estonian immigrants in search of fresh water. In another profile, he is a
sculptor, filled with hope and the belief that love can overcome all obstacles,
until he loses the object of both his inspiration and desire.
third, Antanas is a writer whose essays define the mid to late twentieth
century as the point in history that set man on the path to extinction. But
alas, his wisdom comes too late. If only Antanas had lived two hundred years
earlier; but perhaps he can, if what Kazys Galdikas tells him is true…
non-traditional romance, Cagney Nowak is writing a novel around the 1905 shooting
death of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s father by his mother a week before Ty was called
up by the Detroit Tigers. Although she was acquitted by an all-male jury on the
grounds that the incident was accidental, the townspeople of Royston, Georgia, always
thought otherwise. When Cagney begins to relive the night of the shooting in his
dreams, more than a century later and in the guise of Amanda Cobb, he is led to
discover his father’s deepest secret.
More than a
mystery romance, The Cobb Legacy is the story of a man’s efforts to connect with
his dying father, a World War II veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Cagney must also fight to come to terms with his obsession over the Cobb legacy
as well as his own adulterous affair and impending divorce, while doubting that
love with an old friend can be his.
Reviews: “… an eye-opening tale of drama, scandal, and
intrigue highlighting the living, breathing history of a fatally-flawed, intrepid
folk hero. Five stars.” Reviewer: Apex Reviews
together with gentle touches of fate, and there’s a satisfying completeness to the
tale which goes beyond past and present into eternity.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author
of Divide by Zero
Excerpt:“I used to think Romeo and Juliet was the
greatest love story ever written. But now that I’m middle-aged, I know better.
Oh, Romeo certainly thinks he loves his Juliet. Driven by hormones, he
unquestionably lusts for her. But if he loves her, it’s a shallow love. You
want proof?” Cagney didn’t wait for Dr. Victor to say yay or nay.
after meeting her for the first time, he realizes he forgot to ask her for her
name. Can true love be founded upon such shallow acquaintance? I don’t think
so. And at the end, when he thinks she’s dead, he finds no comfort in living
out the remainder of his life within the paradigm of his love, at least keeping
alive the memory of what they had briefly shared, even if it was no more than
illusion, or more accurately, hormonal.
us watching events unfold from the darkness know she merely lies in slumber.
But does he seek the reason for her life-like appearance? No. Instead he
accuses Death of amorousness, convinced that the ‘lean abhorred monster’
endeavors to keep Juliet in her present state, her cheeks flushed, so that she
might cater to his own dissolute desires. But does Romeo hold her in his arms
one last time and feel the warmth of her blood still coursing through her
veins? Does he pinch her to see if she might awaken? Hold a mirror to her nose
to see if her breath fogs it? Once, twice, three times a ‘no.’”
heard the leather creak as he shifted his weight in his chair.
repeated. “His alleged love is so superficial and selfish that he seeks to
escape the pain of loss by taking his own life. That’s not love, but obsessive
infatuation. Had they wed—Juliet bearing many children, bonding, growing
together, the masks of the star-struck teens they once were long ago cast away,
basking in the comforting campfire of a love born of a lifetime together, not
devoured by the raging forest fire of youth that consumes everything and leaves
behind nothing—and she died of natural causes, would Romeo have been so moved
to take his own life, or would he have grieved properly, for her loss and not
just his own?”
January’s Paradigm (January Trilogy Book
One) by J. Conrad Guest
fantasy romance, Robert Porter is enjoying the fruits of success: a best-selling
novel featuring a hard-nosed detective circa 1947 named Joe January and a lucrative
contract for the sequel. But his world comes crashing down around him when he witnesses
his wife’s infidelity.
As Porter sinks
into a morass of grief over her abandonment, only one person can help him regain
his self-esteem and dignity. One man alone can help Porter set things right …
and that person’s name is Joe January. But he doesn’t even exist… or does he?
Conrad Guest’s attention to details of plot is meticulous as he keeps his novel
pulsing with energy and tension skillfully woven with an entertaining combination
of romance, betrayal, mystery and thrill. With storytelling mastery on full display,
powered by engaging narrative and emotional intensity of individual story line,
January’s Paradigm is a novel that delights its readers with a captivating premise
with serious literary work of thoughtfulness, complexity and depth.
for a fantasy with diversity may find themselves bewitched. This 5-star read is
definitely worth reading for its originality. Highly recommended.” Reviewer: Enas
Paradigm, J. Conrad Guest has taken the heartbreak of sexual betrayal and turned
it into a romance-fantasy… Readers will not be able to put it down.” Reviewer: Current
Entertainment Monthly, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Excerpt:Once more at peace with myself, I rounded
a corner and collided with a small gargoyle.
grotesque. Standing at no more than five-foot, three inches tall, it was
dwarfed by my six-foot, three-inch frame. It was obese, too; its girth greater
than its height. Its personal appearance was obscenity personified: a bulbous
nose, red from too much drink, supported glasses so thick the magnifying
principle worked both ways. The watery blue eyes, disproportionately huge,
glared back at me with cold, savage indifference.
recognized the beast of my recent nightmares.
same moment, dawning recognition replaced the indifference that had previously
resided on those hideous features. A smile broke from behind gray lips; its
teeth, black from the rot of ten thousand Baby Ruth bars, jutted at a multitude
of crazy angles, like those of some weirdly mutated rodent. It grunted once;
the sharp exhalation accompanied by halitosis so foul I was forced to take a
was gone, leaving me staring after it in disbelief.
Product Details: Series: Joe January Trilogy Book One Print Length: 310 Pages Genre: Paranormal Erotica, Fantasy Romance
One Hot January
(January Trilogy Book Two) by J. Conrad Guest
alternate history in which the United States fails to enter World War II in
time to help the Allies defeat the Tripartite before Germany becomes too strong
to defeat. A future in which Germany perfects genetic engineering and is
eradicating whole nations in an effort to secure the empire Hitler vowed would
last a thousand years; a future in which Hitler lies in a secret cryogenic
chamber, awaiting treatment for a cancer for which a cure has finally been
discovered. Imagine a future in which a faction of genetically engineered
people, opposed to Hitler’s tyranny, choose to travel back in time to amend
future history by influencing Winston Churchill to withhold from U.S.
Intelligence the vital decrypt specifying the date and time of the raid on
Pearl Harbor. Imagine a fast-talking private investigator from the Bronx named
Joe January who uncovers a seemingly impossible plot by grudgingly agreeing to
help a pretty young woman locate her missing father—a Professor of Archaeology
from Columbia College who must prevent the secret of Hitler’s location from
falling into the wrong hands…
By the end
of One Hot January, January is transported into the future where in the sequel,
January’s Thaw, he must survive by his century-old sagacity in our modern
Reviews: “Joe January is a private investigator
operating in the South Bronx in the 1940s. He writes in first person, has a wry
sense of humor and keen observation skills, and, somehow, he’s looking back on
history from a future we haven’t yet seen. Could Joe January still be alive and
reviewing his past in 2082?
so pitch-perfect I imagine watching a black-and-white movie, hearing words in
my head. The combination of Bogie, WWII and time-travel is truly beguiling,
and, while this novel’s clearly complete in itself, I’ll certainly look forward
to reading the sequel when it comes out.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of Divide by Zero
“He may be
Bogart-cool and clever, sharp-tongued and fedoraed—but underneath the veneer
Joe January reveals himself both in his vulnerability and the most ageless
adventure of all: a journey of the heart.” Reviewer: Rachael Perry-Author of How to Fly
Excerpt:Later that night Lance saw Melissa home,
via cab. The decorated war hero and gentleman nonpareil no doubt sealed their
business venture with a handshake, not a kiss. The kiss, he would anticipate,
would come later.
mildly disappointed to find that the mole on Ginger’s breast had no twin
elsewhere; but the consolation her many other gifts provided helped to ease my
disappointment. Still, I found Ginger to be a taker and not a giver, and so
what pleasure I gained was the result of my own giving, which she was only too
eager to take.
Lindy, who drove home alone, was robbed of any chance to give, and therefore
gained neither pleasure let alone solace from the image of where and with whom
I had lain.
Over the decades since that night, I’ve tormented myself over the fact
that Lindy had suffered her disappointment alone, perhaps the previously
unrecollected melody, I Don’t
Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You, echoing
unsympathetically through her fading consciousness, her pillow taking the tears
she could not help but give.
Tomorrow is forever. I should’ve held on for one more night.
Ah, so many regrets. What’s one more?
Product Details: Series: Joe January Trilogy Book 2 Print Length: 249 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Alternate Reality, Romance, Time Travel Fiction
January’s Thaw (January Trilogy Book Three)
by J. Conrad Guest
obsess over their past, but no one more than I. Perchance it’s because, as a man
out of time, I left behind so much of it unlived.
If that makes
little sense, consider that I’m a time traveler. Although the backdrop for my story
is time travel and alternate realities, the underlying theme is a more human one—of
love lost, another love found only to be lost, and of a decision, the result of
a single regret brought about by the realization that my self-professed courage
to never risk my heart to love was instead cowardice, to rectify a wrong in a life
filled with myriad regrets. You may judge me, as it is man’s nature to judge others,
or discount my story as the ravings of a lunatic mind or simply the fiction of an
overactive imagination—but before you do, I ask that you read on to the end, and
then ask yourself if you would have acted any differently.
Review: “In January’s Thaw,
J. Conrad Guest gives us an unforgettable adventure seen through the cracked lens
of our broken present and an all-too-possible, what-if past. Full of intrigue, romance
and scathing social commentary, it is both an ambitious novel and an exciting, page-turning
imaginative quest for that which is beautiful and true.” Reviewer: Rachael Perry-Author
of How to Fly
Product Details: Series: Joe January Trilogy Book Three Paperback: 264 Pages Genre: Science Fiction, Alternate Reality, Romance, Time Travel Fiction
A Retrospect In Death,
a mainstream novel with elements of the supernatural, the afterlife, life,
living, and romance, is a story about discovery. You think you know yourself?
Perhaps you only think you do. Maybe those with whom you’ve shared a room,
whether briefly or long term, know you better.
other side of the Great Divide, the narrator, who remains nameless throughout
the narrative, encounters his higher self—the part of him that is immortal and
connected to the creator—and learns (much to his chagrin) that he must return
to the lifecycle. But first he must be “debriefed” by his higher self, and so
they set about discussing the man’s previous life—in reverse chronological
order: knowing the end but retracing the journey, searching for the breadcrumbs
left along the way.
closest to us know us better than we know ourselves; or do they, as we often
insist, know jack? Consider that only in death can you really know, and understand,
who and why you are—or were. And then ask yourself: At that point, is it too
late? Does it even matter?
Review: “Introspective, like
a personal remembrance of life, this book is more than diary or autobiography,
but less than truth perhaps because it’s viewed entirely through the eyes of
the (dead) protagonist. Slowly working towards the unseen facts of his
character’s past, J. Conrad Guest’s A Retrospective In Death is a languid,
oddly compelling tale, evoking an era with a wealth of intricate detail,
creating a memorable yet achingly ordinary man, and searching for meaning and
purpose in it all.
“Song titles, movies, well-known names and places, events in sports,
evocative phrases from the past and much, much more build up into a powerful
retrospect of an era, all told in a voice that changes convincingly with
changing enthusiasm, self-deprecating humor, and psychoanalytical hints from
the higher self. It’s a pleasing, though very long tale, and the ending is
beautifully worth the languorous journey.” Reviewer: Sheila Deeth-Author of
Divide by Zero
Romance with a twist: Can a Gulf War veteran suffering PTSD finally
leave behind his past to find the music that will make his life worth living?
returns from the first Gulf War haunted by horrific images of Tom Wallach, a
dead marine he brought back from the desert. Seeking refuge from his nightmares
and broken marriage in a jazz quartet in which he plays bass guitar, fifteen
years elapse and he has a one-night fling with Rosary, a beautiful young woman
he meets at one of his gigs. When his ex-wife comes back into his life, Rosary’s
obsession turns into a fatal attraction.
from Wallach’s ghost, the daughter Wallach never met, and a friend who is much
more than he appears to be, Reagan discovers he must let go of his tortured
past if he is to embrace the future.
Unsettling Beauty of a Perfect Chord… “Discussions of life, love, faith and the
universe fuel J. Conrad Guest’s intriguing dialog-based novel A World Without
Music. Music itself ‘stands half way between thought and phenomenon,’ a
fascinating concept that leaves the reader pondering all. But the
conversation’s powerful and real, and the tale moves on; locations change,
topics flow and grow, and the reader soon feels like a traveler delighting in
overhearing strangers who might become friends.
novel’s path through music, movies, sci-fi, baseball, politics, faith and
romance are endlessly intriguing and deeply involving, even as mystery deepens
and danger looms. Allusions to jazz and song lyrics are as natural as the
flight of a softball into the air, smoothly delighting the reader whether
they’re caught or simply catch the eye. And Reagan, born to lust, love or jazz,
has choices to make, and scary consequences to navigate.
music of the common man proves as vital to our world’s symphony as that of
heroes and villains throughout all time. A World Without Music reads like a
masterpiece of music, culture and life and is highly recommended.” Reviewer: Sheila
Deeth-Author of Divide by Zero
Excerpt: Reagan followed Wallach to the living
room, where they sat, facing each other, in two high-backed chairs.
“How do I
know I’m not the one dreaming?” Reagan whispered.
do I know?”
shrugged. “Pinch yourself if you don’t believe me.”
refrained from doing just that; at some level he knew this was real: across
from him sat the ghost of Tom Wallach.
permanent,” Wallach said.
you do. Aren’t you glad now that you didn’t pull the trigger on your Glock? You
were so convinced that you’d lost Sarah forever, but it was just a bump in the
road. She needed time to realize what you meant to her. Had you pulled that
Reagan said, looking away in shame.
don’t, Reagan. You have no idea what that would’ve done to Sarah.”
sighed. “Suicides rarely understand the ruin they leave behind. They’re lost in
their own pain.”
nodded and said, “Not pulling the trigger was an act of courage. Your work here
is not done.”
know this how? Are you omnipotent?”
knowing? No. Let’s just say I have night vision.”
“You can see
future is made up of myriad possibilities, all predicated on the choices we
make, or fail to make, each and every day.”
thought about that for a moment, before asking, “So is there an alternate
reality, one in which you came home from Kuwait?”
only one reality; but I am attuned to all possibilities, including the one of
which you spoke.”
you bear it?” Reagan said. “Knowing what might’ve been?”
me much comfort.”
life played out as it should have. My widow and daughter would not be the
people they are today had I come home from Kuwait.”
you know they wouldn’t be better off?”
first time since he’d begun haunting Reagan’s dreams, Wallach looked uncertain,
as if he didn’t know how much he could, or should, share with the living.
set something into motion.” And then, as if he couldn’t – or wasn’t allowed –
to say more, Wallach changed direction.
“Welcome. If you’re reading these words, you have my thanks for finding me. A critic calls my work, “Gritty, entertaining… real. Romance for the non-romantic.”
What’s that? My characters face everyday obstacles: love (finding it), loss of
love (ouch!), regret (who doesn’t have a few of those?), infidelity (from love
to hate to compromise), death (the Grim Reaper recently visited me in a dream
to tell me he was coming for me. “Great,” my dream self said. “You bring the
whiskey and I’ll provide the cigars”), redemption (that transformation from the
anti-hero the reader wants to like into the hero for whom they want to root),
and more. I write about relationships between men and woman, and fathers and
sons. Yet each character, although flawed and in some cases broken, is in their
own way extraordinary. I write mainstream, non-traditional romance (Fabio will
never grace the cover of one of my novels), and soft science fiction. I hope
you’ll find here something that appeals to your literary appetite.
named Joseph Conrad for my dad’s favorite novelist.
As a boy
my dream was to become a Major League Baseball player, but my parents had other
ideas. They urged me to play it safe, to learn a trade, get a job with an
automotive company, and retire in forty years with a gold watch. To me that was
a prison sentence. I didn’t want to reach my current age wondering, What if?
creative and wanted to leave my mark on the world. How to go about achieving
that dream perplexed me for many years, until I sat down to write my first
novel. January’s Paradigm was born from a bloodied and bruised heart. What
started as therapy for me turned into a passion. My dad often criticized me for
not finishing what I started, and I was determined to finish a novel. When Dad
read my second draft, after two years of labor, he was pleased.
geared up for submitting my child to agents and publishers I struggled for a
name. A nom de plume was out of the question. I wanted to use “Conrad” but
didn’t wish to be compared to the man who today is considered one of the
greatest writers of the twentieth century. I finally settled on J. Conrad Guest
and have never regretted it.
My novels are available in brick and mortar bookstores and at Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.”
Hunter’s Venom: Detective
Dice Modise Series Book 1 by Peter J. Earle
English safari client dies in an African hunting tragedy. Or is it an accident?
His daughter flies to the wild Okavango Delta of Botswana to find out, as CID
detective Sergeant Dice Modise of the Botswana Police investigates. It is not
the only case in his busy schedule: A girl is raped by three men who believe
they now have the cure for their AIDS affliction because a powerful witchdoctor
with a grudge has told them so. Lovers in a locked hut are burned to a crisp.
Then there is another death that may not be a tragic accident, and when the
English girl is kidnapped, it is a desperate race against time by Modise and
his game-guide friend, Nick Cahill, to find her alive.
Medicinal Purposes Only:
Detective Dice Modise Series Book 2 by Peter J. Earle
power of African medicine is enhanced by the use of human body parts; an evil
practice to be stamped out in the modern world. Detective Sergeant Dice Modise
of the Botswana CID investigates the disappearance of a surveyor, only to find
blood and bones. The only witness has fled in fear of his life with the Devil
on his heels. Then a homeless man is nowhere to be found… The two cases seem
to be linked, and as Modise closes in, so does the killer.
Children Apart:Detective Dice Modise Series Book 3 by Peter J. Earle
Lefhoko, a white American ex-pat living in the town of Maun in Botswana’s
Okavango Delta, gets a job relieving the regular receptionist at an orphanage.
She witnesses the altercation between the owner and a visiting Afro-pop singer
from Gaborone who is looking for the son her mother gave up on her behalf a
dozen years before. The singer asks her old school friend, Sergeant Dice Modise
of the Botswana CID, to look into the matter. Mary disappears, supposedly
having returned to the USA. The singer is stabbed to death in her home in
Gaborone after a music practice. Apparently, a robbery, it raises Modise’s
interest as the killing is too professional.
a Congo Mercenary, then a farmer in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, widower
Jake Malan now lives alone in Johannesburg. Over seventy, he has cancer, and
expects to not live long. He considers that planting anything in his garden may
be a race against cabbages. When a Nigerian house-jacker frightens his friend
and neighbour into a heart attack, Jake decides to use his limited time span to
get revenge. In Reading, England, an old ex-Congo nurse passes on, leaving a
letter for her doctor son and his two young adult daughters, explaining that
her son is the result of a brief liaison with a South African soldier in the
Congo conflict of the 1960s. She can only provide his name, Jake Malan, and the
name of his friend, Sergeant Dan McNeil, and their approximate ages. The elder
daughter, Megan, is keen to try to find Malan and sets off to South Africa.
Little does she realise the dangerous road her decision will set her on in the
crime-ridden South Africa of 2012.
its independence. A group of skydivers is lured to Mozambique as mercenaries,
but, what for them is a lark becomes a nightmare as a handful of men
desperately try to stop the detonation that will ignite southern Africa.
Product Details: Paperback: 343 Pages Genre: War Fiction
Stafford is caught in a speed trap late at night by two crooked traffic
officers. Their attempted extortion causes him to shoot them down. On arrival
at his farm, he discovers that his wife has left him for another man. Fleeing
to Rhodesia to escape his shattered life, Stafford is caught up in the bush war
and a bitter struggle for freedom and survival. After surviving three
encounters – the last of which leaves him at death’s door – his friend at home,
a policeman, is finding clues to the cop killer…
Product Details: Paperback: 323 Pages Genre: War Fiction, Murder Thrillers
Peter J. Earle was born in Gloucestershire, UK, grew up on a farm in the Transvaal, South Africa, and scraped through matric at Pretoria Boy’s High School. He wrote his first adventure story at age nine, in which the two villains were brothers named Edward and Ted…
wrote while waiting in queues, he wrote lying on a torpedo during ‘action
stations’ when in the South African Navy, he scribbled while supervising his
work team as a fencing foreman. While still at school, in defiance of the
new-death-penalty-for sabotage law of the Apartheid government, he tried to
blow up the Afrikaans-medium school nearby. He was a Rhodesian customs officer
on the Zambian border and spent three weeks in a Zambian prison.
has been a farm manager, an agricultural field technician, a concrete foreman,
a construction surveyor and owned his own construction company. Owning a
second-hand shop, he got an auctioneer’s license. He married and was blessed
with a daughter. After 66 parachute jumps, he had to sell his ‘rag’ to pay the
hospital bills at the birth of his son. He self-published his first two novels,
‘Purgatory Road’ and ‘The Barros Pawns’in 2008/2009. In 2012, he added
‘Hunter’s Venom’, the first in the Botswana CID detective Dice Modise series.
The second in the series is ‘Medicinal Purposes Only’ and the third, ‘Children
Apart’ will appear later in 2016. All are available in the Amazon’s Kindle
Shop. He lives in a cottage in the village of Haarlem, South Africa.
The Cat Without A Tail follows the trials of Sam, a young Manx cat with a soft,
white puff of a tail.
he discovers that he is indeed different from everyone around him, he learns
and helps to teach the importance and beauty of diversity and self-worth.
Cold Coffee 5 Star
The Cat Without A Tail by Gloria Lintermans touched my heart. As a mother and
grand-mother I think all parents and grand-parents should take the message in
this book to heart and share this delightful, well written story with children
of all ages.
the cat, is a Manx kitten, which means he has a soft, white, cotton puff for a
tail. It isn’t long before he becomes self-conscious that his tail is different
from the tails of the cats coming into his yard.
that he is not welcome to curl up under the tree with his new friends, Sam
retreats into isolation.
day Sam finds out how smart, special and talented he really is and his despair
turns to self-acceptance and the ability to join in on the activities around
illustrations by Kristina Tosicare are remarkable. The truth within the story
needs to be shared with all children. Any and all attempts to boost the
self-esteem of children around us, is our adult responsibility.
Gloria Lintermans gives some much-needed advice for parents and grand-parents
at the end of this book. I encourage you to pick this book up in print or
e-book and share it with the children around you. It is a story for all times.
purchased Sam: The Cat Without A Tail so I can share its message with my
grand-children. I hope Author Gloria Lintermans writes more books to help
children and educate the adults around them. My review posted on April 18,
Product Details: Age Range: 3 – 7 years Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2 Hardcover: 36 Pages Genre: Children’s Books
The Secrets to Stepfamily
Success: Revolutionary Tools to Create a Blended Family of Support and Success
by Gloria Lintermans
“[Secrets for Stepfamily Success] is the most thorough work on stepfamilies I have seen… a handbook of great value for both professionals and stepfamily members in navigating the complex territory of stepfamily life.” -Joan Sarin, M.S., Founder, Stepfamily Solutions (www.StepmomSOS.com)
book is a valuable resource that I will recommend to everyone I meet who is
either divorced and starting a new relationship or who is already part of a
stepfamily.” -Natalie Franklin, Administrator, Life in a Blender.
is probably the most comprehensive book I’ve read in a very long time…. easy
to read and to understand. I can definitely see this as a great tool for
professionals working with stepfamilies as well and individuals and couples
contemplating forming one.” -Claudette L. Chenevert, Stepfamily Life
Coach, Coaching Steps LLC
secrets to Stepfamily Success offers tools that can significantly lower the
alarming rate of step and blended family divorce, helping families evolve into
highly nurturing, reliable refuges of warmth, safety, encouragement, strength,
caring, and joy.
and blended families have a unique dynamic with which couples must cope, along
with all the other normal challenges of life and marriage. See how these
families differ in up to sixty structural and dynamic ways from typical intact
biological families-including consisting of two co-parenting homes and
ex-spouses-and learn how to successfully recognize and manage these challenges.
For most couples, trying to build a successful remarriage can mysteriously
bring out their deepest personal fears, longings, shames, and hopes.
key to not only survival, but also living this journey well, begins with
discovering opportunities to heal and to succeed; it is not about blame or badness.
With the right preparation and resources, a multi-home step or blended family
can be a stable and solid foundation for co-parents and children.
The Healing Power of
Love: Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to New Love by Gloria Lintermans and
Healing Power of Love: Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to New Love is a
collection of twelve beautifully and honestly told, uplifting and inspirational
stories of new, loving relationships following the loss of a spouse or partner.
Authors Lintermans and Stolzman recognize the life-affirming, vitally
important, next step following mourning the loss of a spouse or partner. The
often disquieting yet exhilaratingly overlap of grieving and finding new love
can only unfold through a commitment to healthy grieving and the willingness to
The Healing Power of
Grief: The Journey Through Loss to Life and Laughter by Gloria Lintermans and Marilyn
insight and compassion, the authors lead readers through their grief and into a
healed future of purpose and joy. For the bereaved, their family and friends
who don’t know where to turn, these are the pages to turn to.” ― Eleanore
Osborne, Daytona Beach News-Journal
comforting, yet practical manual on grieving that combines the empathy of
real-life storytelling with the candid advice of a renowned bereavement
Healing Power of Grief is Gloria Linterman’s exploration of the first two years
following the death of her precious husband Rick, Her real-life stories of
mourning and healing offer up a book full of empathy, compassion, and community
for any reader who might be going through a similar journey. It also features
psychotherapist and bereavement counselor Dr. Marilyn Stolzman’s “five
stage” sequence for healing:
within the book is a 100+ page workbook, The Power of Thought, which guides
readers through the time sequences of grief and healing. In The Healing Power
of Grief, Gloria’s honest story combines with Dr. Stolzman’s practical vision
to help readers find their way from loss and make life more bearable at last.
Product Details: Paperback: 378 Pages Genre: Sociology of Death, Grief, Bereavement, Love, Loss
Retro Chic: A Guide to
Fabulous Vintage and Designer Resale Shopping in North America by Diana Eden,
Gloria Lintermans and Diana Eden
only comprehensive guide to shopping for vintage and designer resale, including
* specific stores in all the major U.S. & Canadian cities * favorite haunts
of celebs and stylists * Internet thrift shopping * vintange expos across the
continent Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge on mint-condition
Givenchy, this is your roadmap to the timeless cool of vintage HCing.
About The Author: Gloria Lintermans is an author and freelance
writer. A former syndicated fashion columnist, her popular column,
Looking Great, appeared in English and Spanish language newspapers
across the U.S. from Hawaii to New York, and worldwide from Saudi Arabia to
is the author of THE SECRETS TO STEPFAMILY SUCCESS: Revolutionary Tools to
Create a Blended Family of Support and Respect, THE HEALING POWER OF GRIEF: The
Journey Through Loss to Love and Laughter, THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE:
Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to New Love, THE CHEAP CHIC: A Guide to LA’s
Resale Boutiques, the “ultimate guide to recycled fashion”,
forerunner of RETRO CHIC: A Guide to Fabulous Vintage and Designer Resale
Shopping in North America & Online
and The Newly Divorced Book of Protocol . A fashion editor and freelance
writer, she has authored numerous articles on fashion and beauty, along with a
wide range of timely topics for national and local magazines.
has appeared on national and local radio and television talk shows across the
county and enjoys a reputation as an articulate, warm, and knowledgeable guest.
She has hosted her own “Looking Great with Gloria Lintermans” cable
television and radio shows and is a popular lecturer and commentator.
is a member of The Authors Guild, Inc., and S.A.G.- A.F.T.R.A. (Screen Actors
Guild American Federation of Television & Radio Artists).
She believes that there is a great need for children to understand that it is our differences that make each of us special and this world a peaceful world in which to live.
The Sitcom Murders 1: Sexy Sixties Sitcom by Nicholas Victor (aka Nick Iuppa)
What if the heroine of an immensely popular television sitcom suddenly learned that her show was being turned into a horror series by a deranged screenwriter? What if she was able to drive over to the writer’s home and confront him? What if she then learned that he was able to give her the power to defend herself and even begin to love the murder and mayhem of HORROR? And then, after she had eliminated three homicidal maniacs, he explained that he had more work for her… more sitcom murders.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: This first installment of The Sitcom Murders is a dark comedy about a sexy sixties TV character who suddenly realizes that her TV show has become a horror story and she just might be the first victim.
Lacy Livingood, the TV heroine, is home alone when a madman suddenly begins breaking down her kitchen door. Terrified by his hideous stocking mask and threats of rape and murder, Lacy beats him off with a frying pan, then rushes to her car and drives across LA to find the show’s writer. She’s not sure what to expect, but aging screenwriter Billy Edelman explains it all.
“Ya know, for a girl half the world thinks is brilliant, you’re a little slow on the uptick,” Billy answered. “You and Johnny and Ronnie are characters, in a sitcom, a very popular one fifty years ago. Look at this.” And with that Edelman clicked a link and entered eBay. He typed in “Lacy Livingood” and pages and pages of Lacy Livingood memorabilia confronted him: autographed photos, scripts from the show, clothes she had worn.
“But our show’s not on anymore,” Lacy whispered.
“People’re always lookin’ for somethin’ fresh,” Billy answered. “If not new characters, at least old characters in new stories. And that’s what I’ve given them.”
“So now I’m the main character in a horror story,” Lacy said at last. “Okay. But if I have to be in this show of yours, at least teach me how to defend myself. You can do that much for me can’t you?”
And Billy could; in fact, he could help Lacy learn to enjoy murder as much as his villains… but with dire consequences.
Author Nicholas Victor (aka Nick Iuppa) has given us something never seen before, a TV sitcom character who actively conspires with her show’s living writer to defeat the bad guys. There is a fine line between reality and fiction, TV characters and real people, self-preservation and blood lust. And sexy Lacy finds herself right at the crossroads of everything and loving it.
If you enjoy dark humor, pick up a copy of The Sitcom Murders I – SEXY SIXTIES SUBURBIA. I’m sure you will enjoy the read and find yourself looking forward to the next installment. (A preview of The Sitcom Murders II: SEVENTIES NEWSROOM is available as part of the first book).
I think you’ll find yourself as curious as I am about where the author will go with this new series…and just who Lacy Livingood will murder next.
I purchased this book from Kindle and my review posted on April 17, 2019
Product Details: Paperback: 92 Pages Genre: Dark Humor, Horror
Alien Mission (The
Peacemaker Book 1) by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
CTHULHU MEETS THE DA VINCI CODE When young teen,
Victor Encinas desecrates a religious shrine in order to join his brother’s
gang, he finds himself drawn into a world of alien spaceships, insectile high
priests, and an interplanetary religion that seeks to take over the earth. Somehow,
he finds that the most popular girl in school is in love with him and he’s been
appointed The Peacemaker. The first book in The Peacemaker Series introduces us
to the desert metropolis of Tumac City where a historic Spanish mission has
been watched and studied by alien priests for centuries. The benevolent high
priest of the unearthly religion is nearing the end of his life. And a revolt
on his planet may soon bring about the return to ancient barbaric ways and the
ascent of his depraved son. That shape-shifting monster has been exiled to
Earth and kept in check by a series of human Peacemakers chosen by the high
priest himself, and Victor is next in line for the role.
Coffee 5 Star Review: This is not your typical
If you are new to Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira’s books, you are
in for a surprisingly powerful paranormal adventure. Those of us who have been
following these authors, find this first book in The Peacemaker series, a
Imagine a terrifying supernatural experience that gives you
incredible powers! This is exactly what happens to a teenager named Victor
Encinas, who is so desperate to join his brother’s gang that he desecrates a
religious shrine as part of his initiation. And then:
“Suddenly a beam of intense white light shoots down at Victor and
blinds him for a moment. He falls to his knees and feels himself jerked up
feet-first into the sky above the church. The building, the truck, and the
whole parking lot seem to jump back violently until he finds himself suspended
hundreds of feet over them. Victor twists up to look into the light that has
captured him, but its brilliance overwhelms him. “GOD ALMIGHTY!” he calls.”
Does God have anything to do with it? Victor is freed from the
beam of light but soon learns that he has just been chosen to become a human
peacemaker and stand against an exiled alien high priest who is plotting an
interplanetary religious take-over of the earth.
As US government, Native American, and Religious authorities work
(sometimes at cross purposes) to understand the strange puzzle pieces coming
together near the mission, a series of grisly serial killings begin. And then,
as if young Victor doesn’t have enough on his mind, he finds the most popular
girl in school falling in love with him, becoming a great help and support,
but, in the process, also a target of the killer.
If you enjoyed reading The DA VINCI CODE, you will not want to
miss “Alien Mission,” the first installment of The Peacemaker series. Take
special note of the extensive list of characters at the beginning of this book,
as the authors will build on this list going forward. This story is beyond your
wildest imagination, and it is only the beginning.
I look forward to what comes next in The Peacemaker series. I
purchased this book in Kindle and this review posted on December 13, 2018.
Product Details: Series: The Peacemaker (Book 1)Paperback: 365 Pages Genre: Coming of Age Fiction, Paranormal Horror
Alicia’s Ghost: The
Alicia Trilogy Book 1 by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
The astoundingly beautiful Alicia has ended her modeling career in
Mexico City, married the love of her life, helped pay his way through college,
settled into a comfortable life in Los Altos, California, and now she’s dead…
Her husband, Professor Carlos Mann, has wrapped himself in an
obsessive-compulsive disorder to hide from that fact. But when Amy Joy, one of
Carlos’s students, is sold into slavery by a Chinese mob that traffics in Asian
girls, Alicia returns with a vengeance.
Can Alicia save her man, foil the human traffickers, and destroy
her murderer? Overwhelming supernatural forces stand against her. But, hell,
that just makes her stronger!
Told in the voices of Carlos and Alicia Mann, Alicia’s Ghost is a
funny, imaginative and thrilling ride through the human and spirit worlds of
Mexico and the American Southwest.
Alicia’s Sin: The Alicia Trilogy Book 2 by Nick Iuppa, John P. Mendoza
To avenge her parents’ death, sadistic sex trafficker Tiger Joy
sends deadly assassins after Carlos and his beautiful ghost wife Alicia. The
pair escapes to Cancun where they battle witches and drug lords to help their
friend Señor Popcorn win the love of his life. But the Afterlife Judges aren’t
happy with Alicia’s temper, and they send her off to anger management therapy
with the ghost of Sigmund Freud.
In old Vienna, the spirit of a seductive crown prince tempts
Alicia, and then she’s captured by gypsies who put her on display in the Ghost
Chamber of their traveling carnival. Alicia commits an unforgivable sin, and it
finally gives Tiger Joy the perfect chance for revenge.
Alicia Bewitched: The
Alicia Trilogy Book 3 by Nick Iuppa, John P. Mendoza
Logic Professor Carlos Mann sets out to murder
Tiger Joy in her prison cell.
Unfortunately, the gorgeous queen of human
traffickers captures him and ships him off to the Yucatan, where the evil
witch, La Bruja, uses all her powers to try to weaken and destroy him.
Meanwhile, Alicia calls on friends both living and
dead to help save her husband, and in the process, she learns many terrible
secrets that were born in the days of the great Mayan Empire … secrets that
could save or even destroy Carlos and Alicia.
the complete story of Alicia’s Ghost is available as a series of individual
books or in a single volume. The ghost of the world’s most haunting and
vengeful heroine must battle drug lords, human traffickers, Maya witches,
legendary monsters, and the Spanish Inquisition to stay with the man she loves.
Avenging Adelita by Nick
Iuppa and John P. Mendoza
romance with a ticking time bomb at its heart.
bomb on this train. It will explode before you reach your final
destination…because you murdered my wife.
professor Tom McKeever has just lost his wife Adelita to cancer. But the more
he thinks about it, the more he realizes she didn’t have to die.
and administration of the university where he teaches in Mexico played a major
role in causing her death.
relives powerful memories of his life with Adelita as he and the rest of the
faculty take a train ride into the mountains. He plans to gain revenge by
blowing up the train, killing all those who have wronged him and everyone else
on board… including himself.
Cold Coffee 5
Star Review: Nick Iuppa, Author of ‘Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games, has
teamed up with John P. Mendoza to bring us another fast-paced, action suspense
thriller that will keep readers turning pages and biting their nails.
large cast of unique characters, many of whom are confined to business class
cars on the Copper Canyon Railway as it speeds through the Grand Canyon of
Mexico, unaware of the impending man-made disaster that’s about to shatter the
the process of grieving for his lost wife, Adelita, his “warrior woman” love,
walks a thin line between reality and golden memories that keep pulling him
back into his-her beauty, delicious aroma, and open arms. The gut-wrenching
knowledge that there was an experimental cancer treatment that might have saved
Adelita’s life, had it not been for the decisions of one man, is more than Tom
can bear. The need for revenge seethes like red-hot embers but conflicts with
thoughts dredged up from a Catholic School upbringing: “Vengeance is mine,
saith the lord!”
running out, but somehow the collateral damage begins to seem more and more
defensible, a justifiable murder suicide. Is it? Find out; come ride the rails
into Copper Canyon when time is definitely not on your side.
Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa & John P. Mendoza as these two authors give
the reader what they have come to expect; great descriptive writing, with
dialog and startling transitions from present to past and back again placing
the reader in the mind of this widower. This review was completed on December
“Nick Iuppa loops a brilliant mix of technology, romance,
military lore, and vampires into a terrifying, sexy spree in the Swiss Alps.
The details are 3D. If you’re looking for a heart-pounder, this is it.”
The castle of 15th century duchess Elizabeth Laskaar looks down on
the little Swiss village of Murdenwald and the secretive military complex
nearby. There, the UN hopes to end world conflict with a vast military
simulation that will dramatize the apocalypse that will follow the next major
war. To head the project, they hire notorious Hollywood producer Donald Vito,
master of explosive action adventures, who still mourns the murder of his
teenage love in the 1950s.
Vito and the simulation team use new technology to build hundreds
of virtual soldiers and terrorists you can touch, speak to, and reason with.
But they also begin to feel the influence of Elizabeth Laskaar. She’s often
called Bloody Bess – the first real vampire – because she maintained her
youthful beauty by slaughtering her maidservants and bathing in their blood.
Recklessly inspired by their surroundings, the team creates a
virtual vampire that soon takes on the characteristics of Elizabeth’s
magnificent, long-dead husband. Soon, he and Bess stalk the compound, seducing
everyone working on the project, until vampire blood surges beyond the humans
to the virtual characters with unthinkable consequences. In the end, perhaps,
only the power of Vito’s long-lost love can save humanity.
Cold Coffee 5 Star Review: Bloody
Bess And The Doomsday Games is a magnificent fictional horror drama featuring
ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project. The
Doomsday Games, as the project is called, involves a team of international
scientists, engineers, and military personnel who gather in the ancient town of
Murdenwald, Switzerland, to do no less then put an end to war.
developed a cast of authentic and unique characters like Elizabeth Laskaar
(Duchess of Hungry) known as “Bloody Bess” to her victims in 1580 in the small
village of Nyirbator Hungary. She prowled the streets of Murdenwald seeking out
young women to murder so that she could bathe in their blood. Her husband
Ferenc, some say, is still the director of the town’s ancient library. A most beautiful
man with midnight blue eyes, he waits for naïve young women to come to his
tower and aid him in his evil work. Then there’s Donny
Vito, the world’s greatest film producer, called upon by the U. S. President to
breathe life into the Doomsday Games. Elli Capadonico is the girl Donny loved
in his youth; she fell victim to Arnie Cudgel, an obsessive young man with both
romantic and sadistic intentions. The cast also includes scientists,
mathematicians, military personnel, writers, artists, technicians, Chu Yun
Trang (the director of a rogue nation seeking to build nuclear weapons), and a
myriad of simulated characters who populate the virtual Armageddon.
highly descriptive writing takes the reader from the Middles Ages to a 1950s
high school romance, to mysteries surrounding the ‘knowledge’ held in the
ancient Murdenwald Library, to the International Simulation Center itself where
the final challenge becomes solving “the God Problem.” Nick weaves these
stories together so skillfully that the separate lines merge to become plot
twists in an amazing and unexpected ending.
author, Nick Iuppa, is the son of a prominent Rochester, New York doctor. Nick
attended the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate work at Stanford.
Nick’s first job was at MGM Studios in Hollywood where he worked on TV specials
with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). He also had the
privilege of writing for the Wonderful World of Disney, working as an
instructional designer for Eastman Kodak, leading Bank of America’s in-house TV
production group, managing the Learning Technologies Group within Apple
Computer, and finally returning to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood where he
designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style simulations for the
extensive travels to Europe have inspired some of his characters and settings.
His work history, technical knowledge, and experience have given him the tools
and concepts for his novels.
endorse Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games by Nick Iuppa for the creative
genius of the Doomsday Game. This review was completed on October 2, 2014.
Esteban Meets Alicia by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
As two escaped convicts and the worst sandstorm in recorded memory
descend on the little town of La Sentencia, Arizona, Esteban Dorantes
encounters a mysterious and beautiful woman. She advises him that (like his
great, great grandfather before him) he must set off on a quest in search of
the fabled seven cities of gold… to save La Sentencia. She adds that she too
has a quest… to find the man who murdered her.
A fireball launches itself from the Arizona
desert leaving behind three camels, a magical jukebox, and a five-year-old girl
who only speaks Italian.
Soon, the nearby town of La Sentencia is reeling
from a series of disasters. The copper mine, which supports the town, shuts
down leaving most of the population unemployed. Massive sandstorms batter the
place. And then the Devlin Lucero shows up. He seduces a pretty substitute
teacher and then uses her to spread greed, anger, and vengeance everywhere.
In the face of all these trials, Esteban Dorantes
decides to retrace the steps of his great, great grandfather, who once led a
quest to find the Seven Cities of Gold. Aided by the camels, the wisdom of the
little girl, and the spirit of the magical jukebox, he hopes to locate a great
treasure and bring it back to save La Sentencia.
Esteban is accompanied by Ceci Moreno, his old
high school sweetheart, the only person in town who doesn’t think he’s a
madman. But Ceci is still in love Gabriel Romo, another dreamer who somehow
feels he can bargain with the devil to save the mine and the town.
Wacky, scary and spectacular, Esteban’s Quest
blends science fiction, Aztec lore, classic horror, and offbeat humor into an
unforgettable tale of love, destiny, magic, and redemption.
5 Star Review: Step
aside Indiana Jones. There’s a new adventurer in town. Esteban Dorantes may be
a little more reluctant, but he has an even greater sense of destiny than even
Dr. Jones. Dorantes is goaded by the desperate needs of his impoverished
hometown and visions of his great, great grandfather… an African slave who
once led Spanish Conquistadors on the first quest for the Seven Cities of Gold.
The story opens in the Arabian Desert where a
wall of wind a mile high and a hundred miles wide, roars though an oasis
carrying off a husband and wife team of archeologists but leaving behind their
We move to La Sentencia, a small town in Arizona,
which is devastated by its own windstorms and other disasters including the
immanent closing of a copper mine… the only business in that part of the
What’s the link between these two desolate desert
locations… the little Italian girl who suddenly shows up on the winds of a
sandstorm to advise the residents in Arizona? And then there’s an ancient
artifact that may have been left by space travelers. Does it hold the key to
the building of great earthly civilizations… and the salvation of La
Esteban Dorantes must have some sense of all this
as he decides, at the little girl’s bidding, to takes up his great
grand-fathers quest for The Golden Cities and save his home town in the
The novel’s fifty-six chapters of action-packed
adventure may surpass some of the greatest quests ever told, with its Aztec
lore, science fiction spacecraft, magical jukebox, a destiny that spans
generations, horror, humor, three camels, talking coyotes, a very sexy
substitute high school teacher, the devil himself, and, of course, a love
I invite everyone to read Esteban’s Quest and
experience this compelling tale for themselves.
I endorse Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John
Pesqueira. I encourage you to purchase other books by the team including: The
Carlos Mann Trilogy (Alicia’s Ghost, Alicia’s Sin, Alicia Bewitched) and
Avenging Adelita (romance), in addition to the stand-alone novels by Nick Iuppa
include Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games (fictional horror drama featuring
ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project) and Taken
by Witches (a modern horror story based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales). I purchased
this book from Kindle. This review was completed on July 26, 2016.
When he was a child, Niko
Madonie was terrified of his over-protective grandmother. Somehow, he knew she
was a witch possessed of overwhelming supernatural powers and determined to
save him from the real and imagined dangers of the modern world.
Now a successful writer in Hollywood, Niko is
helping create an animated version of Hansel and Gretel while he struggles to
protect his beautiful young wife from sexy, New Age witches who hope to
sacrifice her to please the ancient crone.
This is an epic horror romance set against a
background of legends, with complex villains, a magical young couple, and a
storyline straight from the darkest pages of the Brothers Grimm.
5 Star Review: If you have ever thought
that reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales to your children or grandchildren might
frighten them, then you’d better keep the lights on while reading Taken by
Witches to yourself.
Author Nick Iuppa asks questions you might not
ask aloud. “Do witches exist; where does their power come from, and to what
ends will they use it?”
Masterfully written, this multifaceted story
begins in the small Polish village of Zakopane high in the Carpathian
Mountains. A warlock skillfully tells the story to a shopkeeper and his young
daughter after he returns a collection of gruesome masks that the shopkeeper
once sent to America so they wouldn’t fall into the hands of the Nazis. The
masks are all images of the same woman, a witch named Babcia (pronounced
Bob-cha) the Polish name for grandmother.
The warlock’s story begins with a young boy
named Niko Madonie who realizes that his grandmother has supernatural powers
that terrify him up until the day she dies. As an adult, Niko marries and
becomes a successful writer in Hollywood. But even there he is haunted by memories
of Babcia and he finds he must struggle to protect his wife from new age
witches who decide to sacrifice the beautiful young woman to please the ancient
Imagine Babcia’s evil smell: (the stench of
blood sausage mixed with the spicy sweetness of gingerbread) and realize that
ancient history doesn’t always stay in the past. Centuries after Niko’s
grandmother lost her first baby to medieval witch hunters, she bears a new
family to a new husband in a new land, America. But even in this future place
and time, she remembers the vow she made when the infant was murdered:
“Atrocities to her loved ones will never happen again,” no matter what the
Author Nick Iuppa has impressive credentials as
the former Creative Director of Paramount Pictures’ Digital Entertainment, Head
of Apple Computer’s Learning Technologies Group, and Writer for the Wonderful
World of Disney.
I endorse Taken by Witches by Nick Iuppa as a
modern horror story based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which first brought the essence
of ancient witchcraft into America’s bedtime stories. Nick’s other novels
include Alicia’s Ghost, Alicia’s Sin, Alicia Bewitched, Bloody Bess And The
Doomsday Games, and Avenging Adelita. I
purchased this book from Kindle. This reviewed was completed on November 12,
The Witch Within Her (sequel to Taken By Witches).
Sexy, Stunning, Relentless Horror
A possessed child is caught in a war between witches!
Spanning centuries of horror and witchcraft, the powerful sequel
to Taken By Witches tells how Babcia Czarownica, the greatest of all witches,
does battle with far more seductive members of her craft. She must confront a
lustful priest, a predatory lover, a vengeful undead beauty, and the
unspeakable evil hiding at the top of Rapunzel’s Tower… all to save her
beloved grandson and his family from utter annihilation. And she must
accomplish all this while sharing the body of an eight-year-old girl.
The Battle For The Alamo
Taqueria by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira
Remember The Taqueria
When vigilantes gun down her uncle during an
illegal border crossing, an idealistic young Mexican woman decides to make a
dramatic political statement by leading a strike force to recapture the Alamo.
Then international spies, Hollywood celebrities, the American President, the
whole Mexican army, and a teenage kid with a tank become involved… and
everything spins out of control
5 Star Review:
In this very funny and interesting read, a dreamy young Mexican woman name
Claudia Madero joins a group who tries to cross the US/Mexican border illegally
and is shot at by American vigilantes.
Her aging uncle is mortally wounded in the
incident, and – after being returned to her hometown – she partners with a
local priest and a successful merchant in an attempt to make a dramatic
statement about the negative consequences of US border policies.
Why not recapture the Alamo, she decides, draw
the attention of the press, and force an honest debate about the issue?
Of course, there are bungling players on all
sides of this comedy, and Claudia and her “Army” end up liberating, not the
real Alamo, but a Taqueria designed as a replica of the historic shrine. It
doesn’t seem to matter though. The US President decides that he too wants to
make a statement and so he sends the US Marines to confront her.
No matter what your political view, we feel that
it is important that everyone be informed about both sides of this complex and
difficult issue. This is not the time to ignore current events and become a
If you like Saturday Night Live, you will love
this book. I could see some chapters as a skit with the actor Alic Baldwin cast
as Donald Trump.
I endorse The Battle For The Alamo Taqueria as a
powerful but humorous presentation of an important side of the immigration
issue and perhaps a warning about apocalyptic consequences. I purchased this book
from Kindle. This review was completed on February 27, 2018.
Nick Iuppa began his career as an
apprentice writer with famed Bugs Bunny/Road Runner animator Chuck Jones and
children’s author Dr. Seuss. He later became a staff writer for the Wonderful
World of Disney. As VP Creative Director for Paramount Pictures, Nick did experimental
work in interactive television and story-based simulations. He is the author of
seven novels, Management by Guilt (Fawcett Books 1984—a Fortune Book Club
selection) and eight technical books on interactive media. He lives in Northern
California with his wife, Ginny.
studies at the University of Arizona, Columbia, and Stanford prepared him for
an impressive career in media design and development. His passion for the
visual arts and popular culture continue to inform his creative efforts and
still inspire his writing and photography. John grew up in the Sonoran Desert
and his love of the history, legends, and people of the American Southwest and
Mexico remain a major focus of his work. John lives with his wife in Northern
Novels by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira: Alien Mission (The Peacemaker Book 1) by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueir Alicia’s Ghost: The Alicia Trilogy Book 1 by Nick Iuppa, John Pesqueira Alicia’s Sin by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza Alicia Bewitched by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza Esteban Meets Alicia by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira The Battle For The Alamo Taqueria by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira Esteban Meets Alicia by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira
Novels by Nick Iuppa: The Witch Within Her by Nick Iuppa Taken By Witches The Witch Within Her Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games The Sitcom Murders 1: Sexy Sixties Sitcom by Nicholas Victor (aka Nick Iuppa)
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A married woman, Caylie Lyon, finds herself in the middle of
a bank robbery and gets taken hostage by the five robbers. Her ordeal starts
off as a scary event, but ends up with her forming a close relationship with
one of the robbers named Cole.
When the five criminals are caught in the act of another
robbery, Caylie is freed only to return to a different life than the one she
left. Eventually, Caylie reunites with Cole when he is released from prison.
His plan is to go after the company he used to work for. They’re the reason he
turned to robbery. They destroyed his construction business and murdered his
only brother. When the owners of the company find out Cole’s plan, Caylie seems
to find herself in danger.
Product Details: Paperback: 394 Pages Stand Alone (not part of a series) Genre: Romantic Suspense
Emotionally and mentally, Camille Thurston has had it. She
needs a much-needed rest from her job and her life in Boston. She decides
she’ll find it at her brother Zachary’s home in Connecticut. Little does she
know that this is just the beginning of more emotional and mental exhaustion.
A woman is reported missing and Cammy’s brother Zach and his
partner, Russ Nolan, are on the case. Cammy, who has worked for a private
investigator for the last three years, decides she can’t sit by idly. She
becomes involved not only with the case, but with the family of the missing
Product Details: Print Length: 280 Pages Stand Alone (not part of a series) Genre: Murder Mystery
About The Author: Linda
Burson, a native of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, has been writing ever since she
was a teenager. She started out writing memoirs and continued writing by
attempting several nonfiction pieces.
After attending college for a couple of years, she left to
pursue other interests and to travel California, the state in which she resided
at the time. Besides traveling, a lot of her free time was spent reading
mysteries, romance and women’s contemporary novels. During this time, Linda met
and married Anthony Burson, now her husband of over 30 years. They left
California when Anthony joined the U.S. Army, which gave them the opportunity
to travel the United States, Europe, and even live in Germany where they gave
birth to their first daughter, Amanda. Once they returned to the U.S., they
relocated to Connecticut and had their second daughter, Kayla.
As an adult, Linda attempted additional writing projects in
more difficult subject matters. She tried to write her grandfather’s life
story—his life in Italy and his move to Buenos Aires and entrance into America
through Ellis Island. She found his escapades as a young coal miner in West
Virginia and his later years as a train hopping hobo to be fascinating.
Unfortunately, life got in the way and Linda never completed his story. One day
she hopes to make another attempt at completing it.
After several other attempts at writing nonfiction and
assisting her youngest daughter, Kayla, with a children’s story, she gave up
writing to focus on raising her two daughters, being a wife, running her own
custom computerized embroidery business and taking care of her dog, a Lhasa Apso
named Nathan. After a serious bout of breast cancer, Linda eventually closed
down her business after almost 15 years. She decided it was time to attempt
writing again. This time, however, with nothing to distract her, she decided on
tackling fiction, a contemporary romance with a dark edge.
In January of 2013, she sat down with her laptop and started
writing notes about how her novel would progress. After that, the writing began
and it never stopped. Before she was aware of it, her idea of a single book
turned into a trilogy, which turned into a much longer series.
When asked about inspiration, Linda has this to say: “Nobody
really inspired me to write, but I do remember my mother and father always
saying ‘anything you put your mind to you can accomplish. Don’t ever let anyone
tell you, you can’t do something.’” Having the support and encouragement of my
husband Anthony and my two daughters, Amanda and Kayla, is also very important.
Having my youngest daughter Kayla, who is a writer and editor as well, to offer
advice and knowledge has helped me to stay focused and continue to write.
Welcome to my
ninth book of poetry, and my first chapbook. Being a chapbook, all the poems
are themed to fit the title, No More Hallelujahs, remembering past glory and
losing it to the present times. Some of it is deep and heart wrenching, but
hopefully also enlightening, and a reminder that we all have something to be
thankful for, something to lose if we cease to keep it close to us. Memories
are powerful gifts to each of us. I want to thank everyone who has supported me
and helped me along the way, especially my husband Karl and my son Damon.
Please enjoy the journey! Namaste!
Product Details: Paperback: 37 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Just Breathe is
my seventh book of poetry, which includes two Haiku & Senryu books. This is
my first book of all micro-poems. I love the challenge of telling a complete
story in as few words as possible like a breath of fresh air. It allows the
imagination to fill in the details and paint its own picture.
philosophical wisdom and depth of these poems reveals Ann Christine Tabaka’s
brilliance as a poet. Her concise and terse expression is quite impressive in
such immortal phrases and lines, full of profound thoughts: “music is
beauty/ to the soul”, “the delicious feeling / of no place to
be”, “beneath the surface / lies the truth”, “the moon
calls my name/ it knows me well”. The poems included in JUST BREATHE by
Ann Christine Tabaka, one of the greatest contemporary poets, have an
irresistible appeal. –Santosh Kumar, Editor, Cyberwit.net
Product Details: Paperback: 116 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Reaching for Dawn
is my sixth book of poems, which includes two books of Haiku & Senryu style
poems. As my life has changed with age, my style has changed, and hopefully
grown, since I first started writing rhymes and musings in the 1960’s. I now
see the universe on a deeper level than I did in my youth.
Once again, I
hope that you enjoy the journey as you travel with me into the inner depths of
my observations, my mind, and my feelings. Maybe you will find a little of your
own thoughts and feeling in my words as you read along.
Product Details: Paperback: 116 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Everlasting: A Lifetime Of Poems by Ann
Welcome to my
third book of rhymes, poems, and musings. My first book was Overcast Mind, My
life in Poems, and my second book was It Is Still Morning, A continuation of My
Life in Poems. As my life changes and evolves, so does my reason for writing.
What once started out as a means of survival has now grown into a passion.
I write because
something deep inside me calls out to me to do so. I have added some of my
original sketches and illustrations again in this book. A few of them are new
ones I drew this year. Once again, I invite you to join along with me in a
journey of fantasy, of truth, and of life events. Like real life, sometimes my
poems are happy, silly, contemplative, questioning, sad, or even desperate.
Product Details: Paperback: 130 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
It Is Still Morning: A Continuation Of My Life In Poems by Ann Christine Tabaka
This is the
second book of poems, rhymes, and musings by Ann Christine Tabaka. She has been
writing poems and rhymes since she was fourteen. She was an artist, a
scientist, and a personal trainer. Her poems are published in numerous national
and international journals, reviews, and anthologies.
Product Details: Paperback: 158 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
Overcast Mind: My Life In Poems by Ann
Musings, and Ponderings by Ann Christine Tabaka. She has been writing poems and
rhymes since she was fourteen. She was an artist, a scientist, and a personal
trainer. She has been writing poems and rhymes since she was fourteen. She was
an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer. Her poems are published in
numerous national and international journals, reviews, and anthologies.
Product Details: Paperback: 136 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
About The Author: Ann
Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been
internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications.
born and lives in Delaware. She has been writing poems and rhymes since her
Junior High years. She always kept a journal of her writing, but only started
to publish in 2017, when encouraged by many friends.
She was an Art
Major in college, and a retired scientist and personal trainer.
memoir, 6 poetry books, and 2 Haiku books, her poems are published in numerous
national, and international Poetry Journals, Reviews, and Anthologies.
Dandelion in a
Vase of Roses, The Contemporary Poets Group Anthology;
Anthology; These Fragile Lilacs journal; Contemporary Women’s Poetry Anthology,
Our Poetry Achieve; Down the Rabbit Hole, Creative Talents Unleased; I Have a
Name Anthology, Creative Talents Unleased; Peeking Cat Anthology (UK);
Destigmatized, Madness Muse Press; Bards Against Hunger Anthology;
Journal; Foxglove Journal; Duane’s PoeTree; Black Poppy Review; Outlaw Poetry
(France); Inventives Magazine; Between Hangovers; Metaphor Magazine; Society of
Classical Poets; Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine (UK); Poet Community; Scarlet Leaf
Review; Spillwords; Halcyon Days Magazine; The Blue Nib Magazine; Taj Mahal
Review (India); PPP Ezine; Ariel Chart; The Ginger Collect; Basil O’Flaherty
Review; Longshot Island; The Paragon Journal; Free Lit Magazine; Hidden
Constellations; Nature Writing; The Literary Hatchet, PearTree Press; Raven
Cage Ezine; Now Then/Word Life (UK); Degenerate Literature; Dual Coast
Magazine; Pengician (Africa); Carcinogenic Poetry; RavenPerch; Indian
Periodical; MetaWorker; Two Drops of Ink; GloMag; Event Horizon; Anapest
Journal; ColdNoon; Mused – BellaOnline Literary Review; Boned; The Remembered
Arts; Winamop; Tuck Magazine; Leaves of Ink; Poetic Diversity; Mad Swirl;
Scryptic Magazine; Dissident Voice; Communicators League; Escapism Literary
Magazine; Our Poetry Achieve; Academy of the Heart and Mind; Eos – The Creative
Context; Apricity Magazine; GFT Press – Ground Fresh Thursday; Peacock Journal;
Piker Press; Minute Magazine; Ann Arbor Review; PQ Magazine; Down in the Dirt
(Scars Publication); Academy of the Heart and Mind; With Painted Words,
Advaitam Speaks Literary Journal (New Delhi),The Stray Branch; Piker Press;
Triggerfish Critical Review; Foliate Oak Review.
Failed Haiku, Sonic Boom, 50 Haiku, The Cicada’s Cry, Brass Bell Haiku,
The Zen Space,
Ink Sweat & Tears Haiku, Zoomoozophone Review Haiku, Bear Creek Haiku,
Hoyt, arrogant, athletic, brilliant, manipulative and ruthless, is a master
burglar. He specializes in stealing high-end silver, breaking into homes that
seem impenetrable. He’s never been caught in the act, although he has spent
some time in prison on a related charge, time he used to hone his craft and
make valuable connections. (Hoyt is based on two real-life master burglars: the
so-called Dinnertime Bandit, who only stole when his victims were home, and The
Silver Thief, who was only interested in high-end silver). Hoyt follows the
money. In the winter, he works down south, primarily in southern Florida and
Georgia, around the Atlanta area. Summers, he moves back up north, where he
plies his trade in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
day, Charlie Floyd, brilliant, stubborn, an experienced investigator, who has
recently retired from his job with the attorney general’s department for the
state of Connecticut, receives a phone call from Manny Perez, a Cuban-American
Miami police detective. Perez, who’s worked with Floyd previously, wants to
enlist the former investigator in his efforts to put an end to Francis Hoyt’s
criminal career. Floyd accepts the offer and they team up to bring Hoyt to
Story Man, told in alternating chapters, representing Hoyt’s, Floyd’s and
Perez’s points-of-view, develops into a cat-and-mouse contest between the two
lawmen and this master burglar. As Floyd and Perez get closer to their prey,
Hoyt finds out they’re after him and rather than backing down, he taunts them,
daring them to bring him in. As the story develops, the stakes get higher and
higher, and Hoyt, who is always concerned about proving he’s the best at what
he does, even resorts to murder. Eventually, the story climaxes in a
confrontation between the three men.
Swann’s Last Song: Henry Swann Mystery Book One by Charles Salzberg
tracer Henry Swann cares little about anything but money, so when a beautiful
Upper East Side woman shows up in his office and hires him to find her missing
husband, he smiles and takes the cash. But when this seemingly simple
missing-person case turns into homicide, Swann finds himself trapped in a
complex web of connections and multiple identities that takes him out of New
York City and across two continents.
for SWANN’S LAST SONG … “Swann’s got the smarts and hard-boiled cynicism of Sam
Spade, but he’s also got a wicked sense of humor that keeps things cool even
when the action gets hot.” —Brian Kilmeade, author of New York Times bestseller
The Games Do Count
a hell of a writer. He delivers thrills, insight and plenty of laughs. Swann is
a very cool take on the classic P.I.” —Andrew Klavan, author of True Crime and
Don’t Say a Word
veritable travelogue of suspense, SWANN’S LAST SONG grabs hold of the reader
and doesn’t let go. Salzberg’s anti-hero is a soulful investigator and one of
the most paradoxically endearing characters I’ve come across. I hope this isn’t
Swann’s last song.” —Joy Behar (co-host of The View)
defies expectations left and right in this subtly subversive, genre-twisting
page turner. SWANN’S LAST SONG is where literature meets entertainment” —Mark
Goldblatt, author of Africa Speaks
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 1 Paperback: 288 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann Dives In: Henry
Swann Mystery Book Two by Charles Salzberg
Dives In is a mystery that goes deep and rarely lets the reader catch a breath.
Swann’s last case nearly killed him, emotionally and physically. Now he’s sworn
off his old profession and taken on a steady gig. But climbing stairs to hook
poor people up to cable is hard on his knees… and not the kind of connections
he’s good at making. So when an opportunity arises to bring order to chaos for
a price –his secret pleasure in life –Swann is pulled back in.
case starts simply, with a call to find a burglary suspect who’s gone on the
lam. But Swann is soon on the trail of a wealthy lawyer’s rebellious daughter,
who’s disappeared along with her disreputable boyfriend.
the beau leads him into the dangerous midst of cutthroat academics, sexy
librarians, and killer book collectors, with a priceless first edition of
Tender is the Night the surprising prize along the way.
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 2 Hardcover: 292 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann’s Lake of Despair:Henry Swann Mystery Book Three by Charles Salzberg
rare photos‚ a scandalous diary‚ and a beautiful woman all go missing at once‚
the stage is set for three challenging cases for Henry Swann.
begins with an offer to partner up with his slovenly‚ unreliable frenemy‚
Goldblatt. The disbarred lawyer-turned- “facilitator” would provide the leads
and muscle‚ while Swann would do all the fancy footwork. A lost diary by a
free-loving Jazz Age flapper is worth enough to someone that Swann takes a beat
down on an abandoned boardwalk.
photos of Marilyn Monroe propel him deep into the past of an alcoholic
shutterbug‚ his wife; and he’s hired to search for a lonely writer’s runaway
girlfriend. The cases converge and collide in a finale that lifts the curtain
on crucial‚ deadly facts of life for everyone—including Swann himself.
for Swann’s Lake of Despair: “Smart, satisfying, even profound, this is exactly
what every mystery reader is looking for: A terrific story, full of wit and
originality, and a master class in voice. Charles Salzberg is a true talent,
and his Henry Swann is a classic — complex, hilarious, and completely
charming.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark award winner for The Other
Woman, Agatha winner for The Wrong Girl
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 3 Paperback: 300 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann’s Way Out:Henry Swann Mystery Book Four by Charles Salzberg
friendly poker game leads Henry Swann out to Hollywood where he tries to find
the man, Rusty Jacobs, responsible for embezzling $1,000,000 from his client,
and then bring back the dough. Swann finds Jacobs, but the mercurial wannabe
film producer is involved in a “surefire” movie project aimed at the growing
Christian market. And the money? Well, it seems to have vanished into thin air.
the same time, thanks to his irrepressible partner, Goldblatt, Swann finds
himself knee-deep in the New York City art world, as he tries to get justice
for another client who’s possibly been defrauded on the purchase of a valuable
painting that may or may not be a fake.
if this isn’t enough to keep him busy, in the midst of these two troubling
cases, Swann finds that the teenage son whom he hasn’t seen in a dozen years
has run away from his grandparent’s Minnesota home and, chasing after a girl,
has possibly become involved with a cult. And so, a guilt-ridden Swann has to
take time out from his paying cases to find his son.
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 4 Paperback: 276 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Swann’s Down: Henry Swann Mystery Book Five by Charles Salzberg
Henry Swann is asked by his quirky partner, Goldblatt, to find a missing
psychic who’s swindled his ex-wife out of a small fortune, he just can’t say
no. Although he doesn’t actually expect to get paid, he figures it might give
him a chance to finally learn more about his partner’s mysterious past. His
search takes him into the controversial, arcane world of psychics,
fortunetellers, and charlatans, while raising questions in his own mind about
whether or not there is an after-life.
working his partner’s case, he’s approached by a former employer, attorney Paul
Rudder, to track down a missing witness who might be able to provide an alibi
for his client, Nicky Diamond, a notorious mob hitman who’s scheduled to go on
trial in a week for murder he claims he didn’t commit. Swann’s search for the
missing witness, who happens to be the defendant’s girlfriend, takes him from
Brooklyn to a small beach town across the bay from Mobile, Alabama. But what
does she really know and will she even come back with him to testify for her
for SWANN’S DOWN:
Manhattan to Coney Island to the steamy shores of Alabama, Charles Salzberg
delivers a top-flight mystery with his latest Henry Swann outing. Highly
recommended.” –Tom Straw, New York Times bestselling author as Richard
double-crosses, missing persons–Charles Salzberg’s latest Henry Swann book has
it all. Swann’s Down is a gritty, no-frills PI novel that brings to mind greats
like Reed Farrel Coleman’s Moe Prager and Michael Harvey’s Michael Kelly.
Whether this is your first Swann adventure or the latest, you won’t want to
miss the brass-knuckle punch that is Swann’s Down. Trust me.” –Alex
Segura, author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends
Down gives readers two intriguing mysteries for the price of one, as skip
tracer Henry Swann pursues a woman who might alibi a murderer and a psychic who
swindled the ex-wife of Swann’s partner. Swann’s wry wit, quotes from authors
and philosophers, genius for questioning suspects, and dark past make him a
character readers will follow anywhere as he seeks his quarry. This is another
thrilling addition to this excellent series.” –Rich Zahradnik, Shamus
Award-winning author of Lights Out Summer
Swann dives in where others fear to tread in Swann’s Down. Fast. Funny. And
smart. This time out, Swann crosses paths with a psycho hitman, a phony psychic
and Swann’s mysterious partner, a disbarred lawyer. Who could ask for more? I
hope we’ll see a lot more of Swann in the future and that this isn’t Swann’s
swan song.” –Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author of White Heat and
Product Details: Henry Swann Mystery Series Book 5 Paperback: 264 Pages Genre: Crime Mysteries, Private Investigator Mysteries
Final Book In The Henry Swann Mystery Series by Charles Salzberg Coming Later in 2019
Devil In the Hole (stand-alone)by Charles Salzberg
the ballroom of a sparsely furnished Connecticut mansion, police find a
shocking sight: four bodies lined up next to each other, three teenagers and a
middle-aged woman, each lying on a blanket, each shot once in the head. In an
upstairs bedroom: an elderly woman and the family dog, both of them shot as
well. The only person missing is the husband, father, son, and prime suspect,
John Hartman, who’s got a three-week jump on the police.
the eyes of almost two dozen characters, including the neighbor who reports the
crime, Hartman’s mistress, a dogged state investigator, the family minister,
and some of the characters Hartman meets on his escape route, we piece together
not only what happened and how these shocking murders affect the community, but
how John Hartman evades capture, where he’s headed, and maybe even why he
committed this gruesome crime in the first place.
on the notorious John List murders and already compared to works by Norman
Mailer and Russell Banks, DEVIL IN THE HOLE is gripping, literate, and
for DEVIL IN THE HOLE …
IN THE HOLE is powerful stuff. Drawing on real events, Salzberg has crafted a
mesmerizing tale in many voices. He masterfully drip-feeds the compelling
story, funneling moments from disparate, scattered lives to define the
personality of a madman. The overall effect is like slowly opening a
beautifully wrapped box of poisoned chocolates.” — Tim McLoughlin, editor
masterfully weaves together dozens of voices, including the killer’s, in an
effort to find out why a man would murder his entire family and then disappear.
DEVIL IN THE HOLE is a haunting meditation on the thin, wavering line between
sense and senselessness.” — Kaylie Jones, author Lies My Mother Never Told
Me: A Memoir, and Speak Now
devil isn’t in the details, but in a tony Connecticut town. Charles Salzberg’s
DEVIL IN THE HOLE is a fine piece of crime writing and a hell of a fun
read.” — Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of
this smartly constructed crime novel, Salzberg uses multiple viewpoints to
portray an unlikely killer who methodically slaughters his family … an
intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to
ponder. — Publishers Weekly
does an ingenious job of weaving together the various voices — each distinct in
its own right — and giving us the story as told by the people who experienced
it. It paints a psychological picture of a murderer, while also telling the
story of those left in the aftermath and how they were affected as well.
Brilliant and captivating storytelling.” — Erica Ruth Neubauer, Crimespree
has taken a true crime tale and made it into a compelling work of fiction that
attempts to imagine the mind of a killer, not only through his own mind, but
through the minds of many others. This is a novel which few readers will want
to put down, turning pages mostly, I think, to find out how in the world the
author pulls it off. ‘How,’ I kept asking myself, ‘how can he finish this
story?’ The buildup becomes more and more absorbing because Charles Salzberg
has a lot to say about human nature that is thought-provokingly wise and
penetrating.” — Duff Brenna, South Carolina Review
am typically not a fan of books written in this manner but Salzberg masterfully
uses this technique to create a novel that is different in an extremely good
way. The author effortlessly blends the different perspectives, viewpoints, and
impressions of each character into a brilliant tapestry that envelops the
reader, while peaking interest and the desire for more information about the
crime. DEVIL IN THE HOLE is one of the best books that I have read this year
and I most highly recommend it.” — Robin Thomas, New Mystery Review
About The Author: Charles Salzberg is a
novelist, a journalist, and an acclaimed writing instructor.
new novel, Devil in the Hole, a gripping work of literary crime fiction based
on the notorious John List murders, is on shelves now.
is the author of the Henry Swann detective series: Swann Dives In; Swann’s Last
Song, which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel; and the
upcoming Swann’s Lake of Despair.
non-fiction books include: On A Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place:
Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century; From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral
History of the NBA; and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales;
Catch Them Being Good; and The Mad Fisherman.
has been a Visiting Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications at Syracuse University, and has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence
College, Hunter College, the Writer’s Voice, and the New York Writers Workshop,
where he is a Founding Member. He is a consulting editor at the webzine
Ducts.org and co-host, with Jonathan Kravetz, of the reading series, Trumpet
Fiction, at KGB in New York City.
freelance work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, New York Magazine,
GQ, Elle, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times Arts and Leisure
section, The New York Times Book Review, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review.
When The Sun Blinked: Book
1-Search For The Truth by David Harvey
routine flight from New York to Cape Town becomes anything but when it is
caught in a suspected massive solar event and crashes, leaving a handful of
survivors are left dealing with the aftermath of the crash. As they struggle to
come to terms with what has happened and the devastating consequences of the
event, they have to find the answers to what will alter their lives forever.
journey towards understanding is both more and worse than any of them could
When The Sun Blinked: Book
2-The Soldiers by David Harvey
the awful truth unfolds, each day brings new challenges, hopes, threats and the
dangers that wait in careless mistakes. These are brutal reminders of their
circumstances, leading to their first death since the crash.
discovery of a second crash brings renewed hope of a better-quality survival,
but the arrival of a handful of former soldiers, themselves survivors of the
same event, bring more challenges, threats and deaths.
When The Sun Blinked:
Book 3-The Lions by David Harvey
the new world the Survivors inhabit, they have barely ten square kilometres of
space to live in. They are restricted by the huge wetland at the one end and
nothing after the aircraft wreck they’d discovered.
around them in the forest are predators and wild life, while the sea contains
great white sharks. With declining stocks of meal packs, they must focus on
survival and how to find food and not falling prey to the omnipresent pride of
capture as much of life as they can while constantly remaining vigilant, always
mindful that careless mistakes will cost lives.
Retribution Book 1: Seeds
Of Revenge by David Harvey
Bay and Camps Bay, two suburbs along the beautiful Atlantic seaboard next to
Cape Town, South Africa, become the setting of 3 childhood friends, now adults
who, relocating from America thanks a dual American and South African heritage,
establish their long-cherished dream business in Hout Bay, a short distance
away from Camps Bay.
ready cash from early investments in Bitcoin they pay for their business, their
cars, houses and lifestyle up front, in full, using their profits. This in turn
unwittingly attracts the attention of a family kicked out of Columbia by
authorities cleaning up the drug trade. They re-establish themselves in Camps
Bay, taking aim at the growing heroin trade in the Western Cape.
Columbians believe the Hout Bay business is a front for drugs and therefore
competition and an initial low-scale approach to establish their version of the
truth escalates when abalone poaching is thrown into the mix.
into something totally at odds with their world, the Hout Bay dream is threatened
by the Camps Bay drug and abalone world.
the Colombians have their own dream – a world of drugs, violence and now
abalone poaching. They don’t care who gets hurt or what it involves to grow
their empire. After all, they’ve been doing it for a long time and no-one is
going to stop them.
Quevedo aches for revenge, but can’t wait. The Cape Town winter rains are
starting, when heads will be down and buried under umbrellas. That will be the
time he’ll be looking to strike.
Alfieri is also wanting revenge, but he understands the value of waiting. In
the meantime he keeps digging away to unearth the Hout Bay secrets despite
being warned off.
money is missing and Guido Alfieri sends two psychopathic killers with their
reputation for unspeakable brutality from Bogota to Cape Town to find it,
prompting an unlikely alliance.
fresh abalone suppliers, Cesar Quevedo meets Melissa Samuels, a key player in
the game and surprises himself when he succumbs to her charms. But who exactly
is she? Abalone poaching is not the game where you want to be following your
the Camps Bay drug and abalone poaching empire spend their time plotting and scheming,
the Hout Bay team show that actions speak louder than words and carry out an
ambush with military precision against Dimitri Alfieri.
learns a painful, expensive lesson that leaves him in hospital with a huge
question mark. How would anyone know where he would be at a specific time and
what he would be carrying in the boot of his car?
it originate from Hout Bay? Could it really be the mysterious Chinese triad
with their cryptic messages who seem to know all about them? Or is there an
unknown new player trying to muscle in on their world?
an elaborate but deadly game of chess, where the stakes are high and the longer
the game goes on, the more dangerous it becomes.
who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.”
About The Author: Dave Harvey was
born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1951.
He spent his early years in Linbro Park, a suburb of Johannesburg,
on a small holding of peach trees, asparagus and rhubarb, exploring the long
disused next-door cemetery, avoiding snakes and his grandpa’s beady eyes. (and
they were eyes that missed nothing).
From there the family relocated to a farm in Chingola, Northern
Rhodesia (later Zambia). Given the farm was carved out of virgin forest, it was
back to avoiding snakes and other denizens of the thick bush – but all good
From Zambia the family relocated to Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) and
from there Dave attended university in South Africa.
Somehow it seemed that all of his school years were spent at
isolated boarding schools, buried deep in the bush in both Northern Rhodesia
and Rhodesia, which may account for a lot of his admitted quirks.
After the bush war, when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, he emigrated
back to South Africa where he now lives in Cape Town.
The Story Of Jess and Aver:
Giving Love A Chance by K. A. Neeson
many people break up with their boyfriend, not talk for three months, then wake
up one day and marry them right off the bat before they officially get back
together again? Yes, that’s right. Married. Hell, I know it sounds crazy, but
the conventional way (getting back together to work things out first) doesn’t
usually work; we’ve seen that fail too many times. As nonsensical as it sounds,
it could actually work…
a short time, frame, I experienced love, loss, reconciliation, and heartbreak.
This is the story of my revelation, how I almost single-handedly destroyed the
best thing that had ever befallen me, and the incidents and events that followed.
My name is Aver, and this is my story.
into the underworld wasn’t easy. But what was found was worth it. A collection
of poems. Ravens to mystics, psychics and demons. Witches and wizards, empathic
souls. Nothing is off limits in this brave collection of poetry.
to my journey through pain and laughter, healing, helping and kindness. I hope
this book helps you see we are all the same. One little pill is all that
separates you from me. A Prose Collection.
Product Details: Paperback: 141 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
works are from my social media posts, my author website, conversations with
friends, and all the funny things that make a person’s life unique and worth
living. I hope you will enjoy reading this collection of stories as much as I
have delighted in writing them for my readers. Thank you for being a part of my
times, Eilish mentioned to me she would wait for me in her garden with tea. I
asked her how she would find me. She said, “Oh, I will know you. I will be on
the Irish side of heaven.” I laughed and said, “Where Guinness runs out of the
taps.” She laughed her wonderful laugh of hers she exclaimed “We will talk
about how the rest of your life turned out, and all about the kids. It will be
wonderful I will meet you on The Irish Side of Heaven.”
Product Details: Paperback: 88 Pages Genre: Poetry by Women
is a collection of poems about Life, Love, and Mysteries from beyond. Ideas
that make you ponder with wonder, untold forever for you to behold. Is there a
Heaven, what can they see? These are the questions, important to me.
Rising Phoenix: A Mother
Without Her Children by K. A. Neeson
tale of a mother who has PTSD and struggles to raise her children and survive
under duress and insurmountable odds. Evelyn finds the strength she never knew
she had. A remarkable story of courage and love, a mother who goes to the wall
and back again for her children. Survives domestic violence, and finds solace
and fortitude in her new way of life. Astonishing Evelyn actually survives.
Product Details: Print Length: 147 Pages Genre: General Fiction
Guilty Pleasures: An
Irish Woman’s Treasures by K. A. Neeson
Irish girl leaves a trail of magic. Every Irish Woman has two sides sweet,
lovable and a raging warrior inside. Upset the angel and the demon comes alive.
The Irish girl and the Irish women have magic they dwell deep inside.
Product Details: Paperback: 108 Pages Genre: General Fiction
About The Author: Author K. A. Neeson is a
writer with a quirky sense of humor. She enjoys writing about characters who
have real-life problems. Her children and her friends provide the inspiration
for many of her characters. K. A. Neeson resides in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy: (The Mind of Stefan Dürr, The Cosmic Ape, The Interdimensional Nexus) by Alan Joshua
saga of Beau Walker. More than a scientist, more than the offspring of a
Mohawk–African American interracial marriage–and far more than human, Walker
unknowingly holds the key to human evolution…and its obliteration.
is a disgraced researcher, snatched by the government and coerced to join a
U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of a
Russian disaster related to covert U.S. mind and biowarfare.
with a terrifying descent into a Russian crater where physical laws don’t
apply, he’s thrown into a world of advanced biotechnology, biowarfare,
paranormal research, and military intrigue.
stakes are unimaginable: Find and control the cause of the events or face human
Cold Coffee Review: From the very first paragraph, I was hooked on this prize-winning, sci-fi, paranormal adventure. If you are not afraid of the unknown and are willing to become part of this suspenseful page-turner, I strongly recommend this book.
Joshua begins The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy in the basement of a Russian brain
research institute. If you’ve ever wondered if humans are being used in mind
control experiments hidden in the underbelly of governments as scientific
research, this realistic, fictional account will make the hair stand up on the
back of your neck and pulse pound. Full of astonishing detail, it reads like a
handbook for psychic development: “Stefan Dürr’s wiry frame hovered in a
transparent, liquid-filled, vertical sensory deprivation tank. Naked, with the
exception of a soft weight belt, straps battened down a round, silver helmet
covering his head and shoulders. When he exhaled, a plastic umbilical line at
the top released a stream of bubbles that crept through the viscous solution
toward the surface.”
a time where understanding and controlling horrific catastrophes, far beyond
the threat of climate change around the world, researchers conclude that the
evolution of human consciousness might be our only salvation. For those of you
who have seen or read Chayefsky’s Altered States, this is similar but Altered
States on speed, reaching far beyond.
is great storytelling and is striking in its visualizations. It is filled with
dialog that will hold your interest as well as believable characters, like
disgraced research professor Dr. Beau Walker. For example, in Philadelphia,
Walker resigns himself to a weekend of scoring his students’ booklets on basic
psychology. But the weekend is not what he imagined. As he naps, the Russian
city of Podol’sk is inexplicably vaporized in deadly silence. Unaware of his
paranormal bond with the event, Walker “clawed at the sweat-saturated shirt,
now tinged pink with oozing blood, rolling his head back and forth on a damp
pillow.” What is this puzzling link with event 5,000 miles away?
nightmares continue when he is snatched by the government and coerced to join a
U.S./Russian multidisciplinary scientific team, searching for the cause of the
disasters. Their descent into a Russian crater will have you on the edge of
trilogy is for any sci-fi, paranormal, or action-adventure fan. Certainly,
worthy of a movie, it is full of surprises and twists and turns. I urge you to
step into a story where science, the paranormal and human consciousness meet
with unexpected and devastating results. Be prepared for the “after sense” as I
call it, the lingering thoughts after you close the book. I recommend that you
buy this combined version of the trilogy.
SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy is not limited only to sci-fi fans. It is for thinking
people seeking stories of some complexity that can be intriguing and mentally
stimulating. If you love science fiction and are tired of the lack of
imagination found in many books and movies today, this psychological thriller
should be your next read.
purchased this book from Kindle and the review posted on March 31, 2019
The Mind of Stefan Dürr: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Volume 1) by Alan Joshua
mind research experiment studying human consciousness goes horrifyingly wrong.
are killed when a Russian suburb is mysteriously destroyed, leaving a mile-deep
crater in its place. At the same time, a U.S. space shuttle vaporizes in orbit,
and a Canadian mountaintop is ripped away.
thing lies behind it all: The mind of Stefan Dürr. Existence is dreary hell for
Dr. Beau Walker. An embittered loner, he sleepwalks through life until the
government virtually kidnaps him, hurling him into an incredibly menacing
adventure beyond his wildest imaginings. Coerced into joining a U.S./Russian
scientific team, Beau searches for the cause of the disasters.
with a treacherous, life-threatening exploration of the anomalous crater, where
scientific laws don’t seem to apply, he’s thrown into a world of unimaginable
advanced biotechnology, biowarfare, genetics, paranormal research, and military
stakes are inconceivably high: Find and control the cause…or face worldwide
Thrilling Read” New Consciousness Review “Having the right amount of adventure
and romance, this crisscrossing genre tale isn’t just a good read, but may also
look great on a big screen.”
Book Review: “The book mixes uncommon palettes and manages a masterpiece with
it. It is a surprising, suspenseful, and utterly superb read from start to
Review: “highly recommended, indeed; especially for thriller and sci-fi readers
who have become deluged with too much predictability and who seek cutting-edge
action, believable protagonists, and action that is solidly intense
Book Review: “Deft dialogue, crisp plotting, and a likable central figure make
this multidisciplinary scientific adventure an exuberant and involving read.”