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Charles H. Hayes
Civil War Limericks

History
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Candy Abbott
I've Never Loved Him More: A Husband's Alzheimer's, A Wife's Devotion

Memoir
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Richard M. Walsh
Battle Hymn
The Best and Worst Civil War Generals

History
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Cindy Eastman
Flip-Flops After 50

Humor
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Mark Vogl
Military Lessons of the Civil War

History
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E. Lynne Wright
FLORIDA DISASTERS: True Stories of Tragedy & Survival

History
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Elaine M. Kuzmeskus
The Medium Who Baffled Houdini

Biography
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Scott Headley & Alison Nissen
Resolve, Courage, Hope

Memoir
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Charles H. Hayes
The Gray and the Blue
A Comic Strip History of the Civil War

History
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East Texas Writers Guild
Bridges
Anthology: Selected Works

Anthology
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Rod Burns
The Formula for Achieving Goals and Finding Success

Self Help
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Dorothy Wehunt
Choose to Have High Self-Esteem

Self Help
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Jeremy E.C. Genovese
Remembering Willie Nelson: The Science of Peak Memory

Self Help
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Jerry C. Brewer
Dismantling the Republic

History
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Larry Greenly
Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot

Biography
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Catherine E. McLean
Revision is a Process - How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing

How To
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W. Scott Bell
The Camel Regiment - A History of the Bloody 43rd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, 1862-65

History
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Tasha Cotter, Joy Ladin, and Jennifer Litt
Delphi Series Vol. 2: Answers to the Name "Lucky", Maximum Speed through Zero, & Torch

Poetry
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Becky Dennison Sakellariou
No Foothold in this Geography

Poetry
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Evelyn Asher
A Gypsy's Tapestry: A Woman Observed. A Woman Observing

Poetry
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Robert Klein Engler
Return to Alexandria

Poetry
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East Texas Writers Guild
Bridges
Anthology: Selected Works

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Shea Ballard
Noble: A Faerie Tale

Fantasy
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Charles H. Hayes
Ladies Don't Wrestle

Mystery
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Tom Hayes & Judy Scalese
The Adventures of Cabeza de Vaca: The Lost Conquistador

Historical Fiction
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Lee Boyland
Behold, an Ashen Horse

Novel
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Terri Weinmann Friedlander
The Dorm

Novel
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Bill Tyson
The Ghost of Grandpa Wills: The Road West and The Devil's Mouth

Novel
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Steve Brigman
Into Those Woods

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Janice Ernest
Brocksport, USA

Short Stories
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Preston Holtry
Seal of Confession

Western
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William S. Schaill
Death of a Siren

Mystery
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Tate Ellison
Mr. Norris and the Big Bear Scare

Children's Book
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Catherine Sellers
Fair Warning

Romance
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Caleb Pirtle III
Secrets of the Dead

Historical Fiction
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Melody Scott
Auraria Dead

Mystery
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East Texas Writers Guild
Bridges
Anthology: Selected Works

Anthology
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Sylvia Nickels
Requiem for a Party Girl

Mystery
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Mitch Davies
Stolen Breeze
Publisher: Pensmith

Mystery
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Kayla Swanson
The Legend of the Burning Lake

Fantasy
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Deborah DR Kralich
A Kaleidoscope of Masquerades

Mystery
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William Burgdorf
The New Mexican

Western
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Carl S. Kralich
3748 A.D. The Return of the Cat

Science Fiction
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Sharon Thayer
If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!

Inspirational
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Linda Pirtle
The Mah Jongg Murders


Mystery
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Donald J. Hunt
Jupiter Justice

Science Fiction
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Helen Macie Osterman
Dipped in Danger

Mystery
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Wendy VanHatten
Master of Disguise


Mystery
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Angie Flores
Cub's Wish

Children's Book
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Charles H. Hayes
The Briefcase

Mystery
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Janet Hafner
Eye of an Eagle, A Peter Poppin Adventure

Children's Novel
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Cody Leet
Spheria

Science Fiction
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Rod Burns
The Adventures Of Tommy And Tina, Dreaming Of Becoming A Loggerhead Sea Turtle And Swimming Down The Treasure Coast

Children's Book
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Rod Burns
The Adventures Of Tommy And Tina, Dreaming of Beoming a Termite and Finding a Home in the Forest

Children's Book
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Horton Prather
The Honduran Plot

Suspense
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Irene “Susie” Smith
Angel of Tears

Novel
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Evan Moore
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Novel
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Jim Fraiser
In An Enemy's Country

Novel
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Randall Krzak
The Kurdish Connection

Thriller
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Jeanne Felfe
The Art of Healing - A Novel

Romance
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Fran Driscoll Roberts
A Place Called Grace

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Michael FitzGerald
Payback

Alternative History
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Susan Williamson
Turkmen Captives

Thriller
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Joe Moore and Lynn Sholes
The Destiny Code

Thriller
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Uriel E. Gribetz
Taconic Murda

Mystery
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S.A. Monkress
My Gabe

Romance
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Aaron Doughty
Ty Matthews

Western
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Kathryn Spurgeon
A Promise to Break: Faith, Love and Politics in the 1930s

Christian Romance
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Cynthia Canfield Barnes
Expedition to the Exposition - 1915

Historical Fiction
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A. S. Wood
The Revenge of Zachariah Kermit Higgins

Middle-grade
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Mark W. Johnson
A Twist of Fate

Fantasy
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Bob Avey
Twisted Perception

Mystery
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Joshua Danker-Dake
The Retail

Graphic Novel
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McKendree Long
Brodie

Historical Fiction
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J.C. Sasser
Gradle Bird

Novel
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Eric Fritzius
A Consternation of Monsters

Short Stories
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McKendree Long
No Good Like It Is

Historical Fiction
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McKendree Long
Dog Soldier Moon

Historical Fiction
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McKendree Long
Higher Ground

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Tom Rinkes
HoloBall: A Pittsburgh Murder Mystery

Mystery
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Elma Schemenauer
Consider the Sunflowers

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Eileen Kernaghan
Sophie, in Shadow

Historical Fantasy
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Jean Jacobsen
The Reluctant Debutante

Historical Romance
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Wayne G. MacDowell
Not Just Another War Story

Historical Fiction
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Elen Ghulam
Spoonful Chronicles

Women's Fiction
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McKendree Long
Brodie

Historical Fiction
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Rod Burns
The Adventures Of Tommy And Tina, Dreaming Of Becoming A Loggerhead Sea Turtle And Swimming Down The Treasure Coast

Children's Book
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Rod Burns
The Adventures Of Tommy And Tina, Dreaming of Beoming a Termite and Finding a Home in the Forest

Children's Book
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Charles H. Hayes
Ladies Don't Wrestle

Mystery
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Charles H. Hayes
The Briefcase

Mystery
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Elen Ghulam
Spoonful Chronicles

Publisher: ihath publishing
Pages: 341
Paperback $16.00
Kindle $3.99

THE BOOK

Thaniya Rasid grew up in the Middle East dreaming of becoming a surgeon. Now living an ordinary life as a mother, wife and a hospital lab tech in Vancouver, Canada, she garners unexpected fame as youTube's Queen of Hummus when her video demonstrating the recipe goes viral. How could blending chickpeas in a food processor generate so much excitement? And how could her life have ended up so far away from all her expectations?

To make sense of the unlikely events that have brought her to this place, Thaniya turns to food, curating memorable eating experiences of her life, searching for clues. Between her childhood aversion to cucumbers, her search for an authentic Iraqi kubeh in the city of Jerusalem, her 10-year tomato wars with her husband Samih, a mood altering encounter with a blood pudding in Edinburgh, and a Kafkaesque nightmare involving a cauliflower, Thaniya unravels repeated patterns occurring in her life. The secrets of love, friendship and destiny hidden in her cauldron of mishmashed cultures begin to reveal themselves.

Between lust and disgust there is a thin line. Spoonful Chronicles is the beguiling story of one woman taking hold of her fate by uncovering the clandestine geography of this divide in her heart.

THE AUTHOR

Elen Ghulam is an Iraqi-Canadian living in Vancouver B.C. She worked as a computer programmer for 18 years before turning to writing fiction. Telling stories to silicon chips proved to be easy, and so she graduated to amusing humans. She is a passionate blogger at www.ihath.com. And yes! There is a hummus video.

You can receive recipes of the food described in the novel by signing up to a mailing list for free. Details inside the book. You can have this book and eat it too.

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06.21.18


Wayne G. MacDowell
Not Just Another War Story

Publisher: DocUment Publishing
Pages: 326
Paperback $19.95
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THE BOOK

It's been six months since the surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor ... Now, it is the Spring of 1942... Steve Carmichael has just graduated from the University of Florida. From the time he was a boy growing up on a Central Florida cattle ranch, he has been flying. His Dad had purchased an old mail-route bi-plane when Steve was 11 and, within a year, the youngster was soaring with the birds in the airplane.

As young men go off to fight in the war, Steve places a professional baseball career with the Detroit Tigers on hold...making the decision to join the Army Air Corps-his desire is to pilot the four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber into battle. He has no idea that ahead he will find strength he didn't know he had and a once in a lifetime chance at love.

You can almost hear the roar of B-17 engines when you fly along with Steve and his Crew as they do battle in the dangerous sky above occupied Europe. Each of the exciting bombing missions flown in "Not Just Another War Story" is an authentic 305th Bomb Group raid on the enemy. Experience the action-packed air battles of World War II as the airmen try to survive...only to fly into battle on the next mission with the possibility of being shot down over enemy territory, evading capture and making it safely back to England ... with the help of the Dutch-French Underground.

THE AUTHOR

As a member of the Florida Writers Association, Wayne has given writing seminars and helps aspiring writers, telling them not to get caught up in the "cookie cutter" writing theory, but to relax, create and enjoy writing. The new book, "Not Just Another War Story" is a meaningful true to life account of the action-packed U.S. Army Air Corps during a most difficult time in our history...World War II. It took 9 years of research and writing in order to "Get It Right" and Wayne worked hard to place you in a front row seat! Wayne continues to enjoy life in St Pete Beach, Florida where he makes time for the pleasures of boating, tennis, volunteer work, a relaxing walk on the beach and being with family and friends.

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06.21.18


Jean Jacobsen
The Reluctant Debutante

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 291
Paperback $8.99
Kindle $3.99

THE BOOK

Tragedy. Sacrifice. Love. New York City, 1830. Clarissa Tanner is carefree and joyous until the sudden death of her parents. Forced to pay off family debts, she's given one choice: auction off her beloved horses or reluctantly enter 1830s New York Society to face the dreaded marriage market.

Nicholas is a man on a mission. The artist is hunting for his missing brother who got mixed up with the wrong crowd at the wrong time. To pay his way, Nicholas takes a position as a dance instructor, providing refresher lessons to the beautiful but distracted Clarissa.

As Clarissa trains her thoroughbreds and Nicholas continues his search, the two find a connection through grief and movement. With the auction looming, Clarissa wonders if she could possibly lose her parents and the man of her dreams in rapid succession.

The Reluctant Debutante is an American historical romance set in New York's Hudson River Valley in the 1830s. If you like strong female characters, 19th century historicals, and sizzling chemistry, then you'll love Jean Jacobsen's stunning debut novel.

THE AUTHOR

Jean Jacobsen has been a huge history buff for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she and her sister Char had the run of their 120 acre ranch in the beautiful Uinta Mountains of Utah where they searched for arrowheads and made believe they were Spanish explorers in search of gold. When she’s not reading about history or searching the web for the answer to a burning question, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with family.

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06.21.18


Eileen Kernaghan
Sophie, in Shadow

Publisher: Thistledown Press
Pages: 248
Paperback $16.00 Canadian

THE BOOK

It's 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of the SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in the unfamiliar world of British India. For Sophie, still devastated by her parents' death, India proves a dangerously unsettling environment. Are her terrifying experiences in Kali's temple and the Park Street cemetery hallucinations, or has she somehow been drawn back through the centuries as a witness to dark places in Calcutta's past? Sophie it seems has become an unwilling traveler in a timeless zone where past, present and future co-exist. Kidnapping, enemy spies, and terrorist plots all play their parts against the background of a world at war and growing unrest in the Indian subcontinent. Soon Sophie's powers of precognition will be called upon to help thwart a conspiracy that could incite a bloodbath in Calcutta, and deliver India into enemy hands.

REVIEWS

Sophie, in Shadow ends up being a fantastic history lesson without ever being really obvious about it. (Kris Rothstein, CM Magazine, Manitoba Library Association)

An entertaining and intriguing novel that takes a young girl traumatized by her escape from the Titanic, into the completely different and mysterious world of India in the  early part of the 20th century.  This well-told, fast-moving story can be enjoyed by all ages.  Annie Boulanger, Burnaby Now

"Eileen Kernaghan creates a sense of wondrous dislocation for the reader. a darkly beautiful reminder that every place is haunted, every locale filled with ghosts of memory from the past. Sophie, in Shadow reminds readers that we dwell in a place of fantasy, of wonder and excitement and that those dreamy places of magic and mystery are always steeped in the shadows of past horrors and veiled in secrets We are always one step through the veil of time away from tragedy."  -- Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

This book is heartily recommended to anyone re-reading A Passage to India this summer, and to anyone whose childhood summers included Kipling's Kim... This book is for anyone who fears that young adult books are short on literary value and too long on popular culture. In the timeless style of L.M. Montgomery and E.M. Forster, this book is simply a treat.   -- Tanita Davis, Finding Wonderland

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06.18.18


Elma Schemenauer
Consider the Sunflowers

Publisher: Borealis Press of Ottawa
Pages: 299
Paperback $19.95

THE BOOK

It's 1940 and Tina Janz doesn't want to marry the man her pious Mennonite parents have chosen for her. He's as boring as turnips compared with Frank Warkentin. Obsessed with the dashing half-Gypsy Frank, Tina leaves her job in Vancouver to marry him. Sadly, her joy gives way to loneliness on Frank's farm in the prairie community of Coyote, Saskatchewan. When he shuns local Mennonites because some of them scorn his mixed parentage, Tina feels torn between her Mennonite heritage and her husband. Their son's death drives the couple farther apart. Then fresh challenges send them stumbling toward a new understanding of love, loyalty, faith, and freedom. Tina and Frank's story is told with energy and humour. Colourfully woven into its time and place, it's a well-researched portrayal of family life on the home front during the Second World War and beyond.

THE AUTHOR

Elma Schemenauer was born near the prairie village of Elbow, Saskatchewan, Canada. "As I grew up," she says, "I sank deep roots into prairie life and the traditions of my extended Mennonite family." After teaching for several years, Elma fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving into a publishing career in Toronto. She's the author of many books including CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS, YESTERCANADA: HISTORICAL TALES OF MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE, RUSSIA, JACOB SIEMENS FAMILY SINCE 1685, OTTAWA, and HELLO WINNIPEG. In 2006 she and her husband relocated to Kamloops, British Columbia. There she writes, blogs, and takes walks on grassy hillsides that remind her of her prairie roots.

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06.18.18


Tom Rinkes
HoloBall: A Pittsburgh Murder Mystery

Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Pages: 104
Paperback $7.50
Kindle $2.51
Nook $2.99

THE BOOK

On July 12th, 1949 my father's first wife, Eva, allegedly committed suicide by leaping off the eight floor fire escape-backwards-of the Century Building, located in the heart of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh. Neither my father nor anyone else in the family considered it a suicide and we all have had many questions about it. So, after thinking about it for fifty years I've created a fictional account of what might have been.

In a clandestine bar in the Strip District that shows Steelers games in holographic form upstairs and a Russian-born phychic waitress downstairs for further entertainment, Jake Johnson looks to solve a brutal murder of a young, female Pitt student on the city's bike trail. Jake and his partner, Vincent Falboa, work to solve this calamity and then stumble on Eva's case by teaming up with the original detective of Eva's event, Andy Rochester.

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06.13.18


McKendree Long
No Good Like It Is - Book 1 of 3 in the Superstition Gun Trilogy Series
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 332
Paperback $12.08
Kindle $0.99

THE BOOK

1858, Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. 2d Lieutenant Dobey Walls meets and bonds with veteran Corporal Jimmy Melton. As the Civil War begins, they leave to join the 8th Texas Cavalry in Houston, then take part in the first and the final charges of the Army of Tennessee. Between those events, they ride with Nathan Bedford Forrest, play an honorable role in the Fort Pillow Massacre, harass Sherman with Shannon's Raiders, and visit the second best brothel in Atlanta. As surrender looms, they're released to search for Dobey's long-missing family in the Texas Panhandle. Their efforts are hampered by destitute farmers, lonely widows, dangerous militia, freed slaves, and runaways, who increase their numbers and excitement. In the process, they save a quadroon and her daughter from Yankee deserters who have stolen a Union payroll. This act of mercy brings them romance but puts Pinkerton detectives and a renegade lawman on their trail. Confederate Cherokees and Cheyenne Dog Soldiers add to the chaos.

THE AUTHOR

McKendree R. (Mike) Long III is a former soldier whose awards and decorations include the Parachutist's Badge, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Silver Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Gold and Silver Stars). Retiring in 1980, he served the next 29 years as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and began to work on his first novel during his last years there. NO GOOD LIKE IT IS was published through Createspace upon his second retirement at the end of 2009. The sequel (DOG SOLDIER MOON) was released by Goldminds Publishing in December 2011. A third piece (working title: HIGHER GROUND) will include the battle of the Little Bighorn. Mike is active in SERTOMA, SCV, and Western Writers of America (WWA), and is a Life Member of the NRA and VFW; he's also an avid collector and shooter of guns of the Old West, much to his wife's dismay. Married since 1960, Mike and Mary enjoy traveling the West, but split most of their time between Blythewood and Seabrook Island, SC. They have two married daughters, four grandchildren, and one granddaughter-in-law.

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06.08.18


McKendree Long
Dog Soldier Moon - Book 2 of 3 in the Superstition Gun Trilogy Series
Publisher: Goldminds Publishing
Pages: 412
Paperback $19.99
Paperback, Large Print $25.95
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THE BOOK

In this sequel to his novel, No Good Like It Is, McKendree Long continues the saga of Dobey Walls and Jimmy “Boss” Melton during the three years following the Civil War. In Dog Soldier Moon, a great crime decimates the tiny Panhandle community of Canadian Fort, twisting relationships and putting Dobey and the Boss on a trail of retribution and frontier justice, yet unaware that they are targets of two Pinkerton teams. Black Kettle, Meotzi, the ‘Boy General’ Custer, and J.B. Hickok flesh out the cast in this all new classic tale.

THE AUTHOR

McKendree R. (Mike) Long III is a former soldier with two combat tours in South Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Parachutist’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Silver Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Gold and Silver Stars). After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1980, he was a financial advisor with a major investment firm for 29 years. He now devotes his time to his family, his writing, his guns, and travel.

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06.08.18


McKendree Long
Higher Ground - Book 3 of 3 in the Superstition Gun Trilogy Series
Publisher: High Hill Press
Pages: 288
Hardcover $16.95
Kindle $3.99

THE BOOK

Raw, unvarnished, and authentic, Mike Long doesn't pull any punches when he writes anything western. The detail about the historical events in this book are spot on, including his riveting depiction of what it must have been like to be fighting the Battle of the Big Horn, also known as Custer's Last Stand. Long's command of the language, his use of imagery and his knowledge of weaponry make this a book for any western, adventure, or historical reader.

REVIEW

Those who have read McKendree Long’s first two novels will recognize these characters and events, and will once again have the opportunity to visit with such old friends as the Watsons in Santa Fe, Dobey’s mother, and Count Baranov. From the daily adventures of the men, to an edge-of-your-seat, blow-by-blow account of the Battle of Little Big Horn, (aka Custer’s Last Stand), the author combines his wonderful talent for storytelling with in-depth historical research, placing the reader right beside these men in their final days.

Long’s ability to represent the vernacular of the time and his clear-eyed vision of the historical events leading up to Little Big Horn, will enthrall as well as educate.

Walls and Melton embody the best of human values, exemplified through the valor of their actions, their honesty, and their determination to fight for what they believe to be just and right. These men leap off the page, remaining memorable long after the reader finishes the book.
------------- Chanticleer Book Reviews

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06.08.18


Eric Fritzius
A Consternation of Monsters

Publisher: Mister Herman's Publishing Company
Pages: 226
Available in print, ebook, and audiobook
Paperback $12.99
Kindle $2.99
Nook $2.99

THE BOOK

A collection of stories in the tradition of the Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, or Tales from the Darkside. Perfect for readers of Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Pete Hamill, Douglas Adams, with a bit of Patrick McManus thrown in for good measure.

Within this collection of short stories you will find a variety of monsters -- a whole consternation of them, to use the collective noun.

In these tales, a creature of make-believe proves difficult to disbelieve, a trickster-god takes an unkindly interest in witnesses, eldritch horrors can be summoned with a quilt, frustrated wolves face dangerous prey, the angel of death wears a plaid sport coat, wise old women are to be feared and heeded, Elvis remains king, the corpses of legends can be perilous to have around, and where one of the most powerful and potentially dangerous objects in the world is a fork.

THE AUTHOR

Eric Fritzius is writer, playwright, teacher, and actor of stage, screen and U.S. and Canadian basic cable. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Mountain Voices, Dark Tales of Terror, and Diner Stories, as well as in Greenbrier Valley Quarterly Magazine.

Eric lives in Greenbrier County, W.Va., with his wife and his dogs. You can visit him at www.MrHerman.com.

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06.08.18


J.C. Sasser
Gradle Bird

Publisher: Koehler Books
Pages: 312
Hardcover $28.95
Paperback $17.95
Kindle $7.99

THE BOOK

Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her Grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia's I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than from the one she came.

Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif "Tadpole" Walker, and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man, and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles.

As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis's imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when surfaced Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most.

Gradle Bird is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause.

THE AUTHOR

J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age twelve, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia's I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, software consultant, and 6-Sigma Black Belt. Gradle Bird, was a short list finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom novel competition, and her other writing credits include the short story and screenplay, The Pigeon Catcher (Ceiba Productions 2002). She lives in an old barn on Edisto Island, SC with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, and two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June. Gradle Bird is her first novel.

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06.06.18


McKendree Long
Brodie

Publisher: Five Star Publishing
Pages: 204
Hardcover $25.95
Kindle $7.99

THE BOOK

Brodie Dent wakes up in a brothel in 1879 Sweetwater, Texas, to learn that a robbery and murder have occurred downstairs. The young ex-Ranger is quickly drafted to join the crusty town marshal on a vengeance ride, as the Marshal’s girlfriend was the murder victim. The only witness to the crime is the thirteen-year-old brain-damaged son of the murdered prostitute, and thus the boy must accompany Brodie and the marshal. When the bandits abduct four women in nearby Tascosa, the mission of the posse changes from revenge to rescue, then to escape and later back to vengeance. In the process, a strained romance blossoms between Brodie and one of the kidnap victims, a woman both married and pregnant. Brodie is horribly wounded in the rescue?a development that later saves his life.

THE AUTHOR

McKendree R. (Mike) Long III is a former soldier with two combat tours in South Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Parachutist’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Silver Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Gold and Silver Stars). After retiring from the U.S. Army in 1980, he was a financial advisor with a major investment firm for 29 years. He now devotes his time to his family, his writing, his guns, and travel.

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06.06.18


W. Scott Bell
The Camel Regiment - A History of the Bloody 43rd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, 1862-65

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
Pages: 288
Hardcover $29.95

THE BOOK

The 43rd Mississippi Infantry of the Confederate States of America is the only regiment to have used a camel militarily east of the Mississippi. Referred to as the Camel Regiment, it was organized in 1862 and surrendered in 1865. Using a variety of resources, the author provides a roster of the regiment along with detailed information on the formation, battles, and controversies surrounding the men. From the acquisition of the African dromedary Old Douglas to carry baggage and musical instruments through his death at Vicksburg and the fate of his fellow soldiers, Bell provides an entertaining historical narrative of this little-known chapter in American history.

THE AUTHOR

W. Scott Bell retired from the US Postal Service and has spent decades researching the history of the War Between the States. He is a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the Blue Bonnet Society of the SCV. The United Daughters of the Confederacy awarded him the Jefferson Davis Medal for his work presenting history in the classroom and his efforts to preserve Confederate monuments. His great-great-grandfather, Cpl. John K. Bell, was a member of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry.

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06.06.18


Mark W. Johnson
A Twist of Fate

Publisher: Divertir Publishing
Pages: 246
Paperback $14.99
Kindle $6.95

THE BOOK

Tarna is dying, and none of the magic Mlaer knows can save her. His only hope is to seek out the help of a great healer in a distant land. Mlaer sets off with his friend Eromit on a quest to find the healer, only to discover that the secret to healing Tarna lies in acquiring the star sapphires used to imprison an evil god from a time long past in the lost city of Tardesh. Joined by Firken, the bard, and Bel, from an ancient race of frog-men, can the adventurers overcome attacks by the Man from the Green Forest, the goblins guarding Tardesh, a golem sent to seek revenge for a crime the adventurers did not commit, and the tiger god entrapped by the stolen sapphires in time to save Tarna? And exactly what do Derris and the bluebirds know about the fate of Mlaer and his friends…

THE AUTHOR

Mark Johnson graduated from Belhaven College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He now lives in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife, two sons, and two cats. Mark has well over 100 publishing credits, and is the former editor of Mensassippian and Dragonlaugh, named one of Writer’s Digest’s “Fifty Best Places to be Published Online” in 2001. He has a broad variety of interests, and A Twist of Fate is his first novel.

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06.02.18


Catherine E. McLean
Revision is a Process - How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing

Publisher: Rimstone Concepts
Pages: 122
Paperback $7.50

THE BOOK

Nothing gives a writer a life-high like finishing the first draft of a story— and nothing frustrates a writer more than having to revise and edit that draft. Revision is a Process offers secrets, tips, shortcuts, practical advice, and "cheat sheets" that will enable a writer to go step-by-step through a self-editing process to create a reader-friendly, marketable manuscript.

Revision is a Process showcases—
How using 12 simple steps when revising saves time, energy, and frustration
How to systematically examine the entire story so nothing is overlooked
How to examine the plot for what's out of sync and for missing elements
How to avoid "logic flaws," Freudian slips, and faux pas
How to use "red flag" words to find bloopers and blunders
How to diagnose a prologue before keeping or deleting it

Every writer believes there has to be an easier way to revise a manuscript. Revision is a Process is the gift you've been waiting for. In its pages is a remarkably easy approach to self-editing that will take the pressure off a daunting task and open the path to success.

THE AUTHOR

For nearly two decades, Catherine has given writing workshops in-person, online, and at conferences that help writers better understand the various craft elements of writing fiction to make a story a good read. She believes knowing the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages, of the various techniques of storytelling actually liberates creativity and aids a writer in telling a far better story—a more marketable story—and a story readers are willing to buy and tell others about. Her lighthearted science fiction short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include: Hearts Akilter (fantasy/sci-fi romance novella) Jewels of the Sky (science fiction adventure) Karma & Mayhem (paranormal fantasy romance— being rereleased in 2017) Adrada to Zool (a short story anthology) Catherine lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal stories where a reader can escape to other worlds for adventure and romance.

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06.02.18


Joshua Danker-Dake
The Retail

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 318
Paperback $11.99
Kindle $3.99
Nook $3.99

THE BOOK

Aspiring writer Penn Reynard has just joined the ranks of America’s fifteen million retail workers: fresh out of college with an English degree, he can’t find a job anywhere except at the local big-box hardware store. Working returns, Penn experiences firsthand the often comical absurdity, chaos, and shenanigans of the retail world. At least he has a new romance with a coworker going for him—if he doesn’t screw it up. The constant pressures of dealing with hostile customers, oblivious coworkers, and overbearing management begin to take their toll on him, though, and as his desired career path threatens to fall out of reach, Penn struggles to break free of retail’s clutches.

THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Joshua Danker-Dake now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife and three children. A writer and editor by trade, he also serves as the Strategy and Tactics Editor for Diplomacy World, the flagship publication of the Diplomacy hobby. Other things he gets rather excited about include He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, bombastic European power metal, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

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06.02.18


Bob Avey
Twisted Perception

Publisher: Deadly Niche Press
Pages: 140
Paperback $16.99

THE BOOK

Porter, Oklahoma, holds a dark secret-and troublesome dreams plague Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot, who grew up in the small town. When a bizarre murder catapults Elliot into his past, he's brought face-to-face with the fabric of his nightmares. A shiny necklace dangles from the rearview mirror of the vehicle where Lagayle Zimmerman, the victim, is discovered. Nine years earlier, in Porter, a similar necklace swung from the mirror of a Mustang that harbored the mutilated bodies of Elliot's friends, Jonathan Alexander (Johnnie Boy), and Marcia Barnes. Most of the town believed Elliot killed his classmates, but no arrest was ever made. Risking his job and his sanity, Elliot digs into his past to solve the murders and expose the truth.

THE AUTHOR

Bob Avey is the author of the Kenny Elliot mystery series, which includes Twisted Perception, released April 2006, Beneath a Buried House, June 2008, and Footprints of a Dancer, October 2012. He lives with his wife and son in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where he works as an accountant in the petroleum industry. When he's not writing or researching mystery writing techniques, he spends his free time prowling through dusty antique shops looking for the rare or unusual, or roaming through ghost towns, searching for echoes from the past. Through his writing, which he describes as a blend of literary and genre, he explores the intricacies and extremities of human nature.

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06.02.18


A. S. Wood
The Revenge of Zachariah Kermit Higgins

Publisher: Indigo Streams Publishing
Pages: 126
Paperback $7.78

THE BOOK

Seventh grader girls, Billie and Gem, fall for the guys of their dreams, Chad and Samson, on Facebook. As it turns out, these guys are none other than scrawny Zachariah, the classmate they have been bullying at school for months. Zach's quest for revenge by creating the online deception becomes a big confused knot that isn't working out like he planned, leading to unexpected outcomes.

THE AUTHOR

A researcher, dietitian, and diabetes specialist turned author, A. S. Wood lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, two sons, and a goofy cat. She won honorable mention in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in the mainstream/literary short story category for “That Tamed Viking.” A poem, “Urban PMS Rendition,” and a short story, “Consent in October,” appeared in Underground Voices and Down in the Dirt online literary magazines, respectively. In 2016, she won a first honorable mention from Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. in the historical novel category for Swaying with the Wind. She has also developed the contents of a website, diabetesbitsandpieces(dot)info. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook, and walk while listening to audio books. At school, A. S. was bullied relentlessly, especially in middle and high school. Those were hard years, but she managed to survive. When her oldest son started middle school, she heard stories about bullying. That motivated her to write a novel dealing with bullying. Research followed, and she recognized the complexities and intricacies of bullying. Her experience with bullying and her research were instrumental in writing the novel.

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05.29.18


Cynthia Canfield Barnes
Expedition to the Exposition - 1915

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pages: 96
Paperback $23.00
Kindle $9.99

THE BOOK

In 1915 Cynthia Canfield Barnes’ grandparents took their six sons by train from Oklahoma to the San Francisco Exposition celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal. These brothers’ stories were always a source of “discussion,” as each differently experienced any given event. Using her grandmother’s postcards collected on this trip and the stories her sons told, Cynthia created this book of fiction based on fact. The events happened, but not in the same way for each one.

THE AUTHOR

As an elementary schoolteacher, Cynthia Canfield Barnes relied on books with visuals to brighten the historical background under discussion. After retiring she worked as a substitute at the Tulsa City-County Library system. The Genealogy Library captured her attention, where history connects the present to the past. Her four grandchildren continue to have a lust for books.

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05.29.18


Kathryn Spurgeon
A Promise to Break: Faith, Love and Politics in the 1930s

Publisher: Memory House Publishing
Pages: 304
Paperback $14.99
Kindle $2.99

THE BOOK

Sibyl promises her father to support a movement to change the world. A banker's daughter, she likes fashionable clothes, cruising in a new Chrysler, and dancing at the speakeasy. Even the Depression cannot put a damper on her lifestyle. By 1932, the timing is right to fulfill her promise.

Then she meets a handsome, down-on-his-luck bum and her life is turned upside down. Their love opens a different way of life than she has ever known. She must dig deep to determine which, if any, of her past beliefs can be salvaged. But which is most important, love or duty?

THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Spurgeon grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. She lived in South Korea two years where she adopted two daughters. After becoming a single mom, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and became a CPA. She has spoken at many women’s conferences, and has published over a hundred stories, articles, and poems, and won many writing awards.

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05.28.18


Aaron Doughty
Ty Matthews

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 166
Paperback $12.99

Caught in a bad situation, Ty Matthews is forced to leave town with an angry lynch mob on his heels. Even though he has been cleared of the murder charges by the local marshal there's no stopping an angry crowd when whiskey is involved. Making his way across the frontier, Ty is forced to overcome the daily obstacle of survival in an unforgiving land while being pursued constantly. When things get tough he must tap into that deep well of strength that most men never know they possess. Each day life hands him a new challenge he must find a way to endure and survive. The simple act of survival also brings hope and companionship from some of the most unlikely places. The story of Ty Matthews is filled with adventure, drama, humor, and self discovery.

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05.28.18


Joe Moore and Lynn Sholes
The Destiny Code

Publisher: Stone Creek Books
Pages: 396
Paperback $15.95
Kindle $3.99

THE BOOK

In her most crucial mission to date, Cotten Stone must stop the Forces of Evil by locating an ancient artifact known as the Spear of Destiny. It was forged by Adam’s seventh generation grandson, used to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion, and possessed by some of history’s most powerful men—Constantine, Charlemagne, and Adolf Hitler. Her immortal enemy has unleashed the Hades Project, an unholy cyber-attack meant to cause global anarchy. Cotten races against time to find the relic which holds the key to the Destiny Code, the only thing that can stop the Forces of Evil from capturing the soul of every man, woman, and child on Earth.

THE AUTHORS

Lynn Sholes’s interest in archaeology and her work with the Broward County Archaeological Society led her to write historical fiction about the indigenous peoples of South Florida, then writing as Lynn Armistead McKee. The setting for the six EDGE OF THE NEW WORLD SERIES is South Florida approximately 2500 years ago—long before European contact.  Lynn is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Florida Writers Association, The Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc. She also leads a writing critique group for FWA. Lynn writes from her home in the Sunshine State.

Joe Moore is co-president emeritus of the International Thriller Writers. He has written with Lynn Sholes THE DESTINY CODE, BRAIN TRUST, THE TOMB, THE SHIELD, THE BLADE (bestselling Kindle book), THOR BUNKER (a short story), THE PHOENIX APOSTLES (#1 bestselling Kindle book) along with the Cotten Stone Thriller series: THE GRAIL CONSPIRACY (#1 bestselling Kindle book), THE LAST SECRET, THE HADES PROJECT, and THE 731 LEGACY. Moore's novels have appeared on numerous international bestseller lists and have been translated into over 24 languages.

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05.28.18


S.A. Monkress
My Gabe

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 256
Paperback $9.99
Kindle $1.99

THE BOOK

When Calli is hurled out of the path of a speeding motorcycle by a mysterious young man, her life will be forever changed. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine the MAGICAL encounters which lay ahead of her! This is a coming-of-age story about finding herself and ... true love.

THE AUTHOR

Sue Monkress, an Oklahoma native, transplanted to the south in 2007. She primarily writes fiction. Sue has published four books and her articles and memoirs are featured in publications such as "Oxford So & So," "The Magnolia Quarterly," "Lost on Route 66," "Whortleberry Press", etc. Teaching, travel and time spent with friends and her rowdy grandchildren inspire her love of reading and writing. Sue and her husband currently live in Gulfport, Mississippi. You may contact her at: slmsam@juno.com

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05.26.18


Susan Williamson
Turkmen Captives

Publisher: Second Wind Publishing
Pages: 196
Paperback $11.95
Kindle $4.99
Nook $4.99

THE BOOK

Madelaine Jones is still reeling from her husband’s death in Afghanistan when her house explodes and a mysterious letter indicates that her husband might not have been a war casualty. Her desire to know the truth puts Madelaine and her loved ones in danger as she searches three continents for answers

THE AUTHOR

Susan Williamson is a lifelong horseperson, writer and educator. She is the former editor of a weekly newspaper and currently a freelance writer for the Weekly Independent. Williamson is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with an MS from the University of California, Davis. She is an active board member of the Winston-Salem writers. She has worked as an extension agent, adjunct professor, riding instructor, horse trainer and manager of a local food coop. Williamson lives outside Winston-Salem with her husband, Wallace, her Labradoodle, Remi, and two horses.

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05.25.18


Larry Greenly
Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot

Publisher: NewSouth Books
Pages: 160
Paperback $10.95
Kindle $9.99
Nook $9.99

THE BOOK

This fast-paced and informative YA biography tells the story of pioneering black aviator Eugene Bullard from his birth in 1895 to his combat experiences in both World War I and II and, finally, his return to America. Before the United States joined World War I, a few Americans fought on France’s side, including Eugene Jacques Bullard, the grandson of a slave. Eugene had faced discrimination in the U.S. and even the threat of lynching, but while growing up, he had listened spellbound to his father’s stories about how France treated everyone equally. He ran away from home at twelve and eventually made his way to France, where he joined the French Foreign Legion and later the Lafayette Flying Corps, to become the world’s first black fighter pilot. All the medals he received, however, weren’t enough to fend off the prejudice he still faced when he returned to the United States.

THE AUTHOR

Armed with degrees in physics/math, architecture, civil engineering and chiropractic, Larry Greenly has led a multi-faceted life as a teacher, engineer and doctor of chiropractic. His career as a freelance writer/editor of myriad non-fiction articles began over 25 years ago with a long-running medical column in professional journals. Along the way, Greenly garnered a number of writing awards, including the Parris Award and a National Federation of Press Women 2nd place national award for his literary page in a local magazine. His new book, Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot, was named a 2015 Booklist Top Ten Multicultural Nonfiction Book for Youth; is a current finalist in the SCBWI Southwest Region Crystal Kite Award; won a Gold Medal in the 2014 National Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, won Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 NM/AZ Book Awards, earned a starred review from the American Library Association (ALA) and earned a recommendation from Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA). Greenly lives in New Mexico.

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05.21.18


Robert Klein Engler
Return to Alexandria

Publisher: Writers Club Press
Pages: 138
Paperback $8.95

THE BOOK

"Engler...is...not only one of today's premier gay writers, but...an inspiring wordsmith for all audiences."-J. Masiulewicz, U-Direct

"A poet of the first rank."-Michael Morgan

A collection of sonnets by one of America's best poets.

THE AUTHOR

ROBERT KLEIN ENGLER lives in Chicago and New Orleans. He teaches at Roosevelt University. His poems and stories have appeared in Borderlands, Hyphen, Christopher Street, The James White Review, American Letters and Commentary, Kansas Quarterly, and many other magazines and journals. He was the recipient of Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards for his poem "Flower Festival at Genzano," which appeared in Whetstone, and "Three Poems for Kabbalah," which appeared in Fish Stories, II. His books are available from amazon.com.

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05.21.18


Becky Dennison Sakellariou
No Foothold in this Geography

Publisher: Blue Light Press
Pages: 112
Paperback $15.95

THE BOOK

I have lived most of my adult life in Greece.  I start with this statement because of the unexpectedly vast impact and weight this fact has had on my world views, how I “translate” and survive in my surroundings, and, naturally, what — and even how — I write.  The cultural and physical landscapes of New England, where I was born and raised, and those of the Greek/Mediterranean where I have lived for so long, mingle, merge and even coalesce in intriguing and often inexplicable ways in my poetry.  I might begin with a winter New Hampshire image, and a thread of Greece will attach itself to the image and pull it in another, surprising direction. I always trust these interventions, these visits; they inevitably create rich narrative tapestries. I believe they are also a large part of why I write, not only what I write.  In the past few years, world political events have also empowered my writing, infusing it with tension, contradiction and sometimes even mystery. Most recently, my writing has centered around the refugee situation in Europe, specifically Turkey and Greece, and my own experiences in the camps and with the immigrants themselves.

THE AUTHOR

I have worked in teaching, writing, editing and counseling; I have also published six books of poetry, one of which, The Possibility of Red, published by Hobblebush Books in 2014, is a bi-lingual edition in English and Greek (translated by Irene Theotokatou and Maria Laina). I have won a number of poetry and chapbook contests and prizes and have been nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Anthology twice; my latest book is Gathering the Soft, an art/poetry book that circles around the subject of cancer, put out in 2016 by Passager Books.

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05.16.18


Uriel E. Gribetz
Taconic Murda

Publisher: Moonshine Cove
Pages: 262
Paperback $13.95
Kindle $4.99

THE BOOK

HOMICIDE DETECTIVE SAM FREE'S FIRST MISTAKE WAS REFUSING TO PLANT EVIDENCE. Forced out of his job at the 44th Precinct in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx, Sam escapes his troubles and moves his family to the suburbs, only to discover that his troubled past from the Bronx comes back to haunt him. When he's arrested for murder and brought back to the Bronx to stand trial, he must fight for his life against a District Attorney and his former NYPD colleagues who are bent on getting even by making sure Sam is convicted.

REVIEWS

"No one can get into the heads of NYPD cops the way Uriel Gribetz can, and Taconic Murda is the toughest, most realistic crime novel I've read in the past five years. Start reading and I dare you not finish it in one sitting. Uriel Gribetz is the big new voice in crime fiction."--Jason Starr, international bestselling author of Twisted City and The Follower.

"A debut to be reckoned with. Gribetz’ years as a NYC criminal defense attorney add realism to a quintessential New York noir. From city streets to suburbia, New York noir you won’t be able to put down.”--Chantelle Aimée Osman, editor, writer and co-founder of The Sirens of Suspense.

"TACONIC MURDA introduces Sam Free, a Bronx detective unlike any this reader has met before. This fast-paced novel reflects the author's persistence, as he takes us on wild rides through the dark streets of the Bronx and parts of Westchester, where we meet an unforgettable cast of characters.”--Natalie Robins, past winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for best fact-based crime book, Savage Grace.

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05.14.18


Michael FitzGerald
Payback

Publisher: Moonshine Cove
Pages: 270
Paperback $18.99
Kindle $4.61

THE BOOK

WHAT IF THE MAFIA AND FBI JOINED FORCES TO ASSASSINATE HITLER IN 1938? COULD IT HAVE SUCCEEDED? COULD IT HAVE PREVENTED WWII? COULD IT HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD?

The FBI colludes with the mafia to assassinate Hitler in the spring of 1938 during a state visit to Italy. Bugsy Siegel and his accomplice, a secret agent to keep the gangster’s volatile nature from erupting, are chosen to carry out the deed. With the help of the Italian mafia, conned into thinking the target is their bitter enemy Mussolini, the pair must avoid rival gangs and a wily Italian police inspector  to avoid being caught or killed before they can even get close to Hitler. No one could have predicted the calamitous events their mission unleashes.

REVIEWS

"...nations that play chess with world leaders should beware; toppling the King may just be the beginning...The author's personal insight makes Payback a great novel of what might have been." —Ian Hall, author of the Avenging Steel series.

"Payback is a fascinating alternative history which turns what we know of World War II on its head. Gangsters and Hitler - what could go wrong? Read Payback to find out!"—James R Benn, author Rag and Bone.

"...Real historical figures blend seamlessly with fictional ones, and everyone is believable...In the long tradition of Axis victories in the Alt-History genre, Italy is often overlooked. Michael FitzGerald changes that with Payback, a novel filled with strong characters, excellent research and surprising twists and turns."—Sandra Saidak, author of From the Ashes.

“...Bugsy Siegel, a hitman for the American Mafia, and Luigi Carmona, a far less psychotic but no less competent killer, travel to Mussolini’s Rome before the outbreak of World War II on a mission of assassination...a page-turner of a thriller [and]an alternate history novel that asks us whether great men control history or...are controlled by it...“—David Dvorkin, Author of Budspy.

"Payback is a first-rate thriller. Michael FitzGerald's tale of World War II intrigue and daring keeps the heart racing to the very last page."—James Thayer, author S-Day.

"...a great read with an amazing plot that kept me always wanting more. It's a great story about Hitler, Mussolini, gangsters and an FBI agent that held my interest till the end..."—David Avoura King - Author Hitler Out of Time.

"...one of the most original 'what if' novels since Fatherland...explores the unique possibility that if Adolf Hitler were assassinated before his grip on Germany tightened then there would be a power vacuum in Europe of immense proportions. His addition of American mafia figures brings a colorful new level to this intriguing novel."—Kim Kinrade, Author Rockets of the Reich.

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05.14.18


Fran Driscoll Roberts
A Place Called Grace

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 194
Paperback $9.99
Kindle $4.99

THE BOOK

To say that Leah McPhillen is unlucky in love would be an understatement. Every man she has ever loved has suddenly left her without explanation. When she finally meets a man who piques her interest, the date is interrupted by a horrendous crash, and Leah's father, Officer Liam "Phil" McPhillen, is blamed for it since he was the officer in pursuit of the stolen truck. Add to this a young cousin whose life is in danger and Leah McPhillen is about to find love, danger and intrigue in the little town of Ocean Shores, Mississippi.

THE AUTHOR

Frances Roberts was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although she loved the people and her Green Bay Packers, she relocated to the Gulf Coast to enjoy six months of summer and NO winter. She currently teaches middle school Compensatory Language Arts in Pascagoula, MS, and truly enjoys a challenge.

Her first two books were devotionals, brought about by a curse she prayed upon herself as a young child: "Lord, please don't ever let my life be boring." The first book is 31 Prayers for the Addict I Love written after the untimely death of two addicted loved ones. The second is 31 Prayers for When Life Isn't Fair.

Roberts' first fiction novel, A Place Called Grace, is a Christian Romance/Murder Mystery. The sequel-- A Place Without Mercy was released in December, 2016. There are more stories to come, since her wild imagination rarely rests. Roberts has also published several poems and short stories, and loves to read as much as write.

She lives in Pascagoula with her two daughters, three dogs and a cat (the amount of animals could vary at any time, though). She also has a grown son in South Carolina who also happens to be her favorite preacher, though the pastors at First Baptist Tillman's Corner are in her top five. She's a member of Gulf Coast Writer's Association, Mobile Writer's Guild, and West Mobile Writer's Group.

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05.12.18


Jeanne Felfe
The Art of Healing - A Novel

Publisher: Parallel Pathways
Pages: 256
Paperback $15.99
Kindle $3.99

THE BOOK

Julianne Garvoli is content with her life as a pediatric nurse at a major metropolitan hospital. She is following her every dream, or so she believes. After her idyllic world is shattered, she must reconcile her lost past to rediscover her deepest passion. Jokob O'Callaghan, a world-renowned photographer, lives a life most could only imagine with his life-love, Keara—until cancer delivers a direct and devastating slam. He walls himself off, focusing solely on his art. When one of Jokob’s photos brings them together, even love may not be enough to keep them that way. Tragic circumstances and long silent dreams work to sever their bond. Can they each find a way to heal, love, and follow dreams together?

THE AUTHOR

Jeanne Felfe (pronounced Gee Knee Fell Fee) started writing as a teen, but never seriously until about 2012. She would start writing with stark raving enthusiasm, and then mysteriously stop, sometimes for months or years. It wasn’t until she retired from her ATT Project Management job that she asked herself, “if not now, when?” She launched into the July 2013 Camp NaNoWriMo, the writer bug bite, and this time didn’t let go.

Since then, her personal essay “Yes, It’s Personal” was published in 2014 in Under the Surface: Anthology #8. In 2015, two short stories—“The Bond” and “The Price for News”—were published in Anything Goes, Volume 2, and in 2016, her Urban Fantasy short story “The Elementals” was published in Matters of Substance. Her humorous piece “The Pie Rack’s Secret” and six other short stories were published in late 2016 in the Saturday Writer’s Anthology #10.

Her debut novel, The Art of Healing, a sweet love story, was published in June 2016. Jeanne is currently working on her second novel, a story of overcoming prejudices, and a third novel, a dramatic story of lost love, lies and family betrayal. Her short, “The Elementals” aches to be a novel and will be third, after the characters in her second get their shot—otherwise they will drive her insane badgering her with “what about us?”

Jeanne is a Texan by birth, but has resided in the St. Louis area since 1986, currently in St. Charles, MO, with her fiancé, and two dogs who believe they are tiny humans. She likes to say, “If you ever meet someone named Felfe, we ARE related.”

You can follow Jeanne on her FB page at - https://www.facebook.com/author.JeanneFelfe/ Or on her Author Website at https://jeannefelfe.com/

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05.12.18


Jeremy E.C. Genovese
Remembering Willie Nelson: The Science of Peak Memory

Publisher: Moonshine Cove
Pages: 284
Paperback $15.95
Kindle $6.99

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A MEMORY LIKE GOOGLE?

Have you tried the tricks other memory books teach and given up? Can you actually improve your memory? What does science say? Memory researcher Jeremy Genovese knows there's good news - science offers real help. A growing body of research has given us tools and techniques for REAL memory improvement. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the science of peak memory. Dr. Genovese's book bridges that gap. Remembering Willie Nelson: The Science of Peak Memory introduces a number of ideas accepted by memory scientists, but largely unknown outside the laboratory. In easy-to-understand language, Dr. Genovese explains how you can harness these ideas to dramatically improve your memory. What would a better memory mean for you? Better grades? A better income? Not forgetting someone's name? Remembering where you parked? What would a mind like Google mean to you?

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05.12.18


Randall Krzak
The Kurdish Connection

Publisher: Moonshine Cove
Pages: 356
Paperback $19.99
Kindle $4.61

KURDISH SCAVENGERS UNCOVER A CACHE OF NERVE GAS IN IRAQ AND OFFER THEM TO KURDISH FIGHTERS IN TURKEY. THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS BEDLAM ALPHA TEAM MUST SECURE THE WEAPONS BEFORE THEY CAN BE USED.

“You must swear by Allah never to say a word of what I’m going to tell you. This is the most important secret. Ever!”

In their daily struggle for survival, Iraqi Kurdish scavengers uncover a cache of chemical weapons. They offer the weapons to fellow Kurdish rebels in Turkey and Syria to assist in their quest to free an imprisoned leader and create a unified homeland. After receiving a tip from an unlikely source, the newly formed Special Operations Bedlam team is called to arms!

Travel with Craig Cameron and his international team on their covert operation as they weave their way through war-torn regions seeking to locate and recover the weapons before they can be used to cause irreparable harm and instigate a world crisis.

The odds are stacked against them. Can they manage to keep their operation hidden and prevent further clashes before it’s too late?

REVIEWS

“The Kurdish Connection—a compelling read. A story of friendship, danger and intrigue.”—Ann Everett, Amazon Best Selling Author.

“... Randall's authentic voice adds a powerful push to keep a reader turning the pages.” —Janet Taylor-Perry, author of The Raiford Chronicles, The Legend of Draconis Saga, and April Chastain Intrigues.

“Topical - Engaging - Intriguing – Powerful ... A real page turner.”—Rikon Gaites, author of Mummy's Little Soldier and Darius Odenkirk.

“... Randall Krzak brings his wealth of experience living in this troubled part of the world and his military knowledge to bear in this exciting story...”—John L. DeBoer, author of When the Reaper Comes.

"... a journey full of history, suspense, intrigue, and action...a MUST READ for all!”—Les Stahl, Retired NSA Executive.

“... Readers need to fasten their seatbelts for a fast-paced tale made believable by a writer who knows what he’s writing about.”—Preston Holtry, author of the Morgan Westphal mystery series and the Arrius trilogy (forthcoming).

“A behind the scenes story, ripped from today’s headlines deepening the reader’s understanding of an ancient strife ... filled with the sights and smells of the market place and secret meetings, the reader is admitted to the secret heart, the desperate longings of those that must fight and win, or see continued subjugation by their masters...”—Oliver F. Chase, author of Camelot Games, Levant Mirage, Blind Marsh, and Marsh Island.

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05.12.18


Jim Fraiser
In An Enemy's Country

Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 310
Paperback $19.95
Kindle $3.99

THE BOOK

Liberty is fleeting; terrorism is eternal Or so discovers Assistant US Attorney and widower John Ferguson while reading an ancient manuscript purporting to be that of Thomas Jefferson's 1784 Paris diary, between handling a perplexing new case and rearing a precocious four-year-old son and bright-but-troubled teenage daughter.

But when he discovers that the political protester he's prosecuting for assault on a federal marshal may be linked to a terrorist organization seemingly intent on wreaking havoc in his Jackson, Mississippi, hometown, and a mysterious new love interest suddenly appears on his doorstep, he finds himself locked in a life and death struggle with a brilliant but demented revolutionary dedicated to the destruction of all Ferguson holds dear and nothing less than the eradication of the American way of life.

THE AUTHOR

Jim Fraiser is the author of five works of fiction and eleven non-fiction books about the history, architecture and culture of the Deep South. He is a federal administrative law judge and adjunct law professor in Jackson, Mississippi.

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05.12.18


Evan Moore
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Publisher: Moonshine Cove
Pages: 268
Paperback $13.99
Kindle $4.99

A MAN WHO FACES THE GRIM FUTURE OF EARLY ONSET DEMENTIA CONFRONTS THE NAGGING DEMONS OF HIS PAST.

Ethan Breen, a widower and middle-aged descendant of Irish immigrants, faces a growing personal crisis. He lives with his college-aged son, Kevin, on his ranch in Texas passed down from his grandfather and father . Ethan's life would appear comfortable, even idyllic. Ethan, however, is dogged by his own, private hell. He realizes that he is suffering the initial symptoms of early onset dementia, a condition that struck both his grandfather and father. He is contemplating killing himself, as his father did.

REVIEWS

"It is rare to find a truly original voice like that of Evan Moore, an author who is also a gifted story teller with a gripping, taut tale to tell, a story that reads like nonfiction for it rings so true and is so close to so many of us who are experiencing similar things in our life. It is a particular story, wedded to its time and place, and at the same time contains universal truths, a testament to the human spirit and the gifts of the author."—Ray Mouton, attorney, author of In God's House.

“The title hints of poetry, perhaps mystery. Indeed long-time newsman and author Evan Moore deftly weaves these elements into Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. It is the story of a man confronting his future — a future many of us will confront. But it’s also the story of a man looking at his past. You’ll want to skip to the last chapter before you finish. Don’t.”—Mary Moody, editor, photographer.

“Evan Moore's pure writing sweeps us along a road trip of violent, if somewhat colorful, memories and a doubtful future, as he prepares to confront something so awful that most of us just hope it will somehow spare us.”—Ken Hammond, Emeritus Editor of Texas Magazine.

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05.12.18


Dorothy Wehunt
Choose to Have High Self-Esteem

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 184
Kindle $5.99

THE BOOK

Would you like to have greater success and happiness in your life? Do you have goals you want to achieve or dreams you want to fulfill? Would you like less stress in your life? Do you want better relationships? If you answered yes, this is the book you want to read. Choose to Have High Self-Esteem provides strategies, methods, and techniques to build high self-esteem and maintain or protect it. An abundance of examples are used to explain and illustrate the content presented. Questions are provided at the end of the chapters to help you apply the information to gain high self-esteem.

Discover how to:
•Accept yourself and belong
•Let go of self-defeating thoughts and create positive self-talk
•Remove self-doubt
•Deal with mistakes and overcome failure
•Get your needs met
•Overcome rejection, fear, and shame
•Handle criticism and manage internal and external conflict
•Make confident decisions
•Forgive yourself and others
•Gain greater confidence and success

THE AUTHOR

Dorothy Wehunt believes that each of us has the right to be successful and has within us what we need to do so. Through her writing she hopes to help others believe in their abilities and themselves and thus pursue their goals and dreams and take positive and needed action with confidence to achieve them and become the person they really want to be.

Dorothy has a MS in psychology and has helped others to achieve their goals through her training programs and coaching for more than ten years. She has two books published, Choose to Have High Self-Esteem and Rise Up to Yourself:Greater Success Awaits.

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05.08.18


Irene “Susie” Smith
Angel of Tears

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 430
Paperback $18.95
Kindle $2.99

THE BOOK

Expanded Second Edition with Epilogue.

In 1947, Summer Sobieski is sent to live with Polish relatives in Detroit. Enrolled in Catholic School, she is ridiculed for her name and her mother’s mental illness. When Alva Watson, an aging albino, moves into a long vacant house next door, she is feared and shunned. Summer sees something in Alva that no one else recognizes.

The relationship between the two misfits affects the lives of everyone around them. Summer’s reunion with her parents is less than desirable. Overwhelmed with family issues, spiritual conflicts, and two female tormentors, Summer unwittingly causes a shocking mishap. The consequences are harrowing; redemption and retribution follows. Often humorous, this is a tale of innocence and ignorance, failure and faith, and the undeniable power of love.

REVIEW by Amazon customer

I’ve read Irene Smith’s book Angel of Tears twice. I read it once for the enjoyment and I read it again to figure out how she wrote such a compelling story. In my professional opinion, there are six techniques that Irene incorporates into her story that make it work from start to finish. Here they are.

Number One. The novel opens with a classic scene of the protagonist who is being forced to make a change he or she does not want. In this case, being moved from her home to live with relatives. It then follows that the question is asked by the protagonist and the reader is “When will I be able to return?” That question starts the novel’s narrative arc and the protagonist’s search for a resolution.

Number Two. That narrative arc puts our protagonist, who is the first person narrator, into a series of conflicts, some internal some external, some caused by her, some by others and some just a natural result of being a stranger in a strange land.

Number Three. What works in this novel are the characters. There are no lengthy descriptions of what a character is thinking or what their motivation is. Instead, you learn about these characters by what they say and do. And if a character that appears slimy in an early chapter actually does something real slimy in a later chapter, you are not surprised because it is, if you will, right in character. The exception, of course, is the protagonist, and we do know what she thinks and feels.

Number Four. These are the chapter transitions and the narrative foreshadowing. The transitions tease the reader to move on into the next chapter and the foreshadowing gives the reader something more to look for as the chapter develops. It helps keep the reader on his or her toes looking for that “Aha!” moment.

Number Five. Number five is pacing. To me most of the chapters in the first two-thirds of the book are about the same word count or page count. That means a reader can get into a rhythm as he or she reads knowing that within a few more pages there will be some type of ending, if not a conclusion. Couple that with the transitions and the foreshadowing and you have a work that keeps a reader moving towards the climax and denouement.

Number Six. My final point. There are some minor tragedies in this novel and some major ones. There are laughs, there are missteps and the are times when a reader wonders will the heroine – which she truly is – will ever get back to where she came from and thus answer the question that opens the novel. Let’s just put it this way, the young woman who is the protagonist in this novel does get what she deserves and it is probably more than she or we expected when we started reading it.

My conclusion? If you write prose of any type, read this book. If you like a good story, read this book.

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05.07.18


Tasha Cotter, Joy Ladin, and Jennifer Litt
Delphi Series Vol. 2: Answers to the Name "Lucky", Maximum Speed through Zero, & Torch

Publisher: Blue Lyra Press
Pages: 84
Paperback $10.99

THE BOOK

A collection of three chapbooks in one volume by three different authors. This is book two in the series. The books delve into the mysteries of the ordinary, the evolution of absence, beauty, love, and things past.

One book, Answers to the Name 'Lucky', opens the reader up to exploring the themes of existence and vanishing, nothingness and purposefulness. A second book, Maximum Speed through Zero, takes the reader into vignettes of familiar historical figures like Julia Childs, Susan B. Anthony, Frida, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Douglas but also Donald Trump.

The third book, Torch, delves into the beautiful moments about absence and love, loss and hope.

TASHA COTTER

Tasha Cotter is the author of the poetry collections Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013), That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Girl in the Cave (Tree Light Books, 2016). Winner of the 2015 Delphi Poetry Series, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Booth. In 2015 she was named runner-up in the Carnegie Center's Next Great Writer contest. A contributor to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, 2014), The Poets on Growth Anthology (Math Paper Press, 2015), and the 2017 Poet's Market (Writer's Digest Books). She makes her home in Lexington, Kentucky where she works in higher education.

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05.05.18


Evelyn Asher
A Gypsy's Tapestry: A Woman Observed. A Woman Observing

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 62
Paperback $5.39
Kindle $2.99

THE BOOK

A Gypsy’s Tapestry includes twenty-eight original poems the author penned in her “Third Third” when the mountains called to her. Leaps of faith with an Internet romance, robust yearnings, plus subtle - and abrupt - transitions expose her repeated desires for simplicity and earthy relationships. A portion of the proceeds for this book will be donated to Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture “proud to be building a sustainable local food system, educating community members about food and agriculture, increasing the economic viability of farmers, and increasing opportunities for women in rural Appalachia.”

THE AUTHOR

Evelyn Asher has lived in the Midwest, South Florida, Western North Carolina and North Georgia. She has cruised down the Yangtze River for five days and driven through the clouds of mountain ranges in her early 70s. Her poems reflect her meaningful relationships wherever she was planted and styles of poetry that were introduced to her in Behind The Stacks poetry group. She has an extreme fondness for High Country Writers where she found early inspiration and the Valley Crucis Writing Retreat which elevates her works. Evelyn has a passion for literacy and the elimination of poverty. She finds utter fascination in strong mountain lives and the storytelling of elders.

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05.05.18


Horton Prather
The Honduran Plot

Publisher: Basswood Cove Publishing
Pages: 304
Paperback $12.95
Kindle $2.99

THE BOOK

The story of the attempted coup you never heard about; The Honduran Plot is a thrill ride of clean suspense with a touch of romance. Jake Grayson learns that his best friend, Ruben, recently disappeared in Honduras, leaving behind few clues. They had been there together on a mission trip three years before, and Jake vowed to never return--but he just can't abandon his friend. Could he really accomplish anything by going back?

Despite his apprehensions, Jake returns to Honduras, determined to solve the mystery that baffled the police. Forced into an alliance with Amelia Ramirez, a cynical agnostic, he is pulled into the perilous politics of a country on the verge of a socialist coup. When Jake hacks into the government's computers, the situation escalates from cyberspace to real-world, armed conflict. Jake learns to trust in God, one step at a time, as he and Amelia confront the subversive forces led by the head of the Honduran secret police.

THE AUTHOR

Horton Prather is a long-time reader of Suspense/Mystery/Thriller novels. He loves a thrilling story that both entertains and educates the reader. He turned to fiction from a writing background of poetry and technical papers. Naturally, the Suspense genre was his first choice. He is currently writing the Jake Grayson Suspense Series—exciting, clean suspense with a touch of romance. The books in the series are The Honduran Plot and Threat.

Mr. Prather is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is a Past President (2013 & 2014) of the Northeast Georgia Writers. He lives on Lake Lanier in Georgia with his wife, Vivian, and several imaginary characters roaming around in his head.

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05.04.18


Jerry C. Brewer
Dismantling the Republic

Publisher: Shotwell Publishing
Pages: 236
Paperback $14.95
Kindle $4.99

From the Foreword:

WHAT PASSES FOR AMERICAN HISTORY today, especially as it pertains to the type of government under which we are now constrained to live, is largely a collection of myths, fables, and legends, which have incrementally supplanted the truth until legend has become the new truth. Few people, for instance, realize that the republic which was founded in the last few years of the 18th century no longer exists. In DISMANTLING THE REPUBLIC, Jerry Brewer strips away fancy and fiction to show us that the republic actually died in 1865. Lincoln spent four years trying to kill it, and it finally succumbed at Appomattox. What we have today has been in the making ever since. . . . we have arrived at a government that has metamorphosed into something that abuses citizens at home and destroys civilizations abroad. Whatever it is, it is not the republic our Revolutionary patriots gave us, nor what they envisioned. We have to start over, and Dismantling the Republic tells us why. ---MICHAEL ANDREW GRISSOM

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05.06.18


Rod Burns
The Adventures of Tommy and Tina, Dreaming of Beoming a Termite and Finding a Home in the Forest

Publisher: Xlibris.com
Pages: 28
Paperback $21.99
Kindle $3.99
Nook $3.49

THE BOOK

Tommy and Tina are a young boy and girl sitting under an oak tree and looking in an old log, finding active termites. They noticed some termites looked like flying ants with long wings, some were a milky white, and a few had pinchers in front of their heads. The winged termites began to fly, and Tommy and Tina fell asleep on the blanket under the shady oak tree. Tommy and Tina dream of themselves being termites and flying through the forest, having fun and meeting many new friends. Tommy and Tina find a new home in the forest. Tommy and Tina Termite is an educational and fun story to read to small children. Enjoy!

THE AUTHOR

Rod Burns grew up in Maryland. Educated at Calvert Hall High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from Loyola College. He was a successful sales representative and manager for national advertising companies for many years, finishing in the top sales positions every year. He owned and operated successful businesses, including advertising, marketing, printing, newspapers and home and environmental inspections.

Rod is also the inventor of the patented Arm Sling Neck Cushion. The Arm Sling Neck Cushion relieves the discomfort of the arm sling strap and irritation around your neck, and is recommended by orthopedic surgeons. Learn more at armslingneckcushion.com

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05.04.18


Rod Burns
The Adventures Of Tommy And Tina, Dreaming Of Becoming A Loggerhead Sea Turtle And Swimming Down The Treasure Coast

Publisher: Xlibris.com
Pages: 28
Paperback $21.99
Kindle $3.99
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THE BOOK

The Adventures of Tommy and Tina are two child friends, dreaming of being born as Loggerhead Sea Turtles and swimming down the Treasure Coast of Florida. Tommy and Tina Loggerhead Turtles will meet many friends living in the ocean and coastal waters and all their new friends will follow Tommy and Tina down the Treasure Coast looking for gold and jewelry that was lost over 300 years ago when a hurricane sunk a fleet of Spanish ships. The story gets exciting when they find gold and jewelry and ends when they reach the Jupiter lighthouse. The Adventures of Tommy and Tina are fun and educational books for all ages to read.

THE AUTHOR

Rod Burns grew up in Maryland. Educated at Calvert Hall High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from Loyola College. He was a successful sales representative and manager for national advertising companies for many years, finishing in the top sales positions every year. He owned and operated successful businesses, including advertising, marketing, printing, newspapers and home and environmental inspections.

Rod is also the inventor of the patented Arm Sling Neck Cushion. The Arm Sling Neck Cushion relieves the discomfort of the arm sling strap and irritation around your neck, and is recommended by orthopedic surgeons. Learn more at armslingneckcushion.com

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05.04.18


Rod Burns
The Formula for Achieving Goals and Finding Success

Publisher: Xlibris.com
Pages: 92
Paperback $15.00
Kindle $3.99
Nook $3.99

THE BOOK

Author ROD BURNS reveals a formula that will help the reader achieve their goals. Have you ever said to yourself, why can some people achieve more in life than other people. Sometimes it is just luck but most of the time, these people followed a defined plan of action that helped them accomplish that goal. The book will show you a successful formula to use to achieve your goals in life. Many people set goals but fall short of accomplishing their dreams. The main reason for not accomplishing a goal is that you failed somewhere along the way, your methods and strategies that you were using did not work. This book will show you how to overcome those bumps in the road and develop new methods and strategies that will work towards accomplishing your goals in life. Follow the formula and you will achieve your dreams.

THE AUTHOR

Rod Burns grew up in Maryland. Educated at Calvert Hall High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from Loyola College. He was a successful sales representative and manager for national advertising companies for many years, finishing in the top sales positions every year. He owned and operated successful businesses, including advertising, marketing, printing, newspapers and home and environmental inspections.

Rod is also the inventor of the patented Arm Sling Neck Cushion. The Arm Sling Neck Cushion relieves the discomfort of the arm sling strap and irritation around your neck, and is recommended by orthopedic surgeons. Learn more at armslingneckcushion.com

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05.04.18


Cody Leet
Spheria

Publisher: No Trees Harmed
Pages: 394
Paperback $13.95
Kindle $9.99

THE BOOK

With her new internship, Min enters the scene of a major breakthrough in quantum computing: the virtual world of Spheria, home to sentient inhabitants. As these Polyans explore their habitat, the research team has a unique opportunity to observe their society’s development. Anthropology and artificial intelligence will never be the same. But Min soon uncovers evidence of a sinister secret. As overseers of a new species, some on the team can’t resist the temptation to play God. Others are tempted by the vast computing power behind Spheria and want to turn its quantum engine towards their own ends. If Min knows too much, what seems like the opportunity of a lifetime might just end it prematurely. Like the Polyans, though, she might find the lure of new knowledge too strong to resist. This techno-thriller explores the lines of good and evil on many layers of reality, through science and mythology, between discipline and betrayal, from the human mind to the Polyan core.

THE AUTHOR

Cody is an American writer with a passion for technology. He likes to explore the convergence of science, mythology, and philosophy and can’t wait to see the future unfold. He believes the best stories teach while entertaining, and make us think a bit along the way. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, four kids, a dog, cat, and 20 fish. Cody holds a degree in Computer Engineering and in a prior career was a video game designer and artist for a major publisher. For relaxation he enjoys sailing, skiing, traveling, programming, games, and, oh yea, writing.

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05.04.18


Janet Hafner
Eye of an Eagle, A Peter Poppin Adventure

Publisher: Lulu Publishing
Pages: 124
Paperback $11.99
Kindle $7.55
Nook $7.99

THE BOOK

"This coming-of-age story unfolds with gritty self-assurance that is associated with skilled authorship. Readers feel very much immersed with Peter's life and dilemmas. The mystery of what lies ahead is intriguing and profound." -Sdw/Eg Manuscript Reviewer

On the coast of Maine in the 1800s, thirteen-year-old Peter Poppin discovers a mysterious box while searching the beach for driftwood. Just as he tucks it away, he suffers a terrible accident. His eye is badly injured. The doctor is unable to restore his sight. An aspiring wood-carver, he can't succeed without his vision. His dreams crumble. A schoolyard bully picks a fight with Peter because he wears an eye patch. A great eagle swoops down and defends him. His classmate, an Abamela Indian, tells Peter his clan's Shaman is a healer and could help. His parents refuse the idea, but he and his best friend, Marian, make the journey. What happens in the healing? What gift does Peter receive? What role does the mysterious box have?

THE AUTHOR

Janet Hafner is a memoir/essay and children’s book author, enjoying the beauty of Southern California and five grandchildren. She taught English as a Second Language and Spanish, coached business professionals and facilitated change in under-performing schools in California. She is active in The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the San Diego Writers Editors Guild and two writing/critique groups, one at San Diego State University and the other with SCBWI. She has studied with internationally published author, Kathi Diamant and children’s author, Carolyn Marsden at University of California San Diego. Her debut novel, Eye of an Eagle, received a “highly recommended” rating from the SDW/EG Manuscript Review Board. Most of her published articles focused on teaching English to international students. She co-authored and produced a beginning Spanish television course, Conversemos. She’s lived and studied in Switzerland, Mexico, and Canada and travelled extensively in China and Europe with her husband. The adventures of her three sons inspire her writing. Her special dream diary contains hundreds of full color sagas that weave their way into her writing. Order from:
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05.04.18


E. Lynne Wright
FLORIDA DISASTERS: True Stories of Tragedy & Survival

Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Pages: 256
Paperback $16.95
Kindle $15.69
Nook $10.99

THE BOOK

Facing Unimaginable Events With Courage

It's only human to be fascinated by disasters--and uplifted by reports of survival in the face of overwhelming circumstances. This book takes you back to Florida's most catastrophic events, vividly re-creating the moments that changed the state forever. The twenty-five true stories presented here are a chilling reminder to expect the unexpected.

From the Great Citrus Freeze of 1895 and tidal wave of 1935 to the Apollo fire of 1967 and Challenger disaster of 1986, Florida has been the site of some of the nation's most dramatic moments. Each account in this book reveals not only the circumstances surrounding the disaster and the magnitude of the devastation, but also the courage and ingenuity displayed by those who survived and the heroism of those who helped others, often risking their own lives in rescue efforts.

THE AUTHOR

E. Lynne Wright is a writer based in Vero Beach, Florida. Her articles and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers as well as anthologies and literary journals.

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05.04.18


Donald J. Hunt
Jupiter Justice

Publisher: Create Space
Pages: 310
Paperback $12.00
Kindle $2.99

THE BOOK

"Ah, I know that look on your face, Captain Schroeder. You think we are paranoid, but we are paranoid by necessity."

Jupiter, 2269.

While at the funeral of a friend, Rico Schroeder is drafted into a murder investigation. The victim was an expert in antimatter physics, competing for the largest cash-prize in human history. Suddenly, his friend’s death seems like much more than just an accident as well. As Rico pursues the killer, he must contend with a partner he doesn’t trust, a scheming crime lord who owns an asteroid, a past lover whose help he needs, and the paranoid ruler of the dwarf planet Ceres. Rico’s in a high-stakes game of chase that could lead to war in the solar system—unless he can stop the killer in time.

THE AUTHOR

Donald J. Hunt grew up near Rochester, New York, where he started writing stories and winning impromptu writing contests in Mrs. Shannon’s fifth grade class. Those early explorations into the imagination sparked a nagging passion to weave tales. That insistence ebbed and flowed but never left. Don has taught at the middle school, high school and university levels. He has compiled a lot of ideas, partial scraps of stories, and reams of notes. Jupiter Justice is his first complete novel. His life journey eventually took him to the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He lives there now with his wife and two children. He is striving to indoctrinate the children into the ways of the Force and all things Geek. The dog, Indiana Jones, and the cat, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, wholeheartedly support his endeavors.

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05.04.18


Helen Macie Osterman
Dipped in Danger

Publisher: Create Space
Pages: 226
Paperback $15.00

THE BOOK

Dipped in Danger is the sequel to Danger by Design. Superstitious Italian, Net Petrone takes a part-time job at The Toffee Shop. The shop is broken into, equipment is destroyed, and a man is murdered. Who is responsible? Can feisty Net helps solve the mystery?

THE AUTHOR

Helen Macie Osterman is the author of the Emma Winberry Mystery Series. She has also written four stand alone books. Helen is a retired nurse living in Homer Glen, a suburb of Chicago. To learn more information about Helen's books, visit her website.

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05.04.18


Terri Weinmann Friedlander
The Dorm

Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Pages: 188
Paperback $15.95
Kindle $6.99

THE BOOK

‘Every girl has that one guy she keeps going back to. And no one knows why. Not even her.’ Blair Palmer is in love. Embarking on her first semester away from home, settling into life at the dorm, she meets senior Logan Mills. He’s everything she could want; smart, charming, forceful, possessive, a perfect gentleman who promises to keep her safe. Soon he separates her from her best friend – but it’s only because he wants her all to himself. Even though her friends claim otherwise, even though he forces Blair to turn her back on her imperfect family – she knows that it’s because he loves her. And she knows he’ll love her forever, even after he crushes her into someone no one ever thought she’d be. Because Logan would never hurt her… right? Blair’s friends are forced to become onlookers as she spirals downwards into a toxic relationship. The Dorm is a coming-of-age novel about seduction, manipulation and betrayal. Will her family's unconditional love be enough to save her?

THE AUTHOR

Terri Weinmann Friedlander, a native New Yorker, has held a notable list of job titles, including writer, college professor, teacher, freelance journalist, and MIS Director of an international law firm where she traveled the globe. Terri is the author of Work Hard Play Hard, Chasing Her Destiny, and The Dorm. She also created the original column, In Front of the Classroom, which appears online and in print.

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05.01.18


Lee Boyland
Behold, an Ashen Horse

Publisher: Booklocker.com
Pages: 506
Kindle $5.95

THE BOOK

In 2008 we received several emails asking if Donald Trump was President Alexander, and our reply was, perhaps. If asked the same question today the answer would be yes. America's first statutory president, George Alexander, was introduced at the end of The Rings of Allah. This book, Behold, an Ashen Horse, is his story.

The story opens by retelling events from The Rings of Allah. The U.S. is about to suffer several devastating nuclear attacks by Islamic terrorists. Retired USAF Major General George Alexander, the secretary of Homeland Security, is in Albuquerque, New Mexico when the attack occurs, watching the president exit the Capitol building after addressing a joint session of Congress. When the atomic bomb detonates near the capitol the entire central government is destroyed. Alexander finds himself the statutory president with no Congress or central government. It is up to him to do what is necessary to save America. His policy is to place America's interests first and do what has to be done to save the Republic.

Alexander concluded his first address to the nations with these words, “The greatness of America is its people. Now is the time we must help each other. America has been sucker punched, but we are not down—and we definitely are not out. In the past, great tragedy has united us. So it will today."

Behold, an Ashen Horse is the story of an American statesman's struggle to keep the economy functioning, suppress domestic jihads, form an interim government, protect the nation from attack by those who think America is on her knees, establish relations with other nations, and deal with the new Caliphate. In his first address to the nation, Alexander said, “Once we have reorganized and bandaged our wounds, we will determine who was responsible for these attacks—then, and only then, will we seek retribution." President Alexander says what he means and delivers on his promises. An inspiring story of how Americans rally to overcome the effects of the attack.

Behold, an Ashen Horse is a frighteningly realistic story of events after a nuclear 9/11.

THE AUTHOR

Award winning author Lee Boyland graduated from N.C. State University with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, and a commission as a 2nd Lt. In the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps After completing the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Schools he was assigned to the Defense Atomic Support Agency (DASA) in Albuquerque, NM as a member of its Nuclear Emergency Team responsible for nuclear weapons accidents including the rendering safe of armed nuclear warheads. He had access to the design details of every nuclear and thermonuclear warhead developed by the Unites States through the Mark 63 warhead. His duties took him to the Nevada Test Site on many occasions. After leaving the Army, he designed conventional and special ordnance and later demilitarized chemical weapons at Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Tooele Army Depot.

After Viet Nam, he interest shifted to hazardous waste, and he made the transition by applying aerospace combustion technology to incineration of Agent Orange. He went on to found a successful full service medical waste service company. He has started and purchased businesses, and currently writes and consults in the management of medical and special wastes in the U.S. and Asia.

Mr. Boyland is an active member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Space Coast Writers' Guild and the Blueprints Book Club.

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05.01.18


William S. Schaill
Death of a Siren

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pages: 256
Paperback $14.95
E-Book available

THE BOOK

Death of a Siren is a fast-paced mystery set in the otherworldly Galápagos Islands in 1938 during the lead-up to World War II. A fugitive New York City cop is on the run from both the law and the mafia after killing a local thug. Trying to make his escape in a boat he stole from his uncle, castaway Fred Freiman, a German American, comes ashore on the islands and stumbles upon the body of a beautiful, enigmatic German baroness with a hatchet in her head.

The next day the baroness’s two strange companions are also found murdered. Freiman soon finds himself trapped into tracking down the murderer, or murderers, by a corrupt local official. International politics, local intrigues, and personal passions swirl around Fred as he learns more about the murdered woman, who is described by some as a monster and by others as a lost soul.

Early in his investigation Freiman meets Ana de Guzmán, a young, wealthy Ecuadorian woman who teams up with him to unravel the tangled mysteries. As he struggles to solve the murders, Freiman puzzles over the baroness’s shady past and begins to wonder: Do sirens sing intentionally to trap sailors, or do they sing because it is their nature to sing?

THE AUTHOR

William S. Schaill is the author of seven nautical thrillers, including Cabot Station, Seaglow, The Wreck of the Misericordia, and MacHugh and the Faithless Pirate. He spent a month living on the Galápagos Islands in 1961. After serving in the US Navy as a lieutenant, he had a long career in educational publishing before becoming a novelist.

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04.30.18


Candy Abbott
I've Never Loved Him More: A Husband's Alzheimer's, A Wife's Devotion

Publisher: Fruitbearer Publishing
Pages: 268
Paperback $16.95

THE BOOK

I’ve Never Loved Him More is a chronological journey into the unknown and sometimes scary, dark world of Alzheimer’s disease. This book is anything but dark and scary. It is delightful, funny, and heartwarming. This is one wife’s story of what it means to live out her vows, “in sickness and in health,” as her husband’s caregiver in his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. This story takes the reader through discovery, acceptance, adjustment, and battle against the ravages of what is often seen as a soul-crushing disease. Armed with faith, humor, and a history of spiritual victories, Candy demonstrates how she is loving her way through the mind-maze that would steal her husband of four decades. Like the true story-teller she is, Candy spins out the funny scenes, bringing on belly laughter, sometimes even in the midst of tears. It’s never forced. It’s never inappropriate. It’s just true wit, born of a cheerful spirit that cannot be daunted by even this long, trying ordeal.

In her use of Scripture, Candy doesn’t ask the reader to simply read the passages and have faith. She is concrete in her explanation of just how those verses work in a life that’s being put through the refining fire, which is both humbling and uplifting. Writing truth from a place of authenticity, she speaks in simplistic terms to the person who is writhing, giving the benefit of her hard-won wisdom and experience without ever being condescending. She owns her mistakes as well as her triumphs. I’ve Never Loved Him More will be a companion to the caregiver in the often overwhelming moments. The woman who is sobbing because her husband is disappearing before her eyes will be grateful for Candy’s example of strength in the midst of adversity, and her whole family will benefit. This book is not only essential reading for those living through the challenges posed by dementia and Alzheimer’s; it is recommended for those who plan to marry as this book exemplifies what it means to live out vows taken at the altar. Masterfully and sincerely written, this work of the heart will leave an indelible mark on each reader.

THE AUTHOR

Candy Abbott is a wife, grandmom, author, publisher, and inspirational speaker. Most of all, she considers herself a “fruitbearer” because it is her life’s goal to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Candy’s award-winning independent publishing company, Fruitbearer Publishing LLC, was established in 1999. She founded Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship (www.delmarvawriters.com) and Mothers With a Mission (www.motherswithamission.org). Candy lives in Georgetown, Delaware, with her husband, Drew, their Cocker Spaniel, Buttercup, and their black cat, Midnight. They have three children, four grandchildren, and became great-grandparents in 2017, with another on the way. For more information, visit www.fruitbearer.com.  

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04.28.18


Scott Headley & Alison Nissen
Resolve, Courage, Hope

Publisher: XLIBRIS
Pages: 108
Hardcover $24.99
Paperback $15.99
E-Book $9.99

THE BOOK

On December 13, 2007, in the small town of Lake Wales, Florida, Leon Davis Jr. walked into an insurance agency with a gun, duct tape, and gasoline. He demanded money, wrapped two women in tape, doused them with fuel, and flicked a lighter. In what is considered part of the worst killing rampage in Polk County history, Resolve, Courage, Hope tells the true story of how Scott Headley picked up the pieces after a longtime client deliberately and viciously killed two of his employees, the aftershock of Davis's murderous rampage, court trials, night terrors, and regaining his sense of self.

THE AUTHORS

Originally from West Virginia, Scott Headley moved to Florida to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Scott attended the University of West Virginia, Parkersburg and is the owner and manager of Headley Insurance Agency in Polk County, Florida. He is an outdoor enthusiast and advocate for drug and alcohol awareness at a local juvenile detention center.

 After graduating from Norwich University with an MA in Literature, Alison Nissen taught composition and literature on various college campuses around the country. Alison is the managing partner of 3 Dog Tales Productions LLC, a ghost writing company and is a member of Florida Writers Association Board of Directors.  

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04.28.18


Elaine M. Kuzmeskus
The Medium Who Baffled Houdini

Publisher: Aventine Press
Pages: 170
Paperback $12.50

THE BOOK

"Houdini the Magician Stumped," proclaimed the Boston Herald in 1924. Who was this medium who baffled Houdini? None other than Margery Crandon, the wife of a prominent Boston surgeon. "Margery the Medium" made headlines throughout the 1920s. She captivated not only Harvard professors, but the editors of Scientific American with her amazing physical mediumship. Margery was very much a woman of her time- the Roaring Twenties. By the time the Twenties were in full swing, Margery and her second husband Dr. Le Roi Crandon became interested in psychic phenomena. In May of 1923, Dr. Crandon invited two couples to join them in a table-tilting séance. During the evening, he discovered that his wife had a genuine gift for communicating with the spirits. Within months, Margery produced psychic music, direct voice, trumpet séance, and even apports. She not only fascinated her husband, but the scientific community in the United States and England. While Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle championed Margery's mediumship, Harry Houdini denounced her as a fraud. Was Margery Crandon too good to be true or was she the last of the great physical mediums?

THE AUTHOR

Author of The Art of Mediumship. A Spiritualist medium certified by the National Association of Spiritualist Churches, Elaine was born with the gift of clairvoyance and mediumship. During her over thirty years of mediumship, she has conducted many well-publicized séances including the 1997 Official Houdini Séance. In 2004, she wrote Soul Cycles, 2005 Connecticut Ghosts, and in 2007, Séance 101 which explores physical mediumship, and in 2010 her biography, The Making of a Medium. Her latest book, The Art of Mediumship, is a how-to book on clairvoyance, psychic investigation, and channeling.

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04.26.18


Wendy VanHatten
Master of Disguise

Publisher: DocUmeant Publishing
Pages: 513
Paperback $14.99
Kindle $6.99

THE BOOK

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…until stolen ones begin to cause problems for Marta. She finds herself drawn into situations where the magnificent, stolen diamonds are wanted by some ruthless characters who don’t care who gets hurt in the process. Her fiancé, Clark, steps in to help her…until he can’t.

THE AUTHOR

Wendy VanHatten is a best selling author, magazine editor, and travel writer. Wendy's mysteries are set in San Francisco and Venice, her book about her dad and WWII is fiction based on fact, and her series of children's books teach children to read while they learn about becoming good citizens. She is the editor-in-chief of Prime Time Living Magazine (www.primetimeliving.org), a regional northern California publication, and wine, food, and travel editor for WEMagazine (www.wemagazineforwomen.com). Wendy is on the Board of Directors of Bay Area Travel Writer organization. Wendy's travel blog, www.travelsandescapesblog.com, features destinations, travel advice, tips, photos, product reviews, and resources related to travel. Her travel website, www.travelsandescapes.net, showcases articles and photos. Want specific advice? Contact Wendy. Wendy also blogs and writes for several sites and publications on travel, wine, and food.

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04.24.18


Cindy Eastman
Flip-Flops After 50

Pages: 200
Paperback $16.95
Kindle $8.99

THE BOOK

Flip-flops After 50 will amuse, enlighten, and provoke readers to think about the topics that affect all of us. Who hasn’t dealt with the emotions from family events, stress from lousy jobs, or the bittersweet feelings when the kids leave home? Not to mention body image, high school reunions, and parenting. Eastman’s conversational style and easy humor tackle the sublime and the ridiculous, the sacred and the profane. After a certain age—and it’s no secret that it’s 50—Eastman argues that attitudes change for the better. Making decisions gets easier, although there’s no guarantee that life does. Even so, her writing allows us to take a look at our own issues with the reassuring handholding of a confidante.

THE AUTHOR

Cindy Eastman’s work is informed by her ability to be an observer as well as a participant in her life.  With her dry sense of humor, she is able to address a variety of topical subjects and deliver an insightful analysis that’s both provocative and amusing. Currently she coordinates a supervised visitation service with her husband in his counseling practice and facilitates diversity and anti-bullying trainings for the Anti-Defamation League. She also teaches a writing course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Waterbury campus of UConn. Eastman makes her home in Connecticut with her husband, Angelo, and their cat. She is working on a second book when not babysitting her grandson.

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04.23.18


Angie Flores
Cub's Wish

Age Range: 3 - 8 years
Pages: 28
Hardcover $18.00

THE BOOK

Making wishes for a wishing star is not always as easy as it seems, especially knowing the wish may be granted. Cub's Wish brings out the sweet moments of conversation between parent and child and the understanding that sometimes we all need a little guidance to achieve our dreams.

THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Hollywood, Angie was surrounded by California Dreamers. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, who was also a writer, Angie was inspired to follow her dream through the concepts and questions her 3 young boys would present. After moving to the south bay and obtaining her degree in Child Psychology, Angie worked in various capacities, from teaching children with special needs, to mainstream corporate Human Resources. Angie is currently on the board of the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles as Marketing Director while assisting members in honing their craft and fine tuning their skills. On Angie's down time she loves to travel and seek out new adventures with her family, roller skate at the beach, and watch the sunset with her loving and patient husband.

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03.20.18


Deborah DR Kralich
A Kaleidoscope of Masquerades

Publiher: Ruskras Corner
Paperback: 354 pages
Kindle $2.99 - Paperback $14.99

A Lt. Plate in Sand Waves Mystery (Volume 3)

Climactic events at a 1983 masquerade ball are merely the beginning of a kaleidoscope of confusion and anarchy that threatens life and liberty of a society facing change and choices that will reverberate into the future known as now.

More than 30 years ago, to be a Lady in Disguise meant prestige, money and fun! Ladies travel the world as volunteers for charitable humanitarian relief work. Mysterious costumed Ladies in hooded cloaks roam the streets in a suburbia marketing blitz for hair care products. Their all-American spookiness and corporate success make them the natural choice to host a charity masquerade ball where rising political stars of the 20th century will emulate kings & queens of the 1700s.

The cost for a ticket is more than Lt. Sinclair Plate makes in a month as a police officer but he will be there on duty. Successful insurance agent, Daphne Martin, can afford a ticket but several others are planning to crash the party and steal the show. Still, despite Plate's suspicions of common criminal pursuits such as drugs or prostitution, it all seems innocent entertainment and Plate is warned to back off. But then customers of the Lady in Disguise Corporation start disappearing and an unidentified body is found dressed in a cloak.

The party must go on. Many in the upper society of the world of politics are counting on it to herald the dawn of a new political age, introducing the country to the leaders of tomorrow. Fears for the safety of the guests take a backseat to concerns as to which politician or socialite will get to wear which costume. All the men want to be Louis XVI and all the women covet the costume of Marie Antoinette and play those parts in the theatrical skits onstage at the ball. A fair lottery is the mechanism of choice, so guests are warned to be content with the character they draw. Little do they know the fates of past royals are intertwined with destinies of 1980s celebrities, as is the future direction of the country, in this historical fiction mystery featuring Lt. Sinclair Plate, descendant of a famous 1900s Texas lawman, combining forces with Daphne Martin, his insurance agent girlfriend.

The fate of Plate and Daphne's relationship also hangs in the balance as Plate contemplates old and new women in his life and how any future with Daphne would impede his work in the present. They must also choose the direction of their lives.

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04.19.18


Linda Pirtle
The Mah Jongg Murders

Paperback: 289 pages
Kindle $2.99 - Paperback $12.99

THE BOOK

In The Mah Jongg Murders, protagonist Lillian Prestridge lives at Leisure Lake, a gated community deep in the heart of East Texas. She loves riddles and receives the puzzle of her life when she discovers the body of an unknown woman lying on the edge of the lake near Lillian's home. Three successive murders, including the assassination of one her Mah Jongg friends, baffle the authorities -- the county sheriff and the head of security at the lake.But Lillian, along with her Standard White Poodle, follow the subtle clues and solve the mystery. However, not every character in the book is pleased with the outcome which leads to the arrest of the murderer.

THE AUTHOR

Caleb and Linda Pirtle have found a deep love for mystery and thriller novels. While Caleb prefers writing noir and psychological thrillers, Linda focuses her work on cozy mysteries. He finds suspense wrapped primarily in historical fiction, and she investigates the gentle side of death. Both genres can produce haunting and disturbing results whether the story takes place on the war-torn landscape of Europe or along the calm, peaceful waters of Caddo Lake, decorated with Spanish Moss in the oaks and wrapped in mystery. Their novels all have one thing in common. Nothing is ever as it seems to be.

Educator and former English teacher Linda Pirtle, has written and published her first two cozy mysteries, The Mah Jongg Murders and Deadly Dominoes. The novels form the cornerstone of her series on “The Games We Play.” She is presently researching and writing her third novel, Tarot Terror, set in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. The Mah Jongg Murders was named Book of the Month by a marketing and promotional firm in Great Britain.

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04.19.18


Bill Tyson
The Ghost of Grandpa Wills: The Road West and The Devil's Mouth
Paperback: 297 pages
Kindle $5.99 - Paperback $18.99

THE GHOST

"Never met a ghost I didn’t like.” Will Watson in The Ghost of Grandpa Wills. But that was before he met his long-dead grandfather, Grandpa Wills.

In Part I–The Road West Will Watson and his friend, Jake, take the road to the far reaches of West Texas in search of answers. But, it is a long, lonely highway and there is danger ahead—someone does not want them to reach their destination.

Part II–The Devil’s Mouth follows up with the aftermath of Will’s first meeting with his Grandpa. Then to his horror, his family is threatened. Life quickly becomes very serious for the once happy-go-lucky Will Watson.

THE AUTHOR

Bill was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised in a military family, he was privileged to live in several different states across the USA. After graduating from University he moved to South Africa where he spent the next decade and a half. He returned to Texas in 1986.

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03.16.18


Tom Hayes and Judy Scalise
The Adventures of Cabeza de Vaca: The Lost Conquistador
Paperback: 214 pages, 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Kindle $3.99 - Paperback $17.95

CONQUISTADOR AND EXPLORER

Cabeza de Vaca was looking for adventure when he helped lead a group of Spanish explorers to North America in 1528, and he certainly found it when he washed up on the shores of Texas. Lost in the wilderness with his men and living among the Indians, he survived as a wandering merchant, a warrior-prince, a slave, a medicine man and a faith healer. During his epic journey across North America he gathered up thousands of native followers as people from village after village just walked away from their homes and left all of their possessions behind in order to follow him. He surprised the world when he came walking out of the wilderness with three of his companions and this great procession of natives after being presumed dead for nearly eight years. By that time, after crossing the continent, Cabeza de Vaca had baptized the young, laid hands on the sick, performed invasive medical surgery, ended the slave trade in central Mexico, stopped wars and generally freed people from the darkness of spiritual bondage. His faith sustained him in even the most difficult of circumstances. Join this fearless explorer on a compelling spiritual journey across an unexplored stone-age America.

THE AUTHORS

Tom Hayes is a native Texan who graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in government and then went on to earn his Law Degree from South Texas College of Law. He has now been a practicing Texas trial lawyer for over thirty years. Mr. Hayes is an outdoorsman and a student of language, science and history. Judy Scalise is also a native Texan. Ms. Scalise worked as a legal assistant for seventeen years. During that time she helped with jury selection, as well as case investigations in the same capacity as that of a private investigator. Ms. Scalise actively participated in the formulation of strategy behind the introduction of evidence in various cases and in the making of presentations to juries in both opening statements and in closing arguments. Judy Scalise is an author and a painter and she enjoys spending time with her family.

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03.01.18


Carl S. Kralich
3748 A.D. The Return of the Cat
Publisher: Ruskras Corner
182 pages 6x0.4x9 inches
$7.99 Paperback
$2.99 Kindle

It is the year 3748 A.D. . . .

An alien race from beyond our solar system now rule Earth and Venus. All is not lost, as hope for man may lie with a beautiful lost princess.

19-year-old Karl Sabers’ only knowledge of life is existence on a generational ship launched centuries ago. When his evangelical-minded sister, Denise, is propelled into space after an alien attack, Karl must journey into the depths of the unknown universe in a rescue attempt.

Surviving the attack but shanghaied into piracy, his fate is entangled with a mysterious alien girl’s quest. He might perish, but for an unexpected appearance by man's best friend – the cat. Long thought extinct, the cat returns to aid and abet descendants of past feline owners. Karl, seeing himself as protector, hides the animal to keep it safe, but soon finds himself dependent on the feline’s wiles.

Escaped from a research laboratory jail, the kitty bodyguard named Lightening has his paws full helping his new master cope with perils of the galaxy. To safeguard his human, Lightening must mark new territory throughout the universe. The entry of the female alien complicates this human-feline relationship, as they become the target of both pirates and bouty hunters. Lightening has to work even harder to keep Karl out of trouble. In the 38th century, where the kingdoms and empires of old have been replaced, Karl will find a destiny he could never have that imagined.




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04.19.18


Charles H. Hayes
Ladies Don't Wrestle
Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
276 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$12.95; Paperback

TRYING TO KEEP HIS ROMANCE ALIVE WHILE TRACKING A SERIAL KILLER COULD BE THE DEATH OF MIKE KIDD.

Mike Kidd is not a detective; in fact, he is financially independent and has no vocation. But he is a sucker for anyone who turns to him for help, and this leads him into investigasting a friend who has spells of unremembered night-time drives. His friend wants to know where he goes and what he does on these trips, and whether he is responsible for the murders that occurred during some of these blackouts. With the help of his girlfriend, his crotchety grandfather, and his autistic-savant brother, Mike finds more than he bargained for. Maybe enough to destroy his relationship with the woman he loves. Maybe enough to cost him his life.

REVIEWS

Charles Hayes is a skillful writer with a knack for setting a scene, creating realistic, believable characters and keeping the action rolling. With Ladies Don’t Wrestle, he brings back the delightful ensemble of engaging characters first introduced to readers in The Briefcase, which alone makes this well-crafted novel worth reading. The intricate plot is a mixture of old-fashioned gumshoe sleuthing and enough techie-geek stuff to both impress and baffle Raymond Chandler. Put all this together and you have a first-rate mystery with a surprise conclusion that hits the mark. Treat yourself to another great read. – Preston Holtry, author of the Morgan Westphal mysteries.

The hunter becomes the hunted in this gripping story of murder and intrigue. Set in Hayes’ native East Texas, he makes readers feel right at home in this good old fashion whodunit. Hayes is a gifted storyteller with a special talent for creating robust characters that stay with you long after the pages are closed. Set aside some time, Ladies Don’t Wrestle is hard to put down. – Steve Brigman, author of The Orphan Train.

Charles Hayes has out-done himself with Ladies Don't Wrestle. It is well-researched, both exciting and poignant, with wonderful characterizations. I didn't just read it; I was literally drawn into the story and became an unseen participant. – Tom C. McKenney, author of Jack Hinson’s One-Man War.



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04.13.18


N.E. Brown (Editor)
BRIDGES
2016 Anthology - Selected Works

East Texas Writers Guild
388 pages, 6 x 9 inches,
$15.00; Paperback


Contributions from 42 East Texas writers make up this book.

A bridge spans time and space. It connects here with there, and a bridge too far allows us to reach beyond and sometimes touch forever. Such is the bridge of life. Such is the bridge of literature. Authors of the East Texas Writers Guild have published their 2016 anthology as a bridge from the streets of reality to streets unknown. It is suspended by our imagination. It is held together by our stories. It is a crosswalk from fiction to nonfiction, from memoir to poetry, which, according to Percy Bysshe Shelley, is a mirror, which makes beautiful that which is distorted. A bridge in literature allows us to venture to places we’ve never been before and may never go again. The bridge is made up of stories that make us laugh and cry, sometimes terrify us and sometimes encourage us to fall in love. The bridge may astound you. It can mystify you. A mystery lies at the far end of the bridge. So does romance. You can follow one bridge to times of long ago. Another rises to worlds unknown and unexplored. It is the bridge we have built with our thoughts and words. It is the bridge we hope you choose to travel. These are our worlds, and we wait for you to cross the bridge and join us.



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04.13.18


Charles H. Hayes
Civil War Limericks
Pelican Publishing Company
203 pages; 6 X 9
$19.95; Paperback

In an unusual treatment of Civil War history, author and cartoonist Charles H. Hayes provides original limericks and caricatures that introduce some famous, and not so famous, historical figures of the war. His dry sense of humor and delightful wit illuminate such illustrious figures as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Roger B. Taney, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and many more who played a role in the War between the States.

His catchy rhymes are well matched with clever sketches that play up the subjects’ foibles and follies as well as more admirable traits. Hayes manages to convey fresh information with panache.

This entertaining volume provides more than a jocular look at the men and women who played public and private roles in the Civil War; it contains well-researched biographies and commentaries that encapsulate the war’s history through a fresh perspective. Hayes has done his research and used those factoids well.

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04.13.18


Sharon Thayer
If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!
Carousel Publishing
Pages: 32
Hardcover $14.99
For ages 8 - Adult

With stunning illustrations and Sharon Thayer’s subtle metaphors and inspirational conclusion, If You Tell Me, I Can Fly! is the perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life. From small steps to giant leaps, the dream within takes flight with one simple yet powerful message, “You can fly!” Who do you need to tell?

REVIEWS

Honored with seven state, national, and international awards this book has inspired reviews such as:

“This book has the potential to change a life. Some stories give roots, some give wings – this story gives both.” Neita Fran Ward, BFA, MLS

“Like the beloved classic Peter Pan, Sharon Thayer’s If You Tell Me, I Can Fly! fulfills our own unique dreams of light in its own special way. This wonderful book is so deserving of its many awards. Joan Hallmark, Talk Show Host KLTV

"Thank you for the perfect gift for my daughter who is graduating from high school. I know she will fly and now she will always know, I believe in her and her dreams." Olivia Patterson

"This book made me think about the people in my life who helped me believe that I could fly. It made me realize there are people I need to tell. Thank you for a perfectly lovely gift!" – Lynn C. Single Mother/Accountant

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04.13.18


Richard M. Walsh
BATTLE HYMN
The Best and Worst Civil War Generals

Illustrated by Charles H. Hayes
Pelican Publishing Company
224 pages; 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
7 illus. 5 maps Notes Biblio. Index
$25.95 Hardback

THE GENERALS

This entertaining work analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the Civil War’s top Union and Confederate generals using extensive primary documents and original research. Included are the surprising answers to intriguing questions: How did Union general Ulysses S. Grant attain such a high rank after numerous failures in civilian life? What made the dour, almost fanatically religious Stonewall Jackson perhaps the best combat leader in the Confederacy? History professor Richard M. Walsh explains why Ambrose Burnside was demoted, who gave George McClellan the nickname “Little Napoleon,” and why men of both sides respected Robert E. Lee. Walsh even includes outstanding citizen soldiers who quickly advanced in rank on both sides in his remarkable chronicle. Fascinating facts are gathered in chapters that group the generals from the worst to the not so bad to the best, all punctuated by satirical portraits drawn by Charles H. Hayes. Walsh’s record is a must read for history buffs from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

THE AUTHOR

An adjunct professor specializing in American and European history, Richard M. Walsh teaches courses on the American Revolution, Civil War, Native American-US government relations, imperialism, and the history and culture of Ireland. He received bachelor of arts degrees in economics and history from Siena College and a master of science in education and history from Long Island University. A prolific author, father of four, and grandfather of two, he lives with his wife and two large Newfoundland dogs in Northport, New York

THE ILLUSTRATOR
Charles H. Hayes is an author, editorial cartoonist, and award-winning sculptor. Hayes is the author and illustrator of Civil War Limericks and The Gray and the Blue: A Comic Strip History of the Civil War.

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Charles H. Hayes
The Gray and the Blue
A Comic Strip History of the Civil War

Pelican Publishing Company
160 pages; 11 X 8 ½
$15.95; Paperback

The story of America's pivotal war told as a comic strip. Over 700 cartoon panels give the perfect introduction to the War Between the States.

This unusual presentation of the War Between the States takes the reader from Fort Sumter through Appomattox in hundreds of delightful cartoon panels. A perfect introduction to America's defining conflict, it is fast-moving enough to keep the interest of grade schoolers, yet sufficiently factual and historically accurate to please the adult reader, even the history buff.

An ideal introduction to the war for anyone, this presentation is particularly suited to children as an antidote to the politically correct view they will encounter at school and on television. When Lincoln resorted to force to prevent Southerners from withdrawing from the Union and establishing their own form of government, the resulting war became the dramatic highpoint of American history. Ideal for home schooling.

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Charles H. Hayes
The Briefcase

Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
276 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$12.95; Paperback

THE BEST FRIEND I EVER HAD PULLED THE DIRTIEST TRICK OF MY LIFE ON ME, AND HE WAS DEAD WHEN HE DID IT

Mike Kidd is not a detective; in fact, he has no vocation. He takes a job from time to time to augment the modest but steady income the single oil well on his inherited farm provides, but has no career. He was just as unfocused in college, taking classes that intrigued him so that he is well educated but has no degree.

His pleasant but unaspiring life is upset when his best friend dies and bequeaths a going business to him. Along with the business, he inherits unexpected danger and a mystery concerning just what the business produces. His friend also left him a briefcase with instructions to burn it without opening it. Mike soon finds himself in danger because a shadowy group is convinced Mike knows the briefcase's secret and they are willing to kill to get it.

Enlisting a most unlikely group of allies, Mike must piece together clues in order to reconstruct the information the briefcase held. The more they learn, the greater the threat becomes.

REVIEWS

"I loved this story because of the characters, the plot, and the setting."-Mark Vogl, author of Southern Fried Ramblings with Grits and All the Fixins, and his column "America Today" at Nolan Chart in Washington, D.C.

"...compelling...great characterization...The very first sentence will capture the reader..."-Colonel Tom C. McKenney, USMC (Ret), award-winning author of "Jack Hinson's One-Man War"

"...character-rich, strong Texas flavor...I simply didn't want to [put it down]."-Tom King, author of Going for the Green.


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Mark K. Vogl
Military Lessons of the Civil War

$20 Paperback

Nine Principles, generally easy to remember, sometimes hard to apply, need always be present for any planner for any operation:
Objective
Unity of Command
Offense
Economy of Force
Surprise
Security
Simplicity
Mass
Maneuver
History shows that applying all nine simultaneously is difficult and while there are countless examples of failures of these principles; generally there are not many examples of successes. But these principles do not succeed on their own; initiative, imagination, training, operational tempo and leadership are other ingredients to success. This book examines how commanders in the Civil War succeeded and failed in applying these principles and closes with lessons we all must learn when facing our current enemy who would destroy our freedom.

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03.01.18


Preston Holtry
Seal of Confession

$13.95 Paperback - $5.99 Kindle or Nook

MORGAN WESTPHAL INVESTIGATES A MURDER CONNECTED TO THE EXECUTION OF AN INNOCENT MAN, THE LEGACY OF EARLY SPANISH LAND GRANTS AND RAILROAD EXPANSION IN 1916 NEW MEXICO

Donato Sanchez was convicted and hanged for the brutal murder of Carlotta Ridgefield. Father Juan Salas, the victim's confessor, believes the executed man was innocent and hires Morgan Westphal to determine who really committed the crime. Set in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico in 1916, Seal of Confession is a multi-layered plot with seemingly unrelated threads connected to the murder, the execution.

REVIEWS

"The characters are vividly portrayed, and the realism of both time and location indicate serious research by the author. But the strongest part of this excellent story is the plot. It will keep you intrigued from start to finish."-Charles H. Hayes, author of The Briefcase.

"Intricately woven intrigue crafted by a gifted storyteller, Seal of Confession grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go ... must negotiate a maze of twists and turns on his way to a jaw-dropping truth. Set some time aside; you're not going want to put this one down."-Steve Brigman, author of The Orphan Train.

"... a delightful read. Holtry excels at melding a complex plot with equally complex characters ... [a}moving and tragic story of a murdered woman, a conflicted priest and a brilliant detective. You won't be able to put this one down."-Gary Ettari, author of Sentimental Over You.

"Seal of Confession is a wonderful trip back in time to early in the 20th century .... If you enjoy historical mysteries, you should read SEAL OF CONFESSION."-Sheila Lowe, author of the Forensic Handwriting mysteries.

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03.10.18


Steve Brigman
Into Those Woods

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A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES

Wander Into Those Woods, where characters confront existential challenges in the face of powerful natural forces.

In story after story, Steve Brigman weaves a narrative pitting characters against powerful natural forces as they navigate internal unrest in a search for existential resolution ... A man starved for validation takes on a giant fish; a native woman hunts a mysterious foe to preserve her place in a male dominated culture; an aging hunter faces his mortality in the presence of a long-sought-after trophy; a couple struggles with the supernatural for their home; and a boy hunts manhood in an attempt to prove himself through an unlikely triumph.

Into Those Woods challenges readers to explore man's complexity in search for light at the end of the journey.


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03.14.18


Janice Ernest
Brocksport, USA

Publisher: Jan Distributing LLC
Pages: 30
Paperback $5.38 - Kindle $2.99

THE PLACE

Brocksport, Take Me Away! Take a break from the real world and all of its troubles. Come join the good folks of Brocksport, USA. A place filled with funny characters, small town humor, and inspirational stories intended to leave you feeling good and wanting more. Come check out the Dixie Diner and the Baxter's Beggars Inn. Take a vacation and join in the comedy of Brocksport, USA.

THE AUTHOR

Janice Ernest has been the Owner/Editor of WhileUWait magazine, a celebrated publication in the East Texas area. She is a member of the East Texas Writers Guild, and has worked as a virtual assistant, promoter, and connector who has helped many authors achieve their dream of publication. She writes in several different genres: literary fiction, romantic suspense, humor, and contemporary women's fiction. She also enjoys reading mystery, romance, suspense, horror, and science fiction. She is available to help with editing or coaching and for speaking engagements.
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03.14.18


Caleb Pirtle III
Secrets of the Dead

Publisher: Y&R Enterprises, LLC
Pages: 304
Paperback $18.99 - Kindle $0.99

THE PLOT

Ambrose Lincoln is one of the government’s prized operatives, a trained assassin, a man whose past is continually erased by mind control tactics and shock treatments. His days have no meaning. He no longer fears death. As far as he is concerned, a man without a memory is a man who’s already dead. 

From Germany come rumors of a mad man threatening to rule Europe and maybe the world. On the Night of Broken Glass, his brown shirts and storm troopers move into Baden-Baden and begin their methodical termination of the Jews. 

No one in Washington wants to go to war with Hitler, and President Roosevelt continues to preach neutrality. But word is leaked that one Jewish photographer took pictures of the rampage of brutality and murder that night. He was killed, but his daughter is in hiding with the film. 

Ambrose Lincoln is dispatched to Baden-Baden with one charge. Find the film and bring it back. It will tell the truth. It will uncover the lies. The photographs will reveal to the world the sadistic threat that exists for everyone if Hitler’s mad march isn’t stopped. His mission is to uncover the deadly secrets that his own government doesn’t want him to find, secrets that can change history.

THE AUTHOR

Caleb Pirtle III began his career writing about history and travel. He learned quickly, however, that what happens is never as important as those who make it happen. Many of those people have made their way into his novels.

Pirtle is the author of more than 65 published books, including the new noir suspense thrillers, Golgotha Connection, Secrets of the Dead, Conspiracy of Lies, and Night Side of Dark. His other novels, include Deadline, and Little Lies. He has written such award winners as XIT: The American Cowboy, Callaway Gardens: the Unending Season, The Grandest Day, Echoes from Forgotten Streets, and Spirit of a Winner. His nonfiction works include Gamble in the Devil's Chalk and No Experience Required.

He earned a journalism degree from The University of Texas and became the first student at the university to win the national William Randolph Hearst Award for feature writing. As a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Pirtle received both the Texas Headliner's and Associated Press Awards. He served as travel editor for Southern Living Magazine, and his travel writing was given the National Discover America Award three times. For more than two decades, Pirtle was editorial director for a custom publishing company in Dallas.

He has written three teleplays for network television, including "Gambler 5: Playing for Keeps," a mini-series for CBS and "The Texas Rangers" for John Milius and TNT. Because of the success of the CBS mini-series, Pirtle was asked to write two novels, Jokers Are Wild and Dead Man's Hand for Berkeley. His blogs appear regularly on http://venturegalleries.com.


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03.16.18


Melody Scott
Auraria Dead

Publisher: Create Space
Pages: 292
Paperback $14.00

SOUTHERN REAL ESTATE MYSTERY, first in stand-alone Maria Sebastian Mystery Series

Realtor Maria Sebastian is struggling to deal with a lull in the economy, an unwilling partner she's not sure she can trust, and a crazy cousin. She doesn't need the complication of finding an abandoned mine on the property she's trying to sell... nor a skeletonized corpse in the mine.

Never mind that the man she thinks she loves is hiding things from her, and her own father may be someone totally different from the man she thought she knew!

THE AUTHOR

Melody Scott was born in San Diego, California but raised in Riverside, California, a town near Los Angeles. She graduated from California Polytechnic College in Pomona, California, and was employed by The Press Enterprise newspapers for six years.

After marrying and moving to Cumming, Georgia, she became enamored of the land and obtained her Georgia Real Estate license in 1978. Buying and selling, moving and investing became a way of life until she was drawn to write novels about the land, the history of which still holds a mystique for her.

Melody has had several short stories published in various magazines such as Confection, The Lyric, Promises to Keep, Woman, Horizon Magazine, and The North Georgia Star. Her acrylic paintings, wall murals and watercolors are becoming known among the art community.

Today she is a licensed Realtor and belongs to her local Board of Realtors, the Chamber of Commerce, two writing groups, a book club, Sisters In Crime, and Southeastern Mystery Writers of America.

She’s managed to remain married to the same saint of a husband and now has two adult children and three grandchildren traipsing the same land about which she writes.
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03.18.18


Catherine Sellers
Fair Warning

Publisher: White Bird Publications
Pages: 221
Paperback $15.99

THE BOOK

Kendall Jamison was surprised when Sheriff Jacob Sentell offered her the job. Not every man would hire an ex-convict to work as a live-in housekeeper and nanny for his five motherless children. Jake had serious reservations about Kendall's guilt in the scam that had sent her to prison for fraud. His lawman's gut instinct told him she was protecting someone, but who and why? Based on her excellent prison record and recommendation from the Houston day care center where she'd worked, he was willing to give her a second chance. Life in the Sentall home was nonstop, spirited activity. At first, Kendall thought she was falling in love with the notion of family life. Still, every time she looked into Jake’s smoky gray eyes, the truth squeezed her heart. She was falling in love with the man who enforced the law. But in a small town like Rosemont, Texas, did the love between the sheriff and a jailbird have a prayer?

Never mind that the man she thinks she loves is hiding things from her, and her own father may be someone totally different from the man she thought she knew!

THE AUTHOR

Affectionately known as AKA, or "K" to family and friends, Catherine Sellers was born in west Texas to an oil field roughneck. She never stayed long in one place, until at 15 she met her husband and knew he was the one. She worked in a variety of jobs until she free-lanced for the local Better Business Bureau and realized she wanted to write. After workshops and conferences and many rewrites, she sold her first novel in 1989. She now has four works with multiple publishers. Catherine defines writing as "a little talent and a lot of hard work" but is continuing her writing career. Email her at catherinesellers@att.net
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03.19.18


Tate Ellison
Mr. Norris and the Big Bear Scare

Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 24
Paperback $17.99
Available as e-book

THE BOOK

What happens when you get in a rush and forget to take care of the little things? What happens when things aren't always as they appear? Take a jog with Mr. Norris in this adventurous bear of a tale and you will find you can't always judge a bear by its cover

THE AUTHOR

Tate Ellison is a self taught musician, singer and humorist. He is a member of the Abilene Writers Guild. He placed first in a music contest held by a British music site for his song "You and iPhone." His music was featured in an independent film in 2011 and was spotlighted on Rock 108 and Kool FM websites. Tate hopes that Mr Norris and the Big Bear Scare will be the first of many works.

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03.23.18


Sylvia Nickels
Requiem for a Party Girl

Publisher: Oconee Spirit Press
Pages: 224
Paperback $12.99
Kindle Price: $3.99

THE BOOK

After escaping from an abusive husband, Cameron Locke builds a new life for herself as a private investigator. Her interest in the murder of two young local women takes on a new urgency when Cam realizes that she is the killer’s next target. Tangled lives and a multitude of motives complicate her search for the brutal killer who will stop at nothing to end Cam’s investigation – permanently.

REVIEWS

"To know Sylvia Nickels is to know an instant friend. But even if you don't, just pick up her books: She makes people and places come alive. Her humor is sharp, and her details are grand." - JOE TENNIS, Author of Virginia Rail Trails: Crossing the Commonwealth.

Sylvia Nickels' latest mystery, Requiem for a Party Girl, gives readers an engaging ride. The suspense is immediate, the heroine worthy, and the complications absorbing. Although the heroine is a sleuth herself, she is drawn into the mystery because of danger to herself, and she is up to the task, having survived and overcome a pattern of domestic violence situations. A number of villains emerge to keep readers guessing, and a number of suitors for the heroine emerge to satisfy romantic readers. The ending holds surprises, but is not contrived. It is a well written book that should be on the list of every hungry mystery reader. - DELILAH F. O'HAYNES, Creative Writing Professor, Concord University, WV.

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04.06.18


Mitch Davies
Stolen Breeze

Publisher: Pensmith
Pages: 236
Paperback $13.99
Kindle Price: $3.99

THE BOOK

All Ben Beck wants is to start over with a new opportunity. So when a millionaire business man offers him a position as a crew member on his yacht, Ben decides to throw himself in the middle of the ocean with a confusing group of strangers.  The gleam of sailing to the sun of the southern seas on a shining new yacht blinds his view of what lies ahead. No level of smooth sailing could prepare him for being attacked or having a gun pointed in his direction. From the idyllic life of charter sailing and Polynesian island hopping, to a life and death struggle on a tilting yacht deck at night, Ben navigates in hopes of salvaging his dream. Will the crew, the sea, or the wind shred Ben's canvas? 


REVIEWS

2015 Finalist in the Best Indie Book Awards.

Good, fast read. ...the book is mainly set in Tahiti - and the descriptions are wonderful. Half action novel, half mystery novel - great book for the beach!!   - Anne Evans , reader at GoodReads

...an action and adventure book. Mitch Davies has set it in exotic locations with colorful, memorable characters. The story flows well and has some rather unexpected twists.  - Allen at reallyrandomsite.com

I very much enjoyed this book.... This book is a keeper and I will be reading this one again . If you are looking for a book with adventure then this is the book for you.   - GigglesSilly on Amazon


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04.07.18


Kayla Swanson
The Legend of the Burning Lake

Pages: 218
Digital List Price $2.99
Kindle Price: $1.99

THE BOOK

The Legend of the Burning Lake is a story of two siblings in the community of Grandin. After a series of natural disasters that destroyed most of the earth’s population, the survivors banded together to form the town of Grandin. Under the stern leadership of Mr. McCutcheon, the community lives a way of life ordered around the most basic elements of survival. Their community values are: duty, loyalty and truth-telling. The elders have a strict code of law that forbids anything that involves imagination or magic. The playgrounds have been abandoned, their stories buried in the past and violators are harshly punished.

But Johnny, Ellie and their friends feel that there must be more to their lives than just surviving. They feel called to mystery, adventure and heroism. When they journey out to uncover the legend of the burning lake, Johnny discovers his secret power. He is determined to keep it secret in order to avoid condemnation. As events unfold, he is forced to make a decision between protecting his secret and saving the life of the people he loves.


REVIEWS

"Swanson's main characters are engaging, entertaining, and delightfully flawed. The dynamics between Johnny and his friends is realistic and captures the personalities of teenagers. I enjoy how the author mixes in humor with the darker parts of the story. The plot is complex and easily draws readers into Johnny's world. The imagery the author uses to describe the different people and creatures Johnny encounters is vivid and detailed." -- Review by OnlineBookClub.org

"The Legend of the Burning Lake by Kayla Swanson is not just a book for children. I am quite sure teenagers, young adults, and even older readers like me will all find something enjoyable in this story." -- Review by Readers' Favorite 


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04.07.18


Shea Ballard
Noble: A Faerie Tale

Pages: 244
Paperback Price $8.95
Kindle Price: $3.99

THE BOOK

Twelve year-old Alex Noble is locked in the library. Finding a dusty, old book that appears to be written just for him, Alex escapes to a time of sword and sorcery.

In the world of the story, a peasant boy named Lucas falls in love with a princess named Stefanie. To win her heart, he receives magical help from a talking oak tree, and it's tree faeries. They disguise the young serf as a knight named Sir Luke the Noble, and it's off to the royal palace to ask the king for Stefanie's hand in marriage.

Once there, the peasant-boy-turned-knight finds he's in way over his head. Can Lucas navigate royal politics, an arrogant prince, magic lessons, and a dangerous quest; all while finding true love?

A reverse-Cinderella meets traditional fantasy-adventure story, Noble, will answer what happened "once upon a time" in a way quite unlike your childhood faerie tales.

REVIEWS

This book lives up to its subtitle. It is a faerie tail with all the genre entails. It reads fast and has a great story. The author also has a sense of humor that is filtered throughout on many levels. A hero, a princess, magical trees and special powers. It has it all and gives you everything a faerie tail should provide. --Mitch Davieson

I love how this insecure young man is transformed, with a little supernatural help, into a courageous knight. An inspiring story for those who lack confidence and an exciting tale for those who always root for the underdog. Would make a great movie. I appreciate the reference notes on medieval times. --Barbara Smithon

I loved this book! I can't wait for a second - and maybe more?? The author writes in a style which puts you in the middle of the story. You can visualize everything - the characters, the forests and other creatures - as well as understand how they are feeling. It was a great read - I highly recommend it to everyone looking for a fun book, that has all of the elements of a traditional knight in shining armor faerie tale. --Deanna Squireson


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04.08.18


William Burgdorf
The New Mexican

Publisher: eBookIt.com
Pages: 200
Kindle Price: $3.99

THE BOOK

Zepaniah Bierman, a mustanger turned hunter, lies on the top of the rocky sandy arroyo. Sweat trickles down his face and stains the shirt across his back as the sun beats daggers of heat on the Chihuahuan desert. Out there is a scout for three riders that torched his ranch in Mesilla. The only way out of this eternal furnace is back to New Mexico; Zep will track them there encountering Mexican cavalry, Apaches, outlaws, and a strong-willed young woman that wait for him. His trail carries him from Old Mexico to Santa Fe, surviving the Jornada del Muerto, and covering the length of 1858 New Mexico Territory discovering deception, heartbreak, ambush, friendship, love, and a resolution at the end of his odyssey that is terrifying.

THE AUTHOR

William leverages a lifetime of experiences into his stories accumulated from being born along the mighty Ohio River in southern Indiana, raised in the wide, wild desert vistas of Arizona, having lived in lake-strewn Michigan, as well as the hills and hollows of Tennessee, and presently residing in his piney woods home of East Texas, in Tyler. William’s historical research is solid and blends thoroughly with engaging dialogue, dynamic character development, vivid locale descriptions, and distinctive points of view for your reading enjoyment.

"My goal is to provide a story that captures your imagination, feeds your thrill of adventure, and is remembered. At the end of the day, my sole desire is to be regarded as a good 'storyteller.'"


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