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

History
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Richard M. Walsh
Battle Hymn
The Best and Worst Civil War Generals
Pelican Publishing Company
222 pages, 6 x 9,
$25.95 Hardcover

History
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Cindy Eastman
Flip-Flops After 50

Pages: 200
Paperback $16.95
Kindle $8.99


Humor
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Mark Vogl
Military Lessons of the Civil War
$20.00 Paperback

History
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Bridges
Anthology: Selected Works
East Texas Writers Guild
426 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$15.00 Paperback

Anthology
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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

History
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FICTION




Shea Ballard
Noble: A Faerie Tale
Pages: 244
Paperback Price: $8.95
Kindle Price: $3.99

Fantasy
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Charles H. Hayes
Ladies Don't Wrestle
Moonshine Cove Publishing
226 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$13.99 Paperback

Mystery
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Tom Hayes & Judy Scalese
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

Historical Fiction
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Bridges
Anthology: Selected Works
East Texas Writers Guild
426 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$15.00 Paperback

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

Novel
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Steve Brigman
Into Those Woods
$13.99 Paperback - $5.99 Kindle or Nook

Short Stories
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Janice Ernest
Brocksport, USA
Publisher: Jan Distributing LLC
Pages: 30
Paperback $5.38 - Kindle $2.99

Short Stories
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Preston Holtry
Seal of Confession
$13.95 Paperback - $5.99 Kindle or Nook

Western
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Tate Ellison
Mr. Norris and the Big Bear Scare

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

Children's Book
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Catherine Sellers
Fair Warning
Publisher: White Bird Publications
Pages: 221
Paperback $15.99

Romance
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Caleb Pirtle III
Secrets of the Dead
Y&R Enterprises, LLC
Pages: 304
Paperback $18.99 - Kindle $0.99

Historical Fiction
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Melody Scott
Auraria Dead
Publisher: Create Space
Pages: 292
Paperback $14.00

Mystery
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Sylvia Nickels
Requiem for a Party Girl
Publisher: Oconee Spirit Press
Pages: 224
Paperback $12.99
Kindle Price: $3.99

Mystery
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Mitch Davies
Stolen Breeze
Publisher: Pensmith
Pages: 236
Paperback $13.99
Kindle Price: $3.99

Mystery
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Kayla Swanson
The Legend of the Burning Lake
Pages: 218
Digital List Price $2.99
Kindle Price: $1.99

Fantasy
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Charles H. Hayes
The Briefcase
Moonshine Cove Publishing
276 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$12.95 Paperback
Kindle Price: $5.99

Mystery
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William Burgdorf
The New Mexican
Publisher: eBookIt.com
Pages: 200
Kindle Price: $3.99

Western
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Carl S. Kralich
3748 A.D. The Return of the Cat
Publisher: Ruskras Corner
$7.99 Paperback - $2.99 Kindle

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

Inspirational
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Linda Pirtle
The Mah Jongg Murders
289 pages
Kindle $2.99 - Paperback $12.99


Mystery
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Deborah DR Kralich
A Kaleidoscope of Masquerades
Publiher: Ruskras Corner
Paperback: 354 pages
Kindle $2.99 - Paperback $14.99

Mystery
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Wendy VanHatten
Master of Disguise
Publisher: DocUmeant Publishing
Pages: 513
Paperback $14.99
Kindle $6.99

Mystery
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Angie Flores
Cub's Wish
Pages: 28
Hardcover $18.00


Children's Book
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Charles H. Hayes
The Briefcase
Moonshine Cove Publishing
276 pages, 5 ½ x 8,
$12.95 Paperback
Kindle Price: $5.99

Mystery
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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


Anthology, 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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