Monday, May 31, 2010

The Real Prince Charming

Are you single or just newly single? Well you don’t have to worry. Fairy tales do come true and one day you will find your Prince Charming.

Author, Michelle Raftery shares with women God’s plan for finding The Real Prince Charming. All you have to do is have patience and listen. Of course Mrs. Raftery breaks things down in this easy to read step by step guide. She really makes you think about what you are looking for in a man versus are you just settling for the next best thing? She shares some tips. Each chapter is broken out like …Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now? The Lady in Black and The Secrets of a Princess.

I like that Michelle never criticized anyone but just offered helpful and insightful tips on having a long, happy, everlasting relationship. So if you are looking for Mr. Right then you should check out The Real Prince Charming. You just might be surprised to realize he does exist.

He is my Enemy Lover

Jax Cassidy works for an organization known as L.O.S.T. otherwise known as Last Option Special Team. Jax has been assigned the task of taking out and eliminating Senator Joseph Lazarus. To get to Senator Lazarus, she will first have to go through Marcus Cross.

Marcus Cross is a trained sniper, who used to be Special Ops. Marcus was left for dead n the desert but was given a second change at a new life, when he met Lazarus. Lazarus is a very powerful vampire and Marcus’s maker. Lazarus heads up a group called The Solution. The Solution’s mission is to run the White House.

Jax knows she has this task under control. Though, she never expected to experience such strong feelings towards Marcus.

Enemy Lover is dark, sensual, and a sin to read…it is so good! The way Jax and Marcus interacted with each other was like a hot, salsa dance. Jax is one strong woman, who is not afraid to kick some butt. My only issue is that she seemed to fall for Marcus pretty quickly. Of course, though I can’t blame her as he is easy on the eyes. This book packed quite a punch. The vampires in this book were more like humans. This is a quick read.

Enemy Lover falls more into the urban fantasy category. So if you like more kick in your books, then you should check out this book. Enemy Lover will make you want one of your own. Karin Harlow has no where to go but up!

Wicked Becomes You

Gwen Maudsley has had enough of being stood up at the altar. It is time she take matters into her own hands. Gwen transforms herself from a sweet, nice girl into a wild, wanton woman.

Alexander Ramsey is Gwen’s late brother’s best friend. He is known as a bit of a rogue. It is because of Alex’s reputation that Gwen comes to him for a favor. She wants him to teach her how to be a woman men desire. What Gwen doesn’t know is that Alex has fallen for Gwen because she is so nice.

If being a little bad gets you the attention of a guy like Alex, then I want to be bad too. The things that Gwen did to irritate Alex was funny. Just when I thought something was funnier then the last, Gwen would do something else that was just as funny if not funnier. The whole time I was read, I had a smile on my face. Gwen was not spoiled but likable. Alex had personality and was not dull. It was great to have characters that I could enjoy reading about. If you are in the mood to be a little wicked then you should pick up a copy of Wicked Becomes You. You won’t be sorry!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Missionary

Married couple, David and his wife, Christie Eller has spent years in Caracas, Venezuela trying to care for the children and educate the locals. It has not been an easy road. At times it can also feel like unrewarding work. Lately this is how David has been feeling.

While helping some children, David meets a stranger with a helping hand. A few days later the same man comes and pays a visit to Hope Village. The place that the Ellers are working at. The man identifies himself as Carlos Edwards. He proposes a deal with David that will make everything she has been working for well worth while. The current president Armando Guzman is not very well liked. Before David knows it, he is caught in a vicious war…one that could cost him and everything he holds dear.

The Missionary blew me away. I had no expectations of this book, only that the brief book description I read intrigued me. I instantly was transported to the country of Venezuela. It was like I could feel the dirt working itself in and through out my clothes. David and Christie were a very lovable and caring couple. You couldn’t help but cheer for them and the cause they were fighting for, even if no one else was. It takes a lot of courage, something that the Ellers did not lack. Authors, William Carmichael and David Lambert make a winning duo. I have not read anything by either of these men. I hope to see Mr. Carmichael and Mr. Lambert collaborate on another novel together.

The Silent Places

Lieutenant Hastings and his team are the best at their job. That is why their next job is to baby sit Senator Alan Preston. Seriously though! This is exactly what Lt. Hastings is thinking. He doesn’t have time to watch over Senator Preston, when murder doesn’t stop. Unfortunately, Lt. Hastings has no choice in the matter.

It seems that a John Reese, who was a former CIA agent and a trained sniper who supposedly betrayed his country has broken out of prison. When Senator Preston was a US District Attorney he prosecuted Reese. The last thing Reese before he was sent to prison was that he was coming after Preston. It appears that Senator Preston is hiding something from Hastings. It has to do with Reese. In a world of secrets, can Hastings find out the truth before it is too late?

The Silent Place is book four of the Lt. George Hastings novels. If you are a fan of political suspense thrillers then you should sneak past security and pick up a copy of The Silent Place today. This book pitted two strong characters…Hastings and Reese, against each other. They were playing this dangerous game of Hunter and the Hunted. I was cheering for both men. There wasn’t a moment in this book where I wasn’t intrigued. The ending I thought was alright. Though nothing that won’t keep me from checking out books one through three. James Patrick Hunt has me on the hunt for more.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Edge of Ruin

The year was 1909.

Emily Weiss was sitting at home, when her husband, Adam walked in and made a big announcement. One that would change their lives forever. He tells Emily that they are moving to New York. He plans to make a movie.

Emily and Adam decide to make a Western titled Revenge in the Saddle. It features an eccentric cast of characters from Indians, who have no acting experience to Vera Zinovia, a famous diva, Fast-handed Bob, who can’t keep his hands off the bottle, Erno Berg, the sexy male lead.

Seamus Duffy works as a Trust Detective like a Pinkerton. He is on set to watch over the proceedings. When Duffy’s body is found with a railroad stake in him, it is Adam who is the prime suspect

What do you get when you combine old Hollywood glamour, Western flair and really good writing…The Edge of Ruin by Irene Fleming. I liked this book. It was like a story within a story. I like that Emily had a take charge attitude. She really showed that not just men can produce a movie. All of the different characters really came alive and shined in this book. There were so many different and interesting people that I couldn’t choose a favorite. Reading this book, I was playing out the scenes as if I was watching the plot play out in my mind in the form of a black and white movie. Don’t miss your chance to check out a really good book with The Edge of Ruin.

Mara's Flowery Arrows


Padova, Italy - May 24, 2010 - Does a mysterious manuscript, discovered by chance in the library of a Burma's monastery, contain the oldest thriller story of Southeast Asia literature?

In the far east of the Indochina peninsula during the Ninth Century A.D., Prince Asaka fights against the intrigues of the Khmer Court. A prince of the Court, son of the King, is found assassinated: why omebody would want to accuse a poor slave unjustly of such an important crime? Our hero, also involved in the crime, first as owner of the slave as well as more directly, manages to extract himself and to identify the true culprit, thanks above all to the help of two friends, one of whom, a wise old Hindu, reminds us of the figure of the western investigator, part Sherlock Holmes and part Perry Mason.

Twists and turns are abundant in the story; and in the final hearing, although according to the canons of Anglo-Saxon law the development of the latter is unusual, we do find the Public Prosecutor and the Defense Attorney, with abundant cross-questioning ante litteram of the testimonies, documentary proof as well as circumstantial.

This novel is not a classic thriller, but rather a mixed genre of police, adventure and spy-story. The xotic scene (the far east of the Indochina peninsula), the anomalous period generally unknown to the
Western reader (the Ninth Century A.D.), and the erotic vein present throughout, makes this book a quite unusual reading.

About the book:

Mara's Flowery Arrows by Siam's Unnamed

ISBN: 978-1450515535

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: Feb 21, 2010

Pages: 254

S.R.P.: $13.00

Note: Electronic and hard copy versions are available to interested reviewers. Please reply to this e-mail if interested and state your preference and mailing address if you opt for the hard copy. Thank you.

Uncertain Magic

Roderica Delamore has a very unique and special talent. She can hear the thoughts of both people and animals. Roddy’s gift can come in handy sometimes but most times it is a hinderous. People think of her as different and not in a good way.

It is while at the horse races that Roddy has her first up close and personal encounter with The Devil Earl, Lord Faelan Savigar. Lord Faelan admires Roddy’s fierceness. This is part of the reason why a courtship starts with her and later asks for her hand in marriage. Though it appears that Faelan has a secret of his won. How will Roddy react to the news?

Uncertain Magic is a re-release with a brand new cover. I never read this book when it was originally released. I so thought this book sounded really good but sadly it didn’t win me over. It seemed intriguing at first but it moved slowly for me. I put this book down and when I came back to it, I couldn’t quite make myself become interested again. Roddy and Faelan did share some sparks.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review Opportunity


Life is never boring at the Pond when Iggy, Radic, Cabby and Roc meet. Enjoy a humorous yet educational look at the world from nature's point of view through Cartoonist Drew Aquilina's cartoon strip collection, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up

Chandler, AZ - May 27, 2010 - People around the world are familiar with some part of nature, be it the environment or its inhabitants. All of nature serves as the setting for the characters in the collection of cartoon strips, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up, by Drew Aquilina.

Clouds, insects, birds, mammals and plants are "game" for the cartoon strip Green pieces©, aturally, the world's greenest and most environmentally friendly humor. Nothing is overlooked by this clever feature. The cartoon strip and Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up highlight four main characters who introduce the reader to the life and times around a typical wetland, in this case a pond. Led by a claustrophobic turtle named Iggman, the action picks up once humans leave the scene. "Iggy's" friends include an annoying dragonfly, Radic; an omnipotent techno-bullfrog, Cabby; and a rogue raccoon, Roc. Meet the Pond Friends:

-Iggy: Cleverly yet cautiously approaching the world surrounding him, Iggman seeks the simple
pleasures of life. Iggy, (as his friends call him) has a unique perspective on his environment. As a turtle, his species' longevity promotes wisdom. It is Iggy's naiveté, however, that gives away his true age. His shell, the seemingly magical carapace that follows Iggy everywhere, is the center of attention. The shell serves as Iggy's sanctuary as well as his burden. Unusual for turtles, Iggy also battles bouts of claustrophobia. He tempers his affliction by frequently giving the outside of his shell a good coat of wax.

- Radic the dragonfly: Radic epitomizes the word "bug." Making his rounds at the pond and through nature, Radic stirs up trouble wherever he flies. This pesky but loveable cad is the self- proclaimed "best friend" of Iggy. It is unknown whether Radic truly seeks Iggy's friendship or simply covets Iggy's warm, comfy-cozy shell on which to land and sleep.

- Cabby the bullfrog: This techno-frog's DNA was altered by pollution during the critical tadpole stage. As a result, his brain developed instead of his legs. Cabby's genius lies in the scientific realm with heavy emphasis on computers and physics. While normally focused on his scientific pursuit, from time to time Cabby will indulge in less lofty aspirations to help get his wetland friends in and out of trouble.

- Roc the raccoon: Roc is your friendly neighborhood raccoon. Endearing and charming to a fault, he possesses an uncanny ability to recognize the reality of most situations. As the local rogue, Roc gets through life by living out of dumpsters and trash cans and picking up odd jobs from Cabby. Roc reminds the reader of the uncle that families don't talk about much. When he is not sleeping off a night of heavy rubbish rummaging, Roc can be a very good friend and fun companion.


Follow the delightful antics of Iggy, Radic, Cabby and Roc as they frolic through nature. Every day you read stories about a new species of animal or a scientific or environmental breakthrough. Find out the real cause of "cloud to cloud" lightning, discover what happens when the T-Rex is ransported into today's society, be amused by a cartoon character lawsuit brought by P.A.N.I.C.,

Parents Against Nature in Cartoons, and realize just how much of a "BUG" dragonflies can be.
Clouds, insects, birds, mammals and plants from all over the world are game for Green Pieces:
Green From the Pond Up. After all, people world-wide are familiar with some part of nature
and that natural, environmental backdrop serves as the stage for this cartoon compilation.


Our environment is a serious subject with the threat of global warming, melting polar ice caps and holes in the ozone hanging over us. Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up, however, takes a light-hearted look at nature around us. Best of all, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up is a delightful read for any age group. Grown-ups will be reminded of what they were told by their parents - to respect nature - and young readers will learn, through the eyes of the four main characters, why it's important to respect nature.

About the book:

Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up, by Drew Aquilina

ISBN: 978-1589851917

Publisher: Five Star Publications

Date of publish: September 4, 2010

Pages: 197

S.R.P.: $19.99

About the author:

Cartoonist Drew Aquilina's first comic strip originated as Iggman on Campus in 1987. It was published for three semesters in The Collegian, UMass Amherst. Once converted to Green pieces©, the strip was copyrighted and ran in Western Connecticut's university paper, The Echo, in The Newtown Bee, Newtown, CT and Danbury, CT's daily The News-Times, the school paper at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, and is currently enjoyed daily in various local papers and at

Aquilina graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S degree in Landscape Architecture and in 1994 moved to Arizona. He worked as a Landscape Architect in training and became an Arizona registered Landscape Architect in 1998. He has owned two successful Landscape Architecture firms and is a Registered Landscape Architect in Arizona, California and Nevada. He is the principal of Site Design, LLC Landscape Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona. The firm's focus is mainly medical/healthcare commercial properties and high-end residential design work.

Aquilina and his wife, Lisa, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Calling all young adult and adult readers!

Have I got a new series for you to check out by author, Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is titled Chronicles of Nick.


Product Description
At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

About the Author
In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot ten times. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 20 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency, Chronicles of Nick and the forthcoming Nevermore.

To learn more about this new series. Here on over here. Also you have got to listen to the song for this book.

The Book of Spies

Eva Blake was sent to prison for the murder of her husband.

Tucker Anderson works for the CIA. He is interested in locating the Library of Gold. It was rumored that Ivan the Terrible buried this impressive collection of books from Poetry to Aristophanes under the Kremlin. Many people searched for it but never found it. Recently a book titled The Book of Spies appeared in a museum in London, England. The Book of Spies supposed came from the Library of Gold.

Tucker offers Eva a deal. If she locates the true destination of the Library of Gold and she walks out of prison with her record wiped clean. It is too good of an offer for Eva to pass up.

Judd Ryder has been hired by Anderson to keep an eye on Eva and make sure she accomplishes her mission. It is easier said then done, if Judd can stay alive. Can he and Eva stay one step ahead of the men who are after them?

The Book of Spies will have you on the edge of your seat! I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have never read anything by Ms. Lynds until now. For a fan of mystery thrillers this is sad. Lucky, I will be rectifying this problem very soon. I devoured this book. I can’t remember the last time I sat down and really enjoyed a spy novel. The Book of Spies is Ms. Lynds first spy novel in a brand new series. Eva and Judd fit together like two puzzle pieces. They fed off each other’s intelligence and abilities that the other one possessed. You better put in your running shoes as Eva and Judd will have you racing across the pond in full speed. Also beware the many twists and turns along the way. The Book of Spies is not to be missed!


Zery is the leader of the Amazons. A very powerful group of women with extraordinary gifts. Zery has held dear to everything she new about what she believed was the truth. She learns that things aren’t as they should be like that there are shape shifters. When the Amazon sons decide to attack Zery and her tribe, Zery learns the hard way about just what guns can do. With this new enemy whom can match Zery and her women skill or skill, she is going to have to watch her back every step of the way. It appears though that the Amazon sons have a reason for attacking. They are after a baby.

Jack Parker is an Amazon son an a shape shifter. He can transform into a wolverine. He and Zery team up together but can she trust him?

Fans of paranormal will be slain by Amazon Queen. It is book two but can be read as a stand alone novel. I was fully engrossed in this book. Amazon women rule. This book was filled with mystery, magic, intrigue and wonderful story line. Jack and Zery worked well together. I like that he seemed to be a bit of a loner and so was Zery. This book kept a fast pace. I can’t wait to read the next book. Make sure you spear your copy of the Amazon Queen today.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Review Opportunity

It's Time for All to Learn: Public Schools Are Archaic

Veteran educator and author Dr. M. R. Ussery points out that since the Boston Latin School opened up in 1635, teaching methods haven't changed much. Unfortunately. His revolutionary book outlines his plan for improving our schools by implementing a modern educational system from the ground up.

Bremerton, WA - May 24, 2010 - Longtime educator Dr. M. R. Ussery today announced the release of his book Public Schools Are Archaic, published by Outskirts Press. Dr. Ussery gives an insider's view of the reasons for the obvious failings of America's public schools, despite the monumental technological changes in the society, and offers a specific plan for bringing our schools into the 21st century.

Dr. Ussery believes that traditional school environments are not as effective as they should be, nor do they provide equal opportunities for all students. Without individualized instruction, tailored to meet each child's needs, many students are falling through the antiquated cracks of our educational system.

In today's high school classes the author notes that some students are lacking the preparation necessary from their previous education to be successful at their new level.

Other students just do not want to be there. Worse yet, few students can voice any purpose for studying the course they are on. Unfortunately, sometimes the teachers can't, either.

The model school the author proposes in Public Schools Are Archaic would include regular diagnostic testing to establish each student's cognizant strengths as well as individualized instructional modules with flexible design which would allow individual students to work on those assignments best suited to their current abilities.

Dr. Ussery recognizes that solutions must also be put into effect on the federal as well as the local level. He recommends that federal public servants no longer use their positions to override states' rights in determining the best paths for education, but support the one local reform that is most needed: pilot schools.

About the book:

Public Schools Are Archaic by Dr. M.R. Ussery

ISBN: 978-1-4327-5805-9

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: April 30, 2010

Pages: 69

S.R.P.: $11.95

About the author:

Dr. M. R. Ussery has a PhD (EdD) in Educational Technology and has taught elementary and secondary school and adult education classes. He has written more than a hundred scripts for informational and training films, has served as writer, director and producer for most of these films, and has received more than a dozen top national awards for his films' excellence.

To request a copy of this book to review. Send a email with your mailing address and the title of the book and author to

Win a Book

Come check out the Interview with Author Michele Ashman Bell. She is the author of young adult novel “Summer In Paris.” The contest runs from May 24 to May 31. Head on over here

This book is about a 16-year-old spoiled rich girl who is sent to her cousins for the summer in Paris, Idaho. She never realized such a place existed! Feeling like she's been sentenced to three months in Hickville Prison, Kenzie is forced to get up at the crack of dawn, do chores, wash her own clothes, gather eggs, hoe the garden, etc. She feels like she's about to die until she meets handsome Adam White whose got a deep secret.

Point Dume

My review:

Ellis Gardner is a wild child. She makes her own rules. One thing Ellis loves is catching a wave or two.

Pablo Schwartz is a good friend of Ellis’s. He has known her since he was about twelve years old. This is the same time he was first introduced to the world of illegal marijuana growing. It was from here that Pablo realized that there was a lot of money to be made in growing and selling marijuana.

Frank Joseph Bane III is married. Though this has now stopped him from having an affair with Ellis. He is also the owner of a vine yard.

Janice Bane admits that it has been a long time since she has gone a day where she wasn’t high.

Come see how these four characters lives intertwine with each other.

Author, Katie Arnoldi brings to light the harsh reality of illegal marijuana growing, all across the United States. Like Mrs. Arnoldi, I was clueless in regards to this subject matter. I knew of what marijuana and how it can make people act but nothing in regards to the process from start to finish on the growing process. I thought that Mrs. Arnoldi did a wonderful job show casing this problem the United States faces. It is a huge problem. One that I did not realize was so massive. The characters were real. They feel the same things we do…love, loss, scared, and pride. While I did enjoy this book and the picture Point Dume painted, I didn’t really connect with all the characters. I found Janie to be depressing and like an empty shell. Frank was kind of one note. Ellis showed some glimmer of hope but the stand out character to me was Pablo. He has a story to tell and he brought you into his world. Point Dume smells like a winner!

The Pearls of the Stone Man: Part 1...The Letter

I wanted to share with you about this new book from publisher, Sourcebooks. I will be featuring 5 different short videos that author, Edward J. Mooney has created.

The Pearls of the Stone Man is an inspirational novel with plot elements that touch both older and younger generations. Main characters Joseph and Anne Marino are rare. They’re still in love after 53 years of marriage and with little time left, Joseph’s priority becomes finishing the stone wall that Anne requested years ago – a special reminder from her childhood.

Needing the help of someone younger, Joseph turns to his son, estranged for five years, in hopes of rebuilding a severed relationship as well as the wall. Two teenagers also come to Joseph’s aide, and he to theirs, as they all work to finish Joseph’s promise to Anne.

The Pearls of the Stone Man was written in the town in which the book is set: Pine Mountain , California . The settings in the novel are real locations and Edward takes groups of readers there regularly.

Houdini Pie -- Bootlegging, Baseball and Buried Treasure

When Halley Gates was born Halley’s Comet was shooting by. Yep, Halley was named after the comet. Fortunately, for this mother, Hal did not turn out like his father.

His father, Charlie back in his younger days was quite the schemer. He and a couple of buddies came up with the idea of convincing people that to protect themselves from any nuclear effects from the comet that they should buy “Stardust Pills”. Of course some of the men folk discovered that the pills were a fake. This incident did not stop Charlie from scheming people.

Hal’s mother, Vera would tell Hal that his father was a good man. She still believed it, even after Hal’s father picked up and left one day.

One day, Hal is approached by Warren. Warren is one of Hal’s father’s friends. He is very excited. He built a radio x-ray machine. While out doing some testing, he found a bunch of tunnels under the city. A place where the Hopi Indians used to occupy. Warren wants Hal to help him investigate the tunnels. What will they find in the tunnels?

Houdini Pie is author Paul Michel’s debut novel. I liked this book. I thought it was a fun adventure read. Hal was so likable that you couldn’t help but root for him. I found that this story moved a bit slow at first for me. I wanted it to speed up. I missed a bit of the story as in I read it but it didn’t really stick with me, so the further I got into the book, I was confused as to who some of the people were. I had to go back and re-read the section in order to make sense. This was totally on my part and not the author’s. I was a bit distracted. As far as Charlie’s story and what was taking place with him. I didn’t really care. I was mainly interested in Hal. Overall, Houdini Pie -- Bootlegging, Baseball and Buried Treasure turned out to be a pretty good book. There are some nuggets of gold to be found in this book.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Are you in the dark? (Giveaway coming soon)

I want to thank Jason with CSN Stores. He has presented me with a fabulous opportunity to host a giveaway to my readers. Details on the item to come soon.

Before then, I want to tell you a little bit about one of the great items that CSN Stores sells.

As we move to summer and people are turning off the lights and heading outside. This is also a time to do home improvments. One way you can improve your home and brighten it up is with Recessed Lighting. Recessed Lighting can make any room look bigger. Here are a few of the different lighting fixtures that CSN Stores offers.

•Diffuser trim
•Available in painted antique bronze, cinnamon or brushed nickel finish
•Etched glass
•Polycarbonate construction
•Overall dimensions: 0.25" H x 2.5" W x 2.5" D

•Recessed trim
•Castlewood walnut and silver highlights finish
•Ivory cloud glass

•Max 50W PAR30L
•Overall dimensions: 1.5" H x 8" Dia


•Adjustable recessed light eyeball fixtures can be aimed at artwork as accent lighting.
•Cover the walls with light by selecting recessed wall washer fixtures.
•Choose recessed reflectors when you want the most light from a fixture, or install white or black baffle trims to focus and direct light or reduce glare.

Nothing is Black and White

Many years ago, Callie Bradford aka Idridium and Joannie Greene aka Jet were best friends. They were room mates during their academy days. That all changed.

Jet is now a super hero helping the city of New Chicago take down the bad guys. Jet battles the bad guys using her abilities to manipulate shadows. Idridium went in the complete opposite direction and became a villain. She has these deadly globes that when they burst cause some serious damage.

Jet is used to working alone but this time she has a partner. His name is Bruce Hunter. He isn’t a super hero but he does make Jet long to kiss him

Iridium mission is to take down the academy and every one with it, including Jet. She has some help in the form of a vigilante named Taser. Can Jet stop Iridium before it is too late?

If you are a fan of comic books then you will really by flying high for Black and White. This book has the best of both worlds with fantastic super heroes and cool villains. Authors, Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge do a great job co-writing this book. I couldn’t tell who was writing which parts. I am a fan of Mrs. Kittredge but haven’t had the honor of reading Mrs. Kessler’s work before now. After reading this book, you bet I will be checking out more of Mrs. Kessler’s stuff.

Instantly, I was transported to Jet and Iridium’s world. I would hate to become an enemy of either Jet or Iridium’s. These women can kick some serious butt. The layout of this book was smooth and easy flowing. The chapters would alternate between Jet and Iridium. Also the story would flash back to the academy days. You had better pick up a copy of this book today before they soar off the shelves!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Watch out for Sparrow Rock!

Pete, Jimmie, Dan. Tessa, Big Sue and Jay are good friends. They all take off in Jimmie’s car for Sparrow Island. They arrive at Big Sue’s Grandpa’s cabin. Suddenly out of no where the building shakes. In the sky are bright lights. The gang thinks it is a nuclear blast. They seal themselves down in the basement.

Days go by. Then when the gang thinks it might be safe, they hear a starching noise. There is a tunnel and inside the tunnel are rats. One of the rats attacks Jimmie.

Jay was scratched during his and Pete’s fight in the tunnel. He is showing the same symptoms as Jimmie.

Sparrow Rock by Nate Kenyon is a must read! Just when you thought you had it all figured out, Mr. Kenyon throws you a curve ball. The characters really worked well together. I like that both the males and females played equal parts in this book.

There were flash backs to Pete’s life. The first time this happened it through a bit and took me a moment to realize what happened. Though after that it was a smooth progression.

This book should be made into a movie. Sparrow Rock will give you chills …long after you have finished it!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Journey Home

Joseph wakes up to find himself in a stranger’s home. He has no idea how he got there or where home is. Joseph leaves and takes off. Along the way he bumps into a young boy by the name of Will. Will tags along. Together Joseph and Will take a road trip…one they will never forget.

Warren’s mother, Antoinette is living in a nursing home. She is not doing well. Warren decides to reminisce about the past by cooking all of his mother’s famous recipes.

While spending time at the nursing home, Warren strikes up a friendship with Jan. Jan works at the nursing home.

The Journey Home is a feel good, comfort read. This is only the second novel I have read by Mr. Baron. I didn’t think he could get any better after reading When You Went Away but I was wrong. Michael Baron has gone on my list as a favorite author. You will fall in love with all of the characters in this story, just as I did. Each character has a great story to share. My favorite person was Warren. He was so caring towards his mother. He is the perfect son. He didn’t mind spending all day in her nursing home room, just remembering the good ode days and cooking up all his mother’s favorite recipes. I hope you will check out this book as it is well worth it. The Journey Home will make you long for home. The ending will have you in awe.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Dead Travel Fast

Theodora’s grandfather has passed away. Theodora has no one to watch over her but her brother and sister-in-law. Theodora does not need anyone to care for her. In fact, Theodora comes up with a plan to visit her friend, Cosmina in Transylvania. She bids farewell to her brother, sister-in-law and her boyfriend.

Cosmina cares for the Countess Dragulescu. The Countess and her husband, live in a castle, high atop a mountain. At first glance, Theodora is taken back by the ominous size and mystery surrounding the castle. Once there, Theodora settles in. Though, it isn’t long before Theodora realizes that there is something odd about the Count. What secrets is the Count hiding?

I have read almost all of these novels by Deanna Raybourn. I have enjoyed them all. I like the combination of historical settings with mystery woven through the plot. Mrs. Raybourn’s latest novel, The Dead Travel Fast is a slight different from her past novels. It was darker. Though the best thing I liked about this book is the mystery intertwined in the story line. I usually have no clue who the culprit is until the end. For a mystery fan like me, this is a good thing. If you are looking for a good mystery book to read then you should check this book out but hurry as The Dead Travel Fast!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Killington’s high school football team, The Jackrabbits have played a good season. They are only one win away from becoming district champions. The town and the boys are pumped.

Cole Logan is the quarterback for the Jackrabbits. He is accosted by several of the Badgers. The Badgers are the Jackrabbits rivals from Elmwood Heights. Two of Cole’s fingers are hacked off. Cole refuses to go to the hospital. Savannah, the sheriff’s daughter drives Cole home.

Black Mona is rumored to be a witch. When one of her cats is gutted and brought back to life, it is Cole and Savannah, who find the reincarnated cat and bring him home. Mona is the biggest Jackrabbit fan. She offers Cole a way to get revenge.

The Jackrabbits were on their way to play the Badgers when the bus they were riding in, goes off the roads and sinks. The Jackrabbits with Mona’s help come back but at what price?

Play Dead is a zombie, feeding, frenzy good time. It is amazing that this book is Mr. Brown’s first novel. He writes like a pro. I really got into this book right from the start. I would put it down, only to tell me husband something interesting that was happening at that moment. There were some gruesome parts but nothing too over the top. I like that things were simple and not a cheese fest. Play Dead is a one sit read.

The only issue I had with this book was the naive ness that the town’s folks had with the boys. I found it a little unbelievable that they were really in the dark about what their sons really had been turned into. Overall, I liked this book a lot. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Brown thinks up next.

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Book Summary

Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. She’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown's most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal--and a bold rescue--land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, firstborn son of a powerful Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor.

Five Fun Facts1. I realized yet again while writing Ravished by a Highlander, that a king plays a vital role in all my books. It began with William the Conqueror from my Risande trilogy. There was no ruling sovereign during Laird of the Mist but the MacGregors’ fate and proscription were the work of a king sixty years prior. Briefly, we met King Charles II in A Highland Never Surrenders, and in my new “Children of the Mist” series, King James has just been crowned. I don’t know what it is about kings, but I find myself always writing about them. Don’t even get me started on King Arthur.

2. I love to match my characters’ faces to real ones. Lots of authors do. A little quirk I have though is that, if the characters are related in my books, the faces I choose for them have to all resemble one another. Even if those faces are different for my readers, for me, they have to fit and be believable. Matching the MacGregors’ and Grants with their sons and daughter was especially fun. You can check out some of my characters “pictures” on my Fun Facts page at

3. Speaking of the real faces that have shaped my heroes and heroines, the beautiful Matthew “Jett” Schaefer, pilot/model/actor was the inspiration for Rob in Ravished by a Highlander. Sadly, Matthew passed away while I was writing the book. I didn’t know him, but he had become Rob for me and the tragedy of his death made it difficult at times to write Rob’s story. I thought about changing his face, but instead I researched Mr. Schaefer and discovered how well his family and friends loved him. He was a pilot and did Air Ambulance medical evacuations and Angel flights. He was a true hero and a determined warrior, fighting cancer until the end. I couldn’t think of a better man to be the face of Robert MacGregor.

4. The terrible proscription against the MacGregors had been lifted and most, not all, of their rights returned to them after the restoration of King Charles II. During the writing of this series, the MacGregors were not outlaws. That made this author happy.

5. A few mini-facts about me: 1) I come from Italian heritage on both sides, but my dad’s surname is Scottish and not Italian as everyone first believed. 2) I am what my Catholic characters would call a Protestant. 3) I would rather write a battle scene than a sex scene. 4) I fell, quite unexpectedly, in love with Finlay Grant in Ravished by a Highlander. 5) I go through three pairs of iPod headphones during the course of one book. (I either lose them or break them. A pair once fell into the toilet.)

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The grey Grey Cloud
By Manjula Naraynan

The third and final children's book in Manjula Naraynan's wonderful Colour Trilogy reveals how the sadness of a little grey cloud, unable to overcome his fear of thunder and lightening, is turned to joy when he learns how to have confidence in himself and enjoy the brighter side of life.

Chennai, India - May 18, 2010 - Life was tough for The grey Grey Cloud. A tiny cloud up there in the vast, wild sky, he found himself constantly scared of the big, black darkness, of the rumbling thunder, the flashes of lightening and the terrible, stormy winds. All the grey Grey Cloud could do was cry; cry about his fears and his solitude. The very sad thing was that even when the sky was bright and beautiful, when the birds sang cheerfully and the sun shone brilliantly, our grey Grey Cloud kept on crying. And as he wandered lonely across the skies, this forlorn little cloud shed tears across the Earth, quite inconsolable was his sadness.

One fine day a Silver Fairy saw the grey Grey Cloud crying and offered to help him dry his tears. But she was at a loss as to how to make him smile and see that life was not frightening or lonely at all. Mustering all the might of her magical powers, our Fairy friend began to teach the grey Grey Cloud the ways in which to find a happy positive feeling in even the scariest of situations. She opened his clouded eyes to all the beauty in the world and taught him to turn the bad into good. Soon the grey Grey cloud realizes that every cloud indeed has a silver lining!

In The grey Grey Cloud, her third book for children and the final installment in her fabulous Colour Trilogy - in which she associates various colours with the positive and negative emotions of her characters - the writer and illustrator Manjula Naraynan delivers bite-sized pearls of wisdom that are perfect for the under threes to digest and understand. Her charming stories and vibrant illustrations are utterly enchanting, and allow very young children to absorb more adult issues, helping them to develop key skills such as empathy and patience, allowing them to establish more sophisticated, caring relationships with children and grown ups alike. Naraynan's books are uniquely attractive, simultaneously aiding a child's emotional education whilst radiating pure joy and celebration.

The grey Grey Cloud follows Naraynan's two other successful children's books, The green Green Pear and The red Red Car both of which showcase her exceptional ability to capture the imaginations of her young audience as well as winning the approval and praise of their parents. Put simply, Manjula Naraynan's books have quickly become life affirming favourites.

About the book:

The grey Grey Cloud by Manjula Naraynan

ISBN: 978-1449085070

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Date of publish: Feb 22, 2010

Pages: 32

S.R.P.: $14.49

About the author:

Manjula Naraynan is a writer and illustrator from Chennai in Southern India. A graduate in Corporate Secretaryship from the University of Madras, she is passionate about writing and illustrating for children, creating stories that will be truly beneficial during those key early years of development.

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Immortalis Carpe Noctem

Las Vegas is a city of chance. You roll the dice and hope that lady luck is on your side. Unfortunately for twenty-five year old Alyssa, she ended up with a bust. Alyssa gets attacked and is on the brink of death when she meets Lysander.

Lysander is a vampire. He gives Alyssa a second chance at a new life. At first Alyssa does not appreciate that Lysander has turned her. Though with Lysander’s teachings, Alyssa learns what it takes to be a vampire. She is ready to take on Sin City.

Immortalis: Carpe Noctem is a breath of fresh air. It is a nice take on vampires. Ms. Salidas incorporates her love for vampires into this book. It shows. I like how this book described in detail everything that Alyssa experienced as a newly made vampire from the thirst for blood and the smell of it…to the changes Alyssa went through. Talk about having a major crush on the teacher. Lysander is good looking for a dead guy. I liked seeing Alyssa progress from naïve to a creature of the night. I sank my teeth into this book and drank it all in. Katie Salidas will have you craving more. I am anxiety awaiting Immortalis: Hunters and Prey, book two as I enjoyed Immortalis: Carpe Noctem a lot.

Katie Salidas Bio:

The youngest of four children, Katie has always had a desire to entertain. Since, early childhood, she's dreamed up fantastical characters and scribbled them into pages of various journals and notebooks. Taking an interest in vampires at an early age, she devoured every book, featuring those blood sucking creatures, in any genre she could find. She claims that, of all the monsters out there, vampires had always been the most interesting.

It was only natural that a love of reading about vampires, and a love of writing, turned into a desire to write her own stories. Thus, Immortalis Carpe Noctem was born.

A Las Vegas native, having grown up in the famed City of Sin, Katie loves to feature it as a recurring setting for many of her stories.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Touching, inspiring, and often hilarious, the personal experiences in Famous Family Nights highlight family home evening as a priceless tool for building strong, faith-centered families, despite the many obstacles of modern life. Contributors sharing their stories are LDS entertainers, writers, radio and TV personalities, as well as LDS leaders in sports, business, and the community.

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New book: Into Protection by Terry Chaudhuri

Detroit, MI - May 17, 2010 - Into Protection, Terry Chaudhuri's sensational debut thriller takes an intriguing look into the life of two crime-fighting friends and the adversities they face in their pursuit for justice.

.his take on the Witness Protection Program alone, is unique enough to set this story apart from other crime and mystery novels.

.I enjoyed reading it. It has a nice pace, and the mystery entangles the reader. Derek Shepard, a young energetic police officer, vows to avenge the murder of his father and bring to justice a notorious crime lord. With the aid of his childhood friend Jimmy, now a top FBI agent, he begins his mission. Though driven by one purpose, he soon succumbs to the same dead ends his father faced before him. When hopes of an arrest are fading fast, a strange encounter takes place and starts Derek down a path he never imagined. He accidentally falls in love with Rebecca, the wife of the very person he is hunting.

As the romance heats up, so does the danger when Rebecca sees more than she bargained for. Soon after, their affair is no longer a secret and they in turn become the hunted.

With threats of corruption, they exhaust their only option, Jimmy and the protection of the FBI. Jimmy is reluctant to accept them into the program, but Derek's persistence wins out. He distances himself from Rebecca in hopes of keeping her safe, but the danger increases when he finds out that the witness protection program is not what it seems.

The stakes are now raised, as Derek must race to find Rebecca before his enemies do. He faces much resistance and doesn't know who can he trust. His attempts to find Rebecca seem hopeless until he uncovers some essential clues. The only problem is that he needs Jimmy's help to piece them together. Now Jimmy is torn between what is right and what he has become.

Derek's judgment gets clouded as his emotions begin controlling his decisions. He starts toying with ideas that he would have never considered before. His final decisions lead him to not only a showdown with his enemies, but also to the hardest decision of his life.

He must now make one final choice, be with the woman he loves or convict the man he has sought after for the better part of his life.

About the book:

Into Protection by Terry Chaudhuri

Publisher: Schiel & Denver Publishing Limited
ISBN: 978-1-84903-028-1
Publish date: Feb 2010

Pages: 242

S.R.P.: $11.99

About the author:
Terry Chaudhuri holds a degree in Management Information Systems and works professionally as a Systems Engineer. Chaudhuri's writing style has a nice pace and has a way of entangling the reader. His first full-length release, Into Protection, is a prime example of this and is not an easy book to put down.

Chaudhuri is a member of the Michigan Writers Association and stays active in his hometown by teaching computer classes through community education.

Chaudhuri currently lives outside of Detroit with his wife and two children. He is currently at work on his second novel and looks forward to expanding his writing portfolio.

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Inside Out

Seventeen year old, Trella works as a scrubber in the lower levels. Her job is to clean the pipes of rust and grime for the Uppers. Trella is always trying to find a way to escape from her duties and the lower levels. Trella has been known to fall asleep inside the pipes. The other scrubbers have a nick name for Trella. They call her “Queen of the Pipes”. Her best friend is named Cogan.

Cog has a new prophet for Trella to meet. His name is Broken Man. He is wheelchair bound. Broken Man used to live in the Uppers. He tells Trella that he has proof of that the Gateway is real. The Gateway is a portal to the outside world. Broken Man wants Trella to retrieve a disc from his apartment.

While crawling through the pipes, Trella falls through one of them. There is a boy in the room. Before Trella leaves, he calls out to her and tells her his name is Riley Narelle Ashon. Riley is an Upper.

Lt. Commander Karla is a POP Cop. She has her eye on Trella. Will Trella succeed with her mission or will she be recycled?

Inside Out is different in a good way from the Poison series that I have come to love from author, Maria V. Snyder. This new series may by focused towards teens but adults will enjoy this book as well. Mrs. Snyder has done it again and worked her magic on me. Inside Out is out of this world…spectacular! I can’t stop chanting Trella’s name. She is a born leader. She is smart and quick on her feet. She holds her own against the POP Cops. I am twisted in knots awaiting Outside In, the next book in this series.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Trapped on Mystery Island

Detective Merryll Manning and his girlfriend, Susan Ford are finally taking a honey moon together. They have arrived in sunny Cross Keys Island. Unfortunately, Merryll and Susan are not alone. They will be spending their honey moon with eleven other strangers for a Mystery Weekend. The grand prize is five thousand dollars.

Some of the other people joining Susan and Merryll include Brinton Blythe, who is an actor to members of the Paradise AVEPA Club. AVEPA stands for American Veterans and Ex-service Personnel Association. There is no blood loss between many of these people. The games begin with the first victim. It appears though that there is more at stake then just money. Someone is playing for real. It is up to Merryll to seek out the real killer fore the bodies pile up.

There were times in this book where the situation the characters found themselves in where a bit silly but this is what made the book so good. The characters in this book reminded me on the board game Clue. I loved playing that game. I have always been a fan of mystery novels. Trapped on Mystery Island is a shining example of why I love this genre. Author, John Howard Reid takes readers on a who-dun-it mystery adventure with a few twists and turns. Be warned as you never know who just might stab you in the back.

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She was born Hadassah but she would be known as Esther. Her family was killed, during the exile. Her cousin, Mordecai rescued her and raised her himself. They lived under the King’s nose. Mordecai was a sheep herder. Though, he was educated and taught Esther how to read and write. Esther had scrolls that she would use to keep track of her most in\important thoughts.

King Xerxes is in the market for a new wife. The search begins. All the young ladies hope of becoming the next Queen…everyone but Esther. She already has found her soul mate. His name is Cyrus. Esther is chosen to become the King’s wife. Will she open her heart and find a place in it for the King?

Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther can only be brought to life in this spectacular way by author, Ginger Garrett. This is the second book I have read by Mrs. Garrett. She brings depth and a well versed knowledge of the topic she is writing about. What I enjoyed the most about this book is that Mrs. Garrett tried to keep it as authentic as possible. I am not that familiar with Esther from the Bible but after reading this book, I plan to read up on the story of Esther. She was a very powerful and strong woman. Esther was not taken by the King’s charm. If you are looking for a book for your next book club or Bible study, then you need to make the right choice and choose Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther.

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Supernatural Thriller Takes You on a Bumpy Ride

Sonora, CA - May 11, 2010 -The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Slowly brewing in this mystical thriller are paranormal surprises, odd behavior, and romantic affairs.

Not everything is as it seems for Andrew Sharpai. As a wanderer searching for love, Andrew travels throughout the Western United States looking for the right woman to end his journeying. In his quest, he finds rejection and haunting memories that only serve to spur him on. He meets a dancer named LaRae. She tells him that Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener. This strange revelation leaves Andrew with the knowledge that everything is not as it seems.

After separating from LaRae, Andrew settles down in a small eastern Idaho town. There he meets an enchantress named Iris, who will also change his life. Previously, Iris's evil ex-husband placed a curse on her, which also traps Andrew in the spell.

This unusual adventure will have you cheering for Andrew in his quest for true love, because what is more important than that?

About the book:

The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai by Jerome Peterson

ISBN: 978-1608607976
Publisher: Eloquent Books

Date of publish: Feb 21, 2010

Pages: 310

S.R.P.: $16.95

About the author:
Jerome Peterson grew up in Rockford, Illinois. He now lives in Sonora, California, with his wife, Carolyn, and their dog, Hazel. Peterson is working on his next novel.

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Celtic Evil: A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel

It was foretold a long time ago that five warriors would destroy the malevolence Warlock Sebastian. Every generation of the Fitzgerald clan, Sebastian has tried to kill the men before they could destroy him.

Ian Fitzgerald and his class were camping out in Savernmake Forest. He was testing out his powers, when suddenly a load banshee scream rang out. Roarke, Kerry, Ryan, Patrick “Mac” Fitzgerald all heard the scream as well.

Molly Jackson, Ian’s best friend fears something bad has happened. She is not wrong. It was six days ago when the banshee scream was heard. Since then, Ian has gone missing. Molly goes to the police but they are no help. They believe Ian ran away. Molly turns to the Fitzgerald clan. Together can they fight the evil presence that is out to destroy them?

Celtic Evil: A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel by Sierra Rose is the first novel I have read by this author. It is also the start to what is going to be a really good series. Every one of the Fitzgerald men were great. I couldn’t choose a favorite. Luckily, I don’t have to as the next book in this series continues on with Ryan’s story. I like that there was a strong female lead in Molly. The special gift that she possessed was nice. If you are in the mood for a bit of magic, then you should check out Celtic Evil: A Fitzgerald Brothers Novel.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Summer We Read Gatsby

Cassie and Peck are half sisters and couldn’t be more different. Peck has her head in the clouds and Cassie is grounded and has her head on straight. They never really knew each other growing up.

Cassie and Peck’s Aunt Lydia passed away, leaving an old run down cottage to the women. Peck decides to throw a party. The party will be themed around he one and only true love’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The party brings out a wild and crazy bunch of characters.

I have to admit that I have never read or heard of the book The Great Gatsby until I read this book. After reading The Summer We Read Gatsby, I did some research to learn more about Gatsby and the author who wrote it, F. Scott Fitzgerald. After reading the concept surrounding Gatsby and the characters that were portrayed in the book, I could imagine the similarities in Peck, Cassie and all the rest of the characters.

At first, this book took me a while to get into it. This I believe is due to the fact that I did not really understand why Peck was so obsessed with Fitzgerald and Gatsby. In addition, that I thought the characters were a little too eccentric for me. Though, after getting a third of the way into this book, I started to settle into this story and enjoy the book. I thought that Cassie and Peck balanced each other out very nicely. There were times when I liked Peck’s care free out look on life and other times when I appreciated Cassie’s straight forwardness. The Summer We Read Gatsby turned out to be a surprisingly, pretty good read.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nancy’s Theory of Style

Nancy Carrington-Chambers had everything a woman could dream of…the perfect life and rich husband. So then, why is Nancy leaving her life behind? Nancy packs up her things and moves into her San Francisco apartment to focus on her event planning business, Froth.

Nancy can’t run her business successfully without an assistant. She hires Derek Catheart. Derek is British and gay. Which is such a bummer as Nancy feels an attraction to Derek. As if Nancy needs any more upheavals in her life, her cousin leaves her daughter, Eugenia at Nancy’s doorstep. Can Nancy, Derek and Eugenia make a family together?

If you think the book cover for this book is good, then you have will be in for a treat. Nancy’s Theory of Style is a laugh out read! You don’t want to miss this book…whether you are commuting to work, taking a road trip or heading to the beach. Nancy is a hoot. If she was real, I would be friends with her. At first I thought that Nancy was going to be spoiled and one dimensional but instead Nancy turned out to be very smart, savvy, and funny and had a nice heart. Derek is a girl’s best friend. It was too bad he was gay. He and Nancy worked well together. Eugenia was much wiser beyond her years. I can’t wait to see what Grace Coppersmith had in store next. Whatever it is you can bet I will be checking it out.

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New Crime Thriller: A Crime To Be Rich

An International Investment Banking Thriller by the Author of Too Young To Die and The Mind of a Genius

LONDON - May 13, 2010 - Veteran City banker, Shane Turnbull was a successful senior fund manager at a major Investment Bank. And he had it all - A brilliant career, a healthy bank balance and an exhilarating life.

But an unsolicited phone call was to change his life forever. And from the moment he received that phone call, things were never the same. All of a sudden, Turnbull was the hunted, the hunter and then the hunted all over again.

And from now on, Turnbull would stop at nothing to fight his way out of this deplorable double dilemma that was turning his life into an interminable nightmare.

Set in London, Miami and Trinidad, Snowdon gives an insight into the hectic, lucrative world of investment banking.

About the book:

A Crime To Be Rich by David Snowdon

ISBN-13: 978-0-9552650-2-0

Publisher: Pentergen Books

Date of publish: May 14, 2010

Pages: 288

S.R.P : $11.99

About the author:

British thriller writer, David Snowdon was born in London and lives in London. He is the author of the international detective thriller, Too Young To die, the international espionage thriller, The Mind of a Genius and the international investment banking thriller, A Crime To Be Rich. The Mind of a Genius won the best Mystery and Adventure award for 2008 in the Book and Authorsnet writing contest.

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No Hope For Gomez!A Humor/Suspense novel by Graham Parke

It's the age-old tale:

Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.

Girl already has a stalker.

Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

We've seen it all before, many times, but this time it's different. If only slightly.
When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn't ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman hounding him day and night, the super sexy research assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science.

But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced delusions, he decides it's time to go underground and work out a devious plan.

Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.

About the book:
No Hope for Gomez! By Graham Parke

ISBN-13: 978-1432752484

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: January 2010

Pages: 194

List Price: $10.95

About the author:
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced. No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut.

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The Tulip Virus

Alex is awaken to the sound of his phone ringing. It is his Uncle Frank. Alex rushes over to his home. There he finds Frank bleeding to death. Before Frank dies, he whispers something about a tulip and a book. Frank tells Alex not to let the police find the book. So what does a famous tulip known was the Semper Augustus have to do with Frank’s murder? That is the million dollar question.

The Tulip Virus is the debut novel by author, Danielle Hermans. I liked this book. The mixture of the past with the present was pretty well done. Though, I must admit that I found the past a little more interesting. This is only because there was so much detail and you could tell that Ms. Hermans did her research on the events surrounding the tulips in Holland in the seventieth century. I just found myself fascinated by the history of the tulip war. This was one time where the story line was the star over the characters in the story. Overall, I really found myself really getting into this book. Watch out as The Tulip Virus is contagious and you will want to get your hands on this book. I will be keeping an eye on Ms. Hermans.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review books

Hello all. I posted several different books that are available to review. I am on a mailing list for Bostwick Communications and receive these offers and thought I would share them with you my readers.

Please let me know if you want me to keep doing this. I thought it would be a nice thing to let you know about these books, so you can share in the wealth.

Review Opportunity #6

Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts

By Cici McNair, P.I.

PHILADELPHIA - May 12, 2010 - Never a Southern belle, Cici McNair escaped Mississippi, and all expectations of what she should be, to travel the world. Whether working at the Vatican in Rome or consorting with gunrunners in Haiti or Iran, she lived
a life of international adventure. After years in Europe, Cici returned to New York where
she found herself broke and fashionably starving to death in a chic Murray Hill
apartment. She impulsively decides to become a private detective.

Diligently working her way through the Manhattan Yellow Pages, calling every listing
under 'investigator, private,' Cici soon learns that the fraternity of P.I.'s is made up almost exclusively of former law enforcement officers. They are, by nature, a highly suspicious group and are especially wary of a newcomer with an untraceable past. She soldiers on, calling, courting rejection and, finally, on April Fools' Day, she gets a chance to prove herself. From day one she's working side-by-side with larger-than-life characters, using her energy and wits to survive in a brand new world.

Being a private detective is as exciting and liberating as she ever dreamed, from creating
a false identity on the spot to surviving adrenaline-rushing car chases. One summer she
returns to Mississippi to work for an ex-homicide detective who schools her in rural detectivery. Her memories of childhood rush back at her. Cici criss crosses the state, working cases, with her 84 year old mother riding shotgun in 'the perfect surveillance vehicle.' Months later, back in Manhattan, Cici joins a zany p.i. firm in Hell's Kitchen fighting counterfeiters. Working with law enforcement, she goes undercover, dealing with the ruthless Born to Kill gang in Chinatown and the Middle Eastern underworld west of Broadway.

Detailing real-life cases and introducing eccentric, thrill seeking characters, this action-packed memoir is as entertaining as any detective novel you've ever read.

About the book:

Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair

ISBN: 978-1599951878

Publisher: Center Street

Date of publish: Sept 23, 2009

Pages: 368

S.R.P.: $22.99

About the author:

Cici McNair, P.I. was born and grew up in Mississippi; she graduated from Briarcliff College in New York with a B.A. degree in American history. In Toronto, she worked as a researcher for CBC-TV's award winning documentary on organized crime called "Connections." In Rome, she was a news writer, on-air newscaster, and producer of documentaries for Vatican Radio; McNair is also a novelist writing under the name Clarissa McNair. GARDEN OF TIGERS and FLASH OF DIAMONDS were published before she decided to become a detective. After living in half a dozen different countries, she now resides in Philadelphia where she heads Green Star Investigations. Her firm handles all sorts of cases including counterfeit pharmaceuticals, missing persons, stolen art recovery, and murder. McNair also works as a court-appointed investigator handling both capital and non-capital cases.

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Review Opportunity #5



Star of Canadian Hit Series "CARLAWOOD" Garners Early Praise For First Book

LOS ANGELES - May 12, 2010 - Actress, comic and writer, Carla Collins released "Angels,
Vampires, and Douche Bags" through Burman Books on May 1, 2010. Described as the world's
first comedic motivational book, it has been well-received and garnered early praise as this year's hottest summer read. "Angels, Vampires, and Douche Bags" is available through, Barnes and Noble, Target, and Chapters stores.

In this candid confessional, Collins divides the world into the angels who guide us, inspire us, and save our butts; the sexy and trendy vampires who suck the life out of us; and the douche bags who constantly annoy, disgust and taunt us. With a fast wit, fake breasts and real heart, she shares her unconventional journey from a small steel town in Ontario, Canada to Tinseltown - L.A.

On this wild and revealing romp, Collins navigates her way through seventy-two imaginary
friends, multiple fiancés, eight dogs, two marriages, and one topless grandmother. Her hard-
earned life lessons will show you that by taking risks, embracing humiliation and tapping into the power of laughter, anything is possible-and everyone is manageable. Attract more angels into your life, control your vampires, and keep all the douche bags at bay. "Angels, Vampires and Douche Bags" is original, edgy, uplifting and laugh-out-loud funny.

"Any book that combines 'doucheliciousness' with quotes from Carl Jung and Voltaire is a

tome of pure genius.With 'Angels, Vampires, and Douche Bags', Carla Collins reinvents
the self-help book by creating a hip and hilarious work we actually enjoy reading."
Eric Gruendemann, Producer "Xena Warrior Princess", "Hercules"

About the book:

Angels, Vampires, and Douche Bags by Carla Collins

ISBN: 978-1897404249

Publisher: Burman Books

Date of publish: May 2010

Pages: 200

S.R.P.: $15.95

About the author:

Collins is an award-winning actress, television host and writer. A gifted comedian, she has been hailed by the press as "The Queen of Comedy" and "Canada's Tina Fey". Collins performs

across North America, is currently a regular at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, and on tour with the renowned "Hot Tameles". Her hysterical, hit television series "CARLAWOOD" has
been hailed by viewers and critics alike and will launch its second season on May 31, 2010.
"Angels, Vampires, and Douche Bags" is Collins' first book.

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Review Opportunity #4

New Chiller: The Object of Evil by Chris Duryea

Santa Ana, CA - May 12, 2010 - Some fiction may be more real than the author would like you

to believe. Chris Duryea's mind twisting novel, The Object of Evil, may be more real than he would admit. The reader is left with the question, 'Is evil an entity, or is evil a state of mind?'

An unrelenting, tyrannical and immoral boss drives Daryl, a 40 year old company Vice
President, to the brink of insanity. At the suggestion of a friend, Daryl unwittingly summons evil accomplices to avenge the oppression.

In an open-air marketplace in Mexico, a masterfully crafted object of Evil encounters Daryl, making him its protégé. As Evil begins to take control, Daryl discovers he is being framed for larceny and fraud by a mentally deranged employee and the CEO, Simon Snath, who are

complicit in the crimes. Daryl's developing desire for vindication becomes an obsession and he masterfully devises a clandestine scheme of revenge that is so quiescently outrageous, it is satanic.

Stopping at nothing to eradicate Simon Snath, Daryl finds himself in the midst of evil personae creating and crafting evil effects as needed, including the twisting of Daryl's own psyche. In so doing, the Evil participating with Daryl drives him to destroy the quintessence of innocence and beauty. With the renowned Hotel Del Coronado as a backdrop, the famed ghost of the hotel, Kate Morgan, is destined to repeat her tragedy.

A cast of evil personae appears again and again, in different roles throughout, skillfully directing Daryl in his evil pursuits. Simon Snath finds himself blamed as the perpetrator of crimes and the victim of Evil. Through gruesome accidents, like a conflagration, Evil exacts its revenge. In Daryl's sickened state of mind, lives an evil entity.

This story is a mosaic of occult, psychoses, erotica, intrigue, truisms, and darkness. It has fable-like quality and the moral, 'don't let Evil in'. The Object of Evil is the product of a sick mind; but it is a must read. ~ H.A. Wells

Pay attention to the nuances and innuendos and don't miss the details. If you haven't been there yet yourself, it will take you there. Vengeful hate can be very dangerous for the perpetrator and the victim; stay clear. ~ Dr. Laura Rogers.

About the book:

The Object of Evil by Chris Duryea

ISBN: 978-1450585538

Publisher: New Moon Rising/Create Space

Date of Publication: February 21, 2010

Pages: 696

SRP: $23.99

About the author:

Chris Duryea is a businessman whose business has taken him into the dark factories of the occult in Mexico. Through the sales of specialty wood products he encountered a factory of artisans masterfully creating objects of evil to be utilized in demonic, spell casting apposite. A tale teller of embellished realities, Duryea twists real life events with a colorful imagination. Duryea is a sworn law enforcement officer and the crimes, the protocols of investigation, and the outcomes could be real. The Object of Evil is Duryea's first novel and it is a product of 18 years. To understand the second-coming, one must have read the first.

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Review Opportunity #3

New inspirational book for women: Iron Butterflies: women transforming

themselves and the world

Cambridge, MA - May 10, 2010 - The product of almost a decade of research and analysis,

which involved in-depth interviews with 60 accomplished women in eight countries, Iron
Butterflies is an intellectual and emotional tour de force. "Destined to be recognized as one of the most important books of our time," comments one early reader.

Regine reveals in elegant and persuasive prose, and bolstered by cogent statistical data, what she describes as "a revolution in plain sight." Namely, there is an underground movement of women who are claiming their authentic feminine selves, in combination with a strong masculine side, in achieving extraordinary success in a diversity of worlds. These women include a former Prime Minister, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a former governor, a Pulitzer nominated, internationally

acclaimed novelist, CEOs of major enterprises, an Italian wine maker, a Unitarian minister, and many others.

Regine calls these women "Iron Butterflies," because they bring a will of iron together with the nurturing touch of a butterfly, a novel and powerful combination. In Iron Butterflies, Regine tells of the personal and professional struggles these women went through, before they finally
emerged as new and more effective leaders.

The women were often movingly and brutally honest about their struggles, so much so that the reviewer for the Huffington Post said of one of them, "You'll swear that the author got her

drunk." She didn't, of course. Regine simply has a rare talent for reaching into the hearts and souls of total strangers, engendering instant, deep trust. Iron Butterflies is rich with these privileged glimpses into the dark moments of challenging journeys that ultimately led to triumphs.

There is a deep irony in the Iron Butterfly revolution, says Regine: the feminine qualities of collaboration and nurturing that once disqualified women from positions of leadership, because they were "too soft," are now seen to be the secret of extraordinary success in the new world in which we find ourselves.

Regine, a Harvard educated developmental psychologist, analyzed hundreds of hours of Iron
Butterfly transcripts, and uncovered an entirely surprising answer to a question she hadn't even asked: What does it mean to be a strong woman? The answer is not just to embrace the
aggression and determination that has so long defined what leadership is all about, though they can be as tough as any man. No, the secret to Iron Butterflies' success is their ability to confront vulnerability, in themselves and others, and to metamorphize it into a new strength.

Iron Butterfly leadership also transforms the notion of power in human organizations, from
power over to power with. In so doing, they change a culture of domination and greed to a
culture of collaboration and care.

Early readers say that the stories of Iron Butterflies' struggles and ultimate success are inspiring and life changing. Not just those women in positions of power, but for women everywhere, young and not so young. Every woman can become an Iron Butterfly. Even men can, too, if they are prepared to take on the challenge.

The publication of Iron Butterflies this year is especially propitious, because ancient predictions from civilizations as far apart as Meso-America and Asia point to 2010 as the beginning of the inevitable transition from the Era of Men, which has been in full bore for 5000 years, to a new, more embracing, more human era: The Era of Women.

People everywhere are increasingly fed up with the old order, the masculine-driven culture of domination. They are looking for something different, a culture of collaboration.

Iron Butterflies are leading the way!

About the book:

Iron Butterflies by Birute Regine

ISBN: 978-1616141697

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Date of publish: April 27, 2010

Pages: 299

S.R.P.: $19.00

About the author:

Birute Regine, Ed.D., earned her masters and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology at Harvard, working with the renowned psychologist Carol Gilligan. She spent 25 years in private practice as a therapist, before realizing her childhood ambition of becoming a writer. Her first book (Simon and Schuster, 2000), The Soul at Work: embracing complexity science for business

success, (co-authored with Roger Lewin) garnered great critical acclaim (Tom Peters described it with one word: "Brilliant!"). Regine is an experienced speaker at national and international conferences on "the people side of business," and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs.

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