Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sheriff Bride

Samantha “Sam”, Roberta “Rob”, Daniella “Dan”, and Josephina “Jo” Hardin lost their father two days ago. The four sisters are relieved as their father was a mean, evil man. Unfortunately, this puts the sisters in a bind. Their father left them penniless. There might be one thing in the girls favor. Mark Carlin from Jackson Hole, Wyoming sent their father a letter offering him a job as sheriff. Sam comes up with the plan that why don’t the four of them become the new sheriff. Isn’t four better then one?

When the girls arrive, Mark is anything but pleased. In fact he can’t get the girls out of town fast enough. The men in town haven’t seen a woman in a long time. The Hardin sisters are not that easy to get rid of. Can they convince Mark that they are the right women for the job?

Sheriff Bride is a rough and tumble read. I really liked this book. Sam, Rob, Jo and Dan were great. I couldn’t choose a favorite as I liked them all. Each one had a different personality that stood out. Though, there was one thing that they all had in common and that is that they are deadly with a gun. The Hardin sisters dominated in this book. I like that they earned respect from all the men. This book kind of reminded me of Little Women but the Western version. If you like Westerns then you should check this book out.

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Summer Giveaway = Free Books

One of the nice things about summer is the longer hours in the day to read.

Regal Literary is moving to a new office. As we pack our boxes, we are sharing extra books with book-lovers through the REGAL LITERARY SUMMER BOOK GIVEAWAY. Starting now, we’re giving away copies of:

· Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry
· Daniel Wallace Big Fish
· The RZA The Tao of Wu
· John Twelve Hawks The Traveler, The Dark River, and The Golden City
· Tony Earley Jim the Boy and The Blue Star
· Martin Clark The Legal Limit
· Josh Bazell Beat the Reaper
· Allen Raymond How to Rig an Election

We’re giving away these prizes:
· Three nights in a London hotel, complete with a private tour of Highgate Cemetery with Audrey Niffenegger – airfare included!
· 100 copies of the very rare Special Limited Edition of Her Fearful Symmetry, valued at $75 each
· 250 signed paperback copies of Her Fearful Symmetry
· 100 signed broadsheets featuring a beautiful illustration by Audrey Niffenegger and a passage from Her Fearful Symmetry
· Special Bloggers-Only Prize: email the link to your review of Her Fearful Symmetry for a chance to win all three:

· Special Limited Edition

· Signed Broadsheet

· Lunch with a New York literary agent and editor!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lucky in Shamrock Texas

Carol works as a waitress at the U-Drop Inn in the town of Shamrock, Texas. This town has been anything but lucky for Carol. Carol wants more out of life. She is so tried of being stuck in Shamrock.

Pete Bowler rolls into town. He is passing by Shamrock on his cross country trip along Route 66. Pete decides to stay for a few days and see what the St. Patty’s Day festivities are all about.

Carol shows Pete around. She re-discovers Shamrock through Pete’s eyes and it is beautiful but will Pete stay or leave?

Lucky in Shamrock Texas is a fun, fast-paced read. For a short novel, it reads like a full length novel. Carol was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks but who was a little lost and needed to find her way back home. Pete is so nice. I thought that Pete and Carol made a sweet couple. The romance is on the light side in this book. I like the way that everything was described in detail as Pete saw it. Lucky in Shamrock Texas is lucky.

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Christmas Village Miracle

Every day for four years, Jane Smith passes by an antiques shop on her way to work at the factory. Every year at Christmas time the owner displays a Christmas scene that features a miniature village called The Village of Peace. Jane pulls herself away from the window display and bumps into a man.

Ron Morgan has just met the most beautiful woman in his life. Ron can’t stop thinking about her and goes in search of Jane.

Charlie Righton is the owner of the antiques shop. Jane comes in to get a better look of the Village of Peace. She is so disappointed when she learns that it is not for sale. Charlie tells Jane that miracles happen and that she should pray.

I liked this book. I thought it was sweet and a quick read. The only issues I had with the book was that the first several pages was spent describing Jane’s obsession with the Christmas display, which I didn’t really understand until I got middle of the way. Also, I would have liked to get to know Jane and Ron better as they were suppose to fall in love but I didn’t feel the connection. Overall, though I liked this book and thought it was magical Christmas fun.

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Teresa Ives Lilly is the author of this book. You can find her at

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Language of Trees

Many, many years ago a terrible tragedy bestowed upon the three Ellis children, Melanie, Maya and Luke. The three had taken the canoe out. Luke drowned.

It has been over five years since Grant has been back to Canandaigua. Now that he is all alone… his ex-wife, Susanna left him, Grant decides to come back for a change. Though, Grant soon realizes that coming back home means facing his demons.

Echo O’Connell and Grant used to hang out together when they were younger. They pick up where they left off as if neither one ever left. Sadly, things have changed. Echo is haunted by ghosts. The only way she will be free is by telling the truth. A truth that will bring pain and heart-ache. The trees whisper the truth, if you listen.

The trees, the characters and the story line all spoke to me in this book. I thought that author; Ilie Ruby did a wonderful job with this book. I have to admit that I first I wasn’t really feeling this book. This is because of me. I have never really gotten into or truly understood fork lore. Though, I did enjoy reading about the fork lore in this book. Ms. Ruby really did her research and it did appear she started true to the Seneca tribe and Canandaigua. It is because Ms. Ruby did such a through job and has a gift as a story teller that I was about to sit back and enjoy reading this book. The Language of Trees is a poetic, mysterious good read. Worth your time.

The Killing of Mindi Quintana

Philip is an attorney. Lately all he has been hearing on the news is about Freddy Builder and the book he is writing. All the fame Freddy is receiving makes Philip just sick to his stomach. Freddy is nothing but a ruthless murderer who does not deserve all the attention he is receiving.

There is one person that Philip cared about very much. Her name was Mindi Quintana. She was sweet and caring. She died violently at the hands of Freddy. Philip will cross lines when he comes face to face with Freddy and makes him face the demons of his past.

I liked the court room scenes in this book. You could see Mr. Cohen’s expertise as a trial attorney in these scenes. I thought Mr. Cohen did a good job in portraying Freddy as a cold, blooded killer, only looking to advance his fifteen minutes of fame by exploiting all his victims. I had no feels for Freddy. My only issue I had with this book was that I wanted to feel more of a connection with Mindi Quintana and who she was. This would have helped me understand better why Philip was fighting so hard for Mindi. I understood Philip being sick with all the attention and fame Freddy was getting from murdering innocent people but just wanted more. I look forward to checking out Mr. Cohen’s next novel, A Plea for Leniency.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fortunate Harbor

There is never a dull moment in Happiness Key.

Tracy Deloche has been dating Marsh Egan. Things are heating up but they haven’t had a quiet moment to themselves yet. Tracy has it all planned. Things quickly go from good to bad when she spots her ex-husband, CJ. CJ was in prison. He has been released and wants Tracy back.

Janya Kapur is ready to have a child. Unfortunately, there is one problem…her husband, Rishi does not want one. Lately things have become strained between them.

Wanda Gray has worked at the Dancing Shrimp as a loyal employee for a long time. The owners announce that they will be turning the Dancing Shrimp into a fancy tapas bar and that some of the employees are being let go. This includes Wanda. Wanda is devastated until Alice Brooks suggests to Wanda that she go into business for herself. Wanda does just that. She opens up Wanda’s Wonderful Pies.

Dana Turner and her daughter, Lizzie may have just found the perfect place to call home in Happiness Key. That could all change, when something from Dana’s past comes back.

Emilie Richards has just gone on my list of authors I want more of along with Robin Carr. Instantly, I felt like I was in Happiness Key. I plan to go back and visit again as I enjoyed this book so much. I had so much fun visiting with all the women. Though, I have to admit that my favorite person was Wanda. She had a bunch of spunk and charisma. All the different yummy homemade pies she made. If Wanda’s Wonderful Pies really existed, I would have gained about 30 pounds visiting it. Fortunate Harbor is the perfect summer, beach read! I look forward to more to come from Emilie Richards.

Follow the Falcon

The Falcon is a very skilled thief. His latest prize is twelve valuable pieces of artwork that he stole years ago from the Gladstone collection. A collection of 534 pieces of some of the most famous art work by artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso to name a few.

Brooke Lancaster is a talented artist. Unfortunately, Brooke needs money in order to keep doing what she loves. She teaches art classes but the interest has been so low that the school is canceling the classes.

Brooke goes to visit with a good friend, Reagan McCord to visit an art gallery. Suddenly, Reagan collapses. Before Reagan dies, he tells Brooke to go to his villa and retrieve something. Reagan tells Brooke to go right away and give her a small, silver key. There Brooke comes upon something so unbelievable that it will change her life forever.

Brooke will have to watch her back as it seems that she is not the only one interested in what Reagan McCord has in his home.

Follow the Falcon by Steven Kendall is the first book I have read by this author. I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I can tell you though that whatever expectations I might have had about this book went way beyond them. I liked the mystery and intrigue of this book. The characters I found also interesting. The twists and turns were well placed and kept me guessing. You will get lost in this book and lose track of time. Art meets mystery = one great novel with Follow the Falcon. This book is well worth your time to check out. You won’t be sorry.

Thriller Fest V

I wanted to share with you about one of the biggest events for mystery fans to attend. This is the one event I want to go to and hope to some day attend.


ThrillerFest V, the world’s most diabolically delicious literature festival, chills
New York City July 7-10, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel

There’s only one event where New York Times best-selling masters of the art lurk around every corner, agents appear in broad daylight and fans conspire with writers in the wee, small hours of the night – ThrillerFest V, the International Thriller Writers’ fifth annual celebration of their genre and the largest event of its kind in the world.

The highlight of the event will be the gala ITW Thriller Awards Banquet on Saturday when the heroes of suspense will be honored:

•International best-selling author Ken Follett will receive the 2010 ThrillerMaster Award given by 2009 recipient David Morrell

Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down will become the first recipient of the True Thriller Award

Brad Meltzer, recipient of the 2009 Silver Bullet Award, will present the 2010 award to Linda Fairstein

And this year’s winners in the categories of Best Hardcover Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best First Novel and Best Short Story will be revealed.

But the list of the notables doesn’t end there – more than 50 best-selling authors and another 200 up-and-comers will be at the festival, ready to mix and mingle with fans, aspiring writers and industry executives. In fact, ThrillerFest is often called the summer camp of literary events. Everyone--the famous, the infamous, the law-abiding, and the unsung -- all freely chat and party together while sharing their love of thrillers.

There will be plenty of thrills during the four-day event. In the spotlight will be interviews with top authors, each interrogated by another thriller master:

Ken Follett, legendary author of The Eye of the Needle, Pillars of the Earth, and World Without End is the recipient of the ITW 2010 ThrillerMaster Award, will be interviewed by Steve Berry.

David Morrell, last year’s recipient of the ThrillerMaster Award and author of First Blood, will be interviewed by Douglas Preston.

Lisa Scottoline, author of the legal thrillers Killer Smile and Lady Killer, will be interviewed by Jon Land.

Gayle Lynds, the Queen of International Suspense, will be interviewed by Lisa Gardner.

Harlan Coben, whose novels Hold Tight and Long Lost debuted at number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, will be interviewed by Kathleen Antrim.

The panels are only the beginning. Returning are CraftFest and AgentFest, mini-festivals within the conference. During the two-day CraftFest, writers looking to hone their craft can take workshops from many New York Times Best Selling authors. An afternoon at AgentFest will be like speed-dating as aspiring writers get a chance to pitch their manuscripts to more than 40 agents. There will also be a complete bookstore, a reader’s reception and many, many book signings.

And what would a gathering of fans and writers of intense suspense be without a party, or should we say, parties? There’s one every night during ThrillerFest V including a celebration of four great, new publications on Friday night:

Wednesday – Get acquainted at the CraftFest cocktail party.

Thursday – Festivities officially begin with an opening reception cocktail party.

Friday – The brand new ITW publication reception cocktail party will feature a grand book signing with dozens of best-selling authors.

Saturday – One ticket to the ITW Awards Banquet gets you into three parties: the pre-event cocktail party, the Awards Banquet and the post-event party and happy recap.

Register now by going to and clicking on “Registration.” Like all great literary thrill rides, you’ll want to follow this one all the way to the end.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


What do a famous music band, The Beatles and zombies have to do with each other…a lot when Paul is Undead! Yep, you read this right. The Beatles may have come from England and but they were they were not of this world.

John Lennon was already a zombie when he helped formed the Beatles. He was getting better at turning others into zombies without anyone suspecting anything was up. John later recruits Paul. They both go in search of Ninja warrior and talented drummer, Ringo. Eventually, the group obtains George. The Beatles are on the rise. Though, they will have to watch themselves from Mick Jagger. Mick hates zombies and eliminates them every chance he gets.

I really had a blast reading this book. The hilarious plot, wild antics of Paul, Ringo, John, George and the great illustrations made Paul the Undead a pure delight to read. I had a smile on my face pretty much the whole time I was reading this book. Paul, Ringo, John, George were so funny. I liked reading how each one would share their perceptive on the details of what was happening at that moment or during a specific situation. Mick Jagger as a zombie hunter…LOL. Paul the Undead is a zombie chomping, brain munching, gut busting, good time! I can’t wait to read Mr. Alan Goldsher’s next novel, Midnight Movie.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Pack

Shamira is a wild child. She is always out tracking bad guys, even though her mother has threatened that the next time she comes home late she will be tagged. Shamira’s parents are members of the Security Force Elite on planet Mars. Shamira’s parents have been busy with trying to stop drug trafficking between Mars and Earth and the multiple disappears of children on Mars.

Shamira and her father travel to Earth for some business. While there, Shamira’s father learns that Shamira’s mother and brother were kidnapped. Shamira jumps into action to rescues her brother. She is joined by a boy named Valens as well as some other children. They hope to stop the evil organization, Monev.

The Pack is a fun, filled sci-fi, fantasy ride that will have you cheering for more. I like that the children were in charge in this book. Shamira made a good leader. She is strong, tough and someone that young adult readers can really cheer for. I read this book in one day. I am not typically a sci-fi fantasy fan but I did enjoy The Pack. I thought that author; LM Preston really brought the life to the characters and had a good story line. I wouldn’t mind visiting with Shamira and the rest of the children of Mars again in the future.

Shades of Grey

Shades of Gray picks up and continues on from Black and White. After revealing the academy has been using mind control on all the super heroes, Iridium and Jet hope to stop them once and for all. Now that the super heroes are no longer under the control of the academy, things are a bit chaotic. Some of the super heroes did not like learning that they were puppets and have taken to vandalism and a life of crime. Others like Jet are still super heroes. Iridium and Jet will have to band together to stop the villains from taking over New Chicago. As well as stay out of the clutches of the academy.

Shades of Grey is just as awesome as Black and White. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it in one day. These books need to be made into either movies or television series. This book featured more super heroes and villains. It was nice to get to learn more about Jet and Iridium before they became who they are today. Not to give anything away but I hope to see Jet and Iridium battle it out some more. Shades of Grey is gold!

Monday, June 21, 2010


Odessa St, Clair McAllan and her husband, Bryce have settled into ranch live on the Circle M ranch. Unfortunately, things are not easy. They just survived their first harsh winter and did not fair so well. They lose almost all of their stock. Bryce talks about going across seas to pick up more live stock. Odessa does not want Bryce to go as the last time he went, he almost die from something he caught while traveling.

Moira St. Clair is living in Paris. She is a famous opera singer. Moira goes to the bank to make a withdrawal, only to discover that her manager, Max Foster has emptied her whole account and ran off with a younger woman. Moira realizes that there is nothing left for her in Paris and decides to leave.

Dominic is in Rio de Janeiro. Not by his choice. Due to some debts he racked up, he is a prisoner and trying to work off his debts.

Will the St. Clairs ever be reunited again?

Sing is book two in the Homeward trilogy. I did have some problems jumping right into this book. The beginning of the book, quickly jumped from character to character, trying to catch up the readers on what had transpired in the first book, Breathe. My issue with not having read the first book is that I felt like because I hadn’t read the first book that maybe it would have helped me feel a better connection with the characters. For this fact alone, I found it a bit hard to read this book and fully enjoy it. The only people I found interesting was Odessa and her sister, Moira. I thought Mrs. Bergren did a pretty good job on this book. Also because she is a fellow Coloradoan and because I did like this book, I do plan to try Mrs. Bergren again in the future.

Forbidden Highlander

Fallon MacLeod and his brothers are the last of the MacLeod clan. The MacLeod clan was destroyed by Deirdre. She wants the brothers for herself. She once had them long ago. The MacLeod men are cursed with strong Gods entrapped inside each of them.

Fallon feeling horrible that he didn’t do more for his clan decides to travel to see King James to ask for his help.

Larena Monroe has been searching for the MacLeods for a long time. When she learns that Fallon is near, she seeks him out. She needs his protection but can she get him to listen to her?

Forbidden Highlander is book two in the Dark Sword series. I enjoyed Dangerous Highlander but Forbidden Highlander blew me away. I couldn’t get enough of Fallon and Larena. Fallon and Larena sizzled and smoked together. I like that Larena was an equal to Fallon. This book is darker and edgier then the first one. If you like historical novels with hot, sexy warriors and strong heroines then you have to check out this series. The only thing forbidden about Forbidden Highlander is if you don’t pick up a copy of this book today!.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In Our Quiet Village

Can you imagine learning that your grandfather attempted murdering his wife and killed himself?

Well as much as this may sound like something out of a bad movie or too unbelievable to believe for Mary Lou Chayes this really did happen. When Mary’s mother, Minna was ninety years old, she finally broke her silence and told Mary the nightmare she lived as a little girl.

Karl Bauer was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Susanna came from a good family. While attending church, Karl is introduced to Susanna for the first time. It is in the moment that Karl knows he must get to know Susanna better. They eventually got married. They ended up giving birth to Minna and her brother, Hans. Susanna later dies and Karl marries his second cousin, Herta.

Karl was a changed man when Susanna died. Minna was the apple of her father’s eye. Minna couldn’t stand Herta. She was a evil and spiteful woman. It got so bad that when Minna was sixteen years old, her father shoot Herta and then killed himself.

Author, Mary Lou Chayes really brought to live her mother’s story. Most times with non fiction stories, they can be a bit dull or be too self absorbed. I didn’t find this to be the case with this book. My only issue I had with this book is that most of the other people besides, Karl, Minna, Susanna, Hans and Herta, I found that there were too many different people coming at me at the same time. I admit that I got confused at the beginning. The pictures inserted in this book were a surprise and very nice. It was nice to put a face to a name. I felt bad for Karl and Minna having to put up with Herta. Minna’s father was a good man. Overall, In Our Quiet Village was a good book.

Contest Winners

I am sorry, I am late picking winners of my contests for Innocent by Scott Turow (Audio book) and Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Innocent Winners -Winners have been emailed

Simply Stacie, Anne Marie and Susan.

Ravished by a Highlander Winners -Winners have been emailed

Cait Braxton

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Making of a Duchess

When Julien Harcourt, duc de Valere was just a little boy, he and his mother barely escaped a mob. Of course this could have something to do with what Julien is being accused of today.

Julien is grown up. It is time for him to get married. His mother has the perfect woman for him in mind. Julien can’t wait to meet his new bride.

Sarah Smith works for a secret agency. The agency wants Sarah to spy on Julien and find out if he is really a traitor to his country. She poses as Mademoiselle Serafina Artois, Julien’s soon to be bride. The more time that Sarah spends with Julien, she can’t help but start to have feelings for him. But first Sarah must figure out if Julien is really a spy or just guilty of stealing her heart.

Don’t let the title of this book deceive you. The Making of a Duchess is a historical novel filled with intrigue, romance and adventure. I thought this was a pretty good book. It was fun to read. Though, it moved a bit slow in the beginning for me. It took me several tries to get through this book. Also, I didn’t feel an instant connection between Sarah and Julien. I felt that Sarah was more animated then Julien’s character. I did like the intrigue and suspense. Would try author Shana Galen again.

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Blind Landing is the latest aviation mystery Story by Tony Blackman featuring Peter Talbert insurance Investigator Blind Landing is chronologically the first book in Tony Blackman's aviation mystery series featuring Peter Talbert, insurance investigator. The world's largest and newest airliner flying non-stop from Sydney to London is hijacked by some Al-Qaeda terrorists and crashes in freezing fog landing at Heathrow. The accident investigators started to blame the pilots and it took two trips to Australia and a very attractive girl for Talbert to discover finally what really happened and then explain at the Public Inquiry.

Southampton, UK - June 14, 2010 - Tony Blackman has written another amazing story, this time of the world's largest airliner flying non-stop from Sydney carrying 530 passengers and crashing in freezing fog a few hundred yards short of runway 27L at Heathrow with only 145 survivors. The aircraft had been hijacked over eastern Europe and the hijackers were demanding that six Al-Qaeda prisoners be released and brought to the aircraft.

The aircraft had been using the latest European satellite system, Galileo, to make the approach and the cause of the accident was not immediately obvious. The crew and the hijackers were all killed and the quality of the speech on the crash recorders was very poor. A newspaper leaked the information that apparently the pilots had been out on a party the night before the flight and that the accident investigators suspected that the pilots had made a mistake. The Government decided to ordered a Public Inquiry to try to establish how the hijackers got on board the aircraft, how the information was being leaked to the press and to find the cause of the accident.

The insurance company covering the airline in the event of pilot error asked Talbert to try to protect their interests as the accident investigation proceeded. He went out to Australia and met Liz, a very attractive girl who was at the party. In a heat wave lying on the sand in the middle of the night on a Sydney beach she told him what happened the night before the flight and Peter decided to return to the UK via Seattle to get the latest information on the electronic installation of the airliner. His lawyer girl friend Mandy was definitely not delighted when he had to return to Sydney to persuade Liz to come to England to give evidence at the Inquiry and was very suspicious on their return.

Only when the Inquiry re-started did Peter suspect what must have happened and he emailed Australia for confirmation. He returned home to find his house had been broken into and the papers he needed for the Inquiry stolen. The next day, just before he was called as a witness, there was a reply from Australia and as he was questioned by his counsel he was finally able to explain why the accident occurred.

The story that is told is entirely credible and not a 'flight of fancy'. The technical details are right up to date and at the end of the book there is an analysis 'Could it ever happen?' where the safety issues are discussed and changes suggested that might be required in the future. This book is a must read for people who love a mystery.

About the book:

Blind Landing by Tony Blackman

ISBN: 978-0955385612

Publisher: Blackman Associates

Date of publish: June 7, 2010

Pages: 322

S.R.P.: $14.00

About the author:

Tony Blackman spent his first working life in the Aerospace Industry, first as Chief Test Pilot of A.V.Roe, later British Aerospace, testing all the UK V Bombers and then the Avro 748 civil airliner which he demonstrated extensively all over the world. When he stopped flying he joined the Aerospace Board of Smiths Industries as Technical Operations Director developing the then new digital electronic displays and flight management systems. He was asked to join the Board of the UK Civil Aviation Authority as Technical Director where he served for five years.

As a result of his intimate knowledge of modern digital systems and regulations he has been able to write authentic action packed aviation mysteries featuring, in all five books, a very human aviation expert Peter Talbert who represents either an airline or an insurance company.

Tony has an honours degree in Physics and is a Fellow of the American Society of Experimental Test Pilots, of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

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Invaluable New Medical Guide, Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

This highly informative new layman's reference work by veteran medical professionals James Sutton and Sagar Nigwekar gives readers the most important questions to ask at each doctor's visit about their medical conditions so that they can be more in control during their treatment.

Rochester, NY - June 14, 2010 - Jim Sutton, RPA-C and Sagar Nigwekar, MD, members of the Rochester General Hospital Medical Staff, today announced the release of their new layman's medical reference work, Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor. The book will be a valuable guide for patients who do not know the appropriate questions to ask their doctors about their particular condition or treatment. This informative new reference work gives readers the five most important questions to ask at each doctor's visit about virtually any significant medical condition.

President Obama's Nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Services, Dr. Donald Berwick, had very positive things to say about this new book:

"Active, informed patients and families can play a key role in protecting and improving the safety and quality of their own health care. To do this well, they need coaches and good ideas about how to get involved. This book is full of useful tips to help them speak up with confidence and become the empowered participants that they can and should be."

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP

President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Every minute of every day, in thousands of doctor's offices across the country, there is information people should know about their medical condition that is not being discussed.

People often forget key questions or sometimes don't even know the right questions to ask. Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor alleviates that problem for any patient.

Categorized by medical condition, this invaluable reference guide is based on questions submitted and reviewed by hundreds of primary care doctors, specialists, nurses, medical students and patients. If these simple questions are asked at the time of a medical visit, patients will walk away knowing more and being more confident about their health.

About the book:

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor by Jim Sutton, RPA-C and Sagar Nigwekar, MD

ISBN: 9781432758264

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: May 27, 2010

Pages: 174

S.R.P.: $12.95

About the authors:

Jim Sutton has been a practicing Family Practice Physician Assistant for 23 years. He graduated from the University of Washington Physician Assistant program in 1987 and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine in 1993. He has spent his career serving vulnerable patients in Los Angeles, the Middle East and now in urban Rochester, New York, for Rochester General Health System. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Rochester Institute of Technology and teaches Physician Assistant students in family medicine at Clinton Family Health Center in Rochester.

Sagar Nigwekar is a practicing Board Certified Internal Medicine physician at Rochester General
Hospital. He graduated from the University of Mumbai , India and subsequently completed his
post-graduate training at the Rochester General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program.

He was Chief Medical Resident at Rochester General Hospital in 2005. Since then he has been teaching medical students and resident physicians at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has recently been selected to join Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Nephrology Division (Harvard Medical School). He
also conducts translational and clinical research in the areas of hypertension and kidney disease.

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Haunting tale set in historic Copenhagen based on true story

From psychological to supernatural, first-time author Crescent Varrone uses six narrators to describe ghostly events from different points of view in Shadows in Summer: A Novel in Six Voices

AARHUS, Denmark - June 17, 2010 - Do you believe in ghosts? That is the question left to the readers of Shadows in Summer by first-time novelist Crescent Varrone. The story is set in Copenhagen, the centuries-old capital of Denmark. Katrina Nielsen is returning home in an attempt to bring her family back together after suffering the loss of her father seven years ago. What Katrina doesn't tell her mother is that she has been plagued by recurring nightmares of her dead father.

When Katrina and her husband Richard move into their new home named Sound House that overlooks the water, a series of inexplicable events begins. The smell of smoke, the sound of footsteps and a ghostly face at the window: Was their house haunted? Was Katrina's depression taking a turn for the worse? Or was someone purposefully trying to manipulate them? When Katrina is "pushed" down the stairs, the couple turns to others for help.

The book is narrated by six people including Katrina, Richard, both of their mothers, their neighbor Søren, and a psychiatrist named Edvard. Over the course of the book, each narrator reveals his or her own ideas on what is really happening.

"Reality is too complex to be boiled down to one narrative so I allowed each of the main characters to narrate the story from their point of view," Varrone said. "This allows the reader the opportunity to

review these unexplained events from different perspectives and come up with their own answers.
Whether one believes in ghosts or not doesn't matter-what happens to Katrina and Richard is terrifying."

ForeWord Clarion Reviews gives Shadows in Summer four out of five stars and says, "For readers who love something meaty to sink their teeth into, especially something with a foreign flavor and an unusual twist, Varrone's novel should satisfy."

Robert Bell, the William R. Kenan Professor of English at Williams College, says, "A splendid novel. I love how competing accounts of what's happening play off each other, and how the mystery isn't resolved until the very end. I got so caught up in the story that I read the last 250 pages in one sitting!"

About the book:

Shadows in Summer by Crescent Varrone
ISBN: 978-1439251966

Publisher: BookSurge Publishing

Date of publish: Dec. 22, 2009

Pages: 452

S.R.P.: $23.99

About the author:

Crescent Varrone, originally from New York, has lived and worked abroad for most of his adult life. He is a Fulbright Scholar and graduate of Williams College and Cambridge University with degrees in political science and economics. Crescent now lives in Denmark with his wife and three children. He serves as the chief strategist for a global manufacturer of wind turbines.

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Review Opp

New humorous fiction book: The Trouble With Tom

Grass Valley, CA - June 17, 2010 - Author Eunice Banks announces her latest work of

humorous fiction, The Trouble With Tom.

A rogue turkey is making life miserable for the residents of Whisper Wood, an idyllic retirement community nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Feisty and always hungry, the bird is constantly asserting his right to respect. Ripping screen doors. Devouring heirloom roses. Swiping newspapers. And that's just for starters.

Worst of all? A slow moving bureaucracy and onerous regulations stymie neighbor's efforts to rid themselves of their uninvited feathered friend. Now, five men in their golden years will conspire to break the law-and return the streets to peck-free safety.

There's Captain H., a reluctant leader whose wife is an impetuous mischief maker; Chester Jacques, a widower who still talks things over with his wife; Buford Onyx, who claims to be retired CIA; Ernest Trauts, a brawny, mustachioed character, who vows revenge for his gobbled-up roses; and Jay Beasley, whose wife is one of the turkey's few defenders. But as they soon discover, getting rid of a bird is no simple turkey trot. And in the process, each will realize something about himself that will leave him forever changed.

Part modern day range war, part kidnapping and part road trip, this hilarious and
brilliantly drawn novella takes a wry but compassionate look at the culture of retirement communities across the nation as they interface with rural America.

About the book:

The Trouble With Tom by Eunice Banks

ISBN: 9781432751241

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: June 10, 2010

Pages: 144

S.R.P.: $10.95

About the author:

Eunice Banks is a writer of poetry and fiction, and a visual artist. She has exhibited on five continents and in most major cities across the United States.

Banks was chosen as one of 300 women worldwide to show their work at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing. She lives in Northern California with her husband and a cat that thinks he is head of household.

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Charlotte “Cee Cee” Caissie is a New Orleans Homicide Detective. She can take what ever you are dishing but watch out as she will shove that knife a little more into your back. Charlotte’s latest murder case has Charlotte once again face to face with Max Savoie.

Max works for Jimmy Legere as his right hand man. Charlotte and Max kind of have this love/hate relationship thing going on. There have never made anything of it until now. Max and Charlotte team up to stop a killer. Though, Charlotte isn’t sure what or who the killer is. The victims or what is left of them appears to have had their throats bit out. As Max and Charlotte get closer, so does the killer. Jimmy’s does not like Max hanging out with Charlotte and forces him to choose sides.

Masked by Moonlight is the first book in a brand new series by author, Nancy Gideon. I devoured this book in one day. I couldn’t get enough of Charlotte and Max. Charlotte and Max steamed up the pages of this book. I liked Charlotte’s ability to command Max. Though, he has full control behind closed doors. Masked by Moonlight is sensual and sinfully, dark good reading. This book will have you howling for more. My only issue with this book is that I wanted to see more of Max in his other form. Hopefully I will get to see this in the next book.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fly Away Home

Sylvie Woodruff has the perfect life. Her husband, Richard is a successful senator and they have two grown daughters, Lizzie and Diana. Lizzie is the wild child and complete opposite of Diana. Diana is an emergency room physician. She is also married and has a cute son, Milo.

Sylvie’e perfect life is turned upside down quickly, when the whole world including herself learns of her husband’s affair with one of his interns. Now Sylvie has a decision to make…stay with Richard or leave him? Sylvie issn’t the only one who will have their lifes changed forever. Lizzie will be starting a new chapter in her life…one where there is no going back. Also, Diana has a choice to make…stay with her husband or leave him for her lover, Doug. Sylvie, Lizzie and Diana will need the support of each other more then ever.

I thought this was a pretty good book. The relationship that Sylvie shared with her daughters was a nice mother/daughters one. I liked that Sylvie didn’t just give up at the first sign of trouble. She held her head high and dealt with the issue at hand. No matter how hard it may have been. I liked Lizzie and her free spirit. Diana, I wasn’t so much of a fan of. She was a bit dull and kind of got on my nerves with her depressing mood. Overall, Fly Away Home will have you appreciating good friends, family and home. I still like Jennifer Weiner.

Check out all the places that Jennifer Weiner will be visiting on her book tour.

- NEW YORK - July 13th

- PRINCETON - July 14th

- PHILADELPHIA - July 14th

- WASHINGTON, DC - July 15th

- ATLANTA - July 16th


- MIAMI - July 19th

- DALLAS - July 20th

- BOSTON - July 21st

- CHICAGO - July 25th and 26th

- DENVER - July 27th

- SAN FRANCISCO - July 28th and 29th

- CAPE COD - August 12th

The following is a link to Jennifer Weiner’s website where you can find more information on the events

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Bad Day for Pretty

Everyone’s favorite vigilante…Stella is back!

There is never a dull moment when Stella is involved. She and Sheriff Goat Jones are finally getting to spend some quality time together. Unfortunately, this was wishful thinking on Stella and Goat’s part. Goat receives a visitor in the form of his ex-wife, Brandy.

As if things couldn’t get any crazier, Donna Donovan calls Stella. She needs her help. Donna’s husband, Ned has just been named the number one suspect in a murder case. Neb works at a construction site. Someone found a woman’s body at the site.

Can Stella clear Neb’s name and keep Brandy from her man?

A Bad Day for Pretty is the second Stella Hardesty. I just absolutely fell for Stella and author, Sophie Littlefield when I read Mrs. Littlefield’s debut novel, A Bad Day for Sorry. I didn’t think it was possible to like Stella anymore then I already did but I was wrong. Stella is way better then Dog the Bounty Hunter and she looks better doing it too. Stella helps fight justice for all abused women every where. This is a one seat read. A Bad Day for Pretty is a good day for readers! You won’t be sorry, unless you don’t pick up a copy of this book today.

A Brewski for the Old Man

Sherri Travis is the new owner of the Sunset Bar and Grill. Sherri has made friends with Rena and her daughter, Lacey. Things are going well until Rena shows up with a man that she hoped to never lay eyes on again…Ray John Leenders. When Sherri was about thirteen years old, Ray tried to rape her.

Sherri doesn’t trust Ray. In fact, she hopes to protect Lacey from having to go through what she had to. As if, Sherri doesn’t have enough on her mind, her father returns. Things are never dull when Sherri is around.

A Brewski for the Old Man is the first novel I have read by author, Phyllis Smallman. This book is the third Sherri Travis mystery novel. At first I thought that I would have problems following this book as the first chapter made mention of some things that took place in the prior novels, which I had not read. Lucky, there was enough of an explanation for me to get caught up and it appeared that having not read the prior two novels did not take away from my experience reading this one.

I like Sherri. She makes her own rules and is afraid of no one. I so wanted to scream when Rena was sticking up for Ray. Though, she didn’t really have a clue what type of a monster Ray was. I couldn’t believe that Rena would be that clueless. A Brewski for the Old Man is a classic who-dun-it novel. Overall, this is a pretty good book and worth a look and your time.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fatal Affair

Washington DC Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland slid down the ladder some on her last case. Since then she has been trying to get back up again.

Senator John O’Connor has been murdered. This is just the break Sam needs to get back in everyone’s good graces.

Nick Cappuano is the Chief of Staff for Senator O’Connor. O’Connor was also Nick’s friend. Nick doesn’t care who is investigating the murder of the Senator; he plans to make sure he helps with the investigation. Nick may have a change of mind when he learns who is in charge of the murder investigation. Sam and Nick shared a hot, passionate night together a long time ago. Sam and Nick head down a path filled with deceit and greed. There is no turning back.

Fatal Affair is the latest release from Marie Force. I have read several novels by this author and really enjoyed them. Fatal Affair is a bit of a change from Mrs. Force’s other novels. This one is a suspense/thriller while the others are more romantic comedy.

The chemistry between Nick and Sam was there. They worked well as a team. I like that Sam portrayed a strong female in a male dominated world. As much as I liked this book, aside from Sam and Nick, I didn’t really feel any connection with the rest of the characters. This was a bummer as then I was not fully committed to the story line. Overall, through this is a quick read. Fatal Affair will have you committing your own affair with this book.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Shakespeare Undead

We are all familiar with William Shakespeare or you have at least heard of him. Though, do you really know the man behind the image? Like, where did William get his ideas and what type of company did he keep in his presence?

William Shakespeare did not become famous on his own. No, he had some help. First, Will was a vampire and hung out with zombies. Well, this is not exactly true about the zombies. William could be seen with zombies but this is only because he is trying to find out who is raising the dead.

Second Will became enthralled with the beautiful and lovely Katherine Dymond. Katherine was known as the “Dark Lady of the Sonnets” Katherine also is a zombie hunter. Yep….you guessed it…Katherine made some heads roll for William.

Mash ups of classic novels or story are becoming quite popular. Author, Lori Handeland is taking her turn with her latest novel, Shakespeare Undead. I have to say that I have read a few mash up novels now and this is the first one that I really liked. Mrs. Handeland brought a fun and new twist to an old, classic story about the famous William Shakespeare. This book was dark in all the right ways. I knew Shakespeare was portrayed as a vampire in this book but I did not expect the twist about him also having another ability. Don’t want to give anything away. This other ability make Shakespeare unique and stand out from all the other vampires currently out in the reading world.

My only issue I had with this book was that it was told through first person. Usually, I don’t have a problem with this but I did ad first with this book. It started with a grown Will but then the story would flash back to when it seemed Will was a little boy. It took my till about a third of the way into the book to get everything straight. Once I did, I was able to sit back and enjoy. Shakespeare Undead will have you come alive for more!

So Cold the River

My review:

Eric Shaw used to be a one of the most talented and most sought after film makers. That all changed in an instant. All it took was for him to lose his temper and after that, his career crumbled faster then you can say “Oscar”. Eric still produces films but recapping the lives of ones who have passed away. At one of the funerals, Eric is approached by the lovely, Alyssa Bradford. Eric did her sister’s movie. Alyssa is impressed with Eric’s work.

Alyssa calls Eric a few days later. She wants to hire him to do a documentary on her father in law, Campbell Bradford. Her father in law ran away from home during the Depression, when he was just a young boy and stuck it rich in Chicago. He is a billionaire. He doesn’t have much time left on Earth but feels he has a story to tell. Eric agrees. There is just one last thing, Alyssa hands Eric a green bottle with some mucky looking water in it. The bottle is cold to the touch. Alyssa tells him it is Pluto Water. West Baden Springs, Indiana where Campbell’s home town is, is famous for its spring. This is where the Pluto Water came from.

Eric heads to West Baden Springs. There he teams up with Kellen Cage. Kellen is also writing about Campbell Bradford for his theses. It becomes apparent real fast that neither Eric nor Kellen are welcome by Josiah Bradford, a relative of Campbell’s. Strange things start happening to Eric, while in West Baden Springs. For example the green bottle he was given by Alyssa keeps getting colder and colder. It appears that the murky water has turned into a sweet drink with a hint of honey. What dark secrets will Eric uncover?

So Cold the River is a book you will be thinking about for a long while after you have put this book down. The whole time I was reading this book, it reminded me of the old, classic feel of a Stephen King novel combined with the Twilight Zone. I loved this feeling. The best part is that Mr. Koryta put his own twists on this chilling story. Mr. Koryta based this story around historical locations. This is part of what made this book so good. I really got sucked into this book. I forgot about it being over 500 pages. All the characters were engaging. I felt for Eric and hoped this would be the break he would get to turn his career around again. So Cold the River is my first taste of what author, Michael Koryta has to offer. Now that I have, I plan to go back and check all his other novels. So Cold the River is flowing upstream to the top of the best seller’s list and for good reason!

The West Baden Springs Hotel is a historic landmark hotel in the town of West Baden Springs in Orange County, Indiana, USA, known for its vast domed atrium. It is currently part of the French Lick Resort Casino complex. Prior to the completion of the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1955, the building had the largest free-spanning dome in the United States and was the largest in the world from 1902 to 1913. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, became a National Historic Landmark in 1987,[3] and is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

They Almost Always Come Home+ Giveaway


(Wausau, WI) – At the foundation of each relationship resides the need to know love can survive even when feelings fade. In Cynthia Ruchti’s debut novel, They Almost Always Come Home, readers feel the desperation of this foundational yearning in a marriage clearly pulling loose from its moorings. Compounded by other issues—an unrewarding career and mismatched dreams—it’s enough to drive a man into the arms of the Canadian wilderness. When Greg Holden doesn’t return home from a wilderness canoe trip, his wife Libby wrestles with survivor guilt, a new layer of grief, and the belief that she was supposed to know how to fix her marriage. She planned to leave him—but how can she leave a man who’s no longer there? He was supposed to go fishing, not missing.

Libby has to find him before she can discover how their marriage ends. She plunges into the wilderness on an adventurous and risky manhunt, unsure what she will do if she finds him…or if she doesn’t. She expects to meet hardship, discomfort, and danger in the wilderness. She doesn’t expect to face the stark reality of her spiritual longing and a faint, but steady pulse that promises hope for reviving her marriage. If Greg’s still alive.

They Almost Always Come Home provides a glimpse into common, however uncomfortable, marital conflicts. Cynthia weaves a page-turning story, suspense building scene by scene. Her characters mirror ordinary people, living real-to-life situations, allowing readers to relate and sort through a myriad of emotions and life decisions. If fiction can contain adventure, riveting self-awareness, and romance all between the same covers, this is the book!

Cynthia Ruchti writes stories of “hope that glows in the dark.” She writes and produces The Heartbeat of the Home, a syndicated drama/devotional radio broadcast, and is editor for the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine. She also serves as current president of American Christian Fiction Writers. Cynthia married her childhood sweetheart, who tells his own tales of wilderness adventures.

The Interview:

1. How would you describe your book?

The tagline for the book is “She’d leave her husband…if she could find him.”

When Libby’s husband Greg doesn’t return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an oatmeal marriage and mind-numbing career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness-savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance. What the trio discovers in the wilderness search upends Libby’s assumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.

It’s my prayer that this fictional adventure story and emotional journey will reveal its own hope-laden clues for those struggling to survive or longing to exit what they believe are uninspiring marriages. How can a woman survive a season or a lifetime when she finds it difficult to like the man she loves?

2. How were you different as a writer and as a person when you finished writing They Almost Always Come Home?

This book changed me in a profound way. It forced me to take a more honest look at myself and my reactions to crises so I could write Libby’s character with authenticity. Libby is a composite of many women. I haven’t experienced what she did, but I identify with some of her struggles and longings, as I hope my readers will. I see my friends in her eyes and know that her tears aren’t hers alone. Her shining moments feed my courage. Libby speaks for me and for many others when she discovers that she is stronger than she realized and weaker than she wanted to admit.

Writing her story was a journey for the author as much as for the character.

3. What did you feel the tug on your heart to become a writer?

My journey toward a lifetime of writing began by reading books that stirred me, changed me, convinced me that imagination is a gift from an imaginative Creator. As a child, I read when I should have been sleeping…and still do. I couldn’t wait for the BookMobile (library on wheels) to pull up in front of the post office in our small town and open its arms to me. Somewhere between the pages of a book, my heart warmed to the idea that one day I too might tell stories that made readers stay up past their bedtimes.

4. What books line your bookshelves?

My bookshelves—don’t ask how many!—hold a wide variety of genres. The collection expands faster than a good yeast dough. I’m a mood reader, grabbing a light comedy one day and a literarily rich work the next. Although I appreciate well-written nonfiction, I gravitate toward an emotionally engaging contemporary women’s fiction story.

Somthing Extra From the Author's Heart

Ten years ago, my husband almost didn’t come home. His canoe adventure with our son Matt soured on Day Two when Bill grew violently ill from what we presume was either pancreatitis or a gall bladder attack. He’s an insulin-dependent diabetic, so any grave illness is a threat. One in the middle of the Canadian wilderness is morgue material.

With no satellite phone with which to call for help, Matt took turns caring for his father and watching the shore for other canoeists happening past their hastily constructed campsite. The few other canoes were headed deeper into the remote areas of the park, not on their way out. None had a satellite phone. And none of them were doctors.

As my husband grew sicker, his diabetes went nuclear. He couldn’t eat, yet needed insulin because his liver thought it should help out by dumping vast quantities of sugar into his system. Even in a hospital setting, the situation would have been difficult to control, and the nearest hospital was light years away across vast stretches of water and woodland, through peopleless, roadless wilderness.

Our son stretched a yellow tarp across the rocks on shore and wrote S.O.S. with charcoal from a dead fire. He scratched out countless notes on pieces of notebook paper torn from their trip journal:

Send rescue! My dad is deathly ill.

Read the rest of the story at the KCWC BLOG

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They Almost Always Come Home

Libby Holden never imagined that when her husband, Greg left for his fishing trip in Canada that it would be the last time she would see him again. Greg was supposed to be home in time to go to church. Instead Libby receives a phone call from the Canadian Mounties. They suggested that it is possible that her husband just walked out on her. Libby doesn’t believe it at first. Though, when she starts reading his journal, Libby realizes that there are things about Greg that she never knew.

Libby decides to retrace Greg’s steps to figure out what happened to him. She will be joined by Greg’s father, Frank and her good friend, Jenika. How will Libby handle the truth?

This book really took me by surprise in a good way. I didn’t know what to expect from it. I sat down to start reading it and couldn’t tear my eyes away. It was like I was instantly transported into the book with Libby. I could feel everything that she was experiencing. My only issue I had was at the beginning. When the storyline would switch from the past to the present, it wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked. In fact I had to re-read a few times just to figure out what was going on. I would be like, what just happened and then I would realize the story had switched back to the past. Overall though, They Almost Always Come Home will always have a home on my bookshelves. I can’t wait to see what author; Cynthia Ruchti has in store next.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Book Challenge

Paula at Community Bookstop (don't you just love the name) is hosting this fun and easy reading challenge. I have signed up. How about you? Just enter here.

I am going to challenge myself to read 30 books for this challenge.

Review Opp 4

Naches, WA - June 4, 2010 - When born and bred city girl Mary Pelzel moved with her husband, David, to a renovated hunting cabin in the Wenatchee National Forest of Western Washington, she had no idea what adventures - and misadventures -- lay ahead.

Describing life in the Great North Woods as "his dream, my nightmare," Mary's delightful memoir, Mary's Place: Reflections & Recipes, is reminiscent of Betty MacDonald's classic, The Egg and I.

Mary's transformation from demure, and perhaps somewhat naïve, young bride into a true mountain woman wasn't easy and certainly wasn't overnight. Tales of blood-sucking insects, meat-eating flying creatures, hissing and venom drooling snakes, spiders with hair "longer than mine," frogs in the refrigerator, and lizards in the dining room, are just the beginning of her ten-year saga.

For the reader, chuckles and shivers will alternate with each unforgettable experience. But as a wonderful bonus, and in the truest sense of turning lemons into lemonade, Mary has followed each page of anecdotes with a delicious recipe. They range from a breakfast treat of Monkey-Faced Strawberry Muffins to an evening meal of Pasta with Kielbasa Sausage (or rattlesnake, if you prefer) and Vermouth - and, of course, Mom's Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie. "For anybody that cares," she adds, "I have included also complete instructions on cleaning an outhouse!"

Emboldened by her ability to cope with a totally new lifestyle, Mary discovered she had an entrepreneurial spirit as well. Today, she is the proud owner of Mary's Place Gifts & Tea House in Naches, Washington, on Chinook Pass, where visitors can enjoy her private label jams, jellies, breads and soups, and sit a while to chat over a cup of tea.

About the book:

Mary's Place: Reflections and Recipes by Mary Pelzel

ISBN: 978-0615348377

Publisher: Northwoods Publishing

Date of publish: May 31, 2010

Pages: 192


About the author:

Mary Pelzel presides over Mary's Place Gifts & Tea House. Visit to take a tour of the rooms that show off her many specialty gifts and delectable goodies. Customized tea parties and strolls through the North Woods Garden are a favorite way for guests to spend an afternoon, especially in Spring and Summer.

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Review Opp 3

London, UK - June 7, 2010 - The Warrior's Apprentice is the story of one family's struggle to preserve their traditions against the straightjacket of a conformist society imposed by a totalitarian regime.

Set in Kenya in the near future when the world has united under the "One World Government", the last of the great Masai warriors illegally passes on his skills to his son, Njau. When revealed, Njau is seduced and manipulated by the all powerful forces of the state who will use any means to maintain their absolute control of society. Sent back out into the bush to track down and terminate a subversive reactionary, Njau must choose his own future - he must fight but on which side? Who can he really trust?

Following deception, betrayal and subsequent catharsis, he is joined by a disillusioned investigative journalist to make their stand. With his father, facing overwhelming odds, it is the truth which is their strongest weapon.

Contrasting the beauty and dangers of freedom in the wild with the sanitised homogeneity of a subdued urban existence, The Warrior's Apprentice explores the possible consequence of political idealism taken too far: where individual freedom is sacrificed to the convenience of the state.

About the book:

The Warrior's Apprentice by Allan Winsor

ISBN: 978-1616670573

Publisher: Raider Publishing International

Date of publication: March 25, 2010

Pages: 176

S.R.P.: $9.99

About the author:

This is the first novel written by Allan Winsor who uses creative writing as a counterbalance to the high technology world of electronic instrumentation which he inhabits as founder and director of a successful company. It was when working in Kenya in the early part of his career that Allan discovered the outstanding natural beauty of the African bush and the proud nobility of the Kenyan people.

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Review Opp 2


Cypress, CA - June 7, 2010 - Nothing grabs the mind like a finely crafted motion picture.

Memorable lines strike an instant impression and classic imagery provides celluloid art for us to enjoy time and again.

Author Manny Pacheco has studied movies in depth and understands Hollywood at its core. In his entertaining and informative book Forgotten Hollywood , Forgotten History, he bypasses the legendary stars from the Studio Era's Golden Age and instead focuses on the character actors and actresses who consistently delivered stellar performances.

Claude Rains, Walter Brennan, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell, Gloria Grahame, and Thelma Ritter are just a handful of the remarkable talent whose names may be unfamiliar to moviegoers but whose faces and roles are forever captured on film.

While sharing little-known facts about the actors and how their careers evolved, Pacheco deftly intertwines the message of timeless films with seldom-told accounts of America's story. What was happening in America and around the world that inspired the creators of films of yesteryear was just as relevant then as it is today.

Photographs and stills from movies make Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History an even more captivating read.

About the book:

Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History by Manny Pacheco

ISBN: 978-1935359166

Publisher: Book Publishers Network

Date of publish: Sept. 8, 2009

Pages: 120

S.R.P.: $18.95

About the author:

Manny Pacheco has enjoyed a thirty-year career in radio and television in Southern California. He hosted the Emmy-nominated In Studio, has written numerous articles on performing, and currently works in commercial acting, voice-over and radio broadcasting. He and his wife, Laurie, live in Cypress , California .

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Review Opp

A New Book of Boomer Humor created by Jeanne R Kraus

Tamarac, FL - June 7, 2010 - Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants takes an irreverent look at aging. It examines in detail the definitive proof that fifty is not the new thirty, in spite of current trendsetters that advocate otherwise. Fashion, self-improvement and social etiquette are thrown out the window in this hilarious book that disregards good taste and dignity.

Jeanne R Kraus, author, teacher and humorist has teamed up with her sister, Diana Arneson, illustrator, to produce their first book together. Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants, dedicated to Baby Boomers everywhere offers a light-hearted look at the trials of aging.

Jeanne includes advice for those aging ne'er-do-wells who hope to make it to the pearly gates eventually. And even though this book claims not to want to change you in any way, there is something for everyone in Wrinkles, Waistlines and Wet Pants. Even self-help junkies will be delighted with the three insightful but useless surveys. After all, both Jeanne and Diana have experienced wrinkles, expanding waistlines, and wet pants.

In the words of the author..

Your outward body is showing signs of wear and tear. Big deal. Inside, you are probably the same fool you always were. The difference is that now you don't have to care.

About the book:

Wrinkles, Waistlines and Wet Pants by Jeanne Kraus

ISBN: 978-1450200850

Publisher: iUniverse

Date of publish: Feb 3, 2010

Pages: 256

S.R.P.: $19.95

About the author:

Jeanne R Kraus is a reading specialist in a south Florida elementary school. A lifelong writer, she enjoys writing and publishing poetry for children. Her two children's books
were published by Magination Press. (Cory Stories:A Kid's Book About Living with ADHD and Annie's Plan: Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework)

Her short story "The Invitation" is published in The Ultimate Bird Lover by HCI Press.
Jeanne Kraus is a frequent public speaker/ humorist.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ice Cold with Tess Gerritsen

Medical examiner Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli are back.

Maura has left to attend a medical convention. While there, she meets up with an old college classmate. His name is Doug. He is here with his thirteen year old daughter, Grace, and his friend Arlo and Arlo’s girlfriend, Elaine. Doug invites Maura to join them. After the convention, they are heading up to a ski resort. Maura takes Doug up on his offer.

The group heads out but they get lost and the vehicle gets stuck in snow. The group gets lucky and finds shelter in a small town called Kingdom Come. There is something wrong with Kingdom Come. How come all the houses are identical and where are all the people?

Jane receives a phone call that will change her life forever. The Wyoming police have identified the charred body of Maura. Jane can’t believe Mura is gone. Jane investigates to discover the truth about what happened to Maura and uncovers a sinister plot.

The queen of medical thrillers…Tess Gerritsen is back and in better form then ever with her latest novel, Ice Cold. I was spellbound but this book. You would have had to rip it from my cold, dead hands as I literally had a hard time putting it down. I finished it in one day. My only issue was that I found the story line involving Maura to be much more interesting then Jane trying to figure out what had happened to Maura. The intensity would fizzle a bit when the story line would switch back to Jane. Though, it was great to see Jane in action again. She is as tough as before. Ice Cold left me scorching, hot for more!

Review Opp #5

New YA Fantasy: Samra Divided

Book Two of the Sharma Chronicles

Colorado Springs, CO - June 2, 2010 - In Book One of the Young Adult series The Shamra Chronicles, Curse of the Shamra, author Barry Hoffman introduces the reader to Dara.

She is a young Shamra girl who, after her peaceful country is invaded, defies the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her society and leads a ragtag resistance in the hopes of defeating their conquer ors. Although she is criticized for being outspoken, "different", and wild she never gives in to the pressure to conform.

She eventually gains the respect of her people, and demonstrates to them how being true to one's self is the greatest honor one can achieve in life.

Shamra Divided continues Dara's adventures, as she sets off to faraway lands to learn more about her heritage, why she was the one who was meant to lead her people to freedom, and what future challenges are in store for her that she must mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepare for.

A few of the themes you will find explored in Shamra Divided are:

-The empowerment of females as leaders, warriors, and scholars.

- Making contributions to society that will leave a lasting mark.

- The importance of knowing one's heritage and honoring our ancestors.

- The role of personal responsibility.

- The challenge to explore life beyond the familiar comforts of home.

- The depths and bonds of friendship.

- Making decisions and sacrifices that help the greater cause, as well as one's

family, friends, and people.

About the book:

Shamra Divided by Barry Hoffman

ISBN: 978-1934267165

Publisher: Edge Books

Date of publish: May 31, 2010

Pages: 300

S.R.P.: $12.95

About the author:

Barry Hoffman is a magazine and book publisher, award-winning author and former inner-city public school teacher. He always felt, while he taught, that there was a lack of interesting, educational and moving young adult fiction, especially books that highlighted a female protagonist. He decided to do something about it by creating The Shamra Chronicles. In 2009 Curse of the Shamra: Book One
of the Shamra Chronicles (Gauntlet Press) was published to critical acclaim followed by Shamra Divided in 2010, and Chaos Unleashed (coming 2011).

Hoffman's writings have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He is the author of seven novels and short stories, and his work has been praised by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Fantasy & Science Fiction, among others. Most recently Hoffman donated over 10,000 copies of Curse of the Shamra to schools and other educational institutions.

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Review Opp #4

New historical fiction depicts Civil War adventures with Terry's Texas Rangers

No Good Like It Is by McKendree R. Long III follows two comrades in combat BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - June 2, 2010 - No Good Like It Is by McKendree R. Long III seeks to re-enact the turbulent times of the Civil War through the adventures of two companions, Confederate cavalry Capt. Dobey Walls and Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Melton.

The historical novel, set in 1858, is divided into two books, with "Book One" describing the tales of these two Texans formerly in the U.S. Army as they join the 8th Texas Cavalry, better known as Terry's Texas Rangers, at the start of the Civil War. With the Rangers, Dobey and Jimmy take part in the first and final charges of the Army of Tennessee and are integral in stopping the Fort Pillow Massacre.

"Book Two" of No Good Like It Is follows the wounded and weary soldiers after the war, as they travel West to search for Dobey's missing family. Along the way, the two encounter a cast of gritty characters and rescue the daughter of a quadroon by murdering those who nearly raped her. As Dobey and Jimmy fast-approach the last stop on their trip, the trading post owned by Dobey's mother, they must fend off detectives, a renegade lawman and a tribe of Comanches, who attack the trading post.

About the book:

No Good Like It Is by McKendree Long

ISBN: 978-1450580786

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: April 14, 2010

Pages: 332

S.R.P.: $15.00

About the author:

McKendree R. Long III, a U.S. Army veteran, served two tours in the Vietnam War, receiving numerous awards, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and Staff Service Medal. Long is a member of the National Rifle Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Sertoma Club and the South Carolina Writers Workshop. He and his wife, married since 1960, live in Blythewood and Seabrook Island, S.C.

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Review Opportunity 3


NEW YORK - June 3, 2010 - Just a few years ago opportunities were endless, jobs secure and there was a sense of stability, prosperity and hope. Today, the world seems to be upside down. So much we depended on to keep us secure has been taken away and fear rules the day.

Now we are forced to re-evaluate our lives and the questions before us become:

What can I really count on?

How can I handle transition and change?

Where does my true security lay?

How can I build fearless relationships?

What is really needed to live a fulfilling life?

In the new book, Fearless , by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna , psychologist shows why there is no innate reason that we should live in the grip of fear. We can learn to release fear, access our enormous inner resources and become calm, balanced and positive, no matter what is going on.

In Fearless, Dr Shoshanna has created a unique guide to both understanding fear and receiving the tools to release it from your life. The book presents the practice of fearlessness. Combining the teachings of East and West, it includes anecdotes, information, exercises and even a workshop so the reader can integrate the material in his everyday life.

The readers learns how to:

-Release Fear on The Spot

-Find Your True Strength and Security

-Attract and Enjoy New Clients and Friends

-Handle Transition and Change Naturally

-Dissolve Stress and Enhance Well-Being

-Become a Source of Inspiration and Compassion

As fear is released and peace of mind practiced, we reclaim our original wisdom and strength and resilience. Then it is natural to be able to handle whatever comes along.

About the book:

Fearless by Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.d.

ISBN: 978-1402770677

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

Date of publish: June 1, 2010

Pages: 224

S.R.P.: $22.95

About the author:

Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.d., psychologist, relationship expert , award winning author and speaker is dedicated to helping you release fear, build fearless relationships and create authentic peace of mind. She has offered over 500 talks and workshops and is a regular guest on radio and TV.

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