Monday, August 30, 2010

No Mercy from author Sherrilyn Kenyon

Check out the new book trailer for Sherrilyn Kenyon's new book, No Mercy. This book releases September 7th. Hope you have your copy on order.

Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.

Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.

The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.

Fatal Convictions will be fatal to your health, as you will lose sleep reading this book.

Alex Madison is both an attorney and pastor of South Norfolk Community Church. While visiting patients at the hospital, Alex stops in Ghaniyah Mobassar’s room. Ghaniyah had a horrible car accident and the tree won. A tractor trailer passed Ghaniyah and then swerved back into the lane causing her to run off the road. Ghaniyah’s husband, Khalid comes in the room. He doesn’t really appreciate Alex there.

A few days later, Alex receives a phone call from Khalid. He needs Alex’s help. A prominent Muslim leader’s wife has been murdered. She was beheaded for turning away from the Muslim ways and accepting Christianity. Khalid is the prime suspect. Despite Alex’s reserves, he takes on the case. Soon, Alex is torn between his parish, who are telling him to drop the case and Khalid.

Fatal Convictions is the second book I have read by this author. The first book, The Justice Game became an instant hit with me. When Mr. Singer’s latest novel, Fatal Convictions came out, I knew I had to check it out. This book was just as good as The Justice Game. Mr. Singer is at the top of his game. Alex is the type of attorney you want on your side. He is determined, caring, and fights for the good guys. Both the present and past stories were interesting. What I liked the most about this book was that I was pulled into this story and was rooting for Alex and Khalid. They weren’t just characters in a book but they were real people in my eyes. Fatal Convictions will be fatal to your health, as you will lose sleep reading this book.

A meet and greet with author, Linda Weaver Clarke and Giveaway

I want to thank you for this opportunity to interview you.

Can you please share with readers a little bit about yourself?

I was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and made my home in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I am happily married and the mother of six daughters and have five grandchildren. I also travel throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography.

What type of hobbies do you have?

I love traveling and camping with my family.

Do you have a routine for writing? If so, how important is it to a writer to have one?

I always begin writing or book promoting in the mornings when I’m fresh and have enough energy to think. I believe that a routine helps me to keep focused and that way I can get a lot more accomplished in a day. If I didn’t have a routine, I may not end up writing that day because of other things getting in the way.

If there is one author you could meet dead or alive who would it be and why?

Ron Carter, the author of the series: Prelude to Glory. This series is all about how we fought for our freedom in America beginning from 1875 until 1812. This series helped me to appreciate our Four Fathers and the patriots of America who lost their lives for freedom. I would like to talk to him about his research and how it made him feel.

You have a historical romance series out, A Family Saga that is very popular. What made you decide to start writing mystery novels?

I wanted to try something different and to expand my writing skills. I thought it would be fun to develop a series surrounding the mysteries of the American Indians and archaeological theft.

What has the transformation been like from writing historical romances to mystery?

The writing process between romance and mystery is quite a change with a completely different mind set. It’s so different from telling a love story. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they're going to hit it off and fall in love. You, as the reader, know what the outcome will be. But with a mystery, the reader is in the dark. The author has to come up with a plot that no one knows about until towards the end of the story and hope they haven’t figured it out. In a mystery, you may or may not allow your reader to know who the bad guys are, according to whether it’s just a mystery or mystery suspense. Do you know the difference between a mystery and a mystery suspense novel? In a mystery, when a knock is heard at the door, the reader doesn't know who's behind it. With mystery suspense, the reader knows who's behind the door and yells to the heroine, "Don't open the door!"

What is the concept for your new mystery series?

When I was young, one of my favorite television shows was Hart to Hart, which featured a married couple investigating and solving crimes. The couple was madly in love–you laughed at the humor and sighed at the romance. I wanted to create something similar with a little suspense and adventure. In this series Julia is a reporter for a daily newspaper and John is a professional knife maker. Just like Hart to Hart, because of her curiosity, Julia gets herself into a bunch of trouble. Before long, she finds herself and her husband up to their necks in danger and running for their lives. There is one difference that I include. John and Julia Evans have three teenage daughters. In fact, I patterned the three daughters after my own three youngest daughters.

How many books will be in the series?
There will be four in this series called The Adventures of John and Julia Evans. To read an excerpt from each of my books, you can visit

Any last words for the readers?
Mayan Intrigue will be released on August 30th and I’m having a week long celebration with a book give-away at my Blog at

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Maybe This Time...Jennifer Cruise

Andie Miller has found a new man. She is going to get re-married. First she needs to have one last talk with her ex-husband, North Archer. North asks Andie to do him one last favor and then he will be out of her life forever. A very distinct cousin has left North guardian of two young children. The children’s parents and grand mother are all decreased. North is too busy and knows nothing about children. If Andie will go down and look after the children for a bit, just until North can find a permanent arrangement, he will pay her ten thousand dollars a month. Andie does not want to do anything for her ex but she sure could use the money. Andie agrees. There is one more catch…the house is said to be haunted. Three other nannies have already quit.

When Andie arrives at the house, she receives a cold welcome form the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Carter and Alice are odd children but nothing that Andie can’t handle.

North’s brother, Sullivan wants to check out the house and see if it is really haunted. He is taking Kelly O’Keefe from Channel Twelve along. North ends up going to the house to check up on things, especially Andie. Is the house really haunted? Also, is a second chance in the air for Andie and North?

Maybe This Time is the first book in a long while that author, Jennifer Cruise hasn’t co-written. I like Ms. Cruise’s books. They are guaranteed to make me laugh. Maybe This Time is more on the paranormal side then the contemporary side. It took me a while to warm up to Andie. I found her to be a bit of a wallflower and I wanted her to have more assertiveness, which she did but it was slow to appear. I never fully found myself falling for North. He was rude and I didn’t care for him. So, it was hard for me to believe that Andie and North were in love. The children kept things interesting. Overall, I did like this book. Maybe This Time is sure to have you losing track of time reading this book.

Starting from Scratch will warm you up like…Grandma’s hot apple pie!

Olivia Tschetter should be celebrating. She has just defended her doctoral dissertation. Unfortunately, her mother was reaching for something in the kitchen and fall. Two days later, her mother died. Instead of heading back to school, Olivia has found solace in cooking and baking all of her mother’s favorite recipes. Her family though is worried about Olivia. Olivia tries to assure her family that she is alright but it is hard when they keep treating her like a child.

Olivia goes to fill in temporary for her sister, Annie at Meals on Wheels. Olivia ends up staying on, helping with the computer and delivering meals. Olivia makes new friends. Olivia also ends up writing an advice column like her mother used to. Though this journey, Olivia learns more about whom her mother was and who Olivia wants to be.

Starting from Scratch will warm you up like…Grandma’s hot apple pie! Olivia won my heart over. She was so sweet, full of personality and charming. You couldn’t help but like her. Olivia and her family grew closer through the course of this book. This book could have been sad but instead it was light-hearted and a plain old good read. Everyone, I met in this book I liked. The recipes inserted throughout this book were an added bonus. There were recipes for things like Chocolate Puddle (cake cooked in a cast iron skillet), Greek Egg-Lemon Soup, and Late Night Fried Spaghetti to name a few. I can’t wait to see what author; Susan M. Gilbert-Collins comes out with next.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers gets five paws

When Doug Koktavy and his wife, Carolina was still married, Carolina suggested that they get a dog. Doug was against the idea at first but when a friend called and said asked if they would like a dog, Doug couldn’t say no. Doug and Carolina brought home a Black Labrador male that they named Boomer. A couple of weeks later, their friend called again and said they had two puppies left, would they consider a second dog. Thus, Beezer became the newest addition to the family.

Boomer and Beezer got their names from hockey players. Mr. Koktavy used to play ice hockey and is a fan. Boomer was named after Bernie “Boom Boom” or “Da Boomer” Geoffrion. Bernie used to play for the MontrĂ©al Canadians. Beezer was named after goalie, John “Beezer” Vanbiesbrouck.

Doug really loved Boomer and Beezer so much that when he and Carolina split, he asked to keep them. The three of them were inseparable. When Beezer was nine years old, he was diagnosed with kidney failure. In fact most of the littler that Boomer and Beezer came from had kidney failure. Doug and Boomer cared for Beezer until his death. Two years later Boomer died of bone cancer and kidney failure.

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers is a tear jerker. I cried as soon as I started reading this book and cried several more times throughout the book. Though, I also found myself laughing and smiling at the things Beezer and Boomer would do. So glad that Mr. Koktavy shared Beezer and Boomer with me and other readers. My favorite parts were the letters that Doug wrote to Beezer and Boomer and the letters they wrote to him. The letters were so intimate but something I would have done. My favorite type of dog is a Labrador. I have owned every color…yellow, black and chocolate. The way Doug communicated with Boomer and Beezer with just a look is something that only pet owners would understand. I thought it was great that Mr. Koktavy shared his knowledge and pain with others in support groups online. Be prepared and have a box of tissues with you when you read this book. The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers gets five paws.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its superman…No, It’s a Book!

Monkey was reading a book, when Jackass (donkey) asked him what he had in his hands. Monkey told him it was a book. Donkey was quite puzzled. Donkey proceeded to ask Monkey questions like…does it scroll down? do you blog with it? can it text? Tweet? Etc. Monkey at this point was irritated with Donkey. Monkey put the book in Donkey’s hands and showed him it was a book. Donkey finally understood what a book was.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its superman…No, It’s a Book! It’s a Book is a witty, fun, smart, comical…book. With all the new, fancy electronic technology at our fingertips today, Mr. Smith reminds us that sometimes it is nice to just read a plain, old fashion book. Yes, I am talking about one that you actually pick up, open and turn the pages. The concept for this book was great. I like that it was geared towards modern times and what is currently happening now in the present. The illustrations were good as well. Both children and adults will like this book.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

When Blood Calls....You will want some!

Sara Constantine is an attorney. She has just been recruited to Division 6, otherwise known as Preternatural Enforcement Coalition. Division 6 handles your abnormal cases. Working for Division 6 can be hazardous to you health. Especially when you are dealing with demons, werewolves, vampires, and other creatures.

Sara’s first case is prosecuting a murder. This guy killed a retired Judge, who was one of Division 6’s own. When Sara gets a look at the killer, she is dumbstruck. It’s someone she never expected to see in her wildest dreams. Meanwhile, Sara can’t keep her hands of her sexy boyfriend, Lucius “Luke” Dragos. Though, how will Sara react when she discovers the truth about Luke?

So like the Twilight series was so last year. This year the hottest book is When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck. J. K. Beck is the pen name for best selling author, Julie Kenner. I really like this new darker, edgier side of Mrs. Kenner. When Blood Calls is so sinfully dark and delicious like…dark chocolate and strawberries. You just want to savor every moment of this book. The desire and passion between Luke and Sara was steaming. They usually let their hormones rule when it came to one another. So they would just go for it and they did, every time. This book had some surprises. You could never really relay on the fact that the bad guys were the bad guys and the good guys were the good guys. I liked this. Both paranormal and urban fans everywhere will fall in love with this series. When Blood Calls… You will want some!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What We Have...

What We Have is a memoir about author, Amy Boesky and growing up and having every waking moment focused on if this is the day she would be diagnosed with cancer? This is a survivor story but as Mrs. Boesky explains not in the sense that she is a cancer survivor but a “previvor”. A previvor is someone who doesn’t have cancer but has an elevated risk for having it, either through a family history or by diagnosis with a genetic mutation. Being a previvor I think is almost worse then having cancer. The thought of always wondering would drive me crazy.

I liked this book. I enjoyed traveling down memory lane with Amy was fun. It is always nice to learn where an author came from and what inspired them. I got all this from this book and more. Amy lived her life to the fullest, never really letting the doubts of cancer over shadow her, even when she gave birth to her daughter. Amy was the only one I felt a connection with as this book was told by her words. Overall, I liked this book but I won’t say I was in love with it. What We Have does make you appreciate what you have and for living in the moment. What you have is a pretty fine novel on your hands.

She is the Talk of the Town!

Tony Garrett is the host of a late night television show called One on One. He is known as being very brutal. When Tony’s guest is a no show, he is told by his producers that they have found him a last minute replacement. His guest is Sam McCall. Tony receives an unexpected surprise when Sam walks out.

Samantha “Sam” McCall is a mystery author. Her latest book is titled Murder in Paradise. Sam heard every word that Tony said about her and her book, slamming them. When Sam walked out even she was taken back by her actions. She smacks Tony across the jaw.

The next day, Sam is the talk of the town and her book is selling like hot cakes. Now the heat is on. Tony is in the hot seat. Can he convince Sam to give him a second chance?

Talk of the Town is a book you will be talking about to all your reader friends. This is a fun, light hearted read. The fact that Sam and Tony started out as mortal enemies and then became an item was enough to keep things interesting. I like that Sam did not take any crap from Tony. She put him in his place a few times. I didn’t like Tony at first. I thought he was egotistical but once I got to know him better, I warmed up to him. If you ware looking for something quick to read to escape your boring routine then you should check out Talk of the Town. You won’t be sorry you did. I plan to seek out more books by Lucille Naroian.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Review Opp-Children's Book

Raymond Brain has the unfortunate task of announcing to his fellow residents of the Body Village that flu season is returning. To make things worse he has to tell everyone the scary news that this year they are going to get a flu shot, which is not what they want to hear. But when he reminds them of how horrible they felt last time they got the flu, the Body Village residents welcome Nurse Vaccine and her flu shot with a ready arm.

Brooklyn, NY, 8/23/10 - With flu season just around the corner, many parents are already dreading the idea of taking their child to the doctor's office to get a flu shot and the tears, kicking and screaming that goes along with it. This year, parents armed with the new book, Nurse Vaccine, can ease their children's anxiety about getting flu shots.

Nurse Vaccine, by Justin Noble, addresses the fear that children face when receiving shots and describes some of the symptoms and preventative measures associated with the flu. Nurse Vaccine will show children that while getting a flu shot does hurt a little, the temporary pain is much better than getting sick.

Steven Reinberg of says, "A record number of Americans - especially children and younger adults - got seasonal flu shots during the just concluded flu season." He goes on to say forty percent of children in the United States received a flu shot last year. With "155 million doses of flu shots and sprays available for the upcoming flu season," according to Dr. Gupta of CNN Health, this year should see clinics, Doctors' offices, and elementary schools even more full of frightened children waiting to receive their flu shot.

Nurse Vaccine is the second book in the Body Village series. The Body Village is a unique series of books that introduces children to the exciting world inside their body.

Through the interactions of characters representing their internal organs, the books teach children how their bodies function, what is going on when they aren't feeling well, and how to promote healthy living in an entertaining yet educational way.

About the book:

Nurse Vaccine by Justin Noble
ISBN: 978-0-557-28875-5
Date of publish: March 9, 2010
Pages: 32
S.R.P.: $13.60

About the author:
Justin Noble was raised in Texas and resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is a children's book author and actor. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the proud uncle of three wonderful nephews. He is the author of "Artie's Party: featuring the Vita-Men!" and "Steven the Upset Stomach"

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Review Opp-fantasy series, Vanished

Coos Bay, OR - August 24, 2010 - David Daigle announces his latest book in the

Frontmire Histories fantasy series, Vanished! - Morlah's Quest.

Morlah the Druid awakes from eight hundred years of the Druid Sleep (normally 20 years maximum) to find everyone is gone. The Druids are gone, friends, relatives. The Elves whom he had re-established in the magic are gone. The Human city of Breezon, an ally, lies in chaos and destitution. The Dwarves refuse him - how could he expect them to know him with that much time having passed?

He goes off in search of answers, the weight of the years of death and loss heavy upon him.

He searches out the Gypsies where he hopes to find the heir to the Elven kingdom but gets lost in the drama of being human.

About the book:

Vanished! - Morlah's Quest by David Daigle

ISBN: 978-1451551709

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: June 1, 2010

Pages: 378

S.R.P.: $15.99

About the author:

A thirty-five year resident and native of Northern Maine's "French Country", David was a jack-of-all-trades for many years. He received a B.S. in Biology in 1979 and a B.S. in Nursing in 1989 from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. After ten years of nursing, he received a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University in Atlanta in 1999, when he also married Eileen his lovely wife in Key West, Florida.

They then moved to coastal Oregon where they now have a chiropractic practice and a
family of five dogs and three cats.

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Review Opp-The Affluenza Antidote

Rochester, NY - August 24, 2010 - Is every child raised amid privilege destined for a life of self absorption and lack of purpose? Are wealthy parents doomed to watch helplessly as abundant opportunities turn their children into personal and professional failures?

In 35 years of counseling wealthy families -- including 15 years at the helm of Genesee Valley Trust Company in Rochester -- author James V. D'Amico met thousands of folks who labored tirelessly to build thriving businesses. Yet the values on which they built that success - motivation, delayed gratification, honesty, respect, social responsibility - have proved disturbingly difficult to transfer to their offspring. As a result, fewer young people are developing the character and strength needed to lead future generations.

Fortunately, while the dramatic exploits of spoiled rich children indeed do dominate the headlines, D'Amico also has known a few wealthy families who have managed - quietly - to ward off the devastating infection called affluenza.

With The Affluenza Antidote, D'Amico shines a light on several exceptional families who are managing to raise the kind of purposeful, well-rounded young citizens our society so desperately needs. The book also taps the work of psychologists, educators, researchers and wealth counselors to identify the traditional practices and values that help bolster a family's immunity to our society's destructive patterns.

The Affluenza Antidote is intended to stimulate awareness of the damaging effects of too much money and too little tough love, and to encourage younger parents to help restore the values that made previous generations great.

About the book:

The Affluenza Antidote by James D'Amico

ISBN: 978-1451599145

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: June 25, 2010

Pages: 134

S.R.P.: $19.95

About the author:

Over his 35-year career, wealth manager James V. D'Amico has advised thousands of
affluent families. He was founding president and CEO of Genesee Valley Trust Company
in Rochester, New York.

For more than 10 years, D'Amico wrote the regular column Managing Wealth for the Rochester Business Journal. He also was the author of Real Benefits, a column appearing in the Journal of Compensation and Benefits.

D'Amico retired in 2009. Though they maintain ties to Rochester, he and his wife, Renee, now live in Sarasota, Florida, near two of their children and three of their grandchildren.

In addition to spending time with his family, D'Amico enjoys golf, tennis, reading, oil painting and bridge.

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Red Star Rising

A body has been located on the grounds of the British embassy. M15 agent, Charlie Muffin has been sent from London to investigate. It appears at first that the murder was gang related. Though, the deeper Charlie digs, he uncovers something that someone wants desperately to keep hidden. Charlie will have to watch his back or he will be the next dead body. As if Charlie doesn’t already have enough on his place, Charlie ends up reconnecting with his wife Natalia and their daughter, Sasha. Natalia works for the Russia FSB intelligence service. There is one thing you can guarantee about Charlie…He is the right man for the job.

Red Star Rising is my first introduction to author, Brian Freemantle. After reading this book, I can’t believe I haven’t tried him sooner. I really like this type of genre of books…international spy thriller. Charlie Muffin is the perfect agent. He is good at his job. He is very precise and asks the questions that no one else wants to ask. While I was reading this book, it was like I was walking in Charlie’s shoes and seeing and experiencing everything that he did at that present moment. The only issue I had with this book was that I didn’t always feel that the other characters were as evenly matched to Charlie. I could though easily see this book being turning into a movie on the big screens. Red Star Rising rises to Silver status in my books.

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Monday, August 23, 2010


Sophie recently graduated from Yale. She got a job working as an appeals attorney. It seems that Sophie has everything made or so she thought. Sophie’s world gets turned upside down when at dinner with her boyfriend, Stephen, Sophie suddenly feels her throat close up and she can’t swallow. There is a fist size ball in Sophie’s throat.

Sophie goes to Dr. Ames for her problem. Dr. Ames forces Sophie to deal with her childhood and growing up with a father for a porn producer. All the while dealing with the fist size ball in Sophie’s throat.

I have to admit that this book turned out to not quite be to my liking. I really wanted to like this book as it seemed that most of the other people who read this book did. The characters didn’t engage me and the book moved slow. I found the characters problems to be bothersome and they were whiny. What I did find interesting though about this book was the main character, Sophie. I have read many books but have never encountered a character where she deals with the issue of not being about to swallow. I went through this myself when I was younger, though luckily for me it did not affect me like it did Sophie. I was able to get over it pretty quickly. Swallow was hard for me to swallow but I could definitely see where author Tonya Plank was going with this book.

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Review Opp-The American Golfer

American Golfer, despondent over the death of his young daughter and the breakup of his marriage, goes to Ireland for a much-needed rest and change of pace. A six-time winner on the PGA Tour, Charlie Kingston visits the village where his great-grandmother spent her entire life planning to spend quiet afternoons searching for her grave.

His stay in Castlebantry doesn't go according to plan. Invited to play golf at a grand estate owned by a wealthy Britisher, Charlie meets a beautiful Irish woman on the course, the owner's wife. He falls deeply in love with her. In addition, Charlie becomes involved with a local family-wife, husband, two children-in the midst of a domestic upheaval; and he is drawn into the world of Anglo-Irish politics at a pivotal time in the history of Ireland, the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement. Three months into his stay, Charlie unexpectedly finds his great-grandmother's grave, and much about his heritage comes fully to light. Charlie Kingston's mainstream conservative mindset and his perception of what's important in life are challenged and ultimately changed.

Of Robinson's previously novels, the last two have golf backdrops. A Kirkus review called The Member-Guest, set on Long Island's posh south shore, "nothing less than a contem­­porary horror story set against the backdrop of the American dream:" Author Edward Falco termed it "the consummate golf novel." With superb knowledge of the game he has played all his life and the insights of the novelist, Anthony Robinson now gives us The American Golfer.

About the book:

The American Golfer by Anthony Robinson

ISBN: 978-1439269701

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: June 9, 2010

Pages: 268

S.R.P.: $14.95

About the author:

Anthony Robinson, author of six novels, graduated from Andover and has two degrees from Columbia. Retired after thirty-four years on the English faculty at SUNY New Paltz, he is currently at work on a novel about growing up in the Maverick Art Colony in Woodstock, N.Y. He lives with his wife Tatiana in New Paltz and New York City.

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She's Gone Country

Shey Darcy has just become a single mother of three boys. Her husband of seventeen years has decided to quit beating around the bush and finally declare that he likes men. Shey packs up her and her three sons and moves back to Parkfield, Texas. Population sixty seven. As if Shey doesn’t have enough to worry about trying to raise her sons, she now has to deal with her mother. Plus, Shey is constantly arguing with her sons.

Like they always say…trouble usually comes in threes. Don’t know what that really says about Dane Kelly. Dane is an ex champion bull rider and the guy Shey used to be in love with. Will second chances for Dane and Shey spell happy ending or heartache?

She’s Gone Country is a one seat read. She’s Gone Country will have you two stepping to the nearest book store for more Jane Porter. I like that Shey was an independent woman. She could have just threw up her hands and been defeated but she didn’t. She makes a new life for her sons and herself. This was hard to do with her meddling mother and brothers. The town of Parkfield may be fictional but the people there made me want to visit it. I could see why Shey fell in love with Dane. He is good looking and the type of guy I picture when I think bull riding. She’s Gone Country is just what I needed to escape a rainy afternoon.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Holly's Inbox:Scandal in the City

Holly Denham has finally gotten the hang of things as a receptionist at DKHuerst. In addition, Holly has a good looking boyfriend, Toby. Holly is applying for the Front of House Manager position. It won’t be easy. What with overbooking of meeting rooms, not ordering enough food, and the higher management wanting to make trouble for Holly. Also, what is up with Toby? Lately, he has been acting distant towards Holly. Luckily for Holly, she has her friends to distract her.

Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City brings back all of my favorite characters…Holly, Claire, Jason, Aisha, Toby, and Trisha. I absolutely love these books. It doesn’t matter how thick these books are…I just gobble them up. If you thought things would be different from the first book then you would be wrong. I think things got a whole lot crazier from last time. There are so many hilarious moments that I can’t pick just one from…Holly’s notes to herself, her conversations with Jason, Trisha and Holly’s gossiping. Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City is a combination of Friends and Sex in the City all rolled up into one! Pick up a copy of this book and start laughing tears of joy.

The Unexpected Son is an expected winner!

Vinita Patil left Mumbai, India a long time ago. She is happily married now and has a daughter. They live in America. Vinita didn’t really leave India on good terms. So she could not imagine why someone would be sending her a letter from Mumbai. The letter says that Vinita’s son, Rohit has Myeloid leukemia and needs a donor. First it is a shock that Vinita’s son has Myeloid leukemia but the bigger surprise is that Vinita didn’t know that she had a son.

Vinita had just finished dancing at the college gala. Back stage, Vinita hears a male voice. She turns and it is Somesh Kori. He is the guy that all the ladies want to date. Vinita and Som date. Vinita becomes pregnant. To both her family and Som’s disapproval. Som offers to pay Vinita to have an abortion. Vinita is stubborn and gives birth to a son, though her family tells Vinita that he was born stillborn.

This letter tears Vinita and her husband apart. She never told her husband that she gave born to a child. Rohit believes that Vinita discarded him. Can Vinita find a way back into both her husband and her son’s hearts?

The Unexpected Son is the fourth book from author, Shobhan Bantwal. This book just cemented my love for Mrs. Bantwal. As if I needed any more of a reason to rave. I was already a fan before this book. Mrs. Bantwal brings to life the world of India like no one else can. I felt both sadness and happiness for Vinita and Rohit. Sadness that she missed growing up with him and Vinita wanted him so bad but happy that they were able to reconnect.

For anyone who has not discovered Shobhan Bantwal and her books, then you had better head to the nearest book store or online store and order her books today. You won’t be sorry you did, only sorry you didn’t try her sooner. The Unexpected Son is an expected winner!

You will easily fall in love with Season of Water and Ice.

Fourteen year old Danny DeWitt and his father are renting a cabin in Michigan outside of the Manistee National Forest. Danny’s father is a traveling salesman. He sells power tools. Danny’s mother did not come with Danny and his father. She choose to stay behind. The last conversation Danny had with her on the phone, she said she would join them once his father finished building their house in the city as she hated the country. Danny’s father travels a lot, thus leaving Danny by himself most of the time.

Danny ends up forming a friendship with Amber, the girl next door. Amber is pregnant. Danny quickly grows up from a young boy to a young man. Though what will Danny do when Wayne, Amber’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her child comes back into the picture. One thing is for sure…Danny will never forget the summer of 1957.

Season of Water and Ice is an instantaneous winner! I can see how this book was named a Midwest Book Winner. Mr. Lystra reminded me of authors, John Hart and Michael Baron. Both really good authors. Mr. Lystra definitely deserves to be in this ranking.

Danny was such a warm, caring soul. He was so wise beyond his fourteen years. I was sad for Amber. She made one mistake that would change her life forever. Luckily she had Danny to lean on for support. You will easily fall in love with Season of Water and Ice.

Just think…what Mr. Lystra’s next novel will be like. I am sure it will be a winner like his debut novel, Season of Water and Ice. I will be keeping an eye on Mr. Lystra.

2 in the Hat

Angel Alves coaches the Mighty Mites football division for seven and eight year olds. Angel sends the Mites to do a quick run before ending practice. Suddenly Angel hears a scream. He goes to investigate and finds a couple dressed for the prom, tied to separate trees. They are dead. Angel has seen this before. This has the makings of the Prom Night Killer written all over it. Angel goes to the one man who is very familiar with the Prom Night Killer…Angel’s former partner, Wayne Mooney. District Attorney Conrad Darget wants in on the action and will do anything he can to help.

I had never heard of author, Raffi Yessayan, so I did not know what to expect from reading this book. What I got was a nice surprise. I found the characters to be engaging. The character I really liked was DA Conrad. He was so enthusiastic about riding around with the police, listening to the police scanner and asking questions. Conrad was like a kid in a candy shop. The story line moved quickly. There was a twist that I didn’t see coming and it threw me for a curve ball but in a good way.

My only issue I had with this book was that I thought the killer was a bit of a wall flower. I felt the killer’s presence when he was picking out his victims but when he did the killing it was subtle. Plus it is a little hard to take a guy with the name Sleeper serious as a serial killer or any killer at that. I plan to go back and read Mr. Yessayan’s prior novel, 8 in the Box.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chatting it up with author, Carolyn Brown

I want to present to you all my interview with author, Carolyn Brown. If you have not read her books yet, then you are missing out. You don't want to miss out, so try her books today. I have enjoyed everyone of her books.

I want to thank you for allowing me this interview.
The pleasure is all mine, Cheryl! I’m tickled to be here today to answer questions. I’m so excited about the whole Honky Tonk series. Hell, Yeah, the second book in the series hit the bookshelves early this month and My Give A Damn’s Busted will be out in October and then the final installment in the series, Honky Tonk Christmas, in November.

Can you please share a little about yourself with the readers?

Personal: I’ve been married 44 years to a wonderful man who understands that living with a writer has its own special challenges. We have a son and two daughters, all grown, married and with children of their own. Enough grandkids to keep us young forever, ranging from twenty-two all the way down to two years old. I was 17 when I married the aforementioned tolerate man. He was one hundred percent refined Yankee from Pennsylvania and I am one hundred ten percent loud mouthed Rebel from Texas and Oklahoma. Our children are half-breeds, bless their hearts!

Professional: I sold two books in one day back in 1997 and since then have sold a total of 55 books. They’ve been republished in large print, book clubs, and translated into nine foreign languages. They’ve had wonderful reivews in Booklist, Library Journal, Romantic Times, Publishers Weekly, Affaire de Coeur and dozens of other great places including this blog site. The Honky Tonk books will be featured in People Country Special magazine in October and are offered on Rhapsody and Doubleday book clubs.

Do you have any type of routine?

I like to write in the morning but if I’m in the middle of a hot scene or if an idea hits me in the afternoon then the laundry can wait and Husband (remember what I said in question one) doesn’t mind fast food for supper. And he’s a pro at laundry and vacuuming when I can’t take my eyes from the computer screen.

Do you like the peace and quiet when you are writing or do you have to have noise like music?

I listen to country music while I write. My favorite is Floyd Cramer’s slow piano music but sometimes I just listen to whatever is playing on KKAJ, my favorite local country music radio station. If I hit a writing snag riding fifty miles in the pickup truck and listening to country music radio sets me right back on track.

I read in your bio that your reading and writing was always a passion of yours. What type of stories did you used to write when you were little?

Oh, my! I liked writing shocking stories of people stranded out on the road and all the night noises and fearful things that scared the bejesus out of them. Then I found my mother’s “love” magazines hiding in her third dresser drawer under her lingerie and it was happy ever after from then on.

For anyone who has not read the Honky Tonk series, how would you describe it?

One hot honky tonk. Four sassy barmaids determined to never leave the Tonk. Four sexy cowboys who changed their minds.

Do you have a favorite book or character in this series?

I loved all the books in the Honky Tonk series. It’s a series I’ve had on the back burner for many years and I’m grateful Sourcebooks Editor, Deb Werksman worked with me on it. They all had their own personalities and quirks, so I’m not sure I could pick anyone of them as a favorite.

Share a bit about Hell, Yeah, the latest book in this series?

Hell, Yeah is the story of Cathy, the sassy barmaid who isn’t one bit interested in a relationship. She’s much too busy putting down roots in the Honky Tonk. And Travis, the sexy cowboy, who’s isn’t one bit interested in a relationship. He’s too busy trying to get through the job in Mingus so he can spread his wings and fly away to Alaska to his dream job. Toss in a bunch of quirky bar characters and Mingus citizens to keep things stirred up and pretty soon neither Cathy nor Travis are so sure about their roots or their wings.

I saw that you have a new series, Angels and Outlaws coming out in December. What can fans look forward to in your new series?

Angels & Outlaws is my Avalon historical series so it’s a lot milder written than my cowboy books. It’s the story of three sisters. Their father, Captain Lavalle, knew the fight at the Alamo was going to be dangerous so he commissioned three outlaws, who were in the San Antonio jail, to take his daughters home to Louisiana on their way to Mississippi. The outlaws thought he meant sisters as in nuns. Imagine their surprise when they found out a week into the journey that the Lavalle sisters were anything but nuns and could outshoot and outride them all. From Wine to Water will debut that series in December.

Any last words for the readers?

If you enjoy reading the Honky Tonk series as much as I did writing them, then keep your hats on and your spurs polished because there’s a new series in the works for 2011 called Spikes & Spurs. It’s about girls who traded their spike heels for cowboy boots and their business suits for tight fittin’ jeans and the hunky cowboys who made it all worthwhile.

Thank you again. It was fun. I love your books.

Thank you for letting me stop by your site today. It’s been a pleasure to sit down and have a visit before I’m off to Wichita Falls, Texas for a book signing on Saturday. Anyone in that area can stop by Hastings after 1:00 for a visit. I’d love to see you.


She’s finally found a place that feels like home…
When Cathy O’Dell buys the Honky Tonk, the nights of cowboys and country tunes come together to create the home she’s always wanted. Then in walks a ruggedly handsome oil man who tempts her to trade in the happiness she’s found at the Honky Tonk for a life on the road with him…

He lives the good life…
Gorgeous and rich, Travis Henry travels the country unearthing oil wells and then moving on. Then the beautiful blue-eyed new owner of the Honky Tonk beer joint becomes his best friend and so much more. When his job is done in Texas, how is he ever going to hit the road without her?

Carolyn Brown, an award-winning author who has published 36 romance novels for the library market, credits her eclectic family for her humor and writing ideas. She was born in Texas but grew up in southern Oklahoma where she and her husband, Charles, a retired English teacher, now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Be on the look out for an upcoming grand contest

I don't know if you noticed I posted a new button on my side bar. It takes about an upcoming contest, starting September 1. Well here are some of the prizes that will be up for grabs, so mark the date down and save it as you will want to get in on this contest.

Two-lid willow picnic basket with deluxe service for two. The exquisitely handcrafted Barrel picnic basket was designed for the picnicking elite. This uniquely designed, double-lid rattan basket is lined with a colorful leaf print canvas, and is very versatile as well as stylish. Ideal for any gift giving occasion while supplies last or a substitute will be chosen comparable to the one above.

2 Plates, melamine 9"
2 Napkins, cotton 14" x 14"
2 Handblown wine glasses 8 oz.
1 Tablecloth, cotton 44" x 44"
2 Ea. knives, forks & spoons (stainless steel)
1 Set salt/pepper shakers (frosted glass)
1 Corkscrew, waiter style (stainless steel)

Chocolate Indulgence Tier by Godiva Chocolates ~ always elegant, and simply sophisticated it includes a 19 pc. Nut and Caramel Gift Box, 15 pc. Milk Chocolate Gift Box, 8 pc. Truffle Gift Box and 4 pc. Gold Ballotin.

This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic while supplies last or a substitute will be chosen comparable to the one above.

Product features:
•Pristine petals conjure a luxurious, feminine necklace•Handmade jewelry combines pearls with faceted glass beads•Neck chain will add elegance to any day or evening outfit•Lobster claw clasp•Necklace measures 17.3 to 18.9 inches long (maximum) x 0.7 inches high•Pendant measures 3.9 inches high x 4.3 inches wide x 0.6 inches deep

The Pharos Objective

Caleb Crowe used to enjoy the life of his mother and father being archaeologists. Caleb and his sister would get to travel to exotic locations and help look for lost artifacts. Things changed when Caleb’s father disappeared. Caleb quickly left that life and became a Professor.

Years later, Caleb’s mother wants him to rejoin the Morpheus Initiative. The Initiative is in search of the Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World, The Pharos Lighthouse. It is told that hidden under the lighthouse is the grand treasure of Alexander the Great. Caleb rejoins but under protest. Will the legend be true or a myth?

The Pharos Objective is book one of the Morpheus Initiative series. The Pharos Objective by David Sakmyster is the first and won’t be the last book I read by this author. Can I tell you that I literally lost myself in this book. It was that great. I took this book with me on my vacation and finished it on the way home in just a matter of hours. Because I enjoyed this book so much it helped to pass the time. This book kind of reminded me of the Mummy with Brendan Frasier with Indiana Jones and Jason Bourne thrown in for good measure. This book had everything I was looking for from ….action and adventure, captivating storyline and interesting characters. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, The Mongol Objective.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Evangeline is the newest Sister to join Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Evangeline works in the library answering mail. One day Evangeline receives a strange piece of mail addressed to the Adoration. The letter talks about Abigail Aldrich Rockfeller whom corresponded with Mother Innocenta back in 1943-1944. The letter is signed by a V.A. Verlaine who requests permission to visit the Adoration to see all the other letters between Abigail and Mother Innocenta.

At first Evangeline brushes Elaine’s request off but then she becomes intrigued by his request and does some investigating. Evangeline learns that Abigail did correspond with Mother Innocenta all the way up until the fire in 1944. That wasn’t all. There was more. Before Evangeline realizes it, she and Verlaine are deep in over their heads.

When I first saw this book the thing that drew me to it was the cover. The next thing was the concept of Angelology. I opened this book and was instantly transported into the story. The mixture of mythology and fiction was a nice balance. I have to admit though that I found the story line involving Evangeline and Verlaine more interesting then the store line in the past. Of course, this isn’t to say that I didn’t find this part also interesting as it did help to tell the story and explain what Evangeline and Verlaine were looking for. I do agree with the other readers that the ending felt a bit rushed. Here the suspense was building throughout the book and then the ending felt a bit like a cop out. Overall through Angelology is worth checking out.

Review Opp 6-Till Death Do Us Part

"God's people must view life from God's perspective not man's perspective. The view of the struggles in life as a whole is clearer from Heaven's viewpoint. Evangelist Allen Domelle will take you on a spiritual helicopter ride to view marriage from God's handbook. My wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2010. We have formulated our life together based on the Bible principles found within the pages of this book." Dr. Bob Gray Sr., Author and Pastor

Inwood, WV - August 17, 2010 - Though there are many books on marriage that a person can read, you will find Till Death Do Us Part is a must-have book for every marriage. With marriage under extreme pressure from society, this book helps every marriage endure those pressures. Till Death Do Us Part will help every married couple to happily live together and enjoy their spouse the way they dreamed of before marriage.

Till Death Do Us Part is a 234-page book that is written in an easy-to-read format. The book deals with topics such as: How to address in-law problems; Knowing when to get counseling; How to settle disagreements in a peaceful manner; The importance of intimacy in marriage; How to keep the marriage sweet and exciting; The importance of putting your spouse above your parents; How to deal with outside temptations from the opposite gender; Keeping finances from destroying your marriage; The importance of communication and how to communicate. These and several other topics are covered in this book.

Anyone who reads this book will find that they are able to follow the practical guides given by the author. It is written so that readers from every level of reading will appreciate and understand the information given on how to happily live with their spouse and enjoy the sacred institution of marriage.

About the book:

Till Death Do Us Part by Allen Domelle

ISBN: 978-0-578-06495-6

Publisher: Domelle Ministries

Date of publish: August, 2010

Pages: 234

S.R.P.: $14.99

About the author:

Allen Domelle is a 6th generation preacher. He has been in evangelism for over 20 years and started preaching at the age of 15. Allen Domelle travels on a weekly basis to churches all across the United States and parts of the world challenging Christians to live the Christian life according to the Scriptures. Evangelist Allen Domelle is the editor of the Old Paths Journal, author of 6 books, and publishes the daily email devotional, Strength for Today.

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Review Opp 5-Change Your Body,Change the World

Introducing "Big Health": The connection between individual, social, and environmental

health in today's world

Seattle, WA - August 12, 2010 - Frank Forencich releases his latest book, Change Your Body,Change the World, in September 2010. The timely release explores the innovative

idea that individual, social, and environmental health are complementary reflections of one another.

He's coined this theory "Big Health".

"We've been looking at the body in isolation for far too long," commented rank. "What we need now more than ever is a sense of integration, integration not only of mind, body and spirit, but also of land, habitat and community."

Change Your Body, Change the World is a collection of essays, each reflecting one
aspect of the contemporary human predicament and the state of the body. Frank shared
with us a few sentences from the first chapter:

The body is set to make a comeback, and not a moment too soon..We've medicalized every dimension of physical living: birth, exercise, food and death.But there's a change in the air and on the ground..It's time for the body to get back into the act.

This is just the start. Change Your Body, Change the World is ahead of its time and digs farther into this place of full integration more than any other book or concept before.

About the book:

Change Your Body,Change the World by Frank Forencich
ISBN: 0-9723358-5-4
Publisher: Exuberant Animal
Date of publish: September 2010
Pages: 235
S.R.P.: $22

About the author:

Frank Forencich is an internationally-recognized leader in health education, fitness and performance training. His diverse studies drive his philosophy, vision and commitment to change the way people live and work. Most recently, he founded the innovative health organization, Exuberant Animal. In addition to Change Your Body, Change the World, he has authored three books, Play as if Your Life Depends on It, Exuberant Animal, and The Exuberant Animal Play Book.

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Review Opp 3- Emmy Budd, Don't Look Now

LOS ANGELES - August 16, 2010 - Local playwright Jean Blasiar has eight full-length

productions in the Los Angeles area, one of which was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox for a pilot. A tomboy at heart, Mrs. Blasiar turned her writing talent to penning a Tween detective series set in the innocence of 1950's Ohio.

In Volume 2, Emmy Budd, Don't Look Now , teen detectives Emmy Budd and her friend, T.J. Blake can't help but notice the ominous, black sedan rolling down main-street on a Sunday afternoon. When the drug store blows up in the middle of the night, Emmy and T.J. suspect foul play. Working together, they uncover clues leading to an illicit pharmaceutical operation.

Emmy Budd, Don't Look Now is Ms. Blasiar's follow up to her award-winning debut novel, Emmy Budd and the Hijacked Train (Charles River Press, April 21, 2010). Emmy
Budd and the Hijacked Train won Best Children's Fiction at the 2010 Hollywood Book
Festival. Mrs. Blasiar accepted the award on July 23, 2010 during a ceremony held at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, home of the Oscars.

Emmy Budd, Don't Look Now is the second of five mysteries contracted by Massachusetts publisher, Charles River Press.

About the book:

Emmy Budd, Don't Look Now by Jean Blasiar

ISBN: 978-1936185148

Publisher: Charles River Press

Date of publish: July 30, 2010

Pages: 130

S.R.P.: $12.95

About the author:

Mrs. Blasiar resides in Southern California where she is writing her seventh Emmy novel:Emmy Budd, Now You See Me.

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Review Opp 2-: The Tales & Salvation of a Proverbs 5 Woman

High Heels, Honey Lips & White Powder: The Tales & Salvation of a Proverbs 5 Woman

A tale of salvation of one woman - and shows how by falling in love with Jesus saved her -and can save others.

McComb, MS - Aug 16, 2010 - Rose Anding's heart-felt and emotional words pour out onto the pages as we are led through her lifetime of good and bad choices. You'll find yourself exhausted from the speed that her stories unfold.

"The morning my name appeared on the front page of the Washington Post, the nightmare began."

What can you say about a woman who used cocaine regularly, and even the night before she entered a treatment center-at AGE 68? Addiction, seduction, lies, infidelity, domestic violence, and suicide attempts-the devil brought all this and more into the life of "Maria McCarthy," a Proverbs 5 woman, a harlot! She lived a life that thankfully most of us only read about.

Flirtation and the games of deception as a Proverb 5 woman had no boundaries-and when in the late '80s she met Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C.-everything she did was crazy.

Because she had come to respect him as a political leader, she would not testify against Barry when named in the very public cocaine-use case against him. Thus Anding served 30 days in jail, much of it in Washington, DC, where she lived in the midst of very troubled people. The deplorable conditions still haunt her.

Rose "Maria McCarthy" Anding flirted with disaster that took its toll, but finally 25years of living in the dark shadows at life's back door caused this Proverbs 5 woman to seek help.

ALL PROCEEDS: EL Foundation, established by the author, will receive the benefits from all book sales. This foundation is funding The Rose House, a FREE center for men and women who have addictions.

About the book:

High Heels, Honey Lips and White Powder by Rose Anding

ISBN: 978-1616633608

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Date of publish: August 10, 2010

Pages: 253

S.R.P.: $14.99

About the author:

Minister Rose Anding counsels drug users, and is an anointed inspirational speaker for seminars/workshops, keynotes and other talks to be given at schools, women's day programs,substance abuse centers, and book clubs, as well as for businesses and organizations.

Rose "Maria McCarthy" Anding, now known only as Rose Anding, has thrown aside the Maria McCarthy name she was known by during those years living and hiding out on the other side of goodness.

Born in Mississippi during the late 1930s, she was one of eight Simmons children of hardworking parents. Her father later became a minister and started two churches, and her mother was a God-fearing church lady.

Now clean of any addictions (except the desire to help others) she is happily married to Josh Anding. Earlier husbands were unfaithful, and one was even very abusive, leading to her attempt at suicide.

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Review Opp-The Song Trilogy: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Romance

The Song Trilogy: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Romance

BOSTON - August 16, 2010 - Program Pandora with some of your favorite 1980s divas, then dive into The Song Trilogy for a riveting tour of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. Jan Bornstein's three hot romance novels weave the turbulent public and private lives-and passionate love-of rock stars Jenna Bradford and Scott Tenny into a highly charged tale guaranteed to provide reader satisfaction.

The Song Trilogy spans five years in the lives of the charismatic Jenna and Scott as they struggle for their love in a world where every wink, smile, and personal tragedy is chronicled by paparazzi. In Beyond Beautiful, Sweet Emotions, and Deuces Are Wild, the lovers overcome numerous obstacles, including abuse, betrayal, blackmail, and a heart wrenching separation, to attain ecstasy and love. Author Jan Bornstein is a registered nurse, with degrees in psychology from Bridgewater State College and nursing from UMass Boston. Drawing on her experience as a musician, singer, and former rock band manager, she mixes the real-life rocker details of Boston's South Shore music scene with the hot licks and riffs of good romance.

Beyond Beautiful, Book One (Back Channel Press, ISBN 13: 978-0-9767590-6, $13.95, paperback);

Sweet Emotions, Book Two (Back Channel Press, ISBN 13: 978-1-934582-05-3, $13.95, paperback);

Deuces Are Wild, Book Three (Back Channel Press, ISBN 13: 978-1-934582-09-1, $13.95, paperback, 2009).

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It's a plane, It's Superman, no...It's a Book!

You have got to check out this book.


Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith, IT’S A BOOK is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say to readers of all stripes and all ages.

Words from Mr. Lane:

As Lane explains, “Not to say that I'm not excited by the new technologies and reading devices introduced (it seems) nearly every month, I am. But I'm sure on some level I'll always be a traditional book guy.” And aren't we all? New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Lane Smith delivers a book to the technorati and literati alike. Juxtaposing a book-loving ape and a tech-savvy donkey, with clever illustrations and a brilliant punch line, Smith's nod to the times will be a collector's item on shelves, and will be read again and again in bookstores, libraries for years to come.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Geting to know author, Rick Mofina

I am a big fan of author Rick Mofina and am excited that I got the chance to interview him. Enjoy and don't forget to pick up a copy of The Panic Zone.

Hello and thank you for allowing me to ask you some questions.

First the easy questions.

Can you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I grew up east of Toronto, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. I began writing fiction in grade school and sold my first short story to a magazine in New Jersey at age 15. I hitchhiked to California and wrote a novel about the experience at 18. I held jobs ranging from working at a horseracing track to delivering cars to Florida, before I attended Carleton University where he studied Journalism, English Literature, and American Detective Fiction.

I was a summer student rookie reporter at The Toronto Star, the same paper that once employed Ernest Hemingway, before embarking on a career in journalism that spanned three decades and several newsrooms. My reporting has put me face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. I covered a horrific serial killing case in California, an armored car heist in Las Vegas, the murders of police officers in Alberta, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD, and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. I’ve reported from the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East., Now, a former crime reporter, I’ve published 11 crime fiction novels, have over 1,000,000 books in print in 15 countries.

What do you like to do for fun?

Watch 1950s sci-fi movies.

Are you a morning person?

I get up at 4:00 am to write a bit before I start my day job as a communications advisor.

Ok, now on to the real business.

How important a part does taking a “grain of truth” from real life events play in your books?

The opening of my first published crime novel, If Angels Fall, begins with a toddler being abducted from his inattentive father while they are riding San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System, known as BART.

Readers have told me that it reads as if I’d drawn it from a real case. I didn’t. The scene is entirely fiction. However, the seed for that moment of terror arose from a real moment of truth I experienced years ago while I was working at The Toronto Star. The summer I was a Star cub reporter, a tragedy hit the city. A child who vanished under chilling circumstances was later found murdered. Fear gripped the metropolitan area and the story screamed from page one headlines of Toronto’s major papers.

In that climate, I was riding Toronto’s subway when I saw a father and his toddler. Dad was hidden behind the newspaper he was reading, one that happened to be blaring the latest on the tragedy. His little boy was toddling up and down the full length of the subway car aisle. The father was oblivious. The train would stop. Doors would open. Waves of commuters would rush in and out, even bumping the toddler. Doors would close. The train rumbled to the next station.

The father was had no idea what was happening as the scene was repeated at the next station. Then the next. Then the next. As I witnessed this, I became a little angry at the father for not watching his kid. Then I grew a little fearful as my imagination went into overdrive. If I were a crazy person, I could easily abduct that boy without his father noticing until it was too late.

That moment haunted me until years later, when I fashioned it into the opening of, If Angels Fall, the book which introduces my ongoing series characters, San Francisco reporter Tom Reed and SFPD Homicide Inspector, Walt Sydowski.

I drew a lesson from that subway ride. By beginning with a seed of ‘truth’ I was able to shape a stronger story. It was in keeping with the old saw, that writers should write what they know.

You have contributed to many anthologies. How different if any is there to writing a short story versus a full length novel?

Stories are every bit as challenging because you’re struggling to convey and emotion in what amounts to an eye-blink of time compared with a novel.

I noticed that with your last two books, Vengeance Road, Six Seconds and your current novel, The Panic Zone that there is a trend. One of the three story lines in each book features a grieving mother. Was this intentional?

No, it just happened.

You have written many novels. Of all the novels you have written who is your favorite character…Tom Reed, Jason Wade or Jack Gannon? Why?

I like them all because they are in essence the same guy, various biographical shadings are at work with all of them.

I read in your author’s note in The Panic Zone that you were inspired by public records and accounts of people subject to experimentation without their consent. After you have found your inspiration do you find that writing the story comes along easily?

The inspiration is the fuel in my tank, so yes, with that fuel, when I know I am on solid ground, then I can work with more confidence.

For someone who has not read The Panic Zone yet, how would you describe this book?

The Panic Zone concerns the story of Emma Lane, an anguished mother from Wyoming who refuses to believe her baby died in a tragic car crash. Jack Gannon, a relentless wire service reporter from New York, joins her in the hunt for a perfect killer whose trail leads around the world in a race against time. The Panic Zone is the second book in the Jack Gannon series. Thriller fans met Gannon in the first book in the series, Vengeance Road when it was released in 2009. The prestigious International Thriller Writers (ITW) has named Vengeance Road a finalist for a 2010 Thriller Award in the category of Best Paperback Original.

What is the best experience you had writing The Panic Zone?

Letting my characters rest once I wrote: “the end”.

The Panic Zone equals a must read!

Emma Lane, her husband Joe and their son Tyler are on vacation. Everything was going along just fine, when suddenly an oncoming truck has a head on collision with them. The last thing Emma remembers before waking up in the hospital is seeing someone take Tyler. Emma insists that Tyler is alive but everyone around her thinks she is crazy. Emma starts to doubt herself, when she receives a mysterious phone call where the caller tells her that Tyler is alive.

Meanwhile in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a bombing takes places, killing two reporters. World Press Alliance reporter Jack Gannon is sent to the scene to find out the truth about his fellow reporters. At first Jack believes the bombing is the job of drug gangs but quickly dismisses the idea, when he learns what his fellow reporters were working on. Jack’s investigation leads him down a path of no return.

The Salida del Sol cruise liner is heading towards the Florida coast. One of the passengers on the liner suddenly drops dead of a horrific death. The passenger was bleeding from every pore of his body. Before the doctor can figure out the cause of death, another passenger dies. What is happening to the passengers of Salida del Sol is beyond your worst nightmares.

The Panic Zone is the latest Jack Gannon thriller from Mr. Mofina. Mr. Mofina really knows how to crank up the intensity. I really like the Jack Gannon novels. Thus far, I have not been disappointed. Jack was the main focal point in this story. Jack is one tough cookie. No matter how many times you kick him, you can’t keep him down. The moments when Jack was involved was full of high octane. Emma was also strong in face of adversity. I felt for Emma and was rooting for her. The things that were happening to the passengers of Salida del Sol was like something from the X-Files. It was creepy and scary.

There were many other secondary and minor characters in this book. Each new character brings a new layer to the story. If you have never read a Rick Mofina novel then you are missing out on something spectacular. So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of The Panic Zone today. You have nothing to lose but time getting lost in this book.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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We are all familiar with author, Steig Larsson and his trilogy of books. They are best sellers and a movie is already being made from them. Well here is a list of 50 famous books that were posthumously published.

Some of the books on this list include: