Monthly Archives: June 2009

Author Spotlight – Carole Sutton

From WWII London to climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, what an Inspiring Life…

I frequently wonder what inspired someone to write from a certain local, or how they were able to create an ingenious and creative plot device.  I’ve come to find the answer lies in the wonderful experiences authors have had that shaped their lives.  Many times, these stories are just as engaging to the reader as the author’s books.  With this in mind, I started the author spotlight.  This month’s spotlight author is Carole Sutton.  Enjoy!

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TMBOA:   Ferryman’s setting is Cornwall England and sailing the English Channel. You currently reside in Australia. Tell us a little about where you’ve lived, why you choose Cornwall as the books setting, and how you’ve landed in Australia.

Sutton: Born in London in 1938 and evacuated to Exeter at the start of WWII, my earliest memory is the wail of sirens during the Exeter blitz in 1942. After the war, I remained in Exeter. In 1960, I married Bill, a man I had known for many years. His job took us to Cornwall. We lived in a small village near Falmouth where we raised our three children. I’ve always loved Cornwall.

They say ‘write what you know’ and after twenty years of working, sailing and living in the area, Cornwall seemed a natural setting for my first published book.

My parents and siblings had all migrated to Australia over the years. High unemployment and low payment rates in Cornwall was a worry, and thinking of our children’s future, we too applied for residency in Australia. But, by then Australia had closed its borders to migrants and it took us five attempts before they finally accepted us in 1981. We bought a retail business, a post office and news-agency, and ran it as a family with our now adult children. No time for writing in those days!

TMBOA:   Competitive sailing is one of the major backdrops for your murder mystery. From the detailed descriptions in the book, it appears you have quite a passion for this sport. When did you take up sailing and what first interested you in this sport?

Sutton: In the late 1950s I was lured into sailing by Bill, who was trying hard to woo me at the time. He’d joined a club and bought a sailing dinghy. It was a 12’ National, badly in need of repair. This we did together and once out in the water, I was hooked. Bill’s next dinghy was a Hornet, a slim racy boat. We joined the clubs’ racing programs in the River Exe.  

After we were married and moved to Cornwall, the years sped by, our boats grew bigger to accommodate our growing family. Eventually, unable to pay big prices for new boats we bought ours in kit form, and built them ourselves. The first was a four berth 27ft Cutlass, we followed that a few years later with a six berth 32ft Rival. (This boat was the model for Touché, Pengelly’s boat in ‘Ferryman’.) I went to night school and learned coastal navigation before we started cruising with the family. Our sailing trips extended to the Channel Islands, Brittany and down to Bay of Biscay. The only racing we did was the annual cross Channel race from Falmouth to L’Aberwrache, and that was more for fun than any idea of winning.

TMBOA:   The book’s protagonist has an ingenious way of parading his prisoners about in public without anyone being the wiser. Without giving too much of the plot away, how did you come up with such an original idea?

Sutton: In the early 1960s, I attended a well planned Elizabethan Pageant. It was magic. At the time I was into photography. I still have a hundred, or so, 9’x 6’ b/w photographs I’d taken that day of men, women and children posing in Elizabethan costumes, of horses and jousting, and prisoners in stocks. It was obvious to me that people enjoyed acting out their roles. I remembered this when writing the Ferryman scenes. I could see that people had suspended their disbelief, and accepted as part of the show whatever was going on. I realised in that atmosphere my antagonist would be able to get away with something that, in a normal situation, would have been questionable.

TMBOA:   What do you want readers to feel, think, and say after reading your work?

Sutton: I’d like them to feel satisfied, dwell a few moments on the bits they liked best, close the book with a grunt  and say, “Well, that was a good yarn – when’s her next one coming out?”

TMBOA:   Have you had any formal tuition in writing, if not have you had help from another source?

Sutton: No formal training, but I have attended a creative writing course, joined a writers’ workshop, where a group of us met in a local pub. We’d sit in a quiet corner to read and discuss our chapters. Great fun, especially when it came to the sexy bits and we had to read quietly so as not to alert other customers!

I joined the Internet Writing Workshop.  From the Novels-L section, I learned almost everything I know about writing, both how to, and how NOT to. On this site you submit chapters to your peers and critique theirs in return.  See them at: http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/.

I also joined YouWriteOn.com back when it first started. My books reached the Top Ten through peer reviewing and two of them were awarded professional critiques. Again, it’s a free site for writers. http://www.youwriteon.com

Currently, I meet fortnightly with two other professional writers where we drink tea, and ruthlessly edit each other’s chapters. We find it very helpful to have other eyes peruse our work.

TMBOA:  Finally, what’s next for you? Do you have a new novel in the works and if so what can you tell us about it?

Sutton: My next book, ‘And the Devil Laughed’ has been released this week, June 2009.  Set in Australia on the banks of the Parramatta River, ‘And the Devil Laughed’ was short-listed for New Holland Publishers Genre Fiction Award 2007.

Briefly: Undercover cop, Hannah Ford, is eager to return to work after trauma leave. She takes on a drug surveillance job in Draper’s Wharf. But when she arrives there, the town is in shock after the rape and murder of its local barmaid. Hannah, a rape victim with a career to salvage, needs to prove to herself and her boss that she can hack it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1849238332/ref=pe_5050_12366570_snp_dp

Down the track, book #3 is on its way. We are back in Cornwall, though not with the Ferryman characters. It’s a cracking story and if you liked Ferryman, you’ll love this one. You can see more detail on both these books on my web: http://casutton.tripod.com/

How many other books . . . who knows?

As my daughter once said: “You flew a plane on your 50th birthday, you climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on your 60th, saw your first novel published for your 70th . . . What will you do for your 80th?”

Ah, that’s anyone’s guess!

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You can read my TMBOA recommended review of Ferryman here.  I encourage everyone to pick up a copy!

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Review – Roadworks

Roadworks – An Engaging International Thriller!

Rating: 4 of 5   

Author: Gerard Readett
Available:
Paperback, Kindle

The year is 2022 and the worlds leaders meet for a summit in Brussels Belgium.  This cities transportation system, a highly automated combination of auto, rail, and bus systems, is the envy of the world.  Hugh Ryan, a Transport Authority controller for the system, comes to work one day preparing to train a new employee when suddenly multiple systems begin to fail.  Automated parking garages crush cars backing up traffic, the rail system shuts down stranding passengers, and when multiple tanker trucks explode on the major highways, Hugh learns not only is the city in gridlock, but that terrorists have taken control of the system and are holding the city hostage.  Hugh, with his unique knowledge, finds himself at the center of solving a major international terrorist plot.   But can he do it in time?

Gerard Readett’s Roadworks is a refreshingly original thriller featuring a very unlikely public works employee turned hero.  While place in the not so distant future, the automated systems are within the realm of possibility and the Readett’s main character is so real that it is easy for the reader to get quickly engaged in the story.  Readett does an excellent job of weaving multiple plot lines of greed, deceit, terrorism, and politics which keeps the reader guessing throughout.

Roadworks is a fast paced, engaging, read.  It’s futuristic but not sci-fi.  Readett also conveys a compelling world message which is not at all over the top but rather seamlessly connects the opening prologue to the final chapters resolution.  Pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

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Thanks to the success of TMBOA, we’ve quite a few books, comments and posts on the site.  I’ve tried to categorize reviews, marketing tips, news, polls, etc. so they are easier to find.  None-the-less, it may be hard to find that special book or comment from a particular author.  Therefore, I added a search function (see right hand column).  Try it out – find your favorite review.  This also makes it easier to find particular posts you might want to share through social bookmarking as I’ve tweeted about.  Remember, the more you bookmark your reviews on sites such as stumbleupon, delicious, etc. the more visibility you’ll have to your work.  Try it out!

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Review – Ponder Awhile

Ponder Awhile – Enlightened Sailor turned Poet

Rating: 3 of 5
Author: Mohit Misra

Available: Paperback, Kindle

In 2003, while sailing in the Atlantic ocean, merchant sailor Mohit Misra had a moment of enlightenment.  So much so, the previously confirmed atheist gave up his career to begin writing and convey his thoughts through couplets/dohas.  The result is a collection of poems found in Ponder Awhile.

Honestly, poetry is not my typical reading genre; readers of this review should keep that in mind.  I found some of Mohit’s offerings did cause me to ponder awhile.  Those dealing with religion, governments, and being one people without prejudice were the more powerful offerings.  To me poetry, like any good novel, movie, or art, causes one to reflect, take notice and delve a little deeper into the human condition.  A few of these poems did just that for me.

The remainder of the book is filled with some other creative though simple poems of everyday life which did not stay with me as much.  The poems about women seemed somewhat superficial but perhaps this was purposely done by the author to convey the emotions and reactions he was having were also superficial yet powerful, consuming, fleeting, and sometimes confusing.

Overall, an eclectic selection of  poems.

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May 2009 Additions – Tag You’re It!

Dirk Smat Inside Mount Flatbottom

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Keep Press (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596635126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596635128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches

Description

Join the Explorer’s Club for an unforgettable adventure inside Mount Flatbottom in this chapter book for early readers, ages 6 to 8. Travel with Dirkle and his little brother Quid Smat along with Toonie Oobles, Fiddy Bublob, and the inventor of the roto-scooter and the BL2 Helmet, the creative genius Bean Lumley, as they proceed to solve a “mystery of the ages.” Illustrated throughout with bonus pages at the end for readers to form their own Explorer’s Club.

Tags Requested:

Children’s books, Beginning reading, Juvenile Fiction

Website:

http://www.dirklesmat.com

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Afghan Journal: A Soldier’s Year in Afghanistan

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438259662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438259666
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches

Description

Journey to the front lines in Afghanistan with Sergeant First Class Jeff Courter, as he leaves his comfortable suburban life behind to train and fight near the Pakistan border while mentoring Afghan Border Police. Learn how one man confronts personal, professional and spiritual challenges while striving to bring progress to this dangerous and distant corner of the world.

Tags Requested:

War stories, Spirituality, Military

Website:

http://www.afghanistan-journal.com/

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The Chosen Few

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440420319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440420313
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches

Description

In an investigation that takes him through the Boston neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the South End, and downtown, private investigator Max Lovely finds himself entangled in an expanding web of men and women with big dreams and dark secrets. As he draws closer to the truth, his own life becomes the target of the malevolent forces he has uncovered.

Tags Requested:

Boston, Mystery, Detective

Website:

http://the-chosen-few.com/

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Elysium and Dominion’s Prophecy

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432735373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432735371
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches

Description

Elysium is sealed. The earth has no protection against the evil lord who wishes to rule it. According to a prophesy, only one will have the power to save the world. Can Alex, a lanky teenage boy, really save the world? He will have to try, because time is running out.

Tags Requested:

young adult fantasy, christian fiction, magic

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Compulsion

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432734164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432734169
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches

Description

When Serial Killers Terrorize a California Beach Community, One Woman Stands in Their Way

Emily Stone doesn’t have a badge. But that hasn’t stopped her from tracking down some of the West’s most dangerous child-killers. Armed with a digital SLR camera, laptop computer and her trusty Beretta, Stone uses her innate gift for detective work to identify the perps — and then anonymously e-mail the evidence to the cops.

Now, the hunt for two brazen serial killers on the loose right in her own coastal California town threatens to expose Stone’s identity — unraveling her carefully constructed cover and jeopardizing her life’s work. But when she gets too close to the action, this razor-sharp hunter becomes the hunted. Cooperating with the handsome local police detective could be the only hope for stopping the rampage directed at unsuspecting young women — and saving herself. Can they piece together the clues in time?

Compulsion mixes CSI-style investigation with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a dose of romance for a keeps-you-guessing, fast-paced and savvy thriller, right up until the shocking finale.

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Thriller, Suspense, Serial Killer

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The Insured

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440401861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440401862
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches

Description

Del Miller is a young and talented, up-and-coming executive with one of the nation’s largest Health Maintenance Organizations. Blinded by his personal drive to impress the senior management at Premium Health Insurance, Del stumbles upon company documents which initially appear to be fairly innocent. As Del further probes into the details of this situation, clues begin to point toward a possible insider scam eventually leading Del to question everyone’s innocence, including his own. The corruption unravels quickly forcing Del to act expeditiously to save his family and his own life.

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Insured, Thriller, HMO

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The New Valley

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (June 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802118917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802118912

Description

The three linked novellas that comprise Josh Weil’s debut bring us into America’s remote and often unforgiving backcountry, and delicately open up the private worlds of three very different men as they confront love, loss, and their own personal demons.

Set in the hardscrabble hill country between West Virginia and Virginia, The New Valley is populated by characters striving to forge new lives in the absence of those they have loved. Told in three varied and distinct voices – from a soft-spoken middle-aged landscaper and beef farmer struggling to hold himself together after his dad’s suicide; to a health-obsessed single father desperate to control his reckless, overweight daughter; to a mildly retarded man who falls in love with a married woman intent on using him in a scheme that will wound them both – each novella is a vivid, stand-alone examination of uniquely romantic relationships. As the men struggle against grief, solitude, and obsession, their desperation slowly leads them all to commit acts that will bring both ruin and salvation.

Written with a deeply American tone and in empathetic, meticulously crafted prose, The New Valley is a tender exploration of resilience, isolation, and the deep, consuming ache for human connection.

Tags Requested:

Southern, Literary Fiction, Short Stories

Website:

http://www.joshweil.com

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Waypoint 90: In the Chambers of the Sea

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419697625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419697623
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches

Description

A bitter-sweet romance full of appealing characters, this is the highly visual and imaginative story of one man’s redemption through love. From the Florida Keys of the 70s and the Cuba of the Mariel boat lift, the story provides richness of detail in the historic backgrounds of the main characters.

Tags Requested:

action, adventure, romance

Website:

http://www.simonvincent.com

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Sea Lust: Poems from the Heart

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419695282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419695285
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches

Description

If poetry can be said to be the songs of the heart, then this is a book of heart songs, the deeply felt emotions of a heart that is searching, seeking its own unique way through the labyrinth of human emotions and experiences that make up a life.
As you read his words and listen to their song, your heart will soar and your pulse will quicken, his words are like the sea flowing through your fingers as you wade in a crystal clear ocean.
When the heart speaks, what we hear is truth. Truth as seen through the eyes of a poet, a poet at heart.

Tags Requested:

poetry, romance, spirituality

Website:

http://www.simonvincent.com

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All You’re Money won’t another minute Buy

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (July 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430323833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430323839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches

Description

This book covers the many reasons why time tracking, preferably through a Software-as-a-Service platform, is a must for companies of all sizes. It discusses the benefits available through effective key performance indicators and project management, payroll and billing practices, and federal regulation compliance, as well as guides the reader through the buying process. It also discusses numerous pertinent technological advances such as SOA, Telecom and the Internet, and Web2.0.

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project management, time tracking, time management

Website:

http://timetrackingbook.com

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How to Haunt Your House

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Rabbit Hole Productions; 1st edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578009439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578009438
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches

Description

If you are looking to raise the coffin lid a little higher this Halloween, try out some of these spooky projects and tips. From simple to advanced there is something here to make your next Halloween party or home haunt even spookier. Halloween is for grown-ups too– the projects in this book are not intended for children, but for the creative, adults who want to handcraft their own Halloween home haunt and graveyard fun.

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Halloween decorating, seasonal, Prop Building

Website:

http://www.howtohauntyourhouse.com

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A Good Confession

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727867202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727867209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches

Description

When sweet-talking Mick Brogan dies, his young wife Cathleen struggles to bring up their daughters in a few rented rooms in 1960s North London. She is comforted by Father Jerry, her husband’s cousin and a priest generally acknowledged by the Irish community to be both a saint and the spit of Gregory Peck. As their friendship develops, Cathleen fears that they are growing too close. Hoping that confession will ease her troubled mind, she says the things that can’t be said anywhere else – not realizing that she is confessing to the man she loves.
When a tragedy forces Cathleen back to Ireland, she must face the truth and accept the consequences of a forbidden love . . .

Tags Requested:

Irish Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romantic Fiction

Website:

http://www.agoodconfession.co.uk

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The Law School Labyrinth

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1st edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142779958X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427799586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches

Description

After a twenty-year business career, Steve Sedberry left his job as COO of a large company to pursue a law segree. In Law School Labyrinth, he provides a unique perspective on the law school experience and a non-nonsense approach to success. Sedberry distills the lessons he learned along the way in this riveting, yet practical guide. Through his stories you’ll get practical advice, plus you’ll learn tips and techniques to master your legal studies, select and area of practice and prepare for the bar exam.

Tags Requested:

law school, prelaw, law school prep

Website:

http://www.lawschoollabyrinth.com

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Immortal

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (December 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441480897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441480897
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches

Description

HER DREAMS ARE TERRIFYING In the year of our One 3075 Tundra has been at piece for 400 years. There is no racism, poverty or war. Karla is a young Indigo woman working as a successful healer. Yet she is tormented by lucid and erotic dreams. Dreams in which she is: IMMORTAL. Two men emerge from these phantasms: the first a Copper Shape shifter and the other a demon more dead than alive. But when this creature appears in her apartment Karla realizes that they share a lust that may one day consume her. HIS WILL UNLOCK A MYSTERY. Joseph always dreamt of becoming an artist, a warrior…and a shape shifter. Now he’s dreaming of a sorceress who commands that he leave his homeland. TOGETHER THEY WILL JOURNEY TO THE END OF TIME. To a nightmarish world of revolution and magic. But will they save Tundra or perish in it’s destruction?

Tags Requested:

fantasy, Lycans, erotic

Website:

http://www.blackscififantasy24.ning.com

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Six Faces

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (March 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442110287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442110281
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches

Description

Little Park is one of many rural towns located in South Jersey, a quiet but friendly place prominent for its hospitality. Unknown to the people, their peaceful community is about to be disrupted by the dark shadows of its own past. A past powerful enough to cloak the town in an inescapable nightmare from which they can only hope to awaken. Panic sets in with the arrival of screams of terror in the night, followed by the appearance of mangled corpses every morning. In response, the police department calls in local investigator Aya Becker for assistance. As she gets closer to the truth behind the present horrors, she uncovers the dark secrets of the town, and realizes that the evil terrorizing Little Park has a far worse fate in mind for her. As the horrific murders continue, Aya’s struggle turns into one for her own life, and far more…

Tags Requested:

horror, suspense, mystery

Website:

http://ryancallaway23.tripod.com

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T’Aragam

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442114592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442114593
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches

Description

Young Max Ransome watched his father die, killed by marauding phantors as they swept through T’Aragam at the bidding of the evil wizard Zadok. Barely escaping with his own life, Max is thrust into a whirlwind journey as he races against time to save T’Aragam, the world he loves, from a dark dominion. Can Max overcome the horror of his father’s death and save T’Aragam from the grasping talons of its enemies?

Tags Requested:

teen fantasy, fantasy, juvenile fiction

Website:

http://www.taragam.com

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The Loose End of the Rainbow

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Moon Press (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977049728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977049721
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches

Description

After the adults simply vanish, White Eagle and Paints-With-Words, both 17, lead the children of their tribe on an epic quest across ancient America. While struggling on their journey, they are challenged by hardship, injuries, earthquakes, and erupting volcanoes. Luckily for the Tribe of the Innocents, the two young leaders have been gifted with special powers, and unexpected allies emerge from a battle with the fierce giant frog monster, Green Emperor. The mysterious destination the Great Spirit guides them toward is the enchanting Loose End of the Rainbow, where they will fulfill their destiny; bringing not only their tribe together, but the people of the world. 10% of profits from sales of The Loose End of the Rainbow, the first novel of the Universal Knights trilogy, benefit American Indian Children’s Charities.

Note: Amazon has the wrong age group listed and I have not been able to get it corrected. This novels’s target age group is youth/YA readers, approximately 13-24, but it can be read by adults of all ages.

Tags Requested:

Visionary Fantasy, Environmentalism, Cultural Harmony

Website:

http://www.astarrynightproductions.com

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Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Keep Press (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596636505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596636507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches

Description

The Explorer’s Club is back! Join the gang in another exciting adventure. This time they uncover a mysterious box hidden in the roots of an old tree where it’s been hidden for over a hundred years. This chapter book for early readers, ages 6 to 10, returns with Dirkle, his little brother Quid Smat, along with Toonie Oobles, Fiddy Bublob, and the inventor of the roto-scooter and the Lumleyline, the creative genius, Bean Lumley. Travel with them in Bean’s latest invention-a special submarine. Illustrated throughout with bonus pages for readers to form their own Explorer’s Club. Lynn Garthwaite lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with her husband and two sons.

Tags Requested:

childrens books, juvenile fiction, early chapter books

Website:

http://www.dirklesmat.com

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Stop Me

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007072

Description

STOP ME is the fiendishly dark debut novel of Richard Jay Parker and is a uniquely addictive thriller that examines the torment of Leo Sharpe, a Londoner whose wife, Laura, inexplicably vanishes, and a frantic search that begins in the UK and extends to the tenebrous backdrop of post Mardis Gras New Orleans.

John R Bookwalter is a man who claims to be the Vacation Killer but has been dismissed by police as a crank because he’s never left the state of Louisiana. How can he exert such control via his website and why would Leo entertain his claims that he has Laura captive?

STOP ME leads the reader to the darkest recesses of its backdrop and its character’s psyche as well as examining the phenomena of Internet celebrity, e-relationships and online obsession.

It will be published by Allison and Busby on August 4th 2009 and in paperback January 2010. It will also be part of Allison and Busby’s much anticipated e-book list in 2009.

Tags Requested:

Mystery, Horror, Thriller

Website:

http://www.richardjayparker.com

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The Wind Whispers War

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142596026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425960261
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches

Description

The early 1960’s… America had elected the youngest President in U.S. history. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” was the challenge issued to young and old alike. Nightly news brought rioting and violence into our homes, either supporting or opposing Black civil rights. Through the miracle of television, taped footage showed our President being killed, then TV broadcast it’s first live murder days later. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich days of the 1950’s were gone forever. World events, and pop culture had repercussions on the lives of the people you knew, your family, your friends, and your neighbors. Passion grows the moment Airman Jeffrey “Mad Dog” Madison gazes into the eyes of young, na¿ve Beth Campbell. As war threatens, this sensuous Historic Romance vividly details life. Step back in time as the Myth of Camelot is transformed into the Reality of Life.

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Historical Fiction, Vietnam Era, Teen pregnancy

Website:

kgcummings.com

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War Written Words

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425991947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425991944
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.9 inches

Description

Brother against Brother, brings to mind the War Between the States. World War One, was called the War to End All Wars, and the Great War, until the Big One. World War Two. The Forgotten War? Korea. Yet, never to be forgotten is Viet Nam, the Hated War. In spite of cries for peace and love, Viet Nam became the war fought in living rooms across America. The mid 1960’s saw the beginning of changes in attitudes that would trigger social unrest. Two people, one love, separated by time and distance with a despised war on one side, and growing protests to make love, not war on the other. The epistolary War Written Words is in the form of a series of letters exchanged by the characters, Jeff and Beth Madison during his tour of duty in South East Asia, with the exception of the three chapters at the end.

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Historical Romance, Epistolary, Vietnam Era

Website:

kgcummings.com

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Welcome With Wrath

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434308219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434308214
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches

Description

By the late 1960’s… The challenge that invigorated early attitudes, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”, seemed to have been long forgotten. Letters from Nam, returning soldiers, and a war that appeared to have no end, had shifted public opinion. “Hell No! We Won’t Go!” was the reply by the end of the decade. Music would swing from doo wop to acid rock. Hair grew from duck tails, to mop tops, ratted and teased, to flowers and beads. This novel is about relationships between people, and the effect that pop culture, and historical events had upon their lives. You know these people, they are your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and associates… every day, ordinary people. As the trilogy comes to it’s conclusion, Turn on, tune in, drop out…

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Historical Romance, Vietnam Era, Hippie Era

Website:

kgcummings.com

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What Went Wrong?

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438923457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438923451
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches

Description

Following The Wind Whispers War, War Written Words, and Welcome… With Wrath, kgcummings continues the saga with her newest novel, What Went Wrong? As one reads the first book in the second trilogy involving fictional Jeff and Beth Madison, one soon realizes that they are reading about ordinary everyday people. Yet, the story line, and characters continue to captivate. The years this novel covers are referred to by many from the Vietnam era as, “the silent years”. The men couldn’t, or wouldn’t talk about the war, women, friends, and family didn’t ask. Comunication breakdown causes one to wonder… What Went Wrong?

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Historical Fiction, Divorce with Children

Website:

kgcummings.com

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Wine, Women, and Worries

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438947194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438947198
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches

Description

The 1980’s… big hair, big dreams, big business, big breakthroughs for the veterans of the Hated War, Vietnam. While “Yuppies” were caught up in acquiring expensive__, bigger__, designer__, imported__, the American Psychiatric Association recognized PTSD, and the U.S. Government accepted that nightmares, and flashbacks were war related. Treatment was made available, however not before many more lives were lost whose names would never be on the Wall. Sadly, we will say good-bye to some of the characters in this series as a result of too little, too late. But, like the river, life continues to flow. Wine, Women, and Worries is a book of closure. What happens to Jason? How does Marianne turn out? Does Jeff give up his playboy lifestyle? Why did Beth stay with Tom? And, last but not least, do “they” ever get back together? These questions will be answered. And, one small hint… “Tomorrow they would be together forever.” But, will they?

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Escaping Spousal Abuse, Mending Relationships, Mid Life

Website:

kgcummings.com

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The Shaman: Science, Nature, Prophecy

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440412499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440412493
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches

Description

A group of American businessmen has disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. The government blames guerrillas but the locals have a different theory. They believe the “Guardians of the Forests” have reawoken and are now taking their revenge on humanity. Unaware of these developments, nature documentary filmmaker Jared Foster and his anthropologist friend, Christopher Burgeis, depart for Guatemala to shoot footage for Jared’s latest project. Their trip becomes an odyssey of discovery during which they explore vast expanses of geography and mind. They must put their newfound knowledge to the test when they reach their final destination for it is there, among the crumbling ruins of the Petén wilderness, that they learn the truth about an ancient prophecy of apocalypse. Nature, it seems, has indeed found a champion and it is no longer the rainforests that are in danger.

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2012, nature, spirituality

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That’s My Story!

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: GHMonroe.com (October 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615229921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615229928
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches

Description

A collection of short stories from the wildly bizarre to the deeply touching.

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short stories, short fiction, summer reads

Website:

GHMonroe.com

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How to Buy and Sell Real Estate in the Bahamas

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438250517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438250519
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches

Description

An experienced real estate investor gives step-by-step advice for buying and
selling real estate in the Bahamas, including local laws and practices, pitfalls
to avoid, and tips for saving money. Experts from each major Bahamian island
describe the communities and developments on their island, what real estate is
available in each, and at what price.

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Bahamas, Bahamas Travel, Real Estate

Website:

howtobuyrealestatebahamas.com/

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Immortal II: The Time of Legend

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441468064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441468062
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches

Description

AN IMMORTAL JOURNEY CONTINUES … After a century Karla and Joseph are reunited and discover that they are werewolves – only to be marked for death by the sorcerer Tehotep. Escaping into the Time of Legend they find themselves trapped in a world of magic, blood and corruption. The planet is at war. Homeless sleep in deserted buildings, while rich citizens live like kings. By night demonic gangs terrorize Topaz’s streets. The lovers must find their kindred … and start the revolution that will save Tundra. But are they too late?

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science fiction, Lycan, erotic

Website:

http://www.blackscififantasy24.ning.com

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Haunted Virginia

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (May 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764332813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764332814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches

Description

Virginia is unique with haunting myths, legends, and yes, even true stories that may sound like legends.

Take a ghostly tour of this historic state to learn about the Bunnyman urban legend and what happens to mortals at his Bunnyman Bridge in Clifton at midnight on Halloween. Discover the myths that surround Edgar Allan Poe and other famous Virginians.

See why Natural Bridge is actually a haunted tourist attraction; and what makes the Great Dismal Swamp so creepy: Is it the ghosts or Bigfoot? Meet the Witch of Pungo in Virginia Beach.

Find out that Mothman and the Jersey Devil weren’t just seen in their own states, but actually visited Virginia at one time.

Read about witches, demons, monsters, ghosts, pirates, strange animals, and Civil War legends. Visit an amazing, frightening, and even intriguing Virginia that you never knew existed.

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pamela k kinney, legends, monsters

Website:

http://FantasticDreams.50megs.com

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The Anglo

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441477101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441477101
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches

Description

The stirring story of loss and renewal, deeply rooted in the windswept landscape of the High Desert Mesa of Northern New Mexico. A random act of violence comes to have rippling effects on a family and a community. From the author of ADOBE DREAMS, OTHER OBSESSIONS, and TURQUOISE AND OBSIDIAN.

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literary fiction, southwest, santa fe

Website:

http://jomoorefiction.home.att.net

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Adobe Dreams

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441485171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441485175
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches

Description

Set in the majestic shadow of Taos Mountain,
ADOBE DREAMS is the politically charged tale
that explores the validity of war, the destruction of our planet, and the omnipotence of love. A story about the coming of age in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. From the author of THE ANGLO, OTHER OBSESSIONS and TURQUOISE AND OBSIDIAN.

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literary fiction, southwest, Vietnam war

Website:

http://jomoorefiction.home.att.net

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Turquoise and obsidian

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442123591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442123595
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches

Description

rom the author of ADOBE DREAMS , THE ANGLO, AND OTHER OBSESSIONS, a short story collection from and of the Southwest. Fourteen stories, homegrown and handspun, in the fragile ecology of the desert mountains of the great Southwest.

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literary fiction, southwest, short story

Website:

http://jomoorefiction.home.att.net

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Other Obsessions

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442123648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442123649
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches

Description

Not the usual stories, not the usual storyteller, OTHER OBSESSIONS is a collection of 21 stories rife with characters caught in the vortex of human obsession. From the author of ADOBE DREAMS, THE ANGLO and TURQUOISE AND OBSIDIAN.

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literary fiction, southwest, short story

Website:

http://jomoorefiction.home.att.net

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Mirror Blue

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934912166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934912164
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches

Description

He’s her first chance at love.
She’s his last.

Free spirit Aphra Porter never thought Isaac Lightfoot would remember the letter she wrote to him years before. But by some miracle, he does. Now a successful Web site designer in her thirties, Aphra meets the man whose writing talents she’s always idolized-an encounter that leaves her spinning. No longer is Isaac a distant image, but a flesh and blood man who looks at her like no one has looked at her before.

A critically acclaimed author and Vietnam war hero, Isaac is one tough bear of a man. Faced with the physical and emotional scars of war, a relationship with a daunting age difference, and an ex-wife bent on tearing Aphra from his life, he’s about to learn that leaving the past behind and building a new life can be the toughest battle of all.

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contemporary romance, love story, women writers

Website:

http://www.thommalyngrindstaff.com/

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Backyard Bones

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Good Read Mysteries (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982113528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982113523
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches

Description

It’s not the first time Regan has experienced déjà-vu. But when the sensation involves finding a second body buried where one was found just weeks before, déjà-vu takes on new meaning.
Someone murdered a girl on her seventeenth birthday and, as Regan delves into the motive behind the girl’s murder, she discovers many people are trying to hide secrets about their entanglement with the dead teenager. Regan must figure out which of them is a murderer — and she has to do it carefully or she’ll become the killer’s next victim.
Santa Cruz, California real estate agent Regan McHenry, her husband Tom Kiley, and their friend police ombudsman Dave Everett are back in a new story of murder and invite you to come along for the twists and turns of the mystery.

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cozy mysteries, mystery series, amateur sleuth

Website:

http://www.goodreadmysteries.com

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The Widow’s Season

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425227650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches

Description

Sarah McConnell’s husband had been dead three months when she saw him in the grocery store. ..

So begins the story of a young widow who believes that she is being haunted by her husband’s ghost. In a surprising plot that follows the holiday seasons from Halloween to Easter, Sarah must negotiate the tenuous line between the living and the dead, in order resurrect her own dormant spirit.

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paranormal romance, women, ghosts

Website:

http://laurabrodieauthor.com/

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The Unbreakable Child

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kunati Inc. (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160164163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601641632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches

Description

“The most powerful story I’ve read in a long time. You’ll feel her pain and her triumph, and be reminded that the human spirit is resilient beyond all reason. This book will change you.” —Jenna Glatzer, author

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Memoir, Parenting & Families, Child Abuse

Website:

http://www.theunbreakablechild.com

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Sing the Long Song

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (May 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442169907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442169906
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches

Description

Lost in the midst of the violence of the First World War was a holocaust that differed from that of Hitler’s only in its scale. The Turkish government let loose upon its own Armenian citizens its hordes of savage killers, recruited from its prisons, to perpetuate one of history’s most barbaric slaughters upon a peaceful and progressive people, massacring a million and a half of its three million Armenian population. During Hitler’s planning of the extermination of the Jews, he is quoted by history as saying, “After all, who speaks nowadays of the massacre of the Armenians?” Vahan Gregory’s Sing the Long Sorrow penetrates the events of this historic nightmare, and tells a moving tale of perpetrator and victim.

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Historical Fiction, Armenian Genocide, Turkish Massacre

Website:

stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=32686

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Redemption

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144041484X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440414848
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches

Description

Miles Prestwich is in love. The object of his desire is Lady Guinevere Northwicke who is, unfortunately, the daughter of a powerful duke-who also happens to be a very loving and protective father. Believing his suit to be unworthy, he tries to forget and limits his interaction with her. Then his twin brother arrives in Town. Darius is everything that Miles is not. He drinks too much, gambles too much, fights too much, and doesn’t care a rap for Society or its strictures. When the lovely Lady Genevieve Northwicke catches his eye, he ignores the warnings fired at him from all corners, resulting in the death of that lady’s reputation. Rather than facing the consequences of his actions, he flees. Miles must resolve the situation the only way he knows how: offer marriage to the sister of his beloved to rescue her from scandal. But will his action actually solve the problem? Or cause more misery than anyone could possibly imagine?

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regency romance, forgiveness, redemption, twins

Website:

http://jaimeygrant.blogspot.com

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Erotica, Fantasy by Numbers

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608138968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608138968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches

Description

The erotic chapters of this consolidation are elaborations and omitted subscripts from writings of previously published books and some of those not yet published by K.S. Michaels and Penelope Ashe. Due to the scintillating nature of these sexually graphic stories, moral issues precluded them from print, until now. The characters of this book are neither vile nor raunchy, as some may have critiqued, but simply the fantasies, pervaded with passion, the authors wish to share in hopes to shed more light on the sensual characters within us all. There is a moment before the physical act has even begun . . . the moment of consensual query that flutters the heart, and defaults the rational. Erotica, Fantasy by Numbers Volume 1 exploits the moment, and journeys further into the abyss of passion and adventure

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erotica, relationships and sex

Website:

outskirtspress.com/ksmichaels

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From the Pits to the Palace

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741451964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741451965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches

Description

How hard will you work to achieve a dream? From the Pits to the Palace is the powerful story of Carrie Johnson’s liberation. It is two stories told in parallel. One is Carrie’s personal story…sexually abused as a child, fighting issues of self-esteem, struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, this single mother starts a business with the help of two friends. The other… was it shear bravery, single-minded purpose, or basic survival that makes her continue the business after her friends leave? The journey is inspiring, frustrating and a testament to Carrie’s will and determination.

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women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, business start-up

Website:

carriehjohnson.com

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Escaping Innocence – Ah, “The Sixties”

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Publisher: Lulu.com; First edition (October 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ISIVKO

Description

a brief phrase that conjures up all kinds of amazing images…unless, of course, you weren’t there! It was a time when “free love” was anything but, and there was a heavy price to be paid for messing with “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.” Find out what coming-of-age in that magical era “really” was like in the outrageously funny novel ESCAPING INNOCENCE (A Story of Awakening) by Joe Perrone Jr. Meet David Justin, an Italian-Catholic, height-challenged youth, desperately trying to escape the bonds of sexual repression and adolescent innocence that dare to hold him captive in – yes, you guessed it – “The Sixties.” Experience them for the very first time, or relive them again and again, but either way, for heaven’s sake, don’t miss ESCAPING INNOCENCE

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Humorous Fiction, coming of age, college humor

Website:

stores.lulu.com/catsklgd1

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