Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author

July 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Web of Secrets

Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“Sarah? Sarah Baker?” said a man with a raspy voice. “I know this may sound a little strange, considering you don’t know me. But I happen to be in possession of some interesting information concerning your parents – your natural parents, that is – and I thought we might…”

This phone call became the beginning of many changes to come in Sara Baker’s life. Of course the blackmailer wanted money. And due to the information this man threatened to make public, Sarah’s husband Mark agreed to pay. But the information did more than threaten their comfortable lives. It sparked Sarah’s desire to know more about her parents who had given her up many years ago. That’s when she turned to 20 year FBI veteran turned private investigator Joe Coopersmith.

Through Joe’s research, he discovers that Sarah’s mother died in a fire in 1965. He also finds Sarah to have 2 brothers and a sister. As he interviews them, he learns they too have been contacted by the blackmailer and they wanted him stopped. The information held by this man would drastically alter their lives and totally destroy Sarah’s brother Hal’s future as a Conservative radio talk host. But they want something else as well. They want Sarah to give up her search for information on their father.

Sarah’s determination is strong and becomes even stronger when she learns her father is still living. She has questions about the past and he’s the only one living to provide the answers. No matter what her family says, nothing will make her give up in her quest of finding her father. Not even murder.

Patino takes you on a rollercoaster ride as you travel with Joe Coopersmith from Miami to Key West and then to Mobile ending on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation where the final answers are to be found. Web of Secrets is fast pace from beginning to end and a very enjoyable read.

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The Pot Thief by Michael Orenduff

July 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )


 

 

 

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras

 

Synopsis

 

           

The Pot ThiefThe Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras

 

Synopsis

 

            When a shady character offers him $25,000 to steal a thousand-year-old pot from the Valle del Rio Museum, Hubert Schuze knows he should turn it down. His pot digging may be illegal, but it s a big step from that to robbery. But he figures it can t hurt just to visit the museum and assay his chances. He figured wrong. After deciding the museum is impregnable, he returns to his shop to find a BLM agent who accuses him of stealing the rare pot. Theft charges escalate to murder, and Hubert must solve the crime to clear himself. His powerful deductive skills and weak nerves are put to the test as he creates a hoax to get the pot out of the museum and solves both the first murder and a second one whose victim turns out to be the person Schuze thought was murdered to begin

 

Reviews

 

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras has all the components of a great read – an intricate plot, quirky characters, crackling dialog, and a surprise ending.  What’s more, Orenduff successfully captures the essence of New Mexico through humor, romance, and even a little philosophical musing.  New Mexico ’s rich history, people, food, and landscape come alive on its pages.  But, while Orenduff’s account is authentic, this book leaves you wanting more of New Mexico , and the only way to remedy that is to come see for yourself. 

– Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

 

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras proves that the measure of a successful detective story often depends upon the person of the protagonist.  Orenduff’s Hubert Schuze (affectionately, and appropriately, known as Hubie) is a fantastic creation — by turns modest and bold, sensitive, a wee bit finicky, intensely curious, and loyal.  Schuze is the type of character that you regret doesn’t exist in real life, as is his wonderful sidekick and best friend, Susannah.  Orenduff has obviously spent lots of time in and has great affection for the Northern New Mexico area, because he manages to successfully capture its flavor.  As in the case of Robert B. Parker’s Boston and Sue Grafton’s California coast, you can’t really imagine “The Pot Thief” happening anywhere else.  (By the way, if you are into Mexican/New Mexican food, do not read this book on an empty stomach – I got sidetracked by all the tantalizing descriptions!)  Because of Schuze’s personality and outlook, his entanglement in a web of intrigue, theft, and murder is all the more entertaining.  Schuze is the type of guy who finds himself in deep water purely (well, mostly) by accident, and his reactions to one unexpected situation after another really drive the spirit of the book.  While the plot is very tightly constructed (and impossible to predict), Orenduff’s characters and their very real humanity are what really made me love this book.

– Claire Bartos in Amazon.com

 

Folks, this is an outstanding book! I bought it at the PSWA conference mainly because I thought Michael was a charming guy and I liked the cover of the book. I had no idea what it was about. Oh, of course Billie told me it was a good book, but after all, she is the publisher of the Pot Thief.  What a surprise I was in for when I began reading. This is a mystery, but not like any mystery I’ve ever read before. The hero, Hubert, sells old pots from his shop in New Mexico, he also digs pots up which is no longer legal, and he can make a pot that looks like the old ones. Hubert gets all tangled up in a most devious plot to steal a pot from a museum, but the book is so much more than that. I laughed out loud in several spots, the dialogue is wonderful. Orenduff knows how to spin an intelligent tale and turn a surprising phrase.
Next, I’d like him to write a cookbook. I’ve never read about such mouth watering food before. If you want an entertaining time, do pick up the Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras. Thanks, Mike, for several hours of great fun.

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
Author of No Sanctuary

 

 

J orenduffLinks:

www.orenduff.org

www.ThePotThief.blogspot.com

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Stir, Laugh, Repeat by Martha Cheaves

July 29, 2009 at 1:58 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


Stir Laugh Repeat

 

Find out why her food testers celebrate these all-too-often occasions in Stir, Laugh, Repeat. Following her passion for cooking and in hot pursuit of just the right taste, Martha Cheves composed one hundred recipes for cooks of all ages that are sure to satiate appetites of any kind. Try her quick and easy bacon, egg, and cheese mini pies for breakfast; rabbit food sandwich for a healthy, take-to-the-office lunch; mustard pork chops for a zesty twist that still satisfies the meat and potato man; and whip up her renown banana puddin as a sweet end to a satisfying day. Sprinkled amongst timeless southern dishes are practical tips to help any beginner baker cook like a pro while learning from Marthas tales of kitchen woes. Feast on Stir, Laugh, Repeat today and let your experimental imagination sizzle with delight as you try your hand at Marthas suggested variations.

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Books By The K.M. Daughters

July 29, 2009 at 12:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Against Doctors Orders

Against Doctors Orders (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/ot4kdm) – The Henna Housewife Killer continues to evade the police for the murders of red-haired housewives.  Dr. Molly Jordon treats Detective Danny Sullivan when he’s rushed into her ER with a critical bullet wound.  Molly has never experienced a pure carnal reaction to a patient before, but Danny sparks such heat in her that nights he comes to her in fervidly steamy dreams.  A cop’s widow and single parent, Molly is fiercely averse to the life of worry that loving a police officer entails.  And Danny isn’t any cop.  He’s the son of a retired police commissioner and one of six siblings who are all law enforcers.  After a bitter divorce Danny is convinced that a cop’s job and married life don’t mix~~until he meets the bossy, irresistible Molly Jordan who throws medical orders at him that he has not intentions of following.

Review links Against Doctors Orders:  http://www.amazon.com/Against-Doctors-Orders-K-Daughters/product-reviews/1601543506/ref=dp_db_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

 

BeyondtheCode of ConductBeyond The Code of Conduct (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/cbunqh)– FBI Agency brass and Sullivan family connections force Special Agent Bobbie Leighton into an undercover operation with inactive Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan.  Posing as a wealthy Texas cattleman and his arm-candy wife the two are assigned to infiltrate Bradley Sterling’s black-market operation.  Suspected of baby trafficking, Sterling may be connected with Jimmy Sullivan’s murder.  How do Bobbie and Joe adhere to their professional code of conduct living under the same roof?  Can they forget their personal history, ignore their volatile feelings for each other and ensnare their target when they might be next on Sterling’s victims list?

Link to Beyond The Code of Conduct book trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho2kVI3_nrw

Review links Beyond The Code of Conduct:  http://www.rtbookreviews.com/books_review.php?book=38624
http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/review-beyond-code-of-conduct.html
http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Code-Conduct-K-Daughters/product-reviews/1601545444/ref=dp_db_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

JewelOfTheAdriaticJewel of the Adriatic (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/qu4pl6:  What happens when a nightgown model and a soap opera star meet in a Croatian village where millions believe the Mother of God appears to three visionaries?  Yugoslavian born Maya Lidovic owns Intimate Whispers, a New York based sleepwear company.  Determined not to lose her faith in a secular world, she spends her vacations leading tours in Valselo where her parents run an inn.  Colin O’Reilly plays heartthrob, Dr. Brock Stone, on the soap opera Tides Of Tomorrow.  Through various setbacks in life he’s managed to keep God first.  But now he’s furious at God for taking his mother.  Colin doesn’t believe that God has sent the Virgin Mary to earth with messages of hope.  Can a series of apparitions, prophetic dreams and earthy attraction draw these different people together when human frailties obscure the intention of the call that brought them to their destinies?

Review links Jewel of the Adriatic:  http://www.amazon.com/Jewel-Adriatic-K-M-Daughters/dp/1601542739/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248815628&sr=1-1

RoseOfTheAdriaticRose of the Adriatic (Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/na2vbs):  Wounded and faithless, Dr. Matthew Robbins arrives in a small Croatian village determined to discredit the visionary who claims to see the Mother of God.  Matt believes in only proven facts, and he’s sure Anna Babic is either lying or delusional.  But, despite all his unpopular testing, he can’t disprove Anna’s visions — and what’s worse, he finds himself falling for the beautiful visionary who peak to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Anna has experience skeptics in the past, and they’ve never left a lasting effect.  But Matt is different.  Despite his open disbelief and vehemence to discredit her, she finds herself hoping he’ll change his mind.  Drawn together as if by a heavenly hand, can Anna choose a life as the wife to her unlikely match?  Can Matt believe on faith alone that God loves him enough to heal him and free him to love Anna?

Review link Rose of the Adriatic:  http://www.amazon.com/Rose-Adriatic-K-M-Daughters/dp/1601546394/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248815709&sr=1-1

Past Present and ForeverPast, Present and Forever (Buy link – http://tinyurl.com/owp5vr): Unaware they share the same goal, Lizzie and Jack motivate Jack’s brother Charlie out of his despondency after the death of his wife.  Lizzie and Jack both understand loss. Liz was jilted by her fiancé the same day her parents died ten years ago and Jack’s mother abandoned her small sons to life with a father who never recovered from the separation.  

Now Liz faces the man who destroyed her at a college reunion, with Jack as her companion instead of Charlie who engineers the covert substitution.  As Liz and Jack collide in the present can they overcome their pasts and find forever?

Review link Past, Present and Forever:  http://www.sapphirebluepublishing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=57&osCsid=91be975399d9bdbe69c54d611b849e93

Phew!  THANK YOU VERY MUCH AGAIN – K.M. Daughters aka Pat & Kathie


Pat Casiello
Writing with Kathie Clare as K.M. Daughters
BEYOND THE CODE OF CONDUCT, Book 2 Sullivan Boys Romantic Suspense Series
Rated 4-Stars RT Book Review, “Compelling”…Page Turner
To purchase: http://tinyurl.com/qwgpsp
Coming 7/31/09 – ROSE OF THE ADRIATIC
Rated 5-Stars Readers Choice Literary Reviews, “…a wonderful story”
To purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/na2vbs
Visit our website: http://www.kmdaughters.com

 

 

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Living The Dream By Tim Baker

July 29, 2009 at 12:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


 

 

 

Living the Dream

Kurt’s life has been one dead end after another since he was convicted of attempted rape thirty years ago.

Inspired by a dream, he thinks he’s finally found the way to Easy St. and it starts with kidnapping Vicky, the woman who had him arrested all those years ago.

Surely Vicky’s husband, wealthy investment consultant Jimmy, would pay handsomely for the safe return of his wife.

But Kurt soon learns that even Easy Street has its share of pot holes.

After the road trip from Hell, Kurt arrives in Florida to learn that Jimmy is planning to leave Vicky and may not be interested in saving her. On top of that Jimmy’s mysterious mistress wants her own piece of the action.

To make matters worse, Kurt gets on the wrong side of a biker, a bookie and an ex-Navy SEAL who seem determined to make the rest of his life as painful as possible.

Meanwhile, Danny Putnam is enjoying life in Florida. He owns a successful dive shop and has a very comfortable lifestyle until he starts having bizarre dreams about his murdered wife and a beautiful woman he has never met. Suddenly his comfortable life becomes very complicated.

In the first novel by Tim Baker the lives of four people will meet at a crossroads where love, hate, betrayal and honesty converge for some very surprising results.

 

   

 

Living the Dream

Tim Baker

Dog Ear Publishing (2009)

ISBN 9781608440877

Reviewed by Rebeccasreads.com (07/09)

“Living the Dream” by Tim Baker starts out with Kurt reminiscing about an event that took place thirty years ago. He had met a girl named Vicky at a Doobie Brothers concert. When he and his friend tried to get her and her friend to leave with them, Kurt got a little overzealous and grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She defended herself by kneeing him in the groin and kicking him in the ribs. Then came a moment that would change his life forever; she screamed which got a patrolman’s attention, and when the cop came over she told him that Kurt had tried to rape her. For this incident, he ended up serving six months and got two years of probation.

The reason that this event is brought back into focus is because of a dream that Kurt has about Vicky. With these memories in the forefront, he decides to embark on a journey from Rhode Island down to Florida, where Vicky lives, to kidnap her and try to extort a large amount of ransom money from Vicky’s rich husband Jimmy. What follows is an experience wrought with disaster for Kurt.

The story starts off with the individual chapters each focusing on the different characters and then slowly their lives start to intertwine and intersect. I truly enjoyed this aspect of the book and Baker did a great job of neatly tying everyone together.

My favorite part of the book was Kurt’s adventurous drive down to Florida. I loved reading about all of his mishaps and bad luck. It was one thing after another which made for a fast-paced read that will definitely hold your attention.

Overall, “Living the Dream” is a humorous crime novel with a cast of very interesting characters. Baker does an excellent job with the character development and his descriptive writing allows the reader to vividly picture all of the scenes taking place. I look forward to reading more of Baker’s novels in the future

 

Tim Baker was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island.

After graduating from The Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1980 he embarked on a career in Architecture and Engineering. Along the way he has also worked in the natural gas industry, construction and ice cream sales.

In his spare time he enjoys a wide variety of activities including sports of all kinds, music, photography, model building and, of course, writing.

An avid dog lover, Tim was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, raising and socializing potential guide dogs.

He has also studied and taught martial arts.

Inspired by his interest in Karma and the unexplained forces of the universe, he made his first serious attempt at writing in 1988 when he began writing a novel entitled Full Circle, a story about the far reaching effects that one man’s actions can have on people he has never even met.

Unfortunately without the use of a computer or even a typewriter he shelved the project due to the difficulties of trying to construct a novel completely by hand.

Even though Living the Dream is his first published novel he plans on completing Full Circle once his next novel Water Hazard is published.

Currently, Tim is enjoying life in Palm Coast, Florida.

 

To contact Tim or find out about upcoming works please visit his website at www.blindoggbooks.com

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