Target Washington by Anthony Arnold

September 16, 2009 at 12:39 am (mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , )


    SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK    

 The playing field here covers more than two continents, through government-condoned acts of genocide, the enthralling chase to find and capture Osama Bin Laden unfolds in Professor Milcript’s new novel based on real-life events. Target Washington: The Search for Osama Bin Laden follows fictional US special operative Sam Haggard and his unit, Unit SU-236, as they hunt down Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan only to realize that he has escaped with the help of political and military maneuvering.                                     

  

 

 

 

                                        Anthony 1    AUTHOR’S BIO

 

This book, “Target Washington,” is based upon a couple assumptions. The first assumption being that many events foretold here are based upon real and hard facts. However, it was necessary to put a slight twist within some of these facts in order not to unwittingly endanger National Security. Back during the Vietnam war I had proudly served in the United States Air Force. My AFSC was 27650 and my mission career field was, “Aerospace Control and Warning System Operator.” Within this field of operation, once you were assigned to this career field, it was next to impossible to cross-train out of it due to the fact that this field was highly specialized. It was sort of like being in the mafia, Once you were in, you couldn’t get out. A brief overview of what my mission statement was was that I would train the South Vietnamese officers combat mission control of targeting and directing fighter interceptors to down enemy targets. I was one of the IPS Airman (Interceptor Pilot Simulator) that conducted military training for select Vietnamese officers during the Vietnam war. I have held up to a Top Secret clearance during my stint with the Air Force and it was also within this period of time I came to understand the real world reality of how our military government operates and governs the people of this great nation. The military is the right hand of this civilian government, no matter what one may think. And it has been my privilege to have been involved with government projects at various intervals in my life, from being sworn in as “Secretary of the Democratic Party” in Hernando County Florida by the then Judge Karen Thurman, whom is now a Congresswoman, and campaigning for Rep. Graham back in the eighty’s to the grassroots efforts of the Obama Campaign for the Presidency. So, with that being said, it is within this second assumption that when a real team of operatives were sent out to seek and destroy their target, Osama Bin Laden… what actually happened? You be the judge!

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Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option – Review By Fran Lewis, Author

September 13, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason, children, health, Self Help, When Fates Collide, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Tangled Minds, Yvonne Mason, Suspense, Drama, Murder, Serial Killer, Tampa, Key West, Fantasy Fest, Mallory Square, Brilliant Insanity, Dream Catcher Failur) (, , , , , , , , , )


Dream Catcher new Cover for KindleDream Catcher by Yvonne Mason

A story of triumph, love, persistence, endurance and more

There is no such thing as a child who cannot learn. There is no reason why anyone should be shunned or considered an outcast because he or she is challenged academically or in any other way. But, for a child to succeed he or she needs the support, guidance and love of a family. In this story you will meet a remarkable and unique family who not only proved the unimaginable and the unthinkable about a special young man, but engaged the help and love of friends too. Born with a serious illness, Yvonne Mason’s brother Stan proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he was going to show the world that he is here and that he will definitely succeed.

Not able to speak, not able to walk, and not able to do the things that other kids could do at first, he taught himself how to maneuver and crawl when faced with a challenge before the age of one. Born with 2 clubfeet and faced with wearing heavy plaster casts on his feet, Stan, Yvonne’s brother learned to overcome this and managed to move around. But, that is not all, with the help of his brother Barry, sister Yvonne and lots of friends and cousins he managed to learn to walk, take care of his own physical needs, attend school, graduate High School, help play practical jokes with his sister and cousins, take a bus to his Work Training Program and much more. But, what he had to learn after all of this is not much different from what we had to learn: Lessons of Life and Lessons of bigotry and prejudice not only toward people of different color or races but toward people who are different. Stan learned that not everyone is who he or she appears to be. Stan soon learns people can be cruel and underhanded. People take advantage of you when they think you are less knowledgeable than them. This holds for everyone, not just Stan.

His love of bowling, the first time he went to an Atlanta Braves game and his courage to forge ahead against all adversity makes you wonder why young people today give up so fast and try and take the easy way out.

Stan is truly a person to be admired. Nominated for the Toby Nobis award, which recognizes business, and employees who are challenged helped to give him a sense of pride but to his family too. Although he did not win this did not deter him. This was a man who was not supposed to be able “to do the simple things in life. How amazing the brain works,” as the author puts aptly puts it. Where others would whine and complain when Stan was faced with a problem he would handle it head on.

Flying by himself, dealing with a broken television set and adversity at work, he is truly an inspiration for all those who take defeat so easily and readily. Imagine trying to explain to someone the difference between 9-pin bowling and the regular method. As a bowler I do know the difference and when Yvonne describes the incident where Stan was trying to explain why he and his knew friend Lisa changed to a different bowling alley I remembered my brother trying to teach me to bowl without toppling over and throwing my arm cross alley. This story brought back some great memories. But, some lessons are difficult to learn and this time when Lisa proved herself to be a user and conniver his mother stepped in and thwarted Lisa’s scam. Others do not only learn by those who are challenged but these lessons of life too. You can never be too careful when it comes to lending money to a friend, especially when it appears that money is a primary reason for the friendship.

With their Abbot and Costello routines and their many funny high jinks Yvonne, Stan her mother and her family learned that you could do anything if you want to and don’t ever give up.

Everyone looks up to their parents and wants to emulate or follow in their footsteps. Stan loved his father and spending quality time with him and imitating some of his mannerisms and daily routines cemented their bond even more.

You need to read the last chapter written by Yvonne’s mother and presented at West Georgia for everyone to hear. Yvonne’s mother is truly amazing and someone who did what most mother’s should do but might not have the wherewithal or the stamina to do: SHE WOULD NOT ACCEPT FAILURE AS AN OPTION!

Stan is an example of what people must do in order to be happy. He accepted who he is and what his limitations and capabilities are. He would not blame the world for his problems and accepts people for who they are not bigoted or prejudice or hurtful to anyone.

Stan: I have a nephew that was born deaf. No one knew this until he was about a year old. The doctors told his mother and father he would never stand, sit up, walk, and drive a car or more. Then, he entered Lexington School for the Deaf and his mother and father would not let this diagnosis hamper him. He is now the father of a beautiful little girl and a web designer for a major hotel chain and more. Never give up on who you are. Never think that just because a doctor says it that it is written in stone.

Your influence on others will remain in their hearts and mind just by reading your story now and forever. Educators need to follow the example of those who cared enough about Stan and her caring enough to help him learn to read, speak and more. For those educators who teach Special Education you need to remember that kids learn at their own pace and as with Stan they will often surprise you and overcome insurmountable odds. Never give up and never say never. 

You need to read this book and give it to every educator, doctor and parent to know that knowledge if powerful and love and family can help you through anything. Stan’s life is message to all of us that everyone can succeed no matter what if they want to.

This book deserves more than just five stars. Fran Lewis: reviewer

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Man Corn Murders – Lou Allin, Author

September 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm (Crime Novels, historical, mystery, old world, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Man Corn Murders

Man Corn Murders – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Now she was too weak to leave the bunk, her tongue swollen and her lips cracking against every shallow breath, and she prayed for blessed release back into a warm, wet womb, her own barren into eternity. The tears had surrendered days ago, re summon them though she would to bathe sore eyes. She blinked a final time as cotton closed her ears and the pain fled, leaving her fresh and strong, moving her young muscles with the spirit of a freed colt.’

Terry Hart, a reporter from Cleveland, Ohio, and her aunt Judith Davis, a retired world history teacher, were out for a summer long trip to explore the historic “Mormon Road” ending up in Utah’s Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. Their trip takes them near Sunset Years Retirement Ranch where Deborah, an old friend of Judith lives. Upon reaching the ranch, Judith learns that Deborah has left the ranch to live in Seattle with a nephew. Puzzled by the move, Judith starts investigating and learns that two other residents have mysteriously left the ranch as well. These sudden moves become a challenge to Judith that must be solved.

As Terry and Judith explore parts of the 1.7 million acre wilderness, they run across a cave with a metal door. Upon entering the cave they discover the body of a young woman. Melanie Briggs was an anthropology student who had been missing for several weeks. Now came another mystery which Terry vowed to solve. How did Melanie become trapped inside the cave?

Through her investigation, Terry learns that Melanie believed that the ancient tribes resorted to cannibalism in their attempt to survive the elements. Her theory brings enemies and threats from some of the locals. But did it upset someone enough that they would actually lock her inside the cave?

When I was a child my Dad moved us to a small town just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. I loved seeing the Great Salt Lake, the Bonneville Salt Flats and even the artisan wells that just “spring” up out of the ground. I’ve always wanted to go back and see more of this state of many mysteries and after reading Man Corn Murders, that desire has grown even stronger. This book is not just a murder mystery, it’s also a mini history book about the Anasazi and Fremont tribes during the 1400s. It has taken me to places and times in history that have sparked my interest to learn more.

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When Fates Collide Another Great Review By Author Fran Lewis

September 12, 2009 at 2:16 am (Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Books by Yvonne Mason, Comedy, Suspense Novels, When Fates Collide, Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, Tangled Minds, Yvonne Mason, Suspense, Drama, Murder, Serial Killer, Tampa, Key West, Fantasy Fest, Mallory Square, Brilliant Insanity, Dream Catcher Failur) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


When Fates CollideWhen Fates Collide

The title not only fits the story but the way it begins too. There have been many pairs of outlaws that have teamed up. Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise and of course Batman and Robin. But, none of these pairs can compare to the zany and seriously wacky bounty hunter who teams up with a receptionist working in corporate America to hunt and bring back and track down a jumper who has eluded the law and will stop at nothing to get their man.

Meet Hope: Sitting innocently having a drink in her usual hangout the Crypt feeling sorry for herself and saying that she has no life and nothing ever happens to her of any consequence. Maybe she should have been thankful for that. All too often when we complain and wish for more or some changes in our lives we might get our wish but not exactly in the way we might have liked. Hope lives in Tampa and thought that she would be there for the rest of her live doing her everyday and mundane job and just going through the motions. But, then she meets Alex. No, she does not just come up to her and say, “Hi, you wanna be friends or BFF’s.”   That would be boring and not make this great story what it is funny, comical and extremely creative for first time paired authors Yvonne Mason and Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc.

Alex is a bounty hunter who is looking for someone named Hope Harrington, who you would assume is a woman or a young girl. But, you know what happens when you assume. I don’t have to explain that to you. Well, she goes into this bar the Crypt thinking that she now has her man and will earn the bounty or the money for bringing him in. Walking into the bar with the guys jacket or rap sheet she sees what she thinks is her jumper and proceeds to execute the arrest and telling the suspect not to even think about trying to get away. Of course I am using different words for this review. Spinning her around she slammed her onto the floor and what came out of Hope’s mouth cannot be written but you can just imagine what you would say if it were you getting slammed dunked. After realizing that she had found Hope Harrington but not the one she was looking for the two decided to get to know each other and team up to find the real suspect.

The guy that they were really looking could change his appearance at the drop of a hat and was out to make Alex look bad to her boss and to herself too. But, Alex is a force to be reckoned with and timid and not so forceful Hope is about to learn the ropes and learn a whole new meaning of not so boring life or job.

After losing the suspect twice they decide they try to figure out his next move. Alex feels that he might try and steal a boat and head for the Florida Keys. How she manages to lose the suspect you will have to read for yourself. With the help of a friend named Tyrell, Alex and Hope take off for the Keys and what happens is hysterical and yet creative that you would think this was an episode of America’s creative and funniest videos or the new and improved Unsolved Crimes solved in a very unique and different way.

With all of the boats at the dock and many there for Gay Pride week it was easy to lose the suspect in such a big crowd. But they would not give up and Alex would not lose the bounty and her time was short and she needed to find this guy and fast. There was a festival in St. Duvall and Alex thought that since this guy was a master of disguise he might be hiding in plain sight and of course looking anything but like himself. Splitting up and searching for this guy Tyrell gets a lead and relates the suspects true appearance to Alex. How they finally get him will make you double over and yet show pure admiration for our girl Hope and her clever mentor Alex. How far would you go as a law enforcement officer to get your man? Would you have yourself body painted as a nun in order to hide your true identity? Would you have yourself body painted as a zombie to create a diversion and not allow yourself to be noticed? Would you come up with a clever way to make these disguises work for you and against the suspect who is not only full of himself and loves attention but has his body painted too. I won’t tell you as what because that might give too much away.

Hope is quite smart and she comes up with a way to not only help Alex foil this guy but help others too. There is a contest for the best costume being held on Mallory Square. She convinces the people in charge of the contest to add a new twist to it: They were going to sell off the contestants to the highest bidder. Yes: there own contest and whomever gets the most bids during the contest, as in who wants to own that person the most, as the authors state, will go out on a date with the lucky winner. The proceeds will go to a children’s charity fund.

What happens during the contest and how they finally get him will not only give up pause for thought about how dangerous the job of a bounty hunter really is, but also how creative and cunning you have to be. Just when Alex apprehends the suspect as he comes on stage another twist and turn occurs and she needs the help of her Uncle Max a higher up in law enforcement to help complete the takedown of this man. The rest and the outcome you will have to read for yourself. The friendship between these two gets as tight as the handcuffs on a criminal and they decide they make a good team. Will Hope chuck her job in corporate America for a life of danger, the unknown, sleepless nights, travel and not many amenities, or will she decide to go back and complain about having no life and being bored? Will Alex entice her to take a step on the wild side and be her partner? You will have to wait and see. I can feel a sequel coming on and I know that you the reader will want to see what trouble these two will get into next.

Five stars would not be the right things for this book: Five Bounty Hunters and Five Gift Cards for Body Painting by Mr. Van Goth.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

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The Multi talented Ann B Author Brings Readers Three Exciting Books And All Three Are Vastly Different

September 11, 2009 at 1:19 am (Ann B Keller, dragons, fairies, historical, Magic, poetry, romance, scifi, Suspense Novels, western) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


BriggenIn the first book of this exciting sci-fi/fantasy trilogy, Briggen, the brawny warrior prince, is plucked from a hostile planet by the powerful wizard, Quinhelm, beginning his desperate plunge into the midst of an interplanetary war. Briggen and Quinhelm rush home as the powerful Xandoth and their allies surge across the galaxy, killing and laying waste to everything they encounter. As Briggen confronts the evil Sorceress of Endih, squabbling nobles and an assassin on his home planet, the great dragon Ephereon abducts the good sorceress, Telana, instructing her in the ways of magic. To her astonishment, Telana learns that she is the Chosen One, the one foretold by the ancients to lead the people of Mantasi to a stunning victory. Telana joins forces with Briggen as they battle the Xandoth for supremacy over the planet. Will magic and courage triumph over the powerful forces of evil?

 

Devils CrescentIn The Devil’s Crescent, hardened bounty hunter Diego Montoya descends upon a small Texas village in the midst of a cloudburst and boldly plunges into the life of beautiful, small time cattle rancher, Maggie MacNaughton. Diego is a man haunted by a past filled with death and disappointment, a nobleman fleeing from the dictates of his demanding father and an arranged marriage. When a U.S. Marshall asks Diego to infiltrate a gun runner’s operation, Diego reluctantly agrees, shadowing the powerful land baron, Morgan Lansing. Morgan’s efforts play into the hands of a group of Mexican nationalists, who quickly claim the land vacated by the terrified settlers until only one parcel stands in the way of their march toward the border — the one occupied by Maggie MacNaughton. Diego and Maggie match wits and wills as the danger mounts. Only their reliance upon each other has the power to save them from a swift and certain death.

CrenellationsCrenellations is a marvelous collection of poetry that will enchant and inspire the reader to the greatest of human emotions. This is a seamless journey from the mist-enshrouded hills of Scotland to the peace of the Cathedral at York, from the mysterious Stonehenge to the sparkling vision of a fairy bower, and from dragons and wizards to the simplest of Earth’s creatures. May this journey be but the first step as we stride the path of greater knowledge, embracing all that we are and all that we may some day become.

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Author Deborah Simpson Brings Her Readers some Wonderful Books

September 10, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Books by Deborah Simpson)


  Book of reminders by Deborah Simpson

Inspirational quotes and prose for a brighter today.
With all the chaos in the world, who can’t use a little bit of daily sunshine in their lives?  This adorable,

compact book contains some of Deborah Simpson’s most memorable and popular inspirational quotes and prose. 

Sold in packs of three, My Little Book of Daily Reminders makes a great gift for that special someone in your life or for your own personal daily dose of positivity. 

 

 

 

               A limited collection of poetry written The Oracles 333

through means of given words

rather than deliberate thought.

Oracles have been around for

centuries dating back to c.1300 BC.

You will see striking correlations to the

oracles found in Ancient Egypt, Greece,

India, Mesoamerica, Nigeria, and Tibet. The

poem, Faith in Faith provides answers to

specific spiritual questions, such as the

oracle of Akashwani or “voice from the sky”

in ancient India which was related to the

“message of God.” You will read through

verses such as Grail of Then and Enterprise

which bear stark resemblance to the type of

oracle Delphi of Greece told Crosesus of

Lydia, “If you cross the river, you will

destroy a great empire.” Croesus attacked,

but it was his own empire that was

destroyed. Poems like Demise of the

Pharaoh and Mortal Destruction shadow

forewarnings such as the Mesoamerica

Books of Chilam Balam. In numerology, 333

symbolizes the Ascended Masters are near

  you giving guidance and love.

 

 

 

         How much quantifies too much? How much 

of a Simple Complexitiessmall amount is not enough? When are we       

truly satisfied? How about the complexity

of holding onto the fabric of intangibility?

What is perception?

Chronicles of a Sage: Simple Complexities

is a profound venture into the inner workings of the

human psyche. Hexing free-verse explores the

complexities that foster such extreme emotions as

depression, angst, internal numbness and defiance.

Every chapter offers endowed delineations of the

ancient world, mystical prophecies and resurfaces

the fundamental truths buried within modern-day

belief. 
 
Completing every chapter of absorbing verse you

will read through discerning accounts simplifying

the complexities of the undecipherable. Have you

ever wondered why you feel depressed? Have you

ever tried to translate your deepest feelings and

came up blank? Have you or has someone you’ve

known ever suffered from abuse and have no idea

how to overcome its emotional plague? Have you

ever wondered what makes an abuser tick?
 
Deborah Simpson exposes her innermost

deliberations based on real life experiences in this

unprecedented volume of Chronicles of a Sage.

Prepare yourself for a rousing journey of

realization.

FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING BIO, AUTHOR
BLOGS, UPCOMING EVENTS AND MUCH MORE, VISIT

DEBORAH ON THE WEB AT www.deborahsimpson.org


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Legacy of The Ripper by Brian Porter Review by Fran Lewis

September 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


legacy of the reaperLegacy of the Ripper:

By Brian L. Porter

 

 

A legacy is defined as anything handed down from the past from an ancestor. Some bestow monetary awards, others furniture and some even jewelry. But, in the case of Dr. Robert Cavendish in the book A Study in Red the legacy bestowed upon him was quite different. His father, when he died, had his journals given to Robert by his solicitor and the end result was anything but rich, gratifying or happy.

 

Being a direct descendant of Jack the Ripper, Dr. Cavendish was presented with his journals and required to read them in order to understand the rationale behind his motives and mind for his killings. But, it destroyed him and left him in such a catatonic state that he became sick, ill and could not function or perform his daily routines.

 

In his second in his Ripper series once again the master of science fiction, mysteries and thrillers, Brian Porter, gives us more insight into the mind of another killer, or supposed killer, Jack Reid, Robert’s heir, or nephew.

 

Being the master craftsman he is the author switches between the past, the time period of the true Ripper murders and what we soon learn to be the present, in this book the early 21st century. Because a person is a descendant of a murderer, butcher and killer, does that mean that person’s genes are a part of you and if they are does that mean you will inherit them? Does that mean you will become one and the same with that person? We are about the re-enter the world and mind of one of the most elusive and creative killers that ever walked this earth: Jack the Ripper. Has he returned in the body of Jack Reid who is next in line and has received the dreaded journals which recount his killings and the ones in the present that mirror his exactly from the way the murders were executed and the days on which they took place? Only time will tell as you read this book and learn what horrors will befall the people now.

 

Perceptions are not always what they appear to be. First impressions and evidence in a crime an often lead to an arrest according to the evidence presented by the police and the prosecution. Appearances can often be deceiving and what might be right in front of your eyes is not always what is real.

 

Xerox machines are used to create exact copies of an original document. Imagine someone doing the same thing with crimes that were committed in the past and now xeroxing them in the present. In 1888 Jack the Ripper mutilated, maimed, killed, disfigured and disemboweled many young women because he thought they were not worthy of breathing life anymore because of their vocation. Prostitution was never legal in England though many young women resorted to that profession in order to live, feed their families and survive. Jack the Ripper was infected with a deadly venereal disease by one of these women and went on a rampage of hate, killing and destruction to rid the world of as many as he could before succumbing to the disease. We are not really sure because his identity remains unknown and he was never caught.

 

Jack Reid is in Ravenswood a maximum-security facility for the criminally and mentally insane. Insane and troubled yes, murderer, that has not been completely decided. After standing trial for killing three women he tries to relate his tale of horror and imprisonment that led up to his arrest and incarceration. The direct descendant of Jack the Ripper and next in line to receive his journals from his late uncle Robert Cavendish, he becomes entranced and mentally kidnapped by what was written in them and soon becomes one and the same with the events in them as his late uncle did.

 

What makes these crimes so unbelievable is that they are being committed on the same days and in the same exact locations as the first murders over 100 years before. Two police officers, and one Ripperologist re-read, revisit and rethink all of the evidence and come up with only one conclusion: Jack Reid might be innocent. The killer as Jack the Ripper was methodical, neat and did not even leave one piece of evidence behind to help the police identify him. But, in the third murder that Jack Reid supposedly committed he left himself covered with the victim’s blood and more. Even the way the murder was committed did not exactly match the third one in 1888. Added to that Jack’s description of his being held prisoner by a young man named Michael and repeatedly kept in a drugged stupor and a mystery man who claimed knowledge of all of the murders and held him captive so he could complete his goals, made it reasonable for the police to reevaluate their findings and try to get him free. But, was this the right decision?

 

Dr. Ruth Truman is the psychiatrist assigned to evaluate Jack and work with him in order to have him finally admit his guilt and more. She is relating the events in this book as she learns about them and narrates much of the book as Jack does too. How do all of the characters come together? The persistence of one Police Sergeant and one Ripperologist who would not give up until they found out the truth would help find out the truth behind the murders.  Nor would lead Inspector Holland give up without a fight to find out just who was behind these heinous crimes and if what Jack related to them in their interview at Ravenswood was really fact or fiction. Did the journals really exist? Was there a man named Michael who worked with this mysterious man to frame him for these crimes? Was this person related to him and have the same mental disorder that seemed to run rampart in his family?

 

From Whitechapel, to Brighton to Warsaw Poland these elusive killers have left their mark. But what will astound you is the ending and not until the last paragraph of the last page will you learn the truth or think you learn the truth. The killer: Was he caught? Is he dead? Is he still at large? Only Brian Porter knows for sure and you the reader will have to decide for himself/herself.  Can the pages of a journal carry something in it so powerful and so dangerous that it causes the reader to become tortured, tormented and terrorized by its contents? Can murders be carbon copies to resemble those from the past or even the present including the timing, the locations and dates of the murders? I won’t tell you. You need to decide the facts yourself and weigh the evidence. In the words of Jack the Ripper and the elusive Brighton Ripper: “I have important work to do, and I don’t have a lot of time to prepare.” Brian Porter prepare to receive my rating for this book and we hope you will not keep us in any more suspense and write the sequel so that we really know the ending to this outstanding novel. I am sure there is much more to come. Who will inherit this Legacy next? Who knows? Would you want it?

 

I give this book: 5 Ripperologists to help solve the crimes and Five Sergeant Wright’s to assist.

 

Fran Lewis: REVIEWER

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Author D.C Jennings Proves Blood is “Thicker Than Water”

September 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )


D.C. Jennings, Author
Contemporary Fiction with a Conscience
www.dawnjennings.com

Thicker Than Water
Set in the hills of southern Missouri, a family’s private dilemma is made public when, after fifteen years of estrangement, a son learns that his father has been falsely accused of abandoning both him and his incapacitated mother following divorce. Raised to loathe the man who left them, Cody is stunned to hear his mother admit that it was she who instigated the divorce, she who had asked that his father leave his home and everything he loved behind.

Cecily had her reasons. Valid ones, or so the bed-bound woman believes until Cody’s hatred is suddenly directed at her. Hurt by what he views as a betrayal, shocked by her duplicity, Cody reluctantly turns to his father for the truth…

Links:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1440411166
https://www.createspace.com/3353634

DC. JenningsAuthor Bio:

D.C. Jennings loves a good story. So much so that she walked away from a career as a licensed optician to pursue publishing her dreams. An avid reader of romance, this happily married mother of five spends her free time reading, traveling, cooking and caring for the animals that live on her Northern Missouri farm.

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Author K. Celeste Bryan Spins two stories that will take the reader back in history Where the Rain is Made and Sojourn With A Stranger

September 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm (historical, old world, paranormal, romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Sojourn With A Stranger - biggerSojourn With A Stranger, K. Celeste Bryan
 New Concepts Publishing, http://www.newconceptspublishing.com
Blurb:
A Willful Beauty
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk , her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley would give anything to return home to her grandfather in Maine . When Derek Stafford, owner of a large plantation, offers a solution to her dilemma, she’s stunned, if not outraged. She’d prefer to fulfill the contract to have his child and forget about him and his self-serving scheme. But she hadn’t counted on the decadently-delicious passion he’d awakened in her.
 
A Rogue Accustomed To Getting What He Wants
Derek’s only desire was to father an heir for Stafford House, thus securing his future. He didn’t count on the Scottish lass with dark green eyes to interfere with his well-laid plans. But after one night in her arms, guilt, not to mention the loss of his heart, became his penance. Now he’d do anything to get her back, anything to quench the hunger and passion tormenting his soul.
Rating: Spicy
 
Beautiful Reads Review of Sojourn with a Stranger
Review:
Book Stats:
• E-book: electronic, digital formatting
• Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-1-60394-246-1
 
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Where The Rain Is MadeWhere The Rain Is Made
The Wild Rose Press, http://www.thewildrosepress.com
PRINT ISBN 1-60154-371-9
(312 pages) Rating (Spicy)
 
 
A Dangerous Warrior
 
Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. But she never counted on falling in love with the man whose silver eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion. Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time, that is. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne .
 
A Rebellious Beauty
 
Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can’t resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. A brutal, savage leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people, but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever. From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled passion and kindled by destiny.
 
WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE, K. Celeste Bryan

Review from Paranormal Romance (PNR), CHOSEN BOOK OF THE MONTH AT PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEWS, JUNE, 2009

“Historical Romance to Sweep You Back in Time!”

The Sacred Council of Arrows chooses time wanderers to aid the Cheyenne in times of trouble. They cannot change the past, only influence with hope that their advice will be put to good use.
Ethan Gray of modern time is chosen to go back to 1864 because of his knowledge of the people. He’s known as Meko in this time, the leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. When Meko captures Francesca (Cesca) Duvall, he never thought he would be in jeopardy of losing his heart. His stay in the past will eventually come to an end when the Council decides he has fulfilled his mission. Or if he is on the threshold of death, he must then let the power of the raven course through his veins and take him to the heavens and back to the present. Only now he fears he cannot do as the Council bids when his heart and soul belongs to Cesca.
 
When Cesca is first taken, she bravely stands up to Meko, stating she will never accept her life among the Cheyenne . Brave words, but her heart has other plans and she finds herself longing for Meko’s touch.
 
Marsh Duvall, Cesca’s brother is also taken in the raid, but his captor, Choking Wolf takes great delight in abusing him. Cesca can’t stand by and see her little brother hurt. She vows to see him safely away from the Cheyenne , even if it means her death.
 
Through the lives of these three people, Ms. Bryan spins a vivid account of how grueling and sometimes brutal the life of a Dog Soldier could be. I loved how she wove the rituals and beliefs of the Cheyenne people throughout the tale as if you were there seeing it first hand. The passion between Cesca and Meko is endearing as they learn to trust and accept each other for who they truly are. Marsh’s acceptance of the Cheyenne ways is believable, giving a full account of the ordeal expected of him to become a Dog Soldier. I also liked her secondary characters. Brown Wing, the old woman who befriends Cesca and Strikes First’s, who is loyal to Meko.
This is a historical romance sure to magically sweep you back in time. A must read!
 
Reviewed by: Karen Michelle Nutt, author
Posted June 11, 2009
 

Orphaned when her parents died in a fishing accident in Virginia , Raine Brinsley wants nothing more than to head straight home to Maine and forget her sadness and trauma of nearly drowning. Unfortunately, without her parents’ protection, Raine is penniless and homeless. The owner of the boat on which they were sailing, Derek Stafford, has graciously offered to let her stay as long as needed and also to pay her passage to return home. Raine refuses to receive charity, so they agree that she will become a chambermaid at Stafford House until she has earned enough money to return home.

Stafford House has an underlying sadness that Raine does not fully understand, but Derek explains that his wife Lucinda passed on six months previously, and Raine believes this to be the reason – until she feels the presence of an unsettled spirit inhabiting the upstairs hallway.

Derek Stafford is torn between grief for his wife and the duty he feels to his father. Julian Stafford is an old-fashioned and unyielding man who is most insistent that either Derek or brother Lyman father a male heir to carry on the proud name of Stafford . Lyman and his wife have three daughters, while Lucinda suffered both miscarriages and stillborns. Julian offers the first son to produce a male heir Stafford House and its vast acreage, and Derek, loving Stafford House and his way of life, hatches a plan. He has a contract drawn up that offers Raine ten thousand dollars if she will agree to bear the male heir his father so desperately wants, and then relinquish the child, never to see him again. Raine is taken aback when Derek presents his proposal but eventually agrees. Will Raine honor the contract as presented? Will Derek reconsider the decision?

I applauded Raine for her strength in the face of her parents’ deaths, especially during a time where women were seen as needing constant protection. Her determination not to accept Derek’s charity was admirable, as was her willingness to tackle any job she was assigned. Although she was a strong woman, her gentleness was demonstrated in her concern for the spirit and her attempts to understand its message. The contrasts within the family were quite believable, and the characters were well developed and realistic, though not always likable. This story has everything and then some – romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, and a touch of Civil War – and I could not put it down. K. Celeste Bryan has once again done a wonderful job of involving the reader in the lives of her characters, and I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars

Find Kat Bryan on the Internet:
 
Author Blog: http://katskwipsandrants.blogspot.com
Author Home: http://kcelestebryan.blogspot.com
Kat on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kcelestebryan
 

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The One and Only Diva JC aka Joan Cartwright Brings Her Talents to the Book Industy

September 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )


JoanCartwrightSongBook_preview41 songs and 10 lyrics by jazz and blues singer and composer Joan Cartwright, one of the only women in the world with a jazz and blues song book. In a 30-year span, jazz vocalist and composer Joan Cartwright has become a Diva in her own right. She’s toured in 15 countries and has written over 60 songs.

 

                                                         Synopsis:

amazingmusicwomen-sm_preview40 amazing women in jazz and blues

Book Excerpt:

 

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was born in Columbus, Georgia (September, 1882 – December 22, 1939). Known as “The Mother of the Blues”, she was the composer who popularized the blues. She was a spokesperson for black people and a hero to them. Her style of moaning captured the audience. She recorded hundreds of songs on Paramount and put that recording company on the map.  She recorded with Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson. She could grab a crowd and make them love her. The most popular blues singers had this quality. They could establish a rapport and rhetoric with the crowd.

 “Ma” Rainey took Bessie Smith under her wing. This was how the blues tradition developed. One followed another or they were contemporaries of each other.

 

soyouwanttobesinger_0_previewSynopsis:

A manual for aspiring Divas, musicians and composers

Book Excerpt:

 

Music is a profession that many people would love to embrace but few really have the talent or fortitude to endure. Simply being able to sing is not enough to last in the music business.

You must:

  • Know music theory
  •  Know the importance of having your own voice rather than just covering the musical style of another artist
  • Work hard to hold the attention of an audience
  •  Understand the business and what it takes to get bookings and royalties

 

Songsformychildren_cover_previewSynopsis:

Four songs dedicated to my granddaughters, god daughter and great grandson

Book Excerpt:

 

Butterfly

 ©2006 Joan Cartwright

Butterfly, Butterfly
Gliding thru the breeze
Your delight, Butterfly
Flowing right thru me
That’s the thing of Spring
Makes you want to sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night
Butterfly

 

Butterfly, Butterfly
Lighting on a tree
In my eyes, Butterfly
You and I are free

That’s the thing with Spring
Makes you wanna sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night
Butterfly

 

a history of aferic americ jazzFrom the coast of West Africa captured people brought a new music to the shores of North America. That music became blues and then jazz and was the voice of freedom. But the commercialization of this music throughout the twentieth century has not benefitted the innovators as much as the imitators, publishers and producers of recordings, concerts and festivals, worldwide.

 The three essays in this book examines the cultural politics involved in the production, promotion and critique of African-American Jazz and Blues in America and abroad. It is available at http://stores.lulu.com/divajc

 

 

 

 

Joan CartwriteBorn on December 7,  in Kew Gardens, New York, Joan Cartwright is the consummate musician. She composes, performs, lectures, researches and documents jazz and blues musicians and performers. She is the founder of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC., a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting women musicians locally, nationally and globally, through contacts, articles, interviews, newsletters, events, courses, clinics, workshops, lectures, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, concerts, performances and recognition. During her 30-year career, Joan Cartwright has performed with Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott and hundreds of musicians in the U.S., Europe and Asia! Diva Joan Cartwright has toured 5 continents and 15 countries including the U.S.A., 8 European countries, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues. A composer and author of 7 books, her title, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, “Tune Up” by Miles Davis and “Bessie’s Blues” by John Coltrane. (LYRICS) The book contains two lectures that she’s given to over 7,000 children, college students and adults, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: WOMEN IN JAZZ and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? Her workshops are dynamic and educational, highlighting the pitfalls and benefits of the music business. She contends that, “Knowing music theory is a step in the right direction for any singer who truly wants to excel in the world of music!”Diva JC names any ensemble of musicians she works with “Jazz Hotline”. Why? Because the music swings and it’s always HOT! Her most famous Blues are “Nobody’s Husband”, “OH, Baby!” and “Treat Me Right and You Don’t Have To Marry Me”.

Visit Joan’s websites: www.divajc.com, www.fyicomminc.com and search “Joan Cartwright” on www.cdbaby.com for her two cds, FEELIN’ GOOD (Sicily: 1995) and IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY (U.S.A.: 2005)

Known as the “Hip Hop Mom of Atlanta”, Joan performed Jazz Meets Hip Hop with her daughter’s hip hop/soul group – Caustic Dames, in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Italy, France and England. Hear Joan on “Atlanta Has Spoken“, a compilation of spoken word artists at www.cdbaby.com/cd/causticcomp. Be sure to hear her track “Talkin’ That Jazz” and also visit www.causticdames.com. Joan Cartwright is available for bookings around the world. Her knowledge of music and her professional attitude enables Joan to travel alone and work with professional jazz and blues musicians, wherever she is contracted to perform.

In 1998, Ms. Cartwright produced Gaiafest, A Celbration of Mother Earth with Women in Jazz. From 1997 to 2001, she was the recipient of several grants from Broward Schools, where she presented Women in Jazz at K-12 schools. In 2007, she presented at York College, in Jamaica, New York on March 28, 2008; and she was a featured artist of the Women in Jazz Festival on April 5, 2008, in New York City. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, she presented her program with an 8-member ensemble at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on October 30, 2008, funded by a grant from the Friends of AARLCC, to be completed on March 7, 2009. She is scheduled to do her presentation at Miami-Dade Community College on February 3, 2009.

In addition to music performance, lectures, media, production, marketing, advertisement, publishing, public speaking and public relations, journalism, authoring books, articles, columns, feature stories, blogs, newsletters and creating  a web presence for herself and others, JOAN CARTWRIGHT, M.A. has extensive years of experience in: Computers: Word processing, Information Technology, website design, HTML, JavaScript, Front Page, FTP, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Access, Dbase, Lotus, MSWord, WordPerfect, PC, Wang, Lanier.

Joan has taught on a university level at Florida International University, Broward Community College, LaSalle University and K-12 level at Eagle Charter Academy. She is certified in the State of Florida to teach Music. Presently, she is researching doctoral programs in Music, Communications and Education. She is a frequent contributor to the South Florida Times, In Focus Magazine and Global Woman Magazine. Her website www.fyicomminc.com is a plethora of information about business, entrepreneurialship, culture, jazz, blues, music, art, spirit, women, humanity, videos, mp3s, history, politics, religion, community and more.

For 20 years, Joan worked in the legal field as a secretary, word process, legal assistant and file archivist. She owned a legal secretarial service in 1990, before going on tour for eight years in Europe, where she recorded her first CD, Feelin’ Good distributed by Tireno Records in Milan, Italy; and by her own lable, I AM Records in the U.S.A. Her second CD, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY is distributed solely by I AM Records. Presently, Joan hosts a weekly online radio show, MUSICWOMAN LIVE! at www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman featuring women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Archived shows are linked at: www.wijsf.com/radio.htm.Joan Cartwright, M.A.Founder and Executive Director of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.CEO of FYI Communications, Inc.2801 S. Oakland Forest Drive, #103Oakland Park, FL 33309954-740-3398divajc47@yahoo.comwww.fyicomminc.comwww.divajc.comwww.divajc.tvwww.joancartwright.com WORKS BY JOAN CARTWRIGHTBooks:

  • Amazing Musicwomen (lulu.com 2008)
  • So, You Want To Be A Singer? (lulu.com 2008)
  • Songs For My Children (lulu.com 2008)
  • The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds (lulu.com 2008)
  • Rhythms of the Heart (lulu.com 2008)
  • Entries on Women in Jazz in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC Clio 2008)
  • In Pursuit of a Melody (Trafford: 2006) 40 songs, 35 poems, memoirs, photos and lectures:
    • Amazing Women in Jazz and Blues
    • So, You Want To Be A Singer? A Manual for Up and Coming Divas
  • A History of African-American Jazz and Blues (FYICOMMINC: 1994) includes essays:

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http://stores.lulu.com/divajc

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