The Travelers and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Richard Burns By Walt Long

July 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


The Travelers

 

It’s late summer of 1986 in multi-cultural New Mexico, and the escalating problem of illegal immigration is nearing a crisis level. The nation is demanding some sort of effective reform, while anti-immigration “hate” groups are beginning to appear in frightening numbers. Just as congress is nearing passage of the Mazzoli-Simpson Immigration Reform Act – which will grant amnesty to an estimated three million illegals – Henry “Mickey” McAllister sets into motion his audacious plan to smuggle large numbers of “wetbacks” across the border from Ciudad Juarez into the tranquil Rio Grande Valley. Things become complicated when Mickey falls in love with an attractive young immigrant while two maniacal rednecks embark on a racially motivated killing spree. The explosive climax is a virtual sub-plot to the emotional and moral roller coaster of simple people grappling with bigger-than-life issues.

 

 

 

 

Unauthorized Autobigraphy of Richard BurnsAt the age of twenty-five, he was pulled down from the top of the wall at 4 AM trying to escape from the State Penitentiary in Guadalajara, and thrown into a dark, smelly dungeon for seven months…and that wasn’t even the lowest point of his life. It was never easy for Richard Burns, from a troubled adolescence through years of incredible and dangerous adventures. He followed and chased uncertainty with the great beat generation writers, a beautiful heroin-addicted dancer, clever scams, harrowing escapes, and short-sighted ventures that always tempted fate. The one constant in his life was the apparent truism that life is forgiving, and always offers another chance.

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Tangled Minds

July 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason) (, , , , , , , , , )


Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds is a masterpiece. In the fine tradition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Yvonne Mason leads the reader through the twisted and tangled lives of Brianna Van Pelt and her son, Josh, thrusting us into a Pygmalion dilemma that has consumed scholars for decades. Is there such a thing as a “bad seed”, an individual whose feet are placed upon a path of crime and evil almost from the beginning? If the circumstances of one’s birth or the choices one makes cannot be overcome with love, patience and the rarely grasped opportunity for redemption, what chance is there for any of us?Thwarted by her parents’ tough love, seventeen-year-old, single mother, Brianna, allows herself to be drawn into a new world glittering with easy money and false promises, accepting that proposition that no good girl ever should. With her young son, Josh, in tow, she dazzles with new prosperity, fulfilling the fantasies of not only her glorified pimp, Ken Morgan, but those of a judge and a host of depraved, desperate men in their wake. Ms. Mason’s familiarity with the legal system and law enforcement showed through clearly in several well orchestrated scenes, as the long arm of the law repeatedly tried to halt the ring of drugs and prostitution and Brianna and her son fled for the safety of the mountains.Ms. Mason’s understanding of mountain people was stellar. These simple folk protect their own with fierce loyalty and Brianna and Josh find shelter beneath their net of poverty, love, moonshine and madness. Here, transgressors simply disappear, never to be heard from again and the mountains hold their secrets close to their chests as nature smoothes the pothole’s dark waters and envelops the hills in song and greenery. Even murder seems somehow justified in a place such as this, but the twisted and convoluted logic of its inhabitants finds no sympathetic ear in the outside world and Josh must ultimately face the consequences of his actions.

And yet, within this story, there lies hope. In Hannah and Miss Amy, we see the opposing force of love, the light of goodness that can blaze through even the meanest dark, if only one has the courage to reach for it. Fragile yet steadfast, this gentler emotion finally reaches even Brianna, a woman some would have classified beyond redemption. In love’s golden glow, we find hope, hope for Brianna and Josh and perhaps even for ourselves, as well.

Tangled Minds should be required reading for every high school senior or college freshman, although its audience is clearly much wider. Life is, indeed, full of choices and consequences. An individual may be able to run fast and far, but in the end, he cannot outrun the ultimate judge – himself. True redemption begins from within. May love’s tiny flame light the way as we reconcile our past, lift our face into the winds of change and set our feet once more upon the good road. An excellent read!   This book can be purchased at Lulu.com, amazon.com, http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

   Ann B. Keller, Author

   Briggen

   The Devils Crescent

 

     

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It’s Coming

June 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason, Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , )


From: Author, Deborah Simpson
Date: Jan 26, 2008 12:04 PM

Brilliant Insanity” is an unprecedented voyage through the demented mind of mass murderer, Marion Lewis Reinhart. Who is Reinhart? What is Reinhart? Yvonne Mason draws you into a world of suspense and harrowing sadism interjecting lucid illustrations and stark, chilling portrayals. However, Mason leaves no stone unturned as she delicately weaves in the budding romance between Mandy and Allen. With her book, “Brilliant Insanity,” Mason has proved herself to be an indelible author. – Deborah Simpson, Author of “Chronicles of a Sage: Spiritual Revelations via Canto” –

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Run don’t Walk

June 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm (Blog Talk Radio) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Run don’t walk- don’t pass go and don’t collect $200.00- well okay stop and collect the $200.00- you will need it.

   Stop what you are doing get up from your chair and go get your calendar. Get a pen and write on the day July 3rd 7PM- That is the day you will get to hear me live on Sedona Talk Radio hosted by Louise Aveni.

     Not only will I be bragging (yes humble me said bragging) about my hero- my new releases by the ever popular and wonderful Triad Publishing Group and their release dates and my other life. If you miss it you will miss learning about all the things you wanted to know but didn’t- all  the things you thought you knew but maybe didn’t and many things that will suprise awe and amaze you. So don’t wait stop what you are doing- post it on the calendar, tattoo it on your hand, paste it on the fridge, grease paint it on the bathroom mirror. I know if you join us you will have a great time and you will finally learn about the creator of Tangled Minds.   

   The show airs from 7:00-8:00 PM EST.

 

Go to www.sedonatalkradio.com and then “Now That’s What I’m Talking About!” and off you go.

 

If someone is new to the site, then they SUBSCRIBE NOW (Free) and that’s it!

 

Hurry write it down

Yvonne..TABLE>

            

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Tangled Minds

May 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason, Uncategorized) (, , , , )


Tangled Minds is a masterpiece. In the fine tradition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Yvonne Mason leads the reader through the twisted and tangled lives of Brianna Van Pelt and her son, Josh, thrusting us into a Pygmalion dilemma that has consumed scholars for decades. Is there such a thing as a “bad seed”, an individual whose feet are placed upon a path of crime and evil almost from the beginning? If the circumstances of one’s birth or the choices one makes cannot be overcome with love, patience and the rarely grasped opportunity for redemption, what chance is there for any of us?Thwarted by her parents’ tough love, seventeen-year-old, single mother, Brianna, allows herself to be drawn into a new world glittering with easy money and false promises, accepting that proposition that no good girl ever should. With her young son, Josh, in tow, she dazzles with new prosperity, fulfilling the fantasies of not only her glorified pimp, Ken Morgan, but those of a judge and a host of depraved, desperate men in their wake. Ms. Mason’s familiarity with the legal system and law enforcement showed through clearly in several well orchestrated scenes, as the long arm of the law repeatedly tried to halt the ring of drugs and prostitution and Brianna and her son fled for the safety of the mountains.

Ms. Mason’s understanding of mountain people was stellar. These simple folk protect their own with fierce loyalty and Brianna and Josh find shelter beneath their net of poverty, love, moonshine and madness. Here, transgressors simply disappear, never to be heard from again and the mountains hold their secrets close to their chests as nature smoothes the pothole’s dark waters and envelops the hills in song and greenery. Even murder seems somehow justified in a place such as this, but the twisted and convoluted logic of its inhabitants finds no sympathetic ear in the outside world and Josh must ultimately face the consequences of his actions.

And yet, within this story, there lies hope. In Hannah and Miss Amy, we see the opposing force of love, the light of goodness that can blaze through even the meanest dark, if only one has the courage to reach for it. Fragile yet steadfast, this gentler emotion finally reaches even Brianna, a woman some would have classified beyond redemption. In love’s golden glow, we find hope, hope for Brianna and Josh and perhaps even for ourselves, as well.

Tangled Minds should be required reading for every high school senior or college freshman, although its audience is clearly much wider. Life is, indeed, full of choices and consequences. An individual may be able to run fast and far, but in the end, he cannot outrun the ultimate judge – himself. True redemption begins from within. May love’s tiny flame light the way as we reconcile our past, lift our face into the winds of change and set our feet once more upon the good road. An excellent read!

 

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