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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Sarah’s Landing Contact by Elena Dorothy Bowman

August 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


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Sarah’s Landing – 1 — Contact — Synopsis*

A 111-year-old mystery — people who vanished ten years before the new millennium — the first space-exploration star-ship, Earth Star-I, lost in deep space fifty-one years later — Is there a connection between these unexplained disappearances, and a village situated along the rocky coast of New England, a place out of time, called Sarah’s Landing?

Joshua Morgan, the Astronaut/Biologist scratched from the ill-fated space flight, had the determination to seek out the answers. Working out of the Space Intelligence Command in Houston, Texas, his investigation leads him to long-forgotten secret government archives in Washington, DC, and to a little-known underground chamber in the old uranium storage caverns along the Colorado River in Utah. Slowly, almost magnetically, he is drawn to Sarah’s Landing. Stories told by the local townspeople of the Founders’ House, and of the strange going’s-on within, draw him to the site over the objections of a redheaded telepath, Alexandra McKay, who interests him greatly. Little does he realize his quest will take him to the far reaches of space and to an alien planet no one knew exists.

The story takes place in the year 2055 and weaves around Sarah’s Landing, one of the last vestiges of an earlier era. Unknown to most of its inhabitants, it maintains an unusual bond with an alien city, in an undiscovered galaxy thousands of light years away, on a planet where a race of aliens possess telepathic, telekinetic, psychic abilities more powerful and far-reaching than anyone could have imagined.

In his search for answers Joshua falls deeply in love with Alexandra, who senses danger in his life. Soon after his disappearance, the first inkling of an alien bond manifests itself in her dreams. Trying desperately to find him, Alexandra enlists the aid of Joshua’s friend, Lt. Henry (Harry) Jacobsen, a Navy Lieutenant who is quickly smitten by her.

A quadrangle develops when the main characters, Joshua, Alexandra, Harry, and the alien leader’s daughter, Adrianne, are helplessly caught in the entanglement of an affair that spans two different planets light years apart. Joshua discovers that his love for the two women, results in the birth of two sons— siblings — one from the alien planet Theon, and one from Earth, empowered with mind-linking capabilities. This phenomenon results in detection by an ominous dark force whose threatening presence is overcome by the interconnecting relationships of the people of the Planet Theon and Planet Earth.

Reviews:

Contact – Book I- Sarah’s Landing Series
By Elena Dorothy Bowman
ISBN# 1-59431-497-7
Write Words, Inc./ Cambridge Books*

The Review is by Sandy Bernstein, Editor of the Sour Grapes Magazine:

*by Sandy Bernstein,*
*Sour Grapes Magazine, Editor*
*Methuen, MA*

*5 Stars ******

Sarah’s Landing is a work of pure imagination. September 10, 2001

This sci-fi tale is a perfect blend of fantasy, mystery, and romance working together in a most seductive way. The peaceful setting of this New England coastal village is anything but what it seems. Dark forces are at work breaking down the barriers of two separate worlds. Its rich characters will draw you in as they struggle to find answers to a century old mystery they believe is a connection between our own planet and one called Theon. Sarah’s Landing is the first in a four part series, and as such leaves the reader begging for more. The characters are real and complex, driven by compassion and loyalty. But where their loyalties lie is another matter. The plot is intriguing and spun in true sci-fi fashion. All the elements of a wondrous tale are here as Elena keeps the reader in suspense from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read book II, The Telepaths of Theon.

The Second Review is by Jackie Young: Correspondent of the Westford Eagle:

*by Jackie Young*
*Correspondent – Westford Eagle*
*Westford, MA*

*/”Chelmsford author’s tale is out-of-this-world”/*

Even those who are not sure they are science fiction fans may be swept up in Sarah’s Landing-I, a spellbinding tale which takes the reader from the rocky shores of a small New England town to a planet in an undiscovered galaxy thousands of light years away. The wonder of it is that the author has managed to tell the tale of astronaut/biologist Joshua Morgan so convincingly. Her down-to-earth approach, soaring imagination and her expertise in software engineering are a winning combination. The kinds of experiences that her characters encounter have the ring of truth to them.

Set in the year 2055, the book centers around the hero’s attempts to solve the 111-year-old mystery of people who vanished 10 years before the new millennium, and the loss of the first starship, Earth Star-I which vanished 51 years later.

This fast-paced novel, which incidentally, is also a first-rate love story, will undoubtedly pull readers in. Bowman’s powers of description are second to none. Here is a book that is difficult to put down ? a real page turner.

 

 

Bio:

Elena Dorothy Bowman, formerly an aerospace software engineer, is an Honors graduate of Fitchburg College earning her BS Degree in Engineering and Management. She serves as an officer in the /Massachusetts Chapter of the National League of American PenWomen/. Her novel */Contact,/* which has won the coveted APA award for its audio book, is the first in the */Sarah’s Landing Series/* of four science-fiction/ mystery/ romance novels all of which have been published by /Write Words Inc/Cambridge Books/. Other novels -*/The House On The Bluff/* is the first in */The Legacy Series/* of three Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Thriller, bordering on the Paranormal. All of which were published by /Write Words Inc/Cambridge Books/. Three stand alone novels, */Time-Rift/*, */The Odyssey/* and */The Imposter/* have all been published by Write Words Inc. as ebooks with /Write Words Inc., ebooksonthe.net./

Elena has co-written and published through Lulu.com, two other non-fiction books. One with her husband, James; */The Continuum/*, and a biographical one with her brother Alfred, */Military Justice-Denied,/* which is a limited private release.

Her prize winning short story */Canollies For Christmas/* was published in /The Lowell Sun/. She has also co-written and co-produced a Musical Workshop, which was performed at the /Merrimack Regional Theater/. The Mother of four and Grandmother of one, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband.
Excerpts and reviews of all my novels can be viewed on my website: http://elenadb.home.comcast.net.

*Sarah’s Landing Series Links at Amazon.com for all 4 books:
http://www.amazon.com/Contact-Book-I-Sarahs-Landing/dp/1594314977/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1249237471&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.com/Telepaths-Theon-Sarahs-Landing-2/dp/1594315981/ref=sr_oe_11_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-11
http://www.amazon.com/Barbarians-Landing-Elena-Dorothy-Bowman/dp/1594316589/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-9
http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Sarahs-Landing-Book-ebook/dp/B000Q9J03I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-3

Legacy Series Links at Amazon for 3 books:
http://www.amazon.com/HOUSE-BLUFF-Book-One-Legacy/dp/1594313636/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-6
http://www.amazon.com/GATEKEEPERS-REALM-Book-Two-Legacy/dp/1594314519/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-8
http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Point-Book-3-Legacy/dp/1594314527/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-5

Stand Alone Novels at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Time-Rift/dp/B000JMKN2Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-4
http://www.amazon.com/The-Odyssey-ebook/dp/B00140FXA2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-2

And the Imposter at Barnes and Noble.com
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Imposter/Elena-Dorothy-Bowman/e/9781594315350/?itm=7

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