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Holiday Book Gift Guide

Winter 2017

Holiday Book Gift Guide Winter 2017

Snuggle up with Good Reads this Season!


Holiday Book Gift Guide

Winter 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS Genre

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Fiction

3-35 Children’s Book Dark Fantasy Historical Fiction Mystery Paranormal Romance Science Fiction Suspense Young Adult

Non-Fiction

36-44

Biography Education Poetry Spiritual

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Title: My Two Great Great Aunts Author: Brenda Eck Illustrated by: Gregory Lies Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publication Date: 15 November 17 Genre: Children’s Illustrates/Juvenile Nonfiction (Ages 3 and up) Price: Hardcover: $20.00 About the Book: Personality differences can cause all sorts of conflicts for family members who share a home, but not for these two sisters. Aunt Mary Ann and Aunt Agnes discover life improves for both of them when they cherish their similarities and embrace their differences. In the process, they teach lessons about tolerance and appreciation of diversity.

Author Bio: Brenda Eck lives in rural Kansas. She enjoys reading, quilting, and traveling with her children, grandchildren, and friends. After retiring from teaching, she completed her first children’s book, Big Brutus, the Kansas Coal Shovel, the story of the restoration and preservation of a massive excavator near Pittsburg, Kansas. About the Illustrator: Gregory Lies is a native of Andale, Kansas, and a great nephew of Mary Ann and Agnes. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in advertising. He began illustrating books in 2016, and looks forward to future projects.

Connect with Publisher, Rowe Publishing: Facebook: www.facebook.com/rowepublishingdesign Twitter: www.twitter.com/RowePublishing Website: http://rowepub.com

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/my-two-great-great-aunts/

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Winter 2017 Title: Joe and Pam Make Jam (Book 3 of the Joe the Gardener Series) Author: Jerilynn Henrikson Publisher: Rowe Publishing Illustrated by: Patty Kahn Publication Date: 1 October 2017 Genre: Children’s Illustrated Price: Hardcover: $20.00 About the Book: Joe is growing up, and so are his readers. In Book 3 of the Joe the Gardener series, big brother Joe enlists the help of his lively little sister, Pam, in planting strawberries to make some jam. Joe is the “expert” but Pam keeps him on his toes with her questions. Their conversations about gardening help advance the story and show their personalities. Included at the end of the tale is a suggested lesson for young readers to practice writing dialogue. There is also a recipe for strawberry jam!

Author Bio: This is Jerilynn Henrikson’s eighth book for children and the final book in the Joe the Gardener Series. In this series she has combined her passion for writing, her love of children, and an obsession with gardening to create stories that will inform, entertain, and encourage youngsters to become readers, writers, and gardeners. About the Illustrator: Patty Kahn is a born artist. She has always loved creating art and specializes in jewelry, mosaics, fiber art, drawing and cards. Patty has worked in the areas of commercial interior design and medical illustration. She served as the director of an art therapy program, a public school art teacher, and university professor of art education. Her story illustrations are colorful, engaging, and artfully enhance Joe the Gardener Series with her humor and intelligence.

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/joe-and-pam-make-jam/

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Title: That Mouse Can Fly Author: Kim Holley Illustrated by: SaVanna Dixon Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publication Date: 30 June 2017 Genre: Children’s Illustrated/Imagination (Ages 5 and up) Price: Paperback: $14.00 About the Book: An adventurous and imaginative little boy spends the summer on his Grandparents’ farm. During a treasure hunting expedition, his mind takes over when his boots gets stuck in the mud and he sees something fly past him that looks just like a beady-eyes furry little mouse. He begins to wonder, if it really was a mouse, and just where he has travelled?

Author Bio: Kim Holley is author of these additional children’s books: Rollie Pollie Review, A Fish Wish, I Love Gloves, and Murphie and the Meerkat. Kim was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently lives in rural southeast Kansas. She has been writing personalized poetry for her family and friends for over 30 years. Kim began writing children’s short stories based on her grandchildren’s adventures as well as stories she’s developed on her own.

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/that-mouse-can-fly/

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Title: Sally Sagittarius and Her Spirited Sojourn Author: Donna McGarry Publisher: Pollux Ink Publication Date: 26 October 2017 Genre: Children; Spiritual/Astrology Price: Kindle: $2.99; Paperback: $9.95

Book Description: Little Sally Sagittarius has big dreams. Mired in a drab routine of skateboarding, entrepreneurial aspirations and hum drum chores, Sally yearns to traverse the cosmos. Can this sassy miss ditch her shackles and escape confinements? Join in the journey as a voracious hunger for the unknown compels Sally to risk complacency and explore far-reaching vistas in Sally Sagittarius and Her Spirited Sojourn.

Author Bio: Donna McGarry is a level one graduate of the Steven Forrest Evolutionary Apprenticeship Program. She’s had a life-long passion for the Moon and constellations. Her interest in astrology began in her early teens. An appreciation of nature, art, and astrology inspired her to create Zodiacts. Merging celestial imagery with verbal whimsy, the Zodiact series introduces folks to the essence of the zodiac signs via zany characters who personify the characteristics of each sign. Sally Sagittarius and Her Spirited Sojourn is the ninth book in the series. Donna hopes her vision of the cosmos inspires compassion and a love of the quirky in young readers.

Connect with Donna McGarry: Twitter: @ariesadventure

Available at: Amazon.com

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Winter 2017 Title: Trinity Tales of Tresia: A Quite Extraordinary Umbrella (Book II) Author: J. A. McPhail Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publication Date: 1 May 2017 Genre: Children’s Book (Age 7 and up) Price: Kindle: $9.99; Paperback: $14.95 ; Hardcover from Rowe Publishing: $22.00 About the Book: A Quite Extraordinary Umbrella, will take readers on a magical and spiritual “coming of age” adventure. No matter how you are, it will leave you wondering about your own gifts and use of them. Through the main character, the reader learns that spiritual growth happens over time. Mistakes will be made, but we can learn from them, accept the consequences, and continue on to become the best person we can be by using our gifts for the good of all.

Author Bio: J. A. McPhail, aka Jeanne Ann or Jeannie, is a former library director from Kansas who now writes children’s books and devotionals from her home near the North Carolina Mountains. Dawn of Day, released in 2012, was her first book, a middle grade historical fiction novel. McPhail next authored a memoir about her daughter, Stacie, I Will Not Fear: A Chosen Life, which was released in late 2013. A Most Remarkable Hat, Book 1 in her Trinity Tales of Tresia trilogy, is McPhail’s third book released in December, 2015. A Glimpse: The Truly Excellent Scepter, a short story based on the Tresia series was released exclusively on Amazon in September, 2017. The ebook begins at the end of Book II and will be continued in Book III, which will be released in 2018.

Connect with J. A. McPhail: Website: www.jamcphail.com

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/trinity-tales-umbrella/

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Title: Adam’s Animals: Fun Facts About God’s Creation Author: Kimberley Payne Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication Date: 24 March 2014 Genre: Children’s Book (Ages 6-9) Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $12.00 About the Book: Did you know that lions can go five days without drinking water? Learn more about lions and other creatures found in the Bible-all part of God’s marvelous creation. This entertaining and educational book offers children loads of fun while they learn about the Bible. Inside you’ll find: Bible stories about the animal; fascinating facts about each animal; whimsical illustrations for creative coloring fun; word search puzzles to learn new words and improve spelling. This engaging and instructive activity book is an introduction to animals and their Bible stories ideal for 6-to-9-year-olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in Grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.

Author Bio: Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live their life to glorify God.

Connect with Kimberley Payne: Website/Blog: http://www.kimberleypayne.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/KimberleyPayne.Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitForFaith Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kimberleyjpayne/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Fit4Faith

Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Adams-Animals-Creation-Science-Matters/dp/1497439000/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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Winter 2017 Title: Sir Princess Petra—The Pen Pieyu Adventures Author: Diane Mae Robinson Publisher: Diane Mae Robinson Ink Publication Date: 8 September 2017 Genre: Children’s Book (Ages 7-11) Price: Kindle: $0.99; Paperback: $10.95

About the Book: “I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games are boring. The thing I want the most. . .” Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. “I want to be a royal knight.” Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armour before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove more valuable than weapons and armour? Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7-11 years are sure to entertain.

Author Bio: Diane Mae Robinson is the international multi-award-winning author of the children fantasy/adventure series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures. The author is also an artist, art teacher, children’s book editor, and a writing instructor. Diane lives in central Alberta, Canada. Sign up for the author’s newsletter about cool contests, giveaways, books on sale, and receive the Sir Princess Petra Coloring Book for free: https://dragonsbook.com/subscribe

Connect with Diane Mae Robinson: Website: https://dragonsbook.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeMaeRobinso Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-m-robinson-19b84446/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dianemaerobinson/

Available at: Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YW7K0I4/ref=dp_st_099524829X Website: https://dragonsbook.com Barns & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Sir%20Princess%20Petra Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/751276

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Winter 2017 Title: Amazing Matilda Author: Bette A. Stevens Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication Date: 2 July 2012 Genre: Children’s Literature (Picture Book/Ages 5-11) Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $9.49 Excerpt:

“Have patience, dear Matilda,” Sparrow told her. “Remember, if you want to fly you must have patience.” Matilda began to lift her soft, wet wings. First one, then the other. Nothing happened. With eyes as big as saucers, Toad and Rabbit cheered Matilda on. “You have your wings,” they shouted. “Now just keep trying to move them, KEEP TRYING!” “These wings aren’t big enough to carry me,” Matilda told them as she tried to lift the heavy wings. “Don’t give up,” said Rabbit. “Yes,” piped up Toad. “You found your wings, now you must try to move them. Remember, Mother said that is you try long enough and hard enough, you can do anything!” And that’s just what Matilda did. She moved those heavy wet wings UP and DOWN, UP and DOWN, UP and DOWN. Sparrow, Toad and Rabbit cheered her on: “You can do it! You can dot it, Matilda!” Matilda moved her wings. Faster and faster and faster. It was very hard work, but she didn’t give up. Before long Matilda began to change again. As she moved her wings faster and faster and faster, her body became slimmer and slimmer and slimmer, while her wings grew wider and wider and wider. What had at first appeared to be Matilda’s two soft and heavy wet wings amazingly became four wings. Those four beautiful orange and black wings kept beating and beating and beating until they had grown dry enough and wide enough to lift Matilda.

Author Bio: Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies-an endangered species (and for milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). Stevens is the author of Amazing Matilda, and award-winning picture book; The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!, a home/school resource incorporating hands-on math and writing; and Pure Trash, the short story prequel to her début novel, Dog Bone Soup— coming-of-age story and family drama set in 1950s and 60s New England.

Connect with Bette A. Stevens: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M?tag=geolinker-20 Blog: https://www.4writersandreaders.com

Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AU9ZISA

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Winter 2017 Title: Year One: A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Collection Author: John Hartness Publisher: Falstaff Books “Quincy Harker-demon killer, monster hunter, & Publication Date: 2 January 2016 kin to Dracula, yeah. THIS is who I want Genre: Dark Fantasy protecting the world! I love these books.” Kindle Price: $4.99 ~Academy Award Winner Whoopi Goldberg

About the Book: Straight out of the pages of the legendary vampire novel Dracula comes a demon hunter for the modern world. Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker had a son. They named him Quincy. His guardian angel calls him Q. Dracula call him, nephew. “There are things in this world that men and women aren’t meant to understand. We aren’t supposed to know these things exist, much less how to fight them. The things that go bump in the night, the monsters in the closet, the shadow out fo the corner of your eye-that’s where I live.” Year One collects the first four short novels (Raising Hell, Straight to Hell, Hell on Heels, and Hell Freezes Over) in the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series. Raising Hell: Winner of the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award. Quincy Harker takes on a demon-summoning entrepreneur that makes Gordon Gecko look like Santa Claus. Straight to Hell: The Four Horsemen are back in Charlotte, North Carolina and I don’t mean Ric, Arn, Tully, and Barry. Harker has to save the world from the forces of Apocalypse. Hell on Heels: She’s hot, she’s mean, she’s borderline psychotic and has a lot of issues with Harker and his people. She’s Gabriella Van Helsing and she’s “Hell on Heels.” Hell Freezes Over: Somebody is walking through dreams and murdering families all over Harker’s city. Now the ghost of a murdered little girl is walking through Harker’s dreams. Is he going to stand for this? Yea, when “Hell Freezes Over.”

Author Bio: John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtures, and some people call his Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the bestselling author of the EPIC-Award-winning series The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” In 2016, Raising Hell, the first book his fantasy Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series, was awarded the Manly Wade Wellman award by the NC Speculative Fiction Foundation. A graduate of Winthrop University, John lives in Charlotte with his wife, Suzy, and a very demanding cat. In other lives, he has been an actor, lighting designer, theatre consultant, salesman, electronics technician, and arts administrator. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne’er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a publishing conglomerate dedicated to pushing the boundaries of literature and entertainment. In his copious free time, John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and recording new episodes of the podcast Authors & Dragons, where he plays a Pathfinder game with five other fantasy authors. An avid Magic: the Gathering player, John is strong in his nerd-fu and has sometimes been referred to as “the Kevin Smith of Charlotte, NC.” And not just for his girth. Connect with John Hartness: Websites: http://johnhartness.com/

Available at:

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/johnhartness Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnhartness

Amazon.com

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Winter 2017 Title: The Miranda Affair Author: Margaret R. Davis Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press Publication: 2017 Genre: Fiction/Women’s Fiction Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: 19.95 Excerpt:

“Get out. You make me sick.” Katie Carlisle stood frozen until he repeated, “I said, get out.” And then she did—out of his office and down the hall to hers. The anger in his voice told her he had come to the end of his patience in dealing with her. This could only mean that she could say goodbye to her dream of shortly replacing him as department manager. True, the last few months had been unexpectedly difficult—with some near misses in her attempts to hold onto her job. But somehow she had felt she would eventually prevail—until today. Had she made one misstep too many? Once seated at her desk, Katie swiveled her chair toward the window, past the jade plant on the sill—oh, jade plant of happier days!—toward the view up Market Street. Now, she must clear her head and make sense of what had just happened. She knew the exact date everything had started to go wrong. It was on Friday, January 27, 1989—her 39th birthday.

Author Bio: Margaret R. Davis worked for many years as a management consultant in a large California corporation. She is the author of two works of non-fiction: Families in a Working World and Straight Down the Middle. The Miranda Affair is her second novel. The first Straight Down the Middle, was published in 2009. She is also the author of several short stories.

Connect with Margaret R. Davis: Website: hppt://margaretdavisbooks.com

Available at: Amazon.com

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Winter 2017 Title: Bishop Street Author: Rene D. Schultz Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication Date: 2014 Genre: Fiction Price: Kindle: $2.99; Paperback: $13.99 Excerpt:

“I am no longer that scared seven-year-old child left on the front steps of the Bishop Street Orphanage. I have nothing left to fear. That door slammed shut years ago; and now that Sister Theresa is dead, there are only a few selected memories that remind me of the past.” Margaret Gray tapped her pencil on the desk and wondered what had triggered those thoughts. The throbbing in her head snapped her out of the reverie, but leaning back and closing her eyes had only intensified the pain. She pushed the intercom and said, “Denise, will you please bring me some aspirin and cold water?” “Sure. Do you need anything else, Maggie?” “No thanks. I have a full day of deadlines ahead of me, and I don’t have the time to give in to this annoying headache.” Maggie sighed. She glanced at the wall of windows that faced the park in her large penthouse suite in Beverly Hills. She was sitting at an old, weathered oak desk that she had purchased at a flea market long before her career had taken off. At the time, it had been much too big for the small office she had occupied in Santa Monica, but she didn’t care. Maggie had grown attached to it over the years. She stubbornly refused to replace it, despite its condition, or the adamant protestations of her secretary. It was, after all,

Author Bio: I’m divorced and I live in a small community just north of Los Angeles where I raised my two sons. I love to garden, try new recipes, take lots of pictures, and occasionally I enjoy a glass of wine with dear friends. I’ve never jumped out of a plane, climbed Mt. Everest, or seen the Northern Lights of Alaska. But, I have danced in the rain, sent a message in a bottle, and I love to ride my motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Highway on sunny California days! My passion of writing has lead me on the most amazing journey. Now my focus is on ‘reality’ fiction. I thrive on developing strong story lines that showcase today’s contemporary lifestyles. Rags to riches, Robin Hood, and surviving the odds, seems to be my one common denominator that showcases my fascinating and diverse characters.

Connect with Rene D. Schultz: Website: hppts://www.rdschultz.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rene-D-Schultz-Author-422599027852832/?ref=hl Twitter: @renedschultz Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7200926.Rene_D_Schultz Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rene-D.-Schultz/e/B007S68Y84/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Title: Searching for Julia Author: Martin F. Sorensen Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press Publication Date: 2017 Genre: Fiction: Literary/Family Saga Price: FREE on Kindle Unlimited; Paperback: $21.95 Excerpt: CAROLYN STUART LIES AWAKE, excited and restless. An intense thrill pulses in her chest as she imagines Marc Silver’s brown eyes and smile when he welcomes her into the UC Berkeley Art Institute. The heat that radiates from Damian next to her on the bed interrupts her happy morning daydream. She raises herself up on her elbows, and in one slow fluid movement she lifts the covers up and swings her legs over the side of the bed. The floor chills her feet. Muscles pull on her back as she yawns and stretches high, smiles to herself and then stands and tiptoes to the window. Separating the blinds, she studies the view down the Berkeley hill to the lights of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco across the water. One of the lights beyond downtown has to be her mother’s upstairs window in Sea Cliff, even if Carolyn can’t pick it out from so far away. Is her mother Elizabeth awake yet? Her stomach hurts, but excitement keeps her from going to the kitchen. Damian shifts in the bed and she wonders whether this self-taught abstract artist will be proud of her. She doesn’t know the answer to the question and shakes her head of blond hair, uneasy as she walks to the bathroom. A photo of her mother and herself stares at her on the wall, from last spring when she graduated from Mills College. Sorrow comes over her as she thinks of the argument they had later at dinner, over her decision to study art at Berkeley instead of business at Stanford. That would have meant copying her mother’s career path, and Carolyn hates math. There was enough of it in high school and college. By now, she knows who she is.

Author Bio: Martin F. Sorensen began publishing the Sand Hill Review, a yearly anthology of stories and poems, nearly twenty years ago. Sand Hill Review Press, the publisher of his novels, is a sister company. His first book, Window on Pike Place, is a cozy mystery, which is available in paperback, hardback, Kindle, and Audio.

Connect with Martin F. Sorensen: Follow: https://www.amazon.com/Martin-F.-Sorensen/e/B00D0AVAG0

Available at: Amazon.com Be the first to review this book on Amazon!

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Winter 2017 Title: A Home in America: A Volga German Story Author: Eunice Boeve Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publication Date: 1 February 2017 Genre: Historical Fiction (Ages 13 and up) Price: Paperback: $14.95 About the Book: The Mueller family, descendants of the Germans who settled the Volga River area in Russia in the mid-1700s, turn to American to escape Russia’s enforced military service. Told through the eyes of twelve year old Eva, the story chronicles the hardships of their travels by land and sea to America and their resettlement on the Kansas plains.

Author Bio: Eunice Boeve, who was born and raised in Montana and Idaho, has spent nearly all her adult life in Kansas. She writes for both adults and children usually in the genre of historical fiction. She and her husband raised four children and also have five grandchildren. In addition to her family, she loves books, the outdoors, and writing stories.

Connect with Eunice Boeve: Website: www.euniceboeve.net

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/a-home-in-america/

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Title: Men of the Cross (Battle Scars, Book 1) Author: Charlene Newcomb Publisher: Charlene Newcomb/Blue X Entertainment Publication Date: 2014 Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $10.99 Kindle on Sale December 12-24, 2017 for $0.99 Excerpt: At the River Rhone, 10 July 1190 CANTANKEROUS AND JOSTLING EACH other after another long day, the pilgrims crammed the road like cows being herded through narrow streets. What had been an orderly progression became a jam of wagons, pack animals and people. The width of the road shrunk on the approach to the bridge. The humans complained more loudly than the animals, their scowls and curses increasing in intensity, as the crush grew tighter. Little John twitched at the thought of being pressed from all sides. His chest tightened and he realised there was a change in the air. It grew still. Not a sound could be heard except for wheels grinding against wooden slats. A low rumble sounded. Little John glanced towards the overcast skies. The noise drummed again. “That’s not thunder.” Crack! It was the sound of timber splitting. A half-mile behind Little John, Tempête shifted and brushed Sombre’s flank. Henry and Stephan stared at the hills listening to the echo of that rumble. It didn’t fade like thunder but grew to a dull roar. Mules brayed and caged hens clucked. Shouts rang out. Boots pounded the ground. The world seemed to tremble. Panicked screams resonated from the caravan, sweeping up from the river crossing. Suddenly there was an ugly crash, then another, like trees in the forest being felled. But the noise wasn’t coming from the hillsides or the skies. Roger's face paled. “My God,” Henry cried. “The king!” Stephan dug his spurs into Tempête and charged towards the vanguard. “Stay here,” Henry told Roger. He took off at a gallop after Stephan. The bridge over the Rhône River was collapsing, taking tradesmen, knights and men-at-arms, horses and wagons, with it.

Author Bio: Charlene, aka Char, is currently working on Book III of her Battle Scars series, 12th century historical adventures filled with war, political intrigue, and knightly romance of forbidden love set during the reign of Richard the Lionheart. Librarian by Day. Mom to 3 grown, amazing children. She lives in Kansas. Yes, Toto. Kansas. Read about Battle Scars (Medieval series) at: https://charlenenewcomb.com/works/medieval-battle-scars-series/

Connect with Charlene Newcomb: Website: https://charlenenewcomb.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharleneNewcombAuthor/

Available at: Amazon.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charnewcomb Newsletter: https://charlenenewcomb.com/mailing-list/subscribe-to-my-newsletter/

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Title: Dog Bone Soup, A Boomer’s Journey Author: Bette A. Stevens Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication Date: 12 January 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction (Novel/Ages 12-Adult) Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $10.99 Excerpt: THE DAYS WE SPENT TRIMMING TREES and typing over Mrs. Ashley’s flew off faster than a sweet dream, as Mum would say. What Mum couldn’t do with her moccasin, Mrs. Ashley took care of with her typewriter and adventure stories. The three of us took turns reading chapters in The Jungle Book together after Saturday dinners that fall. Mrs. Ashley always had chocolate ice cream to go along with her fancy desserts. I like to chomp on the fancies while Willie gorged himself on ice cream. Mum couldn’t believe it when Willie started working on his spelling and even read a book every now and then at the house. Uncle Ted took me out to the lake fishing on Sunday afternoons a couple weeks after we finished our Favorite Things lists. I’m sure that had something to do with Mrs. Ashley, too. Dinner times, she’d be talking to Uncle Ted about her mahogany row boat. She told him it would be nice if he had a son to take out fishing with him. “You know I hate to see that boat just sitting out in the shed, knowing how much you love your bass fishing,” she’d say. School never changed much. I still hated it. But, I did find out that Timmy didn’t want to join Buddy that day out on the playground. A few days after the sing-songing, Timmy came over by me at recess and asked if he could shoot marbles. “You just go over and play marbles or anything else you like with your best friend Buddy Wentworth,” I snapped. “Buddy’s not my friend. He’s always mean to me. You hear him. Buddy’s mean to everybody. I just try to stay out of his way. Buddy made me sing with him that day. Said if I didn’t, he’d beat me to a pulp after school. I hate recess and I hate Buddy Wentworth. You’re the only friend I’ve got. You never make fun of me when Buddy gets something going. Can I please play?” Timmy begged. “Sure. Where’s your marbles?” He snatched them out of his pocket and I got my only real friend back that day. If anyone thought that Timmy Doyle was a little slow had been watching us play marbles, they’d have known that was nothin’ but a lie. Timmy took to playing marbles, quick as a baby chick takes to peckin’ for its grain. I kept my grades up to all As and Bs. I sure didn’t want Mum’s moccasin on my butt. Willie was getting Cs on his report cards. Mum was just fine with that. I suppose getting Cs was lots better than the Ds he’d been bringing home before Mrs. Ashley.

See Bette A. Stevens bio & how to connect with her on page 10.

Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Bone-Soup-Boomers-Journey/dp/150314965X

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Winter 2017 Title: Pure Trash Author: Bette A. Stevens Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication Date: 11 August 2013 Genre: Historical Fiction (Short Story/Ages 10-Adult) Price: Kindle: $2.99; Paperback: $5.49 Excerpt:

Willie was so excited that he stood right up on his pedals for the whole five-minute ride. When he finally plopped his bike down on the blacktop, Willie took off like a fox chasing a rabbit to capture the highest swing. Mum would sure have killed me if she’d known I’d even thought about letting Willie have a hay day at the playground. She always said that I was the sensible one, the responsible one. “Hey, Shawn,” Willie hollered out, even though I was sitting on the swing right beside him. I knew exactly what he wanted. “Now Willie, I’m not gonna push you, ya hear? Just pump yourself up as high as you can. You’re already lots higher than I am. Besides, I don’t think anyone can swing up over that top bar.” Willie was having a race with himself, thumping and thudding in his seat trying to get high enough to fly over that bar. Me, I was just enjoying some time to sit and swing and think. Didn’t have time for that during recess. I was always trying to figure out some way to make myself invisible. I sure didn’t want to be the target in a dodge ball game. Sometimes I’d set up a game of marbles and practice on my own over near the building. One day Timmy Doyle asked me if he could play. I taught Timmy the rules and showed him how to shoot. The next week, Timmy gave me 10 puries in different colors, two aggies and two cat eyes-huge-a blue one and a gold one. Before that, most of my marbles were the old clay ones Grampa used when he was a kid. Last year for my birthday, Grampa gave me a soft cloth bag with a drawstring. It was filled with his painted clay marbles. He taught me how to play the game and told me that I was real good at it. I liked Timmy, but no one else did. Timmy was what they called “a little slow.” I reckon that was likely about as bad as being called Eddie Daniels’s kid. Willie was over on the jungle gym hanging from the tiptop. His knees hung over the metal bar and Willie was swinging his body for all it was worth, arms dangling and chubby tummy jiggling. Every now and then he’d life up his back, grab the bar with his hands and flip himself upright and hoot like Tarzan. Willie sure did look like the king of the jungle perched up on that bar. I still wasn’t in any hurry to head home. Dad wouldn’t give up his ballgame until he was good and ready. Figured I might get in some practice at climbing the bars and then try swinging across the ladder on the far end. I’d watched the other kids at school do it, hand over hand. It looked like a lot of fun.

Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/TRASH-Historical-Fiction-Short-prequel-ebook/dp/B00EH0RV6K

See Bette A. Stevens bio & how to connect with her on page 10.

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Winter 2017 Title: Tabula Rasa Author: Gordon Bickerstaff Publisher: Gordon Bickerstaff Publication Date: 14 May 2017 Genre: Fiction Crime Thriller/Mystery Kindle Price: $0.99

Book Description: A hundred years ago, a wealthy family of visionaries prophesied the devastation that global warming would bring to world food supplies in the 21st century. They decided to prepare for the worst, and embark on an ambitious plan of revolution. Lambeth Group agents, Zoe Tampsin and Gavin Shawlens, prepare to investigate the unusual death of a government defence scientist. Someone is determined to stop them before they get started. Zoe uncovers two unfamiliar words, Tabula Rasa. The only other clue is the curious behaviour of the dead scientist's son, Ramsay. Posing as a couple, Gavin and Zoe enter the secret and dangerous world of Ramsay's aristocratic guardians, headed by philanthropist billionaire, Lord Zacchary Silsden. What Gavin uncovers, shocks him to the bottom of his soul. Does he have the courage and the conviction to stop the greatest revolution in human history? What Zoe discovers about Gavin—words can't describe. Zoe is faced with an impossible choice, but one thing is certain, she will not hesitate to do her duty, no matter the cost. Excerpt: In her palatial office, lit by two small desk lamps, Sarah retrieved a red-coloured folder containing Zoe Tampsin's file. The only copy provided by her source. While Sarah sipped her favourite Tia Maria, she flicked through the pages and stopped occasionally to read some of Tampsin's military achievements. When Sarah drained her glass, she closed the folder and wrote TAMPSIN NEUTRALISED across the top of the document. She opened a drawer and dropped the file inside. Relieved that the matter had been resolved to her satisfaction. Relieved, at last, of the intimidation she felt when she first read Zoe Tampsin's file. As Sarah sat back in her black soft-leather chair, she relaxed and checked the messages on her phone. Unaware that she had made the most profound mistake of her entire life. Unusual for her high standards, she omitted one vital piece of due diligence, a singular lapse of attention to detail. Unforgivable for the successful CEO of a large multi-national company. She hadn't studied the file photo of Zoe Tampsin.

Connect with Gordon Bickerstaff: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012357701552 Twitter: @ADPase Blog: https://gordonbickerstaff.blogspot.co.uk/ Visit Gordon’s blog to download FREE PDF samples of his work.

Author Bio: I was born and raised in Glasgow but spend my student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, I learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and I cut the grass in the Meadows. I also learned some biochemistry and taught it for awhile before I retired in 2011, to write fiction. Tabula Rasa is the fifth book in the Toxic Mind series.

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Winter 2017 Title: The Pirated Emerald (From The Ardis Cole Series, Book 7) Author: Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publication Date: 15 March 2017 Genre: Mystery, Women’s Adventure Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $14.95 (at Rowe Publishing) About the Book:

Ardis reached out for the glowing jewel encased in its thick, crude mounting of gold. She gazed incredulously at the ring, unable to believe that she held in her hand the famous pirated Sea Star Emerald. When Ardis’ colleague, Red Michaels, is found crushed to death by a fallen beam in the wreck of the 1858 clipper ship, the Fortune, she flies to Galveston to take over his search for the ship’s treasurers and to head the Fortune exhibit at the local museum. Known to be aboard the sunken ship is a notorious jewel once stolen by the infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte, the Sea Star Emerald. Oliver Harrington, believing the gem to be the lost Harrington heirloom, traveled to America to purchase the Sea Star from an auction in New Orleans and was returning to England when the Fortune sank. Ardis soon discovers that modern-day treasure hunters are determined to beat her to the jewel. After she retrieves the gem from the ocean’s depths, the Sea Star Emerald is pirated again. Before the exhibit opens, Ardis is arrested for the crime. She suspects that she has been skillfully set up by the Harrington

Author Bios: Mystery writers and sisters, Vicki Britton and Loretta Jackson, are back! Co-authors of more than 40 mysteries, suspense, and western novels, plus numerous short stories, and the adventure continues in their seventh edition of The Ardis Cole Series, The Pirated Emerald. Vicki and Loretta are not only experts in researching the setting for their novels; they also travel to the location to get a sense of the local scenery and to learn more about the culture. Britton holds a degree in British Literature and has taken courses in forensics and criminal justice. Jackson, a graduate of Kansas University, has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and at Mission Valley near Eskridge, Kansas. Both authors reside in Kansas.

Connect with Vicki Britton and Loretta Jackson: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickieBrittonAndLorettaJackson

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/the-pirated-emerald/

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Title: Cowabunga Christmas! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1 Author: Anna Celeste Burke Publisher: CreateSpace/Kindle Publication Date: 31 October 2015 Genre: Cozy Mystery, Sweet Romance, Humor Kindle Price: FREE During the Holidays!!

Excerpt: (From Chapter 2, Honeymoon Posse) Pounding woke me up again. This time it wasn’t the surf, but the sound of banging on the door to our room. Brien, I had already learned, could fall asleep anywhere and sleep through just about anything. I shook him as I yelled at the jerks making all that noise this early on Christmas Eve. “Just a minute! I’ll be right there.” Shaking Brien again, more urgently this time, I also spoke to him. “Brien, wake up. Someone’s at the door.” Just then the phone in our room rang. The pounding on the door continued. All the commotion finally got Brien up on his elbows. “Uh, I’ll get the phone. Go see who’s at the door. Don’t open it until I get there, okay?” “Sure,” I said, hustling into my robe and hollering once more at whoever was hammering away at the door. “Hang on, hang on! I’m on my way.” I glanced at a clock on the gorgeous mantle in the sitting room of our suite. It was a few minutes past nine a.m. on Christmas Eve. Not as early as I thought, but who could be calling on us at any hour? This was day three of our honeymoon. We’d hardly ventured out of our room, so it wasn’t likely we were being invited to a party. The knocking didn’t sound friendly, either. “So much for ho-ho-ho,” I muttered as I reached the door. “Who is it?” I shouted, hoping to be heard through the closed door.

Available at: Amazon.com

Author Bio: Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life's mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! Her books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California--the OC. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com

Connect with Anna Celeste Burke: Website: http://www/desertcitiesmystery.com Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Celeste-Burke/e/B00H8J4IQS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/anna-celeste-burke Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annacelesteburke Twitter: https://twitter.com/aburke59 21


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Winter 2017 Title: A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #2 Author: Anna Celeste Burke Publisher: CreateSpace/Kindle Publication Date: 12 December 2016 Genre: Cozy Mystery, Sweet Romance, Humor Kindle Price: $1.99 Excerpt: (From Chapter 5, Gone Bride)

As we turned the corner, I could see Imogene standing in the corridor just outside Brigit’s dressing room. The door was ajar. I tried to prepare for the worst as I caught up to Imogene and Jack. Jack held up a hand at the doorway to keep us from entering that room. From where I stood in the hall, I could also see that the room was a mess. While there was no body, there was blood. Not as disturbing as the scene I had witnessed at the foot of Catmmando Mountain when someone murdered Max Marley’s daughter, but enough to make me feel squeamish. Had someone injured Brigit? There must have been a struggle, given all the items thrown around. A broken lamp lay on the ground alongside what appeared to be that glass Brigit had been drinking from earlier. A small table was upended. There in that mess, dirty and torn, was Christiana's wedding dress. Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Merry-Christmas-Wedding-Mystery-Georgie-ebook/dp/B01MSPA350

Additional Books by Author: Anna Celeste Burke

Title: A Dead Mother, Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery #4 Author: Anna Celeste Burke Publisher: CreateSpace/Kindle Publication Date: 28 October 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery, Sweet Romance, Humor Kindle Price: $2.99 Excerpt: (From Chapter 1, An Arraignment to Remember) The proceedings were set to begin again when a messenger rushed into the courtroom and headed to Calhoun. A moment later, Jerry Reynolds stepped in through the same doors. The tall, good-looking investigator who works for Paul’s law firm only needed several long strides to close the distance between the door and Paul. As he passed a note to Paul, Cassie wailed from her seat across the aisle where the prosecutor had just spoken to her. A furious round of clicks began again among cell phone owners in the room. “He’s dead. You murdered him!” Cassie needed no help from the cane as she got out of her seat. She raised it above her head and hurled herself in Jim’s direction, cursing at him. Courtroom security was after her immediately, but Jerry had already stopped her with a strategically placed nudge that landed the diva on her well-padded derriere. “Excuse me. I’m so sorry I didn’t get out of your way in time,” he said, as he offered his hand to help her up. She refused and glared at Jerry as security reached her. Two uniformed guards helped the woman get back on her feet. In disbelief, I watched as she lunged toward Jim again.

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Title: The Case of the Clobbered Cad Author: Debra E. Marvin Publisher: Journey Fiction Publication Date: 1 August 2017 Genre: Mystery (historical) Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $9.99 Excerpt: Being alone in the house or walking alone to the bus had never bothered her before because she was careful. And she stayed out of trouble, murder inquiries not withstanding. At that moment, every instinct screamed that those men were up to no good. Forcing herself to stay calm, she stepped back inside and shut the door, even though slamming it was her preference. With the locks fixed, she peered out the sidelight window, hoping they’d left. No such luck. There were watching her. No, not just watching. One of them opened the gate on their way to the house. The flesh along Heather’s spine tingled. Mrs. Kintyre had gone for a cuppa with a friend on the next street. In the Hitchcock movies, the heroine would scream. But Heather was just a history major having a bad week, and there was no one around to hear her. She’d had enough drama for the week, thank-you-very-much, and, full of empty bravado, swung the door wide. “Who are you?” “Please don’t be alarmed, Miss Munro.” Lord help me. They know my name.

Author Bio: Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction, and Barbour Publishing...and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.

Connect with Debra E. Marvin: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraEMarvin/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraEMarvin Website: http://debraemarvin.com/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debraemarvin/

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Winter 2017 Title: The Church of the Holy Child Author: Patricia Hale Publisher: Intrigue Publishing Publication Date: August 2017 Genre: Mystery/Suspense Price: Kindle: $2.54; Paperback: $14.91 Excerpt:

Inside the wooden confessional there’s a man who talks to God. At least that’s what my mother told me the last time we were here. But a month has passed since she disappeared so today I’ve come to the church alone. I no longer believe that she’s coming back for me like she said. Instead, I’ve become her stand-in for the beatings my father dishes out. That’s what he calls it, dishing out a beating, like he’s slapping a mound of mashed potato on my plate. He swaggers though the door ready for a cold one after coming off his seven to three shift, tosses his gun and shield on our kitchen table and reaches into the refrigerator for a Budweiser. I cringe in the corner and make myself small, waiting to hear what kind of day he’s had and whether or not I’ll be his relief. More often than not, his eyes search me out. “C’mere asshole,” he says, popping the aluminum top, “I’m gonna dish out a beating.” if anyone can help me, it has to be this guy who talks to God. I open the door of the confessional with my good arm and step inside.

Author Bio: Patricia Hale received her MFA degree from Goddard College. Her essays have appeared in literary magazines and the anthology, My Heart’s First Steps. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of Revenge, was published in 2013. The Church of the Holy Child is the first book in her PI series featuring the team of Griff Cole and Britt Callahan. The second book, Durable Goods, will be released in March 2018. Patricia is a member of Sister’s in Crime, Mystery Writer’s of America, NH Writer’s Project and Maine Writer’s and Publisher’s Alliance. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two dogs.

Connect with Patricia Hale: Website: www.patriciahale.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/patricia.hale.102 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7113831.Patricia_Hale Twitter: @pmhale_

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Title: Lady Justice and the Cat Author: Robert Thornhill Publisher: CreateSpace Publication Date: 2017 Genre: Mystery Kindle Price: $4.99 Signed Paperback Available at: http://booksbybob.com/lady-justice-and-the-cat_443.html Price: $10.00 plus postage Excerpt: (From Chapter 1) Kansas City, Missouri—Present Day Jake Whitfield and Marcus Brody stared at the modest bungalow on Brookside Boulevard. “You sure this is the right place?” Marcus asked. “Positive!” Jake replied. “I checked the mail in the box. Byron Forsythe. This is our guy.” “And you’re sure he found the cash that Cooper guy had with him when he bailed out of the jet?” “Look, all I know is what my cousin, Larry told me. Apparently, Forsythe had done a ton of research and knew the flight path that Cooper’s jet had taken and the approximate spot where he jumped. He chartered Larry’s plane and had him follow that flight plan exactly. Then the guy bailed out just like Cooper had done wearing nothing but his chute and a back pack. A week later, Forsythe shows up and loads his backpack and a canvas bag into his car. After all that research and a week in the wilderness, I doubt Forsythe was out there picking up pinecones.”

Join Walt and the gang on another Kansas City adventure!

Author Bio: Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of 66 after a 36 year career in real estate. In eight years he has published 28 novels in the Lady Justice series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography. Nine of the Lady Justice novels received the Pinnacle Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs for best new mystery novel, sixteen have received 5 Star Reviews from Reader’s Favorite, and nineteen have been ranked #1 on Amazon in the past eighteen months. Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life. Although Robert holds a master’s in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 38 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri. Visit him on the Web at: http://BooksByBob.com

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Winter 2017 Title: Lady Justice and the Geriatric Gumshoes Author: Robert Thornhill Publisher: CreateSpace Publication Date: 2017 Genre: Mystery Kindle Price: $4.99 Signed Paperback available at: http://booksbybob.com/lady-justice-and-the-geriatric-gumshoes_447.html Price: $10.00 plus postage

Available at: Amazon.com Excerpt: (From Chapter 1) Seventy-two-year old Sol Marino crept quietly up the aisle past the mustard and ketchup, pausing at the pickles to get a better look at the checkout counter. Standing on his tip toes, looking over the dills, he spotted his boss, Tony, face to face with Vito, Carmine Marchetti’s musclebound emissary. Sol had been working part time at Scavuzzo’s Convenience Store and Deli for a month waiting for just this moment. Vito made regular visits to the store to collect protection money for Marchetti, the big dog in the Kansas City mafia, and Sol’s assignment was to get the transaction on video. He held his cell phone over the shelving, stretching his five foot, eight inch body as far as possible. By craning his neck, he was just able to see Tony pass an envelope to Vito on the camera’s screen. Vito had just slipped the envelope in his pocket when Sol’s shaky elbow dislodged a jar of gherkins from the shelf. “Oh crap!” Sol muttered as the jar crashed onto the floor. Vito turned toward the sound, his weapon drawn. “What the hell, Tony. You said we were alone.” “I --- I thought we were,” Tony replied, trembling. “The only other person here is my helper, Sol, and he’s supposed to be in the back, trimming produce.” Vito rounded the corner finding Sol standing in pickle juice, fumbling with his cell phone camera. “Gimme that!” Vito ordered, grabbing the phone. “Well, well,” he said, watching the video of the exchange, “look what we have here.” He grabbed Sol by the collar and dragged him to the counter. Vito glared at Tony. “Trimming produce! Does this look like trimming produce to you?” he asked, tossing the camera on the counter. Frightened and confused, Tony turned to Sol. “What’s this? What were you thinking?” “Just trying to help,” Sol replied, wincing in Vito’s iron grip. “Mr. Marchetti’s gonna be really pissed when he hears about this,” Vito said, menacingly. “Don’t blame Tony,” Sol begged. “He didn’t know anything about this. It’s all me.” Vito looked at Tony. “Is that right, Tony? Was this his bright idea?” Tony nodded, knowing he had sealed Sal’s fate. Vito pocketed Sol’s cell phone and pushed Sol toward the door. “Looks like your bright idea has earned you a ride downtown and a meeting with Mr. Marchetti.” As he was leaving, Vito turned to Tony. “Better put a help wanted sign in the window. Your buddy here won’t be coming back. Oh, and a word of caution, be more careful who you hire.” Tony’s heart ached when he saw the look of desperation on Sol Marino’s face as Vito shoved him into the car.

For Robert Thornhill’s bio see page, 25. Contact Robert Thornhill at: booksbybob@hotmail.com

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Winter 2017 Title: Lady Justice and the Sixth Sense Author: Robert Thornhill Publisher: CreateSpace Publication Date: 2017 Genre: Mystery Kindle Price: $4.99

Signed Paperback copy at: http://booksbybob.com/lady-justice-and-the-sixth-sense_448.html Price: $10.00 plus postage

Available at: Amazon.com Excerpt: (From Prologue) For ten-year-old Marty Singer, it was just another lazy summer day. The sun was shining, the sky was blue with just a few puffy clouds skittering across the sky, and a gentle breeze rustled the leaves of the big old oak in his front yard. The new school year was still a month and a half away and Marty was determined to make the most of his summer vacation. He lived alone with his dad in one of the older, established neighborhoods in south Kansas City. His mom had passed away a year earlier after a long bout with cancer. “Dad, I’m going for a bike ride,” he yelled down the steps to his father, Joshua, who was working on a project in the basement. “Okay,” his dad called back, “but stay on our street, wear your helmet, and be back no later than eleven-thirty for lunch.” “Dad!” he protested. “Do I have to wear that stupid helmet? It’s hot and it looks dumb. Billy doesn’t have to wear one when he rides.” “I don’t care what Billy does or doesn’t do. He’s not my son. You are, and if you want to ride, you’ll wear the helmet. Comprende?” “Yeah, I understand,” Marty grumbled, strapping on the headgear. “See you at lunch.” Marty wheeled his shiny red Schwinn out of the garage, closed the door, raised the kick stand, and climbed on. Marty loved to ride and feel the wind in his face. He peddled furiously, shifting from first gear to second, then to third, and in just a few moments, he was moving swiftly down the tree-lined street. He waved at Mrs. Jenkins who was watering the flowers on her front porch, and to old man Westbrook who had hobbled onto the driveway to pick up his morning paper. He was almost to the end of his block when a grey squirrel darted into the street. A moment later, he saw what had startled the squirrel. Vince Greenway’s German Shepherd was hot on his trail. The Shepherd was so focused on his quarry, he didn’t see Marty barreling down the street. Marty saw, but it was too late. He squeezed his handbrakes with all his might, and had just started into a slide when he struck the big dog. Marty flew over the handlebars, and for an instant he was suspended in midair and had the strangest feeling he was flying. The euphoric feeling disappeared as he saw the black asphalt pulling him down. The helmet struck the street first. Marty felt the impact, then everything went dark. The squirrel scampered safely up a tree, never knowing how he had changed the life of the small boy laying crumpled in the street.

Follow along with Walt on this Kansas City Adventure!

See Robert Thornhill’s bio on page 25.

The Lady Justice series would make a fantastic television series, if only a filmmaker would give it a chance!

Connect with Robert Thornhill: E-mail: booksbybob@hotmail.com Website: http://booksbybob.com/

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Winter 2017 Title: Feral Author: Laxmi Hariharan Publisher: 13 Suns Publication Date: March 2016 Genre: Paranormal Wolf Shifter Romance Kindle Price: $0.99

Excerpt: When your destiny is staring right at your and you can’t see it. Something about lethal, predatory, shifter Luke calls out to me. He’s my fated mate. It tears me apart, but I must walk away from him to find my blood family. What I hadn’t counted on was uncovering secrets about my past. Revelations that change my life forever. I, the only human in my pack, now face the ultimate test to become Alpha. Can I overcome the challenge, while winning back the only man I want to be with? “...Take a good look at me,” I point to myself, “What you see is what you get. Except, I don’t know what it is you’re getting . I need to find out where I come from first.” “Don’t go, Maya.” His voice is urgent. Then he moves. So fast that the air around him blurs. The next second, Luke’s body covers mine. In a move, so smooth it leaves me breathless, he brings my wrists up. Shackling them above my head. My legs imprisoned between the hard muscles of his thighs. My throat goes dry… But pack laws are clear about mating rules. As soon as a shifter recognizes a mate, and as long as both partners are eighteen, they are encouraged to accept the mating bond. The emotional and physical connection joining together, strengthening each other. I’m attracted to Luke. I trust him more than any packmate. But, mated? How do I even know what I want, when I don’t know who I am?... “No.” I shake my head. “I’m not ready to be mated. Besides, these are your rules. I am not one of you.”

Author Bio: Laxmi Hariharan is a New York Times bestselling author. She loves to dig deep and write about relationships. Married to a film maker and fellow author, she lives in London. Pick up her books because you love kickass heroines who go toe-to-toe with sexy shifters, charismatic vampires, and immortal warriors.

Claim your free books from Laxmi: http://smarturl.it/Laxmi

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Winter 2017 Title: Wickedly They Come Author: Cathrina Constantine Publisher: CHBB Publishing Publication Date: 19 December 2015 Genre: Paranormal Thriller Kindle Price: $3.99 Excerpt: A Destined Prophecy along with haunting visions and supernatural talents are the norm for the sixteen-year-old, Jordan and her mother Seeley. Together with their formidable angels they find themselves in peril when a wicked sorcerer is determined to fulfill the prophecy to his lord, Lucifer. After an ominous vision of spirits inhabiting teenagers in a local school, Jordan enrolls in the social culture of teendom at Elma High to combat soulless demons. She encounters Mark, a mysterious new classmate, who is hell bent on keeping her unscathed from the forces of evil. The battle between Heaven and Hell is escalating-and Earth is their battleground.

Author Bio: I am blessed with a loving family and forever friends. My world revolves around them. I grew up in the small village of Lancaster, NY, where I married my sweetheart. I’m devoted to raising 5 cherished children, and now my grandchildren. I love to immerse myself in great books of every kind of genre, which helps me to write purely for entertainment, and hopefully to inspire readers. When not stationed at my computer you can find me in the woods taking long walks with my dog.

Connect with Cathrina Constantine: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cathrina-Constantine/e/B00EPENYGE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/cathconstantine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wickedly333/ Blog: http://cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com

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Winter 2017 Title: Society for Paranormals box set Author: Vered Ehsani Publisher: Africa Creates Publication Date: 2016 Genre: Paranormal Price: Kindle: $0.99 (until December 31, 2017); Paperback $19.99 About the Box Set: A paranormal detective refuses to let danger, death and unwanted suitors inconvenience her in the small town of Nairobi. These are the first three cases in the “Society of Paranormals” series. Welcome to cozy mystery series concerning Victorian etiquette, African mythology and the search for a perfect spot of tea. If you enjoy historical mysteries, adore Victorian steampunk, appreciate British humor, or would love to experience adventure in colonial Africa, then get ready to start your supernatural safari.

Excerpt: (From Case 1—Ghosts of Tsavo, Chapter 1) It’s an uncommonly known fact that a strong pot of tea will obscure a werewolf’s stench. Given that one doesn’t normally walk around with a teapot in hand, this fact will be of little comfort to a human unless she happens to be sitting in a teahouse. So it was a jolly good thing I was, at that moment, in a teahouse. I slurped down that most marvelous of beverages and the suspected werewolf. I say ‘suspected’ since I had yet to confirm if she was in fact one, or simply a naturally hairy woman of dubious lineage. In either case, she really should never wear that red dress again as it did nothing to cover her horrendously hairy arms. The only fortunate aspect of the outfit was the color, as it matched the heavy velvet curtains framing the large, street-facing window perfectly. Thus I entertained myself while wondering what to do next.

Author Bio: Vered Ehsani lives in Kenya with her family and various other animals. When she isn’t writing, she pretends to work as an environmental consultant. Visit Vered and her world at: http:// veredehsani.co.za and get free books.

Read the first three chapters of Case 1, Ghosts of Tsavo at: http://veredehsani.co.za/first-3-chapters/

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Winter 2017 Title: Taken By The Huntsman Author: Mistral Dawn Published By: Mistral Dawn Publication Date: September 2014 Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance Kindle Price: $2.99 Excerpt:

Jumping to his feet, he caused his Anamchara to back up a step. The look in his eyes was dangerous, and she was suddenly unsure of herself. He stalked towards her with all the liquid grace of the predator that he was, and she retreated until she found her backed against a wall. She looked up into his face and saw that his green eyes were glowing. Leaning towards her, he put his hands on the wall on both sides of her, caging her within his embrace. Unaccountably, she found herself getting aroused. Cadeyrn scented Cassie’s growing desire and a snarl trickled from between his lips. He opened his mouth to better catch the scent, and Cassie saw that his canines seemed to have lengthened. She gasped. The Erlking lowered his face to her neck and inhaled deeply. Cassie ducked her head. Her heat was beating a mile a minute, but she felt an answering throb for each pulse from between her legs. Moisture gathered as her arousal grew, and she rubbed her thighs together. Her breath caught as she raised her hands and put them against his chest. She didn’t push him away. He skimmed his lips up the side of her throat, teasing her with the tips of his fangs. Breathing into her ear, he whispered, “This is what I mean when I say you enjoy being chased. You are excited to be pursued and aroused by being trapped. Do you dare deny this, when the scent of your desire hangs so heavily on you?”

Author Bio: Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the U. S., but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in Southeast U. S., with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter!:-)). She has written two series, so far. An adult fantasy romance series, Spellbound Hearts, which includes Taken By The Huntsman, Bound By the Summer Prince, Captivated By The Winter King, and the novella Intrigue In The Summer Court. And a cyberpunk science fiction series, Petri Dish Chronicles, which includes Rainbow Dreams, Intrinsic Connections, and the short story Childish Things. In the future, Mistral plans to write a third novel in the Petri Dish Chronicles and several more novels and short stories in the Spellbound Hearts series.

Connect with Mistral Dawn: Blog: https://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MistralKDawn Twitter: https://twitter.com/MistralKDawn Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Mistral-Dawn/e/B00NGXETSM/

Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Taken-Huntsman-Mistral-Dawn-ebook/dp/B00NGANG5C/

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Title: Carnival, The Traveling Series (Book 4) Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick Publisher: Harvey Berrick Publishing Publication Date: 26 December 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance/Coming-of-Age Price: Paperback: $15.99 - Pre-Order Excerpt: Everywhere, show folk were pouring out of trailers, trucks and RVs, beginning the hard, grinding work of making magic happen. There was a city of canvas to build, a world of possibilities. I walked to the back of the rig and unlocked the heavy double doors. I paused, listening, wondering if I’d heard something scuffling inside or whether it was just my imagination. Maybe a raccoon had gotten in? If so, the poor critter was two states and about 300 miles from home—and about to be evicted. I climbed inside and a curse fell from my lips. A shrill feminine voice cried out as I peered into the darkness, wondering if I really had just seen a blonde girl hiding in the back of the rig. Her pale face loomed out of the darkness, her expression terrified. “I’m sorry!” “Get your butt out of there now!” I commanded. “I’m sorry,” the voice cried again. I stepped out of the rig and jumped down, watching in disbelief as a small blonde kid stumbled into view. She bit her lip, staring at the distance between the rig and the ground. Sighing, I held out a hand to her, having to catch her as she just about fell into my arms. “I’m sorry!” she said for the third time. Author Bio: I was born on the 13th, which explains a lot. I write everyday and get twitchy on the days when I’m prevented from writing. I live by the beach, so you’ll find a beach scene in most of my books sooner or later. Hobbies include ogling hot surfers. I carry a notebook everywhere. I never know when ideas will come to me. I even write notes to myself at night in the dark. Hopefully, I can read the scrawl I’ve written in the morning. If you’ve seen me at any book signings you’ll know that I support the military charities http://www.felixfund.org.uk/ in the UK and http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/ in the US. Both are charities that support the men and women who work in bomb disposals, and their families. Sales from SEMPER FI go to support these charities. Sign up for newsletter: http://janeharveyberrick.co.uk/newsletter-signup/ Connect with Jane Harvey-Berrick at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JHBWrites/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jharveyberrick

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Winter 2017 Title: The Best of Don Wilcox, Volume 2 Author: Don Wilcox Editor: Von Rothenberger, Introduction by Mike Ashley Publisher: Wildside Press Publication Date: October 2017 Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Price: $14.99

Excerpt:

Available at Possumbilities 123 S. Main Lucas, KS 67648 E-mail: rhonda.1963@yahoo.com And at Wildside Press http://wildsidepress.com

“One author I was especially keen to contact was Don Wilcox because his stories stood out. He was one of the more prolific contributors to the magazine and had a distinctive style, something the sub-editors couldn’t mask. Although he occasionally wrote the formulaic fiction encouraged by [editor Ray] Palmer, for the most part his stories had their own voice. The best known, quite rightly, is the one that established his name in the history of science fiction, ‘The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years’ (Amazing Stories, October 1940) or, to give it Don’s original and, to my mind, much better title, ‘Children of Space’. It was the first story ever written to explore in detail the idea of a starship sent to a distant world on a journey where only the descendants of the original pioneers will survive. The story isn’t a simple adventure but a sociological study. The captain of the ship is in suspended animation and wakes only every hundred years to check on developments, so witnesses the changes, mostly degenerative, amongst the humans. ‘The Whispering Gorilla’ (Fantastic Adventures, May 1940) was another that proved popular. A murdered man has his brain transplanted into a gorilla, but in Wilcox’s hands this wasn’t a simple ape-seeks-revenge story but something far more human. The idea of fairy tales must have appealed to Wilcox because some of his best stories, certainly his most atmospheric, were fantasies in Fantastic Adventures. ‘The Land of Big Blue Apples’ (1946), on the other hand, is more of a spoof, set on a fairy-tale Mars. Now and then Wilcox would produce an opening line which holds you spellbound. Take this one from ‘Rainbow of Death’(January 1942): Deep in the lavender mists that fill the caverns within the earth, the nine hundred and ninety-nine Servants of Death are laboring, even as they have labored through all of the earth’s past and will continue to labor for an eternity of future time to come. “When I read that forty years or more ago it grabbed my attention and the story does

Author Bio: Cleo Eldon "Don" Wilcox was born in Lucas, Kansas in 1905. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in sociology. After a teaching career at various schools across Kansas he moved his family to Chicago, where he was determined to get a job at writing. He went "A to Z door-to-door", as he put it, before Ziff-Davis Productions asked if he could write science fiction. They bought his first short story, "The Pit of Death" (1939) for $90 and gave him a job. Over the next 20 years Wilcox proved one of the most popular writers in all of science fiction, and contemporaries such as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury revered him. But in the late 1950s Wilcox gave up the writing game and turned back to teaching and magazine editing. At the age of 84 and long retired, Wilcox was convinced by English scholar Mike Ashley to write a new story, "Trip to Yo-Yo Falls" (1989). At age 87 Don wrote his last story, the King Arthur-themed "Blueflow" (1992), for Ashley that was included in a British anthology. Three years later Wilcox moved back to his hometown of Lucas, where he passed away in 2000 at the age of 95. Wilcox is the great forgotten writer from the Golden Age of Science Fiction because he did not hang on to the copyrights to his stories, and therefore was never reprinted as were other notable writers in the field from that era. 33


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Title: House of Eire: A Hillary Broome Novel (Book 3) Author: June Gillam Publisher: Gorilla Girl Ink Publication Date: 28 June 2016 Genre: Irish Travel/Suspense Price: Kindle: $3.99; Paperback: $10.98 Excerpt: Seamus walked into Garvey’s and spotted Brian at a table, but his phone vibrated in his pocket. He couldn’t take a call from the big shot in front of Brian, didn’t want to look like a damn puppet. He darted back to the men’s toilet and slipped into one of the two stalls. Had to hurry. The men’s room in a pub was a popular place. “Yeah,” he muttered into the cheap burner. “You’re failing,” Dermot barked. “Just heard she plans an announcement next week. New findings supporting her crazy ideas. We’re not in the clear. You’re not persuasive enough with that broad.” Seamus’s heart battered his ribs. “She’s strong willed. It’s a shaky tripod I’m on—romance, business, politics.” Dermot should know that, the bastard. Been married three times, for feck’s sake. The bathroom door banged open. Dermot kept up his rant. “Heard she plans a bombshell to fire at the next planning meeting. Why didn’t you clue me she’s charging us with cannibalizing the local attractions?” “What do you mean?” Seamus whispered. He could hear someone unzipping, getting busy at the urinal. “Think I’d be stupid enough to have just one Irisher on my team? Your lust for her is blinding you. I can only give you a couple more days,” Dermot growled. He cleared his throat. “She needs to drop her hot potato and keep it dropped. Or I’ll send in a stronger motivator.” “Why in such a hurry now?” The man at the urinal sounded like a horse pissing—no need to worry about his overhearing the conversation. “Good things take time here.” “Doctors are giving Ma,” Dermot sucked in a noisy breath, “dammit, a year or two at most. You know what it means to get her back to Ireland, see what I’ve built in her name. Waited too long already. It’s time to get those shovels biting up dirt.” Click. Shovels in the ground. Again.

Author Bio: June Gillam is a poet, novelist and writing teacher who explores social issues through characters who’ve suffered from forces too big to handle. Her Hillary Broome series takes on the effects of superstores on small markets in House of Cuts; the impact of patriarchy on women in business in House of Dads; and villainy of theme park developers in Ireland, in House of Eire.

Connect with June Gillam: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgillam2

Available at:

Twitter: @junegillam

Amazon.com

Instagram: jgillam700

BarnesandNoble.com

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Title: Incense and Peppermints Author: Cathrina Constantine Publisher: CHBB Publishing Publication Date: 8 March 2017 Genre: Young Adult Kindle Price: $0.99 About the book: Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U. S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties. A musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations-young and old-into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures. Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and where young men are hiding from harsh reality of war. Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love. With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.

Available at: Amazon.com

See author, Cathrina Constantine’s bio & how to connect with her on page 29.

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Title: Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! Author: E. A. Barker Publisher: Tellwell Publication Date: September 2016 Genre: Non-Fiction Price: Kindle: $6.99; Paperback: $20.86

Excerpt: This book was created for everyone from young adults to seniors. It was written from a male’s point of view, speaking to mean who are endlessly struggling to understand the opposite sex. For women, this is a fascinating journey inside the male psyche. The book gives a young reader a glimpse of the future, with a recommended timeline for key life events. Mature readers, who have already experienced much of what is discussed in the book, should come away with a new found understanding and perhaps even closure. Ms. Creant is a controversial, entertaining, yet informative look at everything which influences human behavior including: relationships, life, health, biology, philosophy, sociology, theology, politics, genetics-even physics. E. A. Barker shares twenty-four “inappropriate” stories of life with women. The author based these stories of women behaving badly on his real life experiences, spanning four decades of his search for and ideal partner. The lessons taken away from the book will serve to help readers make better choices, become more aware, grow and change-at any stage of life.

Author Bio: E. A. Barker describes himself as a collector of ideas and a purveyor of dot connections. He attempts to present his findings in an entertaining fashion in an effort to encourage people to read-especially men who are reading far too little these days. E. A. is an advocate of education for its ability to affect social reform and actively promotes the idea that a global conscience is possible.

Connect with E. A. Barker: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eabarkerauthor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15707680.E_A_Barker Twitter: https://twitter.com/eabarkerauthor Website: http://mscreant.eabarker.com/

Available at: Amazon.com http://mscreant.eabarker.com/

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Winter 2017 Title: The Italian Thing Author: Patricia Salamone Publisher: Patricia Salamone Publication Date: August 15, 2013 Genre: Non-Fiction Kindle Price: $1.99 Excerpt: The telephone rang. I picked it up. “Hello?” On the other end of the line came a flurry of Italian. I knew instantly that it was Mike’s uncle calling from Italy. I didn’t understand any of his words, other than, “Ciao, Patrizia!” I quickly answered, “Cia, Zio,” and then in English said, “hold on. I’ll get Michael.: I wasn’t sure if he understood me, but he answered, “Si, si.”…. He told me his uncle had called to wish us a happy Easter. I noticed tears in Mike’s eyes. “What’s the matter?” I asked him. He answered, “My uncle was crying. He wants us to go to Italy and visit him. He said he’s getting old and wants to meet me before he passes.”

Author: Bio Patricia Salamone was born in 1943 in Queens, New York. She has five siblings. Her mother was Italian and her father German. The Italian influence always dominated in her home. It was from that seed that the “Italian Thing” was born in her. Being a middle child of six children, entertainment was selfreliance. She started writing when she was eight years old to entertain her siblings and the rest of her family. About the Book: Join me in my hilarious recount of how I explored my heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. I detail our adventures and misadventures as my husband and I visited our relatives in Naro. I share how we got to know the locals, their customs, and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that “everything will be fine” no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, we went through culture shock despite the fact that we are both Italian. In the end, it was “the Italian thing” in all of us that made ours an unforgettable trip!

Available at Amazon.com

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Winter 2017 Title: A Flower for My Mother Author: Clementine Paddleford Publisher: CreateSpace Indpendent Publishing Plaform Publication Date: 16 November 2014 (Original published in 1958) Genre: Non-Fiction; Biography; Memoir Price: $8.24 (Paperback only) Excerpt:

WHEN EVIL days come, when I feel alone, unloved, unnumbered in the city’s herd, still a certain faith lives on in me, a faith my mother stood for, something that has to do with a lilac hedge, a slender intangible thing, but it reaches high. And I hear her say as plain as print, “Don’t whine over evils daughter, sharpen your teeth on them.” There are many ways to spell mother. For me, lilacs spell it out in blue-gold memories. . .lilacs on your Maytime table, so long ago, lilac sachets made to lie among the linens. Today, those swollen puffs of purple nodding on the flower-man’s cart along the city side streets hold for me the memory of old summers, of evenings when we sat together on the porch and listened to the garden growing. Down the lane marched the lilac hedge, vague as sea mist, making poetry in the moonlight. The faintest stirring of a breeze brought lilac’s sleepy fragrance. That lilac hedge along the hog run was for me a symbol of my mother’s character. It stood for some sturdy fiber of her will which was the ramrod of her soul. I was six when the lilac episode occurred. We had moved from Mill Creek to Blue Valley Farm near Manhattan, Kansas, a valley that will be gone forever when the Government’s great Tuttle Creek Dam is completed. But through the valley be a lake, no more the tall green corn, the gentle silken hills remain, the same deep sky burned by day, and at night the burnished stars to welcome a prodigal return.

Author Bio: Clementine Paddleford (27 September 1898-13November 1967) was an American food writer active from the 1920s until her death in 1967, writing for multiple publications, including The New York Herald Tribune, This Week magazine, Farm & Fireside magazine, and Gourmet magazine. A native Kansan, she lived most of her life in New York City, where she introduced her readers to the global range of food to be found in that city and throughout her travels.

Available at: Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Flower-My-Mother-Clementine-Paddleford/dp/1503225003/ref=sr_1_1? s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511799824&sr=1-1&keywords=a+flower+for+my+mother+clementine+paddleford+cynthia+harris

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Winter 2017 Title: The Accidental Anarchist: From the Diaries of Jacob Marateck Author: Bryna Kranzler Publisher: Crosswalk Press Publication Date: 22 October 2010 Genre: Historical Biography Price: Kindle: $4.99; Paperback: $14.45 Summary: The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author's grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . . The story is told in Marateck's voice, and is characterized by his remarkable humor and irony that contrasted with the circumstances and were key to his survival. It includes a rare, soldier's-eye view of a little-known war that changed the geopolitical status of several nations.

Excerpt: (From Chapter 1: In the Beginning) I have no excuse, save for the ignorance of youth and a desire for grand adventure, which may have been one and the same thing. Consequently, the seemingly minor decision I made to end my education before the age of thirteen led me down a path from which each future choice was misdirected by the previous foolish one. Not that I didn’t have a loving family to guide me, particularly my older brother, Mordechai, who had seen me risk my life repeatedly but was unable to convince me to make at least one sensible decision. There was simply too much fun to be had. The result was that, in a little over ten years, I went from being a yeshiva (Hebrew: Jewish educational institution at

Author Bio: Bryna Kranzler is a graduate of Barnard College where she studied playwriting, and received the Helen Prince Memorial Prize for Dramatic Composition. Her first play was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Competition, and was scheduled for production twice: the first time, the theater owner died, and the season was shut down; the second time, the director committed suicide. For the benefit of the arts community, she got out of playwriting and earned an MBA from Yale University to make up for her misspent youth. She spent 15 years in marketing for health-care, high tech and consumer products companies before returning to writing. She currently works as a developmental and copyeditor for independent book authors. Bryna is winner of multiple awards including Sharp Writ Book Awards, General Non-Fiction; Readers’ Favorite, Non-Fiction: Historical/Cultural; National Indie Excellence Award; International Book Awards Biography: Historical; and USA “Best Books of 2011” Award, Biography: Historical.

Connect with Bryan Kranzler: Website: http://www.theaccidentalanarchist.com/chronicle-covers/

Available at: Amazon.com BarnesandNoble.com Smashwords.com TheAccidentalAnarchist.com (U. S. purchases only) 39


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Title: Decoding College: Stories, Strategies, and Struggles of First-Generation College Students Author: Kallie Clark Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publishing Date: 1 June 2017 Genre: Education: Study Aids/College Guides (14 and up) Price: Hardcover: $26.00; Paperback: $14.95 About the Book: Decoding College: Stories, Strategies, and Struggles of First-Generation College Students is a slice-of-life, college exposure guide aimed at first-generation college students and their families. Decoding College provides a comprehensive guide to the basics of the college admissions, selection and enrollment processes while specifically focusing on issues unique to students of color, low-income students, and underrepresented students. Unlike the multitude of college guides available on the market today, Decoding College utilizes students’ first-person accounts of their journey to and through college to provide readers with fresh and vibrant illustrations of each concept. Decoding College doesn’t just tell the reader about college, it lets the reader live college vicariously through the experiences of real students on real college campuses. Some stories are inspirational and some are devastating, but each and every one offers an inside glimpse into the challenges, struggles, and successes of those who dare to be the first in their family to go to college.

Author Bio: Kallie Clark is currently a doctoral student, and Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She has an extensive background counseling first-generation, and low-income students as a postsecondary counselor, classroom teacher, and academic advisor. Before completing her master’s degree at the University of Chicago, Kallie worked for five years as a founding college counselor and classroom teacher with the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. Kallie’s research interests include the impact of institutional barriers and supports on the postsecondary outcomes for low-income, and marginalized youth.

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/decoding-college/

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Winter 2017 Title: How to Teach Reading Skills to Students with Disabilities: A Simple Approach for All Ages Author: Dr. Oumou Traore Publisher: Rowe Publishing Publication Date: 1 March 2017 Genre: Educational: Reading & Phonics, Learning Disabled Price: Hardcover: $44.00 (Rowe Publishing); Hardcover $12.83 (Amazon); Paperback: $34.99 About the Book: How to Teach Reading Skills to Students with Disabilities: A Simple Approach for All Ages offers a comprehensive reading method and technique to struggling readers. It helps students acquire reading skills through lessons tailored and designed specifically for students with disabilities as well as English language learners. Features: short lessons, reading patterns, practice exercises for all learning styles, lesson reviews, and lesson tests.

Author Bio: Dr. Oumou Traore is a special education teacher for the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Traore, who has taught every grade from K-12, found reading to be the most challenging subject for the majority of her students because their reading ability was well below grade level. Consequently, books or reading materials that had been assigned for them were simply too difficult. There is a lack of instructional materials designed with special needs students in mind. As a result, Dr. Traore created and tailored most of her teaching materials for them. This dilemma was the main reason How to Teach Reading Skills to Students with Disabilities: A Simple Approach for All Ages was developed. Dr. Traore believes special education students need organized, proven methods to help them become the best readers they can be. How to Teach Reading Skills to Students with Disabilities is just such a method. It is a compilation of essential everyday words, word families, and beginning-and-ending blends that students need in order to build a successful foundation in reading.

Available at: Amazon.com Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/how-to-teach-reading-skills/

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Winter 2017 Title: The Last Innocent Hour Author: Margot Abbott Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press Publication Date: 2017 Genre: Non-fiction: Literary/Historical World War II Price: Kindle: $4.99; Paperback: $23.95 Excerpt:

WITH A START, Lieutenant Sally Jackson awoke, as the vibrating transport plane fought its way across the Atlantic through the April storm. Disoriented, she had to think for a moment to remember where she was. Then she pushed up the window shade and quickly pulled it down again when she saw the gray, roiling clouds, the heavy rain beating against the little porthole. The clouds, the rain, the darkness, especially the darkness, had been part of her nightmare. She remembered the dream-rain, filling her mouth and eyes, and she rubbed her hands across her face. She had been having the dream for a year, ever since Frank Singleton had talked her into returning to Berlin with the special military intelligence unit, D-6. She could blame it all on her boss with his fatherly advice and honest fondness of her. And his manila envelope of obscene photographs. The photographs that had fueled her nightmare were photographs the Nazis themselves had made of their brutal advance through the Soviet Union, with the “special action groups” of the SS following the Wehrmacht. The airplane took another dip, the interior fixtures rattled and creaked with the strain and the cabin lights flickered.

Author Bio: Over 20 years ago, Margot Abbott, a librarian by day, began researching the Third Reich and writing The Last Innocent Hour. She was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for the Arabian American Oil Company. The book was published in the early 1990s. Sand Hill Review Press feels fortunate to reintroduce this labor of love to new audiences.

Connect with Margot Abbott: Author’s Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Margot-Abbott/e/B001KD90F2

Available at: Amazon.com

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Title: Life Shards: Poems Author: Anthony R. Crawford Publisher: Ag Press, Manhattan, Kansas Publication Date: 2016 Genre: Poetry Price: Contact Claflin Books for price About the Book: The book contains over 140 poems created from the early 1970s through 2015. The topics and free verse style of writing make the poems appealing to a wide audience. They include pieces about personal relationships, observations of people and events, nature (season, weather, etc.), the prairie, and other locations from Vermont, to Kansas, to California.

Author Bio: The author was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He obtained a BS degree in education from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Oklahoma. After working as an archivist at the George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, and the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, he was employed as the first professional University Archivist at Kansas State University in 1983. He retired in 2015. Among his publications are the following: Posters of World War I and World War II in the George C. Marshall Research Foundation (editor), University Press of Virginia; Generations of Success: A Photographic History of Kansas State University, 1986-2013, co-authored with Cliff Hight; and K-State Keepsakes, New Prairie Press. This is his first book of poetry.

Connect with Anthony R. Crawford at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anthony.crawford.902 E-mail: arcford@ksu.edu

Available at: Claflin Books and Copies (http://www.claflinbooks.com/) 103 N. 4th Street Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-3771 Open Wednesday-Saturday

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Title: Angelical Wisdoms: Messages to Nourish the Soul Author: Julia Van Der Sluys Publisher: White Light Publishing House Publication Date: June 2017 Genre: Spiritual/Self-Help Kindle Price: $4.99 Excerpt: Provides short thought provoking positive statements for you to easily digest… You are amazeballs, the bomb, so perfectly created, the superhero in your own life… Yet we don’t always feel this day to day, when life gets in the way and your inner lights feels further and further away. That is where Angelical Wisdoms steps in to get you thinking, to help ignite your inner flame to epic proportions, to connect you back to the Divine and your spiritual pit crew, to give you that kick you may have been needing or a gentle angel wing hug to know you are not alone. Open to a page and let your heart and soul devour the words, the energy and allow your natural power to grow and shine.

Author Bio: Julia is a spiritual allrounder dedicated to bringing messages of love and light to bring inspiration, peace and a little heaven on earth. To help you fall in love with your shadow side so you can love all of you.

Connect with Julia Van Der Sluys: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ariabellarises/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliagangel?s=09 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliagangel1/

Available at: Amazon.com & https://white-light-for-the-soul.myshopify.com/collections/white-light-book-shop/products/angelical-wisdoms-julia-van-der-sluys

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