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INTRODUCTION

Director I’m a romance author, a promoter, a graphic designer, and the creator of Cocktails Fiction & Gossip e-Magazine. I have many novels and short stories that are published and stons that are in process to be published with different publishers. As a promoter I created the new Magazine Cocktails Fiction & Gossip Magazine for everyone to participate in it, no limit to who will be in the magazine or what we will gossip about. It’s for all types of readers who like fiction and innocent gossip lol. I wanted to do something that I enjoy, have passion for, and I found that writing, promoting, and designing book trailers and covers are my real passion so I’m doing that and proud of what I’ve accomplished. Can’t have enough sleep, hick who needs it anyway LOL. Welcome and I hope you enjoy this issue.


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antasies are written so readers can enjoy a different world every time they open a book. Readers like to experience the rush that comes from living in a fantasy they may never experience or maybe experienced in a way or another. Whether it is romance, thriller, paranormal, suspense, or horror, writers only bring fantasies mixed with reality to make it believable for readers and make their enjoyment level elevate to a reality within the pages of an entertaining story. Yes, entertainment brings joy to our lives and it is an escape from our routine days. FANTASIES bring happiness to our lives! eading or writing stories like erotic romance, mass murderers, and blood hungry villain doesn’t mean authors or readers have experienced the life or are obsessed by performing such acts, however, authors are storytellers and entertainers, and they love to deliver a rush not only to readers but to themselves as well. Writing is enjoyable to every author, and an engaging story is most definitely enjoyable to all readers. So, do not be afraid as a reader to fantasize and live experiences you may never live in real life, but you are definitely lucky enough to enjoy it within the doors of your fantasy world with an intriguing story a talented author wrote. Enjoy the ride and continue discovering new authors and stories from many talented authors in the market today.

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My experience with Gay and lesbian

friends and family is more personal and less literary. I do not read LGBT literature. Like any romance writing it’s meant to turn one on and provide escape. Being straight, I cannot lose myself in it. One long-ago exception is The Killing of Sister George, a play that appeared in 1966 in Esquire Magazine. Being a faithful reader of Esquire at that time, I read the complete play published therein. My comment was “New York (City) will love it.” And they did. It was a unique and creative approach to two lesbian lovers. The play was made into an X-rated movie. Curious to see what “they” (Will we ever find out who “they” are?) had done with the interestingly plotted script, my young family and I packed up the car and headed for the drive-in. The plot is about a gay actress playing a bicycling nun. The actress suddenly becomes “exposed” as a lesbian in her real life. She’s fired from the soap opera; the writing team wrote her out ass over teacups directly into a ditch on her signature bike. The actress/character has only revenge to serve her because in that era, the legal community didn’t look kindly on suing the boss and considered the morals clause in her contract solid. I was in awe of the beautiful yet explicit way this

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was portrayed in the movie. Remembering that evening in the drive-in with our children in various states of disinterest and sleep, I later regretted the decision to take them to an X-rated film. We have three children, one of each. And there’s the rub, my conflicted view. I began asking myself, if my younger daughter had not been in the back seat when we saw that film, would she still have been gay? With her help, I have since satisfied that dilemma; she would have. Her choices became part of our family dynamic. The film did not turn me into a new crusader for any particular lifestyle. Many of my male friends in high school had been gay. My ballet partner, who came to class to improve his figure skating technique, was the first I was fully aware of. I was so glad to have someone in that class taller than I was because I no longer had to be the prince, troubadour or any other male dancer impersonator. I could go back to being girly yet tall. As our friendship grew, he was a gentleman about his preferences; there were no details. Being five years older than I, he became my mentor. He saw me though my first serious breakup after an intense crush; I was 15, he was 21. He helped defuse the sick anger and murderous thoughts I was harboring about the ways I would kill off the female competition to the love of my life, a tall dark and handsome hunk. I could really relate to Sister George, which as you might imagine with the X-rating, was more explicit. The love scenes between Sister George’s flawless young lover and her had the sensuous, artistic sensitivity of a Michelangelo painting or a Rodin sculpture. Judging the books by their covers, LGBT is not as subtle. In fact, I learned years later from another gay male friend that his boyfriend, a high school teacher, came home from school every afternoon early enough to watch General Hospital. He was lusting after those perfectly toned and waxed male physiques: man meat, hunks, beefcake with headless tree trunks for bodies—hopefully wearing trunks. Hearing about the vicarious luster, the male stars suddenly took on a less artistic, less romantic and less believable or persuasive appeal. Along with my fellow authors, I have written gay


in Literature and Theater - Part Three By Julie Eberhart Painter people into my long fiction. They fit, but the stories are not centered on them. A very good example of a gay centered, award-winning romance is Love Sam, by Linda Rettstatt. The couple fights cancer together and the family dynamic is a strong backstory. But it is not meant to be a titillating sexual exposure. The book’s cover features the letter Sam left behind. When our daughter first came out, I had just watched a lesbian couple discussing their concerns with an interviewer. Something that stayed with me was this statement: “They see us in the bedroom when they know we are a couple. They don’t understand we are in the kitchen, the dining room and the living room as well. They ask which one is ‘the boy’ or husband.” The couple made it clear that their roles were defined by their talents and interests and not by gender attitudes. I was thankful to know it when we received the letter that at age 24 our daughter was telling us she was gay. She was in California and we had just moved to Florida for a new job. It was my responsibility as the writer—not as the woman—to communicate our feelings to her in a letter that she’d be able to read and reread. The letter was a hit after our daughter had digested it, and she shared it with her friends…in the gay community. When she was in high school and later in college, we knew that she and her friend’s favorite activity was attending the Rocky Horror Picture Show—often. Later she began going to gay bars, she said for the music. Her favorite performers were in the Pretty Good for Girls band. We might have suspected, but it was an adjustment to have it out there.

integrity—a life! See January’s issue to read about the perfect stay-athome dad’s home at the bottom of the world, Antarctica.

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More recently the “gay community” has become a subculture that is now emerging bruised and angry. Very sad that the pendulum swings so wide we don’t find an unemotional middle ground. My gay friend with the voyeur boyfriend claimed he didn’t move to California because he didn’t want to belong to a subculture. That’s a pretty harsh judgment to bring on one’s fellow gays. It’s just my opinion, but I feel that in fiction works integrating gay life with straight associations is intriguing and more like real life. It also lends depth to the story. If you are listening, LGBTers, the first place to start is with those hunky book covers. Just because someone is attractively put together doesn’t mean they can’t have a face, personality, backstory, intelligence, character, and 2013 -Issue14

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Author Dian Saxon

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Chapter 1

It wasn’t the blazing heat of the day that made him tug his silk tie away from the collar of his shirt and rub his thick, blond hair so that it stood up in spikes on top of his head. No, he’d been able to stand the heat of the Afghanistan sun for seven months. He’d sat out in it hour after hour on observations. Bitter cold at night, scorching hot during the day until the spit dried in his throat and his tongue swelled so he couldn’t swallow. This was different. Thick, wet humidity like he’d never known. As he sucked in each breath, he tried to separate oxy gen from water. Of course she didn’t help. The woman he watched from across the other side of the county sheriff’s office. She hadn’t noticed him, which was good, because his chest had felt constricted since the moment he saw her. Humidity be damned. He sat back in his seat, regulated his breathing, relaxed. His eyes tracked her movements while she carried out her job. Tall for a woman. He estimated she stood just shy of his ow six foot two. Decked in shapeless, dirt-brown deputy sheriff uniform pants and rough leather boots, her khaki shirt bagge around her slim body to disguise any curves she might have. By all accounts, she should have been masculine, with her short, spiky ebony hair, but her face was a vision. Smooth, butterscotch skin, enormous, almond-shaped eyes, colored deep, soft praline, edged with long, soot-black lashes. Not a smidgeon of makeup anywhere to be seen. Her wicked ebon eyebrows arched to give the distinct impression of a woman of the world. Her full, softly curved mouth laughed as she helped an old man out of a chair. Michael could hear her voice, husky and slow, pure Southern bourbon drizzled lazily into a crystal tumbler. Distracted from his contemplation, he lifted his head as his brother-in-law, Sherriff Jack T. Swann, stepped out of an open doorway. “Bill.” Jack’s voice boomed across the hall and the demon vision lazily turned her head and smiled, one eyebrow quirk inquisitively. Jack nodded in Michael’s direction. “Could you take the bo there and drop him off at my place?” “Sure, Jack.” She turned unhurried, as though sudden movement was too much of an effort in the intense heat. She pinned Michael with her direct gaze. “Hey, tiger,” she invited, “you ready?” Ready? He’d been ready since the moment he saw her. His tongue thickened and he thought he might drool, so he just

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nodded … twice … slowly. She smiled slow and wicked as her eyebrows raised and she jerked her head in a smooth invitation for him to follow. She swaggered past and stepped out into the brilliant sunshine. He hurried after her and simply gaped as she stood beside a shiny, black Harley Davidson. “So, how do you know Jack?” she asked as she pulled a couple of safety helmets out of the pannier and handed one to him. She slid her own over her head as she waited for his reply. “Ummm-I-Ummm.” Christ, get ahold of yourself, Michael thought and cleared his throat. She took his helmet back off him, pushed it firmly on his head, and her fingers lightly grazed his skin as she adjusted it, sending his pulse into a frenzy. “I’m his b-brother-in-law K-Kate’s uh b-brother.” His voice was muffled as his cheeks were squished into the helmet. Her fingers stilled on his face, and she raised her head to stare straight into his eyes. Slow and intimate she studied his features; her deep brown eyes traced a lazy pattern all the way down his face as she bit her bottom lip in silent contemplation. A sharp heat of lust screamed through his loins as he stared at her mouth and wondered how it would feel to bite that lip himself. She smiled, the slightly crooked smile of a really bad girl, and murmured. “Oh, I knew Kate’s brother was coming to visit, but I hadn’t realized that was you until you opened your mouth and”— she leaned forward, her wicked eyes narrowed as she pinned her gaze on his mouth— “stu-stu-stuttered.” She tilted her head to one side, gave his face another long, hot scrutiny. “Yeah, I can see the family resemblance. You have Kate’s pretty blond hair, but your eyes… they’re green, like Lydia’s.” She leaned in close, almost stopped his breath as her nose practically touched his. “Yeah, real mossy green. You come from a handsome family, Michael. Real handsome.” One elegant, long finger flicked his visor down over his face; she turned and effortlessly lifted

a slender, mile-long leg over the Harley. “Jump on board, tiger. I need to stop at my place first to change, if you don’t mind.” Michael nearly swallowed his tongue. Mind? This stunning woman was taking him to her place. What was there to mind? He slid on the bike behind her, settled himself so that the inside of his thighs fit snug around her backside, and the heat radiating from her made his loins feel like they were on fire. He closed his eyes, blew out a breath, and tried to calm

his racing pulse. He’d never had trouble speaking with women before. He had no idea why this one had him tongue-tied. Maybe it was the gun she had strapped low on her hip that gave her such an air of authority. Maybe it was simply because he hadn’t had sex in a long time and this woman fit his fantasy to perfection.

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Divide Series developed because of a book I wrote about a no nonsense English doctor (Kate) being seconded to America and having to deal with a very strong-willed, over-confident Sherriff (Jack). The book was my first attempt at writing and lacked something. But it formed the ideal backstory for my tortured heroine in Loving Lydia, Book One of the series. The secondary characters were already firmly ensconced in their support role and in writing Loving Lydia, I developed a relationship with Kate and Jack that I never had when I was writing their own story. Loving Lydia is based on Kate’s sister coming to visit her in her marital home on a ranch in America. Once again an English heroine, but this time the hero is an American cowboy. And so the idea that British and Americans integrate so well and yet with some differences tinkled in the back of my mind, while Bad Girl Bill forced her way into Lydia’s story for a brief encounter and demanded her own place in a book. Elusive British Special Operative Michael Marsden, brother to Kate and Lydia seemed the perfect partner. Once again the Atlantic body of water provided the divide. When Mac Blunt appeared as Bill’s brother, he was an obvious next choice, but little did I know about his long-lost love who resided in Shropshire, England. Not until he revealed it. Due for release in September Finding Zoe is the third book in the Atlantic Divide Series. I’m working on Book Four now, but I like to keep it quiet. http://www.dianesaxon.com

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Dead Silent by Amy Beth Arkawy

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Heather Author of the a Alvarez Family First of all, I write funny

and writing funny is serious business. As the author, you have to make sure the humor comes across but doesn’t get in the way of the all-important mystery. When Murder is a Family Business won the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award 2011, I hoped I was onto something. When A Wedding to Die For, the second of the Alvarez Family series, became one of the three finalists in both the EPIC and Global Awards 2012, I cheered. When Death Runs in the Family, the third offering, recently won the Global Best eBook Mystery Fiction 2013, I was thrilled and began to relax. I’m beginning to think there is an appeal for a quirky family filling different roles in the family-owned detective agency, Discretionary Inquiries. Lee Alvarez, the protagonist, is a reluctant PI who wanted to become a ballerina, but is too tall and mediocre, at best. As a ferret, however, she’s aces. Lee is aided in the job by her brother, Richard, a computer genius sans social skills, who runs the IT department. These two are kept under the beautifully manicured thumb of their never-had-a-badhair-day CEO and mother, Lila Hamilton Alvarez, she who has been known to chill chardonnay at a single glance. Keeping the home fires burning is Tío, uncle and retired head chef, offering unconditional love and tortilla soup. Add to this group a white and orange foundling kitten named Rum Tum Tugger and you have the cast of characters. The series starts two years after the unexpected death from an aneurysm of the patriarch, Roberto Alvarez. His death causes the realignment of familial positions, not an unusual occurrence after so big a loss. Did I mention this series is humorous? But you have to start off in a serious place in order for humor to work. Really, really. Just ask Milton Berle. Anyway, these unmatched souls do their darnedest to be positive, supportive, and loving of one another, no matter how annoying the other’s behavior. Lee Alvarez is a flawed person, but happy. Sometimes she becomes overwhelmed and blue, but still tries to be a B&BP (bigger and better person), even while chasing the bad guy over rooftops and ruining her Bruno Magli’s. All in all, I wanted the series to be warm and funny yet real, with running characters you wouldn’t mind hanging out with, although blueblood and matriarch Lila Hamilton Alvarez does not ‘hang’ unless she’s moving her Monet closer to the baby grand. I’ve been lucky that so

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Haven, award winning Mystery Series many readers and reviewers get what I’ve been attempting to do with this odd little family i.e., let’s have fun while solving a crackerjack mystery! Another important issue for me is to show blended families. The Italian half of my ancestors came to the States in the early twentieth century, when it was difficult to be Italian. But they worked hard to integrate and became useful members of our society. I decided to write about new immigrants working hard and succeeding now, today. The series revolves around a half-Latino, half-Palo Alto blueblood family that has managed to capture the American dream through perseverance, hard work, familial love, and oh yes, a trust fund. Money never hurts, folks.

Death Runs in the Family - One sentence blurb: Lee Alvarez’ ex-husband, Nick -- a man she divorced with joy in her heart and a gun in her hand – sprints back into her life in a 5K toward murder.

Murder is a Family Business – One sentence blurb: Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark, and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? A Wedding to Die For – One sentence blurb: A groom arrested for murder can put a crimp in anybody’s wedding, no matter who designed the bridal gown, so when the nuptials of her best friend are threatened, maid-of-honor, Lee Alvarez, heads south of the border in search of the real killer.

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Reverb by J. Cafesin

Always wanted to be brilliant, naturally gifted at something, a prodigal genius growing up.

When I actually grew up, I realized that being brilliant at anything means working hard—dedicating hours, days, months, years of my life to getting good. And brilliant isn't reachable, only an approximation, and transient—touched only in rare moments. James Whren, the protagonist in Reverb is brilliant, and also beautiful, and wealthy. He started playing guitar when he was five. (Prodigies, like everyone else, have to put in the hours to get good. They just start very young.) Both his parents were musicians, and becoming a player integrated them, so James played all the time. And he got good, by eleven was doing a song or two at local gigs with his parents. And he used music to shield him the pain of their loss at just thirteen, let playing it, creating it and producing it consume him. Forced to live with his natural father, royalty of the House of Windsor, in an enormous estate in England after his parents death, James spent five years there immersed in a music education second to none. 16

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When he left at eighteen to return to the States, he was unarguably a gifted musician. To stay good at anything requires the same discipline as getting good at anything—hours and hours of labor, working at the craft, spending most of the days and into the nights on continually developing mastery over a particular skill set. Talent, passion, are like magnets, and also hot and rich, James was desired by many. But to maintain brilliant, James' time and attention were dedicated to his muse. And while he made some great music, he didn't make any intimate connections with the lives he touched. And no one came to save him when at twenty eight, his father shattered his life, abandoned him to isolation and torture in an institution for the criminally insane in Scotland for over a year. Narrowly escaping with his life, James' journey for a safe harbor takes him to friends and lovers, and without music to shelter him, he finally gets the reverberating effects of his absorption in the abstraction of music, and his neglect of the people in the life he'd lived. Unable to replay the past, and a wanted felon, on the run, James finally settles on the Greek island of Corfu. And while he was hoping to find solace there,


loneliness consumes him. Until Elisabeth, and her one year old son, Cameron... Reverb is a love story at it's core, but it's also a psychological thriller. Very fast read, from one complex character to the next as James passes through their lives. The response to E.L. James' 50 Shades of Gray gave me permission to go way beyond the first version* of this novel. And while the publisher** insisted on the romantic suspense genre, Reverb is literary fiction, but clean, modern, like Crime & Punishment, with a sharp edge, and unlike anything you've read. *Please don't purchase the first version of Reverb, the one with the guy's face on the cover. Zumaya Publications is a corrupt indie-publisher and no longer has rights to the work but keeps selling it anyway. The new version has the blue waveform on the cover and the publisher is **Entropy Press. Thanks!

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The Lion's Embra

The Lion’s Embrace’ takes place mostly in North Africa, in Algeria be exact, in 1845. Lucas Saintclair is hired as a guide by Harriet Mon tague to rescue her father, a British Museum archaeologist, who she b lieves was captured by a gang of Tuaregs in the far South of the countr

Writing ‘The Lion’s Embrace’ was a fascinating process, not only becaus I got to fall in love with my hero (I know, it sounds corny but it’s true!), b also because I discovered the beautiful landscapes Lucas and Harriet trav elled through on their way to Tamanrasset, and the culture of the people the encountered. One particular group of people are at the centre of the plot: th Tuaregs, also called ‘The People of the Veil’ or the ‘Blue Men of the D sert’ because of the indigo veil all men wear from around the age of fiftee

I had never been to North Africa, so in order to get a real 'feel' for the place and the people, I surrounded myself wi photos of the Sahara desert, of oases and ksars - fortified towns - and of the majestic and magical Hoggar mountain range. I read tons of articles as well as Tuareg poems and stories, and listened to all the music I could find.

One song in particular caught my imagination and I played it over and over again. It’s a modern song and I have no idea what they are singing about, but I found the melody poignant and haunting, especially the monochord violin, the imzad, which can be heard throughout. The imzad is a traditional Tuareg instrument only played by women. It is at the heart of Tuareg culture and society because of its link to the Achak, the code of honour every Tuareg must live by. Those who stray from the path and who commit dishonourable acts are said to have lost the ability to ‘hear the imzad’ in their heart and are therefore cast out of their family and their tribe. Here is the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5z7AcjE-YI

As they travel across the Sahara desert, Lucas Saintclair and Harriet Montague spend a few days with a Tuareg cara van. Every evening, they sit under the stars and listen to musicians playing the imzad and to stories and poems. The story-teller pulls out round pebbles out of his ‘bag of tales’, which is a skin pouch. Each pebble represents a different story and he tells the stories in the order the pebbles were withdrawn from the bag. This is an excerpt from ‘The Lion’s Embrace’ when Lucas and Harriet are at the Tuareg camp. The tale is based on real Tuareg story. The women played their instruments all along, drawing long, monochord sounds that at times sounded almost like laments and perfectly matched the mood of the audience, silent and attentive under the starry sky. By the end of the evening, Harriet shivered with cold. Lucas wrapped his arm around her shoulders. He rubbed her 18

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arm with the palm of his hand to warm her up. “The brave is reaching the end of his journey,” he translated, his voice low and a little hoarse. “After wandering in the desert for weeks, he finally finds his beloved’s camp, but it is deserted under the stars. There is only the cruel wind to anse swer his prayers, the cool moonlight to kiss his lips, and the but vast, empty spaces full of solitude to chill his heart. So he lies v- on the sand and waits to die.” He paused. “And that’s love ey for you. Brings you nothing but pain.” he Despite the slightly mocking tone of his voice, the words De- made her dreamy. en. “It’s beautiful, and so sad.” She found his hand, squeezed a little. “Love isn’t all pain, you know. It can be the most wonith derful feeling in the world.” n She should know.

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Arrogant, selfish and dangerous, Lucas Saintclair is everything Harriet Montague dislikes in a man. He is also the best guide in the whole of the Barbary States, the only man who can rescue her archaeologist father from the gang of Tuareg fighters that has kidnapped him. As Harriet embarks on a perilous journey across Algeria with Saintclair and Archibald Drake, her father’s most trusted friend, she discovers a bewitching but brutal land where nothing is what it seems. Who are these men intent on stealing her father’s ransom? What was her father hoping to find in Tuareg queen Tin Hinan’s tomb? Is Lucas Saintclair really as callous as he claims—or is he a man haunted by a past he cannot forgive? Dangerous passions engulf Harriet’s heart in the heat of the Sahara. Secrets of lost treasures, rebel fighters, and a sinister criminal brotherhood threaten her life and the life of the man she loves. Does forever lie in the lion’s embrace?

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‘The Lion’s Embrace’ is available from https://museituppublishing.com/ Also from http://www.amazon.com/The-Lions-Embrace-ebook/dp/B00BACDSK6 And http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keyw ords=marie+laval+the+lion%27s+embrace You can find me at http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/

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Love Me, Love My Do by Columnist: Tanja Cilia

sue that indicates problems with the upbringing of the child, and not innate knowledge that man has authority over the animals in the natural world. Animals are valuable to us… they give companionship, friendship, and love. Some of them have even been revered as deities, so great was the importance attached to them, that they are the subjects of myths and mysteries, folklore and fables. Animals are sentient beings; they love, reproduce, and feel mental sensations. Just like us. But as humans, we have the ability to make choices; even if the natural desire is to jump into bed with the first person we find sexually attractive we know enough not to do so In the animal world, only certain animals (# see list) are monogamous and mate for life. But an animal has no intellect, i.e. that which “knows”, and no will, i.e. that which “loves”. This is different from saying that a dog ‘knows’ I love him and that he ‘wants’ to love me back. He comprehends that I am ‘his’ person, because I am usually around, and because I feed him and clean up his messes. He does have a bond with me, but (as usually happens) he did not choose me… it happened the other way around. Only a spirit can know and love, a spirit's two chief faculties being the intellect (which knows) and the will (which loves). Consider household pets. Of course it is bothersome to feed them and clean after them; but is the house not empty without tem? Do not their eyes and demeanor speak to you? But an animal never asks whence it came, or what its purpose in life is, and where it is supposed to be headed. It is not only inside a household that animals probe their worth; thin about all those hospitals, mental institutions, and rest homes for the elderly where animal therapy is allowed. The very gesture of stroking an animal is comforting; it helps mental and emotional health, and has been scientifically proved to reduce recuperation time after trauma and operations, and to lower blood pressure. However, it not only on a ‘personal’ basis that animals hep Mankind. Look at the panic that set in

Mahatma Gandhi

put it in a nutshell when he commented that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. The news that dolphins were granted non-human personhood in India, coincidentally Gandhi’s birthplace, came hot on the heels of the other interesting titbit of news that dolphins call each other by name with unique whistles, unto remembering them after having heard them only one time, twenty years previously. Besides, porpoises and whales can communicate through audible language with others of their species. Most people do recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean class of aquatic mammals, and the fact that they have a highlydeveloped social structure; but unfortunately this trait was used to make money for humans, through the exploitation of these animals, as well as others, in parlor tricks for circus-like shows in aquaria. Observation of animals is something that comes naturally to children – who will often copy their sounds and antics. There will always be spoilt and jaded children who think animals are there to be where millions of bees began dropping dead for no apmaltreated and used as objects…but this is an is- parent reason. We were told that if the bees die, we do, 20

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og? too – because the whole ecosystem depends on them… Animals maintain the balance of nature, wherever they are in the food chain. Each of them has a role to play, be it as food (including carrion) or feeder, or as a source of food for humans who are not vegetarian. Non-vegans will even benefit from dairy products. In certain cultures, animal skin have been used for clothing and other purposes since time immemorial – just as their dung is used as fuel. Where strength, tenacity, and power are needed, animals are the obvious choice according to breed – be it for tilling the fields or for transport. However, the fact remains that animals are there not to be used or abused – they are there to be nurtured and stewarded. They are co-creatures, not slaves. We call people who are uncouth, or criminal, “animals”. This comment (a reason that may sound facetious to some) is not fair at all. No animal has been known to drink to excess or to eat more than it needs. No animal kills just for the joy of killing…and this shows the idea that man has ‘pre-emptive’ rights over animals in a different light. The phrase ‘animal rights’ indicates that there are animal ‘wrongs’; and some would argue that this occurs when animals are killed for food, or even kept as pets, because it steals away their dignity. Animals have a limited sense of self-awareness, because ‘animal instinct’ is something totally different; but this does not mean we can treat them in any way we want. Animals may appear to have moral awareness, a sense of justice and judgement, and spiritual awareness. That is why humans are held responsible for the harm or damage that their animals wreak, whether they are pets or livestock. This is because animals have no concept of justice, although some of them appear to know the difference between right and wrong. It’s true that some animals possess intelligence; but they are not rational. Yet, intelligence is what helps dogs and money help people with disabilities, and what allows gorillas to master sign language. Pope John Paul II insisted that man must live in solidarity with animals. He believed that living in community with them is the first principle of existence.

“A dog has the soul of a philosopher.” Plato “In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers in the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul for its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like. Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready. I am ready.” Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

“People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.” Ashly Lorenzana -------------Two Dozen Monogamous Animals 1. albatrosses 2. anglerfish 3. bald eagles 4. barn owls 5. beavers 6. black vultures 7. brolga cranes 8. condors 9. coyotes 10. French angel fish 11. gibbons 12. golden eagles 13. marmosets 14. ospreys 15. penguins 16. pigeons 17. prairie voles 18. prions 19. red-tailed hawks 20. sandhill cranes 21. snow geese “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as sooth- 22. swans ing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as 23. termites good for the soul as prayer.” Dean Koontz, False Memory 24. wolves 2013 -Issue14

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him. The next day the inmate was found strangled to death. The guards swear, after discovering the victim, they counted the remaining inmates and just deserted prison cells in a former penitentiary and still for a moment the deceased man stood in the lineup and then disappeared. At West Virginia Penitentiary, hearing moaning, crying, footsteps, and cell doors an area in the basement used during bad weather to slamming. America’s abandoned penitentiaries, allow prisoners recreation was know as the ‘Sugar once known for isolation and torture, are believed Shack’. The prisoners are long gone, but there are to have fostered an atmosphere of insanity, trapping still reports of whispering, cold spots and violent souls in the past. Would you spend the night in an abandoned, haunted prison? Several, former peniten- arguing. In the days the prison was in operation, the ‘Sugar Shack’ was a place of violent fighting and tiaries offer tours with claims of paranormal activrapes. ity and for my paranormal thriller, The Haunting of My fictional prison, Ingersull Penitentiary Ingersull Penitentiary I researched prison history and the ghost stories of Moundsville, Alcatraz, Mansfield is based upon, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, similar to that of most fedand Eastern State Penitentiaries. eral retention centers. The designs of Ingersull, the Experts in the field of the paranormal believe that wagon wheel lobby, the lowered doorways encourbuilding materials such as slate, stone and iron have aging prisoners to stoop with humility, the round properties similar to tapes used for recordings. As guard tower, the vaulted ceilings, and the skylights living entities, we release energy in everything we serving to remind the inmates that God is watching, do. When some people pass away, the environment holds onto that energy, and it is stored in the building are all based on Eastern State. Eastern State was materials like a recording. The recording of the event in use from 1829 until 1971.Even at the fictional is played over and over throughout time, known as a Ingersull Penitentiary, the long-gone inmates still tap on the pipes and suffer from the terrible tortures, and residual haunt. The experts aren’t sure what causes the visitors hear footsteps and see shadow people. the playback, but some paranormal gurus believe in Converting the former federal prison Ingersull Penia theory that weather conditions or a person’s sententiary, into The Big House Inn, swallowed Hailey sitivity can be contributing factors to the activity. Price’s inheritance from her murdered mother’s Paranormal investigators believe that some spirits and deceased father’s estate, but, with any luck, the are able to communicate with the living by moving rumors of the federal complex being haunted will inanimate objects or in some cases speaking, which boost interest of the Inn. The abandoned Penitentiais known as an intelligent haunt. ry, cursed by a witch, is in a constant battle of good The word penitentiary means to be repentant, and versus evil, an eternal struggle for the souls that before prison reform that concept was taken seriously. This system originally designed by the Quak- enter the complex. The residual haunts are the least of the frightening occurrences at the Inn. An electriers, forced inmates to examine themselves and find cal storm traps the visitors with a possessed Ouija God. In reality, the system of complete solitude and board and the spirit of a condemned witch. It might torture led to insanity in many prisoners. Prior to be heaven checking into The Big House Inn, but it’s prison reform in 1913, inmates spent 23 out of a 24 hour day locked in their cells. Anytime the prisoners hell checking out. were transported in the complex, a black hood was Please feel free to visit Victoria at www.victoplaced over their heads to prevent communication. riaroder.com Since communicating between inmates was forbidHaunting of Ingersull penitentiary is availden, prisoners tapped on the pipes or whispered thorough the vents, but if caught the punishment was able at: brutal. The isolation, torture, and violence among https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/ inmates seemed to have left permanent spirits in the index.php/coming-soon/haunting-of-ingersullformer prisons. penitentiary-detail Visitors at Eastern State share stories of seeing a http://www.amazon.com/Hauntingfigure standing in the guard tower of the prison. The of-Ingersull-Penitentiary-ebook/dp/ man seems to be watching over the prison even in B00EOUPB2Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digitaldeath. In 1940 in Alcatraz’s cell 14D, also know as text&ie=UTF8&qid=1377570281&sr=1-1&ke a “Hole Cell”, a prisoner screamed all night about ywords=Haunting+of+Ingersull+Penitentiary a creature with glowing eyes that was trying to kill 2013 -Issue14

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Hello everyone! Today, I’m sharing a bit about my new Amber Heat historical/fantasy romance Ultimate Night’s Delights. This book is the third (and final) novella in the series that started with A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights. (Although the books are connected, each one stands alone as an individual read.) A Midsummer Night’s Delights introduced readers to newlyweds, Julian and Annabelle. They were strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!) Julian and Annabelle meet the Marquis, Vincent, and his wife, Sabrina. Over the course of their visit, they learn how to open up and explore their sexuality. When they attend the Midsummer Ball, they shed their inhibi tions while indulging in their wildest fantasies. A Midwinter Night’s Delights picks up six months after the first book. In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle 24

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and Julian have taken what they’ve learned and gone wild. Ever since the summer ball, they have been overindulging in all sorts of erotic activities and are more than eager to give in to their desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes – even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Needless to say, Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn selfcontrol. In Ultimate Night’s Delights, we learn that Vincent’s secret about the naughty balls is out, and he’s being blackmailed. Here’s the plot summary: Ultimate Night’s Delights Julian and Annabelle are back for the final ball! The Marquis of Demby’s Midsummer and Midwinter Balls changed Julian and Annabelle forever. Freed from their inhibitions, they now help other shy couples explore their sexual urges and hidden desires. But life on Vincent and Sabrina’s estate is anything but tranquil. The notorious Duke of Blackwell has discovered the secret about the naughty balls and is out to destroy the marquis. Vincent refuses to deny the rumors about the “anything goes” parties he hosts, and turns to his friends for assistance. Together, they devise a plan to defeat the Black Duke…and still find time for a few erotic games. This conclusion to the series is super-hot and (naturally) embraces all sorts of swapping, group encounters, and a final, grand ball that’s not to be missed!


Delights...A New Sizzling Historical/Fantasy I invite readers to visit my site: www.KelliWilkins. com to read summaries, excerpts, reviews, and to order all three ebooks. Happy Reading! Kelli A. Wilkins Author Bio: Kelli A. Wilkins has published more than 80 short stories, 16 romance novels, and 4 non-fiction books. Kelli’s latest Amber Quill Press romance, Ultimate Night’s Delights was released in September. Her Medallion Press historical, The Viking’s Witch won a Gold IPPY Award for best romance ebook. Links: Website: www.KelliWilkins.com Blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A. Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 Amber Quill Press Author page http://amberquill. com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html Medallion Press Author Page http://medallionmediagroup.com/author/kelli-wilkins/ Twitter: www.Twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/ show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kelli.wilkins1

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