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I N S I D E T H I S I S S U E :

Spotlights

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Article on Bullying

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New Releases

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Indie Bookfest 2013

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Author Interview

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Character Interview

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Blog Tours

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Book Chapter Preview

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Poetry Contest Winner

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Inferno By: Dan Brown

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By: Dr. Seuss

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Zero Hour By: Clive Cussler & Graham Brown

Deeply Odd By: Dean Koontz

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Happy, Happy, Happy By: Phil Robertson

The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Sea Glass Island By: Sherryl Woods

A Wanted Man By: Lee Child

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The Hit By: David Baldacci

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Born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart, Kimberly Kinrade writes fulfilling fantasy for all ages, from children's books, to YA to New Adult and adult urban fantasy and romance. http://kimberlykinrade.com/


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Guy Cote Born and raised in Sanford, Maine, Guy is the eldest of two sons. Guy's father was a high school history teacher and sports coach, and his mother was a home-maker. His mother later went on to write numerous history articles, a book of poetry, and a self published book entitled, Parenting Myself. Guy's brother, Adam, is CEO of a Maine-based renewable energy company. In 1991, Guy decided to pack his bags and migrated south to Florida. Having family in the Sunshine State, Guy thought it would be a great place to write and work on his screenplays. Soon after, The Magic of a Lifetime was in consideration by Miramax Studios and had secured letters of intent from actors such as Burgess Meredith (Mickey from Rocky), Sherman Hensley (television’s George Jefferson), Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja, Beverly Hills Cop II and Rocky IV) and director Brian G. Hutton (High Road to China, Where Eagles Dare). While earning his Masters degree in history from the University of South Florida, Guy went on to write more screenplays and short stories, including a spec script of a G.I. Joe movie, and scripts entitled, The Paper Trail, The Widowmaker, and Tried and True, which was pitched to several studios. Guy’s love of history inspired him to begin researching and writing his first novel. The result is Long Live the King: Book One of the Charlemagne Saga, a suspense-filled novel and the first of an on-going series. The series will weave together all the passions of Guy’s life: history, suspense, action, adventure, travel, politics, and even religion. Today, Guy spends his summers at his home in Maine, and enjoys the sunshine the rest of the year at his Florida residence with his wife Kelly and their two cats.Link to the Authors website : http://www.guycotebooks.com

When The Levee Breaks By: Mathieu Gallant In 2179, after a rest break, Hendricks picks up the story right where he left off. Back in 2026, the lights have been off for four days and things in Saint John, New Brunswick are getting worse by the minute. Worried about his safety after watching a nearby building burn to the ground, he's moved to leave his apartment. But without any family or friends in the area, Hendricks must develop his survival instincts on-thefly as he struggles to cope with life unplugged. His travels eventually lead him to the Saint John Regional Hospital where he decides to drop his reclusive ways and pitch in with relief efforts. But the arrival of a mysterious US Air Force jeep, containing a three-star general dying of advanced radiation poisoning and a disabled robot soldier, changes things in a hurry. When Hendricks uses his computer science skills to repair the robot, he comes face-to-face with an artificial intelligence no longer constrained by its military programming. After the rebuild, Hendricks uses the robot – eventually dubbed ‘Max’ – to gain a disturbingly clear picture of the scope of the emergency and the reasons behind it. With little else to lose, Hendricks makes an attempt to bring justice to those responsible. It’s a decision that puts him on a collision course with his fate, over 150 years in the future. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/When-Levee-Breaks-Outage-2/dp/1938961706/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369163215&sr=14&keywords=when+the+levee+breaks


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Linell Jeppsen Linell Jeppsen is a writer of science fiction and fantasy. Her vampire novel, Detour to Dusk, has received over 24- four and five star reviews. Her novel Story Time, with over 56- 4 and 5 star reviews, is a science fiction, post-apocalyptic novel, and has been touted by the Paranormal Romance Guild, Sandy’s Blog Spot, Coffeetime Romance , Bitten by Books and 54 top reviewers as a five star read, filled with terror, love, loss, and the indomitable beauty and strength of the human spirit. Story Time was also nominated as the best new read of 2011 by the PRG! Her dark fantasy novel, Onio (a story about a half-human Sasquatch who falls in love with a human girl), will be released soon! For more information about Linell Jeppsen and her novels, visit http://neljeppsen.weebly.com or http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/home.html


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Hell is Where the Heart is By: Denise M Main

We left feather-phobic demon Azarial inadvertently breaking rules by helping her Nightchild friend, Kalesh, through his coming-of-age, and trying to come to terms with her Mom being a Fallen Archangel. Still wanting to find out her Father’s identity, Azarial, and her sidekick Tonk the imp, battle Harpies, encounter Cupid, meet the Creator and even endure a trip into Prime Lord Jarath’s mind. But worst of all... Well, to find out what that can be, you’ll have to join her and her friends in the next episode of Azarial’s story – Hell is Where the Heart is. Will she finally find her Father? Will Kalesh become a Stealer of souls? Can she find the reason why the people she loves have turned away from her? Will she be successful in an attempt to get back at them for rejecting her? Only time, and a little magic, will tell. Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Where-Heart-Structure-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CCW8XKI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1369161929&sr=8-5

My Wish for You By: Destiny Webb Samantha Armstrong, the daughter of two high powered lawyers, has never had a problem getting her way. But when her parents’ last ditch attempt to save their marriage turns into a family affair, Samantha has no choice but to go with them to their summer cabin. Despite the vow she made when she was thirteen to never take step near that dreadful place again, Samantha finds herself there, five years later, facing the summer love, heartbreak and a tragic incident that led her to make the vow in the first place. When Samantha finds out that her childhood sweetheart, Sean, is home from college for the summer and that he and his family are staying with them at their cabin, Samantha realizes she is in for one heck of a summer. Confronted by the feelings that they have tried for so long to ignore, Sean and Samantha are faced with the realities of their relationship. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to be apart. Samantha and Sean find themselves falling in love all over again. There are only two things standing in their way, Sean’s high school sweetheart and Samantha’s morality. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/My-Wish-for-You-ebook/dp/B00BN19CT0/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1369162123&sr=1-1


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July will bring the big 1 to Turning the Pages. That is right Turning the Pages has been helping Indie Authors, Small Press Authors, and others in the literary community for a solid year! And what better way to celebrate than to give those we help some free things? Well we don't have a big fancy car or diamond rings to hand out but we do have something special. 12 Spotlights will be handed out to celebrate. You can use the spotlight for yourself, your book, or give it away in a contest. Totally up to you. You can even pick which month your going to use the spotlight in.

Enter on our blog: http://turningthepagesbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/birthday-party-giveaway-for-turning.html

Enter on our blog: http://turningthepagesbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/be-part-ofturning-pages-2014-calendar.html Each Square will be a different book cover. I can have up to 6 per page. So there is a chance for 72 books to win a spot in our 2014 calendar!!!!

Jan - Suspense/Thriller Feb - Romance/Erotica Mar - Mystery Apr - Comedy

These calendars can be preMay - Chick lit ordered after the contest is over. June - Historical I'm sorry to say but at this time winning a spot in the calendar July - Fantasy does not get you a free calendar. Aug - Young Adult Calendars will be running at $20 Sep - Action/Adventure this includes shipping in the US if you are outside the US there will be a shipping charge depend- Oct - Horror ing on your location. Contact us at turningthepagesbookNov - Sci-Fi news@gmail.com to learn more. Dec - Religious The calendar will be broken up in the following Months.. ALL COVERS MUST BE PG13 OR LOWER TO BE IN THE CALENDAR!


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Kim Carmichael Best Selling Author www.kimcarmichaelnovels.com Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices. Two men. One woman. It could ruin a friendship, or bring a satisfying twist to their lives. Artist, Jason Morgan, is used to making magic on the canvas. Now he hopes to do it in the bedroom. 

 After a failed gallery showing, Jason decides the best way to cure his 
creative block is to act on his own personal fantasy, and enter into a sexual 
 relationship with his two best friends. From the time they were in 
elementary school, Russell Sinclair has been a willing participant in Jason's adventures, but this one goes to a new level. He's intrigued by the idea of sharing one woman, but is challenged by how to fit this three-sided 
relationship into his traditional life. 

 Lauren Redmond is no stranger to fantasy. As the aesthetic sales rep to the 
 top Beverly Hills dermatologists, she is responsible for the majority of 
puffed lips and filled wrinkles in the greater Los Angeles area. She detours from her steady, secure path when she is offered the opportunity to live the
 dream with the two men who have occupied her heart since college. The fantasy fast becomes a powerful reality, and Lauren must decide if she is
 willing to give up everything she has worked for to have a bit of temporary decadence. Trifecta
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RUE VOLLEY Rue Volley resides on earth with her partner in crime, Von Erik and their two pugs, Mobacca and Oshi Wan Konobi. She is a descendant of the Blackfoot Indians and is very proud of her heritage. She is a bestselling author with over 30 books published with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly publishing, Hot Ink Press and Vamptasy Publishing. She writes YA, adult fiction and hardcore erotica. Her writing has been described as a perfect blend of Tarantino and David Lynch. It is action packed, extremely twisted and full of perfected characters that jump right off of the page. Rue is a leading advocate for the Arts as she has been for almost 20 years now, hosting a Radio Station and magazine dedicated to Indie Artists getting more exposure. She also plays guitar, violin and sings occasionally if you can bribe her with chocolate.

Vist her website: http://ruevolley.moonfruit.com/

“This is a Must read ADULTS only story that will make you fall in love with the characters and their personalities and grab your heart, soul, and libido.” ~ Jenny Bynum @ Black Words-White Pages Bethany was born into a world of privilege and has never had to want for anything in her life. Her parents gave her everything, but the one thing she desired the most was love. When Bethany’s Mother dies her Father becomes even more distant with the immediate replacement of Bethany’s Mother by “Miko”, a woman who has no compassion nor interest in Bethany whatsoever. On her own and living in a penthouse, which is a lavish gift from her Father, Bethany ignores all responsibility as she lives on a weekly allowance her Father is sure to place into her bank account. With too much time on her hands Bethany is free to pursue other interests such as a boy she never cared for in school named Ryan Blackwell. Ryan is a male escort for hire and has made his living on pleasuring the higher echelons of New York society women, but when he meets Bethany his game is shifted from one of hunter to prey and he will soon find out that she is not the easy target he once imagined. Their torrid love affair is filled with a painful need to harm each other in every way, including the bedroom. Will Bethany finally receive the love she has always desired or will her lineage doom her forever? “The Bitter End” is book one in the Golden Crown Series, filled with lust, greed, suspense and murder. Sometimes new beginnings lead only to bitter ends.


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Cherrye Vasquez PH.D. Gives us some advice about Bullying and ways to handle it. “I am an advocate against bullying and my platform topics includes both Bullying and Diversity issues. “ - Cherrye S. Vasquez PH.D.

Learn more about Cherrye and her stand against Bullying at her website: http://www.booksthatsow.com/

My Child is being Bullied: Now What? Bullying is a pandemic in our nation's schools. Realizing this, we must do all that we can to help our children deal with the pressures that these annoying behaviors poses on their lives. Parents, we have a huge responsibility, but are we doing all that we can to intervene? Let me ask these questions As a parent, are you aware of the anti-bullying laws and policies in place at your child's school? If so, how is it being enforced? If not, have you voiced your concerns and/or asked to work closely with school officials in hope to create anti-bullying procedures at your child's school? Do you know if school officials at your child's school are clear about what actually constitutes bullying behaviors? In some cases, there are concerns about what constitutes bullying behaviors verses normal play, or friendly horsing around. I know that you have these concerns too, so I'll define what bullying is and what it looks like. Bullying Defined Verbal (name calling, teasing, insulting, or threatening) Physical (hitting, kicking, scratching, pushing, stealing, hiding/destroying someone else's property) Social (refusing to talk to or play with someone, purposefully excluding someone)


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Cyber (using electronics such as computer to write mean, demeaning messages about someone) There are signs of bullying that you can watch for Poor eating habits or asking to eat as soon as he/she gets home - bully takes lunch or lunch money Depression Torn clothes or mysterious bruises/scratches Isolating self from others - appearing lonely A change in grades - poor grades A sudden dislike for school Exhibiting unfounded anxiety Low self-esteem Complaint of sick feelings - stomach aches, headaches Asking not to go to school Signs of threats or suicide If you have reason to believe that your child is being bullied Stop, Look & Listen NOW Talk to your child. Ask him/her about their school day. Ask if there is anything that you should know. Whatever you are doing or plan to do, stop! Your child must trust that you will drop whatever you are doing to see him/ her through this crisis. Your child needs to know that you are listening to them; you hear their frustration and the pain that they are experiencing. You may want to repeat what you heard them say to you, thereby acknowledging that you are really listening. Let your child know that you will be there for them "at all costs." Documentation Get the story as clearly as possible from your child and document everything from your child's version of the bullying incidents to every conversation you have with school officials. Be sure to write things down as soon as an occurrence arises or a conversation happens. This way, incidents are still fresh in your child's mind. You may want to keep documentation separated by tabs in a tablet or a notebook to maintain a distinct record of each person's story. It will be important to keep your child's version separate from a school official's so that messages don't end up overlapping, getting accidentally mixed-up or combined. Have other students been affected by the bully or bullies who are attacking your child? If so, what are their names? Were there any witnesses to the incidents? If so, what are their names? Does your child remember which class the other students are enrolled in? Can your child point them out? Encourage school officials to interview other children who may have been bullied. Use dates, times and settings in your documentation. Did the incident happen in the cafeteria, classroom, or playground? Detailed documentation will not only help school officials target bullying incidents, but it will also give school officials an indication of how best to resolve issues as they examine antecedents (causes/variables that may have prompted the bully to react inappropriately), so that changes and individually tailored support plans can be implemented. Approach school staff immediately


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Bullying will not just stop on its own. Don't be afraid to approach school administrators. You might find that some school officials and administrators may be territorial and believe that they are the educational experts, and you are "just a parent." Since you are your child's greatest advocate, here are a few ideas about how to approach the issue of your child being bullied while working collaboratively with school officials: Do your research. You can assist school leaders with ideas of how to bully shield and bully proof the school that your child attends. Approach the school leaders as if you are on their side. Do what you can to avoid creating an adversarial relationship between you and the people who have the power to help stop what is happening Let the school leaders know that you are not only concerned about your child, but all children enrolled at the school. This will soften your approach thereby giving you greater lead-in for support and next steps. Begin speaking to the school counselor before working your way up the organizational chart - Test the water, first. When my own child was bullied at school, I spoke to the school principal directly. Due to budget cuts, this particular school had no assigned counselor. I approached the situation as a concern for the other child as well as my very own child. I said, "Perhaps this young girl is having personal problems in her home- life that's making her feel angry." Other times I would say, "Sounds like this child wants to take charge and is a bit bossy. Perhaps she can be shown how to use her leadership skills in a more positive and productive manner." By using this approach with the school principal, I believe that I softened the conversation, thereby gaining the principal's attention. It appeared that she was more willing to hear me. But, there are times when the school will not help, so now what can you do? Before I address this problem, I want to urge parents to always gather as much information about your school the first week or two of the new school year. This is the time when the climate is still warm and friendly, and stress levels aren't heightened due to the pressures of trying to keep up with everyday school life. Know the district level office organizational chart and levels of administration assigned to your child's campus. Attempt to retrieve their contact information such as names, email addresses, voice mail, and telephone numbers, and perhaps location of their office - this is last resort and never show up without an appointment. When your child's school will not listen to you or help you through a bullying crisis, and you know that you have done your part, you have spoken to the classroom teacher, school counselor, assistant principal and principal if circumstances have taken you this far, you should contact central office staff and speak to your child's school assigned area superintendent. Share your concerns and let this individual know that you have tried to work collaboratively with school officials at the campus level of your child's school. Trust me - Now that bullying has gained national attention, there is no doubt that this person will be all ears. There are approximately 48 states that have laws mandating anti-bullying programs and services in schools, but some schools have been slow in implementing the programs. Be sure that you know the anti-bullying laws of your state (Bully Police, USA has a state by state listing of antibullying legislation). Be ready and able to recite the Senate Bill and House Bill laws associated with the bully's offense. For example, if you live in Texas and your child is experiencing sexual harassment issues at school, and no one will address the issue, share your knowledge of SB 471 and HB 194. If you do this, everyone will know that you mean business!


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When to call a lawyer If you have gone through all the recommended steps above, more than likely you will not have to call a lawyer; however there may be times when your story will land on "deaf ears." If no one will listen to you, or if everyone has listened to you and they have chosen not to intervene, there is no more time to waste. You will want to get legal advice immediately. Time is of the essence and the safety of your child is paramount! Focus on your child Remember, there are effective steps that you can take as your child's anti-bullying advocate. Consider the fact that bullying related suicides are real. STOP whatever you're doing and act quickly on your child's behalf. Our children count on us to help them during crisis. This is not the time to put ANYTHING else before your child. Show your child that they can trust and count on you. About the author Author Cherrye Vasquez has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction; a Ms.Ed in Special Education; and a BA in Speech Pathology/Audiology. She specializes in Multi-cultural education and holds certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Mid-Management and Educational Diagnostician. Cherrye is passionate about empowering children, so her platform centers on diversity and bullying issues. She feels strongly that if children are empowered and armed with the tools needed for a deep love of self and selfidentity, they will be able to withstand life's challenges, including bullies. Website: http://www.BooksThatSow.com YouTube video of Poems - The Bully-ee (victim) & The Bully (perpetrator) http://youtu.be/TXnOn9JjxHo

Come by Sparring Stepsisters page on Facebook and grab a picture to show you are against bullying today! They have them for Kids, Authors, Bloggers, and Bookaholics.

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Release Date 6-15-13 Murder in Duplicate By: Fran Orenstein Romance mystery writer, Lily Aaron is a young woman looking for a forever love and inspiration for her popular books. On a lunch break from her job as a magazine editor, she meets a sexy, gorgeous man in a coffee shop, and falls hard. Is Ken Braun’s image as a successful attorney and charming companion all a façade, or is he the man destined for Lily’s future? Meanwhile, Ted Warren, an obsessed computer geek starts stalking her, calling her Laurel. She can’t get rid of him and before she can figure it out, Ted is murdered and Lily is now in first place as the killer. Lily struggles to prove her innocence, and deal with the enigma of a new man in her life and the secret behind Ted’s obsession and death. In a harrowing climax, Lily discovers the truth, but it may not be in time to save her own life.

Release Date: 6-15-13

The Mob By: G.R. Holton & Marlene Mendoza It is 1915 and a beautiful girl is born to Anthony and Brigitta Cachiotti. Maria becomes daddy’s little girl very quickly only to see him killed in cold blood on her tenth birthday. While holding his hand during his last breath Maria vows to avenge her father’s death. Maria learns to sing and then traps her father’s murderer Antonio Capresi into marrying her. The game begins as she tries to gather enough information to catch him and the rest of his mobster types to put them in jail or end them completely. Will Maria avenge her father or will the mob win the game? She is either going to put Antonio away or exact the ultimate justice: his death!


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Release Date 6-1-13 Title of book: The Satyr's Curse By: Alexandrea Wes Gruesome murders are rocking New Orleans. But Jazzmyn Livaudais is too busy running her restaurant to pay attention to the sensational headlines. And when the charismatic Julian Devereau enters Jazzmyn’s life, she becomes even more distracted by the handsome stranger. Seduced by Julian’s charm, Jazzmyn is swept up in a passionate romance. Then she learns the horrific truth about Julian and the murders. Cursed to an unending life where no woman can satisfy his lust and no wine can quench his thirst, Julian needs Jazzmyn’s love to free him from his torment. But Jazzmyn is in love with someone else. And Julian isn’t very happy about it. He vows to keep on killing until Jazzmyn submits to his will. For Jazzmyn Livaudais the nightmare is just beginning. No one can ever break The Satyr’s Curse.

Release Date 6-1-13 Sebastian Falls By: Celeste Holloway A year after her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old, Meadow Parker, is close to having a grave of her own. Beyond her shrink’s false diagnosis of PTSD, there’s no medical reason for her failing health. Only she knows the cause. But if Meadow told the truth—told them what comes for her at night—they’d lock her in a padded cell. Grasping to help her find closure, Meadow’s best friend, Casey Somner, drags her to the place her parents were obsessed with—the historical landmark that fuels Meadow’s fears and nightmares. This is the last thing she wants to do. But when Casey’s involved, free-will doesn’t exist. Once Meadow steps foot on the hallowed ground, she has a supernatural encounter that leaves her stricken with terror, but charged with power, fulfilling the legendary prophesy about the coming of The Keeper. Both the holy and the unholy have waited over a hundred years for a new Keeper to resurface. Like it or not, Meadow’s destiny as Keeper is sealed, and the battle for her soul begins. A sharp double-edged sword, she will either save the world from Armageddon or fast track its annihilation.


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Turning The Pages is raising money to help Sponsor the Indie Bookfest 2013 and help show support to all the 50+ Indie Authors that will be attending. Indie Bookfest 2013 is being held in Buena Vista, FL and is a great opportunity for selfpublished, or small publishing company Authors to come and show off their works of art. This also gives the public a chance to come see some of their smaller authors that don't go on many of the larger tours across the country. Being a self-published author myself I understand the struggles it cost and the amount of time it takes to even get one person to notice your name or book. And then it takes even more for them to decide to give you a try. Turning The Pages was created as a low cost magazine to help unite these Indie Authors with readers. Putting their books in a persons face and showing them off. This magazine has already helped bring many fans and new readers to authors in the Indie book writing industry. Now we are hoping to be able to raise money to help sponsor this wonderful event and help it come back year after year. With your help, the help of your friends, and their friends help we can share our support for the writing community and help these authors continue to have this amazing venue to showcase their work for years to come. Anyone that contributes will have their name put on our Helping Hands for Authors page on our website and in our magazine for the whole Indie Industry to know that you support them and what they do.


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Kristie Cook Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Her first novel, Promise, won 1st Place - 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award - Fantasy (Published) by Florida Writers Association. Kristie continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion, and Power available now and the next book coming in June 2013. She's also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 210,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category. Her new release, The Space Between, kicks off Kristie's second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix. Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. Author page: www.KristieCook.com Soul Savers page: www.SoulSaversSeries.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristieCook Twitter: @kristiecookauth

Candace Knoebel Young Adult Fantasy Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-a young adult fantasy trilogy. Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. Embracing the Flames, the second in the trilogy, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013. Candace Knoebel discovered through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. Since then, she crawled out of Purgatory and has devoted her time to writing and sometimes heelying.

Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon. Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out. In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?


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I am a biology nerd who decided it was more fun writing than dissecting. I have written three novels and four more will be out in 2013. I live on coffee and read like a robot. My husband and two italian greyhounds usually have to tear me away from the computer...imagine that. http://andreaheltsley.blogspot.com

Callie is a royal vampire. She hunts by taking the blood from her victims and erases their memories afterwards. She goes undetected until a victim named Chase approaches her with all his memories intact. He is intrigued and attracted. She is terrified. What happens when a human mixes with the immortal world? Chaos. Callie’s 18th birthday has passed and she is coming out at the annual blood ball. Will she find a mate or will she suffer the repercussions of her indiscretion? She is brought to the Vampire council and they must decide what to do with Chase. Do they kill him, or turn him to protect their secret?

Shannon Morton Author of YA Paranormal Shannon Morton is the mommy of two fantastic kiddos in sunny California. She has fiery red hair with a personality to match and speaks fluent sarcasm, which often gets her into trouble. Only her flair for the dramatic and constant craving for more books top her love of literary bad boys. She loves sunshine, exercise, music, and Victoria's Secret Cherry Bomb lipgloss. She has no love for clowns, cold, cloudy weather, John Mayer, and the fact that we name hurricanes.

Tempted By Evil A sheltered girl. The perfect boy. A mysterious stranger. Random messages delivering a sobering prophecy plague Aspen's existence. With every curious encounter, her sanity waivers further. Before long, Aspen finds herself balancing the fate of humanity on her shoulders, until a single act turns her world upside down. She finds herself alone, isolated from those she thought she could trust. Alone to damn the world.


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was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was young-

er, she lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida in that order. Each one offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home. She started writing as soon as she could spell. Writing was a form of therapy for her; no matter what was happing in her life she could escape it through writing. Most of my early work stared her as a princess who escaped with her horse. She was young at that time so no prince charming (boys where yucky). Her mother taught me to read at the age of three giving her Laura Engle Wilder’s book Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her love affair with literature. She now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat. Barbie Girl is her first Novel out of a four book series, the Baby Doll Series: Barbie Girl, Barbie world, Doll Face, and Southern Sugar.

Barbie World Series Dylan lost Barbie once before, now he is determined more than ever to win her heart and trust back. Easier said than done, especially with the new hot guy in town who is in a rock band and is the complete opposite of Dylan. http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Girl-Baby-Series-ebook/dp/B00A1GHSCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digitaltext&ie=UTF8&qid=1365096597&sr=1-1&keywords=barbie+girl+by+heidi+acosta

Sapphire, A Werewolf Love Story Sapphire didn't want to go out, but after some coaxing from her sister, she agreed to go. It was that night, and the days to come that would awaken her sexual desire and her heart. Parker had never had a girl hold his gaze... most everyone wouldn't dare challenge him that way. She wasn't one of his kind though, she was human and against the rules. He knew her spirit was calling out to his wolf. His wolf was more than ready to answer that call. She was the one... he would kill for her, he would die for her, but would he disobey his alpha for her? How far will they go?

THIS BOOK IS RATED OVER 18 - LANGUAGE & SEXUAL SITUATIONS Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Werewolf-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B00C12XRAU Devyn Dawson is a native Oklahoma girl who kicks up her boots in coastal North Carolina. She is the author of the Amazon best selling series The Light Tamer, Sapphire, A Werewolf Love Story, and The Legacy of Kilkenny. She is a mentor to new indie authors, and local teens in her area.


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Out Of Reach By: Jocelyn Stover You can’t escape who you are, but no one ever stops to explain to you the cost of discovering such knowledge. By the time Gwen learns that her fiery red hair marks her as more than just a bad temper on two legs, it’s too late to make a choice. Catapulted into a realm she doesn’t understand, thanks to the actions of those around her, Gwen is forced to embrace an unknown legacy and rely on the word of an old friend, who is more than he seems. But will the price of selfdiscovery prove too much for her to bear? And how do you save the world when everything feels just out of reach? Jocelyn Stover a native Oregonian headed south a few years back to dry out. She resides in sunny California with her husband and four children, biding her time until Victoria Secret's calls and her modeling career officially takes off. A type-A work-o-holic she constantly rebels against having to actually get up and go to work. On the flip side too much downtime also makes her tear her hair out. She writes during the stolen minutes of the day when the children are asleep or at school. When she's not writing which let's face it with four children is most of the time you can find her outside soaking up the sunshine or indulging in her own personal form of therapy, running.

Wicked Destiny By: Tiffany Stevens

Sloane has always known she was different, but she never knew her very existence could tip the balance between good and evil. She begins to have recurring dreams of a past love, but when a mysterious new guy moves into her building, they stop. As new people enter her life, secrets begin to unfold, and Sloane learns the truth that was kept from her all this time. Now, Darkness is coming for her. In order to keep the people she loves safe, she must decide whether to choose the easy way out or fight to prove she's not what the prophecy claims.

Born and raised in GA. Developing a passion for reading and writing didn't come till much later in life but since then it's something that has yet to end. When I'm not ordering books from Amazon, you can find me answering phones for my husband, at my son's football games witht he rest of the loud parents or shopping with my daughter. I still have a lot to learn about writing. It's rewarding enough just to have someone read it and say they like it.


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Call Me Crazy By: Quinn Loftis After a devastating turn of events, seventeen year old Tally Baker is admitted to Mercy Psychiatric Facility where she is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She has come to a place where she honestly believes that her life is over. Her mind tells her that she will never smile or laugh again, that she will never be normal again. It is in this unlikely place that she meets two people, different in every way, yet both critical to helping her realize that she has so much more living to do.

Quinn lives in beautiful NW Arkansas with her husband, son, Doberman and cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write. http://www.quinnloftisbooks.com/

Tasmyn Vaughn didn't expect much when her dad's job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn's ability to hear others' thoughts is the least of her worries. Entangled in a web of first love, quirky and secretive townsfolk, magic and blood rituals, she discovers the town's secrets aren't just bizarre, they're deadly.

Tawdra Thompson Kandle lives in central Florida with her husband, children, cats and dog. She loves homeschooling, cooking, traveling and reading, not necessarily in that order. Her paranormal romance quartet THE KING SERIES is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other fine book stores. And yes, she has purple hair.

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Hold on tight while CHBB changes the way Independent Publishing is viewed. As a company founded by artists for artists, we will bring you only our best! If you crave a dark and mysterious read, we have it. If you are in the mood for edgy and experimental, we have it. CHBB primarily publishes work for the young adult and new adult categories. Currently, CHBB is seeking unique voices for urban fantasy and speculative fiction. See out website for submission guidelines. www.crushingheartsandblackbutterfly.com. We are particularly interested in short stories for our summer collection.


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Meet Charles L. R. “Bud” Dougherty Charles Dougherty wrote quite a bit of fiction before publishing Deception in Savannah, his first novel. Most of his earlier fiction works took the form of business plans, written to secure funding for projects and startup ventures during his corporate and consulting work, but he put all of that behind him when he wrote Deception in Savannah, a tonguein-cheek crime novel. Since Deception in Savannah was published, he has written a number of other books. Bluewater Killer, Bluewater Vengeance, and Bluewater Voodoo are the first three books in his Bluewater Thriller series. The Bluewater Thrillers are set in the yachting world of the Caribbean and chronicle the adventures of two young women running a luxury charter yacht in a rough-and-tumble environment. Books four and five of the Bluewater Thriller series will be published in 2013. His most recent book is Twisted Love, a psycho-thriller, published in February, 2013. He has also written two non-fiction books. Life's a Ditch is the story of how he and his wife moved aboard their sailboat, Play Actor, and their adventures along the east coast of the U.S. Dungda de Islan' relates their experiences while cruising the Caribbean.

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Do you miss living in Savannah, Georgia? I haven’t lived there for over 40 years, but it will always seem like home. I did grow up there, so I have a lot of memories that tie me to Savannah. I don’t really miss any of the places I’ve lived, although I enjoyed them all. How is it different now living in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles? Phillipsburg is the capital of Dutch St. Martin, a Dutch colony which shares this small island with French St. Martin. The French side is not a colony, but a political subdivision of France. This sharing has persisted for going on 400 years; St. Martin is a real cultural melting pot. I can only compare it to the Savannah that I knew as a child, but it’s dramatically different in a lot of ways. Interestingly, though, Savannah and Charleston have strong cultural connections with a lot of the eastern Caribbean countries that go back to the early colonial era. It’s most evident in art, architecture, and cuisine. You’ve been married for 29 years. What are 3 tips you can give others to keep the peace? Marry your best friend. Always consider your spouse’s feelings. Remember that there are two of you.


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You have a degree in electrical engineering, MBA, and a law degree. Is this due to a reason or just a change of heart/mind over the course of college years? I think the reason was simple curiosity. I would have probably studied medicine, too, except that I had to make a living. I’ve worked in all of those disciplines, and others as well. I’ve worked as a laborer, a mechanic, a salesman, and now a writer. I’ve enjoyed it all; there’s none of it that I wouldn’t do again. What type of boat is Play Actor? She’s an ocean-going sailboat built in 1979 to a traditional design. She’s a little over 40-feet-long, overall, designed for two people to live aboard and cruise independently for months at a time. If I wanted to convert someone into being one of your fans which book should I hand them first? For fiction lovers, Bluewater Killer. It’s the first of my Bluewater Thriller series, set in the eastern Caribbean. For those who prefer non-fiction, Life’s a Ditch. It’s the story of the beginning of our life afloat, cruising the east coast of the U.S. while we adjusted to our new way of life. Is there a special spot you and your wife like to cruise by often? St. Martin and Grenada are our two favorite islands; St. Martin because it’s relatively cosmopolitan, and Grenada because it’s not. We have special memories of most of the places we’ve been, but the one that stands out is the tiny island of Bequia, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Our ATM cards quit working there on a visit years ago because our bank was acquired. We went to a local bank and tried to figure out a way to get some cash for groceries until we could sort things out. The bank couldn’t help us, but within a few hours, people were visiting the boat out in the anchorage, offering fresh fish, fruit, and still warm bread. That’s not unusual; boat vendors often come by in out of the way places to sell their wares. This time though, they told us they had heard about our bank problem. “Nobody goes hungry in Bequia,” they all remarked, urging us to take the food and pay them “sometime.” Do your children ever come on the boat with you? We’ve owned Play Actor for 26 years, so they have childhood memories of weekends aboard. These days, they’re busy with children of their own, and the trip to the islands isn’t easy with little ones. Although we’ve had some visits since we’ve been cruising, we most often go to them. Did your multiple degrees ever show up as help in your books? Not directly, although studying law is certainly a good way to learn your way around the world of words. I suspect it’s not an accident that so many lawyers write books. Have you actually been to all the places you use in your stories? Yes, and it goes beyond a casual visit. One of the things we like about traveling on a small boat is that we are able to stay in interesting places long enough to become part of the community. Obviously the places we visit are seaports, and the people are accustomed to seaborne travelers. They don’t look at us quite the same way they look at the people on cruise ships or the ones in exclusive resorts. I’ve effectively lived in all of the places I write about.


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Do you use people from real life as characters in your books? I do in my non-fiction books. My fictional characters are composites, assembled from interesting traits that I’ve observed in people I’ve met. If you could sail any sea/water way in the world where would you like to sail? The eastern Caribbean; that’s why we’re here. I’m one of those people who doesn’t believe in a bucket list. Life is short; if you want to do something, do it now. Do you fish, swim, and nature watch on your boat? Yes. We fish most often when we’re under way between islands; tuna and mahi-mahi are favorites. We enjoy snorkeling the reefs, and we also swim and snorkel to clean the marine growth from the bottom of the boat. It’s sort of like mowing the lawn or weeding the garden. One winter in St. Martin we had a three-foot barracuda living under the boat that would get in my way when I was cleaning the propeller. It was like having a puppy trying to play with me – I’d literally have to push it aside so that I could see what I was doing. What can we expect in your next book? I just released Bluewater Ice, the fourth book in the Bluewater Thriller series, and I’ll have the fifth one out later this year. What advice do you have for other new and upcoming authors? Focus on writing; marketing and selling your books comes down to writing well-articulated stories that people want to read. I think the best way to increase your visibility is to write more and better books.

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A 200 year saga commencing during Prohibition, encompassing tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and violence of unspeakable order. When you think you have it figured out....WHAM! You won't see it coming. Website

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"This is a feel good story about life, love, second chances and giving back." January Magazine " ... he became the most amazing mentor and therapy horse." - The Wall Street Journal This is the story of a twenty five year old ranch horse that was injured and pretty much left to die. He was brought to a stable and sold, even though no one really expected him to survive. He was reborn into a merchant of hope. His amazing spirit and calmness have helped many people over the next 13 years as he became the most amazing mentor and therapy horse. This is Pie's story as he tells it about the most amazing second chance at life and his travels through it. You will meet his person, a shy young girl who he helps grow into adulthood. He will introduce you to the other horses and people that helped shape his journey. His influence has known no bounds throughout this last 13 years and he continues to shine his light even at the ripe old age of 38. This is a feel good story about life, love, second chances and giving back.

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Dougal MacDonnell, a fierce warrior from the Highlands of Scotland, is able to hear the thoughts of other men and dream how the future will unfold. Devastated by the loss of his family during the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he fosters a deep hatred for the English. But when Glenna, the love of his life and a Scottish outlaw, is captured and shipped overseas, Dougal is forced to join an English army made of vanquished Scots. Now fighting on the side of his sworn enemies, he embarks on a journey that will take him across the seas to the colonies. There he will risk everything for the chance to find his true love. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

What is your name? I'm Dougal MacDonnell. I've a load of other names as well, but I generally pay them no mind. What kind of “style” do you have? Style? I hope ye're no' askin' of what I wear, are ye? For I've never had the opportunity—or the income, if we're to be honest about it—to worry o'er that. I'm a Highlander, as was my father and his father before. When I've a choice, I wear my plaid, though I dinna get that choice much of late since Culloden, since the damn English have outlawed all Scottish tradition, including what we wear, what we speak, an' ever'thing else about us. I've been forced to wear those annoying breeks the English are so proud of. I must say, I've no love for those. Forces a man to pick a side, ye ken? What kind of music do you listen to? I'd ne'er had much thought for music afore I met Aidan. When that voice cut through a crowd, high and sweet as an angel, I learned what music was for. I love the songs of old. The songs of our clans from simpler days. I do enjoy a fiddle tune now an' then, but only if the lad kens what he's doin', aye? Where are you from? My family's from the Highlands. Invergarry way. What happened? What happened? The damn English happened. Culloden happened, an' that changed ever'thin'.


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What did you do? I reckon I did what I could to survive. Prison is no fun at the best o' times, but when there's hundreds of ye stuck together in filth with naught to eat for days, well, I'll leave that to ye. So many good men lost, an' our keepers cared no' a fig. <chuckle> To tell the truth, I dinna think they'd a clue what to do wi' all of us, aye? But I got lucky when I met Aidan, I did. He an' wee Joseph saved my wretched life, and I'll owe them that as long as it goes on. Why did you react the way you did? Which time is it ye mean? When I followed the lads? Well, I had to, didn't I? They'd have killed us all at the fort. Even if no one wrapped a rope around my neck, they'd have certainly done us in somehow. Mayhap we'd die o' boredom. Certainly we'd starve eventually. And I've no wish to die. Not even now. Life's too full of adventures, I find. Stuck inside stone walls ye canna see it. I never want to miss another moment of that. Especially now. Especially wi' Glenna, aye? When did you first realize you were in trouble? Ye keep askin' questions as if I've only been in trouble the once, aye? <grin, scratches beard as he thinks> I'll leave my youth out of this and only bring up the part after Culloden, for I think that's what ye're referring to. An' I reckon I first kent I was in trouble when I woke up in the muck, face down, trussed like a turkey. That's never a good thing. I'm no' good at bein' a captive, mind. Never have been. If you had to do it all over again, what would you change? <puffs out long breath> I've no idea where to start. Uh, I suppose I should ask a question right back, if ye dinna mind. If ye lived a life where ye were imprisoned, beaten, starved, thrown off a cliff, nearly drowned, and left for dead, then ye went on to live a miserable existence fightin' for someone else's damn army … but in the end, if ye survived it all and still had yer arms around the woman ye loved, would ye change a thing? Aye, if I could hold her and no' have had to live through all that, I would, sure. But I'd do anythin' to be with my Glenna. Anythin'. Was it easy to muster up the bravery to put love over pride? Easier to … Oh, I ken what ye're sayin'. Ye're askin' about when I had to choose between the noose and fightin' for the bloody English. Easy? Pah! No. I'd rather stick a dirk in my eye. But I wasna alone in this, was I? And as long as I wasna dead, Glenna still had a chance. Ye see, I'll always be proud of my country and of who I am, though I'm no' always perfect—despite what you might have heard. <side grin> An' I hate the English … but who doesn't? So to fight for them when I'd rather slice them apart? <deep breath> Sure, I struggled wi' that. But in the end I lived to fight another day, an' by swallowing my pride I was able to get to her, and that's worth livin' for. My Glenna. She's worth it all. What was the hardest part about going over seas? It's hot. And there we were, a bunch of ragtag Scots, wrapped in wool plaids, sweatin' and slappin' at the monster midges ye have here. I reckon some people would be bothered by the Indians, but I didna mind them at all. I find them to be surprisingly similar to my own people, aye? An' I think— now, I'm no politician, so ye've no need to pay me mind if ye think I'm mad—I think that had we left them alone—and if the English had left us alone—we all could have survived in peace. Who knows?


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Is there anything you find particularly challenging considering what happened to you? I'll tell ye, I've never been good at starvin'. I'm a lad who likes his food, aye? Ye can see I'm a big lad. Livin' off stale bread was hard on me. I'm all right wi' fightin' and survivin' in other ways, but I do need to eat to be happy. Will you always consider yourself a Scottish warrior? Oh aye. I will always be a Scottish warrior. A Highlander. It matters not where I'm livin'. My heart is in Scotland, but it is also wherever my Glenna is. Do you find it dishonorable to switch sides? Dishonorable is an interesting word to use. I'll say no. Because I'm still an honorable man. If we're to be honest, ye must see there truly is no honor in killingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even in an armyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though I've done my share of that. Some folk speak of honor in battle, but how can it be honorable to kill another, no matter who they are? I think killing is something one must do to protect their own, be it country or family or life. And yet even though I have killed, I consider myself to be an honorable man. To switch sides, as ye put it, well, that was hard on my heart, for sure. Not only because it was the English swine, but because I had hoped I was done with killing. I'd tired of the constant drudgery of army life. But a man like me will always be sought for such things. An' I will always be there to defend my own. Is there anyone dead or alive you wish to pass a message onto? I'd pass along a message to my Da, telling him I'm sorry. He died in my arms at Culloden an' there was nothin' I could do. An' because of that, I'm sorry for my Ma as well. She's on her own now. My baby brother, Ciaran. I'd trade my life for yours in a heartbeat, lad. And I've one more message, though ye might no' understand it yerself. It's for my brother, Andrew. I ken ye're there, brother. I feel ye. And I will find ye. Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta she met a really cute guy in the chairlift line-up and they skied together for two days. After the second day she decided she had to have him ... permanently. The couple (now husband & wife) subsequently moved to Calgary and brought two beautiful and talented daughters into the world. They have recently settled in a small, quiet town in Nova Scotia and are loving their new life. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve's life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, "Under the Same Sky". Her second book, "Sound of the Heart" was published by Penguin on May 1, 2012, and the third in the series, "Somewhere to Dream", will be published in November 2013. www.GenevieveGraham.com Genevieve also offers editing services on her other website: www.WritingWildly.com


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Is History The Agreed Upon Lie? http://ishistorytheagreeduponlie.blogspot.com/ RESPECTING HISTORY & ALTERING HISTORY. The only thing that is certain about history is that history IS what WAS. Aside that any documented historical event can be disputed. Voltaire said it best as we record the conflicts and misfortunes far more than other events. “Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. History is the lie commonly agreed upon” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) chose to take matters into his own hands “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” I invite all writers of history to a new blog officially opening on June 1 st 2013 with a post from historical fiction writer Christoph Fischer. Writers can be historical fact, fiction, Steam Punk, religious history; all views are welcome as long as they are polite, Each writer will be featured for a full week; an essay on why history is or is not the agreed upon lie. Other posts promoting their work can be added during that week.

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When top Caribbean reporter Lauren Anderson gets on the trail of a major story involving government ties to drug cartels, she steps into a world where nothing is as it seems. Her aunt, who happens to be a government minister, has some of the answers, but is staying tight lipped. Business magnate Logan Armstrong, a member of the island elite, has some answers, too. But can he be trusted? When her aunt asks her to deliver a mysterious package while on a trip to London, Lauren finds herself drawn further into the intrigue. As she digs deeper she starts to uncover an international conspiracy involving drug trafficking, hired assassins and deadly political plots. But can Lauren untangle the web before it’s too late? And what is the dark secret she and Armstrong will eventually share?

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CHAPTER ONE Logan Armstrong shut down his laptop as the Gulfstream 200 prepared for its final approach. He peered out the passenger window into the endless dark, broken only by a scattering of moonlit cumulus clouds floating like cotton in the sky. A shadow passed across Armstrong’s face as he thought about the online newspaper article he had been reading with avid attention. It had made front page headlines in the island’s leading newspaper the day before. He knew one of the subjects in the article – not well, but well enough to be disturbed by the news. Armstrong knew it was unlikely anyone would ever know what really happened. Many secrets were buried in the Caribbean, that sea now shrouded by night as he looked down at it from the private jet taking him to the island from New York. The front page event was much of the same in terms of what had been plaguing the island for too long, except in this case, the incident excited more press

coverage than usual. The victims were well known throughout the island, part of the upper set, sons and daughters of the island’s good families. If Armstrong could have seen through the veil that separates the known from the unknown, he would not have been surprised at how the story had actually unfolded. For the subjects of the news story – Ray and Anne McGuire, their friends Adrienne Cooper, Ian Ferguson and David Whiting – it had been an ideal day to go out to Fisherman’s Key, a sleepy sandbar off the south coast of the island seldom frequented by visitors on weekdays. The sea had been welcoming, hardly ruffled by an accommodating breeze fanning away the heat of the sun as it beat down on the 36foot Bertram with the party of five on board. Adrienne, oiled from head to toe in sunscreen, reached inside the cooler at the back of the stern. “Since when did you start drinking beer?” Ian teased. Adrienne threw him a mischievous grin and guzzled


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down half the contents of the bottle like a thirsty sailor. “Never touch the hard stuff while I’m at sea,” she belched, the spray from the wake hitting her suntanned face. Ian couldn’t help laughing at Adrienne’s complete disdain for social graces. But she’d been a rebel for as long as he had known her. She was a good angler too, the only woman on the island to ever have brought in a marlin weighing over three hundred pounds. “Nice day to be going out to the Key,” he said while watching her tilt her head and down the remains of the beer. “Would be nice if we have it to ourselves.” Up on the fly bridge at the wheel of the sports fisher, their host Ray scanned the water for signs of the big game fish out of habit. There wasn’t a single sign of marlin, but the boat hand he usually hired for tournaments had come out with them, just in case. If there were even a remote chance of spotting marlin, the boy was their best hope. He knew the waters around the island better than any fish. Ray reached for the Bloody Mary he’d been nursing and turned the wheel with his free hand, veering slightly to port. Less than half a mile away, the Key was now clearly visible. He eased the throttle forward. “Fisherman’s Key ahead!” he bellowed into the wind. On hearing Ray’s announcement, Ian left Adrienne at the stern and sidled around to the fore. He squinted in the direction of the Key. “Looks like somebody beat us to it,” he shouted up at Ray. Ray had also seen them, though they were still too far away to identify. “Can you tell what kind of boats they are?” Ian yelled. Ray grabbed the binoculars. “Looks like three Cigarettes,” he yelled back. Right then, a deafening roar came out of nowhere, drowning out the throttle of the Bertram’s engines. Startled, Ian looked up to see a seaplane directly above. An unsettling feeling swept over him as he

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watched it nearly skim the aquamarine water before soaring into the sky. He scurried back to the stern and scrambled up to the fly bridge. When he got there, Ray was uneasily watching the plane circling back. “Maybe we better forget about the Key,” Ian ventured. “You thinking what I’m thinking?” “Yep. If I had any doubts, they’re gone now I see what’s heading toward us.” “She’s sure moving.” “She sure is.” “Know what, my friend? I don’t like this. Let’s get the hell out of here.” Adrienne grabbed the rail to stop herself from falling as the Bertram made a sudden about turn. “What on earth is going on?” she yelled as she clutched the rail for dear life. The words were hardly out of her mouth before she saw the answer slicing through the water toward the Bertram, leaving a churning white path in its wake. “Why did we turn around?” It was Anne McGuire who had hastily emerged from the cabin where she and David Whiting had been playing cards. She too was wondering why the Bertram had suddenly changed course. Now standing beside Adrienne, she followed her gaze. The sleek blue and white craft was gaining on the Bertram fast. “That boat is sure coming at a clip,” David Whiting observed as he moved unsteadily to the other side of Adrienne. Adrienne frowned. She was no teetotaler, but it was not yet noon and David already reeked of rum. She edged away from him discreetly, at the same time wondering where the seaplane had disappeared. Ian, who had now come down from the fly bridge, joined the group staring at the approaching Cigarette. “Why did we slow down?” she asked him. “It was pointless trying to outrun it,” Ian shrugged with a nonchalance he did not feel. “No way a Bertram can outrun a Cigarette. Besides, it’s probably


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somebody we know.” Ian was right. Within a minute, the Bertram began rocking furiously as the Cigarette boat pulled up alongside them with a deafening chugging of its engines. There were three men in it. One looked up and yelled something unintelligible. “What’s that? We can’t hear you!” Adrienne shouted back. He cupped his mouth with his hands and shouted louder. “I said we’re out of ice! Can you spare us any?” “Hold on and I’ll throw you a bag!” “We don’t have a whole bag to spare,” Anne grumbled, “See if they have something they can put some in.” “Let’s just give them a bag and be done with,” Ian quickly interjected. He didn’t want to prolong the encounter with the strangers. “Then we won’t have enough ice to last the day,” Anne persisted. “Let me handle this, Anne,” Ian said in exasperation. “Hold on there,” he shouted down to the man. “I’ll get you a bag.” As he turned to get the ice, he heard David call out, “Have you got a cooler?” Ian stopped in his tracks. “Why are you asking if they have a cooler? I said I’d give them a bag of ice.” “Why are you being so abrasive? In fact, why don’t we just invite them for a drink?” Before Ian could protest, David shouted to the men, “Come on up, you guys! Throw us your line, I’ll get it.” With tightened lips, Ian watched as David unsteadily caught the mooring line. He watched as, one by one, the three men hoisted themselves onto the deck of the Bertram. He found himself wondering if Ray kept a gun on the boat. The man who had asked for ice swaggered over to Ian. “Thanks. Sorry to impose on you like this,” he apologized. “No problem. Glad we could help. I’ll get the ice.” “That’s quite a boat you have there. She must be at

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least forty feet,” David said by way of conversation. “She’s a bit over forty,” the man confirmed with a quick glance at his two companions who stood silently at a distance from the rest of the group. Adrienne noticed no introductions had been made, though David seemed oblivious to this as he remarked, “You were coming at quite a clip there. What’s her speed?” “She’ll go up to one hundred and sixty,” the man smiled affably. His eyes strayed to the rods baited with lures and ready. “Look’s like you plan on doing some fishing.” “Don’t know if McGuire has fishing in mind for later. We were just heading out to the Key for a swim.” “I know some McGuires. They live out in the country somewhere. Which McGuire is he?” Somehow, Ian didn’t buy that. His fears were mounting by the minute. First the seaplane, and then being chased down by a Cigarette that could do one hundred and sixty. He didn’t like profiling, but the truth was there was there were few reasons to have a boat that went that fast. He took charge before David had a chance to respond. “Raymond McGuire,” he answered, observing the man apprehensively. The man looked thoughtful. “Raymond McGuire! I’ll be darned. Been a while since I’ve run into Raymond!” he exclaimed at last. Ian’s mouth went dry. It was obvious the man didn’t know Ray from Adam. He caught Anne McGuire’s eye. She was thinking the same thing. No one knew Ray as Raymond. He had been called Ray by everyone since the day he was born. The man glanced up at the fly bridge where Ray was standing barely visible at the wheel. “Is that him up top?” No one answered. It had even dawned on David that something wasn’t right. It all happened so quickly they had no chance to defend themselves. No sooner had the stranger disappeared up to the fly bridge to allegedly say hello to


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Ray than Ian found himself staring incredulously into the muzzle of a Sig Sauer. The reality of what was unfolding barely had time to sink in before the third man whipped out his gun. “Go stand with your friend over there,” he snapped at David who was frozen to the spot. Adrienne gripped Ian’s hand so tightly he flinched. “Oh my God, they’re going to kill us,” she trembled. “Shut up!” the man holding the Sig Sauer barked. He turned to his companion. “Let’s take them below and get this over with.” From that point on, everything seemed to unfold in slow motion: being herded down the steps at gunpoint; Anne McGuire’s legs giving way, Ian reaching out to steady her, his own terror reflected in her eyes; cold sweat washing over his body; David’s voice weak and pleading, “Look, I don’t know why you’re doing this. We haven’t done anything to…” And then the crack of a shot up on the fly bridge followed by the soul-shattering sound of Anne McGuire’s scream carrying across the water in a wail that seemed as endless as the waves. “Nooooo! Ray! Oh my God! Ray! He shot Ray!” After that, the two men moved fast, taking Ian and David at the same time. As if in a dream, Adrienne watched Ian reel as the bullet from the Sig Sauer ripped through his chest. She watched as he collapsed beside David, their bodies lying side by side in a bizarre brotherhood of death. She screamed. Then she saw no more. It had all taken place in less than a minute.

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dark, broken only by a scattering of moonlit cumulus clouds floating like cotton in the sky. A shadow passed across Armstrong’s face as he thought about the online newspaper article he had been reading with avid attention. It had made front page headlines in the island’s leading newspaper the day before. He knew one of the subjects in the article – not well, but well enough to be disturbed by the news. Armstrong knew it was unlikely anyone would ever know what really happened. Many secrets were buried in the Caribbean, that sea now shrouded by night as he looked down at it from the private jet taking him to the island from New York. The front page event was much of the same in terms of what had been plaguing the island for too long, except in this case, the incident excited more press coverage than usual. The victims were well known throughout the island, part of the upper set, sons and daughters of the island’s good families. If Armstrong could have seen through the veil that separates the known from the unknown, he would not have been surprised at how the story had actually unfolded.

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Ian couldn’t help laughing at Adrienne’s complete disdain for social graces. But she’d been a rebel for as long as he had known her. She was a good angler too, the only woman on the island to ever have brought in a marlin weighing over three hundred pounds. “Nice day to be going out to the Key,” he said while watching her tilt her head and down the remains of the beer. “Would be nice if we have it to ourselves.”

Up on the fly bridge at the wheel of the sports fisher, their host Ray scanned the water for signs of the big game fish out of habit. There wasn’t a single sign of marlin, but the boat hand he usually hired for tournaments had come out with them, just in case. If there were even a remote chance of spotting marlin, the boy was their best hope. He knew the waters around the island better than any fish. Ray reached for the Bloody Mary he’d been nursing and turned the wheel with his free hand, veering slightly to port. Less than half a mile away, the Key was now clearly visible. He eased the throttle forward. “Fisherman’s Key ahead!” he bellowed into the wind. For the subjects of the news story – Ray and Anne On hearing Ray’s announcement, Ian left Adrienne McGuire, their friends Adrienne Cooper, Ian Fergu- at the stern and sidled around to the fore. He son and David Whiting – it had been an ideal day to squinted in the direction of the Key. “Looks like go out to Fisherman’s Key, a sleepy sandbar off the somebody beat us to it,” he shouted up at Ray. south coast of the island seldom frequented by visi- Ray had also seen them, though they were still too tors on weekdays. The sea had been welcoming, far away to identify. hardly ruffled by an accommodating breeze fanning “Can you tell what kind of boats they are?” Ian away the heat of the sun as it beat down on the 36- yelled. foot Bertram with the party of five on board. Ray grabbed the binoculars. “Looks like three CigaAdrienne, oiled from head to toe in sunscreen, rettes,” he yelled back. reached inside the cooler at the back of the stern. Right then, a deafening roar came out of nowhere, “Since when did you start drinking beer?” Ian drowning out the throttle of the Bertram’s engines. teased. Startled, Ian looked up to see a seaplane directly Adrienne threw him a mischievous grin and guzzled above. An unsettling feeling swept over him as he down half the contents of the bottle like a thirsty watched it nearly skim the aquamarine water before sailor. “Never touch the hard stuff while I’m at sea,” soaring into the sky. He scurried back to the stern she belched, the spray from the wake hitting her and scrambled up to the fly bridge. When he got suntanned face. there, Ray was uneasily watching the plane circling


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back. “Maybe we better forget about the Key,” Ian ventured. “You thinking what I’m thinking?” “Yep. If I had any doubts, they’re gone now I see what’s heading toward us.” “She’s sure moving.” “She sure is.” “Know what, my friend? I don’t like this. Let’s get the hell out of here.”

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gines. There were three men in it. One looked up and yelled something unintelligible. “What’s that? We can’t hear you!” Adrienne shouted back. He cupped his mouth with his hands and shouted louder. “I said we’re out of ice! Can you spare us any?” “Hold on and I’ll throw you a bag!” “We don’t have a whole bag to spare,” Anne grumbled, “See if they have something they can put some in.” Adrienne grabbed the rail to stop herself from fall“Let’s just give them a bag and be done with,” Ian ing as the Bertram made a sudden about turn. quickly interjected. He didn’t want to prolong the “What on earth is going on?” she yelled as she encounter with the strangers. clutched the rail for dear life. The words were hard- “Then we won’t have enough ice to last the day,” ly out of her mouth before she saw the answer slicAnne persisted. ing through the water toward the Bertram, leaving “Let me handle this, Anne,” Ian said in exasperaa churning white path in its wake. tion. “Hold on there,” he shouted down to the man. “Why did we turn around?” It was Anne McGuire “I’ll get you a bag.” who had hastily emerged from the cabin where she As he turned to get the ice, he heard David call out, and David Whiting had been playing cards. She too “Have you got a cooler?” was wondering why the Bertram had suddenly Ian stopped in his tracks. “Why are you asking if changed course. Now standing beside Adrienne, she they have a cooler? I said I’d give them a bag of ice.” followed her gaze. The sleek blue and white craft “Why are you being so abrasive? In fact, why don’t was gaining on the Bertram fast. we just invite them for a drink?” “That boat is sure coming at a clip,” David Whiting Before Ian could protest, David shouted to the men, observed as he moved unsteadily to the other side of “Come on up, you guys! Throw us your line, I’ll get Adrienne. it.” Adrienne frowned. She was no teetotaler, but it was With tightened lips, Ian watched as David unsteadinot yet noon and David already reeked of rum. She ly caught the mooring line. He watched as, one by edged away from him discreetly, at the same time one, the three men hoisted themselves onto the deck wondering where the seaplane had disappeared. of the Bertram. He found himself wondering if Ray Ian, who had now come down from the fly bridge, kept a gun on the boat. joined the group staring at the approaching CigaThe man who had asked for ice swaggered over to rette. “Why did we slow down?” she asked him. Ian. “Thanks. Sorry to impose on you like this,” he “It was pointless trying to outrun it,” Ian shrugged apologized. with a nonchalance he did not feel. “No way a Ber“No problem. Glad we could help. I’ll get the ice.” tram can outrun a Cigarette. Besides, it’s probably “That’s quite a boat you have there. She must be at somebody we know.” least forty feet,” David said by way of conversation. Ian was right. Within a minute, the Bertram began “She’s a bit over forty,” the man confirmed with a rocking furiously as the Cigarette boat pulled up quick glance at his two companions who stood sialongside them with a deafening chugging of its en- lently at a distance from the rest of the group.

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Adrienne noticed no introductions had been made, though David seemed oblivious to this as he remarked, “You were coming at quite a clip there. What’s her speed?” “She’ll go up to one hundred and sixty,” the man smiled affably. His eyes strayed to the rods baited with lures and ready. “Look’s like you plan on doing some fishing.” “Don’t know if McGuire has fishing in mind for later. We were just heading out to the Key for a swim.” “I know some McGuires. They live out in the country somewhere. Which McGuire is he?” Somehow, Ian didn’t buy that. His fears were mounting by the minute. First the seaplane, and then being chased down by a Cigarette that could do one hundred and sixty. He didn’t like profiling, but the truth was there was there were few reasons to have a boat that went that fast. He took charge before David had a chance to respond. “Raymond McGuire,” he answered, observing the man apprehensively. The man looked thoughtful. “Raymond McGuire! I’ll be darned. Been a while since I’ve run into Raymond!” he exclaimed at last. Ian’s mouth went dry. It was obvious the man didn’t know Ray from Adam. He caught Anne McGuire’s eye. She was thinking the same thing. No one knew Ray as Raymond. He had been called Ray by everyone since the day he was born. The man glanced up at the fly bridge where Ray was standing barely visible at the wheel. “Is that him up top?” No one answered. It had even dawned on David that something wasn’t right.

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friend over there,” he snapped at David who was frozen to the spot. Adrienne gripped Ian’s hand so tightly he flinched. “Oh my God, they’re going to kill us,” she trembled. “Shut up!” the man holding the Sig Sauer barked. He turned to his companion. “Let’s take them below and get this over with.” From that point on, everything seemed to unfold in slow motion: being herded down the steps at gunpoint; Anne McGuire’s legs giving way, Ian reaching out to steady her, his own terror reflected in her eyes; cold sweat washing over his body; David’s voice weak and pleading, “Look, I don’t know why you’re doing this. We haven’t done anything to…” And then the crack of a shot up on the fly bridge followed by the soul-shattering sound of Anne McGuire’s scream carrying across the water in a wail that seemed as endless as the waves. “Nooooo! Ray! Oh my God! Ray! He shot Ray!” After that, the two men moved fast, taking Ian and David at the same time. As if in a dream, Adrienne watched Ian reel as the bullet from the Sig Sauer ripped through his chest. She watched as he collapsed beside David, their bodies lying side by side in a bizarre brotherhood of death. She screamed. Then she saw no more. It had all taken place in less than a minute.

Still gazing out the window of his plane, Armstrong could see the island now, or rather he could sense it. Though lit by brilliant moonlight, only lights twinkling down the mountains to the harbor were visible from the air. It always amazed him how much subliminal energy this island had. He could almost hear it rising from the earth like the distant beat of rasta It all happened so quickly they had no chance to dedrums. It had been more than twenty years since it fend themselves. No sooner had the stranger disaphad been his permanent home, but now, as his plane peared up to the fly bridge to allegedly say hello to prepared to land, he had that familiar feeling of Ray than Ian found himself staring incredulously coming home. It always felt good to be back, though into the muzzle of a Sig Sauer. The reality of what this time would be different. was unfolding barely had time to sink in before the The Gulfstream swooped to a perfect landing and third man whipped out his gun. “Go stand with your taxied down the runway to the terminal. Armstrong


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quickly disembarked and walked briskly through the arrivals section of the terminal, his travel-worn leather carry-on slung over his shoulder. It didn’t hold nearly enough for his stay, but there was always something he could fall back on up at his cottage in the mountains. He checked his watch. It was already after 1:00 a.m. A grinning Trevor was waiting at the curbside with the Range Rover idling when Armstrong stepped out into the moist warmth of the tropical night. “Hello, Mr. Logan, had a good trip, sir?” “Good enough, Trevor, but never mind that. How are you?” Trevor’s wide smile faded. “I’m okay, sir, but things are getting worse every day. It’s bad.” “I’ve heard.” Without further comment, Armstrong slid into the back seat. The Range Rover cruised out of the airport and turned onto a two-lane highway flanked by the harbor on one side and the ocean on the other. Armstrong lowered his window, taking in the salty breeze off the sea. Over the purring of the engine, he could hear the rhythm of the waves crashing on the pebbly beach that stretched for miles adjacent to the road. He looked out the other window toward the city glittering like a diamond necklace around the harbor and up into the mountains. The breathtaking view belied the reality. Things were not as they appeared at first glance. Armstrong wondered if they ever were. He reached for his mobile. “I’m here.” “Where are you exactly?” “On my way from the airport.”

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