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Title: York Street

Author: Jan Walters

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Crime Fiction

Format: Ebook

“The story left me ready for more adventures with all the characters. I look forward to the next book from this author!”

– Kelly Stuhr, Senior Des Moines Police Officer

Brett O’Shea is a young street cop in Des Moines trying to make detective. He works by the book and doesn’t believe in hocus-pocus. When a killer begins terrorizing the streets of his city, Brett is forced to alter his view of the paranormal world when a ghost appears in his bedroom.

Al is an irreverent, rule-breaking ghost, and his appearance forces Brett to reassess all his no-nonsense beliefs. Logic goes right out the window when Al offers to help catch the man terrorizing the city as well as solve the murder of his detective grandfather in 1933.

It soon becomes apparent the killer lurking in the dark corners of Des Moines has strange capabilities. Brett and Al are on a supernatural rollercoaster, and they find danger at every turn. How is Brett supposed to stop a killer with otherworldly powers, and what does the murderer have to do with his grandfather? To save the city, Brett and Al must become a half dead crime fighting duo or lose everything.

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Jan Walters and her husband live on a farm in Iowa. She grows produce to sell at local restaurants and farmers markets. Besides writing, she enjoys researching family genealogy. Her family has served on the Des Moines Police Department since the late nineteenth century. She is also the author of Believe.

 

Jan is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins December 7 and ends on January 11.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on January 23.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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Somerset Ball

Title: The Somerset Ball

Author: Mikel D. Smith

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Sport & Recreation

Format: Ebook

The 1970 Tilghman baseball team was a conglomeration of students from all over Paducah, a town of about thirty thousand in West Kentucky. The Blue Tornado already had a proud history of success in football, basketball, track and baseball.

However, little was expected from this year’s team. Fielding a starting roster and coaches with limited experience, the team began with a mediocre record, but became a tough opponent as the season progressed- ultimately surprising everyone by making it to the finals of the Kentucky State High School Tournament. The tournament was one of the most memorable in Kentucky sports history, including teams from Madisonville, Louisville Trinity, Lexington Lafayette, Somerset, Russell, Covington Catholic, Elizabethtown and Paducah Tilghman.

This is a story about growing up in a small Midwestern town – remembering life in Paducah and a tribute to the great players across the State as told through photographs, statistics, news accounts and memories of the 1960s.

 

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Mikel D. Smith, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, and was a 1970 graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School, where he played baseball in his senior year. The great memories of his childhood and his love of sports inspired him to write this book.

 

Mikel is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins January 11 and ends on January 22.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on January 23.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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The Moreva of Astoreth bannerRoxanne BlandRoxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Ms. Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland with her Great Dane, Daisy Mae.

Her latest book is the science fiction novel, The Moreva of Astoreth.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes…yes, I would. I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer, though it took me decades to realize it. I mean, I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. The only difference now is that I’m writing them down, instead of keeping them in my head.

What was your inspiration for The Moreva of Astoreth?

The real impetus for this story dates from my college years. Just for fun, a friend and I collaborated on writing a tale. The Moreva of AstorethThe details are long forgotten, but the story’s basic outline remained with me. Then, years later, I read Zecharia Sitchin’s series, The Earth Chronicles. More years went by, and one day, I was thinking about my college friend and the story we’d written, and then I started thinking about Sitchin’s work. Out of that came the idea to apply Sitchin’s theories to the story my friend and I had written. And so I got to work.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

Right now I’m exploring bigotry. I think that sometimes, people we hate is a reflection of what we hate in ourselves. The problem is that our self-hate can destroy us. Once we identify what that is, we can work to change it by practicing self-love. If we can do that, the bigotry fades away, replaced by love.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Eighteen months, if you include the hiatus due to writer’s block. I went through a period where it seemed everything I wrote was garbage, or I couldn’t think of how to continue. It seems I just shut down. A two-month brain fart. Perhaps I needed the break, because when I started writing again, the words just seemed to flow.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Before I retired, I’d get up extra early to write, then when it was time, it was off to work. After the day was over, I’d decompress for a while, and then go back to writing until it was time for bed. Now that I’m retired, I’m finding that discipline lacking. I’d envisioned that I could just sit in front of my computer and write to my heart’s content. But even in retirement, I have places to go and people to see. I still get up early and write, but I’m finding on the whole, I don’t write as much as I did before. I suppose you might say I’m still trying to find my groove.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Really, except for that two-month period, The Moreva of Astoreth wasn’t hard to write at all. I guess what hung me up the most was time. Peris, the planet where the story takes place, has a twenty-eight hour day. It was hard not to think in periods of twenty-four hours. I had to draw a clock to help keep me straight.

What do you love most about being an author?

The creative process. I’m a pantser—I write by the seat of my pants rather than plotting—and there’s little more enjoyable than watching a story unfold as a write it. Sitting back and dreaming, watching the movie in my head, and writing down what I see.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

With my first book, I tried going the traditional route. Of course, I was rejected time after time, not that I didn’t expect it. Then, in the middle of writing my umpteenth query letter, something my father had said came back to me—I ought to go indie, or independent. In other words, self-publish. I started my own publishing house, and all my books are published through it. I’m happy with my decision. In fact, I have plans to expand my enterprise to include other speculative fiction authors.

Where can we find you on the web?

On my blog, Of Werewolves and Other Strangers, http://roxannebland.com

My Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Roxanne-Bland-Author-289392377750996/

On Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=roxanne+bland

On Twitter, https://twitter.com/RoxanneBland2

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Roxanne2

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