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Title: The Second Death
Author: T. Frohock
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Format: Ebook

Save the world, or save his family…

For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable:

Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon.

And while Diago grows more comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo’s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.

In a frantic race to save the future of humanity, Diago is forced to rely on his daimonic nature to deceive an angel. In doing so, he discovers the birth of a modern god—one that will bring about a new world order from which no one can escape.

The Second Death is the final chapter in T. Frohock’s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim trilogy, which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called “a joy to read.”
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Meet the Author:

T. Frohock has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. She currently lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying.

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David S. AtkinsonDavid S. Atkinson is the author of “Not Quite so Stories” (“Literary Wanderlust” 2016), “The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes” (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor), and “Bones Buried in the Dirt” (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in “Bartleby Snopes,” “Grey Sparrow Journal,” “Atticus Review,” and others. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/ and he spends his non-literary time working as a patent attorney in Denver.

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Not Quite So StoriesTitle: NOT QUITE SO STORIES
Author: David S. Atkinson
Publisher: Literary Wanderlus LLC
Pages: 166
Genre: Absurdist Literary Fiction

The center of Not Quite So Stories is the idea that life is inherently absurd and all people can do is figure out how they will live in the face of that fact. The traditional explanation for the function of myth (including such works as the relatively modern Rudyard Kiping’s Just So Stories) is as an attempt by humans to explain and demystify the world. However, that’s hollow. We may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond our grasp. Life simply is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension, and the best we can do is to just proceed on with our lives. The stories in this collection proceed from this conception, each focusing on a character encountering an absurdity and focusing on how they manage to live with it.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I certainly had a great deal of study to do. I’ve read and read and read over the years and tried to pay attention to how various authors make various things work. I took writing workshop courses in undergrad, went back for a lit degree, studied hard during my MFA, and sought the advice of readers and writers wherever I could. However, I can’t remember ever making a decision to be a writer. My parents raised me on the significance of reading and writing. It simply seemed like something people did, everybody, even if not everyone spent as much time doing it as others.

What was your inspiration for Not Quite so Stories?

I had been writing very realistic short stories, but I kept getting these ideas popping into my head for weird things. They were so fun that I ended up writing them, but I wasn’t sure what I could do with them beyond simply writing them. Then I came across Etgar Keret’s The Nimrod Flipout and Amelia Gray’s Museum of the Weird. They were doing similar things, but had gone so much further. This led to more authors like that, and to me giving into more and more weird story ideas. I started thinking about how baffling life really was and how the idea of myth explaining it was such a cop out. They weren’t even really trying to explain it, just in a way, and we’d have been better off accepting the bizarre nature of life and trying to figure out how to deal with it instead rather than seeking explanations we weren’t going to get. I thought of Rudyard Kipling’s Just so Stories and decided to warp that, the result being Not Quite so Stories, playful and fun and not demanding that life be explainable.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I come back to a number of different themes over and over again, the kind of things which frustrate and baffle me in my own life. Stories like “Changes for the Château” and “Domestic Ties” relate to sensations of feeling trapped and the different ways we can be trapped. Stories like “Turndown Service” and “Up, Up, and No Way” explore the sensation that life kind of does what it wants with us, smacks us around a little bit. On a larger scope, I think all the themes come back to trying to be alive as a person in the world.

How long did it take you to complete the collection?

Somewhere around a decade. Some, like “The Headshaking Disappointment of the Misguidedly Well-Intentioned,” were more recent. Others, like “Context Driven,” were originally begun almost a decade ago. Being short stories along a particular theme, I kind of had to wait for certain kinds of ideas to come so the stories didn’t end up force, working on other projects in the interim since I don’t hold off writing simply because one kind of idea isn’t coming. While different ideas came and developed, I worked and reworked the ones I already had. It was iterative and time consuming in a way my novels weren’t. I definitely think it was worth it though. I’m very happy with how it came out and would easily spend that time over again for the same results.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Due to the way I work, there’s almost no ‘typical’ day. Working as a patent attorney is an extremely time intensive job. I have to fit writing in where I can, and accept that heavy work times can consume nights and weekends. I’m always writing SOMETHING each day, but it varies. I’ll fit in reading where I can, writing at least one blog post per day, and so on. If I get time and I need to get on revising something, I do that. If I’ve got a new story that needs to be written, I do that (like the time a new story leapt on me while on vacation in Paris and I banged out a draft while my wife was out running an errand, leading to “Dreams of Dead Grandpa”). I try not to force a schedule as long as a responsive approach is still moving forward. If I find that I’m instead procrastinating, I look at forcing myself to be more structured so that I don’t drift away from writing.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The most challenging aspect was being patient. I kept having the urge to write strangely realistic stories faster, and what felt like the good ideas didn’t always come when I wanted them. I would try to force it, but then I’d end up with a story I didn’t like, a story that felt like only a recast version of one of the others. I must have ended up with three different stories that were all basically “Home Improvement.” The results wouldn’t be good for anything, so I had to make myself relax and turn to another writing project if I didn’t have anywhere good to go at the time. I wanted to have all the stories already, but I didn’t like the product if I rushed.

What do you love most about being an author?

I absolutely love it when someone enjoys something I’ve written. Still, I don’t think anything can compare with the writing itself. Seeing something really special end up on the page that can’t have possibly come from the labors one has been doing (I think of “Domestic Ties” in particular when I’m thinking about this example) because it’s so much more is amazing. At the same time though, I don’t want to just be jabbering to myself in a corner. As much as I love the writing itself, it’s even better when people read and enjoy it. Writing alone isn’t enough.

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?

I’ve seen good things come out of all three, but small press worked the best for me. I didn’t feel that I fit into the existing categories for traditional publishers, and I needed far more help than successful self-publishing would allow. All my books have come about by relationships I’ve established with small presses I’ve learned about putting me in the right place at the right time so that a receptive person asked to see my work. It wouldn’t have helped at all if the writing wasn’t ready, but it helped get noticed out of the overload even the smallest presses are subject to. A real person knew who I was, what they were reading, and why they were reading it. Then, once they fell in love with what I had, they did everything they could to make it even better. It’s like working with friends, highly committed friends with the integrity to hold you to at least as high a standard as they would a stranger…if not higher.

Where can we find you on the web?

I wander around a lot of places. My writing web site is at http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/. Stories of mine are in online journals such as Wilderness House Literary Review http://www.whlreview.com/no-10.2/fiction/DavidSAtkinson.pdf, Apocrypha and Abstractions https://apocryphaandabstractions.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/the-philosophical-problem-of-original-jam-by-david-s-atkinson/, and Hobo Pancakes http://www.hobopancakes.com/2014/12/02/department-of-human-resources-18/).  I also have a Facebook author page (https://www.facebook.com/DavidSAtkinsonAuthor/), a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/DavidSAtkinson_?lang=en), a blog (https://davidsatkinson.wordpress.com/), and a book blog I co-edit with Kimberly Campbell Moore titled Eleven and a Half Years of Books (https://11andahalfyearsofbooks.wordpress.com/). I’m not tough to find.

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We’re thrilled to be hosting Misty Griffin’s TEARS OF THE SILENCED Book Blast at The Dark Phantom today!

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Title: Tears of the Silenced
Author: Misty Griffin
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 444
Genre: Biography/Memoir
One freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. I was a frightened Amish girl with no where to go, a second grade education and no ID or social security card…… Based on the authors tragic true life story.
When I was six years old my family started to live and dress like the Amish. My sister and I were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where we were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse and extreme physical violence. My step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times and we were to terrified to try to escape. We knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew we existed and they did not know us well enough to care.
In my late teens my parents feared we would escape and took us to an Amish community where we were adopted
and became baptized members. I was devastated to once again find myself in a world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse. Going to the police was forbidden. A few years later I was sexually assaulted by the bishop, I knew I
had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. When I refused to recant my police report I was excommunicated from the Amish and found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second grade education and no ID or social security card.
To all abuse survivors out there, please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Today, ten years later, I am a nursing student working towards my Masters degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story…….

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I walked through the front door of
the tiny police station and went over to a heavy wood counter, where a
middle-aged policewoman sat at a computer. She looked up as I stood there, watching
her. I saw a surprised look on her face as she stared back at me. I imagined I
was very different from the people who normally walked up to her desk.
I was a young Amish woman, just a
little over five feet tall, wearing an almost ankle-length, plain, teal-colored
dress and apron, followed by knee-length black socks and black shoes. My coat
was a homemade denim coat with a high collar and hooks and eyes going down the
front. On my head was a stiff
white Amish kapp that covered nearly all my reddish-brown hair and was tied in
a small bow under my chin.
I was shaking as I stood there,
looking at the woman. I tried to get up enough courage to say something, I knew
I was going to be shunned by the Amish church for what I was doing. I could not
speak. The thought of being shunned was terrifying but I did not know what else
to do. My whole body was trembling….

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About the Author
When Misty left the Amish she had a bare second grade education and suffered severe PTSD caused by the horrifying abuse she suffered as a child and later at the hands of the Amish bishop. Today, ten years later she is a nursing student, wife and a Child abuse/Sexual assault awareness activist.
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Nine Month Midnight by Marie Bacigalupo was a deeply compelling, at times heart-wrenching story, about grief and the desperate need of a mother to reunite with her dead child. Since losing her four-year old precious daughter to cancer a year ago, Dolores Walsh has been living in limbo, like a zombie.

After a suicide attempt, she’s prompted by her husband Joe to seek the help of a psychiatrist to treat her depression. Then at a bereavement group she meets Sal Esperanza, a charismatic psychic who claims he has the power to channel the dead. Though Dolores is sceptical at first, she soon becomes intensely fixated with the idea of speaking with her daughter’s spirit.
Although Joe is against the idea and warns her that Sal is a con man after money, nothing derails Dolores from attending his seances. Is Sal, indeed, a fraud…or is he the real thing and the only person who can make her only desire in life possible?
A novella, I read Ninth-Month Midnight in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. The story moves at a fast pace, with Dolores’ desperation being transmitted to the reader so that we feel all her grief and obsession. What could be worse for a mother than losing her child?
Most women will relate to Dolores’ predicament and sympathize with her actions, even though they might not approve of all of them. Bacigalupo writes with an economy of words that is sometimes gritty, letting the action speak for the characters. Ultimately, this is a story of hope and one I was very glad to have read. Highly recommended!
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I’m Glad That I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through

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My TesstimonySYNOPSIS

Each of us has a journey to go through in life. For some, that path seems easy, and everything in the lives of these blessed ones seems to fall into place effortlessly. For others, the path to a happy, successful life is paved with struggle and hardship.

I am one of those who have had to struggle. I wrote this book not simply to gain your sympathy or to draw attention to my pain, but to encourage others who’ve had to walk the same difficult roads in their lives. God, our Creator, did not design us to suffer through lives of pain and hurt, but has a much more joyful and important purpose for each of us. Discovering this fact helped me turn the path of my life around 180 degrees!

Through reading along with my personal journey, I want others to discover the pursuit of hope. We can all use hope in our lives. Even the most affluent need hope, because there is always something inside that makes us feel bad, and we can all identify with feeling bad.

The good news is that in taking this journey with me, you’ve already begun the healing process. Together, with healed hearts and a newfound sense of purpose, we can go on to inspire and motivate others. Our lives can and do make a difference. With the help of our loving God, we can decrease the struggle and hardship in our own lives and the lives of others and increase the joy!

 

 

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Contessa T. Walker – Jackson lives by the mantras “can’t give up now” and “there’s nothing too hard for God.” Tess is the CEO & Owner of Exclusively By Tess, LLC, a fullservice event planning firm. Tess is also an entrepreneur, team builder, author, civic leader, product specialist, mentor, visionary, mastermind, speaker, educator, and new blog series – Tessology Tuesdays. She has worked behind the scenes at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards, just to name a few. Tess holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Specialist in Event & Party Planning. In addition, Tess is the Founder & Owner of Teacher’s PETS Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2008. Tess started a K-12 Academy (Teacher’s PETS Academy), which provided one-on-one instruction using the A.C.E. Curriculum. It hosted students that could not excel in the regular classroom setting, whether it was the public or the private sector; it was designed for the student who needed the special one-onone instruction and boost. Teacher’s PETS Inc. is an organization and it collaborates with partner corporations to raise funds and organize volunteer work for helping provide children who experience extreme economic and domestic hardship with financial and education support. In addition, to sponsor and support hunger relief programs and to provide educational camps and workshops. Tess continues to fuel her passions and ambition as the published author of My TESStimony, through which she portrays her journey as a business-woman, wife, mother and lover of life. The book’s universal mandate is that “a virtuous woman is a woman of strength”—which supports her own ventures as an entrepreneur, civic leader and mentor to many. Tess is also the author of The Royal Experience – Everyday Etiquette & Modern Day CourTESSy. This syllabus/book was created to help launch poised, polished, and elegant young ladies into a successful pattern for life. Tess is also a product specialist and currently has a perfume line, Impress with Tess, which celebrates youth and femininity in its top notes that bring the aquatic nuances with pure and sharp notes of water lily, apple, freshly-sweet mandarin, and apricot. Tess’ next mission is to build a private dream school (Child Development Center & K-12 Academy) that will allow students free tuition, as well as Teacher’s PETS Inc. Performing Arts Theater, a 1,500-seat facility open to all as a venue to host plays, concerts, conferences, seminars, and formal training. Furthermore, she is looking to launch a banquet hall under her own banner, as the Exclusively By Tess Event Center; along with the Teacher’s PETS Academy Family Life Center.

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giantSYNOPSIS

It seemed a lopsided battle. On one side, a small shepherd with a sling and five stones. On the other, a heavily armored ten-foot giant whose taunts and challenges immobilized an army of seasoned warriors.

The story of David and Goliath has become an almost universal underdog story; but in reality, Goliath never stood a chance.

In “Giant Killers,” emotional intelligence speaker, consultant, and author Steve Lawson identifies the five vital emotional and social skills David possessed: identity, discipline, graciousness, action, and hope. When combined with the power of God’s grace, these strengths made it possible for David to defeat Goliath, build a mighty army out of social rejects, and establish the greatest kingdom in the history of Israel.

We all face giants in our lives, if not as literally as David did. But like David, we can overcome any challenge, seizing with confidence the opportunities God places in our path. “Giant Killers” teaches you how to do so, providing a foundation on which you can build success after success. It all begins with you-and your willingness to trust in God’s grace.

 

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Meanwhile, Back in Camp …

Before we get into the character qualities David displayed, let’s take a closer look at the mess that he walked into. David had quite a lot to overcome before he ever ran across the valley to face Goliath. There is much to learn from David’s interactions on the mountainside that set the stage for us to become giant killers.

Who Is Writing the Rules?

Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken. (1 Samuel 17:8–11 NLT)

I’ve heard this story for over forty years, but something struck me recently. When I read Goliath’s challenge, I thought, So what? Just because he stood out in the valley and issued it, didn’t mean Israel had to accept it. Why not position a couple of men in the trees with sniper rifles … pow! Challenge denied! Okay, okay, I know they didn’t have sniper rifles, but what about crossbows? What about sending out the archers and launching several thousand arrows until one struck home? I understand that a challenge of the best warrior was part of their culture, but did they have to obey it? Why did Goliath get to make up the rules?

Too often we let our giants write the rules. “I can’t do that. I’m not qualified.” Really? Says who? “I don’t have enough education, training, skills, talents, gifts, etc.” Fear tells us we will fail. Insecurity tells us we aren’t good enough. The crisis tells us it will debilitate us. Tragedy tells us it will ruin us. The list goes on.

What if instead of seeing obstacles as blockages to our moving forward, we simply saw them as information? “I don’t have enough education.” If it’s not true, then ignore it. If it is true, then it’s good to know. Now you know what to do in order to move ahead. Go to school, read a book, take a seminar—but don’t let it stop you. Let it motivate you to take the next step to move forward.

I have a friend serving as a missionary in a semi-closed country. For the past seven years, he has had nothing but problems. But he is so committed to the call God has placed on him that he just keeps pushing forward. One recent example is when he and his wife were moving to a new city. The movers came and packed up everything they had, then they moved it out of their fifteenth-floor apartment and loaded it into the truck. When this friend came downstairs with the final pieces, they changed the price on him. When he refused, they simply hauled everything back upstairs and dumped it into his living room … after trying to steal his refrigerator. If that wasn’t bad enough, the next two moving companies did the same thing! Finally, he found a moving company that honored their word, and after a week-and-a-half delay, they finally moved into their new place.

Most people I know would have simply given up—especially after several years of similar incidences. They probably would have spiritualized it with, “Well, God just closed the door.” My friend doesn’t operate that way. He and his wife spend a tremendous amount of time in prayer until they are sure of God’s direction. Then if a “door” closes, he just kicks it in! My friend is a giant killer, and he seems to have to take one out at least once a week.

Don’t let your giants write the rules.

 

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:4–6 NLT)

 

 

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A former small-business owner and church planter, Steve Lawson recently stepped down as the senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Greenville, Texas, to focus on his writing, speaking, and leadership training activities.

He holds a doctor of strategic leadership degree from Regent University, a master of divinity degree from The King’s University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas.

Lawson owns Leadership Transformation Inc., providing emotional intelligence training and consulting to organizations of all sizes. More information on his consulting services is available at http://www.leadershiptransformation.net. An avid blogger and writer, Lawson is available for speaking engagements in churches, seminars, and conferences. You can contact him at http://www.stevelawson.us.

He and his wife, Karen, live in Greenville, Texas. They are the parents of three grown daughters.

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Mark Christopher
Title: Mark Christopher
Author: Stan Matthews
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook/Paperback

As Mark Christopher grows up in a small railroad town during the Great Depression, he dreams of doing something special with his life. Instead, he must face one tragedy after the other as war looms. First, his parents die and then his brother while serving in the Pacific.

When the war in Europe ends, Mark’s sister sends him to live with their grandmother and her son. To please them, Mark is baptized in a Baptist church. While enrolled in college, he befriends a Wallabot Indian who unsuccessfully tries to save Mark’s soul. Despite their religious differences, their friendship continues as Mark is offered a post-graduate scholarship contingent upon his admission to the ministry. Although Mark applies, he secretly believes he is unsuited. After he accepts a student pastorate position in a nearby church, he falls in love and marries. But when he shuns church leaders’ advice and leads a group of black migrants to integrate the county fair, Mark is thrown in jail where he is forced to reflect on his life, his choices, and whether what has been done can be undone.

Mark Christopher is the tale of one man’s faithful journey through poverty and war and tragedy and opposition as he searches for his destiny and meaning in his life.

Meet the Author:

Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter and retired pastor who has worked for both Canadian and American newspapers and served as a fund raiser for many institutions, including churches, colleges, hospitals, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and PBS.

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Four Score and More
Title: Four Score and More
Author: LaVera Edick
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Statement from Author I was born in 1925. This is my story of growing up on a farm and following the oft-times bumpy road of life. It is the story of my family and ancestors, those pioneers who cut the trails and paved the roads for our journey through life. Several major events helped shape the lives and attitudes of those born before 1940. It was a struggle raising a family in the thirties: not only was the nation in a financial crisis, Mother Nature was in an ugly mood. When people reminisce, they often talk about the “good times” they had during the “bad times.” There was a shortage of money but an abundance of love and family togetherness. A product of hardy pioneer stock, at an early age, I gained satisfaction from a hard day’s work well done. From managing a trucking business and selling brushes, I became first lady of an insurance company and pursued my dreams of becoming an artist. Statement from Jackie Glen, editor: If your grandparents, great-grandparents and their relatives lived in the 1800’s and early 1900’s in the Midwest, you will want to read this book that describes in detail what life was like on the farm. Personal anecdotes about the author and her family will put you in stitches or bring you to tears, but every tale will cause you to wonder how our ancestors survived. Their stories of hard work, sacrifice, and determination not only will remind you of where you came from, but provide a road map of the future. “Flanked by the colorful stories of several generations before and after her, Edick shares her life journey through the often turbulent, historically and personally, 20th century – a genuine, heartfelt memoir.” –US REVIEW of BOOKS

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LaVera and her faithful canine companion, a Westie named Tousie, are snowbirds these days. They spend their summers in Bismarck, North Dakota, and winters in Mesa, Arizona.

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The Golden Age of Charli
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.

 

Meet the Author:

Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.

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Don Quixote Explained

Title: Don Quixote Explained

Author: Emre Gurgen

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Genre: Literary Criticism

Format: Ebook/Paperback

 

Don Quixote Explained focuses on seven topics: how Sancho Panza refines into a good governor through a series of jokes that turn earnest; how Cervantes satirizes religious extremism in Don Quixote by taking aim at the Holy Roman Catholic Church; how Don Quixote and Sancho Panza check-and-balance one another’s excesses by having opposite identities; how Cervantes refines Spanish farm girls by transforming Aldonza Lorenzo into Dulcinea; how outlaws like Roque Guinart and Gines Pasamonte can avoid criminality and why; how Cervantes establishes inter-religional harmony by having a Christian translator, on the one hand, and a Muslim narrator, on the other; and lastly, how Cervantes replaces a medieval view of love and marriage―where a woman is a housekeeper, lust-satisfier, and child begetter―with a modern view of equalitarian marriage typified by a joining of desires and a merger of personalities.

“AN ERUDITE EXAMINATION OF THE THEMES AND IDEAS IN DON QUIXOTE. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WRITING AND EXPOSITION OF THIS WELL-REASONED CRITIQUE. BUY IT AND STUDY IT. GERALD J. DAVIS, AUTHOR OF DON QUIXOTE, THE NEW TRANSLATION BY GERALD J. DAVIS”

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Meet the Author:

Emre Gurgen, the author of Don Quixote Explained: The Story of an Unconventional Hero, has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he lives in Germantown, Maryland, where he is writing a follow-up Don Quixote essay collection and study guide.

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