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Inside the Book:

Title: TAI Divination Workbook
Author: Erik Thorel
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Body, Mind, Spirit
Format: Ebook

Author Erik Thorell reveals his new publication, TAI Divination Workbook.

TAI Divination is the fusion of three ancient divination systems: Tarot, Astrology and the I Ching or TAI. These 3 systems have come together in one reading, probably for the first time ever in the history of divination. You don’t have to be psychic to use TAI, and TAI is easy to understand for beginners, and in-depth enough for experts.

TAI is not intended to compete with or replace existing forms of divination or Holy Scriptures of various religions. They all originally come from the Divine that lives within a man to help, advise and guide him in his life. The author respects all the founders equally as God’s messengers.

This brings to mind of a bowl full of small cards with quotes from the Bible, a device which his Salvation Army parents used to ask questions via the ancient art of bibliomancy.

TAI was accidentally discovered February 11th 1981 and co-incidentally published in 2015, the third year of the Aquarian age. Pray that the Divine within speaking via “TAI” advises all equally kindly and wisely.

For more details you can visit http://www.taidivination.com .

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Erik is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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Inside the Book:

Title: The Dilution of America
Author: Louis C. Gilde with Lawrence C. Gambone
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

The Dilution of America

America, American society and American industry have all become diluted. What this means is that the country’s political-social-economic situation no longer reflects the design and purpose our founding fathers intended. Many factors play into this problem; and Lou Gilde and Larry Gambone have successfully teamed up in an attempt to cite most of them:

The failure of the “Greatest Generation” to prevent the insidious creep  of socialism;

The paradigm change from business/government cooperation to  anti-business sentiment;

The failure of our inner-city programs, to include industry incentives  and schools;

The curtailing of religious expression and moral behavior;

The eroding of true representative governance by a bloated, unwieldy,  and unaccountable bureaucracy;

The demise of a true free enterprise system resulting from over  regulation; and

The movement from capitalism to socialism by ever-increasing  entitlement (socialistic) programs.

We have reached an important turning point with the economy, the environment, and with the many socio-political issues facing our great nation. Unless the average voter realizes that government is handcuffing our economy, we will suffer economic malaise and worse. Our present approach to governance must be reversed if we are to remain an economic powerhouse in the 21st century.

To do this, we need an educated electorate who will vote wisely in the coming elections in order to resolve the many Governmental problems that have occurred in the past. Until the American voters recognize the fact that Government is its own worst enemy — and is unintentionally becoming an enemy of the people, the environment, and the economy — we will continue down the path to ruin. Walt Kelly, in the comic strip, Pogo, said it best: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

About the Author

Mr. Gilde’s life experiences provide an interesting perspective challenging the concept of America’s “Greatest Generation.” He volunteered for World War II service in November of 1942 and spent twenty months overseas in the European Theater.His entire professional career was spent as an industrial environmentalist with unique involvement in cooperative efforts with federal researchers prior to the creation of USEPA. This activity based on innovative waste water treatment resulted in over twenty presentations in the U.S. and overseas.

Because of the early research work, he collaborated with USEPA as an advisor in the preparation of its field manual on “Overland Flow Treatment of Waste Waters” and was awarded in 1979 by Region II EPA Certificate of Appreciation. During the 1970’s he testified before Congress concerning rule makings in the environmental area that created unnecessary costs for business resulting in increased costs for citizens. Mr. Gilde also obtained two patents in the environmental field.

During retirement Mr. Gilde did volunteer work for the World Environment Center, a non-profit spinoff from the United Nations assisting U.S. Aide from the State Department on environmental projects incorporate in U.S. Aide programs. He consulted in over a half dozen projects for different countries and was sent to Egypt and Romania to conduct studies.

Mr. Gilde witnessed environmental matters from an unusual perspective in relation to business, government and the economy including the location of numerous new plant sites vs. older plants in distressed areas. He sets forth recommendations for a less confrontational future to foster a more dynamic economy where most of the federal bureaucracy is eliminated and the states are free to soar even higher than Texas and other pro-economy states. A section of the book is devoted to the revitalization of the City of Camden, NJ as a national demonstration for urban America.

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Louis is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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Inside the Book:

Title: The Treasure of the Word
Author: Isidore Okwudili Igwegb
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Religion
Format: Ebook

Readers of the Bible know events on the Catholic Church’s liturgy have scriptural passages referring to them. Many, however, are only familiar with a few. One might be surprised at how many more are there for the reading. The Treasure of the Word: Commentary on Biblical Readings for Sundays, Feast Days, and Solemnities, Cycle B is a life-related meditation on the sacred texts within events of the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar. Author Isidore Okwudili Igwegbe’s work is intended for everyone, from the layperson to church leader to those in the clergy. Beginning with Advent, each insight is based on his experiences teaching, leading, and breaking the Word of God with mixed Christian congregations in different countries and continents. Each chapter begins with the date and event, followed by a list of scriptural references. Igwegbe’s text satisfies human yearning for the meaning of the Word. It is an exposition of the good news within the good news, a prayerful sharing of the great secret-human fate is God’s fate, and God is an imprudent investor who blesses his capital and his love on every person, everywhere, and every time. This book encourages Christians and all believers to realise they are the centre of God’s attention.

Meet the Author:

Isidore Okwudili Igwegbe has a doctorate in theological sciences from Pontificias Univerisitas Urbaniana, Rome. A Catholic priest, he currently is a lecturer at Imo State Polytechnic, Owerri, Nigeria. His books include Sacramental Theological Thinking in the African Symbolic Universe and The Meaning of the Beginning: A Perspective from An Igbo-African Popular Religious Philosophy.

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Isidore is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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Inside the Book:

Title: Leadership DNA
Author: Paul Okum
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Political Science
Format: Ebook

Not many people are satisfied with the leaders we have in the public and private sectors. We are suffering from a severe lack of good leadership—even though billions of dollars per year are spent on leadership training and development.

The root cause of this leadership vacuum is that leadership gurus firmly believe, teach, and preach that anyone can be “made” into a leader with the right training, personal desire, and commitment. With this premise, they’ve approached leadership as a commonplace and elementary skill that anyone can learn. There’s just one problem: they’re wrong.

In this guidebook on leadership, you’ll learn about all aspects of leadership, including:

how to look past personality profiles, leadership models, and traditional assessment tools to grasp what makes a great leader;

how to identify and select natural born leaders to achieve your objectives;

how to deal with poor leaders who hurt you and your organization.

Leadership DNA examines the false premise that anyone can be a leader and provides insights and tools that lead to a better system of identifying, selecting, and developing born leaders.

Meet the Author:

Paul Okum earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in business administration. He worked forty years, spending time in the military as a US Army officer and in leadership positions with the federal government in the Departments of Transportation, Interior, and the Army, as well as serving as a human-resources director in the Defense Department. He is retired and lives in Florida.

Giveaway

Paul is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 

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Inside the Book:

 

Title: The Drifter

Author: Christine Lennon

Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Thriller/Suspense 

Megan Abbott meets M.O. Walsh in Christine Lennon’s compelling debut novel about a group of friends on the cusp of graduating from college when their lives are irrevocably changed by a brutal act of violence.Present Day…

For two decades, Elizabeth has tried to escape the ghosts of her past…tried to erase the painful memories…tried to keep out the terrifying nightmares. But twenty years after graduating from the University of Florida, her carefully curated life begins to unravel, forcing her to confront the past she’s tried so hard to forget.

1990s, Gainesville, Florida…

Elizabeth and her two closest friends, Caroline and Ginny, are having the time of their lives in college—binge watching Oprah, flirting for freebies from Taco Bell, and breaking hearts along the way. But without warning, their world is suddenly shattered when a series of horrific acts of violence ravage the campus, changing their lives forever.

Sweeping readers from the exclusive corners of sorority life in the South to the frontlines of the drug-fueled, slacker culture in Manhattan in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, when Elizabeth is forced to acknowledge her role in the death of a friend in order to mend a broken friendship and save her own life, The Drifter is an unforgettable story about the complexities of friendships and the secrets that can ultimately destroy us.

 

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Meet the Author:

Christine Lennon is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. Before she moved to the West Coast to start her freelance career, she was an editor at W, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Since then, she has written for publications including T The New York Times style magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, W, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, C California Style, Marie Claire, Self, Net-a-Porter’s Porter and The Edit online magazine— among others.

Christine lives in California with her husband, Andrew Reich, and their two children.

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Christine is giving away a 10 copies of The Drifter!

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Tour Schedule

Monday, February 13

Book reviewed at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Book reviewed at Books Are LoveTuesday, February 14

Book featured at Books, Dreams, Life

Book featured at CBY Book Club

Book reviewed at Perfect at Midnight

Wednesday, February 15

Book featured at Warrior Woman Winmill

Book featured at Mello and June

Book featured at What is That Book About

Thursday, February 16

Book featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Book featured at RoloPoloBookBlog

Friday, February 17

Interviewed at The Pulp and Mystery Shelf

Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

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Monday, February 20

Book reviewed at Indie Book ReviewsTuesday, February 21

Book reviewed at Book Reviews and More

Wednesday, February 22

Book featured at A Title Wave

Thursday, February 23

Book featured at A Book Lover

Friday, February 24

Book featured at Voodoo Princess

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Monday, February 27

Book featured at The Dark Phantom

Tuesday, February 28

Book featured at Write and Take Flight

Wednesday, March 1

Book featured at Celticlady’s Reviews

Thursday, March 2

Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Friday, March 3

Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

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Monday, March 6

Book reviewed at Turning Another Page

Book reviewed at Cover2Cover

Tuesday, March 7

Book reviewed at Turning the Page

Wednesday, March 8

Book featured at Reviews by Crystal

Book reviewed at Curling Up by the Fire

Thursday, March 9

Book reviewed at Svetlana Reads and Views

Friday, March 10

Book reviewed at Brooke Blogs

Book reviewed at Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

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Inside the Book:

 

Title: Live Echoes
Author: Henry V. O’Neil
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Ecopy
There’s new hope for resolution of the decades-long war against the Sims: the discovery of Omega, a mysterious planet far from the fighting. Reena Mortas, the embattled leader of the human alliance, is betting everything that Omega could unlock the mystery of what’s creating the Sims.

Meanwhile, her husband and predecessor, the missing-and-believed-dead Olech Mortas, has made contact with the aliens who gave mankind the faster-than-light mode of travel known as the Step. Existing in a different realm, Olech is re-living the most important decisions of his life—while trying to explain human contradiction to a being that looks just like him, known only as Mirror.

Olech’s children, Jander and Ayliss, are still embroiled in the war. Jander has rejoined the Orphan Brigade on the mineral-rich planet Celestia, where he comes to believe what many of the Orphans feel: they’re supporting the wrong side. Ayliss, fighting in the all-female Banshees, is soon thrown into the losing war against the Sims, not knowing that every Banshee in the Human Defense Force is slated for an all-out assault on Omega that could win the war—or get them all killed.

Live Echoes is the gripping end to the Sim War series, and finally answers its central question: Where did the Sims come from, and why are they bent on humanity’s destruction?

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Meet the Author

Henry V. O’Neil is the name under which award-winning mystery novelist Vincent H. O’Neil publishes his science fiction work. A graduate of West Point, he served in the US Army Infantry with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, and in the 1st Battalion (Airborne) of the 508th Infantry in Panama. He has worked as a risk manager, a marketing copywriter, and an apprentice librarian

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Welcome author Emerald Barnes with her new release The Marked!

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Thanks for hosting me. Today, I want to introduce you to Myka Williams from The Marked.

My name is Myka Williams. I’m seventeen, and I go to Knight’s Academy in Crescent Hill, Tennessee. I live in the dorms here with my best friend, Olivia Michaels.

Some days, I don’t recognize the girl staring back at me. Some days, I can barely function because I can’t sleep. There’s this wolf in my dreams, and I get the sense that she’s real somehow. Like I can sense her thoughts. Like I’m the wolf. Which isn’t possible, but it feels so real. And it keeps me up at night.

There’s also this guy. His name is Milo, and he’s so frustrating! He’s cute—like really cute—but he’s so…broody. I guess that’s the right word.

One day, he’s giving me gifts, almost kissing me, and the next, he ignores me, basically pushes me away. Something happened between us during Parents’ Weekend, but he won’t tell me what it is. See, I fainted and hit my head, but that doesn’t explain the weird snake-like mark on my neck. No one knows what happened but him, and he won’t talk to me.

Then there’s Preston. If Milo is frustrating, Preston is so much worse. He’s possessive—and he has a really bad anger problem, like he should take anger management classes it’s so bad. He won’t leave me alone. No matter how much I tell him to. Something is wrong with him, and I hate being around him.

I miss my family, and that can’t surprise anyone more than it does me. I thought being at Knight’s Academy would give me purpose. I thought I could figure out who I was, but I was wrong. I’m still adopted, and I still don’t know who my real parents are. My adoptive family, Barry and Jilly, are great, don’t get me wrong. I love them, and I can’t imagine life without them. But, there’s something missing, and I can’t put my finger on it.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I just want to run, much like the wolf I’m dreaming about. As if life wasn’t complicated enough…

The one good thing that has come from being at Knight’s Academy is meeting Olivia. Liv is in every way my opposite, but she keeps me distracted from what’s running through my head on a daily basis. She’s great, really. I’ve never had a best friend before. I tend to push everyone away. That’s why I was okay with moving from Mississippi to Tennessee. I didn’t have anyone at home to hold me back. At least that’s what I thought until I came here. I miss Barry and Jilly. I want to go back home, but I need to finish my year out at Knight’s Academy.

At least I have my art to keep me company. That’s about the only thing I can count on these days. But, I keep painting the wolf… Maybe it’s not the best distraction after all.

Well, I have to go. I have classes to get to. Pray for me. Trig is my first class. I hate Trig.

TheMarked1400x2100About The Marked: Knight’s Academy Book 1:

Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

Where to Buy The Marked:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Nook

iTunes

Kobo

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About Emerald:

Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor. She’s addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.

Connect with Emerald:

Website: http://www.emeraldbarnes.us

Blog: ebarnes23.wordpress.com

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/emeraldbarnes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fanpageforemeraldbarnes

Twitter: www.twitter.com/emeraldbarnes

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Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/emeraldbarnes

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/emerald_barnes

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Bestselling author Tom Carter is a longtime Nashville who lives with his wife, Janie, a few miles from Nashville’s legendary Music Row.

Connect with the author on the Web:

http://www.authortomcarter.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authortomcarter

https://www.instagram.com/authortomcarter/

 

Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Nashville:

Music & Murder.  To begin with, can you give us a brief

summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to

write it?

 

A: The book is scheduled for release on February 7, 2017.  It’s

a murder mystery set in Nashville, Tennessee, the home of recorded

country music.  In part, I wrote the book due to the popularity

of country music, as 107 million Americans now listen to that

genre of music once daily, according to the Country Music

Association.

 

Q: What do you think makes a good mystery book?  Could you       

narrow it down to the three most important elements?  Is it even

possible to narrow it down?

 

A: Try to make each page magnetic.

 

cover-low-resQ: How did you go about plotting your story?  Or did you discover

it as you worked on the book?

 

A: I discovered it as I worked on the book.

 

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how

you developed him or her.  Did you do any character interviews or

sketches prior to the writing.

 

A: My protagonist is an insecure and neurotic celebrity whose

popularity is dwindling.  I’ve met many such folks in Nashville,

Tennessee, my home.

 

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or

villain?  What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

 

A: I won’t identify the antagonist.  That would spoil the

mystery.

 

 

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel?

 

A: I did not reveal the villain’s identity.  But, on many

occasions, I almost did.

 

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes

like a character itself.  What tools of the trade did you use in

your writing to bring the setting to life?

 

A: The setting is “Music Row,” that part of Nashville, Tennessee

where the production of country music lies inside recording

studios, celebrities’ offices, and music publishing houses.  I

used to live on Music Row among its people.  I still visit that

neighborhood and its people regularly.

 

Q:  Did you know the themes(s) of your novel from the start or it

this something you discovered after completing the first draft? 

Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

 

A: I did not know the theme of my novel until I’d written most of

  1. This theme is not recurrent in my previous books. Those

books were mostly non-fiction.

 

Q: Where does craft end and art begin?  Do you think editing can

destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

 

A: I don’t know where the craft ends or art begins.  To me,

masterful crafting IS an art.  Editing didn’t destroy my creative

thrust.  I allowed only copy editing, nothing else.

 

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful

novelist?

 

A:  A vivid imagination, daily writing, and promotion.

 

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having

to do homework for the rest of your life.  Thoughts?

 

A: I agree with that statement as long as the writer writes.  If

he retires from writing, he’ll hopefully return to spare time and

what to do with it.  I’ve been writing professionally for 47

years.  I still write daily.

 

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft

that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

 

A: I earned a five-year, Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.  I

learned more about writing in one week while working at a daily

newspaper and by reading other newspapers and novels.  I found

that workshops or sites are largely inhabited by failed or

inferior writers who want to sponge from other failed souls.  To

me, those venues are friendly but inefficient.

 

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Hugh Aaron, born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.

His latest book is When Wars Were Won.

You can visit his website at www.StonesPointBooks.com.

About the Book:

Hal Arnold, a professor of English, returns to the Philippines after forty yewhen-wars-were-wonars yearning for the unity, spirit and optimism he knew as a 19- year-old member of a Seabee battalion in the South Pacific theater during World War II. Trying to recapture that experience, he writes this story, vividly portraying members of the battalion who impacted his life. Searching for his own identity, he finds it in the warm, rich culture of a small Filipino village where love and dignity thrive among a people who have suffered under the Japanese yoke.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I consider myself a born writer. Both in high school and college teachers encouraged me to become a writer.

What was your inspiration for When Wars Were Won?

My inspiration for When Wars Were Won derived from the men I served with as well as the natives I come to know, and in one case fell in love with.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing? How long did it take you to complete the novel? 

I concentrate on relationships, fate, and both successes and failures.

I took two years to write the complete manuscript. It was reduced during editing.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I wrote the novel from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm six days a week, then rejoined the family afterwards. I’d call this being disciplined.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book? 

Most challenging: Writing about people I have known throughout my lifetime. Each book poured out of me, as if it wrote itself.

What do you love most about being an author?

I simply love writing, both stories, plays and essays.

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 both self-published and used small press publishers. I am happy with some publishers and not happy with others, but self publishing was consistently rewarding..

Where can we find you on the web? 

Most of my books with reviews and reader comments can be found at www.StonesPointBooks.com.

 

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Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.

Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.

When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.

And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?

Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

Pick up your copy at:

Amazon

First Chapter:

Thursday, December 21, 2000

NAJA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO

Nacom was dying.

Guanacaste trees filtered the twilight into gold slivers that shimmered across Laguna Naja. The lake bore the name of the Lacandón Maya village nestled against it. Kish squatted on the ribbon of beach that framed the giant pond and stared at the darkening blue water. His black hair hung like string around his face, and his white tunic draped him like a sack. Koh Maria told him to wait there. She said her grandfather wanted to speak with him.

Kish knew what Nacom wanted.

“Who will follow a nineteen-year-old shaman,” he groused. Guttural growls of howler monkeys sounded like mocking laughter, and his shoulders slumped. A sharp tug on his tunic pulled him from his petulance.

“Now,” Koh Maria said.

Kish followed her to Nacom’s hut where she pushed open two square-ish boards hinged to weathered posts. Inside, roughhewn mahogany planks of random widths formed the walls. The shaman’s shriveled body lay in a hand-loomed hammock of faded palm-green and corn-yellow stripes. He cracked open his eyes as Kish stood beside him. With the back of his hand, he dismissed Koh Maria.

“You. Chilam.” Nacom whispered. “Itzamná speaks.”

“Priest? Me?” Kish stuttered as he shook his head.

“Obey!” Nacom responded, and his finger pointed to the arcane mahogany box beneath his hammock. Kish did not know what was inside, but something about the box unsettled him. The old man moved his fingers back and forth. Once. Twice. Kish was to pick it up. His hands quivered as he set the box on the simple table by the hammock’s side.

Nacom mumbled something. Kish bent closer. Nacom spoke again. “What day?”

Kish replied in Hach T’ana, the pure Mayan tongue: “Lahca baktun. Bolonlahun katun. Uuc tun. Canlahun uinal. Uuclahun kin.” December 21, 2000—winter solstice.

“Yes,” Nacom slurred. “You prepare. Lahca baktun. Bolonlahun katun. Bolonlahun tun. Uaxac uinal. Hun kin.” In four-thousand-one-hundred-eighty-four days. His hand moved to a thin cord around his neck. He labored as he pulled it from under his white tunic revealing a small key. Kish was to remove it.

With care he raised the old man’s head and slipped the cord over it. For a long moment Nacom lay still; his breath hardly there at all. Then the index finger of his right hand pushed toward the box and wiggled. Kish fought his anxiety as he inserted the key.

“Should I open it?” His voice was high, tense. Nacom’s head bobbed a little. Kish turned the key and raised the lid. A rectangular-shaped object on top was enfolded in white cotton cloth. The one on the bottom, shaped the same but thicker, was wrapped tight in the black pelt of a jaguar and bound with four cords. Kish reached to pick up the white one.

“No!” Nacom’s fingers lifted an inch as he forced out the word with startling firmness. “You. Prepare. Listen Itzamná.” His breath was heavy. “You. Keep box. Sacwa’an (white). Study. Follow. I’ic’ (black). No you. Give. Lahca baktun. Bolonlahun katun. Bolonlahun tun. Uaxac uinal. Hun kin.” In four-thousand-one-hundred-eighty-four days. His breath was a gasp and almost ceased. For a long moment there was no movement; no sound, except for Kish’s own nervous panting. Then Nacom whispered, “Not fail. Lock box. Koh Maria.”

Kish closed the lid and fastened it. His hands shook as he put the cord with the key around his own neck. He scrambled to the doorway and motioned to Koh Maria. She entered, opened her eyes wide at Kish’s ashen face, then went to her grandfather and held his hand. His face puckered into a tiny wrinkled smile. With effort he lifted his eyes to reveal red-veined film, and words like a ghost-rustle parted his lips. “The box. Kish.” Koh Maria nodded.

With a gurgle, Nacom breathed in.

Breathed out.

Then no more.

About the Author

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I’ve lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I’ve lived. I have a hopper full of “reality” including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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