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Every Move She MakesTitle: Every Move She Makes

Author: Jannine Gallant

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

Format: Kindle
No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…

Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open up a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open up his heart. But everything is about to change…

Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…

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Jannine Gallant

Write about what you know. I’ve taken this advice to heart, creating characters who live in small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors.I grew up in Gasquet, a tiny town in Northern California, where as kids we swam in the river, ran wild in the woods, and rode our bikes every-where we wanted to go. Now I live in Tahoe City with my husband, two daughters, and dog, Ginger. When I’m not busy writing or being a full time mom, I enjoy taking Ginger for hikes in the woods around our home.Whether I’m writing romantic suspense, contemporary, or historical romance, I try to bring the beauty of nature to my stories.I graduated from U.C. Davis with a double major in history and creative writing. Though I’ve worked in both the restaurant and ski industries, I never wanted to be anything but a writer. After many years of pursuing my passion, I’ve finally achieved success, proof positive that dreams do come true!

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Death and DesireTitle: Death and Desire

Author: P.H. Turner

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Format: Kindle

Ancient rituals. Up-to-the minute deception.

Reporter Taylor McWhorter knows something is going on at the newly reopened uranium mine on the local Navajo reservation. The Native workers are being fired. Rumors of bad Native American spirits and shapeshifters mingle with the stink of leach pit mining. The rough red mountains and steep canyons hide more passes and getaway trails than any maze. And Taylor’s sources keep turning up dead…

Until she meets Captain Trace Yazzie, head of the tribal police force and plenty to reckon with on his own. The chemistry between them is enough to incinerate Taylor’s rule about mixing business and pleasure. But with a murderer on the loose, priceless Navajo artifacts turning up in the wrong places, and Trace’s suggestion that spirits disturbed from looted burial sites might be part of the problem, Taylor can’t afford to lose her head to lust. This might be the story of the year. But unless she keeps her wits about her, it could be the last one Taylor ever tells…

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P.H. Turner
Teaching and shooting news and documentaries took me to work on the East and West coasts, the Midwest and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Born a fourth generation Texan, I live in Denver with an energetic mutt that waits patiently every day for me to come home and work on my second novel.
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Title: Twelve Hours

Author: Leo J. Maloney

Publisher: Pinnacle

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Format: Kindle
“A must!” —Lee Child

Black Ops veteran Leo J. Maloney delivers an explosive tale of international intrigue and the menace of a third World War. The clock is ticking…
Twelve Hours

New York City is under siege. A bomb has exploded in Penn Station. Islamic terrorists have occupied the Waldorf Astoria. And a bloody, catastrophic battle is being fought in Grand Central  Station. It’s all part of an insidious plot targeting a visiting head of state. Dan Morgan knows what he has to do to prevent an irreversible domino effect from bringing the world to its knees. There’s just one catch. Dan’s teenage daughter is trapped among the hostages. And she’s determined to fight her way out…

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Leo Maloney

Leo Maloney was born in Massachusetts, where he spent his childhood and graduated from high school and attended Northeastern University. In the mid 1960’s, while in the army, he was recruited to become a deep cover black ops contractor for a clandestine government agency.

While he was serving his country in the secretive world of Black Ops over 30 years, he operated several “cover” businesses including a classic car brokerage, promotions and limousine companies, and a detective agency. He served as a municipal police officer in Revere, Massachusetts and is still a licensed private investigator in the state of Massachusetts.

After leaving his career in black ops, Leo continued several of his cover businesses, and also had the opportunity to try his hand at acting in independent films and TV commercials. Leo has 5 movies to his credit both as an actor and behind the camera as a producer, technical advisor, and assistant director.

In his most recent project, Leo began writing, reliving many of his Black Ops experiences and evolving them into his books. In 2011 he signed a contract with Kensington Publishing Corp for the Dan Morgan thriller series. The first book, Termination Orders, was released in September 2012. The second book, Silent Assassin, was released in August of 2013. The third book, Black Skies, was released on 26 August 2014. The fourth book a novella, Twelve Hours, will be released in March of 2015. It’s now official, Leo has signed a movie deal with Amber Entertainment in LA / London to bring the “Dan Morgan” thriller series to the “BIG SCREEN”. It is slated to begin filming in 2015.

Leo currently resides in a suburb north of Boston with his wife and their German Shepherd, Neika.
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Understanding the Economic
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 Understanding the Economic Basics and Modern Capitalism
Author: Dan Blatt

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 558

Genre: Business/Economics

Format: Ebook/Paperback

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UNDERSTANDING of the economic successes and failures of the past century and today begins here.

Dan Blatt, after almost a half-century of accurate published economic forecasts, examines history’s most important economic works. He shows why capitalist market mechanisms successfully raise billions out of poverty and why socialist and other administered alternatives flourish briefly and then collapse.

UNDERSTANDING begins with the basic texts:

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith;
The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, by David Ricardo;
Capital (Das Kapital), by Karl Marx;
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, by John Maynard Keynes;
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy by Joseph A. Schumpeter.

The analysis is readily comprehensible for college level readers and busy professionals. The style facilitates speed-reading and scanning but with liberal inclusion of quoted material covering the key ideas and most famous passages.

Understanding the Economic Basics and Modern Capitalism is your source for rapid familiarity with these basic works and the reasons for the repetitive failure of current economic policies.

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Dan Blatt, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Harvard Law School, has been working for or writing about government agencies and policies for more than fifty years. His track record of accurate published economic forecasts began with the prescient book, “Dollar Devaluation” (1967). He is the author of “Understanding the Great Depression” (2009), and currently publishes “Futurecasts online magazine at www.futurecasts.com

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Czar Nicholas 3Title: Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup
Author: Elisabeth Amaral
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 324
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

The mid-1960s through the mid-1970s was a heady, turbulent time. There was a lot going on back then, and author Elisabeth Amaral was in the middle of it all: the fights for women’s rights, racial equality, a music revolution, be-ins, love-ins, riots in the streets, the rage against the Vietnam War, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was an amazing time to be young.

In Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup, Amaral shares her recollections of those times. She and her husband gave up their jobs in New York City, relocated to Boston with their infant son because of mime, unexpectedly started a children’s boutique, and opened a popular restaurant in Harvard Square. Most of all it is a coming-of-age story about herself and her husband as they embarked on an improbable and moving journey of self-discovery.

With sincerity and humor, Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup offers a personal and revealing account that reaches out to those who find themselves striving to make a relationship work that, by its very nature, may be doomed. But this story is also one of friendship—and of finding the courage to move on.

“A truly wonderful memoir that reads like great fiction. The characters come alive on the page.” – Elizabeth Brundage, author of The Doctor’s Wife and A Stranger Like You.

“The story of how Liz Amaral and her husband became successful at the epicenter of counterculture businesses near Harvard Square / Cambridge from 1967-1975 with their boutique and restaurant is told with humor and insight. Swirling around them are all of the entrapments of the era, the drugs and free love and betrayal, as well as the politics that defined the times.

With a fierce dedication to her son and husband, Liz Amaral triumphs in this stunning memoir where she discovers that, while love isn’t always what we think it is, it remains, in all its multi-faceted transformations, the driving force of who we are and how we live our lives.” – P.B. O’Sullivan, writer and mathematician

“In her intimate and humorous memoir, Liz Amaral reveals the challenges of a young family establishing a home in Cambridge amid the tumult of the late 1960s. You will discover the disconcerting truth about her marriage and the painful path she takes to find herself again. A true adventure of the heart.” – Kathrin Seitz, writer, producer, and coach

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We shared everything, even our friends. But wait. What about those friends of his? Kind, gentlemen. Always womanless. Don’t even start to go there. Just don’t. It was easier to be in the immediate present, a member of our generation who shared the sentiments of the era, the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll era. The civil-rights and women’s- rights and anti-war and race-riot era. It was a thrilling time for youth. Along with our frustrations and fury at the government, we also shared an enormous sense of freedom and adventure, of this being our time. And if it was our time, that made it my time. My time to grab an afternoon lover, come home to nights of gentle affection, hug our kid, make supper, smoke some pot, and live happily. With luck, that might include ever after. Piece of cake, and it was no one’s fault.

Thoughts whizzed by. I grabbed onto some, because I knew I would need reminders.

This is my life, not a bad one at all. A very good one, in fact.

That was one thought. Here’s another: Look at me. Look at me! A sensual, sexual, twenty-something woman. A Scorpio. Married happily much of the time, except nighttime, the right time.

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Today is a new beginning for you. This book is your GATE from your life yesterday to your new life tomorrow. Enter through the GATE to start your new life, the life you want, the life you deserve.

There are some questions you need to ask yourself as we begin our journey together. Tell me: What do you want for yourself? What do you want for your life? When you look back on your life, what do you want to say has been your Greatest Achievement (GA)? This journey is all about you—your hopes, your dreams, and your desires for yourself.

What do you enjoy doing? How do you like to spend your Time (T)? What is your vision of happiness? What do you want for yourself and your life?

Take some time…close your eyes, and set your mind free to explore.

Write down the picture of what you just saw for yourself—your ideal life. Put it into words, all you envisioned and imagined just now. The emotions, the pictures in your mind, your hopes, dreams, and desires—this is the life you want. This is your Greatest Achievement (GA). Write it down in the space provided below. (If you have the e-book version of this book, use a bound notebook to complete the exercises found in this book so you will have everything you write in one place.)

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Something magical happens when we put down what we want on a piece of paper, verbalize it, visualize it, define it, and allow ourselves to experience it with the full range of our thoughts, feelings, imagination, and the emotions of achieving it. We can program ourselves to have it!

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 mentorHappiness. Success. Motivation. Influence. Inspiration.

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Ken Poirot grew up on Long Island, New York in the quaint village of Northport. After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Microbiology, he moved to Houston, Texas to pursue his Ph.D. studies in Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center through UT Health Science Center. Upon receiving a US Patent for his research, Lipid Complexed Topoisomerase I Inhibitors, he left graduate school for a career in financial services.

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As the Senior Vice President and Sales Manager for Frost Investment Services, the brokerage division of Frost Bank (NYSE:CFR), he led his department to four consecutive years of double- digit revenue growth, increasing revenue by over 83% while substantially increasing the profit margin from approximately 27% to 37%. During this same time period, his financial advisors increased their individual production from an average of less than $25,000 in revenue per month to over $41,000. He achieved similar results at various other firms, including Guaranty Bank and JPMorgan Chase, consistently increasing the sales of his territories/producers by double-digits as a regional manager and personal/professional coach.

 

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Title: Silver Diaspora

Author: Christopher T. Rand

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 320

Genre: Historical Memoir

Format: Ebook/Paperback

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At the outset, the members of author Christopher T. Rand’s family lived in a world of great wealth. They were among the richest people in the United States. But they then faced a dilemma: compelled to choose between staying on in their ancestral world or keeping up with the times in the nation around them and integrating themselves into the American mainstream. With each generation, the pressure on these individuals to choose between escape or immersion into the society became more and more intense.

In Silver Diaspora, Rand examines his family’s roots in the northeastern United States and chronicles his journey through these times, against the backdrop of the family history. Embarking on a search of a better new world, Rand’s parents leave the East Coast and land in California. From here, this memoir follows Rand through college at Berkeley, travels abroad, work in the petroleum industry and his experiences as a writer.

Describing the people, places and experiences that impacted Rand’s life, Silver Diaspora provides one man’s insight into the world in the latter two-thirds of the last century.

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Christopher T. Rand has worked as a writer, consultant, and translator. He is the author of Making Democracy Safe for Oil and has worked on litigation with the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California. Rand lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has two children.

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anne-k-edwardsAnne K. Edwards enjoys a life shared with her husband and several cats who rule the household and lives of its inhabitants. She is an avid reader, reviews ebooks, writes in several genres, and enjoys meeting other writers. She’s currently touring the blogosphere to promote her latest book, Dark of the Heart.

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A runaway son has returned to the Tyles family fold after an absence of several years.  A frightened boy when he left, Joey Tyles has returned a bitter man bent on revenge on the family that made his childhood a hell.

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Dark of the Heart. What was your inspiration for it?

A:  The daily news of children being abused by parents who prefer the varied states of inebriation to caring for the young they bring into the world. Imagine the lives of children who live in constant fear of beatings or go hungry and cold because a parent puts their own desires first. The single mother who brings a new boyfriend into the home without caring how he will deal with her children, the father who comes home from work after a long stopover at the nearest bar, parents who stay together, perhaps hating each other, and take their anger out on hapless offspring, are some of the examples that inspired me to tell this tale and show its results.

DarkoftheHeart_ebookcoverQ: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist.

A:  In Dark of the Heart, Joey Tyles returns to a home he fled as a terrorized boy. He has become a bitter man with only a hunger and hatred in his heart. If he cannot feed the hunger, he will seek revenge in it place. He is the personification of an abused child turned adult desiring what it never had nor will ever have—mother love. There is a dark cloud of sadness that follows him as he recognizes some of the reasons for being as he is. Any capacity for love or pity he might have is drowned by hatred for those responsible for his misery.

Q: What was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any bumps along the way?

This is a story that took years to develop and an equal number of years to write. The writing process required several rewrites until I was satisfied with the overall development of plot and characters. The bumps were many. I ran into writer’s block at times that made me set the story aside to take up something easier to write. There were times I found I didn’t understand a character and had to start over with getting to know them.  If I found them boring, it meant new characteristics for them and rewriting their parts of the story. Luckily that happened only once. I wondered often if this was a tale worth telling, even though I felt certain it wouldn’t find a publisher who believed in it. I guess it is a bit of a moral tale, but I dearly hope it isn’t preachy.

Q: How do you keep your narrative exciting throughout the creation of a novel?

A:  I try to keep action in each scene and use it to link all the parts of the story together. I don’t necessarily mean physical action, but anything that will move the story forward, develop the plot, develop characters and perhaps show a depth to their natures as we’d find in living people. The varying of emotions, dialogue, reactions and not using the passive voice. Mostly, I hope I write with realism that makes the story believable.

Q: Do you experience anxiety before sitting down to write? If yes, how do you handle it?

A:  No. If I’m having any sort of problem at all that prevents total focus on what I’m working on, it is a lost cause for that time.  Maybe it’s avoidance of a sort, but I find anything that interferes with focus means the time is wasted and what is produced will need to be rewritten. There are other things on other projects to occupy what would otherwise be lost time.

Q: What is your writing schedule like and how do you balance it with your other work and family time?

A: I have no schedule because there are so many interruptions due to cats, errands, people at the door, and so on.  I keep the phone unplugged when I work, but short of posting a ‘don’t bother me’ sign in the driveway, I allow for the interruptions. One problem is that I am nosy and always want to know what they want, so it isn’t always some one else’s fault.

Q: How do you define success?

A: If I get a book published, it is one type of success. If it is read by others, that’s the best success. If one wants to get rich, don’t be a writer.  It rarely happens… Success is that sense of satisfaction I get when someone says, I read your book and enjoyed it. Isn’t that the highest compliment a writer can have?

Q: George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Do you agree?

A: In one way or another, I agree absolutely, but I call it an itch that can’t be scratched. It persists forever.

Q:  Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

A:  Write what you want, not what someone else tells you to write. Be true to your muse. When you have others read your work, no matter who, do not let them talk you into changes. If they do this, tell them to write their own book. Too many critics haven’t the foggiest idea of what a writer is trying to say. But do listen to good criticism and see if any of it applies. Use only what you want to keep the book your creation. Too many fingers on the keyboard, can ruin the work.

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Title: Apron Strings

Author: Mary Morony

Publisher: Mary Morony

Pages: 252

Genre: Literary Fiction

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When a grown-up tells you not to worry, you had better start—first rule of thumb, Sallee Mackey, age seven. She is already more than a little bit wary of the adults

in her segregated, Southern world with good reason. Sallee’s mother Ginny is flat out dangerous; her father Joe is on his way out the door; and Mr. Dabney the bigoted neighbor seems to be just a little too interested with the goings on at Sallee’s house—like he knows something no one else does.

The only adult to be trusted is Ethel, the family maid, who has known Sallee’s mother since Ethel and Ginny were both girls. That complicated relationship started the day Ethel spied Ginny kissing the black stable boy years ago.

While Ginny has conveniently forgotten that she even knew Ethel back then, Sallee has not as she constantly lobs questions at Ethel about her mother’s girlhood.

From Sallee’s oft times humorous and always guileless vantage, grownups have a most mixed up view of the world.

Ethel gives her very own biased account of her shared history with Ginny while Sallee hones her vigilance and stealth, skills she and her brother and two sisters have acquired in an attempt to understand the drama that swirls around them.

Rocks are thrown through windows, a car filled with angry white men shout racial slurs at the children at play and a tragic poisoning threatens the entire family’s sense of security. When Joe Mackey asks Ethel to testify on his behalf

in a custody suit, her conflicted loyalties throw the entire family into even more turmoil. Fortunately for Sallee no one took the time to teach her to hate a person based on the skin color.
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Life has a way of folding back on it self. I love that about it.

Thirty-five years ago pregnant, recently widowed I was dragged to an art show luncheon by a well-meaning friend. “Come, please! Getting out will do you good,” she wheedled. I finally acquiesced in order to save my sanity and the friendship, since it was obvious she wasn’t going to stop until I did.

While we lunched, the conversation drifted to a promising artist who had died young. I made the remark that the good tended to that. At which point, the gallery owner and my host said, in a most hail-fellow-well-met bonhomie manner that some men have with each other, “Well, if that’s the case…” As if by design and the way with these sorts of moments, silence descended like a shroud as he said, “that son a of a bitch you married to will live forever.”

The sucking in of a collective breath was the only sound as time stopped for the briefest of milliseconds. I started to laugh until a solicitous luncheon companion at my host’s elbow whispered in his ear the details of his faux pas. The flush that enveloped the unfortunate soul was truly epic.

I wanted to crawl across the table and hug the man. Thank him for the insight because until that point, I thought I was the only person capable of making a social interaction so excruciatingly awkward. I can’t remember how we extradited our pride, and ourselves but we did, because as my friend said, “Life goes on.”

Thirty-five years later my youngest daughter called me bubbling over about her new job in a gallery.  I bet you can’t guess whose.

Mary Morony

Mary Morony author of Apron Strings is one of six children. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and had the good fortune of being raised by her family’s maid Lottie. She taught me love and acceptance with warm, loving humor and unending patience. It was a time and place of segregated schools and water fountains, as well as restaurants and movie theaters that prohibited black customers. She remembers the hurled epithets and smashed windows of a society boiling in hatred.

Besides five siblings she had four children of her own. As if that didn’t provide sufficient material about family chaos, at the age of forty-something, with a high school daughter and a four-year-old girl still at home, she decided to get a college degree. Mary likes to say she earned, and she does mean earned, a bachelors of arts in English at the University of Virginia, with a concentration in creative writing. More recently she has pursued additional studies under the tutelage of her seven-year-old granddaughter. Her refresher course in childhood perspective was invaluable in writing this book.

The author lives on a farm in Orange County, Virginia, with her husband, four dogs, and her daughter’s cat.

Mary says, “The relationship I was privileged to experience taught me much about the human heart and the redemptive power of love, especially between races.”

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