Tuesday, December 1, 2020

SERPENT RISING by Victor Acquista




SERPENT RISING 
by Victor Acquista
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Contemporary Fiction


Serena Mendez is haunted and she is hunted…… Haunted by trauma—terrified and scarred as a young child, when a secret initiation into an ancient order of Lightbringers went horribly wrong. Unaware of the power latent in her blood, she is haunted by a life out of sync with her true identity. At twenty-one, she is abrasive, jobless, in debt, and addicted to sedatives. Haunted by her past, she knows nothing of her destiny.
… Hunted by an enemy—ruthless and powerful, a Brotherhood that has been pitted against the Luminarian Sects for thousands of years. An ancient struggle continues—The War of the Two Serpents—a saga extending back to the dawn of civilization, to the time of the second breaking, when the elite sought dominion over the masses. Those serving truth and light opposed these dark forces. In return they were persecuted, burned as witches, suppressed and nearly defeated by the powers of darkness.But the flame was not extinguished.An old Navajo dream-walker had a plan to open the seven chakras mystically binding Serena’s power. To fulfill her true destiny, to unleash the latent power within her blood, Serena journeys to six continents where she uncovers the truth of who she is, and what she must do.A warrior stirs, a Lightbringer. She is Serena Mendez. She is awakening. She is a Candelaria…Serpent Rising is a story of unfulfilled destiny, discovery, transformation, and courage to embrace the truth.

  



About the Author


Victor Acquista has become an international author and speaker following his careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He is known for “Writing to Raise Consciousness.” His multi-genre works include fiction and nonfiction and often incorporate social messaging to engage readers in thought-provoking themes.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, the Florida Writers Association, Writers Co-op, and is a Knight of the Sci-Fi Roundtable.When not pondering the big questions in life and what’s for dinner, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He lives with his wife and dog in Ave Maria, Florida.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

SURVIVING HIROSHIMA by Anthony Drago & Douglas Wellman


SURVIVING HIROSHIMA: A YOUNG WOMAN'S STORY

by Anthony Drago & Douglas Wellman
Biography

From Russian nobility, the Palchikoffs barely escaped death at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries until Kaleria’s father, a White Russian officer, hijacked a ship to take them to safety in Hiroshima. Safety was short lived. Her father, a talented musician, established a new life for the family, but the outbreak of World War II created a cloud of suspicion that led to his imprisonment and years of deprivation for his family.

Then, on August 6, 1945, 22-year-old Kaleria was doing pre-breakfast chores when a blinding flash lit the sky over Hiroshima, Japan. A moment later, everything went black as the house collapsed on her and her family. Their world, and everyone else’s changed as the first atomic bomb was detonated over a city.

After the bombing, trapped in the center of previously unimagined devastation, Kaleria summoned her strength to come to the aid of bomb victims, treating the never-before seen effects of radiation. Fluent in English, Kaleria was soon recruited to work with General Douglas MacArthur’s occupation forces.


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Anthony Drago

Anthony “Tony” Drago was born in Camden, New Jersey and spent much of his early childhood at his paternal grandparents Italian grocery store. From a young age, his mother, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago, would tell him the captivating story of her journey from Russia to Japan and then to the United States. It created Tony’s foundation for his love of history—especially his family’s history—bringing him to write this book.

After retiring in 2006, Tony doubled down on his passions—flying his airplane, restoring his classic car, and traveling the world with his wife, Kathy. Tony and Kathy have been married for forty-five years. They have three adult children and enjoy spending their days on the beach in their hometown of Carmel, California with their eight grandchildren and dogs, Tug and Maggie. For more information about Kaleria and the book, visit http://www.survivinghiroshima.com.


 

 

 


Douglas Wellman
was a television producer-director for 35 years, as well as dean of the film school at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Southern Utah with his wife, Deborah, where he works as a chaplain at a local hospital when he isn’t busy writing books.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

I Didn't Forget by James S. Kelly

I DIDN'T FORGET
James S. Kelly
Mystery


The double murder of two long time friends has caused hysteria in the small town of Solvang, Ca. Its up to Clay Wrens, the county’s premier detective to solve the murders and calm the townspeople.

Complicating the investigation is a local politician who’s afraid the Wrens will uncover his financial transgressions, while a female reporter, with her own agenda, is suggesting that Wrens be replaced.

As the investigation moves to a climax, Wrens is drawn to a twenty five year old murder and the convicted murderer, who’s just been released from prison.

 




About the Author

James S. (Jim) Kelly is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Program Director for a Communication’s Program in Iran, working directly under the Shah. Jim and his wife, Patricia own and operate High Meadow’s Horse Ranch outside Solvang, California. All of his novels use Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a setting. Over the past 15 years, Jim and his wife have been active in a charity supporting our troops in forward operating locations, in hostile territory, overseas. To contact Jim, email him at jkelly2020@outlook.com.
Website: www.kellywritings.com
 
 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Book Review: THE SECRETS TO LIVING A FANTASTIC LIFE by Dr. Allen Lycka & Harriet Tinka

The Secrets To Living a Fantastic Life

by Dr. Allen Lycka & Harriet Tinka
Nonfiction Self-Help
 

Each author suffered near-death experiences and sought renewal through the wisdom of human virtues that refocused them on a life of richness, appreciation, joy and service.

Offered in the format of an enchanting and charming dialogue between the two authors, the book also includes their chronicles of pain and triumph, allegories and stories, along with inspirational and insightful quotes. The exploration of each of the 13 Golden Pearls creates a necklace of self-empowerment that will enhance anyone’s life.

The Golden Pearls shared offer a roadmap for living a life that is rich in love, achievement, appreciation, joy and service. They offer strength, comfort and encouragement.

The authors are on a mission to transform lives. Dr. Allen Lycka is now a full-time speaker, author and transformational leader and Harriet Tinka coaches young women to fully embrace who they are through her Empower Me programs.
Why I Wanted To Read...

I found out that second chances are a real thing and also don't believe the first diagnosis if something is wrong...get a second opinion. I really couldn't wait to read the stories inside and how it related to 12 pearls. 

My Thoughts on the Book Cover...
Love the pearls on the cover. Very symbolic. Ties in perfect.
What I Loved... 

The conversational style of the authors was very pleasing to read. Their back stories made me want to weep, though. Especially Harriet's. But the rest of the book was heart-wrenching and really touched me and made an impact.

What I Didn't Like.. 

Nothing.

My Thoughts.... 

Beautiful beautiful story. The whole book is based on these 13 pearls of wisdom. Love the concept. I didn't even know there was such a thing as gold pearls.The 13 pearls are divided into chapters that begin with a beautiful true story that will melt your heart. After you read the stories, this is when Dr. Lycka and Harriet Tinka engage in conversation about the topic. Love the way they did this...never saw anyone else do it. I enjoyed this book immensely. Made a profound difference in my life and one that I'll always remember and talk about.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

MAGNOLIA by James S. Kelly

MAGNOLIA

by James S. Kelly
Historical Fiction

Two young men grow up in the south, become great friends and love the same woman. One moves north as the civil war nears and becomes Administrative Asst to Abraham Lincoln The one who remained in the south vacates his office of US Senator to become the south’s chief spy. Both men are pitted against each other during the war. As the war ends, they try to renew their friendship but will the presence of the one they both love be an impediment.

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James S. (Jim) Kelly is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Program Director for a Communication’s Program in Iran, working directly under the Shah. Jim and his wife, Patricia own and operate High Meadow’s Horse Ranch outside Solvang, California. All of his novels use Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a setting. Over the past 15 years, Jim and his wife have been active in a charity supporting our troops in forward operating locations, in hostile territory, overseas. To contact Jim, email him at jkelly2020@outlook.com.
Website: www.kellywritings.com
 

 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Book Review: A Whiskered Perspective by M.G. Spear

A Whiskered Perspective

by M.G. Spear
Fiction
Meet the cutest new black kitty in fiction, Pumpkin!

Like cats? Relationships? Then A Whiskered Perspective is for you.

Relationships are hard, but they are worth the effort. You should try your best, no matter what, to work things out, right? Not always.

Miller thinks she has found love but her cat, Pumpkin, tells a darker story. Not all love is equal, even if you desperately want it to be.

It’s a different take on relationship turmoil and the power of a connection between a cat and his human.
Why I Wanted To Read...

Hey, it's about cats!

My Thoughts on the Book Cover... 

Reminds me of a cat friend I used to have.

What I Loved... 

This cat, Pumpkin, has to be the smartest cat alive.

What I Didn't Like.. 

I wanted to shake the woman and tell her to open up her eyes to these bad relationships!

My Thoughts.... 

Cute, but sad in some parts, story about a woman and her cat - it takes the reader through the various relationships the woman has while trying to find Mr. Right. I wanted to feel sorry for the woman but she had some kind of neurosis about being by herself going on. One by one, the woman's relationships bite the dust and what I wanted to do was shake her to get some sense into her. However throughout all these relationships, there was the cat, Pumpkin, who, after all was said and done, saves the woman from losing it completely.

The woman - Miller - is a strong character but in real life she'd be a very weak woman probably because of her upbringing (the mother is particularly wretched in my opinion). Spear knew how to bring out the flaws that's for sure. Pumpkin, in my book, is the hero.

A word of warning - the ending is going to blow you away.

I enjoyed reading A Whiskered Perspective because as the title implies, the feline perspective is often the best perspective!

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Susan Rubin + Enter Giveaway!

The Road Not Taken

by Susan Rubin
Fantasy/Time Travel

The debut novel from Los Angeles-based playwright and filmmaker Susan Rubin is a trippy fantasy that uses time travel to explore the inner drives of a woman in midlife. In The Road Not Taken, a simple trip to the lipstick counter becomes an opportunity to unravel the mystery of self.

Widowed suddenly at age 50, Deborah is left with plenty of money but no direction to her life. Shedding her suburban housewife life, she moves back to the West Village where she grew up. When she meets a woman who appears to be an identical twin, Deborah discovers the Lost: a group of 100 fully-formed people who were dropped off on Earth as it cooled down and who have lived on the planet as it developed. The Lost show her the myriad dimensions of Spacetime, taking her to ancient Egypt, Weimar Germany, and planets without inhabitants. They reunite her with deceased loved ones. She forms relationships with an Egyptian god and a famous artist through whom she lives new truths and learns who she needs to become to walk the road not taken.

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Susan Rubin has written for Funny or Die, and in contrast, she’s written more than two dozen documentaries that highlight international women’s issues like domestic violence, forced child marriage, and untested rape kits accumulating in police evidence rooms. Rubin has used her skill, empathy, and compassion to render these darkest of topics into accessible films distributed to tens of thousands of college classrooms.

As a playwright, Rubin has, for 20 years, been the recipient of Los Angeles County Arts Commission Grants and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grants. She also was honored with a six-year residency at the prestigious Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her plays have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, and at every major 99 seat theatre in Los Angeles including co-productions with Bootleg Theatre, Circle X, Skylight Theatre to name a few. She is the recipient of Garland, Ovation and LA Weekly Awards. Visit her website at  http://www.susanrubinwriter.com/.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Book Review: Pain In My Heart by Daryl-Jarod

Pain In My Heart

by Daryl-Jarod
Poetry

Pain in My Heart is a candid and honest journey through the eyes of a hopeless romantic. Each poem serves as part of a puzzle that not only pieces together heartache and love, but also the vulnerable parts we fearfully conceal from the world.

Poems that cover topics of self-love, depression, anxiety, and life as a gay black male in today’s society, all await you as Daryl-Jarod unlocks his heart to yours, one page at a time.

Why I Wanted To Read...

I have friends in the LGBT community and I hear their frustrations. I wanted to read more on the subject.

My Thoughts on the Book Cover... 

The book cover expresses to me self-love.

What I Loved... 

These poems are deep and goes right through the heart.

What I Didn't Like.. 

Not a thing, but it did make me sad.

My Thoughts.... 

As I mentioned above, I have friends in the LGBT community. They open up to me and I sense their pain. I sense their happiness as well but underneath is a layer of frustration which makes it hard to self-love. A few have succeeded but a lot have inner turmoil. The poems in this book expressed their innermost thoughts written quite eloquently and succinct by Daryl-Jarod, a member of the LGBT community.

Here's one that sums it up which is the beginning poem of the book.

NO TURNING BACK
Knife to his throat 

Pain in his heart 
He contemplates his life 
And realizes there’s no turning back
If he takes this leap 

He could surely change his fate 
But if he gives up now 
What about those he’ll leave behind?
Is it selfish to want the nagging pain to end? 

Is it absurd to wish those tears away? 
Is it truly a sin to play God  
And end your own life? 

This puts a dagger right through the heart. I believe gay men tend to take on female characteristics such as being sensitive, yet not afraid of expressing their thoughts when heterosexual men tend to keep that stuff inside.

I enjoyed reading Pain In My Heart even though it left me a bit sad. Daryl-Jarod's PAIN IN MY HEART is a living testament of the inner soul of gay men. Quite an eye-opener!

 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

SLOW DOWN by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Slow Down
Lee Matthew Goldberg
All Due Respect
Thriller / Noir

How far would you go to make your dreams come true? For budding writer and filmmaker Noah Spaeth, being a Production Assistant in director Dominick’s Bambach’s new avant-garde film isn’t enough. Neither is watching Dominick have an affair with the lead actress, the gorgeous but troubled Nevie Wyeth. For Noah’s dream is to get both the film and Nevie in the end, whatever the cost. And this obsession may soon become a reality once Dominick’s spurned wife Isadora reveals her femme fatale nature with a seductive plot to get rid of her husband for good.

Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.

Here’s what readers are saying about Slow Down!

“Slow Down is a frenetic first novel…full of unedifying characters scrambling for the elusive, perhaps imaginary, brass ring.”
Publishers Weekly

“Lee Matthew Goldberg writes like a young Bret Easton Ellis doing a line of uncut Denis Johnson off the back of a public urinal. Memorable in the best possible way, also mostly illegal, Goldberg’s Slow Down is a mad man’s tour of Manhattan’s vices, follies, and ultimate betrayals.”
–Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and Sometimes the Wolf

What would happen if one of Raymond Chandler’s 1940’s femme fatales were to join forces with one of Jay McInerney’s enfant terribles? Lee Matthew Goldberg wrings every delectable trope imaginable out of this mashup while still managing a fresh spin. A writer to watch out for.”
–David Kukoff, author of Children of the Canyon

“Slow Down starts fast and gets faster quick, gunning through yellow streetlights on its way to a full collision with your shattered soul. Lee Matthew Goldberg takes on the American Zeitgeist in this stunning debut.”
–Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat

Slow Down is a brilliant rush of a work charting the rise and fall of Noah and other pretentious losers. Savor this book.”
Foreword Reviews

“Dark and hard-boiled writing that grabs you by the throat. Slow Down is one of those rare novels that’s so good you want it to go on forever!”
–Nick Pengelley, author of Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel

“The plot takes off…there’s no denying it’s fun to watch rich snots destroy themselves.”
Booklist

“Goldberg’s portrayal of the New York demimonde is one of the book’s strengths and brings to mind Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero. He also succeeds in marshalling a complicated plot.”
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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming, along with his Alaskan Gold Rush novel THE ANCESTOR. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press, Monologging and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 by Emilio Corsetti III

35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980
Emilio Corsetti III
Nonfiction

On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet departed New York’s JFK international airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. The flight ended four hours and thirty-four minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. The subsequent rescue of survivors involved the Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. In this gripping account of that fateful day, author Emilio Corsetti puts the reader inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the rescue helicopters as the crews struggle against the weather to rescue the survivors who have only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.





 
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Flowers On Her Grave by Jennifer Chase

FLOWERS ON HER GRAVE
Jennifer Chase
Crime Thriller

On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood. 

“I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room. 

Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced on the decking the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.

All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?

Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.

Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realizes that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left.






 
 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

BEACHSIDE BEGINNINGS by Sheila Roberts

BEACHSIDE BEGINNINGS
Sheila Roberts
Women's Fiction

Moira Wellman has always loved makeovers—helping women find their most beautiful selves. Funny how it’s taken her five years with her abusive boyfriend, Lang, to realize she needs a life makeover. When Moira finally gets the courage to leave Lang, the beachside town of Moonlight Harbor is the perfect place to start over.

Soon Moira is right at home, working as a stylist at Waves Salon, making new friends, saving her clients from beauty blunders and helping the women of Moonlight Harbor find new confidence as well as new looks. When she meets a handsome police officer, she’s more than willing to give him a free haircut. Maybe even her heart. But is she really ready for romance after Lang? And what if her new friend is in hot pursuit of that same cop? This is worse than a bad perm. Life surely can’t get any more difficult. Or can it?

With all the heart and humor readers have come to expect from a Sheila Roberts novel, Beachside Beginnings is the story of one woman finding the courage to live her best life. And where better to live it than at the beach?