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Kindle June 26, 2018

The Never Ending Journey
Apparently this newsletter actually has an audience because a ton of people asked me where it was Monday morning. And by a ton of people, I mean four. That means each of those people weighs exactly 500 pounds. Or 226.79 kilograms if you only get jokes in metric.

The delay, like everything else in my life, was not my fault. I spent Sunday in Chicago shooting an ad for a company that I can only assume hired me by accident. If they had actually seen my previous video work, they would have moved on to someone more qualified to speak on camera, like a mime. But they made the offer, and I gladly accepted, mainly because it was an ironclad excuse to leave the house in the midst of potty training. While I was gone, Lola cleaned up what she described as the Poopocalypse. She almost had to burn down the house. That ad shoot spared me death by toddler turds. I probably should have been the one paying them.

I’m always amazed when I do a video with actual professionals rather than in front of a webcam by myself, possibly under the judgmental eyes of a pig. The set was full of sound, light, and camera experts, each of whom mastered their own specialized craft through years of painstaking work. Then there was me, whose only job was to open my mouth and read something someone else wrote. That’s a skill I more or less had down by the age of seven, and I haven’t bothered to improve on it since. I’m not a big fan of personal growth.

Still, the production company seemed to think they needed me. I asked one of the staff members what would have happened if I hadn’t made it to the set that day, and they said they didn’t have a plan B. I basically could have ruined the entire shoot by not showing up. Instead, I ruined the shoot by showing up, but they could still save it in post. Maybe they’ll replace me with a CGI dog or something.

But none of that explains why I couldn’t write my newsletter Sunday night. The video shoot finished around 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and I had about a three-hour drive home. That would have given me just enough time to fire off an email to the four people who care before catching twenty minutes of sleep and then being woken up at the crack of dawn by whichever child hates me the most. But that plan assumed Indiana has a functional system of roads. Apparently it does not.

I have a basic understanding of how roads are supposed to work. You drive down them to get from one place to another. But another, sizable portion of drivers in this state view roads as conditional parking lots where it’s okay to halt for any reason whatsoever. Interstate traffic came to a dead stop in the middle of nowhere, which is an accurate description of pretty much everywhere in Indiana. Except the state borders, which are the edge of nowhere. By the time I realized what was going on, I was a hundred feet past the last place where I could have made an illegal U-turn, and there was a wire barrier preventing me from driving through the median. I pondered trying it anyway, but I was afraid I would total my car. Not that it would have mattered. It would have been faster to walk.

After sixty thrilling minutes where I progressed no further than a mile, traffic inexplicably started to move. There was no car accident, no construction, and no flashing lights. As far as I can tell, the five hundred drivers in front of me collectively decided to park on the Interstate just for the hell of it, then an hour later unanimously changed their minds. I was prepared to drive past some horrific wreck to put my own inconvenience in perspective, but the only tragedy that night was my own wasted time. Maybe I’ll write a book about it someday. Or just a really long newsletter.

At least that would be my last problem on the drive home.

Just kidding. Fifty miles down the road, traffic again ground to a halt. At least this time, there was a reason: A brilliant overnight road crew cut down traffic to one lane because, seriously, who drives anywhere at midnight on a Sunday night? Well, me. Also, about a thousand drivers around me. I sat in traffic for another hour, going absolutely nowhere, and my three-hour trip ended up taking more than five. Still, it was better than staying home and dealing with the Poopocalypse. Suffering is relative.

Books Galore
Some of you might have heard that I just landed a new two-book deal. You might have heard that because I told you. Modesty might be a virtue, but it’s not a great way to sell books. The road to hell is paved with bestseller lists.

These books will for be a younger crowd. They might not be aimed at you, but surely they’ll entertain someone you know, assuming you know any children or adults who act like children. Actually, that second category probably covers all of us. Reserve ten copies today.

For those of you keeping track at home, that makes four books that I’ve either finished or have under contract. At this point, I’m almost a real author. To make the full transition, I just need to start dispensing unsolicited writing advice to other aspiring authors. Let’s start with this: Don’t. There are at least a million easier ways to make money, so don’t go down this road unless you love to write and hate yourself. Happy writer is an oxymoron.

The books covered by the latest deal are separate from the middle grade adventure book I mentioned a few weeks ago. That one is still being shopped around, which either means it wasn’t very good or its just taking publishers awhile to write all those zeros on a check. That number might also start with zero.

At least my 8-year-old loved that book. I managed to win over the one and only child to hear it, so I’m batting 100 percent. Maybe I should quit while I’m ahead.

Celebrate Like the Elderly
To celebrate the two-book deal, my wife and I went out and hit the bars. That’s right: We went to bars, plural, as in exactly two. We had grand plans to go to more, but we ran out of time and energy. We honestly didn’t have that many drinks, and one of us still ended up back at home asleep on the dining room floor. To be fair, that might not have been alcohol-related. It was just a long week with the kids.
Luckily, my mom swooped in Friday and took all four daughters overnight. The next morning, she took took them to the zoo. Not to live there, although they would have fit right in. They would have been the alphas in the baboon exhibit in no time.

While there, I told Lucy about my first time at the zoo, long before she was born, when I saw a monkey escape. To Lucy, past, present, and future are one in the same, so now she tells everyone she saw that monkey, too. It’s only fair. I take her stories all the time, so she stole one of mine. If she steals fifteen thousand more, we’ll be even.

Drawn Out
Against my better judgement and the advice of my attorneys, I’m still trying to teach myself to draw in the most public and humiliating way possible. Thank you all for your kind remarks about how I’m getting better, but your compliments are misguided. I assure you there has been no progress yet. This is a years-long effort in self flagellation, not an 80s movie montage where I go from “guy who can’t hold a pencil” to “Michelangelo” in two minutes flat. If you want to see me tear myself down as I show nearly imperceptible improvements over a series of years, by all means check out my new YouTube channel. And if you don’t want to see that, check it out anyway because I could use the views.

Watch It Here.

Catch you next week.

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Kindle June 13, 2018

The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific 1st Edition
by Alistair Urquhart (Author)
Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders, captured by the Japanese in Singapore. Forced into manual labor as a POW, he survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “Death Railway” and building the Bridge on the River Kwai. Subsequently, he moved to work on a Japanese “hellship,” his ship was torpedoed, and nearly everyone on board the ship died. Not Urquhart. After five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea, he was rescued by a Japanese whaling ship.

His luck would only get worse as he was taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later, he was just ten miles from ground zero when an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In late August 1945, he was freed by the American Navy—a living skeleton—and had his first wash in three and a half years.

This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one, but three encounters with death, any of which should have probably killed him. Silent for over fifty years, this is Urquhart’s inspirational tale in his own words. It is as moving as any memoir and as exciting as any great war movie.
Alistair Urquhart (/ˈælɪstər ˈɜːrkərt/; 8 September 1919[1] – 7 October 2016) was a Scottish businessman and the author of The Forgotten Highlander, an account of the three and a half years he spent as a Japanese prisoner of war during his service in the Gordon Highlanders infantry regiment during the Second World War.

Military career

Urquhart was born in Aberdeen in 1919. He was conscripted into the British Army in 1939, at the age of 19, and served with the Gordon Highlanders stationed at Fort Canning in Singapore.[2][3] He was taken prisoner when the Japanese invaded the island during the Battle of Singapore, which lasted from December 1941 to February 1942. He was sent to work on the Burma Railway,[4] built by the Empire of Japan to support its forces in the Burma Campaign and referred to as “Death Railway” because of the tens of thousands of forced labourers who died during its construction. While working on the railway Urquhart suffered malnutrition, cholera and torture at the hands of his captors.[3]

After working on the railway and in the docks in Singapore, Urquhart was loaded into the hold of the Kachidoki Maru, an American passenger and cargo ship captured by the Japanese and put to use as a “hell ship” transporting hundreds of prisoners. The ship was part of a convoy bound for Japan; on the voyage prisoners endured more illness, dehydration, and instances of cannibalism.[2][3] On 12 September 1944, the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the US submarine USS Pampanito,[2] whose commander was unaware of its cargo of prisoners. Urquhart was burned and covered in oil when the ship went down, and swallowed some oil which caused permanent damage to his vocal cords.[3] He floated in a single-man raft for five days without food or water before being picked up by a Japanese whaling ship and taken to Japan.[3]

In Japan, Urquhart was sent to work in coal mines belonging to the Aso Mining Company and later a labour camp ten miles from the city of Nagasaki. He was there when the city was hit with an atomic bomb by the United States.[3][5]
In 2010, Urquhart published The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East, an account of his experiences.[6] In the book he expresses anger at the lack of recognition in Japan of its role in war crimes compared to the atonement in Germany.[4] He resided in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, for many years and died on 7 October 2016, aged 97.[7]

The Luckiest Man in World War 2: Revealed from Robert Hanger on Vimeo.

Kindle June 10, 2018

Chuck Wendig Terrible Minds: The Opposite Of “Kill Your Darlings”
The Passive Voice: How George Orwell Predicted the Challenge of Writing Today
The Author’s Billboard Nancy Radke: Unforgettable Memory #3 A Summer as a Fire Lookout
Caffeinated Reviewer: Sunday Post #321 Sunshine, Iced Coffee, and Audiobooks June 10, 2018
My Grape Village: (The Grape Series #4)
by Laura Bradbury (Author)
Five years after “My Grape Escape,” Laura and Franck are back in Burgundy to tackle their newest project, a derelict 16th century winemaker’s cottage located behind Franck’s family home. Not only is this a daunting rebuild from the ground up, Laura and Franck now have two preschoolers adjusting to the foreign customs of a French school.

Navigating the different rules for raising children and managing a family in a small French village prove every bit as challenging for Laura as learning to drive a stick shift through narrow streets, or arguing with the Architect of French Monuments over permissible paint colors (spoiler alert: any color as long as it’s gray). Come along on this evocative and honest journey where love, coupled with good French food and local wine, pave the way to la belle vie.
Leine Basso Thrillers (Books 1-3): (Serial Date, Bad Traffick, and The Body Market)
by D.V. Berkom (Author)
Serial Date:
When a former assassin’s daughter is abducted, she’s drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past. (***Warning***Contains adult language and situations.)
What happens when a reality show turns deadly?

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television’s most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the ‘bachelors’ on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn’t so sure.

Bad Traffick:
Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she’s sold to the highest bidder.
Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn’t commit, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. But, there’s a problem: her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted and she’s desperate to get her back.

The Body Market:
A retired assassin is called in when a celebration south of the border turns into a nightmare.
Everything’s for sale…
Former assassin Leine Basso is hired by a wealthy Beverly Hills power couple to find their missing daughter, Elise, last seen partying with her boyfriend at a club in Tijuana. At first, police believe the two teenagers are the victims of a carjacking. But when Leine finds their missing vehicle with a mutilated body inside, and the local cartel warns her away, she knows if Elise isn’t already dead, she will be soon, or worse.
Little Man, and the Dixon County War
by Stan R. Mitchell (Author), Danah Mitchell (Illustrator)

Book Description: Paul Zachary shouldn’t have accepted that badge.

And he certainly shouldn’t have shot down a ruthless gunfighter in front of a crowd of onlookers.

But it’s too late to wish he had backed down. Now that the smell of gunpowder has faded and the blood has been scrubbed off the floor, Zachary is something he never wanted to be: a damned hero.

Young Deputy Paul Zachary didn’t aim for fame, but the papers have written him up and made him a legend after he took down the man with the murderous reputation. His stand for what’s right — regardless of the odds or consequences — is reminding folks that justice is possible in the land with few laws. And not just in Zachary’s town of Belleville.

Kindle June 09, 2018

Barry Eisler: The Heart of the Matter
What You Don’t Know Can Kill You
I’ve been reading Marc MacYoung since 1989, when I stumbled across his first book—Cheap Shots, Ambushes, and Other Lessons—in a Paladin Press catalogue. I was a Career Trainee the CIA at the time, and MacYoung’s emphasis on thinking like the opposition, situational awareness, and various stages of alertness all tracked perfectly with Agency counter-terror training. I’ve been playing around with martial arts since I was about 15, but I’d never come across a civilian instructor who even touched on this stuff, let alone knew it at least as well as the paramilitary instructors at CIA. Suffice it to say, I was hooked.

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Three Novels: A Calculated Risk, The Eight, and The Magic Circle
by Katherine Neville (Author)
People magazine said of Katherine Neville’s debut novel and #1 international bestseller, The Eight: “With alchemical skill, Neville blends modern romance, historical fiction, and medieval mystery . . . and comes up with gold.” Mining a fertile territory of international intrigue, complex conspiracies, history-spanning storylines, and unstoppable female heroines, Neville has arguably struck gold with all three of these thrillers.

A Calculated Risk: In this New York Times Notable Book, computer expert Verity Banks is the one of the most powerful women in finance and has a shot at becoming director of security at the Federal Reserve. When her boss sabotages her career ambitions, Verity decides to get revenge by targeting the company’s balance sheet. Her old mentor, Zoltan Tor, will help her, but only if Verity agrees to an outlandish and dangerous wager. To beat both Zoltan and her boss, Verity must risk her professional reputation—and her very life.

The Eight: In sweeping parallel stories set in the 1970s and the 1790s, Catherine Velis, a computer expert, and Mireille and Valentine, novices in an abbey during the French Revolution, must prevent a legendary chess set containing secret powers from falling into the wrong hands. With its “combination of historical references, conspiracy theory and action/thriller format,” this #1 international bestseller “may have paved the way for books like The Da Vinci Code” (Publishers Weekly).

The Magic Circle: Suddenly in possession of a mysterious cache of medieval manuscripts that have the power to alter the destiny of humankind, nuclear scientist Ariel Behn is swept into the deadly center of international intrigue—and a mystery that dates back to the time of Christ—as she races to prevent a worldwide catastrophe in this USA Today bestseller.
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1)
by Robert Galbraith (Author)
The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
Motown (The Detroit Novels Book 2)
by Loren D. Estleman (Author)
In the tense summer before Detroit’s 1967 race riots, a former cop faces off against some of the city’s most dangerous forces

Rage simmers beneath the tranquil surface of 1960s Detroit. As the auto industry enjoys its last moments of prosperity, widespread discrimination infuriates the city’s black middle class. One of the most destructive riots of the twentieth century is around the corner, and Rick Amery is going to be right in the middle.

A longtime cop forced out of the department on trumped-up graft charges, Amery shares Detroit’s obsession with muscle cars. It was the temptation of a white ’64 Thunderbird that cost him his badge, and it is for the sake of General Motors that he takes his first job as a private investigator, digging up dirt on a consumer advocate who calls GM cars death traps. Amery must work quickly, for no hot rod on Earth is fast enough to outrun the trouble that’s gaining on the Motor City.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Loren D. Estleman including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Did You Read That Review?: A Compilation of Amazon’s Funniest Reviews
by Amazon Reviewers (Author)
Do you know the pros and cons of owning a Badonkadonk Land Cruiser? Amazon customers do—along with what they think of the Yodeling Pickle, the 3-Carat Diamond Pacifier, and over 100 other items. Witty and unexpected, this collection of customer reviews is sure to show you a new, hilarious, and completely candid side of Amazon products and reviews you never knew existed.

Kindle June 08, 2018

The Passive Voice: Grit, The Big Secret Why Behind Everything so Far, An Agent Nightmare Revealed and more ->
Unforgettable Weddings – Joyful Memories (The Unforgettables Book 8)
by Joan Reeves (Author), Leanne Banks (Author), Patrice Wilton (Author), Donna Fasano (Author), Traci Hall (Author), Mona Risk (Author), Dani Haviland (Author), Mimi Barbour
Follow the adventures of 8 couples as they face many twists and turns on their way to happily-ever-after. These intriguing men and women will navigate dysfunctional families, pregnancy (oopsies!), second chance at love, royalty, trust fund calamities, and even time travel as they make their way down the aisle toward, “I do!”
The Biggest Heart Ever
by Dani Haviland
Alaskan Arlie Bigger didn’t regret asking Charlene to be his wife the first week they met but now that he had a family, he needed to curb his impetuous urges. Entering dangerous situations as an undercover detective just got more complicated.


USA Today best-selling author Dani Haviland semi-retired and moved from her beloved Alaska to Oregon to spend more time growing (and photographing) flowering plants and stunning trees, splitting her time between the organic and electronic, growing plants and cyber folks. Sharing is part of her personality, so creating books and photos to share all over the world makes her happy.

Reading & Writing May 30, 2018

By Haris Dedovic: How an online satire magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina ends up reporting the news and fact-checking its peers
“The other day there was big news in Bosnia. They said a Hooters had opened up in Sarajevo…But we didn’t even get the chance to mock the sadistic business model of the place — first we had to correct the facts. Which is, that it wasn’t a real Hooters at all.”
By Al Cross: Landmark is now solely a chain of community newspapers
By Joshua Benton: The scariest chart in Mary Meeker’s slide deck for newspapers has gotten even a teeny bit scarier
By Gary Price: New York Public Library and HBO Partner on National #ReadingIsLit Campaign
Mike Caulfield: Announcing the Local Historical Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#LHNOW)
I am announcing a project to get students and faculty to produce 1,000 new Wikipedia articles on significant English-language local newspapers by October 12, 2018. This will represent a substantial increase in Wikipedia coverage of these papers (An increase of 1,000 U.S. papers would be almost a 40% increase in U.S. coverage, for example). Join by doing it and telling me. 
By Scott Myers: Free Online Writer Resources

Kindle May 28, 2018

Christina Dodd Talks About Her Funniest Mistakes
By Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Faith
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour
by James D. Hornfischer (Author)

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer’s Neptune’s Inferno.

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”

With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.

In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.
A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between
by Linda Thompson (Author)
Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner

For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.

wiki: Linda Diane Thompson (born May 23, 1950)

Kindle May 27, 2018

Colleen Collins Books: Writing Lessons from the 1949 Film Adam’s Rib, Starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book: Everything You Need To Know to Write, Illustrate, Publish, And Market Your Paperback And Ebook (How To Write For Children Series)
by Yvonne Jones (Author)
Have you always wanted to write a children’s book, but thought you couldn’t? Or maybe it’s already written, but you don’t know where to go from here?

Are you looking for a blueprint that can guide you from story idea all the way to published book, without feeling lost and overwhelmed – even if you don’t have much time?

In How To Self-Publish A Children’s Book, Y. Eevi Jones outlines the precise path to fulfilling your dream of becoming a published children’s book author. You will find everything you need to know to write, illustrate, publish, and market your paperback and ebook.
Shogun (Asian Saga Book 1)
by James Clavell (Author)
A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love. All brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

Here is the world-famous novel of Japan that is the earliest book in James Clavell’s masterly Asian saga. Set in the year 1600, it tells the story of a bold English pilot whose ship was blown ashore in Japan, where he encountered two people who were to change his life: a warlord with his own quest for power, and a beautiful interpreter torn between two ways of life and two ways of love.
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel
by Debbie Macomber (Author)
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
Fix-It and Forget-It Cooking for Two: 150 Small-Batch Slow Cooker Recipes
by Hope Comerford (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Photographer)
You want wholesome and delicious meals but you just don’t have the time to prepare them after a long day at work. Most slow cooker cookbooks offer recipes for a crowd and there are only two of you, or maybe the two of you plus a baby or toddler, and you don’t want a whole week’s worth of leftovers taking up space in the fridge. This slow cooker cookbook is different. The perfect gift for newlyweds, elderly couples, or anyone who is too busy to spend hours futzing in the kitchen, these recipes will put just the right amount of home-cooked food on your table with shockingly little time and effort on your part.
Laughing Dog: A Leo and Serendipity Mystery
by Dick Lochte (Author)
This time, Leo and Serendipity are on the trail of a teenage runaway and missing pair of sapphire earring, two seemingly separate, increasingly dangerous cases rife with gang members, designer drugs, killer birds, DIY plastic surgery…and a terrorist plot that could plunge sunny Southern California into a permanent nuclear winter.

Kindle May 16, 2018

LJ Reviews: Pass Me a Plate! | Cooking Reviews
Carol Stacy: Farewell From RT Book Reviews, RT VIP Salon and RT Booklovers Convention
Dear Loyal RT Family,

After 37 years of serving the book community with news and reviews, Romantic Times, aka RT Book Reviews, the RT VIP Salon and the RT Booklovers Convention will be retiring effective immediately.

We’ll keep the website live for about a year so that you can still access previous blogs, reviews, award nominees and winners, but there won’t be any new content on the website moving forward. After a year we will take down the website.

Stan C. Smith Author of Science Fiction/Adventure Novels

Dead Irish (Book 1)
By John Lescroart
In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He’s left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it’s not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss—but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and round of darts.

But when the news of Eddie Cochran’s death reaches him, Hardy is propelled back into all the things he was trying to escape. And forced to untangle a web of old secrets and raw passions, for the sake of Eddie’s pregnant widow, Frannie—and for the others whose lives may still be at risk…
Mother’s Day
by Ron Vincent (Author)
Phil Oglesby hasn’t spoken to his mother in years. And she doesn’t seem to care until he surprises her with a Mother’s Day visit that becomes the biggest mistake he’s ever made.

Williemaye, Phil’s mom, is not a Norman Rockwell mom. For many people the Sunday set aside to celebrate motherhood is often regarded as a celebration of the deepest ties, the warmest memories, and the best emotions.

Phil’s Mother’s Day is like being invited to a birthday party where the guests decide to hang you. Sometimes in life, it is often a much better idea to stay at home.
Espresso and Evil (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 6)
by Agatha Frost (Author)

When a coffee shop opens in the village, Julia is surprised when her customers flock to the new business, leaving her café almost empty. A failed protest against the corporate chain store leaves Julia wondering if her cafe can survive, but she suddenly has bigger fish to fry when the owner of the coffee shop is poisoned, and she is framed for his murder.

As Julia attempts to clear her name, she is stopped in her tracks when an unwanted familiar face arrives in Peridale. Her past and present crash together, threatening to jeopardise her blossoming relationship with Barker. Julia’s history is back to haunt her, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions before its too late. Somebody is trying to frame Julia for her rival’s murder, but can she juggle her most challenging case yet with her complicated love life before she loses more than just her café?

Book 6 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English and 48,000 words long. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!

Kindle May 11, 2018

The B&N Podcast: Christopher Moore

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Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Witness to Love
by Michael J. Ruszala (Author), Wyatt North (Author)

While the twentieth century was a a time of turbulence, selfishness, godlessness, and violence, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was a witness to love. She was a clear reminder of the goodness within human nature and the beauty of being truly open to God.

‘Mother’ was her religious title, but as she ascended to the world stage, it became her role for the world—to be like a mother to all, no matter their origins. She was accepting and welcoming towards all people, not only towards the good or the like-minded. She continues to serve as an inspiration to people of all walks of life and all creeds. Where the world was blind to poverty and misery, Mother Teresa led the path to love.

Berkley Street (Berkley Street Series Book 1)
by Ron Ripley (Author), Scare Street (Introduction)
Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.
SINGULARITY (Sarah Armstrong Mysteries Book 1)
by Kathryn Casey (Author)
Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it’s like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas’s estranged wife, Sarah