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.
Free 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.
Free 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
$1.99 Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels)
by Sara Paretsky (Author)
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she’s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she’s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she’s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago… and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.
Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.
How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, renowned Buddhism teacher and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common questions and many more.
In this delightful guide, Melissa Morgan-Oakes shares her revolutionary knitting technique that allows you to try on the socks as you work, avoid running out of yarn, and steer clear of the dreaded Kitchener stitch to finish off the toes. You can apply this exciting new technique to absolutely any sock pattern to help you to knit fabulous, perfectly formed pairs of socks for the whole family.
Free Tex-Mex Recipes – 100 Recipes to Spice Up Your Appetite
by Tera Davis (Author)
There is simply nothing more delicious than homemade enchiladas in hardy gravy with cheese bubbling on top. Or how about a warm breakfast burrito to get your day started? Within this cookbook of 100 Tex-Mex recipes you will find meals that will satisfy the whole family. Recipes like Easy Meat & Potato Tacos, Green Chili Quesadillas, Tamale Pie and something sweet such as Cinnamon Apple Enchiladas.
If you love Tex-Mex food or even if you have never tasted Tex-Mex you are guaranteed to fall for the savory deliciousness that makes it one of the most popular foods around. There is truly nothing like it and that’s a good thing!
Free Thorns Of Rosewood
by G. M. Barlean
Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.
When Gloria is offered a job as newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge’s wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This is Gloria’s chance to write the story of a lifetime and finally know her heritage. Even if she can’t learn the truth of her origins, she must find out what really happened to Naomi Waterman Talbot.
Legal Inspiration: Romance Author Gets Unduly Cocky Over Registered Trademark (Updated)
UPDATE 05/07/18: Reports that Amazon is advising publishers of takedown notices are circulating online. Please note that there are TWO KINDS of takedown notice Amazon can get, and then advise sellers of. The first is a copyright takedown, often referred to as a DMCA Notice (though there are other kinds.) The second is a trademark takedown, often referred to as a Brand Registry takedown (though there are other kinds.) THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. Sending a DMCA counter-notice in response to a trademark takedown will be ineffective. Brand Registry notices can be very difficult to deal with. I recommend anyone who wants to fight one retain an experienced trademark attorney.
FLASH UPDATE: Retired IP litigator and author Kevin Kneupper has filed a Petition for Cancellation of the “COCKY” standard character mark. Link to his filing here: https://twitter.com/kneupperwriter/status/993359859071381505. The petition will now be considered in due course by the Trademark Office. We should not expect to hear anything for a few weeks, and the matter could take months to resolve. But in the meantime the registration stands and the risks remain.
Please Note: As I type, this appears to be a developing situation. The trademark in question was registered literally only three days ago. I have not seen any of the C&D letters people are alleging are going out. Nothing in this post should be taken as legal advice or even as verified fact. This is for general education only.
Also please note that the Romance Writers of America, an industry group, is allegedly also looking into this matter. They will probably provide a centralized response. Author Liliana Hart reports that the RWA requests that people who are contacted by Ms. Hopkins or her attorneys contact Carol Ritter of the RWA at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you get a cease and desist letter or any other form of legal communication, you may find my “HELP, I JUST GOT A LEGAL THING!” post useful. Click here to read it.
UPDATE: I did not see that the publisher had two trademark registrations, one for the standard character mark, and one for the stylized mark. Post edited accordingly.
Book Binge: Updated: #Cocky Romance Author Trademarks word, Starts #cockygate: A Summary
Update May 8, 2018: Yesterday, author Tara Crescent’s books, The Cocky Doctors (The Cocky Series, Book 1) and The Cocky Firefighter (The Cocky series, Book 2) were taken down by Amazon. Although Kevin Kneupper filed a challenge yesterday, it could be weeks until the USPTO responds, and up to 18 months before the matter is resolved. If Amazon doesn’t release Crescent’s books, I don’t know what that will mean for her writing career. At this point she can’t even re-title them, since Amazon has them locked. From what I’ve seen Crescent say, she wasn’t even given the option to re-title. Faleena Hopkins reported her directly to Amazon rather than send her a C&D direct. Read more ->
If you had to give America a voice, it’s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson’s.
For more than fifty years, he’s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before he became famous as a performer, Willie Nelson was known as a songwriter, keeping his young family afloat by writing songs-like “Crazy”-that other people turned into hits.
$1.99 Violent Crimes
By Phillip Margolin
A riveting legal thriller from a “master of plot and pacing — and one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending” (Lisa Scottoline): Attorney Amanda Jaffe is hired to represent an environmental activist suspected of killing his own father, a lawyer for the fossil fuel industry.
$0.99 Natural Disaster
by Ginger Zee (Author)
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some—it’s just that Ginger’s personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field. This book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves—even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case Zee-made, disasters. It’s a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love and finding it in yourself. Beloved by Good Morning America’s audience, Ginger is a daily presence for millions. Zee’s gained fame for her social media presence which is as unfiltered as Natural Disaster—from baby barf to doggy doo-doo. She’s shattered the glass ceiling for women in meteorology, but admits here first, she’s the one natural disaster she couldn’t have forecast.
A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone ”” along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.
Out of the Shoebox is a fascinating journal that reads like a detective story, comes across as an imaginative quest into the past, yet is the true personal story of the writer, Yaron Reshef.
“I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That’s what happened in my case.”
Free PI On A Hot Tin Roof
By Julie Smith
Your lawyer needs you to bail her out? Isn’t that kind of backwards?
So thinks PI Talba Wallis, on her way to Parish Prison—and indeed something’s badly amiss.
New Orleans’ most dynamic detective duo, poet/computer genius Talba and street-savvy Luddite Eddie Valentino, …
Free Better Off Dead
By Katy Munger
She’s trapped in her own house with a posse of bodyguards…and she’s still not safe…
Katy Munger’s clever female PI is big, bad, sarcastic, and nobody to mess with. So how does she manage to be so loveable?
For one thing, her witty quips are good for at least a laugh a page; for another, she’s as transparent as a jelly glass—underneath the mouth and muscl …
$0.99 The Girl With The GiftBy J.S. Donovan and Alexandria Clarke
Mystery masterminds J.S Donovan, author of “The Painting Murders,” and Alexandria Clarke, author of “Little Girl Lost,” whose stories have collectively accumulated 400+ five-star reviews, come together in this SUPER BOX SET for the first time! That’s FOUR BOOK SERIES totaling TWELVE NOVELS!
Little Girl Lost
When the seventeen-year-old star of the high school softball team vanishes from a small town, the victim’s estranged older sister, Bridget Dubois, returns home in order to find her. The only problem is that Bridget has a reputation, and the locals aren’t pleased by her reappearance. Without anyone to help her, Bridget must find a way to reconnect with her younger sister before time runs out.
The Painting Murders
A twenty-two year old murder, a prophetic female painter who foretells her husband’s death, and a vengeful killer collide in the trendy city of Northampton, Massachusetts all the way to Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Haunting of Rachel Harroway
In 1983, a family of four was murdered in their nineteenth century Queen Anne manse. There were no witnesses, no real investigation, and no survivors.
Over thirty years later, the house is suddenly back on the market. Ready to settle down, a young married couple moves from New York City to their dream home in the quiet town of Highlands, North Carolina. However, as past secrets come to light and unpredictable strangers violate their privacy, the couple’s hope for a fresh start twists into the fuel for their darkest nightmares.
The Lost Orphans
A murder twenty-five years forgotten, a female detective with the ability to communicate with the dead, and a killer without boundaries clash in the heart of winter.
It’s Christmas, and there’s been another murder. Rachel Harroway, a homicide detective gifted in the arts and communication with the dead, tracks a serial killer lurking in the shadows for the last twenty-five years. The closer Rachel gets to solving the mystery, the more the unforgiving Appalachian winter weather and supernatural energies push back, forcing Rachel to decide how far she’ll go for a man society has forsaken.
Alaska to Germany to the Middle East~?
Free Waterkill (Dave Henson Series) by Mark Donovan (Author)
A Yemenis man tragically loses his family, a plane disappears into the Alaskan bush carrying a secret, and thousands suddenly die in a German town. Dave Henson is tapped by the U.S. government to help solve the related mysteries, but finds himself drawn in deeper when his wife goes missing.
With the mysterious outbreak of a deadly disease in a Yemeni village, followed by an increase in terrorist chatter after the crash of a small airplane in eastern Alaska, CEO Dr. Dave Henson and colleague Ron Blackwell of NSurv Inc. are tapped by the Department of Homeland Security to locate the aircraft wreckage and its suspected deadly contents.
While Henson and Blackwell are in the eastern mountains of Alaska helping the U.S. Border Patrol locate the missing aircraft and its contents, Dave’s wife, internationally known journalist Dana Cogswell, goes missing while covering another sudden and suspicious epidemic in a small town in Germany.
Dave races from Alaska to Germany to rescue Dana and ends up on a quest to the Middle East to find her. Along the way he learns of a shocking betrayal of friendship and that the path to Dana ultimately leads to the terrorist leader behind the deadly outbreaks.
Free KILLER (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 1) by Stephen Carpenter (Author)
For fans of Robert Parker’s smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee.
Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near-oblivion before eventually working past his demons to become a best-selling crime novelist. But just as Jack is finishing his fourth book about a vicious serial killer, the LAPD interrupts his quiet routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There’s just one problem–the murder took place before Jack’s book was published.
Jack’s past comes back to haunt him when a B-movie actress-turned-hooker, Penelope Fox, is found murdered in a suite at the Chateau Marmont. Jack’s friend, FBI Agent Melvin Beauchamp, discovers shocking news: Penelope was Jack’s wife.
When Jack’s friend, former FBI Special Agent Melvin Beauchamp, asks him to authenticate a short story allegedly written by Hemingway, Jack is convinced that the lost manuscripts have been found—but by whom? Intrigued, Jack takes off on a hunt for the priceless trove of papers, and the alluring, mysterious young woman who may have them.
Free Dog Gone (Dev Haskell – Private Investigator Book 12) by Mike Faricy (Author)
Best in Show! Dog Gone is the Tale of Two Tail-Chasers
Private investigator Dev Haskell’s new lady friend Maddie comes with strings attached: the loosely-knotted tie of her short black silk kimono, and the leash to Morton, her handsome Golden Retriever.
It’s always a sexy mystery when Dev’s on duty, but this caper takes a turn toward buddy adventure when Dev agrees to pet-sit. On their first evening stroll, Dev and Morton are charmed to meet the lovely Princess Anatasia, a purebred Standard Poodle angling for Best In Show title in the Blessington Kennel Club competition the Super Bowl of regional dog competition. But when the princess’ owner gets in a tussle with a local gambling heavyweight, Dev steps in to help, and the prim and proper world of show dog competition is revealed to be, above all, a competition, plus a big attraction for professional gambling! And these guys are playing for high stakes.
49 Writers, Inc. Deb Vanasse | Revision Tips
Revision is a lot like child-rearing, inefficient and unpredictable. The work will get unruly. You can’t let your ego get in the way. Your book or story or poem isn’t you. You have to let it grow up into itself, into the project it’s meant to be.
April News from Kate White
What I’m Up to This Month
Flitting About: Because of the launch of my new career book, The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success, I’ve been doing a lot of press lately, and also traveling around the country giving speeches, which I always enjoy. I like connecting with other women, and weirdly, one of my favorite pastimes is eating alone in hotel restaurants. I guess it’s because it’s a great chance to detach a little from the world. (Is that something you personally love or hate?) Read more ->
The Manchurian Candidate: War hero Sergeant Raymond Shaw is a sleeper assassin, programmed to kill by his former North Korean captors during his time as a prisoner of war. Now he’s been returned to the US, with a mission to assassinate a candidate for US President–and his former commander is the only man who can stop him.
Winter Kills: While riding in a Philadelphia motorcade, an American president is assassinated. This one is fictional, but this story is haunted by the mysteries of the Kennedy Assassination–with a complicated conspiracy that involves movie stars, oil barons, and shadowy agents at the highest levels of government.
Prizzi’s Honor: Charley Partanna is a hitman for New York’s most dangerous crime family–and so is his wife, Irene. When Irene cheats the Prizzis out of a sizeable sum of money, it’s Charley they demand justice from. Now Charley must choose between his employers and the love of his life. A mafia thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
At the tender age of 18 she becomes the world’s first female flying ace. By the age of 21 she has lived a breathtaking existence, completing 268 missions against Hitler’s vaunted Luftwaffe, recording 15 solo kills, and assisting on countless others. In the process the publicity surrounding Lilia’s exploits make her Hitler’s worst nightmare. She is also shot down four times,falls madly in love with her handsome squadron commander, and still finds time to laugh, smile and read poetry, her other great love.
Lilia’s incredible, and largely unknown story in the West, is set as historical fiction against the background of a devastating war that claimed the lives of as many as 30 million Soviet soldiers and citizens. Despite the difficult times, Lilia’s bittersweet story contains the simple desire of many woman: to have a loving husband that brings surprises, a family full of laughter and love, and a world where peace reigns supreme. For all people, for all time.
Lilia’s only fear was that her sacrifices, and those of so many others, would be lost in time. Sadly, that is precisely what happened. Lilia was lost somewhere over the Eastern Ukraine seven days before her 22nd, and she did not receive her just due for another 47 years!
Call Sign, White Lily is proof positive that life is a destination to an unknown destination.
Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak (Лидия Владимировна Литвяк, (August 18, 1921, in Moscow – August 1, 1943, in Krasnyi Luch), also known as Lilya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With five solo victories and two shared kills over a total of 66 combat missions, over about two years of missions, she was the first female fighter pilot to shoot down an enemy plane, the first of two female fighter pilots who have earned the title of fighter ace, and the holder of the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot. She was shot down near Orel during the Battle of Kursk as she attacked a formation of German planes. Read more ->
“The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Vladmirovna Litvyak, the Highest Scoring Female Air Ace of All Time.”
$1.99 Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Ali Wentworth (Author)
Mix 1 oz. Chelsea Handler, 1.5 oz. Nora Ephron, finish with a twist of Tina Fey, and you get Ali in Wonderland, the uproarious, revealing, and heartfelt memoir from acclaimed actress and comedian Ali Wentworth. Whether spilling secrets about her quintessentially WASPy upbringing (and her delicious rebellion against it), reminiscing about her Seinfeld “Schmoopie” days and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or baring the details of starting a family alongside husband George Stephanopoulos, one thing is for sure—Ali has the unsurpassable humor and warmth of a born storyteller with a story to tell: the quirky, flavorful, surprising, and sometimes scandalous Ali in Wonderland.
“Ali Wentworth is funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth.” —Alec Baldwin
$1.99 Animal Rites by Michael Panno (Author)
*** Finalist in the Thriller Catagory of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards*** It’s 1995. Frank Noble is a Viet Nam vet and a retired Secret Service agent, living in a stone cabin in the Angeles National Forest, above Los Angeles. A family of bears live close by and Frank takes joy in observing and interacting with them. This all changes when two poachers kill two of the bears and cut out their bladders and remove their paws to sell on the black market. Little did the poachers know, they picked the wrong bears. Frank enlists the help of Marcell, a dwarf and former Circus Performer with his own dark past, who now lives in a cabin close to Frank, and the two of them set out for revenge. It is a journey that leads them into the seedy underworld of Animal parts, child pornography and prostitution.
There are murmurings about an ancient curse, but a skeptical Amelia is determined to find an all-too-human killer. Soon, she’s balancing family demands, including the troubles of her precocious son, Ramses (aka Walter), with not just one unsolved crime, but two . . .
Editor’s note: This book contains four complete novels.
Free The Good Lawyer: A Novel by Thomas Benigno (Author)
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client’s innocense, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case. Digging deeper, horrifying revealations about his family’s past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman’s rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family’s mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?
$3.99 A Kopp Sisters Collection: Books 1–3 (A Kopp Sisters Novel)
by Amy Stewart (Author)
Based on the Kopp sisters’ real-life adventures, the first three novels in best-selling author Amy Stewart’s sparkling series tell the riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime along the way.
In Girl Waits with Gun, we meet Constance Kopp. Constance doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
In Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Constance and her sisters aren’t living the quiet life anymore. After Sheriff Heath sees Constance in action, he appoints her as one of the nation’s first female deputies. But when a German-speaking con man threatens her position—and puts the honorable sheriff at risk for being thrown in his own jail—Constance will be forced to prove herself again.
In Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, Constance has finally earned her deputy sheriff’s badge and is ready to tackle a new kind of case: defending independent young women brought into the Hackensack jail on dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. Such were the laws—and morals—of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and support these women when no one else will. But it’s her sister Fleurette—who runs away from their sleepy farm to join the glamorous world of vaudeville—who puts Constance’s beliefs to the test.
This three-book collection also includes bonus content! Inside find cocktail recipes, discussion questions, Q&As with the author, a cast of characters, and more. Plus, schedule your own book club visit with author Amy Stewart!
$2.99 Kill Shot
(The Mitch Rapp Prequel Series Book 2)
by Vince Flynn
In the year since the CIA trained and then unleashed him, Mitch Rapp has dismantled, kill by untraceable kill, the network of monsters behind the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. The hunt leads to Paris, where a deadly trap is sprung as the bullet leaves Rapp’s silenced pistol—followed by the discovery of nine bodies, including…
$2.99 Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)
by Alison Weir (Author)
Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII’s wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first, devoted, and “true” queen.
$1.99 The American Table: Classic Comfort Food from Across the Country
by Larry Edwards (Author)
Like its people, American food is a melting pot of tastes and textures. Now flavors from every corner of the country are brought together in one soul-satisfying cookbook. Worthy of any diner’s daily special board, these recipes are the real deal: wholesome, filling favorites that will bring the entire family to the table.
$1.99 The Stone Monkey
by Jeffery Deaver
First introduced in the spine-chilling novel THE BONE COLLECTOR, Lincoln Rhyme dazzled readers with unparalleled forensic sleuthing—all done from the confines of a wheelchair. A famed criminologist, paralyzed from the neck down, Rhyme compensates for his physical disability with his brains…
$1.99 The Red Hunter: A Novel
by Lisa Unger
What is the difference between justice and revenge? Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog…
$0.49 The Complete Father Brown Mysteries Kindle Edition
by G. K. Chesterton (Author), ABCD Classics (Author)
– The Innocence of Father Brown
– The Wisdom of Father Brown
– The Donnington Affair
– The Incredulity of Father Brown
– The Secret of Father Brown
– The Scandal of Father Brown
– The Mask of Midas
By Tim Bradner It will take a while for its significance to sink in, but the Legislature’s adoption of a plan to use certain Permanent Fund earnings to help support the state budget is a historic milestone. For the first time since North Slope oil revenues began pouring into the...
When the F/V Kristi lost power on Saturday in the Nushagak District, the tide pushed it between two much larger ships, where it lodged on a Yokohama fender. The Kristi sank, and the captain and crew escaped with seconds to spare.
Seaman’s EcoTour Adventures captain Glenn Seaman revved the outboards of his boat The Pinbone with enough oomph to jostle my still-dozing teenager from his early-morning reverie. It was 8 a.m. and we were headed out to explore Kachemak Bay, a 40-mile long arm of the Kenai Peninsula’s southwest side. “Ready, everybody?” Seaman asked as he eased the […]
AN INVITATION Summertime, and the livin' is easy... unless you have Parkinson's Disease, in which case the livin' is difficult, no matter what the season. It is however, easier than the livin' in Winter, and that calls for a celebration. But how to acknowledge this season of nature's bounty and torrid 80 degree heat? I […]
Who can say what the future holds? Well, good news, I can! At least as far as next two meetings of the distinguished APDSG are concerned. Our upcoming meeting will be held June 16th. We will have a presentation on hallucinations and delusions in PD from Gail Howshikowa. Gail is a drug company salesperson. She […]
Good news: New York still is running at full steam: the restaurants, the shows, the shopping—THE LIFE. I’m looking down from 20 floors up–taking in the view. I flew back ... The post LIVE from New York City! appeared first on Alaska Travelgram.
The Mystery Of Hollow Inn by Tara Ellis My rating: 5 of 5 stars The edition I am reviewing is actually the Audible one. I listened to this book with my grandchildren in two different states. There was a total of 2 girls and 4 boys ages 4-12. We use video calling to read together. […]
Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher My rating: 4 of 5 stars Much like a train wreck, I couldn’t stay away. This story grabbed me and I listened all the way through with only a few breaks. I don’t even know if I really like the story. I plan to listen to it again. There is […]
Many of us who grew up in rural areas have fond childhood memories of fruit trees. Maybe it was watching the tree bloom each spring, with the sweet scent of blossoms filling the air. Or maybe it was experiencing the annual harvest, with the smallest kids climbing up and gently shaking tree limbs, while family […]
On the last day of November, I went outside after dark for a winter beehive check. I wanted to see if the honey bees were still alive and if they needed more food. This is our first winter with bees, and Alaska beehives don’t have high survival rates for wintering over. Alaska winters are extremely […]
This Gluten Free Vegan Cherry Pie will easily become your newest obsession. The crust is perfectly flaky and savory while the cherry pie filling is decadent and bursting with sweetened tart cherries.... Visit Allergy Free Alaska to view the full post!
We came to this land in June of this year, in the midst of a heatwave. We thought we could make a home from the dust but we left after less than two weeks, frustrated. Our plans foiled. Maybe it wasn’t time yet. Maybe we wimped out. And so we left. For two months […]
I think I’m getting better.One day, I woke up and physically felt my depression LIFT. Yes, grand pianos came up, off my shoulders, and floated away. I was going to write about my cure.But that was an illusion.Facebook kept telling me “People haven’t heard from Our Third Thirds in a while. Add a post.” Only […]
I don’t like beer, and I don’t do alcohol, but I do like ginger beer. If I close my eyes, I can conjure an image of happily sipping ginger beer in the sun. Sort of like my images of restfully, calmly drinking tea. It’s a symbol.So when Anchorage Community House offered a class on Natural […]
Roll up some inspiration – Burl Ives http://alaskabush.com/bushradio/wp-content/uploads/Roll-up-some-inspiration-Burl-Ives.mp3 I got stoned and I missed it – Shel Silverstein w/ Dr. Hook http://alaskabush.com/bushradio/wp-content/uploads/got-stoned-and-I-missed-it.mp3 Natural Mystic – Bob Marley http://alaskabush.com/bushradio/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Natural_mystic_bob_marley.mp3 I want to get HIGH – Rita Marley http://alaskabush.com/bushradio/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/I_Want_to_Get_High1.mp3 Henry – New Riders Of The Purple Sage http://alaskabush.com/bushradio/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/henry1.mp3 Sweet Leaf – Storm Orphans http://alaskabush.com/bushradio/wp-content/uploads/Storm_Orphans_-_Sweet_Leaf.mp3
My hybrid creative nonfiction work How Mary, Joseph and Jesus F*cked Up My Love Life is up at The Hunger Journal. It’s an odd piece written in an odd style that merges religion with attitudes about sex, desire, loneliness and the rest of that complex and maddening stuff. Here is a sample: Fact: I rode down… […]
I was in a slump. I returned to Alaska a few weeks ago, everything muddy and brown, the trees bare of leaves, last year’s trash blowing across the streets. I was used to the sun-filled warmth of Tucson, to hot days and balmy nights, to sitting out in the yard and reading and then running… […]
This is my new FAVORITE salad, I can't seem to get enough of it. It's super easy to make and is TWICE AS GOOD the 2nd day which is very handy.I still can't get picky-picky husband to even try it (he has a war against broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts) but that's OK, it leaves […]
My list of 10 Best Gifts for Cooks and Food Lovers helps last minute shoppers buy great presents for the food obsessed; most of the items on the list I’ve used and loved for years. Most importantly, if you act quickly, there’s still time to order most of my recommended gifts and have them arrive […]
I love spring and summer so much. Starting in January, I'll start planning what will be planted, start planning my foraging trips with my family to get the ingredients for my salves, teas and foods. One of my favorite things is watching my perennial plants come back, and being able to make gifts of them […]
The Alaska Way of Life 4-H Club (aka, Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H Club) and Sitka Conservation Society will host a summer harvest camp from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Sitka Public Library. The 4-H club members will … Continue reading →
I LOVE my grandmother’s navy bean soup, but it takes forever to make with soaking the beans overnight and then slow cooking the soup all day. I decided to try it in my Instant Pot and it was a success! Not only that, but my kids loved it…score! Ingredients: 1-2 Tbs. olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 […]
Download Radio Show The July 8th show featured a conversation with Jon Shaw, a bryologist at Duke University whose research is currently focused on Sphagnum (peat mosses). We spoke about some of what makes Sphagnum interesting and unique, as well … Continue reading →
Download Radio Show The June 24th show featured a conversation with Kevin White, wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Originally recorded and aired in Fall 2016, we talked about Mountain Goat life history, as well as … Continue reading →
Arguably herring are the base of the entire food chain in Southeast Alaska. They provide food for whales, salmon, seals, sealions, birds, and halibut with their bodies and with their eggs. For centuries humans have relied on the abundance of herring to provide for their families in the spring. In Hoonah, Alaska the return of […]
At the end of July we took the boat over to Halibut Cove to hike the Saddle Trail with the kids to picnic at Grewingk Glacier Lake. It's a great trail for kids to master themselves, and Riggs hiked the whole way himself. Raina was in the backpack, but more because we wanted to hike […]
It seems I don't have to travel far to get Alaskan-style excitement these days!Last week, after a day of solid, drenching rain, we went for a walk up our road and walked into a mudslide that had just happened within an hour. A creek that normally goes under the road got plugged with mud and […]
Well, 2017 was not a good garden year in my area, even for those of us with greenhouses/high tunnels. I'm sure I didn't help my chances at all; we had a month between returning home from the States and getting the roof on the high tunnel, and I didn't start any seeds or work the […]
It's FRIDAY you know it's time for the Friday Frenzy. Time to inspire and GET inspired by the crafty foodie bloggers who bring their best to the Friday Frenzy! The post Friday Frenzy July 6th 2018 appeared first on Little House Big Alaska. No related posts.
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?”, she asked. “Where do you want to go?”, was his response. “I don’t know”, Alice answered. “Then”, said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” ~ Lewis Carroll It is Christmas day, and I […]
I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not a fan of pink, painting my nails, makeup, cutesy knick-knacks, or chick flicks. So when I look at those “best Christmas gifts for women” lists, there really isn’t much on them I’d actually want to receive for Christmas. I’m just not a girly-girl. I’d rather have […]
Anchorage firefighters doused a fire on the playground at Mountain View Elementary School Tuesday night. The first sirens screamed through the neighborhood just after 7 p.m. as a thick column of black smoke billowed above the school and a crowd gathered on the sidewalk out front. Kids on bikes circled in the street; teens and […]
There are whole families of smaller birds, ranging from crow-sized to sparrow-sized, that spend their whole lives on the ocean, coming ashore only to breed. Petrels, Prions, Storm-petrels, Diving-petrels; they are all adapted to live on the ocean, with no need for fresh water. One of those smaller marine birds is the Cape Petrel, in […]
We've been to the Iditarod start before...both the ceremonial and the official start. In fact, we've seen the official start both in Willow and in Fairbanks! Kael never had though, so we definitely wanted to share that experience with him and try something new at the same time, so after a little research we headed […]
All are cooked at the same time in your Instant Pot;an easy recipe to learn to cook three things at the same time...Servings: (4)Prep: 10 Mins.Pressure build: 10 Mins.Cooking Time: 8 Mins. to saute, 13 Mins. under pressure, plus making gravy = 2 mins. longerPressure release: 10 Mins naturally, then 1 Min. quick releaseINGREDIENTSSpice Rub […]
A quick 5-minute no-knead dough to prepare the night before,then easy to roll out and add swirl filling upon waking the next morningto enjoy throughout the day...Yield: (1 loaf)O/N Prep: 5 Mins./Overnight rise time: 9 -12 hoursNext Morning Prep: Roll/Add Spiral Filling: 10 Mins.2nd Rise 1 Hr.Bake 35 to 40 Mins.INGREDIENTS3 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup […]
Networking. I must do this as a new writer (groan). Learn the ways of the force. Jump into the world of idea and information exchanges. Business card exchanges. Sounds like […] The post NETWORKING? SOUNDS LIKE WORK! appeared first on Lois Paige Simenson.
[from SAFM cookbook] This wonderful recipe comes directly from I Heart Kale and their blog at http://iheartkale.blogspot.com 3 large red waxy potatoes, very thinly sliced 4 tablespoons melted salted butter 10 leaves kale (the curly-edged green or purple kinds are good here), washed, stemmed and finely chopped freshly ground black pepper 5 tablespoons grated parmesan […]
Welcome to the Friday Frenzy, the Best Food and Craft Link Party on the Web. Why is it the best? We’ll be sharing your posts on Facebook on our new Friday Frenzy page, we invite you to follow the page and share the posts When you link your favorite posts to the Friday Frenzy your […]
It all sounds very romantic and devil-may-care. Leaving safe harbor with an indifferent forecast, striking out on a crossing, making tracks where others might dither. That is, until you are actually in the process of pulling the anchor in that safe harbor, and it's raining sideways, and your three different forecasts are saying three very […]
Just a note to say that we are at the south end of Kodiak, where we seem to have stepped back into an older Alaska. We're anchored in Rodman's Reach, about halfway between petroglyphs left behind by ancient whale hunters on the open coast, and the Alitak Cannery, which has stood in Lazy Bay for […]
I mentioned Michael Meyer's book The Road To Sleeping Dragon in the last post.Meyer went to a rural Sichuan province as a Peace Corps English teacher in the 1995. I'd gone to rural Thailand as a Peace Corps English teacher in 1967. I'd first gone to Beijing from a year teaching in Hong Kong, […]
Our guests of two weeks had a 6am flight, so we left the house a little after 4am. D's family is family and it was great to have the three here. Despite having a full house including a four year old and five year old, we got along smoothly, eating well, talking serious and fun, […]
Today's selection -- from Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion edited by Jeremy Webb. We can't reach absolute zero: "The quest for lower temperatures in large pieces of material has stalled on the fact that the thermal conductivity and heat capacity of all materials plummet as temperature falls. This means it takes longer […]
Today's selection -- from Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work edited by Eugenie L. Birch, Shahana Chattaraj and Susan M. Wachter. As recently as the 1990s, the economies of India and China were roughly the same size. China's economy now dwarfs India's -- though China has accumulated unprecedented levels of debt in the process. […]
The opening to Area 51: Invasion came to me because, well, it’s obvious. AREA 51: INVASION THE FIRST DAY: ARRIVAL MARFA, TEXAS “Damn it, Darlene! I told you not to watch that fake news. There aint no such thing as aliens. All of this has been bullshit so the government can come get my guns. […]
Here is an excerpt from the book, The Jefferson Allegiance, where Hamilton and Jefferson agree to write it. This book was a #2 national bestseller at Barnes and Noble when it came out! 27 July 1803 President Thomas Jefferson waited, no doubt in his mind that Alexander Hamilton was late to prove a point. Hamilton […]
I’m a relatively fortunate guy. I manage to get by without having to work a straight job. One of benefits of that is I have the freedom to piss away chunks of time reading news sources/websites/blogs of all political stripes, … Continue reading →
I really don’t know how else to explain Comrade Trump’s contemptible display in Helsinki. I lack the conspiracy theory gene, but what happened yesterday is most easily explained by the conspiracy theory model (nothing happens by accident, nothing is quite … Continue reading →
Originally posted on mwsasse: Through Sunday July 22, pick up a FREE Kindle version of A MAN TOO OLD FOR A PLACE TOO FAR – Book 1 of THE FORGOTTEN CHILD TRILOGY! Gert it on AMAZON HERE! Amazon UK HERE! Come meet the enigmatic beings from beyond – Bee and Ash – as they choice a terrible…
Originally posted on Author Don Massenzio: If Your Protagonist is a Person of Color Your Book Cover Might Get Whitewashed The old phrase is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if that were true a significant chunk of the marketing industry wouldn’t exist. We absolutely judge books by their covers, and…
came upon this peaceful man sleepy with quiet thoughts on a quiet noon spent in bandamer park ann arbor, mi. usa — “summer quiet thoughts on summer quiet noons.” -ray bradbury, now and forever Advertisements
Welcome and don’t mind the mess. We just finished getting an order out for a goblin prom, so there are plucked feathers everywhere. Chickens? No, it was all ratites like ostrichs, emus, and one really psychotic kiwi. You don’t want … Continue reading →
Welcome to my small selection of blog posts I have enjoyed this last couple of days and the first is from Frank Parker who has a date with author Ceri Bladen. A Date With… Ceri Bladen My date this time … Continue reading →
It’s the birthday of the English nonconformist minister Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of many of the best-known hymns in the English language. This is his paraphrase of Psalm 23. My Shepherd will supply my need; Jehovah is His name. In pastures fresh He makes me feed Beside the living stream. He brings my wandering spirit back […]
I sometimes get bogged down on major purchases, for months even. If I don’t find a printer or pair of runners that feels like the right one (for me at least) I usually retreat to go gather more information. I look up more reviews. I ask the advice of friends who seem less tormented by the […]
My phone dinged with a text from Andrew at 6:44 am. He was letting me know he was at the airport, courtesy of a ride from his sister, and would text again when he landed. When he applied for a spot at Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, way back in January, I didn’t give it […]
It's been about six weeks since I started worked with my coach, Reba, on my phone overuse issue, and, while I've had my ups and downs, overall it feels like I've made some pretty major progress. Phone overuse is something I've struggled with for a really long time, so of course it's not magically gone […]
Want to succeed in writing or in anything else to which you aspire? You'd do well to adopt these 2 philosphies.Fight DiscouragementWhen you feel discouraged, tell yourself that every career is a venture in which you must build to success. In writing, as an author, you build your skills, your confidence, your inventory, your backlist, […]
Here's another fabulous Christmas In July Giveaway. Don't you love these July specials? I do. This one is from the NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors of the Authors’ Billboard.Lots of PrizesThere are some great prizes up for grabs. Check these out.* Two $10 Amazon Gift Cards* Two (2) Paperback Novels * One (1) […]
Social Media have become a dominating force in our lives over the past decade. Just look at these mind-blowing statistics: The average person has 5 social media accounts The average person spends 1 hour 40 minutes per day on social media Facebook has over 1.4 billion users 50% of all Internet users are on Facebook […]
WASP Frances Ellis Winter Brookings, 100 years old, died at Forest Glen, Springfield, Ohio, on April 12, 2018. 'Fran' was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1917, the fourth child and third daughter of Maude Elizabeth Baker Winter and Francis Ellis Winter. At an early age, her family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, where she […]
"Go! Have fun!" WASP Betty Heinrich Berkstresser, 43--W-4 WASP Betty Lee Heinrich Berkstresser was born May 12, 1919, in Houston TX. She peacefully passed in her sleep and took her last flight on July 1, 2018. She was 99. Betty was a native Houstonian. She attended Travis and Browning Elementary, James Hogg Middle School, La […]
Welcome to Episode 52 of the Minstral Show!Three sets of great music covering the emotional sounds of Pop, the colourful waves of psychedelic rock and the prophetic vibes of progressive rock Featuring; Lake Komo, Turnover, Two Wounded Birds, Ivan & Alyosha, Gavin Coetzee, Secret Colours, The Outs, The Spires, Adult Cinema, Lunatic Soul, Painted Coda […]
I had a wonderful children’s book (maybe from the 40’s??) Hard cover, lighter green embossed cover. Larger dimensions than a regular book. It was not very thick (maybe an inch or two??) It was filled with fables, short stories, poems … Continue reading →
I leave for Book Bonanza early Thursday Morning, so this list will not be updated over the weekend. But stay tuned to my social media for updates from the signing!There are a crazy amount of great books that come out this summer, so I will be making time to read. Especially the 21 on my […]
Like a lot of us, I find I have more leisure time in the summer. Work slows down, days get longer and energy goes up. Maybe it’s all a mirage, but suddenly there’s more time for the fun stuff in life. Here are my top 5 fun summer leisure loves: The Beach. Breathing the salt […]
Now that summer has officially hit most of the US and school is out, people tend to have vacation plans. Are you looking for a quick book to read while you’re sunbathing by the pool? How about in the hot tub with a glass of wine next to you? By a campfire at night while […]
We are excited to give away an Amazon Gift Card worth $20 to one of our lucky visitors. We will be doing many more of these in the future. This is the first one we have done in a while. To enter, please follow the instructions on the giveaway app below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter […]
We love introducing Instafreebie readers to great stories and big ideas. Take a chance on new authors and try great stories from old favorites. See it first every day with Instafreebie and be free to discover authors you’ll love. We’re thrilled to share the latest and greatest from our fantasy genres! Medieval Fantasy Charlemagne and the Admiral […]
February 1940. "Abandoned railway station, now used as a church, in the oil ghost town of Slick, Oklahoma." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
Some people have stress levels that are directly proportional to how clean their kitchens are. You may be guffawing or snorting on your chair after hearing this idea, but it is definitely true. To such people, the cleanliness of their kitchens should be maintained to a high level. You, however, who are not one of […]
As you may know, Larry and I moved across the country from Florida last September. Last week we accomplished the momentous milestone of moving to a storage unit half the size, so I thought I’d celebrate by looking for my linen sheets. Turned out they were in a bag I had brought into the […]
Question from Dean Hi Debra, Are you aware of any health dangers posed by UPF/UV treatments on clothing? Thanks! Debra’s Answer First let me explain what this is. You’ve probably heard of SPF with regard to sunscreen. That stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures the amount of time it takes for skin exposed […]
Sustainability in the Home Garden We almost reached sustainability. My son and I worked to prepare a batch of black beans for dinner. We followed the traditional method of soaking before cooking. Actually, we boiled them for 2 minutes first, and then soaked them for about six hours. And if we hadn’t been so excited about cooking our first […]
Tangled Beet Salad I’m posting this recipe for Tangled Beet Salad because I don’t like beets. Okay, I didn’t like beets–not until I tried this salad at my local grocery store. Wow. Delicious! I always used to think beets tasted like dirt, but not anymore. Combined with garlic, lemon, lime and cilantro they are fresh […]
Beautiful blueberry herbal vinegar features ingredients that are good for your brain and body! Learn how to make blueberry vinegar, plus how to turn it into a brain boosting oxymel (herbal sweet and sour syrup). This recipe was inspired by an interesting study I read about blueberry vinegar and its potential to improve cognitive function. […]
The quickest 25 min meal ever! This is so simple yet so amazingly good with fresh tomatoes, basil and burrata! I have never really liked the Summer season. It’s always too hot. You’re blinded if you ever forget your sunglasses. The AC breaks down and the repairman isn’t available. You forget sunscreen on your […]
Five Food Finds about Caviar: True caviar comes from the icy waters of the Caspian Sea where the environment is most conducive to producing the finest sturgeon. Today with sturgeon facing extinction caviar will remain a delicacy and very expensive. The United States imports approximately sixty percent of the total world caviar supply. Caviar is […]
We all love NationalDayCalendar.com, but with our busy lives, it can be a challenge to visit the site every day. That is the magic of having the National Day WALL Calendar. You can easily check what National Day we are celebrating today, what National Days you celebrate your birthday with or help planning that office […]
I like my Broccoli Salad with slightly softened bite rather than a hard raw crunch, and plenty of dressing that’s not excessively mayo-heavy. The dressing is still creamy, but it’s a lightened up mayo... Read More » The post Broccoli Salad with Lighter Creamy Dressing appeared first on RecipeTin Eats.
Natural Enemies by Roan Parrish Contemporary romance released by Monster Press on April 17, 2018. When opposites attract, love blooms in unexpected places. Buttoned-up botanist Stefan Albemarle has felt like an outsider his whole life. As a result, he mostly keeps to himself—makes it easier not to notice that no matter how he tries, people […]
This is both off the cuff, and something I’ve been thinking about for literally years now. I want to be very clear from the get go that this isn’t guilt about writing “bad” reviews… by which I mean negative. I think readers and reviewers should be able to write whatever their thoughts on a book/movie […]
As you might surmise from the title, we were not able to see Denali mountain today, due to low clouds/foggy conditions that started almost at the base of the famed mountain. Sigh.Note: Don't be like me and pay $25 for the breakfast buffett; get the breakfast sandwich like Martha did and save money!We rode out […]
After a leisurely start of the day in the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, we took the bus to the train station and boarded the Alaska Railroad Corporation's Wilderness Express car bound for Denali National Park.The day was overcast and would get worse as the train made its way north. Didn't get much in the way of […]
Tidying up my physical world only goes so far. Lately, I find my psychic space being cluttered by the simple act of following the news. So I’ve started tidying up my interior landscape by consciously limiting my sources and consumption of current events. While I’m still appalled at the hate and fear demonstrated by my […]
Originally posted on anita dawes and jaye marie: When he decided to follow Kate to the Park, Jack had no real idea of what to expect. The weather was pleasant enough, she probably just felt like a walk. Didn’t quite…
On a tree far away There hung my dreams in different shades of colours of the rainbow like ribbons in the skies dripping down hanging loosely on the branches Continue reading at A Thousand Shades of Awesomeness