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“The 5th Amulet” by SJ Hailey

“The 5th Amulet” is a General Fiction Novel by SJ Hailey. Below is a synopsis: The world is full of secrets. Throughout history people have died to reveal or conceal them. A group in South America have protected a secret device from recorded history. The myth of its existence brought Chinese treasure ships across an unexplored ocean. Almost 600 years later two ships are found in unexplainable places. Both contain secrets that could change the world. Explorer Jacob Mathias discovers a power that will lead him into conflict with governments and a mercenary General. Ex-soldier Archer Mathias is on the run framed for murder. He discovers a plot to kill his father and anyone else who knows about a secret device. He races across a continent to intercept the threat to his estranged father. The inevitable collision … Read entire article »

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“Among Women” by J. M. Cornwell

About a month ago I had the pleasure of interviewing J.M. Cornwell, author of “Among Women“, a book featuring a main character named Pearl Caldwell. According to J.M., “Among Women” is a book that encourages you to “be open to the possibilities in yourself and others”. J.M. lives in the Colorado Rockies in the shadow of Pikes Peak and writes about people and secrets and relationships. Her stories have been included in several anthologies, including “A Cup of Comfort” and “Chicken Soup”. She also writes book reviews for Authorlink and her debut novel, “Past Imperfect”, was published by L&L Dreamspell in 2009. “Among Women” is her second solo novel. Below is a sample of her book, “Among Women”: The sense that someone had been in her room since she had fallen asleep … Read entire article »

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“Foxy’s Tale” by LB Gschwandtner

A while back I had the pleasure of having a guest post on my site from LB Gschwandtner, and she is back now to share a sample of her book, “Foxy’s Tale“, which is a humorous women’s fiction novel featuring a main character named Foxy Anders. When I asked for a quick summary of what the book is about, she told me it is “a comic, chick lit, coming-of-age, vampire tale (sort of) where family triumphs over adversity and mother and daughter learn how to face the world as grownups – together”. LB is not only a writer, but also a magazine editor, artist, and co-owner, with her family, of an integrated media business. Her work has appeared in various journals including Del Sol Review. One of her prose poems has … Read entire article »

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“Farr Point” by Sam Havens

My latest book plug is from Sam Havens, the author of “Farr Point“, a murder mystery set in small town Texas in 1950. Sam is Professor Emeritus in Drama at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Havens founded the Drama Department where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting. Havens has written fifteen plays with productions in the USA, Canada and Australia. His plays have been selected for showcase productions in New York City, Westport, Connecticut, Amherst, Massachusetts, and East Hampton, New York. He has received playwriting grants from the Ford Foundation and from the Texas Commission on Arts and Humanities. Three of Havens’ plays are published. Sam has one novel to his credit, Farr Point, a coming-of-age story. Havens taught playwriting and screenwriting for ten years in Rice University’s School of … Read entire article »

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“The Hambledown Dream” by Dean Mayes

Recently I had the pleasure of hosting an interview with Dean Mayes, the author of “The Hambledown Dream“, a book that deals with redemption and reincarnation. Dean has been writing, blogging and dreaming for most of his adult life, in between practicing as an Pediatric ICU Nurse and raising his two children, Xavier & Lucy (who was born during the writing of his debut novel “The Hambledown Dream”). Dean lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily, his children …and his cross-breed cattle dog Simon. “The Hambledown Dream”, a lyrical and moving paranormal romance, is his first novel. Dean is currently working on his second novel, tentatively titled “Gifts Of The Peramangk”. He writes regularly for a loyal following at his blog Dean from Australia. Below is a sample from his … Read entire article »

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“The Old Mermaid’s Tale” by Kathleen Valentine

A short while ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Kathleen Valentine on my site. Now she is back to share her latest book with us: “The Old Mermaid’s Tale“, a story about redemption and the importance of stories in our lives. Kathleen is the author of a collection of short stories, “My Last Romance and other passions”, and two novels, “The Old Mermaid’s Tale” and “Each Angel Burns”. She has also written “Fry Bacon, Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook – five generations of good eating”, a memoir/cookbook of memories and 400 recipes from a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood, and “The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps”, a collection of her own lace knitting designs. Some of her short stories are available in e-format from … Read entire article »

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“Life Is But A Dream” with Cheryl Shireman

My latest guest to come and offer us a book sample is Cheryl Shireman, and her book, “Life Is But A Dream“, addresses the resilience of the human spirit. Cheryl was the first person to volunteer for an interview on my site, so it’s a special privilege to be able to feature her book. Cheryl lives in the Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. “One of the things I like best about writing is that I can do it from home in my pajamas.” She started writing as a teen, probably inspired after reading one of her favorite books, My Friend Flicka. Through the years, amid marriage, the birth of three children, divorce, and her second marriage, the one thing that has remained constant is her love of … Read entire article »

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