Category book reviews

Release: Gold-in-Quartz, a Jewelry Hunter Thriller, by Ronald von Freymann

Jewelry thieves, a terrorist plot and a race around the globe.

These are just a few plotlines in Gold-in-Quartz, Ronald von Freymann’s latest novel since leaving the corporate world to write mystery thrillers.

“I don’t know how anyone can retire and do nothing creative,” von Freymann said. “Writing has been more than rewarding, especially when I tell my “busy” friends how I spend my time in retirement: two books published and the third less than a year out.”

In Gold-in-Quartz, a Jewelry Hunter Thriller, it has been a year since an Islamic cleric declares a fatwa against Bill and Jenn for averting a terrorist plot to blow up two fully loaded passenger ferries off the southern coast of California. Now, the Watsons must contend with another group of murderous thugs.

While on a jewel...

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Cover Reveal & Pre-order: CRESCENT CITY, by Chariss K. Walker

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24011412-crescent-city

Author website: http://chariss.com/Crescent-City.php

Crescent City 1st chapterhttp://chariss.com/Excerpt.php

Genre: Adult, dark urban fantasy

The wicked are punished and the oppressed are freed on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana. Warning: This novel is very graphic. It includes V for Violence; M for Murder; P for Pedophiles and Priests; A for Angel-Avenger; D for Demon-Destroyer; R for Rape.

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Author Interview: Yza-Dora

Yza-Dora Author Interview:

author image 3My mom and I are a mother and daughter writing team and chose the pen name Yza-Dora, utilizing both our names incorporated together. We currently live in Nevada and this is our first attempt at writing a book. My mom is an established artist and I have taken writing as a full time career.

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Yza: I think writing full-time is a real job. It takes just as much effort to sit and think about what you’re next sentence is going to be or your next idea. And it can take a toll physically sometimes as well as emotionally. But no, I’ve never had a job working for someone else and I believe if you can, always try to find a career where you can be your own boss.

Dora: I’ve worked in several positions in my life and over the past 20 years, worked in different departments at various Las Vegas hotels but had to retire due to arthritic conditions so now, I work with my daughter as co-author and it really is just another form of utilizing a talent.

What compelled you to w...

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BOOK REVIEW: SKY JUMPERS, by Peggy Eddelman (Random House/debut novel)

51h-7VOiXVL._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_Take-aways: If you liked THE HUNGER GAMES, you’ll love SKY JUMPERS with a similar voice and feel, strong female lead and male supporting characters, but without all the violence and death.
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SKY JUMPERS is a middle-grade debut novel by Peggy Eddelman. Why read a middle-grade novel? For me, it’s probably the same reason some adults read YA and Urban Fantasy marketed to adult teens and 20-somethings. It’s good fiction, but with middle-grade, you lose the angst, cursing and sexuality of it; there’s a kind of pure innocence.

For example, in one scene of SKY JUMPERS, our protagonist, Hope, is fighting a bandit. Now, when she had a chance to do her bandit in, to actually kill him, she stops and says, “I don’t want you to die.” If I were a twelve-year-old child trying to save my city and family in a post-apocalyptic world, I might have done something similar to what Hope did. In a YA or adult novel, she’d have “killed him dead” and not thought a thing about it.

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Guest Blog: Publishers, Weakly: What The Penguin/Random House Merger Really Means, by Michael Levin

Publishers, Weakly: What The Penguin/Random House Merger Really Means
By: Michael Levin

When I saw the word “synergies” applied to the proposed merger of publishing giants Penguin and Random House, I laughed out loud. “Synergies” is Wall Street-speak for “Let’s merge two failing companies, fire half the employees, run the resulting business more cheaply, suck out all the money we can as quickly as we can, and then leave the wounded, gasping beast that is the resulting company to die a miserable, public death.”

Which is exactly why “synergies” best describes the merger of two of the biggest names in the publishing industry, which is wringing its hands over the immediate consequences of this deal, which really represents one more death rattle of the once thriving book publishin...

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Author Interview with Gabriel Constans

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Gabriel Constans: In addition to writing, I also work as a freelance journalist, edit other people’s material and provide individual and couple’s counseling a couple of days a week. In the past, I’ve worked as a social worker and grief counselor at Hospice; as a mental health consultant with people in prison and young people and as a chaplain at a community hospital. 

What compelled you to write your first book?

Gabriel Constans: My love to write and engage others in discussion about topics and issues that I found important and relevant.
 

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Gabriel Constans: Ever since high school, when I founded, wrote and edited an alternative high school and community newspaper.
 

Tell us a little bit about your ...

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Author Interview with Matthew Moses:

My name is Matthew Moses and I currently reside in Louisville, KY. I am a graduate of Indiana University and currently attend clinicals at Jewish Hospital. I am well traveled having lived throughout the United States as well as abroad in such countries as South Africa, Ireland, and the UK. I am an unabashed sci-fi fanatic and technophile (my geek credentials are extensive), though I am also partial to classical history and mythology. I am also the author of two novels, Anti-Christ: A Satirical End of Days and Proxies of Fate

Most people tend to label me an outsider. I prefer to sit back and simply observe the world around me. Human interaction and motivation greatly interest me (enough so that I minored in psychology) and one of the best thrills is writing and seeing a character develop throughout the story. Seeing how intricate a web human civilization and the importance of interaction and the ripples that flow from those moments…that is what largely drives my writing. To me, a story is a journey; for the characters on the page, for the readers poring over it, and for me writing it. If a story fails to make you stop and think, then what was the point?

Author Interview with Matthew Moses:

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Author Matthew Moses: I currently work in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY. As for my list of prior jobs, it can be extensive. I was an assistant librarian, a public relations officer, a cinematographer for various low budget productions, and an actor (good luck finding any of my work). 

What compelled you to write...

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Author Interview With Kathy-Diane Leveille

Mini-Bio for Kathy-Diane Leveille:

Kathy-Diane Leveille is a former broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who discovered the only thing more thrilling than reading a wonderful story is harnessing the power of the imagination to write one. Her short story collection Roads Unravelling was published to critical acclaim after a selection from its pages Learning to Spin was adapted to radio drama for CBC’s Summer Drama Festival. The tale Showdown at the Four Corner’s Corral was revised for the stage and performed by New City Theater in Saint John.

Kathy-Diane’s prose has been published in a number of literary journals including Grain, Room of One’s Own, The Oklahoma Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Cormorant; as well as various anthologies such as Water Studie...

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Author Interview with Keith Knapp, Author of Moonlight

Keith Knapp has been doing one form of writing or another since he was a kid. He started with short stories then moved to screenplays when he discovered a love for movies during high school. During this time he also became heavily involved in music (playing drums), and still does to this day. After moving from Chicago (where he attended film school) to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career, Keith eventually found himself turning a movie idea of his into his first novel, Moonlight. It wasn’t by choice; the story simply wasn’t working as a script. Since then he’s devoted himself full-time to writing novels. He currently lives in Van Nuys with his three cats.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Oddly enough nothing compelled me to do it – it just happened...

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Mary Burton’s Buns for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Sweet Buns

I love to have these for my sweetie on Valentine’s Day. I make up the dough in my bread maker, assemble the buns the night before and then let them rise in the refrigerator. I also mix up the icing the night before. A couple of hours before breakfast, I set the pans on the counter to rise a little more and then I bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. Simple and so delicious!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Best,
Mary

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Buns

3 ¼ cups of flour
¾ teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla
¾ cup of water
1/4 cup of low fat sour cream
¼ cup of melted butter
1 package of dry yeast

Filling

¾ cups of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Gl...

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