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Book Review: When You Went Away, by Michael Baron

~~”Touching, tender and gentle, the moments between father and son in When You Went Away pull at the heartstrings and the tear ducts.” 

Gerry is our unlikely hero in When You Went Away, a novel by Michael Baron, published by The Story Plant, a relatively new and different sort of publisher, operated by publishing industry veterans. I received an advanced reading copy of When You Went Away for review, and it appealed to me: I liked the cover, the concept of the novel from the blurb. Because of these two things, I bumped this book up in my review queue. Hey, even reviewers like to read for pleasure now and then.

I wasn’t disappointed with When You Went Away, either, so I was glad I bumped it up, but I will say it wasn’t exactly written as I expected it. First, the book is told in a near-memoir style, even though it’s a fiction novel, and the reader gets to go along with Gerry, our protagonist, on his journey of surviving after both his wife and daughter leave him—his wife through death, and his teen daughter through running away from home.

Left to raise a near-newborn son, alone, Gerry has to learn how to live again. He was young when he married, and had been married for the majority of his adult life, and now he’s a single father to Reese, the unplanned but much wanted child born just month prior to Maureen’s death.

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Unbridled Cowboy

Unbridled Cowboy


Unbridled Cowboy is a riveting firsthand account of a defiant hell-raiser in the wild and tumultuous American Southwest in the late 1800s. At the age of fourteen, Joe Fussell hopped trains to escape from school and the authority he scorned. Joe became a roving cowpuncher across the Texas territory, tilling the land, wrangling cattle, and working in livery stables, moving on whenever his feet began to itch. In a time and place with no law, the young cowboy exacted revenge on those who trespassed him or those who abused authority. Joe recounts tales of cowboy adventures, narrow escapes, and undercover work as a Texas Ranger and life on the railroads...

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Book Review: The Face of Death, by Cody McFadyen

Reading and editing for a living, I’ve waded through a lot of books. It’s been a long time since a book grabbed me, drew me into the story, and kept me turning pages. The Face of Death, by Cody McFadyen not only grabbed me, but it took me by the collar and dragged me across the pages, while keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Written in first person, from the point of view of our protagonist, Smoky Barret, a battered and beaten but not broken FBI special agent, the reader gets a glimpse inside Smoky’s head, listening in on her thoughts. There is a very intimate feeling to the relationship between reader and Smoky.

This book stumbles into Smoky’s life about a year after she lost her husband, daughter and good friend at the hands of a serial killer, and nearly lost her own life too...

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Interview with Author Amir Makin

Amir Makin

A Worthy Muslim

Amir Makin found Al Islam on an unexpected yet fruitful journey to Africa. Having always been intrigued with issues of the oppressed masses, he quickly learned how this way of life directed all to defend and protect the indigent from tyranny while preserving the dignity of the dispossessed. Since that time, he has instilled in himself and advanced the type of analysis that leads to positive change throughout society. He has since immersed himself in the study of developing solutions to communities most disaffected. He regularly gives lectures and seminars on manhood training and development, and different areas in need of social justice...

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Interview with Author Shobhan Bantwal

Mini Bio for Shobhan Bantwal:

I was born and raised in India and came to the U.S. as a young arranged-marriage bride 34 years ago. I have embraced American culture and the U.S. has been my home all my adult life. Arranged marriage is an exotic and odd concept for most Americans, but in my culture it is the norm. Most marriages like mine are happy and satisfying. My late-in-life writing career has somehow made me appreciate my marriage and my family more than ever.

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?

Shobhan Bantwal: I wish I could afford to write full-time, but economically it is not an option at this time in my life...

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Promo: Billy Killdeere (2nd edition) by Lee Aaron Wilson

Billy Killdeere (2nd edition)
by Lee Aaron Wilson

Genre: Western Romantic Historical Fiction
Demographic: Adults
Release Date: 2/25/08
Publisher: Treble Heart Books

ISBN: 978-1-932695-670
Price: $13.50
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# Pages: 267
Photographs: None
Index: No
Bibliography: No
Bindery: Perfect-bound Paperback

AUTHOR BIO: Lee Aaron Wilson

Lee Aaron Wilson comes from a long line of storytellers who went West as guides, scouts, lawmen and outlaws after the Civil War. After many years as a Criminal Psychologist, Lee settled down to write in Arizona. Billy Killdeere is his third book.

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Author Interview with Stacy G. Anderson

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?

Stacy Anderson: My ‘real’ job is saving my husband and sons from themselves – I guess that means I’m a modern day version of SuperMom, but then again aren’t we all? I have spent the last few years as a journalist writing for a newspaper and tightening my writing skills, earning awards and building a writing career but my main focus has and always will be as a mom, wife, sister, niece, cousin, granddaughter (my parents are both deceased) and someday, grandma, to my family.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Stacy Anderson: I had a friend that knew what we’d been doing as a fami...

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Interview with Author Bo Savino (aka: Catherine Chase, Dr. Kim Savino, AJ Rand)

You never know which personality might arise from this author who writes under several pseudonyms to keep the genres separate in the hearts and minds of her readers. In particular, she chose to separate her genres with pseudonyms to add a level of parental control so that the young readers of her Reggie & Ryssa series won’t go browsing through the more mature content of her other various titles.

Bo Savino is also the author of the spiritual fiction book, Sacred Steps, published in 2003 by TGS, Ltd, under Dr. Kim Savino. Reggie & Ryssa and the Summer Camp of Faery is her first journey into the realm of books for young adults, under the name Bo Savino.

Under the pseudonym of A. J. Rand, the first book in her Broken Wings series, Broken Wings: Genesis, was released through Aisling Press in...

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Book Review: Still Life with Elephant, by Judy Reene Singer

Today, we once again welcome our guest blogger, Jennifer Walker, to share one of her book reviews. Be sure to stop by Jenn’s site and say hello!


Book Review: Still Life with Elephant, by Judy Reene Singer
By Jennifer Walker

Still Life with Elephant is Judy Reene Singer’s second book, and after reading Horseplay, I had to run out and buy it as soon as it came out. Ms. Singer has a witty and lively writing style that makes me want to read everything she writes—I’d settle for shopping lists at this point!

Still Life with Elephant is a slight departure in style from her first book in that it has a much more somber tone. Neelie Sterling recently learned that her husband, Matt, is going to be a father—with another woman...

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Janet Kay Jensen Author Interview

I’m a full-time writer with one book of nonfiction and one novel under my belt. I live in northern Utah with my husband and our two dogs, and we have recently become grandparents.

Interview with Author Janet Kay Jensen

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?

Janet Jensen: My first career was in Speech-Language Pathology and I worked in public school and university settings for more than 20 years. It was rewarding and challenging but at a certain point I found myself, surprisingly, ready to make a change in occupation. Fortunately, my husband is employed full-time so I am able to be a full-time writer.

What compelled you to write your f...

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