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Author BS  Murthy 

I’m pleased to bring to your notice my literary body of ten free ebooks published by Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press.

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Benign Flame: Saga of Love

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Crossing the Mirage – Passing through Youth

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Glaring Shadow – A stream of consciousness novel 

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Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life 

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Prey on the Prowl – A Crime Novel 

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Stories Varied – A Book of Short Stories

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Onto the Stage – Slighted Souls and other stage and radio plays

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Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife

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Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help in verse sans 110 interpolations

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Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey in sloka to sloka verse

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Author BS Murthy

Stories Varied: A Book Of Short Stories by BS Murthy

Stories Varied delve into the possibilities of woman’s life in the man’s world. While Ilaa’s Ire takes one back to woman’s life and times in the Vedic age, ‘201’ Qualms depicts her predicament when torn between trust and duty. If “?” addresses woman’s marital stress in an alien land, Cupid’s Clue is about her acting on a rebound in the native place. Even as Autumn Love enables a woman to discover the void late in life, A Touchy Affair renders her amenable to her man’s other woman well in time. Just as Love’s How’s That inflames her old flame, A Hearty Turn brings the female lesbian leanings to the fore. As Love Jihad bridges lovers’ religious divide with a secular plank, Tenth Nook creates a marital gulf on the material plane. If Eleventh Hour is about woman’s lust for love, Twelfth Tale underscores her quest for power.

Genre: Short Stories

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Prey On The Prowl: A Crime Novel by BS Murthy

As Assistant Radha asserts that it was Kavya who had the means and the motive to murder Ranjit her spouse, Pravar her paramour and Shakeel the cop, who played foul with Pravar, reckoning that when the ill motives of the natural suspects to commit a murder are an open secret, someone with a hidden agenda might be tempted to use that as a camouflage for his subterfuge, Detective Dhruva begins to look around for the culprit.

Genre: Fiction

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Onto The Stage: Slighted Souls and Other Stage and Radio Plays by BS Murthy

While ‘Slighted Souls’ deals with the rebellion of the downtrodden, ‘Men at work on Women’ at work is about sexual harassment at work place. Even as ‘Castle of Despair’ is built on the ground of man’s urge for success, ‘A Love on Hold’ depicts the drama of love and possession.

Genre: Fiction

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Glaring Shadow: A Stream of Consciousness Novel by BS Murthy

‘Glaring Shadow’ is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames. The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life.

Genre: Fiction

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Benign Flame -Saga of Love by BS Murthy

As Roopa’s father couldn’t help her become a doctor, she marries Sathyam, hoping that he would help her cause, but when he fails her, feeling used by him, she insensibly seeks lesbian solace in her friend Sandhya’s embrace. Later, losing her heart to Raja Rao, Sandhya’s husband, she finds herself in a dilemma of love, even as Sathyam’s friend Prasad woos her to distraction. Unfolding the compelling saga of Roopa’s love and loss, governed by the vicissitudes of life, this ‘novel’ endeavor nuances man-woman chemistry on one hand, and portrays woman-woman empathy on the other.

When, in an absorbing story, these and other inimitable characters began to come alive in an intricate plot, I could sense that my maiden novel was turning out into a work of art on the Indian literary stage, and so I was desperate to live up to its completion in its poetic prose. Oh, how I feared death then, and what a relief it was as I lived to keep up with the muse to complete ‘Benign Flame’!

But what a poetic justice it was though that the publishers’ apathy, for a literary foray into an uncharted fictional arena, pushed me into Roopa’s despondent shoes, leg for leg! So to say, to atone for myself, and to earn for her the empathy, at least, of a few discerning readers, I self-published it, in which some have found freshness – “it’s a refreshing surprise to discover that the story will not trace a fall into disaster for Roopa, given that many writers might have habitually followed that course with a wife who strays into extramarital affairs” – for, after all, Raja Rao famously goads the deviant Roopa to love Sathyam too to make him happy.

Who said the novel is dead; ‘Benign Flame’ raises the bar.

Genre: Fiction

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About The Author: Schooled in letter-writing, BS Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’. Beginning with ‘Benign Flame – Saga of love’, he fashioned two more ‘plot and character’ driven novels, ‘Jewel-less Crown – Saga of life’ and ‘Crossing the Mirage – Passing through youth’ before switching over to the narrative non-fiction with ‘Puppets of Faith: Theory of communal strife’. After versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s ‘Bhagvad-Gita – Treatise of self-help’ and Valmiki’s ‘Sundara Kãnda – Hanuman’s Odyssey’ into English and shaping two stage plays, ‘Slighted Souls’ and ‘Men at work on Women at work’, he returned to fiction with ‘Glaring Shadow’ in the stream of consciousness mode and ‘Prey on the Prowl’, a crime novel. Back onto the stage, he wrote ‘Castle of Despair’ and a radio play ‘A love on hold’.

His ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ was published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18.

BS, a graduate mechanical engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, is a Hyderabad based Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor since 1986. He is married, to a housewife, with two sons, the elder one a PhD in Finance and the younger a Master in Engineering.

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Author BS  Murthy 

I’m pleased to bring to your notice my literary body of ten free ebooks published by Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press.

http://www.gutenberg.us/authors/bsmurthy     

 

Benign Flame: Saga of Love

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0002827435-Benign-Flame–Saga-of-Love-by-Murthy-B-S-.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy  

Crossing the Mirage – Passing through Youth

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0002827431-Crossing-the-Mirage–Passing-Through-Youth-by-Murthy-B-S-.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy

Glaring Shadow – A stream of consciousness novel 

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Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life 

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0002827433-Jewel-Less-Crown–Saga-of-Life-by-Murthy-B-S-.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy

Prey on the Prowl – A Crime Novel 

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0003437464-Prey-on-the-Prowl-A-Crime-Novel-by-Murthy-BS.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy

Stories Varied – A Book of Short Stories

http://www.gutenberg.us/eBooks/WPLBN0004450875-Stories-Varied–A-Book-of-Short-Stories-by-Murthy-BS.aspx?

Onto the Stage – Slighted Souls and other stage and radio plays

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0003437423-Onto-the-Stage–Slighted-Souls-and-other-stage-and-radio-plays-by-Murthy-BS.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy

Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0002827707-Puppets-Of-Faith–Theory-of-Communal-Strife-by-Murthy-B-S-.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy

Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help in verse sans 110 interpolations

 http://self.gutenberg.org/eBooks/WPLBN0002097652-Bhagvad-Gita-Treatise-of-Self-Help-by-Murthy-B-S-.aspx?&Words=BS%20Murthy 

Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey in sloka to sloka verse

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Author Clayton Graham ( Melbourne-Australia)

Silently In The Night by Clayton Graham

A collection of tantalizing tales with more twists than braided hair:

Mystery, murder and mayhem – plus a moment of romance.

Sympathize with a doomed husband and connect with an altruistic robot. Explore an isolated Scottish isle and touch down on a far-flung asteroid.

From the light-hearted to the darkest depths of the human psyche. They’re all there in this smorgasbord of short stories to keep you guessing at every turn. From the author of Milijun and Saving Paludis.

Buy ‘Silently in the Night’ and discover new worlds today!

Cold Coffee Book Review: For those of us who enjoyed The Twilight Zone, Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham is just as thrilling. This book is a collection of tales where ordinary men and women are confronted with the unexpected.

I love each story and will return to read them again. One story titled Watering Down, sticks out in my mind. It centers on the calicivirus, which can cause upper respiratory infections and oral disease in cats. Probably because I am a cat lover, or because I have memories of the Dustin Hoffman 1995 film titled Outbreak, Watering Down made such an interesting and unexpected tale.

I suspect, everyone who reads Silently in the Night will come away with one or more favorites. If you enjoy science fiction and mysteries that make your heart stands still when aliens, artificial intelligence, death, the unexplained or unexpected interact with your reality; Silently in the Night should be top of your reading list.

I am fortunate to have read Author Clayton Graham’s science fiction debut novel titled Milijun. When aliens kidnap Laura’s child, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him back.

I am looking forward to his upcoming release of Saving Paludis where “Nobody thought Paludis would become a battlefield, nor Earth for that matter, but in the darkest of times a glimmer of light can shine, resolute spirits can triumph over brutality and the strangest of strangers can become friends.”

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse and encourage you to read Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 7, 2018.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, First Contact, Alien Invasion

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Milijun by Clayton Graham

It is Australia in 2179.

On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.

Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.

What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.

All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …

Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.

How It Came to Be: Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So, I decided to oblige them.

The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility).

The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can it be stretched before the links break? How far would a mother go to save her son? Would she be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, or undertake actions she would never have deemed possible prior to the alien incursion?

Above all, Milijun explores the question what would mankind do when faced with an intelligence it cannot understand? It’s a good question, for it may happen someday. We are not currently prepared, of course, we are light years away from understanding how we should behave in such a circumstance. Milijun challenges our mindsets through the eyes of a mother and son, and as such is perhaps more powerful and meaningful than if that challenge was through the eyes of the United Nations or the President of the United States.

In the end, Milijun probably asks more questions than it answers. But it does raise the questions. We cannot relax on Earth forever, ignorant of our cosmic surroundings, idling our time away, creating a mirage of prosperity, which appears to create an equally ferocious misery.

Writing Milijun was a labour of love. It was not easy, but neither was it hard. Science Fiction is a love of mine, has been since I was a teenager, escaping to new worlds in the back streets of Stockport, England, where I grew up as a child. Halcyon days, when education and school milk were free, and summers were real summers. We didn’t have much, but we had enough.

Milijun my debut novel, and for me the realization of a dream.

Cold Coffee Book Review: Mankind has always had a fascination with extraterrestrials which dates from ice-age cave walls, ancient Egyptian carvings all the way to Milijun by Clayton Graham.

This well written novel explores our deepest darkest fears that as a planet we are not ready for an alien incursion, in fact we pretend our intellect can save us. However, in Australia 2179 AD main character Laura Sinclair is faced with the unimaginable when she and her son Jason witness aliens descending to earth.

It is earth’s exploration and mining on the lunar surface that begins the conflict that ultimately results in the alien incursion into the Australian outback. Laura and her son Jason are faced with alien-driven technology that severely tests a mother’s love and resolve to protect her offspring at whatever cost.

It is my intent to share a quote to show you the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “It was almost 6:30 pm when Laura came across what would later be called the Rawlinna nest. The sun was dropping in the western sky as she staggered wearily to the top of a modest incline and surveyed the collection of old aluminum shacks spread out before her.

She dropped to the ground, partly to avoid detection but also from sheer fatigue. Her face was covered with sweat and there were several dirt marks down both cheeks where she had attempted to clear bothersome flies from her face. Closing her eyes briefly, she sat in silence, not wanting to act in haste but acutely aware that time was crucial. Earlier, she had made a brief stop to drink water from the choppa’s emergency rations but now felt the need for more. She quenched her thirst then nibbled at a foul-tasting energy bar as she thought through her next move.”

I invite you to the Australia outback where things are not as you might imagine.

Milijun is a striking name for this novel. I dare you to find its meaning. It is an Australian aboriginal word which also has a Serb-Croatian context.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorses Milijun a science fiction debut novel by Clayton Graham. I purchased this book from Kindle. The review was completed on April 9, 2016.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Clayton Graham

As a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK, Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s usual distractions.

He settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a universe we are only just starting to understand.

Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

Combining future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun is his first novel. Second novel, Saving Paludis, will be published early 2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia? As an aerospace engineer I have worked in the UK, USA and Australia and been lucky enough to visit France, Germany, and Indonesia through the auspices of work. We finally settled in Melbourne, Australia [I was thirty-nine years old] and eventually retired on the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is where my family is, and where we relax among the beaches and wineries. It is pleasant, not too crowded outside the holiday seasons, and well looked after by its residents.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have written since my early twenties, on and off, and always loved science fiction. The works of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham enthralled me. They were an escape from the backstreets of Stockport, UK, where I grew up.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I’m from a ‘working class’ family in the UK. Cobbled streets, fish and chips, bread and dripping, after World War 2. Reading was no doubt an escape into different worlds. Not sure if it was an advantage but I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Hard to say exactly, but probably around ten years ago when retirement was approaching.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? That’s an easy one. Just self-publishing my first novel ‘Milijun’. I am now in the process of repeating that experience with additional works.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?

Considering how difficult it is for a self-publishing author to get reviews – just getting decent reviews and positive comments from readers. I hope it continues.

How many published books do you have? Two, with another ‘Saving Paludis’ coming soon.

Please list the titles of all your books: ‘Milijun’. ‘Silently in the Night’. Coming soon ‘Saving Paludis’.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Around half way through. I usually have three or four alternatives before I finally decide – I like to get feedback from readers, too.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My genre is primarily Science Fiction, though not the really hard Star Wars type. I love writing about different worlds and how people would live and interact within them. It’s an escape, but it’s also an infinite universe, so anything is possible.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? ‘Milijun’ started as a short story. That short story is published in Silently In The Night. From there several short stories ensued, some science fiction, some mystery, some paranormal and even a bit of romance. I find that the characters in the book control the story, where it goes, what happens, how it ends.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write what you want, when you want. It doesn’t matter if you never use it. Always keep it.

Who is your favorite author and why? Dean Koontz. A master at making the paranormal believable.

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Author Ronald M. James

Waif: A Sammy Shovel Novel Book Three by Ronald M. James

Peggy is shot full of holes. Sammy takes one near the neck and one in the thigh when two of his cases collide.

A waif, Zoë Hummerstein, hires Detective Sammy Shovel to solve a twenty-two-year-old murder that her father was accused of. Zoë made certain her makeup and clothes were chosen with care before she stepped into the private investigator’s office. Sobbing, Zoë tells her story of a hit-and-run took that took place in San Francisco; not only was her father accused of murdering his wholesale liquor business competitor, but also having an affair with a woman from Oakland. Her father’s young business partner, Tony Lucchesi had taken over the business and married a woman named Linda from the east coast; a New Jersey Mafioso’s daughter.

Zoë knew the only way to solve the mystery was for Sammy to find the mistress.

Sammy feels the case seems straightforward and it will be simple enough to prove her father innocent. But Sammy soon learns there are things Zoë didn’t tell him: her mother died six months after her father died in prison. Linda took over the company, L&T Liquors, and her father’s partner, Tony is somehow different. Sammy learns an astonishing truth; Linda had been paying Zoë’s mother secret monthly stipends. When her mother died, Zoë lost her cash cow.

But when the waif’s case slams into another, they explode into a fantastic struggle of such magnitude that it leaves Sammy in shoot up and in totally dismay. The leads will take him on a perilous journey from seemingly unrelated warehouse robberies in San Francisco to a ghastly murder in Oregon.

Like some of Sammy’s other cases, Waif is filled with lies and murderous greed, but when he finds the police corruption aspect, he knows Herman Ziece, Zoë’s father, was railroaded for murder. But Sammy needs proof. It came in sealed vials of DNA samples taken years before by a funeral operator. The DNA proves the extraordinary circumstances of the case. However, it almost gets him killed when he falls into a well- laid trap. Regardless of the risks, Sammy Shovel delves into every case with equal gusto–to find out why pure innocent people turns into public enemy number one. Growing more suspicious with each–now provocative– visit from Zoë, Sammy finds her high school yearbook, and it all becomes clear and the answer was right in front of him from the start.

Bullets, threats, and seduction won’t stop Sammy Shovel from unraveling the truth.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review: San Francisco’s Private Investigator Sammy Shovel is determined to unravel the truth at whatever costs. Whether or not you have been following the Sammy Shovel mystery novels or this is your first one; dust off your sleuth skills and join in the hunt. Let’s recap as Author Ronald M. James keeps writing.

Book One: An Adventurous Night: introduces us to a “short, slightly overweight, balding” PI that (who?) “sinks his teeth into (each) case” and never loses his grip. (How about adding he’s despised by the SFPD and will take on repo jobs for a buck or two.)

Book Two: Too Beautiful For Words shows us that Sammy Shovel (wants to change his rotten attitude and the reader is introduces to a world class European courtesan named Zondair. She becomes his on and off again secretary in the next book Waif).

Book Three: Waif is set in 1994. Zoë Hummerstein hires Detective Sammy Shovel to solve a twenty-two-year old murder that convicted her father (Herman Ziece) of murdering his wholesale liquor business competitor. With characters that keep any sleuth on his or her toes, twists and turns that kept me engaged, I invite you to step into Sammy’s office as Zoë retrieves a checkbook from her purse. Sammy notices the word ‘Coach’ burned on the leather checkbook as she hands him a check for his retainer. Mostly it is a waiting game when greed, hate, (police corruption) and seduction trumps sanity.

Questions mount as Sammy examines photos, documents and begin his detective work. Instincts tell him that things may or may not be as they seem. Sometimes you have to dig deeper and drudge up old memories that people have put to rest. I quote:

“Good morning. Is this Carolyn Cross?”

“Yes—but we’re not buying anything at this time.” Carolyn answered, hesitantly.

“Carolyn, I’m Samuel Shovel. I’m a private investigator. I received your name from Gary Betts—” Building on the lie, he started with Gary, he added, “I’m investigating SFPD corruption that occurred in the past.”

“I don’t understand, how past?”

“Over twenty years ago, when your sister died.” “Oh dear, that was so long ago.”

“Unquestionably to you, but to Gary, it seems like yesterday. Do you recall the events that took place around the time your sister fell to her death?”

Like in the golden age with Kojack, Columbo, Jim Rockford (the list goes on and on), PI Sammy Shovel has his own style of digging up archives, dredging up memories and using every tool in his investigative tool chest.

Stay tuned for Author Ronald M. James next mystery titled Flame Man: Sammy meets his match and is almost killed. “What a lovely spring day. Let’s find a corpse.” Other stand-alone books include Harrington Manor and The Two Jacks by Ronald M. James.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse and encourage you to read Waif (A Sammy Shovel Novel Book Three) by Ronald M. James. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 27, 2018.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Too Beautiful For Words: A Sammy Shovel Novel, Book Two by Ronald M. James

Private Investigator, Sammy Shovel, finally gets the client of a lifetime and rushes to claim his jackpot, but he soon discovers–wealth and pearl coincide.

Beloved Golden Opportunities, CEO, Joel Ceja, is found murdered one foggy morning. Three months after Joel’s death the police are stumped, they still have no clues to his murder. Golden Opportunities’ employees feel they’re being stonewalled and decide to hire Shovel to assist the police. Sammy accepts, figuring it was nothing more than a local homicide.

However, in no time at all, he’s mired in international quicksand filled with a worldwide assassination ring–and he wants out. But greed overcomes his common sense. He runs from firefight to firefight to get to the truth, but his adversaries dupe him time and again.

You may deceive Sammy–some of time. But when he puts it altogether–run bother, run for we all know Sammy’s a shoot first and ask questions later type a guy.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Private Investigators

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An Adventurous Night (A Sammy Shovel Novel-The Beginning) by Ronald M. James

When Sammy Shovel sinks his teeth into a case—he gets to the bottom of it— no matter how many bullets are flying at him.

Private Investigator, Sammy Shovel, is short, slightly overweight, balding, and he dresses like San Francisco’s most squalid street people.

When a supposed heist falls into his lap, Sammy jumps at the chance to make a few bucks, from an unknown victim, by stopping what appears to be a simple robbery. However, the case turns out to be different than anything he’s taken on since the death of his partner.

Sammy finds himself speeding through streets of San Francisco to head off another senseless murder. The events that follow are beyond his comprehension, and will change his perception of crime forever.

The victim may not be as evil as it seems, but rather—a casualty of circumstances

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Harrington Manor by Ronald M. James

A murderer stalks the orange groves of 1923 Southern California. Detective Sidney Snipes is called to the Harrington Manor when retired Colonel Peter Wescott Harrington is found slumped over his desk by his family. Snipes entrusts the sensational new crime fighting technology—Fingerprint Analysis to find a fierce fiend.

Just when he thought he had the murderer cornered, a neighbor discovers a shallow grave in the orange groves; an unsolved missing person’s cold case files. A case that has haunted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for three years. The evidence in the missing person’s case rumples Snipes proficient sleuthing skills as the leads take him in circles. Then to add to the muddying discord, another Harrington turns up dead, apparently murdered in his sleep.

But when a sinister child’s Jack-in-the-box, seemingly from the grim reaper himself, materializes on the Colonel’s desk, the detective is bedeviled more than he cares to admit. Nevertheless, Snipes had enough moxie to send fingerprints to every city where his suspects had ever lived. The leads take Snipes in a direction he never saw coming. Within days, he’s shocked to his eyebrows by the results; the identity of the murderer befuddles his mind. Alas, the oldest Harrington son, Shep, supposed wife, had a mock wedding to him in Manhattan, New York, and their plan was to kill the whole Harrington clan for their wealth.

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths, Historic Novel set in 1923

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The Two Jacks by Ronald James

The Two Jacks is a love story about Jack and Alice. It’s an easy read and takes us back to a time when life was simple. The story is a madcap romp, sassy and sexy. In the mid-seventies two college graduates, music majors with the same first name, are about to find out the real world is fraught with peril. The Jacks have written a musical together. When two years go by and nobody will even listen to their music, one of the Jacks, a philanderer, decides to take the idea to a producer of adult movies, C. Jay Sniffen. Being devious, he wants to get the musical on film so the two of them will have something to show Broadway and Hollywood. In order to entice the porn producer, Jack suggests Sniffen be the first to make an adult musical, but doing that changes the lives of both Jacks and Sniffen completely.

Womanizer Jack wants action and is not ready to trash the musical he and his best friend have written together. His roomy, the more reserved Jack, has found that being a professional student has merit as long as his wealthy mother and father keep him well greased with spending money. Jack the lad comes to realize he’s getting older and his partner is too comfortable playing the lazy game. But C. Jay Sniffen the pornographic film producer, sees talent in the Jacks’ vanilla musical and is savvy enough to turn it into Cherry Garcia.

Born in the depression and having no toys to speak of, I used my imagination to conjure up stories. I would tell them to my playmates, while we constructed space ships and buildings out of cardboard boxes. Yes, we had Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers back then. In my teens I went to a movie about George Sands, the pen name of a women writer. I became enamored with having a pen name and selected “Ronald James.” Unfortunately, my chosen profession, architecture, prevented me from writing. Now retired, I have completed stories that have been buzzing in my brain for years. The Two Jacks takes us back to the mid-seventies, when porn busted into mainstream society. At the time, I always wondered why the fledging porn industry never tried to do musicals since they poked fun at everything else. My mind started to put together what if scenarios. The result, The Two Jacks.

Special Note: The book The Two Jacks was published by Dog Ear long before I had signed a contract with Big Sky Press where I was one of their authors, and was introduced to my current editor. I may have The Two Jacks reedited for it’s a love story about when pornographic films hit mainstream movie theaters, set in 1962. It has a story (the musical) within the story and borders on being erotic.

Genre: Romance, Adult

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Author Ronald James being interviewed by Ana Escobar for his latest work THE TWO JACKS

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ronald M. James

About The Author: Ronald James was born during the great depression, and as a toddler watched WPA men build a new street, from his home’s big front window. His playmates were a red rider wagon, a small black satchel and rocks.

By using his imagination, he had conversations with mythical street workers that soon bloomed into fashioned fantasies by age four. He used cardboard boxes to create fun spaces for his neighborhood playmates to enjoy and he kept telling stories all through high school.

In college he abandoned writing and studied architecture. James had a successful architectural career and retired, however he wanted to keep his creative juices fluent, so he returned to his childhood story telling days and joined a writers group.

Like architecture, each day he couldn’t wait to create, finish, and start new stories—like this book, Harrington Manor.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area? I was trained to be an architect. I practiced architecture from 1955 to 2012. I worked mostly on hospitals and other heavy construction. In the 1990 I took creative writing courses for when I retired. Both writing and architecture are creative venues. I am proud that I found a vehicle to continue doing so. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life. I also build Halloween and Dickens’ Christmas Carol sets like they do with model train sets. See attached.

What or who inspired you to become a writer and did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I went to the movies with my parents in the 30’s and 40’s. I loved the mystery films the best, especially The Maltese Falcon—hence my Sammy Shovel series.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? It is best to explain from my Bio. I was born during the great depression, and as a toddler watched WPA men build a new street, from my home’s big front window. My playmates were a red rider wagon, a small black satchel and rocks. By using my imagination, I had conversations with mythical street workers that soon bloomed into fashioned fantasies by age four. I used cardboard boxes to create fun spaces for my neighborhood playmates to enjoy and I kept telling stories all through high school. In college I abandoned writing and studied architecture. I had a successful architectural career and retired, however I wanted to keep my creative juices fluent, so I returned to my childhood story telling days and joined a writers group. Like architecture, each day I couldn’t wait to create, finish, and start new stories.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2002

I found an agent, which turned into a disaster. It wasn’t money; they weren’t liked by the publishing industry.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your writing and publishing journey? Actually, it was my publisher Big Sky Press (who closed their doors). They introduced me to a real editor. It was like sitting across from that person and going line by line. It took months of back and forth until I got it right. The strange thing was the price was the same as those who did it quickly and only blue marked Words’ edit system. My new editor made me make all the changes—what a difference.

How many published books do you have? I now have 5.

Please list the titles of all your books with genre:
The Two Jacks (Adult)
Harrington Manor (Historic Novel set in 1923)
An Adventurous Night (A Sammy Shovel Novel-The Beginning) (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)
Too Beautiful For Words: A Sammy Shovel Novel, Book Two (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)
Waif: A Sammy Shovel Novel Book Three (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)

What do you write that’s unusual in your style? In my detective series I start every novel with dialog and I scatter around a few opposite words like feasibly impossible and pristine mess. What else? I use a lot of dialog, because I can see them talking and interacting with others in my mind, even what they’re wearing. I add humor when the situation calls for it. Read Harrington Manor. I create venues that are funny, some in heated discussions when one or the other gets their facts wrong.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t look for bottom pricing when editing your book—pay more get more.

Who is your favorite author and why? I don’t have a favorite. I will read anything when I have the time even some crap published by major houses because the subject matter was interesting.

The book The Two Jacks was published by Dog Ear long before I had signed a contract with Big Sky Press where I was one of their authors, and was introduced to my current editor. I may have The Two Jacks reedited for it’s a love story about when pornographic films hit mainstream movie theaters, set in 1962. It has a story (the musical) within the story and borders on being erotic.

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Author Gloria Antypowich (British Columbia-Canada)

The Second Time Around by Gloria Antypowich

Book One: Belanger Creek Ranch Series

Sparks fly when Frank Lamonte and Colt Thompson meet. There is an explosion of anger, based on misinformation and suspicion: but there is also an undeniable attraction. Thirty-six fateful hours set the stage for a lifetime of consequences.

Veterinarian, Frank Lamonte, comes to Belanger Creek Ranch to work as a ranch hand after her boss recognizes her growing symptoms of depression and insists she take a leave of absence. She is reeling from a series of emotional blows, the final one being a broken engagement. He tells her to leave town for a while and give her ravaged emotions a chance to heal, without constantly facing reminders of the past. She’s determined to get better quickly, and nothing will stand in her way.…that is, until she meets the owner of Belanger Creek Ranch. Her attraction to him could end her plans, even though she thinks otherwise.

After divorcing the cheating wife who destroyed his dreams, Colt Thompson has become a bitter and cynical man. Being vulnerable once broke his heart; allowing it to happen twice will never happen. He will make certain that he never falls in love again. When he finds Frank Lamonte at the ranch, he makes up his mind that she is a liar and a cheat. He will not let himself be attracted to her, even though the tension sizzles.

Will Frank and Colt open their hearts to true love? Or, will Colt do everything he can to protect his heart?

Will he wed Shauna Lee Holt, his “friends with benefits” woman; a woman he doesn’t love?

Will Frank take a risk and make him think again?

Will she settle back into the state of depression that resulted in her coming to Belanger Creek Ranch?

When Dr. Jason Winters DVM arbitrarily put her on leave of absence, he told her to deal with her emotional trauma. He promised that her job as a veterinarian at his clinic would be waiting, when she was mentally healthy.

Will she jeopardize all her opportunities?

Heartache lies ahead for these two intractable characters, and neither one of them will make wise choices along the way

Cold Coffee Book Review: It is refreshing to read a romance that not only satisfies the readers desire to read this genre, but also teaches an important life lesson.

‘The Second Time Around’ is the first book in the Belanger Creek Ranch series. Well-developed characters like veterinarian Frank Lamonte (Female), Dr. Jason Winters (DVM) and Colt Thompson(Owner of the Belanger Creek Ranch in Saskatchewan, Canada) to name a few, bring real life issues into normal life settings where the reader can relax and relate in one or more ways.

When courage comes before comfort to assist a friend, co-worker and employee to seek the help needed for a depressional episode, the main character can not only find help, relief, time and the environment to promote healing, she can overcome the root cause of her depression and help a man that comes into her life to live and love again.

Realistic, warm, touching and romantic with writing that draws the reader into the story. Author Gloria Antypwich brings her own experiences, environment and fascination with human nature to the table in her creative process.

In my reviews I always quote at least one passage to show the writer’s style and intent I am very careful not to spoil the story for you the reader. I quote from page 62.

“The Thunder Breeding Hills, she mused as she fanned herself with her hat, appreciating the movement of air as it wafted across her face. Native people had called the Cypress Hills that, because they thought they were the home and breeding ground of the storms. She lifted her face to the sky. The night was going to be spectacular. It was a good thing she wasn’t afraid of thunder and lightning, or being by herself.

When she stepped out of the tub an hour later, a loud clap of thunder shattered the night. Within seconds, rain sluiced down in a torrent. Frank dried off, wrapped a fresh towel sarong-fashion around her body, and then stepped back into the bedroom. Shaking her hair loose around her shoulders, she went to stand at the window. She smiled as she watched the welcome drops bounce on the cement walk below. Their pounding rhythm on the roof was almost exciting, and she was stirred by the sound of it as she ran her fingers through her heavy, damp hair. She turned to pick up the electric hair dryer and a styling brush and worked her hair until it floated around her shoulders like a soft, fragrant cloak. Fiery lights glinted off it like sparks borrowed from the lightning that pierced the evening sky.”

I, Theodocia McLean endorse ‘The Second Time Around’ (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 1) by Gloria Antypowich as a Contemporary Adult Romance inspired by her husband (they are both retired) who is the love of her life. I purchased this book from a Kindle and this book review was completed on July 22, 2015.

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Full Circle by Gloria Antypowich

Book Two: Belanger Creek Ranch Serie

“Shauna Lee, I told you I’m a hunter. I have hunted cougars in the wild. That is where I like to keep them: in the wild; with me doing the stalking.” Her face went scarlet. “Are you calling me a cougar?” she asked, indignantly

Twenty years ago, eighteen-year-old Shauna Lee Holt rose like a phoenix, out of the ashes of tragedy. Fierce determination focused her drive for independence. After graduation, she worked non-stop, scrimping and saving every penny. She purchased Swift Current Accounting and Bookkeeping Service. Now she is regarded as a successful accountant in the business community: but no one knows her personal, private hell

Brad Johnson recently moved to Swift Current, where he set up Windspeer Energy; a company specializing in small wind energy turbines. Brad feels an undeniable attraction to Shauna Lee, but he refuses to play her “nothing serious, no strings attached” game

As time passes, he falls head over heels in love with this tormented woman. Shocking fragments of her tragic past come to light, and he begins to realize that she may never be able to give him the emotional connection he desperately desires

This is a stand-alone book in the series, but the lives of Colt and Frank Thompson are woven into Brad Johnson and Shauna Lee Holt’s story. The couple, who seem to have everything, discover that grief and pain are no respecters of person. When they face the unimaginable, will their relationship be shaken beyond repair

This is a story of wrath, hatred, murder, betrayal, denial, and unconditional love.

Cold Coffee Book Review: Full Circle by Gloria Antypowich is book two of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series. I was delighted to discover that book two continues where book one (The Second Time Around) left off. Book two adds more well defined characters that not only tie both books together, but move ahead with real life situations that involve work, play, past, present, family, friendship, love, hate, romance and genuine passion for life and fulfilling relationships

Once again Author Gloria Antypowich masterfully brings her own life experiences into her creative writing process to draw her readers into the story line tugging at their heart and mind revealing their own memories whether good or bad. I find that these first two books, especially Full Circle has a short dedication that played over and over in my mind while I lived vicariously through her characters

In my reviews I always quote at least one passage to show the writer’s style and intent I am very careful not to spoil the story for you the reader. I quote from page 154 (in my copy) as Shauna Lee and Brad enjoy a leisurely horseback ride

They took the horses out through the gate at the back of the horse pasture and followed the trail to the gently rolling fields. They rode in companionable silence, enjoying the crisp, fresh air and the serenity of being away from everything else.

Shauna Lee sat astride her horse and threw her arms wide open, embracing the world. “I love this: total solitude, no sounds of traffic, no telephones, and no computers!” She turned to smile at him, happiness overflowing.

“I know what you mean. I get that same feeling when I go hunting in the mountains. Dad and I ride way off the beaten track. You feel like no else has ever been there. The mountains are so majestic, the air so clean and the scenery so spectacular. It’s like being transported into a totally different world. For two weeks, we become different people. I always think we become the people we really are meant to be. Life is simple, with no outside pressures. It recharges my batteries. One day I’d like to take you with me.”

Shauna Lee shook her head. “I couldn’t go hunting.”

Brad looked out over the fields. “Shauna, man has been a hunter for centuries. Dad and I always use the meat we take. How can I explain it to you? For us, it’s almost a spiritual thing; being so close to nature, to the creator.

Come experience life, love, sorrow, forgiveness and a genuine hero spirit. Experience romance where men are real men and even the most liberal women have to stop to appreciate this lost art of gentlemanly behavior. After coming Full Circle move into The Hand of Fate, book three of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series

I, Theodocia Mclean endorse Full Circle (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 2) by Gloria Antypowich as a Contemporary Adult Romance inspired by her husband (they are both retired) who is the love of her life. I purchased this book from Kindle and this book review was completed on August 22, 2015.

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The Hand Of Fate by Gloria Antypowich

Book Three: Belanger Creek Ranch Series

Tim glared at Christina. “I guess I get the floor.”

“Quit being an ass and get a grip on yourself. There is no need for anyone to sleep on the floor. I’m sure we are mature enough to make the best of this rotten situation. I’m not going freak out if your leg touches mine. It’s not as if either of us is interested in anything other than sleep and keeping warm.”

He stared at her. “Are you suggesting we share the bed?”

Thirty-eight-year-old Christina Holmes is the office manager at Swift Current Accounting and Bookkeeping Services. On the surface, she is a happy person that everyone likes, but in her heart, she carries pain. She has MRHK syndrome.

Her marriage had deteriorated because of the rare congenital condition, and it ended in humiliation for her. The experience is a secret that Christina has not shared with anyone since she came to Swift Current. She has avoided intimate relationships, feeling less than a woman, and ashamed of the hand that nature dealt her. She has allowed her condition to define her, making her certain that no one will love her as she is.

Forty-eight-year-old Tim Bates came to Swift Current four years ago, when Colt Thompson hired him to manage Cantaur Farm. Forsaken by his stepfamily, Tim was reeling from a contested family will, and an ugly divorce filed by his wife who had never truly loved him. He was bitter and angry, trusted no one and despised women.

When he first arrived, Christina thought of Tim as a cold fish, and Tim saw Christina as an officious bitch. However, during the past four years the two of them have developed a comfortable relationship: but it isn’t the kind that comes with intimacy, or fringe benefits.

When Tim Bates finds a picture on the old ranch hand’s desk at Belanger Creek Ranch, he is stunned. He reacts with suspicion that turns into feelings of betrayal and anger. The picture becomes the focus of a mystery that involves people at the ranch: people who have been friends for years. The answers could forever change the lives of those involved.

Tim discovers that what he has always believed about his birth is not true. Shaken, he turns to Christina for friendship and support.

Sometimes The Hand of Fate intervenes. Will it bring unexpected miracles into the lives of these two friends?

This is a story of family ties, unconditional love, loyalty, powerful friendships, sacrifice, mystery and the realization of dreams that seem impossible.

This can be read as a stand-alone book in the Belanger Creek Ranch Series. The lives of Colt and Frank Thompson (The Second Time Around, Book One) and Shauna Lee and Brad Johnson (Full Circle, Book Two) intertwine with those of Tim Bates and Christina Holmes in this work of fiction.

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A Second Chance by Gloria Antypowich

Book Four: Belanger Creek Ranch Series

“No!” Taylor’s cry was a wail. “I don’t want to move again……..

“Taylor, I’m your mother. You’ll listen to me.”

Taylor’s look became set and stubborn. “I am not moving again and… I’m not leaving Grayson. You’re wrong about him. I know it!”

When Sarah Brite arrives at Belanger Creek Ranch, it’s like a sanctuary from her troubles, even though she can never totally relax. She is always looking over her shoulder—alert and waiting to run. The ranch is a vast rural area, a place where it doesn’t seem likely that her son’s violent father would find them.

The ranch ‘family’ is a close knit group consisting of co-workers and the owners, Colt and Frank Thompson. They all look out for each other. There’s only one thing that makes Sarah uneasy… that’s gentle, friendly Grayson McNaughton.

Her son, Taylor immediately bonds with Grayson. This disquiets Sarah. Grayson is a nice enough man, but Taylor makes it increasingly clear that he would love it if they became a family. Sarah decides to share her dark secret with Grayson so he will understand why he can never be Taylor’s father. He is filled with compassion and insists she share her fears with the Thompsons, who stand staunchly behind her.

Sarah relaxes, and begins to want to make Taylor’s wish a reality. However, Grayson McNaughton has a secret of his own; he had destroyed a man’s life, and he was charged but not convicted of aggravated assault, eight years before he came to the ranch.

Burdened with deep-seated guilt, he chooses to live in obscurity and hideaway in pain. He loves Sarah, and as they gradually grow closer, he knows he has to be honest with her, so even though it may jeopardize their relationship, he shares his painful past.

Sarah is devastated; furious that she has let him get close to her son. Even though she does not have all of the facts, she immediately labels Grayson as a violent person. She has had enough violence and fear in her life, and she doesn’t want to expose Taylor to it. She is ready to pack up and run again, but Taylor is older now and he isn’t having it. He loves Grayson and is through with running. He digs in his heels, ready to fight his mother.

Colt Thompson offers a solution to Sarah that will allow everyone to stay at the ranch. Taylor begrudgingly accepts the terms, but Sarah’s ultimatums come at a cost… she realizes she is losing her sons affection and respect. An unexpected tragedy intervenes. Is it too late for Sarah and Grayson to make Taylors world complete?

Will they have A Second Chance?

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Cold Coffee Spotlight Interview With Gloria Antypowich

Gloria AntypowichGloria Antypowich writes Contemporary Adult Fiction. In 2015 she published the Belanger Creek Ranch Series, a group of four books that can be read as standalone, but will enrich the readers experience if they are read in sequence. The series focuses on a group of people who have become as close as family because of the friendships they have created through their business relationships with the Belanger Creek Ranch.

Gloria grew up on a farm and most of her married life has been lived on a ranch. Human relationships fascinate her. Ideas for stories can be found everywhere; over-heard conversations in a public place, a couple fighting in a restaurant, a story in the news, even a chance remark in a conversation with a friend. She is enamored with the power of words and she loves to use them to paint images of characters that become so real, they feel like they could be your next door neighbor.

She does not believe that relationships are merrily “happy ever after.” Relationships require commitment, give and take, compromise and consideration for each other: in other words they take work! Each individual has their own ideas, beliefs and needs. Environment, upbringing and life experiences affect their personality and character. Nothing is simple or automatically agreeable.

Gloria is an avid reader of several different genres and listens to a wide selection of music. A good game of cards, sharing a laugh with a friend over a glass of wine and spending time with her family are a few of her favorite things to do. She loves to write and says her husband was her inspiration for the heroes in this series of books. He was a cowboy, a rancher–and a lover. Gloria lives with her husband, in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. They are retired now, but they still have “chemistry”

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Horsefly, British Columbia, Canada? I’m proud to be a writer no matter where I live! However, Horsefly is a very small community and there are not many writers who live here…in fact as far as I know, my husband and I are the only ones. I published two books in 2011 and early in 2012—and the support from the people in Horsefly was incredible. Then my husband decided to publish his hunting experiences and his memoir, so I put my writing aside until late 2013 to help him. To date he has published six books, but I did not edit or do anything more than facilitate the publishing of the last four books. In 2014 I rewrote my first book (Hearts at Risk) and tidied up the second one (You can Run) and republished them as Books One and Two of a new Series—The Belanger Creek Ranch Series. I added two more books to complete the Series. The books are on Amazon, but my local supports are waiting for me to put them into the local stores.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always been enamored by the power of words, and I’ve been an avid reader since my early teens. My mother read Harlequin Romances, and so did I.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I didn’t start writing until I bought my first computer after we moved to Horsefly in the 1970’s. During that period in my life, I attended three RWA conventions and listened to Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Debbie Macomber speak—all authors who I admired and whose books I had been reading. Vanessa Grant and I shared a room at one of those conventions, and we became friends. She read the first drafts of “Hearts At Risk” and introduced me to an agent, who took the book to Harlequin. I got a very polite rejection—they had too many ranch stories at that time. My husband isn’t a romance reader and when the manuscript wasn’t snapped up immediately, he encouraged me to write something different.

Instead, I became a traveling sales person for five years, and then life carried me along different paths. My children grew up and got married. I became a besotted grandmother, and then my husband and I retired and our life took on another dimension. I didn’t give another thought to publishing until a friend who we had met in retirement, published a book through Xlibris in 2010. Suddenly a spark was ignited and I brought out the old manuscript, polished it a bit and sent it to Xlibris. Both of our books pretty much bombed, and I discovered that marketing is a very complex and difficult part of being an author. I’ve learned a lot about my writing skills, as well as marketing a book during the past four years!

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I grew up in a loving home. I was the oldest child, and my mother and I were best friends. Learning to read from her example was a wonderful thing. I married a farmer, who became a rancher so it was easy for me to write this series of books, and draw upon my life experiences. A climatic point in “A Second Chance, Book Four of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series” is a dramatized version of what actually happened to me in real life. I will tell you that the incident put a deep seated fear of cows and their new babies that stayed with me for many years.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? This makes me chuckle! I invariably change the title many times before I settle on the one that works for me. “The Hand of Fate, Book Three of The Belanger Ranch Series” was originally going to be “The Bastard and The Barren.” My husband saw the file on my computer and was dismayed…although I did not change the title because of that. At one point it was going to be called “The Gift” and then when I did the final edit, I decided that “The Hand of Fate” best suited the book.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write Contemporary fiction/Western Romance. I do not write text-book romance, but my books definitely have a strong romance theme. Before Jen Blood became so successful with Adian Enterprises, I had her do analyses of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series, and she suggested I go with Western Romance. I am fascinated by human relationships and I believe in the power of love, so it is natural for me to write about love, romance and relationships.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? When I rewrote the book that is now “The Second Time Around, Book One of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series,” I decided to draw attention to the effects of mild depression and how it affects the life of the person who deals with it. I am not a stranger to the mild form of depression myself, and I have seen the illness in many people—some who have plumbed the very depths.

It is not the focal issue of the book, but it is the impetus for the story line. One reviewer wrote “The Second Time Around is one in a series of western romance novels by Gloria Antypowich who demonstrates a good knowledge of human nature in this take of a woman who has suffered three devastating losses in a short period, something most of us have also experienced. … My main interest was in how she handled Frank’s depression and although, she does not belabor the issue, Frank’s attitudes and behaviors reflect the condition well…

I was delighted with this review (even though it was not a 5 star) because it made me feel that I had accomplished what I set out to do. Depression is a mental illness, and many people are embarrassed that they suffer from it, but they would not hesitate to go to a doctor for heart trouble or cancer. Mental health issues are very prevalent in today’s society and we need to bring them to light.—Oh my—now I need to step down from my soap box!!

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? When I wrote Full Circle, Book Two of The Belanger Creek Series the writing process was amazing to me. It was almost a “spiritual” experience, in that it felt like the words just flowed from my subconscious. I wrote for hours on end, and when I got tired or reached a plateau, I’d either take a nap or go to bed for the night. When I went back to the computer, in no time the words began to flow again. One reader told me that as she read it, she felt like she was watching a movie

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? There is nothing that compares with the thrill of having a stranger come up to you and tell you that they absolutely loved your books! This has happened to me several times, and locally I have followers who are constantly asking WHEN the next one will be out. That is thrilling.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Anything is possible! If you love to write, do it for that very reason and go for it!!

Who is your favorite author and why? I read so many genres—I can’t say I have a favorite author. One book that stays in my mind is Windfall by L.J. Martin—I loved that book. I am a big Claude Bouchard fan and I read every one of his Vigilante Series. I absolutely loved Melissa Foster’s books Megan’s Way and Come Back To Me. And then there is Widow, Virgin, Whore by Deanna Lynn Sletten. Then of course there is Kathleen Ball, Linda Lael Miller, Juliette Douglas, Stacy Eaton, Bev Pettersen, Giacomo Giammatteo, R.E. Donald, Bobby Hutchinson, Linda Gillard, Francis Guenette, Vanessa Grant, JD Robb/Nora Roberts, David Baldacci, Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steel….I could go on and on.

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Author Clayton Bye ( Kenora-Canada)

The Speed Of Dark by Clayton Clifford Bye and PDR Lindsay

27 strangely different and disturbing horror short stories by talented authors from around the world.

Cold Coffee Book Review: Nineteen authors contributed twenty-seven short stories in this Horror Anthology, The Speed of Dark. Author Clayton Bye is editor and also the contributor of Retrovirus and The Speed of Dark within this collection. In the Introduction Clayton says it best when speaking about the Horror genre. He says, “A story that disturbs is like a deep sliver. It works its way slowly through your flesh, sometimes festering, sometimes not. But it’s there, it’s with you long after the story is done.”

The short story The Speed of Dark by Clayton Bye reminds me of Twilight Zone’s epic psychological horrors. The premise begins with two questions, “How does one outrun darkness?” and “What’s the speed of dark?” I invite you to read this short story and ask yourself, what secret dreams and silent screams inhabit your inner peace?

Enjoy each story as told by different voices, varied life experiences and individual writing style. Read the introductions from authors Casey Wolf, Clayton Bye, Cynthia B. Ainsworthe, Eduard Garçon, E.J. Ruek, Gerald Rice, James Secor, John B. Rosenman, Kenneth Weene, Leigh M. Lane, Lyn McConchi, Marion Webb-De Sisto, Mary Firmin, Megan Johns, Micki Peluso, Minna van der Pfaltz, Tim Fleming, Tonya Moore and Tony Richards before their short story begins.

This book was edited by CC Bye and PDR Lindsay with Cover Art by Zentao. I am most familiar with author Clayton Bye’s published works that include Bare Knuckle MBA: Everything You Need to Know About Running A Profitable Business; Getting Clear; How To Get What You Want From Life: Practical Techniques For Building The Future You’ve Always Wanted; The Sorcerer’s Key; The Contrary Canadian: A Collection; The Hundred: Actions That Make Dreams Come True; The It Can’t Be Done, No Way, You’ve Got To Be Kidding, Crazy Or Unbelievably Stupid To Try It, Handbook For Success; Technomage; What I Found In The Dark; Behind the Red Door and the anthologies: The Speed of Dark, Writers on The Wrong Side of the Road and Det Lupèe: The Impossible Cases. All of these books and books written by authors in this anthology can be purchased through Amazon.

I, Theodocia McLean endorses The Speed of Dark by Clayton Bye as a well written horror anthology by nineteen authors. The short stories will satisfy horror seekers far beyond camp-fire stories told on Halloween. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on October 31, 2015.

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  • Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road, edited by Clayton Clifford Bye places 4th in the P&E Readers Poll for 2012.
  • The Speed of Dark, presented by Chase Enterprises Publishing places 4th in the P&E Readers Poll for 2013 The Speed of Dark, edited by Clayton Clifford Bye wins the Bronze Medal for 2013 in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
  • The Speed of Dark, also won an honorable mention in the 84th Annual Writers’ Digest Writing Competition.

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The Sorcerer’s Key: From Earth To Eden I – by Clayton Clifford Bye

Bye offers an intriguing take on the classic hero’s journey, meshing biblical myth with Dungeons and Dragons-style sorcery to create a story that is as provocative as it is exciting. – Lisa Lane, author

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Technomage – by Clayton Clifford Bye and Keur L. Dawn

Technomage is author Clayton Bye’s second installment of the dark fantasy FROM EARTH TO EDEN. THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF JACK LIGHTFOOT Pursued by a cyborg sorcerer and the devil himself, Jack Lightfoot is forced to give up all that is human in an effort to find a way to stop the destruction of both Earth and Eden – Long Blurb: An epic tale of war brimming with an assortment of unique individuals–Satan as a human, a teenage corporate genius who has solved the problem of long-distance space travel, a man who lives inside the internet, a native healer who is also of the cloth, even a resurrected serial killer, Technomage also delves into the nature of both God and man. Note: The Sorcerer’s Key: EARTH TO EDEN I is still in print and widely available; or contact the author at ccbye@shaw.ca

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What I Found In The Dark – by Clayton Clifford Bye

The mystery of the veil, of the dark curtain between this life and the next, between past and future or between mind and matter haunts all of us at one time or another. Yet… there is beauty in what we can’t see and must imagine. Read What I Found in the Dark.

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Clayton Bye

Clayton Bye is a writer, copywriter, editor and publisher.

He has authored 10 books, as many ghostwrites, hundreds of reviews and is the publisher of three award winning anthologies of short stories by other talented authors.

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What makes you proud to be a writer from Kenora, Ontario, Canada? The fact that I can live in the most beautiful spot in our great country and go to work every day online is totally awesome.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? A fellow entrepreneur encouraged me to take the speeches I was making at various seminars and turn them into a book. That got me started and I haven’t looked back.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? 1993

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? No it didn’t and I haven’t as yet.

How many published books do you have? 10 of my own and 9 for other people

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Usually before.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I am not a genre writer. In fact, to date, I have refused to write in the same genre twice. Here are the genres I’ve published in: Self-help/Motivational, Business/Success, Psychology/Emotions, Personal Achievement/Workbook, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Poetry, Horror, Autobiography/Philosophy, Business Administration, Short Story Anthology/General plus I’ve published (other authors): Anthology/General, Anthology/Horror, Anthology/Detective Stories and Memoir/Anorexia.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I wanted to put together a Horror Anthology that was different from anything else on the market. Every author, including myself, was challenged to write something completely different, to take it to the edge. I think you’ll like what we ended up with.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Getting to write the way I think writing should be.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Publishing in a different genre every time I put out a book.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don’t be afraid to be different.

Who is your favorite author and why? Can’t say that I have one. Damon Knight because he was my mentor. Robert McCammon because his horror isn’t just horror. Stephen King because he’s such a great storyteller. John D. MacDonald because of Travis McGee. Louis L’Amour because he taught me I could write anywhere at any time under virtually any circumstance. See what I mean?

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I was a self-publisher before anyone had ever heard of POD. Now I’m a traditional publisher. Isn’t life funny?

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Clayton Bye’s Published Books
Bare Knuckle MBA: Everything You Need to Know About Running A Profitable Business
Getting Clear
How To Get What You Want From Life: Practical Techniques For Building The Future You’ve Always Wanted
Technomage
The Contrary Canadian: A Collection
The Hundred: Actions That Make Dreams Come True
The It Can’t Be Done, No Way, You’ve Got To Be Kidding, Crazy Or Unbelievably Stupid To Try It, Handbook For Success…
The Sorcerer’s Key
What I Found In The Dark
Behind the Red Door

Anthologies Published Through Clayton Bye’s Chase Enterprises Publishing
The Speed Of Dark
Writers On The Wrong Side Of The Road
Det. Lupee: The Impossible Cases

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Author D. M McGowan (Northern British Columbia-Canada)

McGowan1Photo-Ning PhotoAuthor D. M. McGowan writes historical fiction about the settling and opening of Canada’s West. “The Great Liquor War” – 1998 – Daison Publishing / “Partners” – 2008 – Strategic Book Publishing / “Homesteader: Finding Sharon” – 2009 – Strategic Book Publishing.

Dave was born in Collingwood, Ont. and have lived in Owen Sound, Caledon, Heathcote, (in BC) Ft. St. John, Vancouver, (back to Ont.) Jarvis, Oshawa, Windsor, (Alb.) Calgary, Ft. Saskatchewan, (BC) Kelowna and Dawson Creek. He has been a cowboy, forest firefighter, heavy equipment operator, farmhand, gardener, road musician and businessman. He lives with his wife, Karen, and children and grandchildren in Northern British Columbia, where he works as a commercial driver.

The Making Of Jake McTavish

The-Making-of-Jake-McTavish-by-D.-M.-McGowanIn the west of the 1890s, Jake’s wife is raped and murdered, an image from which he attempts to escape and hide. When two thieves try to take what little he has left, Jake realizes he must face the past and solve his wife’s murder to truly escape the images in his head. But to find the killer, he discovers even more surprises .

Jake McTavish left his home in central Canada when he was in his early teens. After working ships on the Great Lakes, fishing Lake Winnipeg, feeding cattle south of Fort Garry, and shooting wolves on the prairies, he starts his own cattle operation in the foothills of the western mountains. Then he meets his life-long partner, Anna.

Jake and Anna were married three years when it all came crashing down. He came home to find his beautiful wife raped and murdered. In an attempt to escape the vision of his butchered wife and all that he lost, Jake runs deep into the mountains, where he spends three years trapping and panning gold.

When two outlaws attempt to rob him and leave him for dead, Jake finally comes out of the stupor he has lived in and begins to fight back. First he deals with the two thugs. Next he returns to his homestead to find his wife’s killer. Solving a murder after several years is no easy task, especially when it includes surprises he didn’t want to find.

After a variety of work experiences, D. M. McGowan has now returned to work as a commercial driver and lives near Mile “0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway. His books bring Canadian history to life. This is his fourth published book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/davidmmcgowan

Cold Coffee Book Review: The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan is an 1800’s western pioneering era saga that combines exceptional story telling with an historical tale told by Peace Country pioneer John Brown.

Well-developed characters and true to life settings with descriptive writing put the reader into the story. The main character Jake McTavish stands alone in his empty cabin with his thoughts that he voiced to his blue tick hound, “Maybe I’ll just have t’shoot somebody. That way the government will have t’ feed us ‘til they punch my ticket and bury me.”

Life had been especially hard since the murder of his wife. For the fourth year he must continue his Peace River trek in British Columbia (1898) to take the furs that he had collected by canoe down to Ft. St John. This is an important ritual as Jake trades bails of skins for cash to pay for supplies and to repair equipment heading into the new season. Times were hard enough without the ambush that knocked him out cold and took most of everything that he had in his camp.

Just 11 years ago “in the spring of 1887 Jake became a wealthy saddle tramp. He only had fourteen Canadian dollars, two U.S. dollars and eighty six cents, but he was rich in other goods. He had four horses, a fine, double rigged saddle, a short barrelled Colt pistol, a Colt Navy .36 and a Winchester rifle. He also had a serviceable pack saddle, bed roll, enough food to last a month and the pack covered with two tarps.”

By 1889 Jake had spent two years with the Cambridge Cattle Company and had accumulated some money. With a deep yearning for something more and the passing of the Canadian Homestead Act, Jake chose three hundred and twenty isolated acres in the foothills north of the Rocky Mountains. In the fall of 1891 with 15 yearlings to sell he met Anna Porenski. When she married him he no longer felt driven, because he had it all. Anna was raised on a farm, so ranch life came easy to her and she enjoyed gardening. The only thing missing are children for fate has refused to grant Jake and wife Anna a baby. To end such dreams Anna is murdered and the responding Mounted Policeman comes close to accusing Jake.”

Travel with Jake McTavish on a journey to find Anna’s killer or killers.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Making of Jake McTavish by D. M. McGowan for the author’s incredible story telling of Jake McTavish. I invite you to also read: The Great Liquor War, Homesteader: Finding Sharon and Partners. D. M. McGowan tells us that Cattle Business is coming soon. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on December 20, 2015.

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Western with a focus on Canada.

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Author Dave McGowan’s Books
Homesteader: Finding Sharon
Partners
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Fiona Ingram (Johannesburg, Gauteng-South Africa)

The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram

A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life in this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt!

A scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt.

Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs.

Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them.

They learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out!

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is the kind of adventure book boys and girls love!

The fast-paced action, the evil villain readers delight in hating, the secrets of the past, and the mysterious ancient setting make this novel a sure-hit favorite for all the young and adventurous at heart.

Ingram’s impeccable and fascinating research into Egyptian history illuminates the adventure and makes the secrets of Egypt’s past as thrilling to the reader as the boys’ dangerous encounters.

Cold Coffee Book Review: A family holiday with Aunt Isabel and Gran to Egypt ignites cousins Adam and Justin’s quest for teenage adventure when a peddler who was showing the boys his wares, gives Adam several scarabs when he notices police. Unbeknownst to the boys, one of the scarabs has mystical importance in Egyptian mythology. With the scarabs stored away in Adam’s rucksack, their imagination tells them that there is treasure to be found.

With Eleven Book Award Nominations & Wins, enjoy outstanding story telling with realistic dialog that will draw middle grade and young adult readers into this action, adventure packed, suspenseful, historical fiction that rivals Indiana Jones. Boys will be boys and soon trouble will find them. Careful not to spoil the story, I quote a passage to whet your appetite.

“Quick as a flash, they dashed behind a marble pillar, trying to smother their giggles. “Now what?” Adam said.

Justin grabbed his arm. “I noticed a room leading away from the main hall. It was full of boxes and crates. The lights were off so no one was in there. Let’s go back and see if we can find something interesting.”

They retraced their steps to the small display hall Justin had seen. It contained several cabinets holding statues, and a few stone sarcophagi. Stacks of boxes and wooden crates lined the far wall. They wandered around, looking at the Arabic-inscribed labels and trying to guess what was inside the boxes. It wasn’t long before the sound of echoing footsteps sent them scuttling behind a large sarcophagus.

Two men walked in, speaking Arabic in low voices. Over the next few minutes, the voices floated around the room and then right past Adam and Justin’s hiding place, before finally disappearing near the back. After a moment of silence, they looked at each other, puzzled, and then listened a bit longer to make sure the men had gone. Then they peeked above the sarcophagus to check that the coast was clear before creeping out. They both looked toward the back of the room, where the voices had disappeared.

Adam pointed to a door standing ajar. The door was labeled with an Arabic inscription. “What do you think it says?” he asked, as they walked quietly to the door, giving occasional sideways glances to check they were still alone.

“Um … I have no idea,” Justin said. “It’s probably a notice for the museum staff. That door looks like a fire escape. I think those men we heard went down there.”

Justin pushed the door all the way open. A set of stone steps disappeared into inky darkness. If the men had gone through the door, then there was only one way to go—down.

Frightened and excited, they hesitated on the top step, unsure of whether to investigate.

Justin turned to Adam. “We should follow and see what they’re up to, but you know we’ll get into the worst kind of trouble if we’re caught.”

Adam gave a nervous nod.

Justin grinned. “Then let’s go. We just have to risk it.”

The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram is well researched. The book cover art and nine exquisite hand drawn graphics within the book are by South African Artist Lori Bentley.

Thirty-four riveting chapters packed with adventure will keep you turning the pages. Author Fiona Ingram continues the history lessons at the end of the book with a Readers’ Guide to Ancient Egypt that includes “Endnotes that will help book-lovers enjoy the story even more while reading. This additional material will increase your knowledge of the world of ancient Egypt, and help you uncover the meaning of the Stone of Fire and the secret of the sacred scarab. In this glossary, you’ll be able to look up information on words or ideas that you read about in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. It will add to your enjoyment of Adam and Justin’s incredible adventure because there are clues everywhere!”

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram as a fictional story illuminated with history that brings Egypt to life for young readers. This first book in The Chronicles Of The Stone Series should be included on summer reading program book lists. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two) is also available at Amazon. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on January 24, 2016.

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Book Award Nominations & Wins for The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Finalist Children’s Fiction 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Finalist Juvenile Fiction 2009 National Best Books Awards

Winner Pre-Teen 2009 Readers’ Favorite Awards

No: 2 in the USA Children’s & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favorite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens

Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards

Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards

Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards

Finalist Children’s Fiction 2011 Rubery Book Awards

Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards

2nd Place in the 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards

Gold Medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards Winner

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The Search For The Stone Of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two) by Fiona Ingram

A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds!

This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and Arthurian stories!

Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur.

However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete.

Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power.

As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.

Book Genre: Middle grade (juvenile fiction)

Cold Coffee Book Review: The second adventure begins with more twist and turns, plots within plots, mystery and secrets, danger and villains for teens and young adult readers to enjoy.

Our young cousin heroes Adam and Justin Sinclair received this letter and the secret implied is deafening: “Dear Adam and Justin,” James wrote. “I hope you’re both ready for some action because things have been happening faster than I’d expected. I think the second Stone of Power has been discovered, but I can’t say more. I’ve enclosed your air tickets. I’m sure Isabel will persuade your parents that an educational trip to Scotland will be just the thing to fill your July vacation. Looking forward to seeing you both. Your friend, James.”

With their trip secured and the blessings of their parents, Adam and Justin wait at the airport for their Aunt Isabel to chaperone them to Scotland. “Surrounded by their luggage in the departure lounge of Johannesburg Airport, Adam and Justin Sinclair stood with their mouths open, staring at their Aunt Isabel racing toward them, frantic. She had an African girl with her and clutched the child firmly by one hand.”

What teen boy wants a girl tagging along, getting in the way? After all we are talking about real danger here with “Dark Ages warfare and weaponry”, the real “World of King Arthur”, secrets and mysteries surrounding “Strathairn Castle”, ancient writings, dusty museums, tombs and the “six Stones of Power before the confluence of the planets”.

Here is tease from the book: “The weather had changed while they were in the museum. Slate-gray storm clouds darkened the sky and it began to rain hard. As large pelting drops chilled their faces and slid down their necks, they turned up their jacket collars and dashed back in the direction of the flower shop.

Kim suddenly stopped. “What’s that noise?”

Justin and Adam stopped as well. A faint scrabbling noise came from an alley where garbage lay in heaps.

Adam pointed to a trashcan. “Rats.”

Kim shook her head. “No, it was a squeaking noise.”

“Rats squeak,” said Justin with exaggerated patience. “It must be coming from that pile of trash.”

“This was more like a puppy or a kitten squeaking,” Kim said, walking determinedly up to the trashcan.

Justin and Adam rolled their eyes at each other behind her back, but they followed her. Girls. Once they had some idea in their heads, they didn’t give up.

Kim peered behind the trashcan at a small pile of garbage. “There’s something here,” she cried. “I can see an animal.”

“Don’t touch it,” Justin advised her. “It might have a disease.”

Kim ignored him. Crooning softly, she crouched down and pulled away some pieces of soggy newspaper. Underneath the paper lay a small, shivering mound.

“Look, a dog.”

“Be careful—” Adam began to say, but he was too late.”

Eleven strategically placed exquisite hand drawn illustrations by South African artist Lori Bentley bring the story, dialog and characters to life.

Author Fiona Ingram dedicates her Chronicles Of The Stone series “For Young Explorers Everywhere, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of saving the world.”

The author provides detailed, educational information about King Arthur and Excalibur in the back of the book. For a broader educational experience author Fiona Ingram provides ‘The Young Explorer’s Companion-The Official Illustrated Guide to The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: Chronicles of the Stone Book 2’ as a free download on her website. http://www.chroniclesofthestone.com/

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Search For The Stone Of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two) by Fiona Ingram as a fictional story illuminated with history and facts that brings the days of King Arthur to life for young readers. The Chronicles Of The Stone Series should be included in summer reading program book lists and in all libraries. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on February 4, 2016.

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A Young Explorer’s Companion Guide For Book Two is available as a free download.
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The Poppy Project: How Fiji’s Most Famous Dog Got Saved! by Fiona Ingram

This moving animal rescue book is a must for all animal lovers. Poppy is Fiji’s most famous dog and her amazing journey has helped to highlight the desperate plight of animals in Fiji. Poppy arrived at the Animals Fiji Clinic with a brutal facial injury in March 2012. It appeared she had been struck by a cane knife, amputating 50% of her muzzle. With a dreadful open wound, she had been left to fend for herself, and by the time she reached the Animals Fiji Clinic she weighed half of her normal body weight. Had a Good Samaritan not found Poppy and handed her in, she would have died of starvation or as a result of her wounds. Due to lack of funding, the Animals Fiji Clinic did not have a vet on staff. However, thanks to a fantastically successful fundraising appeal, Poppy was airlifted to Australia in October 2012 for reconstructive surgery. Her journey was documented by the Australian television show, Bondi Vet. Poppy’s story is one in a million. Sadly, so many of the animals she left behind in Fiji suffer and die every day without treatment for illness and injury. Poppy’s book, The Poppy Project, is intended to raise awareness worldwide for the plight of animals in Fiji.

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Champ: My Story of Survival by Fiona Ingram

This moving animal rescue book is a must for all animal lovers. When award-winning children’s author Fiona Ingram (South Africa) read about an abused and abandoned dog called Champ that was left for dead, she was appalled and moved. Appalled that such neglect and abuse could even happen in the first place, and moved by a little dog’s immense courage, fortitude, and most importantly his will to live, and his ability to forgive and love humans again. Champ’s motto is: “Never give up!” Champ did not give up and he lived to become a healthy, happy, lovable little dog, bringing joy and hope into people’s lives. Surviving against terrible odds, Champ has become an inspiration to many people, proving that the impossible can be achieved, and there is always a light at the end of every dark tunnel.

Fiona Ingram was inspired to document his story for several reasons. The first is to help raise funds for S.A.F.E. Rescue, the non-profit rescue site (in California) that took Champ in. The second is to raise awareness about animal abuse, and offer advice on the many ways people can help. This is a must for readers who enjoy heart-warming animal stories and want to do more for animals. Included are easy tips on how to make a difference, a wonderful “Pome” written by Champ about his happy ever after life, and a short story fiction for younger readers. Champ makes public appearances as the spokesdog for S.A.F.E. Rescue and inspires even more people he meets in person.

Visit Champ on his website to find out more about this amazingly little dog. champsstory.com/home and please watch and share his book video.

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Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview with Author Fiona Ingram

Fiona-IngramFiona Ingram’s earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, she entertained her three younger brothers and their friends with serialised tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favourites in the cast of characters.

Although Fiona Ingram has been involved in the theatre and journalism, writing a children’s book–The Secret of the Sacred Scarab–was an unexpected step, inspired by a family trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her two nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The second book in the series–The Search for the Stone of Excalibur–a huge treat for young King Arthur fans, is now available with Book 3, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, on the way. Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted daughter, from an underprivileged background who has discovered the joys of reading for pleasure.

Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.

Fiona Ingram was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and legends, and her enjoyment of travel has resulted in the multi award winning The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—Chronicles of the Stone. Fiona has recently completed the second book entitled The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, a treat for young King Arthur fans. She is busy with Book 3 entitled The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from South Africa? For many people, including many South Africans, being off the beaten track, so to speak, can be limiting in one’s reach – especially when trying to make an impact in the world of writing. Being published in the USA as well as Japan, and soon China is something any writer can be proud of.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? We always had books in the house, my parents were both readers, and since South Africa only got television in 1976, when you were bored, your parents usually said, “Go read a book!” Books have been a big part of my life since I can remember learning to read, and I think that was the inspiration.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Actually I’ve been published for years as a free-lance journalist, but writing and getting a book published only happened a few years ago when I went to Egypt with my mom and my two young nephews, and decided to write a short story for them about our trip. The short story became a book which became a book series.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Both environment and upbringing played a big part in my writing. I used to write plays for my brothers and me to act out for my long suffering parents. I also made up ghost stories for my younger brothers and their friends to entertain them. We had so many books that it was impossible not to love reading. Writing was a natural next step.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I came back from Egypt, took a pen and writing pad one evening, sat and thought for a bit, and then wrote The Secret of the Sacred Scarab in red pen across the first page. That was how it began – the title first.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write Middle Grade fiction and although I also write historical romance under a pseudonym (Arabella Sheraton) and animal rescue stories, I love Middle Grade adventure. My young nephews fell into that age bracket when we went to Egypt and I think their awe and wonder at seeing the ancient splendour of Egypt, their excitement, how they found each day an adventure really struck me. This is the best time for kids, to learn, explore, and enjoy. I hope my books reflect that.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? My first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, was inspired by our trip to Egypt and the heroes by my two young nephews. The second book, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, is the continuation of the adventure and came about because by the time I’d finished the first book, I realised my young heroes had not saved the world yet. There was still more adventure to be had.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Actually seeing the story and characters come to life, seeing each book completed, and planning the next one.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I think every journey has some negative aspects. The only negative thing was when I sent out my first manuscript to 35 British agents, thinking in my total naivety that I would be hailed as the next JK Rowling. What a letdown when 33 wrote back (many just the standard rejection letter) to say no thanks, but two replied to me personally, said I could definitely write, and I should persevere. So I did.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Winning book awards and having people tell me how much they or their kids loved my book! Having my book published in other countries like Japan and soon China.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? When I first started out I made mistakes through sheer ignorance and spent far too much money on the wrong kind of marketing. Better luck second time around. I think I have honed my marketing plans.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? One thing new authors tend to ignore or think is not that important is having a superbly polished product. That is the biggest mistake ever. Make sure, above all else, that your manuscript reaches the highest standards of the publishing industry. Pay for a top editor, someone who has your interests at heart; don’t cling to the bits you love, listen to an expert who knows how a book should read – fluently and fluidly with no errors.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have so many books and I enjoy so many authors that I can’t actually choose one.  But if I had to share the title of one brilliant book it would be The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. It has intrigue, murder, mystery, great plot development, superb character development, interesting plot devices, multiple points of view, and is just a totally satisfying read.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? The biggest challenge facing authors today is feeling (quite rightly) that they will never make a dent in the industry, that their books will never be discovered, and wondering are they wasting their time writing. If a book is well written, with an intriguing plot and compelling characters, then it will be discovered. It might take a little longer, but most ‘overnight successes’ took a lot longer than overnight, even the Big Name Authors Writers must never sit back once a book is out there. Do something every day to spread the word about your book, either online or by word of mouth. Even if it is just one Tweet. And in the meantime, carry on with your books; keep on writing.

How many published books do you have? As a Middle Grade author I have two in my adventure series with the third one pending (and more on the way). As a romance novelist, I have seven books. As an animal book author I have two books.

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Other Titles by Fiona Ingram (and pen name Arabella Sheraton)
Champ: My Story of Survival
Historical Regency Romance Box Set: 4 Authentic Regency Romance Novels
Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball: An Authentic Regency Romance
Married at Midnight: An Authentic Regency Romance
Miss Dashwood’s Dilemma: An Authentic Regency Romance
The Dangerous Duke: An Authentic Regency Romance
The Lady’s Revenge: An Authentic Regency Romance
The Poppy Project: How Fiji’s Most Famous Dog Got Saved
The Reluctant Bridegroom: An Authentic Regency Romance
The Wayward Miss Wainwright: An Authentic Regency Romance

***** The romances are all clean historical so no muddling of the waters with adult themes that clash with my MG adventures.

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Author Clint H. Dunshee (Northern Michigan, USA)

Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee

Becky Vasquez was a young medic in the US Air Force. While on a humanitarian mission in El Salvador, she and her team are betrayed by one of their own. Worse yet, it is a man Becky loves.

When they are attacked by drug runners and left for dead, Becky’s heartbreak leaves her more wounded than her physical injuries. Her zest for life gone, Becky heals on the outside and hides her more personal pain.

She accepts a job that she hopes will be routine and stress free on Mackinac Island in northern Lake Huron. But Becky hadn’t counted on meeting dashing young Tim Green, himself running from a checkered past. And neither of them counted on the sudden unexplained disappearances of boats and people in the waters surrounding the area.

Will being in danger once more force Becky to take a chance on love once more?

When it appears an ancient curse is to blame for the mounting disappearances, Becky and Tim are thrust into a final confrontation with the unknown, all the while learning they can live and love again.

Cold Coffee Book Review: This fictional account is set on Mackinac Island which is located at Lake Huron in Michigan. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are joined through the 5-mile wide, 20-fathom deep, open-water Straits of Mackinac. Author Clint H. Dunshee points out in his prolog that the “area is rich with military history and Americans did occupy the fort located on the island at one time.”

Becky Vasquez was seeking relief from her nightmares, physical and emotional trauma related drug runners that left her for dead in El Salvador while serving as a medic in the US Air Force. She applies for the job as tour guide at the Great Lakes Research Lab on the quiet island of Mackinac. She knows the island, the tourist industry, Victorian architect, walk and bike trails, the sound of horses instead of vehicles and longs for the quiet, scenic surroundings that will bring peace to her mind and body.

Tim Green is running from his own problems when he applied for a position as security officer at the same research facility on Mackinac Island. From day one Tim is struck by Becky’s attractive features and personality, but getting over the wall that Becky has constructed around her heart is going to be a challenge.

Soon their quiet day jobs turn into mystery and suspense when people, ships and planes in the area start disappearing. An old legend from the 1800’s tell about a Lieutenant on board the ship Voyager who made a deal with local Indians and pirates to steal a chest full of gold coins. The Voyager along with the coins sank in the deep waters. Not everyone perished and the Lieutenant was captured, put on trial and died at the hands of a firing squad. The legend says that his last words cursed the Straits of Mackinac and tales of his ghost wreaking havoc on ships are quickly blamed on these current disappearances.

The characters, dialog and story is as unique as the story teller. I quote from the book to whet your appetite. 

“Becky walked through the bedroom to her balcony and looked out over the darkening straits.  She could see the lights of businesses lining the main street of Mackinac Island.  Her thoughts changed, and she wondered about the disappearances.  All that water out there.  The Great Lakes were basically fresh-water oceans.  In fact the early explorers thought they had indeed discovered small fresh-water oceans.  What could be causing these people and ships to vanish?  Was there a curse?  If they dove for the gold tomorrow would they too become statistics?  Becky shook her head and laughed lightly.  Just dive, pay attention, and use proper dive techniques and you’ll be fine, she counseled herself.”

I invite to enjoy Mackinac Island with Becky and Tim. There is fun, danger and a little romance, not to mention a mystery that has to be solved.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee. While purchasing this book, pick up his second book titled Dark Autumn as well. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 1, 2016.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Suspenseful Romance

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Dark Autumn by Clint H. Dunshee

July 20, 2021, was a date nobody would ever forget. It was the day Earth made contact with intelligent beings from another planet. They were human, from the planet Outland. They came because citizens in a private space yacht found one of Earth’s deep space probes, the “Voyager.” It had been launched from Earth in 2002, and its mission was to study Charon, the Moon of Pluto. After this, it sped out of the solar system with the hope that one day some intelligent beings would find it. And that was precisely what happened.

When the large delegation from Outland came to Earth, representatives from all nations on Earth descended on the United Nations building in New York. Earth found out that there were hundreds of planets with intelligent beings within two hundred light years.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Clint H. Dunshee

Clint-H.-DunsheeClint was born in northern Michigan in 1960. In 1982 in entered the US Air Force, spending his entire 20 year career as a medic. It was his experiences in the military that gave him countless ideas for novels, and the discipline to put them on paper.

Other than writing his loves are astronomy, weather forecasting, movies, and sled dog racing.

Besides writing novels Clint also loves movies and had written two screenplays. He has two novels thus far, Dark Autumn and Mackinac Triangle (both a sci-fi thrillers).

He currently is residing in northern Michigan with his two cats and four Siberian huskies.

Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Petoskey Michigan? Petoskey Michigan is a small area without a lot of “known” people.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?  My military service.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My time in the military made we want write stories about experiences and military people.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? About 10 years ago.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Overcoming challenges to finish a manuscript.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing my name on book covers.

How many published books do you have? Two

Please list the titles of all your books:
Dark Autumn by Clint H. Dunshee
Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Before

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I will write different types, no set type.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview? Mackinac Triangle.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? I wanted to tell about a wonderful place I’ve been to many times growing up.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Keep writing, don’t quit.

Who is your favorite author and why? Robert Heinlein. I like how he combines science into his stories.

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