Author Janice (J.E.) Spina (Londondery, New Hampshire-USA)

Janice-SpinaJ. E. (Janice) Spina is a retired administrative secretary from a school system.
She is an award-winning author with five children’s books, Louey The Lazy Elephant, Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry The Crabby Crayfish, Lamby The Lonely Lamb, Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear written under Janice Spina.
Lamby The Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards.
Hunting Mariah is her first published novel.
She is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors.
Janice is currently working on two more children’s books and three more novels that she hopes to publish over the next two years.

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Featured Selection: Hunting Mariah by J. E. Spina

Hunting-Mariah-by-Janice-SpinaAn insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him.
He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.
Mariah has lost her memory.
Will she remember what has transpired in her past?
Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp?
Will she finally be safe?
Will the killer be apprehended?

Book Review: Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.

“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”

Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.

There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?

Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.

Theodocia McLean endorses Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction series. This review was completed on January 5, 2015.

Genre: Crime, Fiction , Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Author Thomas M Malafarina (Wernersville, Pennsylvania-USA)

Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

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Featured Selection: What Waits Beneath

Thomas Malafarina’s first novel is set in 1965 in his native Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A young boy is savagely disemboweled in the presence of his friends at an abandoned coal mine by an unidentified creature.

During the investigation, which follows, a Philadelphia television reporter learns from an eccentric old codger a terrible legend about the disastrous history of the mine – a tale about a mine disaster many years ago in which three coal miners were trapped a mile below the surface. Out of desparation, one of the miners sold his soul to Satan in order to get revenge for the disaster. In return, Satan transformed this man into an immortal soul-feeding demon that must remain trapped in the mine until he gathers ninety-nine souls.

How do you kill what can’t be killed? How do you stop the unstoppable? Welcome to a place where terror reigns, where unspeakable horror and demonic savagery is the norm; where lost souls writhe and struggle for a freedom that may never come. Welcome to Coogan’s mine; the home of Devil Dan.

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Author Bryna Kranzler (San Diego, California-USA)

At Barnard College, I majored in Program in the Arts: Writing. My focus was on playwriting, and a short play I wrote during that time won the school’s award for dramatic writing. My first full-length play, “Do Hermaphrodites Reproduce Only in the Spring?” was a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Competition, and was scheduled for production twice: the first time, the theater owner died, and the season was shut down; the second time, the director committed suicide. For the benefit of the arts community, I thought it best to get out of playwriting.

But economic necessity drove me to get a real (read ‘paying’) job, and I spent fifteen years in marketing and public relation positions with consumer product, high-tech and health care companies. Somewhere between these jobs, I returned to school and earned my M.B.A. from Yale School of Organization and Management.

When I was finally able to return my focus to writing, I found that my interests had shifted to fiction, and more recently to narrative, or ‘creative,’ non-fiction, as in THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST. I have also written two (not-ready-for-prime-time) novels, newspaper articles, and personal essays. In addition, there is a poem I have been working on for about ten years.

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Featured Selection: The Accidental Anarchist: A humorous (and true) account of a man who was sentenced to death 3 times — and survived

The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia — and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author’s grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . . The story is told in Marateck’s voice, and is characterized by his remarkable humor and irony that contrasted with the circumstances and were key to his survival. It includes a rare, soldier’s-eye view of a little-known war that changed the geopolitical status of several nations.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical, Europe, Russia, Ethnic & National, Jewish, Asia

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Author Suzanne McMillen-Fallon (Toledo, Ohio-USA)

Featured Selection: Mommy Writings Series Book I, Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, Would You Like a Sandwich? A True Story

“There’s one thing I know – God exists.”

At age nineteen, MaryAnne McMillen severed two vital nerves at the base of her skull when she suffered a near fatal fall. This was followed by an out-of-body experience, life after death, in which she heard the words, “It’s not your time.”

When the two nerves fused together, MaryAnne was left in unrelenting, excruciating pain. Being the mother of a young son and married to a philandering brute of a husband when the accident occurred, the family disallowed the use of any medicine because it was against their religion. After fourteen years of agony, doctors were finally able to perform a unique surgery known as intraspinal rhizotomy. This story weaves together the idea of family and faith, while also creating a sense of longing in the reader’s own life for something bigger than themselves. Mommy’s Writings is the extraordinary memoir of the love between a mother and her young son, and a great-grandmother whose intense devotion to the two of them kept their little family together. It is a story of faith in God, of forgiveness and acceptance, and of gratitude.

When defining who she is, Suzanne McMillen-Fallon writes, “Mother of Chad C. McMillen and author.” In her younger years, she was an artist. After the 1983 surgery, she is a published writer of poetry and prose, and co-authored the book Shadows of Yesterday with her late second husband, Gene Fallon.

Her next book, Parallax Crossroads: Finding My Way continues the Mommy Writings Series. The author’s son Chad C. McMillen is shown at nearly five years of age. As an adult, he is a PMI Project Management professional.

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Worship & Devotion, Faith, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs

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Author Maxine Thompson (Inglewood, California-USA)

Featured Selection: L.A. Blues

Growing up in foster care, Zipporah “Z” Saldano never dreamed of becoming a police officer, but after she’s rescued from a hostage situation during the LA Riots, she chooses a career in law enforcement. After ten good years on the force, Z is involved in a domestic homicide case gone awry.

Her partner is killed, and Z is fired when alcohol is detected in her system. It’s two long years before she gets sober and opens her own private investigation firm. Now Shirley, her former foster mother, is in need of Z’s help.

Someone has murdered her grandson, a high school basketball star, and she wants Z to find out who did it. Z soon finds herself in deeper trouble than when she was kicked out of the LAPD.

What she discovers is a conspiracy much deeper than anyone would believe, and she finds her own life is in danger.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, African American, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Urban Life, Women Sleuths

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