Newsletter for March 2016


Featured Book - James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain

jamesclyde.jpg As an infant, James Clyde was deposited at a children's home by his wounded, blood-soaked grandfather. As a result, he grows up under a cloud of mystery. Eleven years later when he hears about his strange past, he vows to uncover the truth. But before he can, his grandfather hands him a magical and mysterious diamond of Orchestra. With the aid of his friends, Ben and Mary Forester, James must protect the diamond from evil forces.

Soon, however, their lives are in grave danger. They are being hunted by a sinister man dressed in black and his blood-thirsty army. Outnumbered, James finds he must use the power of the diamond to escape their clutches - or become another victim of their murderous quest.

So begins a journey that will transport them to an alternative world where they must confront the mysterious man in black for a final, winner-takes-all battle.



Featured Book - Trauma, Shame and the Power of Love:  The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself by Christopher E. Pelloski, MD

traumashame.jpgThere is a reason books that recount the regrets and advice of the dying strike so deep a chord: people who have nothing left to lose can tell their stories with a sincerity and unpretentiousness we crave but that is all too rare. In “Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love” Christopher Pelloski relates his own downfall from a prominent physician-scientist in the field of radiation oncology in a similarly candid way.

Without fear of losing society’s good opinion - having lost it already - Pelloski has the freedom to be sharply honest in his observations of himself and the world around him. To the question “Why would someone with so much going for him risk, and then lose, everything, by sinking so low”? he offers a gut-wrenching, soul-baring answer that dissects his decades-long downward spiral and examines it from perspectives that range from the historical to the molecular.

Pelloski chronicles the evolution of his devastating legal battle alongside his concurrent journey of recovery from childhood sexual abuse. He shares with us the lessons he learned from these experiences in the hope they can serve as both a warning and an invitation: a warning to abuse survivors not to follow his dark path of silence, and an invitation to society to deal more openly with the multitude of painful issues that have shaped not only his life but also, tragically, the lives of so many others.

Those brave enough to set aside their prejudices and preconceptions will be richly rewarded and challenged by Dr. Pelloski’s work.



Featured Book - The Blogger by James Raven

theblogger.jpgDaniel Prince is an online activist with a huge international following. Through his People-Power blog he campaigns for worthy causes and often targets governments and global corporations. Naturally he's made a lot of enemies - so when
he is found dead, in what can doubtless be called suspicious circumstances, there are more than a few suspects. But that's only half the problem facing DCI Jeff Temple and his Major Investigations Team. The pressure on them intensifies when Prince's girlfriend, in an attempt to keep his legacy alive,
takes over his blog. The move looks set to make her one of the world's most powerful people - but not if she, too, becomes a victim of her own success. Not only must DCI Temple and his team solve this crime, they must solve it quickly, so that history doesn't find a way of repeating itself.

In The Blogger, James Raven invites you into a world where the Internet is a powerful tool; a forum for progressive ideas and big audiences. However, not all those in the audience are willing to let the dissenting voice be heard.



Featured Book - Kat and the Bone by Tom Hoch

katandthebone.jpgJim Snertzbaum is an easy target for his middle school classmates. With a name like his and a short chubby physique, he might as well have the old 'kick me' sign taped to his back. Unlike most of the young people around him, Jim matures quickly in mind and body.

He is motivated to improve himself by two things: A teacher that takes an interest in him and the new kid that moves to town. He is already a financial success by the time he enters his junior year. When Jim steps on the football field for the first time that fall, he is laughed at by many of his peers and even by one of the coaches. It doesn't take long for the new and improved Jim Snertzbaum to turn the animosity into admiration. Even his harshest critics have to admit that Jim, and his best friend Kat, are two of the finest high school football players in the state.



Featured Book - Forests of the Fae:  Devlin's Door by K. Kibbee

forestsofthefae.jpgForests of the Fae: Devlin’s Door, depicts the perilous
journey of a young girl who stumbles upon a ghost town filled with dilapidated Victorian homes hidden deep within a forest in rural Washington state. As she unearths the tragic secret behind the mass disappearance of the town’s inhabitants nearly a century ago, our young heroine finds herself becoming a part of the town’s tapestry.

Hushed references to Faerie folk and Changeling sacrifices
stir the air as she reads aloud from an enchanted journal penned by one of the town’s youngest residents and the homes, like resurrected corpses, begin to creak and moan with signs of life. But in the near distance, under a monstrous mound erupting like a boil from the earth, something else has awakened along with them.



Featured Book - Sunborn Rising:  Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff

sunbornrising.jpgCerulean. A distant world of Great Trees floating on an ocean surrounding a star. The flotilla forests cycle light and water through their boughs into their lush canopies. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dark, slowly, subtly over many generations. The civilization of creatures living among the boughs believe the darkness is normal. That is, until one willful young girl named Barra discovers the hidden journal of her late father.

Pouring over her father's writing, Barra learns of a mysterious plague, a creeping vine choking the flow of light and water into the canopy. Her father warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.

Together with her two best friends, a Rugosic named Tory and a Kolalabat named Plicks, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father's story, even if it leads her beneath the Fall.



Featured Book - Good Morning Diego Garcia:  A Voyage of Discovery by Susan Joyce


Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery by
Susan Joyce is Book 2 in a series of non-fiction travel
memoirs that chronicles her turbulent, high seas adventures.

Joyce and her husband, Charles, were planning on writing a book together detailing their escape from Cyprus during the coup and war of 1974, while living in a rental home in Ojai, California, when they receive a letter from friends of theirs; Dylan, an English boat captain, and his Israeli girlfriend, Mia. When Susan and Charles knew them, they had been living on
a Swedish millionaire's yacht in the port of Kyrenia, Cyprus.

Dylan and Mia would be sailing the Swede's newest sailboat across the Indian Ocean from the tip of Sri Lanka down to Seychelles and then through the Suez Canal, and they invited Susan and Charles to crew with them. It would be an adventure of a lifetime, Charles had thought, but Susan, a non-swimmer, was not so sure.

In any event, they were soon on their way to India, their first port of call, and then on to Sri Lanka, and across the eternity of the Indian Ocean where Susan's extraordinary perceptions and dreams lead her deeper into the depths of herself.




Book Giveaways for March

hardcoldwinter.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Hard Cold Winter by Glen Erik Hamilton.  Click on book cover for more information and to enter.




alineofblood.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson.  Click on book cover for more information and to enter.





Book Giveaway Winners for  February

Winner of No Shred of Evidence

Rosemary Simm - FL

Winner of The Killing Forest

Marcia Hacker - NJ

Recent Reviews

A Disguise to Die for by Diane Vallere
Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
Flourless to Stop Him by Nancy Parra
Gatherine Prey by John Sandford (Review #2)
Good Morning Diego Garcia:  A Voyage of Discovery by Susan Joyce
His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison
James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain
Kat and the Bone by Tom Hoch
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
No Cure for Love by Peter Robinson
Scene of the Brine by Mary Ellen Hughes
Sunborn Rising:  Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff
The Blogger by James Raven
The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini
The Evening Spider by Emily Arsenault
The Guilty by David Baldacci
Trauma, Shame and the Power of Love:  The Fall and Rise of a Physician Who Heals Himself by Christopher E. Pelloski, MD

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