Newsletter for December 2012


Book Giveaways for December

twograves.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Two Graves by Preston & Child. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.

theblackbox.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Black Box by Michael Connelly. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.



pandorastemplesm.jpgFive random winners will receive an autographed copy of Pandora's Temple by bestselling author Jon Land.  Click on book cover for more information and to enter.



Book Giveaway Winners for November

Winners of Hot Stuff

Barbara Reuber - CA

Todd Baker - TX

Winner of The Right Hand

Denise Malia - NH

Winner of The Forgotten

Ellen Kearley - AL

Winners of Weapon of Choice

Katrinia Warr - AL
Jennifer Peaslee - IN

Featured Book - Pandora's Temple by Jon Land

pandorastemple.jpg?“Jon Land’s dazzling new novel, Pandora’s Temple, carries the reader on a wild tsunami of a tale through a world of assassins, doomsday cults, and killer robots, all focused on an ancient and terrifying mystery hidden at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The story is fascinating and utterly original, with vivid characters and a compelling, high-technology backdrop. I loved this book!”

--Douglas Preston, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendergast novels


What if Pandora’s Box was real?

Blaine McCracken finds himself facing that question, and the greatest threat that has ever confronted mankind, in his long awaited return to the page.

McCracken has never been shy about answering the call, and this time it comes in the aftermath of deepwater oilrig disaster that claims the life of a one-time member of his commando unit. The remnants of the rig and its missing crew lead him to the inescapable conclusion that one of the most mysterious and deadly forces in the Universe is to blame—dark matter, both a limitless source of potential energy and a weapon with uni-maginable destructive capabilities.

Joining forces again with his trusty sidekick Johnny Wareagle, McCracken races to stop both an all-powerful energy magnate and the leader of a Japanese doomsday cult from finding the dark matter they seek for entirely different, yet equally dangerous, reasons. Ultimately, that race will take him not only across the world, but also across time and his-tory to the birth of an ancient legend that may not have been a legend at all. The truth lies 4,000 years in the past and the construction of the greatest structure known to man at the time:

Pandora’s Temple, built to safeguard the most powerful weapon man would ever know.

Now, with that very weapon having resurfaced, McCracken’s only hope to save the world is to find the temple, the very existence of which is shrouded in mystery and long lost to myth. Along the way, he and Johnny Wareagle find themselves up against Mexican drug gangs, killer robots, an army of professional assassins, and a legendary sea monster be-fore reaching a mountaintop fortress where the final battle to preserve mankind will be fought.

The hero of nine previous bestselling thrillers, McCracken is used to the odds being stacked against him, but this time the stakes have never been higher.


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Featured Book - A Bullet for Carlos:  Blood Flows South, Book  I by Giacomo Giammatteo


Detective Connie Giannelli's life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her. Connie's love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she's not worried about them finding the missing drugs - her secrets could prove to be far worse. Now Connie's racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs - dirty cops or Uncle Dominic's friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her. 


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Featured Book - Then Like the Blind Man:  Orbie's Story by       Freddie Owens

thenliketheblindmansm.gifA storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten backcountry of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world. Rich in authentic vernacular and evocative of a time and place long past, this absorbing work of magical realism offered up with a Southern twist will engage readers who relish the Southern literary canon, or any tale well told.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Since the marriage, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking, fitful new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; this fact lands him at his grandparents' place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky, when Victor decides to move the family to Florida without including him. In his new surroundings, Orbie finds little to distract him from Granpaw’s ornery ways and constant teasing jokes about snakes.

As Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers, he finds his world views changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion, and the true cause of his father’s death. He befriends a boy named Willis, who shares his love of art, but not his skin color. And, when Orbie crosses paths with the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of a power that could expose and defeat his enemies, but can’t be used for revenge. When a storm of unusual magnitude descends, he happens upon the solution to a paradox at once magical and ordinary. The question is, will it be enough?

Equal parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn, it’s a tale that’s both rich in meaning, timely in its social relevance, and rollicking with boyhood adventure. The novel mines crucial contemporary issues, as well as the universality of the human experience while also casting a beguiling light on boyhood dreams and fears. It’s a well-spun, nuanced work of fiction that is certain to resonate with lovers of literary fiction, particularly in the grand Southern tradition of storytelling.


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Featured Book - They Call Me... Montey Greene by A.R. Yoba


Every Legend Has A Beginning. In the case of unemployed security systems analyst Montey Greene it was Europe. A pair of shoes. A beautiful Colombian woman. Pink pills. A false passport. Four bullets in the back. Something told him not go, but he hopped on that plane anyway. All expenses paid they said. First class all the way on an open-ended ticket. You would have taken that flier too if you just got laid off for the third time in as many months and recently separated from your wife. Did I forget to mention the kids? An all expenses paid vacation 4000 miles across the Atlantic, to hang out with some old friends while you try to put the pieces of your crumbling life back together, seemed to be just the remedy for the once again unemployed security systems analyst. Up until the point he walked into that high end women's boutique on Via Della Spiga he was just a regular guy from Brooklyn. That's why he found himself on one of the most touristy fashion corridors in all of Milan. If only he had gone to Venice or Naples instead. Maybe he wouldn't have inadvertently botched the kidnapping of a reputed drug kingpin's daughter. If only it could have been just been that, but Montey Greene didn't have that type of luck. His life as of late wasn't that black and white simple. Now he found himself locked in the cross-hairs of some unknown assailants gun-sight and at the top of some unknown government agency's most wanted list questioning his name. Somebody wanted him dead. But they would soon find Montey Greene to be a hard man to kill.


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Featured Book - Return to Oneness with the Tao:  Commentaries, Meditation and Quigong for Healing and Spiritual Awakening by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

returntooneness.jpgThe second book Return to Oneness with the Tao elaborates on the Taoist meditation and Qigong inner alchemy techniques such as lower dantien breathing, Microcosmic Orbit Qigong, primordial wuji Qigong, meditation on twin hearts, and Tibetan Shamanic Qigong to cultivate the Three Treasures Jing, Qi and Shen. An important addition to this book is the understanding of a most important principle - awareness and intention are powerful factors for personal transformation and healing. When we are aware of what is - the emotional root cause of disease that is blocking the flow of Qi - we can intentionally release it through meditation and Qigong to effect a process of change for personal transformation and healing.


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Featured Book - Return to Oneness with Spirit Through Pan Gu Shen Gong by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

returntoonenesswithspirit.jpgThe third book Return to Oneness with Spirit through Pan Gu Shen Gong elaborates on the use of Pan Gu Shen Gong together with the EFT Qi-healer's Method to effectively clear and release the emotional debris held in the body, cultivate the Three Treasures Jing, Qi and Shen, and strengthen one's self-awareness through an integrated combination of Toltec wisdom, Qigong, Qi-healing, emotional freedom technique therapy, ear acupuncture, and Chinese tonic herbs. We are sick because we are not aware. Awareness is the key to healing.


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Featured Book - Lifestyle:  A Tale of Upscale Suburbia and a Girl by Simon Plaster

lifestyle.jpgOn the eve of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the affluent suburban town of Chelmsford heights oozes civic pride. But behind its ornamental gates, all is not as enviable as the town's residents would like.

A lawyer has filed a lawsuit, alleging that the Chief of Police wrongfully arrested his client for shoplifting from Chelmsford heights mall. Liability could amount to tens of millions of dollars.

An embittered former resident, who now owns a rundown cemetery in the adjoining town of Fiddler's Green, makes life and lifestyle difficult for Chelmsford Heightsters seeking to reclaim remains oftheir departed loved ones.

The Mall, a veritable "Temple" reflecting the town's most deeply held values ----and virtually its only source of tax revenues ---- is upscale, but in desperate need of an updated "lifestyle" addition.

And if all that were not bad enough for one novel, a Special 50th Anniversary edition of the local Weekly Weekender is threatened by theft of the newspaper's historical archives. Who stole the newspaper records, and why?

Read all about it in this latest of tales about this and that, and a girl named Henryetta, by Simon Plaster.


Recent Interviews

Interview with Freddie Owens, author of Then Like the Blind Man:  Orbie's Story.


Recent Reviews

A Bullet for Carlos by Giacomo Giammatteo
Backfire by Catherine Coulter
Bonnie by Iris Johansen
Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth
Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners
Hand for a Hand by T. Frank Muir
Hard Twisted by C. Joseph Greaves
Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Lifestyle:  A Tale of Upscale Suburbia and a Girl by Simon Plaster
Make Believe by  Edward Ifkovic
Men Don't Pee Straight by Mr. Rick Dean
Nursing Jambalaya with Gumbo on the Side by Jacquelne Spencer, Lynell Whittington-Brignac, and Beverly S. Ward      
Pandora's Temple by Jon Land
Return to Oneness with Spirit Through Pan Gu Shen Gong by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
Return to Oneness with the Tao by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Panther by Nelson DeMille
The Paris Deadline by Max Byrd (Review #2)
The Prince She Had to Marry by Christine Rimmer
The Sixth Sense by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd
The Wedding Gift by Kathlelen McKenna
Then Like the Blind Man:  Orbie's Story by Freddie Owens
They Call Me Montey...Greene by A.R. Yoba
Turtle Season by Miriam Ruth Black
Why Did I Survive by Heather Sharp
XO:  A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver

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