Friday, July 3, 2015

Catching UP

Happy July 4th!


Enjoy this great historical read by Dr. Donald McWilliams.
 
Young Jonathan Sullivane (the fictional son of the patriot James Sullivane) and Billy “Cacao” Logan are sent with urgency on a seemingly short trip. But the two friends soon find themselves enlisting as “Secret Agents” for General George Washingon. As the Revolutionary War progresses, they mature into dedicated young men, who find danger, horror, laughter and love.

And HEY! There are two free reads on the web site for July! Just go to the www.writewordsinc.com and check it out!
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Catching UP!

 
NO Books  went to press or back to press this week: 


Galleys that went out or went out again, this week:
 
IRIS DESTINY by Joseph Daniel Carr. 
   To almost everyone Colin Craft is an average kid in the 9th grade. But secretly, he is the crime fighting “Newspaper Myth,” a phenomena most people think is a publicity stunt. Few believe he can really read minds, create ice, manipulate flame, and even teleport objects with his mind. While the Myth is discounted by the public, one man knows the truth...a crooked cop named Allen Crestmere identifies him and becomes his first real enemy, fighting him not as a human, but with the same supernatural powers.
 
Work began or continued on the following titles:


 

THE MURDER OF SECRETARY ASA KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2, by Christine Rose, Mariotti
   Second in the popular political thriller series.

 
 BOOTS AND THE BRANCH BOYS, by Marjorie K. Doughty.
   Eleanor Hadley, better known as “Boots,” welcomes the “Branch Boys,” veterans from her Maryland home town, back from WW II. All of them have changed and many use alcohol to dull the pain from the devastation they’ve experienced. She falls in love with one, but thinks that marriage to him might be unwise.
 

BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis


CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis


REVEREND CASTLE'S CRISIS, Rev. Castle series, Vol. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
 
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery. 
 





Jack's News!
  by your bookstore cat, 
and gossip columnist!
 
Hope all my Canadian Friends had 
a happy Canada Day on July 1. 
I'm sure Shelley was flying her Maple Leaf Flag.

Shhh. Arline is doing payroll again.  No lap kitties until she gets all the numbers crunched.  I can hardly get her to stop long enough to give out treats.  No ear scratches. No belly rubs. I have been neglected.

We've had more and more storms and thundershowers all week. We didn't even get on the Internet a couple of days the lightening was so close. 
 
Spunky didn't pay a bit of attention. She just sleeps right through it on the back porch swing. 
 
Me? I paced. And yelled at them to make it stop! Roger went outside and told it to "Go Away!" a couple of times, then he came back and petted me (With Wet Hands!) and told me it would be okay. 
Arline didn't even look up. She's like that with payroll...

Please don't forget to let me know 
what you are all up to! 
Just send Arline an e-mail with 

 "News for Jack" 

in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up right here. 
  Thanks!
 
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy CANADA DAY!

Happy CANADA Day!
Please enjoy the following books by our Canadian Authors


Dangerous Journeys Series, Vol. 1
By Virginia Winters


Canadian doctor and amateur genealogist Anne McPhail finds a murdered woman on the floor of the library in Culver's Mill's, a small town in Vermont. Jennifer Smith, the dead librarian was a gifted genealogical researcher who had been collecting information about her clients, and using it to blackmail them. She had extorted money from all kinds of people: local wealthy families; Russian criminals, and quiet, unassuming grandmothers. Anne takes a dangerous journey, retracing Jennifer’s steps through the small-town family histories find the murderer amongst her victims.
Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol 1.
by Anna Dymowski

Prince Stefano, Crown Prince of Mondoverde, never shirks the responsibilities attached to his privileged position.

Born to reign and trained from birth, he accepts his life is not his own and does not complain about his duties to the House of Graziani, at least, not publically. But now he must wed and produce the next heir to the throne.
by Gabriel Timar

Matching wits with competent criminals is the forte of Detective Sergeant Eva Wyatt. In this fast paced story, her quick thinking bags a contract killer, but to find the person who hired the shooter is a hard nut to crack.
by Irwin Wolfe

Separatist madness engulfs Quebec in this saga of a society torn asunder by French-Canadian nationalists hellbent on Quebec's secession from Canada. It might be described as a historical/political metaphor, recounting some of the momentous events which have occurred in the Province of Quebec between the late 50s and present day.

The story also dips back into the 30s and 40s.
by Irwin Wolfe

Separatist madness engulfs Quebec in this saga of a society torn asunder by French-Canadian nationalists hellbent on Quebec's secession from Canada. It might be described as a historical/political metaphor, recounting some of the momentous events which have occurred in the Province of Quebec between the late 50s and present day.

The story also dips back into the 30s and 40s.

Anne of Green Gables
Green Gables Series, Vol. 1
by L. M. Montgomery

A heartwarming story set on Prince Edward Island, about an aging brother and sister, Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert, and their decision to adopt a young boy. Somehow the boy to help with chores turns into a feisty red-haired girl. Marilla's first reaction to this news is, "What use is she to us?" Wherein Mathew replies, "We might be of some use to her." Each new day brings a new set of adventures, often hilarious. Anne's vivid and overactive imagination is the cause of many mishaps, but her saving grace is her heart of gold. Her best friend and "kindred spirit," Diana, and her handsome admirer, Gilbert Blythe, often find themselves unintentional victims of Anne's escapades.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Good Read and a Writing Tip on Swifties


A Chilling Summer Read
 
by Elizabeth Eagan-Cox
Shannon Delaney Series, Vol. 1


Shannon Delaney's writing assignment in San Diego opens new doors for her young career. She has no idea that her temporary home, the Victorian-era Blackthorne House mansion is a portal to a century-old mystery. On her first night a ghostly encounter entagles her in the spectral mission of the mansion's original owner-Eric Blackthorne, master magician. Complicating matters is Alex Blackthorne, handsome and charming descendent of the ghostly magician. Also, there's Zach Zavala, who has guy-next-door good looks and a straightforward manner. Plus, Zach's grandfather Francisco is a retired detective and a kindred spirit who appreciates Shannon's apprehension about her paranormal experiences.

Question from the e-mail:  Our reading group chose a myster by a new-to-me writer this month. The style seemed a bit old-fashioned. And someone in the group mentioned "all the Swifties."  Any idea awhat a "Swiftie" is?

Answer:  Tom Swift was a hero of a series of boys' adventures featuring scientific accomplishment. A literary character whose author chose the shortest and easiest kind of dialogue attribution --- a said, followed by an adverb.

You won't find any in the book above. According to Wikipedia, a Tom Swifty (Swiftly, or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed. The most common example is from TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC MACHINE.  "That's the spark!" Tom said, electricly.

This was a common dialogue construction back in the 20s and 30s, but is now considered by most writing teachers as "lazy writing" with or without puns.

Here are a few examples:

Examples

  • "I'll have a martini," said Tom, drily (dryly).
  • "Who left the toilet seat down?" Tom asked peevishly.
  • "Pass me the shellfish," said Tom crabbily.
  • "That's the last time I'll stick my arm in a lion's mouth," the lion-tamer said off-handedly.
  • "Can I go looking for the Grail again?" Tom re-quested.
  • "I unclogged the drain with a vacuum cleaner," said Tom succinctly.
  • "I might as well be dead," Tom croaked.
  • "We just struck oil!" Tom gushed.
  • "It's freezing," Tom muttered icily.
  • "They had to amputate them both at the ankles," said Tom defeatedly.
  • "I wonder if this radium is radioactive?" asked Marie curiously.
  • "The Battle of the Nile? A lot of fun!" said Lord Nelson disarmingly.
  • "Hurry up and get to the back of the ship!" Tom said sternly.
  • "We could have made a fortune canning pineapples," Tom groaned dolefully.
  • "I wish I drove a Scandinavian car," Tom sobbed (Saabed).
  • "Careful with that chainsaw," Tom said offhandedly.
  • "I'm here," Tom said presently.
  • "Happy Birthday," Tom said presently.
  • "Walk this way," Tom said stridently.
  • "I stole the gold," Tom confessed guiltily (giltily).
  • "Bingo," Tom exclaimed winningly.
  • "Where did all the carpet on the steps go?" asked Tom with a blank stare (stair).
  • "I used to be a criminal pilot," he ex-plained con-descendingly.
  • "I have no flowers," Tom said lackadaisically.
  • "I know not which groceries to purchase," Tom said listlessly.
  • "I decided to come back to the group," Tom rejoined.
  • "Did you say to zip up my sleeping bag or the door?" Tom asked inattentively.
  • "This pizza place is great!" Tom exclaimed saucily.
  • "I dropped my toothpaste," Tom said crestfallenly.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Good Read and a Recipe

Nudist Series, Vol. 3
Byron and Kay McAllister

Age and marriage haven’t impaired the brains of Carola Szegy and Ned Nackero, crime solvers of Runaway Nudist and Undercover Nudist. In this adventure, in the middle of a mountain pass snowstorm, they encounter a fellow nudist being stalked by a crooked lawman and his corrupt boss; they lock horns with a well-meaning but sick-minded anti-government “militia”; and, of course, while the cold and snow settle in, they also determine who killed whom, and how, and why.



Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP
    10 mins
  • COOK
    25 mins
  • READY IN
    35 mins

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add 1 tablespoon oil. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Place pasta in a colander, and give it a quick rinse with cold water.
  2. Heat remaining olive oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic, stirring constantly, until the garlic is tender, about 1 minute. Do not let the garlic burn. Add shrimp, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove shrimp from the skillet, and set aside.
  3. Stir tomatoes, wine, parsley, and basil into the skillet. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, 8 to 12 minutes. Add shrimp, and continue cooking until the shrimp are heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the shrimp mixture over the pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Catching UP!



 

Books that went to press or back to press this week: 

WHITE TAIL: A Collection of Poetry by Bobbi Sinha-Morey

   Bobbi Sinha-Morey displays a wide breadth in her latest collection of poetry. You'll see nature, love, fantasy, religion, paranormal romance, spirituality, and darkness. She explores the beauty in life, the lives of others she's known, even imaginary characters who will enlighten you and move you. She also has a love for trying new things, and some of what she does will surprise you.  
   
Galleys went out or went out again, this week:



 BOOTS AND THE BRANCH BOYS, by Marjorie K. Doughty.
   Eleanor Hadley, better known as “Boots,” welcomes the “Branch Boys,” veterans from her Maryland home town, back from WW II. All of them have changed and many use alcohol to dull the pain from the devastation they’ve experienced. She falls in love with one, but thinks that marriage to him might be unwise.



 

Work began or Continued on the following books: 

THE MURDER OF SECRETARY ASA KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2, by Christine Rose, Mariotti
   Second in the popular political thriller series.

IRIS DESTINY, Iris Series, vol. 1, by Daniel Carr

   Colin Craft is an average kid in the ninth grade. With his normal life, he has a somewhat normal love; a hidden love. Jessica Waters...
   Perfect was the only way to describe her. Colin is her math tutor, and that one hour each day of his life is the best. However one day, his one hour gets better when he is dared to kiss her. At the touch of their lips, something happens. Looking into her eyes, Colin realizes a unique design... His design!


BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 1
   Winner of the Stonewall Society's 2002 Pride in the Arts Literary Award in the Whodunit Category!

REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Killian Kendall Mystery Series, Vol. 2,  by Josh Aterovis.
   Suicide, or murder? That's the question in the second Killian Kendall mystery. Will Smith suspects murder when an old childhood pal drowns, and asks his friend Killian for help in solving the mystery.


TRUTH OF YESTERDAY,  by Josh Aterovis

ALL LOST THINGS, by Josh Aterovis


CHANGE  OF WORLDS, by Josh Aterovis



REVEREND CASTLE'S CRISIS, Rev. Castle series, Vol. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.  





Jack's News!
  by your bookstore cat, 
and gossip columnist!
 
Heard some good news from my Canadian friend this week:

To Jack:
From: Virginia Winters

My piece of flash fiction, “The Gulls Soared,” placed third in the Winchester Writers Festival competition in the UK. You can learn all about it at: http://writersfestival.co.uk

All the best,

vwinters@bell.net

Here at home, Arline has been revamping old files at Smashwords as their formatting software needs must have changed, because some of the  previously formatted books no longer pass painlessly through their "Meatgrinder." They will sell any legible file on their site, but to distribute to the many, sites they market to, the files must flow through the meatgrinder without a snag.

Getting files to be accepted there make  her gnash her teeth (and confidentially they aren't in great shape. All squared off with an occassional gap. No nice pointy, sharp ones... Too much soft food when she was a kitten, perhaps?), but it's always worth the extra work, as SW passes files along to many other stores including Nook, iBook, iPhone, and Apple tablets.

My sister, Spunky, got a postcard from the vet. She needs shots! Awww, too bad.  I didn't get one. Hee, hee, hee.

Roger is cutting grass non-stop so he hasn't had time to play music for me lately. I miss that.




Storms and thundershowers with high winds did some damage to the playhouse in the Little Angles's yard next door. We have had some bad winds and lightening, too.

Please don't forget to let me know 
what you are all up to! 
Just send Arline an e-mail with 

 "News for Jack" 

in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up right here. 
  Thanks!