Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Treasury of LOVE Stories



Love's Sweet
RECOMMENDATIONS
FROM JACK!
Here are your bookstore cat's recommendations
for some great Love Stories

    This one is about an author (arline will like that), Krysia Barciniak, who has no illusions about love and romance and a happily-ever-after for herself. Or about every seeing her child again. One taste of love six years earlier is more than enough for her. She already has a scarred heart. Thank you very much! Then melancholic Connor Tiernay, the new museum curator, arrives in Harmony Village, with his five-year-old daughter in hand and a proposal of marriage on his lips. And Cupid Cat, Harmony's favorite matchmaker, rubs his paws together!


OR maybe some of you would enjoy a love story with a hint of Mystery...?


    Investigating Paul Martin, estranged husband of a missing Richmond architect, undercover detective Julie Taylor finds murder, mayhem and the love of her life. Why does Paul's mother-in-law insist he's done away with his soon-to-be ex-wife? Is he an innocent victim, framed for someone else's crime? Or is Paul a clever monster in disguise?


Here's one Arline wrote. NO cats, but she didn't know ME
back then.  This one is a historical and a 
Western, no less....

    Broken-hearted, New York debutante Christianna Lawrence flees her home and meets a Blackfoot white captive on Montana's high plains. Saved from a flash flood as a boy, Rowan Cameron was destined to become a shaman. Divided by cultural misunderstandings, the extraordinary lovers surpass contrasting beliefs and join forces against railroad saboteurs--only to unleash the magic and spirit of the Ghost Dance.


And here's one from my first human Mama, Terry L. White. 
It's a historical, too, and set right here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 
where I live. It's a series, too, but each book
can be read as a stand-alone.

    Jewel LeCompte is raised to be a lady, her blindness notwithstanding, but the events of the Civil War introduce her to the harsh reality of the work that goes with running an Eastern Shore plantation. After the war, Jewel marries Carroll Taylor, who takes her home to his own plantation, known as Baron’s Hope. Happy and expecting her first child, Jewel is finally learning to read Braille through the help of a tutor from Baltimore. Unfortunately, Carroll is swept away by a monster tide generated by one of the hurricanes that regularly scour the Atlantic coast. 
    Then Jewel finds she must run not one, but two, plantations. Overseers, Daniel Merryweather and Michael Elliott, learn just how strong the woman really is, as she survives with courage and hope, while searching to find love again, and sustain her life in the "Land of Pleasant Living."


If your girfriend  enjoyes the kind of romantic suspense 
that was written by ladies like Mary Stewart and 
Victoria Holt, back in the day, she would probably like 
Marie Prato's Vietnam era romanitic suspense, too.

    For Theresa the dating scene is bleak as all the best young men are being called up for active duty in Vietnam. She's interested in three, but is warned by a psychic she will love one, marry the wrong one, and be haunted all her life by the third. Soon, all three men are dead and the dark predictions are coming true.

All these great books are available at 
www.amazon.com in paper and also for kindle 
and at Smashwords in lots of other e-book formats, too!

Remember you  heard it from JACK!
A new book is one you haven't read yet.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Secrets of Love at any Age

 A Valentine Treasury of Love
from Barbara Garro


A Great Gift for Your
LOVER



What You Will Find Within the Book:
 102 Poems, mostly Poetic Memoir
 Soft Love Experiences
 Hard Love ExperiencesWith this Vol. 1 of the Barbara            Garro Poetry Series, Barbara
 Amusing, Intriguing, Amazing Slices of Love
 Possibility of Getting 20/20 Love Vision
 Learn What Works & Does Not in Love

Garro begins 33 years as a published poet with poetry’s most
popular subject: LOVE!


The Soft Love Section of “Love Bites” gives you a sprint through
Barbara Garro’s lovely love experiences in all flavors and colors
over one relatively long lifetime.
Meet “The Dancer.”
Buy at: Celtic Treasures, Northshire Books, Giver of
Life Gift Shop, and www.Amazon.com
or online from
www.amazon.com
www.Smashwords.com

Here is my stance on looking for the love of my life all my life
from Sir Andrew Barton: “Fight on my men, I am hurt but I am
not slain; I’ll lay me down and bleed awhile, and then I’ll rise
and fight again.” Remember this quote while you are reading
through the Hard Love Section of “Love Bites.” 
 and Meet the “Damn Rude Dude.”






Friday, February 10, 2017

Catching UP!

Books that went to Press this week:

by Judy Johns Heathcoe

While tunneling through a mountain in the Russian Southern Urals, a team of engineers are trapped in a deep, large, cavern containing a living rain forest. Looking for a way out, they discover a hermitage that once was home to a historical society who called themselves chroniclers, whose members were able to travel in time to view a famous person or event in order to record history correctly.
In the hermitage library, among the many chronicles, they are privileged to view the lives of Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nicholas I, last Tsar of Russia, and his family. But hiding out and watching their every move are the remaining chroniclers who are determined to keep their existence a secret, even to the point of murdering any that discover it. The engineers find themselves running for their lives through the seemingly endless forest, wondering whether they would face death at the hands of the dangerous and adamant chroniclers. . .or the primeval creatures of the forest.



Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

Haven't heard from anyone yet this week, but please don't forget me, folks. Just because the bookstore closed doesn't mean I won't be writing my column every week, and passing along news of all your doings on this blog. So if you are making personal appearances, doing signings, or even if you are only starting a new project, drop me line and I'll be sure to give everyone a heads-up right here on Fridays. 

Arline sent along a little, emphasis on LITTLE, contribution from Write Words, Inc. toward the prizes for the 
Harriet Tubman Essay Contest
a project our Terry L. White has been supporting for awhile now. It IS Black History Month Folks and  if you want to celebrate that, you might want to support it, too. As Roger always says when he takes out the garbage, "Every little bit helps."  Here's all the info, one more time!


Harriet Tubman Essay Contest 
Deadline Has Been Changed !
NEW DEADLINE  March 1, 2017
So remind any students you know to get busy...

ALSO
Contributions are welcome 
to help with funding prizes for the 
Essay Contest Winners!
If you, your business or community organization can help fund the prizes,
Please Mail your contribution to:
Harriet Tubman Essay Contest
National Park Service
4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, Maryland 21622
or contact:
Diane Miller, National Program Manager
Phone: 410-221-2290, x 1111
E-mail: diane_miller@nps.gov
Or
Terry Nield or Ellen Mousin
tubman.conference@gmail.com
As for around here, Roger has been playing the guitar almost every day. Arline got him a new songbook for his birthday and we've been enjoying all those old favorites -- Oh Susannah! Polly Wolly, Doodle, and even My personal favorite, Wayfaring Stranger, a song that touches a chord in every tomcat's heart. 

We are getting ready to celebrate Sid's Birthday tomorrow. Roger got him a cake and he even remembered Sid's lady, Kathy, is allergic to chocolate so it's a vanilla cake. His mom asked him if he wanted cookies (he likes her cookies, too!), but he opted for a cake. If I know Sid, he was probably wanted the cookies, but was trying to take it easy on her old, arthritic, knees. He's sure a thoughtful guy -- generous with the treat bag, too, and he gives great ear rubs. My baby sister just FAWNS all over him, rubbing herself against his boots and giving him those long, loving looks with the sloooow blinks. She's such a little flirt.

So,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Sidney Richard Chase!!!
from your favorite blue kitty and his baby sister Toady -- er, Spunky.

As for the rest of you, PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Happy Valentine Reading!


VALENTINE READING 
RECOMMENDATIONS
FROM JACK!
Here are your bookstore cat's recommendations
for some great Valentine Reading
OR a present for your favorite Romantic.

    This one is about an author (arline will like that), Krysia Barciniak, who has no illusions about love and romance and a happily-ever-after for herself. Or about every seeing her child again. One taste of love six years earlier is more than enough for her. She already has a scarred heart. Thank you very much! Then melancholic Connor Tiernay, the new museum curator, arrives in Harmony Village, with his five-year-old daughter in hand and a proposal of marriage on his lips. And Cupid Cat, Harmony's favorite matchmaker, rubs his paws together!


OR maybe some of you would enjoy a love story with a hint of Mystery...?


    Investigating Paul Martin, estranged husband of a missing Richmond architect, undercover detective Julie Taylor finds murder, mayhem and the love of her life. Why does Paul's mother-in-law insist he's done away with his soon-to-be ex-wife? Is he an innocent victim, framed for someone else's crime? Or is Paul a clever monster in disguise?


Here's one Arline wrote. NO cats, but she didn't know ME
back then.  This one is a historical and a 
Western, no less....


    Broken-hearted, New York debutante Christianna Lawrence flees her home and meets a Blackfoot white captive on Montana's high plains. Saved from a flash flood as a boy, Rowan Cameron was destined to become a shaman. Divided by cultural misunderstandings, the extraordinary lovers surpass contrasting beliefs and join forces against railroad saboteurs--only to unleash the magic and spirit of the Ghost Dance.


And here's one from my first human Mama, Terry L. White. 
It's a historical, too, and set right here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 
where I live. It's a series, too, but each book
can be read as a stand-alone.

    Jewel LeCompte is raised to be a lady, her blindness notwithstanding, but the events of the Civil War introduce her to the harsh reality of the work that goes with running an Eastern Shore plantation. After the war, Jewel marries Carroll Taylor, who takes her home to his own plantation, known as Baron’s Hope. Happy and expecting her first child, Jewel is finally learning to read Braille through the help of a tutor from Baltimore. Unfortunately, Carroll is swept away by a monster tide generated by one of the hurricanes that regularly scour the Atlantic coast. 
    Then Jewel finds she must run not one, but two, plantations. Overseers, Daniel Merryweather and Michael Elliott, learn just how strong the woman really is, as she survives with courage and hope, while searching to find love again, and sustain her life in the "Land of Pleasant Living."


If your girfriend  enjoyes the kind of romantic suspense 
that was written by ladies like Mary Stewart and 
Victoria Holt, back in the day, she would probably like 
Marie Prato's Vietnam era romanitic suspense, too.

    For Theresa the dating scene is bleak as all the best young men are being called up for active duty in Vietnam. She's interested in three, but is warned by a psychic she will love one, marry the wrong one, and be haunted all her life by the third. Soon, all three men are dead and the dark predictions are coming true.

All these great books are available at 
www.amazon.com in paper and also for kindle 
and at Smashwords in lots of other e-book formats, too!

Remember you  heard it from JACK!
A new book is one you haven't read yet.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Catching UP!

Valentine's Day is Coming!

Some time back, Barbara Garro asked for help from You to put together a Valentine flier for her book LOVE BITES. She sent us a copy of the finished product. Here it is.

Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

More good news in the E-Mail. Terry White wrote again to remind us of the following:

Harriet Tubman Essay Contest deadline Has Been Changed !
NEW DEADLINE  March 1, 2017
So remind any students you know to get busy...

ALSO
Contributions are welcome 
to help with funding prizes for the 
Essay Contest Winners!
If you, your business or community organization can help fund the prizes,
Please Mail your contribution to:
Harriet Tubman Essay Contest
National Park Service
4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, Maryland 21622
or contact:
Diane Miller, National Program Manager
Phone: 410-221-2290, x 1111
E-mail: diane_miller@nps.gov
Or
Terry Nield or Ellen Mousin
tubman.conference@gmail.com
As for around here, we are getting ready to celebrate Roger's Birthday tomorrow. Arline made his favorite cookies -- Oatmeal/Brown Sugar/Pecan/Chocolate Chip. He likes them better than cake (at least the kind SHE makes) and They are people food, of course, but quite tasty as they meet the crunch requirement. Besides, they don't produce a fire hazzard the way a cake with candles would.  Imagine ONE little birthday cake with 82 candles on it and you'll see what I mean.

Anyway, Arline keeps telling him, it's not the numbers that matter, it's just a celebration of how happy people are to have you around. Me and my baby sister are awful glad that he's around -- and not just for the guitar playing, belly scratches and ear rubs, either. HE'S the one who brings home the cat food ;D -- AND the one who gives out the most treats, too.

So,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
ROGER!!!
from your number one fan and his baby sister.

As for the rest of you, PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Catching UP!

 Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,

Here we are, a day late. Sorry, we caught another virus, but  out tech friends got us all straightened out again and we have installed a new virus killer instead of depending on the one our ISP provides.

Author Terry L White sent the following reminder, to us:

Harriet Tubman Essay Contest deadline Has Been Changed !
NEW DEADLINE  March 1, 2017
So remind any students you know to get busy...

ALSO
Contributions are welcome 
to help with funding prizes for the 
Essay Contest Winners!
If you, your business or community organization can help fund the prizes,
Please Mail your contribution to:
Harriet Tubman Essay Contest
National Park Service
4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, Maryland 21622
or contact:
Diane Miller, National Program Manager
Phone: 410-221-2290, x 1111
E-mail: diane_miller@nps.gov
Or
Terry Nield or Ellen Mousin
tubman.conference@gmail.com
And  if you want to learn more about Harriet Tubman, here are two books about her that are available at www.amaon.com in both paper and for Kindle:


Barbara Garro 
is still looking for  ideas to tie her new Poetry book 


to a 
Valentine's Day Promotion
Here's what she wrote to me, her favorite Bookstore Cat:
Dear Jack,

For my latest book "Love Bites," I am planning to do a Valentine's Day Gift Invitational and Suggestions would be appreciated.  Just ask them to e-mail me at Barbara_Garro@yahoo.com

Here are a few of my own ideas, but I sure would like some fresh ones from your readers.

1.  Want to know what works in dating and what does not work? Read the 102 poems in "Love Bites."

2.  Imagine being a fly on the wall throughout an entire romantic lifetime in 102 poems with all the boring parts taken out....

3.  Beginning with "Love is all there is here," Barbara Garro spent 33 years chronicling her love life in 102 poems of the most memorable experiences in her latest book "Love Bites," 2016 Cambridge Books ISBN 978-1-61386-390-9 $19.95, available at Smashwords E-Book and on Amazon infor Kindle & in Soft Cover.

Would love to hear which pitch you like or any suggestion for a pitch that is better than what you see here.

   Also we sure enjoyed a visit from one of our favorite authors this week. A. M. Foley who lives on beautiful Elliotts Island where even the feral cats are Siamese stopped in to see us an brought us a copy of her newest book.
We sure have been enjoying all her stories about the "Lost Atlantis of the Chesapeake,"and I unserstand she is already researching for her next one that will be about the Prohibition Era on the Chelsapeake. Those were sure some interesting times. I know because Arline mentioned them in passing when she wrote the book that commemorated her Dad's 90th Birthday.
    He sure was a great guy and I used to love to sit on his shoulder while we watched the Orioles play together. 

PLEASE don't YOU forget to send me news of any personal appearances, signings and so on... so I'll have some gossip to pass on next week. 

Just send an e-mail to arline@mail.com with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DEADLINE CHANGE

Harriet Tubman Essay Contest 
Deadline MARCH 1, 2017 !
So remind any students you know to get busy...

2017 National Underground Railroad Conference
On the Edge of Freedom:
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands
2017 National Underground Railroad Conference
2017 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 1, 2017
The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference will co-host a joint conference in 2017, in honor of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. The conference, "On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands," will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017.
This conference will explore all aspects of the Underground Railroad in borderlands—both literal and figurative. For a more complete discussion of the theme, see the attached "Historical Context Statement." The Conference Program Committee welcomes proposals from a wide variety of scholars, community researchers, site stewards, educators, interpreters, and others interested in Underground Railroad history. Some ideas for presentation topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Explore the contours of personal borderlands between black and white families in slave states that affected their understanding and accommodation of slavery and freedom
  • How did knowledge and ability to negotiate and manipulate borderlands facilitate or obstruct escape?
  • Who were the members of local communities who secretly crossed back and forth between local, regional, and national borderlands?
  • How did trade, travel, and commerce facilitate the crossing of borderlands?
  • Contrast black communities on opposite sides of borderlands
  • How was the Underground Railroad different in the borderland regions, both in the North and South?
  • What factors influenced the Underground Railroad, slavery, and freedom in borderlands?
  • How did international borderland regions compare to internal (to the US) borderlands?
  • How did the boundaries between freedom and enslavement affect relationships between enslaved and free blacks?
  • Kidnappings and reverse Underground Railroad
  • Creating and maintaining freedom and communities in borderlands
  • Transnationalism and the Underground Railroad

Accepted presenters can expect to receive notification by February 15, 2017
For more information, please visit our website: www.nps.gov/ugrr or contact:
Diane Miller, National Program Manager
Network to Freedom
National Park Service
4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, Maryland 21622
Phone: 410-221-2290, x 1111
E-mail: diane_miller@nps.gov
Or
Terry Nield or Ellen Mousin
tubman.conference@gmail.com