Friday, June 16, 2017

Catching UP!

WARNING!
IMPORTANT FROM ARLINE:
Someone is sending ILLEGAL Spam requesting ON LINE money From my arline@mail.com address.




Yes I have reported it. YES they are looking for the bad guys who did it. No I actually am not naive enough to believe anyone will be able to STOP THEM...

It has MY NAME in the Returm ADDRESS
I DID NOT SEND IT!!!
If you get some, please delete it unread,but PLEASE DO NOT PUT THAT ADDRESS ON YOURJUNK MAIL LIST
OR
You May MiSS
e-mail from ME.




Books That Went to Press this week:
WINTER SONG by Bobbi Sinha-Morey
   This time Bobbi Sinha-Morey gives us a potpourri. Cookie-cutter poems of mysterious women and her rarely seen neighbor; poems of strangeness and those that come from deep down in her soul. The stuff of life. Poems of beauty and love poetry. Poignant human dramas and the dark side of life. Ones that grow from her sensitive nature. Grim thoughts that paint the dawn. Often haunting, often prophetic. Her expressive thoughts so impassioned, so delicately heard. It's a world like the eclipse of the sun; you want to see it before the sky draws to a close.

    ARMY OF THE DEAD, by Ray Morand
    "Twists and turns, chivalry and treachery, sword fights and, goblins and fire-breathing dragons---this book has all the familiar trappings of fantasy, but it also has a very human and engaging woman at its heart. Its cliffhanger ending definitely left me wanting more." ---Nina M. Osier, Eppie winning author of the Regs, The Mad Fisherman's Daughter, Interphase, and the Farthinghome Series.
Work Began or Continues on the Following 
DARK ELF: Rec Knight Chronicles, Vol.2, by Ray Morand
    The Red Knight Chronicles continue with the tale of Akulina, a dark-elf former princess, who was cursed and cast out by her people for dabbling in black magic. Now, she fights for honor in the troubled kingdoms. Will she adapt when she is assigned to take orders from a new group in the king’s service? 
    How will she deal with her new captain, who is an elf-of-the-light?

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IS JESUS SERIOUS? by Barbara Garro
Truly, I say you cannot obey God’s will without being in relationship with all three Persons in one God, the Holy Trinity. Each has a specific function in your service life:
1. The Father has a plan for your life
2. The Son, Jesus, the Christ, teaches you the faith and how to live it to gain salvation.
3. The Holy Spirit is your daily Guide for wisdom and Comforter here on earth and resides within you after Christian Baptism.
I struggle daily with feeling uncertain I am where God wants me to be, but Jesus shows me what I need to do to do God’s will, provided I am paying attention, while the Helper, the Holy Spirit, takes my hand and St. Michael has my back.
   

EASTERN SHORE NOIR, by Members of the Writer's Bloc.
    These stories are told in many styles. Some writers have been drawn back to memories from long forgotten times; the life they once lived, or observations of families and friends.  Explore the emotional connections, at the very core, with keen insights that are not all black and white.
   Understand, that the writers are the rays of light, passing through the darkness, resonating long after the final page  is turned.
M. Rita Tiso
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BACKWOOKS MEMORIES by Shelley Abbott

       A collection of memoir essays by a famed singer and songwriter, the Eastern Shore's own, Shelley Abbott.




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

I heard from one of my favorite writers, Ann Foley, with the following:

The Writers Bloc will meet Saturday, June 17, in Room 3 of the Salisbury Library from 1 to 3 p.m.. Hope to see you all there.

And speaking of the Writers Bloc...
ATTENTION!
All Members of Writers Bloc.

Authors who have done their Galleys:  
THANK You!
Jerry Scortino
Tom Taylor
Norm Smith
A. M. Foley
Gianni Hayes
Bruce Margery Jones
Arline Chase
Aleta Davis
Shirley A. Gafney
and
George T. Mason 
is working on his.


Authors we STILL need to hear from, 
before any more work can be done:

Beverly Rae Lynch 
sent the sketch I asked for, 
but still no Okay or list of corrections.

Kim A. Watson

Gwynn G. Harris

Jurel Singleton


   Meanwhile, if any of you, my favorite authors, are going to festivals, or holding book signings, or heard any good gossip, please let me know so I can pass the news along right here to the rest of the world. Just drop 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!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Catching UP!

No Books Went to Press this week

    ARMY OF THE DEAD, by Ray Morand
    "Twists and turns, chivalry and treachery, sword fights and, goblins and fire-breathing dragons---this book has all the familiar trappings of fantasy, but it also has a very human and engaging woman at its heart. Its cliffhanger ending definitely left me wanting more." ---Nina M. Osier, Eppie winning author of the Regs, The Mad Fisherman's Daughter, Interphase, and the Farthinghome Series.
Work Began or Continued on the Following Books:
DARK ELF: Rec Knight Chronicles, Vol.2, by Ray Morand
    The Red Knight Chronicles continue with the tale of Akulina, a dark-elf former princess, who was cursed and cast out by her people for dabbling in black magic. Now, she fights for honor in the troubled kingdoms. Will she adapt when she is assigned to take orders from a new group in the king’s service? 
    How will she deal with her new captain, who is an elf-of-the-light?


EASTERN SHORE NOIR, by Members of the Writer's Bloc.
    These stories are told in many styles. Some writers have been drawn back to memories from long forgotten times; the life they once lived, or observations of families and friends.  Explore the emotional connections, at the very core, with keen insights that are not all black and white.
   Understand, that the writers are the rays of light, passing through the darkness, resonating long after the final page  is turned.
M. Rita Tiso
Cover Not Set

Backwoods Memories. by Shelley Abbott

       A collection of memoir essays by a famed singer and songwriter, the Eastern Shore's own, Shelley Abbott.




Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat,  
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,
   Haven't heard from anyone with news of personal appearances, book sales, contests to enter or other events. So it's been a slow week for news or gossip to pass along, and lots of time for napping while Arline worked on NOIR. But now she's all caught up and still waiting to hear from some of you.... 

ATTENTION!
All Members of Writers Bloc.

If you have already downloaded the ESNoirGalley2.pdf file from www.filesanywhere.com, no need to do it again. It has not changed and will not change until WE have heard from ALL the authors. THEN it will be REPLACED with ESNoirGalley3.pdf

Authors who have done their Galleys:  
THANK You!

Jerry Scortino
Tom Taylor
Norm Smith
A. M. Foley
Gianni Hayes
Bruce Margery Jones
Arline Chase

Authors we need to hear from, 
before any more work can be done:

Shirley A. Gaffney
Beverly Rae Lynch
Kim A. Watson
Aleta Davis
Gwynn G. Harris
M. Rita Tiso
George T. Mason
Jurel Singleton

   As for me I had a real Tomcat urge this week and snuck outside, just to see what's going on. It was easy, Roger was bringing in groceries and Arline was writing, so off I went. Roger had cut the grass in the playground at Little Angels and the kids were outside playing. Starlings have moved into the Old Birdhouse and when I checked the grapevine it was just LOADED with baby grapes. They sure are prolific since Kathy pruned them.

   

If things stay like this, and it's not too dry this summer, maybe Sid will be able to make some wine this fall. He made fine wine year before last, nut last year the grapes were a total loss.

   Meanwhile, if any of you, my favorite authors, are going to festivals, or holding book signings, or heard any good gossip, please let me know so I can pass the news along eight here to the rest of the world. Just drop 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!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Catching UP!

Books went to press this week:
RED YEAR, by Jan Shapin
   CAN A RED-HAIRED WOMAN FROM CHICAGO SINGLE-HANDEDLY
FORCE JOSEPH STALIN TO BACK DOWN?
    China, 1927. Thirty-three-year-old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow. But Moscow doesn’t welcome the women.

    ARMY OF THE DEAD, by Ray Morand
    "Twists and turns, chivalry and treachery, sword fights and, goblins and fire-breathing dragons---this book has all the familiar trappings of fantasy, but it also has a very human and engaging woman at its heart. Its cliffhanger ending definitely left me wanting more." ---Nina M. Osier, Eppie winning author of the Regs, The Mad Fisherman's Daughter, Interphase, and the Farthinghome Series.

EASTERN SHORE NOIR, by Members of the Writer's Bloc.
    These stories are told in many styles. Some writers have been drawn back to memories from long forgotten times; the life they once lived, or observations of families
and friends.  Explore the emotional connections, at the very core, with keen insights that are not all black and white.
   Understand, that the writers are the rays of light, passing 
 through the darkness, resonating long after the final page 
is turned.


M. Rita Tiso
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BACKWOOD MEMORIES by Shelley Abbott
       A collection of memoir essays by a famed singer and songwriter, the Eastern Shore's own, Shelley Abbott.



Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat,  
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Folks,
   Haven't heard from anyone with news of personal appearances, book sales, contests to enter or other events. So it's been a slow week for news or gossip to pass along, and lots of time for napping while Arline worked on NOIR. But now she's all caught up and waiting to hear from some of you.... 
ATTENTION All Members of Writers Bloc

If you have already downloaded the ESNoirGalleyI.pdf file from www.filesanywhere.com, no need to do it again. It has not changed and will not change until WE have heard from ALL the authors. THEN it will be REPLACED with ESNoirNewGalleyII.pdf

Authors who have done their Galleys:  

THANK You!

Jerry Scortino
Tom Taylor
Norm Smith
A. M. Foley
Gianni Hayes
Bruce Margery Jones
Arline Chase

Authors we need to hear from, 
before any more work can be done:

Shirley A. Gaffney
Beverly Rae Lynch
Kim A. Watson
Aleta Davis
Gwynn G. Harris
M. Rita Tiso
George T. Mason
Jurel Singleton

   Not much going on around the office for we cats this week. We cats have been napping a lot and Arline's had her nose in the computer with the new book she's writing. So I sure hope someone sends me some news for next week. 

                         "News for Jack" 

 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Catching UP!

Books that went to press this week:

             Chasing Nightmares, deliberately embracing terrors, isn’t what you and I are likely to do.  But you and I are not the four central characters in this novel, pretty typical college kids who sense that their lives are so predictable they hardly seem present in them.  They are determined not to succumb to the commonplace scripts set out for them, pathways that are so comfortable they might as well be padded, MUSAK softly playing.
      So, they set out from Los Angeles, trying hard to find the perilous.  They try hard to make themselves unprepared, open, desperate to vivify their minds and senses.  They make it only as far as Lake Tahoe and the nearby Donner Pass, where they do succeed in attracting horrors, certainly not the ones they had, despite themselves, anticipated. 
            But the nightmares they wrap round themselves also contain a good deal more than shivers, and the calls on their resolve demand more than simple courage (or foolhardy consistency).  Without knowing how it happened, they are drawn into a different strangeness, asking for and yet reluctant to receive something very much like love.

EASTERN SHORE NOIR, by Members of the Writer's Bloc.
    These stories are told in many styles. Some writers have been drawn back to memories from long forgotten times; the life they once lived, or observations of families
and friends.  Explore the emotional connections, at the very core, with keen insights that are not all black and white.
   Understand, that the writers are the rays of light, passing 
  through the darkness, resonating long after the final page 
  is turned.
M. Rita Tiso

RED YEAR by Jan Shapin

   CAN A RED-HAIRED WOMAN FROM CHICAGO SINGLE-HANDEDLY
FORCE JOSEPH STALIN TO BACK DOWN?
   China, 1927. Thirty-three-year-old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidant and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow. But Moscow doesn’t welcome the women.

ARMY OF THE DEAD by Ray Morand
   "Twists and turns, chivalry and treachery, sword fights and, goblins and fire-breathing dragons---this book has all the familiar trappings of fantasy, but it also has a very human and engaging woman at its heart. Its cliffhanger ending definitely left me wanting more." ---Nina M. Osier, Eppie winning author of the Regs, The Mad Fisherman's Daughter, Interphase, and the Farthinghome Series.
Cover Not Set
BACKWOOD MEMORIES by Shelley Abbott
A collection of memoir essays by a famed singer and songwriter, the Eastern Shore's own, Shelley Abbott.




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

Hi Folks,
   Haven't heard from anyone with news of personal appearances, book sales or other events. So it's been a slow week no news or gossip to pass along, and lots of time for thinking. 

 In Memorium:
 R. David Chase
1958 -2015
 Still missing Dave's special belly rubs around here.


Me and Spunky, my baby sister, almost had a night out. I was napping in the back of the closet and they looked there, but didn't see me. Arline started calling out the back door, thinking (Quite unjustly!) that I might have snuck outside. Spunky, noticing the door open, ran outside! I'd like to think she was looking for me, but really, she just runs outside any time she sees the door open, even when it's dark.

Hearing them call (and even though it wasn't supper time or treat time) I came to see what was going on and hurried outide to rescue the baby. SHE hid under the pickup. I chased after her to tell her to get back inside. Then I saw a frog and went to chase it. It wanted to play.

Then Spunky ran back inside, but saw I was gone, and she jumped back out again, before the door could close, and ran off into the little copse of trees in the back corner, where the deer sometimes hide and the groundhog lives. I could hear Arline calling and Roger shouting inside the house, but then more frogs came to play...

Then an awful thing happened. Arline yelled, "To hell with it!" She slammed the door and turned off the porch light. She left us both outside, in the dark, all by ourselves! 

I couldn't believe it. When the light went out, Spunky ran back from the groundhog nest. They have babies and were mean to her so she was very scared. I told her to get up on top of the pickup tire and stay there. There's worse things than groundhogs in that copse. There's a nest of  copperheads in there, five or six little ones, all with bright yellow tails. They are NOT cute. OR fun to play with.

I stayed right at the bottom of the tire to make sure Spunky was safe. Sure, I played with the frogs some more, but you can believe I kept my eyes open. It was cloudy. No stars. It was cold. No fireflies. The security light was a long, long way away. Good thing we cats can see in the dark. 

Then it started to rain but, safe under the fender, Spunky stayed asleep. I got far enough under to stay out of the rain and kept watch. The birds in the birdhouse fluttered and cooed. A raccoon crept along the edge of the field and caught a mouse. He ate it!  Ugh! The whole thing! No wonder they try to get inside where it's safe. 

Roger builds what he calls "hamster traps" and catches them and takes them back outside.

After a long, long time, the porch light came back on. I woke Spunky up and we both ran for the back door. By the time Arline opened it to call us, we were both waiting right there and shot inside fast. 

Spunky jumped right up in the rocking chair.  Arline saw that I was wet, and rubbed me down with a nice, warm, fluffy towel. Roger came out of the bedroom. "They both back?"

"Got 'em. Told ya if we turned off the lights and waited fifteen minutes..."

"Night, Hon..." He yawned and went back to bed. I sneezed and tried to con her out of an extra snack, but it didn't work.

"You're all dry now," she told me, and kissed my nose, and put me down in Roger's chair in the living room. She know's I'm the boss whenever he's not there...

Please remember to let us know if you have readings or events coming up, so we can pass on the news right here, for all the world to see. 

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