Friday, September 12, 2014

Catching UP!

Books that went to press, or back to press this week:
UNDERCOVER NUDIST, by Byron and Kay McAllister
   Set in 1964, this is the story of world-famous sleuth Tim Rinnissen’s first introduction to detective work. The crime, five years’ old, is an old-fashioned bludgeoning, with traces of attempted poisoning, corruption of officialdom, and an introduction to investigation sponsored by a couple of nudists, locally famous for their gourmet cooking. Tim’s youth and inexperience lead him into trouble, but the nudes rescue him by solving the crime-- feeding him a Malaysian dinner as they analyze how they did it.

THE NEW NORMAL: A Novel of Alternative History, By A. G. Case, Ed.D and P. A. Papineau, Ed. D
   It’s 2014. Benjamin Osmond had been declared President for Life. The United States of America has been renamed the Islamic States of America. Islam has been declared the official and only religion of the country. The religious police are charged with finding those who refuse to obey and sending them to a Philosophy Alignment Academy for re-teaching.

by Helen Chappell

SLOW DANCING WITH THE ANGEL OF DEATH: Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott series, Vol. 1, by Hellen Chappell
    Newspaper reporter Hollis Ball is shocked to find herself shedding a tear when she learns her ex-husband, Sam Wescott, was killed in a boating accident. She is even more shocked when Sam's ghost shows up, asking her to find out who murdered him. LiFE Award from Literature for the Environment.
SETTLING by Joan L. Cannon
   Ruth Duchamp leaves New York in order to find a way to come to terms with a future she fears. She and her husband Alex married not so much in haste as with too little self-knowledge. Attractive without being conventionally pretty, red-haired Ruth is a product of the rock-bound coast of Maine with all that implies and a reserved and practical upbringing.

Gallies that went out, are still out, or went out again, this week:

   The tale of Henri Chabron, Canadian, American, commercial mercenary for hire, in the business of personal salvage. The fast-moving story story tells how a child, becoming a man in a world of lies, deceit and betrayal, is still able to preserve his soul.
REWIND FORWARD: Kathy Sear and Greg Hawkins Series, Vol. 4, by Michael E. Field. 

   Paul Buckler had everything he could want from life: a beautiful wife, wonderful children, and a great home. But all that came crashing down when false allegations were levied against him and he found out that you are really guilty until proven innocent

 TINY TIMELESS TALES: The Writer's Bloc Anthology III
    A Collection of tales by members of the Bloc that includes short stories, poetry, pages from a nonfiction childrens book, and articles about a number of subjects, one including recipes for cooking bugs.

DEMONCHASER II: One Foot in Hell, but with the Right Shoes, by David Berardelli
   After successfully sending Gutrillus Canus back to Hell, Tiffany LeBouf and her sidekick Chip, the
mischievous inferior demon, are sent to Central Florida on a brand-new assignment—to find a delinquent inferior brought up by Braithwaite, the new super demon who has come up from Hell to replace Balberith. Along the way they meet Ashley, a young girl innocently caught up in one of Braithwaite’s evil schemes. Just as they befriend and try to help Ashley, the three of them are caught up in a web of corruption involving rich oil sheiks and a sinister scheme to sell off Central Florida land and turn it into a terrorist training center. Will Tiffany and Chip be able to sour Braithwaite’s land deal? Or will they be sent back to Hell and forced to remain there forever?
DOING DEAD MAN'S TIME, by Matthew L. Schoonover.  
   From the author who brought you the supernatural thrillers of The Arbiter series and the impossible mysteries of The Tornado Man series comes a new tale of supernatural suspense. Phil Talbot is in the here-after, awaiting judgment. He is given the opportunity to come back to the mortal plane and fix the one mistake that changed his supernatural fate. But there are conditions...

Work began or Continued on the following books:
DEAD DUCK, The Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott Series, Vol. 2, by Helen Chappell
     Hollis Ball is back, this time covering the Decoy Jamboree, still smouldering over the light sentence Judge Fish gave a wife-murderer. Then someone bashes Fish on the head with an antique decoy. Hollis is pretty sure it's not suspect #1, so naturally she decides to solve the murder herself, with the help of her dead ex-husband, of course, the charming ghostly Sam.

THE VANISHING BREED: The Volunteer Series, Vol. 2, by Tom Ward.
    Heroic firefighter Robert J. Doyle is back, still struggling with his inner demons, the result of an incident in wartorn Lebanon, when he ordered the destruction of a complete village. As he walked through the carnage, Doyle vowed one day to pay for the loss of innocent lives.

REFINER'S FIRE, Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 2, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   A life in ruins—and a journey of deliverance...Lizzie Hamilton’s life as a pampered belle in the antebellum South is over.  Alone and destitute due to the disintegration of her family’s fortunes, she makes the mistake of trusting a handsome but unprincipled professional gambler whose silver-tongued promises lead only to disgrace and virtual servitude.
LAST STOP FREEDOM: Sisters in Freedom Series, Vol. 1, by Ann Nolder Heinz
   ***First Place Winner Dragonfly Awards Competition, Historical Fiction Category**** A desperate flight from brutal oppression—and everything to lose if it fails...
   Two women, one white, the other black, find themselves trapped in bondage on a South Carolina plantation in 1850's America. Their unique friendship gives each the strength to endure until circumstances threaten not only to rip them apart but to place their very lives in jeopardy.

MINISTER'S SHOES, VOL. 2 by Celine Rose Mariotti
   Rev. Castle is back in another cozy mystery.

BLEEDING HEARTS: Killian Kendal 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

Jack's News!

  by your bookstore cat,  gossip columnist, and feline friend.
   Shelley is expecting long-awaited visitors, her mom and sister, all the way from Canada! Boy is she happy. Hope she remembers the cat treats when they come to see me on Sunday.
  Author Elena Bowman, is feeling better and at work on another collection of her short pieces, ala THE STORYBOOK. That's good news to everyone here at Write Words! Meanwhile, Arline is working on some of her older series titless: LegacySeries, Sarah's Landing Series, etc. in hopes of getting them out through Smashwords.
As for me, I've been a bit sad this week. Arline picked up my favorite mousie -- the orange calico one, with the green button eyes, that author Terry L. White made (and stuffed with catnip) just for me. Usually she hides my toys in the basket on the hearth, but she didn't put it there this time.  I've looked under the sofa and under the kitchen shelf, and in all my sister's favorite hiding places, and  I can't find him anywhere. If you have any idea of places to look, please let me know.

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make a personal appearance, or are 
planning a launch party where you live, 
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 NEWS FOR JACK, in the subject line, 
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 is included here in the blog and posted on Facebook!

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