Friday, September 19, 2014

Catching UP!

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

SLOW DANCING WITH THE ANGEL OF DEATH: Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott series, Vol. 1, by Helen 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.
DEAD DUCK: Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott series, Vol. 2
   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.

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

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

   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.


 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:

 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.

THE MURDER OF SEC. ASA KANE: Adventures on Capital Hill Series, Vol. 2. by Celine Rose Mariotti
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have U.S. Senators who really did their job, got along well, and stood up for what was right? This is not your typical book about politics.  It’s the perfect U.S. Senate!  Throughout the book, there is an ongoing health care debate.  Senators Andy Thompson and Hunt Wagner lead the way with a resolution to try to stop President Robinson and Secretary von Schumann from sending troops to Botswana.  But a real adventure begins when Senator Thompson is kidnapped and Brian Travors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State is suspected of being involved.  Senators Hunt Wagner and Darius Clemens head a committee hearing to get to the truth.  President Robinson suffers a heart attack and Vice-President Barry Newman takes over temporarily.  This book is a real page turner!  Read it and you’ll have hope for tomorrow!
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 enjoying her long-awaited visitors, her mom and sister, all the way from Canada! Boy is she happy. She missed out on Sunday, as she had to work, but we enjoyed visiting with her mom, Vi and Sister Betty. Mom sure knows how to chuckle me under the chin.
  Author Kris Condi is getting lots of attention in her home town of Crescent City, IL. Her books are flying off the shelves at the local library and they her upcoming talk has been noted in the newspapers and  on Local TV. She will do a book signing of her latest book COUNTING ON YOU, NEXT TUESDAY, Sept. 23, at the Watseka Library from 6:30 TO 8 P.M. Don’t miss it if you’re in her neighborhood.
  Arline pretended to find my mousie -- the orange calico one, with the green button eyes, that author Terry L. White made (and stuffed with catnip) just for me. At least she SAID it was mine! SHE couldn't fool me. It only had one eye and I can't tell you WHAT it smelled like!
   (Note from Arline: The mousie was found to have been hidden in the laundry basket and reappeared with only one eye and no longer smelling of catnip, but of detergent and dryer sheets! At first, Jack refused to look at it. Then he picked it up, carried it into his litterbox and pissed on it!)
   Arline tried and tried to tell me it was the same ONE! But she couldn't fool me! I disposed of it properly, and am still looking for the real one, though SHE refuses to help me search anymore!

If you are going to have a book signing somewhere, 
make a personal appearance, or are 
planning a launch party where you live, 
please let ME KNOW. Just put 
 NEWS FOR JACK, in the subject line, 
and we will be sure your news 
 is included here in the blog and posted on Facebook!

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