Friday, July 15, 2016

Catching UP!

NO Books Went to Press this week.
Payroll is complete.
Galleys that went out, or went out again,  this week:
   MINISTER'S CORPORATE ESCAPADES, Reverend Castle Mystery Series, Vol. 2. by Celine Rose Mariotti.
   In the second book of the Rev. Castle series, the good reverend is solving another big case. This time he is solving a case of corporate sabotage and murder. Tyler Cotton’s environmental company is being sabotaged by four of his employees. Tyler asks Rev. Castle to find out what they’re doing and who’s involved. Rev. Castle sets out on a quest to find the saboteurs, gather the evidence, and bring them to justice. Meanwhile, Tyler is framed for the murder of Jacob Punch, one of the saboteurs.Can Rev.Castle prove that Tyler is innocent? The story has a climactic ending. And in the quest to solve this case, Rev. Castle falls in love with Lydia. A real page turner!

WENDELL & TYLER: END OF THE ROAD: Open Road Series, Vol. 3, by James R. Kincaid
   My mom, had this idea that I should launch a “voyage of discovery (my cool way of putting it)” and spend the entire summer exploring the world outside me and the world within (whatever that means) by driving a luxury camper from Los Angeles to my Uncle Marshall’s in Atlanta.
   So far, the most uncharted, mysterious, and frightening has been my traveling companion, Tyler, (a black girl) who is beautiful, smart, and (I sometimes think) homicidal.
   We’ve been trundling along together for two books now (We’re Off! and On the Road!) seeing all the sites and trying to experience all we can, one way or another.
   Tyler wants to see more of the South and explore history through the Civil Rights Movement. I want to experience Tyler, or at least live long enough to see the Atlantic Ocean.
   As for what happens next, I’m not telling yet, but you can bet it won’t be dull.

HAIL MARY by C.M. Albrecht.
    When retired cop Harry "Bulldog" Drummond dies, his free-spirited widow Mary, suddenly freed from the Bulldog's strait-laced ideas, recruits a couple of gals from her colorful past and the girls go on a tear. Meaning they create mayhem wherever they show up, much to the consternation of Mary's son, Creighton. Poor Cray just lost his job, he has a wife, two kids, two mortgages, a lazy dog and an old Chevy he was planning to replace with a new Jaguar. But the big raise he expected has vanished and so has his mother…along with his aging Chevy. To make matters worse, she doesn't even have a driver's license!

SECOND GROWTH, by Joan L. Cannon
   Serge Dziminowicz is hampered by his past in a dysfunctional family. Having trained himself in self-sufficiency, he fends off approaches from women, shuns occasions for disappointment or betrayal. A college classmate is his only friend. He cannot trust others, or himself. 
   With success come real surprises. Through his professional ability, he meets not only a wife, but a new luxury, a startling attachment with horses, a budding appreciation for the natural world, and a child he adores.
   When his career and his marriage both are destroyed by his feckless father, his reputation and his livelihood in shambles, he is forced to leave behind everything that has become meaningful to him.
   In rural Vermont, he stumbles on a way of life that nourishes a second growth. A near tragedy is the catalyst that enables him to dare to trust. He ultimately learns he must lower his own barriers.
   Second Growth is about overcoming the past, about learning how to accept, as well as how to offer, help. A brilliant physician must find a way to heal himself — in spite of himself.

Work began or continued on the following books this week:
   An Indonesian army general's son, who recently graduated high school, continues his education at a college in San Francisco. The 19-year-old was a boy headed for trouble. His father hoped that the responsibility and overseas life experience would change his son's attitude. In fact the culture shock does make him change, but not in the way his father hoped for...

A HEART DIVIDED, I Live in Two Worlds Series, Vol. 2. by D J Swykert
    Maggie is torn between her powerful love for Tommie Stetter, and her deep and affectionate love for the abiding Jeremy Paull. Maggie is faced with a difficult decision, and against her own ideals, and the teachings of the church and community, she makes an unusual choice.

WANTED: ROYAL PRINCESS SHOCK AND AWE, Royal  Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 4., by Anna Dynowski

   The popular and royally entertaining Christian romance series continues. 

GAIA'S DREAM, A Collection of Poetry by Terry L. White
   Poetry that embraces the heart and the soul.  

LOVE BITES: A poetry Collection by Barbara Garro
  A Collection of poetry about all aspects of Love.

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THE LIMITEDS, A Geocaching Mystery, Vol. 2. by Jennifer Kirsch
   Fourteen-year-old, Luke, dreams of spending July at Camp Unlimited, where campers explore cave networks, set off fireworks in pyrotech workshops, and sleep in tree house hammocks. But to get into the camp, Luke needs to demonstrate excellence in a sport, the arts, or school. More likely, he’ll end up at SURF, his town’s rec camp, where athlete’s foot, mildew, and warts plague the gym, bedbugs and lice infest the couches, and clumps of hair make frequent appearances in the burgers. When weird blobs start popping up on Luke’s computer, he’s too busy trying to complete his Unlimited application to notice. But when the blobs start looking like a secret, uncharted geocache, he and his friend Gabe follow their trail, only to find themselves battling superbug viruses and navigating labyrinths while on a quest to save lives.

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

 Jack's News!
  by your Official Bookstore Cat, 
and Gossip Columnist.
Hi Everyone, ;D
A note from my pal President Andy Nunez, that The Writer's Bloc will meet TOMORROW in Meeting room 3 in the Wicomico County Public Library in Salisbury, MD at 1 p.m. All Delmarva writers are Welcome!

Pardon my gloating,  but I had a really nice letter this week from the love of my life,
 Lucy, the sweet  kitty, who (with her brother Darby) resides in the home of author Elizabeth Eagan-Cox.

Elisabeth, and both her kitties, recently moved from the mountains of California, to the mountains of Tennessee.
Dear Jack, 
Lucy here. We heard you asked about us and wanted to know how we are doing at our new home in Northeast Tennessee.

Well... first, let me confide you that Darby has taken to Southern-speak like a Tennessee Williams' cat would. He's droppin' the ending of words and ending most of his sentences with "y'all". If that weren't enough, every time he hears Elizabeth sneeze, he jumps onto her lap and puts his paw on her wrist and tells her, "Bless your little heart." She thinks he's hilarious, what with Darby being a Maine coon and not having a single bit of below-the-Mason-Dixon-Line blood in him, and Elizabeth, well... all her ancestry is Southern, but she doesn't talk that way.  Anyway, enough of that silly Darby.

I'm loving it here. My window world is fascinating. Take for example the little bugs that fly around in the dark of night lighting the way for all the other night creatures. I'm told the little lantern critters are lightning bugs. Elizabeth remembers them from when she was a little girl and says she used to pretend they were fairly lights. And talk about night creatures, we have possums that come right out of the woods behind our yard and up onto our patio. Deer show up now and then, and I've seen huge birds called wild turkeys... Jack, I'm telling you.... these birds are monsters!  

Darby and I watch them from inside, where it is safe, looking out the living room's French doors. We've made friends with neighbors, but not their dogs, though Elizabeth says that Maxie, the bully dog, Bridget the yellow Lab and Comet, a mixed-breed, but probably part Lab, are all friendly dogs. Maxie must be lonely, her owners are away during the day and sometimes she's visits us at the French doors. She's quite a lady with good sense and fabulous taste... I can tell by the way she likes us cats. 

So...Jack, we survived the cross-country move from California to Tennessee, from mountains to mountains and we are lovin' it here. And Jack, we have a guestroom...if ever you are in our neck of the Appalachian woods, stop in for the night and "stay a spell' as Darby would say.

Best to you, from whiskers to tail, 
OH BOY!  I wish I could go for a visit!

I was so glad to hear from Lucy, that I made Arline post her picture on the refrigerator again. (I wore the lat one out, rubbing against it.
Don't forget to let me know what's going on with all of you.
Just send an e-mail to with 
 "News for Jack" 
 in the subject line, and
I'll make sure it shows up here for all the world to see!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Jack... Xs and Os to you, my sweet fellow! Lucy.