Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games by Nick Iuppa

“Nick Iuppa loops a brilliant mix of technology, romance, military lore, and vampires into a terrifying, sexy spree in the Swiss Alps. The details are 3D. If you’re looking for a heart-pounder, this is it.” S.B. Stinnet The castle of 15th century duchess Elizabeth Laskaar looks down on the little Swiss village of Murdenwald and the secretive military complex nearby. There, the UN hopes to end world conflict with a vast military simulation that will dramatize the apocalypse that will follow the next major war. To head the project, they hire notorious Hollywood producer Donald Vito, master of explosive action adventures, who still mourns the murder of his teenage love in the 1950s. Vito and the simulation team use new technology to build hundreds of virtual soldiers and terrorists you can touch, speak to, and reason with. But they also begin to feel the influence of Elizabeth Laskaar. She’s often called Bloody Bess – the first real vampire – because she maintained her youthful beauty by slaughtering her maidservants and bathing in their blood. Recklessly inspired by their surroundings, the team creates a virtual vampire that soon takes on the characteristics of Elizabeth’s magnificent, long-dead husband. Soon, he and Bess stalk the compound, seducing everyone working on the project, until vampire blood surges beyond the humans to the virtual characters with unthinkable consequences. In the end, perhaps, only the power of Vito’s long lost love can save humanity. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review Of Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games – by Nick Iuppa Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games is a magnificent fictional horror drama featuring ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project. The Doomsday Games, as the project is called, involves a team of international scientists, engineers, and military...

Taken By Witches by Nick Iuppa

When he was a child, Niko Madonie was terrified of his over-protective grandmother. Somehow he knew she was a witch possessed of overwhelming supernatural powers and determined to save him from the real and imagined dangers of the modern world. Now a successful writer in Hollywood, Niko is helping create an animated version of Hansel and Gretel while he struggles to protect his beautiful young wife from sexy, New Age witches who hope to sacrifice her to please the ancient crone. This is an epic horror romance set against a background of legends, with complex villains, a magical young couple, and a storyline straight from the darkest pages of the Brothers Grimm. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Taken By Witches by Nick Iuppa If you have ever thought that reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales to your children or grandchildren might frighten them, then you’d better keep the lights on while reading Taken by Witches to yourself. Author Nick Iuppa asks questions you might not ask aloud. “Do witches exist; where does their power come from, and to what ends will they use it?” Masterfully written, this multifaceted story begins in the small Polish village of Zakopane high in the Carpathian Mountains. A warlock skillfully tells the story to a shopkeeper and his young daughter after he returns a collection of gruesome masks that the shopkeeper once sent to America so they wouldn’t fall into the hands of the Nazis. The masks are all images of the same woman, a witch named Babcia (pronounced Bob-cha) the Polish name for grandmother. The warlock’s story begins with a young boy named Niko Madonie who realizes that his grandmother has supernatural powers that terrify him up until the day she dies. As an adult, Niko marries and becomes...

Shirley McLain

California-born Oklahoma raised, author Shirley McLain is a retired RN, enjoying her retirement in Sapulpa, Oklahoma writing poetry, short stories, and novels. She has seen much, not only in her travels but in her survey of the human heart as a nurse, and she comes to this historical fiction novel DOBYNS CHRONICLES with a sound sense of appreciation of the terrain of Texas and Oklahoma, the durability of the pioneer men and women about whom she writes, and a special appreciation for Native American history. Shirley has a strong love of family both past and present.  She is married to a wonderful man who spoils her and she loves it.  She has two grown children, six grandchildren and twin great-grand sons. Her wish is to pass on this love of family and the land to her family, as it was passed down to her from her mother. Shirley also has a fur family of four dogs and three cats.  Andy is a Cocker, Angel a teacup poodle, Booker is a Yorkie, and Gus is a Pug/Shih Tzu She says it’s like living with a house full of three year olds. Two of the cats have been bottle raised and all three are short haired “whatever’s.” There’s never a dull or lonely moment. Someone is always into something. ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Oklahoma? I love my state with all of its varied nuances. It changes from one day to the next. I love sharing little things about the area where I live in my writing. It keeps me grounded and draws me into the stories more. Even if I don’t mention the state by name it is also in my writing somewhere. I do have pride in my...

Dobyns Chronicles: A Boy Becomes A Man by Shirley McLain

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma. This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie’s strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality. Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations. Genre: Historical Fiction ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Dobyns Chronicles: A Boy Becomes A Man – by Shirley McLain ‘Dobyns Chronicles’ starts out with a picture of an Indian Territory Map which I especially enjoyed looking at. This story gives the reader a true taste of what life was like in the 1890’s. The setting is in Chickasaw Territory, North East Texas and in Eastern Oklahoma. Turning the page from this map to chapter one, line one, the reader is struck with “OLD AGE IS hell, but it’s something all of us have to go through” and shortly thereafter another line that reads “You never know what road life will lead you down. Pa told me when I was a little boy, “You just have to take a deep seat and hang on for the ride.” He sure told the truth.” Vivid story telling with beautiful old lines like “the heavens opened up and let loose with one of those...

Lynx by Connie Vines

Book Review For ‘Lynx’ – by Connie Vines ‘Lynx’ sets a warm, romantic tone for book one in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance Series. This is short, easy, lazy afternoon read. With strong characters like Lynx, Rachel, Dan and Charlene the Rodeo small town country environment breeds friendships, excitement, danger, attraction, reluctance and full blown passion. As a reviewer I read many genres and this was my first Rodeo romance. To my surprise this short story and colorful characters kept me turning the pages and refilling my coffee cup. The fact that Connie’s father is from Texas and she spent summers in the Texas panhandle as a child is interesting. Her father rode broncs in amateur rodeo events while in high school. I’d like to imagine that the Texas setting is probably is some ways kin to the author’s real home environment set in the “quirky suburbs of Southern California” where she lives with her husband “in a butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees”. ‘Lynx’ is a romance with a couple of Texas recipes thrown in for extra spice. This first book in the Rodeo Romance Series was selected as the H.O.L.T Medallion Finalist and the Orange Rose Finalist. Only time will tell us where the series will go and how many hearts will be won or lost. Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Lynx’ (book one) in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance for the romantic and young at heart. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com ************************* Genre Contemporary Romance Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Amazon Kindle Purchase Link Barnes and Noble Purchase Link Author Connie Vines’ Published Books Brede (Rodeo Romance Book 2) Lynx (A Rodeo Romance Book 1) Ride A Wild Heart/Summer Magic (Double Delights #22) Whisper Upon The Water Author Connie Vines’ Website Cold Coffee Café...

Carol Desforges

Carol Desforges holds degrees in biology and education from the University of Rhode Island, and over the years she has worn a variety of career hats: primary and secondary educator, dietitian, nursing home administrator, home care coordinator, sales associate, secretary, and bank teller. In the past, Desforges spent her time volunteering in her local community tutoring teens and adults, managing religious organizations, working suicide prevention hot lines, running adoption support groups, and leading Girl Scout troops. Now, she writes novels, teaches Mah Jongg, and runs statewide tournaments for the game. The Pinning and Behind Closed Doors are the first two books in her Shugrinsky family saga series. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Rhode Island and New York? I tend to write about places in which I have lived, Rhode Island and New York. I enjoy introducing the readers to these places and the idiosyncrasies associated with these regions. When I can express a thought in an entertaining fashion but get the reader to understand my point of view of or understand the point of view of one of the fictional characters in these places, I want to jump up and scream, “Hurray! I’ve done it.” What or who inspired you to become a writer? A met a young woman from a dysfunctional family who stated that she hated her mother.  I asked the twenty-three-year-old if she would feel the same way about her mother if her mom became ill or died. She said that she could never forgive her mother and would always hate her.  I tried to explain to her that she might regret not having a relationship with her mother; she may never have peace of mind. I tried to explain that she could come to...

Your Story Matters… Tell It by Linda Bunker

In 1958 a girl of sixteen met a woman of twenty-four. Against all odds and self-inflicted restraints, they selfishly allowed themselves to fall passionately in love. Fifty-five years later they find themselves still sharing this “secret” love. They decide now is time to come “out of the closet.” Genre: Biography/Memoirs Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Amazon Kindle Purchase Link ************************* This is a dual Book Review is for ‘Your Story Matters… Tell It’ and ‘Claudia Estelle The Extraordinary Senior Gay Couple’ by Linda Bunker ‘Your Story Matters… Tell It’  is a genuine, heartwarming memoir of a friendship between two women that grew into a passionate lifelong commitment and partnership. Even in the best of circumstances human relationships (gay or straight) are hard work and when there is a strain of secrecy the odds aren’t good. I admire these two women for their love, devotion, and determination to build a successful life together in a period in time where society would have eaten them alive if their secret had been exposed. Their love, strength, intelligence, compassion, faith and humor allowed them to grow as couple (in secret) while extending love, kindness, generosity to their families, friends and community. Even the local police considered their home as a safe place where they brought community kids that were in danger, abused and neglected in the dark of night to find loving arms, a warm bed, healthy food, laughter and games until proper family, friends or suitable foster accommodations could be agreed upon. Author Linda Bunker tells her story with candor, assuming the risks of coming out of the closet, detailing historical facts regarding the progression of gay and lesbian rights, in order to leave their legacy of love to the generations of women who will...

Behind Closed Doors by Carol Desforges

‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a stand-alone book in the Shugrinsky’s family saga. ‘The Pinning’ (first book in the series) was Elizabeth’s story. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is Naomi’s story (Elizabeth’s mother). Naomi graduated from Columbia Law School in the 1940s but in a desperate attempt to leave her parents’ home she marries an affluent man named Jesse. Her story reflects many women’s history in the forties who succumb to their husband’s wishes for them to stay home and raise the children. Needless to say, her dysfunctional childhood carries over into her relationship with her husband and children. On top of Naomi’s internal struggles is her acute awareness of her husband’s drinking and philandering. Naomi’s emotional struggles take a toll on her and whenever any form of mental illness is added to family dynamics there are repercussions. Woven into every family are secrets that stay hidden behind closed doors. Quote from the book jacket: “A novel drenched in drama and suspense”. I think one should read ‘The Pinning’ first and follow up with ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (or buy both together) to get a deeper understanding of each woman’s story. Reviewed by Cold Coffee Press (August 2014): http://www.coldcoffeepress.com   ********************************** Book Description: Behind Closed Doors delves into the dark secrets of the Shugrinsky family following the desperate path of the manipulative mother Naomi as she runs from her past demons and copes with her day to day struggles. The first book in the Shugrinsky family saga series, The Pinning, focused on Elizabeth breaking free from her dysfunctional family; now learn more about her mother’s tragic story in Behind Closed Doors. Elizabeth would be the first to tell you that Naomi is not an ideal mother: she is manipulative and controlling, and she appears to be unraveling fast....

The Dark Entity by Mary Burton King

On a cold winter’s night at a federal prison in East Texas, sixty-one year old Beatrice Belladonna Harlow, a sociopath, voodoo priestess, and convicted black widow serial killer on death row, is brutality murdered in her cell by two prison guards and her body secretly buried in the prison’s cemetery. Beatrice’s murder initiated an eerie and dark chain of events. In life she was a voodoo priestess; therefore, she will live forever—that is her bestowed legacy. Yes, this voodoo priestess will indeed live forever, but not in her fleshy, earthly body, but as a spirit, an entity. Beatrice’s legacy is dependent upon one thing: another living human being, a host. Immediately upon death, her entity must enter the body of her chosen host. Thereafter, that unfortunate soul no longer has control of his thoughts or actions. And if that isn’t bad enough, a shocking physical metamorphosis takes place. Years earlier, while sitting on death row, awaiting her execution, Beatrice used her time wisely. She had nothing but time; therefore, she spent countless hours planning every detail of her afterlife. She chose as her host her estranged, thankless, thirty-three-year-old adopted daughter, Lola Marie. Thus, the night Beatrice was killed, Lola Marie was awakened from a deep sleep by a very bright yellow light floating over her bed. This bright yellow light was her mother’s spirit. In utter horror and unable to prevent what happened next, she watched that bizarre, bright yellow light enter her body. At first Lola Marie thought she was dreaming, but that was not the case. Her mother’s dark entity had just entered and taken control of her mind and soul. She was now possessed. In the blink of an eye, Lola Marie unwillingly became her deceased mother’s evil puppet and is...

Blood On The Plains: There Will Be Blood on the Plains Western Adventure by John D. Fie Jr. Mar07

Blood On The Plains: There Will Be Blood on the Plains Western Adventure by John D. Fie Jr....

An exciting new Western in the style of Robert J. Thomas, WL Cox, and Duane Boehm filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as C. K. Crigger, Robert Vaughan, and C.M. Curtis! This is a book that is filled with the bodies of those who stand again law, order and patriotism! Matt Hutchins, the lone survivor of a wagon train massacre takes on the world to do what is right, and must use guts, guns and glory to bring peace to his people. Found and raised by the Sioux, Matt not only learns the ways of the Sioux, but his survival skills are keenly honed with his tracking abilities used by both the Army and later by the sheriff of a town named Buffalo Flats Matt lives alone on the open plains with his trusted friend and horse ‘Ole Friend, a gift given to him by the Chief Buffalo Robes, the one who taught him how to survive. If you love great Western writing—and you love classic Western movies—you will LOVE “Blood on the Plains.”...

Incident At Benson’s Creek: Western Action and Adventure (There Will Be Blood On The Plains Series Book 2) by John D. Fie Jr. Mar07

Incident At Benson’s Creek: Western Action and Adventure (There Will Be Blood On The Plains Series Book 2) by John D. Fie Jr....

The highly anticipated second Western in the bestselling Blood on the Plains series… An exciting new Western in the style of Robert J. Thomas, WL Cox, and Duane Boehm filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as C. K. Crigger, Robert Vaughan, and C.M. Curtis! This is a book that is filled with the bodies of those who stand again law, order and patriotism! Matt Hutchins, the lone survivor of a wagon train massacre takes on the world to do what is right, and must use guts, guns and glory to bring peace to his people. Found and raised by the Sioux, Matt not only learns the ways of the Sioux, but his survival skills are keenly honed with his tracking abilities used by both the Army and later by the sheriff of a town named Buffalo Flats Returning from Washington after fighting the President for a fair peace treaty Matt is surprised by the changes that have taken place in Buffalo Flats… But change isn’t always good… Will Matt be able to survive the marching pace of time and expansion? If you love great Western writing—and you love classic Western movies—you will LOVE “Incident At Benson’s Creek.”...

Luke Pressor – US Marshal (The Wild West Country and Western Action Series Book 1) by John D. Fie Jr. Mar07

Luke Pressor – US Marshal (The Wild West Country and Western Action Series Book 1) by John D. Fie Jr....

An exciting new Western in the style of Robert J. Thomas, WL Cox, and Duane Boehm filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as C. K. Crigger, Chet Cunningham, and A.H Holt! This is a book that is filled with crime, corruption and a lot of crime to clean up! A Sheriff always catches the bad man, even if the man he is chasing is a dangerous killer. One highly skilled Sheriff called Luke Pressor finds himself at a settlement called Solution with problems to solve, killers to fight and a lot of action to take care of. This exciting new Western from john D. Fie. Jr takes the reader on a one-man rampage as a Sheriff cuts through crime to get a job done. But what is it about Solution that changes this rugged Lawman to change his ways?...

Sheriff Luke Pressor: Pressor’s Law by John D. Fie Jr. Mar07

Sheriff Luke Pressor: Pressor’s Law by John D. Fie Jr.

Newly retired from the Marshal service and newly married Luke Pressor and his bride settle in the town of Solution where Luke is elected Sheriff. His mentor, Liam Garret Kelleher a former US Marshal, is pardoned by Judge Clarkson from being wrongfully imprisoned joins Luke with two of his Deputies. With a lot of new characters added to this mix it is going to be a very exciting adventure....

Mary Burton King

Mary Burton King is a retired Navy officer and a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent who possesses over twenty years of law enforcement experience.  Ms. King holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University (1986), and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Mississippi (1982). She is the author of her memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’, as well as the detective murder mysteries, ‘Fool Me Once and Fool Me Once, Final Resolution’. Her latest novel, a thriller entitled ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’, was released in March 2014. Ms. King resides in Pataskala, Ohio, and is currently writing her second thriller novel, ‘The Dark Entity’.  She anticipates publication early 2015. ************************************ Interview: What or who inspired you to become a writer? Becoming a writer was a personal challenge to myself. My first published novel was my memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’. I was born dirt poor and remained so until I enlisted in the military at the age of 17. ‘No Pot, No Window’ is an old southern expression referring to a person or persons who live in poverty. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing with the intention of being published after I completed writing my memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment and upbringing played a major role and influenced the writing of my first novel, my non-fiction memoir, however those two factors played little or no part in the fiction novels I have subsequently written. I have to say my education and life experiences in law enforcement influenced my current novels; crime scene investigator, detective, NCIS Special Agent....

The Downfall Of Marriage by Else Byskov

Do you have marital problems? Do you find it difficult to live in harmony in marriage? Have you never married? Do you think there is something wrong with you for being single or divorced? If your answer is yes, then this book is for you. It reveals the real reason for our relationship problems. There is nothing wrong with you. The reason is an organic / sexual / mental / emotional change that is happening to all human beings as we evolve. Today we are simply not as suitable for marriage as we were in the past. It is time we realize that our sexual pole transformation is recreating us to becoming whole, independent and freedom seeking individuals with a corresponding lesser ability to live in relationships. This book explains the reason for our degenerating ability to live in marriage. It is a helping hand to all those who are confused, insecure and depressed about why their marriages are not working. The book is based on Martinus´ clear, logical and intelligent analysis of the transformation of our sexual poles on our way to becoming real, all-loving human beings. This book also reveals the real reason for the existence of homosexuality. The real reason for the growth of same-sex relationships has been a mystery until now. This book is a revelation for anyone who is struggling to understand why they are gay. It is all explained logically in The Downfall of Marriage. Learn why the present state of the world is a result of our unfinished state as emerging humans. Get an intimate look at the bigger picture. It is both mind-blowing and positive. With The Downfall of Marriage we are on the leading edge of thought. After reading this book, you will never look...

Else Byskov

Else Byskov is an international authority on the groundbreaking work of Martinus (1890-1981), the Danish philosopher, visionary and mystic. Before she came across the Martinus material (comprising over 9000 pages), Else was a convinced atheist for many years, so it came as quite a surprise to her when she became the author of a series of spiritual books. During a period of intense soul-searching and seeking more meaningful answers to life’s big questions, an astonishing dash of universal wisdom led Else to a book about the Danish mystic – it literally fell into her hands. She was so enthralled by what she found, and the incredibly logical answers that she had never been able to find anywhere about life, death, and the mystery of both, that she had to tell people about it. Her passion was so intense that she wrote her first book, ‘Death Is An Illusion’, (a general introduction to Martinus´ fantastic world picture), in order to bring the incredible Martinus wisdom to a wider audience. Else has written 4 more books covering the profound aspects of Martinus’ world view: ‘The Art of Attraction’ (about the law of attraction, including totally unknown aspects of the law), ‘The Undiscovered Country’ (presenting all the evidence for life after death), ‘The Beginning Is Near’ (previously called ‘Ten Great Ways to Understand the World’) (a short introduction to the Martinus material in 10 easy steps) and ´The Downfall of Marriage – The Great Transformation of our Marital and Sexual Relations´ (an explanation of why our divorce rates are soaring and why same-sex relationships are on the rise). Else Byskov is Danish, has two university degrees in Spanish and English philology and she writes mostly in English, so that Martinus’ work can reach a wider audience. Four...

Managing Your Inner A**Hole: An Unusual Education In The Fundamentals Of Emotional Intelligence by B. W. Prescott...

“Have you ever let your emotions get the better of you? Have you ever felt like events, or circumstances, or other people were controlling you—instead of you being in control of you? Have you ever acted in a way that you later regretted because you were caught off guard, or were tired, or angry, or hurt, or frustrated, or didn’t really know what to do, or just didn’t have the time you needed to think through how you should respond to something or someone before you actually did? Have you ever hated yourself afterward, or wondered how you could be so dumb? Have you ever wondered why nobody ever wrote down a practical set of step-by-step, bulletproof guidelines for developing and maintaining a healthy relationship? Or have you ever wondered why, if there really is a God and He really is the Creator of the universe, why He didn’t bother to take the time to leave us a simple list of instructions for dealing with the biggest emotional challenges of our lives? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, then this book is for you! That list of bulletproof instructions not only exists, God wrote them. Managing Your Inner A**hole is an unvarnished, unconventional look at the greatest practical advice the Bible has to offer without a hint of preaching, pretense, or posturing. Imminently logical without the guilt-trip, compassionate and humble without judgment or condemnation, this is a story of acceptance and empowerment about what it means to really love, what you have to do to really grow, and the surprisingly simple steps you can take right now to manage your own Inner A**hole and build a happier, healthier life and network of relationships than you ever dreamed possible.” ************************* Book Review...

Wisdom and Rubies by J. F. Slattery

Eminent criminal barrister Adolphus Winterbourne had been worried about his godson Arthur before but when he discovered that the young man was in Clerkenwell prison on remand for suspected burglary, he got quite a shock… It is 1829, and burglary is a capital offence. But Arthur’s brief stay in a London prison on a mistaken charge is only the first in a strange series of interlinked events into which he and Lord Horatio Carlton, his friend and fellow student, are inextricably drawn – events involving every aspect of London life: its journalists and politicians, its artists and scholars, its idlers and gamblers, its burglars, confidence tricksters and pickpockets. Meet George Marshall, irascible editor of The Morning Indicator and his striking print workers; Colonel Henderson and his Indian wife, whose greatest ambition is to walk in a London street without a veil; Oliver Morris and Lieutenant Peterson, on leave from Madras, whose friendship ends in violence and death; and above all, Frank Hoskins – charming, talented, kindly Frank, receiver of stolen goods and police agent, whose career spirals down into robbery and murder. Once Arthur and Horatio lived a life of jokes and laughter but as events unfold they find the shadows of tragedy closing in around them. Only a desperate plea to Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary and founder of the new Metropolitan Police Force, will avert disaster. When, twenty-five years later, Mr. Winterbourne takes up his pen to write an account of these events, he wonders how he is to do it… Based on actual police reports of the period, Wisdom and Rubies is an engaging fictional account of a vital period in English social history. A sequel to ‘Wisdom and Rubies’ will shortly be published, entitled ‘The Scapegoat’. It will be a...

B. W. Prescott

Author B. W. Prescott is the public persona of an anonymous, 57-year-old, white male who has spent his entire life contending with serious mental illness and addictions within his birth family. The problems caused by these mental illnesses and addictions have included medical issues and extended hospitalizations, civil litigation, arrests and criminal prosecution, terminations of employment, financial hardships, life-threatening physical violence, and social ostracization. Compounding these issues was the culture of Ben’s puritanical, ultra-conservative, and social climbing extended family that denied any suggestion that either a mental illness or addiction existed, and rigidly enforced a code of silence so as not to tarnish their public image. When a series of catastrophic events unfolded in 1974 that were so severe that they could no longer be silenced or ignored and which publicly revealed the full magnitude of the problem, Ben, in a mixture or despair, rebellion, and an attempt to anesthetize himself from the pain, buried himself in school and work, and went on an eight-year drug and alcohol fueled bender that nearly ruined him. After hitting rock bottom, and after experiencing a life-changing, not-of-this-world encounter that he can only attribute to Devine intervention, Ben began the process of rebuilding his life and pursuing the path towards emotional intelligence that has become the basis of this book. Over the next thirty years, Ben remarried and raised a family; became a successful entrepreneur; buried half his family; stood by others as they battled cancer; suffered his own life-changing injury; became a multimillionaire–and then lost most of that fortune after 9/11. Along the way he discovered what life is about and realized what he’s supposed to do with the life he has been given. Today, he is a “C” level executive, management consultant, and author with extensive...

Murder In The Worst Degree by F. M. Meredith

The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman. Part Of The Rocky Bluff P.D. Mystery Series Except Link: http://fictionforyou.com/Murder_In_The_Worst_Degree.shtml Amazon Customer Reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Worst-Degree-Rocky-Volume/product-reviews/1610091450/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1 Amazon Print Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1610091450/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1610091450&linkCode=as2&tag=colcofpre-20 Kindle Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JFKAH9A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JFKAH9A&linkCode=as2&tag=colcofpre-20 *************************** Author Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series, the latest ‘Spirit Shapes’ from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is ‘Murder In The Worst Degree’ from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Three chapters of Sisters In Crime, including the Central Coast Chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. ************************* Author Marilyn (F.M.) Meredith’s Published Titles: Rocky Bluff P.D. Mystery Series: (Earliest To Latest): Final Respects – by F. M. Meredith Bad Tidings – by F. M. Meredith Fringe Benefits – by F. M. Meredith Smell Of Death – by F. M. Meredith No Sanctuary – by F. M. Meredith An Axe To Grind – by F. M. Meredith Angel Lost: A Dark Oak Mystery – by F. M. Meredith No Bells – by F. M. Meredith Dangerous Impulses: Rocky Bluff P.D.- by F. M. Meredith Murder In The Worst Degree – by Marilyn Meredith Deputy Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series (Earliest to Latest): Deadly Trail – by Marilyn Meredith Deadly Omen – by Marilyn Meredith Unequally Yoked – by Marilyn Meredith Intervention – by Meredith, Marilyn Wingbeat – by Marilyn Meredith Calling The Dead – by Marilyn Meredith Judgment Fire – by Marilyn Meredith Kindred Spirits – by Marilyn Meredith Dispel The Mist – by...

Marilyn (F.M.) Meredith

Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series, the latest ‘Spirit Shapes’ from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is ‘Murder In The Worst Degree’ from Oak Tree Press. Marilyn is a member of EPIC, Three chapters of Sisters In Crime, including the Central Coast Chapter, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. ************************* Interview: Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Springville CA? Mainly, I’m happy that there are readers who truly love my books. Because I am now writing two mystery series, I have fans who like by Rocky Bluff P.D. series best and others whose favorite is the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. What or who inspired you to become a writer? Since I was a kid, I’ve been writing stories, plays, and articles. Because I’ve always loved reading, I’m sure that’s what inspired me to write. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? At the age of 10, I wrote a fairy tale and illustrated it and even sent it off to a publisher. I received a kind rejection letter, telling me to try again after I was older. I did, of course, but the first two manuscripts I sent off were rejected and it was quite a few years before I tried again. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Though my mother didn’t encourage my writing, my father thought I could do anything and I’m sure that had a big part in my continuing to write and try to get published. I married young and had five...

Violent Departures by F. M. Meredith

In the eleventh novel in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Violent Departures by F.M. Meredith It is serious business for Detective Doug Milligan of the Rocky Bluff P.D. when a student from Santa Barbara College named Veronica Randall disappears from her idling Toyota Prius parked in her grandmother’s driveway. Items left behind along with a new clue emerges when the neighbor Mrs. Doris Jarvis tell officers everything she can about the sedan speeding by the house earlier that morning. The investigation revs up and the list of possible suspects grow as inquiries into college and work acquaintances begin. The ex-boyfriend Bryan Franklin is an interesting lead and so is a possible stalker from Veronica’s high school days. Meanwhile Detective Milligan and his wife move their family into a new house that seems to suit their needs, except for the reported resident ghost. He and his new partner Felix Zachary are finding themselves dealing with other criminal activities in the community while the whole department keeps an eye out for Veronica. A multi-faceted story line with personable characters that could be from your own community. Author F.M. Meredith writes with a charming style that brings the reader into the detectives’ investigation. Here is a small quote. “The woman moved quickly up the spiral wrought iron stairs, and the rest followed. The second floor landing had two door on both side, and an open window. A breeze brought in a mixture of...

Sardinian Silver by A. Colin Wright

To Arthur Fraser, a young Englishman, Sardinia in 1960 is perfect. It’s an island filled with Roman ruins, exotic scenery, local customs, and morally traditional values-he loves everything. To assimilate into the strange and belong to a society different from his own has always been his desire. Arthur arrives in the resort town of Alghero to work as a representative for a tourist company. His ambition is to find a Sard girl for himself. He is quickly thwarted, though, by the orthodox beliefs of the inhabitants. Unmarried couples cannot meet without chaperones, and anyone with “continental” attitudes is immoral. Arthur quickly learns that dating is fraught with real dangers. When Arthur finally falls in love with Anna, a Sard girl, he discovers that she lives in Rome and is no longer accepted at home. But she then falls in love with one of his best friends, and Arthur becomes irrationally obsessed. He incessantly schemes about winning back her affections, despite her efforts to dissuade him. In Sardinian Silver, author Wright masterfully evokes a mysterious society, its flamboyant people, and the Island’s beauty. Like Arthur, you’ll never want to leave Sardinia, with its wide sands, low hills, sun, and blue sea and its superficial pleasantness of life. *********************** A. Colin Wright is an award-winning author of plays, novels, short stories, journalism and other non-fiction. He has published a major book and many acedemic articles on Russian and Comparative Literature. Born in 1938 in Chelmsford, England, and educated at Pembroke College, Camridge (with a doctorate in Modern Languages), he came to Canada in 1964 and now lives in Kingston, Ontario, where is Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University. He is married, with two sons. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada and England....

Soul Hunter by J. A. Carlton

Soul Hunter – by J. A. Carlton Twenty years ago, in the town of Sedalia, serial child murderer Eddy Jay was killed. Now, on the anniversary of his death, he’s back to finish what he started over forty years ago. Justin Sanders hunts ghosts, demons, and things that go bump in the night, it’s in his blood. When the spirit of Edward Jacob Simons returns to claim ‘the one that got away’, the young psychic finds himself embroiled in a supernatural game of cat and mouse that started decades before he was born. Amazon Print Purchase Link Amazon Kindle Barnes and Nobles Print Link   Books Available To Purchase Now: Broken (psychological thriller) Fortune’s Tide (Third – Freedom Fighter Series) Into The Fire (Second – (Second – Freedom Fighter Series) Nick, Of Time (First -Heroes Of The Line Series) Second Hand Heroes (Second – Heroes Of The Line Series) The Third Race (Third – Heroes Of The Line Series) Soul Hunter (psychological thriller) Wednesday’s Child (First – Freedom Fighter Series)   Award Winning Author J. A. Carlton blasts through genre barriers, first with her horrifying psychological thrillers ‘Broken’ and Soul Hunter. With a penchant for epic series Jill has published ‘Wednesday’s Child’, ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Fortune’s Tide’ of her ‘Freedom Fighter Series’. ‘Nick, Of Time’, ‘Second Hand’, and ‘The Third Race’ are the first three installments of her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’. Jill currently lives and writes in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Speaker, Author and Screenwriter.   Jill’s Mission: Entertain as many people as possible! Inspire others to achieve their dreams! To explore the human condition creatively! To learn and share!   Jill is now working on the fourth book in her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’. She also...

Wednesday’s Child by J. A. Carlton

In 2055 the United States is a 3,000 mile wide graveyard shunned by the Global Community. Within the country’s boundaries a war is being waged that will have world-wide repercussions. On his first day in charge of Delta Squad, an idealistic new Commander loses his Lieutenant to her greatest enemy, a sinister branch of the government that will go to any lengths to retrieve the classified information buried deep in her subconscious. It’s up to Stone Rivers and Delta squad to save Lieutenant Jade McKay before the government that created her can destroy her and the world. Elija Tyrell will do anything to destroy Jade, including going back through time to re-make the world they came from. First Book – Freedom Fighter Series Genre: Science Fiction ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Wednesday’s Child (Freedom Fighter Book 1) by J. A. Carlton The world and the United States of America as we know it in 2015, is unrecognizable in 2055. The CIA, Homeland Security, ATF and DEA are all merged into one body now called the U.C. or Upper Command. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are merged into the New United Military Alliance or NUMA which is under the control of President Clayton Maxwell in 2055. History had repeated itself with mandatory DNA collection and the desire to create a perfect race. During this engineered holocaust America’s population was decimated forcing many of the remaining citizens’ into catacombs and tunnels, where they later became known as “Unders”. Lieutenant Jade McKay is a trained assassin working between NUMA and the Unders to ‘take back the topside’. She has been implanted with a microscopic computer chip with “binary coding tendrils attached along her visual pathway” which make her memory almost photographic. Jade is...

J. A. Carlton

Award Winning Author J. A. Carlton blasts through genre barriers, first with her horrifying psychological thrillers ‘Broken’ and Soul Hunter. With a penchant for epic series Jill has published ‘Wednesday’s Child’, ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Fortune’s Tide’ of her ‘Freedom Fighter Series’. ‘Nick, Of Time’, ‘Second Hand’, and ‘The Third Race’ are the first three installments of her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’. Jill currently lives and writes in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Speaker, Author and Screenwriter. Jill’s Mission: Entertain as many people as possible! Inspire others to achieve their dreams! To explore the human condition creatively! To learn and share! ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Austin, TX? Austin has an absolutely incredible and supportive arts community. There’s an openness and appreciation for so many different mediums here. What or who inspired you to become a writer? My mom. She’s the one who instilled a love of reading and literature in me. She’s the one who taught me to find the bliss within the pages. From there, writing I suppose was a natural progression. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I was twelve. Though I was in my mid thirties before I believed that what my characters had to say had validity. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Absolutely. My mother was an English teacher who instilled in me a love of literature and the myriad worlds that could be mine if I only dared to believe and open my mind! I grew up with a family that cherished education and imaginative expansion. Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? Usually the...

Fortune’s Tide by J. A. Carlton

The Future Has Been Determined, You’re NOT in it. With their plans to re-design the human race about to be exposed to the global community, and their murderous regime coming to an end; in a last ditch effort to maintain its grip on the few remaining citizens of the United States, the U.C. has unleashed a doomsday weapon onto the populous. Once again, it’s up to Jade McKay, Stone Rivers, and the rest of Delta Squad to save the nation from the psychotic ravages of a living weapon with its own agenda; and bring their country back from the brink of destruction. Third Book – Freedom Fighter Series Genre: Science Fiction, Amazon Purchase Link Author’s...

A Cupboardful Of Shoes: And Other Stories by Colin A. Wright

After a life dedicated to the study of languages, A. Colin Wright has distilled his life’s observations into this engaging collection of short stories, most of which have been previously published in literary journals. Now retired, his life’s adventures, which include serving in the British Air Force, attending Cambridge University, and being a professor of Russian, have inspired this collection. “I’m a librarian and I kissed a film star once. I touched her nipples too. At least, I think I did.” So begins “Queen’s Grill.” Horatio Humphries, one of the unreliable narrators, strikes up a brief friendship with a movie star on a rough Atlantic crossing, but his “twin” brother doesn’t believe him. In “A Pregnant Woman with Parcels at Brock and Bagot,” an unnamed woman may or may not have an affair with a man she met at a party-depending on whether she can get by a woman in front of her. “Distantly from Gardens,” a variant on the theme of the “double” found often in Russian literature, presents a man with a split personality, inhabited by two narrators who are his past as well as his present. While other stories are told in either the first or third person, the subject here demands the use of the second. The stories in A Cupboardful of Shoes explore subjects as wide-ranging as largely disappointed love, violence, and war, sometimes with an underlying religious theme, serving to illustrate Wright’s eclectic style and literary interests. Amazon Print Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1466900989?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1466900989&linkCode=xm2&tag=colcofpre-20 Kindle Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083SD986/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0083SD986&linkCode=as2&tag=colcofpre-20 Barnes And Nobles Print Purchase Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-cupboardful-of-shoes-a-colin-wright/1111525273?ean=9781466900981 Nook Purchase Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-cupboardful-of-shoes-a-colin-wright/1111525273?ean=9781466900998 ************************* A. Colin Wright is an award-winning author of plays, novels, short stories, journalism and other non-fiction. He has published a major book and many acedemic articles on Russian and Comparative...

A. Colin Wright

A. Colin Wright is an award-winning author of plays, novels, short stories, journalism and other non-fiction. He has published a major book and many acedemic articles on Russian and Comparative Literature. Born in 1938 in Chelmsford, England, and educated at Pembroke College, Camridge (with a doctorate in Modern Languages), he came to Canada in 1964 and now lives in Kingston, Ontario, where is Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University. He is married, with two sons. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada and England. Two of his plays have been winners or finalists in the Threatre BC National Playwriting Competition, and another was winner of the 1995 Gladys Cameron Watt Award in the Ottawa Little Theatre One-Act Playwriting Competition. In addition he is active as director and actor in the theatre. As well as Russian, he is fluent in French, German and Italian, has basic Spanish and elementary knowledge of Scottish Gaelic. He has also acted as a leader for Craig Travel on trips to Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, China, Southern India and Nort Atlantic Islands. Theatrical Credits: Directing: (Domino Theatre, Kingston) Ladies in Retirement (assistant director) Shadowlands The Importance of Being Ernest The Night of the Iguana The Freedom of the City The Heiress Acting: The Troll King, Monsieur Ballon and two other roles, Peer Gynt Malvolia, Twelfth Night First Voice, Under Milk Wood Rosenberg, Amadeus(Theatre 5 and Grand Theatre, Kingston) Father Jack, Dancing at Lughnasa (Domino Theatre, Kingston) Claude Amory, Black Coffee (Domino Theatre, Kingston) ************************* Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Kingston, Ontario, Canada? Canadian literature is of course well known, but I’d regard myself as a British and international writer rather than just a Canadian one. I was born in Chelmsford, Essex,...

Defined By Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M. C. V. Egan

A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past. An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of their mutual acquaintances. In an attempt to run from her reality Anne gets engrossed in a game of “fun” and “flirtation” with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie at her side. Anne however did not read all the files and what to her is fun games turns into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game. Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation. Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction Thanks sounds better than Chick Lit Book Review Like so many in our mobile society, Anne had left her upper middle class town to live, work, travel, get married and have children away from her small town roots, family and friends. At age forty-seven Anne finds herself back in her hometown, where very little has changed. As bad as the small town rumor mill is, time has added a cyber aspect where it seems everyone ‘knows’ and this increases Anne’s pain, guilt, frustration, devastation and anger that her husband has left her for a ‘man’. Anne prided herself in knowing just the right word for every situation. What word will come to mind after her high school friend Amanda dies? Amanda’s casket had just been lowered into the ground when Anne finds herself alone in an Attorney’s Office starring at Amanda’s final message on...

Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color by M. C. V. Egan

Color coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones. In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children. Mary , Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer. Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself. Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own. Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day. Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down. Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is the unexpected gift and surprise. Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers. Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend;...

English: A Comprehensive Course: Grades 7 to 9 by Kathi Wyldeck

Book Review For English: A Comprehensive Course: Grades 7 to 9 – by Kathi Wyldeck Comprehensive English (grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading comprehension, conversation and writing) is exactly what a student will learn. This book is designed to teach students between Grades 7 and 9, advanced ESL pupils, students in Grades 10 to 12 who need revision of basic skills and teenagers and adults interested in learning or need a review of advanced grammar. This book is designed for individual learning, classroom and home school environments. This reviewer is particularly impressed that the author has included several sections for special needs: ESL pupils (a large choice of conversation topics is offered), students wanting more writing practice (extra topics are set), unconfident spellers (a phonics summary is provided), pupils keen to read more books (a book-list is included) and for parents and tutors (dictations and answers are supplied). Author Kathi Wyldeck grew up in Sydney, Australia, won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Sydney, studied Science and worked as a clinical and research technician at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, before becoming a full-time mum to raise her three sons (served as Cub Scout Leader). After returning to work, she switched careers and became a general education tutor to children, teenagers and ESL adults. Kathi has taught a variety of subjects, but developed an interest in the teaching of grammar and writing skills. Cold Coffee Press is familiar with and endorses Kathi Wyldeck’s educational books. The content, detail and clarity are worth the small monetary investment. Her sixteen educational books All You Need to Know About Grammar, English For Everyone: Book One and Two, English – A Comprehensive Course: Grades 3 to 5, 5 to 7, 7 to 9, Essential English Book 1, 2...

M. C. V. Egan

M. C. V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family. From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish. Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject. She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd,...

Kathi Wyldeck

Kathi Wyldeck grew up in Sydney, Australia, won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Sydney, studied Science and worked as a clinical and research technician at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, before becoming a full-time mum to raise her three sons. After returning to work, she switched careers and became a general education tutor to children, teenagers and ESL adults. Kathi has taught a variety of subjects, but developed an interest in the teaching of grammar and writing skills. Having been a Cub Scout Leader while her children were young, she also has a natural love of games – indoor, outdoor, active, quiet and educational – and this love has flowed through to writing three games books (“Family Games”, “Games for Fun, Fitness and Learning” and “Grammar and Vocabulary Games for Children”). Her first two grammar books were published by Pascal Press in Australia (“All You Need to Know About Grammar” and “Everyday Spelling and Grammar”) and these became best-sellers. Since then, further books on Comprehensive English (“English – A Comprehensive Course: Grades 3 to 5; 5 to 7; 7 to 9” and “English for Everyone – Books 1 and 2”) and Writing Technique (“How to Write an Essay” and “How to Write – Writing Lessons for Middle School”) have become popular on the international market. Kathi has a love of reading, and writes as a hobby. Other interests over the years have included skydiving, hot-air ballooning, hiking, surfing, travelling, astronomy and photography. She thanks you for taking an interest in her work.   ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Australia? I’m proud to be a writer not so much because of where I come from, but because of the fact that my educational books are different...

Games For Fun, Fitness And Learning by Kathi Wyldeck

This American edition is a reference book of 335 games for parents, teachers, home-schooling families, childcare workers, Cub Scout Leaders, Sunday School teachers, and anyone else who supervises or entertains children. The book is divided into three main sections: physical and mental, life skill, and educational. The physical and mental games are for fun and fitness, and can be enjoyed at birthday parties, family get-togethers, vacation and scouting camps, and on weekend outings. The life skill games are especially designed for Cub Scout Leaders, and include such activities as map and compass reading, knotting, first aid, home safety, and outdoor cooking. The educational games include fun activities in math, English, science, history, geography, foreign languages, art and music. Teachers and home-schooling families will find this section instructive, stimulating and very unusual. The games are suitable for 7 to 17 year olds, and some of the activities will challenge even the cleverest teenagers. Please Visit Author Kathi Wyldeck At Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/kathi-wyldeck/...

My Theodocia: As Told By Stormy

My Theodocia – As Told By Stormy describes the first twenty-three years of life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty. Theodocia is twice adopted and known as Theo, as her full name is not revealed to her until she is sixteen. Stormy draws you in with her exceptional descriptive skill. You feel like you are one of her friends playing with her in the playhouse, riding bikes and taking turns on the swing. The warm memories bring fond thoughts of your own childhood Then the scene changes and hits hard, leaving the reader sad, disturbed and even angry. Where are the parents, teachers, the church, and other adults? None come to Theo’s aid. There are many traumas-some by others and some by cruel fate. All leave a lasting scar This is more than a retelling of abuse and neglect. This is an inspirational story of unimaginable perseverance. Theodocia, she shows a colossal level of courage and determination to survive and to flourish. She marries the love of her life and soon has a son. Marriage and motherhood bring a measure of stability and love to her life that she had not known. She begins to worry about the loss of sizeable chunks of time in her day. In the last few pages, the family is packed and moving again and we are left to wonder if the time lapses and interrupted concentration are the first symptoms of future problems caused by the many traumas. In closing, Stormy tells about a diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder and a later diagnosis of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder). The tone is set for the upcoming Stormy Journey; a sequel featuring the network of personalities that live inside her. The strength needed to write...

John J. Zelenski

John J. Zelenski is an award-winning author who has appeared on television, radio, and has been featured in numerous print articles as well as receiving high-profile reviews from the popular community. Having been inspired, in part, to write his first novel Walker’s Vale, by his own paranormal experiences as a child, John has developed a keen understanding of the supernatural. His second novel and prequel to Walker’s Vale – The Journal of Ezekiel Walker – continues with the saga of Walker’s Vale, with a future third installment presently in the works. Walker’s Vale, the film will be released through Allegentsia Productions with filming scheduled to begin sometime in 2015. John, along with his wife and two children, love to watch the seasons change in beautiful Northeast Pennsylvania. ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from the United States? I think the most obvious answer would be the freedom and liberty to express myself in the form of the written word. What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? My high school English teacher was the first person who believed that I had the ability to express myself with words. My debut novel, Walker’s Vale was in part inspired by supernatural experiences I had as a child. When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? I have written for my own pleasure since high school, but only began to get serious about writing within the last five years. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Yes, being raised in a strict Christian upbringing I was influenced a lot by the church I grew up in. Generally speaking, writers usually write about what they know; so for me the obvious tendencies to...

I Will Fly by Dawn Huffaker and Maria Kontaxis

I Will Fly by Dawn Huffaker and Maria Kontaxis This is a collection of poems written by Dawn Huffaker and Maria Kontaxis. They are meant to inspire or encourage. Life can be challenging, and, perhaps, these poems can bring a smile or give comfort. Nobody walks through life alone. ************************ Cold Coffee Press Book Review for I Will Fly by Dawn Huffaker and Maria Kontaxis Dawn and Maria are poets with message of hope and encouragement. Some of these 50 poems that fill this book are based on real life events and others are “what if’s”. They write each poem to inspire you in your daily life. The best way to begin this review is to tell you about the poets, so I quote their Introduction as it says it best: Dawn Huffaker is “from New Mexico where the turquoise sky meets the rugged mountains and carves poetry alongside the chimes of nature. Living in a home where books have always been adored, Dawn, the eldest of two daughters, fell in love with literature. Over time, she also responded with great passion to Computer Science in which she obtained a degree and founded a computer store which she ran for sixteen years. Her inspirations are nature, her parents both retired teachers and the world. This has made her write poetry with a very calm but still exotic intricacy. Poetry and her love of Computer Science are like breathing to her. These gifts that God has bestowed upon her life have brought her pure happiness. This is Dawn’s third book of poetry, having also written Flights of Fancy: Volume 1 published in 2007 and Flower Escapes: Book 1 published in 2009. Dawn welcomes you to this book of collaboration with her friend, Maria and hope...

Dawn Huffaker

Dawn Huffaker lives in the mountains of the southwestern corner of New Mexico. She is the eldest daughter of two educators. At the age of eight months, Dawn became mysteriously ill and never learned to walk. She has had to learn to deal with her world from a wheelchair. With the help of her family, she is leading a productive life. In junior high, Dawn discovered her passion for poetry. Some very special teachers took the time to show her the beauty of words. From that point on, she wrote poetry for family and friends, and published works in the school newspapers. In college, she received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and minors in English and Biology. Dawn went on to found a local computer store. The store operated for seventeen years. Then, she spent two months in the hospital dealing with a health concern, and had to close her business. When Dawn returned home, she spent several months recuperating. During this time, she began exploring the idea of publishing her first book of poetry, and selecting her very best poems to put in volume one. That was how Flights of Fancy came to be. Flights of Fancy became available in 2008. It is available through Amazon. Dawn published her second book Flower Escapes in 2009. The collaboration is with Michele Duncan who has provided her amazing floral photography. This book is available through Amazon. The two new books will have her latest poetry. The first one is titled Poetry to Ponder. It will be a collection covering a wide variety of topics including nature and faith. The second book is being collaborated with Maria Kontaxis. They are writers from different countries who have a passion for poetry. The Internet has allowed them...

The Bridge Of Deaths by M. C. V. Egan

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY. Book Review M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ is unique because the author is driven by childhood memories, family stories and perhaps the spirit of her grandfather who died when an English aircraft (carrying 5) crashed on August 15, 1939. Her exhaustive research, passion for details and networking abilities brings this fiction (based on real events) to life from archives buried during the chaos of World War ll. Characters like Bill, Maggie and Catalina draw us into their world with conversations and settings that bring the reader to the table, quenches the thirst for love...

Ginger Simpson

Ginger Simpson has been writing since 2000 and has produced many fine reads. She’s a pantser who writes when her characters speak, and plotting is as foreign to her as speaking another language. She retired from the University of California, Davis after 24 years, and moved to Tennessee to be caretaker to her autistic grandson. Time flies. That was in 2003/2004 and now Spencer is 13. She’s gone from listening to Thomas the Train in the background to being able to enjoy whatever type of music she likes. She’s currently working on another “Sarah” story, but swears this one is her swan song. At 70, she wants to spend whatever time God grants her doing fun things with her husband, and not feeling the stress of being an author. Gone are the days of easily obtainable reviews and low overhead. Competition for everything has grown due to self-publishing, and those who think they are authors but need to go through the editing process for years to learn they truly aren’t. What used to be so easy has become more of a chore. ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from TN, USA? I’m proud to be an author just based on accomplishments. I never knew I could achieve. Here in TN, people kind of give you a blank stare when you announce your profession. I don’t imagine too many people my age find time to read because it seems most grandparents are too busy raising their grandchildren…at least that is the case in the area where I live. I’ve always been a people person, but in all the years, I’ve lived here, this has been the most difficult place to make new friends. I still haven’t figured out why most folks...

Walker’s Vale by John J. Zelenski

James Cooper moved his family to Walker’s Vale, Pennsylvania, in search of the ideal life. What he got was the just opposite. As this small town’s eerie history is revealed and repeated, it’s clear the devil is in the details and he’s waiting for the Cooper’s young daughter. When the FBI come knocking at his door, James quickly realizes that his ideal life may come with a steeper price than he thought. This story of faith, deception, and horror will captivate readers as one man fights for his family’s safety and embarks on a journey toward redemption in this suspenseful supernatural thriller. Review: ‘Walker’s Vale’ is a quick read, short chapters, well written. It had me from the start because the family has a 4 yr old autistic daughter and I work with autistic children. It has some paranormal activity as well as angels. John wrote this based on his own supernatural experiences as a child.  ‘Walker’s Vale’ also grabbed me because I personally had an experience with an angel during a car wreck that I had 21 years ago. This book is about a family that moves to a small town with an eerie history. The only thing negative about this book is it sounded a little “preachy” to me but if you enjoy anything with the supernatural this is a book for you. Reviewed by Mitzi-July 2012 Walker’s Vale The Movie Is In The Works Please Visit John J. Zelenski Author’s Page At Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/john-j-zelenski/...

Discovery by Ginger Simpson

Seven stories in one novel; each one with its own plot and lead character: a stewardess who discovers her judgment may be a little flawed, an older divorcee who finds something far more interesting than sandals at a shoe clearance, a bride-to-be thinking she has a valid reason to call off her wedding, a pudgy ex-wife with a fear that a medical apparatus will make her look like Jacques Cousteau, a newcomer to Florida expecting fair weather and experiencing her first hurricane, but not alone or scared, a daughter in mourning, pursuing the meaning of three tarnished bars held together by a black ribbon, and a doctor who discovers something totally unrelated to medicine that heals a heart problem. “Throughout these stories, facets of each person’s character are revealed, layer by layer, often with a punch of the Ginger Simpson sense of humor. Delicious! I can think of no better way to spend an evening or lazy afternoon than wrapped in the comfort of her words.” ~ H. Haven Genre: Romance, Contemporary Kindle Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IP06KFG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00IP06KFG&linkCode=as2&tag=colcofpre-20&linkId=SWEXGJFRZRLG4IDS Book Titles by Ginger Simpson A Novel Murder Ages Of Love Amazing Grace Beaches Betrayed Books We Love: Special Edition Culture Shock Destiny’s Bride Discovery Ellie’s Legacy First Degree Innocence Hattie’s Heroes Odessa Sarah’s Heart Sarah’s Passion Shortcomings The Locket Time Invested Time Tantrums Virginia’s Miracle White Heart, Lakota Spirit About Author Ginger Simpson: The “working” Ginger Simpson retired from the University of California as an advocate for students. While there, her involvement in editing and creating publications/forms led her to believe she could write a novel similar to those historical romances she loves so well. And guess what! Ginger’s debut novel was published by small press in 2003. Since then, she has written many more novels and...

Theodocia McLean

Theodocia McLean was born on Beals Island, in Downeast Maine, in 1954. Adopted twice, she wasn’t told her beautiful name until her sixteenth birthday. Her love for writing began when her fifth grade teacher captured her imagination with creative writing assignments while she was living away from home in a harsh, punitive private school environment. A song that she sings every day is the only link that she has to Clara, her one special friend, who made daily life bearable for a short time in that dreadful place. She longs for the day when someone, even a stranger, will show her the proof that she desperately needs on whether her friend really died that terrible day. My Theodocia by Stormy describes the first twenty-three years of her life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty. Writing is therapy and telling her story takes her experience out of the shadows into the light. She hopes that her readers will muster up the courage to tell their story and thus begin their own healing journey. Featured Selection: My Theodocia: As Told By: Stormy My Theodocia – As Told By Stormy describes the first twenty-three years of life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty. Theodocia is twice adopted and known as Theo, as her full name is not revealed to her until she is sixteen. Stormy draws you in with her exceptional descriptive skill. You feel like you are one of her friends playing with her in the playhouse, riding bikes and taking turns on the swing. The warm memories bring fond thoughts of your own childhood Then the scene changes and hits hard, leaving the reader sad, disturbed and even angry. Where are the parents, teachers, the church, and other adults? None come to Theo’s aid. There...

Lost In His Eyes by Ginger Simpson

Harlee Wagner didn’t expect to fall in the well when drawing water, and she certainly never expected to be rescued only to find her entire family gone. Logan Carruthers, her handsome hero, insists she rest up before she starts searching and then leads her on a trail consisting of hints and guesses. Will she find her family, or will she discover love? There’s something about his gorgeous blue eyes and broad shoulders that makes her heart flutter. Previously released as The Well “A lot is packed into this short book, the story moves along well and the plot kept me interested. I found it enjoyable and recommend this for a lazy day read to anyone to anyone that enjoys a clean mystery romance.” – Birdlady “I must say that Gingers Simpson’s writing is superb. Harlee’s character is funny and her relationship with Logan’s mother comes alive for me. I have read many of Ginger Simpson’s works and I can’t believe how much she has improved her writing. I am willing to bet that if she got a decent agent she could be the next Danielle Steel.” – Carol Langstroth “This is a fast paced mystery romance that will keep you intrigued from beginning until almost the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it.” – Miskagirl Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Lost In His Eyes by Ginger Simpson Homesteading in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1894 is getting harder every day, “Hot winds drove a herd of tumbleweeds across endless acres of sod, broken and dried by the late July sun. The devastating drought in Oklahoma continued, leaving everything parched or dying.” A small cast of well-developed characters bring the story to life as Miss Harlee Wagner accidentally falls into the...

Tara L. Kay

Tara Kay grew up in Southern Connecticut and currently resides in North of Boston, Massachusetts. She has been a practicing pharmacist for over 15 years in various settings. Tara received her Bachelors in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, her PharmD from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy/Allied Health, her MBA from Fairfield University and her Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification from the Natural Healing College. Additionally, Tara is a certified Reiki Master of Dr. Usui’s System of Natural Healing and she has certification in Cranio-sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. Tara also practices EFT/Tapping, a hands on healing technique that balances and realigns energy. Tara incorporates Alternative Therapies into the scope of her practice as a Pharmacist to improve the health and well-being of her clients. Tara strives to educate her clients and to facilitate their physical, spiritual and emotional health and growth as they move along their own path towards enlightenment. Tara’s practice is inspired by her life-long commitment to health and wellness. She is a dedicated, compassionate and devoted healthcare professional and healer. She takes a unique approach to healing with each client based on their need by using both her knowledge of medications, herbs and supplements and Alternative Therapies. Tara believes that each individual holds the power to heal themselves and that by honoring the body, mind and spirit many miraculous awakenings can occur. Tara published her first book entitled, “Let the Sun Shine in, a book of positive affirmations for kids” in June 2016. It was inspired by Louise Hay’s message, “your thoughts create your life, as well as Tara’s own experience with positive affirmations. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Massachusetts? The North Shore is an incredibly beautiful and inspiring place to live....

Maureen L. Mills

Maureen Mills lives in Draper, Utah, and is the happily married mother of five grown children, all of whom are proud geeks, like their mom and dad. When she’s not playing with her imaginary friends, she enjoys knitting, reading, and sewing cosplay outfits for her kids, who look a lot better in them than she does. Along with her husband, she is in the process of creating a steampunk truck camper from scratch. She also enjoys teaching beginning fiction writing for the local school district’s continuing education program. Maureen L. Mills, author of the romantic steampunk adventure Alchemystic series. Book one, Fires of Hell has just been published and Airs of Heaven: The Alchemystic (Book Two) is coming soon. Here are a few stories I’ve written for fun. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them! Midwife Crisis The Hungering Fulcrum The Old-fashioned Way Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Utah? Utah has a vibrant and growing population of writers, who support and encourage each other. I love the camaraderie, diversity and imagination of the Utah writers’ community. Plus, Utah has some of the most beautiful mountains, deserts, and canyons you’ll ever see! What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always been a voracious reader, and loved rewriting endings to suit myself, especially when the hero or heroine began acting too stupid to live, which frequently happened in kid’s books in the old days (I’m dating myself, here.) I went on to write plays for my younger brothers and sister and their friends to put on, complete with home-made costumes. My poor parents had to sit through many truly horrible, overly-dramatic retellings of fairy tales over the years. But my real inspiration came...

Let The Sun Shine In: A Book Of Positive Affirmations For Kids by Tara L. Kay...

Inspired by Louise Hay’s message, “Your thoughts create your life”, Let the Sun Shine In was created as a tool for children to learn and understand that they have control over their thoughts and words and, ultimately, what happens in their life. Within the pages of Let the Sun Shine In, kids will learn the difference between negative thoughts and positive affirmations. Child-inspired illustrations and simple text demonstrate how to make the change from negative thoughts and words to positive ones. The happiness, freedom, and confidence that come from this ability are beneficial for children for their entire lives! Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Let The Sun Shine In: A Book Of Positive Affirmations For Kids by Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA From a Grandmother’s point of view the book cover and title got my attention right away. The title “Let The Sun Shine In” is above a child’s drawing of two children standing on a green landscape with flowers and blue clouds with the sun’s yellow rays permeating their world brought a smile to my face. No greater time has our children, grandchildren and adults needed “Positive Affirmations”. The very fact that LifeRich Publishing (trademark of the Reader’s Digest Association Inc.) picked up this book tells me that they have put their stamp of approval on this book. Author Tara L. Kay PharmD MBA, dedicates this book, “For the children-may you always cherish the gift of your uniqueness, and know that only you define you.” Simple, positive life affirmations fill 24 white pages of this book with beautiful, colorful childrens’ drawings (with actual words from the children) will uplift children and adults. The drawing on each page has a border that makes me think they should be sewn into a patch work...

Linda Maria Frank

Message From Author: Hello, fellow mystery lovers. As a teacher of forensic science for almost 20 years, I decided to create mysteries around the science I found most interesting. I also wanted to create a smart, edgy, young female detective to solve my cases. The result was Annie Tillery. I like to call my books “Nancy Drew meets CSI”. My books capture, not only my love of mystery and science, but those things I found most exciting in life; sailing, falling in love, and my fascination with New York City. Currently, I am living on Long Island and working hard to promote my books. The third Annie Tillery mystery will revolve around another topic I find fascinating, and that is archeology. It takes place in Turkey. Stay tuned for more thrilling and dangerous adventures for Annie and that oh-so-sexy Ty. After many years in the teaching profession, Linda Maria Frank, the author of Annie Tillery Mysteries, has launched a new career. Inspired by a childhood passion for the Nancy Drew series and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create these new fiction books for mystery readers. ************************ THE MADONNA GHOST has earned the distinctive “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. As a result of this book, Frank is included in the Authors Show 2013 Edition of “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading”. GIRL WITH PENCIL DRAWING, the second book in the series, ramps up the adventure and suspense. Annie stays one step ahead of the bad guys by the skin of her teeth. The third Annie Tillery Mystery, SECRETS IN THE FAIRY CHIMNEYS, takes Annie to Turkey where caves, treasure pirates and saboteurs threaten to close down the archeological dig where...

Fires Of Hell: The Alchemystic (Book One) by Maureen L. Mills

When her captain is murdered and her airship suffers a series of sabotages, airship engineer and rogue pyromancer, Amelia Everley, must put aside her dislike of her new employer, Josiah, and help him save her airship and crew. But is the destruction aimed at their mysterious government passenger, or is the captain’s killer now after Josiah? All Amelia knows is, if Josiah can’t learn to respect her skills, she may have to resign herself to working for his rival, Edmund Fairlane. If, that is, she can bring herself, her crew, and her ship home in one piece. Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Fires Of Hell: The Alchemystic (Book One) by Maureen L. Mills Author Maureen L Mills brings to the table her first book in the Alchemystic series. The book opens when Amelia Everley discovers that her captain has been murdered. Descriptive writing balanced with believable dialog in the thirty-three chapters along with well-developed characters create the desire to keep turning the page. A murder to solve, along with the tension between Amelia and her new captain, might overshadow bringing the airship home in one piece. I always quote a portion of the book to whet your appetite, so I quote: “I’d not sleep again, except in stolen snatches until we made Constantinople some three days hence. Although a chill night breeze entered through the open porthole, the thin stream of air could not compete with the engine’s furnace, which roared at full capacity, radiating excess heat into the engine room. Steam seeped from copper pipes I would have to reseal at the next extended docking. The leaks were small and expected. No pipe could hold up to the flexing of the ship’s timbers for long without cracking—not when they also had to...

Romance Shorts by Sourabh Mukherjer

Romance Shorts by Sourabh Mukherjer Feb24

Romance Shorts by Sourabh Mukherjer

What does destiny have in store for a teenager unable to express his feelings for the girl of his dreams as their paths keep crossing through the years? Sid turns to work and alcohol to get over the pain of losing Sheetal till she walks back into his arms in the after-party of a corporate awards function. Is she back for good? What does an advertisement on a billboard try to tell a man who has lost his memory and his wife in a near fatal accident? As Ria nurses her broken heart, she meets a stranger on the Internet and finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. Will she find love again? ‘Romance Shorts’ is a collection of four contemporary romantic stories. A brisk read with a lasting impact, it paints love in its various hues that make it the only emotion worth dying for. A slice of life in true sense, the book takes us on a soulful journey as we relish loves lost or found or nurtured unprofessed in the deepest recesses of our hearts....

In The Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukerjee

In The Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukerjee Feb24

In The Shadows of Death by Sourabh Mukerjee

Sheetal Mehra, Hr executive with Crescent Technologies, is found murdered in the toilet of a Kolkata hotel after an office party. Acp Agni Mitra finds out about her adulterous ways as he starts investigating into the murder. The miffed husband, a lecherous boss, one of her many jilted admirers – anyone could have killed her. The investigation is stuck in myriad perplexing questions when the murder of Meenakshi Menon, a Director with Altius Finance, hits the headlines. As more murders rock the city, it is not too long before the battle of wits with his unseen adversary turns personal for Agni. A ruthless killer walking the rain-washed streets of Kolkata. A detective battling storms brewing in his private life. Human relations infested with deceit. A generation struggling to cope with fast-changing ambitions and desires. In the Shadows of Death is a gripping page-turner with a heart-rending emotional core....

Jennifer Robins

Jennifer Robins took up writing about the paranormal after a long time in the business world. She attended Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio (TriC). Her interest in the unexplained we live with has taken her to some intense research of many intriguing subjects. These findings have inspired her to write the stories she puts into words for others to enjoy. She lives with her husband and a few wonderful pets. Jennifer spends time with her grown family, loves to write, paint in oils and play the piano. Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer? The accomplishment and a promise to my dying daughter. What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? A friend who told me I could never write a book. LOL. When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? 1990 Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Not really. Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript(s)? Before Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen? Total interest and experiences of my own. What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? To know I was given a contract for my work. What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process? Publishing scams I ran into. Some have cost me a lot of money. But I’ve learned. What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Great five star reviews. What has been your most negative experience in your publishing journey? Working with an editor who went too far in trying to rewrite the MS. It gutted the book so much it had terrible reviews and I had to have the work canceled...

Augustus M. Cileone

Augustus Cileone won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press, for the novel, A Lesson in Murder, about homicides associated with a Philadelphia Quaker school. His second novel, Feast or Famine, a satire, deals with a traumatized man dealing with his Catholic Italian American upbringing in the 1960’s and 1970’s. His latest novel, Out of the Picture, published by Sage Words Publishing, is a mystery loaded with movie references, and deals with social outsiders. He has been honored for his writing by Annual Art Affair, Hidden River Arts, the annual Writer’s Digest writing competition for two plays, The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, the Montgomery County Community College’s Annual Writers’ Club Poetry and Fiction Contest, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, and the Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. His short stories appear in the anthologies entitled South Philly Fiction and Death Knell V, and in the literary periodical Schuylkill Valley Journal. ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Philadelphia? I think it’s because of the strong loyalty its people have for anyone associated with this historic town. Everyone pulls for each other to do well. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I think it was being excited as a reader that led to the writing. I remember in eighth grade that the teacher had us read books that were not the typical ones one would find on the curriculum. Now this was in 1966. I read To Kill a Mockingbird and Seven Days in May, and loved them. I actually liked writing essays in school which analyzed literary works. That led to me wanting to tell my own stories in college. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I started to write short stories...

The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker by John J. Zelenski

On furlough from his World War ll Civilian Public Service Unit in the fall of 1945, a war weary Ezekiel Walker returns to his family farm in Walker’s Vale, Pennsylvania. Everything about him, the world and his beloved town of Walker’s Vale, which had been founded by his grandfather Noah Walker 90 years ago had changed. The town was dwindling despite his parents’ devotion to their community and the small church that they shepherd. Soon it became evident to Ezekiel that the changes surrounding this small community of Walker’s Vale weren’t just material orientated, or caused by the residual effects of the war. The changes were far more troubling and sinister than anything he had ever encountered. Unexplained supernatural events were unfolding that were drawing him into a battle unlike a human battle known to man. Ezekiel accounts in his journal “Aware of my own thoughts, I concluded that I was caught somewhere between reality and the fantastic—between light and dark, but not a part of either. I suddenly recalled the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness and remembered how he defeated Satan by quoting the Father’s Word.” The growing conflict that confronts Ezekiel tests his core beliefs and shapes the depth of his faith after a man named Mr. Simon Tremblestone arrives in town. Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘The Journal Of Ezekiel Walker’ by John J .Zelenski as a depictive fictional supernatural account of spiritual warfare. We were given a PDF format to review. The review was completed on March 3, 2015. For more information please visit us at Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com ************************* Back Of The Book Description: In the wake of light…evil waits. In the fall of 1945, just after Word War II, Ezekiel Walker has returned home on...

Abuse Me No More by Jennifer Robins

Abuse Me No More by Jennifer Robins Brian never stopped loving her. He longed for her every day since she left. When he heard Kristina was coming back, he was anxious to see her, but wanted to wait until she got settled after the trauma of being abused so terribly by her husband, now her ex-husband. He knew about the damage Jason did to her face and didn’t want to embarrass her by calling or going to see her to soon. When Kristina needed help to fix her clankedy old car, she had no choice, but to call on Brian who had a car repair garage. She knew he’d help her, but what she didn’t know was how much more he’d do for her. Book Review Abuse Me No More – by Jennifer Robins is an intriguing story about a love that went terribly wrong and the ability to accept love again. Kristina, she is also called Kris is the main character who faces the challenge of recovering from a brutal attack inflicted on her by someone she loves. Kristina struggles to move forward while living within the meager monthly disability income that she receives and a small schooling allowance granted to her by the state of Illinois under the Victim’s Law Act. Life in Grover Falls is by no means easy as Kristina struggles for both physical and emotional healing. With multiple surgeries in her future, it seems her only comfort is knowing that Jason is incarcerated. She has to trust the justice system as memories haunt her. When it seems that life will not give her a break and everything around her seems to be breaking down to the point of her roof leaking and her car is need of repairs, a...

A Novel Murder by Ginger Simpson

Unexplained visions, murder and mayhem…that’s what Michelle’s life has come to, and she desperately wants out of her detective position to be behind her own desk, being the author she’s forced to conceal behind a pseudonym. Even though the fodder for her first book came from past cases, if she can just write her break-through novel under her real name, she’ll leave the force, switch her genre to romance, and pursue the relationship she wants with her hunky partner. His desire is evident, but fraternization on the job is forbidden, and she can’t gamble with the income she needs. Still, maybe those horrible visions seen through the killer’s eyes will go away for good if she’s no longer part of the local police department. Please Visit Author Ginger Simpson At Cold Coffee Press http://www.coldcoffeepress.com/ginger-simpson/...

Susan Whitfield

Award-winning multi-genre author Susan Whitfield is a native of North Carolina, where she sets all of her novels. She is the author of The Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek, and Sticking Point. She also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook that includes recipes from mystery writers around the country. Slightly Cracked is her first women’s fiction, set in Wayne County where she lives with her husband. Their two sons live nearby with their families. Susan’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Carolina Conspiracy, Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers, North Carolina Writers Network, and National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Her books are available in print and eBook formats. Susan is currently researching a medieval ancestor for an historical mystery. Learn more at www.susanwhitfieldonline.com About The Cover Design: Jason Penland is an avid self-taught photographer, with a focus on nature and landscapes. The product of generations of mountain folks, Jason’s love of his western North Carolina home is evident in his beautiful work. He expresses a love of his heritage through playing banjo, dobro and guitar, and passes that love on to his two young sons. He also specializes in portraits, wedding photography, bridals, and family-oriented settings. Susan’s an avid blogger and promotes authors at http://www.susanwhitfield.blogspot.com. Her website: http://www.susanwhitfieldonline.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Booktown.ning.com and http://www.trianglesinc.com. ************************************ Interview: Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Dudley, NC? I have lived in North Carolina my entire life, visiting it from stem to stern, loving both the mountains and the sea. I’m proud to be the only mystery writer in my county. I enjoy being involved with Carolina Conspiracy and the North Carolina Writers’ Network,...

The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard (The Duke Series Book 4) by Sandra Masters...

After three years in England, Thorn Wick, the duke’s bastard son, perfectly flawed, still fights for acceptance in his father’s world as a renowned Argamak Turk horse trainer. Just when he starts to believe in fairy tales, another obstacle looms to thwart his plans: on a dangerous mission to Barbados, Thorn is stunned when secrets are revealed about his mother. Will he exact revenge for the foul deed? Alicia Montgomery, ward of the duke, is in love with Thorn. Strong willed and adventurous, she determines she can convince him to admit his feelings. But the reality of loving Thorn too much almost destroys her. Can Alicia quell Thorn’s demons and prove love can pave the way to their happiness? Book Review The fourth book the Duke Series is set in Porticio of Beckamhouse, London, England, 1820. The book opens with a romantic interlude between Thorn Wick and Alicia Montgomery. Travel back into a period of time when men and women behaved elegantly and letters were more than mere words, they were the expression of one’s heart and soul. Let me draw you into the story with this quote: “Chester announced that the visitor the Marquess of Montgate, had arrived, and he’d shown the gentleman into the room. She smiled a warm greeting to him. “Dear, dear Alicia, I’ll be the envy of every man at the ball tonight. You look ravishing in that goddess-like gown. How will I keep all the men away from you?” He bent low and kissed her extended hand. “I will assist by exhibiting the manner of a shrew if necessary. Now, Percival, give me a proper hug. I promise not to bore you about horses, but I will keep you engaged in conversation about my schoolmistress duties. I confess...

Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor...

Neiko’s Five Land Adventure (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 1) by A. K. Taylor What if the fate of two worlds were in the hands of one person: you? The childhood secret of a troubled teen warrior is used against her by her enemies. It turns out what Neiko imagined is real, and she becomes trapped in the same world she imagined by an otherworldly evil that is worse than the devil. Getting home is the least of her problems. The Indians and the Cracked skulls are locked in the turmoil of a war that has raged for centuries, and it is presently in a stalemate. Her enemies, Raven and Bloodhawk, have come up with a scheme to take her down, but in doing so they inadvertently open the door to another universe and to an otherworldly evil. Neiko later finds out that a land she thought she had only imagined is actually real and the dark being is not a figment of her childhood imagination-he is terrifyingly real and she faces him for the first time. To make matters worse, it is now in her world and he has evil plans especially for her. After several standoffs with the malevolent Ramses the Dark Pharaoh in Hawote, she is trapped in Qari by his strange and powerful magic. Trapped in another universe in a place that is not exactly the way she imagined it, and she must somehow find a way to teleport home. That is easier said than done; the odds are overwhelmingly against her and her scorpion-cobra companion as they must travel to find the answer and help but at the same time avoid Ramses’ allies, traps, and tricks. Can she come back home and turn the tables on her enemies? If...

Slightly Cracked by Susan Whitfield

Sugar Babe Beanblossom and Daisy Marie Hazelhurst are lifelong friends, sharing happy and sad times, enjoying outrageous antics, and enduring hot flashes. When Daisy gets sick, Sugar Babe encourages and protects her friend, and DRIVING MISS DAISY takes on a whole new meaning. Please Visit Author Susan Whitfield At Cold Coffee Press...

The Roads Dead End by Jennifer Robins

Clark and his wife Ginger head out from their apartment in a suburb in Arizona for a week’s vacation to a resort in the desert. They expect to find the old west as a theme in the park portrait with all the buildings and clothes of the old west to make it seem real, but what they find is nothing like the brochures advertised. Were they lost in a time warp, or did this place turn out to be a joke? Book Review The Roads Dead End is another great paranormal romance adventure by Jennifer Robins. This short story begins as Ginger who works at a medical center and her husband Clark who is an airport fight coordinator is destined to take a vacation to Alamo Lake Park. The brochures and vacation video has convinced Clark and Ginger that this desert resort is the vacation spot that they have been dreaming about. “Soon they were on their way with the sun in the lower western sky still radiating heat to the earth in shimmering waves across the roads that led to the outer city limits. Evening was approaching and Clark wanted to get to the park before dark.” Come vacation with Ginger and Clark as they need a much needed break from their professional lives and a romantic getaway to the Wild, Wild West! Or, was it a very strange place, nothing like what they’d expected! Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘The Roads Dead End’ as just one of many of Jennifer Robin’s paranormal adventures. We were given this book in a PDF format for review. The book review was completed on July 4, 2015. Please visit Cold Coffee Press for more information. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com Genre: Paranormal (Supernatural), Amazon Reviews Kindle Purchase Link Author Jennifer Robins...

Sticking Point by Susan Whitfield

Sticking Point by North Carolina Native Mystery Writer Susan Whitfield is her fifth and final book in her Logan Hunter Mysteries. Each book in stands alone, but starting at the beginning of the series will bring more clarity. The author draws the reader into the mystery and into the lives of her well-developed characters. Reading Sticking Point will whet your appetite for more, however the author and I suggest that you read her entire series from start to finish. North Carolina SBI Agent Logan Hunter is struggling to move forward after the death of her husband Chase and his child whom she was carrying. Work is the furthest thing on her mind when her supervisor Ken Poletti not only calls with a new assignment, but he teams her up with Agent Farris McCracken, “better known as Ass Crack”. The investigation sends these two polar opposite agents to the small town of Beaufort, NC. It’s not just any case, it is the death of a high school teen named Bobby Purdew. Carteret County Coroner, Dr. Milton has ruled this a natural death and release his body for burial. Even though there is no evidence of foul play and the toxicology screen comes up clean, the agents not only wonder how this well-known school bully ends up dead. It turns out that there are a lot of students, teachers, parents and members of the community who were uncomfortable and even afraid of Bobby. Then there is the whole issue of the punch dagger that Bobby wore around his neck and the Belladonna plant, sometimes called Nightshade. I share with you a quote from the book to show the author’s writing style. “I looked around the interior rooms on the first floor, taking my time to absorb...

Consequences of Falling (A Riverfield Novel) by Glenn Sartori

Tragedy, murder, and conspiracy push three Riverfield residents down unfamiliar paths… …..a psychologist who takes on an unethical mission; the wife of a detective who inserts herself in a murder investigation; and a former cabaret hostess who risks everything in order to discover her lover’s killer. Mayhem abounds as Union Miller unwittingly becomes the link between the three—whose actions result in unexpected consequences that change the fiber of Riverfield forever. Riverfield Novel Book Two is finally here and titled Consequences of Falling. Book Review Bradley and Elizabeth survived a whirlwind romance, elopement and great sex, for two people who are as different as day and night and then their daughter Jessica was born. Tragedy unfolds and life changes direction for Elizabeth. I Quote: “As the clouds rolled across the sky obscuring the last bit of the evening light, Elizabeth kept watching the lake from her apartment’s deck. She thought of herself as a woman always watching something in motion, which was shifting and changing. She wasn’t in motion or was she? It made her light-headed to think of this. She yearned for her mind to be clear like the water, to be clear of that day in court. And the occasional woodpecker’s remote tapping and the air rending silence that followed it were only sounds registered in her head. They were meaningless, but that day in court was not. It seemed her thoughts were determined to wander along that shadowy path, where court arguments laid like exposed roots across the forest floor. It was the day that her life totally fell apart, the day she lost her daughter. It had happened last month.” How could things go so wrong? It is October 1989 and Elizabeth Trent finds herself running from her past and the...

Sprig of Broom by Susan Whitfield

Sprig of Broom is a coming-of-age novel about Geoffrey Plantagenet, a count, who at the age of 15 marries King Henry’s daughter, Empress Matilda, and fathers the dynasty of Plantagenet kings. The story begins with the count on his journey to Rouen in Normandy to become a Knight of the Bath. From Rouen, he and the king’s entourage travel to LeMans where Geoffrey is wed to Matilda. And the loathing begins . . . Sir Geoffrey Plantagenet has much to learn, and over the course of his life’s journey he develops a better understanding of himself, fathers a long line of kings, endures adversaries—especially his own wife—and boldly faces the world of chaos around him. Written by a lineal descendant of Sir Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Knighted, invested 1127 during the reign of Henry I, Knighthood of the Bath. Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Sprig of Broom by Susan Whitfield Author Susan Whitfield’s exquisite storytelling will escort you back to medieval European history to the grand LeMans Cathedrale on June 10, 1127 where Henry Beauclerc, King of England and Duke of Normandy, gives his daughter Empress Matilda Maud Alice in betrothal to Sir Geoffrey V Plantagenet, Knight of the Order of the Bath and Count of Anjou, son of Fulk V, King of Jerusalem. Fourteen year old Count Geoffrey finds himself in the bedchamber of his lady wife Matilda who had been married before and encounters a rigid, irritable woman who preys on his youthful innocence. The count throws himself into his royal duties for the sake of the kingdom while the King insists on offspring and sends a young maid servant named Annique to teach him the fine art of love. As reviewer it is my pleasure to whet your appetite with this...

I Miss My Pa The Most! (Book # 19) by Raymond Cook

I Miss My Pa The Most! (Book # 19) by Raymond Cook ‘I Miss My Pa The Most!’ by Raymond Cook is a 388 page story about Christopher and Shannon Rose O’Shea who lived in Marble, Colorado in 1898. The couple have a daughter, Emma, aged eight. After a stove pipe fire erupts downstairs, everyone must escape out a small window to the roof and jump down. Christopher dies in the fire and Shannon suffers burns on the right side of her face, neck and arm. Emma is devastated over the loss of her father. Shannon and her daughter are taken in by their neighbors, David and Pamela Liley. It takes months for Shannon to heal from her burns however, accepting the loss of the man she loved and the father of her daughter will take longer. When spring arrives, Shannon remembers that her husband has an older brother, Lance in Garnet, Montana. He agrees to take her and her daughter in. With the help of the town’s parson, Thomas O’Malley, townsfolk’s raise the funds needed to help get Shannon and Emma to Montana. But the last leg of her journey won’t be easy, to say the least. Indians, grizzly bear, cougar, highwaymen and rancher who betrays her will whittle away at the last bit of hope Shannon has for them to reach Garnet alive. When they finally reach Garnet, she learns her husband’s brother, Lance is dead too. Now they’re camped at the edge of town and believe there’s no hope left. She feels that no man will ever want to marry her and that she’ll have to raise her Emma alone. The town’s reverend introduces her to Kenneth Buchanan who’s agrees to take them both into his home. But the women of...

Sometimes Fate Can Be Very Cruel! Book # 9 by Raymond Cook

Sometimes Fate Can Be Very Cruel! Book # 9 by Raymond Cook Migrating to the Colorado Territory was not without perils. From cholera, smallpox, broken wagon wheels, Indian attacks, lost children, injuries, rattlesnake bites, taking the wrong road, blizzards, starvation and even robbery could crush the dreams of a pioneer family. Sometimes Life Can Be Very Cruel! is a 179 page story about Arnold and Bonnie Brown who with their two children, Missy, age fourteen and Autumn, five years old traveled by covered wagon from Independence, Missouri on their way to Marble, Colorado in 1897. A rancher by the name of Eddie Fields loved to prey on pioneer families by switching a sign on the main road to lead folks in covered wagons to his ranch. After taking that wrong turn Arnold and his wife find themselves at his ranch at dusk. Arnold asks the man if they can spend the night but that was a tragic mistake. Eddie kills Arnold and his wife; before beating Missy savagely. As the killer carries Autumn towards his cabin, Missy shoots the man with her pa’s pistol but doesn’t kill him. Filled with terror; she picks up her little sister and runs for the forest before she’s shot in the arm. After three days they’re hungry and scared to death after living on nuts and berries. Finally Missy and her sister reach a main road. A couple on their way to Marble spot the two children on a road. They’re taken to town so a home for the children can be found. The mayor and city council will hold a meeting where all interested families can plead their case as to why they would be the best family to provide the two children with a loving home....

Raymond Cook

As for who Raymond Cook is, well, I’m a 62 year old disabled veteran. In 1972, at the age of 18, I enlisted in the marine Corp. My plan was to retire. But fate has a way of changing our destiny. In 1974 on my way back to my base, a drunk driver hit me head-on going 80 MPH and my life was forever changed. Those were my darkest days. Eventually in 1983 I enrolled in college and took a creative writing class as an elective. At that point I had no interest at all in becoming a writer or author. In truth, how many people have taken a writing course in high school or college and believed one day they would write a book? Little did I realize what a ‘profound Impact’ that class and my instructor, Mr. Art Wicks would have on my future. Between 1983 and 2010 I wrote my poetry and short stories, but refused to believe that one day I could set down and pen thousands of words, put a title to what would one day be considered a book. In 2003, I wrote a 5 page western romance story I simply called, “A Western Romance Story!” It was only meant to be a short story. Each year though I would add a few pages to the story because I liked the story plot and characters. In 2011 while wanting to add 10 more pages to what was now a 50 page story, ‘something happened’ and it became my first novel called, “Was It Fate Or Destiny?” This is my 5th year writing western frontier novels. I recently learned that Arthur William David Wicks, my college professor who taught Creative Writing to me in 1983 recently died on Nov....