Lake Of Lies: A CJ Hand Novel (Volume 4) by C. G. Haberman

‘Lake Of Lies’ is just one of four, hard to put down, CJ Hand Mystery Novels written by C. G.Haberman. Main character CJ Hand uses his love for, comfort of and the serenity of the back roads from Iowa to South Dakota to capture its breathtaking beauty through his camera photo lens which illustrates lessons that he shares with his ecology and botany students. Intuitive moments and detailed memories have become part of his life since working for the Department of Justice. While forcing himself to move forward, CJ’s past is never far behind. The news hits him hard when the parole board releases Tom Vaughn and he knows someone must warn Tom’s wife Donette to stay alert. A call from his daughter Meaghan stirs some of the personal demons that haunt him. A trip down memory lane brings him back to the lake where he and his wife Marnie had spent countless, glorious hours together. He sits and stares out across the lake to the shoreline where the shadows still hold remnants of ice and watches as several boys cast their fishing lines into the cold water with hopes of catching a catfish. The ring of his cell phone brings him back to the present. His life with his fiancée Dee, his many influential friends and co-workers find their world mostly centered on the Mill Creek State University and the surrounding communities. CJ reluctantly confides in psychologist Dr. Adriane Peterson. Like all psychologists she asks a lot of questions, like “You said there were other students, especially female nontraditional students with sudden grade drops, correct?” He nodded. “The question is: why the focus on Tammy Day?” Two boys brave the frigid temperature at the southern edge of an abandoned farmstead in hopes to...

C. G. Haberman

C. G. Haberman was raised in south-central Nebraska, undergraduate education from the Nebraska University, and MS from Fort Hays State University. For nearly a decade he taught the biological sciences in secondary schools. He changed professions to work in the environmental field for three different state agencies over twenty years. C. G. returned to education as a community college instructor and as an adjunct at a four-year, liberal-arts College. He has written and self-published five novels, four crime and one historical all set in the Great Plains. ************************** What makes you proud to be a writer from Nebraska? I am proud to be a writer from Nebraska because so little is known about this diverse State. My goal is to show, through words, the diversity that exists in Nebraska and the surrounding Great Plains States. What or who inspired you to become a writer? A friend asked a similar question. The first time was in the seventh grade and the teacher, Mrs. Johnson, encouraged the class to write. My writing for the class involved mysteries. Writing was hit and miss with most of it professional publications except for the environmental reader series for children. Writing started to take shape after I went back to teaching. It was the time of my wife’s health problems that I began, mostly to occupy my mind during her difficult recovery. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? During the time of my wife’s health dilemmas our daughter inspired me to bring the novel I had written out of my computer to share with the public. That novel became my first: Deadly Circles. Positive, as well as a few negative, comments about the novels drive me to write more and better. Did your environment or...

Glenn Sartori

Glenn Sartori is a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from St. Louis University with BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. In 1997 he married Rosanne and enjoy condo living in St. Louis County. They have two sons Michael and Jeffrey, both grown, live in different cities and have a family of their own. Glenn worked in electronic design and engineering management at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing, and traveled to many countries, his favorite was Japan. He retired in 2002, which is the same year Rosanne retired from teaching in the St. Charles School District. In late 2002, Glenn started his second career as an author of text books. Along with his college friend, they have co-authored four engineering text books for Pearson Education Publishing Company. Glenn successfully transitioned to writing mystery novels and most recently published the first book of his memoir trilogy. Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from St. Louis, Missouri? We have an outstanding and supportive writer’s guild here, and living in a Midwestern town keeps you grounded. I love my hometown and am proud of its rich history. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I’ve always enjoyed writing, but my first engineering text book got me stimulated and really hooked on exploring the possibility of being a published author. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? For my series of mystery novels, I created a fictional town—Riverfield—patterned it after St. Charles, Missouri, the sleepy river town where I worked and socialized for many years. My stable family life and my humorous adventures in grade school played a major role in writing book 1 of my memoir trilogy. My parents encouraged me...

Union Of Friends (Riverfield Series Book One) by Glenn Sartori

The announcement of Union Miller’s death arrived with the Saturday mail. That notice pushed Travis Gibbs to return to Riverfield only to discover that his best friend, Union Miller, had been dead for two years. It was an open and shut murder case—Union had stalked a woman, had killed her, and then had been killed by her husband. However, women had always pursued Union. Why stalk one? Why kill one? The search for answers propels Travis on a deceit-filled journey that ends in a conclusion he can’t believe, until violence steps into his life. Coming Soon: Book Two: Consequences of Falling (planned release December 2016). Tag line: A schoolyard abduction shocks Riverfield, only later to be jolted by murder and a battle for a high-tech product. Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link Main Street Books – St. Charles, Missouri ************************ South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska (South City Mosaic Series Book One) by Glenn Sartori Sit back in your favorite chair and revisit my early years with me. I have been a lifelong resident of St. Louis and grew up in the South City on a street called Alaska. My grade school adventures will make you smile…and possibly help you recall your own cherished childhood memories. ************************ Cold Coffee Press Book Review South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska by Glenn Sartori Whether you are young or old, South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska will capture your heart and mind as endearing, heartfelt boyhood memories from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade are experienced in and around Glenn’s house and loving family home on 5226 Alaska Ave. Twenty-two life packed chapters that truly begin on April 10, 1940 when Glenn was born. Read the well placed words of Glenn’s vivid childhood memories that...

Epiphany by Glenn Sartori

In medieval Russia, a battlefield historian is commissioned to transport treasures from invasion-torn south to a haven in the north. Centuries later, four events occur simultaneously. Grace Sawyer, on her summer sabbatical at the Rosanov Art Institute in Yaroslavl, stumbles upon a black stone from a medieval Russian treasure. Richard Simon, an art historian in New York, is solicited by a friend in the CIA to journey to Yaroslavl on a cryptic quest. In Kiev, the brother of the president of the Ukraine is assassinated, and a group of men plan to violently end the Epiphany—the historic meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia. Within a week, these events will mesh in a violent climax that echoes in the halls of the Rosanov Art Institute. Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link ************************ Union Of Friends (Riverfield Series Book One) by Glenn Sartori The announcement of Union Miller’s death arrived with the Saturday mail. That notice pushed Travis Gibbs to return to Riverfield only to discover that his best friend, Union Miller, had been dead for two years. It was an open and shut murder case—Union had stalked a woman, had killed her, and then had been killed by her husband. However, women had always pursued Union. Why stalk one? Why kill one? The search for answers propels Travis on a deceit-filled journey that ends in a conclusion he can’t believe, until violence steps into his life. Coming Soon: Book Two: Consequences of Falling (planned release December 2016). Tag line: A schoolyard abduction shocks Riverfield, only later to be jolted by murder and a battle for a high-tech product. Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link Main Street Books – St. Charles, Missouri ************************ South City...

Sandra Masters

From a humble beginning in Newark, New Jersey, a short stay at a convent in Morristown, NJ at the age of fourteen, retiring from a fantastic career for a play broadcasting company in Carlsbad, California, to the rural foothills of the Sierras of Yosemite National Park, Sandra traded in the Board Rooms for the Ballrooms of the Regency period and never looked back. Sandra wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. Romance is at best a gift and her passion is the Regency period. Admittedly, she would prefer to be the sister of a duke or an earl…perhaps even a princess? Or the other endless possibilities of a widow. Hmmm. As a lonely only child, she used to read fairy tales and now she writes them. She admits freely she’s an unapologetic story-teller. Her debut novel was Once Upon a Duke, which received wide acceptance. She followed with Book Two, My Divinely Decadent Duke, a marriage-of-convenience story turned inconvenient when love and sensuality entered the equation. Her third book, THORN, SON OF A DUKE, the prequel to her fourth book, THE DUKE’S MAGNIFICENT BASTARD is a 15,000-word teaser. She delineates Thorn’s younger days as a half-breed subject to the malice of rock throwing native boys. At the age of seventeen, his mother extracts a death-bed promise for him to sail the ocean to visit his father, the Duke of Althorn, who never knew of his existence. On the island of Barbados, it wasn’t the best of lives, but it was the only one he knew. Now, he was to face British aristocracy as the bastard son of a powerful, wealthy duke. Book Four she lovingly calls “My Bastard” is a multi-cultural romance story of a young couple defeating all odds to have...

Once Upon A Duke (The Duke Series Book One) by Sandra Masters

Serena, an artist and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to be his mistress, but she wants commitment, love, and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake. Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared is shattered when he learns she has been forced into an engagement with another. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life. Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena? If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him? Book Review: Bring regency romance into your life with Once Upon a Duke. Each book in the Duke Series stands alone for your reading pleasure. Warm, realistic characters in book one bring the reader back to London 1817. Lady Serena WorthingtonDurand is a strong independent woman ahead of her time, but she faces demons from the past. I quote: “If Lady Serena could be granted one wish, she would ride off into the morning mist and vanish. That, of course wasn’t possible, but here in her favorite lakeside retreat, she could relax in safety.” Legendary Duke of Sutton, Geoffrey Austen has a chance encounter with Lady Serena and I quote: “Allow me to introduce myself, Lord Geoffrey Austen, at your service.” He swept off his hat and bowed. “I am Henry Worthington’s hunting guest for the week.” More than a romance story, it is an adventure that will make your heart pound, your emotions run wild and your spirit soar. The combination of remarkable storytelling, easy going to face paced reading, true to time period dialog and...

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...

My Divinely Decadent Duke (The Duke Series Book Two) by Sandra Masters...

Orphaned and abandoned by family, Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love. Beautiful and innocent, she attracts the attention of a renowned rake, the Duke of Althorn. When her security is threatened, she offers him a proposal for an arranged marriage in exchange for his guarantee of safety for her and her ward. After her first taste of desire in his arms, she finds the sexual attraction irresistible. Finding herself in a family way, she leaves his home, unsure of his love. The Duke is at first enraged by the brazen behavior, yet he sees Cassandra as a captivating caregiver for his mother and impossible to resist. He agrees. The arrangement becomes inconvenient because love and sex enter the equation. Will she believe her husband truly loves her and return to his waiting arms? Will the Duke admit his love and use his rakish skills to woo Cassandra back to his bed? Book Review: Follow-up regency romance Once Upon A Duke with My Divinely Decadent Duke (Duke Series Book Two). Back in London in 1822 arranged marriages of even royalty doesn’t mean the woman (seen as a possession) is secure in life or love, in fact the beautiful Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love. At the ballroom “Cassandra turned to her brother. “Brent Montgomery, Earl of Stratton. May I introduce you to his Grace, Duke of Althorn.” Later “The Duke stared at the sun-dappled ocean from his balcony residence as the evening hour approached. The ever-present restlessness was his companion. He took deep breaths, prepared to harness his energy and put it to work for him. His beloved dog Clayo lay at his side. He knelt to pet her head. She was one of his prized possessions; there could never be a doubt of the...

Thorn, Son Of A Duke (The Duke Series Book Three) by Sandra Masters...

Mini Novella Prequel To Book Four At the age of seventeen, Thorn Wick made a promise to his dying mother that sends him sailing from Barbados to England to meet the man who sired him, the aristocratic Duke of Althorn, who never knew of his son’s existence. Alicia Montgomery, ward of the Duke, develops a deep affection for the Anglo Indian who protects her from advances by other men. She wants him to acknowledge his feelings for her, but he insists on ignoring the chemistry between them. Despite the intrigue, revelations, and revenge, will their passion and love for each other conquer all? Book Review: The third book (mini novella prequel to book four) in the Duke Series is here and Author Sandra Masters delivers another true regency romance with Thorn, Son Of A Duke. The book opens with Thorn Wick aboard his Majesty’s Ship en route to England, 1817. “Thorn Wick leaned over the railing of the ship. A queasy sensation roiled in his stomach as he watched the swelling of the seas. He closed his eyes and hoped he’d wake up and find himself in his sunlit room in Barbados on firm ground listening to island chants.” Enjoy regal characters and superb story telling that will keep you invested in the plot. Let me share with you a passage from the book as tension builds at ‘London Wharf-side’. “Thorn stood by the railing and scanned an old road that gave access to wharves and docks on the north bank of the River Thames. The panorama before him amazed. Busy docks men and porters hustled large cases and bales from the ships to the waiting ware-housemen. Men shouted while clerks with inventory lists directed longshoremen to the appropriate buildings. “Sir Tomas, what is...

South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska by Glenn Sartori

Sit back in your favorite chair and revisit my early years with me. I have been a lifelong resident of St. Louis and grew up in the South City on a street called Alaska. My grade school adventures will make you smile…and possibly help you recall your own cherished childhood memories. Cold Coffee Press Book Review South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska by Glenn Sartori Whether you are young or old, South City Mosaic: Life On Alaska will capture your heart and mind as endearing, heartfelt boyhood memories from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade are experienced in and around Glenn’s house and loving family home on 5226 Alaska Ave. Twenty-two life packed chapters that truly begin on April 10, 1940 when Glenn was born. Read the well placed words of Glenn’s vivid childhood memories that will take you back in time to the sights, sounds, smells and yes, tastes of a simpler, kinder and gentler life. There are so many examples that I want to share with you, so choosing this one is difficult, but reflective of the mood and character of the stories. I quote: “In the 1940s and 50s, before electronic games and computers, collecting and trading baseball cards was a boyhood passion everywhere, and my grade school was no exception. The chance of getting a Mays, Mantle or Musial was thrilling, and to get the final card that completed your set of any baseball team, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, was a victory. Cards with pictures and stats of baseball players were the only type available, no hockey or football players. I bought mine at my neighborhood grocery store—a nickel for five cards packaged with a sheet of bubblegum. If I think about it, I can still smell the bubblegum aroma that...

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...

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....

Escape From A Territorial Penitentiary! Book #25 by Raymond Cook

Escape From A Territorial Penitentiary! © 2016 by Raymond Cook is a 288 page (Light Erotic Content) story about Frank and Martha Hoosier who traveled from Nauvoo, Illinois on the Mormon trail to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1901. But the following spring Frank dies in her arms in the middle of the street from two stray shots by a drunk man. Martha is devastated. The land agent takes the land back and now she’s homeless. Desperate, Martha robs a man in an alley and ends up killing him. She’s charged with murder and taken by train to the federal courthouse in Green River for trial. A judge Martha sentences her to two years in the Territorial Penitentiary. There were thirty cells for women and none of them had running water or toilets. Their mattresses were thin and only had two blankets and a pillow. The women worked in the broom making room in the prison during the day, ate their meals together; otherwise they lived alone in their cells. Worst of all, none of the women convicts were allowed visitors or correspondence. This allowed the ruthless warden and his guards to rape them at will. Compliance was quickly gained through beatings, starvation, abuse and isolation. After a month of rapes and beatings the warden offers Martha a chance to live in his house outside the penitentiary cooking, cleaning and providing sex to just him. Becoming his sex slave and not living in her cell was the lesser of two evils. Ten days later Martha leads a riot in which the warden and prison guards were killed. The women convicts burn the records of who they were and the towns they lived in before being sentenced to prison. They flee and start their lives over...

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...

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 Settlers: An Axe of Iron Novel by J. A. Hunsinger

The Settlers: An Axe of Iron Novel by J. A. Hunsinger First Book In The Axe Of Iron Series The Settlers: Axe of Iron is a tale of survival, strife, love, and the quest for a new home in the face of hostile opposition. Conditions of manifest destiny propel a large contingent of Norse Greenlanders from relative security into an odyssey of exploration and settlement out over the unknown waters of the North Atlantic, to a North America of one thousand years ago, to a land they called Vinland. The chieftain, Halfdan Ingolfsson and his second-in-command, Gudbjartur Einarsson, spend a winter gathering 315 men, women, and children from the two Norse settlements on the southwestern coast of Greenland. Early in the spring of A.D. 1008, the company sets sail aboard six large cargo ships. Five days into the voyage, in the strait between Helluland and Markland, present day Hudson Strait, a gale holds the flotilla in its grip for four long and arduous days. Halfdan decides to seek shelter in a protected bay, so they can rest, repair the storm damage, and replenish food stores lost in the storm. During the following weeks, the settlers reap a harvest of fish and game that is the best in living memory. When hunters discover a sheltered fjord, Halfdan orders a move. Tornit hunters from far to the north venture south to hunt, and the Northmen strike up a friendship with them. The Tornit tell the newcomers much about the local area and describe coastal waters far to the south. It is this thought-provoking insight into the geography of this new land and the dawning realization that the storm god, Njord, seems to have led his people to this place, that cause Halfdan to revise his thinking...

Confrontation: An Axe o Iron Novel by J. A. Hunsinger

Confrontation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J.A. Hunsinger Second Book In An Axe of Iron Series In Confrontation, two calamitous events occur that pave the way for the hostile beginnings of an assimilation process between the Greenland Norse settlers and the natives of Vinland. The first mixing of cultures occurs when a woman of the Northmen, Thora, and Deskaheh the Haudenosaunee, marry. This union, accepted enthusiastically by the Northmen, opens a window into the native mind. For all the people of this land the way is rocky and fraught with danger at every turn, but the acceptance and friendship that develops between the Northmen and the Naskapi, another native tribe, over an affair of honor, the eventual acceptance of a young boy of the Northmen by his Haudenosaunee captors, and a scenario that seems ordained by the will of the gods, makes it all begin to fall into place, as it must for the Northmen to survive. Will this developing relationship allow the Northmen to remain in the homeland of the Naskapi, or are they doomed to failure? The settlers must deal with that question on a daily basis. Standing in their way are uncounted numbers of indigenous peoples, the pre-historical ancestors of the contemporary Cree (Naskapi), Ojibwa (Anishinabeg), and Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Indians. From the outset, the warriors of these various tribes violently resisted the incursion of the tall, pale-skinned invaders. The overwhelming numbers of the native peoples in Vinland hold the fate of the Northmen in their hands. The success or failure of the settlement at Halfdansfjord hangs in the balance. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Confrontation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J.A. Hunsinger This character driven, action packed historical fiction saga continues from ‘The Settlers: An Axe Of Iron...

Phyllis Hunsinger

Phyllis Hunsinger has a passion for education, serving as a secondary math teacher, middle school and high school principal, and retiring as school superintendent. Failing retirement, she worked as a teacher evaluator for Visiting International Faculty, as a southwest regional representative for the Colorado Department of Education, and as an educational coordinator for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). Phyllis has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, with a minor in English; her Master’s degree is in math/secondary educational administration. Phyllis is the founder of the FREE Foundation (Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise). As a recent graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Phyllis is committed to informing young people about the greatness of the United States and the free market economy which has been proven to provide the best avenue to success and the pursuit of happiness. Phyllis believes that math is a tool used to solve problems; and, students with a strong knowledge of basic mathematics are poised for success in a free market economy. Phyllis lives with her husband, J.A. Hunsinger (Author of Axe Of Iron Series), in Grand Junction, Colorado. Read an interview by the Grand Junction Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado titled Former Math Teacher Adds up Basics for Students. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Grand Junction, CO? I have been working with students on the western slope of CO since 1977. What or who inspired you to become a writer? My husband listened to my complaints about modern math textbooks and encouraged me to write the math reference book. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I first made a smaller version of this book to help my granddaughter prepare for algebra in high...

J. A. Hunsinger

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author J. A. Hunsinger J. A. Hunsinger is an Author, Publisher, Amateur Archaeologist and Historian. His Axe of Iron Series Details The Settlement Of A Large Group Of Norsemen On The North American Continent Beginning In 1008 AD. J. A. Hunsinger’s Books Include Axe Of Iron: The Settlers, Confrontation and Assimilation. J. A. Hunsinger lives in Colorado, USA, with his wife Phyllis. He writes and promotes full-time. His three book trilogy Axe of Iron Series can be purchased at Vinland Publishing. His books are also available from Amazon. Although he has long been a writer, much of his adult life has been associated with commercial aviation, both in and out of the cockpit. As an Engineering Technical Writer for Honeywell Commercial Flight Systems Group, Phoenix, AZ, he authored two comprehensive pilots’ manuals on aircraft computer guidance systems and several supplemental aircraft radar manuals. His manuals have been published and distributed worldwide to airline operators by Honeywell Engineering, Phoenix, AZ. His first published work for the general public, Flight Into Danger, appeared in Flying Magazine, (August 2002). Many of his articles have been featured in other periodicals and websites or are featured on his blog. After his flying career ended on his 60th birthday, he found himself with time to continue his writing; this first novel was actually begun more than twenty years ago. He attended many writing classes and seminars, but couldn’t sustain a head of steam as a writer. All of that changed abruptly in 2004, when he remarried. Phyllis provided the necessary push and as a result he treated writing as work, which it most certainly is. Writing is a learned craft. In order to learn to write, you must write. Eventually the classes must be...

Assimilation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J. A. Hunsinger

Assimilation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J. A. Hunsinger Assimilation will wet the appetite of the fans that have developed a fascination with the plight of the Greenland Viking settlers in the first two novels of the series, The Settlers and Confrontation. The twists and turns of this continuing tale will engage the reader from the outset as the tall, fair-skinned invaders, knowing it is their key to survival, gradually assimilate with the savage natives of the pre-historical land that will become the Hudson Bay and Great Lakes regions of Canada and the US. In a scenario ordained by the gods, this assimilation process has a thin chance of success through the forced involvement of two of the Viking settlers with tribes of natives that are habitual enemies of one another. Against overwhelming odds that can have but one successful outcome for the settlers, daily life becomes a balancing act where one word, one gesture, one innocent mistake, can spell disaster in this hostile setting. Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Assimilation: An Axe of Iron Novel by J.A. Hunsinger Assimilation is the final novel in the Axe of Iron series by J. A. Hunsinger. The author asks that you read or reread the ‘Historical Perspective’ that is located in ‘The Settlers’ which is the first volume in this series. The author’s research into the historical time frame and authentic pre-historical Indian names is irrefutable. The ‘Historical Perspective’ goes into the whole concept of the Norse sagas. Even though each book stands alone, as a reader who has enjoyed the entire series, I encourage you to purchase all three books. As the author states in his book’s description, the first two books in this series (The Settlers and Confrontation) “dealt with the plight...

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...

Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web by Mary Burton King

Meet sixty-one-year-old vodou priestess, convicted black widow serial killer and cop killer, Beatrice Belladonna. She is a death row inmate housed at The Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas, and is five months shy of her scheduled execution date. Seeking notoriety after death, Beatrice accepts A&E Network’s request for a televised interview. During this six-hour interview, she reveals her life story which includes being sexually abused as a child by her stepfather and abandoned at the age of sixteen by her mother. Consequently, it is no surprise that Beatrice evolved into a sociopathic black widow serial killer at a very young age, eighteen. On camera, she coldly confesses to murdering all of her subsequent lovers for profi t and states that after their deaths, she felt absolutely no remorse, only sheer elation. Naturally, being a vodou priestess has its advantages when it comes to cold-blooded murder. Find out how Beatrice used her vodou black magic powers to kill her lovers and how she managed to elude arrest by the police for over thirty years! Beatrice Belladonna’s bizarre and macabre life story is truly remarkable and one that will not soon be forgotten. Genre: Fiction, Literary, Mystery Crime Thriller ************************* Book Review for Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web – by Mary Burton King I set the bar high when reading this book because the Author Mary Burton King is a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent with over twenty years of law enforcement experience. ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ is spell binding. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would care to know anything about a Haitian Vodou (old term voodoo) Priestess. Nor did I know that I could become interested in Vodou Priestess’ herbs (grown all around the...

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...

Key Witness by Sandra Bolton

Heading west for the serene deserts of New Mexico with his three-legged dog, Patch, Abe Freeman hopes to escape the memories of his girlfriend’s lost battle with cancer. He expects his cross-country journey to be healing, not life-threatening. And he definitely doesn’t plan to wind up as the main suspect when a drifter he meets along the way, Easy Jackson, gets murdered. When Abe’s lost knife turns up at the crime scene and Easy’s key appears in Abe’s backpack, Abe finds himself hunted by the police, biker gangs, and drug dealers, all of whom are determined to get their hands on that key. Caught up in the violence, Abe becomes desperate to prove his innocence. With help from Navajo police officer Emily Etcitty, he just might survive…and his heart just might find another reason to keep on beating. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Key Witness by Sandra Bolton Key Witness by Sandra Bolton is gaining mixed reviews which shows that readers are talking about this book. A cross country trip starting in New Jersey with Patch, his three legged dog, Abe Freeman, an unassuming gentle Jewish man seeks mind and spiritual healing after he successfully assisted in his girlfriend’s death when she was dying with cancer. The trip into the desert of New Mexico goes terribly wrong when he becomes a suspect in the murder of Easy Jackson. Unsure of his arrest, Abe struggles with these logical questions: Had they linked him to Sharon’s death, where is Patch, and what is the penalty for possession of personal use marijuana in New Mexico? Strong characters, good dialog and descriptive writing keep readers turning the pages with a plot that involves the incendiary mix of FBI, Navajo Nation Tribal Police, Aryan Brotherhood, Mexican Mafia...

Sandra Bolton

Sandra (Thomas) Bolton (1941) grew up in northern California’s Sacramento Valley. Immediately after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Tom Bolton, and left California on a Greyhound Bus bound for Memphis, Tennessee to join her husband. That was her first introduction to racial inequality, and it made an enduring impression on her life. Sandra spent the next 25 years traveling from one coast or country to another while her husband completed a Navy career. During that time, she raised three children and completed a college education, receiving BA’s in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Science Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling. She has maintained an abiding interest in social causes and environmental issues for as long as she can remember and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 1985-87. Sandra currently resides in Raton, New Mexico where she divides her time between reading, writing, hiking, gardening, photography, and gourmet cooking. Key Witness is her second novel. Her first, A Cipher in the Sand, was published in 2011. She is currently working on a sequel to Key Witness. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from New Mexico? I love this state, the diversity of its people, and the beauty of the landscape. I am thrilled to be able to introduce the rest of the world to the culture and traditions here. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I began taking writing classes and workshops from southwest mystery writer, Steven Havill. Once I started the process, I was hooked. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing, and did you use it to your advantage? The environment played a distinct role. The novel takes place in the southwest,...

The Abject God: Immortal Treachery, Book Four by Allan Batchelder Jun15

The Abject God: Immortal Treachery, Book Four by Allan Batchelder

Vykers once killed some of the Emperor’s soldiers; now, the Emperor has crossed the sea with all his legions to exact a revenge that will impact not only the Reaper, but Kittins, Spirk, Eamon, and even the Virgin Queen herself. Meanwhile, pieces to the puzzle of Vykers’ origins begin to fall into place, revealing people and purposes both unexpected and heretofore unimaginable. And then there is the long-suffering Long Pete, who must now contend with an utterly reshaped reality that threatens his very existence. Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Mythology & Folk Tales, Epic Fantasy called “Grimdark.” Amazon Customer Reviews Kindle Purchase Link ************************ Amazon Author’s Page Professional Website Facebook Twitter Google+ Cold Coffee Café Cold Coffee...

Corpse Cold (Immortal Treachery Book 3) by Allan Batchelder Jun15

Corpse Cold (Immortal Treachery Book 3) by Allan Batchelder

Betrayed by his closest friend, someone who has also stolen his most precious possession, Tarmun Vykers wants revenge. Kittins wants revenge, too, against the all-powerful Queen, who’s been manipulating and dictating his every move for far too long, to devastating effect. Long Pete wants revenge against the slavers who murdered his wife and even now hold his only child captive. And many others too numerous to count want revenge as well, for slights both real and imagined. One thing is certain: punishment is coming. Follow the Reaper again, as he fights through the worst winter in ages to deal out revenge that leaves his victims corpse cold. Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Mythology & Folk Tales, Epic Fantasy called “Grimdark.” Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link ************************** Amazon Author’s Page Professional Website Facebook Twitter Google+ Cold Coffee Café Cold Coffee...

As Flies To Wanton Boys (Immortal Treachery Book 2) by Allan Batchelder Jun15

As Flies To Wanton Boys (Immortal Treachery Book 2) by Allan Batchelder...

You are Tarmun Vykers, the Reaper, laid low by a sorcerous wound and languishing in a sick bed for years until your services are unexpectedly required again, and the means to get you back on your feet rather conveniently appears in the person of Her Majesty’s first mage… Cindor, the kingdom’s most experienced wizard and a skilled politician. Can you trust him, and what is the price for his help? And what of the beautiful healer, Aoife, who insists on accompanying you on Cindor’s quest? Surely, she’s not as emotionally aloof as she pretends, and, if not, what is she hiding? Long Pete, too, is caught up in Cindor’s web. The wizard has plans for Long and his crew that may save the kingdom, but tear friendships asunder. Ride with the half-crippled Reaper again, as he crosses a monster-filled sea and a dark and threatening continent to engage in the most unusual battle of his life and uncover an unthinkable secret. Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Mythology & Folk Tales, Epic Fantasy called “Grimdark.” Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link ************************ Amazon Author’s Page Professional Website Facebook Twitter Google+ Cold Coffee Café Cold Coffee...

Steel, Blood & Fire (Immortal Treachery Book 1) by Allan Batchelder...

On the march, around the campfire, and in the taverns, they tell incredible stories about Tarmun Vykers, the Reaper – how he’s never been cut in battle, how he once defeated hundreds of men by himself, how he exterminated an entire people over an insult. These stories make Vykers seem like a god, but he is a man, an arrogant, ruthless and bloodthirsty man. For all that, he may be the only thing standing between the human race and utter annihilation at the hands of the mad wizard who calls himself the End-of-All-Things. Against this backdrop, smaller, lesser folks struggle to fulfill their own destinies, folks like Aoife, burdened with a secret so dark she is driven to do the unimaginable and seek an alliance with fey powers no mortal has ever encountered. Are you a fan of: Grimdark, Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series, Steven Erikson’s The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company, or Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle? If so, grab your copy of Steel, Blood & Fire now! Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Mythology & Folk Tales, Epic Fantasy called “Grimdark.” Book Review: This book has a very well thought out plot engaging the reader in unexpected twists and turns including love stories and epic battle scenes involving twenty-four well developed characters. Steel, Blood & Fires opens with unspeakable violence as Tarmun Vykers, A.K.A, “the Reaper” a legendary warrior is in the stocks (in bonds, under guard). One must be warned that this is a work of dark fantasy, horror and mythology with adult language and graphic violence. Author Allan Batchelder has done very well laying out this book with easy to follow headings (much like the way...

Allan Batchelder

Allan is a professional actor, educator and former stand-up comedian. In addition to Steel, Blood & Fire, As Flies to Wanton Boys and Corpse Cold, he’s also written plays, screenplays, online articles, dialogue for computer games, greeting card sentiments and more. Steel, Blood & Fire has been praised by Kirkus, Midwest Book Review and Fantascize.com. Allan holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. He is a huge fan of Shakespeare, Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Glen Cook, George R.R. Martin, Tad Williams, and R. Scott Bakker. Allan lives in Seattle with his wife and son, where he enjoys walks on the beach, reading in the garden and puttering around on his computer. Oh, and naps. He LOVES naps. In fact, he’s probably taking one right now. Interview Questions: What makes you proud to be a writer from Seattle? I’d never really considered a link between my work and my hometown, but it is true that Seattle has the most well-read populous of any major American city. That said, I suspect my stuff isn’t highbrow for most of my fellow citizens! J Maybe my hometown finds its voice through the character Aoife, a sort of goddess of the forest. And then again, maybe not. What or who inspired you to become a writer? Throughout my life, whenever I’ve come across something I’ve really enjoyed, I’ve felt a need to participate in some way. And so, I became an actor, and then an opera singer, a stand-up comedian, a teacher, a writer. I don’t claim to be brilliant at any of these things; I just wanted to be part of the action. So, having been an avid reader all my life, I...

EVANGELINE: The Seer of Wall St. by Clint Adams

The stars are infallible; one’s true destiny cannot be altered. Or can it? A descendant of presidents John and John Quincy Adams, and the black sheep of her family, astrologer Evangeline Adams flees provincial Boston in 1899 to launch her business in New York City. On the train ride, she casts her own horoscopic chart. Her findings–death on November 10, 1932 and an unusual intimate union–alarm her. Soon after, she meets actress and suffragist Emma Sheridan-Fry, and she spends the rest of her life torn between society’s restrictions and the trail-blazing nature that made her one of the most prominent female businesswomen of her time. Peopled with real historical figures, including J.P. Morgan, King Edward VII, Enrico Caruso, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Schwab, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Sheridan-Fry (who was known to have been a “companion” of Evangeline’s) and occult figure Aleister Crowley, Evangeline The Seer of Wall St. immerses readers in a New York populated with the Wall Street wealthy and the downtrodden, all of whom visited Evangeline’s Carnegie Hall office. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For EVANGELINE: The Seer of Wall St. by Clint Adams “Six thousand five hundred and seventy days remain in my life, according to my astrological calculations.” This is a quote from Evangeline Adams who becomes famous as the seer of Wall Street. Not only is she a descendant of President John Quincy Adams, she one of America’s first female entrepreneurs. Author Clint Adams has learned through thousands of hours of research and development that he is not part of Evangeline Adams’ lineage. His diligent research births this incredible historical fiction based on facts that he presents extremely well while telling Evangeline Adams’ life as an American astrologist. Evangeline navigates adversity at the threshold of the Twenty Century in...

Clint Adams

Along with enjoying a peaceful life in rural Northern Nevada, Clint Adams is now marketing his first historical novel, EVANGELINE The Seer of Wall St.. His first novel for adults, a thriller: The Seventh Ritual, a race for survival. After having spent over a decade prior as a teen-fiction author, Clint leaves young adult publishing with a smile on his face…and lots of good memories. Since the publication of his first novel, Just Say Mikey in 2002, Clint Adams has conducted dozens of his No Time for Fear workshops in an effort to help teens everywhere maintain that “I can do anything” attitude. In conjunction with these events, Clint actively marketed his three multicultural, fear-eliminating novels, Fear Ain’t All That, and its sequels, Don’t Be Afraid of Heaven and My Watch Doesn’t Tell Time. He has also authored numerous academic publications while at The Washington Post and McGraw-Hill publishing, and has been a member of the Authors Guild for over fifteen years. Clint earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of California, Berkeley, studied creative writing at San Francisco State University and received his master’s degree in marketing from San Francisco’s Golden Gate University. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Nevada? I’m most proud that I’ve been at this for 20+ years, have given up a few times along the way, but I always come back. Very difficult to answer where I’m from. Born in Oakland, CA, became an Italian citizen ten years ago to predominantly market my books in Europe and now live in rural northern Nevada. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I became a writer long ago to do nothing more than get the truth out.’ My adult thriller,...

The Little Book Of Revelation: The First Coming Of Jesus At The End Of Days – by Eli of Kittim Jun14

The Little Book Of Revelation: The First Coming Of Jesus At The End Of Days – by Eli of Kittim...

This book is a fascinating study in search of the real Jesus. The author concludes that scripture is essentially a collection of prophecies, not a record of past events. Jesus did not say “Blessed is he who heeds the words of the history of this book,” but rather “Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” Thus, the current tenets of Christianity with regard to the origin and advent of Jesus are based on fundamental misconceptions. The book’s argument is that Christ’s visitation has not yet occurred in the world of time – it is a future event; and that his origin will be derived from the Greeks, not the Jews, when he does appear....

Ronald Fox

Actor/Author/Stuntman/Facilitator/Consultant Ronald Fox is a seasoned veteran of Film, Television, Theatre, and Live Show & Radio with a body of work that spans almost 3 decades. In Theatre he studied the Bard’s work under Stephen Jenn, RSC – Old Vic Theatre. In Film & TV, his global experience has afforded him the opportunity to work with world-class crew, directors, coordinators and talent. As an Author, Mr. Fox’s wildly imaginative mind supports a prolific production of ongoing projects, spurred on by a tremendously supportive family and public. In Public Speaking he is a dynamic facilitator often sought for his ability to engage diverse audiences, deliver key insights, and create memorable takeaway moments. Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Florida? The great thing about being a writer is you can do it anywhere. I live in Central Florida and find a lot to be inspired about. The beauty of Central Florida is an hour in any direction takes you to pristine beaches, conservation areas, towns that have stood the test of time for two centuries, and flowing natural springs. Plus, a mere two hours away is the country’s oldest continuously inhabited city, Saint Augustine, a place rich with history. I like to tell stories that resonate. When we connect as writers and bring others into a world we’ve created, and we envelope them in that world, that’s magic. What or who inspired you to become a writer? Like most authors, I’ve written ever since I discovered pen and paper. I have always crafted stories, mostly short. Reading Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth compelled me to write Oaken Rings. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I spent a...

Confessions of a Transylvanian: A Story Of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror by Kevin Theis and Ronald Fox...

Confessions of a Transylvanian is a one-of-a-kind, backstage look at the greatest cult movie phenomenon of all time—the live Rocky Horror Picture Show—told by those who lived it. Confessions is a moving snapshot of life in a Rocky Horror cast that captures the grit, language and teenage angst of a group of fishnet-clad performers as they explore a world where the only rule was: Don’t dream it. Be it. So get ready to take that jump to the left and that step to the right…and do the time warp again. Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Confessions of a Transylvanian: A Story Of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror by Kevin Theis and Ronald Fox Unique story, a memoir of men, women and yes, teenagers who worked and lived backstage as well as those who sat in the audience and participated in the live Rocky Horror Picture Show, performing their roles as a shadow cast in front of the big screen as the movie played. Many of us remember this “cult movie phenomenon” but for those of you who either don’t remember, or are too young, let me quote the description of the Ultravision Theatre: “A few words about the Ultravision Theatre before we proceed. Remember, this was in the early 1980s; in the days before the mega-plexes and maxi-houses. The Ultravision was an old-school auditorium movie house, the kind the I-Max theaters are now trying, unsuccessfully, to mimic. The screens at the Ultravision were simply enormous, stretching well over a hundred feet across and over thirty feet high, surrounded on all sides by a set of lush, red curtains that encircled the entire room. The sound system was something else, too. These speakers didn’t simply squeak out the score of the film on some...

Dan Trumpis

Dan Trumpis was born in Los Angeles and spent most of his life in California. He has always loved telling stories, for as long as he can remember, and has practiced writing in a variety of mediums – prose, comic books, stage, and screen. Since becoming an elementary school teacher, he settled into writing books for kids after being exposed to a broad range of classic and contemporary children’s literature. Currently, he resides in Sun Lakes, Arizona and teaches fifth grade language arts at C.O. Greenfield in Phoenix, where he hopes to inspire within his students a love for writing and literature. ************************* Interview: Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write middle grade fiction – although many teens and adults have read and enjoyed my books. My stories are about magic and monsters, two subjects I have been interested in for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t my original intention to write middle grade fiction. I originally set out writing for adults, but when I became a teacher, I began reading more middle grade fiction and decided to write for that age group. I had a lot of fun doing it – and even landed an agent for a while – and haven’t looked back since. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Gosh, almost fifteen years ago, I made the switch from screenwriting to prose – which, let’s face it, was my first love. I went to workshops and attended writing groups to hone my craft. Those were some rough years as I was also learning to manage clinical depression. It wasn’t until 2009 I felt ready to begin submitting manuscripts to agents. What was your inspiration, spark or...

Welcome To Harmony by Dan Trumpis

Being twelve years old is already hard enough. Being a werewolf makes it even harder. Dillon Howell and his parents have just moved to Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Like all kids, he just wants to fit in and make friends, while keeping his “condition” a secret, of course. But Dillon quickly finds out he’s not the only person in town who isn’t what he appears to be. Welcome to Harmony, Dillon Howell. Your life is about to change forever. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Welcome To Harmony – by Dan Trumpis The township of Harmony in Northern California could be like any small town in America, but it isn’t. Like in most small towns secrets are desperately tried to be kept and the Harmony forest is the keeper of many secrets. For Dillon Howell moving to Harmony with his parents gives him a new chance to fit in and make new friends. If just being a teenager isn’t enough of a challenge for Dillion, being a Werewolf presents its own set of challenges. As Dillion and his family settle into the normal day-to-day life at home and at school the supernatural forces in the dark forest beckon to him and he finds that he is not the only one in this town with a secret. Come with Dillon to Harmony and see what life has in store. Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Welcome To Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony might mirror their life in some routine ways and then again it might just be a little darker, more intense, and hairier than normal. Cold Coffee Press reviewed on November 6,...

Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony by Dan Trumpis

Since her mother’s death, thirteen-year-old Gwen Gladstone’s life has spiraled downwards. She’s gone from popular girl to outcast and has been riddled with anxiety and depression. Her life takes a turn when her father suddenly marries a woman named Victoria Weatherly, and the three move to her home in Harmony, a small town in Northern California. Gwen quickly discovers that Victoria is no normal stepmother and the town of Harmony itself is just as mysterious and full of secrets as she is. But if Gwen can hold on, she’ll learn that Harmony is a place where she can grow stronger and discover abilities she never knew she had. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Gwen Gladstone A Tale From The Town Of Harmony – by Dan Trumpis When a teenager loses their mother to death their whole world spirals out of control. Gwen is thirteen and her anxiety and depression has left her in a downward spiral. Can Gwen accept a new mother when without warning her dad marries a woman named Victoria Weatherly? Can she pick up and move to a new town to live under Victoria’s roof and leave the house where her mother’s spirit lives? What can the small town of Harmony in Northern California offer such a fragile young lady? Come to Harmony and see what supernatural (paranormal) experiences wait in store for Gwen? What secrets unfold that go back to the Inquisition? Will Gwen find strength and abilities that she never knew she had? Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Gwen Gladstone: A Tale From The Town Of Harmony’ by Dan Trumpis. The author skillfully writes this epic middle grade fantasy (PG) in a way that encourages teens to read. Life in Harmony holds mysteries, new experiences and some darker...

Clint H. Dunshee

Clint was born in northern Michigan in 1960. In 1982 in entered the US Air Force, spending his entire 20 year career as a medic. It was his experiences in the military that gave him countless ideas for novels, and the discipline to put them on paper. Other than writing his loves are astronomy, weather forecasting, movies, and sled dog racing. Besides writing novels Clint also loves movies and had written two screenplays. He has two novels thus far, Dark Autumn and Mackinac Triangle (both a sci-fi thrillers). He currently is residing in northern Michigan with his two cats and four Siberian huskies. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Petoskey Michigan? Petoskey Michigan is a small area without a lot of “known” people. What or who inspired you to become a writer?  My military service. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My time in the military made we want write stories about experiences and military people. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? About 10 years ago. What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Overcoming challenges to finish a manuscript. What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing my name on book covers. How many published books do you have? Two Please list the titles of all your books: Dark Autumn by Clint H. Dunshee Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Before Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I will write different types, no set type. Which book title would you like...

Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee

Mackinac Triangle by Becky Vasquez was a young medic in the US Air Force. While on a humanitarian mission in El Salvador, she and her team are betrayed by one of their own. Worse yet, it is a man Becky loves. When they are attacked by drug runners and left for dead, Becky’s heartbreak leaves her more wounded than her physical injuries. Her zest for life gone, Becky heals on the outside and hides her more personal pain. She accepts a job that she hopes will be routine and stress free on Mackinac Island in northern Lake Huron. But Becky hadn’t counted on meeting dashing young Tim Green, himself running from a checkered past. And neither of them counted on the sudden unexplained disappearances of boats and people in the waters surrounding the area. Will being in danger once more force Becky to take a chance on love once more? When it appears an ancient curse is to blame for the mounting disappearances, Becky and Tim are thrust into a final confrontation with the unknown, all the while learning they can live and love again. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Mackinac Triangle by Clint H. Dunshee This fictional account is set on Mackinac Island which is located at Lake Huron in Michigan. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are joined through the 5-mile wide, 20-fathom deep, open-water Straits of Mackinac. Author Clint H. Dunshee points out in his prolog that the “area is rich with military history and Americans did occupy the fort located on the island at one time.” Becky Vasquez was seeking relief from her nightmares, physical and emotional trauma related drug runners that left her for dead in El Salvador while serving as a medic in the US Air Force. She...

The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland Jun10

The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland

In the world-building tradition of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Moreva of Astoreth is a blend of science fiction, romance, and adventure in a unique, richly imagined imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of the priestess, scientist, and healer Moreva Tehi, the spoiled, headstrong granddaughter of a powerful deity who is banished for a year to a volatile far corner of the planet for neglecting to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love. Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print...

Roxanne Bland

Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Interview Questions: What makes you proud to be a writer from Baltimore? I can’t say that I’m proud to be a writer from anywhere (though I will say that while my living in Baltimore is happenstance, Washington, D.C. is my home). Writing is simply what I do, and it’s what I do best. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I suppose you could say it was the books I read as a child. They wrote down their stories; maybe I could write down my stories, too. But those little stories never saw the light of day. I threw them out. Then, I won a writing contest when I was around ten. You’d think that would have been my clue, but it sailed right over my head. I wrote off and on over the next several decades, but it wasn’t until the 2000s that it dawned on me that “hey, I’m pretty good at this, and it’s fun!” Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Not really. Back in those days, I wrote to pass the time (when I had any!), or as a school exercise. My focus was on becoming a career musician. Incredibly time consuming. I did have one high school teacher who suggested that I become a writer, but of course, at that time, it was out of the question. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Sometime in the early 2000s. I wrote a little piece while...

The Underground (Second Edition) by Roxanne Bland

Roxanne Bland does bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, J.R. Ward, and Laurell K. Hamilton one better with The Underground–rocketing into the upper ranks of urban dark fantasy and paranormal romance by adding a touch of science fiction to the fantastic, horrific, erotic mix. Set in an alternate Seattle, Washington, Bland’s heart-pounding, deliciously sexy adventure imagines a city where communities of “exotics”–shapeshifters, witches, elves, and vampires–live among the murderous human population and are ruled over by the cruel, insatiable vampire, Kurt. The powerful alpha male of the city’s werewolf pack, Parker Berenson, is one of the Master’s enslaved servants, and he would like nothing better than to hasten the downfall of the vampire overlord who stole his love, the beautiful mage Garrett Larkin. But in a night city already on the razor’s edge–in the midst of a spate of inexplicable bloody murders–the alpha wolf’s passionate encounter with a stunning interstellar assassin could upset the very delicate balance and ignite a war that neither exotics nor humans can survive. Warning: Profanity, Violence, Graphic Adult Content Cold Coffee Press Book Review: The Underground (Second Edition) by Roxanne Bland is a blend of genres which include science fiction, dark urban fantasy and paranormal romance with an adult theme which includes profanity, violence and graphic erotic content. It is not lions and tigers and bears, but rather werewolves, vampires, witches, and shape-shifters called “Exotics” that rule the night. You will either love it or hate it depending on your ability to meld into the author’s fantasy world and find something strangely different about her cast of characters. Set in an alternate Seattle Washington where the night hours are more than bewitching, they are truly murderous. The book opens with Parker Berenson, alpha of Seattle’s werewolf fighting to stay...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Witch Within Her by Nick Iuppa

The Witch Within Her (sequel to Taken By Witches). SEXY, STUNNING, RELENTLESS HORROR A possessed child is caught in a war between witches! Spanning centuries of horror and witchcraft, the powerful sequel to Taken By Witches tells how Babcia Czarownica, the greatest of all witches, does battle with far more seductive members of her craft. She must confront a lustful priest, a predatory lover, a vengeful undead beauty, and the unspeakable evil hiding at the top of Rapunzel’s Tower… all to save her beloved grandson and his family from utter annihilation. And she must accomplish all this while sharing the body of an eight-year-old girl. Book Review: As a fan of Nick Iuppa’s books I can say without hesitation that his latest release ‘The Witch Within’ is another great “sexy, stunning, relentless horror” that brings a ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ feel with an adult theme. ‘The Witch Within Her’ is the sequel to ‘Taken By Witches’. Even without reading the first book the author’s writing is so good that you can jump right into the book and enjoy the well-developed characters, and complex story with twists and turns that include the old fables of Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. Author Nick Iuppa includes a wonderful introduction and summary that will refresh your mind and continue the story on from ‘Taken By Witches’. This is storytelling at its best as both books are centered on a tale being told by an evil warlock to an old gift store owner named Michalowski in the village of Zakopane Poland. With eighty-three fast paced chapters, this novel is nearly impossible to put down. The evil witch Babcia is obsessed with and will use any measure to protect her beloved grandson Niko from any harm that might befall him even...

Alicia Bewitched (Book Three Of The Carlos Mann Trilogy) by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza...

The Third Carlos Mann Adventure Logic Professor Carlos Mann sets out to murder Tiger Joy in her prison cell. Unfortunately, the gorgeous queen of human traffickers captures him and ships him off to the Yucatan, where the evil witch, La Bruja, uses all her powers to try to weaken and destroy him. Meanwhile, Alicia calls on friends both living and dead to help save her husband, and in the process she learns many terrible secrets that were born in the days of the great Mayan Empire … secrets that could save or even destroy Carlos and Alicia. Book Review: If you like all things supernatural: ghosts, witchcraft, sorcery, alchemy, then ‘Alicia Bewitched’ (Book Three of the Carlos Mann Trilogy) is for you. Although a series, each book in the trilogy stands alone on it own merit. In ‘Alicia Bewitched’ the authors’ writing style keeps the reader engaged in a supernatural, suspenseful adventure in which Dr. Carlos Mann sets out to finally put an end to that murderous, sex-trafficking, beauty, Tiger Joy. She has tried repeatedly to snuff Carlos’s ghost wife, Alicia, out of existence. Tiger, of course, turns the tables on Carlos and sends him into the clutches of an evil witch who then takes him on a cruel journey of self-discovery. With characters living and dead, the settings still flit effortlessly between Modern-day Mexico, the capital of an ancient Mayan city-state, San Francisco’s Chinatown, a haunted women’s prison, and Leland University in Los Altos, California. One thing I find extremely helpful in the ‘Carlos Mann books is the complete list of characters and their roles at the beginning of each work. Every book has a large, unique, well-developed cast of characters and an intricate storyline that seems ready to be turned into a...

Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira

Esteban’s Quest by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira Magical Madness A fireball launches itself from the Arizona desert leaving behind three camels, a magical jukebox, and a five-year-old girl who only speaks Italian. Soon, the nearby town of La Sentencia is reeling from a series of disasters. The copper mine, which supports the town, shuts down leaving most of the population unemployed. Massive sandstorms batter the place. And then the Devlin Lucero shows up. He seduces a pretty substitute teacher and then uses her to spread greed, anger, and vengeance everywhere. In the face of all these trials, Esteban Dorantes decides to retrace the steps of his great, great grandfather, who once led a quest to find the Seven Cities of Gold. Aided by the camels, the wisdom of the little girl, and the spirit of the magical jukebox, he hopes to locate a great treasure and bring it back to save La Sentencia. Esteban is accompanied by Ceci Moreno, his old high school sweetheart, the only person in town who doesn’t think he’s a madman. But Ceci is still in love Gabriel Romo, another dreamer who somehow feels he can bargain with the devil to save the mine and the town. Wacky, scary and spectacular, Esteban’s Quest blends science fiction, Aztec lore, classic horror, and offbeat humor into an unforgettable tale of love, destiny, magic, and redemption. Book Review: Step aside Indiana Jones. There’s a new adventurer in town. Esteban Dorantes may be a little more reluctant, but he has an even greater sense of destiny than even Dr. Jones. Dorantes is goaded by the desperate needs of his impoverished hometown and visions of his great, great grandfather… an African slave who once led Spanish Conquistadors on the first quest for the Seven...

Nick Iuppa

Bio Quote: “I grew up in Rochester New York; my dad was a prominent doctor there. I attended the University of Notre Dame and grew up to marry the prettiest girl in Rochester… by far. (We’re still married.) I always wanted to work in the movies. My graduate program at Stanford got me an internship at MGM and I worked on TV specials with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). I became good friends with both of them. Later I wrote for the Wonderful World of Disney. I left Hollywood for a while and worked for Eastman Kodak as an Instructional Designer, Bank of America as manager of their TV studios, Hewlett Packard Television as manager of their creative group, and Apple computer as manager of learning technologies. When my boss at Apple went to Hollywood, she took me with her. I was back working in Hollywood again… but was still able to live in the San Francisco area. I commuted to LA every week and used the accumulated miles to visit Europe a lot. That’s why some of my books have realistic European settings. At Paramount Pictures I designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style training simulations for the military. Through all of this I was writing novels, but I could never get them published even though my friend Dr. Seuss worked with his publishers on my behalf. I found a tech publisher and sold lots of books about the technology on which I worked, but that wasn’t really what I wanted to do. When I left Paramount I started writing novels so that I could build my own worlds. My first sci-fi novel was about a high tech simulation like the ones I worked on for the army, but...

Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza

Nick Iuppa, Author of ‘Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games, has teamed up with John P. Mendoza to bring us another fast-paced, action suspense thriller that will keep readers turning pages and biting their nails. There’s a large cast of unique characters, many of whom are confined to business class cars on the Copper Canyon Railway as it speeds through the Grand Canyon of Mexico, unaware of the impending man-made disaster that’s about to shatter the serene environment. Somewhere in the process of grieving for his lost wife, Adelita, his “warrior woman” love, Professor Tom McKeever walks a thin line between reality and golden memories that keep pulling him back into his her beauty, delicious aroma, and open arms. The gut wrenching knowledge that there was an experimental cancer treatment that might have saved Adelita’s life, had it not been for the decisions of one man, is more than Tom can bear. The need for revenge seethes like red-hot embers but conflicts with thoughts dredged up from a Catholic School upbringing: “Vengeance is mine, saith the lord!” Time is running out, but somehow the collateral damage begins to seem more and more defensible… a justifiable murder suicide. Is it? Find out; come ride the rails into Copper Canyon when time is definitely not on your side. I, Theodocia McLean endorse ‘Avenging Adelita’ – by Nick Iuppa & John P. Mendoza as these two authors give the reader what they have come to expect; great descriptive writing, with dialog and startling transitions from present to past and back again placing the reader in the mind of this widower. ‘Avenging Adelita’ was given to us by the author in a PDF format for review. The review was completed on December 15, 2014. Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon...

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. Book Review: 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 personnel who gather in the ancient town of Murdenwald, Switzerland, to do no less then...

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. Book Review: 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 a successful writer in Hollywood. But even there he is...

A Berlin Of The Mind by A. Colin Wright

The novel is set largely during the last days and immediate post-war years of WWII, in the British and Soviet Zones (later German Democratic Republic) of Berlin. Hermine (whose name comes from a novel by Hermann Hesse, proscribed by the Nazis) marries an English academic, Duncan, who encourages her to write her own account. This relates to her complicated experience of (English) Michael, his brother Henry (Heinrich), her German father Wartmann and others. Falling in love with Henry, she heartily dislikes Michael, whose only desire is to seduce as many women as possible. From the Preface: “If one looks at the events leading to World War Two and resulting from it, it is all too easy to condemn the Germans. How could a highly civilized people have turned to the doctrine of Fascism as dictated by a vicious racist and psychopath? All of this, though, leads to a more basic question: could I, had I been brought up in a different society, ever have behaved in a similar fashion?” “Henry found himself dreaming: “Oh I’m clever, oh I’m great. I rule. Eurore shudders at my might. I the Fuhrer, the artist they rejected: fools like all rest. I the people, I the nation, I the leader. Cheering me, admiring, fearing me. . . A Berlin of the mind, split between East and West, two hemispheres, left and right, now with an irrevocable dividing wall and the greatest tension at the crossover from one side to another. A peaceful man, a dull man even … A house in the country, and if I had children there’d be… what is it? . . . 1.7 of them. And there were no signposts. That was the thing about wartime Britain too: so as not to assist the...

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...

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...

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/...

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...