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

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

Bloody Klondike Gold: A Randi Braveheart Mystery by A. K. Taylor

A summer trip to the Klondike can be deadly… Randi and her friend go to the Mineral Creek mining claim in the Klondike to visit her father during the mining season. Sabotage, theft, and a death threat turn wilderness summer fun and normal mining operations into a fight for survival… Bloody Klondike Gold is an introductory short story to the new Randi Braveheart Mystery Series by award winning Teen/YA author A.K. Taylor! Stay tuned for the first installment To Catch a Catfish coming in 2017. Lovers of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries will enjoy this new series with a gutsy, tomboy heroine from the bayous of Lousiana! Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Bloody Klondike Gold: A Randi Braveheart Mystery Short Story by A.K. Taylor Short stories are to an avid reader like chocolate to sweet tooth. Bloody Klondike Gold by A. K. Taylor is a short Story introduction to the Randi Braveheart action suspense mystery thriller series. Two teenage friends, Randi and Brittany drive the long 2, 700 mile trek from San Francisco to southeast Alaska. Randi’s father, William Wallace Braveheart was already on location as his reputation for finding gold at any location made him a valuable asset. Mining communities are tight knit as the environment, equipment and the mining processes inherit dangers make mining for Gold a driving force with the claim crews but also a draw for the darker side of human nature. The summer starts out as an adventurous vacation with Randi dreaming of fishing in cool streams to a mining community’s worst nightmare. If you enjoyed Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mysteries then I invite you to read ‘Bloody Klondike Gold’ to prepare for ‘To Catch A Catfish’ scheduled for release in 2017. If this...

A. K. Taylor

A. K. Taylor is an award winning YA fantasy/science fiction adventure writer who has been writing novels since age 16. Taylor also draws her characters and maps of the worlds she created sense then. Before this she began loving writing at age 8 and a natural world builder. She grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband. Now she is a compulsive blogger and a genre hopper, but her first love will always be fantasy! In 2013 she founded Soaring Eagle Publicity. Visit www.soaringeaglepublicity.com to see what it’s all about. Connect with her on her author site and blog at www.backwoodsauthor.com Occupations: MG/YA fantasy/sci-fi author (now award winning), beekeeper, amateur herpetologist, scientist, artist, marksman, blogger, outdoor sportsman, and animal lover. Musician and instrumentalist who played the French horn since middle school. Interesting facts: I love the animals that most people hate. I LOVE snakes. Snakes need love too, but I don’t cuddle with the venomous ones, BTW, so you won’t see my life story on “Fatal Attractions”. Most people hate bees (not the same thing as wasps and hornets), but they aren’t as easy to hold and pet since they are too easy to squash and they sting.  I love them enough so that they will make honey. Chocoholic and action addict. Big Vin Diesel fan. I have a lot of favorite movies: Star Wars,...

Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Saga Book 2) by A. K. Taylor...

Overview: When being stuck in the past has a whole new meaning… What if your worst enemy sent you on a one-way ticket to the past? Worse, later he shows up and tries to play match-maker with a dominant historical figure while all of history and the future on the line? Survival is just one problem, but then add your friends into the mix… Following an intense battle between the Indians and the Crackedskulls, Neiko and her comrades enjoy victory while her enemies suffer a crushing defeat. Victory is short lived for Neiko when Francesco pays her a visit at her home and sends her away in order to collect on his threat of revenge. She is banished into the ancient world of ancient Egypt during the reign of Ramesses II the Great on a one way ticket. Lost and trapped in this ancient world, it doesn’t take very long for trouble to find her. Taken by a rich man, she is reunited with three her friends that had been missing, and an eleven-year-old mystery is finally solved, but one of Neiko’s friends is still unaccounted for. After escaping from the rich man and journeying to Thebes, Neiko and her comrades have actually jumped from the pan and into the fire. Things go horribly awry when Pharaoh finds out about Neiko and becomes infatuated with her. Francesco comes to Egypt on orders to bring her back, but he has other plans. Can Neiko and her friends thwart Francesco, return to the 21st century, and escape from the past and one of the greatest kings that ever lived? If you love the action, adventure, and time travel intrigue of Back to the Future and Time Machine (except without the time machine) and modern Native Americans...

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

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

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

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

M. C. V. Egan

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

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

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

Currents Of Sin: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Six by Arleen Alleman...

= Currents Of Sin: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Six by Arleen Alleman In downtown Las Vegas homeless teens are disappearing from the streets, and Darcy fears that runaway teen, Pammie Fleetfoot, has succumbed to human traffickers. After Darcy befriends two young prostitutes, their pimp is brutally murdered, but they refuse her offer of help to leave the streets. She finds that they have fallen under the influence of a dubious, self-styled preacher. When she confronts him, her activities draw the attention of brutal Asian gang members, and an old nemesis with a deadly agenda. When an attack on Darcy and her friend, Sid, brings life-changing consequences, Darcy doubles her effort to end the violence, stop the human trafficking, and finally determine Pammie’s fate. When clues lead to a strip hotel with links to their past, Darcy and husband, Mick, join forces with local law enforcement to free girls who’ve been forced into prostitution, only to find themselves caught between two vicious criminal factions. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Currents Of Sin: Darcy Farthing Adventure Book Six by Arleen Alleman If you care about the intense suffering that goes hand in hand with global human trafficking, challenge your understanding of the problem with Author Arleen Alleman’s newest suspense-filled psychological fictional drama, meticulously researched and skillfully written will underscore the danger that awaits teenage runaways in America. With the tension of time ticking way, lives on the line and bold, unrelenting evil will cause your heart to race and blood boil as innocent young lives are terrorized and devalued on the altar of greed. I share a couple of quotes in order to draw you into the story. Part One titled ‘Persecutors and Prey’ with 19 chapters reinforces every parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, and law...

Arleen Alleman

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Arleen Alleman Arleen Alleman is a former analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species.  She has a science education and worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop. Her interests include reading, health and fitness, world religions, and travel. Her world travels supply authentic backdrops for her stories. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she spent many years in Colorado before moving to SW Florida with her husband, Tim. Arleen has just completed the 6th and final book in the Darcy Farthing Adventures. In order of publication: Currents Deep and Deadly, Currents of Vengeance, Current Assets, Alternate Currents, A Current Deception and Currents of Sin. Winner of Books and Authors 2012 Best Trilogy Award for “Currents Deep and Deadly” “Currents of Vengeance” and “Current Assets”. The sixth and final Darcy Farthing Adventure, Currents Of Sin, explores human trafficking. Cold Coffee Press says “challenge your understanding of the problem with Author Arleen Alleman’s newest suspense-filled psychological fictional drama, meticulously researched and skillfully written will underscore the danger that awaits teenage runaways in America.” The fifth Darcy Farthing Adventure, A Current Deception, explores themes of computer hacking, identity theft, and long-held grudges and revenge played out on a cruise ship sailing around Australia. Murder-mystery with the added plots of a yellow crazy ant infestation as well as food-borne pathogens. The fourth Darcy Farthing adventure “Alternate Currents” was a finalist in Foreword Reviews Magazine’s 2013 Indie Book of the Year Awards. This is a timely topical story of mystery, child abduction, and murder set in Seattle, WA. Darcy rushes to the aid of good...

Return Of The Ancients: A Story Of Daradawn by Barbara M. Hodges

Daradawn’s peace is shattered when three Valkyrie warriors, fleeing their blood enemy, the Followers of the Sun, call upon their magic in a circle of stones as old as time. The wild magic rips open two rifts into Daradawn. One for the desperate Valkyrie, the other for the Dubv’Llewelyn, dark elves, banished a thousand years go into the world of humans. Into Daradawn they come, the Valkyrie, the Followers of the Sun and the Dubv’Llewelyn. War rages, the lightest magic against the darkest. There is no middle ground. It is rule or be enslaved, and no matter the outcome, for those of Daradawn, their lives will never be the same. Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link Barnes and Noble Print Purchase Link Barbara M. Hodges Published Titles (Some of her books are written with co-authors): A Spiral Of Echoes Aftermath Ice One Last Sin Return Of The Ancients Scattered Hearts Shadow Worlds The Blue Flame The Emerald Dagger The Silver Angel Barbara M. Hodges Amazon Author’s Page Barbara M. Hodges’ Website Cold Coffee Café Author Barbara M. Hodges Cold Coffee Press Author Barbara M....

Barbara M. Hodges

Barbara M. Hodges lives on the central coast of CA. She shares her life with her husband Jeff, two basset hounds (Hamlet and Heidi) and a ginger-striped tabby cat, Wallace. Barbara is the author or co-author of nine novels. When she is not writing she enjoys going to and watching NASCAR on television as well as decorative painting. ************************* Interview: What, or who, inspired you to become a writer? My mom, Jean Stites When did you begin writing with the intention of being published? I was a late bloomer, not until my early 40’s. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? I am the oldest of four children. My mom read to us all, when I learned to read, I took care of the story sharing. It began my love for words and led to becoming an author. Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript(s)? It’s worked both ways. I knew the title for ‘Ice’, before the first word was written. The same with ‘The Blue Flame’. ‘The Emerald Dagger’ and ‘The Silver Angel’. With the others the book titles were not apparent until the story was told. Why do you write in the genre(s) that you’ve chosen? I write in genres I love to read, mystery, suspense, fantasy, and a little science fiction. What has been your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? Having people say 1 they love my books and question as to when the next one will be out. What has been your most negative experience while in the writing process? Promoting and marketing is difficult. I’ve set in book stores for hours and not signed one book. What has been your most rewarding...

The Blue Flame by Barbara M. Hodges

Kelsey Cafferty has been missing for seven years. To all but her sister Regan, Kelsey is dead. On the night Regan finally accepts her sister’s death a man knocks on her front door. The man’s strange choice of clothing baffles her, but it is the blue flame upon his cheek that seals her breath: a blue flame that is a twin to the one she bears on her shoulder. The man, Peter Canterville, tells Regan a fantastical tale — Kelsey is not dead. She is in his world of Daradawn, helping a queen battle a dark mage. Kelsey has sent him for Regan, whose power is needed to defeat their enemy. Regan thinks the man is crazy, but he has their grandmother’s locket. Kelsey never went anywhere without it. Accompanied by her friend Ben and his basset hound Maggie, Regan goes with Peter. In Daradawn Regan has no choice but to believe, for magic surrounds her and the small blue flame she thought of as nothing but a birthmark has become much more. Amazon Customer Reviews Kindle Purchase Link Barbara M. Hodges Published Titles (Some of her books are written with co-authors): A Spiral Of Echoes Aftermath Ice One Last Sin Return Of The Ancients Scattered Hearts Shadow Worlds The Blue Flame The Emerald Dagger The Silver Angel Barbara M. Hodges Amazon Author’s Page Barbara M. Hodges’ Website Cold Coffee Café Author Barbara M. Hodges Cold Coffee Press Author Barbara M. Hodges    ...

One Last Sin by Barbara M. Hodges and Randolph Tower

The fiery crash of a private jet leaves a mystery in its wreckage. Alone in the devastation is a man, unhurt who has no memory of the crash, himself or his past. It is up to FBI Agent Gail Crane, Santa Maria Police Detective Darcie Devonshire and Ex-CIA Operative Morgan Garrett to solve the puzzle. Not an easy task, because for each question answered, two surface to take its place. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For One Last Sin by Barbara M. Hodges and Randolph Tower One Last Sin by Barbara M. Hodges and Randolph Tower is a suspense mystery that begins with a fiery Lear Jet crash. First impressions from the emergency responders indicates that one pilot, one co-pilot and two passengers are dead and burned beyond recognition. Within minutes the crash scene becomes an active investigation as a man with no visible signs of injury is found on the ground outside the cockpit. Soon it becomes apparent to the first responders that this suspected survivor has no memory of the crash or even his own identity. A well trained team comes together including Special FBI Agent Gail Crane, Detective Darcie Carmichael of the Santa Maria Police Department and ex-CIA Operative Morgan Garrett to solve the mystery of this unidentified man and the circumstances surrounding the crash. A mystery plot with well-developed characters and easy to follow dialog moves the investigation forward with writing that puts the reader in the present and quickly turns to action that grabs the reader’s attention. “I strolled past the entrance of the Luxor, walked away from the noise and hubbub of the busy casino. I stopped to watch the busy traffic, shook my head. Everyone rushed around like there was no tomorrow, and I’d bet they’d all...

Kidnap The Pope (World War II Series Book 6) by Jack DuArte

In late July 1943, World War II is in full throttle when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is overthrown. His close friend and long-time admirer, Adolf Hitler, is convinced that Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII are behind the coup and determines to do something about it. Even though he is himself a catholic, and his physical and mental state are deteriorating, Hitler revives an earlier plot, Operation Pontiff. The plan calls for the Wehrmacht to invade the Vatican and kidnap the Pope. He selects one of his top Generals, supreme SS Commander of Italy General Karl Wolff to put the plan into effect. Wolff feigns support for the plan but secretly takes actions to postpone its beginning. Other top German officials in Italy become involved along with some high officials of the Vatican itself. A lone Catholic priest from New Orleans who studied at the Gregorian University and now works for the Vatican becomes a key figure in thwarting the plot’s implementation. Germany occupies Rome and events and actions become fast and furious as certain factors play out to the novel’s conclusion. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Kidnap The Pope by Jack DuArte If you enjoy reading World War II history, ‘Kidnap The Pope’ by Jack DuArte needs to be in your library. Great writing with intense research has allowed the author to present in an easy to read journal format a scenario that depicts Adolf Hitler’s attempt to invade the Vatican and capture Pope Pius XII. This book is written to the best of the author’s ability from both German and Vatican points of view. The author says, “History is a most sacred gift and should not be distorted in any manner.” ‘Kidnap The Pope’ is book six in Jack DuArte’s World...

Jack DuArte

Jack DuArte is a native of New Orleans with a varied career in writing. DuArte attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans and worked for the Times-Picayune as a teenager. After attending the University of Kentucky and later graduating from the University of Evansville, DuArte served as an Air Force officer in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star for his efforts. He returned to New Orleans in 1971 and went into the wine business. He also authored a weekly column called Gastronomy for the Times-Picayune for a number of years and later hosted a radio talk show for WWL. DuArte later enjoyed a full career in the wine business where he owned several Napa Valley wineries.  DuArte always enjoyed a long time love affair for the thoroughbred horse industry and returned to Kentucky in 2001. He is an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds. Jack DuArte’s list of best-selling World War II novels include Kidnap The Pope, Malta, Singapore, Spitfire, The Resistance, and The White Mouse. ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Lexington, KY? Lexington, KY. I attended the University of Kentucky here and live here. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have been writing professionally since I was 14. The first time I saw my byline was my inspiration. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In the late 1970’s and 80’s. I started writing historical fiction around the turn of the century. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Not really. Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Always before. Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write...

Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis

Much like his beloved – and somewhat decrepit – cars, Liam Samolis (NOT his real name; that was changed in order to protect his wife and children from ridicule on the off chance some of their friends will read his work) is hurtling towards 50 with the brakes failing. The painful loss of his father leads Liam to look back at his life as he contemplates the legacy he is leaving his own children; resulting in a hilarious, often self-deprecating, and ALWAYS brutally, side-splittingly, honest glimpse at the path that has led him to become the man that he is. With stories about growing up as a painfully shy child in England, going to an all-boys’ school, and what can only be described as the most uproariously hysterical bar scene EVER written, Liam also recounts his days as a police officer, the births of his children, and saying goodbye to his father. What began as a legacy to his children will send readers into peals of raucous laughter, likely leading them to tears and other unexpected bodily functions. If you read one book this year, Signs of (a) Life should be it – nowhere else will you be so moved by a man simply living. Book Genre: Memoir, Humour *************************** Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis OK, women, here it is! Finally, a gut honest personal journal written by a man that hits the pages of Signs of (a) Life with both serious and laugh-out-loud stories. To begin with, Liam speaks of issues that we can all relate to as we stand in front of a mirror and are surprised to see the older, graying image of someone we barely recognize staring back. Liam states this right...

Liam Samolis

Message from Author: Who am I? That’s supposed to be a rhetorical question, not a cry for help, by the way… I’ll unbend a little and tell you that I’m a middle-aged man living in Canada, and as I intimated, I’m actively engaged in getting a writing career off the ground. Yes, it’s taken me this long to finally start doing something that I feel very comfortable doing, and I’m also keen about preserving some of my privacy, too. In essence, I’m an ordinary man with an ambition to write. I very much hope that you will join me as I embark on what I hope will be a glorious adventure. ************************ Quote from Author Liam Samolis’ book: Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis “Liam Samolis grew up in England where he went into the police service at an early age, after barely surviving the tedium of an all-boys’ school. Moving with his young family to British Columbia, Canada, in 2002 and staying there ever since (surprisingly never getting deported). Liam is edging the half century mark; determined that impending prostate exams and incipient acrophobia won’t slow him down. Liam excels in trying to be the best father and husband he can be, as well as a poor fisherman. A big Teddy Bear at heart, the author has been chased by cows, buxom women, and his own pending mortality, and writes with these and many other life experiences moving his pen.” ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Canada? I am not proud to be a writer from anywhere in particular – my location has little to do with my writing at present. As an immigrant to Canada, I feel only tenuous bonds to any one place, although at...

Hot Air by Geoff Nelder

Erica is a nine-to-five office temp with flaming red hair, emerald eyes, and black lipstick. The highlights of her day usually include coffee meetings and intoxicated fumblings. An adventurer at heart, she hires a hot-air balloon ride for she and her boyfriend, complete with a champagne lunch. While in the air, she witnesses an unsavory crime happening on the ground below. The perpetrators spot the balloon, and begin shooting at it, hitting the pilot and killing him. Somehow, Erica and Paul manage to land the balloon but their troubles are not over. They are tracked down and abducted by a gang engaged in human trafficking, and taken to an island in the Mediterranean. Erica soon adapts to gangland ways and uses her charms to escape. Along the way, her life shifts from bored office temp to a feisty Lara Croft now living on adrenaline and dangerous men. She is chased by a rogue named Dean, who is annoyed by Erica but falling for her at the same time. Hot Air is a contemporary crime novel and a winner of both the Wuacademia Silver Award in 2007 and Prix d’Or (Gold) 2008 for best unpublished novel. Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Hot Air by Geoff Nelder Award Winning action, adventure, contemporary crime novel Hot Air by Geoff Nelder will keep you on the edge of your seat as a romantic hot-air balloon ride for Erica and Paul turns ugly as they glide over an active crime scene. Shots ring out and their pilot is killed leaving Erica and Paul to not only land the balloon, but run for their lives as their romantic endeavor escalates into their abduction by a human traffic king. Erica learns quickly and uses her sexy adventurous spirit to study...

ARIA: Left Luggage (Volume 1) by Geoff Nelder

ARIA: Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 1) – by Geoff Nelder Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia Today, Jack caught a bug at work. He catches a bus home. By the time he disembarks in the desert town of Rosamond, all the other passengers and the driver have fuzzy heads. Jack had caught an amnesia bug, and it’s infectious. Imagine the ramifications: The passengers arrive home, infecting family; some shop en route infecting everyone they meet. The bus driver receives more passengers giving them change for last week’s prices and today’s amnesia. Some passengers work at the power plant, the water treatment works, the hospital, fire station. All shut down in weeks. One man, Ryder Nape, realizes what’s going on, but can he persuade friends to barricade themselves in a secluded valley, hiding from the amnesia bug? “Geoff Nelder inhabits Science Fiction the way other people inhabit their clothes.” — Jon Courtenay Grimwood “Geoff Nelder’s ARIA has the right stuff. He makes us ask the most important question in science fiction–the one about the true limits of personal responsibility.” —Brad Linaweaver Robert J. Sawyer calls ARIA a “fascinating project.” “ARIA has an intriguing premise, and is written in a very accessible style.” —Mike Resnick ARIA Voted best science fiction novel of 2012 ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For ARIA: Left Luggage (Volume 1) – by Geoff Nelder Let me answer the first question that came to my mind when the book ‘ARIA: Left Luggage’ arrived. The word ARIA has its roots in Italian meaning air. Science Fiction as a genre literally is in a world of its own because human beings are obsessed with how to destroy or alter all of humanity by a single threat. It is rare that we find an author who...

Geoff Nelder

Geoff Nelder is a freelance writer living in Chester, UK. A former high school teacher of geography and information technology, he has had non-fiction books published on microclimates in the UK along with several articles in academic journals such as Weather, Geographical Magazine and the Times Educational Supplement. Geoff is a part-time journalist contributing humorous travel accounts to Cycling World. He has had short stories published and won a commendation for a story in the Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Competition. He won first prize in the Cafe Doom short story competition in 2005. Besides his 2005 released humour novel, Escaping Reality, published by Brambling Books, he won an award for mystery thriller, Hot Air, published by a Dutch Arts Academy in 2009, and a Science Fiction block buster, ARIA: Left Luggage is published by LL-Publications. Double Dragon Publishing published Geoff’s Exit, Pursued by a Bee science fiction in 2008. An urban fantasy, Xaghra’s Revenge is in the hands of the Rebecca Pratt Literary Agency. Geoff has worked for publisher BeWrite Books and for Adventure Books of Seattle. He has been a freelance editor of novels and short stories for several years. Geoff is the 2009 & 2012 short-fiction judge for the Whittaker Prize. ************************* Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Chester, UK? I was proud to be a school teacher who wrote stories in the evenings, but I can’t say I’m as proud to be a writer. It’s fun, hard work sometimes, frustrating when some publishers or booksellers don’t appreciate your art as much as others, and it’s rewarding when readers say how much they enjoy your stories. What or who inspired you to become a writer? Tibor Fischer writes off-the-wall literary fiction that drew me back into...

Ronald E. Yates

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Ronald E. Yates Ronald E. Yates is a former award-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media. He is the author of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy the first in a series of novels.  The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, published in May 2016, is the second book in the series. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent’s Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist’s Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a global Economy. Yates lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America where he covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975, the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing, and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala. His work as a foreign correspondent resulted in three Pulitzer Prize nominations and several other awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; The Inter-American Press Association Award for coverage of South America; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting. Yates is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, California. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Kansas? I grew up in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas. I set the first book of my Finding Billy Battles trilogy in Kansas—a...

The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Trilogy Book Two) by Ronald E. Yates...

Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore. As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just starting. The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea. Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are only beginning. As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries, and an assortment of vindictive and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? The answers are just ahead. Awards: Three Pulitzer Prize nominations by the Chicago Tribune The Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists The Inter-American Press Association Tom Wallace Award for coverage of South America Three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting. Cold Coffee Press Book Review for The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles (Trilogy Book Two) by Ronald E. Yates The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles is the sequel to Finding Billy Battles. I jumped right into this book without reading the first in this trilogy and found it to be a compelling story based on fact and expanded by narrative fiction. Ted Sayles who is the great-grandson of Billy Battles...

Brian A. McLaughlin

Author Brian A McLaughlin is a native of Long Island, NY where he has spent most of his life taking advantage of its proximity to the ocean. He completed 10 years of private school before finishing his last two years and graduating from Bay Shore High School in 1971. He and his wife Lin met there, in high school, and married in 1984 and have travelled extensively throughout the world since. He has been in Mexico for a total of years where they learned Spanish and started learning Mayan. He was seriously injured there in 1993 and died in a hospital in Cancun, at which time he experienced what is called a “near death” event. After almost 20 years of denial he came to grips with the reality of it, and has now decided that sharing his experience might help those who thirst for the truth about what happens when you die. He has lead an interesting, varied life through some college, many different career choices, much travelling, and a “better than most” marriage. He considers himself “happy”, and even with the limitations that severe head trauma placed on him, he remains surprisingly approachable and engaging. He has embraced the peace and clarity gifted to him through his experience. Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Bay Shore? Although we have travelled more than average people, we settled in Bay Shore where we grew up. It remains comfortable to us, and we love the proximity to the ocean. Publishing and releasing a book from here feels like we’ve done it among family and friends. What or Who inspired you to become a writer? I always tried to challenge myself with the use of the English language. I like listening to someone...

A Flight Without Wings: My Experience With Heaven by Brian A. McLaughlin...

A Journey There And Back The following story describes my journey into Heaven and subsequent return to life, all as a result of massive head trauma sustained while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 21 years ago, on 9/11/1993. It will describe visions as well as deep feelings that moved me to the core of my being. It will go on to briefly give some background into facets of my life and experiences that I had before and after that “accident” that relate somehow to the understanding and clarity that this event has brought to me and how I continue to discover the benefits of passing over to the “other side” Some things are evident to anyone who reads this and some remain relative in more obscure ways. My hope would be that my words and experience with an afterlife will comfort those people who struggle with a fear and concern, either for themselves or someone close to them that has made this journey on their own. I have kept this to myself for all these years initially out of fear of accepting it, and then out of my inability to accurately describe the sequence of events and the meaning of it all. My best guess and my overwhelming belief is that this journey of mine represents the exact path and result of nearly everyone who has left us. I was “blessed” with a return ticket and a feeling that it is my onus to share what so few get to experience. ************************* Cold Coffee Press Book Review For A Flight Without Wings: My Experience With Heaven by Brian A. McLaughlin Author Brian A. McLaughlin answers one age old question in this short book chronicling his experience when he died and went to heaven....

milijun by Clayton Graham

It is Australia in 2179. On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility. Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm. What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible. All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike … Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless. How It Came to Be: Milijun actually started as a short story. The birth of the alien RNasia occurred in the short story, and when they decided to wing their way to Earth I knew it could not end there. They seemed to want their universal journey to be worth something; they wanted their mission fulfilled. So I decided to oblige them. The book is about more than an alien incursion into the Australian outback. It asks questions about our place in the universe, or multiverses (as we are now led to believe may be a possibility). The novel explores the relationship between a mother and son. How far can...

Clayton Graham

Clayton Graham was born and raised in Stockport, near Manchester UK. He graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Salford University in 1966 having attained a Student Apprenticeship with English Electric Aviation. He settled in Victoria, Australia in 1982. He is a retired aerospace engineer who enjoyed working in the field of efficient lightweight structures and watching them fly around the world. He has always had an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within the universe we know and love. He loves the ‘old school’ science fiction written by authors such as HG Wells, Jules Verne and John Wyndham. Milijun is his debut novel, but there are further adventures to come. Clayton loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural world and is a member of Australian Geographic. When he is not writing, walking, travelling, or gardening, Clayton enjoys fine food with family, friends and five energetic grandchildren. Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia? As an aerospace engineer I have worked in the UK, USA and Australia and been lucky enough to visit France, Germany, and Indonesia through the auspices of work. We finally settled in Melbourne, Australia [I was thirty-nine years old] and eventually retired on the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is where my family is, and where we relax among the beaches and wineries. It is pleasant, not too crowded outside the holiday seasons, and well looked after by its residents. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have written since my early twenties, on and off, and always loved science fiction. The works of HG Wells, Isaac Asimov and John Wyndham enthralled me. They were an escape from the backstreets of Stockport, UK, where...

Midnight Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa

When the dismembered body of a young woman is found Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found there’s a twist in the case: The murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one. Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not. Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found the night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives. Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead and they don’t want a third to die. This book is for 18+ due to the violence. ************************ Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Midnight Owl (A Joe Leverette Mystery Book One) by Viv Drewa If you enjoy reading murder mysteries and have the stomach for graphic scenes and detailed forensic evidence, Midnight Owl will be a great read. If you like continuing sagas where the first book keeps you waiting for the author to write and release the next book in the series so you can find out if your suspicions are right or wrong, this Joe Leverette (Mystery Book One) should be in your hands as Call Of The Owl (Joe Leverette Mystery Book Two)...

Viv Drewa

Viv is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing. She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the ‘Polish American Journal’ as ‘From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life’ and recently had it published again on Amazon. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald’, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter ‘Thumb Prints’. She teaches sewing to physically and mentally disabled adults, a cause close to her heart. Viv also writes two blogs to help promote her fellow authors. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Michigan? I’m proud that I can share my stories with everyone. Putting all the effort into each of my books and seeing that they’re appreciated really makes me feel good. What or who inspired you to become a writer? No one person in particular. I just always loved reading stories. Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I think my parents had a lot to do with it by reading to me from a very early age. Then I was taken to the library for a type of story time where a woman would read to us. When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2013. I had two mini strokes in 2012 and my doctor told me to start...

Burl Benson Hall and Merry Stetson Hall

Burl Benson Hall and Merry Stetson Hall are the authors of Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature. Burl Hall is an author, philosopher (lover-of-Sophia), mystic, retired counselor, and online radio co-host of Envision This which connects listeners to visionaries of a more resilient, equitable, and Earth-friendly future. He writes with the editorial assistance of his muse and wife, Merry Hall, a retired teacher, author of ‘Bringing Food Home: The Maine Example’, and co-host of ‘Envision This’. Together they enjoy grand parenting; permaculture gardening at their home in Sabattus, Maine; playing with their dogs, Sophie and Kali; and meeting and profiling the amazing visionaries they interview on their radio show. A passionate call to heal our wounded nature is vital at this critical evolutionary moment in human history. In Sophia’s Web author Burl Hall with Merry Hall is sending out such a call. Sophia’s Web encourages readers to discover how they can co-create individual, planetary and universal health. It examines Burl Hall’s individual dreams, visions, passions, and missions, in the light of Wisdom (Sophia) shared by great thinkers in all disciplines. Sophia, the Spirit of Wisdom, has woven the multi-dimensional aspects of our lives—personal, relational, cultural, intellectual, scientific, philosophical, and spiritual—into a cosmic web. Burl Hall follows the thread within this web that connects his research in these fields to his personal mystical experience. In Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature, he takes the reader with him ever deeper into the heart of divine Wisdom. ************************ Interview With Both Authors Burl Benson Hall and Merry Stetson Hall What makes you proud to be writers from Sabattus, Maine? Burl Benson Hall: Actually the book originated from within me when I was living in Baltimore in the 90’s. I...

Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature by Burl Benson Hall with Merry Stetson Hall...

Sophia, the Spirit of Wisdom, has woven the multi-dimensional aspects of our lives—personal, relational, cultural, intellectual, scientific, philosophical, and spiritual—into a cosmic web. Burl Hall follows the thread within this web that connects his research in these fields to his personal mystical experience. In Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature, he takes the reader with him ever deeper into the heart of divine Wisdom. Sophia’s Web encourages readers to discover how they can co-create individual, planetary and universal health. It examines Burl Hall’s individual dreams, visions, passions, and missions, in the light of Wisdom (Sophia) shared by great thinkers in all disciplines. Key topics in the book include: Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom The Cosmic Web Uniting Philosophy, Religion, Science, Mythology, and Personal Experience Our Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature Unity within Diversity and Diversity within Unity The Essential Power of the Feminine The Destructiveness of Our Modern Corporate Emphasis on Standardization Freeing Ourselves from the Dominant Patriarchal, Top-Down Social Structure Our Current Converging Crises Calling for Conscious Human Evolution Co-Creating Individual, Planetary, and Universal Health Integrating Vision, Mission, and Passion How Myths, Both Ancient and Modern, Relate to Our Lives and Our Culture An Invitation to Become the Saving Grace You Were Born to Be ************************** Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature by Burl Benson Hall with Merry Stetson Hall Have you ever felt drawn into a moving thread of energy that is beyond yourself and seemingly beyond this earthly plane? Burl Benson Hall began his journey into this universal energy thread around the age of four. His mystic guide, named “Sophia” in Greek mythology and early Christian writings, teaches Burl to experience and understand the feminine and...

Cheryl Carpinello

Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview With Cheryl Carpinello It is the legends and tales that call even the most reluctant of us into the world of books and adventure. As a retired high school English teacher, I have a passion for working with kids. Reading and Writing are essential skills for everyone, but especially for kids as they grow into their adult lives. I conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. Medieval Legends and Ancient Tales mirror everyone’s quest for adventure, self, honor, friendship. I have joined with two other Tween authors to present the best of these adventure-filled books to Tween and YA readers. Join us at our new web site (which is still getting tweaked) to view all of our books. The Quest Books span centuries and take readers inside the marvelous civilizations of the Ancient and Medieval world. The Quest Books ************************** About Author Cheryl Carpinello: Cheryl loves the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, she hopes to inspire young readers to read more through her Quest Books. She writes Quest stories that will span time from Medieval times to Ancient Egypt to the island of Atlantis, so far! Her Arthurian Tales are aimed at reluctant readers. A series of stories from ancient lands and legends will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history. She loves to travel, and so her other job is with a major airline. Cheryl and her husband spent three weeks in Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other. In 2014, they spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland. Cheryl’s Writings: Cheryl’s first book ‘Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend’ introduces young readers...

Tutankhamen Speaks by Cheryl Carpinello

2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.) Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts. Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link Barnes and Noble Purchase Link Nook Purchase Link Amazon Author’s Page Cheryl Carpinello (author/speaker) Website Cheryl’s Quest Website Cheryl’s Blog Member Of: Independent Author’s Network Book Buzzer Colorado Authors’ League Cold Coffee Press Author Cheryl Carpinello Cold Coffee Café Author Cheryl...

Sons Of The Sphinx (The Quest Books) by Cheryl Carpinello

Travel to ancient Egypt through the eyes of a tenth grader named Rosa as she uses her special gifts in an attempt to bring honor to King Tutankhamen’s family. Rosa is an ordinary teen who struggles to fit in with her peers, however she must also come to term with the gift that her grandmother bestowed on her. As it turns out, Rosa’s gift allows her to not only to hear and speak to dead people, but actually travel back to ancient Egypt. Without warning King Tut appears to Rosa in her bedroom asking for help finding the spirit of his long, lost, love Hesena. Rosa has to fight unimaginable fears in order to travel back 3,000 years, deal with a hostile environment, and an evil Pharaoh, not to mention tomb robbers in order to connect with the spirit of Hesena all with the hopes of righting the wrongs of this ancient past. Young Rosa has a heart of gold and the courage of a champion along with a sweet innocent inner self that inspires a touch of romantic feeling for her spirit guide. I quote a passage from the book to show the author’s unique writing style and ability to connect with young people: “Tut, you were rich beyond anything I can imagine. It’s so unreal.” I walk around behind the shrine. “You were one of the richest pharaohs in Egypt.” He looks at me and frowns. I see something in his eyes, briefly, that mirrors the disappointment in my dad’s eyes the day the cops brought me home. I ditched school after one of those talking ghost episodes. They picked me up at the shopping mall an hour before school was out. An hour! I have all the luck. I cough as...

Lover’s Refuge (The Hemocil Society Book 3) by Ruthie L Manier Jun27

Lover’s Refuge (The Hemocil Society Book 3) by Ruthie L Manier...

James the youngest of the Mantango clan needs his four brothers’ assistance and as always they’re armed and ready to defend their kin. James fell hard for Mariah appearing before him so close he could kiss her full, sassy, lips smelling of cotton candy. Her stance is proud with the luscious body of a goddess. She’s covered from head to toe in a sheer body glove sprinkled with gold dust, darker gold in the more private areas making it hard for him to cast his eyes off her. He craved her from first sight, beautiful and feisty the perfect combination for a Va’atacos male. Learning of her terrible past life, he has a burning desire to rescue Mariah and her daughter and won’t stop until the deed is done. He lost her once and now that she’s returned he swore he’d cross hell to fight the devil himself, before releasing her again. Mariah didn’t reincarnate from the heavenly realm to find James in lust with the woman whose corpse she transferred into. Nor to discover that James rescued her child, Peach, only to be brutally attacked by the family responsible for her mortal death. Can she set her feelings aside long enough to reclaim a relationship with her daughter, bring the McCurry clan to justice, and rekindle the spark; she fears James might have lost for her? From the Author: Lover’s Refuge was a fun book for me to write. Using Northern State Psychiatric Hospital was the idea of two of my co-workers. It was the perfect place for James the youngest of the Mantango brothers to go and heal, while him and his brothers set a plan to get their vengeance. It’s a historical land mark here in Sedro Woolley, Washington off of...

Lover’s Salvation (The Hemocil Society Book 2) by Ruthie L Manier Jun27

Lover’s Salvation (The Hemocil Society Book 2) by Ruthie L Manier...

A witch on the run… After Issy’s car broke down and she was forced to walk for miles to reach the nearest town, she practically fell into the Shitkick Bar out of the sweltering, Washington heat. Moisture glistened her delicate skin, her cheeks flushed a pale pink. She heaved huge gulps of air from the A/C above her head as though starving for the coolness it would bring. She leaned against the door as it creaked shut behind her, long, slim, parted legs barely held her small frame up. Her eyelashes fluttered down upon her skin As she brushed her damp hair out of her lovely face. Issy had no idea a room full of people witnessed her every move as she clung to to the door singing out the word, “Hallelujah.” A Va’atacos on vacation… Marcus realized the beauty was in trouble from first glance. A woman on the run and in crucial need of blood. Her hunger filled the crowded room, weakness abundant throughout her slowed motions. Not good. If he sensed the woman’s thirst, so did everyone else in the room. Marcus gathered she didn’t possess much time before she collapsed to the floor, her mind slipping into the darkness. Without warning an overwhelming need came over him to help and protect this woman. From that moment on he vowed to defend her, no matter the cost. Genre:  Romance, Paranormal, Angels, Witches & Wizards, Vampires Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link Amazon Author’s Page Professional Website Facebook Twitter Google+: Ruthie L. Manier Cold Coffee Café Cold Coffee...

Lover’s Curse (The Hemocil Society Book 1) by Ruthie L Manier Jun27

Lover’s Curse (The Hemocil Society Book 1) by Ruthie L Manier...

Will this man ‘Dark Eyes’ free Carra’s mind and break the Lover’s Curse? He comes to her in her dreams, a force of nature like none other. The gravitational pull is unbearable, drawing her towards him like a moth to a flame. His dark eyes are fathomless, haunting her day and night. Who is this mysterious stranger, with the hungry eyes that call to her? Has he come to make her one with his soul, his Eternalmate, or as a predator she his prey, is he here to finish the kill? Carra has had it rough for the last seven years struggling with amnesia. She often gets the hair standing up on the back of her neck sensation as though someone or something hunts her. The problem is she doesn’t know if this is a good thing or if she should be running. She fears the worst. If only she could remember… Once she gives into her desire, which she assumes is inevitable, will there be any going back? Could this dream man have the tools to free her mind and end the Lover’s Curse, or will he be her ultimate demise? From the Author: Lover’s Curse was my first published novel. It took me over three years to write it not counting the editing, cover and set up. I consider the book as my baby. The love Maximus and Carrabella felt for each other grew stronger with every word I wrote, and consequently I’ve had several people tell me they wish they had the same. Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Paranormal, Witches & Wizards Amazon Customer Reviews Amazon Print Purchase Link Kindle Purchase Link Amazon Author’s Page Professional Website Facebook Twitter Google+: Ruthie L. Manier Cold Coffee Café Cold Coffee...

Tombstone Ghost Cowboy by Ruthie L Manier

Skylar Cummings never dreamed time travel was possible until she finds herself in a room with a gorgeous but calloused cowboy from the Wild Wild West. Researching paranormal activity in Tombstone, Arizona, Sky assumed she was witnessing a ghost, but she’d stumbled through a portal to the past. Jesse Clarke is a nineteenth century cowboy who’s renounced love after a devastating heartbreak. Women only desire his money, so he’s better-off without them … until a mysterious woman materializes in his room. After a string of disastrous events, Skylar creates dangerous enemies and discovers herself detained. Jesse is summoned to escort her out of town before a lynch mob develops, but an unquestionable chemistry is growing between them. Will Jesse help her attempt to return to the twenty-first century, or can he convince the feisty woman to build a new future with him? “If you like adventure, time travel, and western romance, Tombstone Ghost Cowboy is an entertaining and enjoyable romance that will leave you wishing you could time travel to find a cowboy of your own!” Book Review: I love the author’s passion and dedication to Tombstone, Arizona as she fell in love the Old West, Bird Cage Theater, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and Lookout Lodge just to name a few. While on vacation to Tombstone, Arizona the author’s creative mind started to put together this ‘Tombstone Ghost Cowboy’, time travel story, romance, and westerns all in one book. There are twenty five well written chapters with characters that will grow on you. Chapter one starts out with main character Skylar Cummings on The Bird Cage Theater Tour. With an excited tease in her mind she chants under her breath, “Ghosts, ghosts, come out, come out, where ever you are.” If you love a...

Ruthie L Manier

Ruthie is an author of romance, paranormal, western, historical, time travel, and contemporary. She lives in Washington State. Loves dogs. Her favorite past time is spending quality time with loved ones, camping, reading, writing and running. But what really makes her heart glow is to sign her books for enthusiastic readers at farmer’s markets, street fairs, book stores and holiday craft sales. Interview Questions: What makes you proud to be a writer from the state of Washington? First of all, I was born in Yakima and raised in Union Gap, Washington before moving to the other side of the mountains to Mount Vernon, Washington. I believe it’s the most beautiful state in the country and I feel it’s a privilege to live here. Also with all the street markets and farmer market’s in the state there’s lots of opportunities for artistic people like me to show their work. What or who inspired you to become a writer? Early in life writing was my best way of communication especially when I was afraid to tell my feelings, which was often. But then twenty-five years later one of my sons started having some serious issues. I worried about him night and day. He loved to write too. He kept starting wonderful stories but never finished them so I started writing again to prove to him that anybody can write a book and publish it hoping it would be enough to help him through. Well, once I started writing Lover’s Curse I remembered how much I loved playing with words and so I kept on writing! He on the other hand went to painting and he does it like a pro!! Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use...

Just Another Desert Sunset by Nikki Broadwell

Nikki Broadwell grew up an ‘army brat’, living in several states as well as Germany during her formative years. But it was her time in Virginia on a 400- acre farm that set the imaginative stage for “The Moonstone”, the first book of a fantasy trilogy entitled “Wolfmoon”. She received a B.A. in English and Art from Sonoma State University and later studied Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Over the years Nikki has had several art related businesses, including greeting cards and painting on silk–scarves and wall-hangings–that were displayed in high end galleries. After living in the Pacific Northwest for over 15 years, Nikki, her husband and a dog and a cat have relocated to Tucson, Arizona (close to the Catalina Mountains) where the light shines, illuminating everything. Nikki spends a lot of walking and contemplating the beauty around her. She has two grown children and seven grandchildren. Now she writes full time and has 10 books published, 2 Kindle Gift Sets and one planned for release the first of 2016. ************************ Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from Tucson, Arizona (close to the Catalina Mountains)? I love it and find it endlessly stimulating as well as a way to find out things I never would have known about, as well as exploring issues and dealing with my own emotions that seem to come out through the writing. . What or who inspired you to become a writer? I spent a lot of time alone when I was a child, and that and my interest in the natural world inspired a fantasy life that came out later in the form of writing. I also love to read and read everything I could when I was a kid, another inspiration. When did...

Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story by Nikki Broadwell

Book Two In The Sunrise Series Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby are not what they seem. All three can shift into coyotes. When the Predator Masters arrive and hunt coyotes for sport Istaga turns into a snarling replica of himself, insisting they travel far into the mountains to warn other coyotes and keep out of danger. But before that can happen Sara’s former husband, Raleigh, steals their baby girl and discovers exactly what she is. When Istaga shifts into a coyote and nearly kills Raleigh, someone manages to get the entire surreal scene on his camera phone. From that moment on Sara and Istaga are thrown into turmoil, their lives and that of their shape-shifting baby placed in grave danger. With hunters and cops searching for them they head for the hills. What will it take to free themselves from Raleigh? Can their love survive? A Paranormal Romance ************************ Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story by Nikki Broadwell Suburb storytelling and a must read series if you love animals and want to protect their environment. This tantalizing paranormal romance will take you across the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans and exposes the dark side of human nature. Coyote Sunrise is book two (Just Another Desert Sunset-Book One) in the series where the reader is drawn into the life of Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby (Kaliska) who shift from the human world into the treacherous world of coyotes. Although a series, each book stands alone as Author Nikki Broadwell masterfully writes a complete saga from beginning to end with expert knowledge of the Tucson Arizona Desert, Coyotes, American Indian Traditions and the mission of the Predator Masters...

Parnormal Romance Mystery Series by Nikki Broadwell

Author Nikki Broadwell’s Published Books Gypsy Series Gypsy’s Quest: Gypsy Series Book 1 Gypsy’s Return: Gypsy Series Book 2 Gypsy’s Secret: Gypsy Series Book 3 Gypsy Trilogy Gift Set: Gypsy’s Quest, Gypsy’s Return, Gypsy’s Secret Wolfmoon Trilogy The Moonstone: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 1 Saille, The Willow: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 2 The Wolf Moon: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 3 The Wolfmoon Trilogy Gift Set: The Moonstone, Saille, the Willow, The Wolf Moon McCloud Paranormal Mystery Series Murder In Plain Sight: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery-Book 1 Saffron and Seaweed: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery (Book 2) Desert Series Just Another Desert Sunset Coming Soon! Coyote Sunrise (Desert Series Book 2) Stand Alone Books Bridge Of Mist and Fog **************************** Desert Series Just Another Desert Sunset Coming Soon! Coyote Sunrise (Desert Series Book 2) Just Another Desert Sunset (Desert Series Book One) by Nikki Broadwell A Paranormal Romance. Coyote yearns to be human but when his wish is granted he discovers that the shaman left out one tiny detail–as soon as he falls asleep he will always return to animal form. Meeting the human female Sara further complicates Coyote’s life as he is drawn to her in a way he can’t explain. Ignoring Raven’s warnings that he should stick with his own kind, Coyote-man finds himself heading to Sara’s house at odd times, her essence impossible to ignore. When a cruel trick of fate separates them, Coyote seeks council from a Navajo man who promises to help. Will this man trick him like the other shaman or can he be trusted? Walking the spirit trail brings answers but not to the questions he asked. What will happen if Sara learns the truth? Will she turn away from this strange-looking man with the yellow eyes who seems like...

Advance Chess: Compilations Pertaining to Random Access to Problematic Probabilities – by Siafa B. Neal...

Advance Chess- Compilations Pertaining to Random Access to Problematic Probabilities or (R.A.P.P.) The Synthesis Postulations of the Hybridization Polymerization of Matrix Poly-Plexitics Informatics – Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 3 – by Siafa B. Neal is book five in his line of professional chess instruction books. Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game. The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book. If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess. I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of their full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis. The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity. Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance Chess...

Advance Chess: Extrapolative Insights Of The Double Set Game – by Siafa B. Neal...

Chess may possibly be a learning tool to understand why a person respond to certain situations with peculiar behavioral characteristics when an opportunity is available or arises. Typically anthropological societies have their settings in two types of archaeological communities; the farming communities and the hunting communities. The inferential context to the subject matter concerning chess which is open for discussion is that there are two types of chess players at each end of the kaleidoscopic spectrum. The first type of chess players are those who employ tactical strategic planning (farming/gathering/harvesting) delays in the instant gratification of checkmating an opponent’s King(s). The second type of chess players are those chess enthusiasts who position his/her pieces for an instant win (hunting type) resulting in a quick checkmate defeat of an opponent’s King(s). The effects of the two types of playing techniques raises the awareness of the strategic notion of chess players who either play with a compassion ( the idea that winning the game(s) is not the only means to an end but rather viewed in the context of enhancing the involvement of the qualitative richness of the strategies. On the contrary the other strategic notion of play involves chess players who play with a passion (the predominance of the idea that winning is the only means to an end while disregarding the other aspects of the strategic domination of the game through qualitative and quantitative data spectral diagnostic and prognostic analysis). The usage of the quality of playing strategies without precedence to winning or losing a match is a much more effective suggestive topic which is open for discussion. Such a topic may provide a descriptive narrative of the underlying causes of human behavioral characteristics pertaining to the possible application and implementation of a chess...

Advance Chess Inferential Analysis Of Distributive Cognitive Logistics – by Siafa B. Neal...

Advance Chess Inferential Analysis Of Distributive Cognitive Logistics: Hybridization of Poly – Plextics Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 1 by Siafa B. Neal is book three in his line of professional chess instruction books. Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game. The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book. If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess. I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of your full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics and Strategics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis. The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity. Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be...

Advance 3 – D Matrix Chess – by Siafa B. Neal

‘Advance Chess – The Long. S.G.14 – Single Set Games, Book One Vol.1’ is the first book in this unique, one-of-a-kind 3-D Chess books with diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book one are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through 3 entire games of this in depth 3-D Matrix Chess. The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest 3-D Matrix Chess and enjoy playing the 3 games played out in this book. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance 3-D Matrix Chess book. If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare of Matrix Chess, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance 3-D Chess and to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess. I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of their full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics and Strategics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis. The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity. Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance 3-D Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be realized in the Olympic Sports arena...

Siafa B. Neal

Siafa B. Neal Is Grand-Master / Founder / Inventor / Instructor / Author / Artist / Designer – Advance 3-D Model Matrix Vector Logistics Chess. Siafa B. Neal offers Advance 3-D Chess books which contain diagrams, photos, key information about the game board and actual games to enjoy. Inside each book is the opportunity to purchase custom made Chess Boards (with chess pieces) that go specificity with the games. You also receive instructions for booking 3-D Grand Master Siafa B. Neal for private lessons, speaking engagements and game events. If you are a chess enthusiast, this unique one-of-a-kind book series with actual games is for you. Amazon Author’s Page Outskirts Press Sound Cloud Cold Coffee Café Cold Coffee Press Interview: What makes you proud to be a writer from San Bernardino, California? My sense of pride from being a writer from San Bernardino, California stems from the notion that I am easily able to convey to my readers the practical aspects of Advance 3-D Matrix Chess through the pictorial display of photos in my chess book and E­ Books. What or who inspired you to become a writer? My cousin, Robert H. Brown, who is currently a British citizen residing in England and who also holds a doctoral degree in English was influential in my decision to try a writing career beside my Engineering interests. Writing is a magnificent tool that enables me to promote ideas of Advance Chess to help enlighten others about the new styles and art forms of playing Advance 3-D Chess as opposed to the draconian ways of conventional chess and to .offer some important moral compass for those readers who have an open mind to newer opportunities to explore and to exhaust the tapestry of psychological warfare under the...

Advance Chess Inferential View Analysis – by Siafa B. Neal

Advance Chess Inferential View Analysis: The Double Set Game Robotic Intelligence – Double Set Game – Book 2, Vol. 2 – by Siafa B. Neal is book four in his line of professional chess instruction books. Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game. The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts in this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book. If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and are ready to learn and experience the complexities and challenges of the intense psychological warfare, this book is for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and Grand-Masters of the classical games of conventional chess. I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities to test the plasticity boundary limit ranges of their full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. Gain a different perspective and test your to intelligence level for Logistics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis. The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity. Siafa B. Neal offers the world a legacy in his writing and pioneering efforts to advance the concepts of Advance Chess gaming in the hopes that his game inventions will be realized in...

Advance Chess: Quiet Reflections Of The Double Set Game – by Siafa B. Neal...

Advance Chess- Quiet Reflections of the Double Set Game (D4.2.31) – Book 2, Vol. 5 – by Siafa B. Neal is book seven in his line of professional chess instruction books. Learn Advance Chess from a master as Siafa who uses diagrams, drawings, illustrations and photos displaying key information about the game board. Included in this book are detailed descriptions and equations that actual take you through and allow you to play an entire game. The gamer needs to understand the fundamental aspects of conventional chess in order to digest and enjoy these master chess instruction books. Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, Semi-Professional or Professional you will enjoy the concepts this new, exciting Advance Chess instruction book offers. If you are a gamer who is bored with conventional chess and is ready to learn and to experience the complexities and the challenges of intense psychological warfare, this book is ideal for you. As a chess player this exciting new concept will help you acquire gaming knowledge about Advance Chess and allow you to progress ahead of the learning curve well above the Masters and the Grand-Masters of conventional chess. I invite you to enter the pseudo-dynamics and the quasi-kinetics World of Chess in order to explore and to exhaust the opportunities of testing the plasticity boundary limit ranges of your full spectrum cognitive elasticity cognition capabilities and potentialities. By doing so, a reader gains a different perspective about their intelligence levels of Logistics Diagnostics and Prognostics Analysis. The language of chess is indeed an expression of mathematical spatial relativity and a Universal language. My Advance 3-D Model chess books allow readers to tap into the seemingly endless potentialities of Advance 3-D Model chess with the hope that the sport of chess gains recognition...

Renaissance To The Dawn Of A New Age – by Siafa B. Neal

Message from Author/Inventor Siafa B. Neal “The need to add pizzazz to the already complex game of chess has been and still is my fascination. The rudimentary levels of the game of conventional chess was taught to me by my Dad, the Late David Franklin Neal, Sr. In the past there was a fascination to add adventure and intellectual dynamics to the classical conventional game of chess. The result of this inspiration allows me to derive the establishment and discovery of a new form of chess, namely Advance 3-Dimensional Chess, 3-D Chess. The cornerstone of Advance 3-D Chess allows players to use the 2-dimensional concepts of basic chess and exponentially, extrapolate or translate these concepts into holistic 3-D dynamics perspectives. Thus the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model, Model III, materialize into reality. Although this book focuses on the Single Set games, the Longitudinal Star Gate 14 Model, Model III, which initializes as the Long. S.G. 14 Model, resembles a space-aged form of chess that entertains inter and the intra-psychological combative warfare of several combination arrangements of the chess piece initial position set-up. A game may consist of a Single Set, a Double Set, a Triple Set or a Quadruple Set. The participants of the S.G. 14 Model games, namely Model III, may play the game using a simultaneous mode (a chess game that uses two distinct and separate chess sets), a triple mode (a chess game that uses three distinct and separate chess sets), and a Quadruple mode (a chess game that uses four distinct and separate chess sets), whereby all of the chess pieces may engage at the same instant or at intermittent or sporadic intervals. These mode of Play allows a player to challenge between 2 – 4 individual players at the...

One Night With A Duke: The Duke Series Book Five 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...

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...