Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brenda Stanley - The Color of Snow - Guest Post & Giveaway



About the Book

Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.


Guest Post

The Color of Snow has been described as dark or mysterious. I feel most of my writing fits this description because I enjoy looking at the strange and unusual things in life. My novel will definitely make some people uncomfortable. I like to look at situations and issues and try to figure out how people will react. For years I was a crime reporter, so I enjoy investigating stories and learning about the parts of life most people try to hide. When I wrote The Color of Snow, I was working on a story about a young girl who went missing years ago and has never been found. I started thinking about what would happen if she were to suddenly show up now. I loved putting myself in Sophie’s shoes and seeing things for the first time.

Sophie’s relationship with Damien is both intense and tempered. Her father has raised her to believe that she will destroy anyone who truly loves her, so she is torn between her love for Damien and her fear of causing him harm.

The story changes between what is going on with Sophie and what happened in her parent’s past that brought her to where she is. I wanted readers to experience the often isolated feeling of living in a vast rural area, but also the mental confinement of a small town.

Mental illness, teen pregnancy, religious intolerance, and racism are all big parts of The Color of Snow. I like my characters to face challenges and see them grow from them. It is not only the conflicts with the other characters that keeps the story going, but also those within the person’s own mind.

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Price: $2.99-$4.99 ebook
ISBN: 9780983741893, 9781476172309
Pages: 413
Release: June 1, 2012


About the Author

Brenda Stanley is former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the mother of 5 children, including two sets of twins. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.

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L.M. Preston - Flutter of Luv - Author Interview



Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
Flutter Of Luv’s plot is based on finding love while finding yourself. The main character, Dawn, was comfortable hiding her beauty because she’d never had anyone to make her feel beautiful. But inside, deep within, she had been through a lot but looked at life as it was given to her. However, Tony moves in and slowly peels away the layers to discover what she’s afraid to reveal to everyone else.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The main idea is to show how loving someone can allow us to love ourselves.

3. When does the plot take place?
Flutter Of Luv’s story takes place in present day but has an older feel to it since the characters spend more time outside playing with each other than inside playing video games.

4. Where does the plot take place?
Flutter of Luv takes place in an urban city. I envisioned, Washington, DC but I don’t specify since I just want it to be a universal city for the reader.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
In Flutter Of Luv, Dawn starts off with a crush on Tony, and through friendship she finds much more. It was a slow development where she went from watching Tony, to him watching her, to them developing something new for both of them.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
My critique group had a writing prompt challenge. I created a few short stories for it, and the one Episode: Bug Juice was the story I submitted. My daughter is my ever supportive beta reader. She told me I should create 9 more Episodes and develop the story because she felt there was more to it. And within a week, I’d finished it.

About the Book
Dawn, the neighborhood tomboy is happy to be her best friend’s shadow. Acceptance comes from playing football after school with the guys on the block while hiding safely behind her glasses, braces and boyish ways. But Tony moves in, becomes the star running back on her school’s team and changes her world and her view of herself forever.

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Release: June 1, 2012
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About the Author

L.M. Preston loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. Her passion for writing science fiction was born under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds feeds her creation of multiple series for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers thirsty for an adventure. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Jerome Charyn - Back to Bataan - Author Interview & Giveaway



About the Book

New York City, 1943. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific, while Jack Dalton is stuck attending Dutch Masters Day School. What Jack really wants is to enlist in the army, to fight...

Everything changes when Coco, Jack's "fiancee," throws him over for one of his classmates. Jack sees red and does something drastic. Then he runs away. Hiding out in a nearby park, Jack joins ranks with a group of vagrants and is soon under the sway of a man called the Leader, an ex-convict who is as articulate and charismatic as he is dangerous. The Leader turns Jack's world upside down. To put things right, Jack must prove himself a braver soldier than he ever imagined.


Author Interview

1. What are your thoughts on the explosion of popularity concerning the YA genre?
I think it might very well be that it started with Harry Potter, that young adult writers are trying to tell good stories and adults have moved into that kind of dream.

2. You are the master of writing across a realm of different genres, what excites you about connecting with different audiences?
I’m not so sure that these are different audiences, I think we all love stories, whether we’re children or great-grandfathers and when you move from genre to genre you are still telling a story like Scheherazade and the king is always waiting for the next tale.

3. Your writing is so precise, yet evocative – how do you work at crafting your unique style of prose?
Everything begins and ends with the word, with the music of the sentence and as Tolstoy once said, “I’m always composing.”

4. Being a published author for nearly 50 years, what do you think of eBooks?
I think that this is a kind of logical step as we move from the internet into eBooks. Publishing is changing even as we speak. I think there now will be a more complicated dance between the eBook and the printed book, and as we’ve seen recently, successes in eBooks allow the author to move into print.

5. What would be your advice to young people who aspire to a literary career?
It’s not worth the money – only write if you’re absolutely in love with it.

6. How much of your life is in Back to Bataan? How did you personally experience New York during World War II?
I think so much of the source of my writing comes from my childhood, I grew up during the War – so many of the terrors and the magic of certain films have remained with me. And all of this appears in the character of Jack.

7. Your older brother was a detective. Did your experiences with him influence the plot?
Not really, I think all writing is crime writing. And Back to Bataan is a crime novel with a very original twist.

8. Why did you decide to include the fascination with the famous as a theme – Gary Cooper, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.?
These people were heroes to me as a child, particularly Eleanor Roosevelt, who was one of the most extraordinary women who ever lived, and of course as a child I fell in love with Gary Cooper’s face and with his very slow drawl, that seemed so exotic to me.

9. Jack finds acclaim through his writing, yet feels guilty for exploiting other people (Mrs. Fink). How does a writer starting out work to bridge this gap?
You’re always cannibalizing other people and writers when you start to write, so it’s natural that Jack should be a young cannibal.

10. How important is the New York Times in your own life? Why did you decide to make it a form of connection between Jack and the Leader?
As a child, I didn’t even know that the Times existed – I grew up in a neighborhood without newspapers and books, so that when I first fell upon the New York Times, I was very very greedy, and wanted to include it in Jack’s middle-class life.

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Price: $2.99-$4.99 ebook
ISBN: 9780985792206, 9781476119076
Pages: 98
Release: July 1, 2012


About the Author

Jerome Charyn (born May 13, 1937) is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him “one of the most important writers in American literature.”

New York Newsday hailed Charyn as “a contemporary American Balzac,” and the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.”

Since 1964, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.

Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Natalie Wexler - The Mother Daughter Show - Guest Post



About the Book

At Barton Friends a D.C. prep school so elite its parent body includes the President and First Lady - three mothers have thrown themselves into organizing the annual musical revue. Will its Machiavellian intrigue somehow enable them to reconnect with their graduating daughters, who are fast spinning out of control? By turns hilarious and poignant, The Mother Daughter Show will appeal to anyone who's ever had a daughter - and anyone who's ever been one.


Guest Post

When I took a creative writing class for the first time, back in high school, the teacher told us about a book you could buy called Plotto. This book supposedly contained the bare outlines of every plot that could possibly be devised. The teacher’s message was clear: plot is just the skeleton. It’s how you flesh it out—with characters, setting, lyrical language—that really makes or breaks a novel or story.

Well, yes and no. What I learned writing The Mother Daughter Show is that a good plot may not be sufficient to ensure a successful novel, but it’s absolutely necessary. If you don’t have a storyline that keeps your readers turning the pages, they’ll never get to all that other stuff you’ve worked so hard to dress it up with.

When I started writing The Mother Daughter Show, I was still involved in the real-life experience that inspired it—an annual musical revue at my daughter’s school, written and performed by the mothers of graduating senior girls. While the book was definitely fiction, I borrowed a number of scenes and plot twists from what was actually unfolding before my eyes.

I was lucky enough to find an agent who was enthusiastic about the manuscript, but from the beginning she told me she felt there was something missing. She focused on the characters. Maybe they needed more “sparkle,” she suggested? I labored over several more drafts, trying to introduce some sparkle, until finally my agent managed to get across the message that what I really needed was … a plot.

My initial reaction was: forget it. I already had a plot! But ultimately I came to realize that my plot had hewed too closely to my actual experience working on the show. It turns out that other people found those show planning meetings somewhat less fascinating than I did. I needed to get beyond what happened on the show itself and introduce elements of drama that came from elsewhere.

So I made two of the three mothers in my book good friends, allowing for greater emotional impact when they clash violently over the content of the show. I moved the job search of one character, a longtime stay-at-home mom, into the foreground. I introduced a flirtation between her and another character that seems to be heading dangerously towards infidelity—always a good plot move! And I had one of the daughters run away from home. It wasn’t easy shoehorning a new plot into the confines of an existing one, but it was worth it.

So while real life may give you the inspiration for a novel, it rarely hands you a ready-made plot. And Plotto may not be the answer either. For a plot to work, you not only need to have a lot of stuff happen—it also has to be stuff that grows out of what your characters yearn for.



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Price: $19.95 paperback, $9.99 ebook
ISBN: 9780984141296
Pages: 274
Release: December 2011


About the Author

Natalie Wexler is the author of The Mother Daughter Show (Fuze Publishing 2011) and an award-winning historical novel, A More Obedient Wife. She is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, and other publications, and she is a reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has also worked as a temporary secretary, a newspaper reporter, a Supreme Court law clerk, a legal historian, and (briefly) an actual lawyer. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Janiera Eldridge - Soul Sisters - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
The first book is based more around Dana who is the human sister.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The main idea of the plot is that twin sisters Ani and Dana (Ani is a vampire and Dana is not) are trying to find away to save themselves from execution. Ani has made a very public display of her vampirism and their leader Donovan wants to get rid of the both of them. Neither one is going down without a fight.

3. When does the plot take place?
Soul Sisters take place between past time periods and the present. The book flocculates between the past and the future to give a well rounded background of some of the main characters.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The book features many different locations Switzerland, San Diego, Harlem New York. There are some really great locations all though out.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
I really believe I started off with a plot idea in my head but as I wrote the plot and characters took over and wrote themselves. Sometimes I got writer’s block but other times it was smooth sailing. I just let the characters talk to me and the events unfolded on their own.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I was watching something about how close twins are and even if they grow up apart they still lead similar lives. The idea just came to me: what if you had twin sisters and one is vampire while the other is a human. What kind of trouble would they get into? The answer is…. a lot!


About the Book

Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power.

However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen.

Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world.

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Formats/Prices: $10 paperback, $2.99 ebook
Buy Links: CreateSpace, Kindle




About the Author

 Janiera enjoys feeding her  book addiction when she not writing. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry. Soul Sisters is her debut novel.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hillary E. Peak - Wings of Hope - Author Interview



About the Book

The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.


Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
There are two main characters: Sol and Jules. Sol is the father. He has a terminal illness and wants to spend his last days with his daughter, Jules. He and her mother divorced when she was a child. This is his last chance to really get to know her and impart any last wisdom. Jules is drifting through life. She has a job she doesn't really care about, a boyfriend she's only sort of interested in. She doesn't really know what to do with herself. So, when her dad asks her to come because he is dying, she drops everything and goes.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
A father and daughter spending precious time together, getting to know one another as adults and sharing hopes, fears and a final goodbye. Sol wants to make certain that Jules is going to try and move forward into a life that is more meaningful. Jules wants to get to know her father better, hearing about his life before she knew him.

3. When does the plot take place?
Present day.

4. Where does the plot take place?
Mostly in New York City, much of it in Sol's apartment.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
Because I was using my father's own true stories, the stories Sol is telling drove the plot--where they go, who they meet, what they see. Everything was determined by the stories I wanted Sol to tell Jules. Even Jules life was put together in a way to allow Sol to impart particular ideas, thoughts and wisdom.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
My father lived a truly extraordinary life. I started writing his stories down for my daughter while I was pregnant. The idea of weaving them into a fiction novel grew out of that. Jules was a product of a discussion I wish I'd been able to have with my own father about ambition and the need to follow your dreams.

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Price: $9.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
ISBN: 9781466312197
Pages: 226
Release: December 2011


About the Author

Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Molly Best Tinsley and Karetta Hubbard - Satan's Chamber - Author Interview



About the Book

He was a crack CIA operative, who vanished from the streets of Khartoum, Sudan.

And he was her father.

She followed him into the Agency’s National Clandestine Service, and now despite her junior status, she gets the assignment she covets: Khartoum.

From the minute Victoria Pierce arrives in-country, nothing is what it seems.

The one-eyed Kendacke, descendant of the first female black pharaohs, is a fugitive in her own land. Bart Wilkins, the buff but bumbling supply officer at the Embassy, keeps turning up one step ahead. The super-rich Adam Marshall has information, but it comes with strings attached.

Whom can she trust as she begins to uncover the pieces of a horrific plan? Thus the mystery begins.


Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
Our protagonist, Victoria “Tory” Pierce, a recent graduate of the CIA training program is inexplicably posted to Khartoum, Sudan without the appropriate seniority. She is more than happy with the assignment as it gives her the change to investigate her father’s disappearance there five years before. Tory is idealistic, independent yet insecure, extremely analytical and physically fit. In over her head when she arrives in the Sudan, thrust into situations that are beyond her control, she plays catch-up as the world around her spirals out of control. Tory begins the story as a na├»ve, inexperienced agent and by the end she has grown into a seasoned, emotionally mature operative able to hold her own.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
Tory wants to find out what happened to her father, even if it means sacrificing her job, and possibly her life. Meanwhile a succession of odd events and crises points to a larger, more malevolent agenda underlying her own.

3. When does the plot take place?
Beside the prologue, five years before, it takes place over the course of four weeks, between August 25, 2008 to the fall equinox.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The story shuttles between Washington, DC and Sudan. In Sudan, the discovery of oil under much of the land has provoked an international stampede of greed and systematic genocide. The sacred mountain Jebel Barkal, secretly inhabited by the female spiritual leader, Kendacke, has become the last outpost of humanity and hope for the people. Against this backdrop, Tory Pierce seeks information about her father. Meanwhile in the corridors of the CIA, there are signs of internal treachery. Within the opulent walls of the Metropolitan Club, the outline of a horrific plot is taking shape. With the help of her mentor, Maud Olson, Director of Intelligence at the Agency, Pierce finds a way to connect all the dots.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
Satan’s Chamber is a story about a young woman’s quest to find and come to terms with her heroic father. The deeper Tory Pierce delves into her father’s disappearance, the more she is confronted with competing choices yielding their own set of consequences and circumstances. Tory has to figure out whether each person she encounters is friend or foe? Which path to take, follow her instincts or other’s advice? Suffice to say, her early choices are not the most astute, and one pitfall leads to another.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
The plot evolved from a vague idea about terrorism and Sudan. Research into that African country, however, turned up a much more complex picture of the politics of oil, tribalism and national identity, and ancient theology. Blending in our personal knowledge of Washington, D.C. and the CIA, we crafted a plot that shuttled between the two countries. There were false starts and dead ends in the process, which we can’t explain in detail without giving some of the crucial plot points away.

The title Satan’s Chamber was with us from the beginning and became a sort of metaphor for what we wanted our story to be about. While it describes the horrific circumstances under which the people of Sudan must live, it is also a metaphor for the hell people create for themselves when they turn to greed to fulfill themselves. Satan’s Chamber is ultimately opposed by the sacred chambers inside the mountain of Jebel Barkal, where the female leader Kendacke, who finds fulfillment through love and generosity, is hatching her counter plan to bring peace and unity to her people.

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Price: $19.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback, $5.99 ebook
ISBN: 9780984141203
Pages: 294
Release: August 2009


About the Authors

Air Force brat Molly Best Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for twenty years and is the institution’s first professor emerita. Author of My Life with Darwin (Houghton Mifflin) and Throwing Knives (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored Satan’s Chamber (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, The Creative Process (St. Martin’s). Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Oregon, where she divides her time between Ashland and Portland.

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As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Karetta Hubbard has more than twenty-five years of experience in consulting, strategic management, and organizational change for companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. Having recently turned to literary endeavors, Ms. Hubbard credits her five grandchildren as her inspiration and encouragement to put pen to paper.

As an active member of the Washington, DC community, Ms. Hubbard has held appointments at the Small Business Advisory Council (SBA), the Tyson Business and Professional Women Foundation (BPW), and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Ms. Hubbard attended the University of Virginia and received her B.A. degree from George Mason University. She also attended Catholic University’s Graduate School in Social Work.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Feature & Follow

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Q:  Jumping Genres:  Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don't like and love it?  Tell us about it and why you picked it up and why you picked it up in the first place.

I usually don't like historical fiction, but got into it because it told the story of Queen Isabella and I found it very interesting.

Paul Rimmasch - The Lost Stones - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
The plot is based around a young man named Ammon Rogers. Two things have changed about him since returning home from the Iraq War. First, he no longer wants to be a businessman but rather wants to study forms of alternative energy. Second, he wants to get in touch with his faith--a faith he had given up on as a teenager.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The main idea or theme of the plot is an exploration of the relationship between faith and proof. Also explored is the impact mainstream science plays in this relationship. While a work of fiction, The Lost Stones, examines many real life issues along this front. A lot of research went into this book.

3. When does the plot take place?
The plot takes place in present day, give or take a few years.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The characters in the book hop around quite a bit. They start out in Utah. Then travel to Mexico, Michigan, and finally end up at and in the Grand Canyon.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
Research really drove the development of the plot. I had a basic framework in mind when I started. As my research progressed, however, further plot avenues opened up to me.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I came up with the plot by pondering one of the great “what ifs” in Book of Mormon scholarship.


About the Book

1600s Mexico- The Aztec Prince Ixtililxochitl writes that the first people to inhabit his land came from the Tower of Babel at the dividing of tongues…Scholars dismiss his writings as myth.

1800s Mid Western United States- Settlers dig into ancient burial mounds and discover thousands of slate tablets covered with a strange hieroglyphic writing and drawings depicting Jesus Christ…these artifacts are denounced as a hoax.

1909 Arizona-a newspaper runs a story describing how a cave containing metal artifacts and Egyptian-type hieroglyphics was discovered in the Grand Canyon by a group of Scientists from the Smithsonian Institute…the Smithsonian categorically denies the account.

These and other amazing facts make up the world of forbidden Book of Mormon Archaeology. It is a world BYU student and Iraqi War veteran Ammon Rogers never knew existed. He is thrust headlong into this world when he asks the enigmatic adventurer John Byrd a simple question. When John is kidnapped in Mexico, Ammon joins forces with John’s beautiful daughter in a desperate attempt to not only save John, but to find his answer…an answer that will change the world…an answer one sinister foe will do anything to suppress.

Release Date: August 2011
Genre: Thriller, Archaeology
Pages: 192
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Price: $13.99
Buy Links: Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com 


About the Author

Paul Rimmasch was born and reared in the Salt Lake Valley. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics and a minor in Photography. Paul has spent the last fourteen years working as a Crime Scene Investigator for Weber-Metro CSI and is active in Forensic Science education and Law Enforcement training. He lives in Ogden Utah with his wife and three children and is an avid hiker and gardener.

Paul had parlayed a life long interest in Book of Mormon Archaeology and LDS Church History into this, his first novel.

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We offering at least (1) $50 cash prize to the person who has a receipt confirming an ebook purchase of Spectral and tweets at least once during the Twitter Party.

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Free Angel Friday

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Friday, July 13, 2012

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gus Pelagatti - The Wicked Wives - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
A gang who seduces lonely wives, persuade them to insure their husbands, then poison their husbands for insurance money.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
Collecting life insurance money after poisoning husbands.

3. When does the plot take place?
1935-1942

4. Where does the plot take place?
Philadelphia. Pennsylvania

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
It was based on a true story.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
It was based on a true story.


About the Book

When I was an eight year old boy I overheard adults in my South Philadelphia neighborhood discussing 17 disenchanted and unfaithful neighborhood wives who murdered their husbands for insurance money, love and lust. This was a fascinating topic for an eight year old boy eavesdropping on adult conversation. The adults were discussing the true story of Philadelphia’s infamous 1938 murder scandals. My fascination led to obsession. I knew that I had to write about these wicked wives someday.

After I became a trial lawyer in 1964, I researched the poison murder cases in the law library and obtained newspaper accounts of the scandals dating back to October, 1938. Thereafter I conducted interviews with judges, lawyers, police, witnesses, sheriff deputies and neighbors who knew the defendants. One of the chief conspirators was a tailor who seduced, then persuaded at least twelve wives to poison their husbands for insurance. The setting for his seductions was the couch in the rear of his tailor shop, located two blocks from our family home.

A fascinating conspiracy unfolded in these murder cases. The poison gang’s colorful and hilarious characters helped to deep-six a minimum of 20 husbands. The supporting cast includes Giorgio, “The Don Juan of Passyunk Avenue. ” Aside from scheming Lillian, “the society wife”, the wives include Rose, the “Kiss of Death Widow, ” Eva “the nymphomaniac” and the “hopelessly in love, ” Joanna.

After many comical episodes, intriguing detective work and two suspense filled high profile trials, 12 wives plead or are found guilty of murdering their husbands. Two male conspirators were executed in the electric chair.

“The Wicked Wives” gleefully explores the sins of lust and greed, and the disappointments that love often brings. The characters, although they commit murder and adultery, are extremely likable, and often amusing. Writing “The Wicked Wives” was a true labor of love.

Price: $9.95 paperback, $2.99 Kindle, $3.99 Nook
# of Pages: 294
Genre: Mystery-suspense
Publisher: Mill City Press
Buy Links: Amazon, Kindle, Nook


About the Author

Gus Pelagatti is a practicing trial lawyer with over 47 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases including homicide.  He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, limited to attorneys who have been recognized as achieving a standard of excellence as a trial expert.  He has spent years researching the true story of the 1938 insurance scam murders, interviewing judges, lawyers, police and neighbors involved in the trials.

Gus was born and raised within blocks of the main conspirator’s tailor shop and the homes of many of the wives convicted of murdering their husbands. His latest book is The Wicked Wives.

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