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After growing up in the unique town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Susan Moore Jordan attended the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati as a vocal performance major. While in Cincinnati, she was on the administrative staff of the Edgecliff Academy of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. In 1971 she moved with her late husband and three children to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Jordan established a private voice studio a few years later. She began directing musical theater productions for community and high school in 1984, and has directed over eighty shows. She published her first novel, How I Grew Up, in October, 2013. Eli’s Heart is her second novel.
In the nineteen fifties, ELI LEVIN, a brilliant teenage pianist born with a serious heart defect and not expected to live past the age of thirty, meets KRISSY PORTER on a visit to a small town in the Southeast. They play piano duets, talk about baseball, eat banana splits. A budding romance is ended by interference from Eli’s family, but they find their way back to each other three years later.
They marry on Krissy’s twentieth birthday while they are both college students. The music they share is a vital part of their life together. Once he begins his career, Eli’s rise in the music world is meteoric.
Although they are devoted—and intensely passionate—from the beginning, the couple must struggle with never knowing when the various repairs to Eli’s heart might give out.
Muriel Marks is currently preparing her next book, while making chutneys, jams and continuing to enjoy her passions of animals, antiques and books. My Double Life is her first book.
In 1987, in her late forties and with two marriages behind her, Muriel Marks decides to take control of her destiny, putting herself through night school to qualify as a chef. Destiny takes the upper hand however when, on a weekend break in the West Country she meets debonair English actor Leo Lewis, recently returned from the glittering world of Hollywood. Falling instantly in love, they decide to open their own restaurant together, fulfilling a long-cherished dream for Muriel. To attract visiting entertainers, they call their new venture ‘Backstage’, and Freddie Starr, Les Dawson and Johnny Cash all become appreciative patrons. Leo however prefers centre stage, especially when the alcohol is flowing. Toss a few pretty waitresses into the mix and the recipe soon becomes explosive. The little town of Paignton doesn’t know what’s hit it and neither does Muriel. As Leo’s wildly drunken behaviour escalates into violence, the restaurant degenerates into a nightly farce for the customers and a living nightmare for Muriel. After much angst she is forced to sell the business, and Leo departs back to the States and his Hollywood career. Absence soon makes the heart grow fonder however. Realising she is still in love, Muriel flies out to America to be with Leo. She finds him not in Hollywood but New Jersey, and living a far from glamorous life. The pair survive for a while on poorly paid menial work, buy a second-hand car and head west, bound for the sunshine coast of California and the movie capital of the world, where Leo has ‘contacts’. But as they pass deeper into the heart of America, with Leo increasingly drunk and Muriel in constant fear of arrest as an “illegal”, she realises she has absolutely no idea what lies ahead of her. “My Double Life” is a unique true story of cookery and crookery, showbiz and booze, of love, enduring friendship, aspiration, despair, and starting all over again. Its cast of characters is vivid and varied, from movie stars to tragic has-beens, villains and freaks to the merely eccentric, along with kindly, lost souls, everyday heroes and heroines, all set against the deceptively sleepy backdrop of the British seaside and the vast, alien landscape that is America. It is also about a woman who followed her heart and survived to tell the extraordinary tale.
I am a general practitioner and have had an interest in genetics most of my working life (although I am not directly involved in the subject). I have followed developments in the subject over the years. Like most people, I suppose, I started thinking about my mortality when I hit my forties, and came to the conclusion that ageing is not purely a matter of wear and tear. I thought it very likely that somewhere in the human genome there is a gene or genes that influence ageing. Hence the book!
The book is 'faction' i.e the plot is a work of fiction, but the substance of the novel is about genetics. I have researched the subject and taken care to get the facts right. I believe that it is therefore all accurate apart from the 'ageing gene' which is my speculation.
For anyone who might be interested in genetics but knows little about it, I believe this novel to be an interesting and stimulating introduction to the subject.
What Makes You Think Your Memoir Is So Special?
From the eyes of a young poet, this autobiographical memoir explores a multi-cultural section of Hollywood, California during the early 1960s. As her family life unravels, a young girl escapes to the streets. She bargains with God to take her childhood in exchange for the knowledge she needs to survive. From each place she explores, she acquires new wisdom, insight and understanding ultimately leading her back to home--to hope, to an understanding about the source and scope of her troubles. Exquisite language, poetry and an operatic musical background are the soft blankets laid upon the harsh realities she often faces.
David Joseph is a veteran Air Force Flyer. While in the Air Force, he flew on the HH-53, HH-3, HC-130, C-141, and KC-10 aircraft, and traveled to every continent in the world. His travels and experiences provide unlimited material for writing.
He is the author of Korea x 2 and Silent Six, a military thriller Trilogy, set on the Korean peninsula, The Bully & Other Stories, and the two best seller novelettes, The Great Hijacking and Putin’s Shoot-down! Both novelettes based on the Malaysian MH370/MH17 Flights. He is currently writing Korea Unified, the third book in the military Trilogy, and Inspirational/Thriller short stories. "I have twenty short stories and three novels in my head!"
In this groundbreaking historical short story, David Joseph brings to light one of the most shameful incidents in American history—“The Bellingham Riots” that, as the papers read, “wiped the Punjabi off the map.” The story reveals the plight of Sikh and Japanese in the U.S. who fought discrimination and established a proud legacy in the history of a country that is truly a “melting pot.” The story opens up with a fifteen-year-old boy and a young Japanese couple that flee Bellingham to escape the violence. “Punjabi” is a signature David Joseph story that begins with tragedy and ends with the reader in tears of joy. Using notes from a conversation with an elderly Punjabi man, David Joseph met in a café in West Virginia, and notes from interviewing elderly Japanese, David Joseph considers it an obligation to the Sikh and Japanese to write this story.
Retired as an Assistant Director of Financial Aid at a Florida community college, I have become a self-published author (what fun!). Growing herbs and experimenting by concocting healing salves and infusions is part of my spiritual life. As a 75% Romani, I learned to create my path, The Drom Ek Romani, from my grandmother, a drabarni, or herbalist, while growing up in Philadelphia. My books include The Way of One Gypsy, The Gypsy's Book, Drab Lil: A Gypsy's Medicine Book and Madame Sosostris Explains (a poetry patchwork). Married and living in Florida, my two sons and granddaughter live at least 995 miles north but cell phones and eMail bridge the distance daily.
THE TITLE: At the age of seventeen I discovered T.S. Eliot's poem “The Wasteland.” The only part of the poem I could relate to was about “Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante.” Four of the tarot cards are invented by Eliot (Drowned Phoenician Sailor, Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks and the Lady of Situations). Having invented my own Drom Ek Romani cards as part of my heritage, I could appreciate his imaginary cards with their mystical names. My first poem explains each tarot card and the second one details the Drom Romani although I make no claim to be a “famous clairvoyante.” The other poems are a patchwork of subjects including tributes to Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and other writers of music and poetry.
THE POEMS: With the exception of several free verse poems, the others are a mixture of Shakespearean Sonnets, Terza Rima, Rima Royale, and, well, more sonnets. The poetry forms are very confining yet I attempted to make them all-encompassing in their little world. When writing the 22 sonnets for the Drom Romani I began speaking in rhyming iambic pentameter in my dreams. Does that make me a poet? I hope so. Failing that, a sonnet a day keeps senility away. I am hoping that whatever your age, you find enjoyment in my poetry.
David Welch hails from the capital district of upstate New York, where he has lived all his life. He is a long-time fan of action-adventure tales in all genres, be it classic pulp tales, shoot-em-up westerns, or ripping space operas. When not writing he spends his time hiking, skiing, and exploring out of the way places. His books CHAOS QUARTER and THE GODS' DAY TO DIE are now available in paperback or e-book, thanks to Amazon and 47North Publishing.
To Terran Commonwealth pilot Rex Vahl the mission seemed simple: Find out why the tyrannical Europan Empire was interested in the back-water world of Anglesey. But in the Chaos Quarter things never really go smoothly. When Rex discovers a colony of people that are not supposed to exist, he and his crew suddenly find themselves trapped between desperate people who deserve freedom, and an autocratic super-power hell-bent on destroying it, by any means necessary. Making things worse is the fact that his gunner, a former Europan himself, is on the colony’s hit-list. And a bounty huntress with mind-altering synthetic pheromones may also be after them, for her own twisted reasons. Yep, it’s just that kind of day…Faced with such insurmountable odds, Rex and his crew face a daunting choice: Either find some way to resist the juggernaut headed their way, or end up the latest victims of a dark nation’s imperial ambitions…
Harambee K. Grey-Sun is a poet and metaphysical/speculative fiction writer. The word best describing his work is dark. He uses elements of fantasy, horror, noir, and science fiction to spin bizarre, mind-bending, and (some might say) heretical tales that explore the meaning of identity and the nature of consciousness. His metaphysical fantasy series Eve of Light reexamines the nature of God and what it means to be human.
Find out more at www.nextpoet.net
When thirty-five-year-old office worker Avery Brocus set up a profile on an adult hook-up site, he never dreamed a twenty-two year-old hottie would contact him. Nor did he imagine she’d want to meet him in person. After agreeing, he immediately has second thoughts. He’s expecting someone out to rob him of his money or identity. He’s not expecting to encounter creatures that want his very soul.
A dark and surreal Metaphysical Fantasy for mature readers.
Alessandro Paolinelli began his career in national radio (GBR Antenna Italia) in the early 1980s before getting his Masters' degree in Electronics engineering, then moved on to television in 1990s as an executive producer for TVR Autovox. In 2000s he planned the multi-regional broadcast network of Teleitalia 41 and created XX Secolo channel. In 2013 he is the executive producer of Lift Me Up music video with Lena Katina.
The story of a daring music project hatched in Russia after the economic crisis of 1998 with little expectation of success, but which, amazingly, exploded onto the international scene and spawned the most contentious and controversial pop group of the new century, seducing millions of teenagers and causing headaches for TV broadcasting bosses around the world.
A detailed and documented reconstruction of t.A.T.u.'s success and the social phenomenon of the "shocking lesbian duo" that broke all the rules of Western show business, from the 25 gold and platinum discs they were awarded for their first album up to their break-up in 2011, through the direct accounts of those involved.
The first in The Royals of Adriel saga ...
It all begins within the colonized Cassiopeian Sector, within the marvels of the 23rd century, where planet Adriel's savage revolutionists abduct beautiful Princess Royal Sarra Shantay, the heiress apparent of King Ellis II. Sarra, innocent yet highly spirited, is the rebellious captive of alias Raine Nicks, the handsome yet vengeful rebel leader who ultimately aims to end the Shantay worldly rule ... but his plot to ransom her for illicit weapons goes awry by dissidence within his own clan, sweeping her off with him in a breathtaking adventure between Kan and Myrrh, two of the Urania Star System's exotic planets.
Enchanted by each other, locked in a fierce war of wits, their forbidden passion is inevitable ... and exploring their erotic sexuality snares them in a ravishing struggle that could destroy them both. For, against their wills, the sworn enemies are falling in love. It's when his ransom scheme comes to his triumph that Sarra discovers the startling truth—he isn't a savage, he is a true hero with a just cause!
Now allies, joining his cause to free Adriel’s oppressed, she also becomes caught in the perilous rebellion, for only his mysterious identity can uncover the sinister corruption deep within the sovereignty. The revolution erupts, sending her on the path of her destiny—the wondrous and tragic Throne.
After graduating high school in beautiful and naïve Carson City, Nevada the author spent 4 years in the US Navy learning Chinese Mandarin and bureaucracy. He spent his GI Bill earning a Manufacturing Engineering Degree from Oregon State University – home of the Beavers. Upon graduation he was lucky enough to get sucked into the vortex of a major truck manufacturer where he spent the next 25 years doing everything from licking boots to booting up IT systems. His 3 year honeymoon in China, from bumfuck to Beijing, along with many, many meetings and assignations across the country and all over Europe made it clear that people are strange and wonderful no matter where you find them. Tim has been capturing his impressions for a long time. This book is the first exposure for people outside his immediate loop. He lives in Seattle with his lovely wife Dulcie and the semi-domesticated hummingbirds that come to the back deck for nectar. The cats and dogs doing their business in his yard are, presumably, some sort of cherry on top.
This is a book for pet lovers and pet haters and other people that live in America today. Everyone wins – especially the helpless animals that are forever being processed through the Pet Retailing and Industrial Complex (Big Pet). This book will help change minds about what needs to be done to reduce animal suffering and how people can start on that today. But instead of the guilt-trippy misery associated with a lot of facts and sad pictures, this book makes the case with hilarious tales, outrageous suppositions and totally made up charts and graphs. Perhaps the most useful information within is the many helpful tips on how to get laid! Improve your batting average in just 10 minutes! Start reading immediately!
Some people love pets. Some people tolerate pets. Some people actually, really hate pets. Some actual people and some corporate persons sell pets. Individually each person goes about their business related to pets and thinks they are doing normal things in their lives. The truth is that the entire pet ecosystem is out of whack. Seriously out of whack. Anyone willingly participating in a system responsible for the death of a cat or dog in America every 8 seconds is fantastically deluded or sadistically deranged. Nevertheless, here we are with “the people” up to their lips in vet bills and cat taco outfits and sh*t management solutions. Everywhere you go there are pets. Everybody is either convinced or getting convinced that pets are a good fit with whatever they are doing at the moment. Be it working, playing, eating, teaching, learning, shopping,… it doesn’t matter they think a pet should be there. I propose a climb-down from pet ubiquity. A fresh look at and a changing of the national mind about pets. Can’t we get along with a hell of a lot less pet choice? Can’t we agree to try to get the death rate up to 10 seconds? Go hog wild and shoot for 20?
Aleksandr Jackson is an author and quant analyst who has lived and worked in Europe and Asia and currently resides in the United States with his family.
The team of authors:
Joy Aceron (Philippines) is Program Director at the School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, directing Government Watch (G-Watch) and Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) programs, both aiming to contribute in democratic deepening in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo Political Science Department. She has published several works on political party and electoral reform, social accountability and leadership and has ten-year experience in citizenship education and civil society-government engagement. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Rainer Heufers (Indonesia) is a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation where he leads the annual “Think Tank MBA” for think tank leaders from around the world. From 1999 to 2011 he represented the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in several Asian nations, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Since 1984 he has researched economic and social policies involved in China’s transition to a market economy. Warsito Ellwein, Vera J. Putri and M. Husni Thamrin are co-authors of this chapter.
Kartini Aboo Talib (Malaysia) was a Fulbright Scholar to Northeastern University in Massachusetts, USA, and holds a PhD in Law, Policy and Society. She is trained as a political scientist and presently works as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has published several chapters in books and articles on various issues including dispute resolutions and consumer rights, labor law and legal immigrants, gender and policy, managing consensus in a plural society, non-profits and policy implementation, election and good governance, and environmental policy and sustainability. She is a grantee of Sumitomo Foundation Fiscal Year 2012, and currently works on evaluating the Look East Policy. She is also a collaborator with the Applied Sciences University in Frankfurt, Germany under the DAAD project for summer teaching class in Sidbhari, India from year 2012-2015.
Kim Le (Vietnam) is a government relations consultant at Vriens & Partners, a public affairs consultancy. She currently specializes in Vietnam government and public policy. Kim currently divides her time between Singapore and Vietnam, where she helps clients, both international organizations and multinational corporations, to gain a better understanding about the policy-making process in Vietnam, as well as supports them in reaching out and communicating more effectively with the Vietnamese government. Kim obtained the Masters of Social Science from the National University of Singapore. She was trained in political science, with a focus on party politics. She wrote her masters thesis on the historical development of the Thai party system.
Moe Thuzar (Myanmar) is Lead Researcher for socio-cultural affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Starting July 2012, she was appointed Fellow at ISEAS' Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme. Before Moe joined the ASC in May 2008, she headed the ASEAN Secretariat's Human Development Unit, which coordinated regional cooperation in the areas of youth, labour, education, social welfare, gender, rural poverty reduction, health, and civil service matters. At ISEAS, Moe co-authored with Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Myanmar: Life After Nargis (ISEAS, 2009). She co-edited with Yap Kioe Sheng, "Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Issues and Impacts" (ISEAS, 2012). She has written on Myanmar for ISEAS' Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2012-2013 and Southeast Asian Affairs 2012. Moe recently took on responsiblities as coordinator of the Myanmar Study Group at ISEAS. She is also a resident analyst for Channel News Asia’s Think Tank programme. Moe is working on a review of Myanmar's foreign policy, focusing on lessons from the 1988-2008 period. Her other research interests cover urbanisation, environmental cooperation in ASEAN, and ASEAN's dialogue relations.
Netina Tan (Singapore) is a Social Science Humanities and Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2011). Netina was a Dissertation Fellow at Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Visiting Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (2007-8). She holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Regina (2004) and a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies (2000) from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include democratization, party and electoral politics, gender and non-traditional security in East and Southeast Asia. Netina is currently working on her book manuscript that investigates the institutional sources of hegemonic party resilience in Asia and she will be assuming a tenure-track position in Political Science Department at McMaster University from January 2013.
Pan Sopheap (Cambodia), born in 1973 in Kampong Cham province, earned a master’s degree in political science from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. After several positions with IRI, FNF and experience as a social activist and facilitator he is executive director of the Cambodian Farmer and Nature Net since 2010. Yang Saing Koma, Kok Tha, Virak Bunnarath have substantially contributed to this chapter.
Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul (Thailand) is currently a Program Manager in the Thailand Project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. She joined the foundation in April 2004 as a Program Manager in Malaysia Project and later moved to Thailand Project in 2011 until at present. Pimrapaat obtained her doctorate degree in International Relations in 1999 from the
University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and obtained her master degree in International Politics in 1993 from the University of Aberytwyth in the United Kingdom. Her main study is on Southeast Asian security and non-nuclear proliferation. She is interested in current socio-political and economic development in Thailand in particular and in Asia in general.
Zaw Oo, a former student activist in Myanmar, studied political science in the US and worked as a lecturer in the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program, Faculty of Social Sciences, at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The reform process in Myanmar ended his self-exile. He is now head of a think tank in Yangon and adviser to president Thein Sein.
Wolfgang Sachsenröder (the editor) has earned his PhD from Bonn University and worked for 24 years in practical politics for the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation. His longest posting was as regional director for East and Southeast Asia from 1986 to 1997. Since 2008 he is back in the region and joined the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore in 2009. He is editor of the Partyforumseasia, a discussion platform and database on political parties in Southeast Asia (www.partyforumseasia.org).
This is the first comparative study on political parties in Southeast Asia covering eight out of the ten ASEAN countries. Feudal Brunei Darussalam has no parties and for Laos we could not find a scholar willing or allowed to join our group.
The book is dedicated to anyone interested or active in party politics in the region.
Southeast Asia is an economic power house of sorts with fledgling and often volatile political systems. Political parties and their leaders make decisions on behalf of more than 600 million people with a far reaching impact also on other parts of the world. This is why understanding the driving forces in and behind Southeast Asia’s political parties is important.
This book provides a fresh look into organization and internal mechanisms of the main political parties, how they function on the ground, how they hold together, and how their leadership systems work. Internal competition and candidate selection, campaign strategies and party finances, money politics and career opportunities are a special focus in the eight country chapters.
While showing the difference between classical party models and the reality on the ground in Southeast Asia, the book provides broad information on party politics in the region, adding a practical view to the vast and often rather theory-loaded scholarly literature. It intends to reach out to party members and activists, journalists and other political observers, and to anybody interested in Southeast Asian politics.
Mike Wendland is America’s premier high tech reporter. His Detroit Free Press technology columns, NBC-TV network television reports and five books on the Internet have given him a loyal nationwide audience of millions who have come to rely on his warm and friendly “No Geek-Speak” advice, reports and suggestions about technology and how it impacts all of us.
Mike’s High Tech Talk TV reports are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC affiliates by the NBC Newschannel. The popular news feature has been a stalwart on NBC stations since 1994 and covers the emerging multimedia and information superhighway fields, focusing on hi-tech advances useful to ordinary people, as well as the hottest places on the World Wide Web.
Mike has won 20 Emmy Awards and numerous honors and broadcast awards. He is a veteran journalist who has used computers to break some of his biggest stories. His television work has appeared on various NBC and cable television network stations across the country. He spent 18 years as head of the I-Team investigative unit at WDIV-TV in Detroit and before that worked for ten years as an investigative reporter at The Detroit News.
He has been a Fellow at the Poynter Institute, a prestigious school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he has taught convergence reporting and new media.
Mike is married and has three grown children and six grandchildren. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Oakland County, Michigan, north of Detroit. He serves as Innovations Pastor at Woodside Bible Church in suburban Detroit.
The iPhone is the most revolutionary personal technology device of this generation and tens of millions of loyal users around the world attest to its power and versatility. But the vast majority of iPhone users are only taking advantage of a small part of this awesome smartphone's potential. That's where award-winning personal technology reporter "PC Mike" Wendland comes in, sharing his iPhone experience, expertise and excitement through 101 very useful apps, tips and tricks.
PC Mike very well may have been the first person in the U.S. to officially buy the iPhone when it went on sale in the summer of 2007. And since then, in his weekly PC Mike reports for NBC Television stations around the country, he has eagerly shared his knowledge with his many fans.
In this practical, easy-to-read book, he's sure to teach even the most experienced iPhone users and thing or two about their phone. And for all of us, his 101 apps, tips and tricks will make us love the iPhone even more.
Boo Walker spent his College of Charleston years and a few after in Nashville as a banjoist and songwriter for the avant-garde punchgrass band, The Biscuit Boys. Some hand problems knocked him out of the game, and he stumbled into a position with a short term equity trading firm based out of Charleston, SC. To feed his ravenous muse, he began writing his first novel, Lowcountry Punch. Around that time, what started as a passion in wine became a neurosis.
After six years of the Wall Street thing, Boo decided it was time to end his sedentary, computer-driven lifestyle. He grew out a handlebar mustache and moved clear across the country into a double-wide trailer situated on 5 acres of Malbec vines just down the road from Hedges Family Estate on Red Mountain in Washington State. The Hedges family took him in and taught him the art of farming and the old world philosophies of wine. He now travels the world peddling the family’s juice, and chances are you can find him in an airport somewhere working on his next novel.
In Charleston, South Carolina, Dewey Moses is a vegetable farmer, a bluegrass musician, a recovering alcoholic, and an aging hipster. In fact, he was wearing fedoras, rolled-up jeans, and Converse All-Stars before Portland and Brooklyn were born. Since getting booted out of his house and his band, he’s trying to get back on top. Now, he’s a year sober, and selling vegetables at the farmer’s market, but what he knows better than how to grow heirloom tomatoes is how to get down to the bottom of things. What started out as a favor for a friend is proving to be his most lucrative talent: investigative work.
But when Faye Callahan, the wife of one of the most powerful land developers in the South, comes to see him, she puts his talents to the test. Her daughter, Gina, jumped off the Cooper River Bridge a few days before. She left a suicide note in her abandoned car. There were witnesses. But Faye doesn’t believe it. Gina was as happy as she’d ever been, having just fallen in love. Why would her sweet baby take her own life? Agreeing to help, Dewey finds out quickly that sometimes it’s best to leave things alone.
Off You Go is a smart and quick read, and Dewey Moses is irresistible.
Candida Andriole was born in New York City and grew up in the suburbs in Westbury, Long Island. She attended and graduated from Westbury High School and then went on to seek a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York in Cultural Studies. After graduation she followed her passion and studied theater and dance; acting at the HB Studio and dance at Carnegie Hall and at the Chuck Kelly Dance Studio and then joined the musical revue “A Tribute to America” as a dancer and stayed with the show until it closed.
Her interest in the world of arts and entertainment drew her to dabble in theater and film. She worked on productions at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York during summers. She had the good fortune to work with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. on his last acting role in a theater production. She later worked as an assistant on the production crews of the films Wise Guys starring Danny Devito and The Pick Up Artist with Robert Downey, Jr.
After a short lived career in arts and entertainment she decided to go back to school to study Entertainment Law at Nova University Law School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She spent her last semester of law school as an intern in the Monroe County Public Defender's Office in Key West where she worked after passing the Florida Bar exam, as an assistant public defender. Her life took a dramatic turn a year and a half later and she decided to stay in Key West and open her own practice as a criminal defense attorney. In 1996 she threw her hat into the political arena campaigning for the seat of Monroe County Public Defender. She did not win the election and the loss sent her right back to where she was most comfortable; to her passion for the arts. She is currently semi-retired, writing mystery novels, living in Key West with her cat Cleopaco.
Key West attorney Candida Andriole delivers to her readers a birds eye view into the private lives of the local residents of a tiny island in the Florida Keys. Interwoven into her writing are some of her most memorable legal adventures of her twenty something years of experiences as a practicing attorney. Her debut novel is the story of the harrowing roller coaster ride the residents and local police are forced to take and what they endure when a killer inserts himself into their calm and peaceful existence.
Zoe St Clare lawyer and professor of forensic sciences has relocated to the island to escape a gruesome past filled with murder and mayhem and the lingering memories of a brutal murderer. The island Police Chief Rolando Castaneda enlists her aid in hunting a serial killer when an horrific series of incidents threaten to put a damper on the event that brings more business to the island in one week than all the rest of the year put together and to leave the Police Chief without a job.
The year round residents and law enforcement are bracing themselves for the onslaught of tourists attending the week-long celebration when the faceless body of a bride is discovered on the beach moments before her wedding ceremony is to begin. This is only the first of a series of grizzly incidents involving an elusive and insidious killer who can’t possibly be human and do the unspeakable things that he does. The island has never experienced such horror.
Zoe faces much more than she bargained for when she becomes mired in a frightening ordeal that involves her former life in New York City. She struggles personally with the similarities between the killings on the island and the murders that have been haunting her.
In the middle of his campaign for re-election and the worst heat wave in the history of the Florida Keys, Chief Castaneda assisted by Zoe St Clare makes a desperate attempt to keep his job and to figure out if there is more than one madman on the island before the killer strikes again.
Hi, my name is Sydney Paige McCutcheon, and I wrote the first draft of "Henry" the summer after I graduated high school.
After years of edits and sending out queries letters, I chose to go the self-publishing route believing this is the way, at least for this first book, to go. I am excited to have it published and thankful God gave me connections who told me of LiberWriter when I wanted to get a Kindle version for my book (it is also available in Paperback on Amazon.com).
The process was very easy and I would reccommend authors to use their website for creating ebooks!
The story for "Henry" I think has a different twist than common boy-meets-girl-type and I'm sure people like a change up in books from time to time. Readers meet Prue where her life changes, and follow her journey as she deals with the loss of her closest friend and sister, and also deals with her new roommate, Henry.
Henry was a natural character to see, especially for such a complicated man. At least, Henry would say he's complicated and Prue would counterback that he's not as complicated as he likes to think - or as much as he likes to make other people think. And of course this automatic interaction between them makes me smile, remembering the days of writing their conversations.
I love Prue. She's spunky, heartfelt, and says things others wish to say.
I love Henry, too. He's fantastic, and dramatic, and has emotion even when being indifferent and dry. He says things without filter, too - good or bad. Together, these two can create quite a clash - but how will it end? The truth goes both ways, and for Henry and Prue, it could separate them forever.
I hope this blurb has piqued your interest! "Henry" is a book full of joy, laughs, tears, and more.
After witnessing her sister's murder, Prue Collins is sent to a small town outside Astoria, Oregon, under the protection of the most unlikely guardian.
Rude and sarcastic, Ex-Officer Henry Clay wants nothing to do with his new roommate and doesn't mask any hard feelings, only secrets. His wheelchair gives Prue a glimpse of his tragic past and she can't fight curiosity as more clues come her way, opening her eyes to the true stranger she's been sent to live with—and possibly, meant to help save.
But the truth is like a loose string on an old shirt—you pull at it, and the entire fabric could come undone. As the trial looms closer, Prue will soon have to go back home. Will she leave well enough alone, or risk everything, even her own heart, to know the truth?
Award-winning screenwriter Paula DiSante earned her MFA in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. A story analyst and script consultant since 1989, she has worked for Republic Pictures International, Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros., and for producers at Paramount Pictures, independent producers and screenwriters. She now does analysis and consulting on a freelance basis.
She lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.
When smallpox blinds Turlough O’Carolan, a young man from a poor family in late 17th century Ireland, he loses more than his sight. He loses Bridget Cruise, his beautiful bride-to-be, and all his hopes for the future.
But his patroness, who gave Turlough his education, refuses to let him succumb to self-pity, and sends him off to be schooled as a harper – a revered vocation in the long history of the Irish people.
The mystic, captivating music he creates with the harp – the symbol and soul of Ireland – restores Turlough’s hope, brings him great renown, and sets him on a new road.
But that road has unforeseen destinations, and Turlough is swept around a bend he was almost fated to travel. And two paths of the heart – long thought abandoned and overgrown by time – unexpectedly reappear, rise up, and cross again.