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Book Review: The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio

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Title: The Memory of Us Author: Camille di Maio Genre: Women's fiction, historical fiction Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: May 31, 2016 Format: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 413 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Us-Camille-Di-Maio/dp/1503934756/ The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio is a wonderful love story, though definitely not a typical romance. Set in pre-World War II Britain, it spans several decades. Di Maio’s voice captures that time period in both her word choice and her superb descriptions of setting and clothing....

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Book Review: December Boys by Joe Clifford

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Book Review: December Boys by Joe Clifford

Title: December Boys Series: Jay Porter series #2 Author: Joe Clifford Genre: Noir Publisher: Oceanview Publishing Release Date: June 7, 2016 Pages: 300 pages December Boys is the second in Joe Clifford’s Jay Porter series. Just as dark as the first in the series, Lamentation, December Boys moves more quickly without a wasted word. Clifford’s prose is gritty and moody, yet beautiful, with lines that shine like a Jacob’s ladder. The New England winter, with its aching, biting cold, snow and dirty roadside slush, is a recurrent motif. Jay...

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Book Review: Wolfshadow by Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua

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Book Review: Wolfshadow by Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua

Title: Wolfshadow Author: Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua Genre: Science fiction, dystopian fiction Publisher: Ursa Major Books Release Date: 1/16/2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 371 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Wolfshadow-Robert-Edward-Graham-ebook/dp/B01AXKWIO2/ The world's governments have degenerated to the point that corporations control everything. The largest conglomerate, Nattech, Inc, has designed a machine to disrupt the time-space continuum and plans to send a man into the future. Jim Pleasant Wolfshadow, a former Navy Seal,...

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera is now out in paperback and contains my short story “Suite for the Lady in Red.” Here’s an excerpt: Langley, Virginia, 24 February 2013 “Eliminate her, Mark.” My ulcer began a slow burn as soon as Caulder gave me the assignment. I ignored the pain. He’d interpret any reaction as a sign of weakness. Caulder jointed the CIA in 1985. A couple years later, I mustered in. I’d been active military in a clandestine DC...

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Night Lights anthology and “Suite for the Lady in Red”

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Night Lights anthology and “Suite for the Lady in Red”

Geminid Press released its Night Lights anthology http://www.amazon.com/Night-Lights-Anthology-Fiction-Conspiracy-ebook/dp/B01BUL411Q/ on February 16, 2016. It contains my short story, “Suite for the Lady in Red,” which is quite a departure from my usual women’s fiction. An aging impotent spy falls in love with the woman he’s assigned to assassinate—with dramatic and unforeseen results. The piece features classical guitar music, particularly “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” written in 1896 by Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega. Its...

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Book Review: Tryst at the Brighton Inn by Alicia Rasley

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Book Review: Tryst at the Brighton Inn by Alicia Rasley

Title: Tryst at the Brighton Inn Series: Regency CSI Book One Author: Alicia Rasley Genre: cozy mystery Publisher: Kindle Press Release Date: February 23, 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 185 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Tryst-Brighton-Inn-Alicia-Rasley-ebook/dp/B01AGZVJ1C/ It’s a decade after Napoleon’s defeat, but the war still haunts even the victors. Linked by family and by grief, divided by social class, Russian émigré Natasha and ship’s doctor Matthew have lived for years in mutual distrust. But when she’s suspected of killing a man from her...

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera Kindle Edition

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera Kindle Edition

My short story “Suite for the Lady in Red” appears in this terrific anthology about “extraterrestrials, conspiracies, and space exploration.” The idea was a bit of a departure for me, a brief venture into the “thriller” genre and into a first person male point of view. Many thanks to my brother, Brant Schafer, for providing information on guns and to Ed Russo for vetting it for an authentic “spy” point of view. Check under “My Books” on this website for the Amazon link and more...

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Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

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Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

Title: The Grace of the Gingko Author: Michael R. Hardesty Genre: General fiction Publisher: Old Stone Press Release Date: January 29, 2016 Format: Paperback Pages: 288 In The Grace of the Gingko, author Michael R. Hardesty gives us an all-too-human protagonist in David Foley. Post-divorced, David raises his boy alone. When his son is killed during the Gulf War, he moves to Louisville, Kentucky to be near his only remaining family, his pregnant daughter-in-law. When she dies during childbirth, David finds himself guardian of a newborn. Like...

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Book Review: Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise

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Title: Ruined Days Author: Guinotte Wise Genre: action/thriller Publisher: Black Opal Books Release Date: December 19, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 253 Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise takes the conspiracy theory paranoia surrounding the assassination of John F. Kenneday and drives it to a whole new level. I made the mistake of starting this book at 11PM and was immediately sucked in and stayed up half the night reading it. Ruined Days’ protagonist is Travis Meachem, a soldier of fortune, and his stable of crazy rednecks who whirl through the...

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Book Reviews: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands

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Book Reviews: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands

Title: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands Author: Walter M. Miller, Jr., Sean Jackson, Moira Young Genre: Post-apocalyptic books The first post-apocalyptic book I read was A Canticle for Leibowitz byWalter M. Miller, Jr. Though originally published in 1960, I read it ten years later when I started college. Set in a Catholic monastery in the southwestern United States, Leibowitz spans millennia and documents mankind’s efforts to rebuild civilization after twentieth century civilization is destroyed by a global nuclear war,...

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