Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Prodigal Son of Appleton

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Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. Most recently she has published 9 illustrated children’s books, featuring the feisty felines Patty-Cat and Kittle. Barbara spends her time in Florida creating poetry and imaging what fun adventures her cats will have next.

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This is the continuing saga of the trials and tribulations of the Shearer family of Appleton. William Shearer, the family patriarch, died a wealthy man. He left his fortune chiefly to his family; generally a benevolent gift, but a disaster for the Shearers. The maid, Lois, inherited a modest amount, which enabled her to promptly quit; wherein a seemingly endless parade of useless replacements came and went (quickly). The now-rich family bought cars, (trouble), as 15 year old Will ‘borrowed’ the family Packard one night, wrecked it and almost totaled himself. Somewhat recovered, he visited cousins Percy and Jessie, in Hollywood. Jessie took restless Will and brother Rocky Waldo to visit friends. Son, Chris, was going to San Francisco in his father’s yacht, taking wealthy friends along, and Will was invited to join them. The yacht was speeding towards San Francisco, when Will was horrified to learn he was invited to join a robbery they planned in the city. Panicky Will, pleading seasickness, took to his bed until a sympathetic steward helped him to escaped in the dingy only to find he was rescued by smugglers. Will befriended a Chinese shipmate, and with bribery, he and his friend escaped from the Smugglers in Singapore. But sometimes calamity heaps upon calamity: Will, angry but helpless, was now ‘free’ but sailing to India in an elegant Chinese junk. Meanwhile, Will’s distraught family instigated searches everywhere; eventually unhappily resigned that he was gone. Sometimes blessings are mixed: causes bring effects, not always pleasant. But passing such tests bring strength and growth which can flow into wisdom and love and joy.

Introducing Laura Simmons, author of Karma: The Resolution

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Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys adult coloring books, writing, jigsaw puzzles, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

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From the author of Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance comes the next thrilling adventure into alternate dimensions… “From the first time I saw you back in the 14th century to the day I was imprisoned in the dark realm, you have lived in my dreams and my heart,” David said to Maddie. He knows that she is the reincarnation of his beloved Cara. Can he convince her that they shared a past life? Will she still want him once she learns the truth? And what about the evil immortal who wants her dead? “If I can pull a cat from a dream, I can rescue Mori from where she’s being held prisoner,” thought Noah Colton. Each night Mori comes to him on the astral plane, begging for him to save her and vanishing before he can follow. Terrified that she will soon be killed, he travels to another dimension to rescue her and bring her to his home. But what will happen when her captors track her down? Two, out-of-this-world romantic fantasy stories unfold as David and Noah battle dark forces to save the women they love. Find out what happens when the unexpected intervenes and changes everything in these interconnected stories.

Introducing R. N. Echols, author of Flight to Destiny: A Conner Pennington Novel

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As a combat Marine officer, R.N. Echols often investigated violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he served 23 years in the Missouri Department of Public Safety, retiring as a deputy director. He holds degrees in Art, Psychology, Criminal Justice Administration, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. Following his state career, Echols became a private investigator, specializing in cold cases. His first Conner Pennington novel, Colt Ace, has won wide acclaim among readers of mystery novels. His second cold case novel, Motor Dynasty, has met with equal enthusiasm. Echols lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his partner and fellow investigator, Ann.

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When Conner Pennington—a private investigator specializing in cold cases—gets a desperate call from his favorite cousin, he learns that her husband, Michael MacKenzie, a former Navy SEAL, hasn’t been heard from since he left for a business trip two weeks earlier. Given her husband’s history, Patty does not want to involve the police. And she knows Conner is her best hope to find him alive. During the 1980s, MacKenzie and Colonel Oliver North, USMC, ran successful operations in Nicaragua in an effort to discredit the Russian Spetsnaz operatives, but now the Russians have returned to Nicaragua, with the full intent of carrying out spy operations against the United States. Large sums of cash, jewels, gems, and gold bars were used by the US and Russia to influence the Nicaraguan regime in the eighties, and over four million dollars in assets were stolen from the Russians. Those riches were never found after North and MacKenzie left Nicaragua, and the tantalizing treasure awaits recovery. Now, Conner must assemble his own team and head to Nicaragua in hopes of skirting the Russians and bringing MacKenzie home—alive.

Introducing Eric S. Robbins, author of Please Pay Attention

“Thanks for your help with publishing my second book.”

My goal is to inspire young children while teaching the importance of paying attention at all times.

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Please Pay Attention At All Times! Do you pay attention to your surroundings? If not, it is very important that you do so. Billy, Jimmy and Malcolm didn’t pay attention nor listened to instructions very well. They should be aware of the recycle truck and all of the dangers of their surroundings. Their lack of attention taught them the importance of paying attention to their surroundings at all times. Would a lack of attention cause them a ride to the recycling bin?

Introducing Ronald J. Wichers, author of Love Beneath the Mighty Dome, Volume II

“There was, at every stage, close and quick communication, which is essential.”

Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and Literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California as well as two diocesan seminaries. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war.

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This second volume of the trilogy, Love Beneath the Mighty Dome, continues with the accounts of several Catholic Faithful: Father Manny Moriss, the reclusive and ever faithful traditionalist. Manny’s friend, from their days at Saint Simeon the Stylite Seminary, Father Louis Poustello, a self-willed renegade. Father Al Dible, a staunchly faithful gay man, tortured by his unwavering but self-destructive love for an institution that condemns the most intimate aspect of his being. The return of one, Tarkington Spilburn, a sick, soul-less, demented fiend and priest-everlasting, in the order of Melchizedek. Patricia Healy, the enthused young woman who would be ordained but for her sex. Monsignor McNeery, the foreign-born Irishman, backbone of the Church in America and champion of the poor.

Introducing Warren Tindall, author of The War Is Over Captain

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Warren Tindall is a retired teacher. He lives and writes on the lost Coast of Northern California, which is six hours north of San Francisco. His home is in a little valley surrounded by redwood trees with a salmon spawning creek in the backyard. Adventure writing for him is a recreational activity.

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The War Is Over Captain is set in the Post Napoleonic war era. Readers will appreciate the authentic depiction of this historical era. Scottish professional soldier Captain Hugh M’Glemere of the disbanded King’s 577th Foote Regiment is unemployed and facing poverty. Almost by accident, he rescues from a mob what he perceives to be a simple “Jew peddler.” Actually, Solomon Woolsey is a wealthy Jewish coal merchant and ship owner. A matchmaker has found a bride for Solomon’s oldest son, Itzac, in a Jewish village near Solomon’s old home in Russia. Hugh is employed to escort a family member on a voyage to bring the bride to Edinburgh. When it’s revealed the local Baron’s mercenary Cossacks are terrorizing the village, Hugh insists on being accompanied by a squad of his also unemployed noncommissioned officers. They take passage through the Baltic to Riga aboard two of Solomon’s small Collier brigs. A proxy marriage is performed at the village. The celebration is crashed by drunken Cossacks not realizing they are attacking a detachment of veteran Scottish Redcoats. Fun and games turn deadly to the horror of the village elders. To escape certain retribution, the villagers flee to Solomon’s ships with Hugh’s promise to transport them to Jerusalem and their Promised Land. The story chronicles the voyage of the bride to her husband in Edinburgh and the eventual delivery of the villagers to their Ottoman controlled Promised Land by way of Scotland and the pirate infested Mediterranean. In the process, soldier Hugh M’Glemere becomes a sea captain in command of his own ship.

Introducing Craig N. Willis, author of The Deadly Mondaine

“I would particularly compliment the design consultant for my cover design.”

Debut novelist, Craig N. Willis, after a multiple-decade career as a practicing transactional attorney, has committed to writing his first book, in a genre beloved to him, mystery. Craig lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with his spouse and law partner, Nancy B. Willis.

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Think About It This Way. In The Deadly Mondaine, the life of Hattie Rosales is tracked from her origin in Post-World War II, working class, southside Chicago, through her early career at Marshall Fields’, through her partnership with crack shot, philosophy and psychology reading, Ukrainian food aficionado, Ludmilla “Milly” Netsurov in a business which appears to be a Tupperware distributorship, but is in reality, well, something completely different, and continuing with her rapid relocation from the Chicago area to Gethsemane Illinois. In the course of the book, Hattie revisits her successes and failures, and addresses the mystery of Milly’s death. Back in the present, the deaths at Shady Rest have excited the attention of the Chief of Police, LaTasha Cranton, Chicago Police Department veteran who has been hired by Gethsemane to proactively prevent a Ferguson, Missouri incident. Chief Cranton intuitively gets a sense of Hattie’s past and present. The central mystery in the book is the shotgun slaying of a local mogul at his faux French Chateau in suburban Gethsemane. Hattie and Latasha wind up cooperating on the investigation of the case, leading to the result of Hattie being, at the same time, an investigator and a suspect in the different mysteries that weave through the story. Throughout the book, Hattie is driven by the need to reveal to her now-successful daughter, Ines, the details of Hattie’s professional life, and how those details enabled Ines’ career.

Introducing Jack Darrell Crowder, author of Abby’s Secret: The Story of a Young Girl’s Courage and Determination During the American Revolution

“Everyone I communicated with were friendly, professional, and very helpful. The entire publishing process was quick and easy. I look forward to working with the team again.”

Jack Darrell Crowder is a retired teacher and administrator with 40 plus years in the classroom. He has a B.A. and Masters from Texas Christian University. Mr. Crowder gives lectures on the Revolutionary War at the university, schools, historical societies, and D.A.R. Chapters. He has the following books published: Underage Warriors, Chaplains of the Revolutionary War, African Americans and American Indians in the Revolutionary War, Women Patriots in the American Revolution, Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happen during the Revolutionary War, and The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution.

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Abby must put her courage to the test. In 1766 at the age of five Abby is sent away to live with various people. After a few years she finds a home as a servant girl with the Thomas family. Being a young female among ten boys quickly proves to be a physical and mental challenge for Abby. However, she refuses to let others define who she will be, as she fights to overcome prejudice and gain equality. In 1775, she is caught up in the American Revolution and finds that her courage, faith, and character will be tested to the limit. When the war reaches her doorstep, she learns firsthand the sadness of losing loved ones and the horrors of war. As the Revolution draws to a close, Abby makes a decision, and if her secret is discovered she will face disgrace and possibly jail.

Introducing Cege Gacuhi, author of Beyond Redemption

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Cege Gacuhi is a retired English literature and history teacher. He lives in the Aberdare ranges of Kenya with his wife Fatuma Kochore. Among the upcoming titles by this author are the novels: The Swastika in the Star of David, The Falcon cannot hear the Falconer and a sequel to Beyond Redemption: Road to Redemption.

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Sam Kamkaango’s life was the very stuff that grows into legends. At a relatively youthful age of 42 years, he was already a force to reckon with in international business and politics. He was the yard stick with which the ambitious and the promising measured their worth with. The media dubbed him, with justification, as the ‘Financial Wizard of the Developing World.’ Yet, unknown to many of his admirers was the fact that beneath the veneer of poise, class and success languished a man in chains: a haunted, terror stricken man looking, nay groping in the dark, for an exit, a way out of a nightmarish world of demons that would not be exorcised. A prisoner of a remorseful past: a man beyond redemption.

Introducing James Carson, author of Crossfire

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James Carson has a law degree and practiced as a CPA and a real estate developer. His blog about current events can be read at Americancrestinc.com. This is the second book for the author. The First was, A Judicial Conspiracy, about the corrupt criminal justice system in America and how most persons accused of a crime are pressured to plead guilty without any due process.

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Crossfire is a story about Michael and Allison and the many exciting events that dominate life in 2028. Not the least of which is the effort by a group of soccer fans who are trying to change the game of the most popular sport in the world. Their seemingly unattainable goal is to make soccer a more exciting game by changing the offside rule that gives the defense a big advantage by limiting scoring. They believe American fans will respond to more scoring and fewer tie games. Needless to say the existing leagues will do almost anything to stop this effort. The world is exploding with advancements such as self driving rental cars that have gone a long way to replace personal car ownership. Also the era of the bullet train in America has begun and it becomes a factor in our story. The heart of the story however is the torrid relationship between two young people discovering that there is more to life than success. Their lives seem charmed until a brutal mob attack changes everything. The action is fast moving and many surprises occur against the backdrop of the formation of the New American Soccer League.