Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Lifetime of Men



Literary Fiction

Date Published: August 26, 2020 (ebook); September 22, 2020 (print)

Publisher: Propertius Press

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Tolan has always let her mother have one secret — how she got that scar on her face — playing along with her mother’s game of inventing outlandish tales to explain the wound away. But when she finds a manuscript on her mother’s computer that promises to reveal the true story, Tolan only hesitates for a moment before curiosity compels her to read on.

She’s hoping for answers, but instead, she finds more mysteries tucked away in her mother’s past. Her mother appears to be associated with Bo, a feisty photojournalist who flies to Cuba in pursuit of a story and becomes embedded with Castro’s rebels, but Tolan can’t quite work out their connection. She’s more clear about the relationship between her mother and Michael, a man twelve years her senior. They bond over their shared outcast status, and their friendship quickly becomes intimate, but the relationship antagonizes the self-appointed moral watchdogs in their small town, who start to convert their threats into action. Tolan is pretty sure that Michael is her father. Her mother told her he died years ago, but the book suggests their story had a different ending.

Almost overnight, everything Tolan thought she knew about herself and her family has changed. She wants answers, but to find them, she risks destroying her closest relationships.

Blood of the Dragonfly

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While dangling a fishing hook from his flat bottom skiff before dawn, former SEAL-turned-PI Craige Ingram spots grey-black smoke coiling above the treetops across the river in the direction of the Georgia bayous and Corpsewood Manor. Bayou or bogs, fire in the uncut cypress and pines bodes a sense that the river is no barrier to the fire that threatens his ancestral home, Moccasin Hollow. Neither are the bodies later found in the burned mansion of Corpsewood Manor. Craige wastes no time in helping his ex-SEAL buddy Lt. Graysen MacGerald who is now Head of Buckingham Homicide Investigations by unofficially investigating the bodies and an exquisite dragonfly brooch found in the mansion with a reputation for evil, hauntings, and mystery.

my review...

Although not listed online anywhere, the cover of this book says it is Book 5 of “The Moccasin Hollow mystery series”. This is another story of Craige Ingram and his navy seal buddies. While they might seem like friends and “good old boys” they kick into profoundly serious sophisticated navy professionals when danger is involved. I love them all. They have their faults just like we “other humans”, but they are definitely the good guys. I also love all the up to date almost futuristic equipment mentioned in the story. I could picture Craige’s room full of computers, trackers, satellite pictures, etc. He even has his own plane and hangar outside of little ole Moccasin Hollow.

I’ve read one other Hawk McKinney book and really enjoyed it too. Sometimes both books seemed to move a little slow in the beginning. I think the reason for this is the author trying to paint the setting and the character for us. Most importantly, don’t let this stop your reading because the story, the suspense, and the action really make the book worthwhile. Check out the other Moccasin Hollow series books here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Healing from Within



A Chakra and Ho’oponopono Healing Guidebook


Date Published: March 3, 2021

Publisher: Healing Forward

Discover the Healing Power of Chakras and Ho’oponopono

Healing From Within is a powerful healing guidebook that teaches you how to connect your body, mind, and spirit at a deeper level using chakras, the ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho'oponopono, and journaling. When you implement these tools into your daily life, you will accelerate your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual growth and healing.

Wendi shares her personal healing journey with multiple chronic illnesses and pain and how these three healing tools profoundly transformed her health and life. Through her experience, she created this book with simple and useful tools to empower you to optimize your own health and energy.

Each chapter focuses on one of the seven chakras and ways to nourish them for proper balance in all areas of your life. It also includes engaging self-reflective assignments, meditation, and when and how to use Ho’oponopono. With the combination of chakras, Ho'oponopono, and journaling, you can solve challenges in your life and health and find the answers you have been searching for.

Monday, March 29, 2021


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Did you know author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived in a haunted house?

It’s the Jazz Age, it’s Prohibition and aviator Charles Lindbergh is the most famous person in America. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald rents a mansion in Edgemoor, Delaware called Ellerslie hoping for a quiet retreat so that he can write his next novel following The Great Gatsby.

April Ross, the first and only female history major at the University of Delaware, is commissioned by the owner of Ellerslie to research the estate’s history for a potential sale. At least, that’s what April is told. In the days ahead, April’s historical research uncovers Ellerslie’s former owners dating back to 1810. She interacts with the Fitzgeralds, yet endures unexplained occurrences and visits by an unknown woman. Against her better judgement, April eventually accepts that the woman is a ghost and realizes that her true purpose is to find out who this woman is, or was, and what happened to her in real life.
my review...

This was an enjoyable story even without the enhancement of F. Scott Fitzgerald. What the addition of Fitzgerald , his wife and their friends and the Ellerslie setting did for me was to make it a good story with a lot of history. Francis gave a good picture of the times and of the way the Fitzgeralds and their friends lived. The way life was for the classes, the rich and the poor. I kept running to my computer to see how closely this historical fiction story followed F Scott Fitzgerald. In answer to that, I’m going to say that I thought William Francis took enough fictional “license” to make this an interesting read with a little bit of paranormal running all the way through. I never felt it was scary. I always seemed to feel at home with the Ellerslie ghost. A very unusual situation for me since I am such a black and white thinker. Somehow it all fit together to make a story that you won’t want to put down.

William Francis has many books published. Most all are of the historical fiction genre and all have good reviews.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Dogs of Devtown


Cyberpunk Science Fiction

Date Published: April 16, 2021

Welcome to DevTown.

In this city, holo ads lumber like neon giants seeking advertising targets. Men and women pop Oracle tabs in search of relief or enlightenment or both. Creatures of unknown origin stalk the darkest alleys. In the center of it all, NexDev Tower looms over the city, home to hundreds of floors of top-secret research.

And in its shadow, Shan Hayes kills people for money...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

List of Fears




Date Published: 2/1/2021

What would you do if God asked you to help destroy the world?

After a full-grown gorilla is kidnapped in the middle of the night from the San Diego Zoo, Jim is hired by a Hollywood movie producer to try to track down the animal. Following the death of a child and the collapse of a marriage, Jim has been surviving as a private detective in Los Angeles. Jim follows the peculiar trial of clues, including the business card of a mysterious gypsy fortune teller, deep into the dark abandoned subway tunnels beneath New York City. Meanwhile, a young boy in Brooklyn secretly keeps a list of his fears in his closet, adding fears and crossing them off as he ages. Near the top of the list is one word that has never been crossed off: “God”. Their lives become mixed in this darkly relevant, heart pounding adventure that will keep you up at night, making you ask yourself questions that you may not be ready to answer.

When A Rook Takes the Queen



Political Thriller, Thriller

Published: January 2021

Publisher: Cassino Publishing

Chicago Tribune Reporter Larry McKay has his hands full. He has been assigned to investigate the recent assassination of Chicago’s Mayor Janice Kollar in a tumultuous summer that has included riots, looting, and a city out of control. With Mayor Kollar’s long list of political enemies, McKay doesn’t know where to start. But he soon discovers a weekly gambit at St. Simeon’s Church Rectory on West 79th Street between two of Chicago’s most notable individuals; Former grand chess master and now Catholic priest, political activist Fr. Colin J. Fitzgerald, and organized crime boss Anthony ‘Little Tony’ DiMatteo. Their weekly chess matches have allowed ‘Fr. Fitz’ to become the new family consigliere, and he is now Little Tony’s most trusted advisor...

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Million Things to Ask a Neuroscientist


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A Million Things To Ask A Neuroscientist answers some of the most asked questions about the brain, making the science fun and accessible to everyone. Inside, you will journey through some of the most interesting and strange things that our brain does every single day.

Have you always wanted to know just what a memory actually is, or why we dream? What is our consciousness? Why do some people seem to ‘click’ with others? And can our brain really multi-task?




The Story of an American Family

Historical Fiction

Published: December 2020

We hold these truths to be self-evident…not all men are created equal.

In 1814, James Woodman lives in Washington, DC, as a free black man who owns a business. As a member of the District militia, James fights to save the Constitution from destruction by the British and joins the battle at Fort McHenry, where he witnesses the flag flying over the ramparts...

Atlantis City of Mages


Sci-fi, Urban fantasy

Date Published: Initially published on 12.21.12, revised version 03.02.2021

It was meant to be a place where knowledge could be exchanged peacefully between humans and advanced beings who live among the stars.

It was meant to be a place where amazing feats of science could accelerate the evolution of humankind.

Now, lost and forgotten, the isle drifts aimlessly on the fabric of time and space.

Those who linger on Atlantis use her technology to thieve treasure and fuel the ever-growing greed of the population.

Something powerful has been stolen and Atlantis is now treading close to the waters of karma and fate.

Is it too late to change what has been done?

Monday, March 22, 2021

Murder With Strings Attached

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Sometimes even the most carefully conceived burglary can take an unexpected turn. Florence Palmer has her eye on concert violinist Aaron Levy's priceless violin. Unfortunately, she finds it's already been stolen. Her surprise doubles when the virtuoso she'd planned to burgle offers to hire her to help him steal it back. But they're not the only ones looking for the missing violin. When Flo inadvertently becomes the prime suspect in a case of murder, she and Aaron need to clear her name. Will they find the real killer and get the violin back to its rightful owner without anyone else, especially themselves, being killed?

my review...

Does it take a thief to know a thief? Sometimes people realize there is a much easier way to live the high life and turn to crime. That’s what Flo did but she sure never thought her “robbee”  would become a robber too.

This is a fun and very easy to read mystery. Reading a book with the POV being the burglar is not new I am sure but most certainly makes it interesting here. Not just interesting, but as I’ve said, fun. I liked the humor, the bit of romance and the murder mystery all mixed together.

Mark Reutlinger has additional books published. His non-fiction reviews are as good as his fiction reviews. Check them out.

The Ack Ack Girl

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Love and War
A country under attack and the story of one woman’s fight to protect England and her heart.

1941. The German war machine has crushed all of Europe-only England holds fast. To force a surrender, the German Luftwaffe bombs cities and villages the length of the country. As the battle rages, Britain is in desperate need to put more pilots in the air.
To free up more men a new unit is formed: The Ack Ack Girls. These special teams of courageous women will now fight in the anti-aircraft stations. Determined to be part of the effort, Ava Armstrong, volunteers for one of the special teams.
Her unit just happens to be located near an RAF airfield teaming with pilots. Sparks fly, and not just from artillery, when Ava crosses paths with Chris Fairfield, a handsome and cocky pilot stationed there. But nothing is easy in time of war, not even love.

my review...

I grew up with parents who lived and fought through WW II. Every bit of the history of that time has always been of interest to me.  But I’d sure never heard of the Ack Ack Girls. Even the title intrigued me. The Ack Ack Girls were a part of the Auxiliary Territorial Service. A part of the organization that helped operate Anti-Aircraft guns for Britain. Not in the form of shooting the gun but in many very important and dangerous ways. Some were called spotters. They used binoculars to find enemy planes. Some were in range-finder teams who calculated the distance a gun shell needed to travel to hit the target, and some were in predictor teams who worked out the length of the fuse necessary to ensure the shell exploded at the right height.

 This book  is fiction or a better genre definition might be historical fiction. But there is so much history here. I kept “googling” each item or event to read more about it. The time periods are correct, many of the events right on. It’s true there is more interest, a love story, descriptions of fictional characters experiencing war. I was aware of all this. Aware that it was a wonderfully written fiction book but…I still felt myself living in the true story of WWII. Takes pretty tense, emotional writing to make the reader forget where they are.

Chris Karlsen has many books published all have good reviews. 

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Let Sleeping Murders Lie



Let Sleeping Murder Lie
by Carmen Radtke
Genre: Cozy Mystery

A wildly entertaining read for lovers of cosy mystery and romance alike’ 
Fiona Leitch, author of ‘The Nosey Parker mysteries’

Love can be the death of you ...

American Eve Holdsworth is living her quintessential English dream in a picturesque village in the countryside. Meeting an attractive stranger adds to the appeal.

But Ben Dryden is a pariah in Eve’s new neighbourhood, since his wife was murdered five
years ago, and he was the only suspect. Eve, who is absolutely sure someone as charming as Ben could never be a killer, is determined to solve the case and clear Ben’s name, even if it’s against his will.

Soon enough Eve finds herself in deep waters, and with her life at stake, she can only pray that her romantic notions won’t be the end of her …

Dead in a Dumpster


Leah Norwood Mysteries, Book #1

Cozy Mystery

Date Published: September 23, 2014

When Leah Norwood finds the body of Isabel Meeks in the dumpster behind her store, she can’t believe the police consider her a suspect. Sure, she didn’t like Isabel, but then again, neither did anyone else. Isabel had a condescending attitude and a bad reputation. As manager of the antique store, Patina, she had made a lot of enemies.

There is Patina’s assistant manager, the handsome and charming Trent. Isabel was blackmailing him. There is Patina’s owner, the aloof and influential Anthony Thorpe. Isabel was smuggling drugs through his store. And there is the entire drug dealing Cantono family. Isabel had lost a box containing heroin from one of their shipments. That is just to name a few and didn’t even include the stranger who was seen arguing with Isabel just hours before her death.

The police have too many suspects and too many soft alibis. Leah needs to prove to the sexy new chief of police that she had nothing to do with Isabel’s death.

Leah loves a good mystery. Can she find the killer before the police arrest her for murder?

Thursday, March 18, 2021


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Ron B. Wilson's impressive 30-year career as a professional traveling photographer has taken him all across the United States and the world, from Cuba and India to South Africa and Morocco. Always with his camera in hand, Ron has captured moments of unforgettable history, including the tragedy of 9/11 and the fallout of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The common theme that binds all these stories together has been undefeatable resilience. Ron's journey will inspire readers to live, learn and better understand the everyday struggles of communities across our vast planet. Photographers eager to learn more about their craft will find practical lessons accompanying every story, and non-photographers can appreciate the life lessons that come from the art of capturing the human condition. For lovers of travel, photography, art or humanitarianism, this book is a must-read.

Temporarily Out of Luck


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Great job. What man? And murder. Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister who is planning her own I dos.

Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss off someone.

Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered Tracey’s ex before she is charged with the crime and her wedding is ruined?

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Wake the F**k Up!



Nonfiction / Humor / Satire

Date Published: September 24, 2020

Publisher: MindStir Media

Wake the F**k Up!

Based on humor and satire, Wake the F**K UP is a book for the parents of teenagers, anyone who has been a teenager or just knows one for that matter. The struggle that surrounds teen-life is real and we can all use a little more laughter in our lives.

What Did You Think Was Going to Happen



Nonfiction / Civil Rights & Liberties

Date Published: January 5, 2021

Publisher: Phoenix Publishing Corporation

This book chronicles the effects of long term systemic and institutional racism. Using South-Central Los Angeles as an example, the book chronicles the forty-year process of attempting to provide technology and the effect of the lack of ability to access technology. The extensively documented case has shown that the denial of civil rights and technology would lead to the inevitable results that have occurred. This book deals with the cause and effect of the refusal by the City of Los Angeles to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the City. The ruling identified the City’s attempts to limit technology in the poorest areas of the City as a civil rights violation. The complicity of major Black politicians is also explored...

Fully Involved


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Katie Garrett is madly in love with her dashing firefighter husband, Andy. When he is diagnosed with cancer, their entire world is turned upside down. Andy clumsily tries to protect Katie from the truth by not telling her, but her fear — and his increasing pain and tumultuous emotions — only feed her deep-seated insecurities, as they fight for Andy’s life and for their marriage.

While the fire station and its camaraderie are Andy’s refuge, station officer Lt. Mike Bentley wages a vendetta against Andy, making Andy more determined to avoid revealing weakness of any kind. In spite of Bentley’s despising Andy, the C shift crew rally to support Andy until events take a downward turn.

As she discovers Andy’s cancer was caused by exposure to lethal chemicals while on duty, Katie navigates the treacherous maze of uncertainty and grief to emerge a stronger, more confident woman who represents her husband and the fire service as an advocate for firefighter safety and protection.

Firefighters face a myriad of dangers, but the invisible dangers – his past, her fears -- can pose the greatest threat of all. Will courage, duty, and love be enough to save Andy from these unseen threats? Will he come to recognize the far-reaching impact his life has on others? If the worst should happen, would his greatest legacy be the love of the fire service or the love for his wife? In the end, the unforeseen might have the greatest significance of all.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

As Good As Can Be

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Dave Knight is a wayward child growing up in a military family during the 1950s. His older sister wants to kill him but settles for regularly beating him up. Other siblings join in the mayhem while their alcoholic father contributes to the chaos with his unique approach to parenting.

As the Knight family moves from one army base to the next, Dave develops a give-a-damn attitude that often leads to trouble. In high school, he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time should they ever be caught.
After barely graduating, Dave is drafted into the army and sent to guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea. There, he gets into trouble with his sergeant and tries to avoid dishonorable discharge.

my review...

This book seems to touch on a subject close to almost any reader. The only readers I would exclude would be children and people who do not tolerate violence, strong language, and other adult content. To give you an idea...I am an adult (well, most times) and while the previously mentioned subjects aren’t my favorite to read, I felt they blended in with the story and did not offend me.

Now about the story. As I said I felt it fit almost any reader and what I meant by that is most of us could identify with something in this book. It is true that those of us born in the 50’s to the 70’s might feel as if we are living in real time. But I think the issues are those that  we’ve all either experienced or known someone who dealt with one of them.  That makes this a very intense read. I might add if I had a criticism, this was an awfully long story. Not a slow story. Slow and long have quite different meanings. I’m not even sure what could be cut but it did seem a little long to me.

Glass made his characters so defined that I could see one of each of them in the small town I grew up in or those whom I have known since. It’s almost an autobiography for everyone. I’m taking license with  the word autobiography, but I’m just certain there is something in this book that touches each person.

This seems to be a debut novel for William A. Glass. If so, it’s a heck of a start. 

read an excerpt...

Upstairs all is pandemonium. Dan is furiously pounding on the bathroom door while inside Marie stares into the mirror applying eyeliner. She’s in the seventh grade now and has discovered that boys aren’t just for beating up. Meanwhile, Dave’s in the basement ironing a shirt. He gives it a couple finishing touches then slips it on while running up the stairs.

“Have you seen my book bag?” Melissa asks.

“Isn’t that it next to the door?” Dave replies.

The bus pulls up in front of the house, and Melissa grabs the book bag. Knight hands her a bacon-and-egg sandwich as she goes out. “Tell the driver to wait,” he asks. Then one by one the other Knight children rush out while the driver insistently honks his horn. Finally, Marie comes downstairs, gets her sandwich, and strolls down the front walk, arms full of accoutrements. As she climbs aboard, the enlisted men’s dependents in back sarcastically applaud. Marie ignores them, and once seated she uses a can of hairspray to laminate her teased tresses. She pays no heed to mounting protests from others on the bus who object to being gassed this early in the morning.

about William A. Glass...

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina.  She teaches high school German while Bill coaches soccer at a small college.  Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon, have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. 

For recreation, Bettina and Bill enjoy hiking and camping out.  Usually, they take their dog, Scout, along.  When the weather permits, Bill commutes to work on his motorcycle.

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more "personal stuff" about William A. Glass...

Q. Does this book have a special meaning to you? i.e. where you found the idea, its symbolism, its meaning, who you dedicated it to, what made you want to write it?

A. Good question!  Writing As Good As Can Be was a passion project.  Something I had to do. 
Why?  Well, it’s complicated.  For one thing, I wanted my three grown sons to know about my early life so they could understand me and my approach to parenting better.  Also, I wanted to leave something behind other than a musty urn in a dusty tomb.  Finally, writing this book was a way to immortalize my alcoholic but loveable father.  But that’s not who As Good As Can Be is dedicated to.  The book is dedicated to my long-suffering mother, Jacque Lansdale Glass.

Q. Where do you get your storylines from? 

A. As Good As Can Be is autobiographical fiction. The storylines came from my experiences and those of family members and close friends.  The narrative features an omniscient narrator and is written in the third person.  That made it possible to include episodes from other peoples’ lives that tied into the main plot.

Q.  Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others?  Why?

A. I haven’t written any other books.  This is the first one.  In a way, that answers your question because, as I wrote and rewrote As Good As Can Be, I was doing on-the-job training as an author.  That was difficult, but fun! So much so that I’ve written a sequel.  It will be out next spring.  The title is Knight’s Plutonian Shore.

Q.  Do you only write one genre?

A.  Yes, both As Good As Can Be and the sequel are historical fiction.

Q.  Give us a picture of where you write, where you compose these words…is it Starbucks, a den, a garden…we want to know your inner sanctum?

A.  I’m a college soccer coach, and much of the work on As Good As Can Be was done on our team bus while traveling to and from games.  I also love to sit on the front porch of our little house in South Carolina and write when the weather and the gnats cooperate.

Q.  And finally, of course…was there any specific event or circumstance that made you want to be a writer?

A.  I was a voracious reader growing up.  One of those kids who would read every word on the Frosted Flakes box at breakfast if nothing else was available.  Early on, I began writing poems and short stories but veered away from that during my rebellious teenage years.  It wasn’t until after I retired from a hectic business career and took up coaching that I got back to writing.

Thanks so much for featuring my novel, on Our Town!  I’m proud of As Good As Can Be and appreciate you helping me get the word out.


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