In Book 1 of The Second Internet Café, Dimension Researcher Lucas Hunter encountered the evil American Dietrich during his trips to the ‘other’ dimensions. What ensued was an American attack on the Café in an attempt to destroy it – an attack that Lucas and his friends were able to thwart.
In The Second Internet Café, Book 2: The Cascade Annihilator, once again must confront his nemesis Dietrich, who is now armed with a weapon that threatens to not only destroy the Café, but the entire reality. The Café is again under threat, and not just from Dietrich, but from the entrenched European bureaucracy that wants to shut it down, or bring it more under political control. Aiding Lucas in saving the facility and the existence of ‘reality one’ is Paula Featherstone who has the ability to enter other realities when she sleeps.
To add complications to their task, Lucas discovers that another group, more advanced people from yet another ‘reality,’ are also interested in the outcome of his confrontation with his enemy, but he’s not sure he can completely trust the enigmatic Mr. Llews.
As in the first book, the action in Book 2 is nonstop; the characters are unforgettable, and the settings are all too real. Chris James has changed gears a bit in this book; writing from two points of view – alternating between Lucas and Paula – he keeps your interest as this complicated tale unfolds. This is a book that you won’t be able to put down; in fact, you just might find yourself going back and re-reading portions to make sure didn’t miss anything.
Another five star effort by author James.
Once again I had an opportunity to participate in Angel Thunder, the US Air Force‘s personnel recovery exercise. I missed some of the highlights, such as the simulated rescue at the Grand Canyon, one of the first (and largest) military exercises in a national park. But, I was able to observe a simulated air crash at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where local emergency responders came in to assist, and an emergency response at Playas Training Center in New Mexico involving US, Colombian, Chilean, Brazilian, and Singaporean units responding to explosions that caused casualties in a simulated village. Some of my photos are below.
Despite the debilitating impact of sequestration, the U.S. Air Force still managed to hold its largest ever personnel recovery exercise this year. Angel Thunder, a two-week exercise that tests and refines the ability to locate and recover those who are isolated from friendly control and return them to safety, concluded on April 20 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, and this year included nearly 3,000 personnel from all U.S. uniformed services, a number of federal civilian agencies, participants and observers from more than 20 countries, and local law enforcement, emergency management, and medical officials from several local jurisdictions in Arizona.
Begun in 2006, Angel Thunder was designed initially to give Air Force rescue units the training they couldn’t get through participation in other exercises. With the promulgation of a presidential document in 2008 which directed all federal agencies with personnel overseas to develop programs to ensure their protection should they become isolated, Angel Thunder’s focus was also moved toward interagency cooperation and involved more international partners.
Angel Thunder 2013 included international participants from countries such as Colombia, Brazil, and Singapore, working together and with their U.S. counterparts to refine the techniques for locating, supporting, and recovering individuals who are victims of natural or manmade disaster or who have been taken hostage. The exercise opened with a scenario demonstrating Defense Department support to civil authorities in natural disasters and mass casualty situations, with military forces responding to a major traffic accident in the Grand Canyon by recovering ‘injured’ persons and transporting them to medical treatment facilities.
A small exercise in the beginning, that was held every 18 months, Angel Thunder is now an annual, inter-service, interagency, international exercise that covers an area in the southwestern United States approximately the size of the country of Afghanistan and involves several hundred fixed and rotary wing aircraft in realistic scenarios ranging from the rescue of single individuals to providing medical treatment and evacuation to victims of mass casualties.
Representative Ron Barber (D), who occupies the House seat once held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, yesterday visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson to get a first hand briefing on Angel Thunder, the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world. Now in its seventh year, Angel Thunder has become a major platform for exercising the national capacity to provide search and rescue and recovery services for American military forces serving abroad, support to the civilian agencies in their efforts to protect their citizens abroad, and defense support to civil authority here in the US. This year’s exercise, despite the restrictions imposed by sequestration, is one of the largest yet, with some 3,000 participants from all of the military services, federal civilian agencies, and local emergency management officials and agencies in Arizona.
Leine Basso has left her old life as a government assassin behind, and moved from L.A. to Seattle to start anew. When the contestants on the reality TV show “Serial Date” begin to become victims of a cannibalistic serial killer, Leine is hired to provide on-set security. Returning to L.A., she finds herself in the middle of gritty, bloody action, which soars to new heights when her estranged daughter returns and is kidnapped by the killer, who begins making demands on Leine that plunge her right back into the life she’s tried to leave behind.
In Serial Date, author D. V. Berkom exposes the dark underbelly of society, from the unreal make believe world of reality TV to sordid politics, and paints a picture in such vivid colors and bold strokes you feel you’re there. Crisp, crackling dialogue and characters you have no problem believing in, are the hallmarks of Berkom’s story, and the action, which is non-stop from start to finish, will have you on the edge of your chair, panting for more.
This is mystery as mystery should be – intricate, non-linear plot with more twists than a bag of pretzels, a lead character you can identify with, warts and all, and a satisfying conclusion that, if you’ve read carefully, will surprise you as you slap your forehead and say, “why didn’t I see that coming?”
I’m excited to announce a new review website, Romance Novels in Color. It’s a review and promotional website which focuses on “awareness and appreciation of diversity in romancenovels.” Created and founded by my dear friend, author Delaney Diamond, RNIC has opened its virtual doors and is now accepting books for review from authors. RNIC currently has over 24 reviewers ready to read your books and give an honest review which will be posted on the website as well as Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble. To find out more information, read the review policy which contains a link for the review request form.
Romance Novels in Color also offers authors advertising such as sharing your free reads and book covers. Advertising is also open for others in the publishing industry such as freelance editors, web page and book cover designers. For more information, check out the advertising page.
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Power Up Your Brain
(Written under the pen name of J. J. Jackson)
A MUST READ for anyone who wants to build and sustain a healthy brain regardless of age!
The book offers Five Simple Strategies (some of them potentially life-changing), with a number of action steps that can be taken to implement each strategy.
- The Basics: Feed the Brain – Get Adequate Rest – Exercise Regularly
- Stress Management
- Brain Stimulation
- Expanding Horizons
Choose your action steps NOW and begin to improve the power of your brain TODAY!
If you are willing to incorporate steps from each category into your lifestyle, you will develop habits that can improve and support strong brain function for a lifetime; and can potentially diminish the possibility of ever having to deal with insidious brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The following links are to Kindle editions:
DETOX – The Master Cleanse Diet (Author: Nancy N. Wilson)
If you want a strong, healthy body that works on the highest level of efficiency, this book is for you!
Alternative health practitioners have been saying for years that toxins are continuously entering our bodies – from pesticides, processed foods, polluted air and impure water, etc.
We have little or no control over exposure to some of the toxins, such as pesticides and polluted air; but, for the average person sugary and salty foods, trans-fats, and caffeine (plus others) are actively chosen as part of the daily diet.
If toxins are not cleaned out property, the body may hold onto them in the digestive track (especially the colon), the lymph nodes, the gastrointestinal system, plus the skin and hair cells.
Excessive accumulated toxic waste in the body can create fatigue, headaches, unhealthy weight gain, low energy, stomach aches and nausea, plus it can cause a number of chronic diseases. The liver and kidneys are forced to work overtime to eliminate the waste, but they can only do so much. They need help, which is the purpose of a detoxification process and the reason for this book.
Buy it today and DETOXIFY your body for better health!
NOTE: This book has a giveaway running through the month of April at www.Goodreads.com. Sign up for a chance to win a paperback copy of the book.
Attitude Adjustment – Make Your Whole Outlook Brand New
|Is your attitude serving you or hurting you? Is it one of constant doom and gloom, or one of happiness and joy?
If it is the latter, terrific – keep doing what you are doing! If it is the gloom and doom, negative attitude that pushes people away, the book gives you some options of things you can do to change.
Your attitude creates an aura that is positive or negative and becomes the magnet that draws people to you or pushes them away. What you project through your attitude is, in large part, the catalyst for the kinds of attitudes that you receive from others.
If your life is not what you want it to be in one or all aspects, the problem may be closely related to your attitude. You have a choice. The can stay with Popeye’s mantra, “I yam what I yam!” Or you take steps to change your attitude and change your life. It all begins with an honest look at your approach to life and the attitude you project.
As you read through each section of the book, you will find information, exercises and suggestions to help you with attitude adjustments that can make your whole outlook brand new.
Attitude can be your most powerful tool in living a good life.
(Author: Nancy N. Wilson writing as Susan Sumner)
This book is the perfect choice for the novice rose grower.
It provides step-by-step instructions for every phase of the rose-growing process – from choosing the right roses, to planting the roses, and finally – how to care for your roses over time. Paying attention to each step will ensure a successful experience and help you grow magnificent roses in your yard for years to come.
- Types of roses and how to choose the right roses
- When to plant roses
- How to plant roses
- How to water, fertilize and prune roses
- Common diseases of rose plants and how to prevent them
- Caring for your roses
- Growing roses organically
- And much more . . .
This is a book that you will want to keep handy for quick reference to answer questions as you plant and nurture your beautiful new roses.
As a young child, I was very curious and always wanted to know why something worked and how it worked. My mother allowed me to explore almost anything that interested me – including giving me things to take apart, such old clocks and radios. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know and then, I discovered the wealth of information that could be found in books, plus the magical journeys I could take through the power of words!
Reading became the center of my life. The town library was located in the Women’s Club of my little farming community that I called home. In my eyes, it was the grandest building in town – newly built, with a heavenly air-conditioner that sheltered me from the blazing heat of Arizona summer days. It was my personal cocoon in which I could read the hours away.
Later in high school, as I continued to devour books by the dozens, I discovered writing and began to create my own works. It was a magical time! My love affair with the written word began and has never really stopped.
Unfortunately, my affair was dealt a serious blow during my first year in college when an English professor told me that I used a lot of words, but said very little. His words went to my very core and hobbled my writing confidence for a number of years. I continued to write, but not with the same excitement and enthusiasm that I had previously enjoyed.
It was not until many years later that everything turned around. After completing my MBA as a “mature woman” I found a position with a Leadership Development Training Company in Manhattan that required use of three major passions: my insatiable curiosity of how and why things work, my love of learning through books, and my need to write and be published.
I know, my work wasn’t published in the true sense of the word, but my words were in print and people were reading them and using them to improve their professional lives. I had finally begun to realize my dream.
Now I am retired and living the dream on a daily basis. I write many hours every day. I can proudly say that I have fifteen books published under several names with many more on the way. It is an amazing feeling!
Aron Joice’s The Rising: The Lost Children of Managrail, Book One, is a fantasy that is chock full of adventure. When the twins, Lila and Simian of Managrail, fall from the heights upon which their city is located, and find themselves lost in the forest inhabited by the night-prowling, flesh-eating Fergay, they set in motion an epic struggle between and among powerful forces that threaten to overwhelm them and destroy their way of life.
The impetuous Lila becomes central to all that transpires, despite her more mature brother’s every efforts. They are soon joined by Medack and Cayda, who are hunting the marauders who destroyed their village of Dirth and slaughtered all their kith and kin.
The action in The Rising is non-stop, with a combination of sword and sorcery that is sure to please fans of the genre. Despite some excellent writing, the story is somewhat marred by the introduction of too many characters without ample description of their origins or motives. A good story would rise to greatness if the reader had a better understanding of the interrelations of the various factions as they move inexorably to a showdown after Managrail is destroyed by the Fergay.
While I found the book enjoyable, I’m giving it only three stars because of this. Joice is an excellent craftsman when it comes to dialogue, but needs to give more background to help one navigate through the intricacies of her tale.
An outstanding essay on being a writer. Must reading if your goal is to be a great writer.
Professional authors make our job look easy. That is the mark of a good storyteller. The work flows, pulls us in, and appears seamless. Many of us decided to become writers because we grew up loving books. Because good storytellers are masters of what they do, we can easily fall into a misguided notion that “writing is easy.” Granted there are a rare few exceptions, but most of us will go through three stages in this career.
This is when we are brand new. We’ve never read a craft book and the words flow. We never run out of words to put on a page because we are like a kid banging away on a piano having fun and making up “music.” We aren’t held back or hindered by any structure or rules and we have amazing energy and passion.
But then we go to our first critique and…
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Liza Trager Stanhope faces a crisis when her mother-in-law, Estelle is diagnosed with breast cancer. When she and her husband learn that Estelle has known of the cancer for five years and has refused to see a doctor, and worse, that now that it is known, is reluctant to take the necessary treatments, all the ills of their relationship also come out into the open.
In Don’t Tell Anyone, Laurie Boris explores the intricacies of human relationships in a way that is both educational and entertaining. A frank discussion of the ‘forbidden’ topics; the things that are either never spoken of, or that are reduced to initials – like, the Big ‘C’ – is handled in a way that makes it easier to accept.
Boris had created a cast of characters that readers can identify with; from the fiercely independent Liza to the obstinate, but fearful Estelle; and moreover, care about. Raw human emotions are on display, seen through the eyes and thoughts of the characters themselves. This is not a ‘preachy’ story. But, it delivers a powerful message nonetheless, which is what an expertly written novel should do. The message delivered, most of all, is the power of the human spirit. Kudos to Laurie Boris for a story well told.
Naomi Witherspoon, after graduating from law school and getting a job with a large law firm in Denver, decides she’d rather be a mediator rather than a litigator. She finds, to her surprise, that she’s really good at it, too, and has a string of successful mediations to back her up. Her former law school classmate, and fellow lawyer at the firm, Brock Holt, asks her to marry him. So, what can go wrong?
She soon finds out, when she starts having dreams about a white buffalo calf that bows to her, and in the dreams there’s a mysterious woman, the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman. When the woman speaks to her, and informs her that she is the Chosen One, her troubles begin. Naomi finds herself caught between what appears to be a materialistic money-grabbing scheme by one of her firm’s clients and her affection for a Native American man who is trying to protect sacred ground. Strange appearances begin to occur, not just in her dreams, but in reality.
What, she desperately wants to know, has she been chosen for? When she learns that she is the one chosen to mediate a war between the gods, her life takes a complete left turn.
Lynne Cantwell’s Seized is a novel that weaves fantasy, religion, and reality into a pastiche that will seize your imagination and keep you turning pages until you find out what’s going on. Deft dialogue and narration, infused with a bit of humor, make this a must-read, and, not just for lovers of fantasy. Cantwell will have you questioning your basic beliefs as you root for Naomi during her quest to forestall Armageddon. A great book, the first in the Pipe Woman Chronicle series, and a definite five stars.
Cookbook author, Nancy N. Wilson, has just the thing for the person who wants to make the right impression when preparing a meal for company, or just for the family. Following are some of Nancy’s books with links for those who want to improve their culinary skills.
DINNER – 55 Easy Recipes (Volume I – Mama’s Legacy Series)
This first volume in the Mama’s Legacy Series includes some of my personal favorites among the hundreds of recipes that I have collected over the years. Even though I was married for the first 20 years of my children’s lives, I always had to work – so there was never a lot of extra time for cooking. As a result, I was always on the lookout for recipes that were easy to prepare in the shortest amount of time possible and at a cost that would allow me to stay within my budget.
I have other recipes that are more complicated, but I wanted to begin with the easier family favorites that met the above criteria. Most of the recipes in this volume range from very easy to easy, with only a few that are slightly more difficult.
Enjoy the collection and jump right in with the easiest to prepare: Balsamic Pork Chops, Carne Asada, Linguini with Clam Sauce, and Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole. Then, try them all! Find the ones you love to prepare and the ones your family enjoys the most. Enjoy this new infusion into your recipe repertoire.
Breakfast and Brunch – 60 Delicious Recipes (Volume II – Mama’s Legacy Series)
Breakfast and Brunch, Volume II of the Mama’s Legacy Series is a collection of 60 scrumptiously delicious recipes that you and your family will love. This is a new and updated version of the cookbook with almost twice the number of recipes that were included in the original version.
I have tried to offer a variety of recipes from my collection. The recipes include tasty easy breakfast dishes that can be put together quickly for those busy mornings when everyone is going in a million directions.
There is a great selection of healthy, easy-to-make smoothies for those days when there is no time for a full meal. Or, when you have the time, choose more elaborate offerings that work well for a big Sunday breakfast or a special brunch prepared for friends.
For family-pleasing breakfasts, you will definitely want to try my special “hidden secret” versions of Old-fashioned Pancakes, Yummy Waffles, and Not-so-Traditional French Toast to name a few.
This is a wonderful cookbook filled with breakfast delights that you do not want to miss!
DESSERT – 50 Scrumptious Recipes (Volume III – Mama’s Legacy Series)
Dessert can make an ordinary dinner seem extraordinary!
The choices in Dessert – 50 Scrumptious Recipes, Volume III in the Mama’s Legacy Series range from the best recipe for America’s favorite cookie, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies – to melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cakes, spectacular puddings, traditional and not-so-traditional pies and a large selection of unique special desserts.
You will find easy dessert ideas in almost every category – chocolate desserts, banana desserts, lunchbox desserts, Christmas desserts, Thanksgiving desserts and even healthy desserts.
Three of the recipes are so easy and wonderful that you will wonder how you lived so long without them: Chocolate Ice Cream Pie, World’s Best Cheesecake, and Floating Island. Try them first! The first two are long-standing favorites in the author’s family for birthday dinners and holiday desserts and the last was one was discovered while working as a corporate consultant in Switzerland.
CHICKEN – 25 Classic Dinners (Volume IV – Mama’s Legacy Series)
This is the perfect collection of classic chicken recipes that every good cook should know how to prepare.
The dishes in Chicken – 25 Classic Dinners, Volume IV in the Mama’s Legacy Series will not only please your family today, but can be passed down through the generations for others to enjoy. In addition to a variety of wonderful traditional recipes, there are a few unique recipes for the busy modern day woman or man who loves to cook and wants to feed his/her family well.
Chicken has always been the primary meat served in our home, so I have tried almost every kind of chicken recipe there is. The only non-chicken recipe in the collection is a bonus – my personal Thanksgiving Turkey and Dressing recipe that I couldn’t resist sharing.
The 25 recipes range from quick and easy pasta dishes to more complicated fare such as Chicken Divan, Chicken Étouffé, and Coq Au Vin. None of them are particularly difficult, but a few require extra time to prepare well.
You will want to try every recipe because they are all delicious. Happy Cooking!
Mexican Favorites – 21 Traditional Recipes (Volume V – Mama’s Legacy Series)
The hot spiciness and rich flavors of Mexican Food make it a favorite across the U.S. Now you can make it at home!
Mexican Favorites – 21 Traditional Recipes, is Volume V of the Mama’s Legacy’s Cookbook Series is the only ethnic cookbook in the series, but I had to include it because Mexican food is my life-long favorite type of food and these are the best recipes I have found for making authentic dishes at home.
Mexican food was an integral part of my youth and was the only “eating out” experience I knew until I left my small hometown in Southern Arizona to attend college.
The recipes are traditional Mexican food as commonly prepared in Southern Arizona. There is a little taste of everything from my own Homemade Tacos to Spicy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes to Creamy Margaritas and Flan (a very tasty traditional dessert).
I hope you and your family enjoy the recipes and much as my family does.
SIDE DISH RECIPES (Volume VI – Mama’s Legacy Series)
Lean how to conquer the side dish challenge!
Creative, well-prepared side-dishes complete the meal.
When planning a meal, the main dish and the dessert are often fairly easy choices, side dishes are a little more difficult. The tendency is to prepare the same old things meal after meal. This collection of side dish recipes will help you get out of your rut.
The 60 recipes in Side Dishes, Volume VI in the Mama’s Legacy Cookbook Series is filled with quick and easy basic recipes, new ideas for old standbys, plus more complicated recipes that are elegant enough for entertaining. There is something for every occasion – including a few new and unusual dishes that I am sure your family and guests will appreciate. Hopefully, you will find a number of favorites that you will want to prepare often.
The first section is “How To” Instructions on Cooking Rice and Steaming Vegetables. All the other recipes have been grouped in five categories: Pasta; Potatoes; Rice; Salads, and finally Vegetables and Fruits, which is the largest group. Most of the recipes range from very easy to easy with only a few which take a bit more time and effort.
Use your imagination and have fun mixing and matching the recipes.
SAUCE RECIPES – 60 Tasty Choices (Volume VII – Mama’s Legacy Series)
Often all you need to make a good meal or dessert great is the perfect sauce.
Sauce Recipes, Volume VII in the Mama’s Legacy Series is a special collection of recipes to accompany the other six volumes in the series.
The 50 recipes in this cookbook provide a wide variety of choices in several different categories:
• Sauces for grilling and roasting meat
• Sweet dessert sauces
• Essential classic sauces that every cook should know how to make
• Specialty sauces that are unique and do not fit into the other categories
• Sauces for meats and vegetables
• Sauces for pasta
Most of the sauces are fairly quick and easy to prepare, with the exception of a few that take a little more time and effort (but are so worth it) such as: Hot Caramel Sauce, Hot Fudge Sauce – The Real Deal, Sharon’s Lasagna Sauce, and Classic Hollandaise Sauce.
I encourage you to try each one and find your favorites – first for your family and then, others that are perfect for entertaining. Play with the recipes.
Many of the recipes can be used in a variety of ways – be creative and have a good time!
Get yours today!