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A French Girl on the Prairie by Fred Pirat

img_0330This adventuresome little book was written in French by Fred Pirat and translated from the French by Bonnie Samuels.

The story told to him by a ninety-two-year-old woman is the true story of her adventures when she first came to the United States of America and went Westward to Montana with her Mother in the nineteen hundred’s.

Marie Delos was twelve years old when she first boarded the ship to cross the ocean. At that time, she and her mother were not aware of how primitive Montana was. The infrastructure had not been established.

A French Girl on the Prairie also tells of her other travels. Therefore, if you enjoy reading about Laurie Ingalls Wilder and her adventures, then you will enjoy A French Girl on the Prairie by Fred Pirat.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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ATTENTION! COVER REVEAL! Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People by L.G. Keltner

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Hello Everyone,

A cover reveal of the upcoming book by  author L.G. Keltner.  The title is fascinating. Doesn’t it sound like an engaging read?

 

Blurb:

 

Book 3 in the Self-Help 101 series.

Dani Finklemeier is adjusting to life in college and the realities of living away from home for the first time.  She’s also learning to deal with the criticism that stems from sharing her writing with the world.  Some of the online criticism is even spelled correctly, which somehow makes it worse.

Fortunately, she has a Halloween party, a group of friends, and a supportive boyfriend to distract her from the things that are bothering her.  Of course, a holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without something going wrong.  Between an unpleasant confrontation with an infuriating classmate, some shocking costume choices, and a bizarre fraternity stunt, the evening will be anything but dull.

Dani’s detractors may not like it, but she’ll definitely have enough material for another book.

 

Bio:

 

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L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband.  Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six.  Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.

 

Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

 

You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.

Pre-order Links:

 

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Add it on Goodreads.

 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

 

Attention! Cover Reveal! TIMELESS by Crystal Collier

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Time is the enemy.

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat預long with an unfathomable evil, and her own heart葉he Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

 

 

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The Cover says it all!  Write it into your calendar. Release Date: November 1, 2016.  I am excited. Congratulations, Crystal on an outstanding Cover.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

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Fiction Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen

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It is a book you want to read and have on your bookshelf or your iPad or some other tablet as a study reference. Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen is the summation of the most important steps used in writing. For the beginning writer, it answers questions, which can affect the way you write if you are opened to improving and expanding your skills. For the experienced writer who has already been published, it is a reminder of the processes needed to write good fiction when completing our final draft.

Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life helps you give your plot proper alignment in the right sequential order; it refines your writer’s voice, and it helps you define your world so the reader will hopefully keep turning the pages once he has invested in purchasing what you as a writer have written..

Klaassen thinks it is most beneficial when you read the entire book. For beginners, this is not a bad idea. For the more seasoned writer, selecting the mode needed that pertains to your particular problem is perhaps most feasible.

Either way, Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life by Mike Klaassen should be a part of your writer’s tools, right next to Strunk & White’s, Element of Style.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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Seismic Crimes by Chrys Fey, On Sale from September 9 until September 23rd. Don’t Miss Your Copy

img_0328Reading a good book is like drinking a glass of  vintage Chianti wine. You drink it sip by sip if it is wine and you read an excellent book page by page, turning with expectation at what will happen on the next page.

This happens when you are reading Seismic Crimes by Chrys Fey. It is an enjoyment you do not want to miss.

The e-book version of Seismic Crimes is on Sale starting today, and it goes up to the twenty-third of September. I didn’t wait until the sale. I have already purchased my copy and can highly recommend it to those of you who are looking for an intriguing Romantic Suspense Novel.

Date: September 09, 2016 12:00AM
Venue: Anywhere Ebooks are Sold!
Location: The United States
Description:

Seismic Crimes is Book 2 in the Disaster Crimes Series, but you don’t need to read Book 1 to understand the plot or know the characters.

Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Page Count: 282 pages

BLURB:

An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

LINKS:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Nook
Kobo
All Romance eBooks
The Wild Rose Press

Since I am living in Germany, I have checked Amazon’s German site and it is offered there for 0.99 cents also, although it is not listed in the links.  So, now is the time to purchase, Seismic Crimes, by Chrys Fey.

Have a good weekend, and Be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

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Naked Alliances up for Eversion Pre-Order and Paperback is Published

Hello Everyone,
This will be my first time reading a book by this author, but I am already fascinated by her book cover. Excellent!
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

S.K. Nicholls

As you may have noticed, I’ve been off social media for a while. There were too many things on my mind and loads of work to get done. I’m packing to go to Michigan to see my new grandbaby…my first born’s first born. Really excited about that.

We also have a book. Naked Alliances is now available in paperback only and the eversion is up for pre-order. Yay!!!

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Had to go this route this time. The publicist package we won at Sleuthfest came with a publicist who insists we have a book before she begins her marketing campaign. (I personally believe in a lot of pre-marketing, but she needed ARCs for reviewers and this is the only way to get them with CreateSpace.)

Mayglenn McCombs, the publicist, will be doing a blog tour, but I’d also like to set one up on my own. Anyone willing to help, let me…

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Check Out the Amazing 99 Cent Sale from Amazing Author Bette Stevens

Hello Everyone,

In February 2013, I read a most amazing book titled Amazing Matilda by Bette Stevens. Filled with daring and a dash of courage, Matilda encouraged me tremendously. Therefore, I am passing along a fabulous sale on the books from Bette Stevens.  She is an author that not only your children will love but you will enjoy reading also.

“Soup for the soul” It’s DOG BONE SOUP—a novel by Bette A. Stevens—ONLY 99¢ thru SEPT 3rd

DOG BONE SOUP—a poignant family drama and coming of age story by Maine author Bette A. Stevens—takes readers on an incredible journey into 1950s and 60s rural America.
DOG BONE SOUP, a remarkable tale of hope and happiness in the face of despair
DOG BONE SOUP, a remarkable tale of hope and happiness in the face of despair

WATERVILLE, Maine – Aug. 28, 2016 – PRLog — DOG BONE SOUP, a novel by Maine author Bette A. Stevens
99¢ eBook SALE
: Augut 28th–September 3rd

Take a step back in time to “The Good Old Days” with protagonist Shawn Daniels as he encounters the challenges and experiences the glories of growing up poor in an era when many families were living the American Dream.

“Shawn Daniels and his siblings shake off extreme poverty, hunger, a dilapidated homestead and a drunken father, to somehow embark upon an idyllic childhood. Bette A. Stevens has crafted a remarkable tale of hope and happiness in the face of despair.” —Charles Bray (Founder of the Indietribe, a body dedicated to supporting self-published authors)

BOOK SUMMARY

Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American boomer boy. Shawn is a poor boy and his father is the town drunk. Shawn’s family has no indoor plumbing or running water, but they do have a TV. After all, Dad deserves the rewards of his labor. Meanwhile, Shawn and his brother Willie keep the firewood cut and stacked, haul in water for cooking and cleaning and do all that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home. But when chores are done, these resourceful kids set out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime.

On a bitter New England day in 1964, Shawn is on his way to boot camp to soak up the southern sun and strike out on a new adventure—in a place where he believes it’s possible to make his dreams come true. Find out where this Boomer’s been and where he’s going in DOG BONE SOUP.

DOG BONE SOUP, A Boomer’s Journey by Bette A. Stevens
Find out more about the author and purchase her books athttp://www.Amazon.com/author/betteastevens

AUTHOR BIO

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies—an endangered species (and milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).

Stevens is the author of AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning picture book; The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!, a home/school resource incorporating hands-on math and writing; and PURE TRASH, the short story prequel to her début novel, DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomer’s coming of age saga.

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           Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illusrator

Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia August 13 2016
Pat Garcia

In Praise Of Lilith, Eve & The Serpent In The Garden Of Eden & Other Stories By Susan Scott

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I am reminded of the truism that real thinking embodies real feeling – and vice versa, i.e. that true feeling embodies true thinking and that thinking and feeling are not contradictory concepts or constructs as they may superficially seem. A quote from In Praise of Lilith by Susan Scott.

In Praise of Lilith, a book written by Susan Scott challenges us to confront certain philosophical and metaphysical events we relate to or have been taught. The non-fictional pieces are dissertations written in essay form that make us ponder and change.

I considered the essays, Dreams The Inner Way, The Dream, A Different Language: Symbolism, The Home of the Dream: The Unconscious, and The Well of the Unconscious to be some of the most detailed essays on dreaming that I have read. Scott has a way of simplifying hypotheses and facts so that even a laywoman like myself can understand them and begin to implement change, if I so choose to do so, in ways relevant to my situation.

In Praise of Lilith is also a book of exploration. It explores as its namesake says, the mythology of Adam having a wife before Eve, Lilith, therefore making Eve the second wife. Her argumentation is not presented as the final thought. It does not come across as preaching. It is a gentle, convincing look at a mythological myth to give us something to think about.

In Praise of Lilith, a well-crafted book of essays worth reading. Susan Scott has done an excellent job, and I highly recommend it.

In Praise of Lilith, by Susan Scott can be purchased at Amazon.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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99 cent Sale for . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso

Hello Everyone,

And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso is on sale from August 25 until August 31st.  I have read the book several times. It is a memoir that touches our soul and the spirit.

You’ll love Micki’s humorous style. She has a way with words that make you cry and laugh at the same time.

It has my highest recommendation. A book you don’t want to miss reading.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

 

 

 

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. . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso will be 99 cents on Kindle from August 25th–August31st PT It’s quite an lifetime adventure! Grab a copy today!  http://www.amazon.com/Whippoorwill-Sang-Micki-Peluso-ebook/dp/B007OWPBGK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8



The elusive whippoorwill swoops down the mountains. 

Through night into dawn it’s song mourns summer’s loss–as I cry mine.   

    

     AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a 300 page memoir, opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double wedding ceremony with Micki’s mother.  The couple share comical escapades, spanning decades. A terrible accident occurs in a placid valley nestled in the SusquehannaMountains. Micki narrates happier days while confronting an uncertain future. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of sorrow . . . 

    

And so  in the throes of grief, a writing career was born.

    

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Author, Micki Peluso

I published a short story of this memoir, resulting in  25 years of writing essays, commentary, and slice of life for two major newspapers, and staff writer for the Staten Island Register. I’ve published humor, horror and paranormal fiction in e-zines, print magazines, and contests and am currently writing a children’s story. “Don’t Pluck the Duck,” a collection of comedic essays, short fiction and non-fiction stories,will be released in late fall.

    Each day the lives of children are lost through alcohol and drug related deaths. Each of them was special to those who loved them–each deserves remembrance. This book was written for each of them.  

 

Cover Reveal: The Bowl and the Stone by Bish Denham

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Congratulations, Bish Denham. All the best.

I look forward to reading your book.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

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Sign Of The Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie

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A boy named Sam, orphaned by a tragic loss, and an Uncle forced into an unwilling parenthood. Two boys, Joey, and Roger bring friendship and some stability into Sam’s life, and Carmela, the nurturer, who in many ways is the surrogate mother, that keeps caring and loving alive in Sam’s heart.

Sign Of The Green Dragon tells the story of a boy who wants to help his team win the district baseball championship. Torn between with his desire to help his team, and his Uncle’s wish to send him to boarding school, the center stage is set.  C. Lee McKenzie does an excellent job of weaving this into a multicultural tale.

Think C.S. Lewis and the world of Narnia,

See kids separated from their parents,

Imagine the magical closet,

And you will find yourself sinking into C. Lee McKenzie’s world.

Like Lewis, McKenzie bids us to walk with Sam, Joey, and Roger. We feel the suspense as he and his two friends, find the large wooden chest and our hearts beat quickly when they discover the Sign of the Green Dragon.

I like the way McKenzie grabs our attention with her opening line.

So, what did I do wrong this time?

 It is Sam thinking aloud, twisted in his feelings toward his uncle as he sits opposite him.

A fan of Nancy Drew, a character created by Edward Stratemeyer, I enjoy young adult mysteries, and Sign of the Green Dragon is indeed an excellently well-crafted mystery that will keep you turning the pages.  It presents the character, maturation, strength, and courage wrapped around one boy’s desire to help.

Book Tip: This week only, Sign of the Green Dragon can be purchased at Amazon for 99 cents.  So get your copy now. I have just purchased mine.

Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Cover Reveal: To Hunt A Sub by Jacqui Murray

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Her debut novel, To Hunt a Sub, launches this summer. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

 

 Title and author: To Hunt a Sub by J. Murray

Release Date: August, 2016 by Structured Learning

Genre: Thriller

Preview: Available on Kindle Scout

Cover by: Paper and Sage Design 

 

Congratulations, Jacqui Murray, and all the best.

I look forward to reading your thriller.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale

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Have you ever wanted to kick a man right where it hurts and hope that he stayed incapacitated for the rest of his life? If you have, then you know how I felt as I met Police Chief Evan Holley, the husband of Lainey Holley in the book Magnolia Secrets written by Beth Hale.

 

Lainey Holley tries to escape out of a marriage where mental cruelty and bodily beatings are daily rituals. On the run, she has a one-night stand with Walker Bell before she is forced to return her home as she receives threats against people whom she loved on her mobile. That the same man she has spent the night with turns out to be the new sheriff in New Hope, Mississippi shocks her.

 

Magnolia Secrets is a well-crafted book. Hale does an excellent job with her character portraits. Being a writer who was born and raised in the Deep South, I felt like I was down in the Bayou or somewhere on the Mississippi Delta.

 

Hale also presents us with a second plot dealing with drugs and murder that intertwines smoothly with the ever-increasing attraction between Lainey and Walker.

 

This is the first book I have read by Beth Hale, but it will not be my last.

 

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

The Liebster Award

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Denise Covey at dencovey.blogspot.com, a romance writer fuelled by coffee, dreams and Paris, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.

What is a Liebster Award?

Well, it is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with our fellow bloggers from different domains. This is a peer nominated award, which acts as a chain blog post. And it is mainly intended to connect with new bloggers while building your email list.

So, thank you so much, Denise.

Who is Denise Covey?

That is a good question to start with. I met Denise by accident while searching through the web. I came upon W.E.P and wondered what in the world does that mean. W.E.P (Write, Edit, Publish) is actually a partnered blog by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee to showcase writers through a blog hop and it is an excellent way to meet some fantastic writers from all over the world.

If you do not know Denise I’ve posted her link here: Denise Covey

And if you are interested in joining the next publication of Write, Edit, Publish, I’ve also posted the link. Write, Edit, Publish

The next edition starts August first.

So now to the questions that Denise has chosen for me to answer:

  1. What is your burning motivation in life?

To share what I have learned and to give to others. I love paying it forward.

2. If you are published, quickly outline your journey for us.

I am on of the journey to be published, stuck somewhere on the path and cannot say how far I am away from my goal, so I will have to wait to give you an answer on this one. I have to get there first.

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?

Italy. That where I plan to live out the rest of my life.

4. What writing ‘secret’ can you share with us?

I love bitter chocolate and with a glass of extremely dry red wine, preferably Italian Chianti and a bitter chocolate bar, I can write until the late morning hours when I am in my flow.

5, What author inspires you more than any other? Why?

Catherine Marshall. When I moved to Europe, I was alone. I was a scared woman searching for who I am, and I came across Catherine Marshall’s book, A Man Called Peter. I had seen the movie on television when I was a child. I bought it and began to read it, and by the next morning, I had finished it. She had so influenced me that I checked to see if she had other books and I have read them all, at least twelve times or more. Her books gave me courage and strengthened my resolve that I could overcome any difficulty while living in Europe, and especially in countries where I had to learn to speak the language in order to communicate. Thus, I am permanently learning  new languages and that is exhilarating.  I also wrote Catherine Marshall and she was kind enough to send me a personal letter that encouraged me in my writing. I still have that letter. It is framed and on my desk.

6. What/Who means the most to you?

To be true to myself. I try my very best not to be a people pleaser. To walk the uncomfortable or difficult way of standing up for what I believe and loving those people whom others consider as challenging and undesirable. It means a lot to me to be able to say NO and not feel guilty. I believe people become overburdened and stressed out because they are seeking the approval of others and  are afraid to say NO. One of the worst killers on earth is not being true to yourself.

7.  What is your favorite season? Describe something about that season to  appeal to our senses.

Summer. I was born and raised in Georgia. The summers in my part of Georgia were brutally hot but I loved it.  Especially, the evenings as the sun went down. The adults sat on their porches, we children  played in the streets and the sound of music could be heard everywhere, because people sang.

8.  What do you like to write? Novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir –if you write more than one, tell us.

I write all of them, novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and memoir.

9.  Share with us a sentence or a paragraph from a current piece of your writing.

Here are three paragraphs from my WIP that I am revising:

Her frayed nerves pulsated in rhythm with her

heartbeat; the noise was demolishing her calmness; her

head began to throb. When the stage lamp crashed to the wooden stage

floor, she sprang and through her hands up in the air

prayerfully.

‘‘Please, help me. They’re driving me mad.’’ And she

reached into her jeans to remove the two small pieces of cotton, she had brought and placed them in her ears.

10. What blogger has inspired you the most?

The IWSG, Insecure Writer’s Support, started by Alex Cavanaugh. I know it is not a blogger but as a group they are one blogger, and I have grown through them. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made concerning my writing, and I have met fantastic bloggers. We are one.

11. Do you think social media is important in the life of a writer? Why/Why not?

It is extremely important. In fact, I think it is critical.  No writer who wants to touch hearts can do it by living a solitary life. The writers that I know want to make a difference and making a difference means exposing ourselves and that mean interacting on social media.

 

The Liebster Blog Award rules are:

  • Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  • Thank the person who nominated you that includes a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  • Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  • List these rules in your blog post.

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I have nominated eleven people for the Liebster Award:

Gwynn Rogers

Samantha Mozart

Susan Scott

Micki Peluso

Tamara Narayan

Debbie D

Darla Sands

Mildred Holmes

Jennifer Williams-Fields

Murees Dupe

Nicola Burggraf

 

 

My eleven questions to answer on your blog if you accept the award.

 

  1. What does writing mean to you?
  2. Where do you get your inspiration?
  3. Do you write fiction or non-fiction or both?
  4. Do you blog and if so, how often?
  5. Where is your favorite place or room to write?
  6. Do you have a regular routine, like writing in the morning or evenings? Or do you write whenever it hits you?
  7. Who is your favourite author? What kind of influence have they had upon your writing or upon you personally?
  8. Do current events in the world have an effect upon what you write?
  9. How often do you read? Do you read books in different genres?
  10. Please share a paragraph or two of what you are currently working on.
  1. Where and what do you see yourself as within the next ten years? Will you have relocated? Will you have become the writer person that you have dreamed of being?

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

 

 

 

Welcome to my blog…

Hello Everyone,
Here is a beautiful Spotlight on Author, Micki Peluso, and her book, And The Whippoorwill Sang.
Enjoy and have a great day.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

Life As I Know It

Hello, bloggers!!

It is my pleasure to welcome this week’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Micki Peluso!!! Micki has been a member of Rave Reviews Book Club since early 2014. (That’s TWO YEARS!!!)  She is super supportive and all-around awesome!! Please help me shower her with support today!


Excerpt from . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

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School started and fall descended upon us at once, mourned by the whippoorwills, which had to migrate to warmer lands. I’d come to grips with the ghosts; whether true ghosts or poltergeist activity by my wacky teenagers. The starling finally stopped swooping down from the attic right after the school bus left and I was having my coffee while doing my crossword puzzle. It was a daily routine; bird swoops down, cat leaps up and grabs bird, I scold cat and open the front door and the starling leaves until the next day.

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Heart Stopper and Other Stories by Tamara Narayan

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Hello Everyone,

Tamara Narayan is a writer  I got to know during the A to Z Blog Challenge. During the month of April, she wrote articles concerning science, and I discovered that when science is presented to me in a logical well-written manner,  even I can comprehend and understand it.

Narayan’s book has now been released. No, it is not about science. It is even better.

Heart Stopper and Other Stories,  by Tamara Narayan is a book that will keep you spellbound, and I am so convinced about her writing that I have already purchased it over Amazon, Germany.   I have posted a short blurb of the stories below:

One collection, four stories, 171 pages of suspense…

Heart Stopper: The disappearance of random household items baffles Dallas Radner and his eleven-year-old daughter, Tessa. Ten plastic bags, nine ballpoint pens . . . what’s next? This odd countdown should end on November 1, The Day of the Dead. That’s also Tessa’s birthday and the one-year anniversary of her surgery, the day her heart stopped on the operating table.

Dallas almost lost Tessa once. On November 1, one thing will vanish forever. Will it be his daughter?

Detour: Fed up with her abusive boyfriend, coed Chloe Langley takes off in a borrowed car for the safety of home. She’ll never make it.

One Step Away: Acrophobia has ruined Darryl James’s marriage and stolen his son. To get Andrew back, Darryl undergoes desensitization therapy. Just as success is within his grasp, a relapse occurs with shocking consequences.

Monitor: Perched on a mountain with a view to die for, Laura and Paul Alderson have it all: new house, new baby, and new challenges. But urgent whispers from the baby monitor about her infant son and the garage threaten to turn Laura’s American dream into a nightmare.

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So dropped by and pick up a copy. You will not regret it.

For those of you living in Germany like me, the eBook is also available on Amazon, Germany for €2,99.

You may also visit Tamara Narayan at her author blog.

http://www.tamaranarayan.com

 

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

 

Waterski Girl Wonder: A Journey Of Perseverance by Shellie Blum

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Waterski Girl Wonder: A Journey of Perseverance reveals the life of Shellie Blum, the first female to achieve star status in waterskiing.   It is a memoir that shows the ups and downs of breaking into what was then known as a man’s world. However, it not only shows the hardships, but it also shows her triumphs as she battles against odds that would have caused most people to give up.

Reading how others have overcome adversity in life strengthens our courage to move on with our lives, and that is what this book does. It gives us the courage to say, if she could do it, maybe I can overcome my struggles also.

Blum has done an excellent job of showing us that honesty and truth are traits in our character that are valuable and that the family is one of the core fundamentals of strength and help in the time of trouble.

Waterski Girl Wonder: A Journey Of Perseverance is a memoir that you should read, even if you do not waterski. What Blum shares in her memoir relates to experiential living and can be transferred to any life circumstance.

An Outstanding job, Ms. Blum. All the best for your writing future.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard

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Al is romping with the other dogs, tearing up gusts of sand in the far end of the cove. Chases, gets chased, chases again. (From The Miracle of Small Things, by Guilie Castillo-Oriard)

I won this small gem, The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard, during the A to Z Blog Challenge 2016.

The story weaves puzzles pieces together concerning issues that touch our comprehension and our hearts. The complicity of tax evasion, the ill treatment of dogs, and a surface relationship that goes sour when a man confronts a woman who quietly demands by her actions that he take a good look within himself.

I loved Al. In my opinion, he was the protagonist. He was the glue that held the story together. That four-legged Canine drooled his way into my heart.

Things never go back to the way they were. And perhaps it’s for the best. We’ve no business, none of us trying to return to the places where we were happy once. All we find is blighted hope. Perhaps all we can do is build anew. (From The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard)

Castillo-Oriard does a fantastic job connecting and displaying human misery and human deceit in relationships between humans and dogs. I like the way she points out the different between a casual romp in bed versus a subtle romance built upon dignity and deep desire.

Along with the small bits of history, at the beginning of each chapter, you find yourself floating into the multicultural mystique of Curaçao.

The Miracle of Small Things, by Guilie Castillo-Oriard, well written, well crafted, and well-worth reading.

 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Night by Camilla Stevens, A Multicultural Romance

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I received an ARC of One Night by Camilla Stevens.

Stevens sets her multicultural romance off by not selecting the man to be a billionaire. Hallelujah! It was refreshing to meet a plain non-billionaire successful writer, writing under a pseudonym, without a long string of zeros after double integers in his account.

Celebrating the successful completion of his seventh book, Jake Cavanaugh is sitting alone, late after midnight enjoying his whiskey as Natalie Damond, a librarian, recovering from a broken relationship goes down to the bar to get a night cap.  Their encounter is precisely what she is looking for, and what was supposed to be a one-night stand turns into her becoming Jake’s muse as they satisfy each other’s sexual hunger.

There are some hot scenes in the book with very explicit sexual language, which may be offensive to some people, but I did not consider the book as being erotic.

What I specifically like was her timeline. Not everything happened in the twinkling of the eye. She took the time to let the relationship develop over months.

Also, unlike so many books, regardless of whether they are multicultural relationships or relationships dealing with two people of the same race and nationality, the book has a plot with a realistic story.

 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Murder & Obsession by Yolanda Renèe

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“The howling of a wolf brought him full circle.”

 

 

A baby dead, broken relationships, a marriage in Paris, jealousy and obsession, a half-breed law-enforcement officer hunted by people he thought knew him, accused of killing women, one of them he dearly loved; this is not the Twilight Zone but Murder & Obsession, the third book in the Alaskan Trilogy by Yolanda Renèe.

Disappearance, kidnapping, torture, and the undeniable obsession to own a lady that does not want him, the antagonist, Scott Chase, will use any means necessary not to lose that which he thinks belongs to him. He is a master of plotting.

However, he forgets the psychic sense in Sarah and her undying love for Steven Quaid. These two protagonists, Sarah, and Quaid, will keep you hoping that somehow, some way they can live out their small drops of eternal love.

Murder & Obsession is the third book in the trilogy by Yolanda Renèe. To say that I enjoyed learning about a region of the United States I have never visited is an understatement. The Alaskan wilderness called to me. Its loneliness spoke of peace that can only be found in being alone with nature.

Renèe’s scenic descriptions, as well as her narrative manner, soaked me once again into her story. Mesmerized, I kept wondering what would happen next.

The story is well crafted and well written as is the entire trilogy.

This substantiates my belief that an excellent well-crafted story gives you the desire to read more of an author’s works. So, I sincerely hope, Renèe does not stop with this trilogy but gives us more exciting novels to read in the future.

 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memories of Murder by Yolanda Renèe

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To evaluate Memories of Murder, the second book in the trilogy by Yolanda Renèe was difficult. To say the intrigue, which began in Murder, Madness & Love continues, was an understatement. To mention Sarah is stalked by an evil presence, a man who believes in the myth of Lilith and wishes to crown her as his Lilith is also not quite correct. Evil is evident; it runs its course not only in the character portrayed as Luke Williams, who is Lucifer personified but also in the character of sophisticated people who cannot handle rejection.

Sarah and Steven, so in love, yet their relationship ends. Apart from each other, Steven’s investigation continues, and Sarah’s sixth sense, which she thought, at first, were nightmares, keeps them emotionally bonded to each other.

Memories of Murder is not a book for the timid person with a weak heart. Several times, I blinked my eyes at the violence but kept reading. However, I do not think I will be taking any walks alone in my forest at home for some time.

Finally, let me say a word about the almost invincible Luke Williams with his many names. His personification of evil drives the story, and Renèe paints him very well. At the end of the book, though, I asked myself if Scott Chase or Alice were any different from Williams with his evil intentions.

If you enjoy a good Thriller mixed with a tad bit of romance, then you will love Memories of Murder, by Yolanda Renèe.

For me, personally, I look forward to reading Murder & Obsession, the third book in the trilogy.

Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Murder, Madness & Love by Yolanda Renèe

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An unexplainable, deplorable death opens, Murder, Madness and Love, the first book of a series by Yolanda Renèe. The scene in itself, an alley, leading to a car park, outside of a noble bar where the woman worked, is detestable, but it captivated my attention, throwing me into Renèe well-crafted book like a fireball.

Sarah Palmer, labeled as The Black Widow, due to the circumstances behind her husband’s death becomes the first suspect on Quaid’s list after he talks with his colleague and friend, Terry O’ Conner. However, Sarah Palmer and Steven Quaid are drawn to each other; loving her changes his viewpoint.

The book is based on locations in Alaska and Renee’s descriptive scenes give us a vivid picture of the cold. Renèe shows the loveliness and the beauty of the forty-ninth state and displays the dangers and the attitudes of the people who live within its borders. Packed with suspense, each chapter brings you deeper into her Alaskan world.

Her caring approach to the original inhabitants calling them by their tribal name impressed me. I had started reading book three of her series and had the hunger to know what happened before book three as I read her snippets in The A to Z Blog Challenge where she is also a participant. I then decided to put down the third book and read Murder, Madness and Love.

Renèe has written a beautiful Thriller filled with tension and curiosity that will keep you turning the pages.

I look forward to reading book two.

Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia April 4 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Murder, Madness and Love by Yolanda Renèe may be purchased here in Germany on Amazon.de as well as on any other Amazon site all over the world.

The Burnt Orange Sunrise by David Handler, Book Four in the Berger and Mitry Series

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This was a hard book to write about because I kept comparing it to the film Murder by Death with Peter Falk and a host of other characters. Not to say that The Burnt Orange Sunrise is not on the same standard insofar as storytelling goes with the first three books in the Berger and Mitry series. However, this book has an element of foreboding in it.

 

Mitch has trouble trying to express something he has on his mind to Desiree. Desiree thinks that he is ready to call it quits and discusses it with her best girlfriend. This issue plays a big role in this book of murder mayhem where one person after the other gets killed.

The Burnt Orange Sunrise definitely kept me turning the pages. The ending of this story left me with lots of questions. After reading the last page, I said, now what? A foreboding feeling came, and I had to read book five to found out what was going to happen. However, that is the next book, and it will reveal its own shocks.

There were one or two minor errors in my eBook edition. One of the errors was an incomplete sentence in the Prologue. Therefore, this story received four stars instead of five.

The Burnt Orange Sunrise by David Handler is available at Amazon.

Shalom Aleichem,

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The Bright Silver Star, Book 3, in the Berger and Mitry Series, by David Handler

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(Quotation was taken out of The Bright Silver Star, by David Handler.)

Death stinks! Extramarital affairs pain! Hidden incest and rape wreck lives and a mother who does not protect her child are all issues addressed in The Bright Silver Star by David Handler.

We go back to the small affluent village of Dorset, where newcomer and widower, Mitch Berger, is trying to find his balance and get back into life. His feet now planted in the Dorset Community, he reaches out to a group of three men and become a part of their weekly walking group. Soon Mitch will find out that all that glitters out goodness, prominence and above-reproach is not gold.

The Bright Silver Star presents human misery that echoes betrayal and depravity in an extremely affluent community. Mitch and his ladylove Desiree Mitry, who just happens to be the Resident Trooper for Dorset, solve the situations with adroitness.

The light throughout this entire book was Berger and Mitry coming closer in their relationship. He finally gets her to go to New York City with him; she crosses the threshold of his apartment he shared with his late wife, Maisie, and Mitry gets him on the dance floor.

The Bright Silver Star, another enjoyable read with the fascinating duo, Desiree Mitry and Mitch Berger.

Next week, Book 4, The Burnt Orange Sunrise.

Until then,

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler, Book 2, in the Berger and Mitry series

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Think of yourself as growing one day younger each and every day for the rest of your life. (A statement made by Hangtown Frye in The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler)

 

A car explosion, a squeaky mattress, an undiscovered grave, a secret past, voyeurism, teenage vandalism, and unrequited acceptance weave a thread of malice and murder in The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler.

The famous recluse, Wendell Frye, better known as, Hangtown and his alluring, attractive, sexy daughter Takai joins Berger and Mitry as main characters.  Character names can sometimes give us insight into a town and the people who live within it.  In book 2, is the name Hangtown not only Wendell Frye’s nickname but projects an image of Berger and Mitry becoming the new crime fighting duo hung up in the small town of Dorset.

The Hot Pink Farmhouse themes run parallel: the solution to murder, vandalism by teenagers and a voyeur that gets joy out of spying on his female next door neighbors.

Of course, it takes Berger and his having seen things before they happen and Mitry and her cleverness to come up with solutions.

The Hot Pink Farmhouse also presents a Resident Trooper whose conscience plagues her and hinders her from pulling the trigger, and the man who sees the finality of her hesitation.

It is another crime fiction mystery that teaches that life is not always what it seems.

Another enjoyable read, and it can be purchased at Amazon.de.

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

The Cold Blue Blood by David Handler

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An unsolved murder. A dead body in a garden. A widower, searching for a reason to live. A divorcee, heavily scarred with wounds of betrayal.  The Cold Blue Blood by David Handler offers believable themes that draw you into his world.

A prologue sets the scene for chapter one. In it, Handler describes the strange death of a woman.  Murdered, the woman lands as a criminal case on the desk of Lieutenant Desiree Mitry.

Film Critic, Mitch Berger, forced by his employer, Lacy, to leave his hideout in New York City, travels to Dorset, Connecticut on an assignment as he looks for his Raison D’être.  His discovery while digging up ground for a garden brings him and the ladylove of his life, Lieutenant Desiree Mitry together.

Handler places tension and curiosity in the dialogue of the two primary characters. Their inquisitiveness, the sensory perception flowing between them, sets them up to become soul mates, and their feelings deepen as they work through the murders in Dorset.

The subtleness in their relationship is genuine and refreshing. Berger and Mitry display a childish naiveté sprinkled with a healthy dose of maturity as both seek healing from the pains from the past.

However, Handler gives us more than Mitch Berger, Desiree Mitry and a couple of murders. He pulls back the curtain so that we see Dorset’s citizens––some hiding behind a hideous past. We come away knowing that an affluent town such as Dorset is not exempt from gossip, jealousy, envy, illicit affairs and murder.

The Cold Blue Blood is an excellent read and is available at bookstores, Amazon, iTunes, and other online book purchase websites.

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Review Introduction: The Berger and Mitry Series by David Handler

Goodreads does have its advantages. Until two weeks ago, I had never heard of the Berger & Mitry Series by David Handler. As I was scrounging through my Goodreads mailbox, a comment posted in the interracial section about Berger & Mitry awakened my curiosity, and I downloaded Book One –The Cold Blue Blood at Amazon Germany.

The prologue sucked me in, and chapter one convinced me. Like a drowning reader needing air, I floated upward into the world of Berger and Mitry and did not put the book down until I had read it in its entirety.

If you love Miss Marple and Mr. Stringer, Adam Dalgliesh and Kate, Peter Wimsey and his ladylove Harriet Vane, William Monk and Hester, or Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, then you will fall in love with Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry.

The series has a touch of expectancy that keeps you reading; it entangles you in a world of multiculturalism. A graduate of WestPoint, Desiree Mitry served her country well and is now with the Major Crime Squad in Connecticut. Her daddy, called The Deacon, is the second in command of the Connecticut State Police, and Mitry, a woman of color, sports a Rasta look, and Handler does not shy away from describing the most important part of her amply well-endowed anatomy.

Mitch Berger is a renowned movie critic recovering from the death of his beloved young wife, Maisie. Forced to take a time out in the small wealthy village of Dorset, Berger discovers a crime, which brings him and Mitry together.

For the next eleven weeks, I’ll present each book of the Berger & Mitry Series on my book review blog.

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Shalom,

Pat Garcia

CLAUDIA MUST DIE, By T. B. MARKINSON, FREE!!! FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY AT AMAZON

Hello Everyone,

 

Here is a very interesting thriller, and it is FREE for a limited time only.

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SYNOPSIS:

Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.

Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.

In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.

The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?

 

The sale ends February 14 at midnight (PST).

Grab your FREE copy from Amazon now:

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK   /  Amazon Canada  /  Amazon Australia  / Amazon Germany

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Shameless self-promotion

Hi Everyone,
Here is a Kindle Countdown Deal on Atto Run, a SciFi Cinderella comedy-romance that pokes fun at the craziness of life on Earth, & Possible elsewhere.
Buy it while you can at this great price.
Shalom,
Pat garcia

Two on a Rant

The agony of the feet. The agony of the feet.

Hey!  I have to do this once in a while, and it’s only 88 words.

Starting January 26, I’m enrolled in a 

 Kindle Countdown Deal

Atto Run is 99 cents the first day and will be back to $4.44 by January 31.

Yes, for only 1 day, Atto Run will cost as much as a do notdoughnut.

But digital fun last a lot longer.  

Not sure you want to let go of almost a dollar?  Click this link to read the first 4 chapters of Atto Run for free.  

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A Quiet Return To Real Life

Hello Everyone,
To all of you writers who write in the Romance genres, Romantic Shorts, an online publication is now accepting submissions.

Shalom,
Pat Garcia

Romantic Shorts H.Q.

If I had a cottage that I had barely visited in the last three years, knowing it needed some attention, but unable to get there, I would certainly expect to arrive this week and find one heck of a disaster. Happily, not a total loss. The building was, and is still, in great shape. The grounds have gotten away with a fair bit of wanton behaviour. And it seems a critter has managed to gain entrance and make a little mischief. All in all though, it could be worse.
 
But the most difficult part of returning is finding that the municipality has repaved, rerouted, or removed all of the roads in and out of the property. At first glance, I can’t get there from here. I may have to swap out my car for a horse…
 
And so it is, with Romantic Shorts. While my neglect has spared…

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Viewpoint: Precedent Historical Repetition

History is repeating itself. The age of Humanism is slowly marching off the world stage, but what comes next?   Precedent historical repetition says that sooner or later another nation will rise. After all, the human race has lived through the rise and fall of many great nations. History is repeating itself.

The situation among the cultures is precarious. The Iron Curtain is slowly rising out of its sleep and finding its home among nations that want to protect their economy and the pure ethnicity of their race. Cultural diversity is leaving the stage. History is repeating itself.

The rudimentary ordinances of nature are being disobeyed. What was once one plus one equals two is now one plus one equals whatever makes you feel good. History is repeating itself.

Over one million people are on the run. The number of people who have died so far on the ground, in airplanes, in the seas is heartbreaking. Men talked, yet children cry, children die, women cry, women die. History is repeating itself.

In every corner of the world, there is tumult. Philosophical antagonism demands closed borders.  An antagonism based on supremacy, it has plummeted us even nearer to a world war. It enacts to dominate, to make all men and women think alike. This antagonism has no mercy, no understanding, and no love. History is repeating itself.

“What are you doing, Child?” The Prophet asked.

“Watching the New Year come in over the earth.”

“Oh, that’s nice.”

“No, it’s not nice Prophet. It’s sad.”

“Why, Child. What do you see?”

“In every corner, I see children starving, women crying, human life wasted. Prophet, don’t people ever read about the past?”

“No, Child. That’s why History repeats itself.”

 

Happy New Year Everyone,

Alles Gute Zum Neuen Jahr Alle,

Bonne Nouvelle Pour Tout Le Monde,

Feliz Nuevo A Todo El Mundo,

Felice Nuovo Per Tutti,

L’Shana Tova,

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Viewpoint: A Commentary on Christmas

The woman was heavy laden with child, and her husband looked at her with concern. Of course, he had to go. The census was mandatory. As he regarded his wife, he knew the journey would not be easy.

What is a few hundred miles or kilometers today? Catch a train to Hamburg from Frankfurt, Germany, and you arrive in four and a half hours, a plane ride from Augusta to Atlanta, Georgia is fifty-five minutes. However, this man did not have these comforts. His Mercedes-Benz was a donkey.

He observed his wife as he pondered over the trip ahead. Leaving her behind was not a consideration; in her was the hope of the nations, the salvation of the human race, and a shiver went through him as he thought of what could happen ahead. Thieves and robbers on the route and a desert where the temperature dropped at night were between the two cities, and ninety miles on a donkey was not a one-day ride.  He figured he might be able to travel 10 miles a day, but even that would be hard considering that she was heavily pregnant with child.

Today the significance of this event has been revised; the hardship erased. The importance of this Child’s birth has fallen into abnormality.

Soon, it is Christmas.

For me personally, it is the time when I reflect backward to that birth in Bethlehem with Thanksgiving in my heart.

His birth changed History;

His birth changed my life and gave me a vision with purpose;

The Son of God came to earth so that I could have the right to be accepted in the Beloved.

Merry Christmas to you,

Buon Natale a te,

Joyeux Noël à toi,

Frohe Weihnachten zu Ihnen,

Feliz Navidad a usted.

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Shalom Aleichem,

Pat Garcia

 

A Seasonal Tale

Hello Everyone,
I have just finished reading a beautiful tale by Frances Gow that I’m sure you will enjoy.
Shalom,
Pat Garcia

Frances Gow

Keats' House“Time to earn your place at the dance this year,” Mother said, shooing Pepper out of the door into the bitter frost of a late Hampstead afternoon. “While you’re about it, tell that fir tree that it’s wanted inside. And don’t forget to shake the ice out of its branches – the last thing I need is puddles in the living room.”

Pepper sighed and stomped up the garden path, thankful at least for her thick leggings and Doc Marten boots. The air smelt of stagnant defrosted droplets and woody conifers. Would this be the year she managed to entice Mr Keats to the dance? Hmmph. Unlikely. However much Mother hoped so.

“You’re wanted inside,” she said to the fir tree on her way past. There was a gentle rumble of earth beneath the snow white blanket as the tree uprooted itself and shuffled towards the back door. Pepper turned…

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MY SHORT STORY

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Good Moring Everyone,

A QUICK READ, a compilation of short stories by C.A. Simonson has been released. Within this compilation is a short story by a wonderful writer whom I have the pleasure of knowing, Patricia Salamone.
Congratulations, Patricia, and I look forward to reading more of your short stories.
For those of you who are still looking for a Christmas present for family and friends, you may buy it on Amazon.

Shalom,
Pat Garcia

The Writers Desk

This book has over 50 short stories. I am honored to have my story “Getting Old” included along with all the wonderful offerings from talented authors. The book was compiled by C.A. Simonson. I am humbled to be among the chosen authors. It can be purchased at amazon.com. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every story. Each story takes less than 2 to 3 minutes and all are excellent. The book was well put together with much care. Happy reading, and thank you.A quick Read

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1st Halloween-Poem Contest

Hello Everyone,
There is a Halloween-Poem Contest taking place on Writer’s Treasure Chest for all those poets and would be poets who would like to share their poetic gift. Three winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who are poetry lovers and experts. So think about submitting. Now is the time up until October 31,2015 and good luck.
All the best.
Shalom,
Pat Garcia

Writer's Treasure Chest

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It is a great pleasure for me to announce the

1st Halloween-Poem Contest

on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.

Every author and poet are invited to participate and deliver a “Halloween-Poem” to my email address: aurorajean.alexander@aol.com, together with their picture.

There are a few rules to follow:

  1. Your poem needs a Halloween theme.
  2. Your poem needs a minimum of 99 words.
  3. Your poem has to be delivered to my email address until Halloween, October 31, 2015, 9 pm Eastern Time.
  4. Please avoid violence, bad language, and sexual content within the poems. It would be disqualified.

Every poem that meets the rules and is delivered within the deadline will be published here on “Writer’s Treasure Chest” together with the provided picture.

I am honored to announce that the following authors have agreed to participate as judges in the jury who will decide on the winners of the contest:

  1. Author…

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Thoughts on Fall

Good Afternoon Everyone,
Here is a poem by A.J. Alexander that paints a beautiful picture of Fall, the third season of the year that is coming upon us. The words she uses to rhyme and paint images in our minds is awesome.
Shalom,
Pat Garcia

Writer's Treasure Chest

A time to start and a time to end

A time to break and a time to mend.

There’s so much that’s old and less is new

there’s still some warmth but cold it’s too.

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Fall is time for plans and range

it’s time to prepare and time to change.

Switch the summer for the winter

that’s the season of the ‘tinter’.

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Watch how nature does its share

new colors, new smiles and new clothes to wear!

Instead of pink and blue and green

we’ve got yellow, burgundy and ‘coffee-bean’.

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Orange, brown and terracotta red,

leaves are falling, trees will shed.

Pumpkin season is ready to come,

We drink eggnog, warm chocolate and tea with rum.

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Flames are dancing in the fireplace,

cold wind is leaving red spots in our face.

Fog is covering the brownish ground

Sharp wind around the house is normal sound.

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And…

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Precious Atonement by Melissa Maygrove

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Rape is not only a violation of human dignity; it is a degradation of the human personality. Darkness overtakes the victim, and an uphill struggle begins to return from darkness to light.

Precious Atonement by Melissa Maygrove tells such a story. A young girl forced into becoming a woman too soon, and a man deeply wounded by an irretrievable loss. Both have been dealt debilitating hands of cards at life’s card table; both seek restoration and a reason to live.

Maygrove has managed to write a realistic story of the human saga that exists even today. Precious Atonement deals with the loss of a girl’s naïve innocent look at life. However, Maygrove doesn’t leave her characters in hopeless situations. No, she sees hope on the horizon and slowly her protagonists began walking towards the light at the end of the tunnel. Rebirth takes place as both Rachel and Jacob, (Maygrove’s protagonists) move toward those healing streams of kindness.

The healing streams of kindness cannot be overrated in this excellently written prose. This is a love story that depicts neighborly love as a spinning wheel spinning compassion to help two people overcome difficult circumstances.

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Precious Atonement is also a book with moralistic tones that are not overdone. It doesn’t preach; it shows.

This was my very first time reading a book by Melissa Maygrove, but it won’t be my last.

I am convinced that good literature changes us. Reading Precious Atonement strengthened this belief.

Great job, Ms. Maygrove.

Thank you for a great read.

All the best.

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Shalom

Pat Garcia

 

 

*For those of you in Europe who would like to buy Maygrove’s, Precious Atonement, it is now on sale at Amazon for 0.99 cents in Euros for a limited time only.

The PROTECTOR, an Outer Rim Novel, by Diane Burton

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The Protector
, a novel by Diane Burton, mystified me at the beginning. Sci-Fi is a genre that I usually do not read, and I had no idea what to expect. My own Sci-Fi reading involvement stretches only to television and the different Star Treks, and especially Voyager with Kathryn Janeway.

Don’t misunderstand me; I have nothing against the Sci-Fi genre. I just don’t take the time to read it in my leisure time. Besides, I did not expect Burton’s book to be so very well put together that it would catch my fancy or remind me of my favourite Voyager character, Kathryn Janeway, but it did.

Burton’s main Character, Rissa Dix, is a strong woman. Her painful loss gives her the strength to reach out and commit courageous acts to hinder an evil that pervades even in our world.

This evil that Burton addresses is one of the most hideous problems wracking Rissa’s world. However, it is not only wracking the colony of Astron. The author’s theme permeates and reveals the blindness in our own society. Mainly, trafficking, better known as slavery, which takes place today on the business as usual level. Women and children snatched and sold to the highest bidder.

51jIWXYOfNL._AA160_The PROTECTOR is a part of Burton’s Outer Rim world. This book presents a woman, living in another world that gets knockdown in life but continually gets up. It shows the loyalty of people who support her. And for those of you who like a little bit of romance sprinkled in the books you read, the thread of a love relationship that is a sparkling and refreshing appears.

Again, in the romance, Burton did not disappoint me. She did not let it become bang, bang, sex with no hindrances. Her idea of a heroine is simply genial. For Rissa Dix is an older woman who has to come to terms with being pursued by a younger man, and I said,

“Wow! Right On Ms. Burton!”

The PROTECTOR, an Outer Rim Novel, by Diane Burton, can be acquired over Amazon.

 

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Shalom,

Pat Garcia

THINGS MYSTERIOUS by Matthew Chabin

51QY-W6VPFL._SS300_         At first, I thought the author, Chabin, was taking me back to World War II event and the time of the Nazi’s. That flashed before my mind due to Dasan’s (the protagonist) description of his supervisor as the sunny little Nazi, Eastich. However, that image soon changed as I read deeper into a highly complex story that dealt with a man who was suffering from a terminal illness––the end station being death.

Dasan, a man who was stationed in Iraq, ended his commitment with the United States Army and found that his marriage was also over. He went back to college but the changes as he said between ‘Philosophy and Chemistry,’ were too remarkable for him. He quit during the second semester and became a security guard. On the way to work he encountered a woman and the book sounded like an ordinary story of man meets woman on a subway or train or bus, but it is not. The complexity begins and becomes real as we are allowed to look into Dasan’s mind.

Chabin shows us that something is wrong with Dasan and takes us within his brain and his thought life to show us his struggles. The story was realistically told and kept me wondering what was wrong with Dasan.

THINGS MYSTERIOUS, by Matthew Chabin, held my interest. It is indeed a book worth reading.

 

 

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Shalom,

Pat Garcia

Its, A Mother’s Day Poem

Durable, flexible, intelligent,

Best workhorses ever created.

Eyes pained.

Backs flogged.

These its,

These puny its have no value.

Mouths starved.

Necks choked.

Shoulders bruised.

Torsos kicked.

 These its,

These puny its have no voices.

Legs spread wide.

Ears boxed.

Faces slapped.

Hair unkempt.

These its,

These puny its have no value.

Who are these its?

Forgotten and unacknowledged,

Running, pleading, fearing for their lives.

These its,

These puny its have no voices.

The brunt of war carried in their flesh.

While men pat themselves on the back for heroism.

These its,

These puny its have no value.

Oh, women of the world,

I know today is Mother’s Day,

But your its are being attacked.

Bellies impregnated by rape,

Faces scarred by encrusted, scabrous hands,

Disfigured bodies with lost limbs,

These its,

These puny its have no voices.

Slaughtered,

Murdered,

Gassed,

Shot down,

Their psyches damaged.

These its,

These puny its have no value.

Hands grabbed,

Bound and cast to the ground,

Legs spread wide and raped,

Whore,

Bitch,

Slut,

Cunt,

Their Psyches branded.

These its,

These puny its have no voices.

Oh, women of the world,

Today is Mother’s Day,

But these its are our sisters,

Shouldn’t our voices become theirs?

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This poem is dedicated to every woman trapped by war at this moment wherever they are, in whatever country.

 

Happy Mother’s Day.

Shalom,

Pat Garcia

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