The Weekend Warriors by James Burke

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Title: The Weekend Warriors

Author: James W Burke Jr.

Release Date: 23 November 2013

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A thriller that dramatizes what might have happened if old hostility between NATO and Warsaw Pact nations had spiraled into violence.

What if the Cold War suddenly ran red hot? That’s the tantalizing premise of Burke’s debut novel, which unfurls the grim historical possibilities. Michael Patrick Fitzmaurice is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former full-time soldier following in the footsteps of his father, who saw combat in Vietnam. As Russia and its Warsaw Pact allies question the resolve and strength of NATO and see an opportunity in its perceived weakness, Fitzmaurice presciently sees the handwriting on the wall early on. Soviet military forces continue to gather near the German border as scattered engagements between troops crescendo into something grander. Fitzmaurice, much to the consternation of his anxious wife, Elizabeth, is called to active duty and sent to Europe for what seems like an inevitable war. The issue of the obligations of reservists, or “weekend warriors,” is a recurrent theme in this book; for example, Elizabeth ruefully wonders why so much responsibility is being placed on her husband, who is now in harm’s way: “Why does a reservist have to be the one to show other soldiers how to blow up tanks with firebombs?” The author, a former reservist, does an admirable job of depicting the honor and courage of such part-time soldiers, whose commitment is often as steadfast as their full-time counterparts’. Also, his portrayals of combat violence are stunning and chilling by turns. That said, the deluge of insider military initialisms will likely confuse, frustrate, and eventually overwhelm nonmilitary readers, though they do serve as a testament to the depth of Burke’s knowledge of martial life. He includes a glossary of terms at the end of the book—an implicit admission of their problematic frequency. The action is still electric, though, and the book’s vision of how quickly geopolitical instability might have devolved into global conflict is uneasily stirring. Overall, this is a work of both literary and historical appeal and an endearing paean to the soldier’s virtue.

A well-researched, affecting account of a world lost in war.

 ~ About the Author ~

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Jim Burke served over 25 years in the Army, National Guard, and Army reserve. He is a graduate of the United States Military academy and the Army Command and general Staff College. An amateur military historian, he is a Civil War Re-enactor with Company K, Third United States Regular Infantry, and First Massachusetts Cavalry Field Hospital. Burke currently resides in Kennebunkport, ME with his family.

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~ Release Day Blitz ~ The Birthday Party by Ronald & Juanita Destra

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Title: The Birthday Party

Author: Ronald & Juanita Destra

Release Date: 29 July 2017

Publisher: Destra World Publishing

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This is a great story for young readers, a delightfully fanciful picture book that appeals to kids and adults alike.

The Birthday Party is a book about a young Hebrew boy who turns twelve, but he believe everyone has forgotten his birthday including his parents and friends. He is disheartened by his friends and family not caring about his birthday, having to go through a hectic day while his friends are avoiding him in school not knowing they are planning to throw his the best surprise party ever!

Can his parents, Johnny and other friends pull off the best birthday party ever? Or will their surprise party turn to disaster?

Find out in this stunning story with an unforgettable reading experience that readers will want to pass on to others.

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I woke up early in the morning. I was so eager to begin my day. This day, today is my birthday, and I am so excited. Yes, today, I turn the big twelve.

I brushed my teeth and washed my face. I even made my own breakfast. I was a big goy, and I wanted to start my birthday off by doing something for myself.

The school was exactly one and a quarter mile from our house. I decided to ride my bicycle.

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Ronald Destra is a children book author, illustrator, publisher, entrepreneur and husband who resides in Florida.

He has published six children books and is a co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing, LLC. His passion is to help children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up no matter what life throws at them.

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Juanita Destra is a medical field worker, author and publisher. She is the co-founder and CEO of Miami-based Destra World Books Publishing, LLC

The company provides professional literary services to authors and business owners. Their company specializes in book, eBook, audio book publishing, marketing, editing, promotion, graphic design and much more.

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Book Blitz: Ordainment Betrayal by Dennis Quiles

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Title: Ordainment Betrayal

Author: Dennis Quiles

Release Date: 23 February 2017

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Jack Steele is an ex-naval intelligence officer turned private investigator who has just proposed to his girlfriend, Martha, over dinner when he sees a bloodied and frightened boy running toward him outside the restaurant. After Martha steps in to protect the boy from the two men in hot pursuit, a gun battle ensues, leaving Jack’s beloved fiancé, dead on the sidewalk. While jack grapples with the ramifications of her tragic death, he is unwittingly pulled into the dark world of human trafficking at the hands of an Albanian mob doing business near Lake Michigan.

Desperate for answers, Jack partners with a Chicago police detective to learn about the organized crime culture and develop a plan to stop the trafficking operation and free their victims before they are sold on the black market. As Jack puts his own life on the line, he must battle the powerful Catholic Church and stop the cunning exploits of a deranged pedophile priest who believes he is doing God’s work by turning children into little angels. But will Jack manage to accomplish his heroic mission before it is too late for more innocent victims?

Ordainment Betrayal shares the thrilling tale of a former intelligence agent’s dangerous quest to stop an Albanian human trafficking operation in collusion with the Roman Catholic Church.

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Engjëll entered the old church in downtown Chicago with his partner, Bekim. Outside, their driver waited in a black van parked a discreet distance away. Engjëll knew that when they received their orders from the Priest and went back outside, the inside of the van would be filled with smoke from the fat driver’s harsh cigars. Engjëll hated those cigars, but he had bigger fish to fry for now. He couldn’t give much thought to the distasteful vices of the ape behind the wheel of the van, at least not at the moment—and not in the house of God.

Engjëll and his partner walked along the long corridor knowing that the coming hours promised to hold much in the way of violence. The cruelty of humanity was just fine with him; he dealt out his fair share of it on a regular basis. He was oblivious to the beauty of the church, and he knew Bekim was too.

He continued past the altar next to the confession booth and through a set of doors that welcomed him inside an interior hallway. The gloomy hallway was decorated by the painting of previous church priests who’d died in the service of the Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

After passing a thick, solid door, Engjëll and his cohort entered a chamber where the decorations hadn’t changed in at least a hundred years. The room’s ceiling was decorated with paintings that would have made Michelangelo’s frescoes look like child’s play. The paintings trims were covered with 18-karat gold. The royal blue, orange, black, and gold color combinations accentuated the images and gave an eerie, old-world style look often seen in the medieval European Catholic basilicas.

Engjëll stopped in front of a very old wood desk, with trimmings covered in faded gold. Behind the desk sat the distinctive figure of Father Bartholomew de Amantini, a man whose clothing distinguished him as a man of God. The Priest waved his right hand, beckoning Engjëll to sit. He obliged, as did Bekim.

After a minute or so, the man behind the desk handed them a manila envelope. “The Lord has spoken to me one more time, and it is time. You are the servants of the Lord. You know what to do. Fulfill your mission, my sons.”

Engjëll said, “Your eminence, we are glad to be at your service— as always. In due time, all will be done as you wish.”

“I am glad,” Father Bartholomew said.

Engjëll saw a smile cross the Priest’s face and something evil flash through the holy man’s eyes. “We must go,” he said.

Engjëll and his partner left the church. A few minutes later, they got into the van parked a block away. Upon entering and sitting up front, Engjëll told the driver to take off. As the van pulled out of the parking spot, Engjëll pulled the manila envelope out of his jacket pocket and placed it on his lap. He eyed the red wax seal.

“You see this, Bekim?” Engjëll asked, holding the envelope up for him to see over his shoulder. “Father Bartholomew really loves his rituals.” Engjëll laughed. “A wax seal? Really?”

After breaking the seal, Engjëll opened the manila envelope and pulled out a five-by-seven, high-quality photograph of a boy. He was laughing and proudly displaying a soccer trophy. Engjëll passed the photo to his partner and pulled out a second page containing the boy’s name and address. “Looks like a sweet take,” he said. “The kid’s toast and don’t even know it.”

The driver laughed, keeping his eyes on the road.

Engjëll settled back for the long ride to Levittown, Pennsylvania. “We got to make the miles if we want to keep on schedule. Don’t bust the speed limit, but don’t go too slow either,” he said to the driver.

“Yeah, we got to keep to our schedule,” the driver said. “We don’t want to piss off Father Bartholomew.”

Engjëll involuntarily shivered. He feared the Priest. Something about him gave Engjëll the creeps. “No, we don’t ever want to piss off Father Bartholomew. Not ever!”

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Dennis Quiles earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. A US military veteran and a veteran of the protection business, he is the director of a global security services for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Quiles and his wife have three children and currently live in Illinois.

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Take the Bullying by the Horns by Hunter Dan

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Title: Take the Bullying by the Horns

Author: Hunter Dan

Release Date: 14 October 2016

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I created this story for children who are just reaching school age. I believe in teaching children before they enter first grade what bullying is and teaching them that it is unacceptable behavior and how to end it regardless of what the bully says to them. That is when I think it’s the best time in a child’s life to introduce to them what it is before they experience it for real.

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The Raw, Bold Truth by Joan Hammersmith


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Title: The Raw, Bold Truth

Author: Joan Hammersmith

Release Date: 14 August 2013

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When John B. died on January 26, 2001, he died sober. That was his greatest desire. In “The Raw, Bold Truth,” author Joan Hammersmith, Johnny B.’s widow, finishes the story John himself started in the late 1990s before he passed away prematurely. In this memoir, Hammersmith narrates the real story of the real Johnny B.-the man he was and the man he became.

John’s goal was to tell the story of his life: his childhood, filled with abuse, grief, and dysfunction; his struggles with mental health issues; his prison experiences; his addictions; and the journey of his recovery, including the tragic episodes of his relapses. “The Raw, Bold Truth” tells of John’s legacy as a leader, teacher, father, grandfather, friend, and husband.

Hammersmith then shares the story of her relationship with Johnny B., a multi-racial, ex-con biker who struggled to find final recovery from his past and his addictions before he took his last ride to seek his Creator. A compelling story of love and redemption, “The Raw, Bold Truth” communicates that recovery from addiction is possible, but it requires rigorous honesty-something John found only in death.

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Joan Hammersmith is a writer, blogger, and consultant who earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Unveristy of Saskatchewan. Hammersmith and her present husband live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and share a large blended family.

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