[Book Blitz & Interview] Going All In by Stephanie Lyons-Keeley & Wayne Keeley

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Title: Going All In

Author: Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley & Wayne J. Keeley

Release Date: 17 October 2017

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Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor’Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold’em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.

One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.

All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it’s only a game. Or is it?

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~ About Author ~

~ About Stephanie ~

Stephanie is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. She has a Master of Arts in counseling psychology, was formerly a practicing psychotherapist, and director of a women’s work release facility. She currently is a professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. The field serves as a big part of her creative endeavors.

Stephanie also is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, producer, and director, and with her husband, Wayne, has penned countless works for film, theatre, TV and the literary world. Together they have created a production company, Someday Productions LLC and a highly successful “He Said/She Said” blog called Pillow Talking which may be found at somedayprods.com/talking. Most importantly, they have seven beautiful children between them.

~ About Wayne ~

Wayne is an Emmy award-winning writer, director, and producer. He is an attorney with a LLM from NYU. He teaches filmmaking and communications at Western Connecticut State University, and has taught at Fordham University, Audrey Cohen College, Baruch College, and Bronx Community College. He has created many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. He is a published author of the novel titled Mahogany Row and with Stephanie, the novel Deadraiser. He is married to Stephanie, his writing partner and muse.

~ Interview ~

Liz: Hello, thank you for this interview, how are you?

Stephanie Lyons-Keeley: Terrific and happy to speak with you, Liz!

Wayne Keeley: Ditto!

L.: It’s nice to hear. Can you tell us more about yourself?

S: I grew up in CT with my parents and two siblings. After college and grad school, I began my grown-up life in a career as a psychotherapist before moving to teaching at two local colleges and writing. I have four children and three stepchildren with my husband and co-writer, Wayne. We’ve been married for just over two years but have known each other about 10.

W: I’m from NY but moved to CT in 2005. I had pretty much a Leave it to Beaver kind of childhood. After getting scholarships to college and later to law school, I figured why not? It was a way to stay out of the job market as long as possible – at least the story I like to tell people! Litigating wasn’t really very fulfilling for me, so I pursued the entertainment business. Like my wife, Stephanie, said, I also have three children (and four stepchildren).

L.: My first question will be, when did you first start writing?

S: I’ve always been a writer at heart, but I didn’t start doing it professionally until I chose to freelance as a journalist when I moved from full-time work to the “mommy track” about 19 years ago. I wrote for several newspapers and magazines. When I met Wayne, we began collaborating on entertainment projects – for film, theatre, TV, and then both fiction and non-fiction books.

W: I started writing in childhood – short stories, poetry, etc. I had a legal thriller published in the ‘90s called Mahogany Row (Stephanie later did some edits and updates and it was republished), and I started writing many scripts for film, theatre, and TV as Stephanie said – some before we met and many more since we began working together.

L.: Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

S: I really don’t remember the first story. I was a hugely avid reader, however, often winning contests like school or city “readathons” when I was a kid. I loved books – all books. I do know that my mother tells everyone I could read Dr. Seuss books on my own when I was about 3 years old or so – so in some ways I guess that set the stage for my love of reading. Later I would devour stories with well-written characters with whom I could empathize, like E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web or exciting mysteries like Nancy Drew. I also loved Roald Dahl books – James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Danny, the Champion of the World. I also loved anything by Judy Blume.

W: I don’t remember the first story either, but I do remember that my father was a voracious reader of literally everything. In trying to emulate him, I always had a book in my hands. Anything from a western to some esoteric subject matter.

L.: Why did you write this book and what are your expectations on its behalf?

S&W: The unique thing about Going All In is that it began as a screenplay. We thought we could delve so much deeper into the psyches of its characters and it was the first really BIG undertaking we set about doing as co-writers. A novel is more laborious than a script. As we wrote it, we sat side-by-side at the dining room table one summer with our kids and pets all around us. The coolest part for us is that it is very yin/yang. Very Mars and Venus. We write from our individual perspectives (male and female) but we also have this sort of collective consciousness – these individual threads that seem to join our brains. We love working together and hope that comes through to readers. We want people to connect with that and with our characters.

L.: What’s the story behind your latest book?

S&W: That is a story! Going All In in many ways is “ripped from the headlines,” so to speak! Wayne had an experience that was rather…eye-opening while playing poker at a neighbors’ house many years ago. It was before we met. This group of very bored people let the game get a bit racy and Wayne thought to himself (as a new transplant to the suburbs) Is this really what people do behind closed doors? It was so unlike him and in some ways really uncomfortable. We took that and ran – adding more layers and more bad behavior in our characters – in many ways it is a bit titillating but in truth, it is cautionary tale. Like opening Pandora’s box…The funny thing is, that since we wrote it, we’ve heard worse stories! The things people do! It’s really art imitating life!

L.: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

S&W: I think we really both agree – It’s probably seeing your work come to life. Touching people. Allowing the creative juices to flow. In our case, it’s also working together. It is beautiful, the collaborative process. And then of course, being able to talk about your work and ideas with people who have read and enjoy them.

L.: What motivated you to become an indie author?

S&W: In great part it was simply wanting to get our work out there expeditiously. Traditional means are challenging – getting in with any of the “Big 5” – so we can’t say it was completely our preferred route, if truth be told. In fact, it’s a bit rough – pounding that pavement is hard. We do love marketing and are pretty good at it, but it is a lot of work – it’s like a full-time job and you have to keep it up to be successful. The rewards, however, are that you have a lot of control over your work and what happens to it.

L.: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

S: Honestly we spend it together 99% of the time! We have seven kids between us so that’s a great deal of our time, too! We love to watch movies, explore cultural events, and see and read others’ work – it really keeps things fresh for us. We also have an entertainment blog called Pillow Talking where we review theatre, film, music, etc. and we conduct celebrity/artist interviews. Someday I’d really like to travel more, though!

W: Ditto to Stephanie!

L.: What are you working on next?

S&W: We honestly have so many projects – countless of them – in various stages of development. We’re working with an executive producer on getting several of our screenplays in front of some major studios, including the screenplay for Going All In which has won many contests through the years. We have a new novel that we’ve already batted around –  “air penned” so to speak, and we need to get that to paper. Then there’s the another screenplay – a family comedy we also have conceived in the same way. We have several stage plays, one in particular we’re getting circulated. Plus, we’re so busy constantly re-tweaking the works we’ve already done – dozens that in this day and age need to be updated any time we send them out with all of the changes in the social world (pop culture and tech references are exhausting!). Lastly, we have a four-part horror novel, Deadraiser, that we’re really proud of. The first part of Deadraiser we initially published under our production company name on Amazon in 2016. Unfortunately, we soon found it hacked and essentially bootlegged for free all over the internet so we elected not to publish the other three parts until we find it a home with a traditional publisher.

L.: Can you describe your desk?

S&W: We’re in a transitional space right now, so believe it or not, we don’t have one at the moment! We often worked at the dining room table together – right now we mostly work in bed!

S: If we did have desks, I’m sure they would be pushed up against each other. I’d have coffee in the morning and later, a diet soda on mine. Oh, and candy!

W: I’d probably have a mess of papers (I still like writing long-hand from time to time), a cup of tea and a big bag of Lay’s potato chips!

L.: Thank you for the interview. Good luck with the book.

S&W: Thank you so much for speaking with us!

L.: Today we had an interview with Stephanie and Wayne, two fantastic authors! Check out their book @ Amazon 

 

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~Book Tour & Interview~ Death of a Kootch Show Girl by Corey Recko

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Title: Death of a Kootch Show Girl

Author: Corey Recko

Release Date: 25 February 2017

Summary:

It’s Halloween night 1953, the last night of the carnival in rural Ohio, and a stripper turns up dead. Tom Davis, the chief of police, orders the carnies to stay in town while he investigates, but there are no leads to Mary’s killer—no fingerprints on the murder weapon, no blood but Mary’s at the scene, no foreign hairs or fibers—no clues of any kind.

Brian Stockton, a reporter for the local paper, hopes this will be his break into the big time, so he begins to investigate as well. But, alas, the killer’s identity eludes him, too. As tensions build, the carnies become paranoid, pointing fingers at each other. Could it be the owner, Bill Harris, the one who discovered the body? Or was it perhaps Gino Guglielmo, the man who runs the kootch show and has a nasty temper? Was it the eccentric clown, Otto Radowski, a man with dark secrets in his past and who just happens to have Mary’s cat?

And how did the killer manage to commit such a violent act without leaving a single speck of evidence? Mary certainly wasn’t killed by a ghost…or was she?

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Liz: Hello, thank you for this interview, how are you?

Corey Recko: I’m doing great. Very happy to be talking to you.

L.: It’s nice to hear. Can you tell us more about yourself?

C.: I have a great, smart, supportive wife, two wonderful daughters, and live in Hudson, Ohio.

L.: My first question will be, when did you first start writing?

C: I’ve written as a hobby as far back as I can remember. For publication, I first started writing in 1999 (for a book that wasn’t published until 2007) after I had read Leon Metz’s biography of Sheriff Pat Garrett. In the book was the story of the 1896 disappearance of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain and his eight-year-old son Henry. I was fascinated by the mystery and wanted to read more about it. Even though it was a topic that deserved and entire book, all that existed were a few chapters here and there about it in books about broader topics. I began researching the case and eventually wrote the book I had wanted to read.

L.: Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

C: I’m always been a reader, so I’m sure I’m forgetting some books and stories from when I was very young, but when I was fifteen I read Robert Utley’s Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life. I became obsessed with Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, and that obsession led me to reading Leon Metz’s Pat Garrett: The Story of a Western Lawman, which eventually led to writing my first book.

L.: Why did you write this book and what are your expectations on its behalf?

C: I was in my car listening to Mick Ronson’s song “The Empty Bed.” The song begins with the narrator lighting a cigarette, and he finishes telling his story when the cigarette is finished. I thought this would be a great device for something that takes place in the 1950s. Then I thought I’d enjoy writing something that takes place during that time period, and by the time I arrived home I had a rough idea for the book worked out.

All of my previous experience is with nonfiction, so I don’t have any expectations for the book. I believe there is an audience that would enjoy it, and I hope my publisher and I are able to find that audience.

L.: What’s the story behind your latest book?

C: It’s a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953 and its effects on a small group of carnies and local citizens. It is the last night of the carnival in a small Ohio town when a stripper turns up dead. The chief of police orders the carnies to stay in town while he investigates. The novel is told in multiple first person narratives, with the main voice being that of a local reporter. It’s as much about the people as it is about the mystery.

L.: What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

C.: The finished product—having a book that, if I didn’t write it, I would buy and read.

L.: What motivated you to become an indie author?

C.: I think the uniqueness of the book—that it’s told in multiple first person narratives and is really a slice of life as much as a mystery—would make it a tough sell for a large publisher. At least that’s the feedback I received from agents. That’s what brought me to the small but dedicated publisher Black Opal Books.

L.: When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

C.: I spend time with my wife and children. Also, I read, watch TV and movies, and listen to music.

L.: What are you working on next?

C.: I always have a number of projects going at one time. The next book that will be published is a nonfiction book about the 1875 assassination of a reverend in New Mexico, the political corruption that led to it, and the violence that followed.

L.: Can you describe your desk?

C.: Usually, messy. At the moment, however, it’s empty as I’ve vacated my office to have it painted and fixed up. The office will soon have a classic Victorian look.

L.: That should definitely look amazing! Thank you for the interview. Good luck with the book and renovation of the office.

C.: That you for having me. It was a pleasure to do the interview.

L.: Today we had an interview with Corey Recko, author of a fantastic thriller – Death of a Kootch Show Girl. If you have yet to read it, grab your copy now @ Amazon

~ About Author ~

Corey Recko’s first book, Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain, won the Wild West History Association’s award for the “Best Book on Wild West History” for 2007. New Mexico Magazine said of the book, “The story moves along like detective fiction . . . .” Of his second book, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster, the Civil War News review of the book concluded, “Just about everyone will find something to like in this tale of Civil War espionage that mixes in portions of heroism, intrigue, cowardice and betrayal.” Along with books, Recko has written articles on a variety of historical topics for magazines and historical journals and has become a sought after speaker (including an appearance on C-SPAN). Death of a Kootch Show Girl, a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953, is Corey Recko’s first novel.

Recko is the author of two mystery books (one fiction and one non-fiction) and one biography. All three are available on Amazon in both print and kindle formats.

Death of a Kootch Show Girl is about a mysterious death at a 1950s carnival in a small town near Cleveland.

A Spy for the Union is a biography of New York City policeman, Pinkerton detective (under Allan Pinkerton) and Civil War spy Timothy Webster.

Murder on the White Sands tells the story of the murder of a lawyer/politician and his young son near the White Sands in old west New Mexico. The murder is investigated by Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed Billy the Kid.

Corey Recko lives in Hudson, Ohio.

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Dear Mom and Dad: You Don’t Know Me, But… by Georgia Lee McGowen

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Author: Georgia Lee McGowen 

Release Date: 3 July 2012

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Much has been written both about and by people who feel they were assigned the wrong body at conception, exploring the struggles and too often the tragedies that result from that mismatch of nature. Very little has been written, however, to chronicle the lifelong struggle of people to understand and come to terms with two distinct sets of emotions, one male and one female – a single soul, at times divided, at times united, by two clearly identifiable spirits.

Dear Mom and Dad: You Don’t Know Me, But … traces the life of George through the eyes of Georgia, the female half of their soul, from early childhood in the post war Texas oil fields through the innocence of his early school years in northeastern Oklahoma. With the onset of puberty, Georgia watches the omnipresent feeling of not being normal cast a destructive pall over nearly everything George attempts. After the collapse of his lifelong dream, George begins again with hopes, new dreams and the love they’ve both longed for. Georgia finally emerges, but understanding her part in their soul comes slowly and is complicated by a tragedy of profound proportion.

Dear Mom and Dad considers the ultimate understanding of God’s will for both George and Georgia and its unusual conclusion, sharing a story of struggle and self-acceptance.

~ About Author ~

Georgia McGowen spent thirty years in George’s subconscious while they both struggled to understand the meaning of their dual nature and another twenty-five years learning to live with their distinct differences. They are retired together as Georgia in Mesa, AZ

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Book Blitz: The Tale of Tumeleng by Ryke Leigh Douglas

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CoverTitle: The Tale of Tumeleng

Author: Ryke Leigh Douglas

Release Date: 18 July 2014

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“Will the baby elephant, Tumeleng listen to the warnings of her parents, Ayanna and Jabari?
Or will her curious nature lead her into unexpected and dangerous situations?”

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Author, Ryke Leigh Douglas is a veteran educator devoted to helping children discover the joy of reading and the magic of books. She holds an M.A. as a reading specialist from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Douglas strives to provide parents and teachers with entertaining stories that lend themselves to nurturing positive attitudes, good character traits, and creative thinking. When she isn’t writing Ms. Douglas enjoys visiting schools, museums, libraries and early learning centers to share her stories and encourage children to develop their own writing skills with a program she developed entitled The Writer’s Tool Box.

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Release Day Blitz: A Life Naive by Oliver Phipps

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CoverTitle: A Life Naive

Author: Oliver Phipps

Release Date: 14 October 2017

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Life for twenty-seven-year-old Hershel Lawson has been relatively uneventful and that’s the way he likes it. When his grandmother passes away, leaving him her car and a last wish of him taking her ashes to L.A., his life takes a turn and it will never be the same again.

With his new task and grandmother’s ashes, Hershel sets out from St. Louis Missouri in the spring of 1962. He travels unimpeded along scenic Route 66 for two days, but is suddenly and unexpectedly relieved of two important things, his car and wallet.

Sally is a sassy and street smart young woman on her way to Hollywood. She’s determined to prove everyone wrong in the “one horse town” she left and make it as an actress in California. Through mishaps of her own, Sally comes across Hershel. Though neither one realizes it, the real journey is about to begin.

Take a seat and journey with Hershel and Sally along historic Route 66 during its heyday. Laugh and maybe shed a tear or two as they struggle against the odds, and often each other, to make it a few more miles down the highway.

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Around one o’clock Hershel pulled into a small town. He found a gas station that had a cafe next door. As the attendant filled the car with gas and Hershel went to the restroom, a man in a checkered suit watched him with interest from across the street.
Hershel paid for the fuel and then pulled the Lincoln next door to the cafe. He walked inside and had a seat.
“I’ll be right with you, Darlin.” A waitress called out to him as he sat. Hershel waved to her and then looked around the small establishment. It had a cozy felling and the wonderful fragrance of food drifted about.
Several minutes later the waitress had taken Hershel’s order and he was sipping his soda through a straw.
The man dressed in a checked suit came into the cafe. He appeared to be around forty years old and had his hair slicked back. He was carrying a suitcase and walked towards Hershel, but seemed to be looking for a place to sit. He glanced down to Hershel and stopped.
“Harold… Harold Madlock, what are you doing here, you old badger?” The man in the checkered suit patted Hershel on the back and quickly sat down across from him as if ready for a long discussion.
“Excuse me?” Hershel said with a bit of shock.
“Harold, don’t you remember me? The convention in Chicago, two years ago? Come on Harold, how could you forget a night like that. I mean, I had a hangover for a week, but we painted the town red. You telling me you forgot me already, Buddy?”
Hershel looked back to see if there was someone behind him. When he realized the man was really talking to him he almost stuttered a response.
“I.. uhm, I’m not Harold. My name is Hershel, Hershel Lawson.”
The man examined Hershel very closely. “You got to be kidding me… No, you’re not Harold are you? I can’t believe it. You’re the spitting image of my buddy Harold. That’s uncanny.”
At this point the waitress brought Hershel his hamburger and some French fries. The man glanced at her and said, “could you bring me a coffee sweetheart?”
“Sure thing dear.” The waitress replied and was off again.
“Do you mind if I sit with you and drink my coffee, Hershel? I’m just amazed at how much you look like my friend Harold.”
Hershel nodded, “I don’t mind, Mr…?”
“Oh, I’m sorry, where are my manners?” The man held his hand out across the table.
“John, ahh, John, Smith. I’m please to meet you Hershel.”
The two shook hands and the waitress returned with John’s coffee. He then proceeded to talk for ten minutes about his job with a shoe company and how he was on his way to close a big deal in Oklahoma City.
“Yeah, this would have been a huge contract for me. It would have meant a great Christmas for my wife and three kids. But… I guess it’s going to fall through.”
Hershel was chewing his food and listening with interest. He swallowed and asked, “why do you say that, John?”
John looked at him with sadness, “well, my car conked out on me. I just don’t think I’ll make it in time to close the deal. I’m trying my best to get there in time but I’m losing hope now. It’s going to be a tight Christmas if I lose this deal. I may even lose my job.”
John took another sip of his coffee and glanced at Hershel over the rim of the cup.
Hershel thought for a few seconds. Then, still holding a French fry in his hand he asked, “is Oklahoma City on highway 66?”
John perked up a little. “Yes, it’s west of here, and 66 runs right through it.”
“I’m going west. I could give you a ride if you want.” Hershel then put the French fry in his mouth.
“Oh, my…. oh, could you do that, would you, Hershel? I would really owe you, Buddy. My goodness someone upstairs must be looking out for me. That would be so great. I could help you with gas.”
The waitress brought the two tickets as John was saying this. John immediately took both.
“Your meal is on me, Hershel. You just don’t know what this means to me.”
“Well, it’s alright John. I would hate for you to miss the meeting and have a terrible Christmas. I’m going that way anyhow.” Hershel then finished off his soda as John went to pay for the meal and coffee.
When the two walked out to the Lincoln, John whistled out loud. “Wow, this is a beauty. You must be doing well. I love these Lincolns, they’re beautiful cars.” John then put his suitcase in the back seat.
After Hershel got in, he immediately reached over and moved his grandmother’s ashes to the middle of the seat. Then John got into the front passenger seat.
“So, what do you do, Hershel? I don’t think you’re in the shoe business if you’re driving a car like this.”
As Hershel moved the Lincoln back onto the road, John put his arm on the open window and Hershel replied.
“This was my grandmother’s car. She gave it to me after she passed away. I don’t really do anything. I was taking care of her. But now I’m just taking her to California.”
John’s face twisted a bit when Hershel said this. he glanced in the back seat and then back to Hershel.
“What do you mean, you’re taking her to California? I thought you said she passed away?”
“Yes, well I’m taking her ashes to California.” Hershel nodded to the case sitting between them.
John looked at the case and his face again twisted a little. He recovered quickly and chuckled a bit. “Oh, I see. Well, that’s real nice of you, Hershel. So, she just gave you the car?”
“Uhm, well she gave me some money too. But she gave most of her stuff to my brother. I guess she figured he had a family and needed it more than I did.”
“Ahh, I see, yeah having a family costs more.” John then turned and watched the scenery go by for a while.
After about an hour, Hershel pulled the wallet from his back pocket. He reached over and put it in the glove box. “Pardon me, John. This hurts my… hip after a while.”
“No, it’s alright. I understand, I’m the same way. That’s where I generally keep mine as well.” After John said this the two again watched the scenery.
Soon they passed a sign indicating they were coming into the state of Kansas.
“You ever been to Kansas, Hershel?”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been out of Missouri.” He replied.
John nodded and smiled. “Well we won’t be in Kansas for long. This is just the corner of the state. We’ll be coming to Oklahoma soon.”
Sure enough, a ways down the road they passed the Oklahoma state sign. Later, they stopped for a quick meal to go. After this, the houses became fewer and father between as they continued west.
Hershel eventually began searching around nervously. “I sure need to find a restroom,” he finally said aloud.
“Just stop at one of these big tree’s.”
Hershel glanced at John. “No, I need a real restroom.”
“Ohhh,” John said. “Well, we may have some trouble finding one around here.” He then appeared to think of something. “I may know where one is. It’s a little crude, but it may work in a pinch.”
Hershel glanced at John with a look of pain in his eyes. “How far is it?”
“Oh, just a few more miles.” John replied with a smile.
As the sun began to set, John pointed at an abandon gas station on the road side. Hershel pulled up beside two antique pumps.
“This place is closed.” Hershel said as he looked over the boarded up and derelict store building from the window.
“Yes, but there’s an outhouse in the back. I’ve had to use it myself several times. Like I said Hershel, it’s a bit crude, but in an emergency it’ll do.”
The word emergency seemed to bring the urgency for a bathroom back to Hershel and he grimaced a bit in pain.
“Does it have… you know, paper?” Hershel asked, still seeming a little reluctant.
“Oh….” John looked around. He then reached into a paper bag and pulled out some napkins.
“Here you go. I didn’t use my napkins from dinner. You’re welcome to them.”
Hershel took them. He turned the car off and pulled the keys out of the ignition. He then got out and shut the door.
John got out of the car and as Hershel was about the go around the building John called out. “Hey, Hershel.”
Hershel stopped and  turned around.
“Do mind if I put my bag in the trunk? I might take a little nap in the back seat later, if it’s alright with you.” As John said this he opened the back door on the car and pulled his suitcase out.
“Yeah, okay…” Hershel said, and reaching into his pocket pulled the keys out. He hurriedly walked back over to John and handed them to him. Then he moved quickly towards the outhouse again.
John took the keys and opened up the trunk. He moved one of Hershel’s suitcases to the side. He then pulled the footstool and box of family pictures out. He sat them on the ground behind the car and put his suitcase in the empty spot. He chuckled as he shut the trunk lid.
“Way too easy,” he said to himself as he got into the drivers seat of the Lincoln. He started the car and pulled away from the old pumps. He then stopped. Opening the door, he sat Ethel’s ashes outside on the ground. Then John drove away in the Lincoln.
A few minutes later, Hershel walked around the abandon store to find the car gone. He jogged over to the footstool and pictures on the ground.
“Hey…. what….hey?” Expressing fright, Hershel jogged down the road a little ways. He then turned and jogged the other way. He stood in the middle of the highway as dusk was overtaking the day.
With his head hanging he started walking back towards the store, then spotted the case with his grandmother’s ashes. He ran to it and picked it up. He laughed a little and almost hugged the case.
Hershel then picked up the footstool and pictures and moved over to the small overhang of the old store. He sat underneath it and looked out at the road, wondering what to do.
As dusk turned to night, he sat holding the case and watching the occasional car or truck go by.

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~ About Author ~

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Oliver served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC. In the late 1980s through mid 90s Oliver perused his love of music. He enjoyed traveling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.

After playing for thousands in the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver’s band abruptly disbanded. Oliver along with a good friend, that was a guitarist got together to form a new band in early spring of 1997. However rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan to travel to Northern Canada and Alaska to prospect for gold.

Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company traveled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team traveled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.

1999-2000 Oliver traveled through Asia, visiting Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries.

In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues writing articles and stories under various pseudonyms. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.

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Book Blitz: Transducer by Clayton Berry

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CoverTitle: The Transducer

Author: Clayton Berry

Series: The transducer Vol.1 

Release Date: 19 September 2017

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Sometime in the future, major cities fell due to an event named “The Sundering”. This event allowed corporations such as the Transcendi Corporation to run the daily aspects of our lives.

The Chinese invaded California. A decorated commissioner went missing. A dangerous prototype unveiled. A detective hid a secret. This is the first chapter of “The Transducer”.

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Book Blitz: Scarlet Flow by Elizabeth Clayton

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Author: Elizabeth Clayton

Release Date: 26 October 2012

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The small volume of verse, Scarlet Flow, is a selected record of one decade of the author’s thoughts, which celebrates the value of beauty, perceived, whether in painful or more pleasant circumstances, of the past but also that in the moment, spontaneously; these two portions of our lives are seen to flow into each other, giving the wisdoms necessary for the sustenance of a healthy self. No perceptive experience is too small or grand, neither positive or too negative to be included into what becomes a cathartic record as much as a worded picture, illustrated, of the feast of life: the past is, because it was, and the moment is a celebratory journey in itself. Therefore, a memory of the childish pleasantry of playing marbles with brothers or catching back the residual beauty of a past relationship allows the flow of one’s life to become a record and a release toward a good peace.

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Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon

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MPL_CoverTitle: Money Power Love

Author: Joss Sheldon

Release Date: 7 October 2017

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– ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS

– Born on three adjacent beds, a mere three seconds apart, our three heroes are united by nature but divided by nurture. As a result of their different upbringings, they spend their lives chasing three very different things: Money, power and love.

– This is a human story: A tale about people like ourselves, cajoled by the whimsy of circumstance, who find themselves performing the most beautiful acts as well as the most vulgar.

– This is a historical story: A tale set in the early 1800s, which shines a light on how bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today.

– And this is a love story: A tale about three men, who fall in love with the same woman, at the very same time…

– This is a story which will make you laugh, cry, smile, cringe, scream and shout. It truly is a unique work of literary fiction…

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Joss– Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London’s beating heart. Then he escaped!

– With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.

– Then, in 2013, he ran off to McLeod Ganj; an Indian village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his debut novel, ‘Involution & Evolution’.

– With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. He travelled to Palestine and Kurdistan, where he researched his second novel, ‘Occupied’; a dystopian masterpiece unlike any other story you’ve ever read.

– It was with his third novel, ‘The Little Voice’, that Sheldon really hit the big time; topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and gaining widespread critical acclaim.

– Now Sheldon has returned with his fourth, and most ambitious novel yet. “Money Power Love” is a literary mélange of historical, political and economic fiction; a love story that charts the rise of the British Empire, and the way in which bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today…

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Book Blitz: 3 Sprites and a Bed by Sandra C Addis

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CoverTitle: 3 Sprites and a Bed

Author: Sandra C Addis

Release Date: 22 May 2015

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This fairy tale is about Emily who discovers that the three Sprites dance, fly, talk, sing, and play. This discovery occurs at Castle Antiques. The three musical Sprites are detachable wooden carvings in niches of the bed’s headboard.

A spell has been placed on the Sprites by Aqua Woman from another planet and galaxy. Once someone discovers the secret of the Sprites’ bed, this person must own the bed a year from that date. Otherwise, the 3 Sprites become solid wood forever.

Emily becomes the person who must help the three Sprites. She cannot tell anyone about the dilemma. Complications arise, so the task of owning a $3,000 bed is a huge problem for Emily, since she is only fifteen years old.

Aqua woman eventually gives the three Sprites another option to cancel the spell.

They must name the planet she is from. Aqua Woman chants a few lines of nonsense in whispers. After many months of anguish and worry, there is a happy ending.

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Sandra C. Addis is a widow, mother, and gran. Sandra retired from teaching elementary school after thirty-three years. She loves dramatics and has done much in this field. Sandra enjoys the beach, reading, writing, and traveling. God and her family are most important in her life. Sandra lives in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, with her adorable Cockapoo, Molly.

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Run from a Shadow by Ruth Callick

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Title: Run from a Shadow

Author: Ruth Callick

Release Date: 23 September 2016

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It is 1969 when two young boys approach Casey Hammond in the airport, alone and scared and lost in a country not their own. She agrees to help them get to their uncle–but she has no idea of the danger and intrigue she will soon encounter.

It seems there are foreign nationals in pursuit of the children, which risks the safety of the entire group. When an arrogant but handsome young man comes to their rescue, she soon learns he is the children’s older cousin. He has volunteered to become their protector as they attempt to get the children safely to their uncle. More quickly than she could have imagined, Casey soon finds herself growing attached to the two children–and their attractive, warmhearted cousin.

In this thrilling romance, set in the sixties, a young woman sets out to help two children defecting from a communist country–and falls in love along the way.

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