Summer Reading Season 2013

Four Books, Two Best Selling Authors

#1  A women’s fiction about making mistakes and fighting for what feels right.

Price $0.00.

May 30th – June 3rd

http://www.amazon.com/ANGEL-OF-MERCY-ebook/dp/B0085RZPC8 

What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one?  During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation. But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital.  Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously.  Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance.  Could they have a second chance?  Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend?  Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands.  But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.

This book received –

  • The Romantic Times Special Winner of the “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance
  • Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.ANGEL OF MERCY COVER

#2  A 20th century general fiction. A FINALIST – THE BEST INDIE BOOK COMPETITION OF 2013 with the price reduced to $0.99 through May 31st is Life’s What Happens.

This is some of the story behind the antiwar movement and the hatred of the Vietnam era vets. John Lennon had it right!  Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed.  They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends.  But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is approved on Thanksgiving eve when no one was watching.  For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans.  Instead of choosing a career they are making a life and death decision.

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#3 -The first two books in the time travel mystery series, CUL8R, are on Amazon for 99 cents each!

Book #1, OMG the mystery happens back in 1966. and Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back], takes place in 1980

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#4 – What happens in Nashville gets written about…Go to Nashville, back stage passes and tour bus seat included for $0.00

Wait until you hear about the weekends of 6/6 – 6/10 and 6/13 – 6/17!  You can spend your weekends in Nashville, back stage and on the road with the Day sisters.  What really happens backstage, off stage and on the tour bus.

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Summer reader? Then start it off right and cheap!

 

Start your summer reading season off with a sale! Mystery series on sale starting TONIGHT.

The CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series has two books going on sale tonight until the end of May.

Book #1 is OMG [Oh My God]
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Kelly, a teenager from Texas has recently been orphaned and sent to live in Florida with her aunt Jane, a busy lawyer. Right away Kelly meets her tall, nerdy neighbor Scott, and they bond over a shared love of a video games and a mysterious gadget they find in Aunt Jane’s garage.

The gadget turns out to be a lost invention of Thomas Edison’s called the “Telephone to the Dead”. The mystery begins when Scott gets the Spirit Radio to work and a girl named Wendy comes through, pleading for help . . . from beyond the grave. Is Wendy a ghost? And if she didn’t kill herself, who did? Kelly, Scott and his best friend Austin must find a way to go back to 1966 to help her . . . without getting killed.
Well plotted and fast paced. Martha Bryce
The best time-travel novel I’ve read yet, and I hope there’s more to come. A big thumbs up! C
WOW! I’ve been thinking about that book for a week now since I finished reading it. It kept me engrossed with intelligent writing, depth of characters and a fast pace. Overall, a very satisfying novel. Jasmine

Find OMG starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon.

Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back]
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“It’s difficult to investigate a crime that hasn’t happened yet.”

Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey have just returned from changing a girl’s life in 1966 and are a little battered and bruised from their adventure. But when a small voice pleads for their help to save her family from a murderer, they know they must respond.
They research the story, but there is very little information to be found. All they know is that it takes place on Crystal Key, a small private island off the Florida Keys. Since it appears to be deserted, they decide to pop in, gather clues, then pop back. It was a good excuse to spend a lazy day on a beautiful beach.
But from the first step, their journey back to 1980 goes horribly wrong. The area is crawling with drug traffickers and tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Cuba. They meet the young girl and her family, but their intervention puts them in the direct path of the killer.
Can they find out who he is in time to save the girl, her family . . . and themselves? Or are they destined to be a madman’s latest victims?

“It’s an exciting mystery with plenty of surprises to keep you guessing.” Danielle Marie

“The “CUL8R” series stands out and shines as something unique that manages to mix fantasy with realistic characters and situations.” Erica Lucas

“I literally could not put this book down.” K. J. Pierce

Find BRB starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon

And before school starts back in the fall or the end of the summer depending on the schedule, latitude and attitude, Book #3, BION [Believe It OR Not] will be released. This is the first time of the characters in the series finds themselvesBION eBook 1 in a serious romance. Here’s the cover.

Ten Years Later John Lennon got it right!

John Lennon had it right!
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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed. They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends. But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is passed on Thanksgiving eve when no one is watching. For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans. Instead of choosing a career, they are faced with the choice between life and death.

LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS is their story, as each is faced with questions much more complicated than any generation past. It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

Price reduced to $0.99 through May 31st!
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“From characters that still your heart to writing styles that will captivate you, this is one awesome read.”

“This story was engaging and extremely moving, at turns both humorous and thought provoking.”

Life’s What Happens is a gripping read, with its educational, historical, imaginative and very human ingredients. Brilliant writing.”

“Life’s What Happens is a book that everyone will want to read, especially those who remember the tumultuous times of the late 1960’s.”

“Baby boomers and those interested in history will want to soak up the knowledge found within these pages. This is a tale you will not want to miss.”

“I too have graduated from Kent State. We need more books that look into the lives of the students that were just trying to get an education when others force their life into the spotlight.”

Check out the book’s trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTibRqRL4o

Then take advantage of the special price of 99 Cents U.S. on Amazon through May 31st at
http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/

Visit the Author’s Website

The war and the love continues…and its FREE! PLUS We have a summer of free reading by NYT Best Selling Author Kathy Clark

We’re underway with the give away of the second book, Phantom Angel. We’d appreciate if you would leave a review for last weekend’s free book #1, Kissed By An Angel on Amazon. The series is all about veterans and immerses the reader in the hardship and heartbreak of war as it relates to these relationships before during ad after..

For the next two weeks, every Thursday through Monday, the last of Kathy Clark’s Angel Series will be free on Amazon.com. With 1st edition sales of over 350,000, this three weekend give away is a great way to introduce readers to or reacquaint you with NYT best-selling author Kathy Clark.

Book #2 is Phantom Angel will be free from 5/23 through 5/27 at http://www.amazon.com/PHANTOM-ANGEL-ebook/dp/B0085RZPJ6/ on Amazon. With the backdrop of the war he shouldn’t have survived. . . not the crash landing in the Vietnamese jungle nor the years of backbreaking labor. But the painfully thin man with the arresting blue eyes had paid a high price for survival. The man Melora Delaney faced across a rice paddy, the man she was to bring back to America, had lost his youth and his memory. As a psychologist she couldn’t restore Bo’s lost years, but she could help him begin life again. She planned two months of intensive work with her patient. But then she came to know the man, who existence was a miracle of strength and will. When the time came … and it would … would she be able to let him go?
• Book #2 was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.

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Angel of Mercy will be free between 5/30 thru 6/3 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/ANGEL-OF-MERCY-ebook/dp/B0085RZPC8 What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one? During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation. But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital. Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously. Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance. Could they have a second chance? Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend? Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands. But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.
This book received –
• The Romantic Times Special Winner of the “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance
• Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.

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And we’re not done yet! Do you like country music, the CMAs the TV show Nashville??? Wait until you see the weekend giveaways starting June 6th.

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And there is more planned through the summer reading season. And be fore you know it the CUL8R, that’s see you later for the older set, will have a third book to join OMG and BRB…og yeah, that’s Oh My God and Be Right Back.

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The teen time travelers head back to the roaring twenties…in BION [Believe It OR Not] in August, 2013…

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Free Books

This weekend book #1 of my Angel Series is free on Amazon. Kissed By An Angel

Is that a young adult, adult, new adult or just a coming and going adult?

When author Kathy Clark decided to write a Young Adult Series and she teamed up with her husband Bob Wernly, the determination of their pseudonym of Bob Kat was the last easy decision they had. Teen books. Young adult books. Mid-grade books. Mature young adult books. New young adult books. The options seem to increase every time a new best seller came along. Like the book or don’t like the book, the entire 50 Shades of Grey collection was poorly written about a topic few in the general population had personal knowledge of but none the less sold well.

Bob’s first question, stemming from his background as an engineer and Fortune 500 Executive background, was what’s the difference between a young adult book from a mid-grade book, teen book, children’s book and the emerging category of the new or mature adult book?

But first. Why is it important to have clear definitions?
Two reasons primarily.
• Child protection
• Customer expectation

The child protection is pretty straightforward. Parents have an obligation to set their children off in the right direction in life. So just as there are film ratings and restrictions on what age kid and go in to what movie, a similar, less orchestrated or at least more self-managed system needs to be maintained. The customer satisfaction is simply finding a way to make clear to a potential buyer of a book what the nature of the book is about. It’s clear what’s inside an erotica book or a mystery or police procedural. But the shifting sands in the twelve to twenty one ager group makes it more urgent that the authors and readers and parents land on a common understanding.

So some research has uncovered a number of characteristics and facets to the question. These attributes are to be considered when determining the target market of audience by an author:

• Age [The most singularly objective measurement in the entire discussion. Young adult by some conservative religious organization means 18 to 35 years old]
• Subject matter of the book, series and plot points within the story
• Writing and vocabulary style [Complexity, sentence structure and definitions]
• Type of conflict of the protagonist [Is it something much older than the reader or something that is just a memory of when they were young]
• Moral values and behaviors [Within the family and with their friends day to day. Do the “kids” in the story act older or younger than they think they do]

Age and subject matter are not consistent measures as they vary greatly between people depending on another set of factors such as:
• Morals [Theirs, friends, parents and assumed in society as seen on TV, films, books, magazines and even video games]
• Experiences in their life thus far either personally or through friends

Writing and vocabulary style often times gets into some pretty easy to answer questions that many “Young Adult Blog Sites” use such as:
• Level of violence
• Profanity
• Sexual activity or descriptions [Including exclusions of specific words and phrases by a publisher for example. The details or graphic nature is also a consideration here.]

But another level of this is the softer side of a story. Middle grade novels are characterized by the type of conflict encountered by the main character. The children in the primary grades are still focused inward, and the conflicts in their books reflect that. Young adults are different not unlike the complexity of child’s life as they grow older. Young adult novels often have more complicated plots than those for middle grade and the protagonists not only experience an internal change, but this change is set off by external events and the event fits into a bigger picture because it is confusing. Know your target reader and your story and stay inside these broad variable guidelines.

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Bill Cosby; From funny guy to just being honest

I was sent Bill Cosby’s tirade titled I’m 83 and Tired. My friends and I used to listen to Bill for humor in high school. He was my generation’s comedian. This list makes him my generation’s voice.

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Bill Cosby “I’m 83 and Tired”

I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for when I was doing my National Service, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; Muslims burning schools for girls; Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.

“I’m 83 and I’m tired. If you don’t agree you are part of the problem!

Wish I would have considered adding Bill to our flashback fiction to 1969 – 1970 award winning book, Life’s What Happens. http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/ Finalist in the Best Indie Book Fiction in 2013.
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Bill, I’ve done my part Hey, Hey Hey!