Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X


Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X

Jeff Fleischer, Author
From ancient civilizations to the 20th century, 50 movers and shakers get their due in this informative and sometimes tongue-in-cheek guide, which examines Cleopatra, Judah Maccabee, Nat Turner, Michael Collins, and Che Guevara, among others. Fleischer capably places the individuals in their history milieu, zeroing in on the circumstances behind their notoriety, as well as the ways their influence has endured, while sidebars provide additional context and modern parallels (Fleischer compares Roman politicians and brothers Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus to John and Robert Kennedy). A lively narrative, an accessible length (while the profiles are dense, they are kept to roughly four pages each), and deadpan humor—particularly in captions (George Washington is “tight in tights” and Sitting Bull “sits bullishly”)—allow for irreverent, edifying reading. Ages 14–up. (Mar.)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Melissa Keir- Sexy Between the Covers - Blog

Posted: 09 Dec 2014 05:56 PM PST
Gifts of Love Come in all sizes and oddity

Gifts come in all sizes and shapes and can be given for good or weird reasons. I remember my true love’s first gift was a glued together sand castle. He gave it to me for no reason at the start of an early date. I’ve always suspected it was an unwanted present that one of the ladies at work picked up on her island holiday and gave to him. So he gave it to me in a strange re-gifting moment.

When I opened the door, he started talking about Greeks bringing gifts. Honest to God, I had no idea what he was talking about and was shocked when he concluded his ramble by handing me a small, permanently glued together Sand Castle with a felt bottom and a bent flag. I long ago lost the boyfriend, but I still have the sand castle and to this day I have no idea why he gave it to me. Maybe it was cluttering his cabinet. Now of course, it’s cluttering mine.

In Jacko, the pirate’s romance novel, he sends Alice what most people would think to be a strange and disturbing gift, but at least it made sense to me. And more importantly, Alice understood why he sent the gift.

First let me apologize for the red background. It should be a scarf, but painting a scarf is much harder than you might imagine and clearly I had no artistic juice within me on the night I created this.

Here’s the excerpt where Alice receives her gift.

Alice returned to the package, cut the twine and unwrapped the paper. She lifted up a colorful silk scarf wrapped around something oblong and hard. As she unwrapped the scarf, she caught the musky scent that had haunted her senses in her sleep. Jacko.

“What is it?” Thomas asked.

Alice had become so enchanted with the scarf, she had failed to notice the item wrapped inside it. In her hand lay what looked to be an ivory handle. But to what?

She noticed a pearl inset on one side and pressed it. A lethal four-inch blade of silver jutted out.

“Dear Lord!” Thomas exclaimed. “Do you think Carson sent this as a threat?”

“No.” She smiled and stroked the handle. “I think Jacko sent it as a gift.”

“A gift? What type of man sends a knife to lady?”

She pressed the scarf to her lips. “A very unique one. A man who admires a woman good with knives.”

Placing the scarf around her neck, she examined the slender blade. When she pushed the pearl inset again, the blade returned inside the handle.

“Now that is clever.” She showed Thomas how the knife could appear and disappear.

He scowled and stepped back. “Perhaps you should put the ‘gift’ in your safe.”

“First, I must show it to Mother.” She headed to the door.

“Your mother is far from recovered. She does not need to know ill-dressed gypsies are giving you knives!”

Alice stopped and turned to Thomas, angered by his words. “You will never refer to the man I intend to marry in such disrespectful terms again.”

“Marry? You cannot marry a gypsy.”

“This is not your say.”

Thomas refused to back down. “Your mother will not allow it!”

“It is not her say either. However, I believe once she knows Jacko better, she will welcome him into our home.”

“A gypsy?”

“A man who risked his life to save a woman he had never met.” She caressed the ivory handle of her hidden knife. “A man who wishes me to be strong and unafraid.” She then recalled them seated together at the kitchen table. “A man with warmth and laughter in his eyes.”

Jacko, a gypsy with a great love for stealing, rescues a suffragette from Bedlam. Upon returning the elderly woman to safety, he meets her blue-stocking daughter. Alice has decided she prefers managing her estate farms over London society. She is resigned to never marry until the handsome and surprisingly wealthy man with a dark past and several identities steals her heart.

A Right to Love


Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited
A Right to Love is a spin off

of the Adventures of Xavier & Vic’s

Humorous, Late Victorian, Romantic Sleuth series
Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice

Book 2

The Missing Partner

Book 3

The Mesmerist


All Xavier books Free with Amazon Unlimited

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)

Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)

A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)

Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.

Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.

Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.

Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.

The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.

The Mesmerist The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.



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Posted: 02 Dec 2014 06:30 PM PST

A Cowboy for Christmas by Jennie Marts
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Holly Adams returns to her hometown with a simple to-do list from her therapist: 1) Return to your roots, 2) Face your fears, and 3) Listen to your heart. But Holly hasn’t been back since a tragic accident claimed the life of her young husband. Returning home is one thing. Facing her fears and giving her bruised heart a voice are quite another.

Cowboy Levi Garrett remembers Holly as the brazen girl who once stole a kiss at a high school party, and barely recognizes the heartbroken young widow who ends up stranded at his ranch on Christmas Eve. All he wants is to remind Holly of the fearless girl she used to be.

It’s holiday magic when a winter storm traps the pair together, but will Holly be able to hear her heart when it asks for a Cowboy for Christmas?


“Sometimes I feel like something broke inside of me when I lost Scott. I lost that brave, fun, impulsive girl I used to be. The one who would kidnap an abused dog. Or kiss a boy on a dare.”

Levi narrowed his eyes at her and cocked his head to one side. “It may seem like it’s been a while since you’ve seen that girl, but I think she’s still in there. It may just take a nudge to find her again.”

He stood and crossed the room, then knelt in front of her. Her heart pounded in her chest at the nearness of him.

Her breath caught as he reached up and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. He leaned in close, his eyes conveying a message of strength as he asked, “Truth or dare?”

Oh my. A spike of warmth flowed through her entire body as she peered up at him through her eyelashes. Her voice barely registered a whisper. “Dare.”

One corner of his lip tilted up in a devilish grin. “I was hoping you’d say that. I dare you to kiss the boy next to you.”

She smiled back. She couldn’t help it. A glow of happiness burned inside of her, the earlier cold now forgotten.

Reaching up, she touched his cheek. His eyes closed as he caught his breath. She reveled in the power of knowing that her touch could cause such a reaction. That he desired her.

He was so close, his face just inches from hers. She leaned in, gathering all of her courage. He’d kissed her with such passion, such intensity that morning, he had to have real ;feelings for her.

So close, a whisper’s breath away, her lips grazed his, and he gave a tiny gasp of pleasure. Another graze, this one closer, the warmth of his lips heating hers.

Crazy tumbles of feelings filled her. Stirrings of desire and need flowed through her, and in that instant, all she knew was that she wanted to kiss this man. Had to kiss him. Would die if she didn’t kiss him. Right. This. Second.

Her lips pressed his, and her body sprang to life. She inched closer, and the blanket on her lap slipped away. She gripped his muscled forearms as he pulled her tight against him. Matching her desire, he kissed her back with a ferocity that she hadn’t felt in years.

His hand slid down her back, cupping her bottom then drawing her legs around his waist, and there was no denying that he wanted her.

She pulled him closer, wrapping her bare legs around him and clutching his back.

His hands left trails of fire as they slid up her legs, caressing and stroking her skin. A flush of heat swept through her. She couldn’t catch her breath. As much as she wanted this, it was happening so fast.

She drew back, gasping for air, trying to tamp down the panic rising in her chest. “Hold on.”

Buy Link: Amazon

~About the Author~

Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing and is the Kindle Bestselling author of the Page Turners series, which includes the romantic comedies: Another Saturday Night & I Ain’t Got No Body, Easy Like Sunday Mourning, and Just Another Maniac Monday. Reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.”

She writes from the mountains of Colorado where she lives with her husband, two sons, a golden retriever named Cooper and a Sheltie puppy named Maggie. Jennie enjoys being a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Colorado Indie Authors, and Pikes Peak Writers.

Jennie is addicted to Diet Coke and adores Cheetos. She loves playing volleyball and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes or friends.

Jennie loves to hear from readers.

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Inn for the Holidays by Ella Jade
Genre: Holiday Romance

Innkeepers Logan and Elyse Cole have been making people’s fantasies a reality for the past six months at their popular bed and breakfast. While running Pleasure Inn has been a rewarding experience for the happy couple, it also requires long hours and busy weekends. Catering to their guests’ whims and fantasies doesn’t leave much free time for the Coles. They need a few days to reconnect and indulge in their own fantasies.

Logan makes that happen with a surprise gift to his wife. He reserves the inn for just the two of them several days before Christmas. Two nights of uninterrupted romance is exactly what this couple needs. Logan reminds Elyse what drew her to him in the first place. He vows to make good on his promise to always make all of her fantasies a reality.

She wants nothing more than for the Master of the Inn to make an appearance this holiday season.

A Pleasure Inn series short, featuring Logan and Elyse from Master of the Inn.
All books in this series can stand alone and/or can be read in any order.
This is a quick steamy read.


Logan took her chin between his fingers and shot her his signature intense glare. The very stare that had her obeying his every command between the sheets. Logan was Dominant to the core. It was his Dominance that drew her to him in the first place. When he offered her the opportunity to relinquish control and let go intimately, all of her desires had been fulfilled. He had awakened a sexual awareness in Elyse that brought her the most pleasure she had ever experienced.

“Trust me,” he whispered never taking his gaze away from hers.

“I do.”

“Good girl.” He brushed his lips against hers. “You’ve been extremely busy. You’re working so hard to get this place perfect. They only reason we are as successful as we are is because of your attention to detail and the satisfaction you bring our guests.”

“We did this together.”

Logan had transformed the old place into its former glory and then some. He worked non-stop tending to the grounds. He made sure everything inside was in perfect working condition. Not a door squeaked or a loose floorboard could be found. There were several rooms that he had yet to tackle but they were in his plans for the new year. The upcoming year was going to be big for them. They were even starting to get repeat customers. With the new rooms underway, they’d be able to take on more than two couples at a time on any given weekend.

“I know but with Christmas just around the corner, you’ve had extra things to do. You worry about getting us through the holidays and I’ll take care of everything else.”

“How did I get so lucky to find you?”

“You stumbled onto my porch one night and I felt compelled to take you in.”

“You insisted, if I remember correctly.”

“What can I say? I have good taste.” He ran his tongue along her lips. “Kiss me.”

She threw her arms around his neck and parted her mouth allowing him access. He held her tight against his masculine form, exploring her long and hard. When he finally stopped kissing her, the room spun and she had to catch her breath.

“Feel better?” he asked, already knowing the answer.

“I’m always calmer when you’re around.”

“I’m going to get that bath ready.” When he took a step back, she could see the excitement bulging against his jeans. “You have five minutes.”

“Or what?”

“It’s been a while since I’ve taken you over my knee.”

“Too long. I might have to be a few minutes late.” She teased.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” He shook his head as he allowed his gaze to take in her body. “I don’t want to waste any time tonight with frivolous punishments.”

But I love those provoked punishments. “I have a fantasy that needs fulfilling.” She hoped he got the hint. “We are, after all, in the business of making that happen.”

“Indeed.” He pulled his shirt over his head, revealing his defined six-pack abs to her.

She reached out, running her hand down his chest and over his rock hard stomach. He sucked in a breath when she unbuckled his belt.

“What would you wish for if you were a guest this weekend?” He watched as she toyed with his belt.

“If I were staying here, looking to reconnect and spend some quiet time with my husband, I would request that the Master of the Inn make an appearance.”

“Really?” He arched a brow as she unbuttoned his jeans. “I think that could be arranged in the very near future.”

The timer on the oven buzzed, interrupting their conversation. It figures! “I have to get that.” She walked over to the oven not wanting her cookies to burn. “I’ll be up in a few minutes to finish what you started, Mr. Cole.”

“Five.” He swatted her backside. “I’m not in a patient mood, Mrs. Cole.”

Buy Links: Amazon   Barnes & Noble

~About the Author~ 

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy creating sexy, domineering men and the strong women who know how to challenge them in and out of the bedroom. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.

She loves connecting with readers.

Sunday, October 5, 2014




The #1 Southern Utah Book Festival!

Save the Date
October 20-25, 2014
Open to the Public (FREE)
Learn, Discover and Journey through the World of Books!
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About the St. George Book Festival:

Welcome to the St. George Book Festival. This annual
FREE festival is the Utah Humanities Council’s gift to the community of Washington County, allowing us to explore all sorts of ideas by interacting with great writers.

This year, there are 20 locations all over the state of Utah hosting over 150 book festival activities throughout October, which is National Book Month and the
17th annual Utah Humanities Book Festival.

The complete program is available at

Community-Wide Events

Oct. 20th
Local Authorpalooza Festival Kick-Off

FREE to the Public

Location: Barns & Noble at Red Cliffs Mall

        1720 Red Cliffs Dr, St. George UT

Time: 4pm to 7pm

Oct. 21st-23rd
Author Appearances

Free to the Public

Locations: Washington County Schools, Bookstores, Libraries & St. George Children’s Museum

Check with your local school, bookstore, library branch or the St. George Children’s Museum for more details.

The Writer's Journey: One-Day Workshop

Oct. 24th

Come enjoy this one-day conference designed to give authors and aspiring authors the opportunity to network and learn more about writing and the publishing industry! 
Date: Friday October 24, 2014
FREE to the public - $15 Speaker Box Lunch available!

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm - There are two breakout sessions each hour.

Location: Dixie State University Holland Bldg, 4th floor

Click here to see workshops, speakers, full program details and SIGN-UP!

Make Hotel Reservations Here!

Literacy Charity Dinner - Oct. 24th

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. 
- Katherine Patterson

Why Literacy is Important

In the United States, an estimated 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child. Worldwide, nearly 800 million adults are illiterate in their native languages; two-thirds of them are women. Yet the ability to read and write is the basis for all other education; literacy is necessary for an individual to understand information that is out of context, whether written or verbal. Literacy is essential if we are to eradicate poverty at home and abroad, improve infant mortality rates, address gender inequality, and create sustainable development. Without literacy skills - the abilities to read, to write, to do math, to solve problems, and to access and use technology - today's adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members, and employees. (From Central Georgia College)

We invite you to join us on October 24, 2014 at 6pm!

The night will be one you won't forget as you'll be dinning with twelve best-selling and award-winning authors in and around Utah, not to mention each ticket you purchase will be donated to two wonderful organizations in our community - The St. George Children's Museum and Washington County School District Foundation!

DEADLINE to purchase your dinner ticket is October 18th! Hurry and Reserve your spot TODAY!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet Melissa Keir

Author Melissa Keir

The Heartsong Cowboy by Melissa Keir is a part of the seven author book bundle selling for only $0.99, yes- less than one dollar!

Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?

Angela French blames herself for her daughter’s lack of voice. Determined to do anything to correct the situation, she seeks out Jake Kyncade, the owner of The Heartsong Ranch.

Jake Kyncade hides his own sorrows behind his no-nonsense demeanor. Helping children becomes one way to correct his past. Using equine therapy, he sets out to make a difference.

Can Jake help Angela’s dreams come true or will Jake’s past bring more heartache? Will love save them all?

With Taylor asleep on the couch, Angela snuck the magazine out of her daughter’s sleeping hands before carrying her to her bed. After making sure her baby was tucked in, she turned out the lights and went to the kitchen. She sat down at the table to study the article about the horse whisperer. The photos gave off a peaceful feeling—so much so, she longed to jump into the images. Along with the horses, there were shots of children laughing and petting the animals. The article mentioned a little boy with Down’s Syndrome whose language increased after a week of animal therapy. The Heartsong Ranch. Even the name sounds encouraging. Dare I get my hopes up?

One photo in particular captured her attention. The owner, Jake Kyncade, wore jeans and a cowboy hat as he stood next to the ranch sign. She took a deep breath as butterflies circled in her abdomen. He’s sexy. Very different from Mike. Mr. Kyncade has this wounded look in his eyes. I wonder what his trauma was. I’ve gotten better at noticing it in others. Still, he’s good looking. Probably married with his own children.

About Melissa Keir:
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter, and EPIC. She is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. 

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer, an owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
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The Heartsong Cowboy book trailer was just featured on the USA Today’s HEA blog. Check it out here:
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          Seven women who know how to...
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A boxed set of seven romantic novellas by seven award-winning authors experienced with writing about the men of the West.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meet My Character Book Blog

         Meet My Character Book Blog
This is quite an unexpected journey. I am very lucky to have found a great group of bloggers that really enjoys helping other authors. Carol Malone found me and I'm so glad she did . 

It's always a lot of fun talking about our characters and if any of you authors that are reading this would like to join us please let me know.
Meet Carol Malone 
Carol’s bio:  Carol Malone has found a magical key for successfully combining her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her highly rated book, “Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night.” 
With “Ladies Night,” she became the first woman to punch her way into the suspenseful, male-dominated genre of pulp boxing with a tender love story. Since then she has written numerous stories to entice readers to scramble into a front row seat for a power-packed thrill-ride of romance and sports action.
Look for her novella “Hot Corner Magic” to be published in a pulp sports anthology. If not hammering out new tales, Carol is reading, watching sports or the Food Network on TV, or hanging with her sci-fi author husband on the Coast of California. Come visit her website and chat with her about sports and amour.

Meet Virginia Templeton

What is the name of your character? 
 VirginiaTempleton  is a fictional character but the more I write about her the more real she becomes. I introduced her in a screenplay that hasn't been produced yet but she was always one of my favorite characters.Virginia loves men, sex, power and shoes! She has a heart but rarely lets anyone see that side of her. She had to fight for everything so she rarely let her guard down until the Templeton Corporation was her responsibility.  

 Where is the story set?

The story is set in Chicago and later on in this series she will be in different cities and countries. Her husband Slater is a well-known Chicago born and bred successful businessman and she is very ambitious woman from a small town. Together they like to think they are a very significant part of Chicago’s social scene and when they are in the public eye people watch them. Virginia is the power behind her man but he doesn't view it that way. Their marriage has had many ups and downs and they each keep their secrets private and that's what makes them so very interesting and their stories leave their readers wanting more! 

 What should we know about Virginia?  
Virginia is a very interesting highly intelligent woman but most see her as a glamorous sexy woman who loves shoes and a good time. Virginia does enjoy the fact that she is not known for her brains because she’s quite a bit smarter than those that do not see her as the powerhouse she is .

What is the main conflict in the story?
When Virginia realizes the Templeton Corporation is in financial trouble she uses everything including her money trying to uncover the truth as to why her husband’s company, a financially sound corporation, could be losing money so quickly. She knew there were secrets but what she didn’t know was how deeply rooted this investigation would become.  

What is the personal goal for Virginia Templeton?
Virginia’s goal was to come to terms with her husband’s reasons for the problems he left his company with. She had no idea why such a smart businessman would let this happen or why. And why did he leave her with absolutely no information unless he was hoping she could do what he could not, that being bring his company back on top!    

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 Meet Kelly

I would like you to meet Kelly Abell.She is a wonderful author. Not only have we been sharing our characters and talking  about writing and marketing but Kelly has done many of my banners and some of my book covers not to mention how helpful she has been helping me market my work. She is the owner of SELECT-O GRAFIX.  

Kelly is an international bestselling author with novels with two different publishers. She writes romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. Her aim is to write about gripping characters in tense situations that keep a reader turning the pages. She also spends a great deal of time helping other writers through her Writing Tips on her website and as a member of the Florida Writer's Association.

When not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years and her two college age children, when they find the time. She lives in Florida and enjoys all that living in the sunshine state brings, boating, fishing, beaches, theme parks, and more. Her favorite pass time is reading (what a surprise!) She likes Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Comedy.
Stop by and visit her website for current events
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Part of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Hoping to raise awareness of this Silent Killer and how important early testing is. Visit this site for more information on Ovarian Cancer

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jaspar's War - Review by FranLewis


Jaspar’s War: Cym Lowell

How far would you go to avenge the death of your husband? Would you kill? Would you become a warrior and seek out those that not only killed your husband but separated you from your children too. When Jaspar Moran learns of the death of her husband Trevor, the Secretary of the Treasury, her mind and body take a huge hit. Lost over the North Atlantic, Trevor’s body is shark bait. But, minutes pass as she learns that the same people behind his death just kidnapped her two children. What is her first move? What can she do to get them back? Simple enough! Keep silent about her husband’s work with the President’s economic stimulus plan. Say nothing! Do not comment and she will see her son and daughter again. Numb, lost and feeling alone she contacts the Attorney General hoping for some answers.

What happens when it finally sets in that he is gone? At a birthday party on the grounds of her own home in Connecticut, security in place, how could her two children disappear right in front of her. The scene is quite compelling and the message a blunt and harsh warning not to dare divulge anything concerning the President’s economic plan or her children’s lives will end.
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Unsure of what to do yet still somewhat focused Jaspar begins searching through her husband’s documents and finds a memory stick with encrypted information that might hold the key to why he was killed. Holding on to it would be the wrong move instead she manages to send this stick to a friend’s dad who whose financial skills are equal to that of many working in Wall Street today. Chief Bearstrike of an Indian Tribe in Oklahoma is her only hope. Understanding the international market and an investor, Trevor placed his name on a post it on the memory stick. This is just the tip of the cold iceberg as Jaspar learns that her husband was the subject of an investigation and she herself has now become a prime target too. Seeking help from Father Michael to find her children she dons the costume of a nun in order to save her life and find her children. Aiding her out of the country she meets a trusted man named Nulandi whose past will touch her heart, whose knowledge of combat and war will aid her in becoming a warrior, soldier and assassin in order to fight a battle that only she can win. Nulandi was saved as a child soldier and assassin and is rich and has the resources to help her. Hearing his story and meeting Alice his dog and a Sister, we begin to understand why he’s agreed to help Jaspar. Training her in martial arts, combat and then teaching her the definition of Lures, we learn just what part she will play to bait those who have her children. Learning to kill, not feeling any remorse, guilt or pain she begins will slaughter some innocent Kangaroos. But, how far will she go to get those that have taken her children? Will she sleep with the enemy to gain information? How does she justify her actions and what happens when things between her and the killer heat up?

From a warm and loving mother and wife Jasper becomes a coldhearted killer who will fight to the death to find her children no matter what it takes or whose lives she takes. But, second but equally paramount is the financial aspect of this novel, the economic stimulus plan as outlined by her husbands predecessor Copper Starr and the race to save the economy and her children. Is she connected to her husband’s job? With the training that she is provided by Nulandi, can she handle the bloodshed, the deaths and the murder before time runs out?

Can a rich woman, a female Asian Commando, Native American Indian Chief and Nulandi a man without an identity and an assassin find a dangerous killer and end the plot to ruin the global economy? Security in place but who are the men guarding her children and pretending to protect them as we meet Chrissy and Theo two innocent victims in this diabolical plot.

Thinking that her husband was involved in the economic collapse of our economy, not believing that to be true and hoping to find her children, Jaspar along with Nulandi, Alice a special dog with acute senses, Anloc and Jason Brontus a US Attorney Journal plus one financial wizard and Indian Chief uncover a plot that travels all the way to the White House. Scenes that are graphic, violent, bombs explode near the Vatican, Monte Carlo Grand Prix and race car driver Tremont, the mafia and an actor/artist named Paulo, all lend to the suspense, fire and explosive plot that will keep you on edge. Did Trevor manipulate the financial market? Did he hope to gain from the President’s economic stimulus plans? Why would someone want to create a world financial disaster?

Risking her own life, putting everything she has on the line including her faith in herself as the author shares her inner most thoughts, feelings, questioning herself and her ability to handle what she must face, Jaspar is not the only one fighting a private and public war. As Nulandi shares his past and Chief Bearstrike explains his connection to Jaspar each one is fighting something from his/her own past and each one must fight his own war in order to succeed. Will Jason understand the documents placed in front of him by the Chief? Will he figure out what he’s being shown before it’s too late? What about Chrissy and Theo? Why is one powerful mafia don holding them and what does he hope to gain? Will they wind up dead?

Enter the room with the Chief and the Attorney General and hear their voices echoing the plan that they think has unfolded. What would happen if the truth comes out and is the sovereign trust of the Queen of England really behind the financial collapse?

When Jason brings the information in black and white to the President of the United States what they put in motion will change lives, the dynamics of the government’s financial stimulus plan and explain why Chief Bearstrike is on board. Financial security for his tribe is at risk due to the conspiracy that has been brought to light. Added it threatened the collective security of both the U.S. and his tribe. A company that was run by Trevor Moran and made to look corrupt. West Mad business exploded, Moran needed to be disposed of and one memory stick that was entrusted to the Chief to get the ball rolling. A Catholic priest contacted his sister getting Jaspar to safety and the rest you will learn when you read the startling information, the plan that Jason comes to understand and the reality behind what someone is planning when you read Chapters 27-30.
Greed, power, lust, hate and just to prove he is right was one man’s goal to take down the President’s stimulus plan and make it his own. With Nulandi and Jaspar fighting a ground war, Jason dealing with those in the government that are involved and the Chief making contact with the Queen’s Sovereign Trust the main players are there but just who is pulling the strings, why and how does this link to a racecar driver, the mafia, someone connected to the Queen and corruption in the police department, author Cym Lowell takes us deep inside the minds of criminals that are hiding right in plain sight, a woman fearing for the life of her children, an Aborigine assassin holding her life in the balance and many others leading to an ending that you won’t see coming, a conclusion that will surprise you as the death of the Secretary of Treasury, the role of someone close to him, her disappearance of two innocent children will give readers in total darkness until the veil is lifted but not until you learn the final fate of so many, whose wars are won, whose are lost and what might happen if Jaspar does not win hers.

Traitors, double crosses, betrayals at all levels, going up against a woman that has become a dangerous commando warrior, an Aborigine, a Wall Street prosecutor, an Indian Chief and a dog that can outsmart them all: Alice. Bump up your adrenaline, get ready to take the curves, turns, twists and runs along the racecar track, be there at the explosive end and read the surprise twist at the end. Author Cym Lowell created and crafted an ending so dramatic, so filled with emotions and emotional upheavals that the reader will wonder just what he has in store for Jaspar, will her life be with her children or will she continue to wage war against those who deem to bring down our country. Jaspar: Peace or War: What will she decide?
Fran Lewis: Reviewer