"Incredible! You'll be on the edge of your seat?to see if the heroine can make it out alive."--Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author on Irresistible Force
The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…
A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner--a protective canine named Hugo--Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.
FORCE OF ATTRACTION
Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A veteran author of romance and women's fiction, D.D. Ayres is new to Romantic Suspense. She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and and we learn a bit moreabout who we really are.
With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best.
D.D. lives in Texas with her husband and a soft-coated Wheaten terrier named Zoe.
Recently, a new author friend invited me to share a coffee at our local diner to celebrate the publication of my historical novel, A Decent Woman. When I mentioned historical fiction, her eyebrows shot up. When I asked her why she looked surprised, she groaned and replied, “No, thanks. I know the amount of research involved in writing historical novels. I’ll leave that to you.”
My friend is correct—writing historical fiction is not for every writer. It reminds me of a line from the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, Eat, Pray, Love, “Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit.” If you are an historical novelist, you enjoy research; there’s no other way around it. You have to enjoy it and you must be committed because it’s a long journey from first draft to publication.
I love to read historical novels and I love to write them. With the first manuscript of A Decent Woman, I wrote non-stop until I finished the book, and then the research began and it didn’t stop for nearly four years. Now I write and research simultaneously. My writing and research skills have improved, resulting in fewer rewrites to smooth out the story, but I still add new and interesting historical tidbits, and resolve conflicting facts I discover in my research. I’m not an historian, therefore thorough research is critical, and believe it or not, different sources don’t always agree with the facts of a particular event.
Lessons learned and seven tips to writing a successful historical novel:
1. Don’t rely solely on the Internet for your research. I made the mistake of using an historical timeline found on the Internet only to find conflicting data in more reliable sources. The Internet is a wonderful tool, but it can also include half-truths or text that has been copied from an unreliable source. Check and double check your facts with at least two reputable sources. Buy or borrow good reference books. I now have quite an extensive collection of non-fiction books and novels written about turn of the century Puerto Rico.
2. In addition to using reference books, try contacting experts in the field you’re interested in. Mine included midwives who were happy to share their expertise and experiences. I interviewed daughters of women born in turn of the century Puerto Rico. Their second-hand stories and information assisted me in creating authenticity in the novel. I also interviewed healers, mediums, and psychics because it was relevant to the book, and this added local, colorful flavor.
3. Find out all you can about the era of which you’re writing, and then be selective--don’t dump all the wonderful information and facts you glean during the research into your novel all at once. Instead, allow your characters to interact with details in their daily lives. Add historical events and your characters’ reaction to the events of their time. For example, if your character lives during a particular natural disaster, think of how it would have affected them, and how difficult it would have been to survive without modern conveniences or ideas. Place yourself in your character’s shoes.
4. If the characters happen to live during a time of natural, social, or political upheaval, allow them to question what’s happening around them. They may have a difficult time with what’s transpiring; allow them to be naïve, angry, rebellious, or mistrusting of others. You’re writing about people. If the character isn’t a real figure in history, she must appear human to reach the reader’s imagination. Don’t judge. Allow your characters to act out, question, and to make mistakes, but their reactions should ring true to the time; not what you would do in that particular situation.
5. Show, don’t tell. I always remind myself of this when I’m writing. Remember to use all the senses—how the air smells; what noises are heard; and the feel of the fabric’s texture against the character’s face and hands. Your details must disappear into the story, appearing seamless to the reader. Authors should know their time period well enough to describe it to the reader, who should be able to hear, see, smell, and taste the time or era in question. I wrote a scene with my character leaning against a palm tree and I realized I didn’t know what type of palm existed in 1900 Puerto Rico. It wasn’t enough for me to say, ‘palm tree’, I wanted to be authentic and accurate; it was a royal palm. But don’t overwrite. As a new novelist, I added most of the historical details I discovered into my early manuscript, and then I reread and removed many details. My research wasn’t a waste of time; I can use the information in other stories, and I have.
6. In historical fiction, you must strive to be as accurate and authentic as possible, while remembering that historical fiction is fiction. When possible, locate archives on the Internet for old photographs and historical maps. I found old business catalogs for examples of the dress and hair styles of the era at flea markets, book stores that specialize in old books, and the Internet is great resource.
7. And lastly, don’t provide all the facts up front, and certainly don’t answer all the questions early on in your story. Allow the story to unfold naturally; don’t explain everything with a lot of back story. I’m no expert, but I know that including a lot of back story and flashbacks can be tricky. If done poorly, your story can lose momentum and consequently, your reader may begin skipping ahead or worse yet, lose interest in the story. A little at a time. And always include enough mystery, intrigue, and excitement to encourage the reader to keep turning those pages. I also offered my last draft manuscript to early readers, cold readers, who gave their seal of approval for authenticity. It was an invaluable experience.
Writing historical novels can take years; it took me nearly four years to write A Decent Woman. I’m currently writing my second historical novel, The Island of Goats and well, we’ll see how long this journey takes and where it will lead me.
Thank you and best of luck to you.
Puerto Rican-born novelist, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Eleanor’s life experiences as a counselor, alternative health practitioner, a Spanish language social worker, and a refugee case worker inspire her passion for writing. When Eleanor is not writing, she facilitates creativity groups, and is making plans to walk El Camino de Santiago a second time. A Decent Woman is her debut novel. Eleanor is the mother of two adult children, and she lives in West Virginia.
About the Book
Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the turn of the century: Ana Belén Opaku, an Afro-Cuban born into slavery, is a proud midwife with a tempestuous past. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past, but continues to hide an even more sinister one. Pitted against the parish priest, Padre Vicénte, and young Doctór Héctor Rivera, Ana must battle to preserve her twenty-five year career as the only midwife in La Playa.
Serafina is a respectable young widow with two small children, who marries an older wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. A crime against Serafina during her last pregnancy forever bonds her to Ana in an ill-conceived plan to avoid a scandal and preserve Serafina’s honor.
Set against the combustive backdrop of a chauvinistic society, where women are treated as possessions, A Decent Woman is the provocative story of these two women as they battle for their dignity and for love against the pain of betrayal and social change.
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Interview with a prince
Prince Kiefan is the only surviving son and heir of the king of Wodenberg. Like his father, he has a reputation for discipline and stern expectations -- and he has a need to prove himself, now that he's coming of age and intent on stepping out of the king's shadow. I had some questions for Prince Kiefan just before the mission left home.
L: You're an alpha male in training, and this mission is your most important command yet. Do you feel ready for this?
Kiefan: I trust the saints' judgement. Though Father and I disagreed over the cavalry charge that I led, some months ago, he cannot deny that it won the battle. And the saints have judged me fit to lead. I will not fail in my duty to them or my people.
L: You didn't expect the master healer to send his apprentice, though.
Kiefan: No, I was told he would be with us, in this, and when he brought Kate in his stead -- but the saints affirmed her, gave her charge of our well-being. One must work with what's given.
It's not because she's a girl, is it?
(he laughs) I squired with Captain Aleksandra. Any who dares doubt her will be put straight on the matter of a woman's strength and courage. But Kate's no disciple of the sword. She's a healer. It's clear enough this will be no easy journey across the mountains -- none have made it and returned, that any know of. It's much the saints ask of us, as it is.
So the problem is more that she's -- bookish?
Kate has never even been in the saddle before today. Surely she'll learn it, but yes, she's spent more time among books than --
I hear you're fond of books yourself.
(he fumbles for a moment) Father's seen that I've studied tactics and --
No, I mean those philosophy essays you've been sneaking peeks at.
(he frowns) Father's kept my days busy enough with serious matters.
There's nothing wrong with a little philosophy, surely?
The king of Wodenberg must be a knight, firstly. He must see to duty. We're at war.
Yes, it's always duty for you. Including a political marriage someday.
(he gets up from his seat, impatient) The privileges of the throne have their price. I've a mission to lead, if you'll -- (strides away, armor clinking)
You're not concerned about traveling with a cute, philosophy-reading healer?
(he circles back) Pardon?
Well, she is cute.
(he spreads one hand, confused) Yes, certainly she's... cute. Philosophy-reading?
Oh, yes. She's been reading those essays too. Her teacher might've sent some homework with her on the mission.
(he doesn't know what homework is, but he gets the gist.) Why should that be troublesome?
I'm sure it won't be, Mr. All Work And No Play.
Which books is Kate bringing?
(shooing him off.) It's not part of your duty, is it? Go, you've got a mission to lead.
War is coming. Kate Carpenter is only a peasant girl, but she's determined to help defend the kingdom and its bound saints against the invading empire. Her healing magic earned her a coveted apprenticeship with the master healer; now she must prove herself ready to stand in the front lines and save lives.
She's not ready for the attentions of a ne'er-do-well knight and the kingdom's only prince, though. This is no time to be distracted by romance -- the empire's monstrous army will tear through anyone standing between them and the kingdom's magical founts. All disciples must put aside their tangled feelings and stand in the homeland's defense.
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Ally and Max are a sister and brother adventure team that helps towns in distress. When a rock lands in Ally’s bedroom to give them their mission, the duo is off to solve the problem. This mission has them going into the future and once the duo arrives they are in for a surprise. Will Ally and Max be able to save the town under siege? Or will they become the town’s next victims?
About Imari Douthit
Imari Douthit is a young author wanting to entertain others through her words. She is a creative writer with an exciting and adventurous imagination. Imari’s love for story telling prompted her to become a published author. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her family.
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The collection of short stories and some longer ones began when I started writing them to fill in time between projects or when I had writers block. I enjoyed the process of following ideas that did not necessarily present a plot long enough for a book, but had potential to be something new such as Death hiring a detective or the devil outsmarting himself. Writing them was like following a new path in the woods previously untraveled just to see where it led.
I know I didn’t follow the ‘rules’ for short story writing, but I am a believer in rules are made to be broken. Often they serve as a great guide for writers, but sometimes a short story has no real beginning or ending, sort of like some literary stories, but it has something to say about people or is just something that happens to someone, which in my case, is quite often the content of what I write, as in It Happened in Kansas.
Almost anything is fodder for a writer, such as sitting on a bench in a cemetery on a sunny autumn day. Imagine what might go on there, who one might see or meet to talk to. Some of this would depend on the age of the cemetery, but still one’s imagination could take the writer and reader down new roads. What about being isolated during a blizzard as in Hoof Beats? What might one hear during the storm—howling wind or would it be extremely quiet?
What about seeing someone standing on a bridge overlooking a river or railroad track? One might try to read their thoughts to see what they are doing there. The writer’s imagination would not settle for a story about someone watching the water and thinking about what to have for supper. Rather, a writer would add their own possibilities and thus, have a troubled character considering some drastic action. Are they going to jump? Or might they be thinking of pushing someone else off the bridge? Why? Who? The story could be completely formed in those few moments of meeting and departure.
So, it is with all this in mind that I study people at times, trying to place them in a situation that results in a story.
Or an author might read something in the paper or see it on television and realize it could be the seed of a story. There are many places, events, and people that give a writer an idea for a story. And it is this type of thing that is behind the stories in this book.
Anne K. Edwards enjoys a life shared with her husband and several cats who rule the household and lives of its inhabitants. She is an avid reader, reviews ebooks, writes in several genres, and enjoys meeting other writers. She’s currently touring the blogosphere to promote her latest book, Dark of the Heart.
About the book
A runaway son has returned to the Tyles family fold after an absence of several years. A frightened boy when he left, Joey Tyles has returned a bitter man bent on revenge on the family that made his childhood a hell.
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Title: Seasons of Empowerment for Adolescent Girls
Author: Irene S. Roth
Publisher: Halo Publishing
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SUMMARY: In this book, Ms. Roth argues that there are four seasons of empowerment for adolescent girls. Sadly no adolescent girl can simply wake up one day, snap her fingers, and be empowered to tackle the world and all the forces that exist inside and outside. Becoming empowered to be who we are can be truly difficult. This book consists of a step-by-step guide to help adolescent girls achieve self-improvement.
Seasons of Empowerment for Teens
The spring season is when empowerment usually starts for you. One predominant purpose of this season is to become assertive. This is a time when you have a chance to take steps to become more of your own person and develop your values, beliefs, and unique personality. However, this can also be a very vulnerable time for you, isn’t it? So, it is crucially important for you to take small steps to assert yourself. This season will lead you one step closer to self-assertiveness. How great is that!
During this most vulnerable time in the self-empowerment process, it’s important to take incremental steps to assert yourself by watching. Be careful who you hang out with. Many of you still have a low self-image and are pretty hypercritical at this stage, aren’t you? You probably struggle because you don’t feel slim, pretty, cute, popular or outgoing enough, given cultural standards. This is such a hard way of living?
Well, it’s time to take charge of your life. During this season, you should take steps to stand up for yourself and clearly communicate your needs. This will eventually empower you much more than if you focus on what physical or psychological attributes you don’t have. After all, what you focus on usually grows. So, if you focus on negative things, they will grow and you will develop an increasingly negative self-image. However, if you focus on positive things, this will also grow and you’ll continuously develop a positive self-image over time. So, why not get into the habit of focusing on the positive?
In this section, I will show you how to assert yourselves in many different ways. This way, you will start empowering yourselves to be the best you are capable of becoming this very moment, without constantly comparing yourselves to others.
MY REVIEW: I don't read self-help books a lot, as I more of a fiction fan, but overall, I thought this was a pretty good book and well executed self-help book. The book is written with a lot of encouragement and excitement for the subject matter, which is obviously key for self-help. I liked that the book had worksheets for you to reflect on the subject matter and help absorb it, as well as examples from the author. I think this book would be most helpful in terms of aspirations in your career and to motivate.
4 of 5 stars!
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Ken Poirot grew up on Long Island, New York in the quaint village of Northport. After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Microbiology, he moved to Houston, Texas to pursue his Ph.D. studies in Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center through UT Health Science Center. Upon receiving a US Patent for his research, Lipid Complexed Topoisomerase I Inhibitors, he left graduate school for a career in financial services.
Over the last two decades, he worked for many of the top financial services firms--some better known New York Stock Exchange-listed companies like American Express, Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America), JP Morgan Chase, as well as some smaller New York Stock Exchange-listed companies like Cullen/Frost Bankers (NYSE: CFR) and Guaranty Bank (now part of BBVA, NYSE: BBVA).
As the Senior Vice President and Sales Manager for Frost Investment Services, the brokerage division of Frost Bank (NYSE:CFR), he led his department to four consecutive years of double- digit revenue growth, increasing revenue by over 83% while substantially increasing the profit margin from approximately 27% to 37%. During this same time period, his financial advisors increased their individual production from an average of less than $25,000 in revenue per month to over $41,000. He achieved similar results at various other firms, including Guaranty Bank and JPMorgan Chase, consistently increasing the sales of his territories/producers by double-digits as a regional manager and personal/professional coach.
MY REVIEW: This was a great dystopian and completely held its own with a more unique premise rooted in reality than I've seen from others of its kind. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down. The story takes place in a future penal camp, set in the not too distant future, and as seen in the blurb below, was inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's account of a Soviet labour camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago. The book explores themes of what can happen in a socialistic society. The story follows Paul Wagner who finds himself in a prison camp, which is completely inhumane, mimicking concentration camps of the past and tells the story of humanity at its worst and best. Overall, a great read that I fully enjoyed!
Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago, Volume III, the story of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS follows political prisoners and security officials at a corrective labor camp in Kamas, Utah, where inmates seize control during the summer of 2024.
Kamas, Utah. 2024. In the totalitarian dystopia that America has become after the Unionist Party’s rise to power, the American West contains vast Restricted Zones dotted with ghost towns, scattered military garrisons and corrective labor camps where the regime disposes of its real and suspected enemies. Kamas is one such camp.
On a frigid March night, a former businessman from Pittsburgh, Paul Wagner, arrives at a labor camp in Utah’s Kamas Valley, a dozen miles east of the deserted resort town of Park City, which prisoners are dismantling as part of a massive recycling project.
When Wagner arrives, he is unaware that his eleven-year-old daughter, Claire, has set off to Utah to find him after becoming separated from her mother at the Philadelphia Airport. By an odd quirk of fate, Claire has traveled on the same train that carried her father into internal exile.
Only after Wagner has renounced all hope of survival, cast his lot with anti-regime hard-liners and joined them in an unprecedented and suicidal revolt does he discover that Claire has become a servant in the home of the camp’s Deputy Warden. Wagner is torn between his devotion to family and loyalty to his fellow rebels until, on the eve of an armored assault intended to crush the revolt, he faces an agonizing choice between a hero’s death and a coward’s freedom.
In FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS, author Preston Fleming offers a stirring portrait of a man determined to survive under the bleakest of conditions and against formidable odds. Fleming’s gift for evocative prose brings the characters and events to life in a way that arouses emotional tension while also engaging the reader’s intellect with fundamental questions about the future of American society.
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