Monday, July 25, 2011

Featured Book - The Caretakers

 The Caretakers
 Shauna L. Nosler

The Caretakers 
1972, one year before the Roe v. Wade decision … IF ever there were a case for justifiable homicide, this, would most certainly be one.  Jasper was only a few months away from graduating with honors from the University of Washington’s Law School, so he knew more than the average about the legal justification for killing another human being.  When he first learned about this type of defense, he had thought it outrageous.  But now, here he was, trying desperately to recall all that he could about how to validate the killing of this man.  Because now, he was going to need to know.  Now he was the one that needed a reasonable explanation to murder the son-of-a-bitch that did this to his sister. 

1987, three young children playing together at their Aunt’s estate where Jasper’s daughter, the bold and insightful nine year old Caroline and her ten year old cousin Mitchell, a self-described book worm with passion for the military and indifference towards everything else, discover a small cross planted along banks of the river where they swim; a cross that bears the date March 24, 1972.  Later, Mitch reveals that he has seen that same cross somewhere else before, and the two cousins begin their year long speculation over the cross’ origin and significance of the date scratched into the wood.

1988, Caroline is at her father’s law firm where she sees a back and white photo of a young woman standing amongst a large group of people holding signs that say “ROE”.  As she looks closer and reads the encryption, she becomes curious and wonder’s if she was named after this woman- because all of her friends shorten her name to its middle syllable and call her Rho.  

The Caretakers, is not another story of right vs. wrong or good vs. evil, but one of devotion vs. obligation and protection vs. abandonment.  This is a story about the internal struggle that one faces when deciding to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, regardless of consequence, or holding onto a secret forever in order to spare someone else unnecessary anguish.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Legend Unborn - David G. Welsh

 Legend Unborn
The Key of Souls - Book 1
David G. Welsh

Legend Unborn, The Key of Souls - Book 1


A living legend has silently coerced and manipulated life for countless eons in a bid for the one thing it had unceremoniously stolen from it; freedom. And, after so much time, it senses a change that may be just what it's after. But to achieve this goal, existence itself will be placed in the incapable hands of a newly created god with a broken leg and a stutter, a powerful young wizard who is yet to cast a successful spell, and a young eagle afraid of heights. And to think heroes were once the kind you could actually rely on...

And, after centuries of self-exile, a megalomaniac sorcerer hell-bent on reclaiming what he believes is rightfully his, returns. The thing is, what he believes is rightfully his happens to be, well, everything. We're pretty sure someone will have something to say about this. Throw in some dark gods that have no hesitation in corrupting the souls of the innocent, and the beginnings of a terrible war, our three unique individuals are really in at the deep end, caught between a rock and a hard place, up shi… well, you get the situation.

Friendships and alliances are formed but corruption and betrayal are never far away as the cold darkness gradually seeps into the very fabric of the world. Whether they want to or not, all will be involved.

The end result of all this is going to make a lot of people annoyed and dead but mostly dead. However there's a strong possibility that on the way to being dead, they will be just a tad annoyed.

About the author

Having picked up the Hobbit at the age of seven, I was hooked on fantasy novels and vowed to write my own. Ok, so it only took 30 years but I finally did it :)

My background is in Virtual Reality and I spent a good deal of time working in this field when i’d decided it was time to move on and fell into video game development.

As for my writing? It’s one of those things I find relaxing and stressful, often at the exact same time! I sometimes feel my brain is being torn in two, but it’s all jovial fun……I think. I’m sure whoever reads this can easily relate to the feeling too. When I write, I love writing about the ‘underdogs’, where the heroes are real but seriously flawed. This gives an excellent opportunity to throw in some humor too, because while its great to create a fantasy world, I always want to give the reader an opportunity to smile and laugh once in a while too.

When i’m not writing, you can usually find me wandering around looking aimlessly with a camera here in Santa Monica. Or, if you’re a scuba diver, make sure to wave when you see me under the waves. And finally, if you happen to be in the hills after dark and see some guy squinting through his telescope, please don’t be afraid. Instead, please offer me a cup of tea because my hands are usually freezing!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Spy at Home - Joseph Rinaldo

A Spy at Home
Joseph Rinaldo



A retired CIA operative comes to believe he wasted his professional life not only promoting questionable American policies, but missing life with his family. To ease the pain he diverts millions that the CIA expected him to use funding a coup attempt that would establish a pro-American government in an African country. Seeing the coup would fail, Garrison decides to save the money for himself. You, the reader, can decide if he's a villain with evil intent, a hero with altruistic motives, or a regular guy sick of working for peanuts in a dangerous environment.

Back at home he and his wife look forward to their golden years being luxuriously comfortable and opulently relaxed. Unfortunately, after his wife dies in a tragic accident, he must learn all that she knew about caring for Noah, their mentally retarded son. After a life of planning for contingencies, the former spy must deal with the possibility that he may die before his son. Who will care for the son when the dad spent a life out of the country and now has no one to lean on?

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Hour of Tiamat - Lisa Taylor

The Hour of Tiamat
Lisa Taylor
The Hour of Tiamat 
We've all heard of the Mayan predictions of a vast change coming in the year 2012; but it turns out the ancient Sumerian people had a very similar prophecy…
The dreaded Necronomicon, a book of fable said to contain all the ancient knowledge of the Sumerian civilization has surfaced and fallen into the hands of four teenagers in a small Texas town.  Tonight, after years of studying its dark teachings in secret, they gather to call back to Earth those Gods that tried to enslave humanity over ten thousand years ago, and in turn become rulers themselves. 
Under threat of his life, Tristan helps them complete the ritual; but does that mean it is too late to stop this apocalypse? With Evelyn, whose past and future seem inextricably linked to Tristan, their friend Hunter and a host of surprising paranormal helpers, Tristan will race against murderers, monsters, and time itself to shut the ancient gate before our evil creators are upon us again.

 Lisa, the youngest child of three, was born in Paris, Texas. She moved around the United States growing up, but enjoyed the change of scenery every few years. Lisa spent her spare time studying a multitude of subjects, ranging from ancient history to science to religion, and she started writing at a young age. She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a Bachelor's degree and some graduate study in the field of physics. She has recently been medically discharged from the U.S. Army and currently lives in Kentucky with her sister and two wonderful border collies. She spends her time hiking, camping, kayaking and...of course...writing. She has published one young adult novel, The Hour of Tiamat, as well as a poetry anthology entitled Book of Dreams and Nightmares. She is currently working on her second novel.

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