Articles for the Month of August 2015

Miss Me? (Max Larkin Detective Series Book 3) by Todd M. Thiede

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In this action packed story, Detectives Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane are looking for a man who has raped and murdered.

However, they soon find themselves teamed up with FBI Agent Timothy Michaels, who informs them that the man they are looking for has in fact been raping women for a decade. Despite the best efforts of the law enforcement agencies, and incredibly, the fact that he makes no effort to hide his DNA, he is still at large!

What’s more, the rapist insist on ‘marrying’ his victim before he carries out the act. Why is this? What reasoning for this lies within his twisted mind?

This book is a real action packed page turner, full of excitement and mystery. The tension escalates as you go through the book, following the attempts of the detectives and the FBI agent in tracking down the culprit.

The author has yet again combined all the essential ingredients for a really great crime thriller, a gripping plot, great characters, and I have to say, without spoiling it for readers, that the storyline has a fantastic twist at the end!

This is the third book in the Max Larkin, Detective crime thriller series and having thoroughly enjoyed the first two I couldn’t wait to start reading this one. I have to say although part of a series it stands alone perfectly as well, although I can guarantee that after it, you will want to read the rest!

 

About the Author: Perhaps you wouldn’t characterize the Finance Manager of your local automobile dealership as an Amazon best-selling author–until you get to know Todd Thiede. He has worked for the past decade at Elmhurst Toyota, but Thiede is in the driver’s seat as the writer of a murder mystery series featuring his hero Detective, Max Larkin. “Time Killer,” which Kirkus Reviews deemed “a fast-paced thriller” that will “keep crime and thriller fans wrapped up in its twisting plot, fast pace and memorable detective,” and “Lies To Die For” (which reached No. 1 on Amazon in the “Serial Killer” category) are available via Amazon Kindle.
Go to www.toddthiede.com for more info on Todd and his books.

About the Book: The top two detectives in Rockton Illinois, Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane, are pursuing a man that brutally raped a woman and murdered her boyfriend. In Miss Me?, the third book in the Max Larkin Detective Series, they get teamed up with FBI Agent Timothy Michaels. He informs them that the man has been raping women for over a decade and they’re no closer to catching him today as they were back then. Everything in the files points to just one man. A man that doesn’t care if he leaves his DNA and finger prints everywhere at the scenes. Is he arrogant or does he have a man on the inside keeping him one step ahead? The trust between Max and Jesse couldn’t be stronger but Agent Michaels is another story. Is he the mole feeding information to the perpetrator or is he just another pawn in this maniacs game?

 

Available from Amazon

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Me-Max-Larkin-Detective/dp/1500123226/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1441029442&sr=8-1

Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Max-Larkin-Detective-Book-ebook/dp/B00NG7U1NK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1441029442&sr=8-1

Audible

as a Audiobook http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Miss-Me-Audiobook/B00TQEOCJ6/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srImg?qid=1441030116&sr=1-2

and Barnes & Noble

in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miss-me-todd-m-thiede/1120789058?ean=9781500123222

 

 

 

 

 

Bibi & Babu in Africa (Volume 1) by Bonnie Toews & John Christiansen.

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When Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen decided to take their first holiday to Africa together in their 70’s, the experience was not only amazing, but life changing.

I read this book with my Grandsons and before they opened it, the first thing they wanted to know is “Who are Bibi and Babu? Of course I couldn’t tell them, however we soon discovered that they are the Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa.

Sitting together, reading the story, it seemed as if we were sitting with Bibi and Babu, looking at their 2013 Africa holiday album, it was lovely to see so many natural photos.

The book starts with an introduction to Africa, and then Bibi and Babu set off for their adventure in Tanzania and Kenya. As we worked our way through the book, the children loved seeing and learning about other children who live a totally different life, on the other side of the world. They were especially fascinated finding out about the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in Pasua, Tanzania and the work which goes on there.

Being children who are bought up with animals, seeing the amazing African animals in their natural setting was a part of the book they loved, and I was pleased that it gave me the opportunity to explain how important conservation is for their continued survival.

This is a lovely book for children. For me, the most important part of it was that there were no cartoon animals and imaginary places which don’t exist, this couple’s journey was real. By being presented as it is, it makes Africa, it’s peoples and wild life come to life in a believable way, and teaches children, whether they are read it, or read it themselves, the wonders of the real world.

Oh, and Babu won the respect of our two little boys, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why!

About the Author:      

A former editorial director of 30 trade magazines for the business division of Canada’s major newspaper chain, Bonnie Toews turned to writing fiction after she covered the greatest humanitarian relief effort in Rwanda 1994. Greater efforts have been achieved since, but then, up to one million Rwandans had just been slaughtered within 100 days with greater efficiency than the Nazis mastered during the World War II Holocaust. Her eyewitness view contributes to the plight of children in war as a recurring theme through her dramatic thrillers. She writes: “Children are the powerless victims of an adult world gone mad. There is no justification for the slaughter and maiming of children. They are not responsible for the deeds of their parents or governments. On my return flight to Canada, I decided fiction was the best way to show readers how to triumph over betrayal, to let them see the true power of forgiveness and our struggle to achieve it, for as long as victims and perpetrators seek retribution against each other, the world can never live in true peace.”

With hundreds of published articles and five business press awards in her portfolio, Bonnie continues to support better care and treatment of Canada’s veterans and is a member of the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, Military Writers Society of America, Christian Writers’ Association and American Authors Association.

ABOUT THE BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES

“Bibi” and “Babu” are Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa, and when grandparents Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen go to Central Africa, their tour guides fondly call them, Bibi and Babu. These nicknames stick, and as they share their journeys in a series of armchair adventures to faraway lands, they introduce you to countries and people who live in different worlds from the one you know. Their memoirs, however, are not meant to be travel guides. They are meant for adults and children to read and discuss together. Bonnie and John believe: “Reading with your child or grandchild not only entertains them, it can strengthen the bonds between you. We also want to encourage everyone to live your dream. Age doesn’t have to sideline you from living to your fullest capacity.” While in Africa in 2013, John climbed up Mount Kilimanjaro when he was 77-years-old. At the time he was the second oldest man to reach the top of the second tallest mountain in the world.

Available from:

Amazon sites in:

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Bibi-Babu-Africa-Travel/dp/1940145465/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440419242&sr=8-1&keywords=bibi+and+babu+in+africa&pebp=1440419248653&perid=0MSNVDDYTR2CBGBP5406

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Bibi-Babu-Africa-Travel-Book-ebook/dp/B013JEZHWE/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1440419242&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble in

Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bibi-babu-in-africa-bonnie-toews/1120962664?ean=9780692274606

and as a Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bibi-babu-in-africa-bonnie-toews/1120962664?ean=2940151000604

and Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/bibi-babu-in-africa/9781940145464-item.html

 

 

The Treebobs and Air Rena! by Declan Harney – MP3

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A lovely magical story for children.

 In this wonderfully magical story, the wicked witch Rotten Rena is up to her evil ways again as she embarks on a new venture. This time, she has decided that she is going to run a passenger airship over the Enchanted Forest, home of the Treebobs’ and fairies to the Dark Woods.

Of course, being her usual nasty self she doesn’t care about other people, and so she disturbs the fairies and Treebobs’ peace and quiet as she flies low over the forest in her noisy machine, making loud announcements. The poor Treebobs’ and fairies are so upset that Bindweed Belle and Treebob Brenda’s decide to visit Brenda’s uncle Mr McCloud, in Sky High Tower, which is actually a huge cloud, to see if he can help them.

You see, Mr McCloud has a very important job, he is a cloud maker. Clouds are very important, they contain water which can fall in many different ways, and Mr McCloud is very aware that his work can help or hinder many thing. He listens to them, and can understands their problem, but will he be able to help them?

Well, he is a kind and helpful man, and the good thing about helping others, is that when you are in trouble, they will help you. After listening to a wonderful idea from kind fairy Bindweed Belle, he calls in assistance from an unusual source!

The next day as the airship begins its maiden voyage, full of noisy cackling witches who are throwing food and rubbish over the side, their plan swings into action, but will it work?

To find out the answer you will have to listen to this enchanting story. Not only is it read beautifully by the very talented narrator Lindsay Abbott who brings all the characters wonderfully to life, but it also contains very important messages for children.

 

 

About the Author: Declan Harney started writing in 2010 and his stories of the Treebobs who are magical elves who live on a magical sycamore tree in an Enchanted Forest continue to grow in popularity. Declan lives in Lancashire by the Sea with his pet cat Mildred.

 

About the MP3 and Book: “Rotten Rena, the wicked witch of the Enchanted Forest, is back and this time she is flying high in her very own airship and causing mayhem. Things go from bad to worse when Rena’s troll workforce, the Neerdowells, arrive and there seems little hope of saving the forest from the prospect of Air Rena. That is until Bindweed Belle and a Treebob find the strangest of all magical characters yet to help save the day.”

This is another story in the popular Treebobs series and features the popular characters of Bindweed Belle and of course the wicked witch Rotten Rena. The Treebobs books by Declan Harney have found wide spread acclaim. They provide a mix of comical fantasy with positive messages, all of which appeal to children and adults alike.

Tales 4 All are also pleased to announce that 20% of the profits from every sale of this book will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s charity.

Available in MP3 format from the Tales 4 All website – http://www.tales4all.co.uk/product/treebobs-air-rena-mp3/

 

The Treebobs and Air Rena is also available from Amazon.com.

in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Air-Rena-ebook/dp/B00G6HNZRG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1439892018&sr=1-1

and Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Air-Rena-Declan-Harney/dp/0956987397/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1439892018&sr=1-1

 

 

 

Blood on the Water by David Burton

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This book opens with young blood vampire Justine Kroft finally getting her revenge on Bill Service, the man who killed her mother twenty years before, and she is watched over by her friend, and elder vampire Simone Gireaux.

Avenged, the two vampires and their friend Teresa Diaz begin a road trip to discover what has happened to Teresa’s daughter Antonia, who has been abducted. They have been told by the Stephan Sinakov that she has been sold, but is she really still alive? Or has something worse happened to her?

Arriving in Boston they go to Kazza’s Psychic Store, and Simone asks the witch if she will use her magical powers to help them, but Kazza uncovers much more when she discovers that Teresa has magical powers.

As the three women set out on their quest, fuelled by a mother’s love, their kinship, and determination, their journey is a dangerous one which takes them across land and sea.

Desperate, hunted by vampires and tracked by oracles, they must call in favours from friends and use every magical power, sorcery trick, and gift they possess just to keep alive.

Yet their determination never waivers, but do they find her, and if they do, will she be dead, alive, or something else?

If you love vampires then you will love this book, it is an action packed adventure, full of magic, with a sprinkling of romance and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the very last page.

 

About the Author: David Burton has been a boat builder, sailor, and custom cabinetmaker and has traveled by thumb, motorcycle, and sailboat. Upon returning from sailing in the South Pacific, he turned to writing. His first published book was a mystery, Manmade for Murder (Write Way Publishing, 1997. Paperback, Worldwide Mysteries, 2000). It was a selection of the Detective Book Club. Hell Cop (Silver Lake Publishing, 2004), a supernatural adventure story, was his second published novel and won 3rd place at the 1998 Colorado Gold Writers Conference. The ebook version was a finalist for the EPPIE awards. He has also written screenplays, including an adaptation of his Hell Cop and Fear Killer novels. The screenplay adaptation of Hell Cop won 1st place at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in 2002. Another screenplay, Time For Love, took 1st place at Pikes Peak in 2001. David now lives with his wife in Southern California and is working on more stories and characters that pass thorough his life and brain in both novel and screenplay form. For more information about David Burton’s fiction, see his website at http://dcburtonwriting.wordpress.com

 

About the Book: Picking up immediately after the conclusion of Burton’s exciting novel Blood Justice, Blood on the Water opens as Justine, vampire Simone Gireaux and their mortal friend Teresa Diaz bring long-delayed vengeance to the man who murdered Justine’s own mother more than twenty years earlier. Now they have one more mystery to solve: the whereabouts of Teresa’s abducted daughter, Antonia. Their Nemesis in Blood Justice, Stephan Sinakov, had told them that Antonia was “sold”—but to whom, and for what purpose, they can only speculate. Confident that Antonia isn’t dead, the three women seek help from old contacts of Simone’s in Massachusetts. They are plunged into a world of magic and sorcery, where powerful witches struggle for control of an underground network. This battle involves plenty of fighting with mundane weapons and high-tech gadgetry as well as spells and psychic power. Helping Teresa, Justine and Simone in their quest proves to have a very high cost for their friends. But in the course of their adventures, Teresa learns that she herself is heir to a gift of magic power she had never before suspected. As the three follow clues that take them down the Eastern seaboard, Teresa struggles to learn how to control and use her abilities in a trial by fire. Ultimately, Antonia is traced to a yacht owned by a mysterious and unimaginably wealthy vampire. Meanwhile, both allies and old foes from Blood Justice are pursuing the three women from California. But the truth about Antonia’s abduction may shatter Teresa’s determination to reclaim her daughter.

Available from Amazon in Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Water-David-Burton/dp/1935303503/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1439828925&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=b%3Bood+on+the+water+by+david+burton

Soul Retrievers by David Burton

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A journey through the Gates of Hell!

Errors happen every day in life, and in death…

This is why there are Soul Retrievers, special people whose job it is to enter through the gates of Hell and retrieve the souls of those who have been sent there by mistake. The training is rigorous and can take years, and often the ability to be one is passed down through generations.

Getter is a soul retriever, and so was his Father-in-Law. This time his mission is to find the soul of Brittany, a little girl aged ten who was sent into Hell by mistake.

But, what is it like entering the Gates of Hell? What do you find on the other side?

Well, the author of this gripping supernatural thriller takes the reader on a wondrous journey through those gates, into strange lands with mysterious landscapes. Where Getter comes across magical creatures, demons, unbelievable beings, and souls tormented in unimaginable ways.

As Getter travels deep into the very depths of hell on his quest he meets other characters like the jolly Scotsman Gregory who is trapped there, and other Lifers like himself. Soon he finds himself teamed up with Sneaker a vampire who is on her own quest to find a young boy, Little Bobby Johnston.

As they fight for survival in the realms of Hell, they find allies in strange animal and discover that ancient legends are true. Then, to his dismay, Getter discovers through Reech, a strange being called a Flyer, that it is his destiny to fulfil a great prophecy, but what is it?

As the underworld prepares for an epic battle, will the Soul Retrievers manage to find Brittany and Bobby? And, even if they do, will they be able to escape from Mephisto, the Helland Security Chief and enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Only by travelling this amazing adventure with them, through the pages of this epic tale, will you find the answers to these questions. Will they all survive, and if they do, will it be to live a ‘normal’ life or will they die in Heaven or Hell?

This is a fantastic story with every page being cram packed with adventure and magical creatures. It has an exciting plot, amazing characters, and it kept me spell bound until the last page. I would thoroughly recommend it.

About the Author: David Burton is an American writer living in sunny Southern California. After traveling by motorcycle through Mexico, US, Canada and Alaska; building and sailing his own boats to Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and through the Panama Canal to Florida, he turned to writing. He mops floors and collects trash for money, writes for a living, and is an unrequited sailor.

About the Book: When an innocent soul is accidentally sent to Hell, loved ones can hire a certain specialist to return the soul to Heaven Gate. However, if the specialist dies in Hell proper, his soul is trapped there for eternity. These specialists who risk eternal damnation are known as Soul Retrievers. Getter has begun an assignment he takes personally, perhaps too personally: retrieve the soul of a ten-year old girl, the same age his own daughter would have been had she lived. This time, however, a strange plot is brewing behind the normal dangers of Hell. Retrievers are disappearing, including Getter’s brother-in-law, and an army is forming in secret. Teamed with Sneaker, a female Soul Retriever dealing with her new “Life” as a vampire, and an odd collection of Retrievers and souls, Getter only wants to finish his mission. But whispers of prophecy have told of a war between Satan and Mephisto, the Helland Security Chief, and have named Getter as a man with a destiny he does not want.

Soul Retrievers is available at Amazon

in Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Retrievers-David-Burton-ebook/dp/B00W9S12LM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1439213322&sr=8-1

and Paperback format http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Retrievers-David-Burton/dp/1508951039/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1439213322&sr=8-1

I.T. Geek to Farm Girl Freak: Leaving High Tech for Greener Pastures by S.A. Molteni

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I loved this book!

Having enjoyed reading ‘Her Name Was Half Calf’ I could not resist reading the story of how the author transformed from I.T. Geek to Farm Girl. This story, and the lessons she has, and is still learning about the variety of animals and birds she and her husband look after, make this a very entertaining story.

I personally loved the way that it is written truthfully to enable those who would like to make the transition themselves to get a realistic feel for what it is really like on a farm, and those of us who have followed their dreams like she did, can enjoy the feeling that we are not alone.

Humorous, entertaining, very sad at times, but most of all addictive reading.

 

About the Author: S.A. Molteni is a retired systems engineer. She is also currently a hobby farmer, avid traveler and an author of several award-winning short stories. She lives on a small homestead with her husband and a menagerie of farm animals.

About the Book: Have you ever wanted to ditch the nine-to-five job and move as far away as possible from the rat race?

Have you ever just wanted peace and quiet in a rural setting away from the sprawl of suburbia?

Have you found yourself daydreaming about pasture lands and farm animals on a daily basis?

That’s exactly what the author found herself contemplating – more often then not – while working at a high tech job in Seattle.

With her husband 3,000 miles away in Florida and the passing of her father, she knew it was time to make some serious changes in her life. She was ready for an adventure, but little did she know what lay in store for her at the ‘fixer upper’ farmhouse she and her husband would soon become the owners of.

S.A. Molteni has spent over thirty years in the Information Technology field working for various Fortune 500 companies. During those years, she and her husband had always dreamed of living on a farm once they became retired from the rat race.

This collection of essays follows the author in her sometimes humorous transition from “I.T. Geek to Farm Girl Freak” and depicts the lessons that are learned along the way once farm animals become a large part of her life.

Available from Amazon:

Kindle http://www.amazon.com/I-T-Geek-Farm-Girl-Freak-ebook/dp/B00VZI0BUK/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/I-T-Geek-Farm-Girl-Freak/dp/150842005X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=