Articles for the Month of February 2018

Tricycle and Friends: The True Life Adventures of a Three-Legged Golden Retriever and His Rescued Farm Animal Friends by Lester Aradi

 

A lovely children’s book available for pre-order now!

This wonderful children’s books is about a three legged retriever called Tricycle who is adopted by a family, and goes to live at their farm.

Once there, he meets Buckaroo, the miniature donkey. The two quickly become friends, and Buckaroo introduces Tricycle to some of the other animals. Many are adopted too. He soon discovers that there are all sorts, not only other dogs, but horses, llamas, chickens, and honey bees.

Every one has their own story to tell, and no one cares that Tricyce has only three legs, in fact they are interested to know how he lost it, and if it bothers him. He in return discovers that all his new friends have their own stories to tell, and that the farm is a magical place where they can all live together in harmony.

Through the talented storytelling of Lester Aradi, and the wonderful illustrations of Darwin Marfil, children learn in a very gentle way, through the experiences of Tricycle and his friends, how being different is okay, and  as the book progresses they learn about bullying, the importance of adopting animals, and many other things.

That this beautiful Golden Retriever and the farm, with its animals actually exist is the icing on the cake – one day perhaps I will be lucky enough to visit!

About the Author: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lester Aradi retired and moved to the north Georgia mountains where he and his wife, Diane, opened a rescued animals sanctuary. To help cover the expense of animal care, they operate a one bedroom farm stay bed and breakfast, “Horse Creek Stable Bed and Breakfast,” from which they do not draw a salary. All proceeds, after expenses, go to the care and feeding of the rescued horses, llamas, alpacas, miniature donkey, dogs, and of course their Golden Retrievers Tricycle and Romeo. “Tricycle and Friends” is their true life children’s book story.

About the Book: 

Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares the heartfelt tale about a group of rescued animal friends and their journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs.

When Tricycle, a rescued, three-legged Golden Retriever arrives at his new home, he gets the attention of the other animals who live there. They want to know what happened to his missing leg, and they wonder if it hurts and if it slows him down.

As Tricycle gets to know the other residents of the farm, he learns there are lots of different creatures who have a wide range of abilities and interests. He enjoys meeting the other animals and loves the peaceful quality of his surroundings.

Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares a story about a group of rescued animal friends and their real-life journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs. Through story and pictures, it addresses topics such as adoption, bullying, dealing with physical challenges, death of a companion, and friendship.

 

Tricycle and Friends: The True Life Adventures of a Three-Legged Golden Retriever an His Rescued Farm Animal Friends will be available on the 10th July, 2018 and is now available to PRE-ORDER 

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-Adventures-Three-Legged-Retriever/dp/1682617610/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519221177&sr=8-1&keywords=Lester+Aradi

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1127951418?ean=9781682617618

Sloths: Life in the Slow Lane by Dr. Rebecca Cliffe

 

This is an absolutely stunning book which is full of interesting information about these amazing creatures.

This outstandingly beautiful, and highly informative book is a celebration of the sloth, and a masterpiece. It is the combination of the knowledge of the author, Dr. Rebecca Cliffe, a British zoologist and one of the world’s foremost authorities on sloths, and the incredible photography of renowned award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas.

Dr. Rebecca Cliffe has been working with these amazing animals since 2010, and she is Founder and Executive Director of The Sloth Conservation Foundation.

The intrepid pair have spent months in mosquito ridden rain forests, and on an isolated uninhabited island, patiently gaining the trust of these remarkable creatures in order gain a better understanding of them. It is this dedication which enabled Suzi Eszterhas to get such beautiful pictures of these shy animals, and their young.

The book is packed with fascinating facts about all six species of sloths, including the reason that they were named sloth, after one of the seven deadly sins. We think of sloths as lazy couch potatoes, however we soon discover that there are very good reasons for their slow speed, including some very unique physical features, and we learn how these have attributed to them surviving for over sixty million years. I knew of Sloths, however it was not until I started reading this book that I realised how very little both I, and I would imagine the majority of people actually know about these astonishing animals. In so many ways they are unique! Their evolution which has gained them the reputation of the slowest form of existence has resulted in a totally different creature to any other species on earth, physically, internally, their metabolism , the incredible variety of wildlife which lives within their fur, and in so many other ways.

Dr. Rebecca Cliffe explains, and shows in the book, how it is now possible to study these fascinating creatures like never before, using tracking backpacks which record a range of data, such as the sloths movements, when it feeds, and much more.

However there is a very serious side to this book. The author wanted to bring to the attention of the public the plight of sloths. We learn that every day hundreds of animals fall victim to the progress of man, with urbanisation and land development, in South, and Central America, their home. The Sloth Conservation Foundation (SloCo) is dedicated to saving sloths in the wild. They tirelessly work on campaigning for underground power lines to preserve the forest and the planting of new forest corridors for the animals. They carry out tree surveys, and are dedicated to the international education programmes which educate the local communities, and reduce the poaching of sloths for the pet and tourist photo industry.

If you would like to help The Sloth Conservation Foundation you can find out the wide varieties of ways you can make a difference at the back of the book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of nature, not only is it a beautiful book to own, but also there is so much to learn about these wonderful creatures within its pages.

 

About the author Dr. Rebecca Cliffe and the Photographer Suzi Eszterhas: 

 

Sloth expert The Sloth Conservation Foundation has teamed up with world renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas to produce this stunning coffee-table book which takes readers on an immersive journey through the jungles of South America to discover the secret lives of sloths. The story is illustrated through spectacular imagery capturing some of the most intimate and rarely seen moments, while the narrative reveals some of the latest scientific discoveries and provides fascinating insights into the previously unknown habits of these unusual animals. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of this book go towards supporting the work of the Sloth Conservation Foundation. Glossy, full color images.144 pages in an attractive 10″ x 8″ hardcover format. A 22 page preview of this book is available at the following web address: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3zSEYR_wQHyczd6ZkhfSWlUVGc/view

 

Sloths: Life in the Slow Lane is available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Sloths-Life-Dr-Rebecca-Cliffe/dp/0692864369/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519213170&sr=1-1

 

 

Audiobook – My Good Life in France In Pursuit of the Rural Dream by Janine Marsh

 

A thoroughly entertaining audiobook written by Janine Marsh and narrated by Esther Wane.

 

In this totally captivating audiobook we discover that people really do buy a house in another country on impulse. In fact, the author Janine Marsh did just that on a wet and windy February cross channel day out with her husband Mark, and Dad.

Townies Janine and Mark threw caution to the wind, and jumped in with both feet, buying and renovating a run-down French farmhouse. So what made these sensible people with their feet firmly on career paths do such a rash thing? Well, quite simply it was the love of France and everything (well almost) French.

I am an expat but even if you are not, I am sure, you will like me fall in love with the North of France, the Seven Valleys region, its coastline, seaside and country villages, the gastronomy, its people and so much more.  This story isn’t just a wonderful way to enjoy experiencing someone else’s life in another country, it is a way to get a real feel for what living in France is really like – warts and all.

It is amazing also to listen about the transformations which can easily happen to someone when they go to live in another country, the new skills we discover, and how anything seems possible.

Throughout this audiobook there is plenty of information about, food, history, renovation, quirky sayings, and not least the enormous differences between our two cultures, even though we are only separated by the English Channel.

The narrator, Ester Wane wonderfully tells this story, so whether you are looking for a highly entertaining story to listen to, considering moving to France and want to know what really motivates anyone to give up a successful career and life in the UK to make the move, or are going on holiday to France and would like a little insider information, this is the audiobook for you!

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

Janine Marsh lives in northern France with her husband and myriad pets. She is unable to resist a stray animal, and the word is out. She works from a converted pig sty when she’s not travelling around France doing research for her website www.thegoodlifefrance.com, which tells you everything you need to know about France and more.

She gave up a sensible job in London, where she was born, to renovate a bargain basement barn and turn it into a home – an ongoing project. Along the way she became maid to six cats, three dogs, fifty chickens and ducks, and four mad geese.

She is an award-winning travel writer and social media fan who loves to share her life, explorations and photos on Facebook at The Good Life France.

About the Book:

One grey dismal day, Janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. She returned to England a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. This was not something she’d expected or planned for.

Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. Or so she hoped. While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating or proper rooms, and with little money and less of a clue, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.Ten years ago, Janine Marsh decided to leave her corporate life behind to fix up a run-down barn in northern France. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observations on the very different way of life, culture and etiquette of France.

From her early struggles and homesickness through personal tragedy, to her attempts to become self-sufficient and to breed ‘the fattest chickens in the village’, Janine learned that there was more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.

My Good Life in France is available as an audiobook from Audible https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Travel-Adventure/My-Good-Life-in-France-Audiobook/B079G3PXL3?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=E4APMM8KXWQ20XMEBS6D&

Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Good-Life-France-Pursuit/dp/B079G3KJN9/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

and Tandor Media https://tantor.com/my-good-life-in-france-janine-marsh.html

Hosting Hapless Helpers -The Ultimate Guide by Karen Luff

 

NEW RELEASE

Now you can discover the truth about what it is like to host helpers for your projects in your own home.

Karen Luff, the author, left her native UK with her husband and five year old son for a new life in France over 12 years ago. The large house they fell in love with is called Le Chataignier, and it came with a cottage, several barns and land.

Like many expats they dreamt of running a smallholding and renting out holiday cottages. It wasn’t until they had settled in to their new home and took stock of all the things which needed doing that the size of their project, the amount of work, and sheer manpower needed to accomplish it all fully dawn on them.

However, when a relative regaled them with tales of his exploits on a working holiday Karen quickly realised that having helpers living in to assist with the work was the way forward. Nothing could have prepared them for the rollercoaster ride which was to become their lives from then on, and continues still today…

One of the primary reasons for writing this book, Karen says, is that having a complete stranger in your home can be hard work, also there are cultural and language problems, amongst others to overcome. She quickly realised that an ‘open letter’ on their Facebook page was needed for all prospective helpers to read prior to them applying to visit. This letter is in the book, and the reasons for each point, and the results of them not being adhered to make entertaining reading for people who like something different and sneak peaks into other people’s lives, and essential reading for anyone considering having helpers to stay and work on their project.

In Hosting Hapless Helpers Karen offers invaluable advice backed by comprehensive experience. You will find yourself laughing, crying and experiencing every emotion in-between within its pages, just remember that all the events and situations really happened…

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Karen Luff was born in Hammersmith, London, England and was raised in the south. She moved to France after a varied career, back in 2005. Karen with her husband John  followed their dream and moved to Le Chataignier, a 400 year old house in the beautiful Mayenne region of France, with their five year old son. Over twelve years later they have established a smallholding on the site but still have plenty of ongoing renovation work on the house and outbuildings. Find out all about Karen and her life at Le Chataignier here https://lchataignier.weebly.com/

 

Hosting Hapless Helpers – The Ultimate Guide is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hosting-Hapless-Helpers-Ultimate-Guide/dp/1985603802/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= 

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hosting-Hapless-Helpers-Ultimate-Guide-ebook/dp/B079W2TSLB/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Forgive Me, Nadia by Veronika Gasparyan

 

 

A heart-rending look into the sex-trafficking industry.

Forgive Me, Nadia is an eye-opening, horrifically brutal account of one girl’s life. Natalia was raised in a small village outside Moscow, and then just before her 14th birthday, her alcoholic parents sold her to a sex-trafficking organisation in Moscow, her price, ten bottles of vodka!

A natural beauty, had things been different Natalia could have become a model or movie star. However this is not to be her fate, instead when we meet her for the first time she is just seventeen, locked in a filthy room, fed and watered when her pimp decides, and she is about to have a baby.

Alone Natalia brings her precious daughter into the world, and with her mothering instincts naturally aroused she falls in love with her new-born, whom she calls Nadia. Briefly she dreams of doing the normal mother-daughter things with her as she grows up, however, these dreams are quickly and cruelly dashed when Madam Liz, the organisations overseer of the ‘working girls’ arrives, and announces that the baby is to be got rid of.

Heart-broken Natalia begs Madam Liz for mercy, and pleads for her infant’s life. Finally, she is offered a solution, it breaks her heart, but she knows that if her daughter is to stand a chance she must agree to leave her in a dumpster, and to an unknown fate.

From then on life has other cruel cards to deal Natalia, and it is incredible that one young woman could suffer so much hardship and sorrow, through no fault of her own. However, Natalia’s strong faith, kind heart and compassion to others is a true inspiration, and it is heart-warming to read how she transforms the lives and futures of those who know her with the beauty of her spirit.

Unfortunately it is a horrific fact that sex-slave trafficking is still going on in Moscow, and throughout the world, and very young children are sold and stolen to provide sexual gratification for cruel and perverted adults.

This story brings the plight of one of these children to the attention of its reader. Natalia’s life and what happens next in Nadia’s makes compelling reading.

The author’s attention to detail about the life of Natalia both as a sex slave and afterwards makes parts of it heart-breaking. However, perhaps the most shocking thing is that it is based on a true story, somewhere out there this woman exists…

 

About the Author:

Veronika Gasparyan, author of “Mother at Seven,” “Forgive me, Nadia,” “It was a Test of Faith,” and other novels was born in the beautiful city of Sochi, Russia in 1981. She is a proud descendant of many generations of Armenian ancestors from both sides of her family. Today she lives in Rhode Island, US, and is an International Bestselling Author with over 10 thousand copies of her memoir Mother at Seven sold from its release in July of 2016.

From a very young age, Veronika enjoyed playing the piano which resulted in her attending a music school for ten years, and eventually the prestigious Sochi College of Arts and Music. Other than the music, Veronika has always displayed a profound love of reading, and at a very young age, read dozens of books from her grandfather’s vast, personal library. Veronika possesses an innate passion to help others in any way that she can, which has displayed itself in many situations throughout her early years and adult life. Veronika is a strong believer in laws of attraction and positive thinking and is working on other books that she hopes will provide emotional support to those who are in need. She is especially hoping that her work can help those who have given up or have already lost their hope for better days and a joyful life.

 

About the Book:

From the author of the heart-wrenching memoir Mother at Seven, now comes the chilling and unforgettable novel – Forgive Me, Nadia. Based on a true story, this book takes you into the world of secrets and darkness. This thrilling story touches all of your emotions. It has you alongside a young girl in her challenging path filled with love, pain, captivity, betrayal, and the ultimate test of her faith.
The beautiful Russian girl Natalia lives with her parents in a small village outside of Moscow. The day before she turns 14, her alcoholic parents sell her for ten bottles of vodka to a sex-trafficking organization. A month after her 17th birthday, Natalia gives birth to a little girl whom she names Nadia, which means “hope.” Unfortunately, her happiness ends the very next day when a hired killer and Madam Liz, force the young mother to leave her newborn inside a dumpster in a dark alley. That night destiny shows Natalia there is genuine power in belief. The real challenges are still ahead, and her will to survive is about to be tested at the highest possible level. Can Natalia find the strength? Can she find the way out and escape her captivity?

Forgive Me, Nadia is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Forgive-Me-Nadia-Veronika-Gasparyan/dp/069293149X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518702558&sr=1-2  

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Forgive-Me-Nadia-Thrilling-Captivity-ebook/dp/B077S5BRP6/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518702558&sr=1-3 

 

Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot by Reggie Hill

 

Lakewood – A little piece of heaven in this busy world!

For Reggie, Lakewood had been his childhood playground a place for him to explore, learn about nature, and make memories with his beloved Granny Good. Reggie’s grandfather had built a lake on his land there between 1942 and 1943. Post war gasoline was not available and ‘so the lake was built with pans pulled by mules and driven by men.’ Isn’t that amazing, a seven acre lake and a dam built solely by man and animal, surrounded by woods and fields, truly heaven!

Back then Daniel and Annabel Hinson, Reggie’s grandparents recognised what a special place Lakewood was and spent many Sunday afternoons in their trusty pickup atop the highest mountain at Lakewood lovingly gazing down the mountain to the lake.

When Reggie inherited Lakewood from them, he and his wife Anita decided to build a house on the land. Over the years they have been fortunate enough to live in this very special place, observing nature and the seasons. Through their busy careers they have always had Lakewood to return to and have enjoyed the peace and solitude there. This beautiful place, their piece of heaven has a bounty of wildlife, fish in the lake, and has furnished them with wondrous memories, and now they are sharing them with us the readers of this lovely book.

Each page is like a slice of paradise, with beautiful poems about the animals and nature which surrounds Lakewood. Interspersed with these are snippets of Reggie’s memories, precious words which transport us from our modern busy lives into a bygone era, a time when people had time to stand and stare, and children were given time to grow without a keyboard, mobile phone or educational stages to accomplish. I found this wonderful as I too was lucky, I had a childhood like this abet on another continent, and this lovely book brought back memories of special times with my grandparents.

This little book gives its reader something very unique, a place to retreat, far from the madding crowd. The memories, old photographs and anecdotes Reggie shares, and the visions of the natural world which share Lakewood with him make it very special, a book not just to sit on the book shelf but to be carried around until its pages curl and it becomes part of your life. I loved it!

About the Book:

This little book is about a truly blessed paradise, a place of solace for two people who are eternal soulmates.

Lakewood is truly a unique, tranquil and beautiful place. It is a mixture of tress, rolling pastures, and a pristine lake. The authors’ call Lakewood home and have shared it with family and friends for over thirty-seven years.

Lakewood is not just a place full of natural beauty and mystique, but it is a place of precious dreams and memories.

There are stories about the seven-acre lake’s construction during the gasoline shortage of WWII. An amazing combination of mules, men and muscle were the required fuel for its construction.

Other stories recount memorable wild animals, pets, and adventures that the couple, who called Lakewood home, experienced over the thirty-seven years’ worth of adventures.

The authors sincerely hope that this little book brings you peace and solace in this wonderful but sometimes hectic world and you can share in experiencing the magic of Lakewood.

 

Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Lakewood-Reggie-Anitas-Camelot-Hill/dp/1641406267/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518603284&sr=1-4

and Barnes and Noble in Paperback  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lakewood-reggie-hill/1127920643?ean=9781641406260

 

Dynomike: Love Bug by Frankie B. Rabbit

 

Children learn to unlock the power of love with a hug.

Valentine’s Day is a special day where people express their love, however the power of love, and the feeling of being loved every day is immeasurable. Hugs are something which hopefully all children receive a lot of, and in this very special children’s book the power of a hug to show someone how much they are loved and cared for is explained to children in a very simple way.

Dynomike discovers how the power of love can change your world from sad to happy, and how caring makes the world of difference.

At the beginning we find Dynomike sad and searching for love, then, luckily he runs in to his old friend Barry McDoug.

It may be cold, and the snow may be falling, but with a big bear hug Barry McDoug makes Dynomike very happy and awakens his love bug.

Suddenly Dynomike realises the magical powers of the love bug, and what’s more, that it is contagious!
Armed with the knowledge that a hug will unlock the power of the love bug, together Dynomike and McDoug set off around town. As they spread the love to people and groups, it’s not long before everyone realises how blue days can become sunny with a magical hug.

The message in this wonderful, beautifully illustrated book is clear, it is in everyone’s power to brighten up someone’s day with a hug, and with this simple gesture the recipient feels better and knows they are loved.

This is a book to treasure and one which I think will be loved by all children.

About the Book: 

From the Dynomike Series: The magic of love is in the winter air, but Dynomike doesn’t know how to share it. Luckily for him, Barry McDoug does. Now Dynomike and his friends are spreading the love bug to everyone they know. Their warmth and joy are contagious!

We all feel down, get stressed, and have bad days from time to time. Dynomike: Love Bug shows kids how to open their hearts and brighten people’s day with the simple gift of love we all have to give.

Dynomike: Love Bug is available from Amazon in Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Dynomike-Childrens-Valentines-Spreading-Kindness-ebook/dp/B079HFZDVR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518107341&sr=8-1&keywords=dynomike+books+love+bug

 

Hosting Hapless Helpers – The Ultimate Guide by Karen Luff

 

Now you can discover the truth about what it is like to host helpers for your projects in your own home.

Karen Luff, the author, left her native UK with her husband and five year old son for a new life in France over 12 years ago. The large house they fell in love with is called Le Chataignier, and it came with a cottage, several barns and land.

Like many expats they dreamt of running a smallholding and renting out holiday cottages. It wasn’t until they had settled in to their new home and took stock of all the things which needed doing that the size of their project, the amount of work, and sheer manpower needed to accomplish it all fully dawn on them.

However, when a relative regaled them with tales of his exploits on a working holiday Karen quickly realised that having helpers living in to assist with the work was the way forward. Nothing could have prepared them for the rollercoaster ride which was to become their lives from then on, and continues still today…

One of the primary reasons for writing this book, Karen says, is that having a complete stranger in your home can be hard work, also there are cultural and language problems, amongst others to overcome. She quickly realised that an ‘open letter’ on their Facebook page was needed for all prospective helpers to read prior to them applying to visit. This letter is in the book, and the reasons for each point, and the results of them not being adhered to make entertaining reading for people who like something different and sneak peaks into other people’s lives, and essential reading for anyone considering having helpers to stay and work on their project.

In Hosting Hapless Helpers Karen offers invaluable advice backed by comprehensive experience. You will find yourself laughing, crying and experiencing every emotion in-between within its pages, just remember that all the events and situations really happened…

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Karen Luff was born in Hammersmith, London, England and was raised in the south. She moved to France after a varied career, back in 2005. Karen with her husband John  followed their dream and moved to Le Chataignier, a 400 year old house in the beautiful Mayenne region of France, with their five year old son. Over twelve years later they have established a smallholding on the site but still have plenty of ongoing renovation work on the house and outbuildings. Find out all about Karen and her life at Le Chataignier here https://lchataignier.weebly.com/

Hosting Hapless Helpers – The Ultimate Guide will be available from all Amazon sites worldwide soon.

To find out more about this book and the author follow her on the following social media:

Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/LeChataignier.france/

Twitter: @Karen_Luff

Instagram:  @karenluff1

THE STARLIGHT CLUB 9: UNA MORTE FACILE (AN EASY DEATH) by Joe Corso

 

When Sicily arrives on the streets of Queens…

What daughter doesn’t love listening to her father’s stories, and this exciting new Starlight Club adventure opens with Lynn, devoted daughter of Bobby, waiting for her father to return from a visit to Queens, where he hopes to see some old friends.

When he arrives safely home they settle down with a coffee and some Sambuca, and Bobby tells Lynn of his day, and how it had bought back memories of a troubling period in 1975 when the Sicilians had arrived in Queens and set up in business selling drugs.

You see, Big Red Fortunato, owner of the Starlight Club, despite having his fingers in many pies did not condone drugs and prostitution on the streets of Queens. So when the word got back to him that the Zips were peddling drugs, he wasted no time in sending out his men to get more information, and after a ‘meeting’ with the Sicilians, he eventually discovered who the leader of the cartel was.

Determined to keep drugs of his streets, and with a fortuitous legitimate excuse for visiting Sicily, Red, Tarzan and Trenchie set off to meet Antonio Andolino, the person responsible for sending the Zips over, and the leader of one of the largest drug cartels in the world.

Used to being feared, Antonio has never met the likes of Red before and as the meeting deteriorates it is clear that the problem is not going to be solved simply.

In this powerful, exciting story we follow Red and his gang as they travel between Queens and Sicily, and very early on find ourselves fascinatingly ensconced in the world of the Sicilian mafia, with their proud honour, sense of family, blood oaths, and revenge killings.

This enthralling story brings together many of the past very memorable characters in the Starlight Club books, and if you are a fan, like me your will quickly remember them like old friends, however if this is the first book in the series you have read, it doesn’t matter, as everything is wonderfully explained and you will find yourself sinking into this excellent plot and its larger than life personalities with ease.

The author has managed through his amazing storytelling to bring the streets of Queens and the atmosphere of Sicily magically to life, in weaving together a clever story which includes drama, murder, mayhem, and kidnapping.

A really gripping thriller, reading The Starlight Club, An Easy Death, with its twist and turns, will keep you riveted to the page, and keen to know what will happen next, I highly recommend it.

 

About the Author:

I Grew up in Queens, New York. I’m a Korea Veteran and I retired from the FDNY. I started writing late in life hoping to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found that I could write a good story which resulted in 31 books and 32 awards, designating me a 4 time top 100 best selling author.

Go figure… If I would have known I could tell a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.

 

About the Book:

The powerful mob leader knew that selling drugs brings heat. Local and federal heat. It’s 1974 and Big Red Fortunato’s order that no drugs are to be sold in Queens has been broken. He discovers that the powerful Sicilian mafia has defied his rule and is selling drugs with utter disregard for who he is. Red has to stop them without starting a war he may not win.

Tarzan’s recently deceased father bequeathed his house to him, but upon visiting it Tarzan discovers squatters living in it… and they refuse to leave.

Red visits Sicily under the pretext of scouting for movie locations. He arranges a meeting with Antonio Andolino the man in charge of the burgeoning Sicilian drug trade, with the hope of convincing him not to ship drugs to Queens. To hedge their bets in case the talks fail, Sicilian mobsters kidnap two of Red’s valuable assets to use as leverage against him. Red has to figure out how to get them back unharmed.

The multi-award winning (10 awards) best selling series continues with the publication of the 9th Starlight Club book.

THE STARLIGHT CLUB 9: UA MORTE FACILE (AN EASY DEATH) is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Club-More-Facile-Death/dp/1985032422/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1517832500&sr=8-3&keywords=starlight+club+9 

and Kindle https://www.amazon.com/STARLIGHT-CLUB-FACILE-Scarface-Goodfellas-ebook/dp/B0798W1GK1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517832500&sr=8-1&keywords=starlight+club+9