Weather Report, June 13


OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “AMERICANS BOMBING PARIS,” BY THOMAS BARTLETT, AND “HOMETOWN HEARTACHE,” BY M.J. SCHILLER, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, ALONG WITH THE FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JUNE 14-20

“FILL THE STADIUM,” BY K.M. DAUGHTERS.

Nikki Lambert’s husband purposely stalls his truck in the path of the midnight freight on the same day her eldest son, Jack, is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. 

Injured NFL quarterback Ramsey Delaney is benched from his starting position, leaving him ample time for more hands-on involvement in The Good Sports Club, a community center he established where Nikki’s sons, Jack and Rocky are enrolled. 

Jack’s deteriorating motor skills concern Ram’s employees who bar Jack from attending the club without Ram’s knowledge. Nikki wants nothing but normalcy for Jack and she heatedly confronts Ram for depriving her son of a beloved activity. Ram immediately reinstates Jack forging the fateful bond between Nikki and her boys’ number-one sports hero. Ram is instantly attracted to Nikki. He wants to win her heart more than he’s ever wanted to win a game. But after her husband’s terrible abandonment will Nikki trust Ram’s motives and open her heart to love again?

“Written from the heart by K.M. Daughters, a unique writing partnership between sisters Pat Casiello and Kathie Clare, ‘Fill The Stadium’ embroils readers in one family’s grapple with a fatal genetic disorder, its impact on two young brothers’ passion for football and its ability to redefine the many types of love that exist in life. But this is so much more than a book of thoroughbred fiction; Daughters’ narrative also raises vital awareness for Adrenoleukodystrophy.”

“THE BOMBER,” BY DAVID O’SULLIVAN

There is no shortage of books about soldiers returning from the Iraq War, but not many are written from an Australian point of view. Born in a place called Wagga Wagga, David writes: “This is the story of the unremarkable in exceptional situations. I think it is more for readers who like to have their thinking challenged; it is a book that should be read carefully — not  a regular action novel, but more an insight into a rarely seen world.”

Joseph Starling has returned from war and is trying his best to resettle into civilian life. In the midst of his struggles, anti-war protests spring up around him, and in this violence he is once again forced to face his internal conflicts. When Joseph discovers his best friend has been murdered he is offered a chance for revenge, and that revenge comes in the form of high explosive. He doesn’t feel guilty, though, he only dialed a number. Right? The Bomber is a journey of retribution and loss, set to the ticking of a very important countdown clock.

“LOOKING @ LIFE,” BY POLLYESTHER.

As of now, my official favorite writer pen name.

Moreover, this week has apparently taken on an Australian theme.

PollyEsther takes the reader on a journey, first to Australia and the first piece of evidence that made the biggest impact to start writing, working back to her childhood, growing up in the Netherlands, her dreams and ambitions, lucky “coincidences”, her insecurities, health issues and stress. The journey covers all trials and tribulations of life, how moving to Australia made healing and learning a necessity and the numerous victories that helped her grow.

 

 

 

 

 

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Americans Bombing Paris

OUR OTHER CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOK, “HOMETOWN HEARTACHE,” BY M.J. SCHILLER, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, ALONG WITH THE LATEST FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY.

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THE BOOK: Americans Bombing Paris

PUBLISHED IN: 2015

THE AUTHOR: Thomas Bartlett

THE EDITOR: B’ O Connor

THE PUBLISHER: Amazon/Createspace

SUMMARY: Americans Bombing Paris is a romantic thriller set around 2002. Back when the French and the Americans were sparring in the media over whether or not to invade Iraq. The story revolves and encircles a group of friends who undertake some low-hum protests at what they perceive to be corruption and injustice. When Johnny, the main character, meets Naya everything else falls away, but then life is not like that. Life overtakes them, dwarfs them, makes heroes and villains of them. Paris is the setting for this love story riven through with satire, comedy and politics.

Thomas BartlettTHE BACK STORY: I lived in Paris just after the initial invasion around about 2002. I used to have a small little balcony that overlooked a plethora of houses and schools, the National Library (BNF), I’d wile away many an evening there with a book, a bottle and a smoke, day and night dreaming of planes scorching the sky above. The story germinated there and grew inside me until I got it out last year.

WHY THIS TITLE?: I liked the simple narrative aspect of it. I have also enjoyed the questions that seem to arise whenever I tell anyone the name, “When was this?”, “Did this actually happen?” and “I never knew they did.”

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s different. I wrote it for myself in so far as I am a mix of different opinions and emotions. The story is a satirical romance, or maybe a romantic thriller, I also tried to make it funny and a little sexy. There is also lots and lots about Paris in it.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“This story was thought provoking and compelling as it wended its way to a rather surprising finish. I thought it was beautifully written. Many of the thoughts and phrases used by the author were quirky, unexpected and worthy of remembering. The story is set as the U.S. rushes toward war with Iraq and I found the authors point of view fascinating and disturbingly accurate. This was an interesting amalgam of stories and a plot that is different than any I have read before.”

“I read this book because a friend recommended it and now I know why she did! Its captivating and addictive from the first chapter. Bartlett has used simple language that is easy to fathom and added just the right dose of humor and sarcasm. He has created such graphic images that just pull you in. Fast paced with no dull moments. Warning- Read the book only when you have time as it’s difficult to put down once you’ve started!”

“This is a little gem of a book that will appeal to anyone who appreciates a good story well written. Americans Bombing Paris follows the life of the main character, Johnny, and his life in Paris during a time of tension between the US and France over the war in Iraq. The author combines a funny, laddish yarn with a passionate, sexy love story to such effect that you sometimes overlook the sharp satire on modern world politics, and that is meant as a compliment. Bartlett manages to combine an engaging plot, which becomes more and more of a page-turner as it builds towards a thrilling climax, with memorable, crunchy, quotable turns of phrase that open the eyes of the reader.”

“I finished Americans Bombing Paris in 2 sittings and I loved it.” “I’m not sure of the exact genre to describe it but it is a contemporary action novel telling the story of an Irishman in Paris who suddenly finds his own actions colliding with geopolitics. Bartlett has a lovely turn of phrase, there were a number of passages I re-read and nodded approval as I did so.” “Read this if you like Paris. Read this if you like reading. A book about the Paris that Woody Allen wouldn’t recognise, and all the better for it. I can’t wait for the film.”

AUTHOR PROFILE: Thomas Bartlett is a writer and a ghost writer. He used to be a restaurant manager or a waiter or a cook (chef is far too grandiose he thinks). In the middle of all that he spent time teaching English as a foreign language to all manner of folk. He’s lived in five countries and speaks some English, Irish, Spanish and French. He lives in Dublin now and likes to write overlooking and overhearing the millions of building sites, construction jobs and small renovations that abound and surround. He gives out and waxes on and off about things on his website here .

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I like to think the book would make people laugh and think and if I am really lucky cry a little, that’s the dream. But if they read it and enjoy it, I’d still be delighted.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). Read Chapter 1 Click Here

LOCAL OUTLETS: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway, Ireland WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon

PRICE: Kindle $2.99 Paperback $12.99

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

e-mail: thomasbartlet@gmail.com

Hometown Heartache

 

M.J. SchillerTHE BOOK: Hometown Heartache.

PUBLISHED IN: January 2016

THE AUTHOR: M.J. Schiller

THE EDITOR: Katherine Tate and Maggie McKee

THE PUBLISHER: Kissmet Publishing (Indie)

SUMMARY:

Nash is trying to make a name for himself in the art world…

But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late to win back her love?

Chloe has finally found a way to leave her past behind her…

But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew before?

If this chance meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.

Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

 THE BACK STORY: My brother tried to jump the creek in our backyard when I was growing up, inspiring Nash’s jump. My brother, sisters, and I discovered a tree-house identical to Nash and Chloe’s. Even bits of Chloe’s high school dating stories are similar to mine. My childhood lives in this story.

I’ve always loved the idea of a broken relationship getting a second chance, an opportunity for mistakes to be corrected. Regret can eat you up. It is one of the strongest feelings you can experience, other than the hope of being given a chance to make up for those errors.

WHY THIS TITLE?: Nash and Chloe grew up together. Cold Springs is where they found each other, and where they lost each other. This is their hometown heartache.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Chloe is an unusual heroine. She’s hardened, and isn’t someone to admire in the beginning. As you read on, you understand her motivations, have sympathy for her, and begin to root for her to find her happily ever after. Nash, too, acts kind of like a jerk at first, but you know it is because he loves Chloe so much. After he acts rashly, he regrets losing control of his emotions and sets about repairing their relationship.

AUTHOR PROFILE: M.J. Schiller is a lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-year-old and three eighteen-year-olds. That’s right, triplets! So having recently taught four children to drive, she likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However…you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon.

AUTHOR COMMENT: “I have been a writer all my life. My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled “The Black Cat,” and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn. I believe it is currently out of circulation.”

SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://www.amazon.com/HOMETOWN-HEARTACHE-REAL-ROMANCE-COLLECTION-ebook/dp/B01AHIS2TK?ie=UTF8&keywords=hometown%20heartache&qid=1452982384&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon: http://mybook.to/HometownHeartache

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hometown-heartache-mj-schiller/1123353865?ean=2940158052897

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/hometown-heartache

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1081022176

PRICE: e-book $2.99

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

First Tuesday replay, June 7

THIS FEATURE HAS A TWO-FOLD PURPOSE: 1. TO ALLOW THOSE RECENTLY ADDED TO OUR FOLLOWER’S LIST TO LEARN ABOUT BOOKS THEY MIGHT HAVE MISSED AND 2. TO MAKE SURE PREVIOUSLY FEATURED AUTHORS AND THEIR WORK AREN’T FORGOTTEN. IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANY ONE OF THE BOOKS REVISITED HERE, SIMPLY CLICK ON THE “AUTHOR” PAGE, THEN ON THAT AUTHOR’S NAME.

The Rivergrass Legacy“THE RIVERGRASS LEGACY,” BY JOHN CHAPLICK.

Set in the Rivergrass area near the Florida Everglades, this riveting novel holds the reader on edge from start to finish. What begins as a routine business acquisition analysis of a tropical fish hatchery turns into the discovery of a money-laundering plot.

Sole heir to the Concord Industries fortune, Grant Abbot Lonsdale III finds himself trapped between a vicious Colombian drug cartel and the hatchery’s owners who refuse to acknowledge his findings. While he struggles to reconcile his New England mindset with a rural Southern culture, Grant is haunted by the mistake he made years before when he yielded to parental pressure and rejected Sarah Jane Jankovic, his true love from the slums of South Boston. The Rivergrass Legacy weaves an intricate tapestry of mystery and romance that challenges Grant’s aristocratic family values and changes his life and Sarah’s.

“CHASE,” BY SYDNEY SCROGHAM.

Lauren is about to lose her horse, Emblem. In an attempt to keep her animal, she pursues an escaped bright-red horse for a ten thousand dollar award. That’s when she disappears into Agalrae, another realm, and faces Chase, a man who thinks like a horse and hasn’t met another person before.

“LOVE, LOSS AND LONGING IN THE AGE OF REAGAN,” BY IRIS DORBIAN.

Love, Loss and Longing in the Age of Reagan: Diary of a Mad Club Girl is a young adult coming of age story set in downtown New York City in the early 1980s. MTV is in its infancy, the Internet does not exist, Ronald Reagan is president and yuppies are running Wall Street. Edie is a naive NYU student desperate to lose her virginity and to experience adventure that will finally make her worldly, setting her further apart from her bland suburban roots. But in her quest to mold herself into an ideal of sophistication and cool, the New Jersey-born coed gets more than she bargained for, triggering a chain of events that will have lasting repercussions.

The Passion Thief“THE PASSION THIEF,” BY ANNE McCARTHY STRAUSS

Betty and Stan Boomer have been married for just over twenty years. Stan is a terrific guy, but he’s been married to his job longer than he’s been married to Betty. All his energy goes to his work, giving Betty a fabulous lifestyle and leaving Stan snoring upright on the couch by nine o’clock most nights. Despite her job as a freelance globe-trotting journalist, Betty feels lonely and unfulfilled. She fills the emptiness with nightly drinking. As her alcohol intake increases, she finds herself searching the Internet for her college boyfriend Michael, the proverbial one who got away. When she finds him and reaches him by email, memories of their youthful passion reignite a lust Betty thought had dried up long ago. Michael responds to Betty’s cyber message, and temptation calls. While Stan’s idea of excitement is staying up past ten o’clock on a Saturday night, Michael has evolved into a flashy Las Vegas casino manager with three ex-wives. Which man offers stimulation and which one brings monotony coupled with reliability is vividly clear. Written with both torment and comedy, The Passion Thief defines the yearning many women feel to find more passion within or outside of their marriage. Ultimately, Betty must choose staying in her marriage, leaving Stan for Michael, or building a new life on her own.

“THE JUNO LETTERS,” BY L.W. HEWITT

Letters discovered in a tin box hidden in the foundation of a small cottage in Normandy reveal a terrible secret. Antoine Bouchard’s beautiful wife Marianne, his precious daughter Ariéle, missing. The lives of hundreds – perhaps thousands – of allied soldiers preparing to storm Juno Beach on D-Day literally are in his hands. Antoine must choose – to find Marianne and Ariéle, or face Hell even if it means he could lose his family, his only friend, and his life.

From Behind the Blue Line“FROM BEHIND THE BLUE LINE,” BY WILLIAM MARK

After a heinous murder of a child, the father, also a police officer, asks his long time friend — although estranged — to help him kill the men responsible. Afraid to leave the murderers’ fate in the hands of a jury, he wants revenge. Together the pair devise a cunning and clever plan to find and execute the two men even though they are in police custody. But to pull off this vengeful plan, they must do so under the watchful eye of an unscrupulous Internal Affairs commander as well as determined homicide detectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather Report, June 6

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “THROUGH THE EYES OF A YOUNG PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT,” BY SEAN CONROY, “THE GINSENG GANG,” BY BILL TUCKER AND “CROSSING THE BLUE LINE,” BY WILLIAM MARK CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

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At the bottom of this post, as promised, are ten books from the Snowflakes collection that I thought might be congenial fellow travelers on a vacation trip. I’ll list ten more next month.

Note: This list is not a “best of” collection, but stems only from a gut feeling on my part that these books would be ideal for the purpose.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JUNE 7-13.

“AMERICANS BOMBING PARIS,” BY THOMAS BARTLETT

Americans Bombing Paris is a romantic thriller set around 2002, back when the French and the Americans were sparring in the media over whether or not to invade Iraq. The story revolves and encircles a group of friends who undertake some low-hum protests at what they perceive to be corruption and injustice. When Johnny, the main character, meets Naya everything else falls away, but then life is not like that. Life overtakes them, dwarfs them, makes heroes and villains of them. Paris is the setting for this love story riven through with satire, comedy and politics.

Writes Thomas, now a resident of Dublin: “I lived in Paris just after the initial invasion around about 2002. I used to have a small little balcony that overlooked a plethora of houses and schools, the National Library (BNF), I’d wile away many an evening there with a book, a bottle and a smoke, day and night dreaming of planes scorching the sky above. The story germinated there and grew inside me until I got it out last year.”

“HOMETOWN HEARTACHE,” BY M.J. SCHILLER.

Writes M.J.: “I’ve always loved the idea of a broken relationship getting a second chance, an opportunity for mistakes to be corrected. Regret can eat you up. It is one of the strongest feelings you can experience, other than the hope of being given a chance to make up for those errors.

“Nash and Chloe grew up together. Cold Springs is where they found each other, and where they lost each other. This is their hometown heartache.”

OK, I usually steer away from romance novels, but this one has an interesting plot and a little edge to it.

FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY

This month, we’ll revisit Chase,” by Sydney Scrogham, “The Rivergrass Legacy,” by John Chaplick, “Love, Loss & Longing in the Age of Reagan,” by Iris Dorbian, “The Other Side of the Blue Line,” by William Mark, “The Passion Thief,” by Anne McCarthy Strauss and “The Juno Letters,” by Larry Hewitt.

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TEN BOOKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO PACK FOR YOUR VACATION

1. “Island Dogs,” by Brian Simpson. The starting point is a fantasy common to many of us — leave the unfulfilling job, the bills, the neighbors, the lawn that needs cutting and flee to the Caribbean, where life is supposedly like a year-around cruise. Of course, this quintet of likable ex-pats soon learn that hanging out in Da Limin Hut won’t solve their problems, just deaden them. 

2. “Downfall,” by Deborah Teller Scott. The fun here, besides Scott’s delightful cast of eccentric characters, is the mental exercise of sorting out the killer among them. In the process, she manages to make some subtle points about the undeniable intersection of crime, the media, and the popular culture of Great Britain.

3. Boiling Point,” by Karen Dionne. As Chaitén Volcano sleeps ..  two microbiologists monitor the effects of global warming in the shadow of the long-dormant volcano. A celebrity scientist and his film crew arrive at the caldera to capture Chaitén’s spectacular scenery for a television audience.  And a Nobel Prize-winning scientist sits in his apartment in Paris, monitoring data on fifty-six volcanoes around the world—waiting for the one sign that his diabolical plan is about to be put into motion. Soon, their destinies will converge. For the Earth has become a pawn in the biggest gamble ever played with humanity’s future. And Chatien is about to blow.

4.  “When Clouds Gather,” by Ryan Jo Summers. Darby Adams has a full, happy life in Driftwood Shores with a successful Bed and Breakfast Inn, The Brass Lamplighter, and her teenage son, Matt. Until a guest is found dead in one of her rooms. Suddenly, she is the number one suspect. With her world rapidly spinning out of control, Darby desperately needs a friend. The surviving family wants answers—and prosecution—so they hire Private Investigator Sam Golden to unquestionably prove Darby’s guilt. Busy with his disobedient, willful teenage daughter, Sam still takes the case. He starts in the dual role as a sympathetic ally to Darby while searching for the evidence needed to send her to prison. It should be an easy case to close, until strange things begin happening at the B & B, Scary things.

5.Whispers in the Attic,” by Cheryl Alsippi. Life for Claire Swenson is good. She is a college girl with a wonderful boyfriend, a job, and a new roommate. It’s all a girl could want—until the moment she first sees the beautiful young woman with auburn hair and oddly out-of-date clothing standing outside of her apartment building. Whispers in the Attic unfolds with the delicacy of soft, dense fog creeping in from the sea. Claire, though perplexed by the sight of the young woman—whom no one else seems to notice—has never given serious thought to the supernatural. Even growing up near Salem, Massachusetts, with its witch trial legacy failed to interest her in the paranormal in any serious way. But something has been unleashed and now forces are coming to bear upon Claire that she will not be able to resist.

6. Beneath the Stones,” by Susan Coryell. Ashby Overton has everything to look forward to, including a promising writing career and her wedding at summer’s end. But, Overhome, her beloved historic family estate in Southern Virginia, is in financial peril and it is up to Ashby to find a solution. Interfering with Ashby’s plans is a dark paranormal force that thwarts her every effort to save Overhome. Supernatural attacks emanate from an old stone cottage on the property rumored to be a slave overseer’s abode, prior to the Civil War. As the violence escalates, Ashby begins to fear for her life. Who is this angry spirit and why is his fury focused on her?

7. Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,” by Janet Stafford. Heart, Soul & Rock n’ Roll is  the story of the growing relationship between Lindsay Mitchell and Neil Gardner. Lindsay (“Lins”) serves as an assistant minister at Church of the Epiphany in central New Jersey. She loves where she works, but upon hitting the big 4-0 begins to wonder if perhaps she might need a change. Memories of her college days leading a rock band keep pestering her. “I just want to rock out one more time before I die,” she moans to friends Patti and Sue. Patti, her former bandmate, thinks she has the cure for Lins: spend three weeks’ vacation with her at Point Pleasant Beach — where she meets Neil Gardner, who just happens to have a real rock band and likes the sound of Lins’ voice.

8. “Enchanting the Swan,” by John Schwartz. A graduate student who is a classical pianist loses his ability to perform when his musical soul mate marries someone else. When her marriage crashes he risks all to renew their love for each other and for their music.

9. “Sputnik Summer,” by Paul Castellani. A teenager’s testimony about a homicide rips apart an Adirondack resort town. It’s only a month into the summer of 1958, and 17-year old Kevin Boyle is already in trouble with an older girl. And a priest who’s zeroing in on Communists and degenerate books in the library is way too interested in his sex life. When he thinks nothing else can go wrong he sees his best friend’s brother shove a tourist to his death at a lakeside hangout. Or did he?  By the time the coroner’s inquest comes around, half the town thinks he’s caused the drop in tourism. The other half thinks he’s mixed up with the suspect librarian, and his friends are sure he’s sold out to the lawyer who’s dangling a college scholarship and loan to his financially-strapped parents for the right testimony. Whatever Kevin says at the inquest will change his life.

10. “Ocean City Coverup,” by Kim Kash. Euro-trash collides with American gangsta in Maryland’s gleefully cheesy beach resort. Reporter Jamie August befriends a spoiled heiress who is being pursued by Russian mobsters—and a chart-topping rap star. Meanwhile, a raging crime spree is keeping Jamie busy—and so is a hot new boyfriend and a strict jogging and frozen custard fitness plan. Action careens from OC to Dubai, from the wild shores of Assateague to a wild-west campground. Will Jamie survive to debut her fringed leopard-print bikini?

 

Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant

 

OUR OTHER TWO CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “CROSSING THE BLUE LINE,” BY WILLIAM MARK AND “THE GINSENG GANG,” BY BILL TUCKER, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

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THE BOOK: Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant

PUBLISHED IN: May 2016Sean Conroy

THE AUTHOR: Sean Conroy PA-C

THE EDITOR: Vanessa Del Fabbro/Jennifer Geist

THE PUBLISHER: Open Books Press

SUMMARY: Sean Conroy started his career in the lab, but had a burning desire to enter the clinical side of medicine as a physician assistant. After completing the first two years of book work, he spent a year learning from doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others on the front lines of medicine in hospitals and clinics across the state of Nebraska. He entered his first family practice rotation as a well-spoken but inexperienced PA student, and in under a year was bedside with severely ill and injured patients in one of Nebraska’s busiest level-one trauma centers.

This memoir follows Conroy around the state, from one rotation to another, as he grows in knowledge and maturity. It tells the tales (some humorous, some harrowing, and occasionally heartbreaking) of patient encounters in wide variety of settings with individuals from all walks of life. From the delivery of a newborn, to the terminally ill at the end of their lives, and many in between, Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant will leave you laughing and crying and with a deeper appreciation of PAs.

THE BACK STORY: “This book was born out of my care of one particular patient during my Internal Medicine rotation in Grand Island, Nebraska: a gentleman facing his mortality. I had taken many small steps from lowly physician assistant student toward full-grown physician assistant. This patient was my first large step. In training in medicine there are many moments that affect you. These are the moments when, if you turn and look back on your education, you realize that you will never be the same again. Something inside me changed after my time with this gentleman. He was not my first patient to die, but he was the first “young” person that I lost. Sure, he had a granddaughter, but he was young to be a grandfather, and he was too young to die.

“It was after caring for him that a spark inside me grew into a burning desire to share his story and the stories of others, not only because his story moved me so much, but because I felt his story would move others if I found a way to share it.

WHY THIS TITLE: There are a number of books that tell tales behind the scenes in medicine; virtually all of them written by physicians. I wanted to fill the void in true-story-medicine of the physician assistant perspective. I very much wanted “Physician Assistant” on the front to attract people interested in the field, perhaps interested in becoming a PA. As I was writing the foreword the title just hit me as I typed the last few words of introduction. Like a flash “that’s it!” I also thought since it is the last words of the introduction it is a fun way to segue into the meat of the book.”

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: I wrote it so that laypeople can follow along, for them it is not only a glimpse behind the scenes of medicine, but interesting in regards to the stories which would be touching no matter which side of the white coat you were on. The book has touching, emotional glimpses into peoples’ lives, including my own, though also has some humor. It takes a sense of humor (possibly a dark one) to survive in the world of medicine. On the other hand the book is not so simple that health care students and professionals themselves will not enjoy the stories as well, as they can certainly relate.

REVIEW COMMENTS:

“I will never be able to forget the first time one of my patients died. I will always be able to picture an elderly man clutching a cowboy hat, tears in his eyes, whispering into Estelle’s ear.”

“Conroy’s journey through his clinical training as a young physician assistant student in Nebraska is brought to life in this engaging narrative about life, death, and all the spaces in between. As his story unfolded, my memories of training as a PA were stirred but I was opened up to so much more. After staring at death, the author soon finds himself in an obstetrical practice. This experience was not his finest, but the joy of bringing a child into the world is palpable.

“In all these moments, Conroy opens his heart to us, and you cannot help but root for him. In Grand Island, Nebraska, the author begins his internal medicine rotation. His patient Robert, a sickly veteran, is ready to die; his daughter wants him to live. Conroy brings the tension and uncertainty of that experience to life in his book. Conroy struggles to find how to place himself between Robert and his daughter. As a reader, you can feel the young student’s ambiguity, but his courage starts to mount. This is the essence of the book and the lesson for all of us. Life and death are irrevocably linked.

“Whether we are a healthcare professional, a patient or family member, or a young physician assistant student from Nebraska, the space in between life and death is an opportunity. Conroy chose to listen, grow, and do his best to relieve the suffering of others. What will we do? Whether or not the author knows it, his journey has only just begun…” —  Reamer L. Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, DFAAPA. Professor and Chair, Department of PA Studies, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina. Editor-in-chief, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

AUTHOR PROFILE: Sean Conroy was born and raised in McCook, Nebraska. He matriculated first from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska with a bachelor’s in biology (human biology option), then the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska with a bachelor’s in clinical laboratory science. He concluded his studies with a master’s in physician assistant studies from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has practiced medicine in Kansas in primary care, including family practice and emergency medicine, since 2010 and a physician assistant at Manhattan Urgent Care in Manhattan, Kansas.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: “This book has opened doors for me I would have never imagined. The greatest of which is Clinician1, a PA website, which offered me a freelance author contract. I am still a PA, but my “hobby” has become very rewarding.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://seanconroypac.wordpress.com/sample-chapter/

LOCAL OUTLETS: Amazon/Smashwords/ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1941799272/?tag=penandpublish-20 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/615099

PRICE: $14.95 plus $3 S/H (free shipping eligible on Amazon)

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: https://www.facebook.com/seanconroyPAC https://twitter.com/SeanConroyPAc

Crossing the Blue Line

THE BOOK: Crossing the Blue Line

PUBLISHED IN: 2016


THE AUTHOR:
  William Mark

THE PUBLISHER: Southern Yellow Pine Publishing.  SYP Publishing promotes Southern Authors of fiction and non-fiction throughout the Southeast. We often work with new and aspiring authors, and we strive to publish unique works set in specific locals that reflect the culture of that area. We want to see unique characters brought to life and to help writers document the unusual, the lost art, the forgotten skill or the individuality of a special place of regional significance.

SUMMARY: Chaos reigns in the streets of Tallahassee, and the community doesn’t trust the police. The reason: police officers Beau Rivers and Dylan Akers are suspected in the recent murders of two child killers although it cannot be proved. Leading the turmoil is a dangerous kingpin building a drug empire with violence and fear. The Chief of Police must act, but traditional police work isn’t getting results. Additional evidence proving Rivers and Akers committed the revenge murders is discovered, and the chief delivers a tough ultimatum. The two must wage a hidden war against the kingpin or face murder charges. Working together again, Beau and Dylan are joined by two others, one a tenacious cop and the other with questionable morals, to form a secret squad known only by the chief. As they square up against the drug lord, it quickly becomes a race against time. Major Pritchard, the unscrupulous IA commander who investigated Beau and Dylan, continues his personal crusade against the pair. Will Beau and Dylan take down the syndicate before Pritchard finds the uncovered evidence held by the Chief? Will they finally face the consequences for taking the law into their own hands? To make things right, they will have to cross the blue line, and it could cost one of them his life.

William MarkTHE BACK STORY
: “My readers demanded a sequel.  I originally saw my first novel, From Behind the Blue Line, as a stand-alone story, but too many of my readers wanted to know what happened afterward.  I had an idea for another book with no characters and now characters in need of a story.  So, I meshed them together for a great follow-up sequel that will continue to deliver page turning thrills.”

WHY THIS TITLE?: In the first novel, the main characters, who are cops, had to step around the law to do what they felt was right.  In this novel, the consequences of those actions leads them down a path that forces them to finally cross the line.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? 
My experience with law enforcement brings a certain realism and grit to my stories.  I think readers relish in the reality, getting a feel for how tough being a police officer can be.

REVIEW COMMENTS
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“This is not a new author to me. I have previously read FROM BEHIND THE BLUE LINE and LOST IN THE DARKNESS. I gave them both high marks .. they were extremely well written crime thrillers. I expected no less with CROSSING THE BLUE LINE, and I was not disappointed.  – Linda Strong

AUTHOR PROFIL
E: Born and raised in Tallahassee, the main locale I choose to write about. I do love to travel and hope to see as much of the world as I can. I enjoy a good beer, a good book and a good movie. I’m a cop, SWAT guy, former homicide dick, softball teammate, brother, son, husband to very beautiful and patient woman, but the hat I enjoy wearing the most, is father. Savannah (8), Connor (5) and Clayton (2) are my pride and joy.
I’ve seen the ugliest side of human nature and have struggled to crawl out of the abyss, but surrounding myself with good people has helped me see that good exists in this world. This realization is the fuel for my books.

AUTHOR COMMENTS:
 Perception of law enforcement is vastly misunderstood and frequently portrayed wrong in the media.  This breeds ignorance and causes frustration in people who are quick to grow angry rather than patiently understand a situation.  I believe I shed a little light on this problem in my newest novel.

SAMPLE CHAPTERhttp://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Blue-Line-William-Mark/dp/1940869722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464281810&sr=1-1&keywords=crossing+the+blue+line

LOCAL OUTLETS: My Favorite Books, 1415 Timberlane Rd, Tallahassee, Florida.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: On-line at Amazon, Barnes & nobles and SYPPublishing.com.

PRICE: $19.95

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Twitter – @williammark649
Facebook – William Mark Author