Month: August 2014

Book Review For ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ – by M. C. V. Egan

The Bridge Of Deaths-A Love Story and A Mystery by M.C.V. Egan

M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ is unique because the author is driven by childhood memories, family stories and perhaps the spirit of her grandfather who died when an English aircraft (carrying 5) crashed on August 15, 1939. Her exhaustive research, passion for details and networking abilities brings this fiction (based on real events) to life from archives buried during the chaos of World War ll.

Characters like Bill, Maggie and Catalina draw us into their world with conversations and settings that bring the reader to the table, quenches the thirst for love at first sight romance and delves into a quest for knowledge that reaches into the paranormal realm that few of us would dare venture into.

If you like historical fiction (eliminating dry facts) the time frame and mystery behind this historical plane crash and family tragedy will keep you turning the page. The use of skype conversations was creative and the historical documentation such as the use of actual Western Union Telegrams validates the truth behind the fiction.

I personally would have loved to read more about the author’s family and especially her grandfather’s life and see more photos. Understandably this book is mystery based on a tragic historical event and is not a biography. After reading this well thought out, painstakingly researched fictional accounting of a historical event that few of us even know about, I only have one question. Where will M.C.V. Egan take us in a sequel and what nugget of information might be unearthed by the publication of this book?

The blending of facts with mysticism to arrive at the truth is a payoff even for a reader who holds a skeptical view of the paranormal, use of hypnosis and past-life regression. Cold Coffee Press endorses M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ for the author’s nearly two decades of research, thirst for the truth and family bonds. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Book Description: On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Author M.C.V. Egan’s Website

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http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com
http://thebridgeofdeaths.tumblr.com
http://ishistorytheagreeduponlie.blogspot.com

Cold Coffee Café Author M.C.V. Egan

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Author Spotlight Interview With M.C.V. Egan

M.C.V. Egan

M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.

From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico.

When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.

In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years.

In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople.

She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish. Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother.

Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject. She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift. Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths at http://www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Florida? I am originally from Mexico City and have lived in a number of places but Florida has been home for a quarter of a century now, and I love it. Hemingway loved it so what’s not to be proud about?

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My affair with words began at a very early age. As the 6th of 8 kids sandwiched between all the males in the house I had a serious need to communicate. When I was 12 we moved from Mexico City to the Washington D.C. area and I had a HUGE list of pen pals, I know that it was through the art of letter writing that I discovered my passion for the craft.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Okay? Dare I answer? Years ago I went to a psychic who said; I don’t think you realize it yet, but you are a writer. I went home and looked at my boxes of notebooks and journals; I had imagined myself a published writer before that, but that day it felt plausible, real you know.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? YES and YES! As I said before my very large family made me search for a voice a strong voice and in THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS the strong influence of researching my grandfather’s mysterious death in a 1939 plane crash which is the central storyline.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? If I do it very often changes, sometimes a story ends up guiding you to a title.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? To be honest I write in a variety of genres. I can tell you that I am not capable of good fantasy or Sci Fi as much as I love reading said genres. But I can KILL and I can LOVE, and turn a story into chick lit, romance, murder mystery. Lately I am toying with one act plays.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? It was in 1993 when I first held the British Airways LTD. Files in the UK and the archivist RIP to whom I dedicated the book said to me, “Can of worms you are about to open young lady.” I just knew a can of worms always makes for a good story and good book.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? There are frankly so many I cannot pin-point one. The mere process of writing is so healing and frustrating. It is all a bit like loving a complicated person. I can tell you the worst, editing and re-writing, that is tough!

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I did not expect five star reviews and they poured in, so I took them a bit for granted, and then the searing first bad review was a ONE STAR. It felt horrible! I decided to give it as much attention and promoting as I had all the positive reviews. The encouraging feedback was an amazing experience and that one star review became a favorite, of course I prefer good reviews but my negative reviews have made me grow and explore how I can improve.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The good reviews of course!

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? There is growth from everything and what might not be great for me is good for others so I am going to stick to the golden rule; “If you don’t have something good to say…” To any writers out there, research your options carefully and contact authors privately with your questions. In a private forum I do voice my negatives.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Trust your own personal unique voice. The same story can be told in a million ways, but it can only be told YOUR way by YOU.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have to first say that I have MANY, especially a lot of great Indie authors I have met in the past three years. However I will give you my ALL TIME classic. W. Somerset Maugham, the why is simple, his stories are phenomenal and timeless. However I also have this goose bump thing to share. In 1948 he wrote the book CATALINA which is my middle name and the one I have always gone by. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99662.Catalina) His book starts on an August 15th and the Plane crash my grandfather died in (the one in The Bridge of Deaths) was on an August 15th, once you get around chapter four Catalina visits a priest to confess and he is Father VERGARA, my maiden name! Now Catalina is far from Mr. Somerset Maugham’s best work, it is not Of Human Bondage or the Razor’s Edge. No Painted Veil, but even at his not so good, OMG the guy was amazeballs.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I have three blogs and I welcome writers and artists as long as it is not Erotic Art or Erotica writing. I am a mom and I think that my son is at an age where he still needs to learn more by example than anything and that is my reason to avoid that. But all others are welcome for a spotlight or an interview at 4covert 2overt A Place in the Spotlight and for my other two blogs I like people with a historical angle, any era, and any theme. I am happy to welcome any of your members whose genres fit.

 

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The Bridge Of Deaths-A Love Story and A Mystery by M.C.V. Egan

The Bridge Of Deaths: A Love Story and A Mystery – by M.C.V. Egan (Second Edition)

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust. The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Review:

M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ is unique because the author is driven by childhood memories, family stories and perhaps the spirit of her grandfather who died when an English aircraft (carrying 5) crashed on August 15, 1939. Her exhaustive research, passion for details and networking abilities brings this fiction (based on real events) to life from archives buried during the chaos of World War ll.

Characters like Bill, Maggie and Catalina draw us into their world with conversations and settings that bring the reader to the table, quenches the thirst for love at first sight romance and delves into a quest for knowledge that reaches into the paranormal realm that few of us would dare venture into.

If you like historical fiction (eliminating dry facts) the time frame and mystery behind this historical plane crash and family tragedy will keep you turning the page. The use of skype conversations was creative and the historical documentation such as the use of actual Western Union Telegrams validates the truth behind the fiction.

I personally would have loved to read more about the author’s family and especially her grandfather’s life and see more photos. Understandably this book is mystery based on a tragic historical event and is not a biography. After reading this well thought out, painstakingly researched fictional accounting of a historical event that few of us even know about, I only have one question. Where will M.C.V. Egan take us in a sequel and what nugget of information might be unearthed by the publication of this book?

The blending of facts with mysticism to arrive at the truth is a payoff even for a reader who holds a skeptical view of the paranormal, use of hypnosis and past-life regression. Cold Coffee Press endorses M.C.V. Egan’s book ‘The Bridge Of Deaths’ for the author’s nearly two decades of research, thirst for the truth and family bonds. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Amazon Customer Reviews

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Author M.C.V. Egan’s Website

Author M.C.V. Egan’s Blogs
http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com
http://thebridgeofdeaths.tumblr.com
http://ishistorytheagreeduponlie.blogspot.com

Cold Coffee Café Author M.C.V. Egan

Cold Coffee Press Author M.C.V. Egan

Book Review For Your Story Matters… Tell It – by Linda Bunker

Your Story Matters... Tell It by Linda Bunker

Your Story Matters… Tell It – by Linda Bunker

In 1958 a girl of sixteen met a woman of twenty-four. Against all odds and self-inflicted restraints, they selfishly allowed themselves to fall passionately in love. Fifty-five years later they find themselves still sharing this “secret” love. They decide now is time to come “out of the closet.”

 

Genre: Biography/Memoirs

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This is a dual Book Review is for ‘Your Story Matters… Tell It’ and ‘Claudia Estelle The Extraordinary Senior Gay Couple’ – by Linda Bunker

‘Your Story Matters… Tell It’  is a genuine, heartwarming memoir of a friendship between two women that grew into a passionate lifelong commitment and partnership.

Even in the best of circumstances human relationships (gay or straight) are hard work and when there is a strain of secrecy the odds aren’t good. I admire these two women for their love, devotion, and determination to build a successful life together in a period in time where society would have eaten them alive if their secret had been exposed.

Their love, strength, intelligence, compassion, faith and humor allowed them to grow as couple (in secret) while extending love, kindness, generosity to their families, friends and community. Even the local police considered their home as a safe place where they brought community kids that were in danger, abused and neglected in the dark of night to find loving arms, a warm bed, healthy food, laughter and games until proper family, friends or suitable foster accommodations could be agreed upon.

Author Linda Bunker tells her story with candor, assuming the risks of coming out of the closet, detailing historical facts regarding the progression of gay and lesbian rights, in order to leave their legacy of love to the generations of women who will follow.

Linda’s second book titled ‘Claudia and Estelle The Extraordinary Senior Gay Couple’ is a companion book to ‘Your Story Matters… Tell It’. As the reviewer I encourage readers to purchase these two as a set because the humorous side of their relationship transcends the hardships and secrecy. Linda’s writing style reminds me of the late Erma Bombeck reminding us to look at our life circumstances from the lighter side. I believe that it was the lighter side of these two women that have brought them to the twilight phase of their journey together still embraced in each other’s loving arms.

Cold Coffee Press endorses this dual set of books ‘Your Story Matters… Tell It’ and ‘Claudia Estelle The Extraordinary Senior Gay Couple’ – by Linda Bunker as the serious memoir and the humorous short story collection of two women enjoying retirement years from a more normal view outside of the closet. (August 2014) http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

 

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Claudia and Estelle The Extraordinary Senior Gay Couple

Claudia and Estelle The Extraordinary Senior Gay Couple – by Linda Bunker

Claudia and Estelle are two Lesbians who have been together for fifty-five years. The book consists of a series of short stories which have been comically enhanced covering their experiences since retiring.

 

Genre: Compilation of Humorous Short Stories

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Book Review for ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by Carol Desforges

Book Review for ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by Carol Desforges.

Behind Closed Doors by Carol Desforges‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a stand-alone book in the Shugrinsky’s family saga. ‘The Pinning’ (first book in the series) was Elizabeth’s story. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is Naomi’s story (Elizabeth’s mother).

Naomi graduated from Columbia Law School in the 1940s but in a desperate attempt to leave her parents’ home she marries an affluent man named Jesse. Her story reflects many women’s history in the forties who succumb to their husband’s wishes for them to stay home and raise the children.

Needless to say, her dysfunctional childhood carries over into her relationship with her husband and children. On top of Naomi’s internal struggles is her acute awareness of her husband’s drinking and philandering.

Naomi’s emotional struggles take a toll on her and whenever any form of mental illness is added to family dynamics there are repercussions. Woven into every family are secrets that stay hidden behind closed doors.

Quote from the book jacket: “A novel drenched in drama and suspense”.

I think one should read ‘The Pinning’ first and follow up with ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (or buy both together) to get a deeper understanding of each woman’s story.

Reviewed by Cold Coffee Press (August 2014): http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Book Description: Behind Closed Doors delves into the dark secrets of the Shugrinsky family following the desperate path of the manipulative mother Naomi as she runs from her past demons and copes with her day to day struggles.

The first book in the Shugrinsky family saga series, The Pinning, focused on Elizabeth breaking free from her dysfunctional family; now learn more about her mother’s tragic story in Behind Closed Doors.

Elizabeth would be the first to tell you that Naomi is not an ideal mother: she is manipulative and controlling, and she appears to be unraveling fast. But Naomi has survived tragedy before, and now she’s struggling to do so again.

When her suicide attempt doesn’t extract her from her painful marriage like she’d planned, Naomi finally opts to divorce Jesse. But with her history, she worries how she will be able to keep custody of Elizabeth and Mary. And even beyond the legal matters, how can she maintain a relationship with her daughters when everything she does seems to twist into something bad?

Naomi’s story travels back and forth from the 1940s through the 1970s, building the taut and bitter web that makes up her life. All it takes is for one string to snap before her world collapses around her, and the fallout won’t just affect her…

Behind Closed Doors is filled with tragedy and suspense, yet it leaves a small ray of hope for the Shugrinsky family by the end.

Genre: Fiction, Family Sagas

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Author Spotlight Interview – Carol Desforges

Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview With Carol Desforges

carol pictureCarol Desforges holds degrees in biology and education from the University of Rhode Island, and over the years she has worn a variety of career hats: primary and secondary educator, dietitian, nursing home administrator, home care coordinator, sales associate, secretary, and bank teller.

In the past, Desforges spent her time volunteering in her local community tutoring teens and adults, managing religious organizations, working suicide prevention hot lines, running adoption support groups, and leading Girl Scout troops. Now, she writes novels, teaches Mah Jongg, and runs statewide tournaments for the game. The Pinning and Behind Closed Doors are the first two books in her Shugrinsky family saga series.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Rhode Island and New York? I tend to write about places in which I have lived, Rhode Island and New York. I enjoy introducing the readers to these places and the idiosyncrasies associated with these regions. When I can express a thought in an entertaining fashion but get the reader to understand my point of view of or understand the point of view of one of the fictional characters in these places, I want to jump up and scream, “Hurray! I’ve done it.”

What or who inspired you to become a writer? A met a young woman from a dysfunctional family who stated that she hated her mother. I asked the twenty-three-year-old if she would feel the same way about her mother if her mom became ill or died. She said that she could never forgive her mother and would always hate her. I tried to explain to her that she might regret not having a relationship with her mother; she may never have peace of mind. I tried to explain that she could come to a resolution with her mother without “forgiveness.” The girl did not understand. I decided to write a story about a young woman from a dysfunctional family who was able to come to a resolution with her mother (and or parents). As I began to write, I became more and more excited with the process of writing. It became a catharsis for me as well.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? After I began my first attempt at writing, I showed my efforts to a librarian and a neighbor. Both felt I had some talent in writing. The librarian encouraged me to make the story into a novel. At that point, I decided to learn more about writing. I went to a writer’s conference and heard from others how difficult it was to get a publisher; however, the writing field was not as bleak as it used to be. It was becoming fashionable to be independently published when a traditional publisher was not available. I decided to take the plunge. I ordered two books on the process of writing and tried to incorporate the book knowledge into what I was putting down on paper.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I came from a very dysfunctional family. It was not difficult for me to write a story about a dysfunctional family. I had a good understanding of how a character could behave and react in dysfunction. I wanted the characters in the story to exist in the same time frame as my formative years, 1950s and 1960s. During those times, families were portrayed as picture perfect and ideal (e.g., “Father Knows Best” and the “Donna Reed Show”). Divorce was not common. Homosexuality was not open. During that era, I felt there were a lot more dysfunctional families than there were picture perfect ones. Most people relate better to some degree of dysfunction than to the world seen through rose-colored glasses. I decided to write about a parent with mental illness and introduce alternative lifestyles to a young girl. I tried to write without being judgmental.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? It depends. While I was writing the manuscript The Pinning, I came up with a title. I used the term pin and pinning so much, it was natural to incorporate it into the title. In fact, I made the ending pertinent to the title after the title was created. Using the word pin and pinning, I came up with a surprise ending in the format of O. Henry’s Gift of the Magi and left the book open ended–implying that there would be a sequel. In Behind Closed Doors, I chose the title before I wrote it. The book involves a married couple with a less than perfect hidden relationship. Also, the mother was mentally ill and her condition was hidden from her family, friends, and neighbors. She was thrown into a psych ward with locked doors (hence behind closed doors).

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write family sagas. You often hear that you should write about what you know. I know a lot about dysfunctional families. Voila, I write about them. I have written and independently published two. I have ideas for a third the family saga novel that will mix in fantasy.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The most exciting and rewarding experience in the writing process is the aha moments–when an idea comes to mind and you feel you have expressed it well.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only negative experience in my writing career has been the fact that my writing does not seem to interest agents and traditional publishers; however, other readers have been very encouraging. I suppose I could pick a hot topic to research and write about and have agents and publishers banging at my door; but, I am not passionate about that.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The admiration people have for writers surprises me. Even though I see some flaws in my writing endeavor, most people appreciate my stories anyway. I did not know how to create suspense in my first novel, but no one seemed to mind it. By the second novel, I had mastered that skill and people enjoyed reading the story that much more. That was rewarding.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I hired a professional review service that was off-base. It is said that real life is stranger than fiction. Most of my stories are fiction. Occasionally, I will throw in a real-life experience. The review service told me that parts of my story were too farfetched to be realistic, when in reality, they were taken from real events. After that I decided not to hire a reviewer for a statement on the cover of my books. Although agents did not choose to look at my work, I am writing for my satisfaction not theirs.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? My advice to other authors is to try to find moral support any way you can–friends, family, and other writers–as there are too many critics that will want to put your work down. Try not to get discouraged. However, you need to listen to critiques. They can often be helpful to the writing process.

Be sure to get a good editor. Most libraries and newspapers don’t like to take on independently published authors as they are afraid those writers’ works will be error ridden or poorly thought out.

Who is your favorite author? I have several authors I adore. These names come to mind: Jody Picoult, Geraldine Brooks, and Kim Edwards.

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 Behind Closed Doors by Carol Desforges

Behind Closed Doors – by Carol Desforges

Behind Closed Doors delves into the dark secrets of the Shugrinsky family following the desperate path of the manipulative mother Naomi as she runs from her past demons and copes with her day to day struggles.

The first book in the Shugrinsky family saga series, The Pinning, focused on Elizabeth breaking free from her dysfunctional family; now learn more about her mother’s tragic story in Behind Closed Doors.

Elizabeth would be the first to tell you that Naomi is not an ideal mother: she is manipulative and controlling, and she appears to be unraveling fast. But Naomi has survived tragedy before, and now she’s struggling to do so again.

When her suicide attempt doesn’t extract her from her painful marriage like she’d planned, Naomi finally opts to divorce Jesse. But with her history, she worries how she will be able to keep custody of Elizabeth and Mary. And even beyond the legal matters, how can she maintain a relationship with her daughters when everything she does seems to twist into something bad?

Naomi’s story travels back and forth from the 1940s through the 1970s, building the taut and bitter web that makes up her life. All it takes is for one string to snap before her world collapses around her, and the fallout won’t just affect her…

Behind Closed Doors is filled with tragedy and suspense, yet it leaves a small ray of hope for the Shugrinsky family by the end.

Genre: Fiction, Family Sagas

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Book Review for ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by Carol Desforges.

‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a stand-alone book in the Shugrinsky’s family saga. ‘The Pinning’ (first book in the series) was Elizabeth’s story. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is Naomi’s story (Elizabeth’s mother).

Naomi graduated from Columbia Law School in the 1940s but in a desperate attempt to leave her parents’ home she marries an affluent man named Jesse. Her story reflects many women’s history in the forties who succumb to their husband’s wishes for them to stay home and raise the children.

Needless to say, her dysfunctional childhood carries over into her relationship with her husband and children. On top of Naomi’s internal struggles is her acute awareness of her husband’s drinking and philandering.

Naomi’s emotional struggles take a toll on her and whenever any form of mental illness is added to family dynamics there are repercussions. Woven into every family are secrets that stay hidden behind closed doors.

Quote from the book jacket: “A novel drenched in drama and suspense”.

I think one should read ‘The Pinning’ first and follow up with ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (or buy both together) to get a deeper understanding of each woman’s story.

Reviewed by Cold Coffee Press (August 2014): http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Book Spotlight: Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web – by Mary Burton King

Beatrice Belladonna's Black Magic Web by Mary Burton KingMeet sixty-one-year-old vodou priestess, convicted black widow serial killer and cop killer, Beatrice Belladonna. She is a death row inmate housed at The Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas, and is five months shy of her scheduled execution date. Seeking notoriety after death, Beatrice accepts A&E Network’s request for a televised interview. During this six-hour interview, she reveals her life story which includes being sexually abused as a child by her stepfather and abandoned at the age of sixteen by her mother. Consequently, it is no surprise that Beatrice evolved into a sociopathic black widow serial killer at a very young age, eighteen. On camera, she coldly confesses to murdering all of her subsequent lovers for profi t and states that after their deaths, she felt absolutely no remorse, only sheer elation. Naturally, being a vodou priestess has its advantages when it comes to cold-blooded murder. Find out how Beatrice used her vodou black magic powers to kill her lovers and how she managed to elude arrest by the police for over thirty years! Beatrice Belladonna’s bizarre and macabre life story is truly remarkable and one that will not soon be forgotten.

Genre: Fiction, Literary, Mystery Crime Thriller

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Book Review for Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web – by Mary Burton King

I set the bar high when reading this book because the Author Mary Burton King is a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent with over twenty years of law enforcement experience.

‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ is spell binding. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would care to know anything about a Haitian Vodou (old term voodoo) Priestess. Nor did I know that I could become interested in Vodou Priestess’ herbs (grown all around the world), magic potions, blessings and curses.

Believe me when I say that no matter how you feel about this subject or this Vodou Priestess you will come to admire her level of intelligence (just like the black widow spider). You will begin to see the world from her perspective and no matter what her crimes you will be forced to think about human dignity.

Personally I can’t wait for the sequel to be released.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ – by Mary Burton King.
Review Date: July 31, 204 http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Author Spotlight Interview – Mary Burton King

Mary KingMary Burton King is a retired Navy officer and a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent who possesses over twenty years of law enforcement experience. Ms. King holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University (1986), and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Mississippi (1982).

She is the author of her memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’, as well as the detective murder mysteries, ‘Fool Me Once and Fool Me Once, Final Resolution’. Her latest novel, a thriller entitled ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’, was released in March 2014.

King resides in Pataskala, Ohio, and is currently writing her second thriller novel, ‘The Dark Entity’. She anticipates publication early 2015.

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Interview:

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Becoming a writer was a personal challenge to myself. My first published novel was my memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’. I was born dirt poor and remained so until I enlisted in the military at the age of 17. ‘No Pot, No Window’ is an old southern expression referring to a person or persons who live in poverty.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing with the intention of being published after I completed writing my memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment and upbringing played a major role and influenced the writing of my first novel, my non-fiction memoir, however those two factors played little or no part in the fiction novels I have subsequently written. I have to say my education and life experiences in law enforcement influenced my current novels; crime scene investigator, detective, NCIS Special Agent.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I generally come up with the title of my novels before or during the early stages of writing the manuscript and occasionally will alter it slightly.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My genre is fiction, crime, mystery, thriller, horror. I prefer to write in this genre because this is what I know. I possess a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University and have over twenty years’ experience in the law enforcement field.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experience as an author is always typing the words “The End” on my manuscript and submitting it for publication.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only negative experience(s) I have endured during my writing profession thus far is learning the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ regarding writing a manuscript and subsequently publishing a novel that readers want to buy. My formal education was not related to writing, therefore I taught myself online. Almost everybody thinks they can successfully write and publish a novel, and they most likely can. But if it isn’t a very good novel with a captivating plot, believable characters, well written and edited, with an eye catching cover, few people are going to purchase it to read. I have been writing for over five and a half years and have learned a lot. As far as avoiding the mistakes I made when I first started writing, other than going back to college and taking writing classes, there was no avoidance. I learned how to write through the school of hard knocks and by comparing my work to authors who were successful. I soon realized the mistakes I was making and corrected them.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? My most rewarding experience in my publishing journey was writing and publishing my latest novel, ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’. I knew this novel was going to be my best novel (and hopefully a bestseller) and that I had evolved into a true author.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I guess my most negative experience I have had during my time as an author is being looked down on (bookstores refusing to let me host a book signing) because I was self-published. This event happened shortly after I published my first novel and thankfully Indie authors are shown more respect today. I don’t think there was any way I could have avoided that experience, it was simply the way of the times.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? One positive piece of advice I would give to other authors is always believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.

Who is your favorite author? My favorite author has always been James Patterson, particularly his Alex Cross novels. They are captivating.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I am currently writing the follow up novel to ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’, titled The Dark Entity’ and anticipate publication early next year. Counting my memoir, I have four published novels.

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 Beatrice Belladonna's Black Magic Web by Mary Burton King

Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web – by Mary Burton King

Meet sixty-one-year-old vodou priestess, convicted black widow serial killer and cop killer, Beatrice Belladonna. She is a death row inmate housed at The Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas, and is five months shy of her scheduled execution date. Seeking notoriety after death, Beatrice accepts A&E Network’s request for a televised interview. During this six-hour interview, she reveals her life story which includes being sexually abused as a child by her stepfather and abandoned at the age of sixteen by her mother. Consequently, it is no surprise that Beatrice evolved into a sociopathic black widow serial killer at a very young age, eighteen. On camera, she coldly confesses to murdering all of her subsequent lovers for profi t and states that after their deaths, she felt absolutely no remorse, only sheer elation. Naturally, being a vodou priestess has its advantages when it comes to cold-blooded murder. Find out how Beatrice used her vodou black magic powers to kill her lovers and how she managed to elude arrest by the police for over thirty years! Beatrice Belladonna’s bizarre and macabre life story is truly remarkable and one that will not soon be forgotten.

Genre: Fiction, Literary, Mystery Crime Thriller

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Book Review for Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web – by Mary Burton King

I set the bar high when reading this book because the Author Mary Burton King is a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent with over twenty years of law enforcement experience.

‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ is spell binding. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would care to know anything about a Haitian Vodou (old term voodoo) Priestess. Nor did I know that I could become interested in Vodou Priestess’ herbs (grown all around the world), magic potions, blessings and curses.

Believe me when I say that no matter how you feel about this subject or this Vodou Priestess you will come to admire her level of intelligence (just like the black widow spider). You will begin to see the world from her perspective and no matter what her crimes you will be forced to think about human dignity.

Personally I can’t wait for the sequel to be released.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ – by Mary Burton King.
Review Date: July 31, 204 http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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