Month: August 2015

Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Full Circle by Gloria Antypowich

Full Circle (The Belanger Creek Ranch) (Volume 2) by Gloria AntypowichFull Circle by Gloria Antypowich is book two of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series. I was delighted to discover that book two continues where book one (The Second Time Around) left off. Book two adds more well defined characters that not only tie both books together, but move ahead with real life situations that involve work, play, past, present, family, friendship, love, hate, romance and genuine passion for life and fulfilling relationships.

Once again Author Gloria Antypowich masterfully brings her own life experiences into her creative writing process to draw her readers into the story line tugging at their heart and mind revealing their own memories whether good or bad. I find that these first two books, especially Full Circle has a short dedication that played over and over in my mind while I lived vicariously through her characters.

In my reviews I always quote at least one passage to show the writer’s style and intent I am very careful not to spoil the story for you the reader. I quote from page 154 (in my copy) as Shauna Lee and Brad enjoy a leisurely horseback ride.

They took the horses out through the gate at the back of the horse pasture and followed the trail to the gently rolling fields. They rode in companionable silence, enjoying the crisp, fresh air and the serenity of being away from everything else.

Shauna Lee sat astride her horse and threw her arms wide open, embracing the world. “I love this: total solitude, no sounds of traffic, no telephones, and no computers!” She turned to smile at him, happiness overflowing.

“I know what you mean. I get that same feeling when I go hunting in the mountains. Dad and I ride way off the beaten track. You feel like no else has ever been there. The mountains are so majestic, the air so clean and the scenery so spectacular. It’s like being transported into a totally different world. For two weeks, we become different people. I always think we become the people we really are meant to be. Life is simple, with no outside pressures. It recharges my batteries. One day I’d like to take you with me.”

Shauna Lee shook her head. “I couldn’t go hunting.”

Brad looked out over the fields. “Shauna, man has been a hunter for centuries. Dad and I always use the meat we take. How can I explain it to you? For us, it’s almost a spiritual thing; being so close to nature, to the creator.”

Come experience life, love, sorrow, forgiveness and a genuine hero spirit. Experience romance where men are real men and even the most liberal women have to stop to appreciate this lost art of gentlemanly behavior. After coming Full Circle move into The Hand of Fate, book three of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Full Circle (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 2) by Gloria Antypowich as a Contemporary Adult Romance inspired by her husband (they are both retired) who is the love of her life. This book was reviewed from a Kindle/PDF version. The review was completed on August 22, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.co

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Sticking Point by Susan Whitfield

Sticking Point-A Logan Hunter Mystery (The Logan Hunter Mysteries) (Volume 5) – by Susan WhitfieldVolume 5 In The Logan Hunter Mysteries

Logan Hunter and Gabriel Farris “Crack” McCracken are both messed up, complicated SBI agents who can kick butt, but can Logan conquer grief and work alongside the gorgeous brooding agent she intends to despise forever?

Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Sticking Point
by Susan Whitfield

Sticking Point by North Carolina Native Mystery Writer Susan Whitfield is her fifth and final book in her Logan Hunter Mysteries. Each book in stands alone, but starting at the beginning of the series will bring more clarity. The author draws the reader into the mystery and into the lives of her well-developed characters. Reading Sticking Point will whet your appetite for more, however the author and I suggest that you read her entire series from start to finish.

North Carolina SBI Agent Logan Hunter is struggling to move forward after the death of her husband Chase and his child whom she was carrying. Work is the furthest thing on her mind when her supervisor Ken Poletti not only calls with a new assignment, but he teams her up with Agent Farris McCracken, “better known as Ass Crack”.

The investigation sends these two polar opposite agents to the small town of Beaufort, NC. It’s not just any case, it is the death of a high school teen named Bobby Purdew. Carteret County Coroner, Dr. Milton has ruled this a natural death and release his body for burial. Even though there is no evidence of foul play and the toxicology screen comes up clean, the agents not only wonder how this well-known school bully ends up dead.

It turns out that there are a lot of students, teachers, parents and members of the community who were uncomfortable and even afraid of Bobby. Then there is the whole issue of the punch dagger that Bobby wore around his neck and the Belladonna plant, sometimes called Nightshade.

I share with you a quote from the book to show the author’s writing style.

“I looked around the interior rooms on the first floor, taking my time to absorb porcelain antique dolls, many hats with gorgeous pins in them, doilies on the arms of every chair and sofa, and plenty of lace. No wonder McCracken was uncomfortable here. The only lace he’d ever been around was women’s panties, probably plenty of them. Women and panties. I took several deep breaths to calm my demeanor while noticing a young girl with a backpack overflowing with books, standing in the doorframe behind the woman. I followed Geraldine Moffatt-Gage to the stairs.

“Chelsea, why aren’t you studying?”

“I need some of Papa’s old medical journals for research, Gram.”

“Very well. Get them and don’t tarry.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

The proprietor focused her attention back on me. “Do you know Charity Grace Davis? She once owned The Carriage House a few blocks over.”

“Yes, she lives near me,” I answered.

“She and I were once rivals for tourists.” I detected a hint of terseness in her voice.

“She seems like a nice enough lady. I think she misses the bed-and-breakfast though.”

“I would imagine so. She had to tend to an elderly aunt, I believe, but she sold so quickly. Had she been more patient, she’d still own it. However, she was quite unsuited to direct a bed-and-breakfast, if you want my honest opinion.”

I didn’t. I had no intention of getting into Charity Grace’s business although she probably wouldn’t do the same for me.

“Agent McCracken is at the far end of the hallway, Agent Hunter. And again, I’m sorry for my bluntness.”

“Thank you.” I started up.

“Enjoy your meal,” she uttered with a slight wave of her hand.

I tapped on the door which was ajar, and eased it open enough to study the man at the bay window, his mind somewhere else, an empty glass tinkling in his hand. My breath clinched at his shirtless physique. The man was toned, tanned and….”

I invite you to join Agent Logan as she seeks answers in Bobby Purdew’s death and how to put her life back together. Will she find peace and perhaps love again?

Author Susan Whitfield is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Carolina Conspiracy, Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers, North Carolina Writers Network, and National Association of Baby Boomer Women.

Susan’s historical fiction Sprig of Broom is due to be released in the Fall.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Sticking Point by NC Native Mystery Writer Susan Whitfield. The Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek, and Sticking Point are all set in the beautiful state of North Carolina from the Ashville/Blue Ridge Mountains to the pristine beaches. She also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook that includes recipes from mystery writers around the country. Slightly Cracked is her first women’s fiction, set in Wayne County where she lives with her husband.

This book was given to us to review in a PDF format. This review was completed on August 16, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Genesis Beach (A Logan Hunter Mystery Book 1) by Susan Whitfield

300_Genesis_Beach_by_Susan_WhitfieldSBI Agent Logan Hunter tracks a murderer at Genesis Beach, North Carolina. When the lifeless body of Rick Teater is discovered, Logan is thrust into a high-profile crime scene. The inexperienced intern needs to prove herself and embarks on a quest for justice. The search for Teater’s killer is complicated by a hurricane and Logan’s battle with personal demons. Her investigation comes to a frustrating standstill until her intense search leads to a shocking discovery.

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Just North of Luck (Logan Hunter Book 2) by Susan Whitfield

Just-North-Of-Luck-by-Susan-WhitfieldSBI Agent Logan Hunter ends up just north of Luck, on the trail of a sociopath. Can she stop the bloody killing spree? In the mountains of North Carolina a high school custodian is found suffocated in plastic. A music teacher is beaten to death a few weeks later. Agent Hunter is already in the area working on another case when she’s assigned to help Madison County detective Chase Railey track down the killer. Logan rents a room in the home of art teacher Taryn Kosterman, in the community of Trust. Over the next few months she deals with quirky characters and frustrating dead ends. As she spends time getting to know Chase she also has a chance to experience some unusual local festivals, and her first taste of love. Murders of school system personnel continue and get increasingly gruesome. Evidence is hard to come by but soon Logan has enough to search the main suspect’s home. After a wild chase a mudslide dumps Logan and the killer into the French Broad River—only one of them will walk away…

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Hell Swamp (Logan Hunter Book 3) by Susan Whitfield

Hell-Swamp-by-Susan-WhitfieldAgent Logan Hunter’s cast iron stomach and steeled nerves are put to the test in Hell Swamp, a place where snakes, skulls, and sinister secrets abound. Called back into action from her personal leave to track down a sadistic murderer, Logan travels to a location in the backwoods of North Carolina, not far from where she grew up. At Beatty’s Bridge, the familiar Greek revival mansion named, The Black River Plantation, now holds a crime scene beyond anyone’s worst nightmare: a gruesome mess with blood tracked everywhere and key evidence already obliterated. With the SBI seriously shorthanded, Agent Hunter has the daunting task of finding the killer on her own. She questions a strange assortment of suspects, including deer hunters, and soon discovers the seemingly harmless victim had numerous enemies. Which one committed the heinous crime?

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Sin Creek (Logan Hunter Book 4) by Susan Whitfield

Sin-Creek-by-Susan-WhitfieldA Gruesome murder leads Agent Hunter into wicked waters… The Cape Fear River snakes through eastern North Carolina, past the stunning port city of Wilmington. But there’s a sliver of water called “Sin Creek” by some, where wickedness and decadence take precedence over decency. Logan Hunter battles evil on her quest to find a co-ed’s killer and keep her marriage to another agent from falling apart. Even though she succeeds in finding the killer, the investigation changes her life in ways she never could have imagined.

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Slightly Cracked by Susan Whitfield

Slightly Cracked - by Susan WhitfieldSugar Babe Beanblossom and Daisy Marie Hazelhurst are lifelong friends, sharing happy and sad times, enjoying outrageous antics, and enduring hot flashes. When Daisy gets sick, Sugar Babe encourages and protects her friend, and DRIVING MISS DAISY takes on a whole new meaning.

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Killer Recipes by Susan Whitfield

Killer Recipes - by Susan Whitfield (2nd Edition)Susan Whitfield joins with a variety of authors to offer Killer Recipes, a book of scrumptious recipes to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. From simple to elaborate, recipes range from Devilish Desserts, Insane Soups, Salads and Sauces, to Breads and Breakfasts to Die For, Criminal Bites, Dips and Beverages, Shameless Sides, Suck-ulent Main Dishes, and much more. Whip up Murderous Sour Cream Muffins, Meat Cleaver’s Taco Dip, Evil Chocoholic’s Pie, Illegally Easy Salad, Freaky Fried Apples, Perverted Pineapple Casserole, Guilty Greek Shrimp, Shotgun Chili, Murder by Potato, and more. A great gift for the cook who also loves mysteries. Recipes are delicious but not deadly.

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Susan WhitfieldAward-winning multi-genre author Susan Whitfield is a native of North Carolina, where she sets all of her novels. She is the author of The Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek, and Sticking Point. She also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook that includes recipes from mystery writers around the country. Slightly Cracked is her first women’s fiction, set in Wayne County where she lives with her husband. Their two sons live nearby with their families.

Susan’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Carolina Conspiracy, Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers, North Carolina Writers Network, and National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Her books are available in print and eBook formats. Susan is currently researching a medieval ancestor for an historical mystery. Learn more at http://www.susanwhitfieldonline.com

About The Cover Design: Jason Penland is an avid self-taught photographer, with a focus on nature and landscapes. The product of generations of mountain folks, Jason’s love of his western North Carolina home is evident in his beautiful work. He expresses a love of his heritage through playing banjo, dobro and guitar, and passes that love on to his two young sons. He also specializes in portraits, wedding photography, bridals, and family-oriented settings.

Susan’s an avid blogger and promotes authors at http://www.susanwhitfield.blogspot.com.
Her website: http://www.susanwhitfieldonline.com.
You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Booktown.ning.com and http://www.trianglesinc.com.

Interview:

Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Dudley, NC? I have lived in North Carolina my entire life, visiting it from stem to stern, loving both the mountains and the sea. I’m proud to be the only mystery writer in my county. I enjoy being involved with Carolina Conspiracy and the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and other organizations around the country.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I guess it just came naturally when I was a child. Once I was a freshman in college and my English professor told me what a good writer I was, I began to believe that someday I could write and publish.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Only after I retired from my high school principal ship.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? It certainly contributed as far as setting my novels somewhere in the state. We have so many wonderful dialects, such beautiful scenery, and I have so many fond memories of going to the mountains once a year and to the beach much more often. We lived near a river, so that became a focus for a book as well.

Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? So far I have decided on the setting before I begin. Two of my titles, ‘Just North of Luck’ and ‘Hell Swamp’, have settings straight off a state map! I already had a story in mind for ‘Hell Swamp’, and when I found that name, I knew I’d found my title. The publisher loved it.

Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write? I began as a mystery write, but now I’m considered multi-genre. I write mystery, women’s fiction, and also authored a cookbook. They say write what you loved to read and I love a good mystery and a good women’s fiction.

Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? That surreal feeling as words flow down my arms through my fingers and onto the screen. When I’m in that state of mind, nothing else matters but getting it down. Also, holding each “baby” in my arms for the first time is quite rewarding.

Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process? Interruptions of any kind!

Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? I queried L&L Dreamspell with Hell Swamp and fifteen days later they offered me a contract. They picked up ‘Just North of Luck’ and ‘Genesis Beach’ and went on to publish ‘Sin Creek’. Unfortunately the publisher died and the company closed before ‘Sticking Point’ was released.

Tell us your most negative experience in your publishing journey? Rejections especially with the first book.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Persevere! And make certain that you hire a professional editor to get top quality work out there. Don’t settle for less than your best!

Who Is Your Favorite Author? James Patterson rocks with the Cross Series. I also love Gerrittsen, Scottoline, Sandford, Connally, and North Carolina’s Hart.

Published Books by Susan Whitfield:
Genesis Beach (A Logan Hunter Mystery Book 1)
Just North of Luck (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 2)
Hell Swamp (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 3)
Sin Creek (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 4)
Sticking Point (Logan Hunter Mystery Book 5)
Slightly Cracked
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Cold Coffee Press Book Review for The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan

The Great Liquor War - by D. M. McGowenThe Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan

The year is 1885. Hank James has been in Canada several months panning gold from a stream near Roswell, British Columbia. When he hears a prizefight will be held in town, he attends along with everyone for miles around. With a little help from the fight referee, he wins big betting on the fight. Having realized that the life of a miner isn’t nearly as romantic or rewarding as he expected, and with advice from the policeman who helped him win money on the fight, Hank goes to Farwell to haul freight with pack horses for contractors building the transcontinental railroad.

The railroad’s security, a detachment of North West Mounted Police, have maintained across the West that no liquor be allowed one mile on either side of the rail bed. Provincial authorities disagree. Hank James believes in honoring and repaying his debts, but that doesn’t mean he should be involved in a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted.

He and his partners have trouble enough running their freight business, they don’t need to be caught between competing policemen. They are already stuck between Canada’s transcontinental railroad people and the contractors doing the actual construction. While the police are fighting one another, who is looking for criminals, particularly those stealing Hank’s horses? Despite a variety of jobs, D.M. McGowan now works as a commercial driver and lives near Mile “0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway.

His stories bring Canadian history to life. “I believe in seeing morality and societal responsibility rewarded. Too much of today’s fiction seems to lead into the dark instead of the light.”

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review for The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan

The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan is a western pioneering era saga that combines great story telling, true-to-life cowboy experience with US and Canadian history combined with legends from the 1800’s.

The main character Hank James was born in Canada and migrated south into the US with his family after the Civil War. Hank’s father headed towards Oregon in search of a farmstead while protecting his family from raids by outlaws and Indians. They made it as far as Kansas to find that the land was too dry to farm so pushed on to Oregon to find the land was too wet. With Mother Nature as their biggest obstacle and many mouths to feed young Hank James set out on his own. He settled down with his own gold mine claim near Rossland, British Columbia in 1984.

Hank wasn’t afraid of hard work, but he wanted more out of life than to eke out a living on his claim. With tenacity Hank took advantage of the Transcanada Railroad, found some partners and started his own freight business. Life should be good, but where there is industry, technology, commerce and economy, there are criminals.

In all my reviews I quote a passage so readers can get a feel for the authors writing style. I quote from page 37.

“It didn’t take a detective to know that the horse thief had played a little joke on the Provincial Police. Constable Art Hubbard was over six feet tall and probably ten pounds lighter than the one eighty mentioned in the description. Not only was he a long way from round, he was also clean shaven.

I gave Constable Hubbard my story, ending with the recovery of the bay gelding and the description I had from Miller. “An’ the fella called himself Art Hubbard,” I added.

The Constable’s expression didn’t change. He worked his chew around into one cheek and sent a stream of tobacco juice into the waste basket. “Feller with a sense o’ humor,” he noted, and then added. “It’ll be one ‘o Bulldog Kelley’s outfit. They work out o’ some of the illegal saloons t’ be found back in the bush. We catch one or two of ‘em every now an’ then, but we can’t get Kelley, an’ he’s the head o’ the snake. I can think of one or two that might fit your description, but not a one that had a full beard. An’ this fella’s probably shaved by now.”

I wrote out my story, signed it, and returned to work.”

Between the horse thieves, authority over liquor sales and a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted Hank is he in over his head? Only time will tell if he makes the right choices and will he win the heart and loyalty of Sharon Dalton?

Saddle up your horse, holster your gun and join a rugged western cast of characters that will take you back to the reality and the legends of the Wild West.

Cold Coffee Press Endorses The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan for the nuggets of history told within a great story of human experience in the Wild West. This book was given to us in a PDF for review. This review was completed on August 11, 2015. For more information, please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author D. M. McGowan

McGowan1Photo-Ning PhotoAuthor D. M. McGowan writes historical fiction about the settling and opening of Canada’s West. “The Great Liquor War” – 1998 – Daison Publishing / “Partners” – 2008 – Strategic Book Publishing / “Homesteader: Finding Sharon” – 2009 – Strategic Book Publishing.

Dave was born in Collingwood, Ont. and have lived in Owen Sound, Caledon, Heathcote, (in BC) Ft. St. John, Vancouver, (back to Ont.) Jarvis, Oshawa, Windsor, (Alb.) Calgary, Ft. Saskatchewan, (BC) Kelowna and Dawson Creek. He has been a cowboy, forest firefighter, heavy equipment operator, farmhand, gardener, road musician and businessman. He lives with his wife, Karen, and children and grandchildren in Northern British Columbia, where he works as a commercial driver.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Canada? I have received from readers and requests for another story.

I also take pride in revealing some of the past of this great country. Some strong people with great vision built this country but we seldom hear of them. They are the pioneers who came to a flat land of great distances, to a world of high mountain peaks, to winter’s cold or summer’s heat that was far beyond their comprehension and yet built something wondrous out of that, a world that we who live in it often don’t properly appreciate.

Those of us who look for it can gather information on politicians or major business leaders of the past but it’s difficult to find out about those who actually built Canada, the miners, loggers, cattlemen and farmers. People much like those who are continuing to make it work.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Driven by a love of history I had gathered stories that interested me. In an attempt to feed and house myself and my family I enjoyed a variety of experiences through the years and turned some of those into stories as well. While we were traveling Western Canada playing music my wife and partner, Karen suggested that I should write some of those stories down. I did as suggested and found that what I enjoyed most was historical fiction.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing in 1990 but did not consider publishing until much later, perhaps 1995. My first was “The Great Liquor War” published in 1998.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, to both questions. As mentioned above I’ve had a variety of experiences and have used knowledge gained there in some of my stories. For example a common practice in the mountains is to build a cache of goods and supplies for later use either at a permanent or long term camp site or for use on an oft travelled trail. These caches are usually ten feet or more off the ground to save these supplies from the ravages of wildlife (primarily bears, wolves and coyotes). They may be no more than a floor or platform but are sometimes a log cabin high in the trees. I’ve never read mention of such in historical fiction or westerns and have included them in two of my stories.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I generally make up some kind of a title so I can save it and find it in my computer. However in many cases I’m aware this title will have to be changed when I’m finished. The stories usually take on a life of their own and become something I had not intended when I wrote the first paragraph. “The Great Liquor War” was “Liquor Laws” in the beginning. “Jake’s Justice” (unpublished) started off with that title and turned out to be close to my original idea.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Historical fiction or a “Western” with a focus on Canada. I enjoy reading good stories from the west but have found very few sited in Canada. Two or perhaps three writers have done excellent work with fiction on the Canadian West and that work is as entertaining as any in the world. Except for those few, however much of it is very hard to read, misleading and inaccurate.

There are billions of western novels out there but very few from “the North West Territories” or “the Colony of British Columbia.”

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The reviews I have received from many sites, the reviews from fans and the awards from Reader’s Favorite.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Help and suggestions from the marketing/promotion staff at Strategic Book Publishing.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Traditional publishing houses who continue to place their focus on literature when entertainment is what has always sold.

Don’t waste time with those who want something other than a good story.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Write! If you have a problem which you wish to call “writers block” put that story aside and sit down and write. Start a new story, outline the person you want as a life partner or explain the one you have, write about your favorite pet or restaurant but write something. When you’re done or perhaps tomorrow go back and work on that story that’s giving you trouble.

Who is your favorite author? Anyone who is entertaining. Louis LaMour, Michael Connelly, Lee Child

Please add questions (and answers) that you think your readers would like answered.

What’s “Homesteader” about? Yes, the story “Homesteader” takes place in the Canadian West of the late 19th century. However, that isn’t what it’s about

Yes, the story relates how a horseman from west of Rockies and his riding partner each take land under the Homesteader Act. However, that isn’t what the novel is about.

Sure there are Colt, Remington and Smith & Wesson revolvers mentioned, along with a few rifles including two Winchester models. But that has little to do with the story.

There are a diverse group of characters. There is a bully who, like most bullies thinks he is smarter than most and judges people by their appearance. There are some North West Mounted Police officers, some doing their jobs and others who only want the “Force” to look after them. There are hardworking, money-less families, widows, prospectors, Blackfoot, Sioux and the business people of Calgary.

Several action scenes are included. There are bucking horses and broken legs, a stage coach robbery and murder. Fence posts turn to slivers from the impact of a 45-70 bullet.

Let us not forget the weather. A horrendous winter is part of the story; a winter that eventually was responsible for changing the way the country handles livestock.

What the story is actually about is a young man finding the woman he loves. About learning that what he has been taught all his life is not necessarily true; that what may appear on the surface may not be what is underneath. About keeping a good partner and gaining another even closer one.

And, of course, recovering.

What is Partners about? “Partners” is primarily about communication; the inability of the young, physical and poorly educated to understand some one older, well educated, worldly and of a more mental inclination. Of course, there is a need for communication in the other direction as well.

Lack of communication is not a unique problem. The difficulty exists today between the young and old, educated and ignorant, men and woman. I believe that this is a problem that has existed since the dawn of time.

I also believe that we don’t do enough to overcome this lack of understanding. When we do make efforts to communicate we often make the problem worse. When we don’t make an effort to be understood this too may make the problem worse since a non-action may project a lack of concern.

Is it necessary that we do anything? Perhaps time and stable emotions on the part of both parties will solve the problem.

“Partners” explores this question and supplies a possible answer or result. The story begins in the Cyprus Hills of the North West Territories (we call it Saskatchewan these days) in 1866. Our two heroes (one young and one REALY old … well, half my age) try to stay alive as they travel west, through the Crows Nest Pass and end up in Barkerville.

Yes their most serious problem from the Prairies does catch up to them, but …. Well, things could always be better.

I try to have some actual history in my stories and novels. “Partners” and “Homesteader” are no exception. There are stories and small tidbits of information buried within the fiction, things that really happened or perhaps things that affect what we do today. Both these novels are also available for Kindle, iBook and Nook.

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Homesteader: Finding Sharon by D. M. McGowan

Staking a claim to a homestead in the rugged, untamed Canadian frontier of the 1880’s was hard enough. But when someone tries to run roughshod over the “nesters,” a man has to take a stand. There is more than bad weather for Hank James to contend with as he rides in search of the land of his dreams and the woman of his heart. Portis Martin, manager of a large cattle company, has no use for the small homesteaders that have begun to pepper the area…and he isn’t afraid of using every dirty trick he knows to run them out. And Portis had been doing a pretty good job of it-until Hank James and his partner arrive on the stage. The dreams of early homesteaders were not always strong enough to see them through adversity, but with Hank James on their side, the people might just find a way of uniting for the common good and building a dream that can endure.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Western with a focus on Canada.

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Partners by D. M. McGowen

Thomas Brash is trying to escape but knows he never will. Pursuing him is the memory of the family he lost to cholera. Perhaps he believes that traveling alone in a wild, dangerous land will end all his memories; there is no doubt he wishes to be alone. Whatever his intentions the appearance of Frank Clement and the circumstances of that meeting upset those plans. Brash views Clement as an uneducated child who requires fatherly protection and guidance. Clement views Brash as a tenderfoot and cannot understand how anyone who knows so little could live so long. These two loners are joined by others and they all become partners. Having achieved relative sanctuary and surrounded by civilization their wilderness past comes back to haunt them.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Western with a focus on Canada.

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The Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan

The year is 1885. Hank James has been in Canada several months panning gold from a stream near Roswell, British Columbia. When he hears a prizefight will be held in town, he attends along with everyone for miles around. With a little help from the fight referee, he wins big betting on the fight. Having realized that the life of a miner isn’t nearly as romantic or rewarding as he expected, and with advice from the policeman who helped him win money on the fight, Hank goes to Farwell to haul freight with pack horses for contractors building the transcontinental railroad.

The railroad’s security, a detachment of North West Mounted Police, have maintained across the West that no liquor be allowed one mile on either side of the rail bed. Provincial authorities disagree. Hank James believes in honoring and repaying his debts, but that doesn’t mean he should be involved in a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted.

He and his partners have trouble enough running their freight business, they don’t need to be caught between competing policemen. They are already stuck between Canada’s transcontinental railroad people and the contractors doing the actual construction. While the police are fighting one another, who is looking for criminals, particularly those stealing Hank’s horses? Despite a variety of jobs, D.M. McGowan now works as a commercial driver and lives near Mile “0” of the world-famous Alaska Highway.

His stories bring Canadian history to life. “I believe in seeing morality and societal responsibility rewarded. Too much of today’s fiction seems to lead into the dark instead of the light.”

Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Great Liquor War by D. M. McGowan

Great Liqour War by D. M. McGowan is a western pioneering era saga that combines great story telling, true-to-life cowboy experience with US and Canadian history combined with legends from the 1800’s.

The main character Hank James was born in Canada and migrated south into the US with his family after the Civil War. Hank’s father headed towards Oregon in search of a farmstead while protecting his family from raids by outlaws and Indians. They made it as far as Kansas to find that the land was too dry to farm so pushed on to Oregon to find the land was too wet. With Mother Nature as their biggest obstacle and many mouths to feed young Hank James set out on his own. He settled down with his own gold mine claim near Rossland, British Columbia in 1984.

Hank wasn’t afraid of hard work, but he wanted more out of life than to eke out a living on his claim. With tenacity Hank took advantage of the Transcanada Railroad, found some partners and started his own freight business. Life should be good, but where there is industry, technology, commerce and economy, there are criminals.

In all my reviews I quote a passage so readers can get a feel for the authors writing style. I quote from page 37.

“It didn’t take a detective to know that the horse thief had played a little joke on the Provincial Police. Constable Art Hubbard was over six feet tall and probably ten pounds lighter than the one eighty mentioned in the description. Not only was he a long way from round, he was also clean shaven.

I gave Constable Hubbard my story, ending with the recovery of the bay gelding and the description I had from Miller. “An’ the fella called himself Art Hubbard,” I added.

The Constable’s expression didn’t change. He worked his chew around into one cheek and sent a stream of tobacco juice into the waste basket. “Feller with a sense o’ humor,” he noted, and then added. “It’ll be one ‘o Bulldog Kelley’s outfit. They work out o’ some of the illegal saloons t’ be found back in the bush. We catch one or two of ‘em every now an’ then, but we can’t get Kelley, an’ he’s the head o’ the snake. I can think of one or two that might fit your description, but not a one that had a full beard. An’ this fella’s probably shaved by now.”

I wrote out my story, signed it, and returned to work.”

Between the horse thieves, authority over liquor sales and a war between the BC Provincial Police and the North West Mounted Hank is he in over his head? Only time will tell if he makes the right choices and will he win the heart and loyalty of Sharon Dalton?

Saddle up your horse, holster your gun and join a rugged western cast of characters that will take you back to the reality and the legends of the Wild West.

Cold Coffee Press endorses Great Liqour War by D. M. McGowan for the nuggets of history told within a great story of human experience in the Wild West. This book was given to us in a PDF for review. This review was completed on August 11, 2015. For more information, please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal

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Hypno-Scripts: Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis
and Meditation – by Mary Deal

The human mind is capable of miracles and people are finally opening to that fact. Or maybe they aren’t miracles at all. They only seem that way because for so long powers of the human mind have been denied.

Do you wish you had the power to become all that you can be?

Discover your potential through unleashing the power of your mind. All good intentioned programming works best when you reach a deeper state of mind. The secret is in accessing those states through easy life-changing techniques presented here, in thoroughly explained examples.

A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of the mind – self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book will show their similarities, and define each condition and accessibility. If curious enough to at least peruse this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky you! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind. Many have tried to focus to learn either self-hypnosis or meditation and failed.

Applied concentration and knowing what to expect once entranced may be what was missing. The instructions in this book are meant for those wishing to learn and use the techniques of self-hypnosis and/or meditation for self-improvement. Easy yet powerful scripts are provided to produce desired changes. You can change your life now!

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Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques
Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal

Retired Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Mary Deal helps the reader understand the power on one’s subconscious. Quote: “A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of mind-self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book explains their similarities and defines each condition and accessibility. “If curious enough to at least pursue this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky You! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind.”

Section One-Hypnosis speaks to the issues of unintentional Childhood Training-My Early Practices, using Inductions and Scripts and Terminology that the lay person needs to know. Quote: “Hypnosis: A technique to still the conscious mind activity of the analytical left brain. To protect us, the conscious mind, the left brain, censures all we receive, know, or transmit. Truth is cloaked in order that we may not be hurt by that which we do not understand or are not ready to comprehend or accept. Our conscious mind protects us from ourselves until we are ready to learn. It is the conscious mind we make quiet in order to access hypnosis.”

About half way through the book I learned something that I could put into immediate practice to lower my stress. I share with you an important quote from Dr. Andrew W. Weil, American medical doctor, teacher and best-selling author on holistic health says on an internet post: “People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to the count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen into your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short shallow gasps of air”.

This book deals with many topics. I found the Through The Gate: Problem Solving, Allergy Control, Tinnitus Reassignment, Immediate Stress Reduction and The Attic Trunk-Finding Your Gifts most enlightening.

Quotes of Interest from Section Two-Meditation:

“Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” by Dr. Joshua Kai, ND

“Mediation cannot be induced manually. It is the ability of the inner mind or soul when conditioned and trained correctly, and when conditions that prevent us from seeing our true nature are removed.”

It is my impression that whether you believe in Hypnosis or Meditation this book will show you ways to reduce stress and become more aware of your surroundings. Keep this Kindle reference book handy, learn from it and develop your own Hypno-Scripts.

I leave you with this thought from Mary, “Life may not be that joyous, but believing that it is moves you quickly to it becoming that way.”

Cold Coffee Press Endorses For Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal for her educated guidance with Hypno-Scripts and her concise writing ability that brings the subject into the readers grasp for self-help. We purchased this book through Kindle. The review was completed on August 1, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Book Genre: Self-Help; Hypnosis

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Author Mary Deal’s Current Published Books (in order of importance)

Hypno-Scripts: Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation

River Bones

The Howling Cliffs

Down to the Needle

The Ka

Legacy of the Tropics

Off Center in the Attic – Over the Top Stories

Write It Right: Tips for Authors – The Big Book

Write It Right: Tips for Authors, Vol. II

Write it Right: Tips for Authors, Vol. I

Amazon Author’s Page

Amazon Customer Reviews: To Follow

Amazon Print: (Paperback to follow in July-August)

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Author’s Websites:

http://www.writeanygenre.com

http://www.marydealfineart.com

http://www.islandimagegallery.com

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LinkedIn

Facebook

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Mary Deal

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Mary Deal

Mary Deal, a native of Walnut Grove in California’s Sacramento River Delta, now resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was Founder and past President of Kauai Writer’s Roundtable. She is also an artist, photographer and former editor of a print magazine and newspaper columnist.

She is the author of six suspense novels: “The Tropics,” an adventure/suspense trilogy, “The Ka,” a paranormal Egyptian suspense, “River Bones,” a thriller that takes place in her childhood hometown area, “Down to the Needle,” a thriller, taking place along the West coast, “Legacy of the Tropics,” a re-write and expansion of The Tropics, and “The Howling Cliffs, a Sara Mason Mystery” and 1st sequel to the award winning River Bones. She has also published “Off Center in the Attic,” a collection of over-the-top short stories and flash fiction pieces. The eBooks, “Write it Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. I and Vol. II are nonfiction references for writers. “Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book” (a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards) brings both of the Write It Write eBooks together in paperback.

“River Bones” was a winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition and a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Books Awards. Her short story, “The Last This I Do” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Her mega-web site, www.WriteAnyGenre.com , is a valuable resource for writers. It covers topics from all creative writing to business writing, including interviews, writing samples and examples. Portions also cover other aspects of creativity, like artwork for books covers.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from (Honolulu, Hawaii)? Hawaii is a special place were many people can only wish to visit or live. It’s remote, difficult and expensive to get to from great distances. Once you’ve lived in the Islands, the excitement simmers down a little. However, I do get to live out my dream of being here. With the powers of the Internet, the remoteness doesn’t bother me – except for traveling – and publishing is managed as easily as anywhere else. Oh yes, networking brings other writers here and I can help them have a vacation of a lifetime. When writers, family and friends arrive for a vacation, I play tourist with them to assure their stay is exciting and, of course, Hawaii offers limitless photo opportunities.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? Stories have always rumbled around in my mind since childhood. I wrote everything and still have many old notes and numerous tattered pages. I’ve always been aware of the plights of others and wanted to voice my opinions but wasn’t sure how. Becoming certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist was to be the answer, and I was able to help quite a few people. Mostly, they were adult children of abuse who had transcended their traumas and wanted to express creatively. I had also begun to take my own creativity seriously and began a novel in 1990. Then, being rear-ended in an auto accident and three years of physical therapy ended my practice.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? After the auto accident in 1991, I wasn’t able to move around without some pain. I mostly sat still. My body was temporarily weakened, but my mind still ran full speed. It was then that I finished that first novel. However, feeling uncertain about my future as a writer, and having heard you don’t get published with only one novel completed, I began to write another, even as I ached sitting at my computer and was having physical therapy. But by the time I had plunged into that second novel in order to either forget or transcend my problems, I was hooked on writing. Ha! I was hooked writing that first novel and didn’t realize it, but it was what made me jump into the second one.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? As a child, I was made aware of many things I find people just don’t know or understand in today’s world. I had a rigidly strict father and a mother who carried out his teachings. I didn’t like it then, but I certainly appreciate it now.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I usually have a working title to begin, though it may change once the story is completed and I feel the title doesn’t fit. Some sort of title is necessary for a PC file. I hold much of my notes and information in my mind and a working title is like a beacon that directs my thoughts toward a certain book or story and nothing else. As elements of other stories pop into my mind while working on another, I know to which plots those ideas apply and go right to the outline or page and drop them in till I can work on them later.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? This is such a leading question. My primary genre is mystery/thriller, though my first novel (unpublished) was a long tragic romance. I’m drawn to people situations and their emotions. Solving a mystery seems to satisfy those feelings. For example, I once read some information about a man who was given lethal injection though he wasn’t proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. In an instant, that gave me the whole story for one of my novels. I do not write true crime due to the interviewing and travel involved. Plus, my muse conjures enough crime and mystery that enables me to solve the situation my way, addressing the human element and emotions of people involved. Still, I consider myself a multi-genre writer because I love crafting articles to benefit writers. Also, due to my past work as a therapist, I’m moving into writing techniques and reference books in those fields. Researching and exploring new topics to write about is exciting and, at the moment, have no preference for one genre or another but will keep writing mysteries in addition to the rest.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? For several years, I lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean. I had always dreamed about moving back to my childhood hometown in the Sacramento River Delta and buying and remodeling one of those old Victorians along the levee. Admitting the financial impossibility of it, I tried to write a story based on that but it wasn’t enough for a book. Yet, I had another story about a woman moving “back home” and solving a mystery but could neither make that one long enough to make a whole novel. When I happened to go back for a class reunion, a former classmate asked, “Why don’t you set one of your stories here in the Delta?” At that moment, the two unfinished plots careened together in my mind and River Bones was born.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? In a word: Acceptance. I’m never sure how my stories will be accepted. I understand that some will like, some will hate, and some will love them. But they read them.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? After attending a writing conference, I signed on with a literary agent who wished to see my current manuscript. It was in first draft form but she said she could give me insider pointers. She loved the story as written (it was really rough) and she promptly sent it out to twelve big houses without seeking my approval. Eight rejected it and the rest didn’t reply. The rejections were that the manuscript seemed to be from an author who needed to learn the value of polishing a story. I knew that. The agent was over-zealous but ruined me with that book for all the big houses. I do not seek the services of literary agents any longer, but for those who do, everything that agent does needs to be in writing first and strictly adhered to. Do the research on agents before you contact them.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Learning how to format and publish my own books is a great reward. It’s a door standing open, never again locked, allowing me a feeling of accomplishment at getting my books published.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I’m told the price of one of my books on Amazon cannot be lowered to compete with today’s prices, so the book languishes with no sales. Amazon says the publisher must request the price reduction and that the request must come from the same email address from which it was submitted. That publishing company moved from one state to another and the email is no longer valid. The print-on-demand company says the book was published as an “opt-in” and can no longer be changed – though they can’t seem to explain what that entails. It would seem both publisher and Amazon should work together to get this resolved, and lower the book price to allow more sales. As it remains, I will be pulling the book and republishing it myself soon as my current work-in-progress is published.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Perseverance. Write, if that’s what you truly wish to do, and promote yourself. If you do not find great acceptance for your good effort, learn what it is you need to improve upon and attack it. Even if you think your writing or book is great as is, be humble enough to know that none of us are perfect grammarians. Improvement must be an on-going effort, even with yours truly.

Who is your favorite author and why? Originally John Steinbeck. He wrote the Grapes of Wrath at a time when my mother’s family crossed the United States during the Great Depression. He wrote about the human condition. The book was banned at the time Mom was reading it. She explained it all and said it was exactly what people went through, including her family of 13 who crossed the country in a run-down school bus as they followed the crop seasons. Mom said people suffered as did her family. I think that’s why I feel so keen about people’s emotions and struggles in dire situations.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Oh yes, I love it when people email from my website and ask questions about writing. If I do not have an article already written to send them, then I research and write one to post on my site. We both win.

Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.

  1. How much do you research for your books, either fiction or nonfiction? For fiction, I need to find items, topics, occurrences and so forth that help flesh out the plot without any of it being non-essential. To make my settings authentic, if they take place in real locales, I research as much history and culture about the place as will fit my plot. However, most of it never makes it into the book. It just helps my mind conjure the story details to fit that locale. In nonfiction, details from research must be accurate simply because of the genre. It allows no room for fiction or supposition.
  1. What do you see as your future in publishing? Well, first of all, I’ve had some bad luck along the way, but I don’t intend to quit. At one time, I thought I’d never be able to write all the stories I have rumbling around in my head and in rough notes on PC. Thinking I didn’t have enough time in this lifetime was to set limits on myself and that feeling wasn’t comfortable at all. Now I intend to keep writing for as long as I can and I have enough stories in queue to keep writing for eons. Also, along the way, I have gained knowledge and research about writing and other nonfiction topics. That is information I can pass along to help others, either in books or through my website.

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Author Mary Deal’s Current Published Books (in order of importance)

Hypno-Scripts: Life Changing Techniques Using
Self-Hypnosis and Meditation
River Bones

The Howling Cliffs

Down to the Needle

The Ka

Legacy of the Tropics

Off Center in the Attic – Over the Top Stories

Write It Right: Tips for Authors – The Big Book

Write It Right: Tips for Authors, Vol. II

Write it Right: Tips for Authors, Vol. I

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Hypno-Scripts: Life Changing Techniques Using
Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal

The human mind is capable of miracles and people are finally opening to that fact. Or maybe they aren’t miracles at all. They only seem that way because for so long powers of the human mind have been denied.

Do you wish you had the power to become all that you can be? Discover your potential through unleashing the power of your mind. All good intentioned programming works best when you reach a deeper state of mind. The secret is in accessing those states through easy life-changing techniques presented here, in thoroughly explained examples.

A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of the mind – self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book will show their similarities, and define each condition and accessibility. If curious enough to at least peruse this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky you! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind.

Many have tried to focus to learn either self-hypnosis or meditation and failed. Applied concentration and knowing what to expect once entranced may be what was missing. The instructions in this book are meant for those wishing to learn and use the techniques of self-hypnosis and/or meditation for self-improvement. Easy yet powerful scripts are provided to produce desired changes. You can change your life now!

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal

Retired Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Mary Deal helps the reader understand the power on one’s subconscious. Quote: “A thin window of consciousness differentiates two states of mind-self-hypnosis and meditation – and this book explains their similarities and defines each condition and accessibility. “If curious enough to at least pursue this book, then the ability to learn these techniques are already a part of your consciousness and soon to be recognized. Lucky You! Your subconscious is prompting you to investigate. It is saying that you are capable of deeper states of mind.”

Section One-Hypnosis speaks to the issues of unintentional Childhood Training-My Early Practices, using Inductions and Scripts and Terminology that the lay person needs to know. Quote: “Hypnosis: A technique to still the conscious mind activity of the analytical left brain. To protect us, the conscious mind, the left brain, censures all we receive, know, or transmit. Truth is cloaked in order that we may not be hurt by that which we do not understand or are not ready to comprehend or accept. Our conscious mind protects us from ourselves until we are ready to learn. It is the conscious mind we make quiet in order to access hypnosis.”

About half way through the book I learned something that I could put into immediate practice to lower my stress. I share with you an important quote from Dr. Andrew W. Weil, American medical doctor, teacher and best-selling author on holistic health says on an internet post: “People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to the count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen into your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short shallow gasps of air”.

This book deals with many topics. I found the Through The Gate: Problem Solving, Allergy Control, Tinnitus Reassignment, Immediate Stress Reduction and The Attic Trunk-Finding Your Gifts most enlightening.

Quotes of Interest from Section Two-Meditation:

“Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” by Dr. Joshua Kai, ND

“Mediation cannot be induced manually. It is the ability of the inner mind or soul when conditioned and trained correctly, and when conditions that prevent us from seeing our true nature are removed.”

It is my impression that whether you believe in Hypnosis or Meditation this book will show you ways to reduce stress and become more aware of your surroundings. Keep this Kindle reference book handy, learn from it and develop your own Hypno-Scripts.

I leave you with this thought from Mary, “Life may not be that joyous, but believing that it is moves you quickly to it becoming that way.”

Cold Coffee Press Endorses For Hypno-Scripts – Life Changing Techniques Using Self-Hypnosis and Meditation – by Mary Deal for her educated guidance with Hypno-Scripts and her concise writing ability that brings the subject into the readers grasp for self-help. We purchased this book through Kindle. The review was completed on August 1, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Book Genre: Self-Help; Hypnosis

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The Howling Cliffs – A Sara Mason Mystery
(1st sequel to River Bones) by Mary Deal

Sara Mason’s dedication to solving missing person cold cases with love interest, Huxley Keane, includes accompanying him into the Vietnam jungle searching for his MIA brother’s remains. Their friend, Esmerelda, accompanies them. Her daughter was abducted along with Huxley’s brother. Scant remains are found and await identification.

Sara has purchased a home on the island of Kauai for use as an R&R stopover by the veterans who make frequent trips between the U.S. Mainland and Vietnam. Sara learns that a six-year-old neighborhood girl went missing ten years earlier and strangely, dogs howl when taken high on the forest cliffs. Accompanied by a neighbor’s retired forensic dog, Sara wants to learn why dogs react in the forest.

Someone wants the missing child cold case to stay cold. Attempts are made on Sara’s life and continue as she investigates the little girl’s disappearance. Sara is gravely injured after being run off the road and later pushed over a cliff. She is dazed and alone at night on a narrow ledge over a thousand foot cliffside where she discovers a frightful scene. The forensic dog leads Sara and the police to a second disgusting site that brings the case to a shocking closure.

Book Genre: Thriller

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Down to the Needle by Mary Deal

From the day her five-year-old was abducted, Abigail Fisher vows to never stop looking until her daughter is safely returned. Despite multiple searches, twenty-three years have passed without a trace of Becky Ann. So when Abigail learns that death row inmate Megan Winnaker is the same age as her daughter, she can’t help but wonder if the kidnapper-her ex-husband-had Becky Ann’s face surgically altered to prevent identification.

Megan Winnaker maintains her innocence, but she will be put to death immediately if she loses her final appeal. As Abigail launches her own investigation to determine if Megan is truly her daughter, someone wants nothing more than to stop her in her tracks. Suddenly, the house of the witness who landed Megan on death row is burned to the ground. Then Abigail’s home explodes in flame leaving her fighting for her life.

An alcoholic witness skips town and another is found dead from a drug overdose. To add to her plight, Abi could lose the love of her life when his former love distracts him. While Abi waits for DNA proof, she is desperate to free an innocent inmate who might just be the one who can fill her empty arms once again.

Special Note From Author: This book will be pulled from publisher in June-July, to be republished by me.

Book Genre: Thriller

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River Bones by Mary Deal

A mystery surrounds the lush orchards and farmlands of California’s Sacramento River Delta. As Sara Mason returns to her hometown in order to start a new life, she learns that a serial killer is terrorizing its residents.

Despite battling the memory of the drowning deaths of her younger sister and alcoholic parents, Sara is determined to make peace with her past. However, she soon learns that the elusive psychopath who strangles his victims, snaps their necks, and then buries each along with a dead animal, is now stalking her. Sara’s attempt to rebuild her life is hindered even more by the discovery of skeletal remains both on and near her property. She must move out as the criminal investigation focuses on suspects like the gravedigger Crazy Ike, a cat-killing vagrant, a Peeping Tom, and several others who may be connected to the twenty-eight victims. After several attempts on her life, Sara discovers critical clues and bravely volunteers to be a decoy for the sheriff’s department.

Sara Mason is a woman whose destiny has brought her back home, but her decision may lead her down a path lined with danger and straight into the arms of a madman in this captivating thriller.

Awards:

  1. 2009 Winner (Honorable Mention) in Eric Hoffer Book Awards (In 2009, these book awards sent everyone from Honorable Mention up a Winner’s sticker.)
  2. 2011 Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards

Book Genre: Thriller

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The Ka by Mary Deal

California archaeology student Chione Ini-Herit has vivid dreams about the discovery of an opulent tomb. After learning that Chione’s dreams are playing out in Egypt, the founder of the California Institute of Archaeology accepts an offer to examine a mysterious site in Valley of the Queens. When they discover a tomb, things begin to unravel.

Magical spells encoded in hieroglyphs on the tomb’s walls transport Chione and her former boyfriend—fellow archaeologist Aaron Ashby—back 3,500 years to ancient Egypt. Even stranger, Aaron and Chione begin to morph into Tutankhamon and Tauret, a priestess in Pharaoh’s Court, after learning that Tauret coded the magical spells into the hieroglyphs to keep her and Pharaoh irrevocably joined in the afterlife.

When other team members speak the spells aloud, they, too, are affected in unfathomable ways by the Ka—the spirit of the entombed person. Chione and Aaron learn that Tauret has conjured powerful spells to provide Tutankhamon with a living heir, and Tauret has chosen Chione and Aaron to complete her destiny.

Book Genre: Paranormal Egyptian Suspense

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Legacy of the Tropics by Mary Deal

Stories that shatter the myths of stereotypical islands of paradise; a rewrite and expansion of the novel, “The Tropics,” where two women fall prey to nature’s wrath during inclement tropical weather, face death at sea, and are tested to the limits of survival.

In “Promises,” during the late 1960s, the ketch, Mercy, sinks during a sea storm off Culebra near the Virgin Islands. Ciara Malloy assumes custody of her drowned fiancé’s son and learns a devastating secret about the boy that changes her life forever. In “Adrift,” in the late 1990s, underwater photographer Lillian Avery gets caught in a rip current and swept out to sea off Kauai in Hawaii. In facing death, she finds a way to leave a message behind. Years later, in “Reunion,” the two former neighbors from Puerto Rico reunite on Kauai. A hurricane wreaks island-wide havoc. Ciara is missing, presumed dead. Among the rubble, Lillian finds Ciara’s memoirs; a life history that threatens to expose secrets tightly held since the sinking of the Mercy.

Book Genre: Thriller

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Off Center in the Attic – Over the Top Stories by Mary Deal

Humor and nonsense, flights of fancy into other realms, fright, disgust and disappointment, silliness and wonderment, and the sadness of reality and heartache. It’s all here and more in stories that may leave you a little Off Center in the Attic, conjured through a mind that may be a little Off Center in the Attic.

The complete list of thirty over-the-top stories included in Off Center in the Attic, with their descriptions, meant to bend the mind:

Acting in a Coffin – A director plays a prank that backfires on a movie set.
The Wallflower – A woman compares herself to one who is the life of the party.
Pupule – A neighborhood gets a lesson in humility from a crazy old Hawaiian man.
To Soar – What a bird drops.
Out of Body – A man is shot and his brain goes through a metamorphosis.
Looking for Life – Never the right one.
Most Wanted – The killer of young boys remains at large.
Grandpappy’s Cows – Antics of backward backwoods relatives.
Boy at the Crossroad – The making of a monster.
Cafeteria Science – How to lose your lunch.
Indoctrination – A daring woman gets her wish to experience something different.
Explosive Day – No escape.
The Smell of Death – A clue to the dying.
Legacy – A woman in mourning changes her life to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
An Urgent Message – A plea to a writer.
Rituals – Neurosis as a way of life.
Watched – Being watched can kill.
The Swimmer – A man losing his sanity.
Thanatos – The urge to die.
Alien Footprints – An invisible perpetrator.
Vibratory Rates – Visitations from heaven and hell.
The Voodoo Kit – A Jamaican hex follows a woman home.
Pekoe – A newborn kitten abandoned in a portable toilet.
Great Lady of Wisdom – A holy goat.
The Last Thing I Do – The end of making memories.
Future Winner – A little-known artist gets a break.
Innocence – A high school girl on the verge of betrayal by her innocence.
Sister Fly – Karma
Homeless, Not Heartless – A man and his dog.
Roots – What you may find when tracing your family tree.

Book Genre: Fiction Short Story Collection

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Write It Right – Tips for Authors – The Big Book by Mary Deal

Write it Right – Tips for Authors, written and compiled by an award-winning novelist, is a major source of information for breathing life into your prose. Learn how to polish your work with a collection of extraordinary tips and examples for making your writing the best that it can be.

In writing your opus, you may have encountered myriad questions about imperfect areas that you stumble across in the composition. The thoroughly explained tips offered in Write it Right – Tips for Authors clarifies those worrisome issues instead of simply taking a chance they’ll be acceptable.

These thorough and sometimes humorous tips were written in response to the need for articles that explain various problem aspects of composition. They not only cover grammar and punctuation but information for preparing to write, to narration, to character development and dialogue, and finally to preparing the manuscript for submission, your public image, and so much more. If your writing has not been perfectly smooth, chances are, you’ll find answers to your compositional questions in Write it Right – Tips for Authors.

Book Excerpt:

The End of Sagging Middles

Many books I’ve read start off with great beginnings and even end with surprises. However, their middles left me wondering why I should keep reading. Truth is, the beginning had set up a situation I wanted to see to completion, so I read to the end, but getting through the middle was nearly an arduous task.

You’ve heard the term sagging middles, right? Many books begin and end in a spectacular manner but the middles offer little. In order to keep your story from developing a sagging middle, you must keep the action going.

In a crime investigation, have some clues show up, only to be disproved. Or have the perpetrator almost caught but gets away.

In science fiction, when the hero flies to a distant planet to rescue his love, have him meet with landing bays locked down tight with no other access to the dying star which will eventually explode. He further meets resistance from ships guarding the planet who want to see it explode into oblivion, taking all inhabitants with it.

In a romance, have two people falling in love, only to have one person come in contact with the person with whom they were previously involved in a obsessive and addictive affair.

The prescription for sagging middles in all genres is to bolster the action by keeping it going. Anything new can happen in the middle of a story as long as it follows the rest of the action and is written in such a manner as to not look contrived to hold the beginning and ending together. Whatever happens must be natural to what was offered in the beginning. Whatever is offered in the middle must also be instrumental in bring about the plot’s stunning conclusion.

What action is included should serve to keep the conflict and great tension building throughout. By building in intensity, you not only hold interest through your story middle but set up a more dramatic ending.

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Finalist – 2014 National Indie Excellence Books Awards (NIEA)

Book Genre: Writing and Publishing Reference

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Write It Right – Tips for Authors, Volume I, 2nd Edition by Mary Deal

In writing your opus, you may have encountered myriad questions about imperfect areas in the composition that you hadn’t anticipated. The thoroughly explained tips offered in Write it Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition clarify those worrisome issues instead of simply taking a chance they’ll be accepted as part of your writing voice.

These thorough and sometimes humorous tips were all written by the author of this book, who is an award-winning novelist. The articles were originally composed in response to various needs for clarification of problem aspects most people encounter when writing. Not only are problem areas explained, but examples of right and wrong usages are presented. The articles not only cover punctuation and grammar but information from preparing to write, to narration, to character development and dialogue, and so much more in between. Also covered is preparing the manuscript for submission, If your writing experience has not been perfectly smooth, chances are, you’ll find answers to your compositional questions in Write it Right – Tips for Authors, Vol. I, 2nd Edition.

Book Genre: Writing Tips, Self-Help

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Write It Right – Tips for Authors, Volume II by Mary Deal

Write It Right – Tips for Authors, Volume II, is nearly double the size of Volume I. It’s packed full of writing tips to help you polish your prose. Articles in this volume not only further discuss writing, editing, and perfecting your work, much attention is given to publishing, promotion and building your brand. Information about publishing houses, literary agents and editors is included. Ways to publish, such as through standard publishing companies or the various methods of self-publishing is discussed.

Writing is more than merely getting a story written. Articles in this volume pick up from there and help you make those sales. Explanatory articles from several prominent writers dot the works, as do quips and torts from famous authors of old whose messages can still incite sparks of genius within us all. This really big volume will truly help you become more of what you work toward; that of being a successful author.

Book Genre: Writing Tips, Self-Help

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