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Spotlight Book! “Never the Sinner” by Tony Denn

Spotlight Book! “Never the Sinner” by Tony Denn

 

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In the small town of Hope, Roland Recht is a detective, a deeply religious man trying to understand his place in an increasingly secular world. And his latest case, the murder of an isolated pastor, hits him harder than usual. Killed within the Congregation of Saul’s compound, the only witness is Lizzie, the group’s newest and youngest follower, and it seems clear that a former member must be responsible. But when Recht and his girlfriend suffer a personal and terrifying threat, it sends the investigation in a new direction, one that no one – not even his superiors or the FBI – wants him to pursue. Never the Sinner sees a good man forced to choose between continuing his career as a cop, and seeing true justice done. 

 

 

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Q: Roland Recht is an unusual character in detective fiction. Why write this? 
A: I was drawn to this character as a kind-of a challenge. Whenever we see detectives in mainstream fiction, even if they are churchgoers, they rarely see their religion as the most important thing in their life. In early beta reads people asked for him to be MORE conservative, and MORE committed to his religion. I instantly flashed on this idea that there is often a conflict between evidence and faith, especially for non-relgious people. But that isn’t the case for Recht. He is a character in a mainstream detective novel who just happens to believe in a Creationist religion. 

Q: So… he’s a religious freak? 
A: To be a freak he’d have to be so unusual as to not exist anywhere, but people like Roland do exist in all walks of life—architects, mechanics, teachers, doctors, politicians—and there are millions of them. Being a Christian, or devoted to any particular religion, doesn’t make him a freak. 

Q: But he does espouse a worldview that many will disagree with. 
A: Yes, but then so do many detectives and heroes of fiction. Quentin Tarantino’s cinematic oeuvre rarely features characters whose worldview the audience would agree with, but we are compelled to watch and find out what happens to them. 

Q: So you think Roland Recht can appeal to a mainstream audience? 
A: I think so. I hope so. I’m not a Creationist myself and I enjoy writing about him. He’s a character who is so passionate about a belief that it’s become a fundamental part of his life. He also solves crimes for a living. 

Q: He does get rather preachy at times. Was that a worry when writing it? 
A: A little, but I had to stay true to the character. He’s reacting to the world around him. This isn’t an author trying to impose a worldview on the reader; it’s an author interpreting a character’s actions in the context of the story. 

Q: He rails against people in the community who gossip and are judgemental about his girlfriend, yet he is very judgemental himself. Would you say he’s a hypocrite? 
A: I’d say that judgment pertains strongly to theme. Yes, he’s not particularly self-aware at first, in that he dislikes the judgment of his girlfriend from the community yet he is also judging her, assessing whether he can have a long-term relationship with her, hoping her past won’t be an issue for him, without realizing that it’s a two-way street. His incredulity regarding certain people who may get away with murder is the overwhelming thematic touch-point, but yes, I explore his personal worldview when it comes to judging others too. 

Q: It comes back to the Christian theme again. 
A: Judgement is universal. Jesus had things to say about it, but—all religions or no religion—judgmentalism affects everyone. 

Q: Why the name Roland Recht? 
A: Well, I thought it sounded cool. It has a deeper meaning too, of course. You can Google it, or read the book.

 

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Spotlight Book! “The Crisis of Our Time” by John Carvalho

A journey that pulls you into its pages. It has the flavor of a black and white classic. A one size fits all for those who settle for the mundane, and those of us who want more. Captivating. – Amazon Reviewer

 

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Dr. John Carvalho, former Harvard academician and winner of the United States National Research Service Award, is no stranger to the word crisis.  As a scientist, scholar and statesman he has spent decades working on the front lines of biomedical and theoretical exploration, global health, and the worldwide, human rights movement.  The Crisis of Our Time is the astonishing, partial memoir and discourse regarding his life’s career and philosophy concerning the planet’s most pressing problems.  Written in a way accessible to everyone, Carvalho, beginning with his passionate, poetic, and provocative first chapter, challenges us to discover that the disastrous, external crises of our lives emanate from the unity of our conscious and subconscious experiences.  Indeed, the great troubles afflicting humanity—war, infectious disease, economic recession, terrorism, family discord, psychological trauma, human rights violations—dilemmas that appear unsolvable, actually originate when—without truthful self-reflection—we glorify mediocrity rather than strive to excel.  Employing cutting-edge, scientific information; keen, historical insight; extensive, cultural experience; and profound, philosophical analysis; Carvalho dissects our crises to elucidate why they perpetuate.  In so doing, he introduces his theory of “causal circular systems” to reveal how causes feed off and exacerbate effects, which, in turn, reinforce those same causes.  Furthering his views, he explores global health, the example par excellence, as well as economics, political history, planetary climate change, and the most central crisis of all—Being or Nothingness—the fears of the Self—the dread of our mortality.  Ultimately, this short but eye-opening book creates epic meaning while using an artistic, literary style that is virtually unseen in nonfiction.  Anyone who genuinely seeks excellence over mediocrity, truth over falsity, meaning over purposelessness, and resolution over despair should read Crisis.

 

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#IAA Spotlight Book! “Ascension” by A.L. Patterson

#IAA Spotlight Book! “Ascension” by A.L. Patterson

 

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What would you do if you were imbued with superpowers?

This is the question posed to a group of high school students who are struck with the powers of telekinesis. This narrative interweaves the destiny of multiple teenagers and unravels the mystery of the object that granted them immortality. Clark, and his girlfriend, Sarah, naturally take to fighting crime when they form a group of superheroes. Other characters are more ambiguously motivated as they use their powers, not for the good of others, but solely to benefit themselves. They live comfortable lives until a mysterious stranger comes a’knocking. He knows their secret and will tell the world unless they pay up. And then there is the tragic fall of John, a young man with a heartbreaking back story whose lust for power and vengeance leads him on a downward spiral into madness.

“Ascension” is part one in an exciting and compelling new YA series that takes the superhero genre to new heights by asking how people truly respond to gaining unimaginable power. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Approx 380 pages.

 

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#IA Spotlight Book! “The Relationship Triangle” by Neil Allan

Our relationships whether romance, family, friend, or work connection are very important to us, they often define a large part of our happiness…

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When we begin a new relationship, whether a romantic one or a friendly one, it starts out great. We click right from the start, we have a connection. Then something begins to change. The longer we are together, the more we seem to drift apart. Things deteriorate before we realize what is happening. We start to question ourselves. What did I do wrong? What is love? What is wrong with me? What is wrong with him (or her?) In short, what happened to something that held so much promise? Whenever things go awry in a new relationship we are left somewhat bewildered. Emotions run havoc within us. Worse yet, we ask where did I go wrong in thinking this person was someone I wanted to be with for a lifetime.
This book will answer these questions and doubts about your marriage, your relationships, your family, your love life, your friendships. It will teach you the building blocks needed to form positive and lasting relationships, with family, friends, your love, or your romantic connections. You will learn to focus on the right things to create solid relationships throughout your life that will endure. I will show you the tools needed to understand past and present relationships. You will learn what it takes to make the ebb and flow of your connections work between you and the other person. It takes tools to build anything. It takes these specific tools I present to build a solid relationship. You will learn to use these implements in the right way by taking your marriage, dating life, family or friends and breaking them down into fundamental building blocks. As a result it will be clear to you where extra effort is needed in order to continue the completion of your connections that will result in the goal you crave.

 

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#IA Spotlight Book! “To Protect & Serve” by Staci Stallings

#IA Spotlight Book! “To Protect & Serve” by Staci Stallings. A perfect choice for Memorial Day

 

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To save others’ lives, they will risk their own…

Houston firefighter, Jeff Taylor is a fireman’s fireman. He’s not afraid of anything, and no situation is too dangerous to keep him on the sideline if lives are at stake.

Lisa Matheson runs a semi-successful ad agency that’s on the brink of falling apart. Her employees are incompetent, and her schedule has become exhausting. When she takes on a client with a brilliant idea for a big conference, she thinks that maybe, finally this is her lucky break. However, the fire station wasn’t what she had in mind for finding conference speakers. When she falls for a handsome but shy firefighter, it’s possible that life might just be going her way for a change. The only problem is she can’t control Jeff and the death wish he seems to have…

An Amazon #1 Best Seller for Contemporary Christian Romance novels, “To Protect & Serve” is truly inspirational romance at its very best. Filled with faith, hope, and love, Christian romance Kindle books aim to inspire women and men alike while giving them exceptionally romantic love stories they will not soon forget. “To Protect & Serve” fits that category perfectly. These real life characters are not perfect but are struggling to learn to live, while finding faith and love in the process. It can easily fit on your shelf of the most inspirational books.

“Staci Stallings writes Christian romance of the purest and sweetest kind!”

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Spotlight Book! “The Former World” by Jessica Grace Coleman

#INDIEAUTHOR Spotlight Book! “The Former World” by Jessica Grace Coleman 

 

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The Former World: Book One in the Little Forest paranormal mystery series. 

“Little Forest is the only place I’ve ever lived, and it’s the place where I’m going to die. Tonight.” These are the words of Beth Powers, long-time resident of Little Forest. On the surface, she’s just an ordinary English girl in a typical English village, but appearances can be deceiving… extremely deceiving. 

There’s something lurking beneath the picturesque façade of the English village of Little Forest, something dark and disconcerting, something which the vast majority of the residents are refusing to see… 

Fed up with living in the tiny, gossip-fuelled village, twenty-one year old Beth resolves to escape to London with her best friend, Veronica Summers. That is, until something throws a spanner in the works. A rather large spanner. A dead body, to be exact. A dead body found early one morning in the spooky surroundings of the Great Specton Woods. 

The apparently accidental death of Beth’s work colleague sets off the small community’s well-oiled rumour mill, and Beth soon finds herself in the middle of a bizarre village conspiracy. Potential suspects start appearing in all shapes and sizes – including the handsome new resident, mystery man Connor Maguire, who has conveniently just arrived in Little Forest – and with the police refusing to consider murder, Beth takes it upon herself to investigate. At least it’s a good distraction from the other strange and unusual things that have started happening in her generally boring life; let’s just say that Beth’s work colleague isn’t the only dead person she has to deal with these days. After all, it isn’t always something as innocent as the ghosts of past memories that come to get you… 

With the help of rather unlikely ally Will Wolseley, Beth delves into the village’s sinister secrets and, in turn, uncovers a terrifying truth about herself that could change her life forever. 

Unfortunately, she might not have much of ‘forever’ left, as when it comes right down to it, it’s not a question of whether or not she’ll decide to leave her childhood home. The question is whether or not Little Forest will let her go. 

The Former World is reminiscent of a good old-fashioned English mystery thriller, updated to the twenty-first Century but still relying on the quaint locations of the beautiful English countryside: close-knit villages, local pubs, ancient castles, large, looming forests and magnificent Stately homes. This enchanting rural environment gives Beth the perfect setting to explore the ominous events that threaten to shake up her small village and her life. 

“Jessica Grace Coleman is one of the most exciting new writers around. Her stories inspire, entertain and mesmerise. An absolute must-read.” – Adam Croft, English author. 

Jessica Grace Coleman brings you the first novel in the paranormal mystery ‘Little Forest’ series, setting the stage for the follow ups: ‘Memento Mori,’ ‘The Exalted’ and ‘Carnival Masquerade’. The fifth in the series – The Gloaming – will be released in Spring/Summer 2014. 

A fan of mystery books and horror writers, Coleman delves into the world of legends and paranormal activity in this supernatural series, leading her own investigation into the fictional fantasy landscape that permeates readers’ darkest fears. The Little Forest series isn’t just concerned with spirits of the dead or other ghost stories, it’s about how we would react if these terrifying spectres actually did come into our world. How would you react? 

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Spotlight Book! “Crucifix” by D.N. Leo

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Contemporary, suspense, mystery with a twist of science fiction.

A powerful story with the ending you won’t see coming.

Despite her dark past, Madeline finally had her life under control. She was a successful New York journalist. That was until her best friend was kidnapped for ransom.

She thought she could outmaneuver the kidnapper. After all, she was an investigative journalist, top of her field. She could find out almost any information that she wanted. Madeline considered searching for the true identity of a kidnapping computer avatar a task she was more than capable of. She thought she could set her friend free.

That was until she discovered that she was dealing with one of the most mysterious and powerful families on Earth.

Ciaran LeBlanc was considered a revolutionary in the pharmaceuticals field. He was powerful, viciously ambitious, and he trusted no one. Unfortunately, for Madeline, Ciaran held the key to information she so desperately needed.

Earning Ciaran’s trust was one challenge but the greater challenge lay ahead.

It was not a computer avatar she that she had to contend with. It was a hologame war. It was not a identity she had to expose, it was a five-century-old-secret. A secret that was the key to the past, and the future of humankind.

Within the secrets, greed, and hatred, Madeline also discovered love; that she was capable of loving. But this came at a cost – one Madeline never had imagined.

Spotlight Book! “The Monsterjunkies an American Family Odyssey” by Erik Daniel Shein

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Tucked away in a remote cul-de-sac on the Maine coast is a place where the strange is normal, and the bizarre, is everyday. This is a place, where, if you do not have an open mind, you will loose your mind in its reality and truths. This is the home of The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey. Residing at this place, Cromwell aka/ Crow and his sister, Indigo, along with their friends go down a reality curve to arrive at the harsh truth of the indelible hurt bullying, emotional abuse and prejudice can foster. The family faces ignorance combined with aggression at every step as they try to build a life for themselves in the home of their ancestors. We are all MonsterJunkies and wear masks during our daily lives, in school, during work, hanging out with friends, imitating, being people who we look up to and admire, or those we want to be. It is those people who take off their masks and show the real person inside who are the ones that truly find the meaning of their lives. The Monsterjunkies an American Family Odyssey, defines growing up through a cast of quirky yet engaging characters who also experience the same anxieties as any other family, enduring the issues that portend ‘coming of age.’ Not all angst and agony, it marks a clear path to the ultimate form of acceptance, the approbation of self.

 

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5 STAR Review:
It will keep you interested, invested in caring about these characters, through the end. Erik Daniel Shein has created a fascinating world of otherworldly beasts, cared for by an eccentric but close and loving family. The stage is set for adventure.

Very highly recommended for pre- to early teen readers and a valuable addition to fiction teaching kindness and understanding in a way young people won’t find “preachy.” Unique and compelling, The Monsterjunkies would make excellent summer reading. – Amazon Reviewer 

Spotlight Book! “The Unseen” by Mark Ernest

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In the quiet town of Morganton, North Carolina a new power is rising. The Triad seeks to control and destroy. As some lives are torn apart physically, others face the demise of their careers while families fall to pieces. Jesse, a teenager in the wrong place at the wrong time, is the only person to discover how far The Triad will go to bring tragedy and ruin to the town and its residents in the name of power and ultimate domination. Jesse finds himself targeted by The Triad because knowing they exist means he knows too much; and yet it’s not nearly enough to know how to stop them. Now that The Triad has created chaos and caused so much lasting pain, can they ever be overthrown?

 

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