Jul 19

Petroplague

By Amy Rogers
Published by Diversion Books

UCLA graduate student Christina Gonzalez wanted to use biotechnology to free America from its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Instead, an act of eco-terrorism unleashes her genetically-modified bacteria into the fuel supply of Los Angeles, making petroleum useless.

With the city paralyzed and slipping toward anarchy, Christina must find a way to rein in the microscopic monster she created. But not everyone wants to cure the petroplague—and some will do whatever it takes to spread it.

From the La Brea Tar Pits to university laboratories to the wilds of the Angeles National Forest, Christina and her cousin River struggle against enemies seen and unseen to stop the infection before it’s too late.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/74820.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Kent Harrington
Published by Diversion Books

Straight out of medical school, Dr. Collin Reeves had forgone the “American Dream”—approach to the practice of medicine, wherein freshly-minted M.D.s usually proceed on to graduate studies in Country-Club-ology and Trophy-Wife Hunting. He had rejected that gold-plated easy life, enrolling instead in the famous London School of Tropical Diseases and, having completed his studies there, had gone straight out into the trenches of the Third World, fighting the Good Fight against the legion of parasites that bedevil the world’s poor. He began to make a difference.

His level of youthful energy and commitment, plus the fact that he seemed to have no problem “going native,” brought him to the attention of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and given his idealistic nature and proven capabilities, it was no surprise when he said “yes” to their recruitment after the horrific events of 9/11/2001.

But the CIA, instead of sending him to the front lines of Afghanistan, had posted him to a Kuwait emir’s desert palace, where his job consisted of checking the health of a seemingly unending string of ten-age Russian prostitutes.

Then they transferred him to Mexico City. His cover: “On-call” doctor for sick American tourists. Disheartened, he took up painting on his days off, and his bosses didn’t seem to mind his absence from the War On Terror. That is, until a rumor reached the Head of Station that something very nasty had apparently been taken off a ship of Middle-Eastern origin and was now somewhere on the Mexican mainland. The makings of a “dirty bomb?” Something even worse? The next thing he knew, Dr. Reeves was being ordered to keep a prisoner alive who was being tortured for information about the supposed incident. But there was worse to come. Much worse. It started when a neighboring Muslim hotel-manager friend asked him to look in on a beautiful young “tourist girl” who was staying at his hotel. When Dr. Collin Reeves crossed the threshold of her sickroom, he also passed through the gate leaving to the chambers of the human heart as Frida Kahlo might have painted them. From then on, his fate and that of the beautiful green-eyed “tourist girl” were entwined forever. From that moment on, too, Dr. Collin Reeves found himself at war with his own conscience, the CIA, and his desire to be loved by the beautiful young girl with the green eyes…

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/74545.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Richard Tornello
Illustrated by Jannine Breddy

Gloria The Chipmunk includes a series of engaging full color illustrations complemented by dynamic graphite sketches. Gloria the Chipmunk by author and poet Richard Tornello is a dynamite children’s debut fantasy collection about a few furry forest folks. Three winsome, fast-paced, and cheeky fables in all,Richard Tornello creates an imaginative, down to earth world that is filled with camaraderie, team spirit, and a few nut gatherers. One of them is Gloria, a plucky chipmunk who is the youngest of her wee rodent clan. Not known as the sharpest tool in the shed, there are many who mistake Gloria’s quiet ways, but, in this truly generous coming of age narrative, Gloria takes center stage when she embarks on new adventures and demonstrates that she is one smart cookie. As she makes her way in the woods, she learns how to fend for herself, how to keep her own counsel, and, no matter what, do what is in her heart. Perfect for intermediate readers, these stories are great fun for the whole family.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69622.

eBook formatting and Cover Design by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Martin Vesole

This is the English translation of the Book of Emet, found in a cave outside of Nazareth in present-day Israel. It dates from 30 to 40 years after the death of Jesus of Nazareth. The author of this book is Jesus’ best friend from childhood, Emet son of Chaim. The Book of Emet tells a significantly different story of the life and death of Jesus than is found in the gospels of the New Testament. Scholars are currently debating its authenticity. In the meantime, it is for you, the reader, to form your own opinion of this book’s likely veracity.

The full story of the discovery of the Book of Emet and subsequent events will be coming out soon in my book, “Sleeping Truth”.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/79956.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

Jun 29

A Like Affair

By Trish Dozier
Published by Hamel Integrity Printing

For most, liking one another typically serves as merely the starter fluid in the hope of a veritable “happily ever after.” A LIKE AFFAIR creates an entire life around the alternative~

Aly and Justin are having an affair—A LIKE AFFAIR. They are destined, or perhaps just determined, to spend their lives apart in togetherness. This on-going “episode of two” skyrockets where its inspiration film Same Time Next Year left both friends and skeptics sizzling with controversy even in the shifting social world of the 1970’s. In A LIKE AFFAIR the characters are single, yet they love and struggle—both together and separately—as a couple would. They dispute through the years (sometimes unknowingly and often with hefty doses of honesty) the clichéd design that love and lust must be the dominating forces in a relationship. Seated beside each other on an otherwise uneventful flight, they fall into each other, setting the stage for decades’ worth of personality rustling and growth.

Filled with passion and perseverance, A LIKE AFFAIR explores the intricacies that bind us to one another, and the unexpected ways in which we may find ourselves transformed by another’s presence in our lives.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/79315.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Jeffrey Weber

I have always liked to write. I actually had my first published article in Railroad Model Craftsman magazine in July, 1965 when I was 18 years old. You could look it up. Reading and writing have been my two passions most of my life since with my wonderful Asperger’s Syndrome I wasn’t exactly a social butterfly; I was more like a social caterpillar, unfortunately I haven’t got into the butterfly phase even to this day.

So I spent most of my life alone reading books. I didn’t have computers to play with in the old days but now my computer is definitely my best friend as I don’t have any close friends around here in San Antonio unfortunately. I’ve have had some great friends of my life but unfortunately they’re all gone right now. You’ll read about some of them in this book. I firmly believe you gotta go with the flow and play the cards life deals you.

You’ll see from reading this book that I spent the first 12 years of school going to “wonderful” Catholic schools, St. Paul’s grade school and Don Bosco High School. Then I finally escaped the Catholic school system and had a wonderful time going to school at the University of Arizona, some of the best years of my life. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969 (technically 1970) because I couldn’t pass this damn required Spanish class and I finally figured out by taking it correspondence –style the grade wouldn’t hurt me and I could pass it and be on my way. I actually graduated in January 1970 while I was attending the University of Arizona law school.

After three semesters of law school my law school career ended, and then since I’m still a college junkie, I took many classes at Pima Community College mainly to make G.I. bill money. And then you’ll see later on when my baseball system didn’t work out and I was living in Las Vegas, I finally did a smart thing and went back to school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and got an accounting degree. With that accounting degree I was finally able to get real employment and a real job gave me a chance to actually bring my wonderful fiancée Judy from Hong Kong to the United States and get married. That was the best decision of my life and probably the only reason I’m still here today to write this and give it to you.

So read this book and weep or laugh or cry or say thank God I didn’t lived most of his life and all of them will be correct. Like I said, I’m a writing junkie so this book which is over 250 Word pages; God knows how many pages the book is gonna be when it goes e-book style. I can’t figure that crap out but Volume 1, yes I said Volume 1; I’ve already written volume 2. I’m in the process of editing it so if you like this you probably will like Volume 2 too!

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66964.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Craig A. Wilson
Published by Diversion Books

BLOOD, STEEL & CANVAS: THE ASIAN ODYSSEY OF A FIGHTER is a story about fighting on two levels: the American lawyer author’s improbable career as Asia’s oldest amateur boxer and his fight to overcome colon cancer and its consequences. Through his friendships with boxers in the Philippines and Thailand, his efforts (not always successful) to learn the languages and his delight in experiencing local cultures, he sets an example for other expatriates who have the great fortune to live and work overseas. His unremitting enthusiasm and refusal to give up, under any circumstances, set an example for others with serious or life-threatening diseases.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69949.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Joanne Schoenwald

The Death Cart is a compelling historical fiction piece set in the middle of the 14th century at the time of the Black Death. The story is infused with the odors, sounds and descriptions of a
small German town that is disintegrating from the effects of the plague, which strikes its citizens without warning and defies explanation.

Greeta, a pretty and talented 15-year-old servant-girl, is the main character. She and her boyfriend, Timothy, have
discovered a cache of old manuscripts in an abandoned castle in the forest. As the sickness overtakes her loved ones, she
finds she must enlist the help of the local priest and a spiritually conflicted monk in order to translate the ancient writings of the historians Herodotus, Thucydides and Procopius, looking for clues to fight the plague.

The novel is filled with interesting characters: Greeta’s master and mistress and their twin daughters, a disgraced knight, a young prostitute with bi-colored eyes, a charismatic animal doctor, and a mysterious priest inquisitor.

Events unfold rapidly, including a near fatal fight in a tavern, Greeta’s arrest and imprisonment and a trial that leads to the chilling climax.

The presence of the death cart is recurrent throughout the novel as a reminder of the tenuous thread that binds the living to the dead.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/72398.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

Jun 28

I Am Diving

By Joseph Valentinetti

The story is a fiction based on fact. My protagonist, Jack York, is an ex-sailor. He suffers from Fugue, a distinctive dissociative disorder characterized by geographical displacement and amnesia for the episodes. The misunderstanding of his condition is the reason for his dishonorable discharge from the Navy. The story concerns the events that lead Jack York to be in Dallas on November 23, 1963. The premise of the story is the Dallas tragedy was carried out by two men who had no prior knowledge of each other and different targets in mind.

`There exists a type of phenomenon…which has puzzled man. The seemingly accidental meeting of two unrelated causal chains in a coincidental event which appears both highly improbable and highly significant.’
Arthur Koestler

The significant factor motivating Jack York is the loss of the Atomic Submarine Thresher with one hundred twenty-nine men aboard. The premise is based on letters, part of one is excerpted here. Please note the date.

Letter date: August 12, 1963. Notarized and mailed/receipted August 12, 1963
To: Hon. John Connally, Governor of Texas.
From: Field Engineer on Thresher.
Dear Governor;
A plot is underway to assassinate you. As former Secretary of the Navy you are well aware of the Submarine Thresher disaster, and how Bendix used fraudulent pressure/depth curves on equipment designed and built by Bendix for submarines of the Thresher class.
An organization…Justice For The Crew Of The Thresher is being formed.
Sir, I beg you, if you do visit Dallas and ride in an open car, please do not allow your loved ones to ride in an open car with you. If a sniper’s bullet, meant for you, was fired from a high powered rifle by one of these disgruntled former service men…

The letter’s author was questioned in August 1963 by Naval Intelligence, The FBI and postal authorities. The FBI and the other investigative agencies, failed to file a report concerning this and later failed to inform the Warren Commission.

The letter, sent three months before the Dallas event, named the three salient factors of the crime: disgruntled ex-serviceman, high powered rifle, open car.

You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/72993.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.

By Roger Herst
Published by Diversion Books

Rabbi Gabrielle succeeds the senior rabbi a Congregation Ohav Shalom and in this new role must perform a funeral for her favorite Bar Mitzvah boy, now a young man recently murdered in a remote Washington DC park. This death brings her to a ghetto high school where the victim coached its struggling tennis team. An avid tennis player herself, Gabrielle attempts to keep the tennis team going and, because the police are unable to apprehend the murderer, investigates the crime. This brings her into conflict with Washington’s thriving gun trade. Pursuit of the killer thrusts Gabrielle into the nation’s spotlight, exactly where she doesn’t want to be.

You can purchase the book online from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B0058OROOI.

eBook formatting by Shelley Glasow Schadowsky.