Two Hearts in Winter by Donna Fasano

Two Hearts 1200 x 1800Loss and betrayal have caused Heather Phillips to give up on love. She’s thrown herself into running The Lonely Loon, her Bed and Breakfast located on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The “off season” in this tourist town is usually a time of rest and reflection for her; however, DB Atwell, a famous author, arrives at The Loon for the winter to finish his long-overdue novel. Daniel, too, has faced grief, and tragedy continues to haunt him. Once Heather and Daniel meet, their lives will never be the same.


Reminiscent of Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks and culminating in a happily-ever-after similar to the great Nora Roberts, Two Hearts in Winter is a story about learning to let go of the past, about realizing that, though hardship affects us, it need not define us, and about coming to understand and truly believe that beauty is sometimes covered in scars. The human heart has an amazing ability to forgive, to heal, and to hope, especially when touched by love.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written 35 romance and women’s fiction titles. Her books have won awards, have been translated into two dozen languages, and have sold 4 million copies worldwide.


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Reviews of Book 1 of the series:

“The pleasure of Fasano’s style lies in the scrumptious descriptions… and her characters’ sincere, mature desire to make things work.” ~Publishers Weekly

“Following His Heart made me go “wow”. . . I found it thought-provoking in ways I’d have never anticipated.”, 5-Stars


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It wasn’t Heather’s aim to embarrass the girl; she just wanted to cut through the lies to get to the truth as quickly as possible.

“Listen, hon.” Heather leaned forward. “Why don’t you tell me what this is all about?”

She smiled, but she had to admit, after speaking with the woman at Atlantic Coastal this morning, she’d felt completely stumped. Why in the world would this girl approach her like she had? Why would she lie?

“I’m tired of proofing,” Sandra finally said. “And I don’t want to be an editor. I want to be a writer. And paying writing gigs are few and far between in this business. Newspapers are shutting down. Everyone is going digital. It’s… it’s hard.”

Heather gently pried the plastic lid off her tea. She lifted the rim to her mouth and took a sip. The heady tastes hit her tongue: cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, and the richly scented steam wafted around her face.

The answer Sandra gave was completely plausible. It seemed like a perfectly natural thing for a journalist wannabe to do… write an interesting story about The Lonely Loon and present it to the magazine’s publisher as proof of her writing skills.

Heather nodded. “I see.” She set the cup down again, pleased by the calm demeanor that she’d been able to present. As she’d driven over to the west side of town, she’d fretted about the confrontation. But it had been simple, really. Just asking for the simple truth had been the best solution.

There were still a couple of questions niggling at her, though. “But why lie?” she asked. “Why didn’t you just tell me you were going after a writing job at your magazine?”

Sandra’s chin tipped up, and she unwittingly slid her palm over the silver laptop that sat on the table, her gaze zeroing in on Heather’s face. “You would have helped me get a story?”

“Of course, I would help you.” Heather smiled. “I like to see people succeed. If I can help you, I will.” You silly twit, whispered through her mind, but luckily she was able to keep the offensive moniker from slipping off her tongue. “Who wouldn’t like to help someone advance in their career?”

“Oh, wow,” Sandra gushed. “I don’t know what to say. I just… this is so nice of you.”

Heather’s smile widened. Now that the truth was sitting like an open book in front of them, they could get down to work. She could tell Sandra that her mother had been the one who had established The Lonely Loon, and she could explain where the name had come from. And how she’d taken over the business after her mother had died of breast cancer. She’d be sure to name a few of the neighboring boardwalk businesses and their owners to offer as much promotion to her friends as she could. The owners of the shops, restaurants, and hotels on the boardwalk were a tight-knit group.

Sandra reached into her satchel and pulled out an eight by ten piece of paper and slid it across the table.





Love and Theft by Michael Sprankle

Love and Theft_print cover_6x9_frontAfter a series of encounters with the law, a young man yearns for a better life and escapes his past as he heads to New York City where his pursuit of happiness and success sends him on a series of well-intentioned misadventures that lead him into the dark side of the criminal underworld and revenge. A marriage of real events and fiction, Love and Theft pulls from the author’s personal experience to create a man whose life path is no more his own fault than the color of his hair.  Purchase Amazon
HeadShotMichael Sprankle is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in film. He has worked in the technology area for the past 25 years, as well as being a bit-writer for major motion pictures and television shows, and has worked for some of the largest studios in Hollywood.

Novels include:
Once Upon a Time in New York, How I Painted My Masterpiece
Love & Theft (in the 2016 Pulitzer competition)

Current Project:
The Killing Spring

TV Shows:
Under The Dome

He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona

Here are a couple of reviews:
Byregina leyvaon January 4, 2016
I read Love and Theft in one night because I just could not put it down until it was done. It is an artful work of realistic fiction weaving into the plot facts from art and world history. Joined by supporting characters who the reader may find a sense of familiarity in, is Michael Sprankle, the main character who is not like anyone we know. He is kind of a Don Quixote who has a distorted perception and wavering mentality and continues to journey out until the point of no return. Becoming obsessed with stealing art, wheeling and dealing, and just plain stealing in general, he gets himself into all kinds of predicaments. In the end the book takes the reader full circle and we all are relieved to know Michael is ultimately a redeemable man, who in the end wants what we all do, love and success. It is a message we can all relate to no matter who we are. The ending is as satisfying as the pleasure the reader feels getting there. It just so happens I worked with him in the 80’s at the Greenwich Auction room and I thoroughly enjoyed his tale of realistic fiction. The fun part was trying to decide how much of it was true! His book has inspired me to start writing again.
Just finished the book Love and Theft. Mike’s book was engrossing and thought provoking. Loved his historical and artistic references through out his fine book. Was blown away by his use of the Wizard of Oz. Like the way it popped up in the reading of Love and Theft. As his former teacher, I cannot wait for his next book to answer the perplexing question “Who is the real Michael Sprankle?” Bob Probst former teacher Bellefonte PA.

ByAmazon Customeron November 20, 2015
It’s said that an artists masterpiece is found at the intersection of tragedy triumph and love. Well bravo Mr. Sprankle for both writing and painting yours. This book is a thrill ride from the moment the reader picks up the book and it doesn’t stop until there are no pages left. The mans writing is best described as Hunter S. Thompson downing a fifth of Jameson before taking three hits of acid and having a writing session with Salvador Dali. I was entrenched in the story and thoroughly amazed by the brevity and humor brought forward while tackling subjects such as love lost and love found, as well as our fight with ourselves over what’s right and what we perceive to be right. A read worth your time and then some. Looking forward to the third! Encore please!

Cropsy by David Lee Veroux

Cropsy by David Lee Veroux
During Billy Powell’s summer camp experiences he discovers a world of unimagined adventures, friendships, romance, and a horrifying secret. In this dual novel, as a past war between campers and a poor farmer escalates to tragic proportions, Billy battles his own demons in the form of raging hormones, cruel peers and counselors, and a terrifying camp legend that alters the course of his life.

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“One of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read tens of thousands in my 54 yrs.”
Bygbinnolaon February 9, 2015
I’m only about halfway through this book, but I love it so much, I just have to leave a review now. Where has David Lee Veroux been all my life?!! Incredible writing, characters, I just can’t give this guy enough praise. Get to read it for free with Kindle Unlimited, but I would gladly pay a fortune if he wrote another book like this. Right up there, and maybe even better, than Stephen King’s “The Body.” I truly hope Veroux writes many, many more books.

By SignoftheTimes on May 29, 2015
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Loved this book! I loved the writing, the story, the way it was told.

This story is told in 2 alternate timelines. The first takes place in the mid-1930’s when a retreat for rich boys is built by a man who wanted other boys to keep his son, Ethan, company. He buys up lots of land in the Catoctin area of Maryland from the existing farmers for this. Except there is one holdout, the Crosby family. This sparks a rage in Ethan, who tries to get the family to leave the land in a series of escalating attacks despite warnings that the family may be more than what they seem. In one extreme act, Ethan’s actions give rise to consequences that echo thoughout the years of Camp Aerie.

This leads us to the other story taking place in the 1980’s and it’s main character, Billy Powell. You will follow Billy to when he first attends camp and through several years after, and will witness not only camp life through his eyes, but several incidences which baffle the campers and some call the Cropsy curse.

That’s all I am going to say about it because I don’t really want to give too much away. This book reminded me so much of the movie Stand By Me and the book, Boy’s Life. The way the author vividly wrote about camp life just came alive for me. Some reviewers thought the book was too long, but I wasn’t bored for one minute. The alternating timelines (it alternated in chapters) wasn’t confusing in the least and I actually liked that it was set up that way. The two stories do end up coming together to a satisfying end.

Anyway, I am going to quit writing before I sound like I am babbling. I’m not very good at this, but I wanted to give kudos to this author. He should keep writing.

ByAJon July 28, 2015
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What a find! Very well written. Excellent timeline. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book. I eagerly await this author’s next book.

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The Ray Synchronicity by Lata Sony

TRScoverIn a busy market place, Major Vohra spots a suicide bomber from his eBombVest. He whispers his suspicion to a stranger near him. The stranger takes out a gun and shoots the bomber between his eyes. To Vohra’s surprise, instead of keeling over the bomber visibly changes and confesses.

Vohra is interested in the gun and the stranger, who introduces himself as Ketu, a soul engineer.

Shadows, made of Dark Energies in the universe, learn about this first use of Bioray gun. They realize that mortals had developed brainwave entrainment tools to drive them away, in accordance with a synchronicity created by Shadows’ arch enemies Rays. Shadows create a synchronicity of their own to make mortals undo Rays’ work.

The Bioray gun was a result of the last meeting between Rays and Time. Through Time travel, Rays discover that if their waves do not spread fast by next 500 years, the dawn of the Platinum age will be delayed. To explain how hard people are finding it to cope with just Ray frequencies, Time takes them to Arnavi and Gatik’s life spimes (space+time vehicle).

Arnavi was born with frequencies of Ray Intelligence and Ray Love. Thwarted Shadows hoped that she will eventually acquire Shades Hatred and Craving from her father. Arnavi tried to earn love as a toddler from her parents but her love is mistaken for meekness.

When Arnavi’s brother Gatik was born, Time allowed Shadow Ego to shade the baby because Time feels that mortals appreciate light only in darkness.

Rays observe that Arnavi felt unloved and unappreciated at both school and home while Gatik fared better.

Rays know that humans are capable of changing their brainwaves through low frequencies such as sound and among the methods, brain entrainment was the fastest. To further speed up brain entrainment methods, the Rays create the Ray synchronicity to bring about the events that allow humans to develop faster brain entrainment machines.

Consequently, an Indo-American spiritual leader collaborates with a medical equipment manufacturer to create these weapons of peace. The first of these weapons were now with Ketu for testing in India.

Back in the present, Major Vohra introduces his Colonel to Ketu, who tells them that his Bioray gun eliminates certain dark frequencies from the mind, making a person more peaceful and righteous. The two are disappointed to know that use of the gun declines the life of the person shooting the gun. Ketu reveals other methods such as the Entrainment couch and Shade Slayer to change violent and evil tendencies and develop out-of-body experience (OBE) capability for spying. Due to the non-violent nature of the methods, they finally decide to test them while working for an NGO affiliated to the Human Rights commission.

Ketu starts looking for young trainees with high IQ, as intelligent people become ‘soul engineers’ more easily. He shortlists Arnavi and Gatik. What happened to Arnavi and Gatik in the mean time?

In her search for love, child Arnavi meets all the wrong people including a pedophile, who leave her shaded with guilt and shame. As an adolescent, Arnavi feels and acts like a pathetic loser and loner in school. She makes an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

An adolescent Gatik constantly shuns his parents’ opinions having decided that they were half-witted and silly. He learns things by himself and uses extreme anger to rebuff people into agreeing with him.

In adulthood, Shadow Hatred manifests from Arnavi’s inherited genes as she reels under failed relationships.

Ketu contacts Arnavi through the advisor mode of her hi-tech IntelliHouse and convinces her to undergo brainwave entrainment from Beta to Theta state. She begins to feel happier and appreciate finer qualities more. She starts training under Ketu for OBE and other mental powers.

Their first case is to stop frequent violent protests by the public in a crime-infested area. The last time protestors had thrown stones at a police station, the police had shot 9 of them down. The news had caught nation-wide attention and was widely condemned.

Monitoring the area, Ketu and Arnavi see a shopkeeper being harassed by a goon. They manage to trick the goon to the Entrainment room.

He confesses to his crimes and surrenders to the police. A couple of his friends follow. Ketu uses OBE to hear their conversation in jail. He overhears the inspector taking orders from someone on the phone.

The next day he uses OBE again to find that the goons have been killed in the jail.
Ketu and Arnavi realize that the public dissatisfaction is due to a nexus between the police and administration.

People at random approach Ketu for brain entrainment. Some people including an MLA experience no change. Gatik too arrives for training.

Arnavi tries to get the inspector to Entrainment couch but he escapes and tries to shoot Arnavi forcing Ketu to use his bioray gun. Inspector comes around and confesses his nefarious connections with the MP.

Ketu asks Arnavi to try OBE to the MP’s house. She tries but she is confronted by shadows and she comes back midway.

Using OBE Ketu finds that the MP is an extremely sensitive person but he lacks empathy frequencies.

Ketu has no option but to use his Bioray gun on the MP.

Next Arnavi uses OBE on the CM and finds that he is shaded with Inertia that prevents him from taking action on his own ministers.

Ketu uses his bioray gun on the CM as well. With the transformation of the CM, MP, MLA and police, the state soon becomes crime-free and prosperous.

Due to frequent use of Bioray gun, Ketu looks 60 years old while Arnavi is 24. Ketu dies much earlier but both of them reunite in the garden of Rays after Arnavi’s death.


Review 1:

If you are a tad tired of the androids of the future and the inter-galactic wars, then you may want to step into this world of Ketu and Arnavi. If you have a philosophical or spiritual bent of mind, irrespective of which religion you follow, or if you follow none, you may want to enter the realm of the Rays and the Shadows. This book – the maiden release by the author – was refreshingly different from the contemporary fiction. What particularly appeals is the author’s astute observation of human nature, and of the underlying forces that govern our thoughts and actions. The darkness is not just the hatred, greed or ego, but also self-pity and self-flagellation; and the light is not just wisdom, faith and love, but also wit and vivacity. Universal truths are presented in an imaginative sci-fi plot, which is an easy and fun read. We may never develop the bioray gun or the entrainment couch, but the image of a washed-clean, ‘baptised’ individual is something we’ll find irresistible…..and that is, at the very least, wonderful and much-needed food for thought in this troubled age. ”
Review 2:

Lata Sony pulls us into a creative world with both story and well-crafted narrative.

The book follows Ketu and later Arvani, in India, in the mortal year 2039. The author’s descriptions brought this world into focus and easily transported this reader right in the midst a futuristic India.

The book also follows a variety of characters, or extensions of mortal minds and souls, presented as wider understanding of where the truths of the self and all that’s around us lies. I was intrigued by the idea of mind-altering weapons and out-of-body experiences, and pleased the author detailed the technical aspect in ways that made it thought-provoking and easy to follow.

The story brings up questions regarding technical dependency in our always-connected world as well as the morality of our entanglements. While the concept has been done many times before, you won’t get recycled ideas here, but rather a fresh and fascinating take on an awareness that transcends the corporeal realm of the senses and even thought.

This high tech, science fiction book is unlike anything I’ve read, with the setting functioning as a highly appealing point. The author takes her time working through a descriptive beginning before arriving at the dynamic plotline, which worked well for this reader tired of forced, immediate suspense — and once we do reach the tipping point, there is no turning back. One must turn the pages fast, greedy for the conclusion.

The end is stunning. The author’s ability to tell a story with so many moving parts, while keeping the suspense going and bringing the storyline to a crescendo, is admirable.

I recommend this book to readers of science fiction and to those looking for something fresh and different.

Shoot First: Code of the News Cameraman by Hank Schoepp

CoverCameraman Looks Back On Covering History of News in San Francisco

Veteran news cameraman Hank Schoepp, who worked for San Francisco’s KPIX channel 5 evening news from 1968-1997, has released a memoir on His book covers a one-of-a-kind view on some of the biggest stories of that time. Many books have been written by and about broadcast journalists with interesting things to say. And yet few have spoken on behalf of those who perform on the other side of the camera lens. Finally, that voice is heard loud and clear with SHOOT FIRST: Code of the News Cameraman.

Author PicGetting the pictures and bringing them back in time to air on the news often posed challenges, and Schoepp vividly recalls them with the stories behind the stories. A few among the many include tear gas attacks during student protests and rioting at U.C. Berkeley; the kidnapping saga of Patricia Hearst; the search for a vanishing school bus, driver and 26 children in Chowchilla, California; the aftermath of a mass suicide of over 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana; and rushing to the city hall murder scene of a San Francisco mayor and supervisor.

Shoot First: Code of The News Cameraman is a time capsule peak into the history of San Francisco news, from a Videographer, in a world that existed before cell phones and digital film.


“Insightful TV News Memoir – Read It” – Andrew Hill
“‘Shoot First’ strikes at the heart of TV News” – Mike Lee

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FLUENCE Ten thousand minutes and counting By Stephen Oram

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Ten thousand minutes and counting
By Stephen Oram

Genre: Dystopian
Published by Silverwood Books
Amber is young and ambitious. Martin is burnt out by years of struggling. She cheats to get what she wants while he barely clings on to what he has. It’s the week before the annual Pay Day when strata positions are decided by the controlling corporations. The social media feed is frenetic with people trying to boost their influence rating while those above the strata and those who’ve opted out pursue their own manipulative goals.
Fluence is a story of aspiration and desperation and of power seen and unseen. It’s a story of control and consequence. It’s the story of the extremes to which Amber and Martin are prepared to go in these last ten thousand minutes before Pay Day.


Like each and every one of us, my perspective of the world has been affected by many people and experiences: as a teenager I was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk; in my early twenties I embraced the squatter scene and then joined a religious cult, briefly; I did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout; and I’m now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism. I really enjoy taking a sideways look at our world and thinking, “what if,” and then writing about it through speculative fiction.

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101 Things Birmingham Gave the World by Various Authors

Cover101 Things Birmingham Gave the World

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Jon Bounds (Author), Jon Hickman (Author), Craig Hamilton (Author), Danny Smith (Author), Julia Gilbert(Author), Libby Hayward Bounds (Author), Steve Nicholls (Author), Simon Fox (Author), Jez Collins (Author), Stewart Lee (Foreword)

This is the book that proves that Birmingham is not just the crucible of the Industrial Revolution, but the cradle of civilisation.

From the team behind hit Birmingham miscellany, Paradise Circus, comes the definitive guide to the 101 things that made the world what it is today – and all of them were made in Birmingham.

Read how Birmingham gave the world the wonders of tennis, nuclear war, the Beatles, ‘that smell of eggs’ and many more… 97 more.

“101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, is not a Birmingham of the memory. It is a living breathing thing, wrestling with the city’s contradictions, press-ganging the typically arch and understated humour of the Brummie, and an army of little-known facts, both trivial and monumental, into reshaping its confusing reputation.”
Stewart Lee

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