The Choice By: Rumor Monday

Rumor Monday describes herself as a country girl who never quite got used to having chickens in the backyard.
She now lives in New England, just outside of Boston, where she enjoys
sitting in her backyard, minus the chickens, and writing stories.
Samantha Adler is determined to salvage her family’s mining
business—even if it means committing armed robbery to do so. But she
hasn’t planned on the intimidating stranger who comes between her and a
clean getaway. Keith Oakley is searching for his mother’s killer, but
the daring robber who stumbles into his hotel room—instead of the room
of her intended target—proves to be an unforgettable distraction, even
before she tries to kill him.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR

RUMOR MONDAY

1. What sparked your idea for The Choice?My father loved westerns, and growing up there always seemed
to be a western on the tv. The Rifleman, High Chaparral, Bonanza, The Big
Valley, and Gunsmoke were favorites around my house.

2. Are any of the characters based off real people from your life?Yes, they’re damaged but they’re also decent and
trying to figure out life. I was blessed to grow up in a family like that.

3. Does the Western or Romance side of this story connect with you more?Probably the romance because I’m a sucker for a happy
ending. I enjoy creating mystery and suspense, but in order for it to feel
complete I have to sprinkle in romance.

4. Bad girls, blackmail, robbery, and more. Sounds like you watched a lot of
westerns growing up. Do you have a favorite?The Big Valley is probably my all-time favorite. Heath
Barkley, portrayed by Lee Majors was the perfect flawed character. He was the
anger illegitimate brother, raised in poverty, while his half-brothers and
half-sister lived a life of privilege. A lot of the stories centered around
Heath trying to work through his anger and figure out what type of a man he was
going to be. With my book, The Choice, I try to tap into that raw human
emotion.

5. You choose to write everything in first person? What draws you to this
writing style?

For me, first person offers the best view of a
character. I feel the most connected to a character when I’m seeing the world
through the first person lens.

6. You write under the name Rumor Monday. How did you come up with that name?

I love the name Rumor and Rumor Mill was already taken.

7. If you could spend the day with one of your characters who would it be? And
why?

It would be Dabnus, because the whole time I was
working on his scenes I was constantly thing about his back story. I think it
would be fun to try and figure out what his life is like when he’s not playing
Keith’s sidekick.

8. What advice would you give others that want to write in the western romance
genre?

Spend a weekend watching old episodes of The Big
Valley. It is a great starting point.

Book Review: The House of Dark Shadows

 THE HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

Alex Rommel, a debonair Charleston playboy, is skeptical about
online dating. When he encounters an old college buddy by chance, he learns his
friend has found love over the internet. Tormented by demons from his past, a
contentious land deal, the memories of the woman he loved, and his sexually insatiable
secretary, Alex wades into the shadowy world of internet dating only to find
the woman of his dreams—a French freelance journalist, Hope. Just when he
thinks he has found true happiness, Alex’s relationship takes a mysterious
turn, and he finds himself immersed in Hope’s world—one plagued by a nagging
mother, lies, and drama. As pressures mount in the relationship and in his
business dealings, Alex, torn between love and reality, finds himself questioning
Hope’s motivations. As the sinister web of deceit and danger slowly begins to
envelop him, Alex frantically searches for the truth. Not knowing who to trust or
believe and with time running out, Alex must summon the courage to face the
truth before the doors close and he is locked in the house of dark shadows
forever.
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Robert “Digger” Cartwright is the author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, and Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s.Mr. Cartwright is also a noted industrialist, investor, and director of several private companies.  In
the business realm, he has contributed to a number of articles on a
wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics and is
the contributing author of several finance/economic books. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.

MY REVIEW

This is the first of Cartwright’s books I’ve read but it will probably not be the last. From page one you already have questions to why Alex is the way he is. And with each turn of the page you are faced with more and more questions. Cartwright entangles a web of clues through the story that you pick up but some of these clues are not really clues. Giving you ideas that it will go one way and then the other. But then just to have it go the third way you didn’t think of. The book is a face paced but in a good way. It isn’t slow and dragging but it doesn’t rush through everything to where you feel disconnected with no time to enjoy the characters. The story is well written and a very addicting page turner. You will want to be sure you have a full empty afternoon to sit down with this book because you will want to finish it when you start it with no interruptions and also you will probably want to reread it after you finish it. Every time you read this book you will get lost in the web and pick up on new things you didn’t catch the first time. Just to have the story end the same way but your mind questioning that it would have ended differently again. A wonderful and recommended read.

Book Review: Emotional Abuse: Silent Killer of Marriage – A 30-Year Abuser Speaks Out

Austin James

Abuse was the enemy that plagued me for over two-thirds of my life,
but through great sorrow, the ability came to me to transform myself
from the ashes of defeat to a type of cleansing and healing that not
only renews the spirit, but also allows it to soar to new heights.
Join
me on the most amazing journeys of my life, walk with me through
self-discovery, healing, and know there is hope for recovery.
I
currently live in the Midwest and enjoy a quiet, abuse-free life,
serving the Lord and helping men and women discover the truth about
emotional abuse and ways to overcome it. I enjoy hiking, backpacking,
reading, and for the first time in my life, inner-peace.

Burrow inside an emotional abuser’s head and find out why I…

  • am so charming one minute and a raging manic the next
  • blame you for everything
  • must stay in control all the time
  • belittle your feelings, opinions, or your accomplishments
  • try to punish you
  • never seem to support you
  • cut you down in front of friends and family
  • can’t stop my behavior even if I wanted to
  • cause you to walk on eggshells around me
  • am angry so much of the time
  • don’t provide your emotional needs
  • can’t admit when I am wrong
  • expect so much of you
  • can’t accept the word No

     

Go
on a revealing, first hand journey with a man, husband, and father who
spent 33-years locked in the prison of emotional abuse, as it destroyed
his 24-year marriage and crippled the woman and children he loves, and
experience an awakening that hurled him through a nightmarish journey to
the most inner core of his soul.Discover what he learned during
five years of recovery as he put his emotionally destructive lifestyle
behind him, and later, discovered that the horrors of his 33-year
abusive life stemmed from events that happened as a teenager, following
the unexpected death of his father.

If you have a dysfunctional relationship or marriage, discover:

  • The motivations behind the abusive behavior
  • Whether there is hope for the relationship or if it is time to get out
  • Practical tips to heal should your spouse commit to get help
Anyone
trapped in a manipulative, controlling relationship full of anger,
yelling, and arguments, yet who yearns to have a relationship and
marriage full of love, emotional intimacy, and trust will gain insight
and practical knowledge and guidance from this book.Answer the questions:

  • What role childhood plays in an abuser’s life
  • How does a too-close relationship with mom affect a husband
  • What is the ‘payoff’ to abuse in marriage
  • Codependency and the role of the rescuer
  • What type of counseling won’t work and which is best
  • How to know if it’s time to leave the relationship
  • How to tell if your mate is really changing
  • What is the Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde personality
  • What role anger plays in the abuse inflicted on others
  • What is Arrested Development and what role does it play
  • Root causes of abuse
If
you recognize even some of these traits within yourself, or someone you
love, you owe it to you and to all those around you, your spouse,
children, family, friends, and coworkers to read this book.

MY REVIEW!!

I may be bias in my review but not because I know the author or have any connection to them. But because I lived through the stories he tells. Well some of them. I was in the position of his wife Teri. My husband had been abusive to me emotionally while we were dating and then it grew as we got married until I finally walked away. I took very little to nothing from our well decorated and furnished apartment. I had to do this at a time that he had been placed in a facility for mental illness. It was the only way I got out without him talking  me back in. I even had to threaten to get a restraining order to have him leave me alone. I finally got my divorce. This book reminds me of what I went through but it gives me hope that people like that can see the error of their ways. It also proves that sometimes you just have to have faith in something to show you the path to freedom. This was a wonderfully written book of personal experience pumped full of emotional and psychological experiences on the journey between being the dominate and being the cooperative.

Book Review: 100 Best Kindle Fire HD Tirps & Tricks

What Will You Find Here?
This bonus eBook is ideal for readers
who want to expand their basic knowledge of the Kindle Fire HD. The
numbered tips and tricks give you a clear idea of what you will achieve
in the end. Moreover, tips included here offer additional information in
a simple to understand and step-by-step manner so you exactly know what
needs to be done to perform a particular step. If you are holding a
brand new Kindle Fire HD in your hands, this eBook will help you
discover the most amazing things your device can accomplish.
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MY REVIEW

This is a really good investment for those who have never handled a Kindle before. It keeps things simple without going into the full you are dumb “now let me tell you that you have to press the small button on the right to turn it on. Now wait 20 seconds for it to load. Do you see the hourglass? That means its loading.” It is an owners manual that helps you not only find but understand what you are finding. I believe even some of the more experienced users of kindle could find tips and tricks in this book to help make their already great kindle even better.

Book Review: 101 Jokes for Kids (Ages 4-8)

Telling jokes to your friends is a great way to have fun, don’t you
think so? You love telling jokes and this eBook will bring all sorts of
jokes you like. You can have a good laugh after reading through the
eBook, and even ask your friends to join you. This eBook is also great
if you want to grow your collection of awesome jokes. With so many funny
jokes in one place, you’ll surely find something “funny” for everyone.
Remember, this eBook is filled with craziest jokes to make you laugh, so
don’t be surprised when you find yourself rolling on the floor. What
are you waiting for? Let’s not waste time and get started with loads of
laughter, smiles and fun.

  • Best Knock Knock Jokes
  • Awesome Animal Jokes
  • Funny Questions & Answers
  • Hilarious Computer Jokes
  • Body Jokes
  • Business, Money and Holiday Humor
  • Food Jokes
  • Science and Space Jokes
  • School Jokes
  • Sports Jokes
  • Just for Fun

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 MY REVIEW

Cute was one of the first things I thought of as I flipped through the pages of these jokes. I even cracked a couple of smiles as I read through them. They are easy to understand for children and are clean. There is a lot of humor out there that is inappropriate to let a young child read. This however is perfect. It is sure to keep your child giggling and you don’t have to worry about them being repeated because they are safe to be heard by all ages.

Book Review: Party of Five by Vasileios Kalampakas

 

VASILEIOS KALAMPAKAS

Well, I’m an alright guy according to what the people around me tell
me, but I rarely trust them so your mileage may vary. Other than that, I
like to write fantasy and science fiction, most of the time mixing and
matching them in weird amounts.
I really like writing short stories. Some of those I like to turn into novels.
Perhaps you might like one of them, one day.
If you find the photo confusing, I have to make it clear that I’m not
really a magical bunny – it’s just that I share in the superstition that
photos take away your soul.

PARTY OF FIVE

A magical bunny, daft pirates, a village of rastafari elves, two
princesses, a semi-retired thief and an aspiring bard, plus flying
ships, dimensional portals and a largely silly sorcerer with a
dangerous, mysterious amulet.

How do they all fit together, you may ask? Fate, it seems. Or maybe not.

Add a dash of fire, a pinch of lightning and some magic to your life. And remember, it could all be just a bad trip..

This is the first book, Book I, in the “Party of Five” series of fantasy novellas.

MY REVIEW
 First let me ask you if you have ever had a book with pirates in it that wasn’t great? I mean come on it has pirates! Another action packed book by Vasileios that has you flipping each page getting deeper and deeper into the adventure and action laid out in front of you. This is an easy ready for an afternoon and so well written you’ll drift off as if you were the one standing watching each scene before your eyes. Can’t wait to start in on Book 2.