Aftermath Lounge


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Margaret McMullan SIQs

 

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1.Aftermath Lounge honors the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Can you tell us about your experience during those days when the storm hit?

Shortly after the storm hit, my husband and I drove down from Evansville, Indiana to Pass Christian, Mississippi. We saw aerial footage of the town and we could see that the roof on my parents’ house was mostly intact – that’s all we could see. We brought water and a lot of supplies to donate. There was a gas shortage then, and limited cell phone coverage. The closer we came to the town, the more it became like a war zone. The National Guard was there to keep people away, but we got through, thanks to a relative.

The night before we left, my mother told us to forget about everything else — all she really wanted was the painting of…

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A STARRED REVIEW: FRICTION : SANDRA BROWN


Friction: Sandra Brown

Within this world there are people that will rub you the wrong way, create conflict and even differ in how they handle situations or deal with ideas that do not mirror their own. Dissention or conflict of this nature is called Friction and within this novel you will meet several characters that will do more than rub each other the wrong way, create dangerous situations, have problems dealing with what they encounter and learn the true meaning of the word.

Crawford Hunt is the first character we meet, as he is about to enter a courtroom hoping that with some luck and miracle to regain custody of his daughter. With his in-laws as adversaries and his past coming to haunt him the likelihood is not very good but adhering to all of the court’s mandates and counseling required he just might have a chance. But, Crawford Hunt is smart, a Texas Ranger but the conflicts and discord that he faces and the infighting that occurs within himself just might weaken his position on many levels. A clash of wills, temperaments opinions will lead the way as he enters the courtroom of Judge Holly Spencer and what happens will not only surprise readers but haunt him. But, first flash back to the Prologue where we meet the judge, witness a murder scene and see a dead body in the back of her car. Friction: Sandra Brown: Can you feel the intense pull? Like two rough surfaces rubbing against each other or a force that opposes motion. Rub your hands together. The faster you rub your hands they will feel warmer which illustrates a form of friction called sliding friction. As we enter the courtroom and the proceedings begin the players are in place and the excitement is about to ensue.

When court is called to order and his in-laws Grace and Joe are called to the stand, Crawford listens as the judge does too until it’s his turn. Coming up to the stand, answering the questions he hopes she will side with him. But, no one could foretell what would happen next as a gunman dressed as a painter with a mask over his face enters the courtroom and although his target was the judge the life of the bailiff is snuffed out as Crawford saves the life of the judge in more than just a heroic move.

Going after the would be killer he encounters him on the roof of the courthouse and tries to talk him down. But, events escalate and the killer is shot. Jose Rodriguez is the man that is killed but when things settle down, and Crawford is questioned by the police and then asked to join forces and be part of the investigation a startling revelation is made.

Things start to heat up even further when Crawford views the body of the killer and realizes that they killed the wrong man. A simple thing as an ear being pierced or not pierced changed the complexion of the investigation and Sergeant Neal Lester the man in charge of the case was more than unhappy, as you will learn during his conversations with Crawford. Added in Holly is determined to stay in the limelight to some extent in order to resume her campaign, win the election and not cower under the pressure. Added in author Sandra Brown allows readers into the mind of Joe Gilroy and his determination to prevent Crawford from gaining custody of his daughter using any means he can.

The spotlight falls on many different suspects including the Gilroys, Holly’s ex-boyfriend Dennis White, every single person that entered the courthouse that day and anyone else that might have been in the gallery. Hundreds were being requestionned and many others might fall through the cracks as a killer is at large and only author Sandra Brown can create the suspense, instill the fear in the characters before letting readers know who was behind the entire plot to kill Holly and why.

As more evidence comes to light another person comes forward claiming to do his civic duty when in actuality he has another agenda. Charles Otterman is a powerful man in the oil industry and those around him often acquiesce to his wishes. A powerful man who thinks he’s above the law meeting with Crawford sort of puts him on notice as he claims not to know Jorge Rodriguez but when viewing him the morgue Crawford knows he lied. Added in Crawford decides to leak the information about Otterman, ignites a huge flame and anger in Neal Lester and then what follows is someone that has decided to gain more than just revenge on Crawford but force the courts to take away his daughter. A video sent to his cell phone forces him to break the TRO order and confront his father in law. Returning home he finds his daughter’s room vandalized and calls Holly to warn her that he has a tail on him and pictures were taken that might ruin them both. Who is behind this? Who wants to hurt Crawford and send him back to the bottle and more? Just why would anyone want to hurt him and how does the shooting come into play? Why is he now a prime suspect?

Someone wants Crawford out of the way and when Otterman threatens Smitty the man who owns the strip club and the killer is revealed just who is behind the entire plot and who was the real target will surprise readers? Just what kind of power does Otterman have and what happens when Crawford asks his father in law for one last favor? The Friction between him and Joe is quite strong and the electric charge is quite potent as Crawford races the clock, tries to protect his daughter and hopes to stop what someone has already set in place.

When the pieces are revealed a secret will come out that might change what happens between Holly and Crawford but others too. An ending that has several twists and surprises and a relationship that might never happen if one man gets his way. What happens when a father just wants to protect his daughter? How far will Crawford go? Lives are at stake and one police sergeant refuses to see the light. Will it be too late or will Crawford create such a stir that there will be no way that the end result will cause more Friction? What happens when a father risks it all? Find out when you read this five star novel with quite a few punches you won’t see coming, twists that are unique and brilliantly crafted and a main character who is relentless, persistent and won’t stop until he take down all the obstacles in his path. Will Holly stick by him? What about Marilyn her campaign manager? Just how far will she go to get a win for her client? Friction: There’s plenty of it within this novel.

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SPOTLIGHT: SHEREL OTT


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Sherel Ott : Princess Janai and the Warrior Maidens of Quinu: The Cities of Tonga and Tongiawhich

 

About Adventures of Princess Janai and the Warrior Maidens of Quinu: The Cities of Tonga and Tongia

All Janai wants is to be just like everyone else. Being the Princess and having to try out for the Warrior Maidens is just part of her problems. She has the present Warrior leader unhappy with the fact that she is trying out, because that means her time is almost up and she enjoys her “status” too much to give it up without a fight. Not to mention someone just froze two of her guards into living statues with the fabled Mist Flowers of Tonga. Now she and a small group of warriors must travel to a forbidden city and obtain the antidote before the two guards are lost forever…all in 24 hours. Is she…

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Very powerful


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IGNITED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT: Ivy Adjivon

Sometimes life can take you on a different path that you would never have traveled. Fate plays a part in things that happen or some think that some type of divine intervention can alter events or help you deal with something tragic or difficult. What would you do if you were riding in your car and all of a sudden you thought or knew you were going to die? How would you handle it? Would you say a prayer? Would you pray that something or someone would save you? Author Ivy Adjivon shares her experience with readers as she enters her car, travels on a highway walled on both sides by cornfields. Riding she was dead center “ in the middle of the intersection.” She saw a white car coming straight at her! The details she describes are quite remarkable as she relates…

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WHAT YOU SEE: Hank Phillippi Ryan


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What You See! Hank Phillippi Ryan

Two people watching a movie might not view it or remember it the same way. Reading a book and reviewing it can bring different insights to what the author is trying to say and the message they want to convey. No two people see, read or even hear things the same way and often when asked to repeat events as they happened the stories or accounts are different or even conflicting. Imagine what happens when during the lunch rush in a congested or crowded area someone decides to stab someone in the back with a knife and although there are many witnesses no one really sees or can recount what happens. What You See! Hank Phillippi Ryan brings these questions into account: What happens when you witness a murder? Can you or anyone else explain in detail exactly what you saw? What about pictures…

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Better Not


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BetterNot! And the Tale of Bratsville: Gene Del Vecchio

Children need to understand that showing respect to their elders and their others is important. But, what would happen if you lived in a town where the children refused to listen? What would you do if every time you asked your child not to hit,t lie or steal they ignored your wishes and did as they please? The children of the families in Bratsville were out of control and really needed someone to teach them somr serious lessons in respect, morals and values.

The problems that the parents faced were just the tip of the iceberg. Some children slurped their drinks to the point that you could hardly hear yourself talk or think. Some ate so much food it’s amazing that they never got sick. Others shouted so loud that you could hear them miles away. Children often fight but some…

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Ellie Goes back to School


Ellie Goes Back to School: Marci and Elle Fair

Co-author Photographer: Marci Fair

Assistant Editor: Chloe Fair

Cover and Layout design: Cornelia G. Murariu

Going back to school can be difficult for many children whether they are in elementary school, middle school or even high school. New teachers, new friends and new classes can often be overwhelming. Although this book is meant for younger children and the two main characters attend different classes, younger and older children can benefit from Ellie and Pudgy’s experiences. Teachers are special and they try as I did to make every student stand out and feel they are capable of doing just about anything if they try really hard. So, Ellie and Pudgy greet the day having a great breakfast, packing their back packs and heading off for the first day of school. Even as a student I loved going back to school, seeing my friends, meeting new ones and of course the teachers. As an educator I loved meeting my new students and starting the year off on a positive note. I guess I will always be the virtual student and educator.

Ellie and Pudgy are best friends and the greatest part of this adventure is that they are doing it together. It’s great when friends are in the same class. But, they remember they are there to learn and not socialize. Arriving at the school they wonder what is in store for them! The door to their classroom is high so they will have to try real hard to open it and enter their classroom before the bell rings.

The teacher has a great welcome sign and Ellie sharpens her pencil and is ready when the teacher begins the lessons about numbers and measurement. How cool is that! Of course I wish I could have sat in for the lessons on shapes and the one about the countries around the world. But, my favorite lessons would be in reading and of course raiding the bookshelves for tons of books to read in class and take home.

Being kind and friendly both Ellie and Pudgy made new friends during free time. There is Boo the Bunny, Ron the Gecko and many others. Wait until you see that Ellie does for the Geicko. Boy, wait until you enter the library and see all of the wonderful books. Wish I was there !

Using their imaginations after reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears, they each found a perfect chair. Better hope Goldilocks doesn’t show up! “ The more you read the more things you will know.” Dr. Seuss. So very true!

Gym class was great but if you want to know that they did read pages 18-19 to find out. But, exercise can bring on your appetite wait until you join them for lunch. Now, being a music major my other favorite class would be music. I played all of the string instruments and excelled in violin. But, the bongos sound like fun and to play the tuba requires skill. Of course every student’s favorite part of the day is recess. Join them outside on pages 24-25. But, sometimes not everyone feels welcome and both Ellie and Pudgy know how it feels to not have a best friend. Learn more about the Buddy Bench, how it works and who they helped join in their fun.

Did they have a great day? Are they excited about tomorrow and the next day? The only way you will find out is to read the exciting ending of the book and join them on their ride home.

The authors created a book that will help students that are apprehensive about the first day of school and might need some encouragement. Remember! School is exciting and it opens up new worlds every time you enter your classroom and learn the many things your teacher shares with you. So, read this wonderful book. Enter the school and join Ellie and Pudgy on their first day and create your own first day of schoolbook to share with your friends and family. Have a great year!

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