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I Wish I Was A Brownie

Chocolate Chip cookies are really quite delicious but Cliffy Chippy Cliffy is not happy about being made of chocolate chips. Living with his parents, three brothers and three sisters Chiffy was the youngest. But, Chiffy really loves his dog, Rockwell who is cute, friendly and really his very best friend. But, Chiffy was really unhappy and did not smile. He never socialized during school or even after school. He lamented and pondered how it would be if he could change himself into a Brownie! Kids often feel isolated and alone and sometimes they keep these feelings to themselves and parents do not always realize that they are going through some type of inner turmoil.

When Chippy was in school and his teacher called in him to read he thought for a moment, looked around and just froze. When kids get nervous or feel threatened…

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A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer

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A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer: Stan Schatt

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an angel or spirit protecting us when things get out of place or we are in trouble? Wouldn’t it be nice to have psychic powers that would enhance our abilities and enable us to be alerted to trouble, illness or sense when someone is going to hurt us? That would be great but unfortunately not everyone has this ability or a guardian spirit. Josh Harrell is a columnist and reporter for the Midnight Whisperer. Josh is a psychic and had a ghostly assistant named Andy who comes to his rescue and that of others just when needed. She is beautiful, smart and uses her abilities to often save more than just Josh.

Frankie Ryan is a police detective who has just caught an unusual case. The CEO of a startup company has been killed and her…

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Switchback: Catherine Anderson

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Switchback: Catherine Anderson

Fear is something that everyone knows and experiences. But, the worst kind of fear is one that you cannot control and do not see coming. Mallory Christiani is the mother of a young child named Emily who is staying with her friend while she visits her father in law in the hospital. Although the friend is watching her daughter somehow she manages to wander off and is taken by a diabolical killer that will stop at nothing to get what he wants and that is where things heat up. Entering her father in law’s hospital room she realizes that he cannot speak. Learning that her daughter might be missing more than heartbreaking. Bud Mac Phearson is a private investigator that Keith her father in law hired to protect her. But, before she can even learn his real name and trust him things spiral out of control. Bud…

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Doris McCurry: Hypocrites

One evening would change the life of Dinah Carter forever. Attending an event at City Hall that she meets Anthony Farese the owner of a lucrative construction company. Taken with her even before he hears her voice or says hello, he is determined at all costs to make Dinah his. Dealing with an inattentive husband claiming to be sidetracked and concerned about work and projects that he has in the works, Dinah finds herself not only attracted to Anthony but also flattered by his compliments and attention. Little did Dinah know that from that point on her life would be different, someone would orchestrate her comings and goings and one man would leave her lift and another attempt to control it. Hypocrites: Doris McCurry: After reading this novel you will understand how people who pretend to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs or live by their principles…

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Forgiving Mariela Camacho

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Forgiving Mariela Camacho

Creating a better life and hoping to gain their freedom many leave their home countries. Within these groups of people are different cultures many ethic groups. How some go about it is the center of this novel. Each person’s life within the pages of this multi-cultural novel spans many decades and generations. The voices are different. The languages and customs many but the goals ultimately the same. Z

Life brings many changes and people into our lives, harts and minds. Sometimes those people remain with us forever and other times circumstances arise that rip them form our lives but never from our hearts and minds. Tolya Kuchenko and Pete Gonzalvez walked into a crime scene that would haunt them both forever. Relationships, friendships and pasts that some would rather keep hidden are now brought out and spotlighted. As both detectives walk into the room with the victim…

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A chessboard has many pieces each one moving in its own path or direction. Pawns can move forward while others can move diagonally, side to side or even backwards. Champion chess players know how to manipulate their opponents into thinking that they just might win. But, most know the game really well and use the board, the pieces and the moves to overtake the one piece that no one wants to lose: THE KING! End of Game! Authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison create their specific moves in the title of each chapter. A true master will understand the strategies and will make sure that they follow the path to the win. Each chapter of this complex novel places the players in a vulnerable position as the authors create moves on a chessboard leading to the win for one opponent at the end.
Gold coins are the primary weapons within…

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A Ghostly Murder: Tonya Kappes

Emma Lee Raines has an extra talent or maybe you won’t agree: Some think she is going crazy as the owner and proprietor of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home often seen talking to what appears as herself when in reality it is a deceased person. Now, you might ask just how is this possible. Well! It’s really simple! If someone that is no longer a part of this world happens to feel that he/she was murdered they embark on a simple quest to make themselves visible to you guessed it: Emma Lee Raines hoping that she will find the killer and help them to the other side. But, first she needs to learn the facts, find the evidence and hunt down the person who is responsible for making this person what she called the Betweener. Mamie Sue Preston left a million dollars to her church but…

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The Evolution of Adam: Dan Ford

Within the realm of life there are high beings that might control your every thought and movement without you knowing. The Evolution of Adam is a multi-complex novel introducing Spirits of Consciousness that willingly enter the minds and bodies of others in order to help them find their pasts and ignite their present. “This novel begins with an allegorical tale depicting the origin of humanlike animals that evolve from purely instinctual and reactive creatures, to ones having sentience and an inherent consciousness of individuality. This evolutionary movement is instigated by highly evolved spiritual entities that are responsible for all creations within the Earthly as stated on the back cover.” As we meet the spiritual beings and learn about the primary quest we understand that the story is being narrated to relate the events about a group of reincarnated souls from Atlantis. Their primary purpose…

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Speaking out for what you believe should not get you silenced. Knowing what is right and fighting for your beliefs sometimes alienates you from the rest. Alfred Dreyfus was wrongly accused of being a traitor to his country. Although the courts, the legal teams and the justice system knew that he was innocent, documents were changed, hidden, sealed and not allowed within the courtroom he was to be tried in order to hide the truth and protect the guilty. To Live Out Loud is the story of how Emile Zola and a fictional character named Charles Mandonette feverishly worked to help free Dreyfus from the confines of a prison cell that was dark, dank, cold and not fit for anyone to live in. To Live Out Loud: To voice you thoughts, to not let anyone suppress your ability to fight what is right. Emile Zola claimed he lived his life in order to speak out and have his voice heard in speech and in his writing. Driven by his own determination to set the record straight he used the power of the press, his own thoughts, put his reputation on line and risked his life in order to prove the corruption, deceit, betrayals and lies that were spoken within the courtroom when Dreyfus’s court martial hearing took place. Beneath the lies and those that hoped to bury the truth the ugly head of anti-Semitism rose. The army, the justices, the juries and the different political groups each with their own agenda protecting one man who was the real traitor. Not concerned for his own welfare, his reputation or his life, Zola went on a crusade with the help of some powerful lawyers and the wife of Alfred Dreyfus to free this innocent man. Many voices are heard within this novel as Emile Zola relates his story, Charles Mandonette our narrator as he follows the trials, the life and the desperation within on man to save a friend. The author’s research is extensive and the way it is presented makes the reader feel that they are there with Charles, Emile and the court itself as the judge suppresses evidence, documents are not allowed and the lawyers for both sides plead their cases but often in some respects to deaf ears.

Colonel Du Paty de Clam and Colonel Henry found evidence of the real traitor a man named Esteryhazy whose court martial was anything but a sham. His lawyers were able to convince the court that he was innocent and each time Dreyfus was unfairly sentenced and accused. With the help of politicians and George Clemenceau who hoped that Zola would be successful in his quest to free Dreyfus and supported J’Accuse, did not realize that there were so many against them and that documents and information would be sealed and concealed. The corruption and deceit ran high within the police department, government and court. Dreyfus was rotting away on Devil’s Island, the wheels of justice took a standstill and when evidence was finally paramount it was discovered that someone from our side offered to sell military secrets. But, it was not Dreyfus. Prejudice reared its ugly head and because he was Jewish and his family lived in the German section of France he was more than just singled out.

Then as Zola was trialed and pronounced guilty he had to escape to England in order to escape imprisonment. He came back to France but he didn’t live enough to see justice being given and Dreyfus exonerated. The public was taken in and the punishment not too harsh. All the information and documents that the Dreyfus family gave to Zola and “what had been learned from liberal political friends involved secret conversations.” Zola even wrote an article in the newspaper and was on trial for libel. By doing that, the facts that were needed to free Dreyfus could now be introduced in court. Zola took a great chance and the end result will astound readers. Nothing was hidden and the cover-up revealed hoping that when Scheurer Kestner handed over a request for the revision of the Dreyfus court martial to the Minister of Justice, things would change and the truth about Esterhazy would come out. But, nothing was left out and the police, the higher ups and the court trampled on the evidence and the author eloquently and brilliantly through Zola and Charles relates the events. On page 57 the author shares Zola’s thoughts and reasoning for making the accusations come to light. Making himself liable to articles 30 and 31 of the July 29th 1881 law on the press making libel a punishable offense. Learn more as you read Lettre Au President De La Republique Par Emile Zola. The corruption ran deep and as you hear Zola’s testify, the wife of Dreyfus disrespected on the stand and the refusal of the court for questions in the Dreyfus matter to be asked, the lawyers fight for control and the power to win. Unfortunately the end result was not what Zola’s lawyer hoped for and as a result when the verdict is read he is forced to leave and go to England until the storm settles down. The French were against him and the words that come out are toxic. When the government changes and those that were in charge are no longer there Zola hopes that Dreyfus will be retried. But, his innocence does not come into play instead he is given a presidential pardon.

Did Dreyfus provide military secrets to Germany? Was he really guilty or was he just a victim of who he was and the fact that he was Jewish? Public opinion turned against him and a man was wrongly accused. Hear the voices of Zola and Mandonette, the judges, the lawyers and finally that of Dreyfus himself as he fights with his every being for JUSTICE.

The trial is well documented as if it came from the original transcript taking readers through the jury selection, witness questioning and the arguments laid out before the judge. The end result is not that much different than today when you realize that someone is being used as a scapegoat. Read Chapter 16 and you too will bring tears to your eyes. Then things changed and although he was in England and the outcry of Anti-Semitism dying down hope was in the air when he received a telegram stating to prepare for great success. With Colonel Henry found dead and his name still hot like a poker he decided to remain where he was. Emile with the guidance of Charles wrote a declaration to be published. Expressing his feelings as he finally did the impossible: Freeing his friend. Imagine the emotions. But, the author provides an unusual twist to the ending that you won’t expect, as some did not want what Zola was able to do. Within chapter 23 learn the fate of Dreyfus and the offer that we had no choice but to accept. The ending is quite emotional and the fate of Dreyfus and whether he finally is exonerated you will have to read for yourself. Just how many lives were sacrificed and just how far will a friend go when deceit, lies and betrayals run the all the way to the top of a country’s government and court. TO LIVE OUT LOUD IS truly better than staying silent. Once again the voice and thoughts of Paulette Muhurin are hear loud and clear in this five star novel so well written and vividly depicting the time period and the times.

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Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday: Thomas Holliday

A letter sent to a 12-year boy on his birthday sends him on running away from his father and all that he knows. Anger sets in and what was written in the letter changed everything for Bobby. Trying to run after his son, Hank, decides to let him go on his way. But, the events that follow would haunt him forever. Every parent’s nightmare when his child goes missing. Bobby Green wandered off and found himself in a lost cave beneath a water-drenched swamp of Chesapeake Bay. Hank is terrified, unable to focus at first and then with the aid of Sammy, the chief of the fire department and his team they hope that they can rescue Bobby before an Easter Sunday storm takes more than just his son’s life. What Bobby received within the envelope caused him to say: Never! But Why! Running away and…

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