Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dear Reader, Love A.A. Freda

Dear Reader…

Thank you for taking the time to read my book, A Police Action. When you finally put the book down, I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I loved writing the story. There are a few facts about the book that I’d like you to know. Although the book is a fictional account of happenings that occurred between April 1968 to March 1969, it was inspired by actual events.

The late 1960’s was a tumultuous time for the country. The Vietnam war and race relations were tearing the country apart. Riots and looting in the inner cities were common events. People stood on one side or the other of these two polarizing issues. The country was split in two. However, there were many young folks that were caught in the middle. Didn’t know which side they wanted to be on. Confused young adults that wanted no part of either side but didn’t know how to forge a path for themselves.

A Police Action details the lives of two of these lost young souls. Samantha Powers, a nineteen-year-old from Lorenzo, Texas had just gotten her freedom from her puritanical father. She has moved to Colorado Springs. What does she do with this newly found freedom? She gets pregnant the first week she is way from home. James Coppi is a college flunky who has lost his military deferment and is on orders to ship out to a war in Southeast Asia. Before shipping out, he has a chance encounter with the pregnant Samantha.

What are the odds that these two mixed up lost souls can find a way to help each other? Well, now you read the account. I’m sure for the longest time in the book you must have assumed that the coin could flip either way.

This is the same turmoil I went through when writing this book:  what would be a proper outcome for these two young lovers.  A decision that I wrestled with daily. It resulted in a major rewrite one month before the book was due to go to print. This didn’t endear me to the publisher, I can tell you. I hope you’re satisfied with the outcome.


AA Freda

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Cristina G

Dear Reader,

I had a dream when I was a child. The dream was bigger than me, bigger than anything I’ve ever seen or heard before.

I wanted to be a writer just Victor Hugo.

I very much desired to transmit my readers what Les Misérables transmitted to me.
My destiny was sealed as I was living under a very oppressive communist regime.
It was a fantasy, more than a dream.

Years went by, many changes occurred in my country and the world. One day I left my parents crying and relocated to another country. Then to another one.

I didn’t want to leave, but I had no other choice.

One day, I realized that life was passing me by and I was purposeless.

I was alone, full of open wounds, and so, so weary. My heart was bleeding, my soul was lost, and my mind was shattered.

I fell down on my knees and begged for a chance to do something for others if I couldn’t do it for myself.

And that moment I knew why I came into this world. I knew I had a purpose all along. I just couldn’t see because my eyes were always blurred with tears.

My childhood dream at the back of my mind was brought to the surface.
So I started writing.

I was insatiable. 

Due to my outstanding background and incredible life experience, I never run out of ideas.

I put my life into words. I expose terrible stories of abuse, and I reveal my deepest fears.

I invent realistic stories, and I give life to many divergent characters. I make them love, fear, cry and fight. I give them hope, and I instil in their minds the wish to never surrender.

I invest everything in this dream that has now become a reality.

Dear reader, I am an author, and I dedicate every moment of my life to make you dream, laugh, snort, cry and fight alongside my characters.

Please, remember my name, and note the titles of my books. My mind, soul and body are in all of them.

To make your life easier, I mention a few: Oranges at Christmas in a Communist Country; Ten Years in Italy, Three Weeks a Human; Half my Age Plus Seven; iLive; and It’s Never Game Over.

I wrote others, and I am publishing another two by the end of 2017.

So next time when you crave for a story written with the heart, chose one of my books. Trust an author who writes for you while sacrificing her needs to offer her octogenarian parents basic amenities.

And if you like them, why not hit follow and review them to support me?

At the end of this letter, I wish to express my profound gratitude towards you, dear reader. Without you, yes, You, I wouldn’t call myself an author.

Cristina G.
About the Author

Cristina G. was born in Romania during one of the harshest communist regimes that ever existed.

The tenth child of a farmer’s family, she has six sisters and used to have four brothers, now only two.

Aged eight, she read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and fell irremediably in love with books. Since then she kept dreaming of writing for many years, and she wrote a lot, but never thought of publishing.

In 2012, after living in Italy for ten years, Cristina became a blogger.

In June of 2014, with the help of a British friend, she moved to the UK. Here, although her expectations were not great, Cristina fulfilled the dream she never dared to dream before.

Cristina G. is now a registered author and dedicates her life to writing focusing on human behaviour, emotions and feelings.

Her latest book is the self-help/nonfiction, It’s Never Game Over.



About the Book:

Author: Cristina G.
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 145 ebook/268 paperback
Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help


It’s the end of the year but you have the impression it’s the end of your life?
Start the New Year with a plan. Don’t make a resolution, make a habit!
Whatever your situation might be now, you have the power to change it.
           Depression can be overcome.
           You can lose weight and find love.
           You can heal and transform your life.
Believe you’re happy, and you’re half way there.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Marissa Thomas

Dear Reader…

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A lawyer?  A doctor?  One of those, I drive to and from work in the height of rush hour, work on a computer, answer the phone, and send memos, but can’t really explain to anyone around me the significance of what I specifically contribute to the company, so I’ll just be content with my paycheck anyway? This question had a big effect on me when it came time to pick a college and pursue a career.  

Throughout high school and college, I always loved movies.  I thought it was amazing that actors got to live bits and pieces of a thousand different lives, not having to settle on just one.  When I grew up, I wanted to be an actress.  This was solidified by small appearances in school performances, and acting classes offered around my hometown of Minneapolis, MN.

While surviving my first taste of real life, I built an amateur acting resume, and obtained a cosmetology license.  And, I knew it was time to head to the West Coast.  How Not to Succeed in Hollywood is a comedic accumulation of my experiences trying to become a professional actress.  The main character, Lisa, is learning some good, some bad, and some extremely ugly life experiences.  But, her best friend Mike is right there for her, helping her find the humor in life, keeping her from going crazy and giving up. 

If you or anyone else, wanting to become an actor or not, finds inspiration in my story, that’s a great thing.  But, deeper meaning or not, if you can have a good laugh at my story, then I am succeeding.   

Set a goal, and break a leg!

Marissa T.

About the Author

Marissa Thomas left her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to pursue her dream of acting in Hollywood. Without industry contacts, she had to educate herself about the business. In How Not to Succeed in Hollywood, Marissa shares her experiences, both good and bad.
In addition to writing, Marissa is a licensed hair stylist. She also enjoys painting and produced the artwork for the cover of How Not to Succeed in Hollywood.



About the Book:

Author: Marissa Thompson
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 436
Genre: Humor/Fiction


In HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD, Marissa Thomas offers readers an inside view of one young woman’s journey to fulfill her dream of becoming an actor. The personal and humorous story of Lisa reveals the often difficult and inspiring process of navigating the entertainment industry.
The acting bug bit Lisa during her first elementary school talent show. After receiving positive reviews for her performance from her fellow students and impressed parents alike, Lisa basked in the high she felt from being on stage. She ventured further into the acting world as a teenager when she enrolled in a twelve-week acting program. Although plagued with some doubt about her potential to become an actor, the experience reignited the spark that had originally lead her down the road of performance.

HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD follows the staggered path that Lisa took on her journey to achieve her acting dream. Her love for acting expanded when Lisa entered college and began auditioning for plays produced by the theater department. Reassured by the exhilaration she felt while acting, Lisa made the decision to leave her home and move to Hollywood to pursue her passion, but first she had to tie up a few loose ends. After a whirlwind romance with a fellow student, Lisa found herself moving into her own apartment while juggling school and work, as well as taking the steps to fill out her acting resume. A car accident that resulted in serious physical injuries led to a slowdown in her momentum. However, Lisa’s best friend, Mike, who already had a solid plan to move to Hollywood, gave her the encouragement she needed to overcome multiple obstacles so that she could move forward with her goal.
Marissa wrote HOW NOT TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD to give “anyone curious about Hollywood culture another point of view from someone coming from a completely different world, aka the Midwest, taking the plunge, and immersing herself in a new life.” Marissa says the book is “the story of my life. I can’t tell anyone any surefire methods of getting cast for your dream project. I’m just sharing my life experience. Anyone with a relentless dream has to find sanity in the limbo between a self-motivated fantasy career and the harshness of having to survive real life in the process. We’re all human, and sometimes all you can do is laugh. Set a goal, and break a leg.”


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Dear Reader, Love Bever-leigh Banfield

Dear Reader…

You are the reason my book You Can Change The World: Be A Change Wizard and Get It Like You Like It came to be. You are the object of its affection, its purpose and passion, and mine. So, thinking about what I hope you will take away from its message at holiday time, I want to assure you that change is good. That change leads to transformation. That you and I and everyone and everything is meant to change, because only through change can anything grow. We are each destined to be our best, and growing makes that happen. Our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth can only develop through change, so change is a friend to embrace, not fear or shun or dig in and resist in some way. By releasing any and all resistance to change, I wrote this book.

The changes we see around us all contribute to the greater good eventually, whether they seem to or not. The universe pulses with peace and love, and we are forever headed in that direction regardless how things may appear. We are all made of molecular structures that vibrate to higher and higher levels. Love is the highest vibration of all. It thus follows that we are designed to be love. So, the more we love everyone all the time, the more we are able to change the world. You are changing my world and yours by reading this, and I
am grateful. I send tremendous love to you. Please open your heart and feel it.

Every thought, word and deed you emit is changing the world around you constantly. You have the power in your hands to be the change, not wait for change or leave it to someone or something else. You have a mandate to work for change and make change work for you. You have a magical mojo within you capable of transforming yourself, your life and everything that exists.

Believe that the ills you perceive can change, and know that you can change them. Understand society is meant to change. That you and I are born to change. Not just any old change but change for the better. Change big enough to change the world. Sometimes this happens in fits and starts, sometimes as a wave that continues until it crests, giving way to torrential tsunamis of change with such powerful undertow that all of earth is swept up in a changing tide. I think this is happening now. I call it The Age of Change.

When we all change from the inside out – uplifting to our highest selves – the peace and Oneness and joy we seek will transform from a dream to a real life experience stretching around the globe. The miracles we experience every day – from breathing to having food to eat to enjoying a roof above our heads, to all the goodies and treats, including people, that flow through your lives in a steady stream – all come to us through change. All creativity comes from change. An item that wasn’t there before, that only existed in someone’s mind, becomes a house, a car, a dress, a painting, a song, a brand new book.

All that is evolved from change, and everything’s changing all the time. Even the leaves of deciduous trees changed color and shed this Fall. The entire universe constantly changes – expanding by forming more stars in more of the billions of galaxies out in space. Your spirit and soul took on a physical manifestation of flesh and bone derived from the biggest change your mother’s body ever underwent, the pregnancy that formed your life. There has never been another you and there never will be. You’re completely unique. You’re magnificent and you are wanted and needed, friend. Your time is now.

That’s why it’s so important that you willingly morph yourself, your mind, your life and how you live it – so you can be your very best. The healthiest, happiest, most effective, prosperous self you’re meant to be. Change isn’t something that happens to you, it’s a magical marvel happening for you, through you, changing the world. There’s someone you are meant to be and something you are meant to do.

This time of year is the perfect moment to:
1.      Decide that you want and are able to change and your time to change is now.
2.      Determine what specifically needs to change inside you and around you.
3.      Commit to making change by pursuing your passion and using your talents and gifts.
4.      Make a plan outlining how you’ll change and contribute to the greater good.
5.      Jot down the tasks you will need to perform to implement your plan.
6.      Take bold and determined action to complete the tasks along your path.
7.      Persevere until your dream comes true!

I’m holding your hand as you journey forth. I know that you can change the world!

About the Author

Bever-leigh Banfield, M.F.A. is a writer, actress, voice over artist, host and speaker. She has penned numerous celebrity interviews, one of which, published in Essence magazine, won the American Diabetes Association National Media Award for journalism. As an actress, Bever-leigh has performed in television shows, movies, Broadway and off-Broadway theater and national commercials. Her voice has been heard in TV and radio ads, as an ABC network announcer, in animated films and cartoons, and as narrator of planetarium space shows at landmark Griffith Observatory in Hollywood. Ms. Banfield holds an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama and a B.A. from Stanford University. She has lived in Europe and the Caribbean, and traveled in Africa, South America, and across the United States. She has been gifted with psychic perception since childhood, and as an intuitive, has experienced a vision of world peace. Creating is her joy. Her debut non-fiction book You Can Change The World is about helping you be who you are meant to be, and do what you are meant to do - live your dreams, and change the world for the better!



About the Book:

You have an ultimate magic within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life and everything that exists. You needn’t fear change, leave it to others, or get stuck with whatever happens next. You can pull heaven right out of your hat with the alchemy of your heart and mind. You just have to know how to use your abracadabra presto change-o. You can make things disappear or pop up because you are the change you crave. Your dream is a reality somewhere, ready for you to experience it by making change your BFF. Tap into who you're meant to be, and the special thing you're meant to do – with this book about your mission in life, and how you can have it materialize to be happier, healthier, wealthier, wiser, and make the world a better place. 

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Pamela Samuels Young

Dear Reader…

I write Mysteries that Matter. It’s always my goal to educate as well as entertain readers. If you haven’t learned something new after reading one of my books, I’ve failed.

When I wrote my first book, “Every Reasonable Doubt,” over ten years ago, my goal was to present an interesting legal drama. But soon, I started taking on social issues, such as sexual harassment in the workplace (“In Firm Pursuit”), gender discrimination (“Attorney-Client Privilege”), the HIV epidemic among women (“Murder on the Down Low”) and paternity issues (“Lawful Deception”).
In “Abuse of Discretion,” I tackle teen sexting. I credit a law school classmate for giving me the idea for the book. My friend was lamenting the fact that he had yet another teenage client facing life-altering consequences as a result of sexting. He’s a criminal defense attorney and explained that children as young as 13 and 14 were being prosecuted for distributing child pornography after taking naked selfies and sending them to a classmate. I was floored when he told me that these children faced the possibility of having to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives if convicted. I immediately knew this was a topic I wanted to explore in a legal thriller. “Abuse of Discretion” was the result.

The book is a true courtroom drama. Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen year old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn’t thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin’s defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice?

I spent 26 years as an employment attorney in the corporate world. Criminal law always intrigued me, but I didn’t have the hutzpah to pursue it as a career. So I get my criminal law fix from reading and writing legal thrillers and vegging out on true crime TV shows.

I’m always searching for topics that allow me to enlighten readers. Before writing “Abuse of Discretion” I knew absolutely nothing about the juvenile justice system. I had no idea that the police could show up at a school and question a minor without the parents’ permission. I had no idea that the attorney-client-privilege relationship is between the child and the attorney, not the child, the parent and the attorney. As such, even though the parent pays the legal bill, the attorney is required to follow the instructions of the child and can withhold information from the parent if so instructed by the child. This was shocking to me and I knew it would be shocking to many of my readers.

My primary goal in writing “Abuse of Discretion” was to educate parents and grandparents about the teen sexting epidemic and the very serious consequences our children face. Based on the early reviews, I’ve achieved that goal. What I really want is for parents to sit down and talk to their teens about sexting. Education and frank conversation are key to saving our children from devastating legal consequences.

About the Author

Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. She set giant-sized goals and used her talent, tenacity and positive outlook to accomplish them. Pamela consequently achieved success in both the corporate arena and literary world simultaneously.
An author, attorney and motivational speaker, Pamela spent fifteen years as Managing Counsel for Toyota, specializing in labor and employment law. While still practicing law, Pamela began moonlighting as a mystery writer because of the absence of women and people of color depicted in the legal thrillers she read. She is now an award-winning author of multiple legal thrillers, including Anybody’s Daughter, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction, and her new release, Abuse of Discretion, a shocking look at the juvenile justice system in the context of a troubling teen sexting case.
Prior to her legal career, spent several years as a television news writer and associate producer. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC and earned a master’s degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University and a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of teen sexting, child sex trafficking, self-empowerment and fiction writing.



About the Book:

Author: Pamela Samuels Young
Publisher: Goldman House Publishing
Pages: 352
Genre: Mystery


A Kid’s Curiosity … A Parent’s Nightmare

The award-winning author of "Anybody’s Daughter" is back with an addictive courtroom drama that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile criminal justice system.

Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen-year-old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn’t thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin’s defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice?

Unbeknownst to Angela, her boyfriend Dre is wrestling with his own drama. Someone from his past wants him dead. For Dre, his response is simple—kill or be killed.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Mike Martin

Dear Reader…

Thank you for being a reader. You have a very special mission in the world. Your job is to take imaginary worlds and make them real. To breathe life into characters that only exist as written words until you believe in them. Without readers, writers are simply shouting words down into the canyon. There is no echo, no reverberation, no continuing until a reader picks up these words and invites them into their homes and their hearts.

I don’t just thank those of you who read my Sgt. Windflower books, although those that do have my heartfelt appreciation. I am talking about all readers. Those of you who go into a bookstore and pull our books off the bookshelf and walk them to the cashier. Those of you who order online and read at night by the light of your e-reader. Those of you who go to the local library and check out of books and then share what you think in your book club. Thank you, so much.

We are engaged in a great partnership, you and I. For my part I will continue to try and write the best books I can, to make every book better in some way than the last. I will try and stay true to the things that you have told me that you like about the Sgt. Windflower books, and to improve the things that you tell me you can do with less of, or without entirely. All I am asking for is your time. But I know that it a lot to ask, because you have so little of it. You have so many other things and activities and people to care for and about. But if you give me your time, I will give you a story that at the end will help you feel a little better and maybe even a little more hopeful, and you will go to sleep thinking that that was a worthwhile use of your time.

Thank you for being a reader. Without you we would have no need for writers or books or libraries. But then the world would truly be a little colder, wouldn’t it?

Mike Martin is the author of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. The latest book in the series is A Tangled Web.

About the Author

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home.
A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.



About the Book:

Life is good for Sgt. Wind­flower in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. But something’s missing from the Mountie’s life. Actually, a lot of things go missing, including a little girl and supplies from the new factory. It’s Windflower’s job to unravel the tangled web of murder, deceit and an accidental kidnapping that threatens to engulf this sleepy little town and destroy those closest to him. But there’s always good food, good friends and the love of a great woman to make everything better in the end.

A TANGLED WEB is available at Amazon.