A Buzz about Campus: The Oak Grove Chronicles: Book 1

Without gratuitous gore and steamy sex, A Buzz About Campus is a captivating mystery. In the fictional California county of Oak Grove, the university’s provost dies in his office, the victim of an apparent heart attack. But the autopsy reveals that he was murdered–by a means most diabolical.

 

The unusual crime is investigated by Alan Bluestein, Senior Detective in the sheriff’s department, and Professor Laura Mancini, a forensic archaeologist at the university. Bluestein and Mancini enjoy an evolving relationship based on mutual trust and respect even though lust simmers just below the surface. Insights into faculty life and pokes at administrators will amuse readers familiar with universities. Taking unexpected twists and turns, the quest to identify the killer is a warmhearted blend of silly and serious that will intrigue and delight the reader.

 

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About the Author -Born in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, Annette’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was one year old. She had what she considered to be a very typical life in a household with a father who worked at the family dry cleaning business, an at-home mom (from whom Annette gets her silly side and somewhat warped imagination). Annette considered her life to be ordinary until she met the love of her life, Michael Brian Schiffer, at the ripe old age of 17. They got married during their senior year at UCLA, graduated, and continued on what has been a life-long adventure together. After Michael finished graduate school at the University of Arizona, they lived for two years in Fayetteville, Arkansas and spent almost 40 years in Tucson, Arizona where Mike was a professor at the U of A. They retired to Alexandria, Virginia.

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A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?

I (Mike) tend to be an introvert, but I wouldn’t consider myself socially inept.  I’m friendly, but am also content to spend hour after alone writing or making pottery.
Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

I (Mike) detest books that that are not grammatical.  I think poor grammar detracts from content, and so I may border on being a grammar stickler.  Nazi is a term overused, which tends to perpetuate ignorance about the enormity of Third Reich horrors.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I (Mike) do not suffer from author envy.  I’ve read many books that I have enjoyed immensely, but I do not wish I had written any of them because they were in another author’s style.  I’ve cultivated my own style.
What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

Cozy mysteries, our genre, contain believable characters and somewhat believable plots.  Writing them is special because it requires intellectual acrobatics to get all the plot elements to fit together into a coherent narrative.  We enjoy meeting the challenges in book after book.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

I(Mike) rely on research extensively to gain credibility.  I also believe that describing a place or event as specifically as possible improves the reader’s mental visualization.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

Mike:  In my long history of writing fiction and nonfiction (almost 50 years and more than 15 books), I have used everything above except dictation.  These days my preferred writing technology is computer, but I have no hesitation writing in longhand.  In fact, I just wrote half a book that way while were staying in Seville, Spain.
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Without Wings: Gambling on a Soul by Thomas Joseph Beck

J.J. Dunleavy is a family man and owner of Mom’s Place Diner in Delray Beach, Florida. J.J. is a church going man as well as ‘Little League” baseball coach. Everything in his life is moving along smoothly. J.J. had his two best friends working along side of him running the Diner. Then his partner ran off with $100,000 of their money. J.J. began to gamble thinking he could “earn” the money back.

Instead, he became a degenerate gambler. And, his partner’s wife begins to look very appealing to J.J. He begins to think having an affair might bring some excitement in his life. You see J.J. is being tormented by the combative Angel, LUST. In one of his desperate moments, he prayed. He did not believe that praying worked. What he does not realize is that the Angel, SERENITY, heard his faint mumbles and has decided to help.

So, now Jonathan Joseph Dunleavy will learn the meaning of “be careful what you pray for.” Look out Delray Beach … Daniel Peter is on his way!

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My name is Thomas Joseph Beck , I live in Boca Raton, FL with my wife Elizabeth. I have been writing bad poetry and short stories for 20 years. “Without Wings Book 1 (To Save a Soul)” is my first published work, it has been called an alternative spiritual allegory. I am now working on the second book, in this series of six. I hope my stories entertain and inspire all who read them.

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I have ideas and stories in my head that I think can entertain and inspire the world so I want to share what’s inside of me that will hopefully outlive me.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WRITE?

I try to write every day.

DO ALL AUTHORS HAVE TO BE GRAMMAR NAZIS?

Not at all especially in today’s world. I have editors and editors are the real writers. I’m a storyteller.

WHEN DID IT DAWN ON YOU THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

One morning I was sitting there with the idea of “Without Wings” burning in my head so I started to write it down and I knew this what I was born to do.

DO YOU PROOF READ AND EDIT YOUR WORK ON YOUR OWN OR PAY SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR YOU?

I used to but a good friend of mine who is a writer pointed out the fact that I already what my book is supposed to look like so proofreading and editing are not for me because I’m blinded by the fact that I know what I want the book to say. I pay someone to tell me what the book really says.

WHAT IS A DREAM GOAL YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE BEFORE YOU DIE?

To make the world better than when I entered it.

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I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again

I Like That Word: The Daily Gripe Strikes Again

Humor is everywhere you look. You’ll find it in a Boy Scout camping trip, a day at the beach, or on full display in the cafeteria. “I Like That Word” is the second installment in “The Daily Gripe” series, an insightfully hilarious collection of articles that finds the fun in everyday living, masterfully brought to you through the unique style of one of today’s best humorists.

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Do you enjoy book signings? I really do enjoy them. You make new friends and have wonderful conversations.

Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally? Always

Now when you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished? Yes, I guess. Besides writing two books, I’v been a tennis coach, a dad, a grandpa, and a marathoner.

Are you “there” where you wanted to be? Yes. There is always something new to do, but I have no regrets.

What do you do in your free time? Ride bikes, Nordic ski, run, trout fish, play team Trivia, watch sports.

Given the chance to live your life again, what would you change about yourself? Growing up, I worried too much about what other people thought of me. I would like to have been more self content.

Was it all too easy for you – the writing, the publication, and the sales? No, it’s work, and fun.

What is the secret to becoming a bestselling author? Good book, good publisher.

How do you feel when people recognize you in public and appreciate your work? I’m a small-town author, but it’s fun to have someone come up in the grocery store just to say hi.

Are you friends with other writers? Just a couple.

Do writers become narcissists once their book starts to sell? I hope not. I appreciate being appreciated

How are your relations with your family? Do you like to stay in touch? We are very close.

Which writer’s work do you believe most resembles your work? At some level, I resemble Dave Barry, but I have my own style, and he is a huge success.

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Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear

Colorful Tales: The Memoirs of Buz the Bear

In Colorful Tales, lessons of love, acceptance, wonder, humility, joy, and courage are tenderly revealed through the adventures of life-loving Buz the Bear. No ordinary bear cub, Buz surprises and delights as he finds meaning in living everyday bear life. Through his stories, young readers find their own unique experiences given shape and purpose while celebrating their love of fun and adventure, the natural world, and the realness of the spirit.

 

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The Palisades Ronald J. Wichers

What nameless thing sustains us? Religion? What does it mean to be religious? And what sort of woman would faithfully minister to the needs of a dying husband, a man who has neglected her and betrayed her? A woman with no ties to any religious tradition.

And how many among us would remain loyal to a nation embroiled in a war that many believe should never have been allowed to happen—a conflict in which the mightiest nation on earth waged war on one of the very poorest?

And what is faith? Is it only rote learning of prayers and hymns, moral laws and historical facts? Or is it something that only a few among us are given—a seeking of something, of someone that resides in the heart of all things?

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Casting Stones by Jay Beck

Jay Beck has continued writing about the fascinating adventures of political consultant, Mark Young, in his next book, “Casting Stones.” Set in Greece during the 1985 elections, the historical novel pits the United States against the Soviet Union in a battle over Greece’s future political economic soul.

The novel is set in the turbulent times of airline hijackings, terror bombing and assassinations. The Soviet KGB, Greek secret police and terrorists all conspire against Mark Young as he tries to win a national election while simultaneously rescuing the most valuable ancient sculpture ever created.

Mark is torn between the turmoil in Greece and a critical situation threatening to end his relationship with his girlfriend, Vicki back in Washington, D.C. All of these diverse threads come together in an unexpected and thrilling conclusion.

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By writing fiction, I’ve try to expand on my history and the events I have observed. I still have a long way to go in tapping into all of that rich material, particularly since politics and entertainment so often go hand in hand, as I hope I have demonstrated in my work. These will be exciting areas for me to investigate and discuss while I continue to write about them. As I mentioned earlier, the third book in the trilogy concerns the interactions between the campaigns and the time of history of Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, and George Bush, a vast political world for me to plumb. I have stories to tell.

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Nikki Loves Her Hair by Nailah Jones

Nikki is a young girl who loves everything about her natural hair. She loves all of the hairstyles she can do and matching with mommy and friends!

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Nailah Jones is a natural haired girl from Snellville, Georgia. After years of getting relaxers, she realized her natural hair better fit her identity and later decided to go back to her natural roots. She has now had locs for two
years and counting. Nailah thinks that it is important to let other natural girls in her community know how beautiful their natural hair is, so they never have to wonder!

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If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?

Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston

How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?

Music is a huge part of my life and I use it to motivate myself, celebrate big moments, get me through hard times, etc. So it’s definitely part of creating my zone.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?

I’m pretty good at zoning the rest of the world out, so I think I can write anywhere.

Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?

This isn’t true for me. I stayed very interactive with family and friends throughout the creation of my children’s book.

Writers usually have a particular Muse, but some also have a different Muse which inspired different books – does that apply in your case?

My inspiration was all of the young black children with natural hair who deserve to feel beautiful and special.

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Heart of Gold by Stephen Ellis Natelson MD

Heart of Gold by Stephen Ellis Natelson MD

This is the tale of an android who works for the NSA told in nine episodes. I have attempted to enhance the reader’s experience by presenting music, poetry, and interesting factual information in context.

Had I the technology, I would provide a button for the reader to push to hear the actual music, with the ability to turn it off or on at will. Instead, there are links to the web, where the music can be enjoyed for free.

Perhaps the whole project would work as a TV series or a film.

 

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Reign Drops (Bloodborne Series Book 1)

A simple Mayan girl. A powerful spirit. A bloodthirsty monster. All leading to a desperate quest.

When the Mayan calendar ended some people scoffed while others joked and a few waited for the end of the world. After living half her life apart from her native people, Dalia no longer believes in the supernatural and monstrous things that the final cycle predicted.
But unbelief is not protection.

Going home draws her into a fight against mythical creatures, limitless power and a battle for humanity’s survival. Can Dalia balance an outsider’s knowledge and tribal wisdom to give the world a fighting chance? Or will she choose to stay blind and let the world collapse around her?

Reign Drops is the first book in The Bloodborne Series, a saga of urban fantasy novels. If you like tenacious heroines, Mayan legends, and new twists on magical beasts, then you’ll love Chris Patt’s spellbinding series.

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Summer Sinks (Bloodborne Series Book 2)

An adept student with a powerful mentor. A diabolical witch huntress . Two friends working to avert a tragic twist of fate.

Dalia and her dragon’s quest for the histories of magic and humanity, and a long lost dragon tribe, lead them to Texas. While building her magical reserves, and satiating the dragon’s need for knowledge, they stumble across a powerful hex.

A curse that could cost her everything she loves.
Battling an unknown enemy, Dalia wonders if she can find the answers before time runs out. Finding enemies close and new allies in unexpected places it comes down to a battle of magics. Will the more powerful witch retain the upper hand, building on her generations of training? Or will Dalai’s faith in others be the end of her?

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Temple Origins show us how the Fate Sisters can turn a promise into curse. a curse that will lead to the Bloodborne Legacy. Follow along as we trace the path of the amulet. Death shows us the way, as only he can.

 

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The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7) Audio Book and ebook

The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 7)

Has today’s technology advanced to the point that the line between the real and cyber worlds has vanished? If so, will this unchecked digital landscape provide new social predators with opportunities to unleash terror and pain on unsuspecting victims, while avoiding detection from anywhere in the world? How does anyone find the culprits holding international cities, big businesses, air traffic, and even emergency systems hostage to terrifying digital ransom demands.

Julie and Juan’s cyber assassin technology services team are immersed in these outrageous cyber-crime events occurring at multiple locations around the world. The CATS team is the next generation of hunters in the find and fix contest of cyber warfare, unlike any seen to date. How will they prove that the of 21st century video game playing has evolved beyond the that simple after-school distraction for children? With Supercomputers, the adage ‘bigger toys for bigger boys’ takes on a whole new definition. These Gamers may be after far more than just points.

George, Ty, Ernesto, Mercedes, EZ, and even Juan—travel to and investigate their respective assignments where they find they are undermined by organization’s leadership unwilling to listen to reason, playing the part of victim. Tampering with automated processes, driven by today’s explosion of technology use, is only the beginning of the competitive nature of these players. Cyber bad guys always think they can’t be caught or stopped.

Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma Series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. Book 7 of the series, The Enigma Gamers, A CATS Tale, is focused on misguided technology using Julie and Juan’s talented and tenacious team of professionals committed to finding and punishing evil achievers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds.

You may find yourself trying to rewrite the ending to match how you see the world, or how it should be.

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Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take their fans into this grittier story of The Enigma series to explore virtual hacking within our technology dependent world. In book 7 of the series, *The Enigma Gamers*,
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  1. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

What a great question. Breakfield and Burkey began writing technical documentation many years ago. Armed with the technical expertise we delivered many technical workshops all over the world for leaders in technology.

Technical documentation is, well, boring, so we decided to take the best of our technical expertise and leverage it into completing technology-based scenarios relevant to today. The Enigma Series was born. There are ten books currently available in the series, each with a technical focal point like Identity Theft, or how AI steals our future. The first 7 in the series are in audible formats primarily narrator by our amazing voice actor Derek Shoales.

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

Collectively for Breakfield and Burkey we agreed it was Old Yeller. What’s not to make one cry with a beloved companion of a boy and all the drama this story takes the reader or audience through. Gheez, we still tear up thinking about portions of it.

This is also what we find Derek does with portions of our stories in brining emotions to high alert for humor, reflection or sadness. Our stories have a technology foundation then we layer on travel, intrigue, mystery, romance, and a dash of humor. We have found that migrating the story to audible provides a more immersive story and love it.

  1. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

This is such a hard question. Organizations are in business to make money so that’s how they are constructed. The unethical doesn’t seem to come so much from the industry but rather from those bad actors who take advantage of authors who want options on book publishing. There are horror stories are as plentiful as stars in the sky.

As an example, when we started down the paths of investigating audio formats for ours, we had zero experience, as we didn’t even listen to audio books. We had some awesome guidance and then found for us the best connection was via ACX from a quality perspective. The methods for altering the rights is in the fine print, so reading all the documents is key.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Breakfield and Burkey are both energized by creating compelling stories and then sharing them. We find that offering the books in ebook, paperback, and, yes, audio formats for the first 7, number 8 The Enigma Broker is being produced with delivery in the Spring 2019. What is exhausting is some of the marketing aspects like asking for reviews from listeners and readers to share with others. We have recently earning a Crowned Heart from InD’Tale Magazine for The Enigma Stolen audio, which of course reenergizes us while we are crafting number 11, working title The Enigma A.I. Wars.

  1. What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Traps, hummm. We find the common traps including thinking if we write it they will come. Nothing says just because someone wrote a book everyone will buy it. In fact we find that the 80/20 rule applies significantly for authors in that 80 percent marketing to 20 percent of generating an amazing book. Adding the layer of getting the book transformed into an audio format requires even more marketing. We love to reach out to readers/listeners, but without the reviews and feedback we are never certain who we are successfully reaching.

 

 

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