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Herda: Coming Soon

Chi-Town Blues Whimsical, haunting, riveting, and erotically charged tales of life in the Windy City. When master storyteller D. J. Herda left Chicago in the late Seventies, he took a big part of the city with him.  Now he has unleashed them in all their wild-and-wooly, sexually charged, hit-and-hit-harder glory.  These tales are hauntingly vivid, running the gamut from Crime and Punishment to Humor, Pathos, Spirituality, and Coming-of-Age in the Windy City.

Among the tales of intrigue included in this volume are six brand-new stories:

“The Tenants” When Officer Cartel of homicide investigates a series of disappearances all centered around one main suspect, he’s convinced she’s as clever and diabolic a murderess as he’s ever seen. Until she convinces him otherwise, after which he sets out to prove both himself, and her, wrong.

“The Fisherman” A look at just what can go wrong when a young man leaves his comfortable home to go smelt fishing with his gung-ho, war-hero uncle one raw, rainy, Saturday morning–and just why he’s not likely ever to do so again.

“Double Jeopardy” When a young bank executive joins a new firm and gets promoted to mortgages and personal loans, he finds his new landlady the perfect customer–as old, doddering, and doting as anyone he’s ever seen. Not to mention trustworthy. As he sets up a foolproof trap to ensnare her in a vintage game of bank embezzlement, she turns the table on him before he manages at the last moment to wiggle free. Except for a slight commitment of marriage.

“The Great Man” A young man in the glory years of his youth discovers that his grandfather, whom he always considered a great man, was nothing but a bum, philanderer, and womanizer, he’s crushed–until he meets one of his grandfather’s by-then aging but still sexually alluring conquests. And then he realizes that he’d been right after all. Jim Blasdell really was a great man.

“The Union” They meet at the university’s Ratskeller and immediately fall in love–he with her angelic face and demonic body and she, with his apparently unlimited funds and innate gullibility. But when she goes to tighten the noose she’s just placed around his neck, he sidesteps adroitly out of reach and turns the table on her. Until she turns it right back on him.

“Trapped” A young home builder and part-time author moves to a small town in southeastern Colorado where he meets all the right people, including the really wrong ones. As he’s poised to make a legal killing in real estate, others are just as poised to stop him. After apparently beating back false charges, he’s finally in the clear, but his own gullibility enables his best friends and neighbors to ensnare him in a noose from which there is no escape–one that he constructed by himself.

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Bauer: Recent Release

Sheryle Bauer talks books and writing

The Devil in the Deal Have you ever thought to yourself, I should write a book?  After being dragged through yet another deposition and being asked the same ole’ questions and giving the same ole’ answers, I thought to myself, “I’ve told this story so many times, I should write a book!” And so I did.

Some ask if my life has changed since The Devil in the Deal was published. I’m not sure how, but it has. It has certainly gotten better. Through my writing, I’ve  learned the process of never giving up after having spent most of my life feeling helpless.

Since The Devil in the Deal, I’ve continued writing. I can’t not write! There are just too many words at the tips of my fingers that need to get on paper and too many stories in my head to leave untold.

Whittling my book down to what it’s about, I come up with two words: Learned Helplessness.  My life wasn’t all bad, but it’s far better now. Although I have no complaints, there was a time when most of my days were spent living through horrifying experiences–experiences that groomed me to believe I was helpless. Learned helplessness destroys your self-esteem and leads to making bad choices in your life instead of good ones. 

Whenever I cried out for help, no one listened. According to one Catholic nun, I was just a bad little girl who didn’t respect her parents. My teachers didn’t want to get involved: How can she be telling the truth? Such things just couldn’t possibly have happened in my family. My aunts and uncles and even my grandparents knew what was going on, but they didn’t know what to do. No one knew what to do; so I became helpless. 

I still get excited talking about my book and knowing people are listening! It’s an incredible story involving crime and passion and love and hate. It’s the tale of a young, naive girl who fell into the hands of opulence beyond her wildest dreams and then watched it all slip  through the fingers of the people who gave it to her. All she could do was enjoy the ride while it lasted. And in the end, when the world came crashing down around us, I was the lone survivor. I’d won. 

We’ve all got a story to tell, that’s for sure. The Devil in the Deal is my story. And perhaps, it’s your story, too.

Danenberg: Recent Release

Dr. Alvin H. Danenberg’s latest book lives large

Crazy-Good Living! Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life I’ve been a very busy boy. (At the age of 72, I can still call myself a boy.)

Nutrition, gut health, oral health, and overall health are my passions. My unique take on these subjects has led others to ask me to participate in numerous webinars, seminars, and interviews on social media, the Internet, and in front of live audiences. You can read my weekly Blogs by going to my website: https://drdanenberg.com/blog/

A few months ago, I wrote a protocol for a double-blind clinical study to show that specific spore-based probiotics in combination with vitamin K2 as a supplement can improve and prevent gum disease. The clinical study was approved by the Institutional Review Board and is now in active trial. I am overseeing this research in three separate dental offices in the U.S.

And oh, yes, I was diagnosed with an incurable bone marrow cancer in September 2018 and was given 3-6 months to live. But I have created an integrated protocol to treat my disease unconventionally. I feel great; I have energy, and I am baffling my conventional oncologist who thought I would be dead by now.

So, as I have said, I have been–and continue to be–a very busy boy!

Favage: Coming Soon

Paula Favage’s new series coming soon

The Mynah’s Call When I first began writing this book in late 1979 on the heels of a friend’s stint in the Peace Corps, the Soviet-Afghan war was but a remote possibility. By December of that year, it had become an all-too-painful reality. I followed its brutal twists and turns as the Soviet Bear tore to pieces a seemingly defenseless, largely disjointed, mostly feudal society into which a westerner had only to shudder at the predictable results. But those results turned out to be anything but predictable: After nearly a decade of vicious fighting, the Soviets withdrew from the country it had all but succeeded in vanquishing. The reason: a rag-tag band of poorly armed, poorly trained, and overtly loyal Afghan partisans who called themselves the mujahedin.

It’s all here in livid descriptive detail: the two idealistic Americans who set out to save the world; the corrupt American consulate and his idealistic right-hand boy Najeem; Dinara with her staff of dedicated medical professionals; Shah Khan and his fabulously wealthy and influential family, and the Afghan rebel who ultimately steals Paula’s heart.

This is the story of two embattled, young Americans who joined the corp in order to strengthen their personal bonds and help shape a safer, brighter tomorrow in a world seething with hostility. This is the bittersweet outcome of their battle–first with one another and then with a brutal, rugged countryside and finally with a nation embroiled in bitter conflict. I am pleased to have been a small part of the story which I present here to you as fiction based upon reality.

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THE DEVIL IN THE DEAL

The Devil in the Deal by Sheryle BauerAt 18, Sheryle worked in a massage parlor on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. At 20, she traveled the Midwest and graduated to a job as a stripper shortly before marrying into the notorious Martin family. While working a family-owned placer goldmine in Montana, her husband, Jake, found a nugget the size of his fist!

But with mining debts of more than $40,000, the family high-tailed it out of Montana to engage in a more profitable endeavor. Sheryle helped build a multi-million-dollar company called Shaperite Concepts. During the company’s most vulnerable beginnings, the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated her father-in-law, Carl, for fraud. During the investigation, Carl’s partner turned up dead. A prime suspect, Carl ended up behind bars–but not for murder! Instead, the SEC found him guilty of stock and securities trading violations. Soon after his release from prison, he was kidnapped by a disgruntled investor and held for a $3.5 million ransom. An unexpected turn of events led to Carl’s escape while the kidnappers were apprehended.

Based on a true story, The Devil in the Deal portrays how a toxic mix of Mafia, money, murder, and scandal were just what Sheryle needed to make sense of an upside-down childhood. Her dubious introduction to adulthood comprised the threads so necessary to sew a patchwork of strength in the midst of one of the most scandalous white-collar crime sprees in America.

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CRAZY-GOOD LIVING: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life

Be among the first. Reserve Your Copy Today!Feeling great? Feeling lousy? Whatever you’re feeling, CRAZY-GOOD LIVING: Healthy Gums, Healthy Gut, Healthy Life can improve your health from the inside out. It’s the only book written by a DDS/Medicine Practitioner who has proven the cellular connection between primal eating and health. An ancient diet saved his life after he switched from “healthy eating” to eating more like our ancestors. And his supercharged Ancient Nutrition Plan has worked wonders for some of his most severely disease-stricken patients.

Lots of books give a few good reasons for returning to a simpler way of eating. More still offer some dietary tips and recipes. NONE has offered all that plus first-hand scientific studies–documented proof for how and why primal nutrition works–and could one day save your life. Written by Periodontist, Certified Primal Health Care Coach, and Certified Functional Medical Practitioner Alvin H. Danenberg, it is destined to become a classic in the field of healthful living.

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25 Hotties for Summer

It’s time to stuff your beach bag with this summers hottest reads. From Stephen King and Harper Lee to Dr. Seuss, theres something for readers big and small. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg offers a guide.JUNE 1. Finders Keepers by Stephen King (Scribner, fiction). What its about: A young boy discovers money and notebooks stolen years earlier from a famous writer, just as the criminal who took them is released from prison. Why it’s hot: It’s a sequel to 2014s Mr. Mercedes, which USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt praised for taking “the old detective genre in an excellent, modern direction.” On sale June 2

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Archivists Find Fragments of Orson Welles Autobiography

Welles and Kodar

Yet another unfinished work by Orson Welles, that master of the incomplete, is about to surface. Archivists at the University of Michigan said this week that they have discovered extensive fragments of, and notes for, a Welles autobiography in a trove of papers newly purchased from Oja Kodar. Ms. Kodar, a Croatian actress, was Welles’s companion in the years before he died in 1985.With the working title “Confessions of a One-Man Band,” an unfinished memoir appears to have been in the works since the 1970s, and matches up with additional fragments already in the university’s extensive Welles archive, officials said.“It’s scattered, we’re still sorting through” about eight boxes of new material, said Philip Hallman, curator of the university’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection. The papers arrived last week from Croatia, where they had been kept by Ms. Kodar, Mr. Hallman said.

Source: Archivists Find Fragments of an Unfinished Orson Welles Autobiography – NYTimes.com

Wouk To Release Memoir on 100th Birthday

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk will release his first memoir, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. Wouk, who turns 100 on May 27, will discuss his spirituality and his time serving in the Navy during World War II in Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author. “I’ve lived to a great age, and for that I thank Providence,” Wouk said in a statement. “To the readers who’ve stayed with me for the long pull, my warm affection, and I hope you’ll enjoy the light-hearted memoir about my writings, Sailor and Fiddler.”

Source: Herman Wouk to release memoir in honor of 100th birthday | EW.com

Harlequin Announces Harlequin Audio

TORONTO and NEW YORK, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers today announced the launch of Harlequin Audio, a new imprint that will produce audio versions of Harlequin titles. The imprint will release its first titles on June 30, 2015. View photo.”We are excited to be producing our own audio titles,” said Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin. “The audio format has been experiencing tremendous growth recently and Harlequin authors will benefit greatly from this new distribution outlet.”Harlequin Audio, in conjunction with HarperAudio, will work directly with digital audio distributors to provide full distribution to the retail and library markets. Furthermore, Harlequin Audio will distribute physical CD versions of all titles through relationships with Blackstone Audio and Midwest Tape.

Source: Harlequin Announces the Launch of Harlequin Audio – Yahoo Finance