Black History Month Paperback Release: Black Ice by John Gallagher and Val James

February 8, 2017-

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Title:  Black Ice: The Val James Story

Author: Val James and John Gallagher

Genre: Non-Fiction/Sports Bio/Hockey

Format: Paperback Release

Publisher: ECW Press

Publication Date:  January 10, 2017

Synopsis:

Val James became the first African American player in the NHL when he took to the ice with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, and in 1987 he became the first black player of any nationality to skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Born in central Florida, James grew up on Long Island and received his first pair of skates for his 13th birthday. At 16, James left home to play in Canada, where he was the only black person in junior and, often, in the whole town. While popular for his tough play and winning personality, the teenager faced racist taunts at opposing arenas, and the prejudice continued at all levels of the game. In his two NHL stints, James defined himself as a smart team player and opponent, known for his pugilistic skills.

Black Ice is the untold story of a trail-blazing athlete who endured and overcame discrimination to realize his dreams and become an inspiration for future generations.

As featured in a Fox News Black History Month documentary, on NHL.com, NPR’s Morning Edition, ESPN’s Olbermann, and in Newsday, the L.A. Times, and the New York TimesBlack Iceis the untold story of a trail-blazing athlete who endured and overcame discrimination to realize his dreams and become an inspiration for future generations. This edition includes a new afterword that explores James’s legacy.

Review

“Val James’ story is compelling, and surprisingly, not widely known. It’s a story that deserves to be told and appreciated. And now, here it is.” ― Bob Costas, broadcaster for NBC and MLBN

“Black Ice is an engaging read that sheds some important light on the subject of racism in hockey. James is an entertaining narrator, and his story is certainly one worth spending some time with.” ― Winnipeg Free Press

“James may have been the first African American to play in the NHL, but that’s just a small part of his fascinating story.” ― PuckJunk.com

Amazon Link:    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Ice-Val-James-Story/dp/1770413634/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1486667666&sr=8-1

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Featured Book: Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter by Gus Constantine

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Title: Escaping Cyprus II:  The Final Chapter

Author: Gus Constantine

Genre: Fiction/Historical

Format: Paperback (387 pages)

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: November 14, 2016

Synopsis:

Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter continues forty-two years after Escaping Cyprus. Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat as you continue to live with Rebecca and Haji. Although it’s forty-two years later the atrocities they had inflected on them never left. As the saga continues with the next generation as the twists and turns will keep you from putting the book down.

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Cyprus-II-Final-Chapter/dp/1540415716/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1486479079&sr=8-2&keywords=escaping+cyprus

MBS Note:      The predecessor to Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter was the winner of the 2015 Independent Fiction Award for Best Fiction.

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February 7, 2017 · 3:04 pm

New Release: Payback by Eve Rabi

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Title: Payback

Author: Eve Rabi

Genre: Fiction/Supense/Romantic Intrigue

Format: eBook

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publication Date: US: December 23, 2016

UK: January 31, 2017

Synopsis:    

Sometimes a woman has no choice but to fight back. Sometimes a woman has no choice but to fight dirty. A gripping, romantic crime and suspense thriller about revenge that will leave you turning pages.

“I could not put it down, and when I did, I picked it up 2 mins later! The story grips you from the go. A must read.” Amazon reviewer

Amazon UK Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Payback-Sometimes-yourself-romantic-thriller-ebook/dp/B00CPSGLEE

Series:   Girl on Fire Series

 

 

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New Release: Consumed by Joseph Pontillo

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Consumed by Joseph Pontillo

Title: Consumed

Author: Joseph Pontillo

Genre: Fiction/Drama/Romantic Intrigue

Format: Paperback/Harcover/eBook

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: December 12, 2016

Synopsis:    This book is about love, deep love adoration, arrogance, self righteousness, and over powering consumed hatred and revenge which is and becomes over the top uncontrollable hatred that lingers for decades. There is a fine line between love and hate. Anyone who has ever been in any kind of a relationship in life can attest to that.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537108441/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Meet the Author:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-with-joe-pontillo-author-of-consumed-tickets-30972868684?aff=es2

 

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Featured Book: The Beauty of the Fall by Richard Marcello

January 11, 2017-

Title: The Beauty of the Fall

Author: Richard Marcello

Genre: Fiction/Novel

Format: ebook/paperbook

Pages:    378

Publisher: Langdon Street Press (October 25, 2016)

Synopsis:

 

A TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE CHARTS A HIGH-RISK, UNCONVENTIONAL PATH WHILE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS SON 

Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself. 

Willow, a poet and domestic violence survivor, helps Dan regain his footing. With her support, Dan ventures on a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Fortune 500 companies to flesh out a software start-up idea. He then recruits three former RadioRadio colleagues and starts Conversationworks, a company he believes will be at the vanguard of social change. 

Guided by Dan’s leadership, Conversationworks enjoys some early successes, but its existence is soon threatened on multiple fronts. Will Dan survive the ensuing corporate battles and realize the potential of his company? Or will he be defeated by his enemies and consumed by his grief?

Buying Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Fall-Novel-Rich-Marcello/dp/1635054028/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478271000&sr=8-2

Additional Information:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32711997-the-beauty-of-the-fall

https://www.facebook.com/richmarcelloauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/rich.marcello/

About Richard Marcello:  

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Rich is a poet, an accomplished songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and the forthcoming, The Beauty of the Fall, due out in 2016. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall will be published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives in Massachusetts on a lake with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.

 

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My Sexy Stranger: (Book 1 of the Wolfe Brothers Navy SEALs Erotica Thriller Series) by Valetta Steele

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December 28, 2016-

Title: My Sexy Stranger: (Book 1 of the Wolfe Brothers Navy SEALs Erotica Thriller Series)

Author: Valetta Steele

Genre: Fiction/Erotic Fiction/Romance

Format: eBook 

Publisher: Valetta Steele

Publication Date: September 28, 2016

Synopsis:

My name is Savannah Elizabeth Montgomery.

I’m horny and my life is a mess.

Oh, I’m also on the brink of financial ruin. All thanks to my ruthless ex-husband, Harlan Ready.

So what’s the harm of having a hot one-night stand with a sexy stranger on a cold, winter night in New York City to momentarily forget my troubles?

He is more than I could ever dream of. So why do I feel uneasy about him? Why do I feel this night of passion is connected to Harlan? Is there no limit to how far my ex-husband’s tentacles of treachery reach?

Book 1 of the Wolfe Brothers Navy SEALs Erotica Thriller Series.

Buying Links:

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Wolfe-Brothers-Erotica-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01LZZ6MJ0

 

 

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New Audio Release: The Charming Drifter by Brian Lee Tucker

December 15, 2016- 

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The Charming Drifter by Brian Lee Tucker

Title: The Charming Drifter (AUDIO)

Author: Brian Lee Tucker

Narrated by:  411 Audio J.M. Kuczynski

Genre: Non-Fiction/True Crime

Format: Audio

Length:    2 hours 1 minutes

Publisher: Brian Lee Tucker

Publication Date: December 14, 2016

Synopsis:

 

Rape, sodomy, strangulation, stabbing, murder, and dismemberment. So were some of Joel David Rifkin’s favorite “hobbies” that he inflicted on mostly drug addicted or alcoholic prostitutes from 1988 to 1993. Police finally caught up to Rifkin on June 28, 1993, when state troopers spotted him driving his pickup truck without license plates on the Southern State Parkway. A high-speed chase ended in Mineola, New York, when he crashed into a utility pole directly in front of the courthouse where he eventually stood trial. Troopers detected a foul odor from the back of the truck. It came from the corpse of his final victim: prostitute and dancer Tiffany Bresciani, 22. A peek inside the tarp revealed the woman’s decomposing body. Motorist Joel Rifkin, now in handcuffs, helped identify the corpse as 22-year-old Tiffany Bresciani. She was a prostitute, he told the officers. I had sex with her, and then I killed her. He was on his way to dump the body near Republic Airport, he explained, when he was spotted by Ruane and Spaargaren. The case was open-and-shut…but it was far from simple. 

In custody, Rifkin soon began confessing to other homicides, a total of 17, including Bresciani. The interviews he gave to the police were so horrifying it sickened even the most seasoned officers and detectives. In The Charming Drifter, author Brian Lee Tucker offers an inside look into the mind of one of the most vicious serial killers in New York history and a nightmarish glimpse into the final moments of his victim’s lives. 

©2016 Brian Lee Tucker (P)2016 Brian Lee Tucker

 

 

Buying Links:

http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_pd_Nonfic_c2_1_narr?searchNarrator=+411+Audio

 

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