TREK: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America by Rand Bishop- On Tour
Publisher: Weightless Cargo Press (August 20, 2019)
Category: Memoir, Travel, Politics, Culture | ISBN: 978-1-7330299-0-2
Available in Print and ebook, 384 pages | Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2019
Description TREK by Rand Bishop2017, America was turning mean. Heartsick, Rand Bishop couldn’t sit idly by. His action plan, however, had friends and family questioning his sanity. At 67, on bad knees and arthritic feet, with minimal camping experience and zero knowledge of long distance hiking, Rand set out to walk 900-miles, from Southern California to the Central Oregon Coast.
How an aging pilgrim managed to survive a 90-day test of will and endurance is only a fraction of this inspiring tale. The newfound hope Rand gained by listening to and interacting with a thousand people from nearly every walk of life is the true heartbeat of the TREK story.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This is an entertaining true story of one mans efforts to try to help heal "our Counry".
The story unfolds as Rand Bishop explains how the idea unfolded and what he did in preparation. He would go on a 900 mile TREK from LA coast to the Oregon coast.
As a former, country music entertainer, he planned on doing min-concerts along the way. Although he met interesting people, learned new views, and discovered much about true "Christians" and those who profess to be, in some ways his TREK was disappointing. Was it worth it? Read his book and find out!
Because "life" happens, his trek didn't quite accomplish all he hoped it would. Nevertheless, he can be content to know he truly sacrificed and tried to do his part in healing America's division.
With a daily journal entries and additional experiences, this book is very inspiring and well-written.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
A personal note:
Rand made a comment that in early America men stole people from their country to become slaves. In fact, men of their own race kidnapped them and sold them to European, then American individuals. Slavery is inhumane at any time. Many "indentured servants" from many countries were treated much the same . Today, "human trafficking" is in a larger scale than slavery has ever been. Most are not aware of it. It involves children and women of all races.
Rand also eludes to the on-going election debate from 2016. Much misinformation has been given by the media who is stirring up all this hate and contention. Debating isn't violent, name-calling and attacking, it is voicing opposing view with documented material to back up one's views. This is one thing that makes America special - the freedom of speech. When the attacks, anger and hate are made, that is from individual's efforts to eliminate this freedom. Dictators, and other Socialist countries, cause its citizens to be fearful of voicing an opinion because of devastating consequences. We must not allow this to prevail in our country.
~~~~~ Advance Praise TREK by Rand Bishop ~~~~~~“I love this book. I laughed, I cried, I walked down memory lane. I drove a big truck for 12 years, many by myself. I know those roads and my feet hurt just reading about this journey. Thank you, Rand, for sharing your story.”-Nancy B. Thompson, Amazon
“The author’s musings on this once in a lifetime adventure make the reader feel as if she is on the trail alongside, experiencing all the emotional highs and lows without getting blisters on her feet. I loved every word; every page; every chapter! TREK is a delightful a book ~ I didn’t want it to end!”-Robyn Taylor-Drake, Amazon
“I loved turning to TREK when I couldn’t take the news any longer. It was like I was able to follow along in my worn down tennies — go at the pilgrim’s pace, meet the people he was meeting, see what he was looking at, while feeling the swoosh of trucks zooming by way too close and way too fast. More than a trek, this is a journey of discovery!”-Randall Platt, Amazon
Writing Awards Rand Bishop:
^ First Place Nashville Screenwriting Conference for the original screenplay Tin Roof.
^ Three Star Award The Tennessean.
About Rand Bishop:
Oregon native Rand Bishop is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, platinum music producer, musician/singer, author, and lifelong activist for peace, justice, and equality. In his 45 years as a music-business professional, Rand recorded for major labels, shared stages and harmonized with legends, contributed compositions to more than a dozen feature-film and TV soundtracks, several stage musicals, and amassed more than 300 tunesmithing credits.
Rand has authored five published books, is an optioned, award-winning screenwriter, a produced playwright, and, for six years, penned a bi-monthly column for American Songwriter Magazine. He has served on the boards of directors of three non-profits and currently acts as music director for the Central Oregon Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In June, 2019, Rand premiered his original, one-man, musical, stage performance, TREK on Stage.
Website: http://www.randbishoptrek.com/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randbishoppage/
The Last Thing She Said (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 386 pages | Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: July 26, 2019
Tour dates: October 7 to November 22, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!
“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again.
For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This new book of the Chris Matheson series did not disappoint.
Once again, talented author, Lauren Carr, has delighted her readers with a humorous, slightly outrageous, entertaining mystery/suspence novel.
When Chris Maheson discovers a first edition book of The Last Thing She Said, by the long deoarted Mercedes Livingston, in addition to an accompanying letter, he was determined to fulfill the request to find the "real killer". By doing so, a decades old "cold case" would have to be opened. Needing the help of past friends, Chris was able to discover shocking events.
The mysteries keep evolving and the adventure never ceases. Once again, Lauren Carr keeps her readers guessing until the last page.
Lauren added two characters toward the end of the book, meant to add intrigue, but to me it was distracting. My mind kept trying to remember what part they played in the series. At the end it ties them in, but by thrn I was frustrated.
The characters were all so well developec, the reader forgets they aren'nt truly real. The background scenes are portrayed so they are easily visualized.
This is a fast paced tale. There are adult stuations, a word of "strong language", but there is no explicit sex scenes.
I offer a Four Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to write a positive review. This is my honest review. I totally enjoy reading all of this author's books.
~~~~~~~~~ OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES ~~~~~~~~~
GUEST POST: The 900-lb Gorilla and Just One More Thing … By Lauren Carr
If you have nightmares about ending up in someone’s book, then you should know that there are certain things that you should never say to a writer—especially a murder mystery writer.
For example, never ask a mystery writer, “Who taught you how to use commas?” Depending on your tone when you ask that question, your fictional counterpart is bound to end up on the wrong side of a toxic substance.
One of my least favorite phrases is “If you’re ever looking for something to do …”
As the wife to a man who can’t fry an egg (Really! Seriously! The last time he tried to fry an egg I ended up having to feed an entire team of volunteer fire fighters.), mother, church volunteer, and full-time writer, I am never looking for Something-To-Do. Truthfully, I spend a great deal of my time hiding from Something-To-Do.
After twenty years of marriage, I started replying, “Do I look like I’m looking for something to do?” My husband didn’t get the message until I boxed his ears. Then, he slowly backed away and never said that again.
One day, I am going to write a post about what not to say to a writer—unless you want to end up in a book.
This is not that post.
I think most of you are quite familiar with the tendency of adding just one more thing to your to-do-list —usually because you are a nice person. (You have my permission to reach around and pat yourself on the back for being a good person.) Or maybe because that little thing is something that you rather enjoy thinking about doing. It isn’t until it is time to actually get up and do it that it becomes a burden.
The very thought of that Just-One-More-Thing seems quite miniscule while it is a thought inside your head. Then, it ceases being a thought and turns into a reality. Before you know it, Just-One-More-Thing is transformed into a 900-pound gorilla that has decided to sit down right smack in the middle of your to-do-list. That wouldn’t be so bad if it’d move down on your list so that you can put off addressing him until tomorrow like everything else on your list.
But, believe me, 900-pound gorillas are impossible to move.
My latest Just-One-More-Thing started out as one lasagna.
During church a couple of weeks ago, my friend Gail requested food for a reception following a funeral. Instantly, my husband’s eyes lit up and he turned to me. “Lasagna,” he mouthed.
I thought, “Gee, I haven’t made a lasagna in quite a while. It only takes a couple of hours to prepare and assemble a lasagna.” So, I went to Gail and volunteered to make a lasagna for the funeral reception. At which point she handed me a huge pan—big enough for three lasagnas.
Okay, my one lasagna is now three, plus one for my family.
Except, when I make a lasagna, I don’t just make a single lasagna. I make several lasagnas, cook one for dinner, and then pack up and freeze the rest. Then during the upcoming months, when I get busy and don’t feel like cooking, I’ll take one out of the freezer and pop it into the oven.
Last winter, I went through five lasagnas in one month.
I confess, it has been a while since I made batches of lasagna.
The day after I had volunteered to make the giant lasagna, my husband came home with six foil pans in anticipation of my culinary delight. In one day, my couple of lasagnas had multiplied up to ten. One enormous pasta dish for the church, six to be frozen, and one for dinner.
Just smile. It will only take a few hours, and everyone will be happy afterwards, I kept telling myself. You’re such a good girl. Everyone will love you.
As the day approached, my husband kept requesting a grocery list of what he would need to purchase. Finally, on Saturday, I sat down to count up the lasagna pans and add up the amount of the ingredients. I came up with five boxes of noodles, five huge jars of sauce, a half a ton of Italian sausage, and a ton of various cheeses.
He came back from the store with five boxes of noodles, half a ton of Italian sausage, ground beef, and pork, a ton of various cheeses and one regular size jar of sauce.
“What happened to the sauce?” I asked.
“That’s plenty of sauce,” replied the man who has yet to figure out how to turn on the toaster. “Let’s not go crazy.”
“Dear, it’s a little late to suggest that,” I said. “I’ve volunteered to make an enormous lasagna to feed an army, plus enough lasagna to feed us until the end of the next Ice Age, and you bring me one jar of sauce!”
He handed me the car keys and said that if I needed more sauce, I could go back to the store to get it.
So, I did exactly that. Grumbling the whole way, I drove to the store and bought four huge jars of sauce and a giant cheesecake.
You see, over the years, I’ve learned something about 900-pound gorillas. There’s only one thing you can do when Just-One-More-Thing turns into a 900-pound gorilla.
Embrace it, feed it plenty of cheesecake, and the two of you will get along just fine.
Meet the author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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Christmas Eve Secret: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas
Publisher: Broadback (September 16, 2019)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christmas
Available in Print and ebook, 440 pages | Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
A mysterious man from the past steals the time travel lantern.
When Eve and Patrick find it, they destroy it.
Eve’s life is shattered.
She must return to the past, where secrets await.
In the third novel of THE CHRISTMAS EVE series, Eve and Patrick Gantly are living a normal life in 2019 New York, preparing to celebrate the Christmas season. Patrick is taking courses in forensic psychology and Eve continues to work as a nurse practitioner. To their delight, she is three months pregnant.
Despite their happiness, Eve is having premonitions that something dreadful is about to occur. Concerned about the future and the safety of their child, she insists that they destroy the time travel lantern. Patrick is more cautious.
One afternoon when Patrick is out, a sinister man breaks into the apartment and forces Eve to give him the lantern. In many ways, Eve is relieved the lantern is gone. She hopes they can now live a more normal life.
A day later, Patrick shadows a woman who has been staking out the Gantly’s brownstone apartment, and he confronts her. To his and Eve’s utter shock, they learn that Lucy Rose is from 1924 and that she time-traveled with the man who took the lantern. He returned to 1924, but she chose to stay behind. She offers to sell the lantern back to Eve and Patrick, and they reluctantly agree, hoping to keep it out of unscrupulous hands.
Convinced that the lantern is a threat to their future happiness, Eve and Patrick decide to destroy it.
But the lantern has more power than they could have ever imagined. Once the lantern is destroyed, Eve’s life is completely changed. She must set off on an adventure, in a struggle that will return her to the past, where she will learn the secret of the lantern’s origin and delve into the farthest reaches of her heart.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Time travel at its best!
Patrick and Eve were in love, expecting a baby and living very comfortably in upper New York City. It felt too perfect and Eve had a foreboding feeling that something was going to upset this utopian existence. Little did she know the part she would play in shattering this existence.
Elyse Douglas effectively captures the reader's interest and maintains the steady flow of events and suspense throughout her novels. Each of this series can be read as a stand alone", but by doing so, the reader will definitely lose the full impact of this romantic escapes into the past, always risking landing in the wrong place in time.
The scenario in this third book, threatens to undo all the progress and happiness Eve has experienced. The reader will be emotionally "moved" and kept in suspense until the enD.
As always, the characters are very diverse, yet realistic in a way the reader will feel connected to them. The scenes are very visually portrayed, as well.
The Book Cover and Title are simple, but very applicable to the story. The cover will easily catch the "browser's" eye.
There are a few crude words but it is, mostly, clean and Young Adults will find this entertaining, too. The only other negative would be that during the midst of the book, it felt a little too "wordy" and slightly repetitive.
This earns a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Excerpt Two: The Christmas Eve Secret by Elyse Douglas
Two days later, on Sunday evening, Eve returned from Riverside Park with Georgy Boy after a walk. She unfastened his leash, and he frolicked off toward the kitchen to drink some water. While Eve removed her coat and hat, she noticed Patrick standing by the bay windows, gazing out of slightly parted draperies.
“Did you notice anyone when you came from the park?” he asked.
“What do you mean, notice anyone?”
Patrick faced her. “I’ve seen this woman hanging around outside for the last day or so.”
“Are you getting tired of me, Mr. Gantly? You seem to be spending all your free time watching women come and go.”
“I’m serious, Eve. Twice when I’ve made a run to the wine shop or market, I’ve felt someone following me. It’s the old detective in me. Early this afternoon, I saw that same woman outside, two doors up, looking at our brownstone. Yesterday she was across the street near that pin oak tree.”
Eve stepped to the fireplace to warm her hands. “How old is she?”
“I’d say late twenties, with a thin build, small nose, oval face, wearing a black ski cap, dark hair sticking out, a long royal woolen coat and sheepskin boots. She moves about nervously, frequently glancing up and down the street.”
Eve started over to him. “I didn’t notice anybody in the park or walking up the street, but then, I’m not a former police detective and I’m not studying forensic psychology like you are. Is she there now?”
Patrick turned back to the windows. “No… I don’t see her.”
“It’s cold out there. You can’t stay out long in that sharp wind. Even Georgy Boy was happy to get back.”
Patrick moved from the windows to the fireplace, turning his back to it, feeling its warmth, watching the dance of shadows on the walls from the firelight.
“The girl is not my imagination. I’ve seen her four times now, and I’ve never seen her around here before. Her coat and hat do not look especially prosperous, and I get the feeling she’s scared.”
Eve shook off a shiver. “I don’t like it when your voice gets all low and serious. You sound like the detective I first met back in 1885.”
Patrick abruptly left the fire, went to the closet and removed his hooded black parka. He slipped on a pair of gloves and passed Eve a glance.
“I’m going to see if I can find her.”
Eve crossed to him. “Are you that sure?”
“Want me to come?”
“No. I’ll text you if I see anything. Meanwhile, you know where the .38 is?”
Eve dropped her gaze. “I don’t like it, Patrick. You know I don’t like guns.”
Patrick gently took her shoulders. “If that guy comes back, you might need it.”
“Why would he come back? He’s got the lantern.”
“Eve, I’m not going to stand here arguing. I won’t be gone long, and I’ll be watching the building, but don’t let anyone in unless it’s me, okay?”
“Of course I won’t let anybody in.”
He leaned, giving her a peck on the lips. “See you soon.”
Eve reached and tugged the hood up over his head. “Be careful out there, Detective Sergeant Gantly.”
After he was gone, Eve returned to the windows, parted the drapes and cast her eyes about the quiet street. The light was leaving the day, and two amber streetlights blinked on, their light gleaming off the two-day-old snow. She watched Patrick retreat left and walk down the street toward Riverside Park. When he left her line of vision, she felt a small twist of fear.
~~~~~~~~ Praise Christmas Eve Letter.............. ~~~~~~~~~
Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas“If you are a fan of authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Marybeth Whalen, or H.G. Wells or Jack Finney, you need to add this book to your shelves.
This is a romantic suspense novel with many dangerous and tense moments. As always, when one travels in time, the concern of consequences and potential changes to history and the future weigh heavily on both the traveler’s and readers’ minds. Those worries added to the atmosphere but were also handled skillfully. I smiled at a certain twist of color. It is a perfect bookclub read.”-Laura’s Interests
“The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly.
All of the characters are well thought out, and believably written, together with the well-constructed scenery, that has you feeling as if you yourself have just stepped into the past.
The story is unique and moving. It will hold you long after you turn the last page. A perfect Christmas tale of love and hope.”-Whispering Stories
“The Christmas Eve Letter is a wonderful time travel book and one of my favorite books of the year.”–The Book Return Blog
Praise Christmas Eve Daughter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas“This book is the perfect vehicle for a movie, and I can only hope that there will be more in the series. This novel is truly as close to perfection as the reader could imagine! 5 Stars!”–My Devotional Thoughts Blog and Reviews
“I enjoyed the new characters, an update on characters from the first book, and the possibility for more books. If you enjoy time travel-themed novels you will love these books!”–StoreyBook Reviews
“I am most impressed that this book did so well as a stand-alone novel. Kudos to the author! If you are looking for a good Christmas book with time travel, give this a go!”–Carole’s Bookshelves
About Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.
Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.
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When Love Simply Is (Return to the Home Front Series, #3) by Tracey L. Dragon
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing | Genres: Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 2nd 2019
Laurel Richards, freelance journalist and photographer, on assignment to write about old inns in Western New York couldn’t have been more surprised or stunned when Sergeant Clay Randall, the six-two, blue-eyed hunk she’d had the poor judgment to succumb to on one witless night during a layover in Israel answered the door to the Lily Pad Inn. The last image she had of him was his cute, khaki-clad behind scrambling to leave her hotel room at the break of dawn, never to be seen or heard from again–not that she tried very hard to find him. Now three years later she couldn’t help but wonder what he was doing there–wearing a cocky grin and a white-flowered, kitchen apron no less.
When Ellie and Travis Johnson, the owners of the inn and Clay’s aunt and uncle, tell Laurel the history of the inn she becomes engrossed in the elderly couple’s love story that began during World War II at a U.S.-Based Military Hospital in Australia. As the story unfolds, Laurel learns that sometimes in the messy sea of humanity, love simply is.
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Excerpt: Fall 1949
Every muscle in his body twitched then tightened, as memories of laughter and heartache bombarded him and froze his scuffed boots in their tracks. Five years or a lifetime ago, he’d recognize the voice that still haunted his nights and echoed in his dreams. He was on the verge of leaving the much-needed supplies on the counter and high-tailing it out of there when the burlap curtain drew back and out stepped Ellie Bennett, though he guessed her last name was different now. He’d heard she’d gotten married a few years back.
“May I help you?” Ellie said, reaching up and combing strands of her hair down over her cheek.
His eyes strafed her from head-to-toe noticing every fine detail both large and small that had changed over the last five years. He’d often wondered what he would say to her if he ever had the chance to see her again.
- - -
He picked up the sack of materials and with a slight nod in her direction turned and walked from the store. Dazed, he clamored into his battered vehicle, shifted into gear, and made it all the way to his worksite before realizing he’d left his wallet lying on the counter. Damn. With any luck, Mr. Bennett would be back at the cash register when he returned to pick it up. He didn’t think he could face seeing Ellie twice in one day. The next time he just might strangle her. She had a lot of gall pretending she didn’t recognize him. It may have been four years, eleven months, and a week since he’d seen her, not that he was counting, but he remembered every single, minute detail of the last night they spent together. The fact that she didn’t, cut to the bone.
Aw shit. He sure hoped they didn’t look inside his wallet.
Tracey L. Dragon is a relocated New Yorker, former Navy Wife, and retired educator who lives in Yulee, Florida with her husband Bill and Mickey, their black and white Miniature Goldendoodle.
Tracey's first publication came at the age of twelve when the short poem she wrote about the Apollo moon landing was published in her hometown newspaper. After seven military moves, raising two Navy brats, and twenty years teaching troubled youth and incarcerated adults, she is now able to put her full attention to publishing the children's stories and historic romance novels she's written over the years as a hobby.
Tracey's Adult Fiction Series, "Return to the Home Front" is a collection of dual-time military themed romance novels: The first three books "Cherished Wings", "When the Geese Fly North" are available in print and Kindle editions now. The third, "When Love Simply Is" will be released in October 2019 by Soul Mate Publishing.
Her "Military Brat Series" for children is also available with 3 stories available now and additional titles coming soon.
Tracey enjoys running, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Florida Author & Publishers Association.
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