December Book Blog

Still on Sale

 “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance by Glen Barrera is still only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle! With twenty-six 5-star reviews this is a must read!                        assassin-barrera

Blue-eyed Hector Munoz (his present name) is fluent in five languages, can kill a man a hundred different ways and yet, at twenty-three had learned almost nothing about life and love. His father and brother were brutally murdered by corrupt U.S. military officers when he was seven. The teacher, a close friend of his father, took control of the boy’s life, as well as the future debt to be paid. Now, after years of rigorous training, the assassin is judged ready. But is he?

The plan to draw out the officers has been set into motion. Hector has only to illegally cross the border from Mexico and retrieve keys to safe deposit boxes containing eight-million dollars and incriminating documents before the officers can respond. It shouldn’t be a problem. But then Hector’s plan didn’t include Mexican bandits; ruthless mercenaries also after the keys and led by a sadistic cowboy; or a sleazy Chicago mob figure. Things get more complicated for him when a third party joins the search for the keys, the crazed leader of a militia group with a secret room in his basement reserved for “guests” – and then falling in love with an escaped guest, Lucy. Hector also didn’t realize that the mercenaries’ target, an ex-Force Recon team holding the keys and the last four men to see his father alive, were far from old and rusty.

In the race for the keys, Hector must confront the emotional emptiness in his life that he wasn’t allowed to experience in his quest for vengeance. With time running out, he is forced to make a choice: follow the assassination plan or ally with the surviving recon team, their families, and Lucy before they are eliminated; and, maybe discover who he really is.

Reviews:  

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!

5.0 out of 5 starsLoyalty between friends in all-action special ops thriller

5.0 out of 5 starsA Poignant Examination of the Human Condition

5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent read

5.0 out of 5 starsA powerful thriller by a great storyteller

5.0 out of 5 starsAction-packed thriller with a poignant message on the power of friendship and the courage to survive. Fantastic!


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FREE on Amazon Kindle December 3rd ONLY! View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale by Elizabeth Horton-Newton This romantic thriller takes a fictional “what if” look at the JFK assassination. Suppose accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had lived to defend himself. Imagine if 50 years after the assassination someone stepped forward to reveal the truth of what happened that day. What if the assassination was a conspiracy and the impact of those revelations reached into the 21st century? This is the story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. You’ll never look at your neighbors the same way.

Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 starsEdge of the seat thriller

5.0 out of 5 starsI was so compelled and in love with Bill and Olivias love story

5.0 out of 5 starsAn amazing book, and a thoroughly enjoyable read, that left me…

5.0 out of 5 starsA MUST READ, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!!!

5.0 out of 5 starsA masterpiece!

5.0 out of 5 starsSeemingly Ordinary People on an Extraordinary Journey


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FREE December 21 and 22 on Amazon Kindle! Carved Wooden Heart by Elizabeth Horton-Newton.

Last sale of this book for 2016. Six 5-star reviews since the September release of this contemporary erotic romance.

A sexy encounter with a talented native artist, a broken heart, and a knight in shining armor are just the beginning in this passionate erotic romance. Dani Stone never expected to fall in love with carver Jesse Wolf Carver. She certainly didn’t foresee the results of her intense one night stand with the sexy hunk. From the wealth of New York City to a small southern community, follow Dani as she journeys the winding path fate has laid out for her.

Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 starsHigh Octane Romance and a Twisty Adventure

5.0 out of 5 starsPowerful and Passionate

5.0 out of 5 starsAn author who can tackle any genre

5.0 out of 5 starsA Must Read

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat story I will read again and again!

5.0 out of 5 starsinteresting story about love, fate and choices!


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The Railroad by Neil Douglas Newton will be FREE on Amazon Kindle December 18 through December 22.

On Sept. 11, 2001 Mike Dobbs’ life was forever changed. Reeling from his nightmare experience in New York’s subway as the twin towers collapsed he retreats from his high power Wall Street life to his run down country house. Soon he is embroiled in the life of Eileen Benoit and her 7-year old daughter Megan as they flee Eileen’s abusive ex-husband. Suddenly Mike is thrown into a world he knows nothing about and he is forced to answer the question, how far would you go for someone you love?

REVIEWS:

5.0 out of 5 starsA Courageous Book Steeped with Gravitas. Well Worth the Reading Journey!

5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful Tale of Intrigue!

5.0 out of 5 starsCaptivating


Darkness Sanders

“When Darkness Breaks by Traci Sanders. Perma FREE.  Local news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night.
While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol.
Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past.
Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?

REVIEWS:

4.0 out of 5 starsLearn to Love Over Again

4.0 out of 5 starsA story of true love and what it can endure

4.0 out of 5 starsFinding a way to forgive and to love again

4.0 out of 5 starsSweet, Touching Story of Overcoming Tragedy


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FREE ON INKITT (https://www.inkitt.com/stories/romance/84078?ref=v_d41bc21c-a29f-4301-96ad-acd9304c98b4&utm_source=shared_web) LIMITED TIME!!! “THE ZEBRA AFFAIRE” by Mark Fine.

Passion faces naked prejudice as Elsa and Stanwell are hunted down by a maniacal agent bent on enforcing the dictates of a racist regime.
Set in the go-go seventies, with rioting students and warring tribes South Africa is already in turmoil, but the couple’s forbidden affair is believed to threaten the gold-rich nation’s future–and they must be stopped.
No government should have the right to interfere in the love between two people, but that’s not the case in apartheid South Africa. Elsa and Stanwell’s illicit romance threatens the strictly controlled racist doctrines of the regime. Harried by the brutal Security Branch eager to destroy them, the desperate couple fight a lonely battle against the forces of segregation and tribal mistrust.
All sides across the color-divide are represented in a great canvas embodying the South African experience; from the AngloBoer War at the turn of the last century to the bloody 1976 Soweto Riots, and from a mine one-mile deep beneath the CIty of Gold to the harsh wilds of the African bush.
In this compelling and vivid story of an interracial couple’s painful journey, the guilt, cruelty, and hypocrisy of their fellow citizens are exposed; as the nation wages a deadly struggle for freedom . . . and eventual redemption in the guise of prisoner #46664, Nelson Mandela.

Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 starsProfound, provocative and powerful – a book EVERYONE must read!

5.0 out of 5 starsWell written, thought provoking.

5.0 out of 5 starsDazzling and Brilliant

5.0 out of 5 starsTreat yourself and share it with those you love!


Short Stories for Busy Days 

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Twisted Tales- FREE

Crooked Tales – 2.99 on Kindle

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016-FREE

Gems of Gratitude – 2.99 on Kindle

Gems of Strength – 1.99 on Kindle

Awethology Dark – FREE

The December Awethology Dark Volume FREE


December Holidays and What to Read

December is a month of holidays; holidays from all over the world. And there are books that celebrate many of these holidays. Here are a few of my favorites for adults.

December 1stWorld AIDS Day: “Days of Grace: A Memoir” by Arthur Ashe & Arnold Rampersad

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DAYS OF GRACE is an inspiring memoir of a remarkable man who was the true embodiment of courage, elegance, and the spirit to fight: Arthur Ashe–tennis champion, social activist, and person with AIDS. Frank, revealing, touching–DAYS OF GRACE is the story of a man felled to soon. It remains as his legacy to us all….


 

December 2ndInternational Day for the Abolition of Slavery:

“Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom” by Ira Berlin and Marc Favreau.

slaveryUsing excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writer’s Project, this astonishing collection makes available in print the only known recordings of people who actually experienced slavery–recordings that had gathered dust in the Library of Congress until they were rendered audible for the first time specifically for this collection.

 

 

“Slavery: A World History” by Milton Meltzer

slavery-worldSlavery is not and has never been a ”peculiar institution,” but one that is deeply rooted in the history and economy of most countries. Although it has flourished in some periods and declined in others, human bondage for profit has never been eradicated completely.In “Slavery: A World History”  renowned author Milton Meltzer traces slavery from its origins in prehistoric hunting societies; through the boom in slave trading that reached its peak in the United States with a pre-Civil War slave population of 4,000,000; through the forced labor under the Nazi regime and in the Soviet gulags; and finally to its widespread practice in many countries today, such as the debt bondage that miners endure in Brazil or the prostitution into which women are sold in Thailand. In this detailed, compassionate account, readers will learn how slavery arose, what forms it takes, what roles slaves have performed in their societies, what everyday existence is like for those enchained, and what can be done to end the degrading practice of slavery.


December 7thPearl Harbor Remembrance: LIFE “Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later: The Attack – The Aftermath – The Legacy” by The Editors of Life LIFE commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

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pearl-dawn“At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor; Revised Edition” by Gordon W. Prange (Author), Donald M. Goldstein  (Afterword), Katherine V. Dillon: At 7:53 a.m., December 7, 1941, America’s national consciousness and confidence were rocked as the first wave of Japanese warplanes took aim at the U.S. Naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. As intense and absorbing as a suspense novel, At Dawn We Slept is the unparalleled and exhaustive account of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is widely regarded as the definitive assessment of the events surrounding one of the most daring and brilliant naval operations of all time. Through extensive research and interviews with American and Japanese leaders, Gordon W. Prange has written a remarkable historical account of the assault that-sixty years later-America cannot forget.


December 10th: Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document drafted by representatives from all regions of the world, which outlined fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration contains 30 articles that touch on rights to freedom, justice, peace, dignity, education and health care, amongst other rights.
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the UDHR in an effort to help define equal rights that all humans on the planet deserve and can help the world achieve lasting freedom, justice and peace.  Human Rights Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 1950. It is celebrated on December 10th each year and is marked by speeches and activities designed to bring attention to the issues surrounding the most pressing Human Rights issues worldwide.

human-nuts“International Human Rights in a Nutshell (Nutshell Series)” by Thomas Buergenthal  (Author), Dinah Shelton (Author), David Stewart (Author): A reliable source on international human rights law for students, practitioners, and professors. Provides an overview of the international, regional and domestic human rights systems. It includes developments at the ad hoc Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the context of applicable principles of international humanitarian law. Discover the history behind international human rights, including the institutional context from which they evolved. Features expert review of human rights norms and identifies new developments in this area. Features and Benefits – Broad scope enhances understanding of international human rights law – Citations to primary authority – Answer exam questions quickly and accurately.


December 12th: Green Monday

Green Monday aims to promote sustainability through green lifestyle choices. The day aims to promote recycling and reusing while reducing global energy consumption and switching to vegetarian diets in order to conserve resources and reduce the human carbon footprint.
Green Monday takes place on the second Monday in December every year. http://www.wincalendar.com/Green-Monday

green-monday“Green Monday” by Michael M. Thomas. Not only an inside, in depth look at the way money moves but a real education for ordinary people that could never imagine the intrigue, deceit and manipulations movers in the financial markets devise.

 

 

 

 


December 25th: Christmas- The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. In “The Gift of the Magi,” magiDella is determined to give her husband a Christmas gift. In order to afford the fob for her husband’s watch, she sells her long, beautiful hair, only to learn that he has sold his beloved watch to buy her a set of combs.

 

 

 

 


xmas-promiseThe Christmas Promise: A Short Story
by Mary Marvella. The Christmas Promise is a short story about a woman whose husband was abusive. She and her college age kids must face their first Christmas together since she charged their father with assault and had him arrested.

 

 

xmas-carolA Christmas Carol” (Dover Thrift Editions) by Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens’ masterfully crafted Christmas fable tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man with wealth to match the coldness of his heart. On a mystical Christmas Eve, a visitation with spirits forces Scrooge to make a choice: change, or perish.

 


December 26th thru January 1st: Hanukkah.

all-hanukkahAll About Hanukkah by by Judyth Groner (Author), Madeline Wikler (Author), Kinny Kreiswirth (Illustrator). The story of Hanukkah complete with candle blessings, rules for playing dreidel and other games, recipes, songs, and thoughts on miracles, giving, and more.

 

one-candleOne Candle by Eve Bunting, K. Wendy Popp (Illustrator). For one family the traditional Hanukkah celebration has a deeper meaning. Amidst the food and the festivities, Grandma and Great-Aunt Rose begin their story — the one they tell each year. They pass on to each generation a tale of perseverance during the darkest hours of the Holocaust, and the strength it took to continue to honor Hanukkah in the only way they could. Their story reaffirms the values of tradition and family, but also shows us that by continuing to honor the tragedies and the triumphs of the past there will always be hope for the future.


December 26th thru January 1st: Kwanzaa.

kwanzaaMaulana Karenga: An Intellectual Portrait by Molefi Kete Asante. In this book, the most prolific contemporary African American scholar and cultural theorist Molefi Kete Asante leads the reader on an informative journey through the mind of Maulana Karenga, one of the key cultural thinkers of our time. Not only is Karenga the creator of Kwanzaa, an extensive and widespread celebratory holiday based on his philosophy of Kawaida, he is an activist-scholar committed to a “dignity-affirming” life for all human beings. Asante examines the sources of Karenga’s intellectual preoccupations and demonstrates that Karenga’s concerns with the liberation narratives and mythic realities of African people are rooted in the best interests of a collective humanity.

The book shows Karenga to be an intellectual giant willing to practice his theories in order to manifest his intense emotional attachment to culture, truth and justice. Asante’s enlightening presentation and riveting critique of Karenga’s works reveal a compelling account of a thinker whose contributions extend far beyond the Academy. Although Karenga began his career as a student activist, a civil rights leader, a Pan Africanist, and a culturalist, he ultimately succeeds in turning his fierce commitment to truth toward dissecting political, social, and ethical issues. Asante carefully analyzes Karenga’s important works on Black Studies, but also his earlier works on culture and his later works on ethics, such as The Husia, and Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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