Written in the Stars Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 2 by T. Birmingham

Written in the Stars
Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 2
by T. Birmingham
Genre: MC Romantic Suspense
In the small town of Golden Trail, PA, the Fallen Eagles MC isn’t just
any group of veterans. They’re patrons of the community, the
protectors of veterans and townsfolk alike, and a motley group of
world military-trained men and women. And their small town isn’t
afraid to call on the varied skills of this rough and ready crew to
help out on a case or two.
Summer brought us blackmail.
Winter will bring us murder.
With a Philly-based serial murderer on the loose, and the most recent
victim a member of their small town, the Fallen Eagles MC will deal
with one of the hardest cases they’ve ever encountered.
Davis “Eagle” Landon has given a lot for his country—an eye, a leg,
time with his kids. He’s retired now and as the owner of several
small businesses and the founder and President of the Fallen Eagles
MC, this former Texan has his roots firmly planted. He’s ready to
settle down again, and only one woman will do.
Winter is different. A bit of a loner. Quiet. Sarcastic. She’s also the
owner of the one and only full-service salon in Golden Trail and has
an amazingly supportive family and a close-knit group of friends who
love her for the odd woman she’s molded herself into. She still
feels like there’s something missing, though. As the youngest
Markham, she’s seen the many struggles her older sisters have
endured, and as much as the prospect scares her, she wants a love
that is all her own. The problem? Nosy sisters, a murderer killing
women who fit her description, and the guy she loves is a good twelve
years older and way out of her league.
Eagle and Winter have a tough road ahead, but what these two are about to
realize is that not even death can separate two souls who are
f**cking written in the stars.
*Full-length novel
Trigger Warning:
This book contains scenes of violence/sexual violence/gore
that may be difficult for some readers.
A Terrible Beauty
Fallen Eagles MC Series Book 1
In the small town of Golden Trail, PA, the Fallen Eagles MC isn’t just
any group of veterans. They’re patrons of the community, the
protectors of veterans and townsfolk alike, and a motley group of
world military-trained men and women. And their small town isn’t
afraid to call on the varied skills of this rough and ready crew to
help out on a case or two.
Ten years ago, Kit Markham left her high school sweetheart, Lee
Devereaux, behind to serve her country. The woman who returns is just
a shadow of her former self. She might be the kickass Second of the
Fallen Eagles MC, but she’s also damaged—and it’s an unbearable
struggle at times, just to make it through the day. The only things
that help are her veteran MC, the Fallen Eagles, her family, and
long, quiet rides on the back of Lee’s bike.
Lee has his own share of war wounds, but none worse than the burden he’s
taken on to see that the Kit he once knew finds herself again.
It’s been over two years since she returned home, and Lee still can’t
find the girl he once loved in the woman who’s become so lost. He’s
had it with being kept in the dark. He’s demanding answers—but
he’s not the only one who’s interested in Kit’s past.
When local soldiers, veterans, and their families start getting threats
from a team of blackmailers, Kit’s shocking history is revealed. A
twist that has Lee reeling and wondering if what they once had is
even salvageable.
*Novella Length: 31,000 words
Trigger Warning:
This book contains situations of sexual abuse/assault/war
violence that may be difficult for some readers.
T. Birmingham believes words are our greatest form of magic. And making magic is what she loves best. But when it’s time to put the words aside, T. enjoys drinking whiskey with her tribe, eating pretzels
with Nutella, watching and reading as many stories as she can, especially romances, and traveling wherever the wind takes her-sometimes all at once. She also loves a sturdy (but cute) pair of
cowgirl boots, is hoping to one day build a log cabin with her Man Bear, and she writes mystery and suspense in the Paranormal,
Contemporary, and MC Romance genres.
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Rebekah’s Quilt by Sara Harris a Historical Amish Romance

Who can Rebekah trust
when the line between English and Amish becomes blurred?
An Amish Settlement. An
English stranger. The Blizzard of 1888.
Rebekah’s mother, Elnora Stoll, is the finest quilter in all of Gasthof Village
but it seems Rebekah has inherited none of her skill.
A
sweet and gentle love blossoms between Rebekah Stoll and her
childhood friend Joseph Graber, despite attempts by her saucy
nemesis, Katie Knepp, to sway the young man’s affections her way.
When Joseph hints at the promise of forever, Rebekah is positive she
should say yes to his proposal – until a mysterious English stranger
shows up at her homestead and sets everything she thought she knew
about her world on end.
Sara is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist.
Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome
Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her
B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series,
An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted
into the children’s book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids),
written for her own chunky baby.
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Meet Detective Mick Meiser of the Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath

Character Post: Detective Mick Meiser

I’ve wanted to work in law enforcement my entire life—as far back as I can remember. I have VERY good reasons for wanting to have order in my life—one in which is a secret that I want to keep from Jolie. I don’t want to lose her, and I’m not sure she’d understand.

Life hit me below the belt recently with an illness. I’m struggling to cope with the diagnosis. All of my hard work to become a cop, then working my way up the ladder to detective in my early thirties could all be thrown out the door in a matter of years. Everything depends on the prognosis of this disease. But I have a back-up plan. Of course, I’m juggling all of this when into my life walks this curly-haired blonde with these huge, indigo-blue eyes, I tell you, they are bottomless. They have seen things, but they never look scared. woman with these amazing indigo, ocean blue eyes behind those long, blonde curls that look tired from life but never look scared. She points those beautiful things at me and it’s like she sees me and all my past and my pain—which is weird. I know she doesn’t know—but it feels like she gets it. She’s smarter than any woman I’ve met–my age or older. She’s got an old soul. She’s so honest—and not at the same time. She’ll lie right to my face, then take it all back in less than a minute. She’s an enigma—that’s for sure.

Even though my past and my illness haunt me daily, I’ve found happiness in this small village of Leavensport. Right now, I’m just renting. I haven’t fully put down roots, but I plan to. So far, I’m able to continue as a detective. My brother, who was the mayor of Tri-City where I used to live, and work caused a ruckus recently and had to resign. I’ve managed to not have to go into too much detail over that mess—so far.

I can feel a shift in the air. Things are changing in Leavensport—heating up with the summer months. I plan on getting Jolie on a date if it’s the last thing I do. But I also fear some dark secrets will come out.

 

About the Book

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder

(The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in the Series

JalapenoMurder_cover_hi_res_1563x2500 (3)Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlife of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.

 

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Annabel Lee: The Story of a Woman, Written By Herself by Christopher Conlon

Annabel Lee:
The Story of a Woman, Written By Herself
by Christopher Conlon
Genre: Historical Gothic
Everybody knows Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”—but who was she really?
In this haunting and evocative novel, Christopher Conlon (“one of
the preeminent names in contemporary literary horror”—
Booklist)
imagines a life for one of literature’s most renowned characters.
Hers is a chronicle even more thrilling, doom-haunted, and tragic
than Poe himself could have conceived, for here Annabel Lee tells her
own story in her own words…for the first time.

Christopher Conlon (b. 1962) is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker
Award-winning anthology “He Is Legend” (Gauntlet/Tor), a
tribute to author Richard Matheson which was reprinted by the Science
Fiction Book Club and in multiple foreign translations. His novel
“Savaging the Dark” was included in Booklist’s “Top
Ten: Horror” for 2015 (starred review) and acclaimed by Paste
Magazine both as one of the 21 Best Horror Books of the 21st Century
and as one of the 50 Best Horror Novels of All Time. Two of his
earlier novels, “Midnight on Mourn Street” and “A
Matrix of Angels,” were finalists for the Stoker Award, and he
has written numerous collections of stories and poems along with two
full-length stage plays. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Conlon holds
an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Maryland and
lives in the Washington, DC area.
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Nothing About Us Without Us: The Adventures of the Cartoon Republican Army by David Perlmutter

Nothing About Us Without Us:
The Adventures of the Cartoon Republican Army
by David Perlmutter
Genre: Fantasy
Anybody who loves animated cartoons should be interested in knowing the truth
about them. Which is that they have lives after the camera stops
filming, and pretty interesting ones at that. This book will give you
the truth about who they are and what they feel, direct from their
lips. Particularly about how the leaders of the world want them out
of the way, for
good….
David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television
Animation
(McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of
Jefferson Ball
(Amazon Kindle/Smashwords), The Pups
(Booklocker.com), Certain Private Conversations and Other
Stories
(Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt (Scarlet Leaf
Publishing), Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville
Press, forthcoming), The Encyclopedia of American Animated
Television Shows
(Rowman and Littlefield) and Nothing About Us
Without Us (
Amazon Kindle Direct Prime). His short stories can be
read on Curious Fictions at Curious Fictions/David Perlmutter. He can
be reached on Facebook at David Perlmutter-Writer, Twitter at
@DKPLJW1, and Tumblr at The Musings of David Perlmutter
(yesdavidperlmutterfan).
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Flobella Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimension by Altheta G.D. Waverly

Flobella
Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimension
by Altheta G.D. Waverly
Genre: MG Fantasy
Flobella is a creatress but doesn’t know it.
Orphaned when she was four, twelve-year-old Flobella now lives a sad, drab
life with her cruel aunt and uncle. Only painting and the
maybe-memory of a woman who might be her mother hugging her in a
purple garden makes her feel alive. But one day while painting, the
swirl of colors begins to lift off the page, revealing a tiny fairy
named Mumu whom Flobella follows through the spiral into the Creative
Idea Dimension, a land of imagination and ideas.
When Flobella misses her opportunity to exit the spiral, the only way home
is to follow the creative path to a gold door and Evo, a wise man who
lives beyond the door and can help her find her way. Along her
fantastical journey, she meets an array of magical creatures, each of
whom presents a different creative path. But in a world of
possibilities, she must find her own way, and the
ruminudgies will do anything to stop her from fulfilling her destiny,
as the dimension of creativity hangs in the balance…
An inspired and creative adventure awaits in an imaginative
Alice-in-Wonderland-like fairy-tale world—where mysterious gardens,
dark forests and magical fields are populated with wizards,
talking ladybugs, white idea birds, a quantum kitty, andTimette, a
lavender tea-loving time guide, and more—in this exciting
first book in the Adventures in the Creative Idea Dimensionseries by
debut author Altheta G.D. Waverly.
Altheta G.D. Waverly created Flobella’s Adventures in the Creative Idea
Dimension to immerse the reader in a creative landscape. She lives
with her family (a mini creative collective) in a garden state not
too far from the ocean and loves to visit lavender groves.
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Deco Dames, Demon Rum and Death (Jazz Age Mystery Series)

 

Welcome to Defining Ways, Ellen Mansoor Collier.

  • Your book covers are a beautiful example of Art Deco. What made you interested in the 1920? Thank you! I couldn’t decide between illustrated Deco covers or covers with vintage photos/images so I did both—and it’s made my life very complicated, lol.  Between journalism jobs, I worked for two interior designers/ antique dealers and loved the sleek style of Art Deco: the fashions, furniture, cars, purses, accessories, architecture. As I learned more about the era, I realized how important it was socially for women, giving them liberation and opportunity. When women gained the right to vote, they felt free to work, go to college, drive, create. My grandmother earned a college degree and became a teacher, like my mother, who taught high school World History.
  • Are you from Galveston? I ask because my grandparents lived there for a year or two in the 1920s. How cool! How’d they end up in Galveston?  I grew up in Houston and Galveston was the go-to place for summer vacations, beach parties, honeymoons. In high school, a group of us ate at Gaido’s famed seafood restaurant on the Seawall (mentioned in DECO DAMES) before a formal dance—the drive then only took an hour, while today it can take at least two in traffic.
  • How many books are in your series? 5 total—DECO DAMES will be my last in the series, unless Amazon or Netflix come calling!
  • Is rum the base for your favorite drinks? What is your favorite 1920s drink?  I’m not a big drinker, but I’d like to sample a few! I do enjoy pina coladas—aren’t they made with rum? As a Texan, I’m partial to margaritas, particularly mango or raspberry.
  • How old are the male characters in your books and why?  My male protagonists, Sammy, Agent Burton, Nathan and the cub reporters, tend to be young, early to late 20s, the gangsters are in their 20s-30s, but the older reporters/ editors/gangsters are in their 50s.  I wanted to show the contrast of the young, naive, impulsive and inexperienced men between the older, jaded and not always wiser males (Mack, the senior journalist/some gang leaders).
  • How old are the female protagonists in your books and why? My female protagonists, Jazz and Amanda, tend to be young, early 20s, but Aunt Eva is roughly mid-30s and Jazz’s boss, Mrs. Harper is in her 50s. Jazz Cross, my heroine, and the younger women are at the stage where they’re rebelling against the status quo and trying to find their place in society.
  • Can you share some of the things that impacted you most in your research of the era?   Despite their new-found freedoms, many women remained stuck in the Victorian era (Aunt Eva), depending on men to give them support and status. Sadly, lots of men refused to accept the changing times and insisted women should become or remain homemakers and not find jobs outside of the home.
  • Best wishes for the greatest success with all your books.  Many thanks for featuring my Jazz Age series and all the great questions! Ellen
About the Book 
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Decodame Press (December 28, 2018)
When young Galveston Gazette society reporter Jazz Cross hears rumors of grave robbers at the Broadway Cemetery, she and photographer Nathan Blaine investigate, hoping to land a scoop. The newshawks witness meetings held by clandestine gangs and enlist the help of her beau, Prohibition Agent James Burton, who attempts to catch the elusive culprits red-handed.
Meanwhile, the supernatural craze takes Galveston by storm, and Jazz is assigned to profile the society set’s favorite fortune teller, Madame Farushka. Sightings of a ghost bride haunting the Hotel Galvez intrigue Jazz, who sets up a Ouija board reading and séance with the spiritualist. Did the bride-to-be drown herself—or was she murdered?
Luckily, Sammy Cook, her black-sheep half-brother, has escaped the Downtown Gang and now acts as the maître d’ for the Hollywood Dinner Club, owned by rival Beach Gang leaders. During a booze bust, the Downtown Gang’s mob boss, Johnny Jack Nounes, is caught and Jazz worries: will Sammy be forced to testify against his former boss? Worse, when a mystery man turns up dead, Sammy is framed for murder and Jazz must solve both murders and help clear Sammy’s name.
As the turf war between rival gangs rages on, Jazz relies on her wits and moxie to rescue her brother and her friends before the Downtown Gang exacts its revenge.
 
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer/editor whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines, including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMO, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories have appeared in WOMAN’S WORLD. She’s profiled a variety of people, from CEOs and celebrities (including Suze Orman), to charity founders (Nancy Brinker et al) and do-gooders. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items. (www.deco-dame.com)
 
Formerly she’s worked as a magazine editor, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism, where she enjoyed frou-frou cocktails and lots of lattes. When she’s not concocting stories, she enjoys traveling, shopping at flea markets, listening to instrumental jazz, reading cozy mysteries (of course) and taking walks with her husband Gary and hyper Chow mixes (Coco and Champagne).

 

 
 

 

The Immortals The Immortal Brotherhood Book 1 a Paranormal Fantasy by Alesha Escobar & H.M. Jones

The Immortals
The Immortal Brotherhood Book 1
by Alesha Escobar & H.M. Jones
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Raina Black steals treasures from warlords, spies on governments and
corporations, and sleeps like a baby at night. But after a
particularly rough job where she inexplicably wakes up in a tomb in
Cairo, things get weird.
First, Noah Mason, a man she swears she saw die, approaches her, claiming to
be a demon hunter. Then, Noah insists she must fulfill her family
legacy by helping him restore the Immortal Brotherhood…before all
hell breaks loose.
But Raina wants no part of it. Going up against dark supernatural forces
is above her pay grade. However, when the promise of a cure for her
terminally ill sister hangs in the balance, Raina decides that the
Immortal Brotherhood could solve her problems.
Between dodging bounty hunters, non-sparkly vampires, and Noah Mason’s
smoldering gaze, Raina has to use her skill and wit to pull off the
most dangerous job she’s ever taken on.
**Only .99 cents!!**
A Discovery of Faeries
The Immortal Brotherhood Book 2

When Noah Mason’s boss ventures into Faerieland and doesn’t return, he
figures he ought to get her back before apocalyptic chaos reigns.

Lady Arabella is the only person on earth who can open and shut doorways
to the mythical land of magic and terror, and if her power falls into
the wrong hands, everyone’s screwed.
But, he’s not going alone.
The raven-haired Raina Black with her powerful Seer Stone is by his side,
joined by Chinonso the Reaper and Thomas the Time Traveler.
Unfortunately, they all must tolerate Raina’s double-crossing
sister Trixie, as well. After her brush with dark magic, they
don’t trust her to be left alone, and her gift with sorcery may
come in handy.
In this second installment, the Immortal Brotherhood faces down
otherworldly creatures, trying not to bring on the wrath of the
Faerie Queen, while also outmaneuvering a secret society
seeking to possess powers never meant for men. Throw into the mix a
bloodthirsty serial killer with dangerous magic at his command, and
the Brotherhood has their work cut out for them.
**Only .99 cents!!**
Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys
reading everything from Tolkien and the Dresden Files, to the
Hellblazer comics and classic literature. She’s the author of the
bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural
thriller set in an alternate World War II. The trilogy hit the
bestsellers lists at Amazon (Top 60 in the entire Kindle store), as
well as iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble online, and Amazon UK.
Alesha is also the co-author of the bestselling Aria Knight Chronicles and
Immortal Brotherhood series.
Besides being a loving warrior mom to her six children, she enjoys crafts,
consuming more coffee than is necessary, and spending time with her
husband Luis, a 20-year art veteran for The Simpsons television show.
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Monsterland Monsterland Series Book 1 by Michael Okon

Genre: YA Horror
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.
Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then
his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his
new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best
friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has
gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and
popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school
quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.
But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend
the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where
guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by
werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions,
what could possibly go wrong?
Monsterland Reanimated
Monsterland Series Book 2
After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos.
World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and
communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries
of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and
alert the government about a traitor-in-chief.
During his journey he discovers a new threat released
from the bowels of the defunct theme park.
When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob,
and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland,
who will survive?
“Another true gem of dark fantasy action/adventure by a master of the genre,
Michael Okon’s “Monsterland Reanimated” is unreservedly
recommended for community library Contemporary Fantasy Fiction
collections.” – Midwest Book Review
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance.
Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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A Life Singular A Life Singular Series Book 1 by Lorraine Pestell Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is a seven-part
contemporary fiction serial.
The books’ themes are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make
between right and wrong, and how one affects the other over the
relentless passage of time. Sales proceeds go to two Australian
non-profit organisations assisting young people with their education:
EdConnect Australia and The Smith Family.
Dealing with some of the more complex social justice issues of our age, the
universal theme of love and our fascination for celebrity spirit the
reader behind the scenes of a superstar family who are plunged into
grief, proving that there are always many sides to a story we see in
the media. The important events in our public lives are always
overshadowed by the backstory’s real truth.
A Life Singular
A Life Singular Series Book 1
by Lorraine Pestell
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

First in Epic 7-part Serial: Love and Loss, Celebrity and Secrets

The Endless Pursuit of Love and Wisdom

What do you do when you lose the one who gave your life meaning? You write
about it. You tell the world how amazing it is to love and be loved
by someone so special, what love helps you achieve and how it makes
you stronger.
Jeff Diamond had built a life of influence, adulation and wealth by making
the right choices for the right reasons. He lived by the law of
reciprocity, a lesson learned on the streets as a teenager with
nothing but an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Plagued by the
scars of a violent childhood, he created his vision and fought for
it. And once he no longer needed to fight for himself, he fought for others.
Yet when Jeff’s dream girl was taken from him and their children by the
ignorant act of a jealous misfit from his own home town, the
millionnaire realised just how far he had come. Why had he succeeded
when so many like him fail? It wasn’t complicated. The secret lay
in the endless pursuit of love and wisdom; life’s two magic
ingredients. Now Lynn was gone, he resolved to use his remaining days
to account for their life in a way that would inspire young people to
make his type of choice rather than García’s.
Then after their story was written, he would be free to go after her, to
begin the whole incredible journey over again. Everyone has a life
singular: one; unique; extraordinary.
A Life Found
A Life Singular Series Book 2
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an
interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would
have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct
quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect,
and her parents…
As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press
about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly
personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of
memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true
account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his
beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on
public record.
When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about
meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in
recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back
to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into
the computer.
Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded
him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth
birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had
left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but
Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day
resume. Once their story had been told.
A Life Entwined
A Life Singular Series Book 3
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an
interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would
have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct
quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect,
and her parents.
Fame and fortune beckoned. Jeff Diamond was a success, whatever that
meant. Fans followed him everywhere, reporters and photographers hid
around every corner and journalists recorded his many indiscretions.
A whole different world to the downtrodden streets of Sydney’s
south-west, where vices were satisfied by using people to one’s
best advantage.
The star had more money than he could spend, his opinion suddenly
counted, and the opportunities to feed his ever-hungry mind were
plentiful. Yet the demons continued to torment him, no longer
protected by the guardian angel who had been spirited away as soon as
her family found out who Jeff Diamond was and where he had come from.
Suddenly the ambitious businessman and philanthropist found himself in the
fight of his life. He would win Lynn’s heart by showing her father
he was worthy, and by convincing his dream girl that they had
something worth fighting for. Would she risk throwing her privileged
lifestyle away for a man whose public persona depended on alcohol,
drugs and a string of pretty girls?
Jeff had nothing to lose. The trappings of his new life held little
significance until the soul-mates were reunited. This was where their
life singular really began. Up until this point, there had only been
playtime. Now they must step up and take responsibility. It was up to them.
A Life Lived
A Life Singular Series Book 4
So this was it! Lynn and Jeff, two celebrities driven to change the
world together, had grasped their life singular with both hands and
were not about to let go. They had the Midas touch, gifted through
the virtues of reciprocity and a deepening understanding of right
versus wrong.
The prospect of turning two into four, mirroring the black jetstone ring
that lived on the handsome man’s right hand, filled the couple with
excitement. Never in his wildest dreams had the no-good street kid
imagined himself as a father. His own had given him nothing. So much
less than nothing, in fact.
Should Jeff settle that score? Was it worth disturbing the paradise they had
planned, where their well-established careers showed no sign of
slowing down and their hard work yielded so much for so many?
Surfacing past wrongs and holding people to account for setting them
right were part and parcel of letting go, his dream girl had
insisted. And who was he to argue? She had been right all along.
As the book’s extraordinary chapters continued to document the
achievements of their life singular, the solitary author cried and
smiled in equal measure through the arrival of a small boy with
blond, curly hair and the sultry gipsy girl who could see inside his
soul from the moment she was born. Lynn had given him two new friends
who must now be steered through their young lives, learning their own
lessons about the endless pursuit of love and wisdom.
A Life Tested
A Life Singular Series Book 5
The world was an enormous place; full of good and evil, beauty and
ugliness, wonder and despair. Sometimes all seemed lost, returning
from the latest round of negotiations and attempting to balance the
surreal career of a chart-topping musician with the demands of an
advocate for those discarded by mainstream society. With every
problem the Diamonds worked to solve, a new one would be right around
the corner.
All was not lost, however. Unity and liberty, the
twin spirits living in two perfect beings waiting for him at home,
were all Jeff needed to spur him on. They would one day inherit the
world which he and his beautiful best friend were intent on changing
for the better, along with the millions of others who wrote to the
couple every day, seeking ever more of their energy, time and money.
The tired author kept reverting to the theme of
reciprocity. We should never take more than we give. If only they
could convince enough people of their byword… It was right that the
struggle should never end. What would he do if it did? There was no
room for self-satisfied fat cats in their life singular. What sort of
example might that set for those who must follow?
Lynn had departed, the children were growing stronger now, and the widower
heard the clock ticking night after night after night. Still with so
many amazing experiences to recount, the lost boy knew his dream girl
couldn’t wait forever. He was grateful for this opportunity to set
the record straight, but gratitude could only take him so far.
A Life Loved
A Life Singular Series Book 6
Lynn Dyson and Jeff Diamond had become the celebrity couple with the Midas
touch. With their son showing every sign of fulfilling his sporting
destiny and a teenaged daughter who was already driven to right the
world’s wrongs, they were showered with accolades and adoration
from every corner of the globe.
How had this nobody from the
wrong side of the tracks got so lucky? With his dream girl by his
side every step of the way, the superstar’s multi-faceted career
knew no bounds. Politicians clamoured for photo-opportunities, the
press hung on his every word and the success of their business empire
funnelled millions of dollars into worthy causes.
No wonder they had been an assassination target! Jeff’s autobiography
foretold this omen with twenty-twenty hindsight, his open wounds
smarting with each obvious opulent and outspoken occasion. “The
higher you climb, the harder you fall.” This tedious cliché rang
true for the father as he captured his teenagers’ many exploits for
posterity. He and Lynn had dared to scale enormous heights, paying
the ultimate price far too soon.
Had it all been worth it?
The book held these secrets, painstakingly transcribed by a man who
couldn’t wait to find out what was to come. Whether taken from his
lover’s journals, the children’s memories or the cataclysm of
poetry pouring from his lonely heart, the months leading up to his
next challenge had legitimised every decision the forever couple had
ever made.
He only hoped the same good fortune would hold true in the next lifetime.
A Life After
A Life Singular Series Book 7
“Their Handbook For Life Was Complete. Not A Cast-Iron Guarantee, But
A Good Start For Anyone Looking For Answers. The Rest Was Up To
Its Readers To Make Their Own Life Singular. Jeff Diamond
Sealed The Envelope On His Manuscript, Content That He Had Fully
Accounted For The Life That Had Brought Him To Where He Was Today.
Alone.
Lynn Would Be Pleased With The Way Their Autobiography Had Turned Out,
Complete With A Carefully Selected Set Of Photographs And Proof-Read
From Cover To Cover By Their Gorgeous Daughter.
It was now time to finish things off properly, and that began by
acknowledging the mate who had stood by Jeff for almost thirty
years. Gerry Blake had been his squash partner, his manager,
his drinking buddy and his best man through the whole incredible
journey, in so many ways his alter-ego. He was now getting
married for the first time at forty-seven years old, no doubt spooked
by what had happened to his old friend.
The thankful billionnaire and the ghost living inside his heart were
determined to give Gerry and his new wife the very best send-off,
before continuing on their own quest for reunion. Would they
find a way to be together again? And how would the kids know to
keep telling their singular story?
Book 7 in the series is twinned with “Le Roi se meurt (The
King is Dead)”
by Eugène Ionesco.
Available December 2019.”
Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has had a successful IT career in the
UK, US, Europe, Singapore, and more recently Australia. Lorraine is a
life-long sufferer of Clinical Depression and Post-traumatic Stress
Disorder. She began using writing as therapy, attempting to find her
place in the world. “A Life Singular” soon developed into
an epic family saga, with the first book published in 2013. She
currently resides in Central Victoria with her rescued Belgian
Shepherd, Nikki.
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