Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Jamell Crouthers

Dear Reader…

Thank you for taking the time to read my book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun. This is a series of 5 books that delves into the life of Gary who is on the police force. He is one of the good cops on the police force who get caught up in police corruption, lies, racism, falsified reports and trying to keep his sanity through it all. This series is different than other books as these books are written in a poetry prose format and its character driven and spoken from Gary’s perspective.

What inspired me to write this series is all of the police brutality and killings of unarmed black men in America. While we always see and hear about the victims, the story is never told from a police officer’s perspective. So I decided to write a fictional character that is dealing with the daily struggles of being on the police force and whether he’s going to report his superiors and coworkers. Gary is caught up in his paycheck, medical benefits and pension. It’s do his 20 years and retire unscathed but it doesn’t always work out that way.

Another aspect of these books is the story line not only focuses on life on the police force for Gary but also dealing with life at home. He has a son named Gary, Jr and a wife. Gary, Jr. wants to be just like his father and become a police officer when he grows up. What Gary, Jr. doesn’t know is what goes on with his father until he starts seeing the news and his father is in front of his television screen every morning before school.

As the series progresses, Gary deals with many struggles in his mind and develops an alcohol addiction. It becomes his coping mechanism to escape from the reality he deals with everyday in his city. A large amount of police officers in today’s world have an alcohol addiction, drug addiction or a combination of both because of the stresses of his job. His escape to the suburbs and having a home there doesn’t help as his life of turmoil follows him there. He just doesn’t know of what magnitude until it’s too late.

Hopefully you the reader will enjoy reading the first book and continue to read the series as the first 3 books of the series are in all major bookstores. The ending of the series Parts 4 and 5 will be released in December.

Thank you for reading this book, I hope you enjoy the journey. I appreciate every reader and my goal is “to change the world one book at a time.”


Jamell Crouthers

About the Author

Jamell Crouthers is a poet, author, blogger and podcaster who has taken on a journey of writing in the prime of his life. He has been writing poetry since the age of 13 but never thought he could utilize his talent to tell stories and write books. He is not the traditional author as he writes his books in poetry format with a focus on storylines and societal issues.

After publishing 11 books (so far), his goals and plans are to continue writing books on taboo subjects that aren't discussed enough in today's world and bringing those main subjects to the forefront. Jamell's blogs tackle societal issues, how he writes his books, his journey as an author and some motivational blogs that will get you to focus on your goals. His goal and moniker is, "to change the world, one book at a time."

Jamell’s Code Blue series can be purchased at Amazon.

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About the Series:

The Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun series chronicles a police officer named Gary who has been on the force for a few years. He soon is entrenched in a lot of lies, corruption, racism and agendas being pushed by his superiors. The question throughout this series is whether he as a good cop becomes part of the corruption or does he report it?

Part of this series features his son Gary, Jr who is a young teenager wanting to be like his father and go into the police force. He soon learns through the news daily that the police force is not what it really is. Gary ends up having to share the truths of what goes on at work and the relationship between him and his son changes because of it. Now it becomes up to Gary what he is going to do about what goes on at work.

Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 87
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 89
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Author: Jamell Crouthers
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 99
Genre: Poetry prose/literary fiction


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Monday, October 8, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Philip M. Fishman

Dear Reader…

I, of course, do not know if you have already gotten my book, Aren't the Emperor's New Clothes Grand, and are reading it; or just reading this letter to satisfy your curiosity.  Either way, I know something about you.  You, definitely, are not a member of the Trump cult.   Is “cult” a tad harsh?   Have you never encountered an individual who rejoices at his every tweet and ignores or excuses the President's continual contradictions?   Among the contradictions my book abounds with is his stance as a fiscal conservative.  During the campaign, he had promised that he would elimnate the Federal debt of $19 trillion in eight years.  Instead, he is on track to be the President with the largest debt increase in history.   Where does Trump stand on global warming and climate change?  Most people would say he believes it's a hoax as he has repeated over the years as early as 2012.  Yet, he supports subsidies to alternative energies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The biggest joke is his support of corn-based ethanol as an extender for gasoline.  The joke is that it takes more energy to produce a suitable low moisture ethanol than is derived from its use.  He was hailed for exiting the Paris Agreement on limiting greenhouse gases; but upon leaving he stated that he would be willing to renegotiate.  If limiting greenhouse gases is part of a hoax, what is there to negotiate?  I guess you will have to ask a member of the cult.  

In the book's introduction, I make reference to a book, titled The Mass Psychology of Fascism written in 1933 by Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian psychiatrist.  An English translation of a summary is available on the internet in PDF format.  I suggest you take a look.  I think you will find it intriguing and maybe a little bit scary.
 I am what is referred to as a Never-Trumper; but many people misunderstand what that implies.  If someone says that he (or she) disagrees with what ever Trump says or does, that individual is being disingenuous; because it is impossible to know where Trump stands on most issues.  At various times, he is on one side ; and at other times his position is exactly the opposite.  So, I certainly don't disagree with the man all the time; but I do distrust him all the time.  I know you are not a cult member; but at this point, I don't know how strong your view of Trump is.  If you are currently neutral or, perhaps, just a little on the negative side; I hope by the end of the book that you will have swung over, at least, slightly to my position.
 My book is a satirical critique of our President; so I certainly hope that it will evoke some chuckles; but I think you will find it to be dead serious.  Without hyperbole, I truly believe Trump is a threat to our Constitution and Republic; and I think if you read my book objectively, you may come to the same conclusion.  

About the Author

At 79, Philip M. Fishman has a dual role since his wife's stroke ten years ago.  The main one is as a caregiver; but when he is not busy with her, he is a writer.

He loves to blog on Face Book; but he has also self-published four books.  The first was a memoir of a brief teaching career after retirement, titled, Teacher's Gotta Dance.  The second was a rebuttal to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.  His title is A Really Inconvenient Truth- The Case Against the Theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming.  For that book, he relied on his scientific background as well as a lot of research.  His third was a near future political novel, titled, Secession- A Republic Reborn.  Several sub-plots include the subject of his previous book as well as some innovative approaches to dealing with Islamic terrorism, our drug problem, immigration, and tax reform.  His latest is his most controversial of all, titled, Aren't the Emperor's New Clothes Grand.  It's a       
satirical critique of our President and is a take-off of Hans Cristian Andersen's fable, The Emperor's New Clothes.  The reference is to Trump's cult-like following, which seemingly ignores all his lies and broken promises.  Fishman gives an iron-clad guarantee that if you like Trump; you will hate his book.



About the Book:

If you love Trump, sorry, this book is not for you.  If, on the other hand, you are horrified at what this
man is doing,  I think you will enjoy it.   I read a very interesting book recently that discussed despots and their common characteristics. What, then, are the characteristics of a despot? They attack free speech and the press. They threaten political opponents with prison. They scapegoat certain minorities to rally their base and divert attention from other problems. They engage in nepotism and use their office for personal and family enrichment. They attack and vilify the judiciary, legitimate law enforcement, and essentially anyone in government who is not considered absolutely loyal.  And, through a type of mass hysteria, they create a cult following.

Does any of this sound familiar? No, our President is not a despot..yet; but individuals do not become despots spontaneously- they evolve. My  book, AREN'T THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES GRAND, is a satirical critique.   As a satire, the book is humorous; but the subject is dead serious. Without hyperbole, I truly believe Trump is a threat to our Constitution and Republic; and I think if you read my book objectively, you will probably come to the same conclusion.   


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Daniel Kenner

Hey there reader! My mom, Maureen, knew at twelve years old what she wanted to do, and she was able to live her dream. She could think of no better accomplishment than teaching a child to read or helping them see themselves as inventors and thinkers of big ideas. The deeper she got into her long flowing career, the more it reinforced the idea she was where she supposed to be. The rewards she found in teaching the handicapped and disenfranchised were small moments loaded with power and inspiration. For thirty-five years, the students held the most important role in strengthening her skills as a lifelong learner. Witnessing how they and their families made difficult decisions through hardships and limitations, challenges and setbacks, reinforced her desire to push on, empathetic and tough.
Diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer five months after her husband, and my father, Buddy, was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia, Mom’s world turned to chaos. She got more and more sick at a time when she was forced to take on new roles. But, she remembered the faces of the children. By doing so, she continued to find hope in all of the moments along the way, and actively participated in life. Room For Grace is a memoir of a teacher, a wife and a mother inspired by the lessons she learned from her students. Emulating the strength of her true competitors, warriors and winners, Mom got through sixty-three chemotherapy treatments.
Mom was always confident her students knew they could count on her to do her very best; just as she counted on them to help make the world a little bit brighter each day. My mom was the teacher who encouraged her students to expect a lot from themselves. In her classroom they were allowed to dream, no future too far off.  They were taught to choose hope and to accept help from others. There were values, she urged, they must remember to help them continue to grow. The first was perseverance. Mom was positive that from their time at school, they learned how to spell it, but more importantly, they learned what it looked like. It was up to them to be eternal optimists and cheerleaders for their friends. But mostly, Mom focused on compassion and tolerance. “Be respectful of individual differences and remain curious about the unique personalities of all your peers,” she’d say. “Don’t be fearful to interact and work with people who look different and who act differently than you.” Often, while on the sidelines, Mom stood proudly, watching with delight acts of compassion and friendship her students displayed toward each other and toward members of their community. It was from her student’s purest of actions that Mom internalized these lessons and carried them with her into chemotherapy, time and time again. Because of them, Mom remained optimistic about the future.
I’m so proud to share Room For Grace and my parents with you. More information can be found at

About the Authors

Daniel Kenner rocked out to Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” while other infants sang “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” A proud member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and National Players Tour 60, Daniel was a Presidential Arts Scholar at George Washington University and Scholarship recipient at The British American Drama Academy. Directed the Washington D.C. premier of Sarah Kane’s Crave. Author of the manuscript, Roux. Winner of the Rhode Island Playwriting Festival for his World War II letters home drama, Fields of Sacrifice. Adapted Les Misérables for high school stages.
Maureen Kenner’s heart was in the classroom. For thirty-five years she was a Special Education teacher in the Providence Public Schools. Born and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Maureen graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in education and later earned a Master’s Degree from Providence College. Maureen was a vital influence at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point, working tirelessly as a mentor for the betterment of all children and their families. Honored with many accolades throughout her career, Maureen was awarded Providence Teacher of the Year in 2003. Living with cancer, as a model patient, Maureen exemplified integrity, courage, grace, and hope. For thirty-one years, through sickness and health, Maureen was the beloved soul mate to the late Jacob “Buddy” Kenner, her intense love recognized in 2016 as a Rhode Island Caregiver of the Year.



About the Book:

Author: Daniel Kenner & Maureen Kenner
Publisher: Silver Boot Imprints
Pages: 200
Genre: Memoir & Biography


Stage 4 cancer for her and a debilitating disease for her husband: life crashed down in an instant. Maureen Kenner found resilience, however, in the lessons she learned from her Special Ed students in Providence, RI. Her students lived with their hearts opened despite struggles of the highest magnitude. Through these students, Maureen gains courage, humor, and the strength of spirit to face her devastating realities, head on. Maureen’s oral history was captured by her son Daniel who tenderly wrought this book out of their recorded conversations. Through anecdotes and hard-earned lessons, Maureen tackles challenge after challenge and reframes daily struggles with a positive outlook allowing her to transcend and conquer mortal fears with dignity and room for grace.


"Maureen Kenner was one of those people who brightened every room she entered. Thanks to Room for Grace, that light is not extinguished. Although her story shares great sadness, Room for Grace is a book of hope and a celebration of life that sheds Maureen’s light on us all."

—Ann Hood, Author of The Obituary Writer and The Red Thread

“In these pages, you will find a story like no other. Maureen’s story is one of courage and love, a story that will move you to your core.”

—David Flink, Chief Empowerment Officer, Eye to Eye

“The piercing light of Maureen’s compassion, love and intelligence, will leave every reader wanting to reach out in the spirit of service and live life to the fullest.”

—Annie Lanzillotto, Author of Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stagelight

“Buddy Kenner was a big-hearted teacher, universally beloved by all, a warrior for the arts and their importance in the curriculum. Amazing and unique guy. Read this book.”

Tom Chandler, Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emeritus



Friday, September 28, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Marty Roppelt

Dear Reader…

I've always loved the game of baseball. Not everyone does, and I understand you may be one of those folks. Yes, the game of professional baseball is central to the plot of Mortal Foe. Don't worry. I've been very careful to make sure Foe doesn't go so far into the statistics and intricacies of the game that anyone gets lost. I've never been one of those guys who lives for and by the numbers. The stories, the legends and the myths always fascinated me more. 

Granted, greatness is found by comparing one player's numbers to the numbers of other players. Lou Gehrig's string of playing in 2,130 consecutive games, for example. Think about that. He played in every game, through every ding, dent and illness, for 17 seasons. Which one of us has never called in sick? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ended the string, and his life. Cal Ripkin, Jr. broke Gehrig's record, but not until 56 years later. What a great story!

And there's the example set by the larger-than-life Babe Ruth. Ruth partied like there was no game tomorrow, even though there usually was. He struck out 1,330 times. But he also hit 714 home runs, a record that stood for nearly 40 years. Here was a guy with major flaws, sticking to it and getting the job done despite all the times he failed.

Ruth was also central to a myth that edges more into Mortal Foe's paranormal territory. The Babe started his major league career in 1914 with the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher, and a very good one. By 1918 he had helped the Sox win two World Series. But in the winter of 1919, the Red Sox sold his contract to the New York Yankees, where Ruth would become a legend. The Red Sox didn't win another Series for 86 years. The drought became known as the Curse of the Bambino, after one of Ruth's nicknames. They would come close on occasion, but always lose in some bizarre or ironic way.

Let's debunk the curse, though. Ruth still played the 1919 season in Boston. They ended up in 6th place, and the contract sale only happened afterwards. Still, it makes another great story.
While I'm on fun and inexplicable baseball lore, few are more fun than the Chicago Cubs' Goat Curse. In 1945, the Chicago Cubs played against the Detroit Tigers. Game 4 was played at Chicago's Wrigley Field. A tavern owner named William Cianis brought his pet goat, Murphy, to the game. The smell of the goat bothered other fans, and Cianis and Murphy were escorted out of the stadium. Cianis reportedly cursed the Cubs, saying, "They ain't gonna win no more." The Cubs lost that game and the Series, and didn't win another Series for 71 years.

Then again, the last time they won a Series before 1945 was in 1908. No one claimed a curse for the previous 36 seasons.

I love stuff like this, but it made me wonder why no one has claimed a curse in Cleveland. The Indians' last won a World Series in 1948. They've lost several Series since. Why no curse there?

Enter Mortal Foe.

I guess I'm getting a little carried away. Frankly, if Foe gives you a reason to peek in your closet before bed, or to look over your shoulder on a dark street—or if it gives you a little food for thought—then I feel I've done my job.

And who knows? You might become a baseball fan.

Thanks for reading Mortal Foe.


About the Author

Marty Roppelt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His original profession was acting on stage, in local commercials and training films and in film. This means that he has experienced life through a wide variety of day and night jobs, from barista to waiter and bartender to security guard, amongst many others. He lives in Illinois with his wife, Becky, and their eccentric cat, Fritz. Mortal Foe is his debut novel.



About the Book:

Author: Marty Roppelt
Publisher: Dragon Breath Press
Pages: 213
Genre: Supernatural Thriller

A picture is worth a thousand words… But what if that image can only be seen through the lens of one camera? What is the snapshot can only be seen by a select few? What if the photo has its origins in the pit of Hell? What is that face belongs to an enemy bent on destruction? This is Buddy Cullen's fate when he first dreams of his grandfather's death and then inherits his grandfather's antique camera and captures an image that haunts him and seeks his death. Can Buddy survive the curse that he sarcastically dubs "Popcorn"—a curse that no one wants to believe exists and stalks the city of Cleveland, beginning with its baseball team—a mortal foe?



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Margaret Mizushima

Dear Reader…

I’m pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery. Set in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, this is the fourth episode in a series that features Deputy Mattie Cobb, her German shepherd partner Robo, and veterinarian Cole Walker. Together they solve crimes that affect their peaceful mountain community.

These mysteries are police procedurals with heart. Each episode is a mixture of K-9 cop action, veterinary work, and family relationships, as well as a murder case to investigate and solve.

The original idea for the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series was conceived in a veterinary clinic and born at my kitchen table. My husband of thirty-six years is a veterinarian. After one of his clients told him about the problem of drug smuggling through Colorado’s national forests, my husband shared the information with me over lunch, and the backdrop for the series came to light. The characters sprang from my past experiences while assisting my husband and training search-and-rescue dogs; and since I grew up on a cattle ranch just east of the continental divide, the mountainous, small-town setting also came from my past, not to mention my heart.

Once a mystery writer creates setting and characters, all kinds of murder and mayhem can happen. The mystery in Burning Ridge begins when the charred body of a man is found in a shallow grave near Redstone Ridge, an otherwise beautiful spot in the mountain wilderness. Mattie and Robo are called to investigate. But this is no ordinary crime, and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a personal connection to the dead man that she never could have imagined.

I invite you to join me, along with Mattie, Robo, and Cole, for this action-packed adventure. And I hope that you enjoy reading Burning Ridge as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Wishing you all the best,

Margaret Mizushima