Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Karen Carew Oakes

Dear Reader…

Drewsilla, the Shelter Puppy is a real dog that had a very rough start at life. Drewsilla, and her litter mates were found abandoned, on the side of the road next to their mother, who had been hit by a car.  You might ask yourself how could anyone be so cruel. Unfortunately, that’s what happened but there are good people in this world. A kind person brought Drewsilla and her litter mates to the local shelter to be cared for.  The kind workers at the shelter worked very hard to nurse the puppies back to health and make them available for adoption.

There are so many dogs that need loving homes. Shelters are full of them. Some of these animals, whether they were dogs or cats endured many hardships before coming to the shelters. Some animals may not find their forever home. That’s what almost happened to Drewsilla.  Drewsilla, was a very shy, withdrawn dog. She was afraid of people, even though the shelter had treated her with kindness it was hard for her to trust. Many people tried to get Drewsilla to trust them.

The day my daughter visited the shelter she had come to look at a different dog, Drewsilla, who had never shown any interest in the people passing by her cage CHOSE my daughter. I don’t know why but when she heard my daughters voice she responded.
It was love at first sight a match made in heaven. Drewsilla, captured my daughter and son inlaws heart. They never saw the dog they came for.  Drewsilla is a loving addition to my family. I affectionately refer to her as my granddog.

I hope you enjoy her story and if you are looking to add to your family consider going to the local shelter and adopting. You will not be sorry.

With much Love,

Karen Carew Oakes

About the Author


Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up.

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About the Book:

Author: Karen Carew Oakes
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Pages: 22
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up.

Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens.
The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla -- how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Dear Reader, Love, Dr. Randy Overbeck

Dear Reader…

I’m so excited that you’ve selected Blood on the Chesapeake for your reading list, especially when you have so many great choices. But I’m confident, whichever way your literary interests flow, you’ll find something in the novel to enjoy and savor. In Blood on the Chesapeake, you’ll find a little of everything or to quote one of the early reviews, “Within a web woven of threads from a number of genres—a bit of romance, a lot of mystery, and a good deal of old-fashioned ghost whispering—[Overbeck’s] written a pretty solid social commentary.” And this reviewer didn’t even mention the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of the Eastern Shore and stunning scenes of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay captured in the pages of the book.

            Have you ever visited a place, been so captivated by everything about the area and learned about the history and culture there, you thought you might’ve just found your perfect place? And what if, seeing all this anew, you learned something, stumbled upon something? What if here, in a quaint, scenic resort town nestled along miles and miles of undulating Eastern shoreline, where life is peaceful and yards are fenced with white pickets, what if something happened? Something so horrific and vile, it was buried deep in the town’s memory, an ugly secret festering beneath the surface for more than thirty years? And what if your discovery threatens to shatter everything in your new life, the dream job you’d always wanted, great new friends and a new love—who might just be the one? And what if you’d made this discovery, uncovered this awful secret because of a ghost?

            That’s the situation Darrell Henshaw finds himself in. After transplanting himself from his childhood home in Michigan to the beautiful, quiet shore town in Maryland for a new job teaching high school history and coaching football and basketball. Within a few weeks he meets and falls for a stunning town beauty with flowing red hair and sparkling emerald eyes. Only, one of the first visitors to his new office is a ghost, the spirit of a teen murdered in the school some thirty years earlier. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, Darrell is a sensitive. He sees ghosts. It’s not something he wants. Or wants to tell anyone.

            I hope, by now, you get it.

If your literary tastes run toward mystery or ghost whispering or romance or beach reads, by the time you close the last page of Blood on the Chesapeake, I think you will likely come away satisfied. I look forward to hearing your candid response to this first novel in The Haunted Shore Mysteries series. Thanks for reading. Peace.

 Randy Overbeck

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Lee Matthew Goldberg

Dear Reader,

First of all, thank you for choosing to read The Desire Card, the first in a series of international thrillers about a shadowy organization that promises its elite clients, “Any wish fulfilled for the right price.” I think you made a good choice! This book is a fast-paced thriller but also raises questions about morality, social and economic inequality, and the extreme things we will do to survive. A lot of research went into this book. First, my main character Harrison Stockton works in Mergers & Acquisitions so there was a lot of studying about the day-to-day of a job like that. A quarter of the book also takes place in Mumbai, India. I didn’t get to go to India for the research, but made sure I had a few readers who had been and spent considerable time there, including my editor.

I love thrillers, but I also like books that make you think. The Desire Card is a perfect mix between the two. When I began the novel, I had no idea that it would be the first in a series. The second book will be out from my publisher Fahrenheit Press later this year. Rather than having one character be the constant for the series, the shadowy organization called the Card becomes the main character. Each book follows a different person sucked into their evil web.

I wrote this book for people who like smart thrillers. The benefit of this series is you can read them all in any order, or you can read them independently. Not everyone wants to commit to an entire series, so I wanted to give the readers that option. However, I think once you start reading, you’ll continue through all the books. The next book in the series is called Prey No More about a minor character from the first book who gets his star turn.

Hope you enjoy!


Lee Matthew Goldberg.

About the Author

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR (St. Martin’s Press), which was acquired by Macmillan Entertainment with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in winter 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series ( He lives in New York City. Follow him at and @LeeMatthewG.



About the Book:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That's the promise the Desire Card gives to its elite clients. But
if the Card doesn’t feel like they’ve been justly compensated, the “price” will be more menacing than the clients could ever imagine.   

Harrison Stockton learns this lesson all too well. Harrison has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street along with a fondness for alcohol and pills, and a family he adores, yet has no time for. All of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his executive job and discovers he has liver cirrhosis with mere months left to live.

After finding himself far down on the donor list, Harrison takes matters into his own hands. This decision sparks a gritty and gripping quest that takes him to the slums of Mumbai in search of a black market organ and forces him under the Desire Card’s thumb. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and put a stop to the Card.

THE DESIRE CARD is a taut international thriller that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires. It’s the first book in a series followed by PREY NO MORE that focuses on other people indebted to this sinister organization, where the actual price is the cost of one’s soul.


"Careful what you wish for, especially from a nefarious shadow organization, in this gripping start to Lee Matthew Goldberg's fast-paced, highly compelling, buzz worthy new series. If you love characters morally compromised, richly drawn, and constantly surprising, you'll love THE DESIRE CARD. I burned through the first book and can't wait to get my hands on PREY NO MORE to see where this endlessly exciting story takes me next! Loved it!” - Daniel Palmer, critically acclaimed suspense author



Monday, April 8, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Victoria Landis

Dear Reader…

     First, thank you for choosing to read my book, JORDAN. There are a zillion choices, and I’m so happy you picked mine!

     When I was little, I wanted to do two impossible things. One was flying. Not in a plane. I wanted to spread my arms and take off flying above it all. I dreamt of doing it constantly. Unfortunately, every time I jumped off my bed or a low tree limb—no matter how hard I concentrated—instead of soaring, I fell to the ground.

     The second thing was to be able to heal by simply touching someone. Again I concentrated like nobody’s business, but it didn’t work.

      Fast forward to adulthood, and I hadn’t thought about the healing thing until a few years ago. I’m not sure what triggered it, but it occurred to me that if someone could do that in today’s viral social media world, it wouldn’t take long for things to get crazy.

      If you think about it for even a minute—all that would be needed to start a stampede to wherever the person was is an uploaded video of someone’s injury instantly healing when this person touched them. You’d share it, wouldn’t you? You’d call your poor Aunt Ellen with the bad arthritis and tell her about it. If a loved one was dying of cancer, you’d put them in the car and drive to the miracle worker, hoping for a chance, however small.

     I set JORDAN in Boca Raton, Florida, for a few reasons. One is I lived there for nearly twenty years, and I know the place. Two is because, while South Florida is already a hotbed of settings for novels, there seem to be very few that feature Boca. And three is because it’s a misunderstood place, and a lot of what happens in JORDAN is the result of people misunderstanding things. It’s a place where people of enormous wealth live, but there are many neighborhoods filled with ‘normal’ people, too. Good people. The neighborhood I lived in looked like the one from Golden Girls. 1980s ranch houses, big yards, lots of trees, and neighbors who know and help each other.

     Although things go haywire, there is hope at the end, and any questions you may have at the end will be answered in books two and three. Also, when you get to the part of the book where Jordan and her friends visit the Teigh brothers, go to the JORDAN page on my website, and you’ll see a map of that fictional estate.

     I’d love to hear what you thought about the book, so please feel free to contact me. And—if you did like the book, please post a review on one of the sites like Goodreads, Amazon, etc. It really helps other readers to find good books.

     Thank you so much,

     Victoria Landis