A Criminal Magic Guest Post and Giveaway

A Criminal Magic
Lee Kelly
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new crossover fantasy novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

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There’s nothing like music to set a mood, or transport you to a specific place and time. But I have to admit, I was never a big fan of playing music while writing: I used to get distracted, and focused on the words of the song instead of my own.

But something about drafting A CRIMINAL MAGIC changed this. It was almost like the scenes in the Shaw Gang’s “magic haven” demanded music, like I couldn’t write without jumpy jazz or haunting instrumental playing in the background. And now, I’m a playlist convert .

My playlist for A CRIMINAL MAGIC has some classic Twenties numbers, but also some anachronistic selections that I think capture the spirit of the story and set its tone. Without further ado, here’s my soundtrack:



(shout-out to the talented Claribel Ortega for this selection! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA3PVK6bliM&feature=youtu.be)

GENE AUSTIN, Bye Bye Blackbird

ENNIO MORRICONE, The Strength of the Righteous Man

CARO EMERALD, The Lipstick on his Collar

BJORK, Venus as a Boy

INXS, Need You Tonight

JACK WHITE, Love is Blindness

(this was featured in Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby movie and BBC’s period drama, The Peaky Blinders I thought it was essential to include 🙂

THE WHITE STRIPES, The Hardest Button to Button

LANA DEL REY, Blue Jeans

Lee Kelly is the author of A CRIMINAL MAGIC and CITY OF SAVAGES. She has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced in Los Angeles and New York. She

lives with her husband and children in Millburn, New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter at @leeykelly and on her website at NewWriteCity.com.


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Lee Kelly has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York. She lives with her husband and children in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she can’t help but still call herself a New Yorker. She is the author of A Criminal Magic and City of Savages. Visit her at www.NewWriteCity.com.

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Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales: Excerpt and Giveaway

David C. Hughes
Genre: Children’s / Horror (ages 8-11)
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Date of Publication: July 29, 2016

Number of Pages: 176


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Who can pass up a scary tale or a spooky ghost story, especially right before bed on a stormy night after eating a sloppy bean burrito? From possessed bunny slippers to a house guarding an ancient secret, Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales features a dozen short stories sure to raise a few goosebumps, conjure a giggle . . . and make you think twice before disobeying your mom the next time she asks you to clean the shower stall. 

“This book is ‘Twilight Zone’ for kids.” –Don Winn, founder of Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing and author of the Sir Kaye book series
“Each story is a pleasure!” —Linda LaRue Austin, writer, historian, and author of Midnight Amethyst
“David Hughes is a modern-day weaver of tales much like the classic Grimm brothers. Each story awakens the imagination and questions what we commonly refer to as reality, while entertaining and delighting the senses.” –Jan Sikes, author of Flowers and Stone and other biographical fiction.





Excerpt from “Masquerade,” from Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales, a spooky middle-grade reader by David C. Hughes, illustrated by Christina Evans.

“So what’s up, bro?” Sam dug into his coat pocket and pulled out another bar of soap as they trekked through the woods toward the bus garage. He offered it to Reginald, but his younger brother shook his head. Sam dropped the soap back into his pocket. He thought his brother would’ve been more excited about the prospect of soaping up the school busses, especially good ol’ number 111. Sam had loved riding that bus when he was in elementary school. He sighed. For some reason his brother had shrunk into a world of his own tonight, more than usual. “Cat got your tongue?”

“Naw,” Reginald said. “I think I got its tongue instead.”

Sam chuckled. Reginald’s magic skills were improving nicely. He only wished his confidence would catch up to his talents. “Yep, that was pretty funny what you did with that rubber mouse, bro,” he said. “I’ve never seen a cat jump so high before. Seriously, though,” Sam prodded. “You okay? I thought calling in that colony of bats and swooping them at the cars on Main Street would make your night. I mean, did you see the look on Mrs. Lance’s face when she drove by? That’ll teach her to keep her windows rolled down on cold nights like this. I think one of them grabbed the cigarette right out of her hand! That was awesome stuff.”

Reginald nodded but didn’t look up. “Yeah, it was great. I mean, really cool.”

Sam frowned. Reginald was definitely not himself tonight. “Okay, spit it out,” he said. “Something happened at school today.”

Reginald sighed. “They got me again.”

Sam stopped. His heart fell. He put an arm around his brother. “Who? That bully? What’s his name . . . Roger Morris?”

“And Jerry Bartholomew. Pelted me with eggs this time. I washed up before you guys got home.”

“Why didn’t you tell Mom and Dad?”

Reginald shrugged.

“You need to tell them, bro. I mean, truly.”

“Why?” his little brother finally looked up at him. Moonlight glistened from the tears running down his face. “It won’t do any good.” He wiped his nose on his sleeve.

Sam put his hands on Reginald’s shoulders and squinted. “Why won’t it?”

“Because Mom and Dad need us to blend in,” Reginald moaned. “Remember?”

Sam grimaced. “That doesn’t mean we can’t defend ourselves.”

“I know,” said Reginald, “but I figure it’s easier this way.”

“Easier? To just take it? It doesn’t look like it’s easier to me. Cripes, Reggie. We’ve been ‘just taking it’ since we got here, and look where it’s gotten us. Jeez.”

Reginald gave his brother a half-hearted smile. “I’m happy.”

“Are you?”

“Sure . . . for the most part, I really am.”

Sam started toward the bus garage again. He felt for his brother. Yeah, he was odd, but in a good sort of way, always with his nose buried in a book, living in his own world, a world far away from their own. He played the part well. Maybe too well. He resolved to talk to his parents about his brother, but in the meantime Devil’s Night was still young, and they still had three bars of soap left. As they approached the bus garage, an idea popped into his head. “I got it!” he blurted.

“Got what?” Reginald asked.

“Mom and Dad are always telling us to blend in, right?”


“The costume parade is tomorrow night, right?”

“Yeah. So?”

“So, instead of just watching it this time, let’s blend in. Like in the old days.”

“The old days?” In the moonlight Sam saw Reginald’s face bloom. “Oh . . . like in the old, old days.” He smiled. “Yeah. . . .” He looked at his brother. “Yeah! That’d be awesome.”

Sam laughed, and for the first time that night, Reginald joined him.

Copyright ©2016 by David C. Hughes

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David C. Hughes defies the premise that engineers can’t write. With almost four decades of writing experience, he left his full-time corporate job in 2013 to launch his writing career. He has a passion for writing and for other writers, and loves to “talk shop” with anyone who will listen.
A former youth leader and deacon, David’s life is resolutely defined by his pursuit of God, and his desire is to convey God’s love, joy, grace, and healing through his testimony. His blog site, “David C. Hughes, Writer,” broadcasts his latest take on what it means to be a Christ-centered man, husband, father, son, brother, and friend in these exciting and challenging times. His God-ordained book, The Epiphany of Joy, and his picture book, Melted Clowns, both won the Texas Association of Authors 2015 Best Book Award. He is also the author of 10 Little Hiccups/10 pequeños hipos, a bilingual counting book.
In July 2016, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press  released his latest book, Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales, a collection of a dozen spooky stories aimed at 8 to 14 year olds.

Originally from the town of Maine, New York, David now lives in Granbury, Texas with the loves of his life: his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Hannah. At last count he also has two dogs, a handful of fish, six chickens, and countless geckos.


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Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)

Author:  Pintip Dunn

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: YA Sci Fi

Publisher: Entangled Teen


Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.


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Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.


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The top 10 authors that influenced or inspired my writing

by Pintip Dunn


  1. Louisa May Alcott. I read LITTLE WOMEN as a kid, and this was the first time I wanted to rewrite the ending of a book! Cleary, Jo should have ended up with Laurie!


  1. L.M. Montgomery. Ah, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. I was passionately in love with this series, and Gilbert Blythe was my very first book boyfriend (although I didn’t know what that was at the time).


  1. Ernest Hemingway. I studied English literature in college, and my next three entries are the authors who had the most profound impact on me and my writing during this time. Hemingway taught me about white space, dialogue, and using grammar as a way to emphasize and reinforce story structure.


  1. Gertrude Stein taught me that you can be as creative with sentence structure and syntax as you are with story. The rules are there for a reason, but once you understand them, they can — and should — be broken.


  1. Jane Austen. I used to read all of her books, every year, for a number of years. She is brilliant not only in her writing and social observation, but also in evoking deep emotion in the reader.


  1. Orson Scott Card. I’ve read nearly all of his science fiction books, starting with ENDER’S GAME. He was probably the author who created and cemented my love of science fiction.


  1. Suzanne Collins. THE HUNGER GAMES changed my life. Literally. It was the first time I was introduced to the YA genre, and as soon as I read that book, I knew I had found my home.


  1.  Stephenie Meyer. THE HOST is 800 pages long. I started crying on page 200 and didn’t stop for 600 more pages. The book showed me the kind of story I wanted to write: a super cool science-fiction world, but with heart.


  1. Gillian Flynn. I’d read lots of other thrillers/mystery/suspense before, but GONE GIRL made me actually want to write it.


  1. J.K. Rowling. What list can be complete without HARRY POTTER? I once answered a question of which book I would save out of a burning library with this series. Harry has been such an influence in all of our lives, including my daughter’s. I think J.K. Rowling taught me that creativity is limitless, and it made me understand that I never outgrew stories for children — and I hope I never will.



About the Author:

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journel.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include The Darkest Lie and the forthcoming Remember Yesterday.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.


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Ambassador 1: Seeing Red
I had never been on first-name terms with the president, but while I sat there trying hard not to succumb to jet-lag, he chatted about my father, whom I had just visited, and who had finally retired from Lunar Base to his native New Zealand. Sirkonen opened the drawer of his desk and took something out, which he flipped across the gleaming wooden surface. I could do nothing but catch it. A datastick. I turned it over. The black plastic cover reflected the sunlight.

“What’s on it?”

“You might find it useful. Think of it as some . . . personal advice, from me to you. We’ll talk about it later, when you return for your first briefing.” He shut the drawer with a thud as if closing the subject.

This was highly irregular. “Mr President, can I ask—”

He shook his head, and offered me a drink—Finnish vodka, best in the world, he said. While he poured, his hands trembled.

I should have insisted that he tell me what was wrong, but who was I? An unimportant, sending-out-our-feelers type of diplomat, expendable and twenty years his junior. Not the type of person to draw attention to his problems—with alcohol or otherwise.

We made a toast. The heavy scent of the vodka did nothing to improve my alertness.

“Mr Wilson, when you come back in six month’s time, you must present your report to the general assembly. We need to know in detail what sort of regimes we’re dealing with.”

I didn’t understand why he spoke in such empty generalities; I wondered when he was going to open that folder on his desk and sign the contract. Nicha, my Coldi assistant, was waiting in the foyer. We had a whole heap of work to catch up on. I was annoyed that Sirkonen had changed our meeting time at the last minute—the original meeting had been scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Sirkonen stopped speaking.

I stared at him, realising with embarrassment that I’d been off with the fairies. Was I meant to have said something? Was I breaking rule number one of the diplomatic circle: never show any sign of sleep deprivation?

An attack of dizziness overtook me. My vision wavered, as if the world were painted on a silk flag that flapped in the wind, and all the furniture was rimmed in a red aura. “Mr President, I’m—”

I just managed to put my vodka down. The glass hit the wood with a soft clunk, the only sound in the frozen silence.

There was a small sound from outside, a click.

As if stung, Sirkonen turned to the window; his eyes widened.


The president opened his mouth, but a sharp crack interrupted his words.

Releasing Rage
She stepped into the firewall square. The door behind her closed and she authorized the interior door to open.

A buzz swept over her. No, not simply over her. Into her. She gasped, her inhalation of air drawing more of this unknown presence inside her.

It was too much, almost suffocating. Joan swayed, lightheaded. “Do not faint. Do not faint,” she repeated to herself, closing her eyes.

The rolling under her feet gradually stopped. She opened her eyes and wished she hadn’t. Crimson spray covered everywhere she looked. Gore was splattered into the farthest corners, hanging from the ceiling. Cleaner bots scrubbed the walls and floor.

This was why she felt dizzy, she reasoned. She smelled and sensed this butchery.

C899321, the being she had been told was responsible, stood in his uploading dock, a cable inserted into his nape, his towering form naked, covered with blood, his long black hair dripping with it.

He turned his head, locked his gaze with hers and she sucked in her breath. There were worlds of agony, of rage, in those bright blue eyes. This was no rational, logic-driven cyborg. This was a man, an animal, crazed by bloodlust and pain.

“They thought to pacify me with the use of a human female?” he thundered, his deep gravelly voice clawing across her skin, awakening parts in her she didn’t realize slept. “I’d kill you before I allowed you to touch me.”

This insult didn’t hurt her the way he’d intended. Joan knew she wasn’t the slim tiny female males desired. She was solidly built, good breeding stock, as her mother had once said.

She discarded his words and focused on the torment in his tones. He hurt. Horrifically. Her fingers twitched, the urge to reach out to him, to comfort him, tremendous. Judging by the flex of his powerful biceps and thigh muscles, by the anger radiating from him, he wouldn’t appreciate that response.

He also wouldn’t listen to any command she issued. A reprimand, verbal or physical, would add to his hostility. Some being had already tried to restrain him and failed. The reportedly unbreakable wrist and ankle cuffs attached to the frame of the uploading dock had been shattered, rendered useless.

Joan discarded four solar cycles’ worth of theory on how to handle malfunctioning cyborgs, realizing now that the academy experts knew nothing.
Her late father, however, had taught her how to deal with wild beasts.

“I would never touch you without your permission.” She lowered her gaze, showing submission, recognizing C899321 as the dominant male he was. He’d seek to harm any aggressor, to protect himself and his territory. If she wasn’t female, she suspected she’d already be dead.

“I also would never hurt you.” Joan stuffed a couple of cleaning cloths into her pockets and dropped to her knees, into a puddle of red. The moisture soaked through her flight suit. “I’m here to serve you, to clean you.”



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Gathering Courage Review

A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, 
Adversity, and a Reading Disability
T.A. McMullin
Genre: Inspirational Memoir
Publisher: Gathering Courage Media
Date of Publication: January 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 222
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Why do some people find success despite hardships and 
others sink into a pit of despair?

Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability
by T.A. “Terry” McMullin is the author’s incredible, award-winning
memoir meant to inspire hope and encouragement to those who are going through tough times.

Terry dusted off the hurt from abandonment, rejection by her adoptive parents, dyslexia, shock of placement in a foster home, and a life-altering accident. Her faith and tenacity along with the internal desire to overcome is thought provoking as Terry worked her way through Texas A&M University. Terry’s life transformed from a broken-hearted child who could barely make out words in elementary school to a distinguished educator and writer who encourages young people to work hard and achieve their greatest aspirations.

Any reader who loves a true story with a Christian focus should definitely read this book. Learn about the special love for rescued animals and how they played a part in healing hurts and encouraging success.




*North American Book Awards, 2015 Winner
Gathering Courage is an American story filled with adversity, triumphs, heartbreaks, and great personal victory. . . I give this epic book five stars. I held my breath after every chapter and you will too! — Charmaine Carraway, writer for the HUFFINGTON POST
“Overall, this memoir is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit in the face of emotional and physical pain. The author consistently notes the need for love and encouragement when dealing with both people and animals as well as the necessity of prayer and thankfulness; it’s almost a rhythmic incantation in the text. Readers will feel as if they’re walking alongside McMullin as she tells her story and advises readers how they, too, can survive setbacks. — KIRKUS REVIEW
Gathering Courage is a truly moving read that will touch many hearts and positively inspire them to touch the lives of others.” — Faridah Nassozi, READERS’ FAVORITE


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Gathering Courage is the recounted memories from the author Terry and how she struggled with adoption and a reading disability. Gathering Courage was difficult to read in the sense that I couldn’t believe a little girl had to endure so much. I’m a special education teacher and work with children that have varying disabilities, and it broke my heart to read about a girl struggling with a disability and what she had to bare and overcome. I think special education has since come a long way, but none the less, I couldn’t believe some of the things Terry recounted. Her struggles were so deep, so difficult to bare, that I couldn’t believe she had to endure all this alone. She went from being given up for adoption as an infant to being sent to live with another family because she had failing grades in 5th grade, to other horrific things that had happened to her. But through it all Terry had hope and kept her head up. Despite what anyone said or what others had done to her she found it within herself to forgive and love.
One thing I found most inspiring was her ability to teach herself how to read. She has dyslexia and problems with reading comprehension. Over time Terry found a way to overcome this challenge. She found a solution when no one else was there to help her. I’m always proud to see any child with special needs over come their obstacles…. but Terry did this all on her own, a fact that is beyond inspiring.
I think Terry’s recounting is definitely worth a read. The writing flowed nicely. The only complaint I had was that it often jumped around and wasn’t always written in a linear fasion. But even then I think Terry’s story is powerful and eye opening. If you are interested in reading Gathering Courage I encourage you to do so. It’s a very gripping read about personal struggles and a special kind of individual that still manages to keep her head high, endure, find hope,  forgive, and still find beauty in the world.
I included a few quotes that really stuck out to me from Gathering Courage:
“Words spoken or unspoken have the power to bring their own degree of pain.”
“Yes, I am a simple person. A simple person, however, can be extraordinary if they have the drive to succeed and the courage to press through the mud of life.”
“Forgiving can be difficult, but the hardest part is to push through the pain of hurt and mistreatment.”
“Yes, forgiveness is an ongoing process, and many times has to be applied over and over. Forgiveness is the gift we give to ourselves.”
“Sometimes, all it takes is a listening ear and a friendly smile.”
Terry is an extraordinary woman and I’m so thankful  and honored I had the privilege of reading her exceptional and inspiring story.

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Award winning Gathering Courage author, T. A. “Terry” McMullin, knows as well as anyone that hard times are a part of the journey of life.

Terry was born in an orphanage, then adopted, and made a foster child by her parents.  Because Terry struggled with reading, comprehension, and spelling, she was placed in a foster home at the age of nine.  As a child in the 1960s, hardly anyone recognized the learning issues related to dyslexia. The struggle to learn continued through high school.

From her deep faith in the Lord, Terry developed an internal desire to excel, no matter the obstacle, no matter the situation. Pushing adversity and a reading disability aside, Terry enrolled in college. While attending college and working full-time, Terry taught herself how to read and study.  With pure grit and determination, Terry succeeded and earned  Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.
At crucial points in her life, Terry found people who showed her unconditional love and encouragement. Terry gained gratification, emotional, and spiritual support from working with horses and dogs. The encouragement from others made Terry’s life better so she vowed to be a champion for others who needed help.
Terry lives on a small ranch in Texas, a forever home, with her horses, donkeys, and rescued border collie dogs.
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Short Stories by Texas Authors



Volume 2

Short Stories by Texas Authors, Volume 2 is comprised of winning stories

submitted in an annual contest to highlight Texas Authors

while raising money for literacy programs.

Genre: Short Stories

Publisher: Texas Authors, Inc.

Date of Publication: October 3, 2016

# of pages: 110

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cover-med-res-short-stories-texasTexas Authors have once again allowed their creative minds to open up and expand the Universe in which they live with short stories that captures one’s emotions through the everlasting aspect of storytelling.

In this, the second volume of award winning short stories, readers are taken on a personal ride of growth and understanding then through history both factual and fictional as they explore each side of two wars. Then fear grabs hold of readers and shakes them with terror before unleashing giggles and out-right laughs.

These are just a few of the emotions readers will experience as they read these 17 short stories from all parts of Texas.


Chosen as a Library Journal SELF-e publication


$2.00 from the sale of every book goes to DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Texas literacy program, which gets books into schools, libraries, and those in need.  Last year, we donated $5,000 worth of books by Texas Authors, Inc., and we are currently on track to donate $10,000 for 2016.

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Story Titles & Winners:


1st Place – The Bluest Eyes in Texas by ElizabethGarcia

2nd Place – Tough Love by Jackie Smith


1st Place – John Sleeps by David Hughes

2nd Place – Cheeseburgers by Teresa Trent


1st Place – Cactus Anne by Lorri Allen

2nd Place – Getting Even by Jackie Smith


1st Place – Bluebonnets for Naomi by Teri Metcalf

Non-Fiction Biography

1st Place – A Diamond in the Rough by Roger SFriedman

2nd Place – Hodge Podge by Teri Metcalf


1st Place – Funny How Things Turn Out by Robert DeLuca


1st Place – Homecoming Queen by ElizabethGarcia


1st Place – A Private War by Mary BryanStafford


1st Place – Todd by Fern Brady


1st Place – Mountain Laurel by Jan Sikes

2nd Place Tie – Dawn of the Angry Guns by Pat Hadock

2nd Place Tie – Gone by Curt Locklear


1st Place – The Last Day by William Harper








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The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care
Catherine Musemeche, M.D.
Genre: Medicine / Medical History
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016
Publisher: ForeEdge
# of pages: 268

The heroic story of the invention of trauma care, from  battlefield triage to level 1 trauma centers Trauma is a disease of epidemic proportions that preys on the young, killing more Americans up to age thirty-seven than all other afflictions combined. Every year an estimated 2.8 million people are hospitalized for injuries and more than 180,000 people die.

We take for granted that no matter how or where we are injured, someone will call 911 and trained first responders will show up to insert IVs, stop the bleeding, and swiftly deliver us to a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses with the expertise necessary to save our lives. None of this happened on its own.

Told through the eyes of a surgeon who has flown on rescue helicopters, resuscitated patients in trauma centers in Houston and Chicago, and operated on hundreds of trauma victims of all ages, Hurt takes us on a tour of the advancements in injury treatment from the battlefields of the Civil War to the state-of-the-art trauma centers of today.


“Musemeche’s fast-paced medical history mixes the gritty reality of treating life-threatening injuries—including her own heart-pounding experiences as surgeon—with an unfettered optimism about what trauma care can now promise: an assurance that most people will survive even a devastating injury.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Hurt is a fascinating journey through the history of trauma care in this country. Musemeche’s unique ability to weave moving, personal stories with intriguing facts takes this book well beyond a great read. It is an education in the human spirit.” —Paul Ruggieri, MD, author of Confessions of a Surgeon and The Cost of Cutting



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“Expanding the Golden Hour”
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by Catherine Musemeche, M.D.

R. Adams Cowley of Maryland Shock Trauma was the first to describe “the golden hour,” the critical hour after injury during which action must be taken to save a patient’s life. Treatment of injury is time-sensitive. Patients must be treated in that first hour after injury, before they bleed out and before the body’s predetermined biological processes set the scene for shock to take hold. 

But getting a patient to a hospital within that first hour is not always possible and when it’s not we need to think of ways to expand the golden hour, to give our patients their best chances of survival in the field. Nowhere has this been better demonstrated than on the battlefield, particularly in the last decade of war. 

One of the best ways to expand the golden hour and buy time for a patient in the field is to stop the bleeding. Military doctors found that most combat casualties die within ten minutes of being wounded and usually from exsanguination. Tourniquets had fallen out of favor during World War II and Vietnam over concerns about choking off the blood supply to a damaged limb but they have made a comeback because of concerns over fatal hemorrhage. 

The Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) is a simple tourniquet that can be applied by a wounded soldier using only one hand. Applying a tourniquet before a patient goes into shock can improve survival by 90 percent. Tourniquets have been so effective in combat that the CAT is becoming part of standard civilian EMS procedure again and even some police are carrying them.

Other ways to expand the golden hour include using hemostatic bandages like QuikClot Combat Gauze, bandages impregnated with kaolin, an agent that accelerates the body’s own clotting mechanisms. There is even a way to stem suspected internal bleeding. The XStat, the “medical version of Fix-a-Flat,” is a syringe filled with small spongelike discs impregnated with a clotting agent. The syringe can be deployed into an open wound like a bullet hole in the abdomen to help tamponade internal bleeding. 

These hemorrhage control measures will only buy so much time for the injured. When effective, however, they might just delay the onset of shock and expand the golden hour sufficiently to save the patient. 

More on bleeding and R Adams Cowley in Chapters 6 & 7 of HURT: the inspiring, untold story of trauma care.

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Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon, attorney and author who lives in Austin, Texas. She was born and raised in Orange, Texas and attended Lutcher Stark High School. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, The Anderson School of Management in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Dr. Musemeche is a former surgery professor at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute and the University of New Mexico where she was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma. She currently works in the field of regulatory medicine.

In addition to publishing extensively in the medical literature, Dr. Musemeche has been a guest contributor to the New York Times. Her writing has also been published on NPR.org, KevinMD.com, in the anthology At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die and in the Journal of Creative Nonfiction. Her first book, Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery was nominated for the Pen American/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award and was awarded the Writer’s League of Texas Discovery Prize for nonfiction. Her second book, Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care will be published in September of this year.

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The Delphi Effect: 10 Inspiring Characters and Giveaway

The Delphi Effect
Rysa Walker
(The Delphi Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

In this thrilling new series from Rysa Walker, the award-winning and best-selling author of Timebound, a teen psychic is the key to stopping a government conspiracy.

It’s never wise to talk to strangers . . . and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

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Ten Characters (Real and Fictional) Who Influenced The Delphi Effect

When I think back through the many books, movies, and television shows that I’ve loved over the years, there are dozens–maybe even hundreds–of characters whose personalities and attributes linger in my mind. Sometimes, it’s because the character reminds me of people I’ve known in real life. Other times, it’s because some aspect of the character resonates with elements of my own personality.

So when I saw this guest post topic, I knew I’d need to narrow it down a bit, especially since there are so many historical figures I could choose from for my CHRONOS Files series.. The following characters are, therefore, ones who in some way influenced either the story or key characters in my upcoming Delphi Trilogy.

Fiver from Richard Adams’s Watership Down

This is one of my very favorite books. Adams does a wonderful job of making the characters in this bo      ok real and engaging, and that can be difficult to do when your characters are all rabbits. Fiver is the smallest of the main characters, and rather fragile due both to his size and his psychic abilities. His visions are similar to those of a character that we meet in The Delphi Effect, Jaden Park, although I’d argue that Fiver’s type of prophecy is a little more useful to those around him.

Echo from Dollhouse

I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s work, but I somehow missed Dollhouse when it first aired. I finally binge watched it last year, and while I think it kind of fell apart at the very end, it occurred to me that there are some similarities between Echo and Anna. Echo is programmed with different lives as part of her work at The Dollhouse, and while she’s not supposed to keep those memories, she does end up with certain echoes (which I’m guessing is one reason for her name) from their past. Those echoes combine, in some sense, to form her personality. In much the same way, Anna’s memories from her various hitchers have shaped her, almost to the point where she’s not sure what elements of her personality are inherently her own.

Johnny Smith from Stephen King’s The Dead Zone

I love the struggle that Johnny faces as he’s deciding whether to commit an immoral act (murder) in order to stop a madman who could potentially kill millions. It’s essentially the classic question of whether one would kill Hitler, given the chance. Anna will have a similar dilemma in The Delphi Trilogy, and I’m still not sure what she’ll do when faced with that final choice.

Cole Sear from The Sixth Sense

Like Cole, the kid from the M.Night Shyamalan movie, Anna is connected to dead people. Unlike Cole, however, she doesn’t see them, aside from the occasional brief and ghostly glimpse in the mirror. They’re just passengers in her head, until she can figure out what will help them move on to whatever lies beyond.

Shawn Spencer from Psych

In Psych, one of my favorite shows from a few years back, Shawn is an exceptionally observant individual who bills himself as a psychic. As Anna mentions in The Delphi Effect, Aaro n Quinn is pretty much the reverse. He actually gets psychic vibes, but his grandfather tells clients that Aaron is just very, very observant. And unlike Shawn’s outgoing personality, Aaron prefers to stay in the background. It’s not exactly easy being in a crowd when you pick up on every impulse to “go medieval.”


Okay, Aaron’s not exactly like Spiderman. He can’t swing from building to building and was never bitten by a radioactive spider. But his vibes are very similar to Peter Parker’s “spidey sense,” something that Anna teases him about from time to time.


Deo, Anna’s foster brother, has a penchant for monochromatic clothing and his gender identity is definitely fluid, much like the late singer-song  writer. And he’d totally want that jacket.

Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood and Doctor Who

In the Whovian universe, Captain Jack will do the one thing that Doctor will not — he’ll kill people if he feels it must be done to prevent a greater evil. There’s a bit of Jack in Deo, although we’ll see that element of his personality a bit more clearly in the upcoming books of the trilogy.

John Casey from Chuck

Daniel Quinn, Aaron’s older brother, has a very by-the-book personality and he can be a real pain in the ass. But like NSA Agent John Casey, he’s willing to bend the rules to protect friends and family when the chips are down.

Hannibal Lecter from Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs

Graham Cregg doesn’t slurp up people’s organs with a nice chianti and fava beans, but he is somewhat similar to Hannibal in his urbane calm, even while doing some really awful things. Unlike Hannibal, however, Cregg would argue that his actions serve the greater good.

Author Bio:

Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where

she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.

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Frostbitten Review


by Heather Beck
Enchanted Publishing (June 23, 2014)
Rating: 3/5

Book Summary:

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

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Anastasia is sent to live with her grandparents to live in Cedar Falls by her mom in the hopes that a new place and new environment will be a good influence on her. The first day Anastasia arrives she meets a boy with mesmerizing eyes named Frost. It’s practically love at first sight as these two are undeniably drawn to each other. There’s trouble though in Cedar Falls as people are being attacked by some sort of animal. As Anastasia uncovers the mysterious events taking place in Cedar Falls she soon learns that Frost harbors his own secrets.

Frostbitten is an adorable, mysterious read. Frost is dazzling and perfect, hard to resist, and one that you definitely can’t help but fall in love with. Anastasia is kind and determined even though there are several odds piled against her. People in Cedar Falls aren’t very kind to her and there’s many instances that occur that place Anastasia in a situation that is unjust. Still, against it all she keeps her head high and her relationship with Frost unfolds into something purely sweet and beautiful.

One of my favorite side characters is Chloe. She’s Anastasia’s childhood friend and she’s just sweet through and through.

Overall I think Frostbitten has a lot to offer and I look forward to reading future books in the series. If you like stories with love at first sight, mystery, and werewolves than be sure to check this book out! Frost and Anastasia’s love is super cute!!!

About the Author:


Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the best-selling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has a middle grade anthology slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include:Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations

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