Dan Baldwin has a fast-paced, interesting read in his novel Desecration. The setting is an area known locally as the ARK-LA-TEX (southwestern Arkansas, northwestern Louisiana, northeastern Texas). The protagonist is Dr. Ashley Maud Hayes, a professor of archaeology from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA. She is recruited by pun-prone city detective Bummer LaSalle to investigate the vandalism of a local cemetery. The crime seems to have been done by an individual from the Caddo Indian tribe, a formerly indigenous group from that region and Ashley's area of expertise. However, the apparent prank soon morphs into the murder of a not-so-favorite-son of a prominent Shreveport family. Ashley's help is needed more than ever. Dan's story deals not only with murder, but the problem of the desecration of Native American burial sites, the trafficking of pilfered relics and an underground network of dealers. The author has his usual cadre of curious characters, from truck stop waitresses to a state senator, from pottery and point hunters to a Native American "wanna-be" who wreaks havoc across the region. Expect a fun read (and probably more stories in the future centered on Ash Hayes.)
Desecration is now available for $3.99 in a Kindle download from www.amazon.com/dp/b00eqm6kr0. The paperback edition will be ready within a few weeks. "If you like mysteries, quirky characters, seriously evil villains, and plots that keep you interested, I believe you'll enjoy this one." Dan
Jim Cox has created a Kindle e-book from the chapbook that he had donated to local schools. It has 34 poetic forms and their properties identified. All that Rhymes sells for 99 cents.
Jim's new e-book, Rubai Gems, is also available on Kindle for 99 cents.
Check out his website at http://allthatrhymes.squarespace.com
Eve Dew Crook's novel of romantic suspense, Taking the Tumble, has been published by The Wild Rose Press. It is available for Kindle download now. Official release date for the print and digital versions is Nov. 22, 2013. Eve is a board member of the Santa Rita branch of SSA. Her website is http://evedewcrook.com.
Patrick Fritton's book, Navigating the Pathways to Modern Life, is available at Amazon.com, Antigone Books on 4th Ave and Mostly Books on Speedway.
Throughout history human beings have struggled with the world in which they live and with one another. Conflict is nothing new, but what does seem to cause the most strife are the relationships we have with others. By understanding these relationships and rebalancing one's self, problems can be resolved.
Navigating the Pathways to Modern Life offers a fresh approach to understanding our relationship with God and with our fellow man. The body, mind, and spirit of human life is chronicled in Patrick's book. His experience with the U.S. Border Patrol and the private sector has led him to uncover a spirit in all life that followed a distinctive pattern.
Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D., who practices global (all 7 continents) and disaster medicine has just produced the pre-publication version of The Global Healthcare Volunteer's Handbook: What You Need to Know Before You Go. It provides nuts-and-bolts information for students and healthcare professionals about the challenges when practicing healthcare internationally. Includes information about licensing & credentialing; travel documents, money & customs regulations; food, housing, showers, & toilets; personal health issues; communicating from abroad; security; packing; using interpreters; and dealing with culture shock and reentry shock. SSA members get a 20% discount (until print publication, January 2014) through Galen Press (www.galenpress.com).
Ethel Lee-Miller is pleased to announce the revamping of her website, http://etheleemiller.com. "A lot of meetings, revisions, and coffee with Paul Holze of Groundwork Promotions resulted in an updated presentation of my work in "Enhanced Life Management" and my books."
Her website also features her second book, Seedlings: Stories of Relationships. It was years in the making—years of gaining experience in relationships and being privileged to hear funny, serious, and touching stories from other people.
The updated pages about "Enhanced Life Management" list services that include book talks, editing and keynotes, as well as a present for viewers—FREE downloads of her writer's coaching tips designed to enhance your writing.
"The blog includes an invitation to join me in sharing your ideas about the writing life, and Ä life.
I'll be adding calendar events and blogs on a regular basis. I hope you find the new website has a fresh look, is easy to use, and is informative.
New look—new book—new blog."
Bob Natiello's Essay Examines MOOCs in Wharton Magazine Online.
Less than one year after the University of Pennsylvania announced its commitment to online learning, more than a half-million students signed on for one or more massive open online courses—MOOCs for short. Those half-million students outnumber all living Penn alumni by a ratio of 1.7-to-1. Bob Natiello discusses this rapidly advancing learning phenomenon in the current Wharton Magazine Online at http://whartonmagazine.com/blogs/right-business-model-can-make-moocs-sustainable. Wharton—America's Number One business school—includes Bob in a limited group of 50 alumni and faculty permitted to contribute to its online magazine.
Consie Richardson's website,
www.constancerichardson.com, went live August 1. She says "Wheatmark's 'Simple Marketing System' took the terror out of learning how to navigate a labyrinth of social media sites; the design of a banner home page, as well as a smaller image for Twitter, iPads, and smart phones; how to upload my film and video clips to YouTube and onto my website. In addition, Wheatmark provided me with site-specific "Blog Instructions" that are simple to follow. My blogs are automatically sent to each social media site. It isn't free, but it's a great service. I feel I've been given a Ferrari and all I have to do is learn to use all the buttons and whistles! Hopefully I'll grow my readership."
Carroll Rinehart's new book, To Love Again, has just been published by Ghost River Images. Martin Roberts saw himself as a loser, not achieving things he believed were important in his life. Despondent, he tried to hide from life, running away from his problems. However renting a cheap one-room apartment in his attempt to hide eventually led him toward a rich, full life. He chanced to meet Dr. Beatrice Bonner, a wheelchair-bound psychologist and ordained minister. As the book develops, Martin experiences unconditional acceptance and an invitation to rejoin the flow of life. Grace often appears unexpectedly, in the midst of storms and challenges. As he fully explores the meaning of caring, he discovers the ability To Love Again.
Barry Webb has sold a 2,500 word essay entitled "Babylon in Arabia" to the Amsterdam-based Ancient Warfare magazine. The article deals with the Last King of Babylon's invasion and occupation of western Arabia in the mid 6th century B.C. This article will appear in Vol. VII issue 4 of the magazine which should be on the shelves at Barnes and Noble and other bookstores worldwide by November.