Which line stood out from all the others in the book?
“He once confided in me that he would prefer to die standing up.” The reason for this, he was told, was “So the world would know that I managed to stay busy on my last day… or that I died trying.” In the end, Percy Miller got his wish.
The book The Plainview Lottery by Markas Dvaras is an interesting read. I found this book very reminiscent of a young adult novel I read many years ago called The Wish Giver by Bill Britain. In both stories, the authors are trying to teach the reader a lesson on human behavior. Each time the easiest route turns out to be the one of most peril. The book starts off with the introduction of mysterious strangers to a nearly perfect town. The strangers introduce a new concept, the lottery. The lottery slowly wheedles its way into everyone’s lives and brings the town to its knees creating litter, layoffs, and laziness. The town never discovers the origin of the strangers or how they were able to do what they did in the time period given. As predicted with any lottery, no one wins the enormous pile of gold and overnight the men and gold disappear. The town slowly returns to normal with a greater appreciation of what they had. The connections between the last two chapters or short stories mostly point out and reinforce those lessons that were learned and that the reader may have missed. I did find that Dvaras’ overuse of the verb ‘was’ weakened his prose just a bit. This story took a hard look at society as a whole and how “we are the generation that would rather just sit there.”
-International Review of Books
How Could a Lottery be a Mistake?
Welcome to Plainview– a town with everything going for it, and with none of the problems one would expect to see in a typical American town. No poverty, no homelessness, no unemployment– not even a litter problem.
But all that changes when five mysterious strangers show up in the town square one day, pulling a wagon-load of gold bars behind them. They’re going to run a lottery for Plainview, with the gold as the grand prize. With little discussion, Plainview readily agrees– and that’s the first in a series of hilarious mistakes.
Is the Lottery a Scam?
Now meet James Henderson– he’s an award-winning journalist for Plainview’s local paper, The Plainview Review. He suspects they are being swindled after he notices there are no winning numbers being drawn. Yet the residents of Plainview are becoming obsessed, and soon start losing their jobs while focusing on the gold bars.
Can James prove anything for his article? Can he stop his hometown from succumbing to “Lottery Fever?” Does it even matter?
A satire on economics and the human condition, The Plainview Lottery will have you rethinking how money is supposed to work.
ROCK IS DEAD THEY SAY. . . VOL. I explores rock ‘n’ roll’s history, with a focus on rock’s early ’90’s “last wave” as the National Soundtrack, before becoming the B-side to Hip Hop. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), and Kosmo Vinyl (the Clash’s major-domo and occasional manager) bare their rockin’ souls in never-before-published COMPLETE interviews, spurred on by the probing questions of writer Mark Barsotti, ex-music critic for Denver’s Westword, whose work also appeared in Musician, D.J. Times, Request, Livewire, Syracuse New Times, Bad News and New Times (Miami).
Highlights from the original stories intro the long form interviews, which are followed by a “Re-Listenability Index” and the writer’s current take, two decades into the 21st Century.
Barsotti’s passionate, sometimes outrageous opinions also crackle through features on AC/DC, censorship, the ’60’s vs. the ’80’s, loads of album reviews, rock’s greatest movies, and his unique take on the past and future of rock ‘n’ roll. . . if – facing the coming Great Die-Off of the ’20’s – it still has one.
But hey. . . What can a poor boy do but TURN IT UP!
“Every party plate of cocaine strapped to a midget’s head cost 10,000 days of dogged, road warrior work, as bands schlepped to gigs in overcrowded vans with no ac but plenty of beer farts and insane drummers explaining that Jackie killed JFK (or maybe it was the Masons). Rockers worked their asses of, wooing their muse and chasing the dream, even if precious few ever rose to penthouse cocaine-midget status. So who better to tell the story than the musicians themselves?”
– from ROCK IS DEAD THEY SAY. . . VOL. 1
Set in the rural south in the 30’s, Mulberry Creek washes away and reveals the true story of one mans family secret and exposes his own worse fears thru a series of brutal actions.
From starting his career as U.S. Border Patrol agent patrolling the mountains near the San Diego and Mexico Border to going on to become a U.S. Customs Service/ICE special agent disrupting major narcotics-smuggling organizations to landing an assignment to the prestigious White House Security Council’s Human Smuggling Cell. Piccolo’s homeland security career ended abruptly in 2015 when he uncovered thousands of alien children were released to criminals, including sex offenders, by members of the very government he served, and blew the whistle, putting a target on his back.
Follow Piccolo from the front lines of the southwest border to Iraq and back again. Piccolo details the never ending border war as someone who witnessed it for decades.
Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.
Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.
After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.
Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?
The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.
Love, War, and Glory 3 things that we all have seen, experienced or been a part of. As with life, in general, all 3 of these concepts have their ups and downs. This book explores those themes via poetry and spoken words and examines what these themes mean for everyday life. Explore what it means to go beneath the surface and find out what you are truly capable of and how to rationalize life events, both good and bad. This book also explores how to keep your perspective when you achieve your life ambitions and aims. From dealing with heartbreak and finding your true love, to tales of warriors fighting never-ending battles, making dreams become a reality, overcoming the odds to finally reach your goal, to tales of supreme champions and reviews of global figures of interest and understanding the changes and the journey we all go through in life you will find it in this book. We believe there is something in here that everyone can relate to.
A German spy in Atlanta? It is 1917. The US has just entered the Great War. Two young women, bored with their place in Southern society, play a deadly game of cat and mouse to unearth a dark secret. From the well-known neighborhoods of genteel Atlanta to the seedy warehouse district they try to uncover a spy in their midst. Actual key figures, locations, and events of Atlanta 1917, documents and memoirs from that critical time in Atlanta history, intermingle with mystery, suspense, and ultimate horror of the Great Atlanta Fire in this gripping romantic suspense page-turner.
Brion never meant to start a war. But when they murdered his parents and enslaved his sister and his sweetheart, they left him no choice.
Brion of Wexford is the son of a crippled trapper living a quiet life on the edge of the vast and unruly heathland. But when Salassani raiders destroy his world, he must venture into the heathland to attempt the impossible task of finding the girls, rescuing them, and conveying them safely home across hundreds of miles of enemy territory.
Now Brion finds himself pursued by men bent on his destruction, deprived of his protectors, and haunted by the knowledge that his murdered father has hidden a dark secret that could reshape Brion’s entire identity. Brion must find a way to stay alive long enough to get the girls safely home.
“Is life itself merely a dream? Are we the pawns within that dream?”
In the year 1979, Reinah is only focused on her future. She is moving across the country in pursuit of the path towards her dream job with the F.B.I. in Washington, D.C. Leaving her roots at home may be a little hard, but she knows they run deep within her. Her whole life she has felt a deep connection to her ancestors and those that came before her. As many things are about to change, she knows the main thing she can count on is her spirituality and strong familial roots. Now in D.C., she is facing more challenges than just settling into a new city and a new job. Strange things around her are beginning to happen and unaware to her, this move may test Reinah’s faith in more ways than she thought, and may reveal a greater future than what she could have prepared for.
Meanwhile in the spiritual realm, a battle bigger then good versus evil is about to begin. The Council of Innocent Souls is forced to make difficult decisions while they continue to search for the Written One, the only soul who has the power to save not only their realm, but all of humankind. At the forefront of this battle are two brothers; one who is fed by his greed and thirst for want, and will stop at nothing to destroy the Written One, while the other brother must do everything in his power to push his brother back as he and his defenders search and prepare for the Written One. What happened on 13 Cornfield Road?
In this first novel of the Fourteenth Floor Book Series, join award-winning, genre-bending Autor R.A. Monday as she confronts us with questions about our own mortality, death, and our souls.
Rain is a collection of 30 short stories. From the sorrow of heartbreak and broken relationships to mysterious disappearances and alien visitations; from the strangeness of the open badlands to the magic of lands that never were; from ethereal beauty to Gothic horror – let Steve Carr take you on journeys into little worlds which seem like keyhole glimpses of much larger universes in this, his third collection of short stories.
In a remarkably personal and intimate story, Jerry Tillinghast talks about his life and the choices he made.
Battling alongside his brothers on the streets of Providence. Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, fighting in Vietnam, and becoming a victim of the politics of that war. Returning to Providence as an angry young man and his choice to hang with the wise guys.
The cost of his reputation as a “feared mob enforcer” and the effect on his family. Meeting Raymond L.S. Patriarca, the notorious head of New England Organized Crime family, and how he came to embrace him as a father figure.
He reveals the inside story of the two of the most infamous cases in Rhode Island history; BondedVault and the George Basmajian Homicide.
Jerry was found not guilty after the Bonded Vault trial, but his luck ran out with theBasmajian murder. Convicted with Jerry was his brother, Harold Tillinghast. Since the moment of their arrest, Jerry has said just one thing.
Harold wasn’t in the car.
Jerry Tillinghast, a featured character on the Crimetown podcast, one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world, tells his life story with honesty and emotion. Setting the record straight after forty years of silence.
Silent no more…
Don’t like the company or boss holding back your career and income? Looking for independence, flexible hours, and more choice in how you make a living? Has your advancement been blocked by someone in power who doesn’t like you? Have you ever asked yourself whether you could make it on your own?
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IT management consultant and business author Bill Yarberry, CPA, will show you how to plan your move to independent consulting. He guides you through steps to acquire clients, survive the critical first year, create trust and most importantly – avoid breaking the unwritten rules.
This book is written for people who are competent in what they do but frustrated by all the roadblocks built into corporate jobs. Have you: Been blocked by fixed (and low) ceilings on raises? Been asked to move to a city when you’d rather stay where you are? Made a small mistake early in your career and then been held back ever after? Been stressed by possible layoffs? If you want to escape corporate life’s straight jacket and dramatically increase your income, $250K Consulting is for you.
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This book gives real-life examples of what brings in clients and keeps them satisfied. Caution: $250K Consulting is not a fairy tale or random event, like winning the lottery. It is about hard work, continuous learning, some risk taking and, in the beginning, some uncertainty. But success in independent consulting is both achievable and likely if you follow the guidelines. You don’t need to be any particular age or gender or even good looking. Just do the work, satisfy all the needs of the client and watch your reputation and referrals work their magic; see your net worth grow, slowly at first, then faster each year.
Mercy’s last few months have been the hardest of her life. Her mother tried to kill her on the night of her graduation, and now someone is following her. Every sound, every shadow, every movement makes her feel unsafe, even in her own home.
As she tries to convince herself it’s all her imagination, the handsome and enigmatic Caleb Blackwell stepped out of the shadows and tells her the truth about her past . . . and her identity. Caleb not only tells her that she once belonged to him, but that she’s part of a centuries-old coven of witches whose sole purpose for existence is to seek out and destroy a supernatural force which threatens mankind.
Mercy has a choice to make. She can run and hide from her calling, or stand and fight for her life.
Former DEA agent Hardin Steel is now the duly elected sheriff of Cameron County, Texas. Life along the Rio Grande is good. His two ex-wives are behaving, his girlfriend is beautiful, owns a condo on South Padre Island, and is helping him win—most of the time—his battle with booze. But then the Ochoa Cartel shoots down a DEA Blackhawk helicopter using a US-made Stinger missile, the wife of a corrupt judge dies in a mysterious accident, and Steel’s friend, Dennis Deleon, is found murdered on his fishing boat—his privates impaled on a large fish hook.
Steel’s life is turned upside down as he goes after the killers the only way he knows how—down and dirty—winner take all….
Across from Boston Common, nestled into the corner of a cobblestone mall, sits The Bookseller, a bookstore owned by a lovable rare book dealer and his wife, who runs a coffee parlor inside the store. The parlor is the morning greeting place for business people from around the mall where the complementary coffee is hot and delicious, the croissants are a quarter and the lively banter is free. George and Elizabeth lead a happy life surrounded by many friends. Their happiness is about to be shattered by a violent South American drug cartel with a new, high tech process for smuggling cocaine.
When the village of Little Upham comes under attack, Tatty Moon must try to save it – difficult when you’re only three and-a-bit inches tall!
A wonderful middle grade adventure that both children and adults will love.
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Alison Freeman met Keene Marshall because of a dare she wholeheartedly regrets accepting.
As her family’s corporate lawyer, Alison discards the idea of love as quickly as she negotiates contracts. Brutally. She realizes she’s been a fool over Keene—who is now intimately embedded in her family. It only adds to the enormity of emotions churning inside about her life.
Keene Marshall is arrogant enough to know his time with Alison left a lasting impression. He has yet to determine what place she’s going to hold in his life, but he knows there will be one. They burn too hot for there not to be.
Having closed himself off from his humanity for so long, finding Alison again presents its own set of challenges. Keene struggles with everything from his family to the walls Alison persistently builds between them. And he can’t handle the emotions that come with being denied what he wants.
Alison’s wary of Keene. Something is holding her back, except every time his lips touch hers, she’s flung into the race of her life for the one thing she claims she never wanted to win.
During the depths of the Great Depression in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a seven-year-old boy is found frozen to death under the Frog Island footbridge in Depot Town after being reported missing the night before by his parents. Upon closer examination, the Washtenaw County Coroner discovers the child was the victim of foul play. Local gossips and some police were convinced they knew who the guilty party was, but proving it in a court of law was a different matter.
Book eleven in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery Series
Jealousy… Drugs… Murder…
At the reservation to make final arrangements for her upcoming wedding, potter Shandra Higheagle gets caught up in the murder of a young woman about to turn her life around.
Having no jurisdiction on the reservation, Detective Ryan Greer pulls in favors from friends in the FBI to make sure there is no delay in their wedding.
However, the death occurs in a sacred place and could place the nuptials on hold. Following the clues may not only stop the wedding…
But separate Shandra and Ryan for life.
“This is a truly impressive and inspiring travelogue.” – Anne Cater, Books are Cool
“Wow, what a book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about David and Helene’s amazing around the world adventure.
David’s writing style was friendly, while being informative, funny and also conveying sometimes sad historic events which happened in the 15 countries they visited”. – The Spoonie Mummy
“An entertaining must-read for any discerning traveller” – Audley Traveller magazine
“New book ‘Turning Left Around the World’ has just made the TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2018 list” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews.
“A book well worth reading, it has geography, history, adventure laughs and pathos, a truly enjoyable read. – E.M.Parker, Amazon Reviewer
“David writes with a warmth and humour that charms the reader from tears to laughter and back again with a turn of the page. An easy to read guide of their travels with an often tongue in cheek view of the countries visited. A truly entertaining and informative read with a good dose of humour – highly recommended. – Emma Jane, Book Reviewer
Sammon gives Trump common sense advice on how he can become a more effective leader by becoming a human being instead of a jerk.
Trump doesn’t think he needs to be honorable. Sammon tells him different.
As in the first book Oh Don, installments of Oh Don, Once Again were posted weekly to Trump’s Facebook page where they were erased by someone 10 minutes after posting.
Trump or his cronies can erase the comments in Oh Don, Once Again, off of his website. But they can’t erase the difference between right and wrong. That’s what this book is all about.
Logan’s Choice is a contemporary romance, the first in a series of five books dealing with the great love stories of one family. When Chelsea Collins’ grandfather Joshua Collins dies, he leaves her his business empire which she doesn’t want. She tries her best to get herself thrown out of the company, but all of her attempts fail. Logan Sherwood wants Collins Industries and presents a codicil to Chelsea’s grandfather’s will stating that if he marries her for a year the company will be his. Logan wants the business. Chelsea wants Logan. Will they both get what they want?
Blood of the Unknowns, a sequel to Guns of the Abyss, is the second of two novels of political intrigue and warfare that follow a woman’s attempt to prevent the spreading cataclysm of events that ignite World War I. In Blood of the Unknowns, we visit the outcome of her vain political activism, and the misfortunes of her husband, a former assistant to the German Chancellor, now consigned to the machine of war as a low-ranking army private fighting at the behest of militarist aristocrats supportive of the imperialist government’s expansionary view of a European continent.
Under the moonlight, he and a fellow German soldier, a dark-skinned Gypsy recruit, share the same crowded stand in a muddy, hand-shoveled trench on the deadly Western Front. As oddly paired as two men of different backgrounds and experience might be, Privates Frieslaven and Maruska hunker in protective friendship, a vital, cooperative defense against enemy sniper fire, bombs and bayonets, and the failures of German leadership that result in the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men pushed beyond human capacity.
The human toll of death and gruesome injury soars on a daily basis as constant waves of courageous soldiers snip through braced lines of rolling barbwire, crawl across pock-marked fields, and watch in war-weary horror as compatriots ordered to charge are felled by machine gun fire so thick that retreat is inevitable for those few left standing. Unilateral surrender is not a choice, however bloodied the troops.
An absolutely staggering account of soldiers at war. Makes you seem to be there, gasping with fright, sick to the stomach at the horror of war in having to kill and killing advancing ground troops. A must read for any soldier.
Wow! Powerful! Well written, scary, sad.
Brings the horror of trench warfare to“ life”; no pun intended.