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Middle Grade
Date Published: October 2017
Publisher: Plaisted Publishing House Ltd
 
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After Bess Silver had settled into her new home in Pineview she thought her biggest problem would be settling into a new school. She was surprised to learn that it was a one room school house which was different from what she was used to.
That all changed when Megan Skye, her best friend and cousin, dashed into their kitchen late one afternoon with exciting news. Megan’s father discovered an old cabin, hidden behind a wall, when he started doing kitchen renovations. Megan asked him to take the suitcases, ledgers and trunk they found over to Bess instead of throwing them out. Clues turn up in the suitcases and in a secret compartment in the cabin which leave Bess puzzled. When she first looked around the cabin she sees a ghostly figure that disappears in an instant but is as real as Megan. Dreams about the cabin and occupants haunt Bess. These feel so real that she can’t shake the feeling that she was actually near them.
Who is the figure that Bess saw in the cabin? What is she trying to tell her? Why is she having dreams about the old cabin? Will Bess be able to figure  out who the mysterious figure is? Or would these secrets remain secrets forever?
The Mystery of the Hidden Cabin is the sequel to Bess’s Magical Garden and can be read on it’s own.

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Bess’s Magical Garden
Published: October 2015
Publisher: FriesenPress
Bess’s mother moves them to Pineview, away from her best friend Megan, and she terribly misses her. Six months earlier, Bess’s father died in a car crash, and she’s also in the midst of recovering from the final stages of polio. She’s in a sad and lonely place.
From the moment she and her mother settle into their new home, Bess hears whispering voices and encounters a ghostly figure in the well-kept garden and in her dreams. She can’t make sense of everything and so shares her observations with Megan by writing her regular letters.
During the summer, she makes new friends, including an orange and white tomcat that she names Pumpkin, and her new neighbour Josie. With the help of Mrs. O’Toole, the woman who watches her, Bess continues to recover, both physically and emotionally. She becomes more and more curious about the garden and the unexplained clues that she finds there.
In Bess’s Magical Garden, Bess discovers her own true strengths through enduring life’s struggles. She – with Josie and Megan’s help – also finds some hidden items in the garden, including a map, that leave the girls with more questions than answers. Who was the figure that visited Bess? Will Bess and her friends be able to uncover the garden’s secrets? Or will those secrets be mysteries forever?
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About the Author

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Marjorie (M.E.) Hembroff is the author of Bess’s Magical Garden, a middle grade novel and picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. Marjorie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators,  and Writer’s Guild of Alberta.
Marjorie has been an avid reader since early childhood and has always been imaginative. Growing up on a farm before television aided in her using her imagination to create a variety of pastimes. Stories formed in her mind but most of them were never written down until later in life. It wasn’t until her children were growing up that she started to take art and writing courses. At that time, her writing improved and short stories formed. It was when she retired that the idea for Bess’s Magical Garden surfaced.
After Marjorie’s divorce she worked in the plant industry. First at a greenhouse and then looking after tropical plants in downtown offices. For awhile it looked like her adult children would never leave home but they have now all flown the nest and are having their own life’s adventures. After retirement she moved to Strathmore where she lives with her pets.
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Dead Cats

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Dead Cats: and Other Reflections on Parenthood by Jesse McKinnell

Joel Peterson’s rock bottom is deeper and darker than he ever imagined, but with the help of the ghost of Kurt Cobain he hatches a plan to capture the attention of his estranged family and reclaim his life.

Dead Cats and Other Reflections on Parenthood is a dark comedy that tracks the descent of Peterson, a once successful dentist and proud member of the upper middle-class as he falls into a spiral of drugs and vanity. When a car crash leaves him battered and homeless, he finds comfort in the restless lost soul of Cobain. Together, the two cut a path across southern Maine, chasing the meaning in their lives, desperately trying to be the men they expected to become.

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JESSE McKINNELL grew up in Massachusetts but has lived peacefully in Maine for many years. On July 4, 2015, he had a dream about a dentist with a passion for writing sitcoms. Somehow, DEAD CATS And Other Reflections on Parenthood was the result. It is his first novel.     

My Review

5 stars

Joel Peterson is a dentist in a downward spiral. His wife has kicked him out to the guest house out back and his drug addiction keeps piling bad decision on bad decision. A court hearing goes wrong and then an accident with his Porsche essential seals the deal. Joel finds himself homeless but not alone as the ghost of Kurt Cobain helps him to regain his former life.

There is a saying that the only place you can go from the bottom is up. In Joel Peterson’s case that is not true, he continues to keep going deeper and deeper down. Joel is a horrible person and I couldn’t stand him in the beginning of the story, especially the incident with the family cat. But as the story progressed and the more I laughed at the things Joel encountered, the more I really wanted the best for him.

This is a dark comedy as Joel finds himself in strange places with odd things happening around him. This is a dark comedy about the things in life that we value more than the things that are truly important. This is a great read and  I recommend checking it out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Page Turner Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

An Interview with Jesse McKinnell, 

author of DEAD CATS

1.     Kurt Cobain captured the teenage angst of an entire generation of boys in the early/mid 1990’s.  Has that generation (Generation X) overcome that angst or has it festered into their adult lives?

Cobain is fascinating to me for a number of reasons. I still remember where I was when I found out he had died (a school cafeteria) and a whole section of the room just deflated. And it wasn’t just boys. I think there are certain celebrities in our culture who people decide embody their belief system and they wear their fandom of that person as a character trait of themselves.
It can be shorthand for filling out a personality. When one of these cultural touchstones kills himself, people are set adrift for a time. I’m certainly as guilty of this as anyone. I’m a grown man who still wears band t-shirts, as some sort of subconscious advance to people I meet about who I am and what they should expect from me if they choose to engage me in conversation.
I’m not sure how much the angst that Cobain represented has festered. I wish it had festered but I fear that it has either metastasized into an angry tumor or been placated by the endless distractions that bombard us every day. I don’t know. The older I get the more confused I become by people.

2.     Your novel captures in both humorous and serious ways the crisis in masculinity that younger to middle-aged white men are experiencing.  What do you think is the cause of this crisis?

People generally hate change. Being a straight, cis-gendered, white male, for so long in America has represented a certain level of unimpeachable privilege and when that gets challenged as something less than an entitlement at birth, people lash out. America is changing demographically and I think that has caused a lot of resentment from people who are afraid of existing in this country on equal footing. The Mad Men lifestyle isn’t an option anymore.

3.     Being a white, upper middle class man in this country has always afforded certain advantages and privileges, yet some of these men today feel that their male privilege is under attack.  Is it?  If so, by whom and how should white men respond?

Hell yeah it’s under attack. If you can’t tell by the picture on my website or on the back of my book, my chromosomes arranged themselves into the ideal demographics for succeeding in America. I’m even tall. Dead Cats was partly a manifestation of me being uncomfortable with myself. How much of my life is made possible or enabled by a system that is beyond my control but biased in favor of me? How much is genuinely earned? I still don’t know, but I try to go through life employing empathy liberally. The best I’ve been able to do is make a serious effort to understand other people’s point of view, because their experiences are different than mine and they face prejudices that I will never truly understand. It’s hard and requires people to be less reactionary. I don’t know that I’m good at it yet, but it’s important to try.

4.     You tackle some serious themes in your book through dark humor.  What are the challenges and rewards to an author who uses this type of stylistic voice?

The only way I knew how to write about these issues, the way that felt the most appropriate, was with biting sarcasm. And I really like being able to place the reader right in the main character’s (Joel) head and have them exposed only to his warped perspective. The reaction to the book has been funny. People so far have generally really wanted to root for Joel, but as I place more and more obstacles in front of him, I sort of erode their hope that this is a person worth saving. Most people think the book is funny and thought provoking.

5.     Your main character is obsessed with his career, fancy car, and his status—it’s the way he defines himself and measures others.  Do you think this is a problem inherent in the larger society of this country?

Yes, I do. It’s something I’ve observed in myself and have to actively work to control. I can’t deny that I feel good when I buy something or that I get competitive about success. Finding peace in yourself is hard and there are a million ways and a million companies with an answer on how best to fill the hole that’s inside people. Finding a purpose in life away from our things and being happy with yourself is hard.

6.     Kurt Cobain literally haunts the anti-hero of this novel.  Why did you choose to make Kurt Cobain the phantasmagoric sidekick of this novel? 

Joel really needed a foil, someone to bounce all of the craziness that was going on in his head off of. Cobain, to me, was a perfect reflection of childhood ambitions wasted. We grow up with inflated ideals of what we mean to the world and what’s possible and then slowly slide into easy contentment. That feeling of loss of self is really the undercurrent pushing Joel along and Kurt was the manifestation of that youthful rebel spirit that becomes co-opted and then broken. Plus Kurt is still pretty cool to me.

7.     Part of the novel deals with the main character’s disillusionment with his wife and his role as a father, yet there is a yearning on his part to be reunited with his family.  Is too much expected of men in our society today?  Was it easier for men in the 1950’s when they were simply expected to be the breadwinner of the family and allowed to be physically and emotionally more remote from life at home? 

Ha – I hope it’s not too much to ask of men to be loving partners and involved parents. I’m a husband and a father and I couldn’t imagine not wanting to be involved in every aspect of my family’s life. As more families rely on double incomes, raising kids is becoming more democratic out of necessity. But for me, and at least most of my friends with families, being an involved and pleasant parent is fun. Joel takes his life and his family for granted and then when he bottoms out, he’s forced to confront that being a father is the only thing that really matters. Finding a way to claw back into their good graces drives the second half of the novel.

8.     Why did you title your novel DEADCATS?  Cats don’t fare well in the book.  Do you have something against cats?

Well, I’m decently allergic to cats but I had them as a kid. Only one cat doesn’t fare well in this book but he sort of wins in the end.

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Fortitude Rising

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Fortitude Rising (Magical Bond – 1) by AM Bocknak

Ebony Hunter has spent her entire life isolated on an island institution run by her father, Dr. Daniel Hunter. When Connor Vance and his group of outsiders are brought to the institution, they cause her to question everything her father has ever told her about the world. But who’s telling her the truth? Her father or the outsiders?

Just when she starts to open up to Connor Vance, he admits that he and his companions are on a mission to kill her and her life-long friends. Connor’s mission to kill her is halted when he realizes Ebony is a pawn, albeit a powerful pawn, in her father’s game. They must join forces and work together if they ever hope to escape the clutches of the true enemy, Dr. Hunter and Vivian Way, a political reformist.

To find the truth, and hopefully earn her freedom, Ebony must overcome her fears and embrace her magical powers. Her life depends on the trust of people she hardly knows as the battle for control of her powerful magic escalates between her and her father.

Through her journey of self-discovery, she finds friendship, love, and a strength she never knew she possessed. Everyone around her is taking sides in the struggle for power, and the lives of everyone she cares about are on the line as the tension rises in this sci-fi dystopian fantasy.

Fortitude Rising is the complete volume one of the Magical Bond Series. The following episodes are included in this book bundle.
-Infraction of the Mind, Episode One
-Incite the Power Within, Episode Two
-Embodiment of Magic, Episode Three

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A.M. Bochnak

Author’s Bio

A.M. Bochnak is a dreamer. She always has her head in the clouds or her eyes turned to the stars imagining new adventures and far off worlds for which to travel. She has written numerous short stories and poems as well as several full-length novels. She writes science fiction and fantasy. She cannot resist a good epic fantasy or apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. The Blood Trials, an urban fantasy, is her first published novel (anticipated release Spring 2018). She is an American author, born and raised in southern Ohio and now lives in Gainesville, Florida.

A.M. Bochnak has also published nonfiction under the name Angelique Bochnak.

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My Review

5 stars

Ebony Hunter lives on an island with her father with a few others. She only knows what he has told her that a war between those with magic and those without has left the world barely holding on. She knows her mother died when she was younger and that she hates her father for the tests that he makes her do pushing her magical abilities. Then a group of people are brought to the island and she learns the truth.

Connor Vance is on a mission to kill Dr. Daniel Hunter and those on his island. Initially his plan to invade the island is not approved by the Order so he has a couple friends that follow him as he goes on the mission without approval. There he meets Ebony and learns that not everything is as he thought and that he wants to help her kill her father.

There is so much happening in this book. Nothing is what it seems and when you think you might know what is happening, bam! Plot Twist!! You can’t help but feel for Ebony. She is a prisoner/lab rat but kept from realizing how powerful she really is. Of course her father needs to die. And Connor, I think he is a great match for Ebony.

This is a great fantasy/dystopian story. Many questions that arise from the story are answered but you are left at an amazing cliff hanger that is going to have you stalking AM Bochnak for the next book in the series.

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Read Me

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Read Me by Leo Benedictus

Hitchcock’s Rear Window meets Messud’s The Woman Upstairs in this unnerving, superbly crafted novel which takes readers deep into the mind of a serial stalker and, through him, the lives of his unsuspecting victims.

Try it yourself. Go out, pick somebody and watch them. Take your phone and a notebook. Persist. What begins as a confluence of yours and another person’s journeys, on the train maybe or leaving a cinema, gets into an entanglement. You follow, feeling that it’s not really following because you’re going the same way, then when they at last reach their office you feel the clutch of a goodbye. It’s normal. But how many times do you think the person being followed has been you?

READ ME is a seductive, haunting novel that holds a sinister mirror up to the ways in which we observe, judge, and influence people. Benedictus’ prose commands and draws readers into the dark, manipulative mind of a serial stalker as he targets women across London, escalating his efforts until he settles on Frances — a bright young professional whose career is set to take off — whose life he proceeds to unravel from the inside, out.

A chilling rumination on power, manipulation, complicity, and anonymity, READ ME exposes just how vulnerable we are to the whims of others — people we may not even know.

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Author’s Bio

Leo Benedictus was born in London and graduated from Oxford University. He worked as an advertising copywriter and as a freelance sub-editor for The Guardian. His work on immigration issues has earned him widespread recognition: his article “London: The World in One City” won the Amnesty International UK Media Award (2005) and the Race in the Media Award (2006). His work has appeared in ProspectThe Observer, The New StatesmanThe London Review of Books and The Literary Review. Leo’s debut novel The Afterparty was long-listed for the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize. Leo is currently a freelance feature writer for The Guardian and lives with wife Sarah and his two sons in Brighton. Leo is writer-in-residence at Holland Park School, London.

My Review

3 stars

This is the story of a stalker. He writes that years prior he inherited a large sum of money and has spent his time following random people. He follows people around making notes in his journals. But he has taken a liking to Frances. He sees her crying and introduces himself to her, a conversation happens about her work situation, and their phone numbers are exchanged.

From there he starts seriously stalking her, hiding cameras and microphones in her apartment. He even hides in her apartment when she is there. Then things go from bad to worse. It seems he is the reason she had trouble at work.

When I think of stalkers I just get a chill and I was excited to see how this book was going to tackle that story line. Although the narrator and Frances has the possibility to be really good, the story started falling flat for me. He started being more obnoxious than scary and Frances didn’t really make me care what happened to her.

This could be a story that people really life but I have to say that I didn’t really think it was a fit for me. Try it, you may like it.

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I Promise

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I Promise (A Night Hawks Saga – 1) by Tonya Coffey

Do you remember your first high school crush? Would he jump into danger for you?

Mine did…

My daddy warned me to not walk down Cider Avenue after school. I thought the threat on my life was nonsense, just like the other times before… But when arms engulfed me, tugging me into a van, on that very street, I wished I had listened.

My only hope is in the motorcycle club, Night Hawks. I couldn’t deny, the son of the club’s president had swept me off my feet. I was drawn to the boy with rugged looks and a heart of gold.

As my world collapses into chaos, will he pull me from the clutches of my enemies or will our families be drawn into a war of blood, guns and broken promises?

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Tonya Coffey 

Author’s Bio

Tonya grew up in a small town in southern Kentucky. She was always surrounded by nature whether it was on the farm or in the forest camping with her family. The older she got she realized she had a vivid imagination and sharing her stories with others gave her joy. With her husband and two teen sons motivating her, she continues to share her imagination with the world.

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My Review

5 Stars

Cora Abram’s father is the local Sheriff. He has done something to upset some powerful people. To get back at him they plan on killing Cora. Cora is warned not to come home the regular way but decides that she wants to see her boyfriend, Dante Black. She is abducted off the street and they are planning on killing her. Her only hope is Dante, the son of the local motorcycle club, the Night Hawks leader.

Dante is eighteen and has the responsibility of a man yet is still young. Both Cora is sixteen, doesn’t understand the kind of trouble she is in, and seeing how far she can break the rules. They have a sweet relationship and I really like how you can see Dante as the bad boy with a heart of gold.   And Cora, I understand wanting to see how far you can bent the rules but with her history you would think that she would be more cautious.

I have loved Tonya Coffey’s A New World series and when she asked me to review I Promise I jumped at the chance although this is not my regular type of read. I’m really glad I did. This is a young adult romance and was very clean without the violence and sex being a bit too much. This is a great start to a new series and I would love to see where it goes from here.

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Collateral Damage by Jessica Wayne

After a spell left him frozen in time, Timothy McGinley swore off all things magic and accepted that he was destined to walk the earth forever. But when a witch saves his life, he discovers he is facing his own mortality for the first time in two centuries.

Paislee Adams was stolen from everything she knew because she possessed what one man craved: power. After she escapes, she dedicates her life to honing her magic in an effort to destroy the man who owned her for so much of her life.

Fate brings these two together and as they race against the clock to stop the man who has a deadly obsession with them both, Timothy and Paislee are both forced to face the demons of their past in an effort to secure a future they weren’t sure they deserved.

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The darkness enveloped him as he leaned against the door and puffed on his cigar. There was nothing in the world like the taste of a fine cigar as the tobacco seeped into your system.

The calming effect it had on him was one he’d failed to find anywhere else. The chill in the air had the puffs coming out even more defined than usual, and Timothy was enthralled by them as they faded from view.

It wasn’t until he was half done with his cigar that he saw the shadow lurking in the corner.

“Can I help you?” he asked easily, and the man stepped from the dark. Timothy straightened when he saw the gun in his hand. “No need for that, tell me what you want, and I’ll be sure you get it.” Timothy wasn’t overly worried; the man couldn’t actually kill him. But damn, gunshots hurt like hell. He should know since he’d been at the receiving end of one too many times to count.

The man stepped close enough Timothy was able to see the glint of amusement in his eye. Timothy had only ever seen that madness once before, and that man had been responsible for two innocent deaths and the root reason as to why he was trapped.

His back straightened, and he gave the man before him his full attention. “What is it you want?” he asked again.

“I want to see you bleed,” the man said with a smile and pulled the trigger.

It was the pain that hit him first, that sharp tearing of skin and flesh as the bullet forced its way into his body. He fell to the ground, cigar falling next to him, and clutched his abdomen. No matter how many times he’d been shot, stabbed, punched, or even on occasion-burned—over the years, the pain was not something he ever got used to.

The coldness came next and was something Timothy had not been prepared for. His wounds, no matter how severe, had always healed themselves before the numbing fingers of death gripped him as they were now. How was this possible? He thought to himself. What was happening to him? He tried his best to move but found his body had gone completely numb as he lay there in the pool of his own blood.

And as his attacker knelt next to him, he felt for the first time, as if he wouldn’t survive the night.

“I knew he was wrong about you.” The man smiled. “Oh well, I suppose it was worth the trouble. There is just something about having the ability to snuff out the light within someone’s eyes.”

“Hey!” a voice screamed, and the man stood.

Timothy wasn’t sure what happened next, but where it had once been dark, a light appeared, and his attacker was thrown away from him. He watched as the light faded, but not before he got a clear picture of the one who had saved him.

A woman, with hair the color of fire, and kind blue eyes, ran to his side and knelt in the blood that poured from him.

“Cait?” he whispered. Was he dead? Was she sent here to usher him into what waited beyond this life?

“You’re going to be alright,” Cait said as she closed her eyes and pressed her hands to him.

It would always be the pain he remembered first, but the surge of power that came next would be impossible to forget.

 

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Selected

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Selected

by J. Allen Wolfrum

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Synopsis:

Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum

Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy.

Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan’s tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.

With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance.

Book Details:

Genre: Political Thriller
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: December 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 326
ISBN: 1981498974 (ISBN13: 9781981498970)
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Susan Turner looked up through a haze of white dust and saw a group of men in black suits huddled around her body. The muffled ringing in her ears overpowered their voices. The men helped her to her feet and they ran as a group toward the entrance to the underground tunnel. Her hearing slowly returned, screams of panic in the hallway replacing the ringing. As they ran, she recognized the men surrounding her were Secret Service agents.

Four agents surrounded Susan as they jogged through the underground tunnel together. Ten yards into the tunnel, she slowed down. In mid-stride, she took off one heel at a time and returned to the pace of the group. There were no words exchanged; they moved together in focused silence. Four hundred yards down the tunnel, the group stopped at two large steel doors. The lead agent opened the doors and light from the helicopter pad above burst into the tunnel.

Before moving toward the helicopter, the agent stand- ing behind Susan shouted into his headset, “Checkpoint Bravo. Waiting for clearance.” He nodded as the response came through and relayed the message to the group: “Let’s move.” They ran from the tunnel into the daylight and across the tarmac to the open doors of the helicopter.

The agent sitting across from Susan handed her a com- munications headset. “Ma’am, are you okay? Any injuries?” Susan wiped the sweat and dust from her face. “No, I’m fine. My family?”

“They’re safe. Your children were brought to a safe location under the Pentagon, and your parents are there with them.”

She nodded. “Is it over?”

He pursed his lips before responding, “I don’t know. I only heard snippets of radio chatter while we were on the way to the helipad.”

Susan leaned back in her seat, cupping her hands over her face and replaying the events in her mind. The group stayed in radio silence for the remainder of the brief flight. The helicopter landed at Andrews Air Force Base and the doors immediately opened. Susan and her security detail rushed across the tarmac and boarded the Boeing 747. She walked onto the plane in her bare feet. Jogging on con- crete caused the pinky toe on her left foot to bleed. She left a trail of blood down the center aisle of Air Force One.

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Excerpt from Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum. Copyright © 2018 by J. Allen Wolfrum. Reproduced with permission from J. Allen Wolfrum. All rights reserved.

 

Author Bio:

J. Allen Wolfrum

J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine. He served four years as a Marine Corps Infantryman in the most decorated Regiment in Marine Corps history. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he led an infantry squad on missions spanning from the oil fields of Southern Iraq to the streets of Baghdad.

After the Marine Corps, he spent the next fifteen years exploring life from several perspectives: press operator in a plastics factory, warehouse stocker, confused college student, Certified Public Accountant, bearded graduate student, management consultant, and data analyst.

J. Allen Wolfrum’s writing career began in 2017 with his debut novel, Selected. He uses the unique combination of his Marine Corps, professional and life experience to create a realistic perspective on the political thriller genre. He lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife and two cats.

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My Review

4 Stars

The President, the Senate, and Congress are no longer voted on. The Dove Revolution rose up and has selected these members for two year terms. This time former Army Lieutenant Colonel Susan Hunter has been selected as President. Initially she is going to turn this position down but follows through with it.

Unfortunately The Board of Pacific International has their own plans. They are a group of big companies that are very interested in Eastern Europe for manufacturing and raw materials. What better way to help themselves than to start a war between America and Russia with bombings and fake documents.

The Board of Pacific International essential helps Susan get selected because of her past performance of flying off the handle. But Susan has the help of her former commander to help her try to keep the country from going to nuclear war.

It’s really scary to think about how the big companies were manipulating the selection and everything else just to gain profits. Granted things like this happen in today’s politics, I would hope not to this extent. This gave the story a real feel to it. The problem I had with it was I would like to have learned why The Dove Revolution happened and how it can to the idea of a Selection to full the government.

Over all this is a good story that had me curious at where it was going. There were a couple things that I had to not think about too much. I wonder if this is going to be a standalone story or a series. I do think that there is a great possibility to see more of Susan Hunter.

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