Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cold Coffee Press Endorses Lost In His Eyes by Ginger Simpson


 

Harlee Wagner didn’t expect to fall in the well when drawing water, and she certainly never expected to be rescued only to find her entire family gone. Logan Carruthers, her handsome hero, insists she rest up before she starts searching and then leads her on a trail consisting of hints and guesses. Will she find her family, or will she discover love? There’s something about his gorgeous blue eyes and broad shoulders that makes her heart flutter.

Previously released as The Well

"A lot is packed into this short book, the story moves along well and the plot kept me interested. I found it enjoyable and recommend this for a lazy day read to anyone to anyone that enjoys a clean mystery romance." - Birdlady

"I must say that Gingers Simpson's writing is superb. Harlee's character is funny and her relationship with Logan's mother comes alive for me. I have read many of Ginger Simpson's works and I can't believe how much she has improved her writing. I am willing to bet that if she got a decent agent she could be the next Danielle Steel." - Carol Langstroth

"This is a fast paced mystery romance that will keep you intrigued from beginning until almost the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it." – Miskagirl


Homesteading in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1894 is getting harder every day, “Hot winds drove a herd of tumbleweeds across endless acres of sod, broken and dried by the late July sun. The devastating drought in Oklahoma continued, leaving everything parched or dying.”

A small cast of well-developed characters bring the story to life as Miss Harlee Wagner accidentally falls into the family well while gathering a bucket of water. Days later and near death, was this stunning man a figment of her imagination, or was he, her long awaited hero?

Fast-pace action, adventure, mystery and romance keeps the reader turning the pages seeking answers to this most unusual mystery.

I quote a passage from the book to show Ginger Simpson’s writing style and the questions Harlee has on her mind. “Harlee took in the scenery again, but her mind wandered. Homesteads much like the one Pa had staked claim to, sat back from the trail, gardens withered, heat waves spiraling upward, and an occasional dust devil swirling in the distance. How did those twisting demons develop when the ground had turned stone-like from the absence of moisture? Could humidity cause enough dampness? Although the area hadn’t had rain for some time, some days were filled with ‘heat you could wear’, as Logan said. Today was one of those days. Harlee’s top clung to her like a second skin; perspiration beaded her forehead and dampened her hair. How she wished she had her old straw hat, but that had disappeared along with her family.”

Cold Coffee Press endorses Lost In His Eyes by Ginger Simpson as a warm, realistic, 1800 period romance published by Books We Love. Thirty plus books have given Ginger Simpson the notoriety that she has earned as a romance author.

I invite you to read (just to name a few); Lost In His Eyes, Ages of Love, Arizona Sky, Betrayed, Dancing Fawn, Destiny's Bride, Discovery, Ellie's Legacy, First Degree Innocence, Hattie's Heroes, Sarah's Heart and Passion, Shortcomings, Time Tantrums and Yellow Moon.

We were given this book in a Kindle/PDF format. This review was completed on October 25, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com


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The wagon carrying Odessa Clay and her father overturns, killing him. Alone and scared in the middle of the desert, she faces finding her way to Phoenix and her Aunt Susan. Food and water run out, and Odessa is near death when Zach Johnson finds her. Squinting up into his tanned and handsome face, Dessie believes she’s died and gone to heaven.

Would-be-outlaw, Zach Johnson finds an unconscious woman alone in the middle of nowhere. Where did she come from? First glance: she appears young, but the curves beneath the dusty gingham say otherwise. He didn’t plan to become someone’s hero, but how can he leave her stranded? He’s on his way to join a gang of bank robbers and he has no time to spare.

Will the promise of Odessa’s sweet lips lure Zach from the secret mission that has his gut twisted into a knot? His father’s ranch isn’t the only thing at stake—now it’s his heart.

Previously published as Odessa.

Review
I think Ginger Simpson lived in the Wild West in another life. She captures the era so well you can smell and taste it in this story of a young woman lost in the arid desert…
The characters are as realistic as the setting she describes. Both the hero and heroine are loveable, faulted, and feisty. The prose is free and easy, allowing the reader to fall into the story without struggle.

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Featured Book # 3:
Betrayed by Ginger Simpson

The advertisement claimed: “Find your true love; we’ll match you with the person of your dreams.”
Their irritating spam clogged her computer inbox. "Free tonight? Let’s chat." Cassie Fremont thought of hitting the ‘trash’ button, but the promises were alluring.

Divorced and so lonely, Cassie signs up for the on-line dating service. What she doesn’t know is the cost of the ticket for her ride on the romantic roller coaster from hell. You aren’t the first woman he’s lied to. When Cassie’s siblings present her with evidence, insisting this proves her new beau is a con-man, her world is shattered.

Her happiness wanes. How can she possibly believe that this wonderful man who gave up a thriving business in Texas and moved to California to be with her isn’t all he professes to be? The love she sees shining in Evan’s eyes can’t be false. Surely, her siblings are mistaken. Still, the warnings of her sister’s haunt Cassie’s thoughts: There have been others who have lost everything because of him. Faced with an ultimatum, Cassie must choose between her family and Evan.

Previously published as Embezzled Love

"Based on the true story of the author's sister, this novel builds tension as it goes. It grips the reader and throws them into a whirlwind of emotion from anger to joy and everything in between. It is a powerful book of vulnerability and strength, family loyalty versus true love. A must read for every woman." ~ Mirella Patzer, Historical Author

"I found this to be an engaging story and the characters very believable. In this high tech age we need a reminder that not everybody is good and decent and we need to have our guard up in the faceless world of the internet." ~ Carol Langstroth, Mind Fog Reviews


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Featured Book # 4:
Dancing Fawn by Ginger Simpson

Grace Cummings’ family is killed and she’s taken captive by a war party of young Lakota’s hungry to fight the white men encroaching on their sacred black hill; land granted them in a treaty with the government. The brave responsible for leading the war party and Grace’s captor is shunned by the tribe for drawing attention to their band and leaves the village, giving Grace to Little Elk, the nephew of the chief.

With the help and guidance of another white woman in camp, Green Eyes, wife of the chief, Grace learns important facts about the tribe and accepts her given Lakota name, Dancing Fawn… and the love of Little Elk.

While the warriors are away joining with other tribes to fight the war brought upon them by the young warriors, white soldier attack the camp, killing only women, children, and old men. Dancing Fawn is discovered, identified as a white captive and forced to return with the soldiers to Fort Sully. Tied hands and constant guarding display she’s not going voluntarily. Back in civilization and under the watchful eye of the Colonel’s wife, Fawn must decide where her heart truly lies.

Reviews
Very good book that touches on a part of history that was left out of the history books at school. -
A nice change of pace to drop back into an American Historical where the Indian is the good guy. I enjoyed the book and found the historical facts were in line with what I've read in other books, both factual history and historical fiction. Well researched and sensitively written.


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Sarah Collins set her sights for California and a new beginning, but never imagines a war party's attack on the wagon train she joins. A sole survivor, Sarah must find her way back to civilization, and a man of half-blood happens along at just the right time and becomes her hero...or is the whole scenario only a dream driven by all the romance novels she reads as an editor?

Sarah wakes, her cheeks damp with tears. Like a dust devil in a dying windstorm, all traces of her handsome rescuer vanish with a farewell kiss and the annoying blast of an alarm clock...until he appears at her door as a new neighbor. Will Sarah find a way to win the love she tried so hard to capture in her dream without being declared insane, or will the sexy woman living an apartment away beat Sarah at her own game?

Previously published as Sarah's Heart and Sarah's Passion, this edition combines both stories


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Ginger Simpson has been writing since 2000 and has produced many fine reads. She's a pantser who writes when her characters speak, and plotting is as foreign to her as speaking another language. She retired from the University of California, Davis after 24 years, and moved to Tennessee to be caretaker to her autistic grandson. Time flies. That was in 2003/2004 and now Spencer is 13. She's gone from listening to Thomas the Train in the background to being able to enjoy whatever type of music she likes.

She's currently working on another "Sarah" story, but swears this one is her swan song. At 70, she wants to spend whatever time God grants her doing fun things with her husband, and not feeling the stress of being an author. Gone are the days of easily obtainable reviews and low overhead. Competition for everything has grown due to self-publishing, and those who think they are authors but need to go through the editing process for years to learn they truly aren't. What used to be so easy has become more of a chore.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from TN, USA? I'm proud to be an author just based on accomplishments. I never knew I could achieve. Here in TN, people kind of give you a blank stare when you announce your profession. I don't imagine too many people my age find time to read because it seems most grandparents are too busy raising their grandchildren...at least that is the case in the area where I live. I've always been a people person, but in all the years, I've lived here, this has been the most difficult place to make new friends. I still haven't figured out why most folks expect free copies. Don't they realize how many hours an author toils over each story?

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I've always been an avid reader. I love authors who sweep me away to another time and place and put me in their character's shoes. When I was between Cassie Edward's captivating stories, and had read everything western by Amanda Baker, I decided to try my own hand at writing, and voila...that was the beginning of an exciting new decade for me.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? In 2000, I wrote my debut novel, Prairie Peace, now re-released as Destiny's Bride. I knew I wasn't going to look for an agent (didn't need the added stress), so I researched small publishing and found Wings E Press. I submitted the story, not expecting acceptance, but lo and behold, I got a wonderful letter saying I TOLD a beautiful story, but now needed to learn to SHOW it to the reader. That's what I mean about self-pubbed, people who believe they can step into the author's arena without learning the ropes. I learned tons from my first editor, and I have continued learning with each submission. Unless you go through the appropriate channels, you're clueless to the rules of writing that apply to authors.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I grew up in a house of western lovers. There was always a John Wayne film on TV and when the radio played, it was Johnny Cash singing. We spent many nights watching The Grand Ol' Opry, and anything western on TV. Loving the genre set in the old west era seems only logical, and I love it.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Strange as it seems...my stories come with titles and characters already named when the hero or hero pops into my head. It's only been on the re-releases of my books that I have to come up with new titles, and that's really hard.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I've written cross genres just to prove to myself that I can, but I always migrate back to Western Historical Romance. I write sweet romance with a tad of sexuality because I'm that kind of person. I prefer to leave the grinds, thrusts and groans to the reader's imagination. I wrote only one Erotica, and that was the most difficult book ever. You either have to possess a really active imagination or be pro-active in the bedroom...neither apply to me.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I'm always inspired when a new character shows up with an idea for a story. I'm driven by the need to find out how the journey ends.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? The appreciation shown by my peers and a few nominations for best reads. I've never won an actual award because I haven't taken the time to enter any writing contests, but there have been a few times when people have nominated me, and that's a wonderful feeling. I was so shocked when Love Romances announced one of my books as a 2009 best Western Read.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Finding publishers who believe in me and have faith in my ability to succeed. I've been very lucky to have each publisher see the value in my stories and by far the most rewarding experience for any author after getting a nod of acceptance is holding that new book in your hand for the first time.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Until recently, I can claim only positive feedback, but the recent immergence of "trolls" on Amazon who have a need to crucify the work of authors has affected me as well. I received three one-star reviews on one book that made it very evident the reviewers hadn't even read the book. Who does that...and why? I have no idea how you can avoid such unwanted and unwarranted unkindness.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Be yourself, and don't ever let anyone steal your voice.

Who is your favorite author and why? Laura Ingalls Wilder has an always will be my favorite. I've read every "Little House" story a hundred times, and she was the true inspiration for my writing. I'm always flattered if someone compares me to her.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I've been doing this for so many years, I doubt there's anything most don't know about me. My life has been an open book.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cold Coffee Press Book Review for Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis


 


Much like his beloved – and somewhat decrepit – cars, Liam Samolis (NOT his real name; that was changed in order to protect his wife and children from ridicule on the off chance some of their friends will read his work) is hurtling towards 50 with the brakes failing.

The painful loss of his father leads Liam to look back at his life as he contemplates the legacy he is leaving his own children; resulting in a hilarious, often self-deprecating, and ALWAYS brutally, side-splittingly, honest glimpse at the path that has led him to become the man that he is.

With stories about growing up as a painfully shy child in England, going to an all-boys’ school, and what can only be described as the most uproariously hysterical bar scene EVER written, Liam also recounts his days as a police officer, the births of his children, and saying goodbye to his father.

What began as a legacy to his children will send readers into peals of raucous laughter, likely leading them to tears and other unexpected bodily functions.

If you read one book this year, Signs of (a) Life should be it – nowhere else will you be so moved by a man simply living.

Book Genre: Memoir, Humour

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OK, women, here it is!

Finally, a gut honest personal journal written by a man that hits the pages of Signs of (a) Life with both serious and laugh-out-loud stories.

To begin with, Liam speaks of issues that we can all relate to as we stand in front of a mirror and are surprised to see the older, graying image of someone we barely recognize staring back.

Liam states this right off the bat, “Warning: this book contains within it accounts of real conversations which may therefore occasionally include naughty words and rude phrases. I’ve even made up some words of my own. That’s the real world for you.”

Within the 502 pages and 61 topics this author presents his half century of life experiences in a relaxed, well thought out format that lets the readers empathize with him. His stories involve experiences not just a man, but as a boy. Very few men will bare their souls to share experiences of awkwardness while moving from childhood into manhood. Liam shares some of his experiences while attending a single-sex school for boys. He shares his discovery of girls, cars and various medical issues.

Some of the most interesting stories involve his experiences as a police officer in England. The most touching are his stories about the birth of his children. Liam dedicates this book to his children.

I invite you to come laugh and cry with Liam Samolis as we wait to see what happens in his next fifty years of living.

I leave you with this quote from Liam. “Like the vast majority of men; I feel. I enjoy (which, by the way, seems to be an ‘allowed’ emotion), I grieve, I feel sad, I feel hurt. I screw up. At times I am emotionally vulnerable. And there is nothing – to my mind - remotely un-masculine about any of that; feeling is part of living - an integral part. In fact for me, feeling is THE essential part of living. Feeling can never be wrong in principle (because it simply happens without conscious intention) - and neither can displaying or being honest about our emotions. Being overtaken by emotions in a situation where action is necessary could, of course, be problematic, but feeling and showing our feelings is essential in the long term for our personal health. I wonder how much happier many men could be if their emotions were not effectively under lock and key? Hey - that almost rhymes.”

Cold Coffee Press endorses Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis as the honest account of a man living his life with all the human emotions that men typically try to avoid speaking about. We were given this book to review in a Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on October 18, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Liam Samolis


Message from Author:

Who am I? That's supposed to be a rhetorical question, not a cry for help, by the way...

I'll unbend a little and tell you that I'm a middle-aged man living in Canada, and as I intimated, I'm actively engaged in getting a writing career off the ground. Yes, it's taken me this long to finally start doing something that I feel very comfortable doing, and I'm also keen about preserving some of my privacy, too.

In essence, I'm an ordinary man with an ambition to write. I very much hope that you will join me as I embark on what I hope will be a glorious adventure.

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Quote from Author Liam Samolis’ book: Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis

“Liam Samolis grew up in England where he went into the police service at an early age, after barely surviving the tedium of an all-boys’ school.

Moving with his young family to British Columbia, Canada, in 2002 and staying there ever since (surprisingly never getting deported).

Liam is edging the half century mark; determined that impending prostate exams and incipient acrophobia won’t slow him down.

Liam excels in trying to be the best father and husband he can be, as well as a poor fisherman.

A big Teddy Bear at heart, the author has been chased by cows, buxom women, and his own pending mortality, and writes with these and many other life experiences moving his pen.”

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Canada? I am not proud to be a writer from anywhere in particular - my location has little to do with my writing at present. As an immigrant to Canada, I feel only tenuous bonds to any one place, although at present the small English town where I spent the majority of my childhood is persistently at the forefront of my reminiscences.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have nurtured the desire to be a writer since I was eleven years old, when I first experienced the thrill of entertaining other people with a story that I had written. The dream had lain dormant for many years. The death of my father three years ago prompted me to finally begin fulfilling a promise that I made to myself many years ago. His passing - and how little I knew about him outside of his parental role - inspired me to write my first book for my children, so that they - and their children - may know more of me.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My first book was begun as a private project - a kind of extended letter to my family. As the book developed, it began to dawn on me that it may have some worth and meaning to people outside of the family. My decision was finally made after an initial review by an editor, the effusive nature of which convinced me to proceed.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I believe that the accumulated and very varied experiences of my entire lifetime has played and continues to play the biggest role in my writing, far more than location or other environmental factors.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? As soon as I know what I am going to write about, I devise a title, it helps me focus.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My genre is currently memoir (I have plans to diverge) with a strong humorous thread. I write as myself, and try as much as possible to be myself, rather than creating a fictitious persona. My writing has been described as 'brutally, side-splittingly honest' and that's the way I like to live, and the kind of person I like to be. I enjoy writing about the little things which populate most of our real lives, and which take up much of our thinking time. The small stuff IS the big stuff.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? As I stated above, the inspiration to start writing and the inspiration to write this book were one and the same thing. I want my children and grandchildren to know more about the man than the word 'father'.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Without question, the first review of my manuscript by a professional editor. The review was so incredibly enthusiastic, I burst into tears.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Receiving the printed books in the mail. Nothing beats holding the physical evidence of being a published author.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? So far, so good!

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Don't try to proof-read your own work.

Who is your favorite author and why? Bill Bryson: he's funny, intelligent, insightful, funny, a wonderful story teller, talks about the real world, and did I mention that he's funny?

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Much like his beloved – and somewhat decrepit – cars, Liam Samolis (NOT his real name; that was changed in order to protect his wife and children from ridicule on the off chance some of their friends will read his work) is hurtling towards 50 with the brakes failing.

The painful loss of his father leads Liam to look back at his life as he contemplates the legacy he is leaving his own children; resulting in a hilarious, often self-deprecating, and ALWAYS brutally, side-splittingly, honest glimpse at the path that has led him to become the man that he is.

With stories about growing up as a painfully shy child in England, going to an all-boys’ school, and what can only be described as the most uproariously hysterical bar scene EVER written, Liam also recounts his days as a police officer, the births of his children, and saying goodbye to his father.

What began as a legacy to his children will send readers into peals of raucous laughter, likely leading them to tears and other unexpected bodily functions.

If you read one book this year, Signs of (a) Life should be it – nowhere else will you be so moved by a man simply living.

Book Genre: Memoir, Humour

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OK, women, here it is!

Finally, a gut honest personal journal written by a man that hits the pages of Signs of (a) Life with both serious and laugh-out-loud stories.

To begin with, Liam speaks of issues that we can all relate to as we stand in front of a mirror and are surprised to see the older, graying image of someone we barely recognize staring back.

Liam states this right off the bat, “Warning: this book contains within it accounts of real conversations which may therefore occasionally include naughty words and rude phrases. I’ve even made up some words of my own. That’s the real world for you.”

Within the 502 pages and 61 topics this author presents his half century of life experiences in a relaxed, well thought out format that lets the readers empathize with him. His stories involve experiences not just a man, but as a boy. Very few men will bare their souls to share experiences of awkwardness while moving from childhood into manhood. Liam shares some of his experiences while attending a single-sex school for boys. He shares his discovery of girls, cars and various medical issues.

Some of the most interesting stories involve his experiences as a police officer in England. The most touching are his stories about the birth of his children. Liam dedicates this book to his children.

I invite you to come laugh and cry with Liam Samolis as we wait to see what happens in his next fifty years of living.

I leave you with this quote from Liam. “Like the vast majority of men; I feel. I enjoy (which, by the way, seems to be an ‘allowed’ emotion), I grieve, I feel sad, I feel hurt. I screw up. At times I am emotionally vulnerable. And there is nothing – to my mind - remotely un-masculine about any of that; feeling is part of living - an integral part. In fact for me, feeling is THE essential part of living. Feeling can never be wrong in principle (because it simply happens without conscious intention) - and neither can displaying or being honest about our emotions. Being overtaken by emotions in a situation where action is necessary could, of course, be problematic, but feeling and showing our feelings is essential in the long term for our personal health. I wonder how much happier many men could be if their emotions were not effectively under lock and key? Hey - that almost rhymes.”

Cold Coffee Press endorses Signs of (a) Life by Liam Samolis as the honest account of a man living his life with all the human emotions that men typically try to avoid speaking about. We were given this book to review in a Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on October 18, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters




The Pacific Northwest is Under Attack. Ancient Alien Intrigue: Can Mitch Wilde save humanity?

A very impressive debut. Original and impressively well written novel! - Portsmouth Book Review
An original and impressively well written novel, "The Outlaw River Wilde" is a deftly crafted and highly entertaining story by an author who will leave his readers looking eagerly toward his next effort. - Midwest Book Review

Mitch Wilde never believed in aliens, that is, until he was left with no other way to explain the strange events happening around his small Pacific Northwest home. With scattered appearances of ghostly Native American riders, a series of odd break-ins by unknown intruders, and hints that more could be coming, Mitch, along with his cantankerous old neighbor who is quickly becoming a new friend vows to unravel the mysteries and preserve the comfortable life he has worked so hard to build.

When an unexplained attack leaves his long-time best friend acting quite unlike himself, Mitch knows he has to act fast or risk losing everything. The only question is: Does he have what it takes to conquer the mysterious, potentially powerful force once and for all?

Ancient Alien Intrigue long-time Pacific Northwest resident Mike Walters found his first love in dogs, and then quickly followed up with photography, bicycling, globetrotting, and library software development. He would finally find his true calling at the tender age of 45 while settling in to watch a program on the History channel. It was then that the concept for his debut novel, The Outlaw River Wilde was born. "What if we're not alone in the universe?" he asks of readers who dare to venture into his Science Fiction Thriller world. "And what if our forgotten past was the link to our probable future?"

Mike intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest setting that he called home as a child in his original tale of intrigue and adventure guaranteed to keep readers guessing until the very last page. Of course, he continues to honor his first love of dogs by donating 10% of all proceeds to the Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles where he also volunteers as a photographer.

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Outlaw River, a small town in the Pacific Northwest’s Outlaw River Valley. This community is no different from most small American towns that depend a fair amount of tourist trade. Outlaw River is a community of 1800, comprised of farmers, ranchers, loggers and hunters. Like most rural communities, everyone knows and looks out for their neighbors, attends annual events and go to bed at night without locking their doors.

While biking the river trail, Mitch Wilde loses control and falls when something swishes by him with an intensity that breaks his concentration. Rattled, Mitch looks around and spots a man on a horse across the river. An uneasiness causes him to look up high in a tree where he spots a shimmering arrow with a sparrow sitting on it. As he watches the bird flies away and the arrow seems to dissolve leaving only a trace of glowing liquid.

Mitch successfully put the simmering arrow, tree phenomenon along with the man on a horse out of his mind until his neighbor Jack is struck in the shoulder by an arrow while in his yard. Mitch goes to render aide and observes that it isn’t a normal arrow. The shaft and feathers almost seem alive. When touched, the shaft goes from cold to hot. When Mitch decides he can safely pull the arrow out of Jack, the arrows mysteriously disappears into Jacks body.

If it were just he and Jack it would be one thing, but other members of the Outlaw Rivers community report sightings of famous Indians like Sitting Bull in full battle dress. To add to the local stress, ongoing news reports indicate that Native American Indians in the Pacific Northwest are simply disappearing without warning.

This phenomenon extends to sightings of strange creatures around Crater Lake and objects which seen to collide with the mountain range. Legends compare tales of local Indians guiding settlers away from Crater Lake. Is it meteor strikes? An alien invasion? Kachina Indian Spirits? Perhaps it is shape shifters or even the apocalypse?

The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters in an introduction and cliff hanger to his sci-fi, mystery series. Still Wilde In Outlaw River (Book Two) is scheduled to arrive in 2016. In some series, authors design each book to stand along with separate stories using many of the same characters. This author has chosen a continuing saga approach where the reader needs to read this book before the next.

Cold Coffee Press endorses The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters as a paranormal mystery that presents a series of unexplained phenomenon. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on October 13, 2015. For more information please contact Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Still Wilde In Outlaw River
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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Mike Walters


Mike-Walters 

Mike Walters and his debut novel, The Outlaw River Wilde, sprung from an idea while watching Ancient Aliens on the History channel. He intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon. Mike sat down one day and started writing. The characters and story were revealed each and every day he wrote.

“Every session was as if I were reading something new myself for the first time. It was a blast seeing what would happen next. This is why I enjoyed writing this novel so much. ”

Mike is a Director of Marketing & Product at Auto-Graphics, Inc. based in Ontario, CA. That’s California, not Canada. A-G makes software for Libraries, primarily public. So on your visit to the library, when you sit down to search for a book this is the software that A-G makes.

“I am very fortunate to work in an industry that has a meaningful impact on society. It makes going to work each and every day enjoyable. I mean who doesn’t think we need, and who doesn’t love, libraries?”

Mike learned photography as a freshman in high school and later took the passion and used it as a photographer in the United States Air Force. He loves to ride bicycles in SoCal year around, volunteers in Los Angeles at the Westside German Shepherd Rescue taking photos of the beautiful dogs, and has a passion for Micro-brews, particularly Porters and Stouts. You will frequently find him sampling, with his son Alexander, at Claremont Craft Ales, a personal favorite — or one of the many fine breweries in and around Claremont, CA. Mike is currently at work on the follow up to The Outlaw River Wilde, which will be titled – Still Wilde in the Outlaw River. The book should be out later this year or early 2016.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Southern Oregon? I currently live in Southern California, but was born and raised in the southern part of Oregon. I love the outdoors, and there are few better places in the country than the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River where I grew up. Oregon isn't well known to part of the country and I am proud to say I am from there. It is a great place to grow up with a multitude of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors. I hope to get back to the Pacific Northwest someday to live.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have known a few writers and I was always envious of their ability to tell stories and share them with other people. I loved making stuff up as a kid and always got great grades on my creative abilities. As I became more aware of what options were available to Indie authors thanks to the internet I started thinking, why not me? As far as inspiration, it would have to be my son, Alexander who is an actor. He can go out on stage and bare his sole and I figured if he is willing to take those risks than I can too.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? The first of second year I was watching Ancient Aliens on the History Channel I started getting this idea in my head that would take place near where I grew up and have a science fiction twist with it.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I don't know how most authors are, but for me absolutely. There are a bunch of traits that I saw develop in a number of characters in my novel. Not one single character resembles me overall but some of their traits do. At least in the first novel it just seemed natural for me to put some of my own thoughts, ideas, perceptions, and mannerisms into the characters. It certainly helped me keep a realistic believability to the characters and my story.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Actually before I started writing. Looking back this seems kind of strange to me but yes, before.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love Science Fiction and Mystery. The X-Files was a show I loved. Their ability to take extraordinary events and make them seem plausible influenced me. Obviously there are heavy science fiction elements in the show but the writers did a great job of introducing a lot of mystery as well and made the show much more than just chasing aliens. It is what I loved about the show and what I want to try and capture in The Outlaw River Wilde and the follow up Still Wilde in Outlaw River.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? The X-Files and Ancient Aliens.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Creating something that I really enjoyed reading myself. I felt if I could create something that I liked that others would as well. I got a real sense of accomplishment in seeing the novel published.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing reviews come in where people say how much they enjoy it. Also talking with people who have read The Outlaw River Wilde and want to know about different events in the novel. This lets me know they are engaged and care.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Yes, the marketing aspect of a self-pub novel is brutal. It is a bit odd for me since I am a professional marketer by day. I thought writing would be the most difficult part of the whole process but marketing is the most negative aspect so far. Hopefully this will change in the coming months and years. I don't think there is anyway at all to avoid it, unless you have a tremendous amount of money and can do a national marketing campaign yourself. I suppose the other option is to go the traditional publisher route but there you run the risk of your creation being in slush piles forever and never seeing the light of day.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Hire an editor and if you are going to self-pub have one copy of your book printed and then read through it from beginning to end before you actually publish it.
Don't rely on family and friends to be objective on your novel. Pay a professional.

Who is your favorite author and why? Only one? No fair I have so many. If I am forced to choose one I will go with Michael Crichton. I love his ability to put normal people into extraordinary circumstances that are plausible. He always flirts with the edge of reason but does such a wonderful job of creating believability. He wrote great science fiction that was heavy with mystery and intrigue. He is easy to read and always makes me care about his characters.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I created my own website, hopefully when you see it you will say "well done" and not, "he should have paid someone". I love marketing and all the avenues available to artists these days because of social media.

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The Pacific Northwest is Under Attack. Ancient Alien Intrigue: Can Mitch Wilde save humanity?

A very impressive debut. Original and impressively well written novel! - Portsmouth Book Review
An original and impressively well written novel, "The Outlaw River Wilde" is a deftly crafted and highly entertaining story by an author who will leave his readers looking eagerly toward his next effort. - Midwest Book Review

Mitch Wilde never believed in aliens, that is, until he was left with no other way to explain the strange events happening around his small Pacific Northwest home. With scattered appearances of ghostly Native American riders, a series of odd break-ins by unknown intruders, and hints that more could be coming, Mitch, along with his cantankerous old neighbor who is quickly becoming a new friend vows to unravel the mysteries and preserve the comfortable life he has worked so hard to build.

When an unexplained attack leaves his long-time best friend acting quite unlike himself, Mitch knows he has to act fast or risk losing everything. The only question is: Does he have what it takes to conquer the mysterious, potentially powerful force once and for all?

Ancient Alien Intrigue long-time Pacific Northwest resident Mike Walters found his first love in dogs, and then quickly followed up with photography, bicycling, globetrotting, and library software development. He would finally find his true calling at the tender age of 45 while settling in to watch a program on the History channel. It was then that the concept for his debut novel, The Outlaw River Wilde was born. "What if we're not alone in the universe?" he asks of readers who dare to venture into his Science Fiction Thriller world. "And what if our forgotten past was the link to our probable future?"

Mike intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest setting that he called home as a child in his original tale of intrigue and adventure guaranteed to keep readers guessing until the very last page. Of course, he continues to honor his first love of dogs by donating 10% of all proceeds to the Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles where he also volunteers as a photographer.

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Outlaw River, a small town in the Pacific Northwest’s Outlaw River Valley. This community is no different from most small American towns that depend a fair amount of tourist trade. Outlaw River is a community of 1800, comprised of farmers, ranchers, loggers and hunters. Like most rural communities, everyone knows and looks out for their neighbors, attends annual events and go to bed at night without locking their doors.

While biking the river trail, Mitch Wilde loses control and falls when something swishes by him with an intensity that breaks his concentration. Rattled, Mitch looks around and spots a man on a horse across the river. An uneasiness causes him to look up high in a tree where he spots a shimmering arrow with a sparrow sitting on it. As he watches the bird flies away and the arrow seems to dissolve leaving only a trace of glowing liquid.

Mitch successfully put the simmering arrow, tree phenomenon along with the man on a horse out of his mind until his neighbor Jack is struck in the shoulder by an arrow while in his yard. Mitch goes to render aide and observes that it isn’t a normal arrow. The shaft and feathers almost seem alive. When touched, the shaft goes from cold to hot. When Mitch decides he can safely pull the arrow out of Jack, the arrows mysteriously disappears into Jacks body.

If it were just he and Jack it would be one thing, but other members of the Outlaw Rivers community report sightings of famous Indians like Sitting Bull in full battle dress. To add to the local stress, ongoing news reports indicate that Native American Indians in the Pacific Northwest are simply disappearing without warning.

This phenomenon extends to sightings of strange creatures around Crater Lake and objects which seen to collide with the mountain range. Legends compare tales of local Indians guiding settlers away from Crater Lake. Is it meteor strikes? An alien invasion? Kachina Indian Spirits? Perhaps it is shape shifters or even the apocalypse?

The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters in an introduction and cliff hanger to his sci-fi, mystery series. Still Wilde In Outlaw River (Book Two) is scheduled to arrive in 2016. In some series, authors design each book to stand along with separate stories using many of the same characters. This author has chosen a continuing saga approach where the reader needs to read this book before the next.

Cold Coffee Press endorses The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters as a paranormal mystery that presents a series of unexplained phenomenon. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on October 13, 2015. For more information please contact Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

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Still Wilde In Outlaw River
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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Once Upon a Duke (The Duke Series Book One) by Sandra Masters


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Once Upon A Duke: The Duke Series Book One by Sandra Masters

Serena, an artist and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to be his mistress, but she wants commitment, love, and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake.

Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared is shattered when he learns she has been forced into an engagement with another. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life.
Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena? If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him?

Book Review: Bring regency romance into your life with Once Upon a Duke. Each book in the Duke Series stands alone for your reading pleasure.

Warm, realistic characters in book one bring the reader back to London 1817. Lady Serena Worthington Durand is a strong independent woman ahead of her time, but she faces demons from the past. I quote:  “If Lady Serena could be granted one wish, she would ride off into the morning mist and vanish. That, of course wasn’t possible, but here in her favorite lakeside retreat, she could relax in safety.”

Legendary Duke of Sutton, Geoffrey Austen has a chance encounter with Lady Serena and I quote: “Allow me to introduce myself, Lord Geoffrey Austen, at your service.”  He swept off his hat and bowed. “I am Henry Worthington’s hunting guest for the week.”

More than a romance story, it is an adventure that will make your heart pound, your emotions run wild and your spirit soar.

The combination of remarkable storytelling, easy going to face paced reading, true to time period dialog and settings along with extensive research by Author Sandra Masters engages the reader in the life and times of Lady Serena Worthington Durand.

I invite you to light a fire, pour a glass of red wine (Sandra Masters would join you in the wine, but hers would be a white fruity glass) and relax with romance as it should be. Author Sandra Masters states it best: “Every woman should have a divinely decadent Duke in her life.”

Theodocia McLean endorses Once Upon a Duke by Sandra Masters as a true Regency Romance that will leave you wanting more. I purchased this book from Kindle and the review was completed on October 7, 2015.