Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kimberly Ranee Hicks is the Author of Silent Knight and Mello & June

Silent Knight

Clarence Knight,a filmmaker who is making it big out in Hollywood, is suddenly uprooted from his city life when his best friend, Reggie Dunn, summons him to come back home because Reggie's father is dying. After all, Mr. Dunn played an intricate part in Clarence’s upbringing. He unwillingly returns to his old stomping grounds of Woodland Heights, the Projects. Once he arrives, he discovers that his old hood isn't quite the way it used to be when he and his family moved there twenty years ago. 

While visiting with his best friend and catching up on old times, Clarence figured he could make the best of the trip by surprising his friend with a camera crew that is in the process of making a documentary about their lives in Woodland Heights, the way it was in the 70s. But he also has another motive for this documentary; he longs to know what has happened to a kid named Marcus Paige they used to hang with. As the camera starts rolling, secrets—dark and shocking ones—also begin to unravel. Clarence discovers that his old neighborhood has some extremely harsh realities he will have to face. 

After all is revealed, will Clarence still remain friends with his old crew? Or better yet, will what Clarence learns keep him silent forever? Find out in this fast-paced, breathtaking mystery-suspense, Silent Knight.

Mello & June

When June receives a letter from her lost love, Mello, she begins reflecting on their stormy relationship which spanned over 50 years. He was the reason June became the number one novelist in the world. Mello has posed a question upon her, and June isn't sure how to answer. Only time will reveal, and that time is quickly running out.

Kimberly Ranee Hicks is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the Hill District. Kim currently resides in the city of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, where she shares a home with her husband, Wesley, and stepdaughter, Nicole. She attended Schenley High School and majored in business administration and journalism.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rebekah Lyn is the Author of Summer Storms, Winter's End, and Julianne

Summer Storms

Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne ravage Orlando in the summer of 2004. Elizabeth Reynolds, a hotel concierge in downtown Orlando, is experiencing her own personal summer storms.

After months of dreaming and searching for a home to restore, Lizzie finds the perfect opportunity only to face possible destruction from Hurricane Charley. She is counting on her contractor Jeffrey for help, but he is distracted and grieving the loss of his fiancé Camylle.

Just when her home is repaired, a new storm wreaks havoc at work as Hurricane Frances bears down and the Hotel Lago staff is hosting a wedding with international guests.Lizzie learns that sometimes the most destructive storms are those of the heart.

Winter's End                                                                                 

Musician Michelle Burton just had the best night of her life. Her band Tangled Web opened for Wonderland in downtown Orlando and the crowd loved them. Too excited to sleep she makes a fateful decision to go to work early. The best night of her life turns into the worst day of her life.

Nearby, at boutique Hotel Lago, Stephen Longbottom, acting concierge manager, is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the board of directors for Silken Pleasures, a multimillion dollar company based in New York and specializing in high end cosmetics, fragrances and lingerie. Their incessant demands before they even arrive are driving him to distraction. Meanwhile Lizzie Reynolds, his boss is on a romantic ski trip in Vermont leaving him to manage his first solo event.

Hope, forgiveness and love are an integral message throughout the book and like a fine tapestry the threads of God’s master plan for the character’s lives are woven into a fabric of great storytelling, conflict and humor.

Readers who came to know and love the characters of Summer Storms will enjoy catching up with Lizzie, Stephen, Michelle, Jeffrey and Ian.


Julianne is a story about a young woman’s struggle to find inner peace and spirituality. Julianne Finnegan has experienced relationship issues, career confusion, and is overshadowed by a successful sibling. Dissatisfaction is evident in every facet of her life. She meets Oliver, a handsome young actor who struggles with demons of his own. Through her encounter with Oliver, Julianne begins to learn about faith in herself and in others, although she is faced with some difficult choices when a former love appears. Julianne is an exploration of the guidance we may seek in establishing relationships with others and a higher power.


Rebekah Lyn                                                                                                                        

Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings. She is a Florida native and a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl. A love of history, research and journaling led naturally to a passion for writing. She enjoys travel and has traveled extensively across the United States and Canada as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Her reading taste run from the classics to light fiction. 

When she is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking,baking and sharing recipes on her blog,http://rebekahlynskitchen.wordpress.com

Her current works include, Summer Storms and Winter's End, books one and two in The Seasons of Faith series, and Julianne the first book in The Coastal Chronicle series. She is currently working on the, as yet untitled, second book in the Coastal Chronicles set in coastal Florida during the early years of the space program.

Rebekah currently resides in Florida along with her "attack" cat, Mia.                            

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

David VanDyke is the Author of the "Plague Wars" Science Fiction Series

The Eden Plague (Plague Wars Volume 1)
Science Fiction

Shooting your future wife is never a good thing. Thus when special operations veteran Daniel Markis finds armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he has to sort his feelings from his instincts. Who is this mysterious woman Elise, and why is he so drawn to her? And why has Elise pinned her future on a hopelessly damaged man?

On the run from the shadowy Company, Daniel turns to his brothers in arms to fight back, to find Elise and get the answers he needs. Soon they take possession of a secret that threatens the stability of the world, as together they lead a conspiracy to change everything.

The Eden Plague is a science-fiction military techno-thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Vaughn Heppner and B.V. Larson. 

PG-13 for violence, language, and adult situations.

The Demon Plagues (Plague Wars Volume 2)

Technothriller/mil-sci-fi with a bit of humor and a M/F balance of strong characters. Plot-driven.

Ten years after Infection Day, DJ Markis struggles to unite a shattered world in the face of nuclear attack and extraterrestrial plagues, while others grasp for power and dark technologies. Skull mounts a one-man campaign to thwart the fascist Unionists, while Spooky Nguyen and his team gamble their lives to change the course of the Second Cold War. 

This is Book 2 of the military sci-fi thriller Plague Wars series, which began with The Eden Plague (Book 1) followed by The Demon Plagues and continuing with The Reaper Plague (Book 3).

The Reaper Plague (Plague Wars Volume 3)

Technothriller/mil-sci-fi with a bit of romance and humor. Balanced strong M/F characters. Plot-driven.

With a homicidal alien spacecraft inbound at high speed, Skull and Raphaela fly to meet it in a desperate bid to buy time for the Earth. In the meantime Brigadier Spooky Nguyen presses to build the world's first space battleship while Colonel Muzik and Master Sergeant Repeth fight a life-and-death battle to return civilization to the nuked and plague-ridden nation's capital.

The Reaper Plague is book 3 of the military science-fiction thriller Plague Wars series, which began with The Eden Plague (Book 1) and continued with The Demon Plagues (Book 2).

The Orion Plague (Plague Wars Volume 4) Also available!

David VanDyke is a former US Army Airborne enlisted Soldier and US Air Force intelligence officer. He served in and out of combat zones all over the world in the 1980s through the 2000s. He lives on the East Coast with his wife and three dogs.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book Review: Bent,Not Broken by William R. Potter

It's very difficult for someone who doesn't suffer from OCD, to fully grasp the complexity of the illness and the negative consequences it can have on your life. OCD in many ways can ruin your life. Reading "Bent, Not Broken," was especially gratifying, as it portrays the true agony that one goes through with this hard to treat condition. What's especially nice about this book, is that the author is able to write in such a fashion that the book reads like a novel, yet at the same time he offers a great deal of insight to those who would normally benefit from reading self-help books.

Reading a story about the lives and struggles of real individuals is so much more enlightening than reading a self-help book about OCD and it causes and cures. Through the narrative of William Potter, we meet Dwayne, a person who's severely afflicted with OCD and its accompanying anxiety. We see how through no fault of his own, he's bullied at work and constantly made fun of through practical jokes. To the person suffering from OCD, these little taunts become gigantic weights that can take forever to rid yourself of.

Dwayne puts up with everything, always doing more work than anyone else at his place of employment, despite the huge obstacles he faces. Then he meets Dee-Dee and a whole new world opens up for him. Dee-Dee doesn't solve Dwayne's problems, and in many ways actually compounds them. But that's the power of OCD; it prevents you from living life to the fullest. When Dwayne's life becomes entwined with Dee-Dee, the OCD makes it all the more difficult to have a successful relationship, despite the overwhelming desire to do so.

The reader can very much relate to the agony that Dwayne continues to go through, even after meeting up with Dee-Dee. In the end, the power of love and the willingness for another person (Dee-Dee) to try to understand what Dwayne is going through, shows the reader that all is not hopeless. There is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. Dwayne's behavior, like many others suffering from OCD, takes the form of having to be in control of his entire existence. Whether it be keeping things in exact order, or performing what we would think of as ridiculous mental exercises, such as counting routines, to Dwayne these things are very real and virtually impossible to dispel.

"Bent, Not Broken," exemplifies the power of understanding, compassion and love. This insightful book brings the reader inside the mind of a person suffering from OCD, and the everlasting power of empathy, love and understanding that when given to someone from the heart, can change a persons life forever. This is definitely a 5 star read from an exceptionally talented author.

by Andy Rosenblum Saratoga Springs, New York
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)  Amazon

William R. Potter's page at IAN