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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Can This Holiday Dream Come True?



 From #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author and illustrator Mo Willems comes a new holiday classic.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for driving a sleigh! ’Tis also the season—for driving a sleigh! Oh, and joy to the—driving a sleigh! The Pigeon has made a list and checked it once. Can his holiday dream come true? Or will The Pigeon be left out in the cold?

You’ll share some HO-HO-HOs and HA-HA-HAs finding out in three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems’ ninth Pigeon book, 
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh!




Mo Willems (born February 11, 1968) is an American writer, animator, and creator of children's books.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Cottage Door Press Brings Us This Holiday Keepsake


Join us in this beautifully illustrated telling of the classic Christmas story. This large storybook features thicker pages to allow for reading over and over again without traditional wear and tear, making it a holiday keepsake for years to come. Share a story of Santa's journey on Christmas Eve and celebrate the season with your child. Listening and talking with your child sends a wonderful message of caring and love. Snuggle together on Christmas Eve with this holiday classic again and again.

Check out the wide range of Christmas books for toddlers and hundreds of other Children's titles from Cottage Door Press!This beautifully illustrated edition of the ultimate Christmas classic offers a new take on the nostalgic poem for children and their grownups, following a mouse family as they do stir on the Night Before Christmas
Think, talk, imagine and wish.... all the way to sweet holiday dreams and a world full of love. Reading over and over will become a classic Christmas book tradition for years to come.

Beautiful illustrations throughout for playful color and rich texture. Includes personalization area in the front cover with To/From section to include a memorable gift message.

Thicker pages than a regular storybook to allow for reading over and over again without traditional wear and tear from kids picture book.

The perfect Christmas book gift for your little boy or girl to learn about Santa Claus this holiday season.


Clement Clark Moore: Clement Clarke Moore was a professor of religion and the author of several scholarly works. What he is most remembered for, however, is his poem "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," later called "The Night Before Christmas," and written as a Christmas gift for his six children.

Cottage Door Press: Bring beautiful stories to life, our diverse and talented staff collaborates with authors and illustrators from all backgrounds and nationalities. We have also partnered with multicultural brands and literacy organizations to make sure our books reflect and reach as many little ones as possible.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Hope For The Family

 

A cozy Appalachian town.
An unexpected blessing.
A healing gift of love.


A new heartwarming story in the beloved Spring Valley Series!
Single mom, COURTNEY CLARK feels she’s finally getting her life back on track. She is devoted to her children, Chance and Gracie, and pursuing a nursing career. Recovering from an abusive relationship and the tragic passing of her ex-husband hasn’t been an easy task, but with the help of her father and her faith restored, she now has hope for her family. Her son has proven to be resilient, but she’s worried about Gracie. Her daughter’s heart held the imprint of their troubled past. Gracie laughs and plays, but genuine happiness seems just beyond her reach. Courtney is hoping and praying for a holiday miracle for Gracie.

Assigned to the mobile medical unit, Courtney meets handsome BLAKE BOONE, the traveling nurse practitioner who’s filling in for the NP on maternity leave. Blake is not interested in a romantic relationship since his co-worker fiancé ended their engagement two years ago. Broken-hearted, he declared himself officially off the market, swore he would never date a co-worker again, and redirected his career to traveling NP. Still, he finds it hard to avoid the way he feels when Courtney is in the room. Dare he consider opening his heart again, or will he cast aside his feelings and move on to the next assignment?

The beloved ADA TAYLOR, owner of the Mockingbird Coffee House and Spring Valley’s favorite matchmaker, is determined to find the perfect eligible bachelor for Courtney. Ada has a hunch she’s found the ideal candidate, but bringing them together may require divine intervention. When Ada recruits Blake and Courtney to oversee a Giving Tree wishing ornament mission, they have no idea of the staggering adversities they will encounter, and they definitely didn’t anticipate the unexpected blessings. It will be a Christmas to remember.

Amazon Review: A must read and a perfect Christmas gift!
Santa’s Promising Christmas will transport you into a cozy small town – picture the interior of a snow globe-full of characters you’re rooting for throughout the story. The challenges they face are real, and their victories are that much more satisfying because you identify with these people and their struggles. If you like snuggling up under a blanket on a chilly day and getting into the Christmas spirit, you should read this book!


Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Georgia holds dear the three inherent mountain values of faith, family, and the land. Her Spring Valley series, including, The Ornament of Hope, Santa's Promising Christmas, and the latest release, A Christmas Blessing for Gracie are rich with voices from the past, memories of heartwarming stories and traditions of her cherished heritage. She and her husband, Phil, live in central Kentucky, just a few hours' drive from their adult son, Philip and daughter-in-heart, Lauren.

Georgia Curtis Ling is the bestselling author of What's in the Bible for Women, Moms Lead in Love, and In Mom They Trust. Over her career, her work has appeared in numerous periodicals and nine best selling books. https://georgiacurtisling.com/

Friday, December 1, 2023

A New York Times Notable Book

 

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe’s theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe.

    As these characters’ stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins of white, Christian America struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town’s white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community—heaven and earth—that sustain us.

    Bringing his masterly storytelling skills and his deep faith in humanity to 
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride has written a novel as compassionate as Deacon King Kong and as inventive as The Good Lord Bird.


NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR, WASHINGTON POST, AND TIME MAGAZINE

“A murder mystery locked inside a Great American Novel . . . Charming, smart, heart-blistering, and heart-healing.” —Danez Smith, The New York Times Book Review

“We all need—we all deserve—this vibrant, love-affirming novel that bounds over any difference that claims to separate us.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

From James McBride, author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, a novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them.



James McBride is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water. A former reporter for The Washington Post and People magazine, McBride holds a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

A Heated Trial~Stirs the Entire Town

Allen Mendenhall's Newest Release:


Cephas recounts childhood events in the 1970s that retell the story of the improbable, forbidden love between Tommy Cox, who has an intellectual disability, and Sarah Warren, the underage darling of polite society. The two are pushed together by a mysterious illness, and their resulting illicit relationship results in a heated trial that stirs the entire town. Tommy’s prosecution turns on whether he could have, under the law, formed the requisite intent to be found guilty of the crime for which he’s charged. Cephas and his friends―Lump, Brett, and Michael―struggle to come to terms with their growing knowledge of Tommy and Sarah’s intimate relationship. Along the way the four learn much―perhaps too much―about justice, truth, lust, and love.



Allen Mendenhall
is Associate Dean of the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, where he holds the Grady Rosier Professorship and directs the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. Visit his website at AllenMendenhall.com.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Don't Miss Special Price of $0.99 for Truth: A Christian Thriller Duology



From November 29 through December 5, TRUTH: A CHRISTIAN THRILLER DUOLOGY, a special Kindle E-Book edition of the TRUTH series, is on sale for only $0.99 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CHKJ5JYK.


Two novels collide, unleashing a non-stop thrill ride filled with suspense, plot twists, edge-of-your-seat action, love, and laughs with a dystopian edge. In TRUTH: A Christian Thriller Duology, TRUTH IN THE NAME and TRUTH IN THE WORD unite to culminate a page-turner with a powerful message of faith that brings to life the bare essence of what it means to truly know God.

Deceit… Corruption… Mind control… A sinister plot with a ticking clock…

Inside this mountain of lies, will Ellie uncover the TRUTH before time runs out?

What if someone erased your memory? Would you still know God? In TRUTH IN THE NAME, Ellie’s world was ripped apart two years earlier when her sister disappeared. Now, the President has selected Ellie for a position in his new secret sect that is supposed to put an end to violent crime. However, she must leave everyone and everything she knows without a word. At the training facility, Ellie discovers this mission is not as it seems. She finds herself immersed in a race against the clock to save the world and the man of her dreams.

If the enemy came to lay his claim, would you bear the seal of the Holiest Name? In TRUTH IN THE WORD, Ellie is living the life of her dreams. Meanwhile, outbreaks of violence are claiming innocent lives across the country, and the perpetrators all have one thing in common. They were all victims in President Denali’s training facility. Ellie is forced to return for testing, and soon, her hopes for a quick return home are shattered.

Ellie may have been chosen as a pawn by the President, but her presence in the facility just might be an assignment from God.


F. D. Adkins is a Christian fiction author and freelance writer. Her hope is to pass along the comfort that comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus while offering her readers a brief escape from life’s struggles through an action-packed story. In other words, her passion is sharing her faith through fiction.

She currently has two Christian Suspense Thriller novels, TRUTH IN THE NAME and TRUTH IN THE WORD. Recently, TRUTH IN THE NAME received third place in the Selah Awards in the category of ‘First Novel’. She has had freelance articles published in FOCUS ON THE FAMILY magazine and FAITH ON EVERY CORNER magazine. In addition, F. D. Adkins posts every Monday to a faith blog on her website.

Find out more about her writing, check out her weekly Bible study reflections, and sign up for her free monthly newsletter on her website at fdadkins.com. In addition, you can find all of her social media links, author interviews, and articles on her linktree at https://linktr.ee/fdadkins.

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Most Charming and Uplifting Novel 0f 2023

 


The Lost Bookshop



The Echo of Old Books meets The Lost Apothecary in this evocative and charming novel full of mystery and secrets.
"The thing about books," she said "is that they help you to imagine a life bigger and better than you could ever dream of."

On a quiet street in Dublin, a lost bookshop is waiting to be found…

For too long, Opaline, Martha and Henry have been the side characters in their own lives.

But when a vanishing bookshop casts its spell, these three unsuspecting strangers will discover that their own stories are every bit as extraordinary as the ones found in the pages of their beloved books. And by unlocking the secrets of the shelves, they find themselves transported to a world of wonder… where nothing is as it seems.

Readers have fallen in love with The Lost Bookshop:


‘Beautifully written and captures the wonder and awe that a story can bring to its reader…a delightful story for any book lover…an ode to storytelling and the connections that books can make!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Wowwww!! It’s been awhile since I read something so fascinating, captivating and special all in one…It takes you on a journey like most books do, but this one, I just want to inscribe on my back and hope that it becomes a part of me so that I can carry it with me always’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A must read for readers that love books’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A beautiful story that begs to be read in one sitting…a magical story filled with beautiful prose and many surprises that readers will not soon forget’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This spellbinding book hooked me from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down til the end’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A love story, one with books and booklovers at its heart. A warm, wonderful novel that sweeps up the reader into an absorbing, magical tale’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘If you enjoy books by the Brontë sisters … then I would fully recommend you read this book’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This novel has it all: wit, a dash of magic, and a large heart. A fantastic read’⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐




Evie Woods is the pseudonym of Evie Gaughan, bestselling author of The Story Collector, The Heirloom and The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris. Living on the West Coast of Ireland, Evie escapes the inclement weather by writing her stories in a converted attic, where she dreams of underfloor heating. Her books tread the intriguing line between the everyday and the otherworldly, revealing the magic that exists in our ordinary lives. Twitter

Monday, November 27, 2023

A Family's Journey Toward Healing and Hope



Seventeen-year-old Maddie is left reeling after the unexpected passing of her beloved father. No one has any idea why he betrayed them all so spectacularly, but that’s exactly what his death feels like: a betrayal. With their world shattered, Maddie’s grieving mother sends her to spend a few months with her grandparents, thinking a change of scenery will do her good.

Susan and Frank, Maddie’s grandparents, are heartbroken over the loss of their son, but they welcome Maddie as an addition to their long-empty nest. Maddie settles in and makes friends at her new school, but she still wrestles with why her father took his own life. Then an unexpected twist throws all their lives into fresh turmoil, testing the very fabric of their faith. How Susan helps her granddaughter find hope, even as they both struggle with grief, makes this touching tale of love and recovery a must-read.

See her interview on Suite T November 7.



Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With nearly six million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 160 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.
Her books have won awards such as the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards for Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Angela holds a doctorate in biblical studies and a ThD.

Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she's not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Readers may visit her web site at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

Friday, November 24, 2023

How To Turn America Back

 


From historian and author of the popular daily newsletter LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN, a vital narrative that explains how America, once a beacon of democracy, now teeters on the brink of autocracy -- and how we can turn back.
In the midst of the impeachment crisis of 2019, Heather Cox Richardson launched a daily Facebook essay providing the historical background of the daily torrent of news. It soon turned into a newsletter and its readership ballooned to more than 2 million dedicated readers who rely on her plainspoken and informed take on the present and past in America.

In Democracy Awakening, Richardson crafts a compelling and original narrative, explaining how, over the decades, a small group of wealthy people have made war on American ideals. By weaponizing language and promoting false history they have led us into authoritarianism -- creating a disaffected population and then promising to recreate an imagined past where those people could feel important again. She argues that taking our country back starts by remembering the elements of the nation’s true history that marginalized Americans have always upheld. Their dedication to the principles on which this nation was founded has enabled us to renew and expand our commitment to democracy in the past. Richardson sees this history as a roadmap for the nation’s future.

Richardson’s talent is to wrangle our giant, meandering, and confusing news feed into a coherent story that singles out what we should pay attention to, what the precedents are, and what possible paths lie ahead. In her trademark calm prose, she is realistic and optimistic about the future of democracy. Her command of history allows her to pivot effortlessly from the Founders to the abolitionists to Reconstruction to Goldwater to Mitch McConnell, highlighting the political legacies of the New Deal, the lingering fears of socialism, the death of the liberal consensus and birth of “movement conservatism.”

Many books tell us what has happened over the last five years. Democracy Awakening explains how we got to this perilous point, what our history really tells us about ourselves, and what the future of democracy can be.


Heather Cox Richardson
is an American academic historian, author, and educator. She is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West, and the Plains Indians

Thursday, November 23, 2023

A Time To Be Thankful!


                                            Happy Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful.
To share with others the true joy of being thankful. 
It is a time to be grateful to God, our creator and 
sustainer of life. The one who loves us with an 
unconditional love now, and forever. Our God, 
who sees the good in us and guides us on our 
journey, leading us to Him. We thank Him for 
His bountifulness to us so we in turn can share 
with others. May each and every day, draw us 
closer to Him so others will see Christ in us. 
Let us share our Lord and His love with them. 
Amen. 
Susan Reichert


Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Prince To the King of Beers


The story of the iconic Anheuser-Busch dynasty, written—for the first time—by a Busch heir.


As an heir to the Anheuser-Busch company and fortune, Billy Busch was raised on the real stories of how his family built one of America’s oldest and most iconic brands. Since the company was formed almost 150 years ago, the Busch family, their beer, the famous Clydesdales in their advertising, and even their style of business have become a symbol of the American dream—that not-so-outdated belief that hard work, grit, and a positive can-do attitude make anything possible.

Growing up on the family’s ancestral estate as a prince to the King of Beers, Billy lived a life only kids could dream up—living in an amusement park, traveling by private rail car and yacht, and playing with his pet elephant, Tessie. But as he grew up, he realized that the Busch family legacy was not just wealth and privilege. With no separation between family and business, Billy’s father—more boss than dad—continued the tradition of preparing the next generation for corporate leadership, with high and exacting standards for his children. For Billy, all of this, combined with a dysfunctional family environment, was all too normal.

Family Reins tells the story of a legendary American family, their rise to power, and their fall from grace through poisonous infighting, succession struggles, and a seemingly endless string of tragedies, scandals, and loss.


Billy Busch was born in 1965, great-grandson of Adolphus Busch os Anheuser-Busch.
He is married and has seven children.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill!



From the New York Times bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy comes the little-known true story of a Nazi plot to kill FDR, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill at the height of World War II.

In 1943, as the war against Nazi Germany raged abroad, President Franklin Roosevelt had a critical goal: a face-to-face sit-down with his allies Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. This first-ever meeting of the Big Three in Tehran, Iran, would decide some of the most crucial strategic details of the war. Yet when the Nazis found out about the meeting, their own secret plan took shape—an assassination plot that would’ve changed history.
A true story filled with daring rescues, body doubles, and political intrigue, The Nazi Conspiracy details FDR’s pivotal meeting in Tehran and the deadly Nazi plot against the heads of state of the three major Allied powers who attended it.

With all the hallmarks of a Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch page-turner, The Nazi Conspiracy explores the great political minds of the twentieth century, investigating the pivotal years of the war in gripping detail. This meeting of the Big Three changed the course of World War II. Here’s the inside story of how it almost led to a world-shattering disaster.

Reviews:

"An absolute home run! You will never look at WWII the same way again." —Brad Thor, #1 bestselling author

"Meltzer and Mensch are masters." —Jon Meacham, author The Soul of America

"A true story that reads like a thriller." —Alexander S. Vindman, LT. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.)

"An outstanding and memorable reading experience....a true page-turner from beginning to end." —Bookreporter.com


Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers.He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.


Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Using his TV show, Brad Meltzer's Lost History, he told the story of the missing flag and asked Americans for their help in returning it. Four days later, a former Marine walked into a fire station in Everett, Washington, said he saw Meltzer's TV show, and now wanted to return the flag. Meltzer recently unveiled the flag at the 9/11 Museum in New York, where it is now on display.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. Before all of his book successes, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko’s.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who’s also an attorney.



Josh Mensch is a New York Times bestselling author and documentary television producer with a focus on American history and culture.Josh is the author of three critically acclaimed nonfiction books about American history: the New York Times #4 bestselling The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill (Flatiron Books, 2023); the New York Times #6 bestselling The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed (Flatiron Books, 2020); and the New York Times #2 bestselling The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington (Flatiron Books, 2019). These books were written with award-winning author Brad Meltzer.

A documentary television showrunner, writer, director, and producer. He has created a wide variety of historical, cultural, and journalistic programming for nonfiction networks including the History Channel, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and others. Remarkably, two television stories that Josh wrote and directed led to the recovery of significant artifacts from American history: the iconic flag raised by firefighters at Ground Zero on 9/11 (as featured on Lost History, for the History Channel), and the electric guitar played by Bob Dylan when he famously “plugged in” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 (as featured on History Detectives, on PBS). Also in the realm of American history, Josh has written and produced stories about subjects ranging from World War II battles, to the Hatfields & McCoys, to the early days of jazz, to the buildup to the Iraq War, to the history of superheroes.

Josh grew up mostly in Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his filmmaker wife and their two children.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Courage In The Face of Evil


In the heart of a moonlight night, Marie Grossman’s seemingly perfect life—a loving husband, cherished children, and a flourishing career—takes a sinister turn.
As she pulls into the dark parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, danger lurks just moments away. When she lowers her car window, anticipating nothing more than a mundane drive-thru order, a menacing figure emerges from the shadows, pressing cold steel against her temple. In seconds, her world is catapulted into the chilling abyss of her darkest fears.

“The Edge of Malice” isn’t just a story; it’s an electrifying demonstration of courage in the face of evil, a visceral testament to resilience after a life-shattering crime. When the justice system fails to quench the flames of her fury and fear, Marie’s quest for closure leads her down paths she never could have imagined.

Dive deep into this riveting odyssey of pain, redemption, and unexpected transformation.

Reviews:

A Superbly Crafted Nonfiction Drama That Transcends True-Crime Genre Expectations.

With a seasoned storyteller's panache, attorney Miraldi narrates the harrowing true-life tale of Marie Grossman, whose life was irrevocably altered in 1987 when she was victimized by a random point-blank shooting. The author's strong narrative voice hooks readers from the beginning, as he demonstrates a natural dramatic and novelistic flair for setting and pacing with more than a hint of Joseph Wambaugh and John Grisham throughout. Miraldi switches effortlessly between points of view . . . . vividly re-creating her legal battles 'scene by meticulous scene' later in the text. The author also turns in some appealing observational writing along the way ... with an unanticipated twist. A superbly crafted nonfiction drama that transcends true-crime genre expectations. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)



David Miraldi is an author, attorney, and artist hailing from Lorain, Ohio. With a career in civil law that spans over four decades, David has dedicated himself to championing the cause of the common man against insurance conglomerates and corporate giants.

A graduate of The College of Wooster (1975), David earned his law degree with honors from The Ohio State Moritz College of Law. Driven by an innate sense of duty, he returned to his hometown to practice alongside his father and brother, serving the community that shaped him.

An author with a flair for narrative nonfiction, David made waves with his debut book, "The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett," which was crowned the 2018 Book of the Year by the prestigious International Rubery Book Awards. He further cemented his reputation as a storyteller with his sophomore release, "The Edge of Malice: The Marie Grossman Story," earning accolades from Kirkus Reviews as a "superbly crafted nonfiction drama" and receiving a shortlisting by Rubery for its 2021 awards.

Beyond the courtroom and the written page, David's creative spirit finds outlets through photography and music. His evocative photographs often grace local exhibits, and he generously donates the proceeds from their sales to charity. A pianist with eclectic tastes, David composes original pieces and has a predilection for classical, ragtime, and contemporary music. He is also a fitness enthusiast and engages in tennis, swimming, cycling, and gardening.

David shares his life with his beloved wife, Leslee, also a lawyer, and they are the proud parents of three children and doting grandparents to three grandchildren. They continue to make Avon, Ohio, their home.

For more information about David Miraldi and his book, you can visit his website at www.davidmiraldi.com.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Four Men Survive A Plane Crash


Read the "gripping and emotionally affecting" book where four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to (Washington Post).

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival.

As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.

Carol ShabenAt 42 I left a corporate career to pursue my passion: telling stories of often overlooked or underrated individuals who, through their courage, heroism and conviction, deeply move and inspire us to be our best selves. I was shocked and delighted when my first book, Into the Abyss, sold to Random House Canada within two hours. It has since become a national bestseller and has been widely published. Though once under option, film rights for the book recently became available.

My most recent book, The Marriott Cell, co-written with award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist, Mohamed Fahmy, with a forward by Amal Clooney, was an incredible collaboration that speaks to the importance of independent journalism and freedom of the press in these uncertain times of terrorist threats and "fake news".

Having worked as a journalist, I feel that if we pay close attention to the ordinary people and everyday events that intersect our lives, they can teach us all we need to know about creating a better world; one without racism, poverty, violence, oppression or environmental degradation. Finally, I consider myself a humanist—someone who strives to live an ethical life guided by reason, inspired by compassion and informed by knowledge and experience. The writing and creative projects I undertake are driven by this philosophy and by my deep commitment to promote the greater good of humanity.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Riveting True Story of A Female Spy!

 


A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE

Reviews:
"A compelling story that pulsates with the energy of a thriller"—The Wall Street Journal

"Suspense, élan and a generous helping of glamour: Think George Smiley in a mink-trimmed coat."—The New York Times Book Review


The true story of socialite Marguerite Harrison, who spied for U.S. military intelligence in Russia and Germany in the fraught period between the world wars

Born a privileged child of America’s Gilded Age, Marguerite Harrison rebelled against her mother’s ambitions, married the man she loved, was widowed at thirty-seven, and set off on a life of adventure. Hired as a society reporter, when America entered World War I she applied to Military Intelligence to work as a spy.

She arrived in Berlin immediately after the Armistice and befriended the enemy, dining with aristocrats and dancing with socialists. Late into the night she wrote prescient reports on the growing power of the German right. Sent to Moscow, she sneaked into Russia to observe the results of the Bolshevik Revolution. Although she carried press credentials she was caught and imprisoned as an American spy. Terrified when told her only way out was to spy for the Cheka, she became a double agent, aiming to convince the Russian rulers she was working for them while striving to stay loyal to her country.

In Germany and Russia, Harrison saw the future—a second war with Germany, a cold war with the Soviets—but her reports were ignored by many back home. Over a decade, Harrison’s mysterious adventures took her to Europe, Baghdad, and the Far East, as a socialite, secret agent, and documentary filmmaker. Janet Wallach captures Harrison’s daring and glamour in this stranger-than-fiction history of a woman drawn to the impossible.



Janet Wallach is the author of The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age, as well as Seraglio and Chanel: Her Style and Her Life. She is also coauthor, with her husband John Wallach, of three previous books on the Middle East: The New Palestinians; Arafat: In the Eyes of the Beholder; and Still Small Voices: The Real Heroes of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She lives in New York City.