Nearly three-hundred years have passed since humanity ascended to the stars, joining with a conglomeration of alien races all living under the rule of a single, united community—the United Galactic Coalition—a joint, multi-species alliance that upholds the principles of democracy, freedom, and equality for all races.
The Milky Way Galaxy's future looks bright ... until a research team uncovers a mysterious crystal buried deep beneath the surface of a frontier world on the edge of settled space. This discovery proves to be the catalyst for an invasion from an unknown alien force that is just as ruthless as they are mysterious.
As the races of the galaxy are catapulted into a vicious fight for their very survival, fate hastily throws together a legendary admiral with a dark past, a brilliant scientist with precious little time to find the answers, an elite Special Forces Operative who must come to terms with a past failure, a spunky young military officer for whom this war is a baptism by fire, and a top notch Marine who will discover a truth that will define him as a hero.
These five men and women hold not only the keys to their own survival, but the survival of their entire civilization. With the clock ticking, the race to uncover the truth begins. As they try to fend off this cruel and merciless alien foe, this handful of soldiers must discover what secrets this crystal could hold that would be worth the destruction of all life in the galaxy. But the question is ... can they do it in time?
For science fiction author Victor Nieves, the release of his debut novel Epitaph: Reveille, the first book in the Epitaph trilogy, is a monumental achievement. “As a kid, I loved science fiction: books, movies, make-believe games—the works. I loved the originality of the genre. The places it could take you and the things the characters in those books did made me wish I was the commander of a starship, cruising through space, on a mission that, if successful, would save the entire galaxy.”
As Victor grew older, he says he realized that he wanted to do something like that and wanted to somehow, someway, share the ideas that were in his head with other people. “So, I turned on the computer, opened a word document, and started typing,” he says. “Seven years later, at the age of twenty one, I had finally completed the manuscript from start to epic finish.”
About the Author
Victor Nieves lives in West Virginia. He enjoys writing, reading, and is a huge horror movie fan, zombies in particular. At the young age of twenty-one, he found a way to communicate his ideas and imagination with others through writing, which he plans on doing for the rest of his life.
Cindy McDonald Author of the New Hit Series
To the Breaking Pointe
Five years ago First Force operative, Grant Ketchum, let the ballerina of his dreams dance out of his life. After her American adoptive parents were killed in an automobile accident, Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of the principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company. She was living her dreams and although they had very little contact, Grant was proud of her.
The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved company is almost broke. Natalia has become so desperate to keep her company afloat that she forces the dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties.
As the prima ballerina of the troupe, Silja has been exempt and kept in the dark about the parties, until a big-time American financier, who is obsessed with Silja, offers to bail out the company and provide Natalia with everything she needs. His prerequisite: Silja must become his companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire.
Against her will Silja is taken to the American's mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her: Grant.
Now Grant Ketchum is on a mission to save his lost ballerina from this powerful man's subjugation. He will do anything to get her out alive. If they survive, will he let her chasse out of his life again?
Into the Crossfire
It has been four years since ex-Navy SEAL Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang, wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years, Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs--everything was just about as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack's world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for.
Now Jack has a score to settle and he's got some friends to help him do it.
Into the Crossfire, the first book of the Cindy McDonald’s new series: First Force. Jack Haliday made his first appearance on Cindy McDonald’s computer screen while writing the third book from her Unbridled Series, Dangerous Deception. “I enjoyed writing the character so much that he returned to Unbridled to make a brief visit in the fourth book, Against the Ropes,” Cindy says.Unable to resist, Cindy is allowing him to ride along one more time in her fifth book, Shady Deals, which will be released January 2014.“What can I say?” Cindy shrugs, “I simply fell in love and decided to create a series that featured the handsome Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday.”
Some of the characters from the Unbridled Series make “guest appearances” in Into the Crossfire to help usher Jack Haliday into the new series: Captain Patrick Lutz, Lieutenant Carl Lugowski, and Kate West—referred to as “the blonde” in chapter one of this book.
The cover photograph of Stuart Reardon was taken by renowned New Y
ork photographer, Paul Reitz. “I first saw photos of the professional rugby player turned model on Facebook,” Cindy recalls. “When Stuart posted this particular picture on his FB page, I immediately thought that it was perfect for the cover of Into the Crossfire. I contacted Paul to contract the photograph of the overtly handsome Brit—see, social networking can pay off!”
Stuart’s lovely girlfriend, Emma Hayes, is featured in the book trailer for Into the Crossfire. The trailer can be viewed on Cindy McDonald’s website, www.cindymcwriter.com. Her website also features excerpts from future First Force books as well as the Unbridled Series.
Also the author of the Unbridled Series
Against the Ropes: Release Date: June 1, 2014
When the West’s good-hearted farm manager, Punch McMinn, stumbles upon Eugene Strom, a down-on-his-luck fighter threatening to jump from an old bridge, Punch takes him under his wing and convinces the patriarch of Westwood Thoroughbred Farm, Eric West, to give him a job.
But when the gun-toting mob shows up at Westwood, it’s quite obvious that good ol’ Eugene is hiding a secret—a big one. Punch finds himself questioning his good intentions when the ex-fighter puts the people he loves against the ropes—and at the edge of disaster.
Against the Ropes is the fourth and latest installment in author Cindy McDonald’s Unbridled Series, which chronicles the lives and turmoils of the West family, who successfully run Thoroughbred horse training business.
For twenty-six years Cindy Mcdonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance: She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005.Suddenly, she felt drawn to her computer to write about things she have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with her husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.
Why didn’t Cindy write about my experiences with dance? You might ask. “Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy.” Cindy says. “The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.”
Cindy didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. When the series didn’t sell, Cindy recalls, “One of the readers said to me, ‘Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.’” And so she did!
In May of 2011, Cindy took the big leap and exchanged her dancin’ shoes for a lap top—she retired from dance. “It was a scary proposition,” Cindy confesses. “I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house.”
Does Cindy McDonald miss dancing? “Sometimes I do,” she says. “I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with readers.”
To read excerpts from future books, view book trailers, and keep up with everything that is Unbridled, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindymcwriter.com
Dangerous Deception: Release Date: November 1, 2013
Vic Deveaux’s glory days as a winning jockey have ended, but he refuses to accept that pile of horse hockey!
When the West family asks Vic to take an easier position at their horse farm Westwood, he becomes enraged and teams up with two greedy stable hands in a scheme to kidnap the West’s younger son Shane.
When Vic discovers that his new-found friends have murder on their minds, things turn ugly.
Suddenly, Vic finds himself between the rock and the hard place. He has betrayed his good friend, Eric West, but will he participate in his son’s murder as well?
Dangerous Deception is the third and latest installment in author Cindy McDonald’s Unbridled Series, which chronicles the lives and turmoils of the West family, who successfully run Thoroughbred horse training business.
Acorn Book Services’ owner, Lauren Carr has accumulated years of experience in the publishing field. While pursuing her degree from George Mason University, she was an editor and layout design artist for the federal government. She also wrote a weekly column and did editing for newspapers and magazines.
Lauren’s debut mystery, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. On the heels of that success, she accepted an offer from a traditional publisher for A Reunion to Die For.
When it came time to publish her third book, Lauren rejected offers from two traditional publishers, choosing instead to independently publish It’s Murder, My Son, which made it to #1 in sales on Amazon in cozy mysteries (ebooks). Consistently listed among Amazon’s top-100 mystery authors, she has not regretted her decision.
Realizing that she could use her experiences to help other writers achieve their dreams to become published authors, Lauren established Acorn Book Services.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday
and Lovers in Crime Mysteries. Her upcoming new series, The Thorny Rose
Mysteries will be released Spring/Summer 2015. Her latest release, Three Days to Forever is in the top 5 in police procedurals on Amazon both in the US and its international markets.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth
groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she
has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting
workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
She has written Authors in Bathrobes: How To Be A Successful Author Without Getting Dressed, a book filled with advice for authors hoping to succeed in today’s ever-changing literary marketplace.
Lauren Carr is a popular speaker. She also conducts seminars and workshops. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about booking Lauren for your event.
The Legend of Tyoga Weathersby:
Book II: The Search for Sunlei
The Legend Continues ...
On April 23, 2014, H.L. Grandin’s second installment in The Legend of Tyoga Weathersby series, The Search for Sunlei,
was released. This exciting sequel to Grandin’s debut novel brings the
reader closer to the intertribal tensions and international rivalries
that permeated the American frontier directly before the French and
Indian War and, against that backdrop, brings into stark relief Tyoga
Weathersby’s struggle to thwart the inner demons that battle for his
Grandin’s sense of timing keeps the reader engaged not
only with the main characters, but with an intriguing and unanticipated
story line. A careful reading reveals that the author has captured the
essence of the Appalachian Mountains in a way that creates a geographic
“character” of sorts. The topography of the Ohio Valley and the river
routes that were the highways of colonial America play a pivotal role in
Tyoga’s search for Sunlei. From the tidewater of Virginia to the shores
of Lake Ontario, from the Appalachian peaks to Albany, New York,
Grandin brings to life the naked beauty of the land and the
dispassionate ease with which it can kill.
Tyoga Weathersby to life has been a true labor of love,” Grandin said.
“I answer many of the questions that remained open at the end of the
first book, but left a great deal for the readers to reconcile on their
own. The questions posed by the truth of the Promise are the same for
everyone. But the answers that fit into your story belong to no one
The critical acclaim for Grandin’s first novel caught the
author and his publisher by surprise. “I recognized H.L.’s work as
something special when I read the manuscript for The Legend of Tyoga Weathersby,”
says Lauren Carr, owner of Acorn Book Services and Grandin’s principle
editor. “I am more than pleased that others share my enthusiasm for his
powerful writing style, and his creative use of the English language. I
know that his readers will want to read more about the legend of Tyoga
Weathersby.” H.L. is already hard at work on the third installment.
About the Author
Grandin grew up in northern Virginia along the banks of the Potomac
River. A love of history and a deep, abiding respect for the natural
world fostered a yearning to, if not understand, at the very least
appreciate the secrets surrounding the heritage of the land and of those
who walked upon it so long ago. Childhood years were spent roaming the
Appalachian Mountains with his cousin, Paul, with whom he spent many a
night atop Old Mt. Rag in Sperryville, Virginia, and canoeing the
Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers sleeping out under the stars and
whispering about things that go “bump” in the night.
The Search for Sunlei is H.L. Grandin’s second novel in The Legend of Tyoga Weathersby series. The third novel, The Promise Keep
is about Tyoga and Trinity Jane’s daughter, Rebecca Jane, and how she
and her father changed the course of history. H.L. is also writing a
book of short stories. To learn more about the Legend of Tyoga
Weathersby and H.L.’s future books, please visit tyogaweathersby.com.
Dear God ... Letters from the Nursing Home
Released June 9, 2013
My book is finally finished. It’s been a long time coming since I am the well known Queen of the Dilly Dally( I’m telling You something You already know, aren’t I?) Anyway, the stories are actually letters to You about what goes on in the minds and hearts of those who reside in, visit or work in the nursing home environment. They are about hope, healing, friendship, joy, and dreams as well as sadness and dying with dignity. They are stories about life.
My hope is that when people read this book, they will realize that a nursing home just might be a wonderful place to visit a family member or neighbor, meet a new friend, share a hobby or even comfort a total stranger. It’s my wish to bring attention to the problem of loneliness in the nursing home environment.
Besides the letters, I’ve included some fabulous recipes from the nursing home staff as well as other nursing home tidbits. Not really gossip, just interesting stuff. And to top it off, my friend, Nicole, has done a super job illustrating the book. How come I can’t even draw a straight line? What’s up with that?
Thank You, God, for Your inspirational help with the writings. We’ll talk about Your commission in the by and by.
With great love,
Dear God...Letters from the Nursing Home also include
original illustrations by Nicole Rose.
About the Author
Mary-Ellen Low has been a nurse in the field of long term care nursing for more than thirty years. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, Bob, and her two rescue dogs, Tilly and Bella. House motto: Dogs rule!
About the Illustrator
Nicole Rose (illustrator) has been in the field of long-term nursing for eleven years. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, Ernie, and her five wonderful children. Art had been her passion since childhood. House Motto: God opens doors in miraculous ways.
S.J. Brown: Wildlife Photographer
Close Ups & Close Encounters
A Crazy Idea Becomes a Passion
On a whim, S. J. Brown decided to embark on a career in wildlife photography. Armed with an inexpensive 35mm camera and a love for the natural world, her adventure began. Accompanied by her spotter and husband, she ventured to a variety of locations.
The couple soon learned that there was more to this than just camera settings, lighting, and getting the right angle. Not all wildlife is agreeable to having their picture taken, and many are not easily accessible.
Camera in hand, S. J. Brown encountered delicate butterflies, bears, birds, deer, wild horses, and more. Along the way, there are successes and failures, cooperative critters, curious subjects, and some close calls.
As a wildlife photographer S. J. Brown took her cues from her subjects. Their body language let her know when to step in for a closer shot and when to back away. When she was out in the field, she strove to observe and record not to interfere. The exception to this rule is when people pose a threat to wildlife; then she will take time to relocate a road dwelling critter to its location. Brown has saved snapper turtles from soup and other creatures from the taunts and teases of unwise humans, but she will not interfere with Mother Nature’s food chain unless it involves a domestic animal pursuing a wild creature. With this in mind, she has sent many a cat away from a bird feeder and saved many a squirrel from a curious canine.
S. J. Brown’s book Close Ups & Close Encounters features over fifty of her wildlife photographs as well as the stories behind getting those images. S. J. Brown's photographs and written words are her way of sharing her experiences. Introducing others, such as her granddaughter, to the field is one of her primary goals and loves. She hopes her work will give others an appreciation for the natural world.
About the Author
Over the years, S. J. Brown has played with a number of artistic venues. Her love of the written word began in high school English class and continues on today, but it is not her only artistic endeavor. Prior to becoming an author, Brown has experimented with sketching, stained glass, and even ran ceramic business for several years.
Her love of wildlife photography began on a whim with an inexpensive 35mm camera, a few rolls of film, and a passion for nature. Quickly, her everyday life and wildlife photography became entwined. Somehow, even with a husband, a job, and household responsibilities, photographing found a place in the mix.
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