Wednesday, February 21, 2018

XPresso Presents: Kristen Banet's A Life of Shadows


A Life Of Shadows
Kristen Banet
(The Redemption Saga, #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Sawyer Matthews knows how to put one foot in front of the other, to keep moving while the nightmares haunt her, and her own failures taunt her. She’s become a master at doing awful things with good intentions, terrible things for the sake of those who need her. She’s long given up on being the hero, trying to find peace in no longer being the villain.
When her past comes back and she finds herself caught by the International Magi Police Organization, she’ll have to revisit her own personal hells and finally confront the very monster that made her what she is. The very monster that has already killed her once before.
Will the “dead” Magi assassin Shadow finally come out of the dark to begin a fight for a redemption she doesn’t believe she deserves? Or will her nightmares drag her back into the shadows that have defined her life?
*This is an Urban Fantasy reverse harem series of full length novels where the leading lady doesn’t have to choose from her romantic interests. This series will have M/M content.
These books are rated for mature audiences, 18+ due to violence, language, and sexual themes.
This series deals with several triggering topics including, but not limited to, suicide, child abuse, rape, and PTSD.*


Author Bio:
Kristen Banet has a Diet Coke problem and smokes too much. She curses like a sailor (though, she used to be one, so she uses that as an excuse) and finds that many people don’t know how to handle that. She loves to read, and before finally sitting to try her hand at writing, she had your normal kind of work history. From tattoo parlors, to the U.S. Navy, and freelance illustration, she’s stumbled through her adult years and somehow, is still kicking.
She loves to read books that make people cry. She likes to write books that make people cry (and she wants to hear about it). She’s a firm believer that nothing and no one in this world is perfect, and she enjoys exploring those imperfections—trying to make the characters seem real on the page and not just in her head.
She might just be crazy, though. Her characters think so, but this can’t be confirmed.
Check out her social media to catch what's going on in the worlds inside her head. She drops teasers, new covers, and opens ARC reader slots through her Facebook group, The Banet Pride.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Xpresso Presents: Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks


Fire and Bone
Rachel A. Marks
(Otherborn #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing’s for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.
EXCERPT:
LILY
I try to hide my shivering as I wait before the altar, in my position as the Bonding begins. Around me, shadows dance over the cairn walls from the restless flames licking up the ram’s body—the sacrifice on the pyre behind me—and the smell of sweat and burnt flesh smother the smoky air.
The King of Ravens paints an alarming image, standing almost naked across from me on the other side of the blood circle. He wears the corona radiata, the golden laurel-leafed crown, on his head of onyx hair. His short beard is neatly trimmed, combed with lavender oil for the ceremony. His sharp silver eyes study me beneath a heavy brow.
I try not to think about the past. Or future. I try not to think about what those hard hands will feel like on my skin when he seals this Bond.
I study the stone floor rather than look in those metallic eyes. I feel them on me, though, the same way they have been for the fortnight I’ve been here preparing for the ceremony. He hasn’t touched me; he’s only brought me gifts and insisted I sit with him beside the greatfire in the evening before he goes out for his hunt. Sometimes I smell him in the hallway outside my rooms. But he never comes in, thank the goddess. The scent of blood is heavy on him in those moments. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if he’d attempted anything.
After this is done, it won’t matter. My bed will be his. As will my life.
A druid walks back and forth behind me, tossing rosemary and lavender onto the pyre after each stanza of his spell. He calls to the wind from the east, he calls to the waters in the west, and he pulls the spirit of flame and earth into the cairn with us, asking the Penta to approve the Bond set to be made between the two most powerful Houses, as he pleads for a blessing from our mothers, Brighid and MorrĂ­gan, and thanks the Cast for their permission to seal the Bond between the two very different powers.
A female druid comes to my side with bowl and brush, beginning to paint my skin in blue woad, tracing patterns of knots and runes across my back, then baring my chest and continuing.
The king’s gaze follows the woman’s strokes, and when she’s finished, he raises his chin at me in approval but says nothing. What does he see when he looks at me? My wild copper hair? My simple features? The awkward birthmark just above my heart? I’m round of cheek and hips and not much of a beauty. But however I look to him, I will belong to him.
Determination is set in hard lines on his face, and I wonder if the torque on his neck is working properly. I can see his dark energy lifting in silver and black curls over his shoulders now. It should be tight inside his skin, as mine is. The iron shackle should be holding it in place so that we don’t harm each other in the first merging, before we can get used to the feel of each other’s powers.
The female druid moves to the king next and begins painting the woad in circles over his torso. The druid chanting behind me recites the final section of his spell, walking the ram’s-blood circle painted on the floor. He holds a rowan stick aloft, flicking rosewater over the king and then me as he passes by, mumbling, “A price paid, a covenant sealed, in earth and blood and ash, in spirit and flesh and fire.”
The price is my will, my soul, in payment for the life of the human prince that I took.
In the center of the circle, between the king and me, is an altar with two bowls set atop, one full of salt, one full of rye.
The iron union dagger rests between them.
I stare at it, imagining the blade cutting into my flesh. And I can’t help when my gaze moves to the king. I want to blink and make this moment a dream, perhaps find myself in the thicket with Lailoken, among the bluebells in the Caledonian wood.
I should run from this son of MorrĂ­gan, deny him, deny our mothers, and let the world burn. But my heart twists at the thought. I was running from duty when fate took my heart from me, when the prince succumbed to my fire’s will. It was the childish notion of freedom that tore him from me.
Now it’s time to accept my punishment for allowing the humans to glimpse our world. Time to atone.
The druid’s voice fills the room again. “When moon gives birth to stars,” he says, in a droning hum, flicking more rosewater over us with the rowan stick, “let this Bond be sealed in blood.”
My skin prickles with fear as the king takes the cue, reaching out to pick up the ceremonial dagger by the leather-wrapped hilt. I focus on not moving, not making a sound, as I watch him bring the blade to his chest, tip pricking his left breast. A drop of crimson pearls up at the spot.
With a slow hiss of breath, he cuts across.
Dark blood slides down his abdomen in a thick swath of red. “My blood with yours,” he says. And he turns the knife, holding out the hilt for me.
My hands clench into fists at my side, and I force my shaking limbs to still.
I breathe in slowly again. Then I reach out, taking the ceremonial dagger from him, careful not to touch his fingers.
I pretend not to care about the cage I’m about to be locked in. About the pain in my soul from loss, from the goddess Brighid abandoning me to this darkness, pain from the reality of everything in front of me.
I press the tip of the blade to the center of my chest, the point breaking the skin. I look into the silver eyes of the king in front of me. And consider my fate.
One deep plunge to the heart and the pain will end. One plunge.
One.


Author Bio:
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Dina Rae's Latest, Greatest, and Free Novels

Today, Friday, Feb. 16, a few of my novels will be free.  Go help yourself to a download for your Kindle!


The Best Seller: Free through Monday, 11:59pm
Volume 1/2-Sci-fi, Nazis, aliens, genetics, codes, conspiracy
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The Sequel, Free through Monday, 11:59pm
Volume 2/2-Sci-fi, Hitler, Reptilians, time travel, genetics

https://www.amazon.com/Sequel-2-Dina-Rae-ebook/dp/B076VXT46B/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=TG09DHZ6QQXVYQYKPJE4


Halo of the Damned, Free through Sunday, 11:59pm
Horror, Enoch, Angel Cult, Mind Control, Fallen Angels, Nephilim

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Dan Brown's newest installment of Harvard Professor Robert Langdon's travels is a thriller/mystery about a tech giant who discovers the origin (hence the title) of creation.  The beginning of the book starts with Kirsch, the computer tech billionaire, telling three big-wigs of the three major religions world that their God is a fairy tale.  He then books an entire art museum in Bilbao, Spain, to make his announcement to the world via TV/Satellite broadcast.  This billionaire has a legion of "fans" who like him are complete atheists.  Langdon, a close friend and once teacher of this man, is not a complete atheist, but entertains the idea as well.  Just as Kirsch is about to prove God does not exist, he gets shot by a devout Palmerian.  
Palmerian Chursh split away from the Catholic Church.

As the story progresses, we are taken to Barcelona to learn about Antoni Gaudi and William Blake at the Segrada Familia Church.  Langdon and the Prince of Spain's fiancee are guided by an AI program that Kirsch built before he died.  One clue leads to another and soon the Palmerian hitman is trying to kill Langdon and the fiancee. 
SPOILER ALERT: In short, we learn that the Cardinal who was originally warned by Kirsch is not the killer and is also in love with the King of Spain.  The king also loves the cardinal, but it's supposedly platonic.  We also learn that the real assassin is the AI named Winston that is operating without its maker (Kirsch).  The origin of our species has a panspermia-esque ring to it.  Brown tries to save face by claiming the particles that just happen to make life must have some kind of creator.


My Review:  I am done with Brown.  Used to love him.  I regretfully looked the other way when he somewhat threw Christians and Jesus under the bus.  
Brown has a way of intellectualizing religion.  It's not that he's making fun of Christians, but trying to paint another picture of the Christian religion, especially Catholics-at least that is what I used to believe.  This book leaves no more excuses.  Brown is an obvious atheist who likes to write anti-God novels.  He insults Christians throughout the book in subtle ways by questioning their intelligence and pointing out the how ludicrous the Bible is.  To him, the Bible is a myth at best, and more like a children's bed time story.  Like I said, I am done.  In addition to all of his pot-shots at Christians, the book is awkwardly written and the ending is really lame.  No longer a fan.  1/5 STARS.




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Goddess Fish Presents: Revision is a Process...by Catherine E. McLean

Revision is a Process –
How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing
by Catherine E. McLean

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GENRE: Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Non-Fiction

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A first draft holds the possibility of what will be a great story. Revision turns that rough diamond into a spectacular gem worth a reader's money and time.

Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to's, and why-to's for taking the frustration out of self-editing.

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EXCERPT

From Section 1, An Overview of Revision is a Process

. . . revision is a process .  A logical, straightforward process where you don't try to find and fix everything at once. Instead, you break the monumental task into component parts and focus on only an item or two at a time.

Okay, so the reality is that creative people,  especially writers, hate logic and straightforwardness. And it's a fact that logic and creativity have always been at war with each other. After all, creativity gives a writer a high like no other. It's the fun part of writing and storytelling.

On the other hand, revising, rewriting, and self-editing are linear, logical, objective—and not fun.

But necessary.

Ever so necessary if one intends to be commercially successful in the writing business.

Here's something I've learned about writing and self-editing—a writer should find a middle ground. That means having the logical part of one's mind work with the subconscious imagination (the creative self).

It's about adopting a different view of self-editing—calling it a process—and diligently organizing that process into small steps that can easily be done. This gives a writer confidence that they have polished their story and increased its marketability.

I strongly believe, and have seen, that revision-as-a-process enables a writer to use both their left (logical) and right (creative) brain to become even more creative.

That's because the writer not only tailors a one-of-a-kind process but they also develop their own revision master cheat sheets. As a result, the creative subconscious (the imagination) becomes aware of the pitfalls and glitches that must be checked for, and subsequently, little by little, the creative self dishes up better first drafts with far fewer errors.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine E. McLean's lighthearted, short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY, KARMA & MAYHEM, HEARTS AKILTER, and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal) with romance and advenure. She is also a writing instructor and workshop speaker. Her nonfiction book for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS - HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.

● Hub Website: http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

● Website for writers:  http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com

● Writers Cheat Sheets Blog: https://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com

● Linked-In:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/catherine-e-mclean/7/70b/372 

● Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/catherine.e.mclean.5

● Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/CatherineMcLea7

● Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/catherinemclean

● Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Catherine-E.-McLean/e/B00A3BVG6I/

● Link to buy REVISION IS A PROCESS at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0988587440

● Link to buy REVISION IS A PROCESS at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revision-is-a-process-catherine-e-mclean/1126295618


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Thursday, January 25, 2018


Don’t Rush Me
Jackie May
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Most humans have no idea that a dark and deadly underworld, filled with magic and monsters, exists. They wander through life blissfully ignorant of the supernatural world around them. Nora Jacobs is different. Nora knows exactly what kinds of hellish creatures haunt the streets of Detroit.
Thanks to a unique set of psychic abilities, Nora has managed to steer clear of the underworld most of her life. But all that changes the night the most powerful vampire in the city discovers her gifts and decides to use her as a tool to find one of his missing clan members.
As if that’s not bad enough, Nora believes she’s cursed. All her life, people, especially men, have been drawn to her—some to the point of obsession and violence. Underworlders, it seems, are not immune to this curse, and now she’s caught the attention of some of the most dangerous monsters in the city.
Neck deep in an investigation only she can solve, Nora quickly makes as many new allies as she does enemies. Her biggest problem is staying alive long enough to decide which is which.
**This series is a slow burn reverse harem.
EXCERPT:
“Stay out of this, Gorgeous,” Henry snaps suddenly. Parker helps him sit up and Terrance growls again, but it’s not quite as menacing as before. He must be calming down a little.
“Nora is my responsibility. I’ll take her to my own healer—” Henry’s cut o by another vicious snarl, and I’m scooped up into Terrance’s arms so fast I lose my breath. “Yeah…” Gorgeous says to Henry. “Doesn’t look to me like that’s happening.” If his smugness wasn’t directed at Henry, I might and his arrogance annoying. Instead, the guy is my hero. “She’s still mine. I’ve claimed her for a mate.” Gorgeous chews on this new bit of information. He holds up the blood-soaked stake to examine it in the
light and then points the tip at Henry. “Seems to me she’s not too interested in becoming your mate.” “Not at all,” I clarify cheerfully. “He’s holding me against my will.” Henry glares at me, then scowls so hard at Gorgeous his eyes start to turn red again. Whether he doesn’t like
what Gorgeous said or he simply doesn’t like the man himself, I can’t tell. But it’s clear Mr. Gorgeous loves to irk Henry.
“She’s human,” Henry says indignantly. “Claiming her is my right. I don’t care if she triggered Terrance’s protective instincts. He can’t just take what is mine.”
“Well, I’m sure as hell not going to argue with him while he’s in that state, so why don’t we all head down to the Agency, get the pretty human all healed up, and sort this mess out with the director?”
“What agency?” I ask. “Director of what? Who are you? And…is your name seriously Gorgeous?” Gorgeous grins at me like I’ve just made his entire day. “Can you think of a more appropriate name?” I snort again and then wince. e guy needs to stop making me laugh. “Conceited much?” “And proud of it.” He pulls a leather ID wallet from his pocket and tosses it to me. I’m still cradled like a baby in Terrance’s arms, but I manage to catch the ID. “Nick Gorgeous, at your service. I work for the Federal Underworld Agency. e F U Agency for short.” I roll my eyes at his stupid acronym—though it’s admittedly more entertaining than S.H.I.E.L.D.—and focus on the more important fact. is guy’s a cop. An underworld cop. Like an FBI agent or something. I didn’t even know that existed.
And, I’ll be damned, his name really is Nick Gorgeous.



Author Bio:
Jackie May is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Josh and Kelly live in Phoenix, Arizona with their four children and their cat, Mr. Darcy. Jackie May is their only daughter. (And she keeps asking for her cut of the profits since we’re using her name.)

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FBI Secret Society by Frank Fontaine

I've suspected our entire government is in on some kind of secret society.  That's why I voted for Trump, believing he wasn't part of it.  My suspicions are confirmed.  Only hours ago Fox News reported a secret society.  Peter Strzok and his girlfriend Lisa Page texted each other thousands of times and referred to a secret society within the FBI and Department of Justice that would take Trump out.  The secret society reference was texted the day after the election.
Every time there is an investigation, the evidence disappears. An example is Hilary's emails-she bleached the hard drive before turning it into the Department of Justice.  Clinton was exonerated before even questioned.  Clinton stole the Democratic nomination away from Bernie Sanders through her Democratic friends such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazille.   The fix was in.
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This secret society wants Trump out of office.  He wasn't supposed to win.  Is it because they can't control him?  Is this Russian collusion thing a scam?  Strzok talked about an 'insurance policy' against Trump.  How far will the FBI go?  Talk about a take down!  I hope this doesn't end up badly.  All the man wants to do is make America great again.  Despite his mistakes, I think he is working for most Americans and not taking orders from the special interest groups.  Comments welcome.  Thanks, Dina, for having me on your blog.  FF

Monday, January 15, 2018

NWO on the Horizon: Property Grab in Line with UN Resolution

I've blogged about this before, and thanks to Frank Fontaine, I am blogging about this again.  UN Agenda 21 basically states that private ownership of property will soon be a thing of the past.  
First we had the 2008 "crisis" with lots of bankruptcies.  Then there was the explosion of reverse mortgages, a process in which the bank pays the homeowner-they are buying the home back for a fraction of the price.  And now, once again, we have another innovative way to entice homeowners to allow the banksters and Big Brother ways of taking one's home.  Before I explain, let me rehash the U.N. Agenda.

Agenda 21: First off, this is (for now) a voluntary plan that suggests ways to sustain governments, natural resources, and fight poverty for the 21st Century, hence the name of the agenda.  It was discussed back in '92 at a U.N. Conference in Brazil.  It's goal is to 'sustain' the world which means that a globalized government will control property as well as everything else all in the name of protecting us from ourselves.  Many conservative conspiracy theorists believe this is also a way, like Hitler's Final Solution, to kill the majority of the population so that we can sustain the globe.  The agenda has many disturbing elements to it, including the land grab.  BTW-George Soros has funded many off-shoot groups as a response.  Conspiracy theorists know full well that he is involved, then something is fishy.
So far, we have had some so-called voluntary ways a home and property owners could give up their land as previously explained, but this new way is even more terrifying.  
In an article of Dallas Morning News, the author explains a new way to 'help' out older people in need of property tax relief.  With Trump's new tax plan, one can deduct up to 10K dollars of property tax, an amount that isn't much in high tax areas such as the East Coast, Illinois, California, and Texas.  There is now a program in twenty-four states called property tax deferral program.  Seniors can defer all or some of their taxes each year.  In return, the local government can put a lien on the house for the dollar amount that was deferred after the seniors sell or die.  The amount of taxes would be taken at the closing of the sale.  Of course there would be interest charged onto the senior.  Sound to good to be true?  It is.  If the government really wanted to help seniors, how about charging them a fractional amount of their property tax?  That would make too much sense and no one would make any money or take property away with that idea.
Once again, the transfer of wealth per each generation gets smaller.  Millennials already have enough of a burden paying back their student loans.  Now they can look forward to the government getting a huge chunk, if not all, of their inheritance.  This will get rid of a lot of property owners, leaving the middle class in free fall.  It's a brave new world.  Soon Agenda 21 will gets its way.  Be paranoid, but be prepared.  Comments always appreciated!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Hitler and the Vril Society

The Vril Society, a secret society in which Hitler and his top officials believed in, was made famous by an old book, The Coming Race (1871) by Edward Bulwar Lord Lytton.  The book is about an underground world of aliens that use a power source called Vril.  The aliens call themselves the Vril-yas and have special powers of healing and telepathy.  The Vril-ya were also descendants of Atlanteans.  Hitler linked his Aryan ideology around this race of aliens.  The Coming Race was considered a 'cult-classic' among occult elite circles of Europe.  
Still today, there is little evidence about the Vril Society that Hitler made so famous.  Some believe it never existed.  Others believe it was the precursor for the Thule Society.  
The Vril Society used mediums such as Maria Orsic to channel aliens before and during World War II.  She and the other mediums were women who grew their hair as long as they could, believing the hair helped communicate with aliens from other planets.  She and the other mediums received futuristic technological blueprints for super-weapons.  
No one can argue that Hitler and his engineers were ahead of world in terms of their air program.  Were extraterrestrials helping them?  After the war, some say that Maria Orsic and her followers took a flying saucer to another planet. Others say she and other Vril members took up a residence in Antarctica.  
Does the Vril Society exist today?  I had a very difficult time finding an answer one way or another.  There are links with the Black Sun Society, Albert Pike (American Freemason), and the Theosophical Society, but no proof of the group's continuation from Germany.
The Best Seller and The Sequel fictionalize some of the occult linked with Hitler and his Nazi Party.





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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Movie Review: All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World is about the kidnapping of J.P. Getty's grandson, Paulo, during the 1970s in Rome.  J.P. Getty was at one point the richest man in the world who accumulated the most money of all time.  Christopher Plummer plays the character.  Supposedly, Kevin Spacey was supposed to film, but his reputation made the director change actors.

At the beginning of the movie, the audience learns that John Paul Getty made his money from building and oil.  His son, an alcoholic drug addict, has three children with a regular woman (played by Michelle Williams) and then divorce.  He is pretty much out of the picture, and the mother has sole custody.  What the kidnappers do not realize is that she is broke.  John Paul Getty refuses to give her a dime unless she gives up custody.  She refuses.  
The only hope of paying off the kidnappers is through the grandfather, J.P. Getty.  One problem-he doesn't want to pay.  The man is shown buying million dollar artwork like candy throughout the movie, but refuses to pay ransom for his grandson.  He finally negotiates the ransom down to 2.8 million (a deductible amount for income tax) once the kidnappers show violence.  The mother gets her son back, but he has been tortured and will probably never be the same.  Ironically, Getty dies and the mother gets control of the fortune until her children become of age.

My Review: I love this movie!  Great acting, display of wealth, and suspense.  Getty was a real son-of-a-bitch.  One could understand why his son turned to drugs and alcohol.  Director Ridley Scott makes the story even more interesting.  Besides this new masterpiece, some of his other work include Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, and American Gangster.  He has a real Hitchcockian style throughout the movie.  This is the best flick I've seen in 2017, and I hope it wins Best Movie this year at the Oscars.  5/5 Stars


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Goddess Fish Presents: Fire by Sam Rook

Fire
by Sam Rook

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GENRE: Fantasy

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The thrilling conclusion to the Knights of Av’lor trilogy!

Trapped on Av’lor and left for dead by her betrayer, Kathryn’s unrelenting determination is the only thing that might overcome the invading Zahkrinon army.

With the portal destroyed and the Zahkrinon army fast approaching, Kathryn and Lanclor have no choice but to focus on the survival of the Knighthood before they can consider rescuing Rachel. Unexpected events threaten their victory and the combined Av’lorian and Earth forces struggle to survive as their numbers dwindle.

They find the Zahkrinon are more dangerous than they had ever imagined.

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Excerpt:

“I know this news is hard to hear, but I wanted you to hear it from me,” Alextor continued. “I will do everything in my power to find a way back for you to return to your homeworld. However, the most pressing matter at hand is the approaching army. We must focus on the approaching hoard of Zahkrinon and dark elves before we can delve into—”

Kathryn abruptly rose from her chair and left the room. Most of the servants scrambled out of her way and faded back into the background, except for one small form who followed Kathryn from the room. Hal shook his head. The servant probably thought she could help the Hero of the Last Battle in some way. Hal turned his attention back to Lord Alextor, determined to listen to what his commanding officer had to say.

“I know not all of you will agree, but I believe—”

Nidira threw herself at her brother’s side and intercepted the knife meant for Lord Alextor’s heart. All around the table, the bare-footed servants randomly attacked the members of the meeting. Blood splashed across the table, a startling contrast against the white slices of bread. Hal jumped to his feet and looked behind him just as a servant prepared to attack.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sam Rook lives in Vermont with her husband and two children. Her passion for fantasy novels began in high school with her desire to write following shortly thereafter. Software engineer by day, fantasy author by night, she strives to give her readers a chance to enjoy worlds that transport them away from the stress of everyday life.
Website:
www.samrook.com

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https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Knights-Avlor-Book-3-ebook/dp/B077KMBBV7

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fire-sam-rook/1127522366?ean=2940154631225

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/759750



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